Danish-Canadian urbanist Mikael Colville-Andersen—presenter of the Canadian TV series Life-sized City—is behind an initiative to bring bicycles and pop-up cycle infrastructure to the Ukrainian city of Lviv, 50 miles from the Polish border.
As Russia’s invasion forces continue to bombard the east of Ukraine the western city of Lviv has become home to 200,000 Ukrainians fleeing the war. Many of these internal refugees arrived in Lviv by car, an influx which has continued to grid-lock the city. Public transport has also been overwhelmed.
Bicycling could be the answer. Lviv’s transport department contacted Colville-Andersen to ask his advice on boosting bicycling in the city. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Colville-Andersen—the Anthony Bourdain of urbanism—has worked on cycle initiatives in cities across the world.
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Liverpool City Region Walking and Cycling Commissioner Simon O’Brien looks at the possibilities around Active Travel.
Quote of the month: “It’s not my duty as Mayor to make sure you have a parking spot. For me it’s the same as if you bought a cow, or a refrigerator, and then asked me where you’re going to put them.” Miguel Anxo, Mayor of Pontevedra, Spain.
Peter Stonham 18 May 2022
Phil Goodwin – National Highways’ continued promotion of a new two-lane dual carriageway with a tunnel on the A303 in Wiltshire – the “A303 Stonehenge Scheme” – does not stand up to new Govt objectives for net zero by continuing to reflect expanding road provision to match forecast increases in road traffic, Professor Phil Goodwin argues in his latest column for LTT.
The scheme was approved by the Sec of State for Transport in 2020 and, despite that decision being overturned in a High Court challenge by objectors in 2021, he decided to ‘redetermine’ National Highways’ application, and National Highways’ updated case for doing so was published in April (https://bit.ly/3yxxk9F).
Following an Examination in Public in 2019, the planning inspectors recommended rejection of the scheme, because of the serious and irreversible damage it would do to the Heritage Site.
This is just incredible.
Cycling made E-asy will provide free short- and long-term loans of e-cycles and adaptive e-cycles, giving communities in five target locations in England the opportunity to experience the benefits of e-cycles, dispelling myths and creating the environment where cycling is a natural first choice for short journeys
We want liveable cities, too. Charlie Hertzog Young
16 March 2022
As petrol prices soar to 165p per litre, the Ukraine crisis has made our unhealthy dependence on fossil fuels starkly apparent and given renewed impetus for a rapidly accelerated green transition. Banning cars in cities is an obvious place to start.
Yet car lobbies, along with some in government and civil society, protest automobile abstinence, citing disabled people. “How will people in wheelchairs get around if we abolish cars?” they plead. I’m a double amputee and frequent wheelchair user, and I find this faux sympathy repugnant.
Disabled people should be asked what we want, not be unilaterally drafted in by petrolheads. A recent report from the climate change charity Possible did just that, asking dozens of people to reimagine the built environment in light of climate realities.
The Viking Coastal Trail, Kent
Stretching for 51km around the Isle of Thanet, the Viking Trail can be split into shorter, family-friendly day rides, while the entire route makes a great two-day trip, combining long stretches of coast and vibrant seaside towns including Margate and Ramsgate with quiet inland villages, 7th-century Minster Abbey and the spectacular chalk stacks at Botany Bay, this is a varied ride.
Matthew Weaver Sun 22 May 2022
Police have urged the public against any vigilante actions after the registration of a driver who allegedly ran over a brood of ducklings was published online.
Staffordshire police confirmed it is investigating a Facebook post which claimed that at least three ducklings were killed on Friday at a roundabout in Trentham near Stoke-on-Trent. The post claimed they were killed by the driver of a white transit van who allegedly ignored other drivers who were waiting for the ducks to cross the road.
The licence plate of the van was widely circulated on Twitter and Facebook over the weekend, prompting widespread abuse of the van’s driver and calls to hunt them down.