|The bike shops, Starbucks, and the Bike Club's red lot ride origin|
are all popular with this subset of people who bike
|via PSU College of Engineering|
PSU site has a privacy document, so you can evaluate how to make the privacy settings work for you. If you already use something like STRAVA, I don't know if ODOT hopes this will replace that app for Oregonians, if the apps layer easily, or if you'll be faced with needing to turn on both of them each time you go out. (I hope there are plans for a v2.0 release that will iterate features as needed as more people use the system.)
BikePortland has a longer story on the app. Practically the first thing that occurs to folks is that there are lots of people who use bikes who don't also have the latest smart phone. So there are going to be significant demographic skews to the resulting data set. And STRAVA's sample size might always be signficantly larger than the number of those installing this app.
But it's important to remember that this is just a tool. Some data is usually better than no data!
The app is a very interesting move, and it will be fascinating to watch it evolve and to see how it might inform funding and design choices in the future.
City Club Talk on Climate Change
Remember this fellow?
"If you’re a conservative—half of America—why would you take yourself out of the debate? C’mon, don’t be stupid. Conservative people want to conserve things. Preserving the climate should be high on that list."
I see climate change as one of the driving forces in the 21st century. With modern technology and globalization, we are much more connected than ever before. The world’s warehouses are now container ships. Remember the Icelandic volcano with the unpronounceable name? Now, that’s not a climate change issue, but some of the people hit worst were flower growers in Kenya. In 24 hours, their entire business model disappeared. You can’t eat flowers....And he's coming to town later this month!
Here’s another one: We basically do nothing on emissions. Sea level keeps rising, three to six feet by the end of the century. Then, you get a series of super-typhoons into Shanghai and millions of people die. Does the population there lose faith in Chinese government? Does China start to fissure? I’d prefer to deal with a rising, dominant China any day....
A lot of people who doubt climate change got co-opted by a libertarian agenda that tried to convince the public the science was uncertain—you know, the Merchants of Doubt. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of people in high places who understand the science but don’t like where the policy leads them: too much government control.
Where are the free-market, conservative ideas? The science is settled. Instead, we should have a legitimate policy debate between the center-right and the center-left on what to do about climate change. If you’re a conservative—half of America—why would you take yourself out of the debate? C’mon, don’t be stupid. Conservative people want to conserve things. Preserving the climate should be high on that list.
Rear Admiral, USN, (Ret.) David W. Titley, Founding Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, The Pennsylvania State University, will give a talk, "Climate Change and National Security: People not Polar Bears," at the Salem City Club on Friday, November 21st.
Hopefully this will get different folks thinking, and won't just be more preaching to the choir. As he says, "Conservative people want to conserve things."