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Lisa Kane Small is beautiful_ on NMT infrastructure

Picture from ‘Annual Report of the City Engineer, Cape Town. 1984-1985 We are somewhat obsessed with big infrastructure projects. Whatever form it takes, we love those big, sexy (expensive) infrastructure schemes. And yet, if you take a good look at the places where walking and cycling thrives (think Scandinavia, the low countries, small town UK, …

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Lisa Kane God-tricks and the Foreshore

The models and visuals of the 2017 exhibition of the Foreshore were equally entrancing. They allowed the visitor to get a full sense of the scale and grandeur of the proposals. Visitors could move, as if in an airplane, through the air above the city and see the future visions below. Donna Haraway calls this …

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Lisa Kane "Lean and elegant”: The poetics of freeway building

Source: Cape Times. April 7, 1973 and Louis De Waal clippings collection The Foreshore Freeways have been controversial from the outset. In the early 1970s the National Monuments Council unleashed an attack on the City of Cape Town for ‘indiscriminate development’. Fury focused on the potential impact of the planned Buitengracht Freeway section of the …

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Lisa Kane A_poster_Victor Bicycles LOC

“Our proposal starts”, said one of the 2017 Foreshore bids “by re-arranging and completing the elevated freeways in a lean and elegant way, thereby resolving the key traffic bottlenecks and improving traffic flows all across the surrounding road network.” ‘Lean’, ‘elegant’ and the resolution of traffic bottlenecks is not text-book civil engineering, but these words …

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Lisa Kane Five ‘take-homes’ on Transport Justice

Karel Marten’s book on Transport Justice  is full of worthwhile justice philosophy fodder. However, the five significant ‘take-homes’ ask for something closer to home – a revolution in transport planning methods. Congestion is a problem of privilege. The existence of traffic congestion is essentially a sign that road infrastructure is a success. The road network provides …

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Lisa Kane “Motorized” normal_

I can’t read “Non Motorized” without thinking “Non White” and “Non European”. Then I’m left wondering what the consequences are of South Africans adopting the term “NMT” (Non Motorized Transport)? “Non Motorized”, like “Non European”, makes one category normal and the other abnormal. With being normal and abnormal come the baggage of acceptability (or not), …

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Lisa Kane Do roads have politics?

This question – do roads have politics – from Langdon Winner in 1980 has been beguiling me for a (long) time. Winner asked it while describing 1920s ‘parkway’ access routes from New York City to the beaches of Long Island. The routes provided one of the few means for New Yorkers to leave the crowded …

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Lisa Kane A_children_cyclist_Children cycling AK

In an earlier blogpost I wrote about my attempts to make “random acts of kindness” an habitual part of my driving day. Just in case my children should see that post – I have a confession to make. I often get it wrong. I sail past pedestrian crossings which have people waiting to cross at …

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Lisa Kane Vulnerability, cycling rights and road rules

“Of course cyclists should use the road” she said. ” But they must follow the rules of the road. I just saw a cyclist going the wrong way down a one way. ” I gulped a little hard and looked down into my coffee, because I do that. I cycle the “wrong way” down a …

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