There are a few contributing factors. Its not as simple as slinging a leg over a bike (although its pretty damn close).
1. Cycling does not produce the same stress response as driving. (Although I don’t think they took the stress of sharing the road with two tonne vehicles into acount).
2. Cost effectiveness.
3. Benefits of the physical exercise… etc.
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The Science Behind Why Cycling Makes Us Happier
Lloyd Alter over at treehugger has nice peice talking about the language of car on cyclist incidents. I agree with him. In the wake of London’s Die-in this weekend we need to start calling those instances where cars hit cyclists fatally “killings” KILLINGS.
Let’s stop calling the killing of cyclists by negligent drivers “accidents” : TreeHugger
So there’s been a lot of commentary up here in the Northern Latitudes about how to ride in the winter. Well for you green-horns I want to express to you the fullest possible list of what you’re going to need. Remember I’m an experienced Toronto Cyclist so I know something about cold and slush, and ice in the bike lanes. The list is pretty comprehensiveYou might need to read it a few times to make sure you get everything. Ready? Here it is:
1. A bike.
Now go play. Stay warm. If the latter bit is difficult, fear not, woolen gloves do the trick. No really.
Courtesy of a discussion thread on the Facebook Slow Bike Movement Group.
A nice tidy article in Nautilus about the way roads were taken over by cars and drivers. The cynical exercise used by the AAA to convice pedestrians that they were the unwelcome road users has utterly brainwashed an entire culture.
To the average city dweller in the early 20th century, the idea of a city oriented around private cars would have been incomprehensible.
Did Cars Save Our Cities From Horses? – Issue 7: Waste – Nautilus
A great piece talking about the income divide in the way we implement livable streets. The people whose lives could be most radically transformed by this renewal are often the last to benefit (if at all). The example of Portland, Oregon is poigniant:
Portland, Oregon is known nationally as a bikeable, walkable, livable place to call home. For many wealthier upper middle-class neighborhoods, this is true. Venture a ways outside the city core to the working class communities east of 82nd avenue and the livability reputation doesn’t ring so true. In fact, Portland spends only 3% of its transportation dollars east of this high-volume surface highway strewn with drive-thrus and endless parking lots. So the question must be asked, whom exactly are we building livable streets for?
Livability 101: Portland’s Livable Street Problem – the Equity Gap – Blooming Rock via Google+ Motorized Vehicle Hegemony
Thought it was high time to give the X-FD a cleaning. It’s been squeaking a bit with light braking. After cleaning it squeaks right at the end as the wheel comes to a stop. I must have missed a spot somewhere inside the drum.
Seems there’s a problem in the way Japan legislates workplace insurance:
Under Japanese corporate law, companies are required to insure their employees against workplace accidents and this insurance extends to cover commuting to and from work, despite this few employee insurance policies include cycling insurance. As a result employers in Japan implement company policies which prevent their employees from cycling to work to protect themselves from financial liability should an accident occur.
For a more fullsome explanation go to tokyobybike blog.
Japan’s National Bike to Work Ban ~ Tokyo By Bike
NPR on a culture shift which is only partially explained by flagging economies.
“Millenials just don’t care about cars. “