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Could powered two-wheelers be a game-changer for urban travel?

Could powered two-wheelers be a game-changer for urban travel?

Although there’s never been a strong tradition of cycling in Australia's capitals like there is in many European cities, the availability of battery powered bicycles and scooters is potentially a game-changer

Where to with transport in our capital cities?

Where to with transport in our capital cities?

The start of the year is an opportune time to take a big-picture view of the state of passenger transport in Australia’s major urban areas. The key challenge for policy-makers is to "tame" the car

The Urbanist’s annual holiday reading guide

The Urbanist’s annual holiday reading guide

The Urbanist is in summer recess but back for special occasions; this time it's my annual list of interesting books - both fiction and non-fiction - to read over the holidays

Is infrastructure why Victorian voters swung so decisively to Labor?

Is infrastructure why Victorian voters swung so decisively to Labor?

The Andrews Government secured a massive swing at Saturday's Victorian election in large measure because it wowed and delighted cynical voters by building productive infrastructure sooner rather than later

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Is growth in driving really outstripping surging population?

Is growth in driving really outstripping surging population?

For the last 14 years car travel in Melbourne grew slower than both population and public transport travel, but it's still increasing in absolute terms

Should adult cyclists be permitted on footpaths?

Should adult cyclists be permitted on footpaths?

Riders aren't glorified pedestrians; cycling is a mode of transport that belongs on dedicated on-road and off-road paths. The growing popularity of power-assisted bicycles makes cycling on footpaths by adults a doubtful proposition

Isn’t long-term planning for urban public transport a no-brainer?

Isn’t long-term planning for urban public transport a no-brainer?

The Rail Futures Institute’s Melbourne Rail Plan is the sort of comprehensive metropolitan plan that the Government's failed to release, preferring instead to pull out ad-hoc projects just before the next election

Is Melbourne’s promised loop rail line justified by jobs growth in suburban centres?

Is Melbourne’s promised loop rail line justified by jobs growth in suburban centres?

There's very little reason to think the Andrews government's promised suburban loop rail line will catalyse jobs growth in suburban centres on a scale that even remotely justifies the cost

Isn’t there a much, much better way to do cross-city public transport?

Isn’t there a much, much better way to do cross-city public transport?

Progressives and public transport advocates should be calling the Andrews government out on its nakedly political suburban rail "loop" ploy, not falling for it. There's a much better alternative that could deliver real benefits

Has Daniel Andrews gone loopy on rail?

Has Daniel Andrews gone loopy on rail?

The Andrews government's planned $50 billion loop rail line around outer suburban Melbourne signals Victorian Labor has joined the other parties in giving up on rational urban policy