The best of the Economist, September 8th, 2012

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Transport in cities: Vive la révolutionA cycling renaissance is taking place in America. More and more Americans are taking to the road on two wheels. Between 1977 and 2009 the total number of annual bike trips more than tripled, while the bike’s share of all trips rose from 0.6% to 1%. Commuting cyclists have also increased in number, with twice as many biking to work in 2009 as in 2000.

Quebec’s election: The separatists are backBut only just. A dramatic election night may herald a turbulent term. Pauline Marois, leader of the separatist Parti Québécois (PQ), was in the middle of congratulating supporters on the party’s narrow election victory on September 4th when a gunman entered the theatre where she was speaking, shot two people (one of whom died), then set fire to the building.


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