visit tracker on tumblr
i googled myself again. (gotta try to get the correct links to the top!)
and found that another photo of mine got used in an article!
this time on a more legit website, the atlantic’s citylab (crossposted on nrdc’s switchboard blog).
yay! i’m contributing to the world by letting people use my photos under attribution! hooray for creative commons licenses!
i don’t know how the author was able to find my photo, though. flickr somehow messed up all my tags and smushed them into one long word as one tag.. i just fixed it.
anyway, it’s a good article. topic has been discussed before, but if you’re not familiar with it, go ahead and read it. basically about how kids have been designed out of the streets—schools in sprawled locations, effects on kids’ development, etc.
a city with no children. atlanticcitylab, 11.11.13.
there are so many / too many urban planning blogs

i can’t possibly read them all unless i become a professional full-time blog reader.

ughh and why do they all have to be on different platforms??

blogger, wordpress…

everyone just go on tumblr! (or just copy everything to tumblr) so we can reblog and follow each other more easily than following each other on twitter and then separately retweeting and clicking the links

did no one make an urban planning / transportation planning blog directory yet??!

(the reason for so many urban planning blogs: count the number of major cities in the world. add in some mid-sized cities. think about all the infrastructure development, street redesign, transportation improvements, etc. going on in each of those cities.. x___x;; but yay the internet~)

» Streetsblog Chicago Launch Party! (thurs. 24.01.13)

Thanks Steven Vance for the follow! 

(btw I emailed you like a month ago; maybe you missed it. anyway, I guess I’ll see you on thursday. *bloggers meet-up!!*)

Steven Vance and I from Grid Chicago have been tapped by Streetsblog to write Streetsblog Chicago, a new daily transportation news website covering local and national sustainable transportation and public space issues. The new website goes live on Tuesday, January 22. Grid Chicago will become dormant but remain online as an archive.

We’re confident that Streetsblog Chicago, a bit more news-oriented site featuring more frequent and timely posts than its predecessor, will draw even more attention to our city’s walking, biking, transit and public space issues, locally and nationwide.

Come celebrate the launch with us and our readers at Revolution Brewing’s second floor Brewer’s Lounge. No cover charge, cash bar. Free appetizers plus Grid Chicago and Streetsblog schwag until we run out!

Revolution Brewing
2323 N. Milwaukee Avenue
6-9pm, thurs. 24.01.13. 

» steven can plan

aaah I should’ve met Steven Vance when I was in Chicago

I finally finished reading “Image of the City" by Kevin Lynch (1960). [yes, it is a thin paperback, but I only read it while waiting for the bus.]
Now.. on to resuming Bike Snob NYC!I picked it up at Powell’s when I was in PDX in June but returned to San Diego interrupted by many textbooks. 
I’ve only ever read a few posts by this guy on his rich blog and wish I had been an ardent follower early on, but yeah, whatever, I have the book. and I love this guy!
Probably tied with Mark Morford as my favourite contemporary non-novelist writer.
—> shit’s hilarious. I will make you borrow this from me after I’m done with it. You will enjoy it immensely, cyclist or not.
» the urban country

I don’t frequent bicycle advocacy blogs often, but this is the best “about us” page I’ve read. It captures the whole issue succinctly, including links to articles on mentioned topics. 

The Urban Country's mission is simple. We publish 2-3 quality articles per week to advocate for using bicycles as transportation in North America to improve our cities, our people, and the world.

The Urban Country has been in the Guardian UK Bike Blog, National Public Radio, the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, Seattle’s The Stranger, The Daily Beast and is frequently featured on

The Urban Country is for people who are tired of being herded like cattle and who are looking for a more efficient, stylish, healthy and fun way to get around the city. People who ride bicycles are tired of subsidizing motorists while being treated as second-class citizens in North America.

We aren’t anti-car (cars do serve a purpose), but cars are dangerousdegrade our society, and they just aren’t the most efficient way to get around a city.

The Urban Country began in Canada in 2004 as a personal blog for James Schwartz. The term "urban country" stems from the fact that Canada is a country of vast land with the majority of its population concentrated in urban centres.

The median distance Canadians traveled to work in 2006 was 7.6km — hardly a difficult distance to ride. In the United States, 49% of all trips are shorter than 5km40% are shorter than 3km, and 28% are shorter than1.6km — trips that could easily be made by bicycle.

Unfortunately, cities in North America have been built around the  automobile, and bicycling is often discouragedinconvenient and uncomfortable. We are advocating for bettersaferconnected bicycling infrastructure, fair laws and general societal acceptance.

When it comes to bicycling gear, companies market their products to convince you that this gear is necessary. We believe that urban bicycling can be done comfortably in regular clothes — especially if you invest in a bike that makes the ride comfortableeven through the winter.

Helmets are not the silver bullet to bicycling safety. There is nothing wrong with choosing to wear helmets on a bicycle, but we don’t think they are warranted for urban transportation, and we are against mandatory helmet legislation.

If bicycling is dangerous on some streets in some cities, we prefer to get to the root cause of the problem rather than implementing a helmet law or other “band-aid” solutions that are designed to shift blame and ignore the root cause.

If you have content to contribute to the site (links, articles, studies), feel free to get in touch with us on our Contact Us page.

the urban country.
big ups to the toronto cyclists. 


glad to see you have been reading some copenhagenize. it’s great!

Yeah, it is!
I just don’t know how I didn’t know about this blog until last night. especially since I’ve been following Copenhagen Cycle Chic for a while… >___<;; 

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