Month: March 2012

Fancy pedestrian crossing to be installed in Clovis

Notice went up that Locan Ave north of Shaw will be closed next week for construction of a crosswalk. Why does a crosswalk require a week long road closure? It’s because the crosswalk (from what was shown a year ago) will be similar to the one half a mile south, which has lights embedded in the road. Those lights begin flashing when a pedestrian starts to cross. I would have liked to see a raised crosswalk as well, but as far as I know, that doesn’t exist in Clovis at all, and isn’t part of their toolbox. Click to read more!

Personal – Short East Coast trip

I shall be on the East Coast this weekend, hitting New Jersey on Sunday and Philadelphia on Monday. I’ve never been to Philly, and I understand they have a transit system that is very similar to the one in Boston, and that’s something I’m quite interested in experiencing. It’s a very short trip, so I do hope to see as much as possible in the free time I have.

Any suggestions on something I must see? I arrive in Newark at 6pm Saturday and depart from Philly at 6am Tuesday.

Also, you may have noticed I haven’t been posting as frequently as usual this past couple of weeks. I know, it’s been hard. I have 8 or so posts partially written but I keep not having time to finish them off. Not good, not good. Don’t even ask me the last time I vacuumed, if you think my blogging has been slow, imagine how I’ve prioritized less pleasant activities… Click to read more!

Pro-HSR radio ad in Fresno

The Fresno Bee reports that a new ad will be airing on local radio featuring former Mayor of Fresno Alan Autry (Republican). The ad also features comedian Will Durst.

You can listen to the ad here.

The ad touches on a few key points:

-Pro-central valley, local ad, local pride.

-Touches on ways that the media and the population of LA and the Bay area frequently crap on the valley, and the way politicians have been fighting to take the money away.

-Talks about the very real brain drain, as young people who want real careers have no choice but to look for opportunity elsewhere. Click to read more!

Endless Expo delays coming to an end…?

I’ve written about construction progress on the Expo line in LA twice before. Both times it was to complain about the amazing continuous delays faced by the line. The expo line is a new light rail line that will connect downtown LA, USC, Century City and (eventually) Santa Monica. The line was supposed to open in 2010 but hasn’t yet.

Now a date has finally been announced, but Metro is keeping with the theme of treating their shiny new rail line as some kind of Disney attraction, and not a critical piece of transportation. They’ve chosen a launch date that actually minimizes the lines use. Click to read more!

Bike Commuting: Route Challenges

This is an ongoing series about commuting to work by bike, sometimes. It will detail the problems I’ve faced, and the solutions I’ve found. Hopefully, it’s helpful to someone out there.

Today’s focus: Picking a route, sweat, shortcuts and traffic lights


As I wrote recently, I am now commuting to work on bike, sometimes. In fact, I didn’t even commute once on my bike last week due to a number of reasons, but I do have plenty to say about the two weeks prior. I’m going to hit the saddle again starting today. Click to read more!

Bus tracker technology leads to increase in riders

A few months ago, the city of Visalia, California, implemented a system which allows the public to know the actual location of buses, so they can better plan their rides. While this technology has existed around the world for over a decade, and has been slowly arriving in cities like Boston and San Francisco in the US, Visalia is the first city in the San Joaquin valley to implement the technology.

If you expected the roll-out of the technology to make some riders happy, but not have any other effects, you’d be wrong. Data from the APTA shows that ridership took a strong bump once customers were able to find out how long they’d have to wait for a bus. Click to read more!

Results of corporate experiment in bike racks

A month ago I decided that instead of rolling my eyes at the lack of bike racks at some businesses in the Fresno area, I would be a little bit more pro-active and send out customer-complaint feedback.

I decided to only do this with corporations, because of two reasons.

1) They have more flexibility in making “changes” to their property than some mom-and-pop store leasing space in a strip mall
2) They supposedly have established departments and standards on how to respond to customer issues. Click to read more!

US transit ridership rises, but continues falling in Fresno

The New York Times reported yesterday that transit ridership in the US has increased drastically in the past year.

Americans took 200 million more rides last year on subways, commuter trains, light-rail systems and public buses than they did the year before, according to a new report by a leading transit association.

Americans took 10.4 billion rides on public transportation in 2011 — a billion more than they took in 2000, and the second most since 1957, according to a report being released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association. Click to read more!

I am now a bike commuter, sometimes

I’ve written a fair amount on this blog about cycling and making the use of bikes easier in the Fresno and Clovis area. However, I’ve never really been able to bike to work, due to distance. That is, I frequently have used my bike to run errands, attend events and so forth, but not for commuting.

Mind you, commuting isn’t that big a deal. There seems to be some inordinate focus on how people commute, but some studies have show that commuting makes up only 25% of trips. Makes sense if you do your own math. Commuting is a simple back and forth, but those shopping trips, runs to the grocer, visits to the cinema, dinners with family and friends, trips to the park and so on and so forth….well, most of the time we spend on the road it’s because we’re going somewhere other than work. Click to read more!

Sim City 5 details

As promised, March 6th came with the official reveal of Sim City 5. The best news from the announcement is actually that Maxis from Emeryville, the team behind the rest of the series, is in charge again.

The developer doesn’t handle too many projects, so you know they’ve had their full focus on Sim City 5 for awhile now. Here are their projects from the past decade.

2002 – The Sims Online
2003 – SimCity 4
2004 – The Sims 2
2008 – Spore Creature Creator
2008 – Spore
2011 – Darkspore
2013 – SimCity Click to read more!