Minneapolis tries to topple Portland as America’s most cycle-friendly city

The Twin Citys ambitious new bike plan includes 144 miles of protected lanes and a doubling of cycle numbers by 2020. Portland, though, is opposing back Minneapolis does not have the immediate looking of a place set on becoming a city where lots of people ride bikes. Aside from the long, freezing wintertimes, this is […]

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Is the mass sharing of driverless cars about to reshape our suburbiums?

Sidewalk Labs believes personal vehicle ownership is about to become history, constructing suburbiums more accessible and better for walking and cycling. But what if it simply entails people jostle each child into a different vehicle to get to school? A few months ago I interviewed Klaus Bondam, head of the Danish cycling union and formerly […]

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Streetfighting girl: inside the story of how cycling changed New York

As transport commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan faced down critics to transform New York with 400 miles of cycling routes, a motorcycle share strategy and the remodelling of Times Square. Any city can do it, she tells Peter Walker Janette Sadik-Khan, who in alliance with her then-boss, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, arguably did as much to […]

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Is Elon Musk’s plan for a road network beneath LA more than a pipe dream?

Cities attract wild notions, from Qinhuangdaos straddling bus to Londons bike lanes in the sky. As Musks Boring Company starts tunnelling, could his plans for underground roads and Hyperloop trains prove the doubters wrong? In early August, the city council of Hawthorne, California, held a special session. It had set aside this time to discuss […]

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When New York City tried to ban autoes- the extraordinary tale of ‘Gridlock Sam’

Decades before New York installed motorcycle lanes and pedestrian streets, Sam Schwartz the man who coined the term gridlock was at the centre of a bitter fight to create a car-free Red Zone in downtown Manhattan Before the eager young New York traffic department employee who would eventually become known as Gridlock Sam had begun […]

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Can Johannesburg reinvent itself as Africa’s first cycle-friendly megacity?

In a city of 10 million designed around the car but where most cant afford one could bicycles be the answer? The legacy of apartheid planning induces change difficult but cyclists are pushing and, crucially, they have the mayors support Minibus taxis are our biggest problem. They are dangerous. They simply dont care, says Lovemore […]

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Will we ever get a truly car-free city?

Oslo is the latest city to announce plans which change the focus away from cars by banning all private vehicles from the centre by 2019. Car-free days have slashed pollution in Paris while new eco-cities are aiming to design out the need for vehicles but will cars in cities ever be consigned to history? When […]

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