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  • Christopher Miller
    An interesting article from the INternational Herald Tribune on what the writer sees as a beginning trend (at least in the West) towards greater bike use for
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      An interesting article from the INternational Herald Tribune on what
      the writer sees as a beginning trend (at least in the West) towards
      greater bike use for urban transport:

      http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/05/05/business/wbbike.php

      An excerpt from the middle:

      «««
      (...)

      "There is a warm and fuzzy feel for cyclists, but it's a different
      thing when you talk about practical policy," said Tim Blumenthal,
      director of Bikes Belong, an industry association based in Boulder,
      Colorado.

      The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says that
      only five of the countries that it follows have comprehensive
      national cycle campaigns at the moment - Britain, Germany, Finland,
      the Czech Republic and Latvia. Poland and Spain were singled out as
      particular laggards.

      And, most ominously for a warming globe, China and India seem to be
      using their new wealth to pave the way for the automobile rather than
      to preserve long traditions of mass cycling. So it may seem odd that
      many cycling advocates are getting optimistic of late.

      They acknowledge that progress may be slow at the national level, but
      many see a wave of action swelling up from below - at the city level,
      where exasperated mayors are connecting the dots.

      London, Paris, Chicago, Bogotá and Seoul have embarked on major
      campaigns to incorporate the bicycle into traffic grids. The results
      have led to substantial shifts in fuel consumption, commuting times
      and even real estate values.

      (...)
      »»»

      (via the 2006-05-06 Velorution blog: http://www.velorution.biz )

      Christopher Miller
      Montreal QC Canada
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