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Quotes from Velo-City, Part Three

From June 26 to 29, Vancouver B.C. hosted Velo-City, the world’s premier international cycling planning conference. The event offered delegates from around the world a chance to share best practices for creating and sustaining cycling-friendly cities, where bicycles are valued as part of daily transport and recreation.

This post is the first of 4 written by Meg Orlinski of the Deadly Nightshades, who captured “Notable Quotables” while there, and is sharing them with BikingToronto readers as well as Treadlie, the Australian cycling magazine.

Other Parts: Part 1 – Part 2


Part 3- Leadership in Healthy and Livability Communities

Photo courtesy of the ECF.

Dr. Lawrence D Frank– Chair in Sustainable Urban Transportation Systems, UBC

“How can the design of a city NOT effect our health?”

“Both your neighbourhood and your preferences shape your behaviour – relationship is at least likely possibly causal.”

“On 350 calories (one apple tart) a cyclists can travel 10 miles, a pedestrian 3.5, and an automobile 100 feet.”

“I’ve had this debate with my parents, many of us have… you can’t tell them what to do.”

“Pedestrians and cyclists- we are very sensitive to our environment- we aren’t incased in steel machines.”

“Playability (vs usability) is coming into Vogue.”

“Every additional kilometer walked translates into 4.8 percent reduction in the likelihood of being obese. Distances walked increases with walkability.”

Dr Jason Chang– professor of Civil Engineering Department and director of Advanced Public
Transport Research Center in National Taiwan University

“Full trip cost and social sustainability, car and motorcycle users are heavily subsidized by social resources.”

“When I was a student, I didn’t know anything about sustainability. Now I teach my students.”

“I believe that we can join together and bring experts to the parts of the country that needs help.”

Gordon Price– Director of the City Program, SFU

“You do need people placed at the right time at the decision making process.”

“Here is my thesis: none of my facts are going to make a difference, but they are critical. This is not about facts or evidence. This is something much deeper. Call it the culture wars…”

“Facts as we all know, have a Liberal bias.”

“I don’t think that cycling would have come around if it wasn’t for the “crazy” and slightly “obnoxious” activists in the 70’s that we persistent. They are no longer here- they burnt themselves out. Like an important flare, they shot up illuminating, but they are gone.”

“One of the people you think you who couldn’t do anything can do the most. [Nixon in China.] “

“Take rhetoric and turn it into a budget line.”

“Where are the obnoxious, where are the persistent and strategic? We need them.”

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