... bicycle helmet laws are bad for my health - & yours too!
La veneta piazzeta - Sandro PennaLa veneta piazzeta, antica e mesta, accoglie odor di mare. E volidi colombi. Me restanella memoria - e incantadi sé la luce - il volodel giovane ciclistavòlto all'amico: un soffiomelodico: "Vai solo?"There are more bicycles if you go to the somewhat less touristed neighbourhoods at the far ends of Venice, but it is above all a walking and walkable city, and so small that walking - and boating - are the ideal transport modes. The neighbouring suburbs and towns are very cyclable. I did a summer of study in Udine and Pordenone, in Fruil just east of Veneto: the flatter parts of that province are very cyclable, and the towns full of bicycles. Most cyclable town in Italy is probably Ferrara. Bologna and Lucca are also very interesting. Alas most of the governments (and corrupt powers) in Italy have been very pro-car, as opposed to public transport and bicycles. Cycle path on bridge from Mestre to Venice: http://www.amicidellabicicletta.org/spip/spip.php?article809google bicicletta ferrara for some lovely images! And, of course, Mikael has a good post: http://www.copenhagenize.com/2011/11/ferraras-vintage-bicycle-fleet.html And look at the links to the elegant signori e signore, many of them a generation up from us boomers...
Aaaaah che bello, Lagatta!!! - beautiful!
c) Sept 2010 Letter to NSW Minister for Roads
d) Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry into Vulnerable Road Users 2010