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Creativity can change our streets

Julieta Duran argues that teamwork and creative thinking can help transform our streets into pleasant places for us to socialise, walk and cycle through.

Danish Bike Life Comes to Manchester

Danish Bike Life Comes to Manchester

Manchester joins race to be the Copenhagen of Britain.

They’re not making a MESS of climate change in Marple

Platform reports on a roundtable in Marple where local people and activists got to share their views and concerns with Labour’s lead on climate change.

'Corridor010101', Manchester Corridor

Manchester – the smart city

Manchester has provisionally been awarded a share of a €24 million pot as part of a unique ‘Lighthouse Project’ to demonstrate cutting edge green technologies. 

ELGT Edinburgh Cycleway

A tale of two urban cycle tracks

The Alternative? Catherine Barlow profiles two urban cycle tracks, the Fallowfield Loop in Greater Manchester and the Innertube in Edinburgh.

Ian Wray’s proposed Pennines National Park

Framing the future, with IPPR’s Great North Plan

How do we address huge disparities in infrastructure funding between London and the South East and the rest of Britain? Perhaps we need a Great North Plan.

Image by Jason Lock

Safer streets mean healthier people

This week Sustrans is supporting Road Safety Week, an annual campaign organised by the charity Brake, to highlight road traffic accidents and encourage everyone to look out for each other on our roads.

Liège-Guillemins station designed by Santiago Calatrava courtesy of Flickr user Stijn Hosdez

On track for agglomeration: learning from Europe on High Speed Rail

Steve Connor reports on the Independent Transport Commission’s new report on the spatial effects of High Speed Rail investment schemes across Europe.

Manchester skyline by Simone Ridyard

Beautiful, healthy cities? We need a dialogue with Denmark

Danish and British experts are meeting in Manchester to ask a critical question: how do we create beautiful cities with a more resilient economy, healthier residents and a better quality of life for everyone?

Mic image by Flickr user Mika Hiltunen under a Creative Commons licence

Platform Live: Food, Cities and Human Behaviour

On October 16, 2014, there will be a half day of inspiring talks and discussion from speakers from the city, academia and all over the world exploring the challenge and opportunity of sustainability.

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