May 26, 2016

How cycling can save the species from extinction no less.

It’s not that I shy away from big issues. It has simply never occurred to me to write a blog post about cycling’s power over human extinction. An article in last month’s Atlantic explains how the very small 0.1% chance […]
May 20, 2016

Amsterdam, Copenhagen… Pyongyang!

Background: I wrote that Amsterdam is useful to our understanding of the future bike city in ways Copenhagen is not. To European readers I was speaking to an ongoing and rather tedious debate over there about which city is best for cycling. But that’s […]
May 18, 2016

Amsterdam: your keyhole glimpse into the future

99.9999% of the world’s population will never live there. Most cities with names you can spell are many times bigger. In terms of topography, history and mores about hookers it is highly unusual, to say the least. Yet […]
May 9, 2016

“Street-legal” sports bikes. The next best thing for the city.

“Smug is blindness, I don’t want to see.” Bono sang that, if I’m right. The urban cycling demographics, smug as we are, are blind to the #1 function of the street, which is to provide a stage on which […]
May 7, 2016

When lobbying government actually makes sense.

You know what I find so infuriating about armchair urbanists, my (former) colleagues in academia, and the bicycle advocacy community? It’s this idea that legislators should listen to them, not their voters. So they lobby. How […]