#Australia: Passenger Accessibility case study Brisbane Metro
As part of the #Brisbane #Metro project, Brisbane City Council led a unique co-design process with the accessibility sector to evolve the design of HESS’ lighTram® 25 vehicles.
#buses #transport #urbanism
The Mayor has committed a further £710,000 to support new rewilding projects in the capital as part of his Rewild London programme
Mayor describes Bee Network launch as ‘coming of age moment for devolution’
after watching this: https://youtu.be/HpOQpwKeSnI
i mean, it's not pretty, but infastructure stays mostly the same, public transit stays underfunded, and it's probably easier/cheaper to rollout, manufacture and sustain than electric cars.
maybe some radical politican can pass all necessary regulations in one term...
It's been a few weeks since I got hit-and-run while on my bicycle. My bruises are healed now and the residual pain with my knee has thankfully subsided. However, the mental health effects are still strong. My heart races and I dissociate when I think about getting hit, and I have not been able to sleep well because the crash keeps replaying in my head for hours at a time as I lay in bed.
Now, I learn someone else has gotten hit at the same intersection, but today's victim did not survive: https://www.fox6now.com/news/milwaukee-fatal-crash-25th-canal
I didn't take the news very well at first, and I still am not to a degree, but I need to try to break through the mental paralysis and do what I can -- talk to the city, talk to the county, talk to the DNR (owner of the pathway), talk to friends who work at local news outlets, talk to the safer streets organizations, anyone and everyone. I could have easily been killed instead of merely injured a few weeks ago, and this blurb is a harrowing reminder of that, because people *are* getting killed here. I need it to stop; I need it to not happen to anyone else.
Something is wrong when the transportation option we have made a norm of requiring costs 16% of median household income: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/22/your-money/car-ownership-costs-increase.html.
(For a new car, which the median household is probably not buying these days.)
Besides making other modes more accessible, automakers need to start selling smaller vehicles again!
#Transport for #London Freedom of Information release:
#ULEZ Legal Costs
"#TfL received one payment of £280,000 on 7 August 2023, on behalf of the five councils"
#urbanism #FOIA #cleanair #court
and it is partly true
but IMO this belief that cars are some sort of giant conspiracy by govt/industry is way way way overblown:
People Like Cars
They Like To Drive
They Like Big Fast Cars
They Like Suburban Homes (US)
you can point to all the redline actions you want, but the failure of ubanism/bike tooter tusker to face up to reality is, IMO, a problem
I’m the 90s North Minneapolis was a scary place. It’s changed since.
This weekend Emily and I rode across it. I was struck by how many bicycle paths and “bike boulevards” it has now. The Google bike routing was bad — but we rode past a Google mapping car.
Do city dev people know what effect bicycle paths have on urban development? If communities become more livable is that a negative for renters? Should renters oppose bicycle paths?
Four new cross-city bus routes, designed to make services more reliable and attractive, are set to be developed...
#Transport #Buses #urbanism #UK #England
#Transport for #London press release:
#TfL and London Councils launch next phase of London’s rental e-scooter trial
Dott, Lime and Voi were recently selected by TfL for the second phase of the rental e-scooter trial
#escooter #technology #urbanism
ABC News published an article and video on my side project, Better Intersections!
People in Espoo (car centric city next to Helsinki) dunking on someone complaining about unclear pedestrian routes.
”There are navigation apps you know”.
Guys, just maybe that is not the best comeback, implying that finding one’s way in your hometown requires a navigator? #urbanism
More than 200 Newham residents are to have their rejected applications for Freedom Passes reviewed…
#transport #urbanism #UK #England #disability #disabled #humanrights
It should be obvious! "Focus on what people can see" And also what they can do. In #OWGF we will need to have better overall plans for this and not just "let the developers decide what's most profitable" More Greenery will always help.
#urbanism #OurWonderfulGreenFuture #Tranist #Rail #walkablecities
So far, sounds like they’ve heard a lot of #Carbrain: “We heard over and over, resoundingly, there is not enough parking.”
1/ Pros and cons of trams—15-min. video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OdfjobCLIQ
Pros of trams (vs. buses):
– More durable
– Higher capacity
– No need for fossil fuels or batteries
Above-ground trams are also cheaper to build and maintain than underground trains such as subways.
Hanover, Germany is removing 4,000 center city parking spots, using the space to plant trees and expand cafe seating.
Reminder: No need to wait for autonomous vehicles to get rid of on-street parking -- cities can do it now!
When XKCD describes the #urbanism movement like this, it starts to feel like the winds of society are changing.
My own story is a bit different, but then I don’t live in the US. My home town of #stockholm is pushing bicycle infrastructure forward with every year that passes.
Never quickly enough, of course, because the traffic increases outpace the city infrastructure: we have actual bicycle traffic jams at some points. https://xkcd.com/2832/
From the New York Times:
"People older than 65 ride Seoul’s subway system for free. Throngs of seniors spend their days riding the trains to the end of the line, or to nowhere in particular, and have become an established part of the city’s fabric."
This will be me.
Today is World Car-Free Day! 🚍🚲🚶♀️
This is an opportunity to collectively leave our cars at home and travel our city by foot, bus, bike, or train. What could our city look like with fewer or no cars? Let us know if you plan to participate! #WorldCarFreeDay #Urbanism #midwest #CNUMidwest #stlouis @NewUrbanism
1. reduce cars with multimodal transit
2. traffic calming (“We simply slowed down the cars.”)
3. steep speeding fines that scale with income
4. a formal inquiry to every fatal crash
5. consistent bike lane & sidewalk upkeep (especially in the winter)
There is a continuum between bikes and cars—even more so since both were electrified:
– Cargo bikes take up quite a bit of space (much less than most cars though).
– The sustainability of batteries is a concern with e-bikes (again: much less than with most cars).
– Some micro-cars are basically e-bikes with roofs.
– Bikes are less dangerous than cars but can also make life difficult for pedestrians. And they also need parking space.
Munich tested 5 ways of protecting bike lines for a year. These are the results (PDF in German with many pictures): https://muenchenunterwegs.de/content/1372/download/pbl-abschlussbericht-17-07-2023-1.pdf
Chapter 3, “Fazit” contains a table that summarizes the results. Row “Platzierung” shows the ranking: “WandORCA” performed best.
"These unsung heroes teach us valuable lessons about resourcefulness, recycling, and the innate human spirit to make the most out of what others might consider worthless."
A chronicle of the historical significance of waste collectors across cultures, emphasizing their crucial role in early waste management, recycling, and their enduring impact on society.
#PublicTransit advocates in Wilmington #NC needed to complete a survey on rail, bus, bike, and pedestrian #transportation needs in the area. Responses will help shape the WMPO’s infrastructure plans for the next 25 years.
Survey available in English and Spanish until Nov. 30.
#TfL Freedom of Information release:
Cost of Johnston 100 #Font
"The cost to create Johnston 100 was £52,800 and included the complete redraw of the entire font family for traditional print use and new digital versions."
#London #Transport #FOIA #Urbanism
And getting public space and public racks for free is how you have $19M kicking around for you to acquire a corporation. Somehow everyone gets paid except the public... (via BikingInLA.com) #BikeTooter #Accessibility #Urbanism
Sunak's Net Zero surrender is bad, but the previous plan wasn't enough. When it comes to cars, it isn't enough to just replace every petrol & diesel with an EV.
That would still give us air pollution (from tyres), congestion and road deaths.
Instead we need more e-bikes, public transport, car clubs and car hire.
My new hobby is walking down my residential street where people drive too fast and crossing at every intersection just when a car is coming in order to force them to stop.
What should I call this? Aggressive crosswalking?
"A deeper look at Strong Towns reveals that some of its key proposals are simply right-libertarianism dressed up in progressive garb" #Urbanism
Large delivery trucks cause a lot of pollution, accidents and traffic blockages. Cargo e-bikes are an interesting alternative.
Study in London about delivery trucks:
14% 3/4 – 1 full
20% 1/2 – 3/4 full
27% 1/4 – 1/2 full
39% 0 – 1/4 full
This is how hard it can be to be a pedestrian in Davis. This sidewalk is already narrow for one person, esp if that person uses a wheelchair and has a service animal. People who want to walk abreast often go into the cycle lane. If there's not a beer delivery truck illegally parked there... #BikeTooter #Urbanism
Micromobillity done wrong: (1) Why is public space on a public rack given as a gift to for-profit corporations? (2) City of Davis' inaccessible racks are such that only the end places have any chance of being accessible to a cargo bike, trike, handcycle, or quadricycle. Yet now some corporation's property is tied up there instead. #BikeTooter #Accessibility #Urbanism
Streets Are For Everyone
Walk San Francisco
These are groups that work for increased street and sidewalk safety yet post their information inaccessibly.
Today's shoutout goes to @mattcaff, who makes excellent videos about the need for better public transport, and sustainable urban planning based on people instead of cars:
If your server hasn't noticed their videos yet, you can see them all at:
They also run a PeerTube server with videos around the world about urbanism and transport:
@notjustbikes In case you wondered what car ownership really costs (in Canada), somebody did the math for his own car over 7 years (which he got for $500 Canadian).
Hint: It's a LOT (and he didn't even had that many repairs with his car). 😮
I'm collaborating on a presentation about how it's important for the people designing bike/ped infrastructure to actually *use* that infrastructure. We have no trouble coming up with infrastructure fails, but...
Can you name any examples of bike or pedestrian infrastructure that could have been designed really badly, but someone involved in the process fixed it because they had experience as a cyclist/pedestrian?
Edited to add: Ideally, we're looking for specific locations and as much related info as you can provide so we can pull photos from satellite or street view, track down documents from the planning/design process, etc.. (And if we use an example, we're happy to credit you if/how you like.)
METRO installed floating bus stops along 11th Street and Heights Boulevard as part of a road diet to protect cyclists. After Houston's worst drivers wouldn't stop hitting them, the agency agreed to remove them less than a year after installation.