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July 02 2014

Bike Infrastructure Before Bicyclist Demand: A Cork City, Ireland Perspective

July 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Cork City, Ireland is a relatively compact city with most of the suburban areas within five kilometers from the city center. Based on an average cycle time of twelve kilometers per hour, the majority of the city is within a twenty-five minute cycle ride from the center. The existing cycle use within Cork City is primarily restricted to students […]

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July 01 2014

São Paulo, Brazil Will Soon Have a Free Bicycle Service Center

July 1st, 2014Posted by 

São Paulo, Brazil has already surpassed 11 million inhabitants, and the issue of urban mobility is becoming increasingly relevant. While the fleet of cars in the city is growing three times faster than the population, congestion has set new records, and quality of life has worsened. In response to such aggravating circumstances, the capital has taken a series […]

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June 30 2014

Farewell to The Grid from Jonathan Knight: Denver, Colorado

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

It’s amazing how much you can learn about a city like Denver, Colorado once you start writing about it. My internship at The Grid exposed me to a variety of community projects or urban planning trends in Denver I had little knowledge of before I started writing. I got to cover the nation’s first legal […]

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June 30 2014

The Challenge of Urban Densification in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

My last post, which was dedicated to densification in Lausanne, provoked a courteous and detailed response from the President of Lausanne’s Socialist Party, Benoît Gaillard. His remarks raise interesting questions about densification and its local implementation. The following thoughts are based on the examples of Vaud and Lausanne, but they are applicable everywhere. Firstly, it […]

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June 30 2014

The Development and Use of Nairobi’s Urban Commuter Rail

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

One of the most interesting recent developments in Kenya is the budgetary allocation by the Kenyan Government for an urban commuter railway. This came under the drive to improve productivity and competitiveness through investment in modern transport and logistic networks. A few weeks prior to this, the Governor of Nairobi launched the Nairobi Integrated Master Plan […]

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June 30 2014

Via Paolo Sarpi: The Milanese Chinatown

June 30th, 2014Posted by 

I came to Via Paolo Sarpi for the first time three years ago, when my friend, visiting from England, and I got lost on our way to see the Monumental Cemetery of Milan. We were walking for the longest time and at some point realized the environment had changed completely – from the store design, to its […]

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June 27 2014

Cycle or Psycho Paths: Ft. Worth, Texas’ New Bike Share

June 27th, 2014Posted by 

Is there room for a bike share in a largely car-dependent area? With the exception of a few dense areas, North Texas is notorious for its sprawl and car-dependency. Despite Dallas activists working to tear down a highway to create greater walkability and the city’s recent approval of connective bike lanes, the culture of people-centered mobility continues to grow […]

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June 27 2014

Ottawa Lacks Safe City Cycling Infrastructure, Focuses on Recreation

June 27th, 2014Posted by 

Stretched over a large area in low-density residential suburbs, Ottawa is not an easy place to plan efficient cycling infrastructure. Indeed, the city’s low-density form means that cycling here often takes particular characteristics, different from more compact Canadian cities like Toronto and Montréal. Depending on what you are looking for, Ottawa’s cycling network is at […]

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June 26 2014

President Dilma Rousseff Visits the BRT System in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

June 26th, 2014Posted by 

On a visit to the state capital on Sunday June 8th, President Dilma Rousseff traveled to Belo Horizonte to see the BRT MOVE system that is transforming the concept of quality public transport in the city. The mayor, Marcio Lacerda, showed Dilma down the Antônio Carlos corridor to visit the Mineirão station and hosted the official […]

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June 26 2014

Athenians Continue to Fight for a Bike Lane Network

June 26th, 2014Posted by 

In Athens, Greece, cyclists raise their voices for their safety and rights. Authorities return that there is no room in Athens for bicycles. But it’s more correct to say that “there is no more room for cars in Athens - and plenty of room for bicycles!” The topic of bike lanes is more commonly encountered in mayoral pre-election […]

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June 25 2014

Wisconsin’s Own Copenhagen? Madison’s Blossoming Bicycle Infrastructure

June 25th, 2014Posted by 

Though Madison, Wisconsin is covered in a deep layer of ice and snow for almost half of the year, it doesn’t stop many of the city’s hardiest bicyclists. No matter if it’s a beautiful June afternoon or a bitterly cold March day, you will always find a dedicated crew of commuters traversing the city’s vast […]

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June 25 2014

Knowing Your Bike Lanes from Sharrows in the City of Baltimore, Maryland

June 25th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Baltimore was one of the early adopters of sharrows, lanes shared by cyclists and drivers and marked with a bike-and-chevron design. Some of the original sharrows along University Parkway and Roland Avenue have since been repainted or were replaced with designated bike lanes, as shown in a video from 2009. The City’s […]

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June 25 2014

Mini-Grants Transforming the City in Montreal, Canada and Spreading Nationwide

June 25th, 2014Posted by 

Do you dream of adding some life to a sidewalk corner in your neighborhood, starting a community garden, or creating a public bench where one is sorely needed? Transforming your city, one step at a time: with a handful of dollars. That is the belief of the Montreal Center of Urban Ecology (CEUM). In the […]

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June 24 2014

The Underdevelopment of the New Recife Plan at José Estelita Pier, Brazil

June 24th, 2014Posted by 

Today, in Pernambuco, few things better represent the social, economic and political significance of the term “underdevelopment” than the urban revitalization project known as “New Recife” at the José Estelita Pier. In fact, the word “development” expresses one of the most contested concepts in the social sciences. Today, even economic theory prefers other words and criteria, […]

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June 23 2014

A Smart City Taking Shape in Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

June 23rd, 2014Posted by 

The sustainable urban project of the La Confluence neighborhood in Lyon is developing thanks to the help of Japanese technologies implemented as part of an agreement with the NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization). From Hikari, the first energy positive mixed block to the renewal of Perrache, here is a review of the […]

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June 20 2014

Persons with Disabilities Largely Ignored in African Cities

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

Recent up-market building construction in the City of Nairobi has made a big effort to accommodate persons with disability, the sick and the elderly. Ramps for those who may have a problem using stairs, braille buttons, vocal instructions in lifts for the visually impaired, and even special washrooms for these vulnerable groups are some of […]

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June 20 2014

LeBreton Flats Revitalization: Competing Narratives of Canada’s Capital City

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

When it comes to identity, Ottawa, Ontario is still in the questioning phase. As the capital city of Canada, this once-small logging and lumber town must continuously stand up to the responsibility of being a fair, inclusive and even impressive representation of the entire country. Just like every city though, it is the setting for the unfolding lives […]

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June 20 2014

LEED in Dallas, Texas Focuses on Buildings, Lacks Neighborhood Sustainability

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

Can urbanism separate itself from the imperative of climate change? In North Texas, walkable areas become oases of activity in the expanse of suburban development. Areas such as The Shops at Legacy in Plano, and the Uptown area inside Dallas city limits, are examples of popular high-density mixed use development. While these areas conserve land […]

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June 18 2014

A New Beginning for the Parc du Vallon in Lyon, Rhônes-Alpes, France

June 18th, 2014Posted by 

Situated in the heart of the Duchère neighborhood in the 9th arrondissement of Lyon, the Parc du Vallon reopened its doors on the week of June 6th after three years of work. A vast green space of 11 hectares, it is an area conducive to relaxation, while also absorbing the site’s topography and preserving the […]

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June 18 2014

The Bay Bridge Deconstruction: Can Demolition Be Sustainable?

June 18th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, which has served as a work-horse for the bay area since 1936, is undergoing demolition to make way for a more contemporary counterpart. The new bridge is already becoming a world icon claiming its spot as one of the most seismically advanced structures in the world. It is the world’s longest and […]

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