Sydney Harbour Bridge Cycleway Options Kept Secret

Sydney, NSW  As of April 2021, plans for Sydney Harbour Bridge’s long-awaited northern cycleway are being deliberately withheld from the general public partly because the state government can’t cope with the volume of expected feedback.  Despite remaining largely silent on their plans, three years since community opposition sidelined the project, transport bureaucrats say releasing a range of…

Critical Missing Link Approved for New Zealand’s Capital

Te Ara Tupua cycling project

New Zealand’s national capital of Wellington has a greater urban area population of 429,700 in 2020, but due to its extremely hilly terrain and limited land, being surrounded by ocean on three sides, only half of these people, 215,100 to be exact, live in the city of Wellington itself.
The other half live in nearby urban areas including Lower Hutt and Porirua.

Also due to this extremely rugged terrain, a single four lane motorway is the only main road that links Wellington to the rest of New Zealand.

Currently there is no separated cycle route along this main road, that has been built on a narrow strip of in some places reclaimed land, wedged between the mountains and the sea. The only space for cyclists is the shoulder of what is an extremely busy high speed road.

Hobart Reduces CBD Speed Limits

Hobart Tasmania

Effective from Monday 1st February 2021, Hobart has become the latest Australian city to lower its speed limits on central city streets.

As you can see from the map accompanying this article for all but two roads the speed limit has been reduced from 50 kph to 40kph. The small roads shown in grey were already 40 kph.

What a Difference a Decade Makes!

Yonge St Redevelopment

Toronto is the largest city in Canada with a greater urban area population of over five million. Rob Ford was Mayor of Toronto from December 2010 to 2014. During this time he was one of the most vehement and outspoken opponents of cycling in any major city in the western world.

Ford spoke out against cyclists sharing roads with motorists, which he said were, “…built for buses, cars, and trucks, not for people on bikes.” As councillor, Ford opposed the installation of bike lanes on University Avenue and Jarvis Street.

Autonomous Vehicles – Will Active Transportation Rights Prevail?

Autonomous Vehicle

Washington DC / USA Many people think that autonomous vehicles are still decades away, but with major trials already running, critical policy debates are being held right now that will determine the rights of other forms of transport in an autonomous world. Ever since Cities across the USA started to implement measures to make them…

Plan to Reclaim 800 km of Sydney Roads for People

Woods Bagot Report Map

The architects behind the redesign of Central Station want to take 100,000 cars off the road by transforming Sydney’s residential streets from asphalt into green space. In an analysis of 11 inner Sydney local government areas, global architecture firm Woods Bagot says up to 800km of lesser-used roads could be replaced with pedestrian networks, community…

Churchill Fellowship Awarded to Brisbane Based Micromobility Researcher

Michael Roth, Principal Consultant (Mobility Policy) at Veitch Lister Consulting in Brisbane has won Auto Skills Australia Churchill Fellowship to understand how light electric vehicles, including e-scooters, could improve transport systems. In accepting the award, Michael said, “Our health and cities would be much improved if fewer people drove cars and instead walked, cycled or…

Designing Streets for Kids – Major New Guide Published

On 6th August 2020 the National Association of City Transport Officials (NACTO) released a 216 page guide entitled Designing Streets for Kids. NACTO is an association of 86 major North American cities and transit agencies formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights, and practices. NACTO’s mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe,…

Major Survey of Cycling Attitudes Yields Promising Results

cycling in Sydney

Bicycles Online, Australia’s largest specialist online bicycle retailer, recently conducted a survey of 2,180 people Australia-wide via a wide range of sources beyond just their customer database. 56% of respondents are cycling more now since lockdown, 46% say this behavioural change is permanent, and 23% have said less traffic has increased their confidence riding on…

Melbourne Installs First Dutch Style Intersection

Protected Intersection Albert St

On Sunday 3rd November the Victorian state government announced a $1.6 million upgrade of cycling infrastructure for the corner of Albert and Lansdowne streets. This intersection is already very heavily used by cyclists. It’s in the inner north of the city, bordering Carlton Gardens and a few minutes from landmarks including the city centre, the…