In the 60s and 70s, Amsterdam and Copenhagen, the current bike capitals of the world, were not much unlike the rest of the world, with a decade of urban planning revolved around the car.
It took the massive grassroots protests of the 1970’s and 1980’s to force urban planners and politicians to return to planning for pedestrians and cyclists.
This is what it looked like in Copenhagen at a protest rally in the 1970’s. Regular citizens in their thousands demonstrating for safer streets and the re-implementation of bicycle infrastructure.
In order to draw attention to the need - and desire - for infrastructure white crosses were painted on the asphalt where cyclists had been killed. In the late 1960’s there were roughly 300 hundred cyclists killed every year in Denmark. Last year, in 2010, there were 19.
The power of the people triumphed. Cycle tracks are the Tahrir Square where Citizen Cyclists continue to gather to show that fighting for The Common Good can suceed and from where the dictators who only wish to serve the interests of the few are banished.
Tonight we are happy to announce support for Google’s goo.gl, which is a fast URL shortener like bit.ly and awe.sm brought to you officially by the folks at Google.
To start using goo.gl short URLs for your AddToAny button or standalone services, please see the AddToAny documentation on URL shorteners & “click-back” tracking. If you’re coding manually, just remember to drop the ‘e’ – the value should be ‘googl’ instead of ‘google’. Even we screwed that up once, twice, maybe a few times during testing.
This new feature comes in thanks to a Twitter message from Neasan. Thanks for the request, Neasan!