The Friday Cyclotouriste

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Random Images……Small Seoul Street in the Rain

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I found a warm, cozy spot (away from the rain) for some spicy Korean soup in this little maze of small streets and alley ways.

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August 3rd, 2014 at 12:30 am

On the Road……Seoul’s urban design is smart and green

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A couple more examples of Seoul’s pedestrian-friendly (and green) urban design:


Dual direction pedestrian crosswalks.


Oversized sidewalk-tree planter boxes (allowing water to soak the soil around the complete drip line of the tree’s canopy).

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August 2nd, 2014 at 11:56 pm

Random Images……Gyeongbokgung Palace Gate

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July 29th, 2014 at 7:00 am

On the Road……Seoul Korea’s Green Spaces

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Seoul is so full of energy and life — it is a fantastic city!

I stayed less than 24 hours, and it rained most of the time, but I really enjoyed it here. I took an early morning walk around the city center, on a long loop that took me from The Plaza Hotel to Gyeongbokgung Palace and back.

In the city center, I didn’t see many bicyclists or much bicycling infrastructure. The one or two cyclists I saw, like the man below, rode on the large pedestrian sidewalks.

Still, the densely populated area around The Plaza Hotel smartly and elegantly accommodates cars, buses (with their own dedicated lanes) and pedestrians.

Most impressive is how the city center is brimming with greenery and arboriculture. American cities could learn a lot about bringing bits of biodiversity into the city from the urban planners in Seoul.

The photograph at the top of the page and those below are good examples:





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July 25th, 2014 at 5:42 pm