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Recent Blog Entries: Cycling

Are you prepared to die for the cause??

January 22, 2012 By Debra Efroymson Cycling Post a comment!

What an irony that the pioneers who promote cycling include those who ride in the many cities where it is still extremely dangerous to do so. In the course of making things better for everyone else, they risk their own life. I involuntarily risk my life crossing the street every day; I'm not willing to do the same for cycling. But by not cycling in weekday traffic, I…

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Push us too far and we just might resist

January 12, 2012 By Debra Efroymson Cycling, Dhaka Post a comment!

Yesterday, for (almost) the first time in 14 years of living in Dhaka, I lost it. I stood outside my office and yelled at the top of my lungs. (The university students lingering nearby promptly burst into spontaneous applause.) I used to find it wrong that crossing the street is the most dangerous thing I do every day. Now I realize the real problem: ten times a week I risk…

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Another one bites the dust

January 9, 2012 By Debra Efroymson Cycling, Dhaka, Public Transit, Walking Post a comment!

I wrote last month about a journalist friend who has lost part of his leg after being run over by a bus while crossing the street here in Dhaka. Yesterday, a journalist here was killed while crossing the road on a motorbike, again by a bus. Motorbikes cause a number of problems, and can themselves (unlike pedestrians and, other than a few exceptional cases, cyclists) kill others as well…

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Accidents are no accident

December 29, 2011 By Debra Efroymson Cycling, Dhaka, Public Transit Post a comment!

Yesterday morning a friend who is a well-known journalist got off the bus in front of the press club in Dhaka and, as he started to cross the street, was hit by another bus. His left foot was severed; people tied the tourniquet too tightly, so he may lose the whole leg. Given his status, the incident is gaining much media attention, which is the only unusual thing about…

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Fear, risk, and an odd acceptance

December 11, 2011 By Debra Efroymson Cycling, Dhaka, Public Transit, Walking Post a comment!

Yesterday evening I was looking at photos from earlier in the day of Dhaka riot police attacking protesters. Later that evening I heard what sounded like gunshots or Malatov cocktails not far from our home, followed by screaming. I was almost as frightened as my dogs, though I soon calmed down and realized I was at no risk (today someone told me that it was just fireworks from a…

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What is abnormal about our cities…

December 7, 2011 By Debra Efroymson Cycling, Dhaka, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Today the opposition party has called a hartal (political strike). There will be demonstrations in parts of the city, probably accompanied by violence, but otherwise the city is quiet and peaceful. There are very few motorized vehicles of any sort and virtually no cars on the streets. I ask a colleague to go with me on a bike ride; we ride to and around Dhaka University, stop for fresh…

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