Bicycle stand – Digital Bicycle http://digitalbicycle.org/ Sun, 15 May 2022 22:37:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9 https://digitalbicycle.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon-120x120.jpg Bicycle stand – Digital Bicycle http://digitalbicycle.org/ 32 32 How the National Park plans to improve traffic on the Gatlinburg Spur https://digitalbicycle.org/how-the-national-park-plans-to-improve-traffic-on-the-gatlinburg-spur/ Sun, 15 May 2022 15:42:40 +0000 https://digitalbicycle.org/how-the-national-park-plans-to-improve-traffic-on-the-gatlinburg-spur/ GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Major Changes Could Happen the gatlinburg spur. It’s no secret that the Smoky Mountains have become a haven for millions during the pandemic. Park data shows 14 million visitors in 2021, with about 70% entering Great Smoky Mountains National Park via the Gatlinburg Spur. This increase in visitation, along with recent […]]]>

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Major Changes Could Happen the gatlinburg spur.

It’s no secret that the Smoky Mountains have become a haven for millions during the pandemic. Park data shows 14 million visitors in 2021, with about 70% entering Great Smoky Mountains National Park via the Gatlinburg Spur.

This increase in visitation, along with recent development along the Gatlinburg Spur, has led park officials to seek ways to improve congestion and safety while protecting wildlife and preserving the “feeling walk” from the road.

Now four options have been identified and your opinion on these is requested.

The “Environmental Assessments of the Gatlinburg Spur Improvements” were released this month. The 99-page document details the potential effects of proposed improvements along the 4.2-mile spur that connects Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in Sevier County.

Some drivers may not realize that the spur is a section of Foothills Parkway because, unlike other sections, commercial traffic is permitted on this section of road. Part of the planning process for the roadway improvement is considering the extension of Section 8D of the Foothills Parkway which will cross the Wears Valley and connect to the spur.

Park staff will provide an overview of the environmental assessment in a virtual meeting open to 5 p.m. on Monday, May 16. Staff will answer questions afterwards. Those interested in participating can learn how to join online meeting.

The public has until Sunday, June 5 to provide comments on proposed changes.

The need for change was identified in a 2019 traffic study, particularly regarding safety issues and traffic congestion. The park noted in the assessment that a 30% increase in visitors was observed between 2010 and 2019. It should be noted that this was before the pandemic rush to the mountains. Sevier County’s population grew 9.3% over the same period, not counting tourists.

“An increase in traffic and visitation is expected to continue in coming years, based on 2021 statistics of vehicles entering the park,” park officials said in the assessment.

In terms of identified safety issues, the park said it found that 85% of people visiting during peak season often exceed the speed limit on the spur by up to 10 miles per hour.

“Collision between motorists and bears/vehicles along the spur is common,” park officials said in the assessment, noting that signs warning people of railroad crossings and the speed limit are recommended in the scope of improvements.

“The combination of high traffic volume, drivers unfamiliar with the roadway and high speeds increases the risk of motor vehicle collisions along the spur,” the report said.

The possible effects of the improvements on the climate are also noted in the report.

“Reducing congestion and improving service levels could reduce carbon emissions from queuing vehicles,” the report said.

WHAT WE DON’T DO

Traffic lights are not an option along the spur, the report says, due to their “inconsistency with the parkway’s purpose and design, as well as potential impacts on congestion in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. “.

The proposal also does not include permanent lighting fixtures, but some lighting for nighttime construction work is noted.

Other suggestions that will not be implemented include the installation of roundabouts (traffic circles), a regional metro system, shuttles, additional intersections or the widening of the spur.

“Many of these options were not compatible with the existing constraints of the spur, such as limited right-of-way and topography, or with the design aesthetic of the boardwalk, or did not meet the purpose and purpose need to take action for this environmental assessment,” he said. in the evaluation.

Other suggestions, such as a subway, shuttle, pedestrian-only facilities or bike lanes could be considered in future planning efforts, park officials said.

MINIMIZE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

NPS would take steps to minimize impact on wildlife and protect cultural resources. These actions include:

  • Perform tree and vegetation clearing in which all federally listed bats and breeding birds would be identified.
  • Remove as few trees as possible while using tree protection fencing, root pruning and avoiding soil compaction on root systems.
  • Investigate nesting bald eagles before beginning project construction and follow all measures recommended by the 2007 National Bald Eagle Guidelines.
  • Inspect the potential bat roost before removing the deck. If bats are discovered on the bridge, demolition work will be carried out between November 15 and March 31, in order to avoid and minimize disturbance.

Work should temporarily stop if cultural resources are inadvertently encountered during the project. There are no historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places within the Project area. No federally listed and state listed plant species are expected to be found in the project area based on botanical surveys conducted in April and August 2021. No in-water work or pillars would be required for construction of the bridge, except for the potential removal of the existing Wiley Oakley Bridge.

The Project area includes areas “suitable for roosting and foraging habitat” for two federally listed bats as well as two that are currently under review for listing under the Wildlife Act. endangered species.

The monarch butterfly is also a candidate and is noted as possibly appearing in the project area. However, the absence of milkweed, a host of monarchs at the larval stage, was noted during the botanical inventory.

THE FOUR OPTIONS

Federal agencies are required by law to explore a range of “reasonable” alternatives to address identified issues. Thus, in the study, four alternatives to solve the problems of safety and traffic congestion are described. Of these options, the second is preferred by the National Park System.

Option 1. No action

Option 2. Preferred NPS Alternative and Proposed Action – This option includes corridor-wide improvements, such as:

  • Curb and gutter treatments— to reduce gradient problems and discourage visitors from parking along the spur in undesignated places.
  • Setback zones —Up to 4 areas in flat locations that can accommodate paved areas 150-200 feet long and 15 feet wide that would improve emergency vehicle access and give handicapped vehicles a place to pull over safely on the main road.
  • Rockfall Mitigation — such as slope stabilization techniques and retaining walls
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (speed and wildlife monitoring) — Solar panels placed at regular intervals to remind drivers of their speed and warn them of bears crossing the roads.

To help address congestion issues, NPS suggests the following zone changes:

  • Reconfiguration of the intersection of the spur with Gum Stand Road/King Branch Road/Gnatty Branch Road to change the direction of traffic on the bridge.
  • Addition or expansion of existing acceleration lanes at the intersection of Spur and Huskey Grove Road/Flat Branch Road.
  • Build a flyover at the intersection of Spur and Wiley Oakley Drive at the Gatlinburg Visitor Center. This would mean removing the existing bridge.

“The Wiley Oakley Drive Bridge is heavily used due to the location of the visitor center on one side and a private resort development on the other. Traffic delays on the bridge can be significant for motorists turning left or continuing straight,” the documents say.

The report warns that the road works would result in lane changes, shoulder closures and temporary single lane closures, detours, changes to two-way traffic and night works.

This option received the highest rating for temporary disruption and the medium rating for permanent disruption.

Option 3: The same hallway-wide improvements listed above, but with two countercurrent bridges instead of one flyover at Wiley Oakley Drive, creating intersections where vehicles could turn but could not continue straight. Each bridge would be approximately 1,400 feet north and south of the existing bridge. This option is the most rated for permanent disturbances.

Option 4: The park would prevent vehicles from making a left turn onto the existing bridge from the northbound spur and would only allow traffic across the bridle in one direction from the southbound spur. Vehicles would also be prohibited from crossing the spur when traveling to or from Westgate Resorts Road to the existing Wiley Oakley Drive bridge.

A potential multi-use pathway for cyclists and pedestrians along the spur, between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, is also under consideration as part of a separate planning effort.


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Novato Advances Biotech Campus Expansion Plan https://digitalbicycle.org/novato-advances-biotech-campus-expansion-plan/ Sat, 14 May 2022 23:54:44 +0000 https://digitalbicycle.org/novato-advances-biotech-campus-expansion-plan/ Novato is seeking to bolster its status as North Bay’s biotech hub under a proposal that could double the footprint of its life sciences campus near the Bel Marin Keys. The city’s biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors have continued to grow since 1997 in the Novato Industrial Park, the site of companies such as Ultragenyx, BioMarin, […]]]>

Novato is seeking to bolster its status as North Bay’s biotech hub under a proposal that could double the footprint of its life sciences campus near the Bel Marin Keys.

The city’s biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors have continued to grow since 1997 in the Novato Industrial Park, the site of companies such as Ultragenyx, BioMarin, Sutter Instrument, Karuna Corp., Raptor Pharmaceuticals, and Marin Biologic Laboratories.

City officials and a group of businesses have been working since 2016 to plan a new 200-acre campus expansion along the northbound 101 Freeway near Ignacio Boulevard. A proposal to be submitted to city council on May 24 would allow for larger and taller warehouses, laboratories, offices and manufacturing buildings than those currently permitted.

More than 22% of the industrial park, or approximately 575,000 square feet, is used by biotechnology and life science companies. The plan would allow for a 300,000 square foot expansion in the industrial park – and possibly as much as 500,000 square feet if traffic issues can be resolved.

“For us, this is great news because it recognizes that we are in a place where biotechnology and these campuses are taking off,” said Kirit Patel, director of business development at Marin Biologic Laboratories. “It encourages innovation and it brings more people into the community because there will be jobs created.”

Novato’s planning commission voted unanimously on Monday to recommend that city council approve the plan.

“We are ideally located in Novato to welcome and really foster this type of development,” said commissioner Curtis Havel. “It’s an opportunity that I believe benefits the city and is in a location that won’t have a significant impact on the environment.”

One of the Ultragenyx buildings stands at the end of Leveroni Court in the Bel Marin Keys industrial park in Novato on Friday, May 13, 2022. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

Municipal regulations limit the size and floor space of company buildings. The plan would allow these companies to expand their footprint by creating more facilities or taller buildings. Building height limits would be increased to 68 feet, with an additional 8 feet allowed for rooftop installments.

The city would allow a maximum of 500,000 square feet of additional expansion with these larger developments. The plan would only affect the Hamilton and Ignacio sections of the industrial park. The southern section, known as the Bel Marin Industrial Park, would not be included due to its proximity to the Los Robles Mobile Home Park.

However, city staff said the most realistic expansion limit would be around 300,000 square feet due to potentially significant traffic issues that could arise beyond that expansion area.


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‘Accused still at large but his bike found’, police say – The New Indian Express https://digitalbicycle.org/accused-still-at-large-but-his-bike-found-police-say-the-new-indian-express/ Fri, 13 May 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://digitalbicycle.org/accused-still-at-large-but-his-bike-found-police-say-the-new-indian-express/ By Express press service HYDERABAD: The cashier of Bank of Baroda, Vanasthalipuram branch, who allegedly escaped with Rs 22.53 lakh from the bank’s counter on May 10, is still at large but his bullet bike was found in Chityala of Nalgonda, Vanasthalipuram Police said. In a video released on Thursday, cashier Praveen Kumar said he […]]]>

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HYDERABAD: The cashier of Bank of Baroda, Vanasthalipuram branch, who allegedly escaped with Rs 22.53 lakh from the bank’s counter on May 10, is still at large but his bullet bike was found in Chityala of Nalgonda, Vanasthalipuram Police said.

In a video released on Thursday, cashier Praveen Kumar said he would return home on Friday but there is no sign of his arrival yet, police said. Vanasthalipuram Police had launched an investigation after registering a case under Sections 420 and 408 of the IPC.

A police officer said The new Indian Express: “The case was registered on April 10 and we assume that Praveen left for Nalgonda on the same day on his bicycle and parked it in front of the Chityala bus station.

“It is unclear whether he went to Vijayawada and took a train to Goa or whether he returned to Hyderabad and went to Goa. He sent a message to his friends and family that he was going to Goa and on Thursday he told his mum he would be going home on Friday,” he added.

Police suspect he bought a new cell phone to communicate with his family. “His cell phone number is still off and it has become difficult to trace him. We suspect he either has a new cell phone or is only using WiFi. He states there were cash discrepancies and had reported him to The truth can only be known if we get his custody.


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Governor Hochul Announces Launch of Transformative Livingston Avenue Bridge Replacement Project in Albany and Rensselaer https://digitalbicycle.org/governor-hochul-announces-launch-of-transformative-livingston-avenue-bridge-replacement-project-in-albany-and-rensselaer/ Thu, 12 May 2022 17:22:47 +0000 https://digitalbicycle.org/governor-hochul-announces-launch-of-transformative-livingston-avenue-bridge-replacement-project-in-albany-and-rensselaer/ Governor Kathy Hochul today announced major progress on the Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge Replacement Project in Albany and Rensselaer. The State Department of Transportation will hold public hearings on May 31 and June 1, giving Capital Region residents an important opportunity to learn about this transformative project and provide feedback. DOT’s new $32.8 billion capital […]]]>

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced major progress on the Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge Replacement Project in Albany and Rensselaer. The State Department of Transportation will hold public hearings on May 31 and June 1, giving Capital Region residents an important opportunity to learn about this transformative project and provide feedback. DOT’s new $32.8 billion capital plan includes up to $400 million to replace the existing Civil War-era bridge with a new, modern structure capable of supporting rail transportation high-speed passenger transport, rail freight transport, maritime transport and bicycle-pedestrian access. The bridge provides a critical link for Northeast Corridor passenger rail service to Albany-Rensselaer.

“Anyone who rides the rails in upstate New York knows all too well the travel delays caused by the outdated Livingston Avenue Bridge,” Governor Hochul said. “Replacing this 19th century relic will not only improve passenger and freight rail service throughout New York City, but it will also provide cyclists, hikers and pedestrians with a new, safer way to cross the Hudson River. Today marks a major step forward in this transformative project, and I encourage all interested residents of the Capital Region to attend one of the public hearings.”

Public hearings are a key part of DOT’s public engagement effort and are required as part of the state and federal review process. A virtual hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 and can be accessed via Zoom here. An in-person hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1 at the Palace Theater on Clinton Avenue in Albany. Both sessions will include project information presentations by DOT personnel. A recently completed environmental assessment for the project is available for review here.

The Livingston Avenue Passenger Rail Bridge was built over the Hudson River in 1865. It connects Rensselaer and Albany by rail and provides a critical path for passenger rail service from New York west to New York. The deterioration of the current structure, owned by CSX and leased to Amtrak, limits the passage of trains to one at a time at speeds of 15 MPH. The new bridge will improve passenger service.

The current movable swing bridge would be replaced with a new lift-type bridge that would bring the structure up to modern height, width and speed standards for passenger and freight trains and more reliably accommodate marine traffic using the Hudson River. . The new bridge will be located south of the existing bridge on a parallel route and would carry two railway tracks. The approach track work will include improvements to the triangular rail junction on the Rensselaer side to facilitate train turning movements and the rehabilitation and reconfiguration of the rail bridges on Water and Center Streets on the Albany side. The new bridge will also include a separate shared-use lane connecting the Albany Skyway and Empire State Trail to the town of Rensselaer.

Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2023. Completion of the new bridge, which is expected by the end of 2026, will build on the success of previous projects in a around the city of Albany, including including the Albany Skyway, which transformed an underused exit ramp off Interstate 787 northbound to an elevated park that connected the city’s downtown to the Hudson River; and the famous Empire State Trail, which spans 750 miles and runs from New York City through the Hudson and Champlain Valleys to Canada, and from Albany to Buffalo along the Erie Canal.

New York Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said: “The replacement of the Livingston Avenue Railroad Bridge is another demonstration of Governor Hochul’s historic commitment to rebuilding critical infrastructure in New York State, and to doing so in a way that improves mobility, strengthens our economy, and brings people and communities together. These public hearings are an important opportunity to hear from the community as we develop this project and ensure an end result that makes all New Yorkers proud.”

Senator Charles E. Schumer said: “I join the entire Capital Region in celebrating the start of this long-awaited project. I worked last year to secure $16 billion for Amtrak to make infrastructure improvements, and urged them to make the Livingston Avenue Bridge the top priority on the Empire The bridge is a pivot for rail and river traffic and, of course, it has the promise of transforming our network of waterfront pathways into the Capital Region The new bridge must include pedestrian access.

Representative Paul Tonko said: “Years of inaction and underinvestment in our infrastructure have negatively impacted countless communities, driven up costs for Americans, and stunted our economic growth,” Congressman Tonko said. “That’s why I fought hard and was proud to push forward legislation, including our Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, that makes long-needed investments that will help us thrive. Today’s announcement is an important step towards building our 21st century infrastructure, and I applaud everyone involved in this worthwhile effort.”

State Senator Neil Breslin said: “The public hearings for the Livingston Avenue Bridge will provide an important opportunity for community members to provide input on the future of the bridge and a vision of what the replacement will include. I look forward to continuing to be part of the process and hearing the feedback.”

Assembly Member Patricia Fahy said: “The Livingston Avenue Bridge Replacement Project is another exciting development that helps revitalize downtown Albany while reconnecting it to our greatest historic and natural asset, the Hudson River waterfront. The Livingston Avenue Bridge will create a new multi-modal route from Albany to Rensselaer County and improve connections between our communities and illustrates a new wave of targeted and transformative investment in the economic and regional potential of historic downtown “Albany. As we seek to build on this work, let’s further reimagine I-787 to reclaim and re-access Albany’s waterfront, the Livingston Avenue Bridge will complement the ongoing and renewed investment in the heart of the Albany region. capital city. “

Assemblyman John T. McDonald III, RPh, said: “The public hearings for the Livingston Avenue Bridge will provide an important opportunity for community members to provide input on the future of the bridge and a vision of what the replacement will include. I look forward to continuing to be part of the process and hearing the feedback.”

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said: “The Livingston Avenue Bridge, as it now stands, is a relic of the past that no longer reflects how far Albany County and the Capital Region have come in terms of economy and interconnectedness. our communities. This replacement will improve public transit and commerce – by rail and water – while stimulating recreation by allowing safe cycling and walking on the river. This funding is an investment in our future and will bring this critical infrastructure into the 21st century. I welcome public comment on the project.”

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said: “It is more than exciting that we are moving forward with the long-awaited replacement of the Livingston Avenue Rail Bridge. Governor Kathy Hochul’s $400 million investment, coupled with a portion of the $16 billion secured by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, for Amtrak infrastructure nationwide repairs, will help complete this off-the-shelf project that will not only revitalize the bridge next to the nation’s ninth-busiest train station, but also create a pedestrian- and bike-friendly pathway across the Hudson River – further connecting Albany and our Riverfront with the points to the east. I urge residents and those who have advocated for a new Livingston Avenue Bridge to join these public hearings to learn more and take advantage of this input opportunity to share what they would like to see as part of the new structure.


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Job: Shipping Specialist – Velotech, Inc. https://digitalbicycle.org/job-shipping-specialist-velotech-inc/ Wed, 11 May 2022 20:03:54 +0000 https://digitalbicycle.org/job-shipping-specialist-velotech-inc/ Job title Shipping Specialist Company / Organization Velotech, Inc. job description Velotech, Inc. is a local company that has been operating in Portland since 2002. Velotech is the parent company of BikeTiresDirect, Western Bikeworks and Trisports. This position is responsible for picking, packing and shipping customer orders. Qualified Shipping Specialists also perform product put-away, clean […]]]>

Job title

Shipping Specialist

Company / Organization

Velotech, Inc.

job description

Velotech, Inc. is a local company that has been operating in Portland since 2002. Velotech is the parent company of BikeTiresDirect, Western Bikeworks and Trisports.

This position is responsible for picking, packing and shipping customer orders. Qualified Shipping Specialists also perform product put-away, clean their work area, perform physical counts, and are available for general physical and/or minor administrative work.

The starting rate is $17.25 per hour.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Pick inbound web orders and warehouse pickup orders
Pack and ship orders as directed by supervisor
Maintain accurate inventory through a regular counting cycle
Assist the front desk with putting away new items
Maintain a clean and organized workspace
Assist with all projects or assist in other departments as directed by supervisor
Perform all duties in a safe manner and immediately report all safety concerns to the supervisor

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Wear closed-toe shoes at all times in the warehouse
Be able to lift 25 pounds above your head unaided
Standing for long periods
Be able to lift 50 lbs unassisted

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Solid knowledge of cycling products
Ability to work in a high volume, fast paced environment
Ability to work independently or with others to manage multiple tasks with minimal supervision.

ADVANTAGES
Generous employee discounts
Flexible hours
Medical/Dental/Vision for all full-time and regular part-time employees
Paid leave – up to 15 days the first year
Quarterly “Get Outside” days

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform essential functions. In the performance of the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to speak or hear. The employee must frequently use his hands or fingers, manipulate or feel objects, tools or controls.

In the performance of the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walking, reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, squatting and sitting for long periods.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include near vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The noise level in the working environment is generally moderate.

This description is intended to provide only the basic guidelines to meet the job requirements. Responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions may change as needs change.

Velotech is an equal opportunity employer.

How to register

If you are interested, please click on the link to apply:
https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=4367&clientkey=F102FCECFB43ED66CAD0C8276CB962A9