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With the new hosting I’ll be able to put up better Flash enabled content. New address:

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via No tech Magazine:
“The model American male devotes more than 1,600 hours a year to his car. He sits in it while it goes and while it stands idling. He parks it and searches for it. He earns the money to put down on it and to meet the monthly installments. He works to pay for gasoline, tolls, insurance, taxes, and tickets. He spends four of his sixteen waking hours on the road or gathering his resources for it.”

“The model American puts in 1,600 hours to get 7,500 miles: less than five miles per hour. In countries deprived of a transportation industry, people manage to do the same, walking wherever they want to go, and they allocate only 3 to 8 per cent of their society’s time budget to traffic instead of 28 per cent.”

“Man on a bicycle can go three or four times faster than the pedestrian, but uses five times less energy in the process. He carries one gram of his weight over a kilometer of flat road at an expense of only 0.15 calories.”

The Industrialization of Traffic: Why Bicycles are Faster than Cars

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Now would be a good time to remember the less fortunate. I have put up some links on the right to worthy causes that deserve your help.

Doctors without Borders puts 87.3% of revenue to work in their charitable programs and not to overhead or management/administration. Save the Children puts 91.7% of revenue into it’s programs. Doctors without Borders and Save the Children both have 4 star ratings (the highest rating for charities). World Bicycle Relief is not rated by Charity Navigator but according to it’s FAQ, 81% of donated funds go direct to World Bicycle Relief programs.

Photo: Santoshi (right) and Analji (left) learn to write letters in a preschool class supported by Save the Children in the farwestern region of Nepal. Photo by Brent Stirton

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Seven-year-old Kylie Bruehler attends a memorial service for her parents.

Seven-year-old Kylie Bruehler at the memorial service for her parents.

Gregory and Alexandra Bruehler were run down and killed while riding their tandem on the shoulder of the road in Bexar County, Texas. The truck driver lost control of his vehicle on a clear day, on a road with no traffic or obstacles and was not charged. Deputy Chief Dale Bennett of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office was quoted in the local news: “He (the driver) looked off, he was looking at something else and realized the curve in the road came a lot faster than what he anticipated”. Sounds like a reasonable excuse for killing two people and leaving a 7 year old girl orphaned.

Photo: Tom Reel/Express-News

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The Practical Pedal magazine

An interesting read from The Practical Pedal. An online cycling mag that I just discovered via Slow Bike Miami.

Check it out: Traffic: Geographies of Power.

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The US states with “3 foot laws” are: Florida, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Oregon, Illinois, Tennessee, Minnesota, Utah, Wisconsin, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado, Louisiana and Maine.

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Safety in Numbers

A study commissioned by the Pasadena City Council found that where, or when, more people walk or bicycle, the less likely any of them are to be injured by motorists.

traffic safety graphsThe less motorists are accustomed to having to share the road with pedestrians or cyclists the more likely they are to hit them.

found via a comment on the Velo Orange blog.

original article: Safety in numbers: more walkers and bicyclists, safer walking and bicycling (PDF file)

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