Re: Before We See a Bike Friendly WorldOn Jun 10, 6:53 am, "George Conklin" <n...@earthlink.net> wrote:
> The book "Sprawl: A Compact History" makes the point that most residents
> of Paris actually live in houses which we would call suburban (and he shows
> pictures), but tourists only see the older parts of the city. The summer I
> lived with a family near Paris showed that the houses had small lots, but in
> fact were not what is usually called the "typical" old-fashioned European
> city. The traffic jams in Paris attest to that too.-
But unlike American cities, Paris and other European cities are
becoming bike friendly places...
(But perhaps all we need is some "visionary mayor" or a "public
transportation strike." I'll take note about them in the list of
things that must happen. Why things like that don't happen over here?)
Budapest looks to Paris as it launches new cycling program
May 25, 2008
BUDAPEST (AFP) — Budapest city hall is slowly embracing the idea
already grasped by some commuters: that there is a two-wheel solution
to the city's traffic problems and the resultant soaring levels of
In Paris, it took a devoted mayor and a month-long public transport
strike to turn bicycles into an attractive option for local people.
In Budapest, the starring role has gone to Deputy Mayor Miklos Hagyo:
a corpulent figure, he is perhaps unlikely poster boy.
But sporadic strike action over several months by the Hungarian public
transport unions has helped to press home the urgency of the problem.