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Thursday links

Interesting, useful, sometimes provocative, sometimes contrarian, and occasionally amusing links for urbanists

Can design make cities safe for women?

Can design make cities safe for women?

A new project shows the urban geography of harrassment and assault suffered by women at the hands of men. The scope for design to mitigate offensive male behaviour is limited

Will new rail lines save the planet?

Will new rail lines save the planet?

The justification for a big investment like the $11 Billion Melbourne Metro isn't to save the planet (it will do very little to reduce GHGs); it's to improve transport

Should the helmet law be repealed to save bikeshare?

Should the helmet law be repealed to save bikeshare?

The environmental and health benefits of bikeshare schemes are way too small by themselves to justify repeal of the helmet law. Any debate on changing the law should be evidence-based and inclusive

Does concern for the environment drive public transport patronage growth?

Does concern for the environment drive public transport patronage growth?

According to a recent paper, research by the Victorian Department of Transport (DoT) suggests concern for the environment and a healthy lifestyle is a key driver of the recent surge in public transport patronage in Melbourne. DoT initially concluded that the primary drivers of growth over the period 2002-07 were population growth, higher petrol prices […]

Should (some) Melbourne golf courses be turned into forest?

Should (some) Melbourne golf courses be turned into forest?

Melbourne could have one of the largest urban forests of any city in the world if some of the golf courses along the Yarra River were converted to urban forest

Melbourne will be a car city for a long time yet

Melbourne will be a car city for a long time yet

It seems likely that many more Melbourne travellers will drive cars in the foreseeable future than take public transport. This is not necessarily the disaster that it might at first appear – improvements to the environmental and fuel efficiency of cars will make them much more environmentally friendly and offer a fair trade-off for their […]