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Oct 10th, 2012, 01:28 PM
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"Italians Bought More Bikes than Cars Last Year!"

This a headline in the NYTimes Business page recently.

One often does not think of Italy as a biker's mecca like Holland, Denmark and Germany for instance are.

Florence at least used to have free kikes a la Paris' Velib program long before Paris did. The number of bikes in a place like Florence have swelled during the decades I have been visiting there. And nearly no one wears a helmet!).

With cars being more and more banned from city centres locals are taking to the bike - biking made easier with fewer cars scooting about.
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Oct 10th, 2012, 05:00 PM
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I recently return from a visit to the far south. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many locals residents--including many who were well advanced in years--appeared to rely on bikes to get around the small- and medium-sized towns, even where there was no restriction on vehicular traffic.
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Oct 11th, 2012, 03:51 AM
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I'm just back from riding through Ferrara, the Po valley is excellent cycling country and I should have my visit report up soon.

You may find reading http://www.cyclehelmets.org/ entertaining but I guess you already know the arguements.

NY also offered us http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/op...mmon-good.html this month
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Oct 11th, 2012, 03:53 AM
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On a weirder note I see that Tehran inhabitants have the highest density of Porsche!
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Oct 11th, 2012, 04:05 AM
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That would be an interesting thread--factoids on who has the highest density of X. Or which country is the biggest consumer of Y.

For example: Biggest importer of Cognac? The US, with China close behind.
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Oct 11th, 2012, 12:44 PM
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What I did this summer
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-to-faenza.cfm
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