Link to the original article here.
Guest post by EarthShare member Institute for Transportation and Development
Policy (ITDP). ITDP works around the world to design and implement high
quality transport systems and policy solutions that make cities more livable,
equitable, and sustainable.
When we think of great cities for sustainable transport, we think of picturesque
cities in Northern Europe, such as Copenhagen, or wealthy, dense enclaves
such as Hong Kong or Singapore. But they aren’t the only cities doing things
right. There have been exciting transformations all over the world, particularly in
the global south. Here are five cities that have improved quality of life for millions
by investing in sustainable, equitable transport.
HOW SMART LANGUAGE HELPED END SEATTLE’S PARALYZING BIKELASH
February 04, 2015
Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer
Link to the original article on People for Bikes found here.
Instead of “cyclists,” people biking. Instead of “accident,” collision. Instead of “cycle track,”protected bike lane.
It can come off as trivial word policing. But if you want proof that language shapes thoughts, look no further than Seattle — where one of the country’s biggest bikelashes has turned decisively around in the last four years.
For a while in 2010 and 2011, the three-word phrase “war on cars,” which had risen to prominence in Rob Ford’s Toronto and spread to Seattle in 2009, threatened to poison every conversation about improving bicycling in the city.