Resources Library

I reckon that one of the best things that we can all do is to share all of our resources –  toolkits, websites, podcasts, checklists, reports, case studies and facts. I try to add to this page every week. We can all use all of these fabulous facts and extraordinary ideas to encourage, inform, network, research, lobby, measure, persuade, object, question, bend ears, break boundaries but most of all, get more people riding bicycles more of the time.


Commuting by car in Perth is the most expensive in Australia. Cost = more than $20,000 a year

Advertised as….  “Hilarious Illustrations Show Different Kinds of New York City Bikers”

Annual Queensland Police Statistical Review 2011/12

Bicycle prescriptions

Your Brain on Bicycling

Cycling Police Sting Drivers

Where can you introduce your dad or niece to cycling— without having to stop at lights or stay as close to the gutter as possible?

Bicycles beat Metro in Copenhagen. Only 14% of Copenhageners transport themselves by car each day

The True Cost of Commuting

All those myths and excuses in one post

London’s first segregated cycle junction to be installed in Camden

@MichaelOReilly_ asks what is your perception of cycling advocacy in Australia?

Queensland separated cycleways guideline

We don’t need another cycling hero. We need to celebrate & facilitate the normal and really boring stuff

Should Australia follow Boris and “Go Dutch?’  “Make a choice, prioritise & think radically” people say

10 things that put UK people off cycling: bad driving, dangerously designed roads, perception of danger & rain

How do you best address social challenges? Start with research, creativity & disruption

Cycling Brisbane

The woman leading Salt Lake City’s Transportation Revolution

The best way to get around traffic-clogged Mexico City may be on a bicycle. Public Radio International

Queensland motorists driving  < 1 metre of cyclists will be fined $330 & lose 3 demerit points. 2 year trial due to start April 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson unveils plans for floating bikeways

7 out of 10 people in Australia are overweight or obese. Paying kids to eat veg won’t solve this national epidemic. We need real solutions to real problems

Bicycle friendly protected intersections

British cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman “Cycle helmet issue is a massive red herring”

“Widespread use of cycle helmets sends the wrong message & is a time-consuming distraction” British cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman

@BBCNews say Bojo’s London cycle hire scheme health benefits ‘outweigh risks’

Why @_sarahwilson_ doesn’t wear a bicycle helmet.

TelegraphNews 10 point plan for Cycling – congestion rebates, 4WD’s banned, car doors abolished, compulsory cycling test

In New York more cyclists has led to better cycling habits

4 reasons USA business leaders want to import Danish-style cycling

One of our Lazy Sunday Cycle members Richard Bean on national TV tonight’s ‘The Project’ talking bike share and cycle helmets

Cyclist, it’s your fault.

Why non-cyclists would benefit from more people cycling

Adelaide is a ‘beginner’ cycling city. 2014 = year to invest & legislate to support people on bicycles

The rise of cycling and the growing demand for ‘End Of Trip’ facilities

Queensland motorists will be forced to give cyclists at least 1 metre clearance when passing as soon as April

“Going Places”

Congratulations to Greater Wellington Regional Council for this awesome 5 minute video on safe speeds. What speed limit do YOU want outside YOUR house?

What Real-Time data tells us about the future of bike sharing around the world

First BMW now Ford more interested in ‘personal mobility & quality of life’ than more cars in cities

My @AECOM colleague @NicolaYoung15 says perhaps smacking, cycling & climate change are the new sex, politics & religion

Auckland Transport has calculated the “social cost” of cycle crashes for 50 NZ biking routes. Cycle Crash Route Ranking map at

Hamburg to BAN cars and put people on bicycles

The more who cycle, the better it gets for drivers. We’re all right and we’re all wrong – but we all have a right to the public roads

DIY Bicycle Lanes. The Copenhagenize Flow are plastic & wood tiles that could change the way cities think about bike lanes. Lego for bikes!

London ‘Skycycle’ kind of like my 7m Cycling Super Highways but up in the air.

Is this the future of affordable housing in Australia?

An evaluation framework for estimating the cost-benefit analysis of integrating public transport with walking and cycling

The Queensland Plan – “The right infrastructure is delivered in the right place at the right time”

Bicycles outsell cars in most EU countries in 2012

@gregvann is correct “Cycling’s a broad church”. Danes don’t consider themselves cyclists, it’s just part of their daily life; just as they use vacuum cleaners, but don’t consider themselves “vacuum cleanerers”! If the most prominent group in your community are the LYCRA wearers, then your city is still in the early stages of cycling development

Swedish research links commuting to obesity, insomnia, divorce and a shorter life

A new direction for Cycling in Queensland

Each square km of Australia sea water contaminated w/ 4,000 pieces of plastic. Let’s use it to build a plastic bikeway

Cairns spending $6m on bikes. City of Cairns video on how it plans to bring bicycles back to the future in the coastal city.

City of Liverpool (UK) created an online budget simulator, asking citizens & interested parties to adjust City’s spending & find necessary savings

@_sarahwilson_  asks “Is it ok to kill cyclists?”

Brisbane City Council to fund Kangaroo Point to CBD pedestrian & bicycle bridge

London is about to get its first truly super cycle highway

Secrets of the world’s happiest cities by my mate Charles

UK trial a glow in the dark path

Costs for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Infrastructure Improvements: A Resource for Researchers, Engineers, Planners, and the public to inform decision making

America’s Rails with Trails: A Resource for Planners, Agencies, and Advocates on Trails Along Active Railroad Corridors – report that examines characteristics of 88 rails-with-trails in 33 states so as to provide stakeholders with a resource to increase awareness and advance polices for trail development

A floating suspension bridge that lets cyclists sail over car traffic and roads!

Why don’t Aussies cycle? Apparently few of us are prepared to risk our lives riding near cars

Income Inequality in 3-D

Curitiba’s 12-Point Plan for a cycling city

TMR’s recently updated policy (apparently issued last week) on provision for Cyclists on all infrastructure projects.

New South Wales Government will fund a study into the development of a rail trail on the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor

New Planning Checklist for cycling is now available for those planning and designing new communities

Brisbane cyclists encouraged to sign up for safe cycling map

Photos from mine, and others, very amazing TED talks last week

UK Governemnt shifts cycling up a gear

Bicycle friendly streets being found through crowd solving

A Strava heat map of typical Saturday cycling in Brisbane|8|10|-27.42741|153.11006

Beyonce Bikes to Work

Cyclist & HGV stickers by London Police warn cyclists about danger of undertaking on left of HGV’s

Speedy cyclists caught on camera in Brisbane’s South Bank told to take a chill pill

Bike riders save economy $21 on each 20 min commute. BTW I’ve done @AECOM 20 min No Excuse Zones on #GoldCoast!

BrisbaneG20 & GoldCoast2018Commonwealth Games. Will Aussie Tourism inflate air mattresses instead of building new hotels?

South Australia Police Road Safety Centre. Mock roads & lifelong learning

Cycling Safety Forum, Western Australia

Online Cyclist Crash Reporting Facility, Western Australia Police

Online bicycle videos, Salt Lake City Police  and

ABC2 TV The Sh*tsville Express heads straight into transport gridlock and discovers why the political system favours the quick fix over long term solutions and why governments are terrified of upsetting the status quo

My claim to fame! I’m in the @bicycle_network  video with my ‘transport planning sister’ Bec Lehman

Anti-seismic underground bicycle parking in Japan

“Any city can become a Cycling City says @AECOM“. Article in Local Transport Today about Mike Harris’s ‘No Excuse Zones’ for SydneyBrisbane & Berlin

Road Rules Refresher, South Australia Police

Interesting. Today’s @smh@CocaCola join @bicycle_network. Cycle Program w free bikes to tackle Aussie obesity

Look for Bike Riders Stickers, Australia

Safety Escorts & ‘Buddies’, University of California, USA

UK Metropolitan Police HGV and Cycling Fatalities working group includes Freight Transport Groups

Visualization of cycling in the UK.

Rate the streets where YOU live on how cycle friendly or not they are… We have now opened up the bike map to be used by anyone anywhere in the world. Link to the map, instructions and background information below. NB: Dynamic Connections was created as a temporary urban experiment and pilot project for Berlin as one of the BMW Guggenheim Lab ‘Out in the City’ projects. It is acknowledged that the tool, map and questions have some imperfections!

Segregation based on speeds, access management devices and shared use path signage

Cycling and Road safety from Western Australia

‘Share the Road’ campaign, Auckland, New Zealand

Perhaps bikes will never be a genuine city transport solution

New cycling “super highway” through Auckland’s Grafton Gully.

Operation Door Knock

Junior Road Safety Officers. 1st launched in 1995 to empower children

Stagecoach UK bus driver cycle awareness training

Transport for NSW joins w/ Amy Gillett Foundation to address cyclist safety. Initiatives include ‘a metre matters’

What’s Dutch about Hackney? Finding out what makes London’s most successful cycling borough tick. Canal paths, bike only roads, footballers, Boris bike hire, cycle chic, congestion charging and the ‘permeability’ approach”

The Good and Bad of London’s Controversial New Bike Lane

@NewYorktimes_ON Popular cycle routes in Manhattan and Brooklyn based on hundreds of thousands of rides taken by users of Strava, a running and cycling app.

Queensland Government has launched an online survey for people to have their say on how the Brisbane Government Precinct (North Bank) can be redeveloped. Good opportunity for cycling groups to make a submission on the importance of Bicentennial Bikeway. To find out more about the community events, community reference group and access the online survey visit

The biggest bicycle infrastructure achievement in USA that you’ve never heard about

@NewYorktimes_ON now have a bike map for New York like my BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin bike map.

@theage invites Melbourne cyclists to contribute data on cycling with an interactive map by CrowdSpot. Like #BGLab Berlin map.

£10 POMS to roll out again- A landmark report on the future of cycling in Britain has called for the national transport budget to allocate at least £10 a year per person (AUD  $15.60) to accelerate the country’s move to more bike riding. And that’s just the start: the funding would then increase as cycling levels increased. The target is 10 per cent of all journeys in Britain by bike by 2025. Other recommendations include: learning to ride a bike as well as learning to swim and a National Cycling Champion.

Glasgow cyclists ‘saving city’ £4m (AUD $6.2 million)

USA: Each extra mile of bike lane = 1% increase in commuting by bicycle. Adults living < ½ mile of a bike path are 20% more likely to ride at least once a week

How to inject $127 million dollars into the local economy

Removing car parking spaces outside of shops in Melbourne only affects 25% of all customers. Locals who walk to shops = bonus for business

Shops next to a protected bike lane see 49% increase in sales

Inflatable bridge… perfect for Brisbane

“Amazing story but sadly she seemed to have been reigned in after an amazing adventure” From Michael K

Bicycling For Life: Mark Martin at TEDxLSU. Cycling for health and how cars cause death

“James” a very enigmatic man who has taken it upon himself to collect one bicycle from each developmental epoch for future generations to enjoy, a kind of time capsule if you will

In 1897, a Bicycle Superhighway Was the Future of California Transit

“Bike your City’

‘Dutch roundabouts’ could be seen in London next year

Courier Mail invite planners, engineers & traffic modellers to get off their butts & actually walk Brisbane

Cycling infrastructure @guardian asks is it fit for purpose? Do we need a website like this for Australia?

Invest £1bn a year to boost cycling levels tenfold, urges UK report

Compulsory bike helmets on charity rides is the ‘thin end of the wedge’

Make cycling proficiency a compulsory part of driving licence

New cycling lecture series successfully launched in London

More than half of all London cyclist deaths are caused by collisions with goods vehicles

Car-free care-free city streets.

In London cyclists dress like the Police to slow down car drivers

Guerrilla road safety group ‘politely’ installs illegal bike lane protectors in Seattle

What if 10 year olds designed our cities? Flashing zebra crossing. Simple idea – Huge impact from @IBM #SmarterCities

Do we need to ‘de-Lycrafy’ cycling?

Visualisation – Sydney folk commuting by bicycle. 1,800 people on bicycles cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge each day.

Studies show that bike commuting is one of the best ways to stay healthy

The bikes for people who don’t ride bikes. Hundreds of thousands of electric bikes are sold in Germany & Holland every year, so why have they failed to catch on in the UK?

The world’s happiest cities. Sydney is 2nd & Melbourne 5th. Brisbane doesn’t even rate…

Berlin follows @MayorofLondon  with a new bike plan: Pedelec corridors, 20% modal share + deliveries by bicycle

An poll of 1000 women found less than one third had ridden a bicycle in last 6 months but more than 60% would like to cycle.

In Canberra Transport Minister Anthony Albanese welcomes active transport report as “impressive”  The Transport 2030 report can be downloaded at:

A $69 million cycleway network could be completed in just five years, says city councillor Aaron Keown. The draft Christchurch City plan now allows for completion of a cycleway network within five years, instead of the original deadline of 2042 outlined in the transport strategy.

A billion pounds for cycling in London – A “GAME CHANGER” says the media. You would be hard pressed not to agree.

Amazing Visualisation – London in Motion: A day in the life of 3 million London commuters. Could be done using cycling data too!

Would you pay a $20 tax to fund new bicycle and walking infrastructure in your city?  A proposed $20 tax to fund a city-wide network of cycleways has been backed by Christchurch city councillors and will now go out for public comment. The tax, or uniform annual charge, was proposed by Mayor Bob Parker as a way of funding nearly $70 million worth of new cycleways across the city and a new $2m walkway around Lyttelton Harbour.

Bike paths around the world visualized through user-uploaded videos

This has a huge impact on cycle planning….  Australian cities are suburban, but we’re preoccupied thinking about CBDs. Apparently only 8% of NSW jobs are in Sydney CBD and 5% of Qld jobs are in Brisbane CBD

Urban planning practices for bikeable cities – the case of Copenhagen – Abstract: Cities are increasingly looking to cycling as a means to promote sustainability, liveability, and public health. Denmark is one of the European countries where cycling has remained significant – even in the motor age, and national strategies now aim to support and further increase cycling. The article presents the state of cycling in Denmark and Copenhagen – as well as the cycling promoting efforts of the city of Copenhagen which is one of the forerunners in the field.

Link between children who walk and cycle to school and concentration

MOVIE – The Green Lane Project is a partnership of six U.S. cities working to implement next-generation protected bike lanes on their streets. This past fall, the Green Lane Project brought a few dozen transportation planners from those cities together in New York City for hands-on workshops and face-to-face peer exchanges to see the NYC Department of Transportation’s innovative bike lane designs. We were able to tag along on some of the events and share some highlights of that trip.

BOOK – In Cycle Space, architecture professor and cycling enthusiast Steven Fleming argues that understanding why people are choosing bikes is key for discovering the full potential of the bicycle as a transformative force in the design of our cities. With portraits of major cities and their cycling cultures, Cycle Space is the first book to view the city through the lens of the bicycle, and offers a new way of creating better cities. Cycling is more than just an alternative. It’s practical. It’s cool. It’s green. Cycling can help reducing emissions, commute times, ill-health and sprawl. For some people their bicycle is a fashion statement, for others it’s a way of life. Cycle space is where architecture and urban design can begin to optimise conditions for cycling, and take inspiration from the aesthetics and ethics of cycling as well. Featuring portraits of: Amsterdam – Chicago – Copenhagen – New York – Portland, Oregon – Paris – Singapore – Sydney

How to temporarily transform and test capacity and traffic on city streets of your city. Pop-up bike lanes and removal of car parking Do you think we should try these real traffic tests in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne?

4 ideas to revolutionize bike sharing

A unified theory of New York biking

More next level IKEA hacking: Matt Hope’s air filtering Beijing bicycle

Don’t base cycling policy on the views of existing cyclists – traffic is the major deterrent for all but the most committed cyclists

How in ONE weekend YOU can change your city, form your own Transit Authority, paint your own bike lanes, plant your own street trees and turn vacant spaces into pop-up businesses. Absolutely awesome and very inspirational TED Talk Http://

What Downtown Dallas Can Teach London’s Cyclists. “Be the city you want to see.  Get involved.  Lead the agenda”. It turns out that the way in which cycling infrastructure pans out in our cities has as much to do with you and me as it does, say, with Boris Johnson or Transport for London…

Is Berlin the safest city to be a cyclist?

A campaign to promote better cycling etiquette, a trial of bicycle pump and maintenance facilities along major bike routes, and “finding ways to make CityCycle more attractive” are key themes of a new active transport strategy for Brisbane

Changing behaviours: You’re doing it wrong – A short, sweet slideshow on the “Top 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change.” No matter what your job or purpose, on some level Stanford University bet it involves trying to get people to change their behavior. So almost everyone can learn from this. Check it out:

Bike Related Injuries Fall – Injuries from skateboard and scooter accidents have increased over the past decade at the same time as bicycle-related injuries have fallen, leading to calls formore teenagers to wear helmets.

A short ride to obesity

A report on Sydney’s homeless youth attitudes to cycling!/YSAItsgoodtohavewheels31042012.pdf

How economic growth sold Portland landlords on a bikeway

There’s a definite pecking order among bicycle riders around Brisbane

Dutch try heated cycle tracks and glow in the dark roads

Audi Urban Future competition – Super-Highway that embraces alternative transportation to Connect Boston to Washington D.C

Pedal Powered DIY projects.

The cycle path to happiness – Scientists are confirming what most cyclists instinctively know – that riding a bike has extraordinary effects on our brain chemistry

São Paulo Bicycle Library Brings Books to the City’s Homeless

Innovations – Soft walks and Blaze bike lights

Six New Year’s Resolutions for Better City Living – 1. Cycle and Recycle. For example To make cycling even more sustainable, Israeli industrial designer Dror Peleg created a colourful bike made of injection-moulded, recycled plastic components. 2. Use Public Transport (More) 3. Get Involved in Your Community 4. Explore 5. Make a Map 6. Support Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens

Local measures to promote walking and cycling as forms of travel or recreation

The Victorian Government’s new cycling strategy published by DoT. It has six Strategic Directions: Build evidence, Enhance governance and streamline processes, Reduce safety, Encourage cycling, Grow the cycling economy, Plan networks and prioritise investment

Planning Checklist for Cycling – Healthy New Suburbs in Urban Growth Zones

Encouraging Australians to make active travel transport choices – The Australian Government has articulated its commitment to the promotion of active transport choices with the release of a discussion paper entitled Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport. A summary of State walking and cycling initiatives are included in the Appendices of the document.

A bicycle lift to get people on bicycles up steep hills.

Spending on bicycle infrastructure Australia wide

Here’s How to Get All Your Timid Friends on Bikes – In the depths of the post-Sandy transit shutdown and gas shortage here in New York, I put out an offer to everyone I know: I have a spare bicycle. It’s in perfect working order. I can give you lights and a lock to go along with it. If you need it to get around town, to work or anywhere else, please let me know. It’s yours for the duration, free of charge. Nobody took me up on it….

The quest for 8 – 80 bike lanes

Electric Bikes Surge in Popularity – Spurred on by technology, a new generation of cyclists is taking over Canberra’s streets, and it’s not the Lycra brigade leading the charge. Baby boomers are the driving force behind skyrocketing sales of electric bicycles. Running on lithium-ion batteries with a small electric motor designed to assist ratherthan replace pedalling, e-bikes have sold in their millions in Asia and arestarting to take off in Australia, the United States and Europe.

What an RAF pilot can teach us about being safe on the road. “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you”. Is a catchphrase used by drivers up and down the country. Is this a driver being careless and dangerous or did the driver genuinely not see you? According to a report by John Sullivan of the RAF, the answer may have important repercussions for the way we train drivers and how as cyclists we stay safe on the roads. I’d suggest that this is another reason we should be looking at building safety in to our roads, with Dutch style cycling infrastructure.

In November 2012 the Australian Bicycle Council published the National Cycling Strategy 2011-16: Implementation Report 2011. This report provides an overview of progress towards the objectives of the National Cycling Strategy 2011-16. The Australian Bicycle Council’s National Cycling Participation Survey provided the baseline for the Strategy’s target of doubling the number of people cycling in Australia by 2016. In this first year of the strategy Australian states and territories invested $89.08 million in cycling related infrastructure, education and promotion to reach that target.

DIY traffic counters could change everything about transport planning

Bicycle Congestion - Problems familiar to car drivers the world over, from gridlock to road rage and lack of parking, are now threatening to turn the Dutch dream of bicycling bliss into a daily hell. In a small country where bicycles outnumber people by 1.2 million, the Dutch have simply run out of space to accommodate the five million riders who take to the road every day, turningmajor city commuting into a nightmare. In Amsterdam alone 490,000 freewheeling “fietsers” take to the road to cycle a staggering two million kilometres every day, according to statistics released by the city council.

Bicycles Are Like the Cockroaches Of Transportation in Natural Disasters

C99 Albertslund Ruten Copenhagen’s Bicycle Super Highways

Norrebrogade bicycle infrastructure, Copenhagen

Bjark Ingles Bicycle 8-House, in Copenhagen, with 475 residential units, allows people to bicycle all the way from the ground floor to the top, moving alongside townhouses with gardens winding through an urban perimeter block.

7 Reasons Bikes Are for Everyone—Not Just “Cyclists” - Don’t let the spandex-clad iron men scare you off! Here are seven reasons why all types of people are biking to work—and why cities are encouraging them.

Bike Blackspot Campaign – The Bike Blackspot map is a compilation of cycling blackspots throughout Australia submitted by cyclists using the Bike Blackspot app for iPhone.

Rich biodiversity can curb urban health issues – The Cities and Biodiversity Outlook highlights a wide range of successful initiatives by cities, local authorities and sub-national governments in both developed and developing countries. In Bogotá, Colombia, measures such as closing roads on weekends, improving the bus transit system and creating bicycle paths resulted in increased physical activity among residents, and a reduction in greenhouse gases emissions.

New cycling checklist – The Planning Checklist for Cycling and Practice Note can be used to help build healthy new suburbs where everyone can ride their bikes as part of their everyday life. The Checklist aims to ensure the mistakes of the past are not repeated. It enables planners to make sure new sub-divisions meet the current planning and engineering requirements in Victoria. It focuses on three requirements of an effective cycling network: 1.Connectivity to destinations- providing cycling routes that connect to destinations 2.Permeability of the suburb – providing a choice of direct routes across a suburb and to local destinations 3.Quality of infrastructure – providing the correct cycling infrastructure to the target population, their trip purpose and the places they want to go.

How Car Commuting Is Wasting Your Time – Are you addicted to speed? Has a “hurry virus” taken over your life? Building faster roads or buying a fast car or a second car may seem appealing solutions to time pressure. Yet our obsession with speed, and our reliance on cars as a supposedly fast mode of transport, may be an underlying cause of our lack of time. The more we rely on “time-saving” machines such as cars, the more time we lose. and

Looking for a NSW cycleway? The NSW Roads and Maritime Services and NSW local councils fund and build cycling infrastructure for commuting to BMXing across the state. To explore maps of the cycleway network search the new NSW Cycleway Finder.

On your e-bike: European craze powers into UK – Supporters hope electrically assisted bikes will break down British resistance to cycling and change urban transport forever

3 minute video – Cycle to work without breaking a sweat! – Guardian reporter Peter Walker tries out the new e-bike. The cycling sensation that is sweeping through Holland and Germany. Peter visits a newly opened e-bike shop called justebikes, to find out the secret to this continental e-bike craze and whether such an innovation will catch on in the UK

Dutch Intersection Design with Cycle Tracks

Open Urbanism: Why the Information Economy Will Lead to Sustainable Cities

In London, coffee on wheels is made with pedal power. Velopresso is now offering mobile coffee which is powered by the bicycle wheels the machine sits upon.

Mobile app helps cyclists compile key facts in the event of a crash. The Bike Crash Kit app aims to make it easy for cyclists to accurately record all the information they need at the scene of a two-wheeled crash. Mobile app helps cyclists compile key facts in the event of a crash

Good, Better, Best – The City of Copenhagen’s Bicycle Strategy 2011-2025 – In Copenhagen’s new bicycle strategy you can read about the new initiatives and plans, which lay down guidelines for the long term and overriding priorities within the bicycle area. These initiatives and plans are intended to help the City reach the goal to become the world’s best bicycle city before the end of 2015.

Economic benefits of cycling. The Australian Bicycle Council developed a mini Australian version inspired by the British work – Australian Cycling: An Economic Overview

Cycling’s contribution to the economy – Sky believe this is the first-ever attempt to chart the full extent of cycling’s contribution to the British economy. Previous studies have focused on particular sectors such as the bicycle …retail trade, but never before has a study been conducted into the true ‘Gross Cycling Product’ (GCP) of UK plc – from bike sales to improved health. The GCP report was conceived by Sky and British Cycling and has been made a reality through the London School of Economics

Asthma Linked To Congested Highways – Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, found that living near a heavily congested highway correlates with a higher presence of asthma.

Bicycling and Walking in the United States 2012 Benchmarking Report is an essential resource and tool for government officials, advocates, and those working to promote bicycling and walking. The Benchmarking Project is an on-going effort by the Alliance for Biking & Walking to collect and analyse data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities. This third biennial report reveals data including: bicycling and walking levels and demographics; bicycle and pedestrian safety; funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects; written policies on bicycling and walking; bicycle infrastructure; bike-transit integration; bicycling and walking education and encouragement activities; public health indicators; and the economic impact of bicycling and walking.

On April 14, 2012, the first stretch of Copenhagen’s new and long-awaited Bicycle Superhighway network opened   … now we just need my 7m wide Cycling Super Highways in Australia!!

GOOD – 17 April 2012 – If you build bike lanes they will ride

Ralph Buehler • John Pucher – 6 July 2011 – Cycling to work in 90 large American cities: new evidence on the role of bike paths and lanes

Book review – It’s all about the bike: In pursuit of happiness in two wheels by Robert Penn  (Mia Birk, Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet) (Women on bikes SoCal, Celebrating the Joy, Beauty & Benefits of Bicycling for Women)


Walking, Transport & Community…. and a little bit of other 

The French just made it illegal to work after 6pm. The importance of ‘clocking off’

I’m buying nothing new for a year… Here’s how some Aussie’s spent their $$$$$ in 2012

Apparently 54% of Aussies claim they don’t use a bus or train as there’s no service or it’s available at the wrong time

I’ve met Raul Krauthausen. He’s awesome & now he’s designed 3D printable, portable ramps for Wheelchairs

Now this is engineering!  At Halcrow in the UK, me, Steve Burge and Pete Stothert developed a concept exactly like this for a quarry in Cornwall way back in 2006. Always 10 years ahead of our time…–china-sheshan-national-resort-building-starts-120927056.html#Qgwch7Z

New York City is charging the theatre company behind Shakespeare in the Parking Lot fees for the spaces it uses, and insisting on insurance for cars it does not have.

100 ideas to improve New York City’s subway… and other urban issues?

New freeways cure congestion: time to put the myth to bed

New UK Campaign starts to protect road workers from unsafe drivers

New Paul Buchanan urban planning book challenges current thinking on a global scale. Case studies of 120 cities

Changing travel behaviour = cheap option for increasing motorway capacity. UK’s M25 operates at only 12%

Planting more gardens has the potential to improve life for everyone, all at once.

As an Australian first, NSW will list health in the NSW Planning Bill as one of eight principal objectives. The draft released this week for comment has come about due to the successful advocacy work of a coalition of players including the NSW Heart Foundation. The specific objective addressing health includes the promotion of; ‘health, safety and amenity in the planning, design, construction and performance of individual buildings and the built environment.

Traffic pollution can cause asthma in children,0,3190067.story

The Moving People 2030 Taskforce, comprised of 8 national organisations including the UITPANZ, has launched a comprehensive report to on how we can deliver a prosperous, sustainable, liveable and healthy Australia by 2030. Moving Australia 2030-A Transport Plan for a Productive and Active Australia sets out pathways for the establishment of a transport, land use management, planning and funding framework to underpin how we move people today and in the future. Copies of the report andrelated media releases can be found at the following website:

Walkable community guide

10 steps To Walkable Cities – an awesome menu to get city leaders and traffic engineers thinking – Steps include: put cars in their place, mix the uses, get the parking right, let transit work, protect pedestrians, welcome bikes, shape the spaces and plant trees

Retailers don’t need free car parking to thrive – A major rationale for the supply of parking spaces in city shopping centres is that customers won’t come without them. A new review of commercial centres in Greater London concludes that retailers vastly overestimate the role free parking plays in their success. The irony is that additional parking might increase congestion and thereby reduce the attractiveness of a retail centre.

Walking is good for business. Heart Foundation discussion paper.

Chicago Pedestrian Plan – Vision statement – The people of Chicago cultivate, encourage, and enjoy mutual respect on our streets. People choose to be pedestrians because the experience is the safest, most connected, accessible, and above all, the most enjoyable. Because we are committed to a strong pedestrian environment as an essential part of our complete transportation system, we are a healthier, more liveable city.

GOOD – 3 May 2012 – iPavement Puts a World of Knowledge Beneath Your Feet

GOOD - 7 February 2012 – Most Americans want a walkable neighbourhood not a big house!

Clarence Eckerson Jr – 5 May 2008 – Melbourne: A Pedestrian Paradise

Some awesome listening

TED Talks

Ken Robinson believes that everyone is born with extraordinary capability. So what happens to all that talent as we bump through life, getting by, but never realizing our true potential?

Tim Smit, CEO and Co-Founder of the The Eden Project presents at The IBM Summit.

Mia Birk – TEDxPortland -Pedaling Towards a Healthier Planet

Jason Roberts – TEDxOU – How To Build a Better Block

Eduardo Paes: The 4 commandments of cities: Green – People – Socially Integrated – Technology

Documenting Livable Streets Worldwide

The story of Social media in 2013 – People spend more time on social media than watching TV and 78% access via mobile devices!

Sustainable Transport & Travel Plans

Slow Travel Berlin

Car Free and Sustainable Tourism

Placemaking, active streets and enlivening public spaces/places

How can we capture the magic and colour of the streets of incredible cities like New York City, Paris, Berlin? A series of videos created and edited by Christian Andersen attempt to do just that without any frills or fuss, capturing many of the aspects that create a successful and exciting street.

Creating Places for People – An urban design protocol for Australian Cities Creating Places For People: an urban design protocol for Australian cities

Treehugger – 3 December 2011 - Could the Underground “Low Line” Be New York’s Next Great Park?

March 2012 – Artist Arne Quinze has been commissioned by the Queensland Theatre Company to create an outdoor installation in South Brisbane  or listen to Arne’s talk at

DIY & Making   “You don’t have to ask permission to get involved in transforming your city”

Cities are better when citizens are involved. Online tools available for community engagement.

How to make a human powered bicycle smoothie maker for less than $25

Samuel Goss’s Musical Bicycle 1899…

You are not stuck in traffic – You are traffic! – VicRoads has launched a campaign to help reduce congestion that includes an on-line tool that allows commuters to input their travel data to create a personal congestion score based on the distance travelled, time of day and mode of transport. The tool includes tips and messages on how commuters can reduce their contributions to congestion.


Over to you. Thank you to everyone who has sent me their cycling stories and links to their favourite blogs and websites. Here they are…

Your stories

Thank you to Christine at the BMW Guggenheim Lab for ‘A Musical Commute in Mumbai’. Christine says “… the only way to survive living with so many million people in such a small space, and in a city that can be so ruthlessly cruel to its citizens, is to be ridiculously good to one another, and simply make the best of it”

Thank you to Graham Smith from Canberra for sharing his wonderful story. “I am a middle-aged, white collar, conservative, car-owning, Canberra family man who also happens to cycle commute and cycle tour. Last year I did a solo, loaded, self-contained cycle tour from Parliament House Canberra to the Sydney Opera House. The last tour day was a revelation as I discovered just how easy it was to get from the edge of Sydney to the city centre by bike. I was ecstatic at getting a completely different perspective on Sydney thanks to the bikeways”

Huge thanks to Brian Bartlett from Rockhampton for sharing his wonderful story. Brian said “My fitness and all round health has improved all round since I purchased my electric bike about 2.5 years ago and it has literally given me my legs back since developing MS”. This is the link to Brian’s recent Sydney to Cape York ride on an electric bike.

Thank you to Sue Grahame for sharing her wonderful fundraising and cycling story.  “I wanted to tell you about a cycle/walking path that the Friends of Dalmeny (South Coast NSW) raised money and in conjunction with the Eurodalla Shire Council completed in just over 5 years. As the money was raised and amounts reached to complete a segment of the path then the council would provide the labour and equipment to complete a section.  This went on for many years and is now complete. The path runs for approximately 7 ks from Dalmeny to Narooma (a small community to a larger centre).  The council also added viewing platforms on the headlands for whale watching and they have added plaques with local information that are of interest to visitors. This project gave everyone who had either donated money or time a sense of involvement and pride of achievement for such a small community. The path runs along the coast line which gives a beautiful vista as well as safe cycling and walking for all. I think this is a perfect example of a very small community action group making things happen by raising money and getting their hands dirty”


1. Urban Development, Architecture, Urbanism, Aesthetics and Design

2. Technology

3. A bit of  ‘all and everything’


BMW Guggenheim Lab

What Is the Lab?

The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory traveling to nine major cities worldwide over six years. Led by international, interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability, the Lab addresses issues of contemporary urban life through programs and public discourse. Its goal is the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking solutions for city life.

Over the Lab’s six-year migration, there will be three distinct mobile structures and thematic cycles. Each structure will be designed by a different architect, and each will travel to three cities around the globe. The theme of the Lab’s first two-year cycle is Confronting Comfort—exploring notions of individual and collective comfort and the urgent need for environmental and social responsibility.

The BMW Guggenheim Lab launched in New York, running from August 3 to October 16, 2011. It is currently in transit to Berlin, where it will be open from May 24 to July 29, 2012, before moving on to Mumbai in late 2012. Cycle 1 will conclude with an exhibition presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2013. Two additional two-year cycles will follow, each with a new mobile structure and theme, concluding in the fall of 2016.

Part urban think tank, part community center and public gathering space, the Lab is conceived to inspire public discourse in cities around the world and through the BMW Guggenheim Lab website and online social communities.

The public is invited to attend and to participate in free programs and experiments at the Lab. In addition, the BMW Guggenheim Lab website and social communities provide opportunities for participants around the world to engage with and to contribute to the ideas and experiments generated by the Lab.

What’s happening?

See videos and photos of the Lab in New York

Play Urbanology online and create your future city

Where is the Lab?

The Lab is in transit to Berlin, where it will be open from May 24 to July 29, 2012.

After a dynamic ten-week run from August 3 to October 16, 2011, in one of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods—the edge of the Lower East Side and East Village—the mobile laboratory is now temporarily closed and en route to the second stop on its nine-city world tour. Berlin, an international hub of culture, politics, media, and science, promises ample opportunity for urban analysis and new ideas as the Lab’s next destination. Please stay tuned for announcements about the Lab’s Berlin launch. From Berlin, the Lab will continue east to Mumbai, where it will conclude its first two-year cycle under the theme of Confronting Comfort.

Check in online as we travel to nine distinctive cities and see how particular cultures, conditions, and daily rituals alter solutions and recommendations specific to a location. Be part of the global project—on-site when the Lab reopens and online in the meantime—by continuing the thought-provoking conversations underway about urban living and well-being in cities.


The theme for the first two-year cycle of the BMW Guggenheim Lab is Confronting Comfort. In New York, Berlin, and Mumbai, the Lab will explore how urban environments can be made more responsive to people’s needs, how people can feel more at ease in urban environments, and how to find a balance between notions of modern comfort and the urgent need for environmental and social responsibility.

We live in a highly globalized and urbanized world. Yet complex urban landscapes that are increasingly intertwined through transnational and informational networks continue to be based on rigid systems of urban planning, architecture, and infrastructure. These systems have fostered an expanding homogeneity that puts at risk the relationship of our cities and urban areas with the specific conditions of their immediate context and their own past. More important, it puts at risk our relationship, as citizens and individuals, with the urban environment, affecting our sense of ownership and awareness of the space around us, and our sense that we should be able to change and improve it.

As a result, we have constructed relentless systems of consumerist comfort that alleviate the monotony of these static landscapes by blocking interaction with our surroundings. The comfort we derive from these solutions—which range from communication commodities to fancy gadgets, to privacy and security devices, to comfort food and other ways to appease our bodies—diverts the mind from the repetitive processes of everyday life in cities that at times we feel we have no possibility of changing.

Maximizing comfort has not only allowed us to cope with sometimes grueling urban conditions, but it has also become a measure of individual wealth, success, and status. Unfortunately, our irrepressible human aspiration to find ease often leads us in unsustainable directions. How can we find a balance between notions of modern comfort and the urgent need for environmentally responsible solutions that empower us as social individuals? If we were to achieve such balance through creative solutions, how would our understanding of comfort change? How would we respond to the newfound ease attained through responsible means?

The potential for new systems of urban living raises a variety of questions, among them: Can architecture and adequate urban infrastructures promote, enhance, and develop personal and collective growth at a physical and intellectual level, specifically by encouraging involvement with urban systems? And how can comfort be customized geographically, without the imposition of homogenous systems throughout the globe? What would responsible comfort mean in zones with different economic, social, and environmental conditions?


The BMW Guggenheim Lab is shaped by a diverse and international group of individuals, ranging from architects and graphic designers to the eminent Advisory Committee and talented Lab Team members.

Vision Statements from the Advisory Committee

Daniel Barenboim
Elizabeth Diller
Nicholas Humphrey
Muchadeyi Ashton Masunda
Enrique Peñalosa
Juliet Schor
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Wang Shi


Lightweight and compact, with a structural skeleton built of carbon fiber, the mobile structure for the first cycle of the BMW Guggenheim Lab has been designed by the Tokyo architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow as a “travelling toolbox.

The structure’s lower half is a present-day version of the Mediterranean loggia, an open space that can easily be configured to accommodate the Lab’s various programs. The upper part of the structure houses a flexible rigging system and is wrapped in a semitransparent mesh. Through this external skin, visitors are able to catch glimpses of the extensive apparatus of “tools” that may be lowered or raised from the canopy according to the Lab’s programming needs, transforming the ground space into a formal lecture setting, a stage for a celebratory gathering, or a workshop with tables for hands-on experiments.

A series of smaller wooden shelters placed in close proximity to the main structure provide space for restrooms and a cafe. Whereas the main structure is forward-looking in its materiality and highly urban in its programmatic approach, the design of the restrooms and cafe references timeless timber construction that has been used in many settings, both rural and urban. Together, the wooden shelters and the main structure form a temporary 21st-century ensemble that in each city frames a particular urban void.


Dynamic Connections: An interview with Rachel Smith

The Lab Team in Berlin will have an overarching theme of making and doing—empowering everyday citizens to create and improve their own cities. Within this theme, Lab Team members have each chosen a special focus based on their skill sets and backgrounds.

Sustainable and active transportation planner Rachel Smith will focus on Dynamic Connections—how active transportation, place-making, and community-based interventions can improve all aspects of the city system.

This is the last in a series of four interviews with Lab Team members to provide a sneak peek of what we can expect from their programming in Berlin. Be sure to check out my previous interviews with co-curator Maria Nicanor about the overall programming structure in Berlin, and Lab Team members José Gómez-MárquezCorinne Rose, and Carlo Ratti.

Let’s first talk about your main topic, Dynamic Connections. What does this mean, exactly and how do you hope to explore it at the Lab?

Dynamic Connections is about sustainable transportation: mostly walking and cycling, and also place making. It’s looking at community creative self-solving and behavior change in urban places, how mobility and place making can effect our lifestyles, and how self-solving and behavior-change interventions can be used to change our urban spaces and urban lifestyles.…

I took my inspiration from the natural disasters that we have had in Australia, starting with the bushfires in Melbourne two years ago; and then the Brisbane floods, which is where I live, that happened in January and affected everyone that lives in the city in one way or another; and also the cyclone that happened in Cairns about a week after the floods.

The flooding was a great example of how a natural disaster was occurring and the community got together and self-solved the problems, or the cleanup and the recovery, themselves.… It just shows that people are really good at self-solving but that we don’t give ourselves the opportunity very often to self-solve our own problems.

How do Dynamic Connections fit in with the notion of confronting comfort?

From the cycling side of things it’s looking at how can we make walking and cycling more comfortable and safer for everyone. In terms of place making and self-solving, it’s getting people to think about what kinds of things are less comfortable now, and what we think comfort looks like. What one community thinks comfort looks like might be different to another, so how do we solve our own discomfort? So when you might have a natural disaster or high unemployment, how can we make the urban space more comfortable not just for ourselves, but for everyone else as well?

Compared to the other team members, you work on a very large, infrastructural scale in the city. How will this fit in with the focus of the other Lab Team members?

I guess looking at walking and cycling would be citywide, but it all kind of interlinks. So we might have, say, a program on hacking your bike, and it all kind of links in together really nicely actually, looking at that macro and micro scale. You have to look at the whole as well as the smaller parts. So you might live in a neighborhood, but the things that are controlled by the city, or initiatives that are across the whole of Berlin, also affect your neighborhood as well.

How does the DIY focus of the Lab Team in Berlin work when we’re talking transportation? Where does the individual come in?

Across the four of us we have the theme that we make and do, not just talk. So I guess take something like cycling. Just as an example, we might have a workshop where we take the planners from different districts from Berlin and involve them in planning new infrastructure or better cycling facilities. But then we might also work with communities and individuals to empower them in a workshop to create bicycle businesses or mobile businesses. So I guess there’s that kind of higher level, and then there are the things that individuals can do as well, and linking the two.

People only change their behavior when they see a value in it for themselves. Somewhere like Berlin has quite a high bicycle mode share, but there’s an aspiration that they’d like to be the Copenhagen of Germany. If people are engaged and they’ve helped plan what their city looks like, then they’ve got more ownership and they’re empowered to not just change their own behavior but to encourage other people to change their behavior as well.

Can you describe how you hope to interact with the public at the Lab? What do you see their role as?

We want people to come and learn, and to make and to do, and to also get involved in fun events. The fun events are good ways for people to spread the word to others. And with the talks, when we hear about what other people are doing then we get excited and enthused about it and we want to imitate that behavior. We’re more likely to have conversations with other people, and those people then are the messengers in the community helping to make the change that people aspire to see.

We learn by doing things. As you do something with other people you’re learning, and then the change will be easy because you’ve done it with other people, so you’ve got the confidence to say to someone, “Oh, well you can go and do this.” So it’s kind of engaging the people at the core of the issue.

Can you think of three words to describe the process of working on this project so far?

Amazing. I’ve never ever worked on a project where we’ve been given free rein to do whatever we want, and that is an honor, to be able to be involved with something like that. I work for a consultancy, so every project has limitations and constraints and boundaries and barriers, and a list of things you can’t do. So to work on a project where you can just do whatever you want is amazing. Sorry, I’ve given you about thirty words. Maybe you can try to find three words to describe that!

Au revoir – 3 years, 3 cities & countless new experiences. It’s neither the beginning nor the end. With gratitude some farewell words from Maria