April 1, 2013

Highlights from the Velo-City Cycling Visionaries Award (Urban Design)

For the past 3 years I have made it my business to keep watch for visionary architectural proposals that might advance cycling. Once every 2 or 3 months a conspicuously architectural bike shed will come along, […]
March 30, 2013

Narrow roads, narrower footpaths, and narrow minds.

Policing illegal parking on footpaths is just as important as policing speeding. Blocked footpaths force people in wheelchairs, people with prams, and kids on bikes, into traffic. Perhaps worse, is the disincentive to walk or cycle […]
March 28, 2013

Bike tips for the ladies, from masculine women.

If a man told risk-adverse ladies to toughen up and undertake training to handle their bikes on the road with the cars, he wouldn’t get much attention. Keen observers of the barrier protected cycle track revolution, […]
March 28, 2013

Bike Paths to Every Back Door!

Before our cities had many streets, most had many waterways, railways and canals, for hauling goods between the land and the sea. The above map of Boston from 1849, (http://www.transitboston.com/resources/transit-rights-of-way-project/) shows a city that car-dependent Bostonians […]
March 21, 2013

An idol in troubled times: why we fetishise old bikes and recycled materials

I don’t save for retirement. I plan to die of old age while giving a lecture (so stay awake in the back row—you might just be there on that day!) But for so long as the […]