Opinion: Beckett’s bicycle: Lessons on cycling from the great dramatist

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Gideon Forman is a transportation policy analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation.

For 40 years I’ve been reading the literary works of Samuel Beckett. But until recently, I hadn’t noticed his contribution to transportation policy.

This spring I picked up for the first time his novel Molloy, written in French in 1947. The title character is a kind of brilliant homeless philosopher whose quest is to reunite with his elderly mother. The circumstances of the adventure are far from clear. But I was struck by the fact this gentleman, who is disabled, pursues his journey by means of a bicycle.

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Perhaps for Mr. Beckett, the bike telegraphs destitution. Too poor to purchase an automobile or even pay train or bus fare, Molloy is forced to cycle. Its creative purpose might be comedic: Here is a man with leg problems so severe he requires crutches managing,

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26 Great Automotive Websites

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The Automobile industry is one of the most affected by the recession the world is living these days. Competition is fierce in today’s economy and with such an expensive product, having a quality website to show it to the world is more than important, it’s crucial.
Content of car-related websites is highly image-driven, usually combined with heavy animations, audio and video. We can see lots of image galleries, use of flash, customizing features… The use of microsites for specific models is also common. Structures tend to be similar from one site to another, but fortunately this is changing in an attempt to differentiate car models from their competitors.
In this post we showcase 26 great automotive websites from around the world to inspire you.
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  • Volvo Cross Country Travels

    Volvo Cross Country Travels

  • MINI Lunatics

    MINI Lunatics

  • Toyota Racing’s Sponsafy Your Ride Contest

    Toyota Racing's Sponsafy Your Ride Contest

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