Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
[F]or all of the other business types examined, bikers actually out-consumed drivers over the course of a month. True, they often spent less per visit. But cyclists and pedestrians in particular made more frequent trips (by their own estimation) to these restaurants, bars and convenience stores, and those receipts added up. Read more.
On Dec 10, 2012 the Victoria Transport Policy Institute released Evaluating Complete Streets: The Value of Designing Roads For Diverse Modes, Users and Activities. The report discusses differences between conventional transport planning and Complete Streets planning, especially relating to costs and benefits. Read more.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Skateboards have been in legal limbo in Ottawa because a bylaw says they aren’t allowed on roadways and sidewalks. Roadways, under the bylaw definition, don’t include shoulders. Read more.
Longboarding is an activity that has been growing in popularity among college students in recent years as a way of transportation across campus as well as a recreational sport. Longboarding in and of itself is a carbon neutral means of transportation, so [the students who conducted this study] thought it would be interesting to investigate the environmental and social impacts of the product’s manufacturing process. Read more.
The City of Peterborough is conducting a review of several by-laws that regulate active forms for transportation (such as cycling, skateboarding, skating, and e-bikes). These by-laws govern such things as bike licensing, where bikes can drive and the use of skateboards and skates on roads. City staff have conducted research into potential options regarding the use of sidewalks and roads by these modes of travel. Current by-laws prohibit all these modes on sidewalks and roads, except for bicycle and e-bikes, which are permitted on roads. Read more.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Various governments and organizations across Canada are investigating strategies to motivate sustainable travel habits among Canadians. Social marketing is one of the tools that can be used to shift long-term consumer behaviour. It emphasizes the need for a thorough understanding of target markets, motivators and barriers to desirable behaviours.
Users of this Guide will understand the need for holistic, market-based social marketing approaches to influence travel behaviour. Public and private sector organizations will also learn which transportation demand management tools are effective in their jurisdictional, community and strategic contexts.
From the Transportation Association of Canada, hard copy or CD: Non-members $65, TAC Members $49. To order.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The MP who chairs the all-party cycling group writes to new BBC head to express his concerns over "The War on Britain's Roads". Read more.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The records show in each of the past five years, more pedestrians have been killed in Vancouver than drivers, passengers, cyclists, and motorcyclists combined. Read more.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
In the plenary session, European lawmakers decided on Tuesday (20 November) that any electronically power assisted cycle (EPAC) under 250 watts and a maximum speed of 25 kilometres per hour would remain a bicycle. Anything more powerful is considered a motorbike, in line with the European Commission’s original proposal. Read more.
Some cities are adding high-tech infrastructure. Some are implementing revolutionary sustainability plans. Others are fostering innovative business and science developments. But which city combines these qualities and others to be the smartest city? Read more.
In Jeff Speck’s excellent new book, Walkable City, he suggests that there are ten keys to creating walkability. Most of them also have something to do with redressing the deleterious effects caused by our allowing cars to dominate urban spaces for decades. Read more.
Fresh out of recent talks with European officials, ECF thought we’d share some expertise from Europe’s bicycle advocates. What are their top tips when you come to face to face with a transport Minister, a local politician or someone strategically important? Read more.
In suburban Sheffield, England, in 2007, a report chronicled the lives of four generations in one family who all lived in the same area. When George was 8 in 1919, he was allowed to walk six miles to go fishing. His son Jack, 8 years old in 1950, could go to the woods a mile away. Vicky, 8 in 1979, was permitted to go only half a mile to a swimming pool, and Vicky’s son Ed, 8 in 2007, is restricted to his own block, about 300 yards. Read more.
In 2008 and 2009, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for Americans ages 8 to 34, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analysis. Where does the blame rest? The sad fact is that we — our society as a whole — created this problem. That’s because we relentlessly build communities that aren’t safe to walk in. Read more.
While the idea of a bicycle co-ordinator is new for Calgarians, it’s not new to Thivener. He grew up in the car-centric ‘burbs of Arizona, pining for a car as a teenager like most North American teens. But as he developed an interest in city planning and spent time studying in both Vancouver and Scandinavia – his description of a “eureka” bicycle moment when he first stepped off the train in Copenhagen borders on archetypal — he says he started realizing the potential benefits of making cities friendlier to bikes. Read more.
Americans don’t walk or bike for more than 10 minutes continuously in a typical week, reported a study out of the Yale School of Public Health. As it turns out, those who choose to regularly walk or cycle to and from their destination had lower BMI (body mass index), trimmer waists and a lower risk of hypertension and diabetes.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Despite rhetoric, the European Commission is allowing the car industry to be favoured over more sustainable modes of transport. In addition to industry subsidies in the form of research, road infrastructure receives 47% of the EU’s transport infrastructure funds. Only 0.7% of EU funding has been allocated to cycling infrastructure between 2007 and 2013. Read more.