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Any place can be transformed from a place for cars to a place for people. It takes vision & will. #Amsterdam 1976 vs 2017 via @amsterdamized
Amsterdam chose to give their streets to cars. Then they chose to take them back. There's nothing magical about #Amsterdam. They just chose.
Think your city doesn't have much in common with #Amsterdam? As city archive photos show, it used to.
HT @rwoudstra oldams.nl
There are 2 types of city leaders: those who read a tweet thread like this & are inspired, & those that argue it's irrelevance. Which are u?
Remember this picture every single time you hear someone in your city say "we're not Amsterdam." #Amsterdam in the 1970's HT @fietsprofessor
The #Dutch are STILL getting better at bike-riding! Daily bike usage has grown 11% in the last decade. Via @nytimes: mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/wor…
Dutch cycling prevents 6.5k premature deaths each year: Study. And the more people ride, the safer it gets. @NYTimes mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/wor…
"In a country where there are more bikes than people — 22.5 vs. 18 million — daily usage has grown 11 percent in the last decade." #Dutch
To paraphrase Arthur C Clarke, "Any sufficiently advanced technology [or urbanism] is indistinguishable from magic."
"#Amsterdam has a moral obligation to share its story, its streets, to all who are open to learning" @fietsprofessor cyclingacademics.blogspot.ca/2017/09/the-bi…
"The yearly #Dutch investment [in biking] of 500 million euros pays for itself, proponents say, by reducing health, social & other costs."
"While promoting biking used to be an issue for more progressive political parties, recent successes have made it mainstream politics."
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