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The Fascinating Way Bicycling Brings Us Closer Together

  • Published on December 15th, 2014 by

In each society, there are differences in how we treat personal space. Even from one person to the next, there are differences, but for the most part, each society has some norms. Seattle-based landscape architecture student Peter Cromwell, in the fascinating presentation below, shows what distances are normal “public distances,” what are normal “social distances,” what are normal “personal distances,” and what are normal “intimate distances.” He then proceeds to show how bicycling and good bicycle infrastructure put strangers within personal distances of each other (as well as social distances). Subtly, this connects us more. It makes us feel closer to our fellow city residents and strangers in general. It’s a great video. Check it out! (h/t PeopleForBikes)


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  • […] In a new wave of socially and environmentally conscious planning, Barcelona is taking back its streets from cars. The plan will convert up to 60% of the streets from road to green spaces, bike paths, and a boardwalk for pedestrians. To begin, a square of 3×3 city blocks of the Eixample district will be closed off to cars (with the exception of those who live on the block and drive, who will be able to continue at very reduced speeds), creating a 9-block “Superblock.” This will mean more space and quiet for residents to actually live — with greenery, room to walk and cycle, and recreational space that has the possibility to make the neighborhood a more social environment. […]

  • […] In a new wave of socially and environmentally conscious planning, Barcelona is taking back its streets from cars. The plan will convert up to 60% of the streets from road to green spaces, bike paths, and a boardwalk for pedestrians. To begin, a square of 3×3 city blocks of the Eixample district will be closed off to cars (with the exception of those who live on the block and drive, who will be able to continue at very reduced speeds), creating a 9-block “Superblock.” This will mean more space and quiet for residents to actually live — with greenery, room to walk and cycle, and recreational space that has the possibility to make the neighborhood a more social environment. […]

  • […] Barcelona, Spain, has been pioneering what it’s calling “Superblocks.” In each of these Superblocks, as much as 60% of road space is transformed into green space, bike paths, pedestrian walkways, etc. “To begin, a square of 3×3 city blocks of the Eixample district will be closed off to cars (with the exception of those who live on the block and drive, who will be able to continue at very reduced speeds), creating a 9-block ‘Superblock.’ This will mean more space and quiet for residents to actually live — with greenery, room to walk and cycle, and recreational space that has the possibility to make the neighborhood a more social environment.” […]

  • […] I had a blast doing the Coaster Brake Challenge and I think you will too as long as you understand what you’re in for. Check out the Atomic Cycles website for the next Coaster brake challenge and other events. There’s vintage mountain bike, single speed, and even BMX side hack races and social rides. It’s just another great way that cycling brings people closer together. […]

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