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BrentToderian

@BrentToderian@mastodon.online

City planner + urbanist at TODERIAN UrbanWORKS. Global advisor on cities. Past chief city planner for Vancouver Canada. Past/founding President of the Council for Canadian Urbanism. Writer for Fast Company, Huffington Post and many other publications. Speaker, thought-leader, city-maker.

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NEW: Quebec City has released plans to build a massive new 150km all-season cycling network over the next 10 years. The 14 new active mobility routes are referred to as “Vélocité corridors.”
https://momentummag.com/quebec-city-10-year-bike-plan/

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“Believe it or not, electric bikes offer more exercise than pedal bikes on average. That fact might sound strange, but the science is clear.”

Why electric bikes actually give more exercise than pedal bikes.
https://electrek.co/2024/02/20/why-electric-bikes-give-more-exercise/

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NEW: This year, Dublin will become the latest European capital to bar thru-traffic from its city centre. Private cars & commercial trucks will be allowed access only if their final destination is downtown. The goal is a 60% traffic reduction in the centre.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-02-17/dublin-takes-aim-at-traffic-congestion-with-a-car-ban-on-certain-trips

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It still amazes me that we’ve basically let ourselves be manipulated into buying, and even defending, that THIS is what “freedom” looks like.

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"I've never seen anything even remotely close to 50%, not to mention 76%. I'm amazed…I've never, ever, ever, ever seen anything even remotely close."

The majority of traffic from Elon Musk's X may have been fake during the Super Bowl, report suggests.
https://mashable.com/article/x-twitter-elon-musk-bots-fake-traffic

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THIS IS INTERESTING: 12 Ways to Reduce Cars In Cities that have ALREADY WORKED, ranked by effectiveness, identified from nearly 800 research papers. Via @KA_Nicholas in @ConversationEDU. What do u think, Tweeps? Depends A LOT on the specific case studies…
https://theconversation.com/12-best-ways-to-get-cars-out-of-cities-ranked-by-new-research-180642

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THE REAL SOLUTION ISN’T “BETTER” CARS, IT’S FEWER CARS!

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“It’s no secret that Canada is facing a major housing shortage. But could the sheer amount of space used for parking vehicles be part of the problem?”

Spoiler: Obviously. The real question is whether we’re willing to fix it, and fast.
https://globalnews.ca/news/10284931/housing-crisis-canada-parking/

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‘No one wants to be right about this’: scientists’ horror & exasperation as predictions play out.

“It’s as if the human race has received a terminal medical diagnosis & knows there is a cure, but has consciously decided not to save itself."
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jul/25/northern-hemisphere-heatwaves-europe-greece-italy-wildfires-extreme-weather-climate-experts

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BREAKING: Paris voters just won referendum 55% to TRIPLE parking charges for SUVs!

“We’re doing this to reduce pollution & to make our children safer because these cars are dangerous. Paris is transforming itself to allow people to breathe & live better.”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/02/paris-residents-set-to-vote-on-plan-to-triple-parking-charges-for-suvs

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A global study reveals that Dutch residents are the most physically active on earth, getting 12.8 hours of exercise each week. The key—designing activity into daily life. The average person cycles about 1,098 kilometers per year. HT @Cycling_Embassy
https://www.ipsos.com/en/global-views-to-sports-2021

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Never forget that when Seoul, Korea removed the Cheonggyecheon expressway in 2003 and replaced it with a restored stream, 1000 acre park and better public transit, not only did it transform the city’s public life & economic success, but the traffic got better.

The traffic got BETTER.

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STUDY: Cars are rewiring our brains to ignore all the bad stuff about driving. “A new study reveals how unconscious bias leads us to neglect negative externalities of driving. You may call it ‘car brain,’ but this research team calls it motonormativity.” https://www.theverge.com/2023/1/31/23579510/car-brain-motornormativity-study-ian-walker

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It’s estimated that one Skytrain transit line in replaces between 20 & 26 lanes of freeway vehicle traffic. And then consider the amount of PARKING it replaces, how much pollution & GHG emissions it replaces, how much public cost it replaces.

Mobility in cities is about space.

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“Now have entered their real-estate amenity era, where they are placed on par with parks & subway stops.”

Urban living needs good amenities to work. One of the easiest amenities to create is a place for people that used to be space for cars. https://t.co/r6AsJbdsTT

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LAST NIGHT Victoria BC City Council voted 7-2 to approve the Roundhouse At Bayview Place. Almost 2000 new homes, including rental and 215 below-market homes. 40% of land area as neighbourhood-defining public places (not just the left-over spaces!), including a central gathering space framed by the historic roundhouse buildings given new life as local retail. All right next to downtown. 3 long nights of public hearing. Thank you to City Council. I was proud to advise this transformative project.

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What percent of Twitter/X ads are now flagrant and actionable lies about random famous people meant to draw people into clicking on what is actually a trick to get them to buy cryptocurrency?

A high percent, it seems.

Quite the business model, Elon.

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WATCH: Over 600 attended in person, but if you missed my public presentation last week in Mississauga Ontario, and the lively discussion and Q&A afterward with CAO Shari Lichterman, the City of Mississauga has it online now for you to take your time with.

The purpose is to start a NEW CIVIC CONVERSATION!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVVdmRGZ0hM

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“I’m not saying you can’t drive a car: what I’m questioning is having someone subsidise my decision to drive and park.”

Parking is being managed in cities “like a badly-run charity,” & that money comes from somewhere.

From Australia, relevant everywhere.
https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/like-badly-run-charities-how-councils-get-car-parking-so-wrong-20240117-p5exwu.html

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REGISTER TODAY, and note change to BIGGER venue! Mississauga Ontario, I’ll be back in town January 17th & will do A FREE PUBLIC TALK/EVENING to discuss Mississauga’s urban future and the many big challenges cities are facing. Thread below is from my last trip. Please help spread the word!
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-evening-with-brent-toderian-tickets-782321373287

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READ: “We’re in a housing crisis, a climate crisis, a public equity crisis, a public-health crisis (fuelled by car-dependent sprawl & inactivity by design), & a public-finance crisis (with big tax increases and brutal per-capita suburban infrastructure costs).”

My op-ed today in Victoria BC.

https://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/comment-roundhouse-project-offers-what-victoria-needs-8087606

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IMPORTANT: “A new cost-benefit study in New Zealand finds that investments in cycling & walking facilities outweigh the costs of building them by 10 to 1. The research found that the most important economic benefits were health gains from use of active transport.”

It costs public money to NOT do it.

https://ebikes-international.com/new-study-in-new-zealand-says-cycling-walking-investments-are-10-times-more-effective/

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A new 5 yr Belgian study shows the BIG impact of increasing vehicle weight on road deaths & injuries. When a person on a bike or walking is hit by a pick-up, the risk of serious injury increases by 90% compared to a car. The risk of death goes up by 200%.
https://www.vias.be/fr/newsroom/des-voitures-plus-lourdes-plus-hautes-et-plus-puissantes-pour-une-securite-routiere-a-deux-vitesses-/

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READ:

  • 12% reduction in rush hour cars
  • 40% fewer cars on main bike routes
  • 25% more people on bikes
  • 28% more public transit use
  • 18% better city centre air quality

The Belgian city of ’s circulation plan is worth studying.

cc @filipwatteeuw
https://www.transportenvironment.org/discover/how-belgian-city-cutting-rush-hour-traffic/

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READ: “25 simple resolutions you can make to improve your city!” Revisit my @FastCompany article — the resolutions feel just as relevant in 2024 (maybe MORE). I’d probably add a few tho…What would you add?
https://www.fastcompany.com/90287193/25-simple-resolutions-you-can-make-to-improve-your-city-in-2019

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