Protected Intersections for Bicyclists

Protected Intersections for Bicyclists

Bike paths are only part of the solution to make urban travel by bicycle safer. They tend to disappear into confusion at intersections, especially in the U.S. where planning and design has predominantly been auto-oriented. The “protected intersection“, originally developed in Europe and adapted by a local Portland, OR design firm, solves this problem. While difficult to […]

Fun and Function on a Street Corner in Germany

Fun and Function on a Street Corner in Germany

European transportation planners have a somewhat different view on the extent pedestrians should interact with traffic controls. Here is a video from Germany demonstrating how a Pong game has been incorporated into the controls of a traffic light to allow people waiting for the signal on opposite sides of the street play with each other. It’s […]

The Perils of Pee

The Perils of Pee

Most engineers are interested in the survivability of their designs and take every measure to foresee potential sources of failure. Some failures, however, are difficult to predict and prevent. Urine, for example, is not something one would normally think of as having the power to destroy landscape features, but a spraying of it often enough […]

A Unique Bollard Design

A Unique Bollard Design

The City of Lake Oswego has a well-deserved reputation for their nice park and trail system. At one of the City’s wastewater pump stations located along a city trail I came across these very unique bollards. I understand that the purpose of these removable bollards is to allow portable emergency generator access to the pump […]

Chicago’s “Lighting Framework Plan”

Chicago’s “Lighting Framework Plan”

The blog called Architecture Chicago Plus  often has interesting articles about urban design in the Windy City. A recent post mentions that the city intends to prepare a Lighting Framework Plan (LFP) as a first step toward turning parts of downtown Chicago into a lighting spectacle in hopes of boosting tourism. It will be interesting […]

Wayfinding Decals

Wayfinding Decals

I saw a wayfinding decal recently when walking through downtown Spokane, Washington. This particular decal was installed by the Downtown Spokane Partnership (not the City), and rather than being a panel incorporated into the sidewalk, it’s only a surface application. The manufacturer claims that they can be removed without leaving residual adhesive, because the decal […]