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Urban Planet: Pedestrians and Cyclists on Getting Politically Active

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Urban Planet is a daily roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

“Mile for mile, it’s more dangerous to be a pedestrian than it is to be a cyclist,” writes Zoe Williams at the Guardian. And yet, pedestrians in the UK (and elsewhere) haven’t mobilized or lobbied or even gotten angry in the way that cyclists have. In 2011, London saw 77 pedestrian deaths (to 16 cyclists), 903 serious to injuries (to 555) with both figures on the rise. What is it that gives cyclists the predisposition for making political change that pedestrians lack?

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