The Smaller Picture…

In this day and age, with huge amounts of information available at your fingertips it has become harder than ever to take anything at face value.

So when you talk about the environmental benefits of cycling it’s easy to lose people, because people assume you are talking about global warming or climate change.

We puny humans are not so great at dealing with the bigger picture. We often don’t have the power to make big changes, but if we focus on the small picture we’ll make inroads into the huge challenges ahead. Continue reading The Smaller Picture…

Something to read: Creating healthier places and spaces for our present and future generations – Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales has published a response to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.

Creating healthier places and spaces for our present and future generations talks about the importance of activity-friendly neighbourhoods and the importance of green spaces. Continue reading Something to read: Creating healthier places and spaces for our present and future generations – Public Health Wales

‘Induced Demand’

The common wisdom when faced with traffic congestion seems to be that just adding more lanes will sort everything. It won’t. Whilst it may initially relieve some pressure, it won’t be long before more traffic arrives to fill the space. Just as with the Katy Freeway expansion, adding new roadway capacity also creates new demand for those lanes or roads, maintaining a similar rate of … Continue reading ‘Induced Demand’

Counting the cost of casualties and inactivity…

As a society we’ve become very good at overlooking the costs of many things, whilst quibbling over every last penny of others. One thing we are especially good at brushing under the rug is the cost of motoring, not just to our own wallets but to society as a whole. We’re going to need a bigger rug… When someone is hit by a motorist, they’re … Continue reading Counting the cost of casualties and inactivity…

Tools for the job…

Bicycles are versatile machines, capable of being used for everything from shopping, to touring, to professional racing. However, whilst a bicycle may unite the different disciplines, the needs of riders are usually very, very different. The right tool… To the untrained eye a bicycle is just a bicycle, but look deeper and there may well be differences between bicycles built for different disciplines. However, there’s … Continue reading Tools for the job…

Something to read: The social ideology of the motorcar – Uneven Earth

The folks at Uneven Earth tracked down and re-published this essay from 1973 by André Gorz, a philosopher and journalist. It’s as relevant today as it was back then. People rushed to buy cars until, as the working class began to buy them as well, defrauded motorists realized they had been had. They had been promised a bourgeois privilege, they had gone into debt to … Continue reading Something to read: The social ideology of the motorcar – Uneven Earth