August 20, 2014

Lessons for bike planning from Italo Calvino

Forget Copenhagen. I can draw you a picture of a real bicycling city, where riding in the weather is an option but most people would ride under roofs (like those of an airport) and they would […]
August 14, 2014

Why a bike city? Why not a mix of biking and transit?

Like the visionary architects of the 1930s who imagined a city where everyone would drive cars, I am imagining a city where everyone cycles. So much has been written about the folly of single mode travel, and the […]
August 11, 2014

Is the Church of Green Piety a hinderance to cycling becoming mainstream?

Whenever I am in trouble for leaving my clothes on the floor, or am caught sneaking parcels from online bike shops into the man-cave, I like to distract my dear Primrose with prophesies about the end […]
August 4, 2014

Systematically assaulting the e-bike until it is banned.

My last post got under the skin of some pedelec owners, because they know I am right. They picture that gap between their seat tube and their rear tire and hear my critique going around in […]
August 3, 2014

The pedelec as a metaphor for mutant cities of the machine-age

The architectural theorist/historian Kenneth Frampton is best known for teaching architects to mine their own region for wise ways of building, rather than following every international trend. Less known, but even better, is his idea that architects […]