January 1, 2018

Reclaiming the word “cyclist” as an unmarked term.

The second half of the twentieth-century was a dark age for bicycle transport. Cycling (by which I mean cycling for transport) became so uncommon that the word “cyclist” was taken to mean someone in lycra and […]
December 14, 2017

Why bicycling is the architect’s soup can

In any country except for the Netherlands (where cycling is passé), construction work for the bicycle is symbolic, shockingly so. It invites controversy. People say, “for bikes?” in the incredulous way pagans would have looked at the […]
December 9, 2017

A Guide to Your Next Suicide

About once a year the considerate and apolitical police force here in NSW Australia hold Operation Pedro, where officers are sent onto the street to fine 13 year olds for riding on footpaths, ping conscious objectors […]
November 15, 2017

The Bad News and Good News, if you want to be Holland.

I should do this with China, Columbia, Norway, Spain… all the countries I’ve worked in of late. But if I do it for Australia, you should able to extrapolate. Let’s start with the bad news—that way […]
November 1, 2017

gross generalizations about other nations

The title is non-capitalised, because I’m just writing for fun. As an academic I travelled a lot, but aside from a long stint in New York was never really exposed to a culture. In the past […]