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Does cycling infrastructure reduce serious accidents?

Does cycling infrastructure reduce serious accidents?

A new Canadian study confirms what cyclists intuitively know: providing quality cycling infrastructure reduces the risk of accidents and serious injuries

Are glass towers strictly for (or against) the birds?

Are glass towers strictly for (or against) the birds?

Here’s another reason to be dubious about all those skyscrapers clad with reflective glass: they're the second biggest killer of birdlife after habitat destruction

Cycling: is sharing roads inevitable?

Cycling: is sharing roads inevitable?

The idea that cyclists should share road space with drivers might sound like putting the fox in the hen house, but it’s the best option we’ve got for significantly expanding cycling in Australia. A spokesman for the Brussels-based European Cycling Federation, Julian Ferguson, says the magic formula in Europe for boosting cycling is to “slow […]

Why do subways cost so much more here than elsewhere?

Why do subways cost so much more here than elsewhere?

There‘re few issues more likely to get the juices flowing than debates about the cost of transport projects. How is it, public transport advocates ask, subways can be built in Spain for $40 million per km, but in Australia and the US its hundreds of millions of dollars per km? Or why have new rail […]

How can public transport work better in cities?

How can public transport work better in cities?

Many people are surprised by the relatively small share of urban passenger travel made on public transport in Australia. Notwithstanding a slight narrowing of the gap in recent years, cars still dominate travel in capital cities, accounting for 85% of all motorised travel in Sydney, 89% in Melbourne and 90% in Brisbane. Their share in […]

What's wrong with cars?

What's wrong with cars?

One of the key themes of The Melbourne Urbanist is the need to price road space. Cars will be with us in one form or another for a long time yet, whether we like it or not. Autonomous travel provides enormous benefits but cars also have a dark side, so they can’t just be ignored. […]