Archive for February, 2009

Niels Tørsløv

Niels Tørsløv, the Traffic Director of Copenhagen, gave an inspiring lecture on active transportation in his city to a full house at the Fletcher Challenge Theate.


We’ll be posting the video of his lecture – and as soon as we get a link, the video on cycling in Copenhagen.  (Niels gave us the ‘world premiere’ of this soon-to-be-released celebration of two-wheeled mobility.)

Our thanks to Bombardier and the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association for making this evening possible.


February 26, 2009 at 10:07 am 2 comments

Shifting Gears II

Shifting Gears II
Lectures on transportation, health and the built environment

Free admission, reservations required: call 778-782-5100 or email

Active Transportation in Copenhagen

February 25, 7 pm
Niels Tørsløv, Traffic Director of Copenhagen

Only in Copenhagen would the Traffic Director be educated as a landscape architect. Of course, in Copenhagen, “traffic” means bicycles as much as automobiles. Niels Tørsløv shows how they plan and build for children in order to encourage an active city, and how their transport policy focuses on cycling, climate change, health and urban liveability.

Venue: SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre building
Reservations required: Call 778-782-5100 or email


Active Transportation in Portland

April 24, 7 pm
Sam Adams, Mayor of Portland

As the newly elected Mayor of Portland, Sam Adams represents a city that encourages physical activity, especially for transportation. In other words: a walking and bike friendly city, well served by transit, that also addresses issues such as climate change and peak oil. As a Cascadian neighbour, he can explain Portland’s special culture, what they’re planning and what lessons we can learn from what they’re doing, and would do differently. 

Venue: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Reservations required: Call 778-782-5100 or email

Lectures are sponsored by the Bombardier Foundation and the Active Transport Lab at the University of British Columbia and BC Recreation and Parks Association. Program partner: Simon Fraser University City Program.

More lectures are planned for Shifting Gears II.

Check for updates.

February 11, 2009 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

The Places We Live

An extraordinary web site on a staggering subject: the world’s slums.


Click here for a tour.

February 3, 2009 at 11:39 am Leave a comment