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The Bad News and Good News, if you want to be Holland.
The bad news is that, short of a zombie apocalypse changing the planet’s demographics in ways we can’t even imagine, your country will never have a 25% bike modal share, or rates above 60% in city centres, as the Netherlands does. Our countries were already quite different (ours having hills) but really parted ways in the wake of the war...

Like a lot of countries in Europe, the Dutch were left broke. So while we were pouring the boom-time surplus into freestanding houses outside of our cities, they were patching holes in city centres.

Suburban development was further resisted in the Netherlands due to their unique shortage of farmland. So where the Sydney region, for example, has housing on land without any rail service (all the land coloured black on the following map)…
cycling  australia  netherlands  SeparatistCritique  geography  urban  jbcomment 
6 days ago by juliusbeezer
(22) Faut-il porter un casque à vélo ? - Libération
Dans les compétitions cyclistes organisées par l’Union cycliste internationale, la question ne se pose pas : le casque est obligatoire.
cycling  helmetwars  français  jbcomment 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Radars supplémentaires, drones, contrôle technique : ce qui va changer sur les routes - Libération
Les «usagers vulnérables», c’est-à-dire les piétons et les cyclistes, font également l’objet de nouvelles mesures. «Les enfants de moins de 12 ans seront quant à eux obligés de porter un casque quand ils font du vélo», a annoncé Manuel Valls vendredi matin.
jbcomment  cycling  road_safety  helmetwars  français 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
The white-noise chatter of the environment | katsdekker
We should be listening to the people who we want to see cycling in the (near) future i.e. the 97%, and make them the subject of our city cycling research – through their eyes can we see the “real” world. Due to circumstances beyond their control, the current cyclist had to turn a blind eye. The current cyclist is desensitised – not by making a conscious decision.
cycling  jbcomment 
june 2015 by juliusbeezer
Reverse Pedalling « LRB blog
Like any aggressive raptor species, cyclists colonise the surrounding space. Unlike cars or scooters (which are also allowed to use the cycle lanes), they bring pedestrians a whispering death whose advent is heralded only by the shriek of their back-pedalling brakes. One night in Rotterdam I was nearly chopped in two, vertically, by a speeding, lightless roadster; he seemed to think it was my fault. It’s a mentality thing. The Dutch media harp on constantly about cyclists’ rights, as though they’re downtrodden rather than top dogs.
cycling  netherlands  jbcomment 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
More Thoughts from the Netherlands | Town Mouse
It’s actually quite stressful to cycle in Amsterdam, due to all the bikes. We’re not really used to sharing our cycle paths with anything other than the odd dog walker and maybe another cyclist coming the other way.
cycling  netherlands  france  jbcomment 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer
Active travel dictionary « Psychobikeology
Filtered permeability

Jargon phrase. ‘Permeability’ refers to the ability of traffic to get to places in a city (nice image, I suppose, of a city taking up people like blotting paper). ‘Filtered’ is the idea that we should select those who are allowed to so permeate.

"Good stuff! The term permeability in the context of cycle planning was purloined quite consciously from capilliary physiology; we were seeking a general term for a principle of always giving cyclists a legitimate exemption from one-way road schemes in Hackney: cycle contraflow lanes and modal filters, all that.
Of course, cyclists being what they are, they will often exact the permeability they require, be it legitimate or not. I believe the American term for this is ‘salmoning.’ Conscious acts of civil resistance to motor hegemony may be known as ‘CycleVoodoo.’ http://web.archive.org/web/20081121083617/http://uo.twenteenthcentury.com/index.php/CycleVoodoo"
cycling  permeability  jbcomment 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Why are we fat? | Edinburgh Eye
Edinburgh Eye on obesity. A curate's egg of a post. I was of course richly rewarded for my pains at adding some enlightenment in the comments.
jbcomment  health  cycling  agnotology  commenting 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer
The Car and The Kitten | Beyond the Kerb
Somewhat hysterical attack on a campaign for a more courteous road environment prompts me to reply: "A collision from the rear is the least likely form of cycle-motor crash: even the doziest driver usually manages to look forwards, and even if they hate cyclists, they don’t want the paperwork that would follow a crash. Zoe Williams’ recent line that she feels “as safe as a bollard” when she rides seems like quite a nice truth.
cycling  jbcomment 
august 2013 by juliusbeezer
A modern Amsterdam Roundabout | BICYCLE DUTCH
JB sticks boot into Dutch "cycle-friendly" roundabout nerd-fest
jbcomment  cycling 
may 2013 by juliusbeezer

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