Monthly Archives: September 2010

Signpost to freedom: The anatomy of a bicycling network

The Road Not Taken How do people read transportation systems?  How does one know he is riding the right train line, taken the correct exit, or gone north as opposed to south?  Rapid transit and highway systems in most developed … Continue reading

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Points of Resolution: Ten Reasons that the United States must invest in bicycling infrastructure

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.  Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man.  And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his … Continue reading

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Rotterdam II: Meditations on the Working City

The following are a series of notes and musings on the city of Rotterdam, adapted from my daily travelogue. Dynamopolis! Rotterdam: dynamic city! vibrant city! Rotterdam: a busy, working-class, city; a city of ports and production; a forward-looking city, a … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Low Lands: 10 impediments to bicycling in the United States

After two weeks traveling throughout the Netherlands,  I have found my research bothered by a nagging but necessary question… How can a successful model of bicycling infrastructure be adapted from a Dutch to an American context given the obvious and … Continue reading

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To the Count’s Hedge

I left Leiden for the Hague on  a whim. The sun was warm and I found my legs surprisingly light despite having biked through the dunes south of Haarlem all day long. At the outset of my trip, I had … Continue reading

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Roadway Tapestries

Materials Survey The rich material detailing and paving of the Netherlands’ roads and bicycle paths stands among the most impressive and important aspects of its infrastructure. Subtle variations in paving, tiling, and material type go a long way towards creating … Continue reading

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Rotterdam I

Rotterdam Blaak The Rotterdam Blaak Station at 10 Pm Sunday night is a scene struck from a 1980s Hollywood dystopia. Crystalline cube houses jut across a busy highway interchange. Incongruous, fading tiles line escalators ten stories deep, leading into a … Continue reading

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