Archive for March, 2010

A Real Biker’s Dream

If you happen to be one of the 57 million Americans who ride a bike on a regular basis, you were probably just as excited as I was when Google announced the addition of biking directions to the already popular Google Maps.

If you bike anything like me, this additional application will help with a regular daily ride to the grocery store, church or riding with my son’s bike trailer. Then new application includes integrated bike lanes, bike friendly roads, trails and greenways. Google also built in its own power-exertion calculator, avoiding any and all “unreasonable degrees of exertion.”

Care to take a ride from our office in Greenville, SC to eat lunch in Travelers Rest, SC?  Google maps will place you on a 30 minute ride along a Vardry Street bike lane (designed by SW+A), to a gracious 14′ travel lane on Augusta, to a bike lane on River Street (designed by SW+A) and finally to the Swamp Rabbit Trail (designed by SW+A).

Anyone up for a ride to San Francisco?  It’s only 10 days, 19 hours of straight biking! Not only is bike riding good for the environment, it’s also good for your health and well-being. Google Map your way to a more environmentally-friendly and healthy lifestyle today.

 

Post by Richard Sanders of SW+A


Community Walkability

Pedestrian and bike friendly communities used to be the norm in the United States, but for the past several decades municipal design has favored the automobile. That trend is changing. People are voicing their concerns about our dependency on cars and asking for more opportunities to walk and bike around towns and neighborhoods.  Planning boards and design professionals are listening and the result is many more sidewalks, hiker/biker trails, bike paths and greenways showing up in development projects nationwide. Connectivity to retail outlets, grocery stores, libraries and parks are other elements that impact community walkability.

If you are interested in getting a read on just how walkable your neighborhood or one you are considering moving to is, this is a cool website to visit. http://www.walkscore.com/


Great Green Roof: Year Two

Our SW+A Green Roof modules will be two years old this summer.  They are not looking too great at the moment because of three possibilities: the sedums have declined over time, the soil has lost its nutrients or they have experienced too much rainfall this winter.  We are positive our modules will bounce back this summer and we plan to give our test samples some extra attention in the next few months.

Green Roofs are almost nonexistent in our area and it will be interesting to see the first large commercial installation. Find more information about Great Green Roof here.