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Recent Blog Entries: Livable Cities

Walking and cycling? You’re not serious!

January 22, 2012 By Debra Efroymson Livable Cities, Public Transit, Walking Post a comment!

One of the many uphill battles we face in promoting liveable cities is the belief that transport modes such as walking and cycling are not 'serious' or important. Many transport planners fail to give attention to short trips and to non-motorized modes. In transport counts, walking and cycling are often ignored; they may be considered at most a form of recreation, not transport. But just as walking is a…

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What is abnormal about our cities…

December 7, 2011 By Debra Efroymson Cycling, Dhaka, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Today the opposition party has called a hartal (political strike). There will be demonstrations in parts of the city, probably accompanied by violence, but otherwise the city is quiet and peaceful. There are very few motorized vehicles of any sort and virtually no cars on the streets. I ask a colleague to go with me on a bike ride; we ride to and around Dhaka University, stop for fresh…

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