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Issue 1/2008, January 3 2008 (No. 251)

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(...) Who needs a big black sedan for a five-minutes´ walk to the office, who needs a gigantic office with art on the walls, who needs a secretary of one's own in spite of being able to get a grip on one's work by oneself? The plain reply is ‚a chief or a chiefess'(...)
From ‚How a lady becomes a queen' by Ina Kirsch, Financial Times Germany, December 28 2007

In the picture you see a bicycle which is chained to a road sign. In the middle ground there is a cycle path and a road. It's the Stader Road which is near to our house. In the background one sees the lights of a big filling station which is at the intersection of Bismarck Road and Stader Road. Cars park on the complex of the filling station. The picture reverses the usual perception of means of transportation. A bicycle becomes the focus of attention, the cars are in the background.
The operation of a bicycle doesn't consume much energy. If you want to cycle, you only have to take food. Filling stations for bicycles are not necessary. A bicycle doesn't emit exhaust fumes. A cyclist only inhales and exhales. Bicycles are silent means of transportations. The production of a bicycle consumes less raw materials than the production of a car.
A bicycle consumes little storage space. You don't have to lay out a parking lot for a bicycle. The track gauge of a bicycle is very small. So a bicycle needs little space for driving.
A bicycle is made up of less component parts than a car. You can lift up a bicycle by yourself. So it's easier for you to repair a bicycle than a car.
One person only can usually go by one bicycle. But there is often also only one person in a car. You can take your bike with you on a bus, a tram or a train. You can connect a trailer to your bicycle by means of which you can move your children for example.
A brand-new runabout car, which costs 8000 Euros, is a good offer. I am willing to pay 500 Euros for a high-quality brand-new bicycle. When you buy high-quality bicycles and some accessories (a trailer, rainwear, panniers) for a family of three, you have to pay about 2000 Euros.
A bicycle at night
A bicycle at night
A purchase of a car generates a larger turn-out (profit?) than a purchase of three bicycles.
(My wife Christine helped me to translate the text. Thanks.)

Encounters 3

Little Mexiko - Car-free

Charlie Dittmeier is also sometimes biking around town in Phnom Penh. Please read his Mission Notebook entries of

November 24 2005,

January 3, July 20 and 21 2006

and November 11 2007

The links lead to the latest entry of the diary. Please scroll down if necessary.

I further recommend two websites which show how much space was occupied by a lot of cars, a bus and bikes by means of which a certain number of persons was transported.

Firstly an example from Munster in Germany

and secondly an example from Denver in the United States.

The international poster organisation Loesje has started a project to train young people from all over Europe and Asia in how to organise and coordinate information campaigns about the Millennium Development Goals. These goals are set by the United Nations to fight poverty and to improve living standards world wide.

Next issue 'The Daily Groove'
on Tuesday, January 22 2000
I apologize to the readers for the delay. I had to translate a lot of text into English.

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Please also read Cats Talk (37)

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