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Items from the Velo-cities and the progress they’re making – or could.

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GOING DUTCH

Showing Americans how to do the best cycling infrastructure in the world:

From Streetsfilm:

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HELP BORIS BIKE

The Guardian is formulating a “Manifesto for a Model Mayor” – with lots of suggestions for Mayor Boris.

Cycling and walking have had to wait their turn in this fortnight-long crowdsourcing project. Why? Two reasons. One, because cycling issues in particular attract comment thread contributions of a very high standard, so I’ve saved that treat for near the end. Two, because if London were a truly cyclist and pedestrian-friendly city it would look, sound and feel radically different. Just imagine. After all, imagining is a part of what our model mayoral manifesto is about.

London specific, obviously – but it’s true about the comments (327 at last count) – with some interesting perspectives now that the city has bike-sharing.

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HOW PORTLAND WANTS TO BE BETTER THAN US

As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Portland, a team from THINK.urban presented its idea for creating a system of bike highways that run throughout the city. Instead of relegating cyclists to side streets and bike paths, the new bikeways would take over major Portland thoroughfares, making bikes more visible and creating more direct routes that would shorten ride times.

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A SIGN OF THE TIMES 

The cover of a glossy insert in the Globe and Mail says a lot about what style-makers think is stylish:

Doubt she has a helmet, though.

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