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 day. 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.

I file (in date order with the latest first) articles, news and information about: Cycling, Walking, Transport, Congestion, Communities, Sustainable Transport, Travel Plans, Car Free and Sustainable Tourism, Placemaking, active streets, enlivening public spaces/places, DIY & Making because “You don’t have to ask permission to get involved in transforming your city”.



It’s nice to be nice but much more important to be brave – For what its worth, here’s my standard answer when someone huffily tells me they are offended by what I have said or written; ‘if the worst thing that happens to you in this life is you are offended by something, then you are living a pretty good life.’

New London Tube Map Shows How Long It Takes to Walk between stations –

Brisbane congestion charge back on agenda as gridlock set to spiral

Oslo will be car free within 4 years

London’s newest Cycling Super Highway (2 minute video)  The product of a clear vision & political will

Our addiction to consuming things is a vicious cycle, and buying a bigger house to store it all isn’t the answer

Perth cycle paths underfunded, poorly planned: auditor-general – Cycle routes in Perth are underfunded and poorly planned, WA auditor-general Colin Murphy has found. The findings were made in an audit undertaken to determine whether suitable support and infrastructure was in place to encourage cycling. It found cycle paths were of varying quality and levels of maintenance, and did not always comply with Australian standards, creating “conflicting and less safe conditions for cycling”. “Only 48 per cent of the planned PSP [Principal Shared Paths] cycle network is complete and well maintained,” the report said. “Of the existing routes, many do not connect well because some sections have not been built, and older paths need upgrading if they are to cater for increasing demand.”

London Road Safety Group – one of our core goals is helping cyclists and motorists safely share the road. A resource which has a lot of useful information as well as some specific guidance for London cyclists.

More people will cycle when everyone accepts cyclists right to be on the road

The fat city that declared war on obesity – Oklahoma has lost a million pounds of fat. Ian Birrell meets the mayor who piled on the pounds then launched a healthy living crusade and changed his city’s infrastructure. But can even this defeat our century’s biggest health curse?

The future of cycling: Top 5 challenges and possibilities.

Thousands of Chinese holidaymakers stuck in 50-lane traffic jam

Cycling continues to increase in the US. Perhaps the most interesting tally is the top 10 large cities where bike commuting is growing fastest. Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati have all begun investing in bike lanes within recent years. With growing numbers of cyclists responding to new features, all of those cities have plans to expand their bike infrastructure.

10 ways to survive buying nothing new for a month

American commuters opting to work from home 

Could you go a month without buying anything but the bare necessities? Thanks @brisbanetimes @Domaincomau for a great peice and for promoting my book Underspent

State of the U.S. Infrastructure – Overview and Analysis

Mount Gambier mother-of-4 rides a bike to work, stores up tap water in jugs and hasn’t bought a new item of clothing for the last 4 years

In Australia we spend about $158 billion a year on non-essential “stuff”

15% of women 40 years+ were raised to believe a man would take care of them but 25% of women over 40 are divorced, widowed or separated and 10% are single.

According to a report in the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport people cycling on the National Cycle Network for leisure and tourism bring over £650 million to the UK economy each year, according to research from charity Sustrans. The research looked at the average amount spent by people on day trips and cycling holidays and found that they both bring significant money to local economies around the country.

Does money make you mean?

10 million cars looking for parking space in Australian city centres every each working day & Earn $4000 a year from renting out you spare parking space

Brisbane’s traffic congestion is getting worse with daily commute taking longer than ever. You’ll waste an extra 6 hours a year. We’re already wasting 15 hours each week stuck in traffic.

Australia’s biggest bike-lane skeptic ‘wants to destroy cycling in Sydney’

31% of Queenslanders said housing affordability their main worry & not being able to repay the loan.

Mr. Mayor, L.A. is not Stockholm “Some politicians & transportation professionals have suggested that we look to Amsterdam or Stockholm for inspiration. Last I checked LA is nothing like those places”

45% of Aussie households are without a working bicycle & significant increase % of Queensland households without a working bicycle since 2011

Labor hopes to map out a cycling plan for every region in the state by the middle of next year, seeking to ease traffic congestion by getting more people on bikes.

Driverless cars to make inner city home parking obsolete

The Average Australian (2011 Census) is a 37 year old woman, born in Australia. Married with 2 children, has a 3 bedroom suburban house + $1800 a month mortgage. She and her husband own 2 cars and both drive to work. She’s a sales assistant working 32 hours a week. It would take the average Australian household 18 months to pay off all of their outstanding debts (that’s 18 months of 100% of their income). I’d guess our average Australian, WANTS more time and WANTS to be debt-free

60% of us can’t afford to pay our credit card debts and 41% of us borrow from family, friends or loans each month to survive until pay day. So great to see UK’s 1st ‘Share Shop’ Opens for business – A new kind of shop is aiming to transform the future of retail by lending rather than selling items

Big issues our Mayors face

Can we solve the congestion problem?

Don’t panic traffic congestion is not coming for our cities

What is every business plan considered kindness & optimism? What if businesses made their customers feel fabulous? Great insights on doing business differently from Lucy Perry

Uber to conquer traffic congestion – No-one could accuse Uber of lacking ambition. “Our goal is simple: take 1 million cars off the road in New York City,” says ride sharing service UberPool.

Traffic noise makes people unhappy

ARE YOU ANGRY? Do you live your life in FEAR? Imagine if we were 33% less angry. Can you be kind for 30 days?  PLEASE listen to Andrew Griffiths 15 min TEDx talk. Andrew has a special place in my heart… he gave me the tools I needed to write my two books (and we both nearly died from decompression sickness!)

The Price of Traffic. London is on a mission to transform into a transit-efficient and pedestrian-friendly megacity. But is this really the shape of the future?

Uber to build self-driving cars

Car travel six times more expensive than bicycle travel

Brisbane’s Story Bridge to transform into Eat Street food market on Sunday 5th July

The Asia Pacific Design Library have invited me to pick my TOP 5 favourite BOOKS (public places, architecture and planning) for their collection. Which would you choose?

Tony Lo, CEO of Giant Bikes says “Solution for traffic- and smog-choked cities: Get people to hop on bikes”

George Carlin “Stuff”

The average Aussie spends 15 hours a week travelling to and from work. Commuting can be stressful and unpleasant. Long drives caused by limited access to jobs and transport add thousands of dollars a year to household bills. Former Coke CEO says “Give the required time to your friends and family”

Coke speech








Have we really reached ‘peak car’? Vehicle traffic grew at a fearsome rate worldwide for decades … until 2007. Then came the perfect storm of an economic collapse, a digital revolution and major changes to urban lifestyles. But is this just a blip? As engineers continued to forecast traffic growth in line with historic averages – up, up and yet farther up, to an eventual “carpocalypse” – actual traffic not only fell short of projections, in many places it just plain fell. Traffic growth will resume once there’s a global economic recovery, they predict. The key point of debate is often less the forecasts than the policy response: how much public or private money to put into roads versus other transport?

The cost of your commute calculator

41% of Gen Y’s live at home to save $ on rent

Australians spend 20% of disposable income on online shopping, 67% own a credit card & 15% spent on clothes, shoes & accessories

A wise wish list from Ben Wilson BQ CEO “To get 3 per cent of road budgets put into cycling for 10 years, to develop separated cycleways on our busy urban roads. If we can build a critical mass of people cycling, it breeds an empathy and acceptance of cycling as a normal activity rather than an oddity. This is not a radical agenda, but is world’s best practice and makes good economic and health sense”

Facts Everyone Needs To Know – Spending money on experience instead of stuff makes you happier, Money does buy happiness but only up to $75,000 a year, The more you spend on others the happier you are.

An innovative ‘roads revolution’ to solve traffic congestion. Motorways that talk to connected cars.

An 1899 Plan to Build A Bike Highway in Los Angeles (And Why It Failed)

Another reason to spend money on experiences rather than things—the positive benefits of anticipation

Contrary to Mr Abbott’s assertion, the East West Link isn’t necessary to reduce urban traffic congestion; it’s a symptom of the failure of governments at all levels to manage excessive demand. The key problem in our cities isn’t a lack of motorways; it’s the inefficient way the ones we’ve already got are managed. There’s an enormous amount of “latent capacity” locked up in existing congested major road networks and going to waste – it needs to be released by rationing access to road space. Contrary to the Prime Minister’s assertion, motorways aren’t the “only” answer to traffic congestion; getting governments to manage excessive demand for road space is the key answer.

Australia – the world’s most expensive place to live

“Roads alone do not solve congestion in the long term; they are only one (problematic) tool in a transport management toolkit”

Remedies for Traffic Congestion – Levels of traffic congestion in Australia’s major cities are worsening as a result of the additional burden placed on existing transportation infrastructure by rising populations. Transport and urban development consultant Alan Davies points out that simply building more freeways is unlikely to be the panacea for bad traffic – a viewpoint also shared by Victoria’s Public Transport Users Association, as expanded capacity results in increased road usage without an attendant reduction in congestion levels.

How Washington State Convinced Big companies to reduce drive-alone commutes. Employers have an enormous influence over how their employees get to work. University of Washington saved $280 million in parking construction & freed up $73 million worth of land for other facilities.

Welcome to future of local public services. Internet could revolutionise Councils. Bus stop sensors & on-demand public transport

“We all need to volunteer, to create communities & be accountable”. I read the book and loved it (can’t remember who I loaned the book too) and the film is awesome. Inspiring & optimistic

Traffic congestion is slowing down our economy. People are the solution & people need to make the change” ABC TV Making Australia Great

Melbourne motorists spend more than three days a year in traffic

A new project from the Traffic Deputy – From now on Berlin automatically counts its bicycle drivers (riders) at special street points,10809148,30209786.html

Building bigger roads actually makes traffic worse. The fundamental law of road congestion: New roads will create new drivers, resulting in the intensity of traffic staying the same

Cars require far more road & parking space than other ways of travel due to size/speed

Robots to replace almost half of jobs over next 20 years

Digital transformation and sharing resources really is changing our cities, our transport and our lives.

Velodossier is a crowd funding campaign where you can rent a bicycle helmet camera to film bad bicycle pathways in your city.

Are HOT TUBS the future venue for city planning meetings? TEDxBrighton, David Bramwell  The Number 9 Bus to Utopia

People living in fast-growing outer suburbs spend 20% longer commuting than people in inner suburbs. Many face higher living costs of thousands of dollars a year due to dependence on long commutes by car. And because long commutes make life harder for families, there is a big gap between male and female workforce participation in the outer suburbs. Inner city v outer suburbs: where you live really does determine what you get

What Sydney commuters think of traffic congestion… 1.5 minute @brisbanetimes video

@db_drivenmedia interviews co-author of Grattan Institute book City Limits: Why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them.

Results are in – bike lane replacing on-street parking has little to no impact on local business & can increase it and

Peer-to-peer bike sharing. Buy a smart VanMoof bicycle from Spinlister and rent it out on demand through the company’s mobile app

29% of Sydney full-time employees commute more than 10 hours to work each week & 84% of lower income households in Sydney are in housing stress.
Follow @cityofsydney debate on #sydcitytalk tonight   ABC Radio   Dr Cassandra Goldie – great summary of the issue – integrated policy and public understanding of what is the problem

EVENT Making an Age of Repair: Queensland – Asking the question, what will Queensland look like in 2044?  Friday 17 April Brisbane 5:30pm-9:30pm $40 including Dinner

14 days of poor air quality caused 4000 extra healthcare visits in UK

Children & young people’s views are often absent when adults are designing and redesigning transport systems. Yet they have rights and often strong desires to travel sustainably as well as constructive views as to developing sustainable travel solutions

Learning from the world’s best bicycle infrastructure design innovations: slideshow & discussion. Brisbane Tuesday 31 March 5:30pm + Refreshments. RSVP here

Traffic congestion in Brisbane costs business and residents time and money, equating to around $1.3 billion per year, and without the right level of investment in our transport system, this could rise to $3 billion by 2020

Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress September 13-16, 2015 ‘Welcome to the Pedal-powered Economy’. Call for abstracts deadline 7 April. Keynote speakers include Bernard Salt one of the most in-demand speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit

@brisbanetimes says “Long distance lane would ease M1 traffic congestion”. Less cars = real solution. We need car-pooling, work hubs, working at home and staggered or flexible working hours too. …

Austroads pedestrian-facility-selection-tool

Solar panels as bike paths

Christchurch NZ improving urban wellbeing as easy as riding a bike

7 Cities that are starting to go car free. You can read about ‘car free days out’ & ‘car free tourism’ in my new book Decongestion

@GrattanInst book says 29% of Sydney full time employees commute more than 10 hours a week (that’s 3 three weeks a year) whilst 1 in 4 Aussies households now rent their home

Benefits of investing in Cycling. By Dr Rachel Aldred. Danish levels of cycling in the UK would save the NHS £17billion within 20 years, saves a third of road space compared to driving, to help cut congestion and bike lanes can increase retail sales by a quarter

The way to attract new riders is to make them feel safe on the road. Separating bike lanes from the road with kerbs/planters benefits all vehicles.

Many cities are going about it cycling) the wrong way, according to Penalosa, by “investing in the 2% who already bike, not the 98% who don’t.” The biggest reason people don’t bike? They don’t feel safe.

Grattan Institute’s 1st book, City Limits, says 25% of full-time Aussie workers spend more time commuting than with their children.

My Book has got a BIG rival! Grattan Institute NEW BOOK – City Limits – Why Australia’s cities are broken and how we can fix them – The distance between where people live and where they work is growing fast. The housing market isn’t working, locking many Australians out of where and how they’d like to live. The daily commute is getting longer, putting pressure on social and family life and driving up living costs. See more at:

She Rides. The program encourages women to be involved with bike riding in March to develop skills, fitness and be part of a social community. Register at

Report of the International Transport Forum’s Cycling Safety Working Group monitors international trends in cycling, safety and policy, and explores options that may help decision makers design safe environments for cycling.

PedBikeTrans & Queensland Walks informative seminar event  – Report back on Walk21 International Conference Wednesday 11 March. Book here

“These magpie programs can’t solve congestion because bikes are not the cause of congestion. Cars are. Reducing traffic means taking cars off the road” London plan for cycle paths in disused tunnels

The law needs to slow down, not the speeding drivers

Greenbelts make cities more liveable, affordable and transit-friendly

Kill negative people – Admit ignorance – Take equal responsibility – Sit at your kitchen table and ask what “great’ looks like – Have ‘Tricky’ days – Accept every 3rd invitation – Say yes – Laugh – Be ‘Open’ before you’re ready – Keep it real – A workplace is not a place it’s an attitude – People are the greatest asset – Optimize not maximize profit – Meet people you are not meant to meet – Open your eyes to weird stuff – Why have 400 people with 400 lawns got 400 lawnmowers?  And MORE!

Bike paths in abandoned tube tunnels: is the London Underline serious? Gensler’s proposal is a response to traffic congestion

Segregated cycle superhighways set for go-ahead in London – Plans for 18-mile east-west route and shorter north-south route have mayor’s support but also some powerful opposition

ABC Radio Big Idea asks “Is there a future for cycling in Australia?”  Listen at

Should every workplace be like Eden? 9 rules: don’t start work by working, say good morning to 20 people every day and give 1 speech a year about why you love your job OR resign

Aussie commuters could save $10,000 a year travelling to work with public transport instead of owning & driving a car

Boris Johnson confirmed he’d build Europe’s longest segregated urban cycle lane through central London

Could LA survive without its freeways? My six-hour vision of a carless future

Are cars the new tobacco?

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection. Let’s use this concept to cut our car driving addiction

Lack of enthusiasm for Brisbane’s CityCycle due to safety fears, inadequate infrastructure & joining too tedious

The lives of hundreds of Melburnians & $30 million could be saved if more commuters ditched their car

Great to see parents fighting to cut congestion. There’s a chapter in my Book ‘Decongestion’ (out soon) on cutting traffic congestion around schools.

Denver’s new protected bike lane – A mix of old-fashioned fundraising and online crowdfunding. $$ pledged “supplements and accelerates” the city’s vision

Transforming busy highways into complete streets. Photos from Canada

I talk cutting traffic congestion without new roads with David Brown @db_drivenmedia Sydney Radio

@dailytelegraph “Sydney rush hour 48 minutes to travel 8km”

Thanks to David Brown @db_drivenmedia for inviting me to Driven Media Radio to talk cutting traffic congestion & my book ‘Decongestion’

1st bicycle quietways – backstreet cycles routes – will open in London next year as part of a £120m scheme.

Paris aims to cut out cars and build more cycle lanes as car ownership declines

Arup and Guardian Cities event, the renowned urban ‘rethinker’ Jan Gehl says cities should be six or seven storeys high, Helsinki is on the verge of revolution, and that he’s sceptical of London’s cycle superhighway plans

Australia WORST place in the world to ride a bicycle – rude drivers & cycling on major roads…

Sydney to soon hunt for 1st “chief resilience officer” thanks to The Rockefeller Foundation to lead “analysis, planning & implementation city’s resilience strategy”. Challenges identified = failing infrastructure & poor transport.

Dr Julian Bolleter on ABC TV Catalyst “Congestion, pollution, affordability issues… We have no nationally coordinated plan for how we’re gonna grow. We are as a nation sleepwalking“

Quote from Carlo Ratti on ABC TV Catalyst “It’s about us coming together to achieve more with less”. That’s the essence of my book ‘Decongestion’ (out 21 Jan 2015)

If you missed ABC TV Catalyst ‘Future Cities’ here’s the link. Includes my BMW Guggenheim Lab partner Prof Carlo Ratti

2 new @Austroads reports. 29 infrastructure + 15 low cost encouraging cycling intervention case studies

Bikeable City MASTERCLASS Copenhagen 26-30 June 2015 in association with the Australian Walking and Cycling Conference.

Car share schemes booming, but Roads Minister Duncan Gay is unhappy that there is a car share car space outside his house

Free parking for 15 minutes at meters outside Brisbane CBD…. problem is free 15 minute parking encourages even more people to drive their cars really short distances to do little tiny errands

Land for Vehicles or People?

Lazy Sunday Cycle Christchurch on the radio

Europe’s cycling economy created 650,000 jobs. Cycling industry potential for million jobs by 2020

Spacehive is the world’s first funding platform for civic projects

“I want bikes to be for normal people in normal clothes” says UK’s Chris Boardman “People wear helmets and high vis as they feel it’s all they can do to keep themselves safe. It shows just how far away Britain is from embracing cycling as a normal and convenient form of transport,”

Police liken cyclists to cockroaches

Join 75 international experts at The Brisbane Global Café. A once-in-a-generation forum that will focus on 5 key themes; Improving Human Life; Powering Future Economies- Energy; The Digital Age -Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Tourism’s New Frontiers; Cities of the Future. 12 and 13 November Tickets $350 per sessioné

Bike track in Dubai

UK Cycling Delivery Plan – 1. Vision, leadership and ambition. 2. Funding. 3. Infrastructure and Planning. 4. Safety and Perceptions of Safety

Bespoke cycleway picks up speed. Bold plans to build a $25 million skyway for cyclists in Melbourne backed by engineering giant Jacobs

New Book recommended by a colleague. “One Less Car – Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility” by Zack Furness

50% of Aussies would cycle to work if a $$ incentive available. 13% of Queenslanders don’t have a bicycle but would like to ride to work.

The Big Push: Pushing Pollies into Action on Cycling – 16 politicians and business leaders will take part in a 7 kilometre tour of inner Sydney tomorrow

Cars come last in transport planning – the ‘Law of Congestion’ – A Tale of 2 cities; “Perth built highways. Vancouver did not”

Bicycle parking problems in Copenhagen!

A Transport Camp in Melbourne. An ‘unconference’ where attendees set the agenda & program

A bicycle as an advertising tool.—while-still-at-school-ourselves-151413233.html

Child-Friendly Cities can lead to more children in better public spaces, enjoying themselves more. Children’s right to walk, cycle, roll, use public transport, sit, linger, play and socialize throughout the city needs to be clearly articulated

INFOGRAPHIC – Why Traffic Congestion Solutions Fail–71


I did my 1st TED talk on a plastic floating bikeway….. A Proposed Floating Cycleway on the Thames Is Hilarious—and Insulting

By capturing & processing data from cyclists in the German city of Wiesbaden, the city is putting paths where they’re actually needed

I LOVE trying & failing + experiments… London Mayor Boris Johnson has said it’s OK to take a horse on a bus… At least they had a go!–heres-what-happens-if-you-try-9782645.html

What’s the future? Edible infrastructure or healing landscapes… Brisbane’s top design firms say “Come Back To My Place”

The reason fewer US women cycle than the Dutch is not what you think it is – American women aren’t being put off by a lack of bike lanes but by lives that are disproportionately filled with domestic chores

Bike Swap

Tomorrow’s cities. The traffic congestion-free city = driverless pods, solar cars, solar roads, using data and car parking apps and of course BOLD leadership

Robotic cycle parking

Brisbane Riverwalk draws female bicycle riders

Australia infrastructure policy

Time spent outdoors with other children is an important source of physical activity after school. Interventions to increase physical activity may benefit from fostering friendship groups and limiting the time children spend alone.

The Alternative Travel Project – Go car free for a day

Council accused of ‘spinning’ congestion figures

The Australian sameness: Why do our cities lack identity?–72

This NYC Bike Enthusiast Describes The Next Great Design Challenge For Changing The World

Jan Gehl architects release a 5 part documentary series on the rebuild of Christchurch. Christchurch: The Ever Evolving City documentary series is made up of five chapters. Each has a different theme but all showcase the highlights and developments in Christchurch post-quakes. View all five, and the trailer below:

Pedestrians and cyclists receive “reverse toll money” in Norway. As part of Norway’s ongoing European Mobility Week celebrations, around 10,000 NOK (€1,200) was handed out in the town of Lillestrøm to pedestrians and cyclists in “reverse toll money”.

Why quality foot and cycle paths are powerful symbols of democracy. Key points:

  • it is not a war on cars – but people should walk or use public transport as much as possible;
  • restrict carparking – like the great cities of Paris, London and New York;
  • provide buses on busways which are flexible and efficient – not trains;
  • more space for pedestrians less space for cars;
  • quality sidewalks show respect for human dignity and creates equality (rather than drivers being a higher class);
  • street shops and public space are a key ingredient for successful cities and are reinforced by footpaths;
  • people need to meet in public spaces, not shopping centres;
  • provide land for new parks or improve existing

@helenabrahams1 calls for a cycling summit in Brisbane – O’h Yes, Bring it on!  Article: recent cyclist killed

Protected bike lanes in New York and DC doubles the number of people riding bicycles

At hotel for cyclists, guests can ride right up to reception

New from the Heart Foundation – Creating heart healthy towns – A 6 step guide for community leaders

Birmingham’s £23 million cycling transformation only benefits ‘white, young men’ says city councillor

“What if we don’t learn from this?” There’s no war between motorists & cyclists

Utrecht building world’s largest bike storage centre

4 requirements for a bike friendly city – Safety, Convenience, Access & Social Acceptability.

Barriers to bike sharing: an analysis from Melbourne and Brisbane

@brisbanetimes “Path upgrades needed to boost female cyclist numbers”

Hopes for superhighways that let cyclists bypass city traffic safely and quickly have been around for almost as long as the bicycle itself, though few cities have been willing to implement such plans. Here’s a brief history, and what Foster–and the rest of the world’s bike advocates–could learn from it:

Cities who spend the most $$ on bike lanes later reap the most rewards

Free cyclists awareness stickers

Mayor sets out to transform L.A. streets through ‘urban acupuncture’

Hackney has recently been described as London’s most liveable borough. See why at

Airport installs world first real time passenger tracking system

Toowoomba – Plan now or face city traffic chaos. In a poll 79% of Toowoomba residents say they are too reliant on cars as a method of transport

If you mean “car,” say “car”. Here’s a simple thing that anyone can do to improve the prospects of sustainable transportation.  When you hear a phrase that makes sense only from behind the wheel of a car, notice it, point it out, and don’t get drawn into saying it yourself.

Australia has a ‘gambler’s addiction to roads’. Australia’s thirst for roads & road spending is ‘hideously inefficient’.

The bridge: does it have to carry cars to be successful? A car-free bridge in Brisbane shows that strategically selected investment in bus, bicycle and walk infrastructure can have a huge effect on how people travel and where they choose to live

A walking distance of approximately a quarter of a mile is normally used as an estimate of willingness to walk when planning pedestrian-related infrastructure. However, an energy expenditure-based approach may be more helpful when considering characteristics for setting walking distance. Acceptable walking distance may be greater where the pedestrian environmental quality is perceived to be higher.

Blue tooth traffic data for Queensland

Federal Government considers charging drivers per kilometre to pay for roads. THE Federal Government says it is “closely considering” charging drivers per kilometre they travel in order to pay for roads. A final report into infrastructure by the Productivity Commission has recommended pilot technical studies of how cars and light vehicles might be charged. It recommends adopting telematics, which can monitor a vehicle’s location and movements in real time.

Hey, Congress, Oregon Has Your Long-Term Highway Funding Solution Right Here. The state has released a brief policy history of its pay-per-mile program.

How Parking Spaces Are Eating Our Cities Alive. More cities are beginning to scale back on spots, seeing them as wasted space.

Cities and real estate developers are all peddling bike lanes

Communities make changes to improve parking. “One of the big revelations people came away with is shifting how you think about parking as something that’s necessary — a predetermined amount to anything — to one of the different ways you can use your urban space,” Robertson said. “If you’re choosing to use your space for parking, you’re choosing not to use it for something else.”

The Little Thing Our Cities Can Do to Inspire Millions More People to Bike. Protected bike lanes help riders feel less exposed to danger, and are also appreciated by drivers and pedestrians, who know where to expect bicycles.

Gold Coast cyclists brave narrow bike lanes on busy Sundale Bridge in Southport

Would You Ride a Bicycle Across Europe’s 2nd Longest Bridge? Copenhagen and Malmö are considering the feasibility of an elevated cycle highway over the Øresund.

Looking for a local bike & bike bits trading site? This one has been set up by Vikash who is super keen to help improve the cycling scene in Sydney and Australia. (And avoid Gumtree – the bike theives site of choice)

Helsinki’s ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years. Finland’s capital hopes a ‘mobility on demand’ system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete

Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things – An NPR journalist’s fumbled tweet exposes a hole in the debate about urban cycling. The likely conclusion is that people riding bikes don’t break more laws or fewer laws than when they drive cars, but they do break different laws.

Are drivers justified in their irritation? Maybe they should just think like cyclists. I have no idea how to calm the discord between cyclists and drivers. You can’t throw buckets of water on them, like you would with snarling cats. I can only say what works for me: When I ride, I think like a driver. I watch parked cars, thinking “Do I sometimes open my door distractedly because my mind is in four thousand unrelated places?” When I’m driving, I think like a cyclist: “Have I ever snuck up along the curb in order to grab a few seconds’ lead when the light changes, hoping I can outrace this car turning right?” It’s pretty simple: Instead of getting angry, think like the other dude. It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. And we might all get to work alive.

Strange As It Seems, Cycling Haters Are a Sign of Cycling Success.Much of the recent nastiness is really a symptom of driver frustration with a changing environment

London gets a cycling super highway… One day this WILL happen in Australia!

Research work undertaken as part of the Queensland Cycle Strategy publicised on the Australian Bicycle Council Web-site – Level of Service Model for Bicycle Riders and the Speed Limit Setting on Shared Paths documents.

Congestion ain’t sexy. It increases stress, decreases productivity & costs Governments far too much money.

The average London commuter loses 83 hours a year to traffic congestion

“We bottled water and it became fashionable. That’s what we need to do for walking.”- “Why are your traffic engineers legal graffiti artists?”. In a successful modern city, the car must no longer be king – Our love affair with automobiles has shaped our cities and our lives – but mature metropolises are finally realising that the needs of people are even more important

Men who cycle more than nine hours a week are six times more likely to develop prostate cancer, study finds.

Feral Experimental Workshop: Veloscape: exploring sensory cartographies with Sydney cyclists

Other cyclists are the scariest thing when you’re on a bike? That’s nonsense – An anonymous article in the Guardian on antisocial cyclists is contradictory, over-hyped and over-simplistic

On-street parking on-demand! The average car spends 15 minutes circulating a city centre looking for a parking space creating traffic congestion. The future…. make $ every time you leave an on-street spot

Welcome to the Traffic Capital of the World. What I learned from the crippling gridlock in Dhaka, Bangladesh

AECOM’s Jack Jiang shares ideas on how to create a cycle friends city

New bicycle bridge for Moggill Road Brisbane designed by AECOM

Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence

BBC poll says 50% of adults say UK Roads ‘too dangerous’ for cycling… and the Tour de France doesn’t encourage people to ride a bike

Sweden’s 6 hour workday experiment

Effects of TOD on Housing, Parking, and Travel

GB Arrington – He is an advocate for ToD’s and always tries to highlight the differences between Transit adjacent developments and Transit oriented developments.   These are a few of his presentations which have some number on how ToD’s reduce car travel.[Compatibility%20Mode].pdf  and and and

Investing in low bus fares across a journey to work area benefits the health of the local population both by providing additional travel using a highly safe form of transport and through the physical activity associated with travel to and from bus and train stops.

The myth about more roads curing congestion

Does bike share reduce car use? – Institute for Sensible Transport are pleased to announce the world’s first international review of bike share’s impact on car use has been published in Transportation Research Part D: Transport & Environment. Abstract – There are currently more than 700 cities operating bike share programs. Purported benefits of bike share programs include flexible mobility, physical activity, reduced congestion, emissions and fuel use. Implicit or explicit in the calculation of program benefits are assumptions regarding the modes of travel replaced by bike share journeys. This paper examines the degree to which car trips are replaced by bike share, through an examination of survey and trip data from bike share programs in Melbourne, Brisbane, Washington, D.C., London, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. A secondary and unique component of this analysis examines motor vehicle support services required for bike share fleet rebalancing and maintenance. These two components are then combined to estimate bike share’s overall contribution to changes in vehicle kilometers traveled. The results indicate an estimated reduction in motor vehicle use due to bike share of approx. 90,000km per annum in Melbourne and Minneapolis/St. Paul and 243,291km for Washington, D.C. London’s bike share program however recorded an additional 766,341km  in motor vehicle use. This was largely due to a low car mode substitution rate and substantial truck use for rebalancing of bicycles. As bike share programs mature, evaluation of their effectiveness in reducing car use may become increasingly important. Researchers can adapt the analytical approach proposed in this paper to assist in the evaluation of current and future bike share programs.

A Therapy Created to Treat Addiction Is Being Used to Reduce Car Reliance. U.K. transport firm Steer Davies Gleave takes “motivational interviewing” door to door.

Michael O’Reilly on the benefits of cycling in Brisbane. The bike paths, the shared bikes, the ups and downs, the footpath freedom and the 1m passing rule

A pilot scheme in France sees cyclists being paid 25 cents per kilometre to ride to work in a scheme that hopes to lure people away from making car journeys and cycle to work instead.

The next biking cities

Janette Sadik-Khan TED Talk

Samsung Smart Bike

Are cargo bikes the new delivery van?. Cargo bikes undergoing renaissance in Germany as companies battle congestion, pollution to move freight. Cargo bikes are undergoing a renaissance in Germany as companies attempt to battle city congestion and pollution. The bikes were popular at the start of last century before the car dominated transport, and in the past five years they have regained popularity as a means of moving light freight. The German government wants to see more freight moved by cargo bike instead of truck or car and spends more than 80 million euros every year supporting cycling infrastructure.

Bikeshare Stations Don’t Have to Be Clunky. A Swiss design firm imagines elegant docking systems that blend into the urban mould.

Sisi gets on his bike to tackle Egypt’s bulging fuel subsidies – and waistlines. President urges Egyptians to cycle more by leading male convoy around Cairo in dawn ride – avoiding notorious traffic and heat

Helmets, rego and the metre law. Cycling, cyclists & the ongoing national controversy w/ the humble bicycle!

Gothenburg – free bikes for locals for 6 months… if you promise to use it 3 times a week!

Should private companies & celebrities create the change in cycling?

‘Sentiment mapping': the future of commuting? A new project that aims to map trouble spots by noticing passenger anger on social media is among several innovations at a government-funded research centre for transport.

Data should be getting easier and easier to get in the next few years – Strava’s Cycling App Is Helping Cities Build Better Bike Lanes – $20,000USD a year for cycling data on Strava Metro

Bicyclists Happier Than Drivers, Train Riders? Car passengers are generally in a good mood, too

AECOM Commuter Plan

Bike share data

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Not One Person Has Died on an NYC Bike-Share Bike

How and why bicycle deaths happen in the US

My protected bike lane brings more people to the street – Protected Bike Lanes Aren’t Just Safer, They Can Also Increase Cycling. 10 percent of new riders on recently constructed protected lanes switched from other modes.

Mikael Colville-Andersen: The Modern Day Jane Jacobs – Jane Jacobs reminded us of the city’s most important element and inspired a generation of urbanists. Through a single photograph, Colville-Andersen has sparked a new movement that is helping to solve the greatest urban challenge of our time

Janette Sadik-Khan, who turned New York City’s public spaces into ‘living rooms’, looks to Australia 

Janette Sadik-Khan on ABC Radio – Audio download here

ABC TV – The ‘rock star experts’ tell Australian #cycling advocates, engineers, planners & Politicians what to do.

Here’s how and where you’re most likely to die on a bike

This “ski lift for cyclists” helps you get up hills

This is why bike lanes are working – “Bicycles should only be allowed on bike lanes.” It’s a phrase one often hears from people who are opposed to cyclists being on the road. But when bike lanes are being built, people complain about that, too. It’s extremely likely the people who moan include many who think, um, cyclists should only be on bike lanes. Separated bike lanes have been much in the news lately (and I’m talking proper infrastructure, not painted white lines in the door zone of death) The Kent Street cycleway moves 34 per cent of the people using that road in the morning peak, but takes up 25 per cent of the road space. The College Street cycleway, which the government proposes to rip up, moves 20 per cent of the people on 20 per cent of the road space

VIDEO – CBD Bicycle User Group says Brisbane City Council grossly overestimates the length of their bicycle infrastructure network

High levels of cycling isn’t because helmets aren’t mandatory; it’s because helmets aren’t necessary. The gains to cycling from better infrastructure and better regulation of motorists are likely to dwarf any putative benefit from repealing the mandatory helmet law.

How CitiBike is like Ecuador – There was one expectation that the world’s most heavily scrutinized bike share system failed to meet: economic self-sufficiency. As robust as the program’s user numbers were, it turned out that offering cheap annual memberships ($95) and relatively costly 24-hour passes ($9.95) was not the best pricing structure to underwrite the system

Starters, climbers and forerunners that’s the Hierarchy of Cycling Cities – ‘Space to Burn”. Money, money money – Earn it not spend it Liveable city are where the economics are booming. People on bikes, on foot and on buses spend more as not dashing in and out of the car. Ride the right bike on the right day – We had a chat to Kevin Mayne from the European Cyclists’ Federation about what he thinks Adelaide needs to do to become a cycling city. Kevin is quite a cycling expert… He used to head the national body in the UK for cycling and now he works at the European level in Brussels.

Cyclists are very annoying. They get in the way. They are erratic, fickle, don’t use hand signals, flagrantly abuse road rules and can’t see behind them. They have no respect. Motorists are expected to let them do what they want.

What Makes Japan a Great Cycling Nation?

Making Biking Cool for Kids. A three-year bike-to-school initiative in Europe encourages children to bike to school

Bondi Junction Complete Streets Project  – Waverley Council is piloting temporary pop up projects in Bondi Junction as part of their Complete Streets Strategy to make the area more pedestrian friendly.  Take a look at the “Urban Lounge” parklet which provides public seating, artistic bike racks and mobile and laptop battery recharge outlets and

New Green Star credits including active transport – The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has released draft credits for the new Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool including a “Sustainability Impacts from Transport” credit that addresses active transport issues.  GBCA is also hosting a Green Building Day forum in Sydney (27.05.14) that will address issues including links between the built environment and health.

Urban green space masterclass – Have a look at presentations and notes from a recent NSW masterclass on Australian urban green space as part of the 202020 Vision: an initiative to see urban green space increase by 20% by 2020.  Topics addressed included the current state of urban greening and the links between green space and health.

Built environment and health – A group of Greater Toronto area medical officers have prepared a report recommending how latest research findings linking urban design, transport and health can be translated into practice to improve health and economic outcomes.

Make your own parklet kits – A Los Angeles initiative called “People St” provides community groups with a streamlined framework to fast-track applications to convert streets into public spaces.  The kits have been designed with varying price points to facilitate the temporary creation of parklets, plazas and bicycle parking areas.

Making roads safe for all road users – Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition has recently released “Dangerous by Design 2014″, a report that examines pedestrian safety across the country’s major metropolitan areas.  The report makes specific recommendations to ensure that all streets are built and operated for the safety of all road users.

Australian kids are not getting enough physical activity – The recently released inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth scored Australian kids a D grade in overall physical activity, revealing that only 19 per cent of five to 17-year-olds meet the recommended physical activity guidelines of 60 minutes of exercise each day.

Walk Safely to School Day 2014 – Walk Safely to School Day is on Friday 23 May 2014 and encourages all primary school children to walk and commute safely to school.  A Walk Safely to School App is also available

Austroads Assessment of the Effectiveness of On-road Bicycle Lanes at Roundabouts in Australia and New Zealand

Safety concerns for cyclists in new Frome Street bike lanes

Where there’s a wheel, there’s a way for tourism in South Australia – He said several factors would help boost cycling tourism, including: SUPPORTING small tourism operators to establish new tracks; BUILDING new cycling infrastructure; PROMOTING the region as cycling destination; and RAISING awareness of cyclists among motorists.

Cycling should be taught in schools

Paris to limit speeds to 30 km/hr over entire city

We need Key People of Influence to solve BIG problems. @jamieoliver says “We’ve got more opportunities to affect change than any Government…” He reaches 300 million on social media – That’s about 1 in every 20 people on earth!

Why apartment designers should make room for bikes

Why is cycling so popular in the Netherlands?

Bike mentor – Sweden Is So Serious About Reducing Pollution, It’s Giving People Bike Coaches

Australian children some of the least active in the world, a survey reveals

15 of the world’s best urban bicycle infrastructure

“The Post-Sustainability City – Gordon Price”

Culture war on the roads

I just want to get home alive.

Policy statement released by Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, July 2013, the economy benefits by more than $21 every time a person cycles 20 minutes to work and back

Is There Such a Thing as a ‘Masculine’ Way to Ride a Bike?

How many cyclists have to die before attitudes change

Cool bicycle advocacy

My @AECOM colleague Lisa meets Google[X]’s Captain of Moonshots & talks ‘Cities on the Move’. Sharing + quality – not just efficiency

Why it makes sense to bike without a helmet — Howie Chong

Would you drive less for the bike of your dreams?

New Strava Metro feature shows Government/Council planners & engineers + advocacy groups how athletic cyclists are using city streets

Shopping by bicycle or car? The Netherlands versus Australia

Want Millennials (aged 13 to 32) want – better transportation options, walkable communities & technology-enabled cities

UK researchers found green space = positive effect on wellbeing. A pay rise/promotion = a short-term boost

How to save an average of $32.37 per day. Save on travel time, fuel & road tolls + cut congestion by @smh

Effects of a cycle training course on children’s cycling skills and cycle use

The rise of American protected bike lanes: The 4-minute video introduction

Calgary, cycling success – pilot projects, cheaper projects & best-of-class social media

LA’s 2,043 annual bike accidents on a single map

What does the census tell us about cycling to work?  Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide Maps

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)

London to trial “intelligent” pedestrian crossings

Snobs and whingers: the new Australia? “The beast of this New Australian culture of entitlement – Your electricity bill is going up? Don’t live in a McMansion with six bedrooms, a rumpus room and a home theatre. Bananas expensive? Buy an apple. Our whinging puts the poms to shame…”

Launceston – the #1 city to live in, in Australia

Best cities in the world. PwC report

Driver education in schools leads to early licensing. There is no evidence that driver education reduces road crash involvement. It may lead to a modest but potentially important increase in the proportion of teenagers involved in traffic crashes.

Paris is walking the walk with pedestrian priority projects

Stanford study finds walking improves creativity

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

Can’t entertain a child without an ipad? Think a group message will do? The media we call social is anything but. Give people your love not your like. ‘Look Up’ – A spoken word film for an online generation

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!

Slow Travel Berlin


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

100,000 people applied to “Slip & Slide” in #Bristol. Is this the future of City Centres in Australia?

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.


Your stories and shares

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…

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”


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