Quotes of the week

“What if the United States treated traffic violence like the public health issue it is? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that would entail building bike infrastructure and slowing down drivers.

Last week the CDC released a report on the long-term mortality rate among U.S. cyclists. The study covers 38 years of U.S. DOT data — 1975 through 2012 — when drivers killed 29,711 people on bikes. (Crashes not involving motor vehicles were not included.) During that time period, according to the CDC, the share of household trips taken by bike doubled. At the same time, the report says, mortality rates among adults aged 35 to 54 nearly tripled, from 0.11 to 0.31 per 100,000 people — though the overall age-adjusted mortality rate declined, owing to a 92 percent drop in deaths among children younger than 15.”

CDC: Make Cycling Safer With Protected Bike Lanes and Lower Speed Limits

“The CalgaryNext project is, unfortunately, drawn from the same playbook as the Edmonton Ice District and dozens of other North American arena projects over the last decade: stick the public with most of the cost while keeping most of the profits.”

How to think critically about CalgaryNext

“The reason this frame works to the team’s advantage is it locks in the idea that the two entities are merely haggling over how much each must contribute to the project, essentially guaranteeing the club a non-trivial degree of public subsidy one way or the other.

The appropriate frame would be public as investor – meaning the Flames would approach the city as a partner and would give real value in exchange for dollars. And by value, I don’t mean the nebulous “benefits” of “increased economic activity”, “civic pride” and “revitalization” that are so easily bandied about in PR materials, but rather some sort of tangible ROI – dollars to be repaid in interest (a loan) or a portion of revenues/ownership (equity).”

How to think critically about CalgaryNext

“Of course, that wouldn’t be keeping with the general pro sports trend of building ever bigger, more opulent sports centres every 20-30 years, of course, but that has become a habit in North America only because the public keeps footing the bill. If teams were forced to build their stadiums based on strict internal budgeting and economic principles (i.e.; what they could afford or what they could convince legitimate investors to help build), they wouldn’t be recommending massive, over-the-top, $1 billion+ projects.”

How to think critically about CalgaryNext

“The fans don’t also owe the club our infrastructure tax dollars so they can add more zeros to their bottom line.”

How to think critically about CalgaryNext

“As Hermione puts it, “he has the emotional range of a teaspoon.” And he’s always the one who winds up burping slugs. On the other hand, Hermione is the smartest witch to come through Hogwarts in who knows how long, and Harry is, of course, cosmically chosen to save the world (and also rich and famous, good at dueling, and a Quidditch prodigy). Ron seems dispensable enough, right?”

The Real Reason J.K. Rowling Could Never Kill Ron Weasley

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