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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hemisfair: Too Much of a Good Thing

Hemisfair: Too Much of a Good Thing

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Now for those of you who have seen the posting of a meeting about the Hemisfair of the Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation.   (Image 16-1) Some aren't aware of the fact that they're planning to do a whole lot of changes some of which changes are good to see like the destruction of the old convention center, while other decision to allow cars into the park are disaster waiting to happen.  But do we really need to spend so much money on a great park already? 

When I give some thought to the reason why we plan so much at so much cost, not just with Hemisfair, but with the Trans-Texas Corridor, the streetcar, and much much more, the answer I come up with, "this is Texas; big things come from Texas and that includes thinking big."  But is it also construction firms that is influencing these big decisions?   With so much cost being considered, the question should be asked, will we even see it all of it and do we even need so much?  There is a saying "too much of a good thing hurts." 
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Here is the thing, Hemisfair is already a great place, we just need to activate it.  You see we have all the elements of a great place which are people, buildings that are close together, a playground, (Image 16-3) and parkland.  You see the only group of people to come along and to activate the place was the Occupy Movement who went into the boarded old houses to set up camp.  Right now, it's a collection of City government buildings and boarded up Victorian homes. (Image 16-2)  The only part of Hemisfair that is activated is the Tower of Americas. (Image 16-5) It's not just an observation post, but also a place to sit and enjoy the the fountains, but to buy some ice cream and maybe enjoy some live music.
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As the planning firm looks out far and wide to "over" improve the park, they don't have to look far but across the stroad of South Alamo to La Villita. (Image 16-4)  There, they will find a place that is activated and thriving with businesses in each of the old buildings.  Take that successful place, and do the same thing with the old Victorian houses in Hemisfair.  Before we do this, lets bring the houses up to code.  That should take a least, what a Million, maybe two for all the abandoned Victorian homes?  Lets use the same rule that La Villita uses when choosing shops and restaurants which are locally own and artisan type places.  And then from there, let the place grow and flourish, and allow failure to occur and learn from that failure.  This old building sits next to the Federal building, wouldn't it make a good bookstore? (Image 16-6)
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As the Federal Government moves out of Hemisfair, get those buildings to a developing firm and make sure they turn some of those floors of the big white building where I got my first Social Security card, as both offices and apartments and make sure the apartments are low rent for some of the units.  Don't stand in the way, only make sure that the  firm promises to deliver and if they don't, well fire them.  Let them decide what to do with the buildings and let the pieces fall where they may.  What we need here isn't an orderly, dumb direction from the top down, but chaotic and smart direction from the bottom up. 
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I'm not against these big ideals that have been put forth like tearing down the old convention center and turning that into a park or their crazy playground concept.  But allowing vehicular traffic back onto Hemisfair will be the biggest mistake they will make. I guess they haven't seen the problems of traffic congestion that is experience downtown on numerous occasions especially during the spring holidays when traffic gets backed up on Commerce, Houston and even Market St.  Ask yourselves, do we really want to see a traffic jam on Houston St in Hemisfair?  In essences, we'll be taking a great place and turning it into a parking lot.  Last I check, parking lots aren't places we go specifically to visit unless they clear out the cars and put up rides and little tents with food stands and vendors, you know like the Pearl Farmers market or the Quarry Farmers market.  Like the Farmers Market in Austin with this car parked in the middle of it, (Image 16-7) it clearly shows how cars simply take up too much space and seems to ruin the greatness of  the event.

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With cars allowed onto Hemisfair, we will be surrendering valuable space for pedestrians.  With that space gone, pedestrians will start to walk in front of cars, and thus an accident will occur where one shouldn't have occurred in the first place.  I guarantee that the solution will not be to remove the cars, but to remove the pedestrians by limiting their access on the the vehicle lanes, giving tickets out to pedestrians for jaywalking and putting up crosswalks with beggars buttons and having the pedestrians beg to cross the street. You call these buttons, "crosswalk buttons,"(Image 16-8) but lets face it, they really should be called beggar buttons because you the pedestrians are asking cars to stop so you can safely walk across public space.  

To me, these plans for a better Hemisfair seems to be very out of  proportion.  We don't need a nuclear bomb to destroy the whole place and then rebuild from scratch it to activate it, but make simple repairs and a willingness to to fail and learn from that failure.  With the citizens of San Antonio being allergic to high priced public projects unless it's a new freeway, chances are we'll not see the entire vision what is being presented by hemisfair.org.  When city of San Antonio is willing to take small steps instead of huge alternations, then and only then will San Antonio realize the greatness it processes.

Go Fund Me Campaign

It still up, and I could use the help to be able to take some pictures I need to illustrate the my story on the Streetcar issue.  It's going to be a three part story, and the first of these stories should be posted some time around August 6th.  If you want to help me out, please help pay for my Greyhound ticket at http://www.gofundme.com/b8rmq4

Via Picture Update.  
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Remember the picture of the Via Supervisor trucks parked on the sidewalk on Commerce St (Image 15-3) from my last posting?  Well since posting that picture on this blog and on my twitter feed, they have since stopped parking on the sidewalk.(Image 16-9)  So tweet to via and say, thanks for not parking on the sidewalk. 

Images:
16-1:  Hemisfair Flyer of the Meeting on July 29, 2014
16-2:  One of the Many Old Victorian Houses that are boarded up in Hemisfair Park, this one behind the Magic Theater. Looking Southwest. 
16-3:  The Downtown All Around Playground, Looking South
16-4:  A shop inside La Villita behind the Church there. Looking North
16-5:  A View looking south of people walking in front of the fountains that circle the Tower of the Americas. Looking South
16-6:  A building looking to be abandoned next to the Federal Building. Looking east.
16-7:  A car left parked on 4th St next to Republic Square.  The Farmers simply set up shop around the car.  Looking southeast. 
16-8:  The Crosswalk button which should be called a Beggars Button to cross S Alamo from Hemisfair to Nueva on the North side.  Looking South.  Thanks To @PedestrianError for the name of this device. 
 16-9:  A way a sidewalk should look, with out Via's Supervisor's Trucks park on it.  E Commerce St At St Mary's St, Looking South. 

 Up Coming Important Meetings
If you want to make a difference, please attend. 


Hemisfair Public Work Session:
When:   Tuesday, July 29, 2014  6PM-8PM
Where:  The Depot at Sunset Station, 1174 E Commerce, San Antonio, TX
What Should You Say:  The biggest thing is having cars come into the park.  This is the worse decision ever for if anybody know from experience, cars make a place unsafe and make people uncomfortable.  They don't let cars into La Villita, so why should cars be allowed here.  Also asking for La Villita types shops in the abandoned houses would be a plus too. 

Lee's Creek, Joe Ward and Sunset Hills Parks Plan Review Public Meeting
When:  Wednesday, August 20, 2014 6:00 PM
Where:  Joe Ward Community Center,  435 E. Sunshine, San Antonio, TX 78228
What Should You Ask For:  The thing to ask for at this meeting are good sidewalks,  20 mile per hour speed limits and safe ways to get to the park down Hillcrest and St Cloud such as bike lanes down those stroads.  

Up Coming Bicycle Events


 
 Cycle In-Cinema .  
When:   Every Thursday, June-August at Dusk, 8:45pm
Where:  Main Plaza, 115 N Main Ave, 78205
Description:  Out Door Movie.  




FrankenBike #51
When:   Saturday August 16, 2014  10AM to 4PM
Where:  Earn A Bike Coop ~ 2619 Guadalupe St ~ 78207
Description:  San Antonio's Bicycle Swap Meet and Flea Market

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Iowa St Bike Lane, a Double Edge Sword.

Go Fund Me Campaign


It still up, and I could use the help to be able to take some pictures I need to illustrate the my story on the Streetcar issue.  It's going to be a three part story, and the first of these stories should be posted some time around August 6th.  If you want to help me out, please help pay for my Greyhound ticket at http://www.gofundme.com/b8rmq4

Iowa St Bike Lane, a Double Edge Sword.  

Iowa St got it's bike lane about a year ago.  But my question is, did it ever really need it?  In all my time riding up and down the this street, I never had a problem with people driving by.  In fact, even before the bike lane painting, I would have said, this is a street that never need one in the first place, then again I'm an experience cyclist, please try this at home.  LOL. 
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Iowa St got painted a bike lane with 10 ft driving lanes in the center, the 4ft bike lane and then a 8 ft parking lane.  (Image 15-1)  I personally don't like this type of bicycle lanes because to a cyclist, it feels like we're riding between two buses like this cyclist is doing in  England.(Image 15-2)  On the other hand, when there are no cars parked, it becomes a buffered bicycle lane providing more protection to cyclist using it for it forces the motor vehicles to the center of the street, hence, the double edge sword. 
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The bike lane on Iowa St stretches from New Braunfels down to Cherry St, the pattern of Bike lane and Parking Lane exist, but between Cherry and Hackberry, it boggles the mind on why they have this same pattern between Hackberry and Cherry because I have never seen cars parked here before there was a bike lane. Why the city of San Antonio couldn't just put in a painted buffered bike lane (Image 15-7) between Cherry and Hackberry is beyond me, but then again, when has TCI ever did something that wasn't in line with keeping San Antonio lame.

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When they first put in the lanes, the 30-28 lineup I ride would ignore the bike lanes and treat it as if the four lane stroad was still there. This is nothing new, VIA ignores it's customer base all the time, just look at what the VIA supervisors do at night during the lineup on Commerce St with their trucks.(Image 15-3)  The Good news is that most of the bus drivers have stop driving the bus down the right parking/bike lane. 

If anyone from VIA is reading this, please be advise that the driving lanes on Iowa are only 10ft wide.  Last I checked, aren't those lanes suspose to be 11ft wide for safety?  I mention this because this is what I've been told at the BMAC meeting when concerning streets the buses would be running on.(Image 15-4)
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Now it's not uncommon to see these types of lanes.  For example, we see it on other streets such as Ashby, Josephine, S Main, (Image 15-5) Dewey and Cincinnati just to name a few, and each time, the parking lane is bigger than the tiny bicycle lane provided.  Now it is appropriate to have it on streets like Cincinnati and Iowa, but having it down streets like Josephine and Ashby is not because of  the fast moving traffic.  If the parking was removed on these streets, then it would be better for the cyclist using it, but because the parking is more important, the cyclist will get no such relief because parking is more important than a healthy city.  At least in Austin, they actually go out of the way and have a 5ft bike lane with a parking lane next to it that even bigger.  To accomplish this, they remove the parking on the other side of the street.  (Image 15-6)
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 Now if you happen not to be in Austin and encounter one of these type of streets while riding, just go ahead and ride your bicycle in the parking lane.  You have all that unused space, so put it to good use.  The City of San Antonio is allergic to removing parking, so if and when we get over that allergy, we're not going to be seeing bike lanes like this (Image 15-7) any time soon on Ashby and Josephine. 







Images:
15-1:  Iowa St by the YMCA looking West
15-2:  A Facebook photo that was shared to me.  Had to use it for it illustrates what a cyclist feels when riding next to a parked car and traffic is passing by.
15-3:  VIA's Supervisors Pickups parked on the Sidewalk next to the Alamo One Building on E Commerce St.
15-4:  A VIA Bus going down Iowa St.  Showing how the traffic lane is too small for commercial vehicles.
15-5:  The Bike lane/Parking Lane down S Main Ave looking south.
15-6:  A Similar design in street dieting but with a bigger bike lane.  Somewhere in East Austin, TX
15-7:  A painted Buffered Bike lane in East Austin, TX.  I think is looking south.


 Up Coming Important Meetings
If you want to make a difference, please attend. 


Lee's Creek, Joe Ward and Sunset Hills Parks Plan Review Public Meeting
When:  Wednesday, August 20, 2014 6:00 PM
Where:  Joe Ward Community Center,  435 E. Sunshine, San Antonio, TX 78228
What Should You Ask For:  The thing to ask for at this meeting are good sidewalks,  20 mile per hour speed limits and safe ways to get to the park down Hillcrest and St Cloud such as bike lanes down those stroads.  

Hemisfair Public Work Session:
When:   Tuesday, July 29, 2014  6PM-8PM
Where:  The Depot at Sunset Station, 1174 E Commerce, San Antonio, TX
What Should You Say:  The biggest thing is having cars come into the park.  This is the worse decision ever for if anybody know from experience, cars make a place unsafe and make people uncomfortable.  They don't let cars into La Villita, so why should cars be allowed here.  Also asking for La Villita types shops in the abandoned houses would be a plus too. 

Local Bike Advocate Training for Statewide Campaigns:

When:   August 3, 2014 1pm to 4pm
Where:  BikeTexas.org HQ  1902 E 6th St, Austin, TX  78702  or Online.  To Register, click here
Description: 
Do you want to learn key tactics to support bicycle advocacy in your area? Join people like you from around Texas for a special bike advocate training on Sunday, August 3, from 1-4 PM.
National experts from the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking will facilitate the workshop. They'll talk about statewide campaigns in the lead up to the 2015 legislative session, such as keeping TxDOT from moving funds away from programs designed to build bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Register for this training and be prepared for the next call to action!
The training will take place in our office at 1902 E 6th St (map), but you don't have to be in Austin to attend. Register as a teleconference attendee and we'll send you a link to join the broadcast. Please register by July 26 to secure your spot and receive updates on the training. See you on August 3!
This workshop is offered free of charge thanks to funding from Advocacy Advance. Please consider making a donation to BikeTexas to support better bicycling in Texas. Even a dollar helps!.  More info can be found at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-bike-advocate-training-for-statewide-campaigns-tickets-12258432301

Up Coming Bicycle Events


 
 Cycle In-Cinema .  
When:   Every Thursday, June-August at Dusk, 8:45pm
Where:  Main Plaza, 115 N Main Ave, 78205
Description:  Out Door Movie.  




FrankenBike #51
When:   Saturday August 16, 2014  10AM to 4PM
Where:  Earn A Bike Coop ~ 2619 Guadalupe St ~ 78207
Description:  San Antonio's Bicycle Swap Meet and Flea Market.

Glow Roll SA
When:  Saturday July 26, 2014 3PM  Ride Starts at 9PM
Where: Travis Park Downtown.
Description:  The KickStand SA & SA Made by Hand Mercado presents "House Party in the Park @ Amor y Arte" & the 1st Glow Roll Social Ride in Downtown San Antonio

Date: Sat.July 26th
Destination: THE N. ST. MARY'S WALKABOUT event
What to do: Trick out all or parts of your bicycle with neon lights, or neon/glow in dark tape! Wear bright,neon,glow in the dark clothing for the ride too!
What to bring: ID, $$, extra tubes in case, bike and YOURSELF ready to have fun!
READY! SET! GLOW!
WHEELS DOWN @ 9:00PM!

**Amor y Arte: 3p-9p -- come by early to check out local artisans, live music & food trucks! SAMBH is providing a limited supply of glow sticks to decorate bikes. They will be set out @ 7:30p at The KickStand SA table...get there early to grab a few! Alamo Bike Shop will be set up offering tire service/minor adjustments too!




Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tour De Tube No. 5

Go Fund Me Campaign
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Sorry for not publishing last week, but my job kept me busy. 

As the streetcar war heats up, I find my self lost at talking about the subject and writing about it.  The same opposition I see happening here in San Antonio actually took place in Cincinnati with all sorts of people that didn't live in Cincinnati beating a drum against it.  And yet, they didn't stop it at all, actually it should be up and running soon.  The Same thing will surly happen here for the opposition is beating the wrong drum.  Also as a supporter of it, I'm also aware of the fact that we don't need streetcars to have great neighborhoods, or improve transit, no that will take light rail at least.  What is holding me back is some photos of streets in Dallas that I wish to use as an example.  So since I'm having a hard time getting money together for a greyhound ticket (Image 14-1) and food, I decided to ask all of my readers to see if you can help me raise the needed cash to obtain the photos I need to illustrate my opinion on the matter at hand.  The goal is to travel either August 2nd or August 9th to take the photos.  And the Wednesday after that trip is when I wish to publish my story.  Please visit my gofundme page to donate.  Also all donations over $50 that I'm asking for will be donated to Earnabike Coop. 

Tour De Tube no.5
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On an early Sunday Morning of June 29, people who normally don't get to see a sunrise, got out of bed, got their swimsuits together, and rode their bicycles across the street from La Tuna to meetup and start the 5th annual Tour De Tube.  It's now an annual ride from San Antonio to the Comal River.  For the past four other years, I haven't been able to attend, but this year I made half commitment.  I rode out to Landa Park, but I didn't tube, I rode back to go to work. 

As 8am approached at the lot across the street from La Tuna saw the cars parked, the bikers riding in all dressed up in spandex, swimsuits, and other normal clothes (Image 14-3).  And then finally the pickups arrived with beer and two trailers as support craft.  Tito Bradshaw got up on one and started to announce the ride.  With Tacos and Bananas for breakfast, everyone lined up to get their arm bands and breakfast and finished up with collecting the $40 fee. 
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As the ride started (14-2), we rode north up Main Ave and then through King William to S Alamo.  As we were making our turn, a drover in the White Dodge pickup gave me the middle Finger as all of us rode by.  The ride had several rest stops, the first was at Mahncke Park there on Broadway.


There were many more rest stops along the way.  As we made our way through the suburbs, we became a Critical Mass (Image 14-4) and I joked openly "Critical Mass Sunday."  Although for future rides, I think we need to designate a few people to be the traffic cops for the ride to hold up cross traffic at minor intersections and stop a the major ones. 

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As we proceed to the open country out past Loop 1604, the road got narrower and narrower and the spaces along the road filled with fewer and fewer buildings.  As the noon day heat began to beat down on us all, it was real evident that there's a reason why we don't stay out in the noon day sun.  The Tour eventually ended up in New Braunfels where we made one last stop before making it to Landa Park.  We sat underneath the big trees waiting for the riders who fell behind to catch up. (Image 14-5)
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As the ride came to a close, we got inline to the San Antonio Food Trucks that showed up.  My Three Sons Moving provided the bike transportation back. (Image 14-6)  AS the ride came to a close for me, I had to head back to SA for work was waiting for me.  As I rode back,
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The coolest part of the ride was this guy who brought his dog with him.  (Image 14-7)

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 Images: 
14-1:  The Cost for a Greyhound Ticket to Dallas.
14-2:  People lining up on E Cevallos St At Probandt looking east
14-3:  People walking around at the Slab across from La Tuna getting ready for the ride
14-4:  The Ride going down Nacogdoches just north of Loop 410
14-5:  The Last stop of the ride in New Braunfels On Landa St Just before Walnut Ave
14-6:  Instead of an 18 wheeler, we got just two trucks at the end of the ride
14-7:  The cyclist who brought his dog along for the ride.  Picture taken on Landa St right after the last stop.

 Up Coming Important Meetings
If you want to make a difference, please attend. 

What Should You Ask For:  The thing to ask for at this meeting are good sidewalks,  20 mile per hour speed limits and safe ways to get to the park down Hillcrest and St Cloud such as bike lanes down those stroads. 
What Should You Say:  The biggest thing is having cars come into the park.  This is the worse decision ever for if anybody know from experience, cars make a place unsafe and make people uncomfortable.  They don't let cars into La Villita, so why should cars be allowed here.  Also asking for La Villita types shops in the abandoned houses would be a plus too. 

Local Bike Advocate Training for Statewide Campaigns:

When:   August 3, 2014 1pm to 4pm
Where:  BikeTexas.org HQ  1902 E 6th St, Austin, TX  78702  or Online.  To Register, click here
Description: 
Do you want to learn key tactics to support bicycle advocacy in your area? Join people like you from around Texas for a special bike advocate training on Sunday, August 3, from 1-4 PM.
National experts from the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking will facilitate the workshop. They'll talk about statewide campaigns in the lead up to the 2015 legislative session, such as keeping TxDOT from moving funds away from programs designed to build bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Register for this training and be prepared for the next call to action!
The training will take place in our office at 1902 E 6th St (map), but you don't have to be in Austin to attend. Register as a teleconference attendee and we'll send you a link to join the broadcast. Please register by July 26 to secure your spot and receive updates on the training. See you on August 3!
This workshop is offered free of charge thanks to funding from Advocacy Advance. Please consider making a donation to BikeTexas to support better bicycling in Texas. Even a dollar helps!.  More info can be found at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-bike-advocate-training-for-statewide-campaigns-tickets-12258432301
Up Coming Bicycle Events


 
 Cycle In-Cinema .  
When:   Every Thursday, June-August at Dusk, 8:45pm
Where:  Main Plaza, 115 N Main Ave, 78205
Description:  Out Door Movie.  




FrankenBike #50
When:   Saturday July 19, 2014  10AM to 4PM
Where:  Alamo Bike Shop/Taps y Tapas ~ 1016 N. Flores St ~ 78212
Description:  San Antonio's Bicycle Swap Meet and Flea Market.

Glow Roll SA
When:  Saturday July 26, 2014 3PM  Ride Starts at 9PM
Where: Travis Park Downtown. 
Description:  The KickStand SA & SA Made by Hand Mercado presents "House Party in the Park @ Amor y Arte" & the 1st Glow Roll Social Ride in Downtown San Antonio

Date: Sat.July 26th
Destination: THE N. ST. MARY'S WALKABOUT event
What to do: Trick out all or parts of your bicycle with neon lights, or neon/glow in dark tape! Wear bright,neon,glow in the dark clothing for the ride too!
What to bring: ID, $$, extra tubes in case, bike and YOURSELF ready to have fun!
READY! SET! GLOW!
WHEELS DOWN @ 9:00PM!

**Amor y Arte: 3p-9p -- come by early to check out local artisans, live music & food trucks! SAMBH is providing a limited supply of glow sticks to decorate bikes. They will be set out @ 7:30p at The KickStand SA table...get there early to grab a few! Alamo Bike Shop will be set up offering tire service/minor adjustments too!





Friday, July 4, 2014

#sasidewalkssuck

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The more and more I write this blog, the more I realize that to write a story about a ride or an opening in the culture of the bicycling community will simply have to wait until the following week and that is what's going to happen with Tour De Tube.  And since I've been busy and the internet cut off from me, I had to wait until today of the 4th of July.  So happy Independence Day everyone. 

Since my venture onto Twitter, I started a new hashtag called SA Sidewalks Suck, (#sasidewalkssuck).  I got the ideal when simply noticing all the messed up sidewalks that I see everyday.  It's rare that I get to see something build right, but when it is, it is at the expense of the private property owner.  A good example of this is at 1800 Broadway.  The sidewalk there in front of that new development is at the owners expense for it much of it is on the private property not the public right of way.  At the end of the property, you see it clearly for the old buildings still standing next to it are built to the end of the property line (Image 13-1).  The sidewalk becomes narrow with electric poles standing in the way.  The other new development at 1900 Broadway didn't do this at all  and can be clearly seen with the narrow sidewalks all around.  There's a reason why one have businesses, and the other is vacant, and no, it has little to do with the timing of the building of the structures for next year, 1900 Broadway will still be abandoned.  Well at least the business/retail part while people live above the abandoned space. 
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There's a reason why everyone drives, and to accommodate that habit, we simply made sidewalks impassable, narrower so all the cars can go by and have parking spaces even in downtown.  In our neighborhoods, we made them non existence filled with cracks and abruptly ending (Image 13-2).  And even when we tout a new development in a bad neighborhood, we simply fail with the sidewalks.  The Guadalupe Cultural Arts center on the west side is the best example of an improvement gone wrong.  This is another one of those "act of racism" that I pointed out in "Two Accidents that Didn't Need to Happen."  As you can clearly see here (Image 13-3) that there's a sign and a potted plant blocking the sidewalk.  To me, this says "You people need to buy a car."  Now why they couldn't put this sign up over the street next to the traffic light is beyond me and if we're going to have decorations on the sidewalk, lets make sure they're plenty of room to get around. 

Now some of you will be asking, hey, it gets 100 degrees during the summer time, so nobody will be walking around.  Yet you would be wrong about that for if that was the case, I wouldn't see people walking nearby Guadalupe St on Brazos St at around 3:30PM, July 3rd or seeing the people walk on S Flores st right after the bike lanes were put in.  Now I know this excuse is being used by our political leaders and activist all the time, but I can tell you, it ain't true.  It's not just the tourist walking around Downtown, it is also the locals walking to catch a bus around the corner or workers in the offices going to lunch.  We have a chance to build great sidewalks here in San Antonio, but until we ditch the standards of 4ft wide sidewalks in favor of 6ft wide and driveway entrances at 1 percent grades instead of 2 percent grades, we'll continue to have a minority of people who will ride public transit for the people who ride the bus are not transit riders, they're pedestrians, period.  Until we come to that conclusion, we'll always have a VIA that sucks, well always be plagued with a city that is unhealthy and fat and most of all we'll always see the wheelchairs out in the street. (Image 13-4)
  
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You can follow me on Twitter @BikeSanAntonio.  

Images:

13-1:  At the end of the development 1800 Broadway looking south.
13-2:  I forgot where I took this picture in Dignowity Hill, but I believe it is somewhere near Willow.
13-3:  A sign and a potted plant blocking a good sidewalk on Guadalupe and Brazos st Intersection looking west. 
13-4:  I don't know what happened to my wheelchair picture, but this kid riding on McCullough in the road near Basse is a cool illustration of the lack of sidewalks all around town, looking north. 

Up Coming Bicycle Events


 
 Cycle In-Cinema .  
When:   Every Thursday, June-August at Dusk, 8:45pm
Where:  Main Plaza, 115 N Main Ave, 78205
Description:  Out Door Movie.  




FrankenBike #50When:   Saturday July 19, 2014  10AM to 4PM
Where:  Alamo Bike Shop/Taps y Tapas ~ 1016 N. Flores St ~ 78212
Description:  San Antonio's Bicycle Swap Meet and Flea Market.