Two links which I wanted to share before they get lost in my info-cloud.
1.) This is a photo-essay on the differences between cycling as seen in Amsterdam, and comments on how the situation differes from what the author sees as we "ghettoized" cyclists in the US.
2.) Good and interesting article (still current, even if 11 years old - worth reading) in the British Medical Journal about cycling from a doctors perspective. (you may have to register, but its free..)
" BMJ 321 : 1582 doi: 10.1136/bmj.321.7276.1582 (Published 23 December 2000)
* THE QUALITY OF LIFE
Three lessons for a better cycling future
1. Malcolm J Wardlaw, business analyst (A.Wardlaw@btinternet.com)
+ Author Affiliations
92 Drymen Road, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 2SY
Cyclists were the only group of road users in Britain whose death rate increased sharply during the 1990s,1 yet cycling was in decline throughout the decade.2 How could this happen, when attention on casualties was the most intense in the history of the bicycle? Perhaps a vision of the near future will be instructive …
Recent safety campaigns have destroyed faith in the bicycle as a safe means of transport, reducing participation, compromising public health, increasing the risks, and decreasing road skills
Deaths of cyclists have increased since the introduction of helmets
Cyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles
Promote cycling for a safer road environment"