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DrTCombs

@DrTCombs@transportation.social

#TransportPlanning & #MobilityJustice #research. Studying, teaching, learning, tooting about 🚶‍♀️🚲 🚌 & 🛣️, with occasional outbursts about #dogs, #kids, & #gardening. Searchable on tootfinder. Opinions my own.

Not anti-car, just anti-carbrain. Fare-free transit is good policy. A person, not a data point.

Lead tooter at https://fediscience.org/@JTLU

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Name something that is intentionally designed to be as useless as searching Facebook Marketplace or Events for specific things in specific places or times

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@bikepedantic
Oooooooh I know! The FedEx customer service chat menu!

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This week in Complete Streets -- the dessert portion of the course -- we're learning how to (and not to) apply safe street design principles from other cultures to the US transportation context.

First up, the brilliant Carlos Pardo will be zooming in to talk about how to learn from temporary infrastructure and get more people involved in street design, and to spark some ideas for reconfiguring one of our own (disastrous) streets (1/3).

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Next, we'll study the theories behind many of the most famous 'sustainable safety' street designs from Europe, and discuss why we can't just replicate their physical elements -- we also have to understand their design contexts and fembrace the human-focused philosophies that underpin them if we hope to achieve the same results.
(h/t to our former colleague Mary Elbech for the content and concepts). (2/3)

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Finally, we'll wrap the course with a group discussion on the future of #CompleteStreets. What concepts can we take away from the course and apply right away? Which ones need seismic cultural shifts to be successful? How will we work to make sure those shifts happen...and to make sure they work for everyone?

#SafeStreets4All #CarolinaPlanning (3/3)

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At least once a semester, I have the pleasure of reading a student assignment that is so incredibly excellent that it makes me cry.

students are as good as they come, y'all, and I'm lucky as heck to get to know them.

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We're at the point in my course where students' small area plans start really taking shape. It's my favorite part of the course, seeing how they've integrated everything they've learned and are applying it to solve actual problems through better street design in a real world situation.

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I have -6 karma points on reddit because I commented on my own photo someone swiped and posted on a pro traffic violence subreddit, so now I'm banned from posting my own photos before they get swiped.

social media is fun.

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@SRLevine as in favor of traffic violence. not explicitly so, but that's the clear vibe.

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The kids are alright...despite the adults who eff with them every day.

This morning, we encountered an aggressive school bus, a muskmobile in "fsd", someone putting on mascara while driving a roadtank, and this person, who has shown us time and again that she has no clue how to operate in a world where kids ride bikes:
https://urbanists.video/w/ckn5uQoo6exxfxHfyViXZB

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We (thankfully) rarely have serious run-ins, but the little ones like this really add up.

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Overheard one of my students complaining to another that "#chatgpt is useless for this course" and have never felt more pleased with myself.

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@LRRRonEarth the topics we cover challenge a lot of mainstream narratives about urban policy. so, almost by definition, neither the questions we tackle nor the solutions to them won't show up in an LLM designed to provide a probability-based answers!

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A centralized academic peer review website that keeps track of all the articles you agreed to review and reminds you before they are overdue and alerts you when you are about to agree to more than you can handle again

please and thank you

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@JamesLonghurst yes.

omg I cannot begin to count how many username and password combinations I have just for Elsevier journals.

DrTCombs, to cycling
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@jcriecke
I hope it didn't, and thus will be fixed.

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@JamesK it's not the first time this particular project developer has interpreted ped/bike requirements peculiarly.

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The best is when my kid and I are already in the intersection and the dude in the giant pickup decides to blast through the stop sign anyway

DrTCombs, to books
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Y'all. Hands down the best series for right now is the *Vanderbeekers *series, by Karina Glaser.

https://www.karinaglaser.com/vanderbeekers

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In this week, we're talking about the pandemic's impacts on and and gearing up for a perennial favorite among students: Stakeholder Speed Dating!

I invite a dozen or so local experts to come provide feedback on students' recommendations for safety and accessibility improvements in a small area. Students get 10 minutes with each set of experts before rotating on to the next set. It's chaos! It's awesome! It's !

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The sun will be almost 50% covered when our local elementary schools are letting out. We're going to have crazy cool light out.
If you're driving, please remember that your primary job is to not hit anyone, ok? Wait until you get home to stare at the sun. #eclipse

Simulation link: https://time.com/6963248/total-solar-eclipse-map-places-view-2024/

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@nxskok we're going to be 80% obscured but no day off, no early dismissal, no fun at all.

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@nxskok we had clear skies but very dawn-like light. It was awesome, and totally fooled all the birds.

DrTCombs, to gardening
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If there is a better sight than your kid, in the garden, using her pocketknife to cut fresh stalks of broccoli to snack on with her friends, I don't need to know about it.

#gardening

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Looking for peer-reviewed studies on cell phone distraction! Specifically, how long users think they are distracted when they look at their phone vs. how long they are actually distracted.
I know I've come across some in the past, but not finding them right now.

Context can be driving or classroom situations!

THANK YOU, CROWD!!!

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@hughbartling
OMG same. My 10yo spends the majority of her school day on her school--issued laptop. It really does feel like the school is trying to distract kids with laptops to keep them from being bored.

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