December 29, 2010

Modernise that glass tower with a bike ramp around the outside.

Rational architects don’t usually go in for ramps. The gentle gradients prescribed by building codes, plus requirements for landings and minimum widths, all make for a huge waste of space, where providing disabled access with a […]
December 27, 2010

Learning from the Romans and Apple

A cyclist running a stop sign, or using fowl language, stands to be accused of tarnishing the gentlemanly reputation of all fellow cyclists. Yet my reputation as a driver is not diminished every time some beast […]
December 25, 2010

David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries [Book Review]

What a surprise, to learn David Byrne, precisely when he was enthralling me with his lyrics, was enthralling himself with the cities he toured, not by walking or driving, but the way I like to as […]
December 23, 2010

How cities might vie for the cycling class

From time to time, and by and by, I find myself reading an advertisement for a job just like mine, only in some other city. Were I a classic "creative" I guess I would be evaluating […]
December 20, 2010

A History of Me

If I were a rock star now, as I was planning when I was 18 and writing a song every week, I would be fabricating a rather different history of me than the one I will […]