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October 24, 2010

Says Wikipedia: 31 square miles, 188,000 people, 6020 per square mile. 57% trip share for bicycles.

Here, Cambridge, MA has 106,000 people, 16,000 per square mile, Somerville has 74,000, 18,000 per square mile. Neighboring towns of Arlington, Belmont, and Watertown have 7910, 4970, and 7930 people per square mile, and a total population of 100,000.

“We don’t ride bicycles because we are poor – people here are richer than in England. We ride them because it is fun, it is faster, it is convenient.”

Rents are among the highest in the Netherlands, the outflow of population has been reversed and businesses, once in revolt against car restraint, are clamouring for more of it.

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