How Sevilla Became a Bicycle City in Just 18 Months

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kottke.org—In just a few years, Sevilla, Spain went from almost no bike paths and low ridership to robust network of bike paths and many people using them. To do it, the ruling party used the positive results of a public poll to move quickly, annexing 5000 parking spots and spending a relatively meager €32 million to build 80+ kilometers of bike paths in just 18 months. The year after the basic network opened, Calvo said, it seemed like every family in the city had suddenly bought one another bicycles for...

A healthcare company that fought an 18-month battle with an activist investor just struck a $5.7 billion deal to end the fight (ATHN). Healthcare IT company Athenahealth reached an agreement with Veritas Capital and Elliott Management to be acquired in a $5.7 billion deal.  The deal comes after a long-running push from Elliott for Athenahealth to sell itself.  Under the two big investment firms, Athenahealth will be combined with Virence Health, a company Veritas acquired earlier this year.  The Athenahealth saga is coming to a close.  On Monday, the healthcare company reached a $5.7 billion agreement with Veritas Capital and...