fuel tax

Filed under: bipedal,road — WmX @ 06:45
Sunoco Blue

local state or federal? Seems like a good time to increase the fuel tax to render the commons safe for bicyclists and bipeds.


Lady Bird Johnson would be pleased

Filed under: road,signs,trees — WmX @ 15:49
planting trees

The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards are working with the Charlottesville Tree Commission, VDOT, Albemarle County, Monticello, and Piedmont Community College to plant trees in the median of Route 20 between the City Limits and Route 53, roughly 80 total, over the next 2-3 years.

toting q. bicolor

Tree Commissioner Paul Josey and Charlottesville Planning Commissioner Jody Lahendro shoulder a swamp white oak across Moores Creek. Landscape Architect Paul Josey is the person who created and fought for this project. Lahendro has advocated for an increase in CIP outlays to plant trees in the City.

bare root q.bicolor

The first phase is entirely funded by the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards, and trees are being purchased from Bremo nursery, which is donating one of the Swamp White Oaks.

working in the median

Working in the median is challenging.

many hands, still hard work

These trees will help to retain rainwater, create habitat and food for birds, clean the air, and improve the scenery along this roadway.

tree stewards at work

To become a tree steward, you must first complete the training class. The class is a 10-week course consisting of lectures on a variety of topics as well as several field trips with information on tree identification and pruning techniques.


day job

Filed under: occupation,road,time machine — WmX @ 09:22
My daily place for seven years, '87-94. Still there.

My daily place for seven years, ’87-94. Still there.



Filed under: road,signs — WmX @ 11:06
defending the perimeter

First world problems


Franklin sidewalk

Filed under: neighborhood,road,traffic — WmX @ 09:13
Franklin wall provides refuge

October 2014, City Council voted to install pedestrian provisions and address truck traffic on Franklin Street. I wonder how that is going?


Terrapene carolina carolina

Filed under: fauna,road,slabtown — WmX @ 09:54
eastern box turtle

Box turtles are slow crawlers, extremely long lived, slow to mature, and have relatively few offspring per year. These characteristics, along with a propensity to get hit by cars and agricultural machinery, make all box turtle species particularly susceptible to anthropogenic, or human-induced, mortality.
In the wild, box turtles are known to live over 100 years, but in captivity, often live much shorter lives.–Wikipedia


Route 354 Bertrand

Filed under: agrarian,road — WmX @ 08:21
rt 354, bertrand

Flat, corn, no cars


on the road to Lucinda

Filed under: road,signs,strange land,weather — WmX @ 08:15
Mailpouch Tobacco

Snow! 233 miles north of Charlottesville, April 22, route 66, on the road to Lucinda. Clarion County is one county away from the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Snow melt here flows through New Orleans.


Tale of Two Cities

Filed under: city,road,Urban Planning — WmX @ 13:57

Keeping up with the ADA, installing curb ramps with detectable warnings.

radiused granite!

Many different ways to install an ADA ramp in terms of workmanship and materials. This photo is from a northern city
which finds economy in using cut radiused granite for its curbs.

asphalt sidewalk

There are doubtless advantages to asphalt sidewalks. They are easier on tree roots? You can make them out of oil? They are cheaper to install? They are better to fall on?
They don’t seem to be durable.
Our town installs these in neighborhoods with a lower socio-economic profile.

30 x10208 px box

G. What are Detectable Warnings, Why are They Required, and Where Must They be Provided?
The ADA Standards require that curb ramps include features called “detectable warnings.” Detectable warnings consist of a series of small domes that contrast in color with the surrounding sidewalk or street. They must be integrated into the walking surface, and there are specific measurements for the size and spacing of the domes.13
What is the function of detectable warnings? Detectable warnings are intended to function much like stop signs for pedestrians who are blind or have low vision. The warnings, which are intended to be felt with pedestrians’ feet, alert blind individuals and those with low vision that they are about to enter a street or other area where cars pass. A detectable warning alerts pedestrians who are blind or have low vision that they need to stop and determine the nature of the hazard – such as whether there is passing traffic – before continuing on their way. 
Under the ADA Standards, curb ramps are required to have detectable warnings that extend the full width and depth of the curb ramp.14 An example of a perpendicular curb ramp that complies with this requirement can be seen to the left. 
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), however, is encouraging the use of a different design for detectable warnings.15 Under this design, detectable warnings extend the whole width of the ramp, but cover only the two feet of the ramp closest to the street. DOT has deemed this departure from the ADA Standards to be permitted under Title II of the ADA.16 An example of a curb ramp that complies with the DOT’s design can be seen on the right.ADA Best Practices


end of the road

Filed under: road — WmX @ 00:22
at the end of 689 miles

prize at mile 689

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