CHHM cycling expert Meghan Winters shares her favourite cycling blogs
I read the following blogs regularly, as a means to stay current and to gather information for teaching and presentations. I’d recommend adding any of the three below to your regular reading, and as well, these could be great avenues to try to promote your own work through a guest blog, or sending a story pitch for their writers.
This is the blog of The Atlantic and covers all things city. I read daily about transportation and housing issues, and this is complemented series of fantastic mapping projects and photos. The blog has many exemplars and is very solutions oriented (see the cityfixer page, “solutions for an Urbanizing world”). City lab has great writing, excellent visuals, and often covers research-related stories. From CityLab: “Through original reporting, sharp analysis, and visual storytelling, CityLab informs and inspires the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there.”
I read this to stay on top of all things local. This is the blog of Gordon Price, former Vancouver City Councillor and current Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University, and also has several other contributors. This blog provides insights and sometimes provocative opinions on local policy and practice, and often documents highlights and novelties that Gordon Price picks up along his travels—some lessons to bring back to Vancouver.
This blog was started by Travis Saunders and Peter Janiszewski while they were doing their PhDs at Queen’s (they’ve now moved on, but continue the blog). It covers the latest research on obesity, physical activity, and health. Essentially, these guys take what they do all day, be it systematic reviews, analysis, or attending conferences, and they blog about it. The writing is sharp, accurate, and accessible, with stories and humor woven throughout. This blog is so useful to bring current issues into my teaching—I’ve drawn directly from it for my Epidemiology class. In their words: “There is a tremendous amount of misinformation and social baggage surrounding obesity, nutrition, and physical activity (most of which is only exacerbated by mainstream news media), and as researchers who study these very topics we feel that it is our responsibility to bring scientific evidence to the public discourse”. They also have guest bloggers, other students and researchers they meet on their travels. Also, here’s a mention of work from CHHM by our very own Lindsay Nettlefold.
In a very similar vein you may also want to check another PLOS blog, Public Health, run by another set of PhD students and a science writer. Also on my email feed!
Dr. Winters is a population health researcher interested in the link between health, transportation, and city design. Her research focuses on ways that cities and their infrastructure can play a role in promoting healthy and safe travel, for people of all ages and abilities.