October 12, 2017

Public funding for egg-head urbanism, while there’s none for innovation with bikes.

Is it just me, or are other people thinking governments distort human progress when they fund technological research? Think of it this way, how there are next to no grants you could apply for to find […]
October 8, 2017

Protected bike lanes: the Beta cassettes of bicycle planning

  They may well be remembered as the Beta cassettes of bicycle planning. In cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam, that retained high bike modal shares when cities elsewhere in the world had lost cycling completely, they […]
September 17, 2017

Hoi!Oslo

We’ve been celebrating the wrong cities as bicycling paradises. We’ve been spruiking high bike modal share stats, forgetting these typically reflect major inadequacies in public transport. We’ve been celebrating the stoicism of people waiting at lights in the […]
August 15, 2017

What should cities do now about driverless cars?

I am asked to write and speak about Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) quite a lot, and want to be remembered as one of the early dissenters. The main story, we all know, is that sensors are likely soon […]
August 14, 2017

How a fool’s conception of pluralism keeps filling cities with cars.

  Being pluralistic doesn't mean tolerating cars in the city. Where possible, pluralism would ban them. Here's why. In philosophy (if not, yet, in urban planning) pluralism is distinctly different from relativism. Relativism says I have […]