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Just Some of the Stuff…

We began the semester with an article by Bill Strickland, “What Every Kid Wants.”  This led to a conversation about (and memories of) everyone’s childhood on bikes.

This week, Strickland published an article in Bicycling magazine, looking back at a lifetime of cycling. We’ll close the semester with “Just Some of the Stuff I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Riding Bicycle.”

Rendell, “An Ocean of Air”

As we continue to think about audiences and other human groups, read Matt Rendell’s account of the strategy and physics of bike racing — like many sports, cycling involves both teams and individuals, but because a race might have 20 teams, the group dynamics can be complex and fascinating.

Read Rendell’s chapter on Canvas.

Write a response to Rendell’s chapter — you should pick out any idea or passage that is interesting to you, and discuss it in your post. Your post should be 150 words (or more) and should include an image.

For contrast to Rendell’s writing, you might want to check out legendary commentator Cosmo Catalano, whose speedy analytical abilities have made him youtube-famous:

David Byrne, Bicycle Diaries

For class on 4/6, read ONE of the two chapters from Byrne’s book Bicycle Diaries. You can access the chapters via Canvas.

Reading David Byrne

David Byrne is best known as the front man of ’80s band The Talking Heads. YouTube it. Since then, he’s has become known as an artist, urbanist, and social critic.

Choose ONE of two available selections from his book Bicycle Diaries (2009) — San Francisco or Istanbul.

This link takes you to the reading page.

Reflecting on David Byrne

Post to your blog a response or reaction to David Byrne’s writing. Your response should have two parts and should include and image:

  1. Byrne mentions a lot people, places, and things. Google one of them. It could be Tacqueria Cancún, A Confederacy of Dunces, Topkapi Palace, or Binondo. Oh wait, Binondo is in the “Manila” chapter–you’ll have to get the book if you want to read about that. In your response, explain a little bit about what the person, place, or thing is. Byrne doesn’t really do that.
  2. Respond in whatever way you think is appropriate–but you should try to use Byrne’s thinking as a launching point… use his ideas as a starting place to explore your perspective on the world.

Spike in Pedestrian Deaths

Use Caution!

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association shows a continued rise in pedestrian injuries and deaths as a result of traffic collisions.

While total traffic deaths have increased slightly (after falling for years due to increased safety requirements for autos), pedestrian deaths have increased 25% since 2010, with the highest increase rate (11%) in 2016.

More than 700 pedestrians were killed in California in 2016.

My home state (Delaware) had the highest per capita death rate for pedestrians: 3.38 deaths per 100,000…. 🙁

One explanation offered by the report: “A more recent factor contributing to the increase in pedestrian fatalities may be the growing use of smart phones by all road users, which can be a signicant source of distraction for both drivers and pedestrians.”

You can read the full report here:

The story in the SF Chron


Duarte on Audience

The first section of Nancy Duarte’s HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations focuses on audience.

The HBR Guide is focused on the needs of presenters in the business world, but Duarte’s ideas may apply to other situations.

You can read Duarte’s first section on Canvas:

Duarte has also given a TED talk:

and has an extensive website on presentation strategies: