Ariel Rubinsky of HAARETZ.com reports on the state of urban transport in Israel.
“Not everyone can leap out of bed at 5 A.M. to take a bicycle ride or have an early morning run. The same is true of the gym. On the face of it, urban residents have a readily available alternative: To increase their physical activity in their daily schedules, by, for example, doing errands on foot or walking, biking or rollerblading to work. It’s healthy, environmentally friendly, and circumvents the traffic jams. The problem lies in the current state of urban infrastructure. Cyclists and rollerbladers are constantly endangering their lives, being forced to maneuver between cars. As for pedestrians, they have to share the sidewalk with garbage bins and parked cars, inhaling exhaust fumes all the while.”
[SOURCE: Haaretz – Israel News – Reinventing urban wheels]
Construction Week Online reports “The parks will be located in residential areas and will create more than 60,000 square metres of public space, the municipality said.”
Construction of the parks is set to start in September 2009
[SOURCE: Design News from Construction Week Online – ‘Abu Dhabi approves public park plans’ ]
88 Blocks – Art on Main, an investment in Vancouver’s transportation infrastructure to enhance one of the City’s oldest
and busiest transit corridors, was launched today. Andrew Saxton, MP for North Vancouver and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board,
attended the launch of the first art showcase for the Main Street Transit and Pedestrian Priority Project.
“The Government of Canada is investing in public transit projects that will improve commuting times,” said MP Saxton. “This federal contributio shows that we can deliver results that are good for our public transit users, create jobs, and boost our economy.”
The $6M Main Street Transit and Pedestrian Priority Project will improve service reliability, reduce travel times and bus delays, shorten pedestrian crossing times, and improve pedestrian and cyclist safety. The public art is just one of many measures in a broad package of improvements.
[SOURCE: CNW Group | TRANSPORT CANADA | Federal government, TransLink and Vancouver improve city buses].
Building Design reports “Swiss practice is working with Shard developer on UK’s tallest residential development
Herzog & de Meuron is working with the developer behind the Shard, Sellar Property Group, on credit crunch-defying designs for the tallest residential development in the country”
[SOURCE: Building Design – Herzog & de Meuron plans London towers ]