Cycling, one of the Strategies for Vibrant, Liveable, Sustainable, Green Urbanism






Urbanism Cycling and Urban Form Transportation and Combined Mobility

Evolving Focus

First, the emphasis was on redistribution of road space for people who were currently cycling.

Then, the priority evolved to quality cycling infrastructure that would induce motorists to cycle instead for their transportation needs.

Now, the focus is shifting towards cycling being one of the strategies for delivering vibrant, liveable urban neighbourhoods that are sustainable in the long term and green, making contributions to improvement in the quality of air, in personal health, in helping reducing the obesity health crisis, and in contributing towards the reduction of health care costs.


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For Website Readers

We are still working on this website and there are some technical web things that still need to be corrected or improved. This will be going on in the next few months. Articles will also be added in the near future.

Please be aware that some of the links are placeholders for future articles. For the time being, the simplest way for accessing articles on the website is to visit the Latest News list below.

Thanks you for your patience while we are trying to make it interesting for people who focus on cycling and its contribution to liveable, vibrant communities.

Latest Articles

Articles will be posted periodically. Normally, these articles will be highlighted in the Velo.Urbanism blog.

2013-06-28: CycloTouring – Seattle to Vancouver


Latest News

Why this Website

Motivation and Thoughts

Concept for Growing Cycling Traffic within Cities

Cycling in Cities

Winter Cycling - There seems to be more demand for this in North America.

What needs to be done to realize this opportunity?

Austin,Texas - Comments on cycling after a day visit in February 2012.

For a city with such low population density, the challenge for providing an effective network and cycling infrastructure becomes more problematic. Somehow, the city has faced the challenge and provided a North American style cycling capacity that exceeds many other cities. What is evident when cycling around the city core is the forward thinking of staff.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Cycling in the City of Vancouver BC


This review will comment on cycling in the City of Vancouver, its cycling infrastructure, and first steps in moving toward European designs.

Vancouver is a city with 3.8% cycling mode share and an infrastructure that could accommodate much more than the 20,000 daily cyclists.

Cycling in the City of Calgary AB

This review will comment on cycling in Calgary, its cycling infrastructure, and first steps in moving toward European designs.

Calgary is a city with 1% cycling mode share and an infrastructure that could accommodate much more than the 10,000 daily cyclists.

Urban Form

Southern France – Thoughts on the French approach for improving urbanism through refocusing transportation mode usage.

Reducing the effects of car usage and impact is achieved through extensive traffic calming, people streets, cycling priority, and efficient street designs that give tramway, pedestrians, and cyclists true priority.

Calgary, Alberta - It is Time for a Thorough Discussion on Separated Bike Lanes.

Separated bike lanes have been shown to be successful in persuading a shifting from driving to cycling. It is a tool that comes in many configurations of designs and fit into local urban form. The type chosen has a direct impact on the degree of local acceptance and of success in increasing cycling.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia – Should the Vancouver Viaducts be demolished?

Demolishing the viaducts allows for more development on this part of the downtown peninsula. The question is if there would be any real impact on car driving when each year the continued direction is for less and less people travelling to the downtown peninsula for work, shopping, and entertainment by car.

Vancouver, British Columbia – Transportation 2040 Plan

The city is in the process of developing an new transportation plan with a focus on Active Transportation (walking, cycling, and transit). The next stage is for public consultation. Some thoughts are being offered for consideration.


Comments on greater people moving capacity of tram

Urbanism and Governments

Comments on financing of municipal and regional government entities in Metro Vancouver BC


Thoughts on moving towards a property taxation system based on municipality services usage and special purpose targeted levies from market value property taxation scheme.

If we want a certain type of metropolitan area, green, sustainable, healthy with excellent transit service and active transportation options including cycling, then we must be willing to pay for it. The “WE” refers to residents and the retailers and businesses of ...

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