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Advice: Promoting cycling in new housing development

Advice: Promoting cycling in new housing development

New housing schemes need to be designed so that it's easier for residents to get on their bicycles than jump in a car, if we are to achieve government ambitions to promote cycling, finds Ben Kochan.

 

Opinion: Grasp the opportunity to create quality city streets

Opinion: Grasp the opportunity to create quality city streets

With the COVID shock having an impact on work and travel patterns, cities may have to respond quickly, says Chris Brown.

Analysis: Industry makes case for housing retrofit in green recovery

Analysis: Industry makes case for housing retrofit in green recovery

Upgrading the energy efficiency of existing homes could benefit the economy, environment and residents, but there are barriers to overcome, finds Josephine Smit.

Need to know: Bristol wins funding to test innovation on nine housing schemes

Need to know: Bristol wins funding to test innovation on nine housing schemes

Council-led partnership will trial modern methods of construction under initiative backed by government agency.

Opinion: Can city streets be changed for good?

Opinion: Can city streets be changed for good?

Temporary measures are being introduced in cities to encourage people to continue cycling and walking as lockdown is loosened. But there's the potential to think bigger, writes Chris Brown.

Advice: Providing sufficient space for walking and cycling

Advice: Providing sufficient space for walking and cycling

Councils should be looking at ways to enable safe walking and cycling for both the shorter and the longer term, finds Ben Kochan.

Case study: Creating a pedestrian link between city buildings

Case study: Creating a pedestrian link between city buildings

A new walkway in Melbourne, Australia, improves access and provides a more engaging and flexible form of urban infrastructure, Josephine Smit finds.

Advice: Planning urban areas for water

Advice: Planning urban areas for water

As climate change brings greater risk of heavy rainfall, new initiatives are needed to store water in urban areas and minimise potential for damage to property, finds Ben Kochan.

Need to know: Plans for Birkenhead regeneration progress

Need to know: Plans for Birkenhead regeneration progress

Public-private Wirral Growth Company is poised to bring forward regeneration plans for Birkenhead's town centre.

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