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Manhattan High Line

Manhattan High Line in late November…

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Building boom in Thailand?

Cranes everywhere, hoardings on every street and road advertising new houses, offices and apartments: Thailand seems to be developing again with gusto.

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Biking Bangkok

I’ve been biking round Bangkok now, including the day-and-a-half spent coming in from the countryside, for six days, covering maybe 100km including trips to the camping shop, bike tour hq, embassy and round hotels. The short version: it’s terrible!

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Facades in Bangkok

I love these mid-20th-century buildings with a few decades’ wear showing. They generally have a good, livable scale that breaks down nicely from city- to home-size.

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Visiting Barcelona’s Superblocks

Barcelona in Spain is a city that suffers air pollution, much of it from transport.

Reducing dependence on cars for short trips is one way of tackling pollution, so on a visit there I looked at one of Barcelona’s tactics in weaning short journeys off the car: Superblocks. Here are some photos from my visit to the Poblenou neighbourhood.

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Road capacity

I wasn’t aware of this research by Botma and Papendrecht.  A striking set of figures.

 

Space efficiency of different modes

Space efficiency of different modes

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Cycling in Berlin

Typical Berlin scene

Typical Berlin scene

We stayed in Neukölln, an inner suburb of Berlin, for a few weeks and looked at cycling infrastructure and how cyclists seemed to be faring.

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Cycling in Barcelona

I took some snaps of the beautiful cyclists of Barcelona -2016- May and June.

The experience of cycling here seems a bit of a patchwork, as in many big cities.  Some segregated lanes have been built, some two-way -at the side of larger streets, or sometimes along the street centreline.  But a typical ride would seem to involve a bit of painted lane very close to moving cars & vans, up & down the footpath for a few hundred metres, a quiet street where you’ll roll slowly to share with pedestrians, and some nice segregated lanes along a multi-lane arterial road.  Then you’ll be left to fend for yourself on a stretch of one-way road, sharing with buses and trucks.

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Report from VéloCity 2016 for Cyclist.ie

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Every second year there’s a global get-together for all those interested in the promotion of cycling. Transportation experts, mayors, town councillors, consultants for ‘liveable cities’, documentary film-makers -and of course cycling advocates- attend the Vélo-city Global Conference.

The European Cycling Federation organises the event, and this year it was held in Taipei, Taiwan. VéloCity Global alternates with the European-focussed VéloCity Conference. Next year this event will be in Nijmegen, Holland – the home of cycling for entirely different reasons, and the next VéloCity Global will be in Rio de Janeiro. read more »

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Submission to Nelson City Council Long-Term Plan

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Submission to Nelson City Council on Long Term Plan 2015-25 

April 2015

Dear Nelson City Council,

Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission on the important topic of the Long Term Plan.  I write, in a personal capacity, as an urban designer, architect, and resident of Stoke.

 

Introduction

‘Physical inactivity is the new smoking’, health promotion specialists are now saying1. Almost 1 in 3 New Zealand adults are obese, and a further 34% are overweight2.

Meanwhile, 49% of Kiwis’ trips to work are 5km or less3 -easily short enough to be done by bike- but 74% of work trips are done by car.  The figures for Nelson are not much better, and tragically, the statistics for our kids’ journeys to school are just as bad.
So the effective promotion of cycling, and active transport in general, is a critically urgent priority for Nelson.

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