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Here at Beach City we encourage you to write alt text for your images. If you can't, no problem, but if you can it will help people with limited or no vision. (Yes they are reading your toots.)

For advice on what to put in image descriptions, the Royal National Institute for Blind people has this to say about Twitter:
rnib.org.uk/rnibconnect/image-

For more discussion:
rnib.org.uk/accessibility-guid

Thanks for making mastodon a little friendlier!

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My neighborhood newspaper published possibly the worst political cartoon to ever exist, so I contributed some, um, insightful commentary 🙄 ✊ 🍆

(image descriptions in replies)

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i thiiiiiink tomorrow might be leaf day. the first buds on the trees may come open and let us peek some green leaf, perhaps!
PLEASE BE EXCITED

A timely and insightful article from @laflaneuse on Mississippi River boulevard in St. Paul, and the vast overrepresentation of SFH in [basically everything], including our perceptions.

“Using that county map, I calculate that 18 percent of housing units in single-family houses take up 78 percent of the residential land along this street in Highland while the 80 percent of total housing units that are in apartment buildings use only 18 percent of the residential land.”

streets.mn/2019/04/15/who-shou

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Cyclists, here's a good article to reference the next time someone goes off about cyclists that break traffic laws:

chi.streetsblog.org/2019/04/11

short version: some people are jerks, it's a tiny problem compared to dangerous driving, better infrastructure and education would help

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If you live and/or bike in St. Paul, now is the time to tell the city council that we want an Ayd Mill Road Greenway instead of spending $3.5 million to repave Ayd Mill as-is. The St. Paul Bicycle Coalition has more info here:

actionnetwork.org/letters/buil

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“it promotes plastic junk and works against transit riders, walkers, pedestrians, and women who travel in any of those ways“

streets.mn/2019/03/28/security

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In fact I like this so much that years ago @Jennybellium metalsmithed an excerpt of it for me on this piece: All this I desire

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For a uni project, my class needs native speakers of English who spent at least their childhood (ages 4 to 13) in the UK to do a quick survey!

If this is you, please consider helping us out: tinyurl.com/DialectSurvey2019 People love talking about how differently they talk from how other people talk, so I hope you have fun with it!

If it's not you, feel free to boost it.

We're actually going to be doing some cool science with the results we get, which I'm happy to talk about here once it's done.

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Reminder to y’all,

April is autism awareness month. Couple of things:

1) do not support Autism Speaks. At all. They silence the voices of actual autistic people and seek a “cure” and compare us to cancer

2) stop and call out others reducing autism to a punchline and/or insult

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I am so extremely excited!! For the first time ever, Conduit Books & Ephemera has two new poetry books out in the world! 🤘 🙌 :awoo: 💀 :blobboo: 💃 🕺 🦁 😻 💫

Now available at conduit.org/

The Last Note Becomes Its Listener by Jeffrey Morgan
and
Animul/Flame by Michelle Lewis

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In Saint Paul, the police say it’s legal to park in bike lanes, anytime, for any reason (according to SeeClickFix):

“After further view with the Saint Paul police department, in the city of Saint Paul it is not illegal to park in the bike lanes... vehicles may park in bike lane with no repercussions” (Screenshot of one such ticket attached, link: en.seeclickfix.com/issues/5558 )

Creative transit-style maps from Daniel Huffman featured on streets.mn today:

“I don’t think people are used to seeing and thinking about rivers this way — realizing their interconnectedness, their importance in the establishment of settlements, or the fact that they were humanity’s original transit networks.”

streets.mn/2019/03/11/map-mond

If anyone is interested in joining streetsmn as a writer, please do, we would love your input. I am happy to help facilitate or even edit/proofread!

more info here:
streets.mn/write/

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Rejoice!! The new issue of Conduit is here!!! Be dangerous and wayward and share near and far from your home.

let conduit.org show you some hospitality

An excellent streets.mn post from @kyleislikekyle on bicycle safety!

"Safety for cyclists starts before you become a cyclist. The first step is positive, happy advocacy."

streets.mn/2019/03/06/bicycle-

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A community centered on the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and their surrounding region.

An alternative to social networks that connected people in the region that have either died away or driven people off with unethical or anti-social policies.

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