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veen  ·  46 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Coronavirus is not fuel for urbanist fantasies

Not even in the long term?

The Netherlands wasn’t always a bicycle utopia - it became that way after five decades of slow but steady progress made by urbanists, even if the initial spark wasn’t from them.

I get that there’s bigger forces at play, and you’re probably on the side of those mattering more than anything else. But a city like NYC has gone from “cars yay” to “why do we have citibikes?” to “let’s build two dozen cycleways a year” in less than a decade.

So I know that I’m talking about a city that has both this and a homelessness problem, and that that’s a good example of urbanists failing entirely? But at the same time I’m also hopeful that a long and dedicated bureaucracy like a city, with ideas and help from people like her, can do great things. And who knows, give it another ten years and we’ll see bicycle highways and safe crossings and people will wonder how that came to be, and I think I’d point to people like her continually pushing for more for at least some of the credit.