Quote of the Day: the friendliest city in the world for a day

This is iBikeLondon on the 2010 Tweed Run:

“On Saturday London felt like the most friendly city in the world; tourists gawked and took photos as we passed, people cheered and applauded, children watched wide-eyed as the spectacle rolled on; even London’s famous drivers were [largely] hospitable.”

Friendliest city in the world. For a day.

How can we make this more long-term?

2010 Tweed Run, London. Photo: ibikelondon

Enforced car-free day

22nd September is Seoul’s 4th car-free day

Cars will be banned along two major streets, a 2.8-kilometer stretch of Jongno [Bell Street] in the heart of the city, and on a 2.4 kilometer stretch of Teheran Street in the business district south of the river.

Quite a success it’s been too:

Last year, 22 percent of Seoulites left their cars at home on car-free day and air pollution decreased by 20 percent for the day.
via Korea Times  

The question of course remains: why can’t we have safer, less polluted, more pleasant streets every day?

What’s your town doing?

More bikes on the street – immediately

Invite a friend out for a short ride round town. Even better, make it a trip to somewhere. Instead of cycling aimlessly like a leisure cyclist, cycle to the shops, or show them an easy bike route to work.

Don’t just tell them about it. Let them enjoy the experience for themselves and discover local routes they can use.

Exhaust-free in NYC

As snapped and effusively narrated by New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. This is the third of NYC’s 3 car-free days this August.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/08/30/fashion/20080830-street/index.html

New Cycling Demonstration Towns

Today the Transport Secretary anounced more ‘cycling demonstration towns’ and the country’s first ‘cycling demonstration city’ (Bristol). These places will receive varying sums of money to try to encourage people onto their bikes.

Bristol has pledged to double the number of people cycling in the city in 3 years. “The city will receive £11.4m, rising to £23m after three years, to create the UK’s first on-street bike rental network, modelled on the successful Paris scheme.” – The Guardian

Government spending money for the now 18 Cycling Towns totals £100 million over 3 years. (To put that in perspective, widening 50 miles of a motorway can cost thirty times that total – £3 billion.)

The 11 new ‘cycling demonstration towns':

  • York,
  • Cambridge,
  • Stoke,
  • Blackpool,
  • Chester,
  • Colchester,
  • Leighton Buzzard,
  • Southend,
  • Shrewsbury,
  • Southport,
  • Woking.

The current 6:

  • Aylesbury,
  • Brighton,
  • Darlington,
  • Derby,
  • Exeter,
  • Lancaster.

No mention of actively discouraging car use though.

All the money in the world won’t help unless people can be persuaded about the benefits of change, says my guide Andrew Whitehead, cycling officer at Bristol City Council. And with rising fuel prices and growing congestion, he believes the time is ripe to make the case. – BBC