Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The solo vehicle accident claimed the lives of two of the Terras' adopted children, David, 20, and Sara, 23. Sara Terra's 3-year-old identical twin boys, Jason and Jessie Woodson, were critically injured. One later died.Here are some reasons it doesn't warrant the term "traffic accident"
- The car was travelling at a high rate of speed.
- The car was seen to be weaving in and out of traffic.
- The 3 year old twins were not placed in car seats.
- The twins were not restrained in any manner.
- The driver was driving on a suspended license.
- The driver was described as smelling of alcohol (toxicology tests pending).
- The driver was driving on one the most dangerous days of the year (Memorial Day Holiday).
- The driver was driving at one of the most dangerous times of the day (or night).
Monday, May 25, 2009
Peddling at a slow 5 mph I found no evidence of any accident.
Paul Benabides RIP
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Blueprint America: Road to the FutureFriday evening at 9:00 PM on KQED and tonight at 8:00 on PBS stations across the country, a new one-hour documentary film will highlight the state of affairs for Americas highway system.
"PBS reports on the infrastructure crisis"
Road to the Future:
With examples drawn from Denver, New York, and Portland, veteran CNN correspondent and anchor Miles O'Brien will visit places where local officials and residents face agonizing choices between the easy status quo and the path less taken.Good to see Jonathan Maus of Bike Portland and Janette Sadik-Khan
30 second video preview
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Notice to Residents of Victorville - "Your Home May be Worth Less Than Your SUV"
As a follow up to my last post this morning (Is This The End ExUrbia as We Know It?). I went back to check on some of the other "possible unfinished developments" that Guaranty Bank, (currently at 64 cents a share - GFG) or any other bank may own. I had to stop because my eyes and hands were tired from clicking. If you think this real estate thing is over, you may want to think again.
Someone borrowed money from Guaranty, or B of A, or Chase/WAMU to pull the building permits and get the heavy machinery to start construction. Somebody lent on the hundreds of empty pads that dot the high desert. I'll tell you one thing; the bank presidents - they aint living in Victorville.
See Zillow Graph (You may have to scroll down)
Los Angles Times - "Housing Crunch Becomes Literal in Victorville"
Each Pin Represents a New Development in Victorville; a city of 100,000
View Victorville Real Estate in a larger map
Original Article in the Daily Press Los Angeles Times - Article "Housing crunch becomes literal in Victorville"
In a story Associated Press article syndicated by the San Jose Mercury News, the demolition of the remaining partially constructed was noted. The article desribed the site as follows:
"The planned 16-unit tract on the fringes of a suburb about 65 miles northeast of Los Angeles included four finished homes with granite counter tops, whirlpool bathtubs and dual-pane windows."
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
After reading the article take a look at the pictures that I have linked above and also my map created on Google Maps to get an idea of the scope of the car-free village. I am always curious the amount of land devoted to roadway. In a previous blog post I took a look at a corner of Sunnyvale, California (which due to the square mile grid pattern makes it a little fun and easy). In that post I estimated that this purely residential area devotes about 20% of its land area to road way (not counting the concrete used for driveways on private lots). In Vauban I calculated that less than 4% is used for auto roadways!
Here are some additional links on Vauban
Bike Portland - "Germany's Car Conscious Community"
"New German Community Models Car-Free Living"
Also this article is linked to in the New York Times article - "Students Give Up Wheels For Their Own Two Feet"
Vauban Photo courtesy of Ecofaubourg at Fickr
View Vauban in a larger map
Monday, May 11, 2009
4-30-07: Bear Valley Road Traffic
I lived in Victorville for many years and recently moved to Jess Ranch in Apple Valley. Now that I live in Apple Valley, I realize that some of the traffic is coming from Apple Valley drivers trying to get to the freeway or the Mall. I know Victorville is responsible for Bear Valley Road, but does Apple Valley give Victorville any money to improve Bear Valley Road?
The average daily traffic (ADT) on Bear Valley Road (number of vehicles in a 24 hour period) from the fall of 2005 was as follows:
At the Mojave River
West of 2nd Ave
Between Mariposa Rd & the I-15 northbound ramps
The ADT at the Mojave River was about 75% to 79% of the ADT near I-15. Victorville is responsible for only part of Bear Valley Road, because it lies within four different jurisdictions. Each of the local governments are responsible for maintaining the road within their respective jurisdiction. In general, they do not pay one another for improvements or maintenance outside of their limits.
The jurisdictional limits are as follows: From the Mojave River to the east, it lies within Apple Valley (to the Town limits). Between the Mojave River and I-15, the north half is in Victorville, and the south half is in Hesperia (although because the road curves, the City limits are not always at the center of the road). From I-15 to the City limits (two miles west of US 395) it lies within Victorville. It is called Duncan Road west of US 395. Beyond the Town or City limits, it lies within the unincorporated County of San Bernardino.
There is a cooperative agreement between Victorville and Hesperia for maintenance and timing modification of the traffic signals for twelve shared intersections. Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville also completed a joint federally funded project that rehabilitated pavement and improved a number of intersections from I-15 to Kiowa Road, on about eight miles of Bear Valley Road. The local governments matched the federal grant with some of their local funding.
Juan Rodelas Jr . was killed and his passenger was injured after Rodelas lost control of his speeding Corvette on Central Avenue in Union City.
An unidentified 16 year old male was struck by a car while crossing Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay just before midnight on Friday (Google Maps ).
View 2009 Fatal Vehicular Accidents in South San Franciso Bay in a larger map
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Deputy James "Tommy" Council pleaded guilty yesterday (May 8, 2009) in the deaths of two local cyclists Matt Peterson and Kristianna Gough.