Better Choices | Planners Bookshelf . . . An invitation

–  SHARING, when it comes to transport, can work in many ways. Introduction: I am hard at work on a book under the title Better Choices: Bringing Sustainable Mobility to Smaller Asian Cities, as described in the attached working note. Better Choices aims to inform and support planners, policymakers, civil society and others who must […]

World Transport Policy & Practice. Vol. 22 No.4. Feb. 2017

22/4 Summary In this issue, we return to some key themes in sustainable transport. The article by Wendy Sarkissian and Lori Mooren reflects on the death in a road crash of Wendy’s husband and puts this dreadful experience in a wider context of how we should deal with eliminating death and injury on the roads […]

Bike-sharing World Map

Paul DeMaio started The Bike-sharing World Map in 2007 to be the one-stop source for information about the global growth of bike-share services. The Bike-sharing World Map now shares information over 500 bike-share services including the services’ website, fleet and station size, and launch date. A quick prevue: 2016 ended with a world-wide fleet of approximately 2,000,000 public use bicycles in […]

World Streets/Planners Bookshelf on City Cycling

  Surprising though it may seem to some, the humble bicycle has a turnkey role in 21st century cities, large or small, North or South, rich or poor. Getting city cycling right is a matter of high priority when it comes both to local and planetary environmental impacts, solid economics, affordability, fossil fuel and resource […]

Glasgow homage to Amsterdam’s historic White Bicycles

  Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010 “The White Bicycle Plan proposes to create bicycles for public use that cannot be locked. The white bicycle symbolizes simplicity and healthy living, as opposed to the gaudiness and filth of the authoritarian automobile.” (Provo Manifesto) For Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010, NVA staged a […]

Did we hear anyone say. . . Thanks, Luud?

A GREAT IDEA HAS WINGS: HERE’S A NUMBER  LUUD CAME UP WITH IN 1967  (that it took the world a full generation  to understand and finally equal). The number was 10,000. (But it was not only a number — it was at its base a wonderful, original and city-transforming, environmental and life quality concept.) This […]

How one lion-hearted Amsterdam inventor gave bike-sharing to the world

In the 1960s, a Dutchman named Luud Schimmelpennink created a ‘”white bike” plan to fight against harmful pollution and cars. His invention has changed public transportation around the world. So why did his bicycle-loving home city never embrace it?  

Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Winter 2017 Newsletter

This carefully compiled seasonal report from Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute is a fine tool and up to date source guide for researchers and policy makers worldwide. We are pleased to present it in its entirety here, together with references you will find handy to take these entries further.

2017 PLANNERS BOOKSHELF : PARKING

– Paul Barter, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore   *  Latest online version at https://goo.gl/SWvxvE.) PRIMERS: Parking Basics (ITDP) at https://www.itdp.org/parking-basics/  Short and to the point. Initially meant for Indian audience but suited to much wider audience. On-Street Parking Management (GIZ SUTP). (English, Spanish Chinese) – https://goo.gl/CScQTX Parking Reforms: (D. Shoup) http://www.shoupdogg.com/reforms/

In the beginning were the Provos (and the White Plans)

To understand Luud Schimmelpennink’s White Bicycle Plan, it helps to have a look at the broader context of values, philosophy and politics that were prevailing in Amsterdam at that time –  the Provos, a Dutch counterculture youth movement in the mid-1960s.

Grassroots 2017 campaign: Thanks Luud for all you have done, taught and inspired us.

I propose we keep this simple and collaborative.  Starting as we did yesterday with a simple announcement suggesting that perhaps this could be an idea well worth pursuing, together. And then as a next step  in this process opening up several coordinated channels for your thoughts, comments and perhaps additional articles and references on Luud’s work […]

OP-ED: Time for more Strategic Citizen Impatience for a Bicycle Master Plan for Penang

Penang has waited long enough, too long I would say, to have a real cycling program, which starts on and will transform the streets to ensure safe and abundant cycling for all ages. As far as I can see (I hope I am wrong) the State government of has not announced strategic program for a cycling […]

Sustainable Penang Civil Society Honor Roll

Dear Friends of a Sustainable Penang, I am hard at work on a challenging book under the title BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Mobility to Smaller Asian Cities, which is not about Penang, the focus being much broader. However, at one point in the book I intend to comment on some of the most interesting things I […]

SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY’S BITTER PILL (And why most politicians do not want to swallow it)

An even dozen hard facts that politicians, administrators and engineers are finding it very hard to accept – but without which they will never be able to lead the transition to sustainable mobility and a sustainable city.