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Velodromes, Ciclavias and Making Parking Sexy

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: May 2, 2013

We’ve seen a lot of great new ideas popping up from various circles of downtown that have really added life to the community. In the interest of keeping such discussions going, I submit the following developments elsewhere as possible inspirations for further examination:
The first idea is one I heard discussed on the recent ULI bus trip to and from Kansas City – the creation of a Ciclavia. The basic gist is this – every so often, downtown streets are closed on weekend to all but pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Think it can’t be done? Consider that it’s even taken place in the most car centric of all cities – Los Angeles. Go here to read more: http://www.meetup.com/ButtsOnBikes-InlandEmpire/events/52693622/


Also, in the interest of promoting bicycle activities in the urban core, I wonder if a velodrome might be a good temporary use of vacant blighted land in Core to Shore. Read about velodromes here: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/cyclists-try-to-revive-st-louis-venerable-unusual-velodrome/article_fac1c52e-9604-5abf-8919-f67ad1fce0ca.html

Finally, the Cool Cleveland blog has some interesting thoughts about making parking sexy: http://www.coolcleveland.com/blog/2013/04/make-parking-sexy/

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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