16 Nov '11, 6pm

Bikes: They Are Greener, They Are Good For Cities, And Like It Or Not, They Are The Future of Transportation

Bikes: They Are Greener, They Are Good For Cities, And Like It Or Not, They Are The Future of Transportation

Something happens when you put architecture and urban design critics on bikes; the tone of the articles change, they become almost poetic. Here we are in New York and Toronto, in the middle of the battle of the bike lanes, the war on the car in New York and the war on the bike in Toronto, and architecture critic Michael Kimmelman writes a lovely piece about the Pleasures of life in the slow lane. He describes the aesthetic possibilities: I don’t mean they’re great to look at. I mean that for users they offer a different way of taking in the city, its streets and architecture, the fine-grained fabric of its neighborhoods. Decades ago the architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown wrote about how we see cities differently at different speeds. Las Vegas was their example, and they wrote about driving versus walking (skipping over the bicycle). But the point stands. On a...

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