The site is full to the brim with fantastic writing on cycling and sustainability, which together with a few good quality galleries and a wealth of links and resources, adds up to more than a few afternoons where work becomes a write-off.But read it yourself at: CityCycling Website of the Month.
And take a look at the rest of a very fine 'zine at citycycling.co.uk
Richard Risemberg on Sat, 28 Jul 2007 18:29:25 -0800 [link]
First, ban all automobiles from the entire 15-mile length of the boulevard. Second, beginning at its Western Avenue station, bring the Metro Rail to street level and run it to and from the sea on two sets of rails in the center of Wilshire, which has four or more lanes down its entire length and is thus wide enough to accommodate the route. Third, create bus lanes running east and west for riders who want to make more frequent stops, leaving express service to the Metro Rail. Fourth, install protected bicycle lanes in each direction at the edges of the boulevard and provide inexpensive, self-service rent-a-bike stations every 300 yards (as in Paris) so riders can pick up a bike anywhere on Wilshire and drop it off where they like.Read the entire article in the Los Angeles Times: No Cars on Wilshire.
Richard Risemberg on Tue, 24 Jul 2007 07:34:32 -0800 [link]
What's most interesting in the ordinance is the statistics offered to justify the ban, some of which we quote here:
- Up to 1,000 billion plastic bags are used worldwide each year, or about 1,000,000 per minute
- Californians alone use about 600 bags per second, or about 52,000 tons each year, only 1/10th of one percent of which is recycled
- 80% of all ocean debris is plastic from land-based sources, and it kills over 1,000,000 seabirds, 100,00 marine mammals, and millions upon millions of fish annually
- 10% of US oil consumption goes to make plastics of all kinds, including plastic bags
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 19 Jul 2007 08:10:18 -0800 [link]
More important, that national obsession of the 1890s, the bicycle, made a huge comeback, partly inspired by the highly publicized example of wartime Britain, where bikes transported more than a quarter of the population to work. Less than two months after Pearl Harbor, a new secret weapon, the "victory bike"--made of nonessential metals, with tires from reclaimed rubber--was revealed on front pages and in newsreels. Hundreds of thousands of war workers, meanwhile, confiscated their kids' bikes for their commute to the plant or office, and scores of cities and towns sponsored bike parades and "bike days" to advertise the patriotic advantages of Schwinn over Chevrolet. With recreational driving curtailed by rationing, families toured and vacationed by bike. In June 1942, park officials reported that "never has bicycling been so popular in Yosemite Valley as it is this season." Public health officials praised the dual contributions of victory gardening and bike riding to enhanced civilian vigor and well-being, even predicting that it might reduce the already ominously increasing cancer rate.Read the entire article in the Sierra Club website; it's called Home-Front Ecology.
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 18 Jul 2007 18:28:20 -0800 [link]
I wrote it in answer to a smarmy editorial published two weeks before, claiming that to build a subway was a specious use of public money.
Those wishing to read it may try the following link, which should allow access at no charge: Extending the Red Line Will Be Good for Los Angeles
Look soon, as I don't know how long the link will be valid.
Richard Risemberg on Sun, 15 Jul 2007 13:39:45 -0800 [link]
We have a new batch of gabardine for the wool knickers, and it is truly fine stuff which we got at the same price as the earlier charcoal material; we have also improved the thread itself and the stitching patterns, and our sewing contractor found some new subcontractors who do noticeably better work than the former crew. (This applies to the new hemp knickers as well, of course.)
We are also working on a hemp touring short design, and struggling mightily to find a crew to make the James Black hat...but that's not so certain. It will happen, someday--just can't say when.
So if you want to ride and style at the same time, keep checking in on us. We're out to make bicycling better, and better looking!
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 11 Jul 2007 21:02:37 -0800 [link]
Dr. Campbell counters effectively, noting at one point that "When I was the boss of an oil company I would never tell the truth. It's not part of the game."
Among the tidbits in this cogent report:
In 1999, Britain's oil reserves in the North Sea peaked, but for two years after this became apparent, Mr Leggett claims, it was heresy for anyone in official circles to say so. "Not meeting demand is not an option. In fact, it is an act of treason," he says.So it's not just riding your bike that saves oil (and oil saved is global warming slowed). Making your bike, with its 4 to 6 pounds of steel and 10 to 15 pounds of aluminum and rubber, also saves oil--lots and lots of oil--over making a car.
The Hubbert Curve shows that at the beginning production from any oil field rises sharply, then reaches a plateau before falling into a terminal decline. His prediction that US production would peak in 1969 was ridiculed by those who claimed it could increase indefinitely. In the event it peaked in 1970 and has been in decline ever since.
Manufacturing requires huge amounts of fossil fuels. The construction of a single car in the US requires, on average, at least 20 barrels of oil.
Furthermore, concrete and asphalt have huge embedded energy costs in their materials manufacture as well as their construction--using your bike means you are not creating demand for more paving, which not only wastes energy but obliterates watersheds.
Read the entire article at The Independent.
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 05 Jul 2007 10:39:00 -0800 [link]
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 04 Jul 2007 09:50:17 -0800 [link]