Youth (ages 5-15) involvement in bicycle crashes in Michigan is higher than national statistics: 32.4% compared to 26.8%.That means nearly one-third of all young people in Michigan are involved in a bicycle crash and one-forth of those (25.3%) are fatal/serious.Pretty interesting. Here are some of the proposed solutions for improving bicycle and pedestrian safety:
In all other age classifications, Michigan’s rate is lower than the national data, except for those 65-74 years old.
Men are involved in 81% of all fatal bicycle crashes in Michigan. Bicycle crash locations are nearly evening spilt between intersections and non-intersections (49% to 51%).
Despite the perceived safety of a signalized intersection, almost half of all fatal and serious injury bicycle accidents (48.9%) took place at signalized intersections.
More than half of all fatal/serious injury bicycle accidents took place on two-lane roads (56.6%), followed by five-lane (13.8%); four-lane (12.9%) and three-lane (9.7%).
Together, 25 and 30 mph streets (neighborhood and downtown streets) accounted for 75.5% of all bicycle crashes, but the majority of fatal bicycle crashes took place on streets/roads with a speed limit of 45 mph or greater even though they comprised only 19% of the crashes.
Between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., 27.2% of fatal and serious bicycle crashes took place, followed by 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (21.8%); and 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (18.5%).
The day of the week made almost no difference for fatal and serious injury bicycle crashes in the 2005-2010 time frame, ranging between a low of 151 on Sundays to a high of 220 on Wednesdays. The average is 192 and the weekday average is 205.2.
More than two-thirds (71.2%) of all fatal and serious injury bicycle accidents took place during daylight hours and 89% where when the pavement was dry.
Alcohol was not involved for the motorist or bicyclist in 70% of the fatal and serious injury crashes.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Damn Arbor reader Dan Hirschman sent in this picture. Though all you GoT fans might appreciate it. Probably would have been more appropriate to run this picture last night, but it slipped through the cracks in the inbox. Gentle readers, are you panning on attending the Art Fair? What are your favorite Art Fair activities?
This video is hottt. It literally dropped minutes ago. My iMac just finished mixing it down and the people need to see it as soon as possible at your convenience.Thanks Vinnie. We always enjoy the weirdness. Check out MarkMaynard.com for more Shadow Art Fair coverage.
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The "Green Screen Improv Troupe" is a long gestating project; attendees of this year's Shadow Art Fair will have the option to pay $1 per minute to do whatever they want infront of a homemade green screen by Melissa Dettloff and yours truly. The user will have 30* background options that they can imagine they're actually interacting with! A compilation of all of the videos will appear online and via DVD in September. While at Shadow Art Fair, you can pre-order a DVD for $10, which will include other weird shit as I see fit.
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Enjoy this latest piece of weirdness.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
With the temperature today, these cactus sculptures seemed very appropriate.
Does the State Street Art Fair have the legal authority to change a bike rack into a regular mundane U-shaped post? If they do, they clearly lack the moral ground to have cyclists respect their rules.
A truckload of stick-art ready to hit the streets of Ann Arbor.
After undergrad, I got my wish: I joined Teach for America and got placed as a high school biology teacher in Chicago. While I truly enjoyed my time in the Windy Apple, it made me realize I had taken some things about smaller cities for granted: the ease of being part of the community; the ability to really know the city; and most importantly, the ability get out of the city. In Chicago I realized that maybe I wasn't destined to be a Sophisticated, Big City Person. Maybe I was a bit more of a hayseed* than I had thought.
Jon Wilcox, a friend of Damn Arbor, sent us a tip that Ann Arbor was featured on the front page of The Atlantic Cities today. Micheline Maynard's article, In Praise of Smaller Cities, sums up many of my feelings about small city life quite well.
When I was growing up in Michigan, I couldn’t wait to get out. There was no view as thrilling as the map of a big city laid out from an airplane window at nightfall. Each time my parents took us on a trip, I plotted my escape. I poured over our weekly issue of The New Yorker, memorizing the places advertised in the back of the magazine.Gentle Readers, what do you think about small city life? Do you yearn for something bigger? Are smaller cities right for you? Do you yearn for something smaller? Please share your thoughts.
On Sunday afternoons, my brother and I sat in my godmother’s car, playing the game we called “Driving to Chicago.” (Thankfully, her keys were safely put away.)
Eventually, I got my wish. I've lived in Chicago, New York, Washington, and Tokyo. And now, I’m back in Ann Arbor, the town where I was born. Only I’m not standing on our Main Street and despairing.
Turns out my years living in big cities have given me an unexpected education in getting the most out of small city life. They’ve helped me discover what’s most important to me: a lively, diverse community, with access to good food, the arts, the world around us, and a comfortable place to live that’s also affordable on a freelancer’s budget.
*Maybe we could call bumpkins from Michigan "appleseeds" as opposed to "hayseeds?"
Monday, July 16, 2012
Shadow Art Fair is this Saturday, July 21, noon to midnight, at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. The event is will showcase 40 artists and crftspeople "with with an emphasis, as usual, on the unpredictable and weird." Parents, remember: just because the event is at a brewery, doesn't mean there won't be plenty of activities for the youngsters. For example "They can watch their parents drink."
The prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati) is a native fruit that is closely related to currants. They seem to be doing quite well with our extra dry weather this year and I have found several bushes that are were weighed down by numerous spiky berries. If you find any, give them a try. The flavor is crisp and light with a hint of starfruit. Just make sure you watch out for their prickles.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
So if this place really thinks it's the sum of the rest, they've got some 'splainin' to do. What are they the rest of? Are they okay with just being thought of as "the rest?" I think that's a little reductive. Clearly there are bigger issues at hand if people just think of you as "the rest." You're sellin' yourself short, sign!
This is yet another chance for you to place where this photo was taken. If you are the first person to guess correctly by putting your guess in the comments below, we'll damn you on our Twitter feed. So be sure to include your Twitter handle! If you don't, we'll just damn your damn name.
The last PTP was taken on Division and Washington, right by the old run-down car rental place.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Regular readers of Damn Arbor will know that I have whined, a lot, about not getting a framed award certificates from the Current for winning the "Best Local Blog" category of the annual readers choice poll. Fortunately, yesterday I received a mysterious package from The Ann Arbor Chronicle containing the above framed award certificate. Thanks Dave and Mary. No more whining.
An entrepreneur named Mark Siwak submitted a plan to mayor Dave Bing to convert some Detroit's abandoned industrial parks into a post-zombie apocalypse themed adventure camp. Z World Detroit seems to be targeted at those looking to prepare for the eventual end of the world.
Here’s the synopsis of this live-action theater: Participants arrive and park in the designated parking lot. They undergo a briefing in the staging area adjacent the Z headquarters where they learn the rules and the scenario for their overnight adventure. In brief, they search for shelter among the destroyed buildings, try to gather supplies, and attempt to survive the night without being eaten by the roving pack of zombies unleashed to find them.I think this is the coolest thing ever, but I'd be interested to know more about the types of zombies we're dealing with here. Are they the traditional shamblers, fast zombies, something else? Is zombification caused by a disease or some kind of supernatural curse?
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The above was posted by a group advocating for the space on top of the underground Library Lot structure to be developed into a central park for the city. The video does make a point, for a city with tons of parkland, green spaces are conspicuously lacking from downtown. The City only has one park, Liberty Plaza, in the DDA Assessment Area (well three really if you count the much loved Sculpture Plaza and Farmer's Market). Some would also argue that the University of Michigan's Diag serves some of the functions of a central park.
I could see the benefits of a park on the Library Lot. Especially if it became a Dolores Park-esque gathering place where all sorts of hipsters could gather and drink beer in public together. Then again, I can also see how the city might like to have something more lucrative on top of the lot. Gentle readers, what are your thoughts? Would you like to see a park on top of the Library Lot? How about more retail space, more parking, an obelisk, an office?