Malmö: No Ridiculous Car Journeys

At Gustav Adolfs Torg (c) Inga löjliga bilresor Malmö / Jens Lennartsson photography For several years in Malmö (Sweden) May was “No Ridiculous Car Journeys” campaign month, or in Swedish Inga löjliga bilresor. This campaign, launched in 2006 and repeated for several springs, includes animated displays, a dose of humour and a competition for the “most ridiculous car driver.”  In one of… Read More Malmö: No Ridiculous Car Journeys

Curitiba: visions of a better city & creative solutions to get there

Former mayor of Curitiba, Jaime Lerner is a city evangelist.  For Lerner, the city is not a problem; it’s a solution. An architect and urban planner by training, he brought many innovative strategies to his Brazilian hometown of Curitiba during his terms as mayor (1971–75, 1979–84 and 1989–92).  The now famous bus rapid transport system… Read More Curitiba: visions of a better city & creative solutions to get there

Copenhagen: taking back the city | car-free streets & slow speed zones

Copenhagen competes for one of the world’s most bikable – and livable – cities; but it wasn’t always that way.  Like many cities in post-war Europe, as cities were rebuilt, bike lanes were taken over by the car. It wasn’t until the oil crisis of the 1970s and the start of the environmental movement that people started… Read More Copenhagen: taking back the city | car-free streets & slow speed zones

Talking cities: ICT tools for better urban environments

Broken glass in the bike lane, a flickering public light fixture or an overflowing waste bin? (Or here in Amsterdam… litter in the canals.) Dislike!  Such are the problems of urban living… sigh. But they don’t have to be. Thanks to a new ICT (information communication technology) innovation called PublicStuff, citizens can interact directly with local authorities… Read More Talking cities: ICT tools for better urban environments

Taking over Texas, starting with Oak Cliff: one bike lane at a time

Jason Roberts of Dallas, Texas shares his story on “how to build a better block.” Following a trip to various European cities about 10 years ago, Roberts was struck by the livability of European city streets and public spaces – by bike, by foot, as well as spaces and places for the young and old… Read More Taking over Texas, starting with Oak Cliff: one bike lane at a time

Dutch bicycles

If you asked me my favourite thing about the Netherlands… The Netherlands is the most densely populated, and the flattest, country in Europe.  This can be difficult for someone like myself, accustomed to mountains.  In the beginning I felt claustrophobic, unable to escape or see a high point on the horizon.  With time though, I’ve… Read More Dutch bicycles