Jeff Mapes, a Portland, OR-based journalist, has just published an incredibly useful look at the the political realities of cycling as transportation. Citing lessons learned from Amsterdam, Davis, CA, New York City, Portland and other communities, Mapes argues that something as as simple as adding a well-connected network of bike lanes (a few thousand gallons of paint!) can transform an entire community, increase safety for all, attract a creative work force, reduce emissions, increase community health and well-being, and save everyone a lot of money. Sound to good to be true?

Listen to this half-an-hour interview we did with Mapes and find out why helmets don’t necessarily equal safety and how cycling could save our community $1 billion every year.

Jeff Mapes Interview

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

One Response to Bike Month: The Politics of Cycling

  1. Al says:

    Wow! I’ve attended 6 League of American Bicyclists, National Bicycle Summits and I have to say that this one half hour interview with Jeff Maples got to the heart of the fundamental issues addressed in the three day conferences. The interviewer cuts to the chase, asked outstanding questions and got Jeff to answer them directly. If only our local news could be so effective in getting responses from our city council and Colorado Springs Utilities spokespersons, Colorado Springs residents would not be clueless about our city’s fundamental city’s.
    Well done. This was my first use of The Big Something and you have exceeded my expectrations.

News

AP
July 1, 2015 | NPR · Felicia Marcus of the State Water Board said, “We need all Californians to step up — and keep it up — as if we don’t know when it will rain and snow again, because we don’t.”
 

WBEZ
July 1, 2015 | WBEZ · Aspiring doctors at the University of Chicago are learning how to teach patients about healthy eating. Nutrition advocates say this kind of training is critical to fighting obesity and diabetes.
 

July 1, 2015 | NPR · A dozen senators have also called on the Veterans Administration to say why some of the WWII-era troops who were found by an NPR Investigation were denied benefits.
 

Arts & Life

July 1, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Bob Mondello looks at the Independence Day weekend blockbusters, Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys.
 

The Kobal Collection
July 1, 2015 | NPR · As Terminator: Genisys opens in theaters, we provide the necessary refresher on how exactly the franchise got to this complicated, complicated place.
 

July 1, 2015 | NPR · Even if you’ve never set foot in a Chili’s, you know their classic jingle. In this game, contestants are given clues to three-syllable things that rhyme with “back.”
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
July 1, 2015 | NPR · As a producer of original songs, DJ Koze owns minimal techno’s wildest imagination, but his remixes and curveball-laden DJ mixes, like the recent DJ-Kicks mix, reveal just as much about his style.
 

July 1, 2015 | WXPN · As the Dead’s Fare Thee Well Tour comes to a close, World Cafe talks with David Browne, the author of a new book on the legendary band.
 

Courtesy of the artist.
July 1, 2015 | WXPN · After breaking through with its first three singles, the Australian band is set for U.S. success.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab