The bigger challenge is public opinion. Even blocking traffic on a single road, as in the highway next to the Seine River in Paris, predictably outrages some drivers. In York, a previous pilot that pedestrianized a bridge was criticized for worsening traffic and reversed. But more systematic changes that give commuters viable options have a better chance at success, and few people would say that they want to spend more time in their cars. Other U.K. cities are likely to follow. Birmingham, for example, which struggles with air pollution, congestion, and high rates of obesity, is now also considering banning cars from its city center. … [Read more...] about This little British city wants to prove that going car-free isn’t just for big downtowns
Feather river canyon
Some parks have peculiar visitor patterns: for instance, Mount Denali National Park has an aberration in May and June, when there’s a huge surge of backcountry visitors. Vincent thinks that’s because that is the most common time for people to try scaling Mount Denali. Then, later in the summer, other kinds of visitors show up to camp in tents or RVs—so for campers, it might make sense to go earlier in the year during peak climbing season. The Great Smoky Mountains similarly have a spike in the fall, unlike most mountainous parks. Vincent was confused by this trend, but when he did some research, he realized that people were coming to see the fall colors. Unfortunately, if you’re going to catch the fall colors, you’re probably going to have to pile in with the crowds. … [Read more...] about When should you visit the national parks? This data viz shows how to avoid the crowds
Bajaj is yet to disclose the Chetak’s performance figures, though it is expected to perform slightly lower than the 450. The Chetak gets an average range of 95 km on a full charge, while the Ather 450 can clock 75 to 107 km.Both also get a lithium-ion battery with an IP67 rating which makes it dust and water resistant. Both bikes also get a reverse gear switch to make it easier to back out of a tight parking space. … [Read more...] about Specs Comparison: Bajaj Chetak vs Ather 450
This public spectacle has understandably not gone down well with the people who are shocked by the level to which politics has sunk in the state. That Karnataka is sinking in public esteem is reflected in the manner in which new investment has been shying away from it. Corruption in the state has, for many years, touched endemic proportions and the sorry plight of Bengaluru infrastructure is causing deep shock. … [Read more...] about Politics | Has vote-bank politics come to haunt Yediyurappa?
Let’s start with Urjit Patel, the former governor, who left the RBI like a bat out of hell. A bat, though, is not a bird. This meeting was his swan song, which I suppose makes him a swan, though a rather unlikely one. Some have said a goose would be more appropriate because his goose was cooked, but the flaw in that reasoning is he wasn’t cooked but his goose was, although there’s some difference of opinion on that. The government, of course, has no doubt whatsoever that he was an albatross around its neck. … [Read more...] about Opinion | Bird Watching at the Reserve Bank of India