A candidate for the most beautiful wood framed bicycle - Ken Piper's road bike. Properly done wood framed bikes can have a wonderful ride and are durable. They're usually expensive and heavy. This one certainly would be expensive if ever sold, but it isn't impossibly heavy at under 10 kg.
The major of Paris recently announced an anti-pollution plan (use your favorite translator) that would move a lot of vehicular tracks from Paris by 2020 - with four districts becoming mostly pedestrian zones. She didn't provide many details and it still must be presented to the city council, but it is a dramatic move. Depending on the details and public will it may even be possible.
It is regularly pointed out that transit systems won't work in most of the US as most of our cities are really city cores surrounded by suburan sprawl. That describes Calgary, which happens to have a rather robust system. It turns out downtown traffic managment is a huge factor.
Rather than a succession of bikes that don't fit, littlebig is a children's bike that adapts to several sizes. I have no idea how well it is made, but the idea looks promising - not to mention many (most) of the big box children's bikes are awful. Of course there is this issue that many American kids no longer use bikes.
Most economy seats have pitches in the 31 to 33 inch range. The economy airline Ryanair is infamous for turning nearly everything into a frill and has been at the low end with 30 inch pitech non-reclining seats. Now they've added aircraft with a 28 inch non-reclining pitch .. 200 seats in a 737.