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Lisa Kane Transport justice – so what

It happened again this week. A colleague expressing disbelief at the lack of discussion in transport planning in South Africa about social justice issues. “Isn’t is obvious,” they said, “that in a country like South Africa the needs of the person on foot must be put first?” I find myself, again, explaining how transport planning …

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Lisa Kane A_Weather Tunnel Exhibition (THF)

The Foreshore proposals still on the table present a future Cape Town where vehicles travel unimpeded at speed across a sparkling landscape. These images of a future Cape Town where traffic congestion is no more is a sensuous and seductive sight. We are lulled and comforted by this frustration-free and flowing future. The counterpoint to …

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Lisa Kane Beware of Transport Economist Talk

The only reason I am not completely intimidated by transport economists is because I have been inside the belly of the beast. My first job was as a transport modeller, the people who feed information to transport economists. Then I worked doing cost-benefit analyses, the bread and butter of a transport economist’s work. I tell …

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Lisa Kane Streets which “embody respect”_

We sat in a formal board-room table overlooking central Cape Town just before Christmas of 2012. We were a small, enthusiastic bunch of street geeks (some of whom went on to set up Open Streets Cape Town) listening intently as each took turns to answer the question: “so, what do you want?” I scribbled a …

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Lisa Kane Four truths about roads and ‘unfinished’ freeways

When exasperated Professor of Transport Policy, Phil Goodwin took to the stage for his inaugural lecture at the University College London, with a lecture memorably titled, Solving Congestion (when we must not build roads, increase spending, lose votes, damage the economy, and will never find equilibrium), he took a well-aimed swipe at the ignorance about …

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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 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 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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