I’m recently returned from almost a month in Australia and New Zealand — mostly doing speaking events in Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland — and am way behind on blogging. This happens now and then, which is why you should also follow me on Twitter (@humantransit). When there’s no time to write paragraphs, I still write tweets.
Some important things:
- Holiday gift guide! I’ve reviewed the great new books by Jeff Speck and Christof Spieler, and also suggest, as a stocking stuffer, an Aaron Naparstek collection of traffic haiku.
- San Francisco and Minneapolis have eliminated parking minimums for new development. This is a colossal step that no other big US (or Australia/NZ) city has taken.
- Our firm is starting into bus network studies (not necessarily redesigns) in Salt Lake City (UTA) and Cleveland (GCRTA).
- Auckland New Network ridership is up massively gaining 7% year over year and much more than that on the North Shore where routes were restructured to connect with a rail-like frequent busway service.
- I am now a character in a play, written in Shakespearean iambic pentameter, which deals with what I hope is not the only thing I will be remembered for. It received a staged reading in Montreal last week. A sample:
It’s fun, and the writer, who goes by Joe Bagel but may have several identities, certainly knows his Shakespeare, and his Plato, and his hip-hop. More impressively, he cast himself as Musk, who is not, in the end, the hero.