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TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015

Hillyard Station letter carrier #64, Harold F. Van Horne, and his delivery horse Molly, in 1939. This picture was taken at the corner of Central and Market streets. Van Horne worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years. In the early 1940s mail delivery by horse and cart gave way to panel trucks.   (Photo submitted by Harold F. Van Horne)

A new mail truck? 

Grumman has designed and built many American fighter aircraft and the Apollo Lunar Module, and unsuccessfully bid on the Space Shuttle contract. The company also created the Long Life Vehicle, which we all know as the U.S. Postal Service truck. Those toy-like, right-hand driving, blue-and-white...

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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015

SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015

Portland's Tilikum Crossing, which is designed to carry light rail trains, buses, cyclists, pedestrians and streetcars. Not cars. (Courtesy Tri-Met)

Portland's bridge for everything but cars 

Later this year, a new bridge will span the Willamette River in Portland. Portland, like Spokane, is a bridge city, so any new bridge is notable. This one - called the Tilikum Crossing - is especially interesting, as it allows every mode of transport to...

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MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2015


SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2015

Candidates Amber Waldref, left, and Candace Mumm, right, talk after hearing of favorable returns at the Central Food building in Kendall Yards Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (Jesse Tinsley)

Mumm honored for crosswalk work

Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm received a Walkable Washington Innovation Award this week for her work on a crosswalk ordinance the council adopted last year. At the time the law was passed, Mumm said she hoped to make pedestrian infrastructure a priority for the city....

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SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2015

Pedestrians wearing mask against heavy pollution wait to cross a traffic junction in Beijing, Monday, March 16, 2015. The Chinese capital struggles with persistent pollution tied to rapid growth in number of cars and coal burning power plants powering the ever growing city. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

A war or a city?

; "You own a car, not the street. The street belongs to all of us. This is not a war. It's a city." That quote appears at the end of the film Bikes vs. Cars, by Swedish filmmaker Frederik Gertten - a seemingly polemical documentary...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015

A woman pays for vegetables as her child sits on a bicycle at a market in central Athens, on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. Investors hammered Greece's markets on Monday after the country's new government renewed a pledge to seek bailout debt forgiveness, setting up a clash with European lenders. (Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press)

Spokane's bicycle greenways 

This week, I wrote an article about bikes and pavement, and all the new bikeways coming to town this year. In the story, I told of planned Cincinnati Greenway, first of three greenways the city is considering designating in coming years. For those unaware, a...

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Spokane Pac-Man

Finally, Google has mingled my childhood nostalgia with my map obsession by letting us play Pac-Man on Google Maps. Yes, it's awesome running from or chasing ghosts around the South Hill's tangle of streets around Cliff Park, Browne's Addition, Corbin Park, or just about anywhere....

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TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015

Cyclists ride through Riverside State Park on Sunday, March 22, 2015. (Kathy Plonka)

Bike map!

In today's paper, we had an article looking at all the new bikeways coming to Spokane this year. We told you of the Addison-Standard bike corridor and the Cincinnati Greenway. We wrote of the Ben Burr Trail and Downtown Bike Network. But where are those...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

Uruguay's President Jose Mujica arrives at a polling station in his Volkswagen beetle, to cast his vote in the general elections, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Mujica led Uruguay through economic prosperity and gained worldwide acclaim for social reforms such as the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage. His left-leaning Broad Front coalition leads in the election to replace him, but victory in the first round is far from certain. (Natacha Pisarenko / Associated Press)

Who likes VW Bugs?

A documentary coming this summer is all about the People's Car. The one designed by the Nazis. The one my mom drove around for the first ten years of my life. The inimitable Bug. It's called The Bug Movie and I can't wait, for multiple...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015

Tom Foley Highway 

If you haven't heard, there's a highway being built on Spokane's eastside that some people, like those at the state Department of Transportation, call the North Spokane Corridor. Other people call it the North-South Freeway. If the Spokane City Council gets its way, we'll soon...

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015

Cyclists on Wall Street in downtown Spokane in 2010. (Jesse Tinsley)

Does Spokane have a woonerf? 

Wall Street is the cobblestone street in downtown Spokane, where buses, pedestrians, a ton of Jimmy John's cyclists and delivery trucks peacefully co-exist. There are very few signs telling people what to do in their respective transits, yet somehow the street is a pleasant place...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015

Flyday video: Valparaiso Urban Bomb

In our first installment of Flyday, where we put up videos of people going way too fast, we have this video from the Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2013. (This illustrates how I feel riding down South Lincoln Street and into downtown Spokane.)

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Barb Chamberlain, executive director of Washington Bikes, never balked at riding her bike in her professional clothes, even a skirt. This is a picture from May 9, 2011 in Spokane, when she still lived in town, convincing others to ride a bike. She was a driving force behind Spokane's Bike to Work week, but promotes cycling statewide. (Jesse Tinsley)

Bike to Work week wants YOU (and a little $)

Bike to Work week is still a couple of months away, but its organizers are well underway to make sure everything works out splendidly. This year marks the eighth year of the week-long event, which features group rides, commute tutorials, a silent ride for cyclists...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015

Hundreds of bicycle riders converged on Riverfront Park in 2009 for the kickoff pancake breakfast of the second annual Bike to Work Week in Spokane.  (Mike Prager / The Spokesman-Review)

Run that red light, cyclists 

As a cyclist who doesn't wear a watch, I sometimes see red at red lights. I mean, come on, I have somewhere to be and I'm probably late! Drivers surely can sympathize. One thing folks in vehicles don't experience is an overly, at times interminable,...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015


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STB: Central City Line a "great idea"

The Seattle Transit Blog took another turn at talking up Spokane's transit plans today, this time with a post praising the proposed Central City Line. The CCL, as I'll call it here because it's easier to type, is one of the many ideas in Spokane...

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