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No Excuses

March 2, 2009

Brisbane Bike Guy, Peter Berkeley (actually the Active Transportation planner for Queensland), sends along a brilliant concept being pushed by EDAW and Maunsell / AECOM in Australia. 

The No Excuse Zone.

Simple concept:

Based on a series of test rides, a zone around the Sydney CBD was mapped to measure the distance a healthy person can cycle within half an hour.  The map is surprisingly far reaching and provocatively suggests that if a person lives within this zone – the No Excuse Zone – and works in the CBD, then they should cycle to work at least a few days a week.

Here’s the map for Sydney:


Which looks like this:


In the very readable CycleCity Strategy, there is also a proposal for a network of bicycle freeways:


I’ve always thought that the bike works great within a 5 km radius, which for me encloses everything from Commercial Drive to 16th Avenue to the water.   So how about a No Excuse Zone for Vancouver?  I’ve suggested the idea to the Greenest City Task Force, on which I’m now sitting.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sungsu permalink
    March 2, 2009 6:51 pm

    They key to success? “The CycleCity Strategy proposes a new level of infrastructure for cyclists – a series of radial, fully-separated bicycle and pedestrian paths that are safe, fast, efficient and direct. Informed by established commuter patterns, these paths weave through existing urban conditions, utilising present infrastructure, open space, drainage corridors and backstreets.”

    Cyclists in Vancouver have plenty of good excuses.

  2. Simon Norton permalink
    March 5, 2009 6:12 am

    Non-cyclists will always have an excuse as long as our streets are dominated by cars. I’m sure that many people don’t like a situation where they have to keep alert all the time or risk their lives — I certainly don’t. Of course motorists should keep alert too, but if they don’t then it’s usually someone else’s life which is at risk.

    I don’t think even the best of on-road cycling infrastructure can entirely eliminate this problem, though it can certainly reduce it.

  3. April 23, 2009 2:00 am

    WTF? Such an awesome picture of an imagined bike freeway (and FREE is important here unlike a MOTORway) but the picture is ruined with a hug Coca-Cola logo???!!!

    I get that maybe this is a concept drawing and someone was hoping to show the lucritive advertising potential. The dumbness of that kind of thinking aside, the image would look 100x better without the logo. Something Generic would work better. Or something with a smaller logo in the background rather than the foreground.

    Please re-make this image, please? It’s awesome. (It would be easier for the original author to leave out the logo than for us readers to photoshop it out)

    take care and take the lane!


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