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Articles by Alan Davies

Do we need a wider focus than traffic congestion?

VicRoads acknowledges that addressing traffic congestion needs a wider view than simply building more roads. Sure, but preparing cities for the future also needs a broader view than congestion

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Do governments deliberately over-state the cost of transport projects?

Governments are often accused of over-estimating the cost of major transport projects in order to make them look unrealistic. Of course that’s wrong; it’s almost always the other way around

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Would a world of driverless cars be all beer and skittles?

A speculation on some of the wider and less commonly cited changes – not all positive – that might happen in a would where autonomous vehicles have replaced human controlled vehicles

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How does Sydney compare to Vancouver on travel?

Vancouver is often cited as a city that does transport and planning right. Compared on a like-for-like basis, Sydney holds up pretty well when it comes to shares of public transport and active modes

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Is questioning the bicycle helmet law being ‘contrary’?

Media Watch characterised Radio National’s questioning of the mandatory bicycle helmet law as “all about being contrary”. ‘Contrary’ is a heavily loaded term and should be used with care

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What would it take to justify rail to Melbourne Airport?

A rail line to Melbourne Airport won’t make economic sense for decades yet under standard assumptions but there’s a (politically courageous) scenario where it could work now

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Should all apartments have a place in the sun?

The Victorian Government wants to know if a majority of new apartments should have mandated access to direct sun.That’s a questionable idea but requiring sun control should be considered

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Recap: all the doggone topics discussed by The Urbanist in May

Including the fashion for small dogs, dog box apartments, barking railway advertising, teaching old dogs to drive, two wheeler rottweiler, collaring the Greens on transport policy, watching a Doggies match, chasing cars, and a ruff deal for Sth Yarra…

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Is promoting health and fitness a winning strategy for cycling?

Emphasising the exercise and health benefits is a good way to promote cycling in the short term but it might make it harder to win serious mode share in Australian cities in the long run

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Should natural light in apartments be more tightly regulated?

Bedrooms that “borrow” natural light from living areas are a key target in the debate about apartment standards. Is it a problem? If so, is it severe enough to justify stronger regulation?

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