Maarten van der Leck

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A transportation engineer on what convinced him to use a Complete Streets approach

“Crazy ideas” in action: Complete Streets features in downtown West Jefferson, NC.<p>On Tuesday we hosted a panel discussion about <i>Safer Streets,</i> …

Stockholm's 'Reverse' Congestion Charge Would Pay Cyclists With Driving Fees

Under a new plan, money collected from the city’s high-traffic zones would go toward bike upgrades.<p>Congestion charging for cars has become a standard measure of traffic control in many cities. But what about “reverse congestion charging” for cyclists?<p>This is an idea being proposed for Stockholm in …

Why we need Planning “Champions”

In the July edition of The Planner I wrote an opinion piece on why we need more planning champions, both locally and nationally (see article below). …

3 Big Challenges for Planning Multi-Modal Cities

It's just not as simple as "stop prioritizing cars."<p>Cities of all sizes are reorienting their transportation priorities toward people over cars. Rebranding streets as "complete," "shared," or "great" reflects a turn away from automobility as the only choice for urban travel. Local transportation …

Here's What a City Would Look Like With No Cars — Just Bikes

For the people of Cycle Space, a collective of architects and urban designers, a perfect world would mean an absence of cars. Instead, people would …

New York City

Helsinki’s bicycle highway and other great innovations to build healthier cities

When I was in Helsinki a couple of summers ago, I came across an incredibly simple and appealing innovation: a human highway for pedestrians and cyclists.<p>Snaking through the city core, the Baana — or "fast lane" — is a converted railway track. On foot or bicycle, I could safely and easily access …

Urban Design

The urban ultimatum: what should our future cities be like?

The landscape has changed radically in the decade that LSE Cities’ Urban Age programme has travelled the world – but the questions it explores are more important than ever, writes Deyan Sudjic<p>Outside the echo chamber of religious fanaticism of all descriptions, this is not a moment in which the …

Urbanism

Roads Are Getting a Redesign

<b>The first time Dean Ledbetter heard about “complete streets,”</b> he thought it was a crazy idea. Ledbetter, a North Carolina traffic engineer, had …

Urban Design

San Diego Explained: Improving the Worst Place for Transit Development

Officials have long envisioned a blueprint for San Diego centered on public transportation. So-called “transit-oriented development” is included in …

Why monorail pods are not a serious solution for Columbia Pike

The designers of a monorail-like personal rapid transit (PRT) system hope to sell their technology to Arlington, to replace the cancelled Columbia …