Cycle Toronto has moved to a new address:
The other day I watched an excellent video of a presentation given by Kristian S. Villadsen of Gehl Architects. The presentation was part of a conference at McGill University, put on by the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre.
Gehl Architects is an excellent Danish firm that specializes in urban and public space design and architecture. The firm was founded by Jan Gehl, who wrote the classic Life Between Buildings, and subsequently influenced the design and development of many great features of Copenhagen, including the longest pedestrian street in Europe and it’s excellent pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.
The video below is called Designing Streets as Public Spaces in Northern Climate Cities. The original post I found on copenhagenize.com, which I recently found out is the term used to describe the copenhagenization of urban spaces; that is, the redevelopment of urban spaces and streets to invite pedestrians and cyclists.
The presentation is about an hour long and well worth the watch. Enjoy!
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(Sorry, I tried, but couldn’t figure out how to embed this video)
Long time since my last post, but I have a good excuse. I spent the last two weeks preparing for my bike lane presentation in my land use planning class. Now that it’s over I can turn my attention back to the blog.
At the start of my presentation I handed out an informal survey to find out about the cycling habits of my class mates. And… the results are in. First though, a copy of the survey itself:
Now, for the results. There were 14 surveys filled out in total.
11 people do and 3 don’t.
2 people are utilitarian riders (i.e. commuting to work/school or for errands), 7 are recreational, 2 people said both, and 3 n/a (the three who don’t own bikes)
3 people cycle daily, 8 occasionally (ranging from very rarely, once a month, or once a week, to seasonally – not in winter), 3 n/a
6 people do ride on major streets, 6 people don’t, 2 n/a
9 people rated their comfort and safety level at 5 or below (0, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5) and 4 people rated 6 or above (6, 6, 8, 9)
Everyone who answered this question (11) said that physically separated bike lanes would make them feel more comfortable and safe cycling on the road; additionally 3 people said bike specific traffic lights, 2 people said bike road signs, 1 said greater driver awareness
1 person answered yes (qualifying their answer that they bike back home in the UK, which has physically separated lanes), 9 said no
4 included safety, 6 included distance to work/school, 3 included comfort, 3 included convenience, 1 indicated that the city (presumably Windsor, ON) does not maintain the roads for bikes (e.g. pot holes and sewer grates)
The answers to this question were varied and included: shorter distance, dedicated bike lanes, driver awareness, and safety
For those who don’t own bikes only one person indicated that greater road safety would motivate him or her to buy a bike.
As for an analysis of the results, it was nice to see that most respondents own bikes and use them somewhat regularly. Not surprisingly, most people don’t find major streets to be very safe for cycling and would feel much more comfortable with physically separated bike lanes. Encouraging cyclists to ride for utilitarian purposes seems to be a matter of creating more bike lanes, dedicated bike lanes, and issues related generally to distances being too great for cycling over driving.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this survey!
Who said bike riding can’t be sexy?
True, Toronto is not on that list. But, Toronto did make honourable mention!
So who’s coming up fast from behind? What cities are – hopefully – soon reaching a level of mainstream urban cycling and therewith glorious Cycle Chicaliciousness? Three come to mind right off the bat.
So, congratulations to Toronto. (The other two were Montreal and San Francisco)
So, style it up Toronto and maybe you’ll find yourself on one of these sites soon!