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Reading journal: Copenhagenize by Mikael Colville-Andersen

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Genre: Non-fiction Published: 2018 Date read: June 2018 Fascinating look at how to make urban cycling work. The book is sub-titled ‘The Definitive Guide to Global Bicycle Urbanism’, quite a mouthful, but it’s a fair summary of what the book’s about. The author lives in Copenhagen, and works as a consultant for other cities that aspire to the same level of urban amenity. Each cycling-related design problem has two sides — human behaviour and urban engineering. The key first step is getting past the idea that, whatever you do, cars must have the greatest priority and everything else must be fitted in around them. As the author points out, until the 1920s that wasn’t the case at all. Car priority is not set in stone. We’ve made horrible places out of cities that could be pleasant and safe. Very interesting book that also points out mistakes that are made with cycling infrastructure. Canberra, my former home, has made every single one of these mistakes, and hasn’t to my knowled