Haha! This video is from 2004 in Montreal, so no one’s on a Bixi yet.
Look at that mess of road paint and lanes and street signs… yet traffic (all traffic) flows seamlessly in this short clip.
Lots of visitors stare in wonder at the ‘organized chaos’, as in: “How come they don’t crash into each other?”, I answer accordingly: “They don’t because they grow up biking and never stop. They’re skilled and the key thing to their effortlessness is that they’re good at anticipating traffic, specially other people on bicycles.” Add to that that car drivers also cycle, and you have a situation where people on bicycles are taken seriously.
Read the full story of a UK lawyer’s experience in Amsterdam at Amsterdamize
Who knew Giant made commercials?
In Malawi there is a shortage of ambulances and many roads are in a bad condition. As a consequence, many pregnant women and their children die because they do not arrive in time at the hospital.
Dutch trader Peter Meyer came up with a solution: the bicycle ambulance. 3 years ago he started Sakaramenta, which now employs 14 people. The Dutchman and his team sell over 60 bikes per month to hospitals and NGOs.
What happens to an impoverished developing nation town when you flood it with 20,000 bicycles? You lift three times that number of people out of poverty. Pedals for Progress and founder David Schweidenback have been shipping used American bicycles to Rivas, Nicaragua for the last two decades and the transformation has been incredible.