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How to Design a Bicycle City

Tags: Best PracticesbicyclesinfrastructurePolicySafetySustainabilityTransportation comments Posted May 17, 2011 by The Dirt ASLA with 1386 reads0 Share 285



Washington, D.C. has moved from the bottom of the rankings to being a top 10 bicycle-friendly city in just ten years. A group of experts, including Jim Sebastian, Washington, D.C. Department of Transportation, Jennifer Toole, ASLA, Toole Design Group, and Shane Farthing, Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) explained how the city did it at an event at the National Building Museum.The Benefits of Bicycling“Why invest in bicycle infrastructure?,” asked Jim Sebastian, D.C. Department of Transportation. An eight mile car ride puts 15 pounds of air pollution into the atmosphere while the same bicycle trip means no emissions. Bicyclists help reduce congestion. They create economic benefits. A district study found the biking industry contributed $24 million to the D.C. economy just through jobs for bike store empl…

Siemens's LAC Green City Index

The Latin American Green City Index measures sustainability of 17 major cities in eight countries. In terms of environmental sustainability, Curitiba is Latin America's greenest metropolis, with other Brazilian cities, too, scoring above average. This is one of the results of a unique comparative study of 17 major Latin American cities carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of Siemens. Siemens presented the study findings at the World Mayors Summit on Climate in Mexico City.
Press Releases Munich, Germany / Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 22, 2010Curitiba is Latin America's greenest metropolis - Latin American Green City Index measures sustainability of 17 major cities in eight countries Study "Latin American Green City Index"Study: Latin American Green City IndexStudy: Latin American Green City Index (Spanish) PresentationsFinal Results: Latin American Green City Index Documents and LinksGreener Cities, better Climate (Web Feature) Sustainable Urba…

Do you believe it? Postmoderinsm is dead. Really?

Postmodernism is deadEdward Docx 20th July 2011 — Issue 185 A new exhibition signals the end of postmodernism. But what was it? And what comes next? I have some good news—kick back, relax, enjoy the rest of the summer, stop worrying about where your life is and isn’t heading. What news? Well, on 24th September, we can officially and definitively declare that postmodernism is dead. Finished. History. A difficult period in human thought over and done with. How do I know this? Because that is the date when the Victoria and Albert Museum opens what it calls “the first comprehensive retrospective” in the world: “Postmodernism—Style and Subversion 1970-1990.”Wait, I hear you cry. How do they know? And what was it? Postmodernism—I didn’t understand it. I never understood it. How can it be over?You are not alone. If there’s one word that confuses, upsets, angers, beleaguers, exhausts and contaminates us all, then it is postmodernism. And yet…

Giving in Mexico

Posted on August 16, 2011
Philanthropy in Mexico Falls ShortMexico, which continues to struggle with violence and political corruption, has some of the lowest charitable giving levels in the world, the Washington Post reports.According to research from the Mexican Center for Philanthropy, charitable giving by Mexicans totaled only 0.04 percent of gross domestic product in 2003 — nearly forty times lower than the figure for the United States and lower than other developing nations, including Colombia and Brazil — even as the number of tax-exempt organizations in the country more than tripled, from 1,500 in 1995 to about 5,300 in 2011. Moreover, charitable donations from individuals and the relatively few grantmaking organizations in Mexico typically were made in response to a natural disaster, a crisis, or to a faith-based organization, the Post reports. In a society where drug-related violence has come to dominate the headlines, one reason for the low level of charita…


by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools; If you can make one…