Monthly Archives: March 2013

Leipzig Residents Compete: Ideas for Urban Transportation

Poster for Ideas for Urban Transportation (source: City of Leipzig)

Poster for Ideas for Urban Transportation (source: City of Leipzig)

As part of the updated Urban Development Plan – Transport and Public Space due to be presented in 2013 the city of Leipzig invited public participation through a competition entitled Ideas for Urban Transportation (Ideen für den Stadtverkehr) in which city residents were able to submit their innovative ideas for developing the transportation network in Leipzig. 382 submissions (from individuals, schools, community groups etc) were received for a total of 618 ideas, and each entrant received a response regarding her or his ideas from the jury. Continue reading

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Mobility Education

Back in December 2012 the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development introduced the new German National Cycling Plan 2020 (pdf – in German!). The main theme of the new Plan, which builds off the National Cycling Plan 2002-2012, is the collective advancement of bicycle transportation among all levels of government including advocacy groups on both the national and local level. One of the key areas the Plan focuses on is Continue reading

Health Line in the News

As a supplement to my comparison of journey times between Leipzig-Dresden and Cleveland’s east suburbs and Downtown I thought I’d highlight a recent, fairly comprehensive blog post from CEOs for Cities regarding public transit and transit-oriented development in Cleveland.

Cleveland RTA Health Line

photo courtesy ITDP via D.C. Streetsblog

CEOs for Cities focuses on the Health Line as a good example of bus rapid transit (BRT) and catalyst for transit-oriented development along the Euclid Avenue corridor. I have to admit to being skeptical of the Health Line in the beginning, mostly because I tend to think of bus rapid transit more as a system rather than just one line but I think the Health Line is a good start and, having ridden it, I’m a little less of a skeptic. Continue reading

Activist Profile: Fietsersbond

In the spring of 2010 I had the pleasure of interviewing Govert de With from the Fietsersbond (Cyclist’s Union) Amsterdam. The Cyclist’s Union is a nation-wide bicycle advocacy organization in the Netherlands which got its start in the mid 70’s (if I’m reading my notes from almost three years ago correctly), growing out of the car-free Sundays which were mandated during the oil crisis. According to their website there are currently about 35,000 members nation-wide and, at the time of my interview, about 4,500 in Amsterdam. Member recruiting is taken care of by the national office using Continue reading