Category Archives: Calgary

Evening transit riders use a Metro Route No. 36 bus on Monday, March 21, 2016 in downtown Seattle. Bus ridership in Seattle is the fastest-growing segment of all major commuting modes; and among the nation's 50 largest cities, Seattle has recorded the largest increase in bus ridership.

Transit begets acceptance

This Calgary-focused post originally appeared on Spur. It breaks my heart that I am not saying anything new when I voice my concern about the increasing amount of brazen acts of intolerance and exclusion that have appeared in our city. From what we learned from Nenshi’s re-election campaign to the recent expression on the University of […]

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Pecha-Kucha: The more things change…

This post originally appeared on Spur. I recently had the chance to give a Pecha-Kucha at the Student Summit of the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers. A Pecha-Kucha is a presentation with 20 slides, each timed to be exactly 20 seconds long. Since I had written out what I wanted to say, I figured I […]

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Learning from Airport Transit

This Calgary-focused post first appeared on Spur. Believe it or not, waiting for a flight can be a perfect time to study transit operations. Airports are, in many ways, miniature cities with lots of pedestrians. Passengers, laden down with bags, place a high value on a comfortable shuttle trip between terminals. Travelers are also very uncertainty-averse: […]

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Green Line: Let’s talk about money

This Calgary-focused post originally appeared on Spur. If you are a semi-occasional reader of Spur, you might have noticed that I tend to avoid talking about costs when discussing projects like the Green Line. I very rarely talk about specific dollar values, and when I speak on the radio I tend to avoid them as […]

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Calgary’s hidden desire lines

This post originally appeared on Spur. There’s a wonderful urban planning principle that what we build for, we will get. The idea is if we build for cars and traffic, we will get cars and traffic. If we build for people, we will get people. The problem is that it’s sometimes difficult to figure out what exactly “building for people” looks like. […]

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Suburban Geometry

Recently, and likely because I’ve been re-reading Jane Jacob’s famous city planning book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, I’ve been thinking a lot about city planning and layout. In particular, I have been thinking about how the geometry of certain neighborhoods affects transit’s ability to be effective. This is not a new idea, Jarrett Walker often […]

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Pedestrian is King!

I think it’s time I did a post on pedestrians. I consider walking the “fundamental unit of transportation” for human beings; no matter what other mode of transportation we use, it almost always involves some amount of walking. We have been walking for thousands of years, and despite what Disney/Pixar might think, I don’t think we’re […]

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