Watching the peak hour traffic from the balcony above the entrance to the City of Amsterdam from the City of Amsterdam council's building is fascinating.
The ring road carries heavy vehicle traffic, but it is prevented from entering the centre of the city. Instead you can see the most people use other transportation networks, bicycles, trams, and walking, to get into and out of the centre.
What amazes me is the flow and efficiency of each of the modes and how balanced they are.
I've been organising bike rides for the past few months now and growing frustrated with the lack of mapping technology that allows me to find a bike route and GPS navigate it on a ride.
Most maps the councils provide are pdfs so not very interactive. So I find myself either trying to take photos of a map and trying to memorise it or using google maps to guide me as best as I can.
I'm looking forward to Google's Mapmaker relaunch this month - which should make adding more mapping data easier.
News and Announcement made here - https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/map-maker/news-and-announcements/fY-Cu6355pM
My first mission once it gets relaunched is to add more bike paths to help people cycle around on safer streets and with more confidence.
Check out this NYC mapper mapping bike and walking paths -
When my company was looking for a new office to move to in the city my criteria was, they need to have showers. Sydney is an active society. Just step out to hyde park for lunch and you'll be bowled over by at least 42 joggers, soccer players, people rushing to a PT session.
We hit the jackpot at 201 Elizabeth St. The "End of Journey facilities" include:
I applaud any council that enforces minimum "End of Journey" floor space into their LEPs.
Checkout City of Sydney's 2012 LEP with its End of Journey policy which pretty much gives developers space for free:
A building on land (other than land in Central Sydney) that is used only for the purposes of commercial premises and that has all of the following facilities together in one area of the building, is eligible for an amount of additional floor space (end of journey floor space) equal to the floor space occupied by those facilities
Industry Leader Investa
Big shout out to Investa who is the leader in the Australian Property Management Industry pushing for these facilities to encourage and attract tenants to their buildings.
Facilities are state-of-the-art. Bathrooms are stunning. Lockers are secure. Everything you need. Why would you even shower at home?
Check out their office 400 George St, Sydney Australia - here.
I'm trying to control my blood pressure as I write and research about the College St bike lane removal project.
It's absurd that the plans of a local council voted in by its residents can have its plans overruled by another government.
I can't stop thinking about the former disgraced Toronto mayor, Rob Ford who spent $300,000 to remove bike lanes.
When global trends are moving away from super highways, and moving towards sustainable, greener active transport options I'm embarrassed by this government's decision. State government you've failed us.
Info about the government's plan to rip out the lane - here
Future plans - here
Facebook group to save College street.
Every wondered where all your Strava data went? Well here it is in beautiful blue neon lights mapped out across the world.
Strava lab has been busy aggregating all their user' cycling and running data and have created heat maps outlining
The project is code named Stava Metro and you can use play around with the app here.
You can find my Strava details here.
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