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Old 10-31-08, 07:54 AM   #1
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Automobile traffic donw 2% in Orlando.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/c...20081030212938



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Drivers Driving Less as Economy Slows
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Andrew Harrell, 50, rides his bicycle at the end of his 12-mile commute to work in downtown Orlando from Winter Park on Monday, October 27. Automobile traffic in Orlando has dropped by an average of 2 percent as the slow economy and high gas prices make more people cut back on their driving. Harrell says that he figures he saves $150 a month on gas by commuting on his bicycle.
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Old 10-31-08, 08:21 AM   #2
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This guy is riding his bike on a crosswalk! Where's a copper when you need one?

Great to hear--2% is significant. Love to see this sustained.
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Is that illegal in Orlando? It does vary from municipality to municipality.
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How much of this is a result of a drop in tourism? That could be a bad sign.

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316.2065 Bicycle regulations.
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(10) A person propelling a vehicle by human power upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, has all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances.
(11) A person propelling a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

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Old 10-31-08, 11:23 AM   #5
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This guy is riding his bike on a crosswalk! Where's a copper when you need one?

Great to hear--2% is significant. Love to see this sustained.

Errr... Ummm .... that was me. What you can't see from the picture is that I am about to enter the office space where I work. We were riding down the street and I just coasted into the crosswalk so I didn't have to jump the curve. Also, it's not like I got to choose the picture -- I'm guessing they liked the way the bike had the shadow on the crosswalk, and seeing the traffic, etc. etc.

Also, probably like a lot of cities, it is actually illegal to ride on the sidewalk in city limits, but the law is never enforced .....
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In Orlando, 2 percent ... that's a lot of cars.
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