Re: Freeways, human-scale transit, & the economy [CORRECTION]
- Previous mail included wrong URL for the Elly Blue article--now
Two excellent articles centered on bicycling and the economy:
From Elly Blue, writing in Grist, comes "Tearign down urban freeways
to make room for a new bicycle economy," with plenty of hard numbers
on the financial and civic futility of addressing congestion with
And from Jay Walljasper, writing for Planetizen, we have "The
surprising rise of Minneapolis as a top bike town," examining how
this frigid heartland city is moving from car-addiction to
accommodating human-powered travel despite traumatic winters, sprawl,
and recession (some intersections see more bike than car traffic, and
have been rebuilt to reflect that):
Regarding winter, I find it odd that people who will cross-country
ski without a second thought, will think that cycling (with studded
tires), a physiologically almost identical activity, is "impossible"
in the same weather, wearing the same clothes....
Must -reads for this week.
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