I started focusing on bicycling as a research theme in 2002. The novelty for the first few years was “exciting” (e.g., is it really possible to have such a sliver the larger transport landscape comprise a larger portion of a research agenda?). The next few years was more so “interesting” (e.g., why does this mode of transport have such a difficult time integrating into major transport discussions; how can research methods from other modes be applied to cycling). The last few years have been “surprising” (e.g., who would have thought that such a previously marginalized transport mode could garner such attention?). A dozen years later, the continually shifting landscape helps maintains interest in cycling (at least for me). Here are at least four reasons:
- The media and other attention that the mode is receiving suggests that more and more people (including political leaders) are starting to devote considerable resources towards bicycling. It’s a bit unclear why this mode has taken off at this time (I have some explanations).
- Transforming transport systems in cities suggest a strong role for repurposing of primary rights of ways. Cycling will be a large beneficiary of this space.
- Large-scale, long-haul transit has a distinct role in the future of cities. How people access these transit systems—and more broadly transit/cycling integration—is a key research topic moving forward. Oh, cycling egress also plays a role.
- ICT is having a revolutionary affect on everything in society, but specifically, ICT is facilitating and transforming both cycling research (e.g., smart phones) and cycling use (e.g., apps for wayfinding).
Over at streets.mn, I comment on the political spectrum of road re-purposing discussions.
The last of the mohicans has fallen. My colleague, David Levinson, told me,
“how can you expect to be a self-respecting and authoritative voice on the future of urban transport if you don’t own a smart phone?”
Owing to this and other complications, I just acquired my first cell phone in 43 years. Based on 24 hours of use, I have three semi-philosophical observations:
1. We (as a society) have the lost the art of planning (e.g., where should we meet? It does not matter, I will text you).
2. No one asks for directions anymore; our ability to accurately give them is probably at an all-time low as well (not that it was anything great to begin with).
3. No one talks on the phone anymore, socially. We have seemingly moved to texting for all socially related interpersonal communication when physical proximity jeopardized (and even then texting seems preferred).
I was invited to participate in the VerDuS programme in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) on June 16-17, in which there were a variety of sessions focussing on:
- Knowledge for Strong Cities
- Sustainable Accessibility of the Randstad
- Urban Regions in the Delta
Here are two photos from the event: one from my presentation and another in conversation with Luca Bertolini.
Should you be in Cambridge next week (the real Cambridge, not the one in Massachusetts where Harvard sits), I will delivering a talk.
For those traipsing about in the old continent next week, I will be presenting at ETH Zurich on Tuesday (April 15):
Der Weg des Fahrradverkehrs ins zukünftige
Dienstag, 15. April, 11:00-12:00
HIL F 36.1,
ETH Hönggerberg, Zürich
Prof. Kevin Krizek, University of Colorado, Boulder
“Paving Bicycling’s Path to Redemption in the Future of Transport Systems”
The last in a 3 part series at streets.mn rationalizes and prescribes guidelines for where to paint your street.
“Paint is a critical ally as cities aim to spur more innovative bicycle facilities with less. Here’s to unified and clear guidance for applying this valuable resource.”
The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) invites all interested parties to propose hosting the 2017 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research. WSLTUR is an international professional organization that promotes the understanding and analysis of the interdisciplinary interactions of transport and land use, offers a forum for debate, and provides a mechanism for the dissemination of information. The main vehicle for this promotion is the triennial symposium, which aims to bring together the leading researchers in the field to present scholarly papers on the broad set of topics falling within this enterprise. The Journal of Transport and Land Use (JTLU) is the official journal of WSTLUR and will publish select papers from the symposium. More information about WSLTUR and past and current symposia can be found at http://wstlur.org.
The second symposium in this triennial series will be held on June 22-27, 2014 in Delft, the Netherlands, hosted by Delft University of Technology and the University of Twente. We are planning for approximately 140 attendees and 100 paper presentations This follows the inaugural conference held in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada in July of 2013, which was a great success – with 80 participants and 60 paper submissions. For the 2017 symposium, we expect the numbers of attendees and presentations to grow at a modest pace from the 2014 conference.
Entities interested in hosting the conference should submit a full application including the following information:
- Name of the city (or town) where the conference will be held. The symposium can be held in remote areas, but a clear transport plan will be needed, regarding how participants will arrive at the conference location.
- A brief description about the suggested venue (stating what makes the venue (and/or its near surroundings) an interesting place to visit, seen from the perspective of transport and land use research).
- The strengths and profile of the host institution(s) in terms of research within land use and transport field.
- A detailed budget, including:
- Total expected budget for the entire conference,
- Expected registration fees, and
- Number of meals included in the registration fees.
- Details of tours that the local host can accommodate in the conference city or nearby venues.
- Special agreements with local hotels in providing group rates for conference attendees.
WSLTUR will be responsible of all printable materials, conference proceedings, and gifts to attendees. All proposals should be received by email to Ahmed El Geneidy before May 1, 2014, and an announcement will be made regarding the host location during the conference in Delft in June. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
– Kelly Clifton and Ahmed El Geneidy
At streets.mn, I posted the second of a three part series discussing the value of using paint for bicycle facilities and planning.
“City officials make transportation planning decisions under financial duress and scant information. Will rezoning land uses in the neighborhood encourage walking? Will the new bus line decrease car use? Should the city build a protected bike path in the middle of the city? Answers to these questions come slowly as changes in cities take time to mature. People’s travel habits evolve even slower. It is difficult to know what “works” in the transportation business.”
Further reinforcing the fact that accessibility measures–in this case, Walk Score–are changing the way we live and search for homes:
“Download the new iPhone app to get a Walk Score or find rentals on the go. Finding the perfect place to live or travel is now at your fingertips.”