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Skateboards get vilified again. When there are inadequate facilities, people will make do.
Councillor Nicola Young took another shot at kids skateboarding around Wellington yesterday. She cites damage as her concern, but her previous comments had shown a desire to keep skateboarders in t...
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Lots of this stuff is easy to do. Choosing one flower or another can make a lot of difference to a wandering worker.
Cities are going to greater lengths to make themselves friendly to the world's most important pollinators.
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Urban art is always questionable. What is good, what is bad? Is it the best use of space or money? Every opinion is going to be different. But having urban art is better than not having urban art. It asks questions, regardless of answer. It invites exploration and interaction. It makes the city more personal, which is critical.
New York City is essentially one massively oversized playground, with interactive art installations ranging from vibrating inflatable globes stuffed under the High Line to mazes in Madison Square G...
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Indeed.  Looks like I have to find a way to get out to Governor's Island, but that does not seem to be easy other than 9-5 which is when I'll be working :-(
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Passing lanes seem to cause a lot of angst in New Zealand. At holiday periods, when traffic volumes spike, road authorities will often close the passing lanes because the costs incurred by merging (New Zealanders are shockingly bad at merging) aren't worth the benefit of being able to pass.
 
OPINION: Why do people speed up in passing lanes?
OPINION: You're stuck behind a car. You get to the passing lane. Then they speed up. Why?
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It's easy to see a spectrum for urban dogs, or pets in general. The stray dogs in Romania are probably on the far end of the spectrum, but Wellington is probably near the opposite end.

There's very little urban amenity in the CBD which is dog friendly. Even parking the dog at the library while running some books in has gotten me some attention from security. Compare that to the parking regulations in the same place. Parking is defined as stopping for over five minutes. So why can't I stop my dog for a few minutes while running an errand without drawing ire?

To be fair, responsible ownership means cleaning up after the dog, which is something that clearly doesn't always happen. No one wants dog poop all over the streets. Of course, we have a strange tolerance of cigarette butts all over the streets. The issue of rights and responsibilities is fraught with inconsistencies.
Dog owners get hot under the collar about endless restrictions on their poochy pals.
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I've been a bit busy and had to wait until tonight to get my thoughts down about the cycling funding wins that occurred in Wellington (and around New Zealand) this week.
I'm late, I know. Everyone else has already covered the news of cycling projects moving forward by leaps and bounds this week. The Wellington City Council meeting was packed full of good things, wh...
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This is the sort of data collection that could start generating statistics on near-misses.
BSMART, being tested by the Chattanooga police, gives the local three-foot passing law some teeth.
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Yep, it used to be the hallmark of a pro driver, if you were a cabbie. Not any more. Any monkey's uncle has a taxi licence: literally!
And none of them can drive, you have to tell them all where to go, and you have to watch what games they play along the way.

At one time, you'd give them an address, and they'd nod: they knew exactly where the location was, and the style of driving was an art form.
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I've seen a few estimates of this type of cost analysis. Some have come out with net gain from walking and cycling on the basis that health costs are subsequently reduced for people with higher amounts of regular activity. As we see more of these studies done, it'll be useful to see a meta-analysis that looks at the variance across sample populations and countries studied.
Every kilometre travelled by car incurs costs to the individual and society that are more than six times those of travelling by bicycle, a new study suggests. The researchers presented a cost-benefit
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An alternative to the paths presented in the Urban Cycling Programme documents. Discuss.
An alternative cycle route. Seeing as the WCC and the NZTA seem to want us (the public) to be discussing possible alternatives and pros / cons of the Cycling Masterplan, I thought that I might, as a starter for 10, offer up a little alternative. To me, the info provided by Strava is insightful, ...
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This is a reasonable summary of the health disbenefits of long, solo commutes. Extended periods of sitting alone has implications for both mental and physical health. Social interactions are limited to competing for road space, which doesn't help to reduce stress levels.
But there's a surprising way to make them a little less unbearable.
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Making the case that transit agencies are dropping bus users, not the other way around. The single most important point is that service levels are a reliable predictor for ridership. Increased frequency predicts higher usage, which isn't surprising under Walker's mantra of frequency is freedom.
This is so important! Crosspost of an essay by Daniel Kay Hertz, from the excellent City Observatory blog, where it was titled "Urban residents aren't abandoning buses: buses are abandoning them." “Pity the poor city bus,” writes Jacob Anbinder in an interesting essay at The Century Foundation’s website. Anbinder brings some of his own data to a finding that’s been bouncing around the web for a while: that even as American subways and light rail ...
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Arterial roads are often considered as connectors between suburban homes and urban jobs, but they also serve as barriers between communities. As Paris goes through an amalgamation process, it is coming to terms with its relationship between inner city residents and those on the outside of ring road.
The Périphérique cuts wealthy central Paris off from its working-class suburbs – but as France’s capital finally takes steps to merge these two worlds, Justinien Tribillon discovers that the biggest barrier might be psychological
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You know they are barriers indeed, if you've ever tried to get to the other side of one on foot in the Bay Area...

Even in the Hutt Valley or Johnsonville they are a huge dividing line. 
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Went back for seconds. Good food and great attitude. The only mark down is for the lack of baby-changing facilities.
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Cute and worth the side-step. Slightly off the street, it's got a charm that makes more sense in Gastown than most of the tourist haunts.
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Great advice and plenty of stock to get you started. Also pleased about having Sunday hours now, since most of my brewing activity is on the weekend.
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The food was amazing, but still managed to take second place to the service. It's easy to see why it's so popular.
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My partner and I just returned from a four-night stay. We absolutely loved the place. It's incredibly well-designed to allow for guest privacy and comfort, while still making you feel like you're being welcomed into a home. John and Karla were amazing hosts and we'll likely be back to see them again.
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Food was disappointing and overpriced. Tourist trap of the worst sort.
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All sorts of attention to detail and very friendly.
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