Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"A Philosophy of Walking" + NYC bikeshare

Preamble:  minutes of the most recent PBAC monthly meeting are viewable here.


"In A Philosophy of Walking, a bestseller in France, leading thinker Frédéric Gros charts 
the many different ways we get from A to B — the pilgrimage, the promenade, the protest 
march, the nature ramble — and reveals what they say about us. 

Reviews of this book here or by "hipster/polymath" Mark Kingwell here … or video [in French].

How Citibike Is Like Ecuador   by Felix Salmon 

Abstract: Deep dive into why New York's bike-rental scheme is wobbling badly. Much useful wisdom about 
public-private partnerships. Basic problem: the private operator is incompetent, but can't be dislodged, 
because there isn't an alternative. The renting formalities are so complex that they repel casual users 
who are meant to provide the profits. The "Citibike" branding has been so successful that no secondary 
sponsors can be found (article length: 2,240 words)

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