Spokes & Soles

Hilary Reeves writes our "Spokes & Soles" column about biking and pedestrian issues around town. She's communications director for Bike Walk Twin Cities, an organization devoted to increase commuting by biking and walking.

Apr 06, 2015

“In high-income cities, car commutes tend to be short, habitual, solitary trips in congested traffic.”

That’s the opening sentence of a study by public health researchers about the potential of different policies to increase bicycle commuting.

The string of adjectives — short, habitual, solitary — reminded me of a quote from philosopher Thomas Hobbes, that the life of man is “solitary, poor, brutish, and short.” The ultimate source, Wikipedia, says that Hobbes felt this was particularly true if life in society was not regulated.

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