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Jun
2021
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With trivia and stories, MnDOT wants to talk transportation

The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to test your knowledge of the state’s transportation system, while also — and more importantly — providing a platform allowing citizens to shape the future of roads and transit.

Through a new initiative called “Let’s Talk Transportation,” the agency has created a website, minnesotago.org, where travelers and commuters can answer trivia questions and provide ideas as the agency seeks to set policies on issues of safety and repairing aging infrastructure, and equity and the impact of climate change on travel.

“It’s a fun and interactive way to talk to MnDOT,” said Ashley Zidon, MnDOT’s statewide multimodal program coordinator. “We hope it provides a welcome space for conversation.”

The website has six modules featuring comics with factoids that illustrate some of the complex issues MnDOT will need to tackle in coming years, paired with open-ended discussion questions that encourage people to tell their stories about how transportation affects their lives.

Trivia questions to get minds turning introduce each topic. Anybody know what percentage of MnDOT’s 28,500 lights on state roads had been converted to high-efficiency LEDs as of November 2020? Or how many intersections still need curb ramps and modern crosswalk signals? What about how much the average motorist spends per year on tires, damaged rims and other repairs caused by bumpy roads?

The answers are 87%, 20,000 and $542, respectively. Did you get close?

When it comes to the discussion questions — such as what should transportation options look like in Minnesota in the future — there are no right or wrong answers.

In the section addressing climate change, for example, MnDOT officials hope people will share how often they drive, or if concerns over the environment have them biking, walking or taking public transit more often. The agency also would like to learn if participants are thinking about buying an electric vehicle or finding other ways to minimize their carbon footprints. The answers could guide where MnDOT adds infrastructure, like electric vehicle charging stations, said Hally Turner, MnDOT’s policy planning director.

“Let’s Talk Transportation” grew out of a brainstorming session as MnDOT was rethinking its public engagement strategy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When life is heavy, transportation policy is not always top of mind,” Turner said.

That engagement so far has been exclusively online, but don’t rule out a neighborhood Zoom trivia dinner party. MnDOT stands ready to throw some on request, and maybe even offer some prizes, all in an effort to expand its reach and get people talking about transportation.

“Transportation impacts everybody differently, and we want to learn how to make it work for everybody,” Zidon said. “We will use feedback to craft long-range policies.”

Work on Hwy. 10 starts Monday

Motorists using Hwy. 10 in Coon Rapids in the vicinity of Round Lake Boulevard should prepare for delays as MnDOT begins a bridge replacement and signal replacement project Monday.

Hwy. 10 motorists can expect single-lane traffic, ramp closures and short-term intersection closures between Main Street

Apr
2020
29

The Slowmotion Revolution with commentary, reviews, stories, travel, and links.

your house is just
this side of great distances

Of course this has to do with bikes and books … but first, I figure about half of you out there use Internet Explorer to view Bicycle Diaries. Microsoft‘s nefarious product doesn’t load it very well. It often center justifies the posts putting the right sidebar all the way down to the bottom of the page. Try instead Mozilla Firefox as your browser. It’s FREE, only taking a few minutes to load. It also has a great reputation in contrast to the Windows-based Explorer.

Someone who wants to run Windows on servers should first be made to show what they know about servers that Google, Yahoo and Amazon don’t know.

You’ll not only see my blog as I intend it to be viewed. You and your computer will both be very happy. Firefox is more secure against viruses and hackers as well as less buggy than Explorer.

Speaking of explorers, I’ve been wanting to post one of my favorite poems about travel.

Entering

Whoever you are: step out in the evening
from your room where all is known to you;
your house is just this side of great distances:
whoever you are.
With your eyes which, exhausted,
barely free themselves from the worn threshold,
you raise up, slowly, a black tree
and place it against the sky: slender, alone.
And you’ve made the world. And it is vast
and like a word which ripens still in silence.
And as your will begins to grasp its meaning,
your eyes release it gently.

In 1900 Rainer Maria Rilke, a rather restless traveler, sought refuge with Leo Tolstoy at his ancestral estate, Yasnaya Polyana. Rilke, only 25 years old, already had an impressive array of publications to his credit. Unfortunately, this had done almost nothing to help his anxieties about writing. He shared them Tolstoy; later describing their conversation in a letter to friend,

I still lack the discipline, the being able to work, and the being compelled to work, for which I have longed for years. Do I lack the strength? Is my will sick? Is it the dream in me that hinders all action? Days go by and sometimes I hear life going. And still nothing has happened, still there is nothing real about me . . . .

To which Tolstoy gave a completely unexpected response. With neither sympathy nor pity, he simply said, Write!

Tolstoy could have easily said, bike! At the age of 67, he started teaching himself to ride. Visitors to Yasnaya often commented rather humorously on the sight of the aging anarchist rolling around his estate. Tolstoy was as brief in his response to them as he had been to Rilke.

I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is nothing wrong with enjoying one’s self simply, like a boy.

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