Monthly Archives: October 2009

What Crisis?

Stadtbahn_BM_Bayern_925695g(photo from HHA) With NYC DOT trying to push Bus Rapid Transit on New Yorkers I thought it intresting this series of articles that came out this week in Hamburg newspapers relating to an upcoming fare hike, a new street car line to start construction 2012 and lastly a study that shows one third of Hamburg’s commuters would leave the car at home if they had better options with public transit.

I thought I’d start with a quick look at this new street car line, a LRT line connecting a ring of neighborhoods surrounding Hamburg City.  Ultimately the line will run from Bramfeld to Altona via Steilshoop, Winterhude, Eppendorf and Eimsbüttel.  Here’s the map with my extremely rough estimate of the new route (note: this is not the set-in-stone route.)  Currently these areas are only connected via buses.  The city wants to increase capacity along this line but not spend as much money as a new subway line would cost. Continue reading

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The Traffic Network

and who has priority…

Times Square NYC features at the moment an experiment of the NYC DOT, an attempt to reclaim space for the pedestrian.  Of all Times Square users, pedestrians make up around seven times the number automobiles, yet the space devoted to them was previously 11%.  The current design turns Broadway around Times Square and Herald Square into a pedestrian zone, eliminating tricky intersections arising from Broadway’s diagonal cut through the uptown grid.  Not only does this reassign desperately needed space to the pedestrian Continue reading

Hamburg’s Bike Parking Houses

Fahrradhäuser bike parking house

Believe it or not, this is bicycle parking.  Here’s a website in German that explains more, or you can try my extremely rough translation.  In four neighborhoods around Hamburg these covered, locked bicycle parking facilities, Fahrradhäuser, have been built to accommodate bicycle parking for people living in an Altbau house, older buildings that may not have enough room on balconies or in hallways or basements for safely parking bicycles.  Continue reading