July 8, 2014

Awoken from bourgeois dilutions by 3 weeks in Schengen

I’ve just returned from a month-long tour of historic centres in Italy, and as usual have been more impressed with the airports I passed through than the cities I was heading to visit. Confirmation that I […]
June 13, 2014

Not packing my bike to visit old pedestrian cities

Today I’ve been packing for a month in Italy. I lead architectural history tours on an annual basis—it’s all just a ruse to buy shoes. Anyhow, for the first time since I bought it back in […]
June 11, 2014

Helical perimeter blocks would make cyclists’ lives easy

Any purpose-built bicycle city really would need to be dense. That would not be to negate the possibility of riding in an athletic manner on a bike built for speed, but to give a mother on […]
June 10, 2014

Helmets have turned my sport into a blood sport

I have been racing bikes every weekend for more than twenty years, a period spanning the introduction of helmets in professional racing. Some key dates: 1990: Mandatory bike helmet laws introduced in Australia. 1992: Dr. Behooving […]
June 8, 2014

Jacques Rancière and the art of bike planning

Quite a few ambiguities could be ironed out if we stopped pretending that bicycle planning was some kind of science, and accepted that it is an art. The first hint that it should be viewed in […]