The pandemic might’ve reduced the competitiveness of public transport, but it hasn’t altered the main game appreciably – that still remains civilising cars Is public transport the future of our cities?
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
Cars aren’t going away so it’s time to stop ignoring their downsides and take action to civilise them – make private vehicles smaller, slower, quieter, cleaner, and safer What should we do to civilise driving?
Building a network of safe cycling routes in our major cities isn’t a post-pandemic ‘nice to have’; it’s a necessity. The immediate priority is putting it together very, very quickly Is this the hour of the two-wheeler?
Public transport is likely to take a post-lockdown hit from the pandemic and will have to adapt; but it will remain critical to the functioning of Australia’s cities How will the pandemic impact public transport?
Yet again politicians reach for the High Speed Rail elixir – this time as a prescription for national economic recovery from the pandemic. But it’s snake oil Is High Speed Rail the game-changer we need now?
The NSW government’s planned Aerotropolis is conning residents of western Sydney. It’s more about useful politics than plausible policy Will the Western Sydney Aerotropolis really deliver on jobs?
The only surprising aspect of the Victorian government’s decision to terminate Melbourne Bike Share is that it took so long Is ending Melbourne Bike Share the right decision?
Fringe suburbs have historically always had fewer jobs than workers. What policy makers should focus on is providing good transport links to the more central parts of the city where most of the employers want to be Is labelling the outer suburbs as ‘job deserts’ helpful?
We can learn lessons from cities like Paris, but we must be wary of the dangers in importing solutions that might work well elsewhere but aren’t matched to local circumstances Is Paris the right model for the Sydney of 2050?
It’s a popular idea, but the revenue foregone from abolishing fares in a city like Melbourne would have a bigger impact if it were instead spent on improving public transport to make it more competitive with driving Should public transport fares be abolished?