0% District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, whose district covers the western side of Valencia Street, showed his support for barriers between bike lanes and drivers by joining the activists standing on the painted lane divider. His first job, he said, was as a bike messenger — a knee injury keeps him off his bike these days, but he understands the safety concern. He and District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen have both called for protected bike lanes in the past.District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy joins bike safety advocates on Valencia Street. Photo by Laura WenusHe’s heard a number of proposals, including bike lanes in the center of the roads, or installing some kind of barrier between the vehicle and bicycle lanes.“It doesn’t matter to me which solution it is, but we do need a solution,” he said.But creating a barrier could get tricky when it comes to public opinion. As Kyle Grochmal, one of the cycling advocates out on the street Thursday, pointed out, a five-foot buffer requirement between parking and bike lanes would mean that a good portion of Valencia would have to have parking only on one side of the street, because the road simply isn’t wide enough to accommodate two parking lanes, two bike lanes and two driver lanes.But Sheehy said once the cycling community comes to a consensus and pushes for what form it really wants, he’d be supportive — even if there is a parking concern.“Safety’s more important than parking,” he said. “You’ve got to have a hierarchy.”The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is looking at funding protected bike lanes, an action which would need approval from the agency’s Board of Directors as well as the Board of Supervisors. The yellow-shirted bicycle-safety activists were back on Valencia Street between 18th and 19th streets Thursday afternoon, carrying signs that read: “Protected lane.”Their aim is to get something built on Valencia that physically separates cyclists and drivers on the road to avoid collisions.As it stands, the street has painted bike lanes, but nothing stops drivers from rolling into them to make a “quick” stop — to dash into a restaurant and pick up a takeout order, to pick up a group of drunk ride-hail passengers, or to drop off a friend or delivery.That’s the source of much chagrin among cyclists, and in some cases, leads to collisions. Tags: bikes • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
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Eve–named after Sir Richard’s Mom. Credit: Scaled Composites LLC The SpaceShipTwo has a capacity to carry six space tourists and two pilots into suborbital space at speeds up to 2500 mph and soar about 65-miles above the Earth. The expected ticket price is $200,000 per passenger and currently there are 300 space tourists on the waiting list. Testing on SpaceShipTwo will begin later this year. Scaled Composites is located in Mojave, California. Paul Allen provided major funding for the SpaceShipTwo design that went a long way to garner the $10 million dollar Ansari X Prize. The Virgin Galactic team is fired up and ready for GO.Sources:Scaled Composites LLC, www.scaled.comVirgin Galactic, www.virgingalactic.com© 2009 PhysOrg.com Virgin Galactic owned by Sir Richard Branson completed a successful test on May 28, 2009 of its hybrid nitrous oxide motor designed by Scaled Composites and a subcontractor Sierra Nevada Corporation. The innovative hybrid motor is the largest of its kind in the world and offers safety features including a kill switch allowing the spaceship to glide back to Earth and perform a conventional runway touch down. Citation: Sir Richard Branson All Fired Up With Latest Rocket Motor Test (2009, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-sir-richard-branson-latest-rocket.html Explore further The Virgin Galactic model dubbed, SpaceShipTwo is being built by aerospace expert, Burt Rutan owner of Scaled Composites LLC. As one might expect, Rutan and Branson have come up with a highly efficient and extraordinary design for their space tourism spacecraft. SpaceShipTwo will launch after reaching the upper atmosphere after detaching from the mother ship called Eve. The hybrid motor uses nitrous oxide and according to Sir Richard does not contain harmful toxins as solid rockets used by the space shuttle. Another advantage of the upper atmosphere launch is the cost savings for fuel. Virgin to Become the World’s First Commercial Space Tourism Operator This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Rendering of UWM’s proposed new chemistry building.Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 10:55 amGov. Tony Evers included funding for several building projects on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus – including a proposed $129.5 million chemistry building and long-planned student union renovation – in his capital budget released this week.Rendering of UWM’s proposed new chemistry building.The governor’s capital budget proposal calls for funding for the university’s planned 130,100-square-foot chemistry/bio-chemistry facility, which would replace its aging existing chemistry building at 3210 N. Cramer St. on the west side of campus.The new building, which would include labs for undergraduate STEM research and collaborative areas, is planned just west of the new Lubar Entrepreneurship Center at North Maryland Avenue and East Kenwood Boulevard. Construction could begin on the project in April 2023 with completion in June 2025, according to budget documents.Also included in the governor’s capital budget is $40.7 million for the renovation of a 203,400-square-foot portion of UWM’s student union. The project is aimed at addressing the most pressing maintenance needs for the 328,000-square-foot building.UWM’s student union dates back to 1956 and portions of the building are anywhere between 32 and 56 years old. UWM has worked with consultants three times over the past decade on potential solutions for the building, which has been given a “D” rating for function and “F” for condition, according to the university. Renovation work is expected to begin in March 2023 for completion in June 2025.Evers also backs a $7 million request to build a gymnasium and shell space addition to the Klotsche Center at 3409 N. Downer Ave. The 16,400-square-foot addition would be built east of the current complex.The 125,000-square-foot Klotsche Center was built in 1975 and the 134,700-square-foot pavilion was added in 2003. The indoor rec facility is the practice and competition venue for the women’s basketball and volleyball programs. The facility is currently over-used, which limits recreational offerings and presents scheduling conflicts, the budget documents said. Construction is expected to begin in September 2021, with completion in December 2023.One of UWM’s project requests – $103.3 million for the planning and construction of a new engineering building – was deferred in the budget proposal. The proposed 90,000-square-foot building would replace the campus’s current 108,000-square-foot physics building, which would be demolished, and become the home for the biomedical engineering program. It would also create new instructional spaces for the electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering programs.The university said the existing physics building, completed in 1964, requires extensive renovation work, including nearly replacing the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.While the project request was deferred, the capital budget would allocate $1 million in funds for planning work related to the project. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe