February 8, 2015

Codified language to discuss public space? Come on, stop it!

I’m going to tell you what is wrong with this seemingly positive list of sharp and slack terms being applauded in bike advocacy circles this week. I’m not going to quibble over details. A lot of […]
February 5, 2015

Geographical fault lines in the helmet debate

After my recent blog post comparing compulsory bike helmets to compulsory armbands on Jews, I have been hounded by facebook-friends (“ffs”) who believe conscientious objectors to bike helmet laws are going to inspire reprisals from motorists. […]
February 1, 2015

Bicycle plan to keep Venetians living in Venice

Having lived now on a holiday Island (Tasmania) for the past two and half years, I have an inkling as to why Venetians are leaving Venice. Their real population has dropped below sixty thousand and is […]
January 27, 2015

Blue Maps

Here is a mapping technique that highlights the possibility for bicycling heterotopias in just about any city. It has been designed to help people imagine greenways built along non-vehicular easements (waterways and rail corridors for example) unlocking […]
January 25, 2015

Shipping and cycling: the world’s two main forms of transport

At one end of the spectrum we have the dirt poor: those few billion people for whom insurance means breeding. At the other end are the stinking rich, with ecological footprints the world cannot share in […]