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CIVITAS Forum 2013

Just returned from the CIVITAS Forum 2013 in Brest France. Great conference with lots of neat sustainable transport ideas. I travelled via Paris, taking the TGV from Montparnasse to Brest and back. On my return trip I visited the wonderful Braque exhibit at the Grand...

Bratislava – August 2013

Bratislava is about 60 Km from Vienna. It's easy to get to using the railroad or by boat on the Danube. On Saturday I visited the transportation museum, adjoining the central station. They had a couple of restored steam locomotives out back (one of my favourites in...

Vienna water fountains

Vienna is proud of its excellent quality water and has placed public fountains at several main squares throughout the city. This one is on the Graben near Stefansplatz. There is another one on Karlsplatz near the Karlskirche. It's a great idea for refilling your water...

Paris clean city advertisment

  I really enjoy it when city agencies are creative in their advertising. In Vienna the MA48, the people responsible for street cleaning, collecting trash and recycling etc., have a great program. Zurich's public transport operator does a fantastic job. More on...

Plaza Nueva Bilbao – a perfect place!

I visited Bilbao twice in the last year as part of my work on the CIVITAS program. On my first visit I walked all over the city and discovered the Plaza Nueva in the historic city center. I fell in love with the space and decided that I'd make a point of returning. My...

Vienna St Ulrich’s Platz urban sledding

The first in a series of photos showing some of the things that make Vienna such a great place to live. This one says that the snow is not being shovelled in this location so that people can use the area for sledding. It's a pedestrian area around St Ulrich's church...