Cycling for Environment
by Wei-Hsin Chen
by The “Movement for Liveable London” aims to broaden the debate about how changing the way we travel and design our public realm can help create a more liveable city. They are “Beyond Green”. The company does things differently. They think about what we’ll leave behind, as well as what needs to be done now. The company develops values, but has commercial aims as well. They work with purposes and for profit and recognise that ecological limits are real and urgent. They help people go beyond green to protect wonderful lives (9 billions of them!). They help people think and rethink the ways of living in places, which is suitable for the 21st century. The company designs a better, greener and healthier place in order to let people live more sustainable ways, changing where and how we live – for the better.
The purpose is that we can play a part in engaging and inspiring “citizen champions” who will require campaigners and politicians to be more ambitious. It regards to pursue sustainable movements as well as design and management of London’s public realm. It helps to secure a better future for London.
The movement for “Liveable London” was initiated by Bruce McVean in 2011, with the help from Lucy Saunders, Mark Ames and Joe Dunckley. Bruce is Integrated Design Manager at Beyond Green and a Trustee of Living Streets. He was previously a senior policy advisor at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and was a member of the Programme Development Group for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). This organization tries to guide on the physical activity for cyclists and the infrastructures for cycling.
The biggest issues in this century are obesity and climate change and those two concepts are inseparable from each other. No longer is the obesity but condition of life, a problem of greedy, sloth couch potatoes. It is an inevitable consequence of our global society which is highly oil-dependent.
In order for the society to avoid inevitable consequence, the way buildings are built is influenced by the climate change. They try to think about what kind of economy, society and culture we really want to live in. What kind of strategic thinking will change the way people live and work? It should be focused on creating better lives for now and the future.
Cycling café in London
LOCK 7 cycle café, the first cycle cafe in London, opened on April 5th 2008. Comparing with the cafe shop that we know, the concept of the shop was designed to provide customers comfortable feeling. Therefore, people could enjoy food and drinks just like they are spending time in the ordinary café. Moreover, you could also get your bicycle repaired or buy some accessories while they are relaxing inside. It is located in a perfect place for bicycle riders to do anything to their bicycles and the shop also helps them release stress. The mixture of practical purpose and leisure would give satisfactory experience to anyone who visits. The founders were two local residents Kathryn Burgess and Lee King who loved the space with its view of the canal cyclists passing by.
Research source: http://movementforliveablelondon.com, 3/25/2014.
Image source for both images: Lock 7 cycling official website: http://www.lock-7.com, 3/25/2014.