Cycling is a healthy activity, but it’s not without its risks. Most know about the potential to get in a deadly crash (wear a helmet!) but the L.A. Times reports on a less obvious danger: inhaling lung blackening soot. A recent European study shows that cyclists inhale 2.3 times more soot than pedestrians, a fact that just slight offsets some of the health benefits of cycling. Ironically, it seems the major health risks involved with cycling both stem from the cars that cyclists share the road with.
Human Transit (the book): Introduction (Human Transit)
One of our favorite transit bloggers, Jarrett Walker, has written a book that delves in to the ideas he explores on his blog. The book, entitled Human Transit: How clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our communities and our lives will be released later this year. In the meantime, Jarrett has offered up the full introduction from his book for all the read – and it’s a great read. Here’s a snippet:
…this book aims to give you a grasp of how transit works as an urban mobility tool and how it fits into the larger challenge of urban transportation. This is not a course designed to make you a qualified transit planner, though some professionals will benefit from it. My goal is simply to give you the confidence to form and advocate clear opinions about what kind of transit you want and how that can help create the kind of city you want.
A new pilot program in New York City is bringing cellular coverage to subway stations. But as BBC reports, the advent of this technology is a double edged sword for many transit rides. On the one hand, you can finally use your cell phone underground! On the other hand, it means one of the few remaining places where one can “disconnect” is disappearing. Plus, is there anything more annoying than hearing someone else talk on the phone?