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Pre-trip Readings

By Jordan Hunt, 3 June 2017

At first, some of the statistics presented in City Cycling aren’t too surprising. The percentage of commutes cycled in the US is dwarfed by that of some northern European countries. The one statistic that did catch me off guard was the number of cycling related injuries in the US. When compared to other countries. The stat was literally off the chart and had to be shown by a discontinuous line. This spoke volumes for the current state of cycling infrastructure within the United States; the current system is broken and needs to be fixed....

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Cycling Readings

Bicycle infrastructure in the United States lags far behind European countries like the Netherlands. Pucher gives statistics showing how a tiny share of trips in the US are done on bicycles whereas the cycling comes close to rivaling motor vehicles for trip share in the Netherlands. The idea that the Dutch cycle more because of their culture, landscape, or any feature inherent to the Netherlands is refuted by the fact that some cities in the United States have cycle shares comparable to European cities. Davis Colorado has a cycle share of 15 percent, which is 30 times the national average...

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Pre-trip Readings

By April Gadsby

Cycling in the United States is much more stressful and much less safe than in the Netherlands, based on what we have learned so far. This is a result of culture and national priorities. In our car-oriented society, the focus is often on expediency. This is fitting of a culture where we often brag/complain about how busy we are. When focusing on expediency, it is easy to let safety be forgotten.

On the other hand, the Dutch mobilized to make cycling a common mode there due to its increase in safety and a desire for independence from oil. This focus on safety...

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Pre-Trip Readings

By Spencer Maddox 6/1/17

The Netherlands bike infrastructure makes the United States look like it's in Dark Ages for cycling. In every aspect, the Netherlands crushes the United States's cycling infrastructure. Whether it be in amount of dedicated cycle infrastructure, parking, public transportation, and fewer accidents and fatalities. Differences in culture and transportation design cause the disparity between the US and the Netherlands. 

The main design difference between the US and Netherlands is how cyclists are divided or integrated within the traffic stream...

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Feedback: The Essence of Sustainability

By Anna Nord. May 31, 2017.

Learning how to read maps at the Boulder Journey School

The ability to give and receive feedback is the essence of sustainability. 

The natural world is constantly changing. An organism that continues to flourish and live in harmony with its surround ecosystem, despite ongoing transformations, embodies sustainability. Like other organism in nature, humans are...

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Ready to fly, ride, walk, and cycle (and that's just the first day)

By Alice Grossman

May 31, 2017


It looks like it might get a bit rainy in the Netherlands next week, and we are riding rain or shine.  $1 Walgreens ponchos are great ways to keep your packing light and be prepared for the rain (unless you're brining one of these).  it shouldn't be too cold, but if your hands get cold easily you may also consider light gloves for early morning rides.

Delft will be lively while we are...

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Leadership etc. Blog Post 3

Reid Passmore 5/31/17

 

Mentorship prevents organizations from having to start over every time they lose members. Mentorship operates on the principle of giving back the experiences you gained from your mentor. 

Good leadership has two qualities: vision and legacy. The leader needs to create a direction and goals. The leader also needs to regularly revise those goals. Legacy has less to do with the impact a leader has left, but rather whether or not they left a framework for the next leader to follow.

On feedback. The reading on international...

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