November 18, 2014

How to know if your city can be a bike city.

Soon after cars started re-shaping cities and patterns of urban settlement, Sigfried Giedion published his highly influential book Space, Time and Architecture  (1941) around the idea that the new way of measuring distance using units of time […]
November 17, 2014

Saying “yes” to the e-bike is saying “no” to good city design.

If you need an e-bike you need a new city. I’ll explain it to you this way. Suppose you moved into a new house where all the taps had tiny handles and you couldn’t turn any […]
November 14, 2014

From the sketchbook this week.

To be read in conjunction with a prior post and article on Velotopia. We had a staff retreat yesterday. Given my penchant for cycling, even to staff retreats 40km away in the country, I felt excused […]
November 10, 2014

Manifesto of personal freedom

I assert my right to cycle in full-size headphones (yeah, leave out the helmet), with Talking Heads blasting my brains out. I’ll be off-road on a trail. Don’t you worry about me. I’ll write what I […]
November 7, 2014

Cheap City

In the past I have argued that built environment spending to increase cycling should be splashy and bold. Projects should provide politicians opportunities to pork-barrel for votes. Architects, of course, can play a great role in this, […]