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Managing excessive car use: what's the low hanging fruit?

Managing excessive car use: what's the low hanging fruit?

Alan DaviesMar 2, 201614 Comments

A study of urban form in the US concludes that increasing the density of population and employment is a slow way to significantly reduce car use compared to directly pricing driving

Will politicians ever do anything real about cars in our cities?

Will politicians ever do anything real about cars in our cities?

Alan DaviesFeb 1, 201628 Comments

Politicians like to give the impression they're taking action to prepare our cities for growth but it's mostly rhetoric; they continue to avoid taking serious action to address the role of cars

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in November 2015

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in November 2015

Alan DaviesDec 21, 2015

Including liveable suburbs, the media and cities, what Turnbull should do on cities policy, public transport, traffic congestion, airport rail, distinctive city architecture, Paris Metro, cycling in Amsterdam, and inner suburban parking

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in August

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in August

Alan DaviesSep 24, 2015

Including peak car, infrastructure evaluation, apartment standards, cycling safety, architecture, public transport in the 50s, cars in the 70s, liveable cities, planning new suburbs, and more

Does using public transport make the community healthier?

Does using public transport make the community healthier?

Alan DaviesAug 26, 201511 Comments

A new US study finds that mode share and accessibility by public transport aren't correlated significantly with health outcomes. If the study's right, how could that be?

How is it cars had taken over the streets by 1976?

How is it cars had taken over the streets by 1976?

Alan DaviesAug 25, 20157 Comments

Car use grew rapidly in Australia in the immediate post-war era. By 1976 cars accounted for 70% of all commutes across the nation's capital cities. It had all the hallmarks of an irresistible force

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in July

Alan DaviesAug 12, 2015

Including the cost of infrastructure, what to do about traffic congestion, long commutes, car share, speeding fines, the growth of cycling, car parking, "dog box" apartments, and more

Does 'peak car' mean traffic congestion is going away?

Does 'peak car' mean traffic congestion is going away?

Alan DaviesAug 3, 20153 Comments

There's a misconception that the passing of 'peak car' also means the passing of 'peak traffic congestion'. That's not true and hence demands for more motorways to combat congestion will persist

Do we need a wider focus than traffic congestion?

Do we need a wider focus than traffic congestion?

Alan DaviesJul 7, 201516 Comments

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

How does Sydney compare to Vancouver on travel?

How does Sydney compare to Vancouver on travel?

Alan DaviesJun 29, 20154 Comments

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