Cycle Cities Growing Greener

Cycle share schemes are taking off, running in 49 countries, turning cities into the cycle cities of the future.

ArchDaily’s Simon Henley writes that the rise in cycling could encourage the design of cities to change and could result in new urban forms.

Mr Henley wrote that disused railway lines were now being used as leisure trails, also used by commuters.

In cities, such as Amsterdam, there are also multi-storey cycle parking areas.

Those who live around these parks and cycle tracks or active transportation links (including running or walking tracks), is that they don’t have to contend with traffic noise or pollution and they change cities for the better, with rising land values and make the urban environment more active.

In Australia, Melbourne wants to become a cycle city and has recently taken a vehicle lane on the Princes Bridge as a trial to make more room for cyclists.

The city’s four year plan wants to increase the number of cyclists by 50 per cent, with $8 million invested in the past two years for cycle paths and a bike hire scheme.

Adelaide, along with many other cities around Australia, has also launched a bike hire scheme with Adelaide City Bikes being a free bike hire scheme available to everyone as part of the Adelaide City Council’s strategy to achieve a cleaner and greener city.

Cycleways pay their way

Although often controversial, we’re well aware of the health and environmental benefits that come from having accessible bike lanes and now they’re also proving a boon for real estate

Having a cycle lane outside your home is good for your wallet and your health, with research showing cycle lanes boost the value of your property.

Cycleways can take away some onstreet parking but in cities around the world, they are gradually being embraced and their economic values to homeowners and businesses is becoming evident.

Real estate agents believe cycleways can boost the value of your home as more people embrace green and eco-friendly initiatives, particularly when cycleways are coupled with garages in homes with one Sydney home owner claiming it had given his home a boost of $100,000. He had a garage out the back and a cycleway at the front.

More research is being called for into the economic impacts of cycleways in Australia, which would demonstrate how valuable these alternate commuter pathways are to communities as well as real estate developers. Just as cities like Copenhagen and Portland in Oregon have increased the rate of cyclist commuters, more investment in cycleways in Australia is likely to have a similar impact.

Research can show the correlation between a healthy investment in a city’s cycling infrastructure and a healthy city economy which could increase the uptake of cycling as a common mode of commuting throughout all Australian cities.

Environmentally-aware and investment-savvy real estate developers won’t be complaining.



Brisbane ideas competition encourages innovation

We’re following with interest news of the first ever Brisbane Ideas Competition, which asks individuals to develop ideas and propose initiatives that address what’s missing  from our city and what it needs for the future. It’s certainly an ambitious concept and has the potential to give birth to some exciting and innovative ideas.

Organisers Heise Design say they hope the broad entry requirements will solicit entries across a wide range of disciplines, from architecture and urban design through to art, science and engineering. Entries will be placed on exhibition throughout the city.

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