Sunday reading 10 June 2018

Welcome back to Sunday reading. Sorry it’s been a little on and off lately. Here are the interesting things I’ve collected over the last couple of weeks. Please leave your links in the comments section. There have been a lot of thoughtful tributes to Anthony Bourdain who sadly passed yesterday.…
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Sunday reading 29 April 2018

Welcome back to Sunday Reading. These posts are now irregular, but hopefully still interesting. I’ll start off here with a bit of disappointing news from California where State Representative Scott Wiener’s housing bill was killed. Benjamin Schneider, “YIMBYs Defeated as California’s Transit Density Bill Stalls“, CityLab.…
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Watch: Why Isn’t Cycling Normal in London?

Here’s a funny and informative video about why cycling mostly sucks in English speaking countries. It is based on the London experience but it has commonalities with other countries/cities: start with separated cycleways in the early 20th century -> vehicular cycling -> planning for cars -> crappy infrastructure era, and finally -> proper separated infrastructure.…
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Sunday reading 31 December 2017

Welcome back to the last Sunday Reading of the year. In case you missed it, Matt wrapped up the 2017 year with great posts: Part 1 Transit, Part 2 Walking and Cycling, and Part 3 Roads. Here is a newly organised catalog of London’s unbuilt motorway “Ringways” proposed in the 1970’s.…
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Fixing Shortland Street

Fixing Shortland Street is something that I’ve been thinking about for a while. The issue came up again when my daughter came to visit me at work nearby. She can confidently get around the city by bus and cross awful streets like Dominion Road at Balmoral, but after lunch on Fort Street I asked her not to use the Jean Batten/High Street crossing, but instead go via Queen Street.…
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Watch: Rotterdam, A Post-War Central City Moves Beyond the Automobile

Here’s a great new video documenting the progress that Rotterdam is making to become a nicer, more productive place. The city is rapidly expanding and improving it’s cycle network. Currently bicycle mode share is *only* 20%. They are also extending their light rail network and have a magnificent new central rail station with parking for 5,000 bikes.…
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