How can changing the language used to talk about an issue help with conversation?

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.


Broadway, Seattle.

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.

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Vancity Buzz brings team together for first “Bike to the Nat Days”

Vancity Buzz brings team together for first “Bike to the Nat Days” Remember when you were a kid and bike riding and baseball were everything? Well, we have a way to help you relive those carefree days. The Vancouver Canadians and the City of Vancouver along with Vancity Buzz are presenting the first annual ‘Bike to the Nat Days.’ For two days over the Labour Day long weekend—Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1—baseball fans, young and old, are invited to peddle to the park to take in the final games of the season, as the C’s play rivals, Spokane Indians. First pitch at 1:05 p.m. for both games. “The Vancouver Canadians have always supported alternative ways of getting to Scotiabank Field, but the recent beautiful weather combined with so many sellouts has made biking to ‘the Nat’ more popular than ever,” says JC Fraser, Vancouver Canadians General Manger. “We’re proud to be a small part of this initiative to bring parking for over 300 bikes to the ballpark thanks to Vancity Buzz, BEST’s Bicycle Valet and the City of Vancouver.” The ball park is conveniently located along both the Ontario Street bike route and the 37th avenue bike route, but check City of Vancouver’s Bike Map to find your best way there.