Monthly Archives: January 2012

The ‘impossible city’ – review of “Amsterdam” by Geert Mak


Amsterdam is one of those great world cities that has always fascinated me. I am not sure exactly why, though the intricate network of canals and land reclamation projects certainly come to mind. To date, I have only briefly been … Continue reading

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The “Cities for Cyclists” program


The European Cyclists’ Federation established a “Cities for Cyclists” program in 2010 to be an advisory body to the federation’s board of directors. The purpose of this program is summarized in the mission statement and goals provided below, as well … Continue reading

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The Danish carbon footprint diet – cycling


Most of us have heard of the Hollywood diet, the South Beach diet, and many other trendy weight reduction plans. Well, in Denmark, they are showing the rest of us how easy, fun, and healthy it is to go on a carbon … Continue reading

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Ten safest states for bicycle commuters


As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, here are the ten safest states for bike commuters in 2009 as determined by Kory Northrup’s terrific and award-winning research project at the University of Oregon. The data are based on deaths per 10,000 … Continue reading

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Ten deadliest states for cyclists


Based on research data gathered and compiled by Kory Northrup at the University of Oregon, the following ten states had the highest bicycle fatality rates in 2009, based on deaths per 10,000 cyclists. Mississippi – 100.5 Delaware – 47.8 Arkansas – … Continue reading

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New driver education – require pedaling a mile in our shoes


The title describes the bright idea I had this morning while walking to the library. What better way to educate motorists on the hazards of bicycle riding and commuting than to make them pedal a mile (or many more) in … Continue reading

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Lessons learned as a year-round bike commuter


This morning I completed a goal that I had set for myself several years ago when I first started bicycle commuting on a regular basis – to bike commute in every month of the calendar year. Thankfully, the unseasonably mild … Continue reading

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