Weekly Reading: Biking, Green Stormwater Infrastructure and Parks' Anachronistic Metaphor

This week in Washington DC, the National Bike Summit brought together the best and brightest cycling advocates from all over the US. Streetfilms was in attendance and caught up with the attendees of the National Women's Bicycling Forum, above.

Locally, yeoman community activists Cathy Tuttle and Eli Goldberg of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways recently presented at the Washington Institute of Transportation Engineers. You can view the video of the presentation below and see the slidedeck here.

We also were reminded this week about the consistently insightful research of Kathleen Wolf at the University of Washington, who straddles the world's of forestry, gender studies and planning to arrive at always thoughtful conclusions about how we shape our built environment.

Just when you thought it couldn't be done, Jeff Tumlin sets out to bring sexy back to city planning during his talk "Sex, Neuroscience and Walkable Urbanism" above.

Over at Planetizen, Steven Snell takes issue with the framing of parks as "the lungs of the city" and argues that:

"Rather than lungs of natural vegetation dispersed throughout a developed city, we can look at these fragments within a whole and ask how might these constituent elements be connected to advantage the total ecological system. To put it simply, we need to recognize that successful ecological function within an urban environment can be attributed to the quality and physical amount of green areas and the number of connections between them."

Sweden isn't worried about metaphors, however. No, they're diving right in with a Commission "to suggest measures to make the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services."

Finally, our office has been buzzing over Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's announcement this week in which he set out an ambitious green stormwater infrastructure goal. You can watch the press release with various department heads, Councilmembers and the Mayor here.