Bits and pieces

Italian Bike Weekend – Ciclomundi

Ciclomundi is being held in a small town near Venice this weekend (3. – 15. June). It is a three-day festival which ” celebrates the myth, the epic and the utopia of the bicycle in three days of peace, love and pedalling dedicated to all cyclists, bicycle travellers and dreamers on two wheels” (pity that they seem to have overlooked bikes with 3 wheels and more).

For details visit the Ciclomundi website at:   http://www.ciclomundi.it/english/

How many calendars are in use?

I know that the Islamic calendar is different to the calendar used (for example) in Europe.Wikipedia (link) says that the Islamic calendar

“is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days. It is used to date events in many Muslim countries (concurrently with the Gregorian calendar)”.

What I didn’t know is that other calendars exist in several other countries. For example, in India the official calendar is the Saka calendar.Wikipedia says that in this calendar the months in the first half of the (12 month) year all have 31 days, to take into account the slower movement of the sun across the ecliptic at this time”.

In China (notes from here) the official calendar is the Gregorian calendar, which is used for public and business affairs.The civil calendar in much of China is the Han calendar, which is a lunisolar calendar. It is used for selecting the day of a wedding or funeral, for opening a venture, or a relocation.

Also, Nepal’s official calendar is Bikram Sambat which Wikipedia (link) says uses lunar months and solar year. One Nepali website (here) says that the country

“has more than 60 ethnic groups with their own unique culture and most of them have their own language (….) People of different cast and culture live in Nepal. We all have our own New Year and we celebrate 9 different new years. We celebrate each of them with same zeal and enthusiasm”.

Don’t use the transport systems

One way to reduce congestion / overcrowding on transport systems is not to use them (quite simple really). This seems to be an idea behind a news story reported in the London Evening Standard in November 2013 (link). The article said that London Transport were advising commuters on the underground’s Northern Line to walk instead. The newspaper wrote that:

“Passengers reacted with fury today after Tube bosses urged rush-hour commuters to consider walking instead of using the Underground.Travellers who use the Northern Line between Tooting Bec and Clapham North during the morning peak between 8am and 8.45am have been advised to walk or cycle the 2.5 mile distance in a bid to reduce overcrowding”

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About roadnotes

Robert Bartlett is an international consultant with over 30 years of professional experience as a highway and traffic engineer with leading companies and organisations in several countries, including Germany, China (Hong Kong), Qatar and the UK. Specialised in urban studies, transport and the use of GIS, research has included new ideas on subjects such as the study of social justice using GIS, the dimensions of vehicles, and comparative geometrics (highways and transport).
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