allaboutgeorge + bicycling   15

How bicycling will save the economy (if we let it) | Grist
The bicycle economy, unlike its fancier cousin transit-oriented development, is not about new development or raising property values. It's about bettering our existing communities. It's about making cities and suburbs that are built on an automotive scale navigable, instead, by human power. It's about providing the basics to everyone, in their neighborhood, now -- and along with that the choice to opt for that $3,000 to $12,000 yearly rebate.

There aren't very many economic scenarios in this country where everyone wins. But if you had to choose one single thing that could pull our neighborhoods, towns, and cities out of this murky pit of a recession, you'd do well to bet on the humble bicycle.
bicycling  transportation  transit  health  economy  diy 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Is Portland the new Neverland? | OregonLive.com
"Young people intuitively understand that the old model is broken and they are in the forefront of inventing the new institutional model of the future," says Charles Heying, an associate professor of urban studies and planning at PSU. "But to make this omelet, many eggs are getting broken." [...]
To ask whether this collectivism yields independence, Heying suggests, is the wrong question. "Portland may be deficient in personal wealth, (but) we have an abundance of 'social wealth,'" he said. "The social wealth comes from the livability of the city, its low cost of housing relative to other West Coast cities, vibrant neighborhoods, abundant and inexpensive activities including access to good food and entertainment." 
portland  oregon  business  youth  social  entrepreneurs  bicycling  beer  urban  interviews 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Imagine: L.A. bicyclists in the driver's seat, one day a week -- latimes.com
"It can be scary out there," admits cicLAvia's Adonia Lugo, a PhD anthropology candidate at UC Irvine studying bicycle culture in the Southland. "Los Angeles has a very strong bike culture, but I think the casual rider has the perception that this is a dangerous city for cycling."

"I think the best thing about a ciclovia is that it would give people a chance to try biking, without having to feel like they're risking their lives as soon as they leave the driveway," Lugo adds. "This would give people a safe space to travel around their neighborhoods without using a car."
losangeles  bicycling  transit  transportation  urban  cities  cars 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Byrne: New York State of Mind
What is it about certain cities and places that fosters specific attitudes? Am I imagining that this is the case? To what extent does the infrastructure of cities shape the lives, work, and sensibilities of their inhabitants? Quite significantly, I suspect. All this talk about bike lanes, ugly buildings, and density of population isn't just about those things, it's about what kinds of people those places turn us into. I don't think I'm imagining that people who move to L.A. from elsewhere inevitably lose a lot of that elsewhere and eventually end up creating L.A.-type work and being L.A.-type people. Do creative, social, and civic attitudes change depending on where we live? Yes, I think so.
cities  urban  newyork  losangeles  work  architecture  demography  bicycling 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Byrne’s Perfect City - WSJ.com
Every time I visit San Francisco I ask out loud "Why don't I live here? Why do I choose to live in a place that is harder, tougher and, well, not as beautiful?" The locals often reply, "You don't want to live here. It looks like a city, but it's really a small village. Everyone knows what you're doing" Oh, OK. If you say so. It's still beautiful.
cities  urban  sanfrancisco  architecture  social  behavior  california  beauty  bicycling  music 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Biking on a Brompton: One Reporter’s View - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com
"Once you have the knack, a rider can tuck in the back wheel, fold the midsection, flip down the handlebars and left pedal, and lower the seat – all in about 20 seconds."
travel  bicycling  aesthetics  exercise  cities  urban  nytimes  green  environment  health 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
John Kerry: The road bike warrior - How the World Works - Salon.com
"Here are some excerpts from an account of a ride during the convention Kerry did with Jonathan Vaughters, the director of one of the two American teams to compete in this year's Tour de France, Garmin-Chipotle (named after the team's two sponsors)."
bicycling  kerry  democrats  transit  transportation  sports  politics  campaigns  elections  france 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Will Self: My simple plan to make London a real cycling city | News
"These three simple measures that would cost London's community charge payers nothing, enormously assist cyclists, and require absolutely no transport position papers."
bicycling  london  uk  transit  transportation 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Upcoming: 14th Annual Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival! at Mandela Village Arts Center (Friday, July 25, 2008) - Upcoming
I'm biased, but I think Karim Amara's "Motherload of Trophies," which he made in Mississippi earlier this year, will blow them all away.
film  cinema  documentary  oakland  movies  bicycling 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powell's Books - PowellsBooks.BLOG - An Eight-Bit Version of Paradise City
"That's when I realized that yes, the information age was upon us, and the world was never going back. And am I complaining? Well, I'm not sure."
neworleans  louisiana  books  writing  authors  rock  bicycling  diy 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Greenbelt: How the World Works - Salon.com
"You climb and climb and climb, and then you come around a bend and the vast, almost inconceivable beauty and glory that is Northern California spreads out before you."
california  environment  transit  bicycling  sanmateocounty  sanfrancisco 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
SFChron: ONE GEAR, WILL TRAVEL / Lacking brakes and shifters, 'fixies' keep cyclists intimate with their pedals
"There's a connection with bike and the road that is almost mystical. Almost Zen-like. You're locked into the bicycle. It's almost like the bicycle rides you."
sanfrancisco  bicycling  health  public  social  exercise  cities  green  injury  bayarea 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: In the Netherlands, Life Runs on 2 Wheels (Sometimes 3)
“People have more free time, and more people are trying to keep healthy. And bicycling is a popular way of doing it.”
bicycling  netherlands  europe  health  exercise 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge

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