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Public transport provides significant social benefits. But we shouldn’t expect it to be as convenient or as fast as a car. It's not private transport; it's public (i.e. shared) transport
Qld's new one metre overtaking rule has been welcomed by most cyclists but some reckon there's no evidence it'll reduce casualties. Is there still a case for changing the law?
The number of elderly drivers is increasing rapidly and so is the number who have to give up driving. Sorting out who can drive and how to give mobility to those who can't is a big challenge
Qld will trial a law next year requiring motorists to provide at least one metre clearance when overtaking cyclists. There's a suite of other potential changes too, but the helmet law looks set to stay
State governments are keen to “protect” the suburbs from redevelopment pressures. But it’s not clear they’re doing enough to protect housing affordability and choice
Cycling's usually given a minor role in the future of our cities, but it has two big advantages. One is it's a private mode of transport. The other is it's low cost, both for travellers and tax payers
Despite its poor performance over the last three years, the Victorian Government says it's looking at expanding Melbourne Bike Share to the inner suburbs. Would it be throwing good money after bad?
There's a long history of public housing authorities ignoring the needs of residents. Much has improved, but some public agencies still take an implicitly paternalistic view of the interests of residents
The proportion of young adults with a driver's license has fallen in the US and other countries. Many explanations are mooted but new research suggests it's mainly be due to economic factors
Australia's capital cities face enormous growth pressures. Will building more motorways and rail lines be enough to ensure they can grow while remaining liveable?
Two organisations reporting to the same Minister reckon the relative shares of travel by public transport and cars will be very different in the future. One builds roads; the other builds rail and tram lines
The stereotype of Australian cities is they sprawl for a hundred kilometres from one side to the other at ridiculously low densities and are getting worse. Yet it’s not true - they're getting denser
Another week, another attack on cyclists in the media; this time for riding in bunches, wearing lycra, and taking up space in coffee shops! There seems to be a deeper conflict of values going on here
The High Line is a great example of how to re-use abandoned infrastructure. However other cities seeking to emulate its success should consider that "re-purposing" is not always the right decision
Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud reckons we could use 30% of urban parkland for communal food production. Maybe, but it's not necessary and the price we'd pay would be too high
It's increasingly common to hear the derisory term “vertical sprawl” used to describe those residential towers springing up in the inner city. But does it really make sense to call them "sprawl"?
Despite the Government's claim that Melburnians can't have a rail line to the airport until the Metro tunnel is built, there is a way to have it now. The key question though is whether it'd be worth it
Poor Canberra. It’s the most planned city in the country yet it’s a byword for all the horrors of car-based 21st century cities. But is it as appalling as its detractors make out or are they out of touch?
Inner city residents can access many more jobs than those who live in the outer suburbs. But it doesn't follow that sprawl means the urban fringe is a wasteland of economic opportunity
It's hard to protect an intangible quality like the culture of a place because what gave rise to it isn't clear. Governments need to work much harder to understand the underlying mechanics of place