What was the common story in the LA Times, the Sydney Morning Herald and the New Dehli Tribune overnight? No – not the London Riots – any city can have a few thugs light up cars and buses for short-term media attention.
The big story is via the BMJ — Barcelona’s public bike rental scheme saves lives, prevents air pollution and is really the way of the future. An interesting contrast to the ridiculous Mayor of Toronto (Rob Ford – put this name in your list of nutcases in charge) who, shame, shame, shame – REMOVED 3 bicycle lanes with the claim that ‘the war on the car is over’.
Interested in the built environment and physical activity? Consider following this blog: http://sustainablecities.dk/en/blog
See a recent BJSM editorial by Professor Adrian Bauman with its provocative title — panacea for physical inactivity. The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports had a great systematic review too. And there is the free strategic plan for policymakers. http://www.alga.asn.au/policy/transport/ActiveTransport.pdf
But if you live in Rob Ford’s constituency, I’m not sure what to suggest. Perhaps an employment agency. Or Friedrich Schiller may provide empathy.
Remember BJSM’s Twitter handle @BJSM_BMJ and our large library of podcasts (home page). Please spread the word – with folks like Rob Ford in leadership positions we need to work together.