Cycling in Sydney Australia
Ultralocal Cycling - 5 Point Plan
Recently posted on our website http://www.scapestrategy.com.au/ultralocal-cycling-–-5-point-plan/#... is a Paper I delivered at the Australian Cycling Conference in Adelaide in January. I have recently joined the Sydney Cyclist blog and have been following discussions relating to the planning of bikepaths. My company consults in architecture, urban design and transport planning and I would greatly appreciate feedback from the Sydney Cyclist forum on my paper:
Over the past five years, SCAPE strategy has researched the relationship between Transit Oriented Development and bicycles in the world’s most transit-rich city, Tokyo. Staggering differences between Japanese and Australian obesity statistics can be substantially attributed to differences in urban form. The bicycle is an intrinsic component of the Tokyo lifestyle, fundamental to the upbringing of children and the ability of people to age in place.
Notable in the Tokyo context is the intimate and seamless relationship between cycles and pedestrians. Fundamentally different to long-haul lycra cycling, and the politics of cycleways that dominate Australian thinking, Ultralocal Cycling engages virtually everybody in everyday movement around neighbourhoods. This results in a radical reinvention of urban form with streetscapes that are served by architectural, retail and civic amenity that is more tactile, safer and more culturally productive than our suburban model.
A new agenda needs to be embraced into the urban design debate in Australia that focuses on the immense consequences of tiny trips taken by children, mothers, commuters, the elderly and the fashion-conscious as we inevitably adapt Australian cities to a less energy-consumptive future.