How the Dutch got their cycle paths

Road building traditions go back a long way and they are influenced by many factors. But the way Dutch streets and roads are built today is largely the result of deliberate political decisions in the 1970s to turn away from the car centric policies of the prosperous post-war era. Changed ideas about mobility, safer and more livable cities, and about the environment, led to a new type of streets in the Netherlands.

To be tolling or not be tolling?

In our first installment of 5Q we interview Andres de Wet, Convenor of the proposed Breede Valley Partnership, about his views regarding the proposed tolling of the N1 and N2 by SANRAL. The current plan is to toll the N1 from the R300 to Sandhills in the Hex River Valley (mostly rural areas) and the N2 from the R300 to Bot River. In this interview, we explore some of the potential issues, including the impact on the economy and alternative long term solutions.

Visualizing a Walkable City

The city of Pontevedra in northwest Spain has become a leader in walker-friendly urban policy over the past 15 years. To further improve walkability, Pontevedra’s city council produced a map that visualizes the distances and travel times between key places on foot at an average speed of five kilometers per hour. Pontevendra offers insights into the potential for similar initiatives in other cities around the world.