I'm an electrical design engineer by profession. My resume is on the web: akos.us/resume
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phones: 408 221 0694 (mobile).
web site (this page): akos.us
location: I live in Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley), California, USA.
I enjoy travel, most recently spent one month in Spain. See my Spain 2013 trip report which contains links to slideshows of the trip.
I enjoy mountain bicycling both locally and bicycle touring in third world countries.
See incredible pictures of "pedestrians prohibited" from sidewalks, bus stops, pedestrian paths, "bicycles prohibited" from the "bike lane" and prohibited electric trains. The quotes are actually what the signs said or still say.
I served as president of the Modern Transit Society and vice-president of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and also served as newsletter editor for both. I wrote many articles about bicycling and transportation economics. I was the primary author of the Free Market for Transportation Plan and am the author of Conflict of Transportation Competitors.
I successfully lead the fight for the repeal of all bicycle prohibitions in Santa Clara County (California, USA) on arterial roads. My effort to repeal pedestrian prohibitions has been mostly successful. At my request, the County Supervisors in 1991 put a stop to the highway engineer's practice and future plans to destroy bike lanes and sidewalks when adding more lanes for automobiles. My efforts resulted in construction of about 10 miles of sidewalks on Lawrence Expressway and a change in County Policy which is increasing sidewalks every year on "expressways." (now at over 20 miles).
In 2003, I had great successes again, in a new policy by the County Supervisors that support pedestrians on shoulders and paths, and a modification of the Sunnyvale ordinance that also allows pedestrians on shoulders and paths. Details are in the Expressway topics, links page. For a comprehensive report I authored, see Analyses of Pedestrians along Expressways. See why I was so involved in the struggle for the rights of pedestrians and bicyclists.
In the early 1980s, I was a leading advocate, through the Modern Transit Society, for the successful return of light rail transit to Santa Clara County.