February 2, 2013

World “Mock Australia” Ride

Are you concerned about Australian mandatory bike helmet laws spreading to your country? You aught to be. Numbers of cyclists dropped by 40% here in Australia with those laws’ introduction. Also, our governments have done less […]
January 31, 2013

How to confound other cyclists just with your clothing.

I have a new raincoat. I bought it to test strangers’ IQs and it is already working. I chained my classic city bike outside my favourite cafe, and waltzed inside wearing my coat. I had the […]
January 30, 2013

White Flight and Bikes

In the last city I lived, Newcastle Australia, people talked for decades about cutting the train line into the city. Although it couldn’t be said in polite company, one of the reasons for some seeking the […]
January 29, 2013

If Picasso were designing our bike infrastructure.

I know when I’m cycling in the Netherlands that quality bike infrastructure will be waiting for me wherever I turn. That ideal is unhelpful in countries starting from scratch. Our budgets allow for one or the […]
January 27, 2013

Healthy Green Transport for a Small City. 3

Following on from part 2. I am ambivalent about the current fashion for renewing sad streets with bike lanes and  Bike Friendly Business District (BFBD) certification. It’s a new trend but already so cynical, built around landowners’ […]