Previously posted on Cyclestuff.
Palimpest. My word of the moment. Harmonic to the ear and wholly appropriate to the city, I find myself reminded of it by the encouraging news that Dutch style roundabouts may soon be employed in London. Whilst we associate people-centric planning with the Netherlands, It wasn’t always this way. In the 1970’s, motivated by fuel shortages, road traffic accidents and population pressures, the Dutch passed through a steep learning curve that developed a more enlightened approach to transport management and the encouraging systems we see employed today. Their cities changed, adapted and evolved, yet maintained clear traces of their original form. A constantly reused canvas. A palimpest.
As a cyclist, I would
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