My Top Five Blog Posts in 2020

I launched this blog a little over a year ago and in the best spirit of transitions brought by the end of the year, I thought it would be fun to start a tradition of sharing with you my Top Five (most viewed) articles. Here they are:

5 – Have You Ever Experienced Road Happiness?

Road Happiness is a concept I’ve been playing with for almost three years. Finally, I took the time to write about the link between cycling and happiness in a way that I hope is a bit more objective but still captures the positive feelings that biking can brings us. It’s the most recent article in the Top Five list.

4 – Shift Happens! – A community story

This is a story I brought from Brazil about collaboration, community engagement and public spaces. I think people agree with me that it is an inspiring story since it is the 4th most popular post. It really took shape as a presentation delivered on May 6, 2019, at the City Symposium London.

3 – The City We Want and The City We Have

This is a very personal story where I share my lived experiences and what that means in terms of mobility and equity. It was delivered publicly in an open meeting at City Hall that made me much more emotional than I thought I would be.

2 – A Soft Reset for Humankind

This was written at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in a moment of uncertainty mixed with discoveries. One of the first posts where I experimented with blending storytelling into my traditional non-fiction posts. Its intention was to bring hope and point us in a few directions. Apparently, it struck a chord, the post reached an audience way beyond my immediate networks.

1 – An Open Letter to my OEV Neighbours

I admit I was a bit surprised with this post being by far the most popular. It’s one of the most local posts I’ve ever written. It is addressed directly to my neighbours with very simple calls to action. I remember writing the post with a spirit of sincerity. I am very pleased that a local, sincere and action-oriented post is the most read. It reinforces my core belief that collaboration is the way to go and the way we want to go.

Enjoy your solstice and I hope to continue this journey with you in 2021!

Note: if you are wondering: “How can Luis have articles dating years back if he launched the blog just last year?” Well, this is my first blog in English but I have been writing for a while now. Those articles were published originally in Portuguese somewhere else. I translated them and kept the original date.

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