About Christine:

Profile: Christine is a recent graduate of Cardiff University in the U.K. with an MSc in Planning Practice and Research. She also completed a BA in Urban Studies and Geography in Toronto at York University. Her major research interests are in transportation planning, eco-developments, regional planning and sustainable land use policy development.

Contact: christineallum@gmail.com

Posts by Christine:

Sustainable Transport Ideas: Cycling in Amsterdam

The view from the top level of the multi-storey bicycle parking lot near Amsterdam's Central Station. Photo by author.

Amsterdam is one of the most frequently-cited examples of a cycle-friendly city, and I recently had the opportunity to experience it from the perspective of the cyclist, the pedestrian, the automobile passenger, and the transit user. I was not disappointed by the transport network from any perspective, and was most impressed by the infrastructure that allows cycling to be a dominant form of transport in the city. Cyclists are accommodated by a vast network of well-connected bicycle lanes, traffic-calmed streets, and plentiful bicycle parking (though still not enough).

Amsterdam’s canal streets are, for the most part, traffic calmed to allow cyclists easy passage without dedicated cycle lanes. Cycle lanes on other … Continue Reading

CTRF 2010: Linking land use and transit

Transit service and land use patterns are inextricably linked. Thanks to Wylie Poon on Flickr for this Creative Commons photo showing a transit expansion in Toronto!

One of the session topics on the last day of the CTRF 2010 conference was Urban Transit, which for the transit planner at heart was a great way to close off the event! The first paper was presented by Sybil Derrible, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. The paper, prepared with Bilal Farooq, categorized four types of neighbourhoods based on the type of land use development and corresponding transit potential. The four styles were exemplified by Toronto-based developments, but can be applied to most North American settlement patterns. They are: urban sprawled, … Continue Reading

CTRF 2010 – Active Transportation Part Two: Cyclists in the big city, what are you worried about?

The second part of the active transportation series included a more specific paper presentation on cyclists which I thought was deserving of its own post due to the appropriate season and continuing push for bike plans across North America.

Cycling as a mode of transport for utilitarian purposes was the focus of Asya Bidodinova’s presentation. Asya is a MA candidate at the University of Toronto, where the research took focus, studying the policies and infrastructure that accommodated for cyclists making utilitarian trips. While her research focused primarily on the downtown campus of the University of Toronto, the implications of her study apply to the city at large and any city seeking ways to encourage bike use to current- and non-users. The study highlighted the concerns of cyclists (and non cyclists) in order of priority to what deterred cycling for utilitarian purposes … Continue Reading

CTRF 2010 Conference: Active Transportation – influences and policy support for the built environment

From May 30th to June 2nd, Toronto hosts the 45th annual Canadian Transportation Research Forum, with the theme ‘transportation and logistics trends and policies: successes and failures’. The spectrum of papers being presented this year ranges from container shipping trends and implications, to the benefits of roundabouts for pedestrian safety; needless to say there is no shortage of critical ideas! This series of posts will include brief summaries with critiques and links in hopes to evoke critical discussion and questioning on some of the issues.

Thanks to Arti Sandhu on Flickr for this wonderful Creative Commons illustration of active transportation components. She entitles this photo "The Chase"

The two stage sessions that I attended on Monday were on the topic of Active Transportation. The first set … Continue Reading