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OMG, It’s a Huge, Brand-New, 137-Page Cycling Safety Study from the Mineta Transportation Institute – Here’s Your Free PDF

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Here it is:

Promoting Bicycle Commuter Safety(PDF 2.2MB)

Big, in’nt?

And oh, did I say “brand-new?” What I meant to say was slightly dated. Check it:

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(“Procedural review?” The Ghost of Mr. Anderson lives on. Injunction junction, what was your function?)

Now, realize first that everything in San Jose is named for Norm Mineta, and here you go:

“Study Shows How To Improve Bicycle Commuter Safety; SF Bay Area, Portland, OR Are Case Studies

Mineta Transportation Institute’s free report evaluates risks, safety, planning, enforcement and more.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 22, 2012 — The Mineta Transportation Institute (transweb.sjsu.edu) has published a report that leverages literature review and case studies in the San Francisco Bay area and Portland, OR to recommend ways to improve safety for bicycle commuters. Promoting Bicycle Commuter Safety includes chapters on risks, application of social psychology to bike safety, dimensions of effective practices, and more. The report also includes illustrative tables and photos. Principal investigator was Asbjorn Osland, Ph.D., with several chapter contributors. The 157-page report is available for free PDF download from transweb.sjsu.edu/project/2927.html.

“A basic premise in this report is that cycling should be encouraged because as the number of cyclists increases, the attention of motorists and safety improve,” said Dr. Osland. “However, an important caveat is that the number of cyclists must be commensurate with the infrastructure built for cycling to enhance their safety. This report discusses and evaluates various bicycle commuter settings against a framework of what are called the 5 Es – engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation.”

Dr. Osland noted that, of those five categories, engineering is essential because the infrastructure is vital to protecting cyclists. Education is emphasized because safety is the central focus of the report. A number of case studies was included, and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in the Portland OR area was prominently featured as an effective example of the “education” and “encouragement” dimensions of the 5 Es. The report concludes with a discussion, and it notes the need for continued research or evaluation, with particular reference to using the social psychological model.

As part of the literature review, researchers found a large amount of crucial data, including:

–  In 2008 males accounted for 87 percent of bicycling fatalities in the
U.S. More cyclists are male, but females may follow the rules more.

 –  Bicycle accidents that involved a motor vehicle were a very small
percentage of all bicycle accidents; however, the vast majority of fatal
bicycle accidents involved a vehicle. This is why engineers suggest
keeping cyclists separate from vehicles.

–  Too many cyclists violate the rules of the road, yet enforcement is
often lacking.

 –  Driver aggression, drivers “squeezing past” bicycles when there isn’t
enough room for them to safely pass, and cyclists riding poorly were
mentioned as problems in the Berkeley surveys.

–  A lack of empirical data on outcomes makes it difficult to identify true
best practic­es regarding safety education programs. However, wearing
helmets, maximizing conspicuity, and maintaining one’s bicycle in good
working condition while following the rules of the road seem logical.

Tables in the report include those detailing bicycle rider injuries and fatalities; risks associated with riding against traffic, with traffic, and on sidewalks; bicycle stress level values and components; comparison of several bicycle trip factors in the U.S. and Northern Europe; and more.

Illustrations include before-and-after photos of street redesign; examples of safety posters; a children’s bike rodeo; an example of a “bike garden” in Switzerland, where cyclists can practice safety skills; bike safety web pages; street markings and signs; and more. Of special note are the maps detailing the city of Berkeley, Calif. bicycle boulevard network, built on existing and newly-created calmed streets.

The complete 157-page report, including an application of models to the 5 Es, is available for free PDF download at transweb.sjsu.edu/project/1003.html

ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Asbjorn Osland, Ph.D., is professor of management at San Jose State University. He received his doctorate and MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a Master of Social Work and a post-baccalaureate in accounting. He has taught full time since 1993. Before that he worked in Latin America and West Africa for 13 years for Chiquita Brands, for ten years in several countries for Plan International, and for the Peace Corps in Colombia. His research interests include case writing, business and society, and international HRM, with over 60 published articles, cases and chapters, and a comparable number of conference presentations..

ABOUT THE MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE

The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) conducts research, education, and information and technology transfer, focusing on multimodal surface transportation policy and management issues, especially as they relate to transit. MTI was established by Congress in 1991 as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) and was reauthorized under TEA-21 and again under SAFETEA-LU. The Institute has been funded by Congress through the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration, by the California Legislature through the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and by other public and private grants and donations, including grants from the US Department of Homeland Security. DOT selected MTI as a National Center of Excellence following competitions in 2002 and 2006. The internationally respected members of the MTI Board of Trustees represent all major surface transportation modes. MTI’s focus on policy and management resulted from the Board’s assessment of the transportation industry’s unmet needs. That led directly to choosing the San Jose State University College of Business as the Institute’s home. Visit transweb.sjsu.edu

Front Cleansing in Mountain View – Conan O’Brien Delighted by Google’s $700 Toilets

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

After famous Conan O’Brien performed at his Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour 2010 at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium on April 22-23 he headed south down to San Joser. But on the way, he managed to put in a visit to Google’s HQ in Mountain View. O.K. then.

Well, he was simply delighted with Google’s Japanese-made Toto toilets. Check the YouTube.

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Front cleansing indeed.

San Francisco Delighted by the Return of Conan O’Brien – LPFBFOT Tour 2010

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Conan O’Brien’s 32-city Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour 2010 delighted all comers at the sold-out Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium tonight.

It went a little something like this.

Friday’s show should be a hit as well. Keep up with the action at the Twitter via #cobnob

Bonus: the Masturbating Bear made an appearance tonight as well:

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In other news:

Leno Slips to Post-Coco Low — Even vs. Dave Repeats

Post-Coco Low! Post-Coco Low! Post-Coco Low!

The C-man in S.F. – Conan Christopher O’Brien by Troy Holden

O.K. then. Coco is leaving us tomorrow Friday, April 23 2010. It will be tough getting into his final show in S.F., but: 

“Wow. If Conan is coming to your city, find a way to get tickets. I was literally in tears from laughing so hard.”

And the Late Night Talk Shows Examiner seems to like this tour a lot.

Bon Courage, Conan and everyone else on the LPFBFOT Tour 2010.

P.S.: Here are the remaining cities on the tour – check to see if they added another show in your town the way they did in San Francisco: 

4/24/10 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheater

4/29/10 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre

4/30/10 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre

5/1/10 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Concert Theatre @ The Palms

5/4/10 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

5/5/10 San Jose, Ca San Jose State University Events Center

5/6/10 Sacramento, CA Sacramento Memorial Auditorium

5/9/10 Boulder, CO Mackey Auditorium

5/10/10 Denver, CO Ellie Caulkins Opera House

5/13/10 Dallas, TX McFarlin Memorial Auditorium- SMU Campus

5/14/10 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall

5/15/10 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater

5/16/10 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre

5/18/10 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre

5/19/10 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre

5/22/10 Toronto, ON, Canada Massey Hall

5/30/10 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Spa & Resort – Event Center

6/1/10 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall

6/4/10 Boston, MA Wang Theater

6/6/10 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

6/7/10 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre

6/8/10 Washington, DC Constitution Hall

6/11/10 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music Festival

6/14/10 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre

Spectacular Little Mermaid Ends, New Shows at San Francisco Ballet Start April 8th

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Check out the San Francisco Ballet‘s Facebook Wall to see how much people liked Program 5, the Little Mermaid, the past week.

Programs 6 and 7 are coming up soon – get the deets on them below. They’re what you can see on a Friday or Saturday night for just a little bit more than the price of a movie theatre ticket.

O.K. then. Program 5 certainly was a spectacle. Check the reviews, below.

Yuan Yuan Tan as the Little Mermaid, by Erik Tomasson:

Allan Ulrich: Dance review: ‘Little Mermaid’ casts spell

Chloe Veltman: Taking a Children’s Tale to Dark New Depths

Janos Gereben: Dancing away Andersen’s ‘Mermaid’

Ann Murphy: Stunning ‘Mermaid’ flounders at times in S.F.

Rachel Howard: San Francisco Ballet Star Shines Under the Sea

Sean Martinfield: THE LITTLE MERMAID – “This Girl’s Got Everything!”

Becca Hirschman: SF Ballet’s The Little Mermaid Reviewed: It’s a Bewitching Tale

Barbara Koh: Review – The Little Mermaid

Katie Gaydos: San Francisco Ballet’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Dives into Dark Waters

And here’s what’s coming up:

Program 6

“Haffner” Symphony
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Translating Mozart’s elegance and warmth into visible patterns, Helgi Tomasson’s “Haffner” Symphony is a gracious celebration of effervescence and refinement.

Read the program notes.

Underskin – New!
Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
Choreographer: Renato Zanella

Set to a complex, passionate composition by Arnold Shoenberg, Renato Zanella’s world premiere, Underskin, is an emotional voyage through mysterious and deep emotions.
 
Read the program notes.

Russian Seasons
Composer: Leonid Desyatnikov
Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky

Following its SF Ballet premiere last season, Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons is a work of both reflection and evolution as classical poses unravel into contemporary gestures.

Read
the program notes.
 
Thu Apr 8, 8pm* | Sat Apr 10, 2pm and 8pm | Tue Apr 13, 8pm | Fri Apr 16, 8pm* | Sun, Apr 18, 2pm* | Wed Apr 21, 7:30pm
 
Total running time: 2:16
 
*Meet the Artist Interview
Pointes of View Discussion

Choose a Date:

Thu, Apr 8, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 10, 2010, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 13, 2010, 8:00 PM

Fri, Apr 16, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 18, 2010, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 21, 2010, 7:30 PM

 

Program 7

Rush©
Composer: Bohuslav Martinu
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Set to a forceful and energetic score by Bohuslav Martinu, Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush sweeps, swirls, and flows with sophisticated movement.

Read the program notes.

Classical Symphony – New!
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov

 
For his ninth work for SF Ballet, Yuri Possokhov turns to his roots with Classical Symphony, a neoclassical flow of patterns, dancers, and space.

Read
the program notes.

The Concert (Or, The Perils of Everybody)
Composer: Frédéric Chopin
Choreographer: Jerome Robbins

Returning this year, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert is a truly fun-filled parody and stroke of choreographic genius.

Read
the program notes.
 
Fri Apr 9, 8pm* | Sun Apr 11, 2pm* | Wed Apr 14, 7:30pm• | Thu Apr 15, 8pm | Sat Apr 17, 2pm and 8pm | Tue Apr 20, 8pm
 
Total time: 1:56
 
*Meet the Artist Interview
Pointes of View Discussion

Choose a Date:

Fri, Apr 9, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sun, Apr 11, 2010, 2:00 PM

Wed, Apr 14, 2010, 7:30 PM

Thu, Apr 15, 2010, 8:00 PM

Sat, Apr 17, 2010, 2:00 PM

Sat, Apr 17, 2010, 8:00 PM

Tue, Apr 20, 2010, 8:00 PM

Conan O’Brien Plays San Francisco April 22-23: $74 a Ticket, Meet Coco for Just $695

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

[UPDATE: OMG COCO is finally here. Follow the action via Twitter at #cobnob.]

Oh, it’s on. It’s going to be Coco a Gogo when Conan O’Brien’s “half-assed” 32-city Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour 2010 comes to the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium April 22-23. It’ll be just like 2007 all over again.

“Full Price Tickets” from TicketMonster are going right now for $74, all up. And for just $695 you can get in on the Meet and Greet Package- wouldn’t you like a photo of you and Conan to put on the FaceBook for all your “friends” to see? Sure you would.

I don’t know, maybe you can score some cheaper ticks by using your AmEx card or going to the box office or something.

See you there!

All the tour locations, after the jump

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