Transport guru Fred Hansen appointed to help revitalise Adelaide's suburbs

The Bicycle Institute very much welcomes this announcement as we have worked with Fred with bicycle policies for Adelaide. He is very knowledgeable and brings a great deal of vision and experience from Portland Oregon.

Premier Jay Weatherill today announced former Thinker in Residence Fred Hansen will head the state's Urban Renewal Authority.

Designing Healthy Communities

More on the American way of unhealthful living. The heavily subsidized suburban design of the American Dream is at the heart of obesity, mortgage, and fiscal problems. Watch this video lecture below, in which Dr. Richard Jackson, host of the PBS-special presentation "Designing Healthy Communities," shares his views about how the built environment is also central for putting us back on track. Hosted and recorded by the New America Foundation.

TEDxOU - Jason Roberts - How To Build a Better Block


Opposite to the 'top down' concept of urban design is BETTER BLOCK, founded in Dallas' Oak Cliff by Jason Roberts and Andrew Howard. The Better Block project is a demonstration tool that temporarily re-visions an area to show the potential to create a walkable, vibrant, neighborhood center. The idea and the charrettes to realize it have quickly spread to cities like Memphis, St. Louis, New York, and Boston. National media coverage includes NPR, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.

The American way of unhealthful living

A provocative but intuitive series on the way US cities ( and Austalian) have been designed to make us unhealthy being aired on the US PBS networks (a preview below). This is not coming from an urban design perspective which the Bicycle Institute advocates from but from a medical perspective which makes this series very interesting. We will try and post some more from this series in the future.


Local economic impacts of cycling by Joe Peach

These are some tough economic times we’re in. Governments across the globe are trying all kinds of tricks to keep things ticking over, with varying degrees of success (or varying degrees of failure, depending on how upbeat you’re feeling). But could bicycle networks benefit cities, providing a relatively inexpensive way to boost local urban economies?

Boltage program

Coast Vines Rail Trail roadworks

Do you ride the Vines Rail Trail? Please note this advice from DPTI about the upcoming work.


Cyclists using the Coast to Vines Rail Trail should be aware that construction has begun on the McLaren vale Overpass. DPTI's contractor Bardavcol has established a compound at the corner of Victor Harbor Road and Martins Road adjacent to the rail trail.

Major earthworks have started and heavily laden trucks and other vehicles cross the path frequently. Warning signs and orange bunting have been erected on the approach to the site and cyclists are asked to proceed with care.

Paris cyclists now able to legally run red lights

Paris city councillors recently voted to give the green light to cyclists to legally proceed through red lights in the French capital. The pilot program will be tested at 15 intersections in east end of Paris and if successful will roll out to 1,700 intersections across the city.

Cyclists must of course yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic before proceeding through these designated intersections and would be held liable if they caused a collision.

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