Ian Sacs, P.E. is a worldwide transportation solutions consultant based in Finland.
When you have a small electric motor, a battery, and a throttle on your bicycle, it becomes very difficult to make any more excuses. Here's why...
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 11:00am PST
If certain elements of masterplanning are not carefully chosen—and their impacts not carefully explained to final decision makers—then there runs great risk that the cities we design from scratch perform worse than the cities we already have.
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 1:37am PDT
Planners can learn a lot about the havoc money unleashes on otherwise benign development plans from the moral fortitude displayed by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
Monday, February 3, 2014 - 5:10am PST
Advocating safety for the successful electric replacement of internal combustion engine cars solves many of the challenges of an automobile-inclusive future urbanity, and there will be no other kind.
Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 6:21pm PDT
We can best thank Portland and other pioneers for all their hard work with on-street bicycle parking (a.k.a. "bike corrals") by simply benefitting ourselves from their efforts. Here's how...
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 4:22am PDT
Failures, when experienced as part of creatively contributing to the solution, are not just OK, they are a good thing.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 7:41am PDT
Small business owners who drive themselves nuts arguing against the reuse of on-street parking with other balanced transportation solutions is a shame because there is so much good data to prove it's actually very good for business.
Monday, June 3, 2013 - 6:39am PDT
The epic, years-long battle for converting one Holland Tunnel tube to a bicycle/pedestrian-only facility may find compromise in this proposed free ticket voucher program for bicycle-toting ferry passengers.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 2:07am PDT
Using bicycle racks as partitions in lieu of fences, called "bike breaks", in heavily trafficked areas accomplishes two goals at once and fends off the design wonks.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 9:00am PDT
The evolution of today's infrastructure-intensive bike sharing systems has been a hard-fought learning process; alas, the current paradigm is about to get turned on its head, and it's happening – surprise - this week in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 6:43am PDT