Paris has a rather ambitious plan. Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the first female Mayor of Paris, is is to ban all diesel engines by 2020, eliminate 55,000 parking spaces every year, and spend 150-million Euros to double the size of the city’s bicycle network.
‘Vélib’ is the trailblazing public bike share scheme, which – in the past nine years – has blossomed into the single largest system outside China. Three hundred thousand members take a fleet of 18,500 bicycles for an average of 108,000 trips per day, for a staggering total of over 292 million trips since launching in 2007.
Giving Parisians back the space that cars have taken from them
“Ridiculously convenient, cost-effective, and good for both you and the Earth, cycling has unsurprisingly become the transportation mode of choice for many Vancouverites. And come September, city dwellers won’t even need to own a bike in order to harness the vehicle’s health- and green-related benefits…”
What do you think?
Mobi Bike Share
Green Living: Vancouver’s new Mobi bike-share comes with locks, helmets
“Daniel Mendelsohn had a particularly modern take on the value of reading Proust’s densely written, heavily detailed, slowly unfolding opus known as In Search of Lost Time (Remembrance of Things Past).:
Recently I was traveling on a train next to a young man—a recent college graduate, I guessed—who was reading a hugely fat Victorian novel. Since I teach literature, this made me happy. But as I watched him I noticed that roughly every 90 seconds he’d fish out his iPhone to check his text messages. After a while this reflexive tic made me so nervous that I moved to another seat. As a writer as well as a teacher, I found it nerve-wracking to think that this is how some people are reading novels these days—which is to say, not really reading them, because you can’t read anything serious in two-minute spurts, or with your mind half on something else, like the messages you may be getting. Multitasking is the great myth of the present era: you cannot, in fact, do two things at the same time.
Especially if one of them requires considerable resources of attentiveness and intellectual commitment. To my mind, a very important reason to have a go at Proust right now—which is to say, to read him with a mind as receptive as his was large—is to exercise one’s powers of commitment.
Proust as Antidote for Smartphone-Induced Attention Deficit
LITERATURE – Marcel Proust
Minneapolis as a bike-friendly city? It could happen as “…the overall share of bike trips in Minneapolis is just over 4.5%. This is pretty good by US standards, but some way from Portland’s 7%, a figure cycle activists in Portland say rises to about 20% for commutes in some neighbourhoods. Copenhagen, meanwhile, sees about about 35% of all trips made on a bike, and has a 50% target for all commutes.”
Minneapolis tries to topple Portland as America’s most cycle-friendly city
Here’s some good advice from Drew Christie, the animator and writer behind the video ‘The Emperor of Time‘ and many others:
“I would also say listen to every type of music that exists on the planet while you’re working. I think this is extremely important in stimulating different parts of the brain and creativity. Listen to West African Kora music, Isan Thai folk and pop music, North Indian classical music, Shirley Collins and Anne Briggs from the British Isles, Victor Jara from Chile, Michael Hurley, Abner Jay, Hala Strana, LAKE, and Kate Wolf from the U.S.
Other than that, I say, give your family hugs.”
Well worth a read and watch:
Behind the Video: Drew Christie’s Emperor of Time
A spirited response to comedian Stephen Fry’s contrary confession
On hearing English writer and comedian Stephen Fry express his strong dislike of dancing, Los Angeles-based filmmaker and dancer Jo Roy responded in the most appropriate way she could: through the medium of interpretive dance. In a film likely to make the outspoken Brit shudder, the choreographer and director filmed herself performing a moving reaction to his energetic outburst.
Watch it here: I Hate Dancing
“This summer, Vancouver will join the ranks of over 800 cities around the world that have provided the gateway to utility cycling; and with that, an inevitable shift in our emerging bike culture, to one that is slower, simpler, and more civilized. But we are not alone in our unbridled enthusiasm.”
A public bike share system build specifically for Vancouver