August 21, 2011

Inserting a slither of Holland, in a non-cycling city

Copenhaganizing cities where no one living recalls bicycling ever being a mainstream mode of transport, has proven a failure. Short of sending every driver back to be license tested, and at the same time installing segregated […]
August 21, 2011

Urban Design in the age of the bicycle

I am fortunate to have been taught urban design by an unusually articulate professor, Barry Maitland: Cambridge educated; now making a buck as a novelist; all round great guy. I hope I can do justice to […]
August 18, 2011

3 take-home lessons from the US

Everything is a religion in America. I can imagine apathy societies having annual meetings and handing out leaflets. Given this proclivity for zeal among some 300,000,000 well-to-do folk, should we be surprised to learn some of […]
August 17, 2011

Help me Pooh Bear!

20 years after plans were adopted for a continuous waterfront promenade in place of my city’s old docks, I see bulldozers on site. It seems they just had to wait for a development hiatus (courtesy of […]
August 17, 2011

Eisenman’s BMX track in Spain

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beGqcHinYac To my mind, buildings like these foretell those we will be building soon with cycling in mind, as cycling is increasingly seen as a panacea for every societal ill. Fair enough too, given cycling really […]