City planner + urbanist at @TODUrbanWORKS. Global advisor on cities. Past Vancouver chief planner. Founding @CanUrbanism President. Speaker, writer, city-maker.

Vancouver, British Columbia
Joined February 2012
10 Keys to Making A Great City Plan (Just got another request to advise on a new plan, in this case another regional plan in Australia, from someone who read this. Some consultants told me I “shouldn’t have given this away.” I don’t see it that way.) planetizen.com/node/80720/10…
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Clearly @VancityReynolds is just operating at a higher level.
Okay can we please talk about the scene in #RedNotice when Ryan Reynolds outruns the Rock in an urban car chase because he picks a bicycle and The Rock chooses a Porsche? It’s good.
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Help settle a debate in our family about when it’s appropriate to put up the Christmas Tree & decorations. Explain your vote if it’s helpful.
44% Before December is ok
49% Never before December
2% (I never took them down)
5% Its complicated (explain)
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An important part of the transformative power of urban biking in cities is how diverse & inclusive bikes actually are. Our urban bike infrastructure & parking HAS to support the same diversity. All ages & abilities. This great drawing from @davewalker’s new book tells the story.
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It’s a big problem when the popular “comforting lie” (lie: building more roads & lanes for cars will “solve congestion”) costs billions that could be used for ACTUAL solutions, while accelerating the destruction of our future by fuelling the #ClimateCrisis with even more driving.
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All ages and abilities.
An important part of the transformative power of urban biking in cities is how diverse & inclusive bikes actually are. Our urban bike infrastructure & parking HAS to support the same diversity. All ages & abilities. This great drawing from @davewalker’s new book tells the story.
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Why the media is to blame for climate inaction. Even in the 1990s, when the scale of problem was becoming clear, those commissioning programs for Channel 4 and BBC wanted less climate content, not more. Your jaw will drop listening to @GeorgeMonbiot
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“Yes, the car is still useful –for a few people it’s essential. It would make a good servant. But it has become our master & it spoils everything it touches. It now presents us with a series of emergencies that demand an emergency response.” @georgeMonbiot theguardian.com/commentisfre…
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People imagine trying to carry kids and/or groceries in their backpack on a brakeless fixie in a gutter bike lane while getting splashed with muddy water by passing trucks, and don't stop to think we made all of this the way it is, by design, & could design it to work for people.
An important part of the transformative power of urban biking in cities is how diverse & inclusive bikes actually are. Our urban bike infrastructure & parking HAS to support the same diversity. All ages & abilities. This great drawing from @davewalker’s new book tells the story.
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Driving has become the last thing people think about when behind the wheel.
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“In America today, there are more cars than drivers. The road has emerged as the setting for our most violent illustrations of systemic racism, combustion engines have helped create a #climatecrisis, & the quest for oil has led our soldiers into war.” newyorker.com/magazine/2019/…
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Without enough climate mitigation, enough climate adaptation will be impossible.
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Just thinking maybe we should stop building new roads and subsidising ecars and focus on something that would be more effective.
When it comes to urban transportation & the #ClimateCrisis, here’s the order #COP26 should be focusing on: 1. Walking/mobility aids 2. Biking/E-Biking 3. Public transit 4. Electric cars Here’s the order they ARE focussing on: 1. Electric cars 2. Electric cars 3. Electric cars
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World leaders left the best options off the table, because none of them have the conviction to tell the public that we have to change our ways and habits in a fundamental way. Our old ways of thinking about transportation and city building have to stop.
When it comes to urban transportation & the #ClimateCrisis, here’s the order #COP26 should be focusing on: 1. Walking/mobility aids 2. Biking/E-Biking 3. Public transit 4. Electric cars Here’s the order they ARE focussing on: 1. Electric cars 2. Electric cars 3. Electric cars
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Want to see an obvious example of politics standing in the way of the kind of constructive candour needed to make progress on our big urban challenges? Observe how the majority of Surrey city council doesn’t want to hear the truth from their own staff. surreynowleader.com/news/sur…
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Let’s be REALLY clear here — the job of city planning staff is to “speak truth to power” whether Council wants to hear the truth or not. Council don’t have to take staff’s advice, but they can’t try to force re-writes of it. This move by Surrey Council is EXTREMELY INAPPROPRIATE.
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My home of BC 🇨🇦 continues to face a crisis from the brutal #BCFloods. Homes, farms, schools, roads and vulnerable communities. Rebuilding will take time. Blake and I made a donation to @redcrosscanada. If you’d like to help, here’s a link ➡️ bit.ly/3kN1pu6
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