The bigger Melbourne gets, the more attractive it becomes.
In the 70s, Whitlam tried to build new, big cities. But this was too costly. Now the most viable solution for Australia's population woes is to make existing cities bigger.
Afternoon traffic into Nairobi’s CBD.
Research shows that cities benefit from car-free days in many ways.
People use share bikes for many reasons, including health benefits and even because they like the design.
Richard Masoner/Bay Area Bike Share launch in San Jose CA/Flickr
Urban planners often hope bike-share schemes might reduce reliance on cars and help with congestion. But very few of those who use share bikes have switched from driving.
Cities are growing vertically as well as horizontally, so infrastructure needs to ensure people can move up and down as well as across the city.
Cities are expanding upwards and downwards, as well as outwards. With urban density also increasing, moving people efficiently around the city, often using ageing infrastructure, is quite a challenge.
The congestion charge has helped to ease traffic and raise funds. But the rise of Uber and other private hire vehicles have raised unforeseen challenges.
Traffic congestion is concentrated along particular routes, such as the Eastern Freeway/Hoddle Street corridor in Melbourne.
Instead of focusing on freeways, governments should change the way we pay for urban roads and public transport.
It won’t surprise Eastern Freeway users that the commute from the northeast of Melbourne to the CBD is the worst.
For Melbourne drivers who comfort themselves with the thought that traffic congestion is worse in Sydney, sorry but new analysis shows overall delays are similar, but some commutes are especially bad.
While action on air pollution is welcome, there may be better ways to cut car emissions.
Peak hour making you hot under the collar? It’s not just you.
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Do you ever feel that the weather is worse on the weekend? Well you might be right!
Cycling could be a major part of the solution to London's transport problems – it's a shame the main mayoral candidates don't see it that way.
Central to Sydney’s congestion problem is the journey-to-work rat race in the city’s western suburbs like Blacktown.
Sydney, as a whole, is lurching toward an urban structure where its transportation problems are impossible to solve. The only alternative is to create new centres of employment.
Would you take a longer route to work for the good of all?
The slow pre-dawn commute on the M5 from western Sydney is more than a pain for these drivers: it comes at a high social and economic cost.
Our new analysis reveals nearly a third of full-time workers in Sydney commutes for more than 10 hours a week. Those workers are spending almost three full weeks a year just to get to and from work.
Cars stuck in traffic at an intersection.
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