Yep, I’m back.
First off, thank you to the thousands of readers who continued to visit the Planologie Blog despite nary a new post in over a month. I expected my modest readership to dry up completely, and am quite pleased to be proven wrong.
Secondly, I’m changing things up a bit. Sea changes in my life have sent me on a bit of a walkabout, with my next couple of years to be spent studying Urban Studies in Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen, and Madrid, among other European locales. First, though, I’m in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Boston for a month apiece. I’m going to spend less time researching articles to repost, more time exploring, observing, and documenting my travels. Posts will no longer be daily; two or three per week is my new target, and it might take a bit before I’m back to even that. The viewpoint will remain, of course, focused on urban planning-related issues.
Again, thank you everyone for sticking with me. Hopefully the best is yet to come.
Posted in Josh Grigsby, Uncategorized
Tagged boston, brussels, Copenhagen, europe, Florida, Los Angeles, madrid, New Orleans, planologie blog, Seaside, urban planning, Vienna
The film features lots of happy cyclists from the Netherlands, Denmark and Colombia, and shows how creating a bicycle-friendly city is the civilised thing to do.
Scripted by Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá and the poster-child for city-wide bicycle advocacy, the movie was produced by the Netherlands-based Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE).
Posted in Auto Independence, can bicycles save the world?, Climate Change, Culture, human scale, Livability, Placemaking, Sustainability, Transportation, urban design, urban planning, walkable, What if?
Tagged Amsterdam, bicycle advocacy, bicycle friendly, Bogota, Carlton Reid, Columbia, Copenhagen, cycling friendly cities, denmark, Enrique Penalosa, Houten, Interface for Cycling Expertise, jan gehl, Netherlands, quickrelease.tv, youtube
In 2008, according to the U.S. Census, 720,000 Americans commuted to work by bike–43 percent more than in 2000. It would be nice to say that the growth was driven by a concern for the climate, but the main reason is economics. “People bike because it’s fast, cheap, and easy to get around,” says Penalosa, “not because it’s good for the environment.” Christopher Leinberger, a land-use strategist at the Brookings Institution, notes that people who are auto-dependent spend 25 percent of their income on transportation, compared with 9 percent for those who walk, bike, or take public transit.
Posted in Auto Independence, can bicycles save the world?, Climate Change, Culture, human scale, Livability, Placemaking, Sustainability, transit, Transportation, urban design, urban planning, walkable, What if?
Tagged 8-80 cities, bicycle, bicycle infrastructure, bicycle lands, bicycling, bikable, bike boulevards, bike boxes, bike commuting, Bogota, brookings institute, christopher leinberger, Columbia, Copenhagen, cycle tracks, denmark, europe, gil penalosa, high density, jan gehl, John Pucher, kyle boelte, New York City, Ninth Avenue Manhattan, post-carbon, Rutgers University, Salt Lake City, seattle, separated bikeways, sierra club, sprawl, St. Paul, suburbs, Syracuse, traffic calming, Transportation Alternatives, transportation infrastructure, U.S. transportation policy, vibrant communities, walkable
It will take a long time for the US to embrace pedestrians, bicycling, and electric carts as substitutes for cars in our communities. And yet an inevitable change is coming that will significantly increase environmental quality, and restore real community and economic viability. Changing legislation, master planning, and the development of car-reduced and car-free communities will move us forward, writes Greg Ramsey. Continue reading
Posted in Auto Independence, Culture, human scale, Livability, Placemaking, Shout Outs, Sustainability, transit, Transportation, walkable, What if?
Tagged auto-dependence, car-centric planning, car-free, car-reduced, cohousing, community, connectivity, Copenhagen, eco-villages, electric cart, Greg Ramsey, human scale, mixed-use, New Orleans, pedestrian, people-centric, Placemaking, planetizen, sprawl, St. Augustine