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During a Univision Town Hall meeting in February, a Los Angeles resident who
takes two buses to get to work every day asked Texas governor and presidential
candidate George W. Bush how the Los Angeles public transportation system
could be improved. Bush responded, "My hope is that you will be able to
find good enough work so you'll be able to afford a car."
Bike Outpaces Car in
Center city London is so congested that the average trip is quicker on a
bicycle than in a car, bus or train, a government survey reports. Trips
between central London and the inner band that surrounds it-an average
distance of 3.9 miles-were completed in 35 minutes by bicycle, 40 minutes by
car, 46 minutes by rail and 62 minutes by bus, according to a 1999 survey.
Journeys entirely within central London, an average direct distance of 1.7
miles, took a cyclist 18 minutes, compared with 29 minutes by car, 32 minutes
by rail and 40 minutes by bus. Earlier studies in 1993 and 1996 produced
similar findings. Recently, Ken Livingstone was elected London's mayor on a
platform that included the imposition of levies on cars entering the center
city and the creation of more dedicated cycle lanes.
Parking to Die For
A Greenbelt, Maryland, man fatally shot his neighbor and wounded two others
after an argument erupted between two couples. Neighbors said the couples had
fought in the past over a prime parking space.
- The Washington Post
The Breaks in Dublin
Almost half of all road traffic deaths in Dublin last year were pedestrians,
and most of the 27 pedestrians killed were under the age of ten or over age
55.15 of those killed were within 100 meters of a controlled crossing, as were
a third of the 58 pedestrians seriously injured. In fact, in 1999 Ireland had
the third-highest pedestrian fatality rate in Europe in 1999. "There is a
particular problem in the city due to the high population and the increasing
number of vehicles," said Assistant Garda (Police) Commissioner Jim
McHugh. The Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, admitted that a
four-week safety campaign might shock some with slogans like, "Some
drivers won't brake. You will," showing a broken limb.
Road rage isn't simply driver against driver -- it's driver against cyclist,
too. Witness the fatal shooting in May of a 32-year-old Lakewood, Colorado
cyclist by the driver of a pickup truck in what Denver police describe as a
case of road rage. But stopping road rage is up to both the driver and the
cyclist, according to psychologist Leon James of the University of Hawaii.
"Both have traffic emotions that they cannot keep under control because
they are not trained to do so," James opines. For the cyclist, this
involves not demanding a share of the road when the driver refuses to give it,
said James. Once the cyclist shows anger, the situation is out of the
cyclist's control, because "the cyclist doesn't know how the driver will
respond," he said.
- The Associated Press
Amsterdam Bike Bandit
A former drug addict claims to have stolen 50,000 bikes in
Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He tells the world all about his adventures
in a book titled 100,000 Bike Valves. In Amsterdam, a city where bikes
outnumber cars, police estimate that as many as 180,000 bikes are stolen from
the city each year, making bike theft the most common crime. Several of
Amsterdam's bike rental companies are suing the book's publisher since it
seems reasonable that the author stole more than a few rental bikes in the
course of his larcenous career.
- Bicycling Magazine
A 'Toolkit' for More
The new "Quality Growth Coalition," which is made up exclusively of
members of the highway lobby, has made its debut with a comprehensive
"Toolkit for Quality Growth." The toolkit is designed "to help
citizens be effective advocates for road-based mobility." Reading between
the euphemisms, the group is hoping that the populace will rise up and demand
more pavement [caps "more pavement"]! The Coalition distinguishes
between "smart growth"-"aimed at decreasing personal living
space and stopping new roads"--and its own road-based approach, dubbed
"quality growth." Case studies explain why Los Angeles is a good
model for development while Portland's "experiment" is a failure. To
check out the toolkit, visit www.qualitygrowth.org
- Car Busters
Earth's First Bicyclist?
This photo was taken at the temple of Maduwe Karang on the north coast of
Bali. The temple is noted for its sculptured panels, including this famous one
depicting a gentleman riding a bicycle with flower petals for wheels. The
cyclist may be Nieuwenkamp, one of the first Dutch explorers of Bali, who
actually did get around by bicycle.
-Glen Goldstein, New York City
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