How the bicycle beats evolution and why Steve Jobs was so taken with this fact

Chart from Scientific American, 1973 Apple’s late leader Steve Jobs loved to liken the computer to the bicycle (“the computer … is the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds”) and there are two films of him recounting a fact he’d picked up from Scientific American. Below I’ll quote from the article Jobs was referring to – which showed that …

88 of the very best quotes about bicycles and cycling

Poets, presidents, prime ministers and prime-time newscasters have said great things about cycling. No doubt I’ll put a fair few of their quotes in my book – due in 2016 – but in the meantime here’s a selection …  “Riding bicycles will not only benefit the individual doing it, but the world at large.” Udo E. Simonis, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Policy …

Speed sells

Cycling has many well-understood health and economic benefits but a key benefit is often overlooked – urban nippiness. Motorists slow to a crawl in “rush” hour; those on bicycles don’t. Many people perceive cycling to be a slow form of transport, which it is, if you have to undertake a long journey. Short hops are swift on a bike. There’s …

There are no measures that will get me to cycle, say 40% of respondents to YouGuv survey

Over on BikeHub.co.uk I’ve published an article on a new YouGov survey, commissioned by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. The RoSPA press release states that the overwhelming majority of people in Britain would support greater provision for people on bicycles. The research was done online over two days at the end of February and involved 2,169 people, …