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Old December 3rd 08, 12:13 AM posted to alt.rec.bicycles.recumbent,rec.bicycles.misc,rec.bicycles.soc,rec.bicycles.rides,uk.rec.cycling
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Default A March on Washington... on Bicycle?

(I'd hate to leave out of the revolution, guys, so here's an update)

Originally Posted by -=£em in Pa=-
"I think we should try to attain the status of Brazil before
shooting for Switzerland."

You have a point there, particularly if we talk about the Curitiba
model for American cities...

Curitiba's Bus System is Model for Rapid Transit
By Joseph Goodman, Melissa Laube, and Judith Schwenk

Bus systems provide a versatile form of public transportation with the
flexibility to serve a variety of access needs and unlimited range of
locations throughout a metropolitan area. Buses also travel on urban
roadways, so infrastructure investments can be substantially lower
than the capital costs required for rail systems. As a result, bus
service can be implemented cost-effectively on many routes. Yet,
despite the inherent advantages of a bus service, conventional urban
buses inching their way through congested streets don’t win much
political support. The essence of a Bus Rapid Transit is to improve
bus operating speed and reliability on arterial streets by reducing or
eliminating the various types of delay.

The bus system of Curitiba, Brazil, exemplifies a model Bus Rapid
Transit (BRT) system, and plays a large part in making this a livable
city. The buses run frequently—some as often as every 90 seconds—and
reliably, and the stations are convenient, well-designed, comfortable,
and attractive. Consequently, Curitiba has one of the most heavily
used, yet low-cost, transit systems in the world. It offers many of
the features of a subway system—vehicle movements unimpeded by traffic
signals and congestion, fare collection prior to boarding, quick
passenger loading and unloading—but it is above ground and visible.
Around 70 percent of Curitiba’s commuters use the BRT to travel to
work, resulting in congestion-free streets and pollution-free air for
the 2.2 million inhabitants of greater Curitiba.


You know what, I'm going to make a wish list, such as I'd make for
Santa, just that this is a to-do list for the revolution. I say "the
revolution" because I don't think these things can get accomplished by
regular politicians...

1- low crime by decriminalizing drugs

2- good public transportation

3- traffic safety


5- littering control

6- low cost, high quality healthcare, based on prevention

7- fast trains

8- no more gated communities

9- noise pollution control

10- eradication of homelessness

(add your own petition)


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