Category Archives: Livable Cities

Turning The Loss Of Cycling Ability Into A Gain

Life starts with almost unlimited and unknown potential. A newborn is a mystery in that he or she might be anyone, might do anything and might even make a difference in the world we live in. But, the farther along … Continue reading

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Pedestrians Are Not A Uniform Group

Road planners tend to look at road design, efficiency, and cost first. Road users themselves, are something of an afterthought, if thought of at all. The problem with this approach is that it omits the most important thing of all, … Continue reading

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Building Sidewalks For Children

What have our societies become when local authorities are forced to apply for grants to build sidewalks for children? While this is a good thing, as it allows the children to engage in healthier options for traveling to school, it … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Is Home To The Top Biking Community In The Northeast

Sometimes riding a bicycle in the Boston area can make one feel as if bicyclists are not welcome. It’s not just the drivers who create this environment, but the inconsistency in bicycle infrastructure. In some areas, there are decent bike … Continue reading

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How Cars Affect The Lifestyles Of Certain Populations

Many things about cars are taken for granted. They have been part of our everyday lives for so many years, we can no longer  imagine life without them. We see cars as making transportation easier. We see them as providing … Continue reading

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When Permitting Bicycling On Sidewalks Turns Into A Debate

I never thought I would see the day when any official would seriously contemplate legally allowing bicyclists to share the sidewalks with pedestrians, particularly in urban areas. Generally, although not in all cases, bicycles are prohibited on sidewalks in business … Continue reading

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Cyclists Inventing Devices To Overcome Inadequate Road Planning

Every so often articles are published about clever devices designed to make a cyclist’s life easier. Such an article appeared on citylab.com. City Lab is The Atlantic’s website dedicated to all things related to creating cities of the future. The … Continue reading

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Quantifying The Amount Of Public Support For Investing In Bicycle Infrastructure

Unless people have been living under a rock, they are aware of the growing demand for bicycle infrastructure. How they perceive this demand, and whether they are in favor of it or against it, depends on many factors, some of … Continue reading

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Motor Vehicle Emissions And Intelligence

Motor vehicle emissions are responsible for causing a range of health problems. Such problems are seen more often in urban areas where occupants are exposed to high levels of pollution created by motor vehicle exhaust. A lot of research has … Continue reading

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Bicycles As Part Of A Business Model

Over the summer, I read a series of articles written by a member of bicycle advocacy group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I was surprised to see how different Philadelphia was in terms of their approach to incorporating cycling into everyday life, … Continue reading

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