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Apr 30, 2012

Good morning and happy Monday! Here’s just a few of last week’s interesting news items:

Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum (Colossal)
Danish firm Monstrum, founded by Ole B. Nielsen and Christian Jensen, are responsible for some of the most brilliant playscapes ever seen. From life-size blue whales, giant serpents, and wobbly castles, any one of these would have been my dream come true as a child.

America’s Best Cities for Transit, According to Walk Score (The Atlantic Cities)
The team behind Walk Score has just released a new study ranking the 25 best American cities for public transit, based on a new index they’ve dubbed Transit Score. Transit Score measures how well a location is served by public transportation using open data released by local public transit agencies. (Come on, Seattle- we can do better than # 7!)

Ten Ideas from #citytalk for Boosting Cycling in Cities (Sustainable Cities Collective)
The fourth edition of #citytalk entitled “Cycling and Cities” took place last week and was a great success, reaching close to 30,000 people. Sustainable Cities Collective was joined by the European Cyclist’s Federation and Iván De la Lanza from Ecobici, as well as the teams at Urban Times and Philips Livable Cities to try to unpack some of the barriers that are preventing bicycles from becoming a mainstream mode of transport in many cities.

May is National Bike Month (League of American Bicyclists)
National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month in your city or state — and help get more people in your community out riding too!