November 14, 2010

Bicycletecture coming to London

I just read this story on Treehugger about an observation tower proposed for London, that cyclists will ascend via a continuous ramp. On the way down, apparently, each cyclist’s braking will be done by the floors, […]
November 13, 2010

You and the law

My darlings, the law is an ass. And an ass is a creature that cannot ride a bicycle. Take heart though, as the principle of common law here in the motherland’s colonies, means we are beholden […]
November 7, 2010

Always room for more sex appeal

Give me a sporty bike for racing and trail riding, but something cool for everything else. In a paper you can download from this page, I argued urban cyclists are often motivated by the chic sex […]
November 6, 2010

Might buildings have bike ramps rather than lifts?

Woolworth’s building, NYC, 1926.       Unite De Habitation 1952                  The Woolworths Building, and tall buildings thereafter, owe their height to Elisha Otis’s plummet-proof elevator of 1852. A century later, Le Corbusier gave a tall apartment building wide […]
November 3, 2010

Old and New Visions

In the 1950s, Louis Kahn was proposing car parking towers ringing Philadelphia’s CBD. Today that city holds international design competitions soliciting buildings that will celebrate cycling, like this 3rd place getter, by Swedish architects "We Are […]