Walking Considered Weird

A readable article, flickering somewhere between respectful and mildly condescending, about a journalism professor appears in the Austin Statesman, focusing largely on the man’s refusal to own a car. Living without a car, in Texas, constitutes news. One of the reader comments reads

“In the classroom we heard about his unique way of life. I guess I thought it was weird at the time, but consistently living according to one’s own standards and convictions is something to be admired. Plus I bet his health care bills are next to nothing!”

On this score, This small city in Russia is very weird.

Attention Mayor Wynn

Bicycles are good enough for Paris. When will they be good enough for “green leader” Austin?

Jean-Luc Dumesnil, who is an adviser in City Hall on cycling policy, said that while the number of bicycles on the streets increased by 50 percent in the last six years, the number of cycling accidents remained stable.

“It’s the cycling paths, but it’s also a question of critical mass,” Mr. Dumesnil said. “The more bikes there are, the more car drivers get used to them and the more care they take.”