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Vision Zero: Designing Streets to Save Lives

A Swedish design proposal to eliminate traffic fatalities is picking up steam around the world.

View of Gotgatan street in Stockholm. Photo via Holger.Ellgaard/Wikimedia Commons

The language we use influences how we think about the world around us. For example, in my first years of transportation advocacy I learned to use the word “crash” to describe vehicular collisions. I, like many Americans, had always used the word “accident,” a term which unwittingly affirms that vehicle collisions are unavoidable, unpreventable, and a fact of life. However, while most crashes are unintentional, they are not always unpreventable. The key to prevention is accepting that humans will definitely make mistakes and then designing the built environment accordingly.

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Poland’s First Openly Gay Mayor Gives up Limos for Bikes

He’s going to cycle to all his civic duties.

Robert Biedron, Slupsk's new cycling mayor. Via Wikimedia Commons.

A newly elected mayor in Poland, Robert Biedron, has already made global headlines for being the first openly gay man to occupy the position. As the mayor of the Polish town of Slupsk, Biedron has access to three limousines, which are available to ferry him about the city. But in a decision demonstrating both fiscal responsibility and sound cardiovascular health, Biedron announced that he’s relinquishing the mayoral limousine perk and instead will use bicycles as his primary mode of transportation.

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Yell Like Your Hair's on Fire and 5 More Urban Cycling Tips

The urban biking battlefield can be brutal. Here are a few survival tips from Slava Menn, of Gotham Bicycle Defense Industries.

When I was seventeen, I watched my father get hit by a car. He recovered, but I've had a fear of cars ever since. Ironically, I love city cycling. I love out-running city busses, flying between rows of traffic, and parking wherever I damn please. City cycling makes me feel free.

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Introducing Product of the People: Help Design a Bike Light

Help GOOD and Gotham Bicycle Defense Industries create what may well be the world's first piece of crowdsourced urban cycling gear.

We were big fans of the theft-resistant Defender bike light, by Gotham Bicycle Defense Industries, when we saw it on Kickstarter. (So was everyone else; it surpassed its $18,000 fundraising target in about a day.) Now, company founders Slava Menn and Brad Geswein are starting work on their next product, and they want the GOOD community to help guide the process, weighing in on everything from design to name in hopes of creating an excellent crowdsourced product. We'll be posting occasional updates on the GOOD site. Below, Slava explains the challenge:

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