Sep 24, 2011
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: London Thames Cable Car Budget Revised – Again

A few highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit: The budget for the London Thames Cable Car has now increased to £60m. Originally estimated to cost £25m, the budget was revised just recently to £45m. This could quickly become one of the most expensive gondola systems the world’s...

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Sep 23, 2011
Proposals & Concepts

Using Urban Gondolas As Transporter Of Goods?

Gondola Project commenter, Giorgio Betteto sent along these renderings of his concept for an intermodal urban gondola that can act as a transporter of goods. It’s a logical concept: Gondolas are already equipped with cargo delivery systems (think about the gondolas used to move your luggage up to a ski resort) and the technology could...

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Sep 22, 2011
Proposals & Concepts, Seattle Gondola

Gondola Transit in Seattle?

Frequent commenter Matt The Engineer has thrown his hat into the ring for an urban gondola transit system in Seattle, Washington. He outlines his concept at Citytank.org: Let’s take a sample Seattle route with 3 stops. Seattle Center to South Lake Union to Capitol Hill near light rail. Each of these neighborhoods is separated by...

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Sep 21, 2011
Bicycles, Contests

Groningen, Bicycle Capital of the World

Yesterday we had a quick little contest to see how many people could name the city in the western world with the highest percentage of cyclists. The answer was . . .

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Sep 20, 2011

A Quick Contest: Highest Bicycle Usage In The World?

The Gondola Project isn’t just about Urban Gondolas (though it primarily is). It’s about thinking about our cities and public transit systems in different ways. It’s about being multi-modal and understanding that there are literally dozens of solutions to our problems and being open to all of them. Despite that, we’ve been rather negligent about...

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Sep 19, 2011
Marketing Issues

Urban Gondola Transit Is Ridiculous

Of course it is. You know that. I know that. We know that. Everyone knows that. That’s why it’s important to start from there. Start from ridiculous. (Note: This applies to any good idea that happens to look ridiculous from an outsider’s perspective.) As people, we’re more easily swayed by those that share a similar...

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Sep 18, 2011
Sunday Statshot

Sunday Morning Statshot with Nick Chu: Transit Strikes

With an impending GO Transit strike in the near horizon, let’s take a quick look back at some of the more memorable public transit strikes in recent times: Last transit walkout in nation’s capital (Ottawa): 2009 Days lasted: 51 Payroll savings: $3 million/day Economic losses: $4 million/day Property damage losses due to seriously irate commuters in...

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Sep 16, 2011
Site Issues and Updates

The Logic of Hotel Wi-Fi

Sorry for not getting a post up yesterday. It’s been a very hectic week of projects, presentations and travel. I did, however, want to share an experience that just truly blew my mind: I’m currently staying in a hotel with the typical “free wi-fi” amenity. Now let’s ignore the fact that “free wi-fi” typically means...

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Sep 14, 2011

Announcing: City Builder Book Club

The 50th anniversary edition of Jane Jacobs’ classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities was officially released today. The book may still stir up controversy in the City Building professions, but it remains essential reading today as much as it was 50 years ago. In commemoration of this anniversary, Toronto’s Centre for City...

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Sep 13, 2011
Complexo do Alemao Teleférico

The Psychology of Urban Gondolas

As Rio de Janeiro’s Complexo do Alemao Teleferico finally moves into full service operations, Rio Times Online has a great little column by Michael Kerlin. The column basically questions what transformative, psychological impacts the system may have on the favela residents it services. Says Kerlin: “The psychology of the gondolas can also inform smart policies in...

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