Monday, April 14, 2008

International Bicycle Fund - 40+ Benefits (Advantages) of Bike Commuting

The International Bicycle Fund is an independent, non-profit organization. Its primary purpose is to promote bicycle transportation. Most IBF projects and activities fall into one of four categories: planning and engineering, safety education, economic development assistance and promoting international understanding. IBF's objective is to create a sustainable, people-friendly environment by creating opportunities of the highest practicable quality for bicycle transportation.


Toronto - Metrolinx: Green Paper # 3 - Active Transportation

Active Transportation at the Heart of our Transportation System

As part of its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), Metrolinx is committed to developing an active transportation component that will result in a fundamental shift in the way walking and cycling are viewed by the public and accommodated within our transportation system.

This Green Paper presents the benefits, challenges, and opportunities for greatly increasing the role of active transportation in meeting daily needs, and as part of a solution to current and future urban transportation challenges.


Les aménagements cyclables et le stationnement pour vélo

Vélo Québec présente la programmation 2008 des formations techniques Les aménagements cyclables et Le stationnement pour vélos. Avec une expertise de plus de trente ans et l’apport de nombreux experts, Vélo Québec partage les informations essentielles à une planification réussie et à des aménagements qui fonctionnent.

Les aménagements cyclables: Référence en aménagement de voies cyclables, cette formation permet au participant de bien comprendre les grandes étapes d'élaboration d'un projet d'aménagement des voies cyclables, d'acquérir les connaissances de base sur la stratégie de planification, la conception, le choix du bon aménagement et la sécurité. Le cours d'une journée inclut un volet théorique et une visite sur le terrain.

Cette formation s'adresse à toutes les personnes impliquées dans le développement des voies cyclables : professionnels des transports et de la voirie, de l'aménagement, des parcs et des loisirs, politiciens, membres d’organisations cyclistes, etc.

Dates et lieux : Jeudi 22 mai à Montréal £ü Jeudi 5 juin à Québec £ü Jeudi 25 septembre à Montréal

Pour plus de renseignements:

Book Review - Transport Revolutions


In Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight Without Oil, Gilbert and co-author Anthony Perl, an urban studies professor at Simon Fraser University, make a persuasive argument that global oil depletion is more imminent, and for that reason more important, than climate change.

Gilbert and Perl see expensive oil turning life in the developed world cold, dark and bitter. They write that in a worst-case scenario, "car-dependent suburban residents … will have to abandon their homes or live at a subsistence level on what they can produce from their land."


Article - Rising gas prices drove spending on transportation in 2007: StatsCan

For every $100 spent by Canadians at the retail level last year, $31 — almost a third — went to pay for their vehicles, parts and fuel, according to a new report. Proportionally, Canadians spend $21 out every $100 on motor vehicles, parts and services, and another $10 on automotive fuels, oils and additives.


Article - The Vancouver Model

Author: Trevor Brody

This link takes you to an 8-page evaluation of "The Vancouver Model" that was published in "The New Urbanism" magazine.


Article - Embrace Greener Commuting, April 11
Author: Rich Minzer

High gas prices and the ongoing concern for the environment have prompted an increasing number of environmentally sensitive businesses to focus attention outside of the workplace and on those carpool lanes, bike lanes and even sidewalks.

Many businesses are now encouraging and rewarding employees who use alternate forms of transportation to get to and from work. For some companies, it means paying the daily fares and footing the bill for mass transit for their employees. Other companies are rewarding carpoolers with prizes such as gift cards to local businesses.


Article - The Art of Walking

The Dominion, March 25
Author: Sue Johnson

As rapid transit and urban infrastructure around the world increasingly displace moderate or long-distance walking, the subject is becoming more relevant to artists and other cultural thinkers.

Article - Abu Dhabi unveils zero-waste city

Financial Post, January 22
Author: Araminta Wordsworth

Pedestrians will never be more than 200 metres away from a public transport option, including a light railway that will move people to and from Masdar to Abu Dhabi, while "personalized rapid transport pods" running on tracks will be used inside the city.


Article - The man who built Vancouver has a grand plan for Abu Dhabi

The Province, April 13
Author: David George-Cosh, Canwest News Service

Larry Beasley's name kept popping up to the Emirati staffers, who were hearing about "the Vancouver Model," a world-renowned planning concept that tightly packs in high-density buildings while discouraging car traffic as much as possible.

"I found out that they wanted me to develop a plan for [Abu Dhabi], that they wanted it to be one of the best cities in the world"


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Notice - Open House for AT Plan

On April 17, an important public meeting will be held in Wasaga Beach, Ontario.

This meeting will solicit public input for an upcoming bicycle and pedestrian plan.

For more information, contact: John McMullen, Meridian Planning Consultants Inc.,

Article - Isreal: Cabinet earmarks NIS 100 million for cross-country bike routes, camp sites, March 31
Author: Ehud Zion Waldoks

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has launched two programs to encourage Israel's citizens to get out and enjoy nature. During a special cabinet session held inside a cave at the Beit Shearim national park in the lower Galilee on Sunday morning, Olmert announced one plan to crisscross the country from North to South with bike trails and another program to upgrade dozens of camping sites.


Article - Region's bicycle-friendly initiative could cost Township more than $1 million, April 1
Author: Jeff Hayward

Richard Vandezande, manager of development services for Uxbridge, sent a report to council recently regarding a draft Regional Cycling Plan Study outlining "an important initiative to improve the capacity for cycling in the Region of Durham." The bike paths within Uxbridge proposed in the study involve on and off-road links, including paved shoulder routes. "This initiative supports the healthy communities' initiative by developing cycling as an alternate form of transportation by facilitating integration and ease of movement for non-motorized modes of transportation and linking these routes with important Regional features such as communities, attractions and destinations."


Article - Funding boost will speed creation of Markham cycling trail news, April 1
Author: Caroline Grech

Markham has received a much needed injection of provincial funding to build a cycling path.
The town received $4.5 million from the Ontario Infrastructure Investment grant, allowing it to speed up construction of the 18.5-kilometre circular cycling and walking trail.


Article - UK: Vote Cycling on May 1st

The New Statesman, March 31
Author: Tom Bogdanowicz

The London mayoral and assembly polls give voters a chance to influence policy in the UK capital. The question for voters is which candidate will genuinely make a London a more liveable city and a city that truly welcomes cycle users. All the leading candidates told the LCC’s magazine London Cyclist that they are pro-cycling. And indeed they need to be behind cycling, because without a 400% increase in cycling from 2000 to 2025, the anticipated increase in population of one million will mean that London’s transport system will grind to a halt. Under Ken Livingstone cycling has soared by more than 83% in the capital, while it’s barely changed in the rest of the UK, but there is still along way to go to the 400% target.


Article - Planning board wants residences in industrial center

The Patriot Ledger (Boston), April 1
Author: Fred Hanson

The chance to live close enough to your job to be able to walk to work is the idea behind a proposed zoning change.

The planning board held a public hearing Monday night on a proposal that would allow residential development in the Great Pond Commerce Center, the former industrial park on Pacella Park Drive.


Website - The Walking Englishman

This Website has little to do with utilitarian walking, but you might find his walking trip time calculator to be interesting and helpful for beginners.


Article - Would you bike more if you had a separated lane?

This video from StreetFilms takes a good even-handed look at what could be done in NYC, but the debate seems to be going on all over the country.


Video: The Stupidest Bike Lane

The name says it all!


Article - Bike, transit use rising along with gas prices

Vancouver Sun, March 28
Author: Gordon Hamilton

A majority of British Columbians say rising gasoline prices are causing financial hardship in their households, according to an Angus Reid Strategies survey released Thursday. British Columbians lead Canada in turning to bicycles, public transit or selling their cars as an alternative to paying more on gas.