RE: [carfree_cities] Transport Infrastructure (was Shock Tactics)
- Martha Torell wrote:
>I hope there are many styles of car free city. Old European cities thatbanks
>have been beautiful and car free for much of their history could be in
>large part restored to that state.
>> Downtown Montreal has a really good indoor walking network, and I find it
>Yes! Someone has mentioned this on another elist in which I
>participate; the thrust was that we are spreading horizontally when we
>could be spreading vertically, down as well as up. Long before I found
>car free sites, this seemed like a very good idea, in general terms.
>Cars are made pretty much for the horizontal.
>> You find many boutiques, many restaurants, some movie theaters, some
>> and ATM, and a great number of hotel or tall office buildings accessibleMontreal's underground is a network of tunnels that connects building to
>> from basement.
>When people say underground, the first reaction is mole people, dripping
>caverns and dark, but in many offices and malls, if the entire complex
>were underground, ventilation and lighting adequate, you would never
>know. Going vertical as opposed to sprawling, suddenly you have more
>room, and the dimensions can be generous.
building and with the Metro(subway). During the winter it comes in really
> > There's certainly a way to carry even more, maybe if oneYou got the point, again. BTW, what's the definition of sport? A sport is
> builds tandem
> > units. Say 2 pedalers could carry 2000 pounds behind. Also
> a larger gear
> > set could help as it would need less pedaling strokes to pull more.
> > Your idea is great! Instead of formula 1 car races (where the winner
> > may lose because his car is defective), we could settle a Grand Prix
> > cycling, that also includes a load carrying competition.
> Gee, it would be super to see the trike or heavy haul biking event on
> sports television for its own interest and because it would
> be a way of
> easing it into peoples' heads that they do not need a van or
> even a car
> to haul significant loads. Heavy haul biking -- sounds pretty brawny
> doesn't it?
an activity or a competition where the natural human body does the work,
isn't that the definition?
I'm getting upset here when in the sports news report on TV they talk about
Formula I before talking about hockey (or baseball in the US) which is
our national sport. I don't consider F1 as a sport since the body of
the athletes doesn't perform the whole exercise. They should read the news
in the order as follows:
- The national sport of your country (hockey, baseball or soccer...)
- The other natural sports in any arbitrary order (including cycling,
running, gym, swimming, canoe, etc...)
- And finally (if there's time left), the F1 or any other artificial sport.