How to Fix America’s Bad Bike Infrastructure

thegreenurbanist:

livefrommyroom:

This is one of the better write-ups I’ve seen on the whole discussion around cyclists obeying rules of the road. Quite simply, the rules don’t fit. And don’t get me started on motorists not obeying rules. (Like cyclists are the only ones rolling through stop signs.) A change in mindset is needed. It’s starting to happen here in Chicago, but there is a long way to go. Simply look at the way residents have cried out in anger at speed cameras. These are cameras, that will automatically ticket you for not obeying the law. (gasp!) Until we change our mindset and get serious about making the roads safer for all users, these arguments about paying your fair share (cyclists pay taxes too!) or following the “rules of the road” (just because you saw one cyclist run a red light doesn’t mean we all do) will persist. 

You’re going to like my next HuffPo article. 

(via continuoustour)

continuoustour:

Welcome to the Fushimi Inari shrine. Shone above are just a very few of the 1,000 Torii Gates that are the most famous feature of this shrine.
But Fishimi Inari is much more than just Torii Gates, it’s also an entire mountain, and it is littered with hundreds of shrines, some very small some clustered together. The next few posts will all be of Fushimi Inari.
Millions of people visit Mount Fushimi Inari every year, and thousands reach the summit, and I’m quite proud to say I was one of them this year.

continuoustour:

Welcome to the Fushimi Inari shrine. Shone above are just a very few of the 1,000 Torii Gates that are the most famous feature of this shrine.

But Fishimi Inari is much more than just Torii Gates, it’s also an entire mountain, and it is littered with hundreds of shrines, some very small some clustered together. The next few posts will all be of Fushimi Inari.

Millions of people visit Mount Fushimi Inari every year, and thousands reach the summit, and I’m quite proud to say I was one of them this year.

El Al Flight Delayed Due to Religious Bias

Recently an El Al flight from New York to Israel was thrown into chaos during boarding when Ultra-Orthadox Jews refused to sit next to women. (Touching a woman you’re not married to is prohibited in their faith).

According to ynetnews.com / JewishWorld:

"People stood in the aisles and refused to go forward," said Amit Ben-Natan, a passenger who was on board the plane.

"Although everyone had tickets with seat numbers that they purchased in advance, they asked us to trade seats with them, and even offered to pay money, since they cannot sit next to a woman. It was obvious that the plane won’t take off as long as they keep standing in the aisles."

Things were eventually sorted out and the plan took off, but then, more problems.

It seems that after takeoff a large portion of the haredi [Ultra-Orthadox] travelers took to the aisle to pray which, according to their fellow travelers, crowded the aisle and caused the flight to be unbearable.

"I went to the bathroom and it was a mission impossible, the noise was endless," [fellow passenger] Galit said.

Galit herself was asked to move by one man prior to take off she said.

"Why should I agree to switch places?" she said with anger.

After she refused, the haredi man seated next to her conceded, but it was only temporary: “I ended up sitting next to a haredi man who jumped out of his seat the moment we had finished taking off and proceeded to stand in the aisle.”

El Al is looking into the incident and said it will examine it’s future steps regarding possible similar incidences going forward.

el al flight delay