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Invest 20% of the transport budget to raise the cycling mode share by 2.5%/year

The bicycle began as the ultimate dream machine, cheaper, healthier, more exciting and more glamorous, than horse-drawn vehicles or horses. In the 1940s, almost half the trips in London and Copenhagen were cycled. And the figure was over was over

Posted in cycleways, urban design

9 Children’s play landscape design videos FOLAR

Here are the other six videos from the 2019 FOLAR Symposium on Children’s Play. To find the full set of videos on Youtube please visit the Playlist for Children’s Play. Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr & Dr Amber Roberts, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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FOLAR Symposium on Children’s Play

Congratulations to all involved with an excellent FOLAR symposium on children’s play.There are 3 videos embedded in this blog post and the other 6 can be found on another blog post on chidren’s play. Particular thanks to Merrick Denton-Thompson who

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Landscape and garden weddings

Landscape architects, who pay increasing attention to programming the events which take place in the spaces they plan and design, could give more thought to weddings and wedding photography. Every couple likes to have brilliant photographs of their wedding and

Posted in garden design, landscape architecture, urban design

Policy for London’s Quietways

London’s ‘quietways’ are not quiet enough. TfL explain them as: ‘continuous and convenient cycle routes on less-busy backstreets across London’. They are on backstreets. But they not continuous,  because there are so many unimproved junctions. Their convenience is for local trips:

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Costing and phasing London’s Cycleway Network

Should London’s cycling infrastructure be planned for a mode share of  9% or 41%? And when should the plan be implemented? The TfL 2018 London Cycle Action Plan is strong on intentions, vague on phasing and vague on costings. So here’s

Posted in cycleways, London cycle network, London Cycleway Plan

Green the Redways: Copenhagenize the TfL Transport for London Road Network TLRN

    TfL should Copenhagenize London’s the TLRN (Transport for London Road Network. Copenhagenization means confiscating the warships of a defeated enemy, which is what the British did in 1807. Mikael Colville-Andersen uses ‘Copenhagenize’ to mean good cycle planning. I’ve been

Posted in cycleways, London cycle network, urban design

Little Free Libraries for urban landscapes

Little Free Libraries are a great idea.  Landscape architects should include them in designs for public open spaces including parks, squares, piazzas etc. Universities should have several on every campus for textbooks as well as leisure reading. In 2010 I

Posted in landscape architecture, public parks, school grounds, urban design

Michael Brown and the landscape architecture of housing

Many thanks to Colin Moore for remembering Michael Brown’s work in a Merl blog post. Michael Brown’s office (in which Colin worked) produced the best UK housing landscape designs of the 1960s and 70s.  The outdoor space was very well

Posted in bad architecture & planning, landscape architecture, urban design, urban squares

The Yorkshire trod is a great way to make a footpath

The OED defines a trod as ‘A trodden way; a footpath, path, way. (dialect)’.   Phillips New World of Words (1678) explained Trode as ‘an old word signifying a path’. It slipped out of general use but survives in some parts

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