July 9, 2016

Using urban space as its designers intended

The government. Why ask the government to spend money on bike infrastructure? If your brother is a communist dictator, sure. But otherwise, the moment you ask, a million car-dependent voters are going to start about cyclists free-riding. “They don’t pay road […]
May 31, 2016

A Glossary

Any innovative new field of endeavour is bound to spawn some new idioms and some new jargon. It is no different with bicycletecture. Following are most (I think) of the peculiar terms we return to in […]
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 […]