Oxford Circus, London

November 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

OxCircus

Snapped this one after work this week. Such an interesting intersection to what the fluidity of human movement. That is, until the traffic lights turn green.

Why do people love Times Square?

November 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

A film by Michael Tapp.

Red light protest in Utrecht, Netherlands

November 1, 2014 § 1 Comment

This film very logically sets out the reasons why traffic lights and long waiting traffic times are so fundamentally wrong for people riding bicycles. While set in the context of Utrecht, this film presents a strong case for improved cycling infrastructure across the globe.

“People cycling don’t need traffic lights, they are only there for motor traffic. Well-designed intersections can do without signals. Some older lights were literally taken off their posts before in Utrecht, because people wanted them to go away. Even on busy intersections, that posses no problems. Where signals remain, they annoy people… And they will ride on a red light when that is perfectly possible. Most of the time without any harm to people… It can even be safer to ride when other traffic doesn’t.

But the Utrecht Police has a different opinion. They recently stopped and ticketed 144 people who cycled on red at one junction in Utrecht and it caused chaos because now everybody stopped at that traffic light there was a bicycle traffic jam. This traffic jam was never there when people made their own decisions.

… It is time that the reality of so many people cycling is reflected in the infrastructure.”

The Runners, Victoria Park

October 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

This amazing little film demonstrates how a singular public space in a city can represent such an incredible cross-section of society. A beautiful range of histories, personalities and ways of life have been captured through the lens of Victoria Park. Have a watch.

If bikes took up the space of cars

October 11, 2014 § 1 Comment

Photo courtesy Lets Bike It/VK

Photo courtesy Lets Bike It/VK

As part of International Car Free Day, some Latvian cyclists showed the difference between the amount of space that bikes and cars take up on the road. What an awesome idea! Check here for more details.

Architectural Innovation Driven by Necessity

October 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

A bicycle life: Stockholm style

October 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

Photo by Tom Payne

Photo by Tom Payne

Cykelby #5: Snapped this one on a trip to Stockholm last week.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect in terms of bike culture before arriving in this city. From what I knew, Malmö in the south is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. But it is also very small, dense and has a high number of students. On the other hand, I was well aware that Stockholm is far bigger and more spread. However, on arrival I felt a bit overwhelmed at how incredibly car-dominated most of the city actually is. While there were sporadic elements of great bicycle infrastructure and what seems to be an embedded (but diluted) engrained cycling culture, I was left a little disappointed with the lack of two-wheeled enthusiasm. I was particularly shocked when a good Stockholm based friend of mine told me that she gets the underground the 2 miles to work each day!

In a sense Stockholm felt like the city was trapped somewhere between an American city of the 70s and a more progressive Scandinavian city of today (eg. Copenhagen). It’ll be interesting to see how the city continues to evolve over the coming few years and whether infrastructure dollars will find their way into more sustainable approaches to street design.

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