Tag: Urbanism

Copenhagenize: The Definitive Guide to Global Bicycle Urbanism – Mikael Colville-Andersen

The bicycle enjoyed a starring role in urban history over a century ago, but now it is back, stronger than ever. It is the single most important tool for improving our cities. Designing around it is the most efficient way to make our cities life-sized—to scale cities for humans. It is time to cement the bicycle firmly in the urban narrative in US and global cities.

Enter urban designer Mikael Colville-Andersen. He has worked for dozens of global cities on bicycle planning, strategy, infrastructure design, and communication. He is known around the world for his colorful personality and enthusiasm for the role of bike in urban design. In Copenhagenize, he shows cities how to effectively and profitably re-establish the bicycle as a respected, accepted, and feasible form of transportation.

Building on his popular blog of the same name, Copenhagenize offers vivid project descriptions, engaging stories, and best practices, alongside

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Bicycle Urbanism Symposium

Bicycle Urbanism Symposium, June 19-22, 2013

Select presentations from the symposium are available here.

Josh Miller’s summary and photographs of the symposium on the Washington Bikes site is available here.

John Pucher’s keynote address presentation is available here. Dr. Pucher also wrote two articles for the Seattle Times on Building a bicycling renaissance in Seattle and on a Superb example for Seattle Businesses.

The Bicycle Urbanism Symposium was held on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle in June, 2013. Over 200 participants joined the symposium from near and far including from Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States.

The International Bicycle Urbanism Symposium brought together practitioners, academics, policy makers and advocates with diverse backgrounds including urban design, planning, transportation, engineering, landscape architecture, and public policy.

Over two days, participants explored the way that cities

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Bicycle Urbanism by Design: World’s Longest Bicycle Commuter Tunnel Opens

Bicycle Tunnel in San Sebastian
San Sebastian Bicycle Tunnel – Photo: Michelena at Diario Vasco

The Basque city of San Sebastian inaugurated the world’s longest bicycle commuter tunnel yesterday [07 August 2009] in a former railway tunnel on the Bilbao-San Sebastian route.

The Mayor of San Sebastian, Odon Elorza, and the Deputy Minister of Transport of the Basque Government, Ernesto Gasco opened the tunnel to the delight of the many cyclists in the city. The tunnel is aimed primarily at bicycle commuters but recreational cyclists are expected to use it on the weekends as well.

Elorza expressed satisfaction at the launching of this new infrastructure that improves the network of bicycle lanes in San Sebastian and is “a symbol of progress, sustainability and personal health“.

San Sebastian Bicycle Tunnel – Photo: Michelena at Diario Vasco

The bicycle tunnel itself is 850 metres long and a part of a 2 kilometre section of former

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Copenhagenize.com – Bicycle Urbanism by Design

Classic traffic safety organisation narrative. “Stop cycling”.

By Stephanie Patterson
With Mikael Colville-Andersen

In the diverse world of traffic planning, advocacy and various movements for liveable cities, there is an odd group of outliers who broadcast conflicting messages. While “traffic safety” organisations seem like a natural part of the gallery and of the narrative, upon closer inspection they exist in a communication vacuum populated exclusively by like-minded organisations. There is little correlation with those organisations who advocate cycling, pedestrianism or safer streets. The traffic safety crowd are in a world unto themselves, with little or no accountability for the campaigns they develop or the messaging they broadcast. They are often allied with insurance companies who clearly take comfort in working with others who embrace scaring the population at large through constructed fear.

In many ways, they are a classic subculture, with strong hints of sect-like behaviour. The English sociologist Roy

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