Social City

Research, Planning and Design

We believe

Facilitating alternative transport modes makes life more enjoyable, healthy, social and environmtally sustainable.

Those who desire to use alternative transport modes to the personal car should have safe and respectable opportunities to do so.

Walking, cycling and public transport can be facilitated through small changes. Larger changes are needed for social and environmental justice, but this is a transitional process.

Social City provides experienced data gathering, through public consultations and online crowd sourcing, distilled to data driven recommendations.

We do

Research

Our diverse experience in social justice, environmental sustainability and urban transport provides progressive responses to an uncertain future.

Planning

Experienced in project management, we'll help define and operationalise your goals within the context of our changing world. With participative planning we'll deploy online platforms for wider pulic contribution and organise charettes focused consultation and iterative planning.

Design

Specializing in pedestrian, cycling and public transport, we'll propose effective visions for complete streets. Our team is experienced in cartography, GIS and diverse multimedia visualizations.

We create

Walkable neighbourhoods

The dominance of car dependent transport is the result urban design facilitating this outcome. The existing car dominance, however, is not the prefered choice of many, it's the only choice that's possible because urban spaces have been designed to do so at the cost of other modes. For those without access to cars exist reduced opportunities.

Existing walking paths are too often added as an afterthought that must not impede driving, making walking noisy, smelly, sometimes scary, feeling unsafe and too often unenjoyable.

At Social City we design enjoyable pedestrian infrastructure while bringing health, social and economic benefits to the community.

Safe and enjoyable utility cycling

A large portion of existing drivers desire an alternative mode to the car. Unfortunately, following decades of urban design prioritizing the private vehicle, using other modes has become unenjoyable, inneficient, unsafe or, in some cases, too expensive.

The shift from private vehicle to walking, cycling or transit has huge economic benefits for the local economy. For those on lower incomes car ownership can be a required financial burden.

Social City focuses on developing adequate infrastructure to allow safe and enjoyable cycling to those who desire it. This strategy provides local and individual economic, social and environmental benefits while decreasing road and parking congestion for those who drive by choice.

We also provide extensive knowledge regarding bicycle sharing (cycle hire), and it's many alternatives, to achieve the desired outcomes of this new mode of public transport.

Civilized & effective public transit

In increasingly congested urban and suburban areas, with decreasing infrastructure investment, public transit is the future. We promote civilized and effective public transit based on six principles.

A civilized public transit system serves the many, in a clean, comfortable and modern mode, with frequent, prioritized service. We argue against measuring the quality of service in terms of coverage but rather in ridership. In some cases our residential urban density has made public transit innefficient and catering to those who have made this decision deteriorates the service for the many.

Good transit should compete with car ownership's, ease, costs and comfort.

Social cities

The facilitating of walking, cycling or transit all lead to more social interaction. While these transport modes have obvious direct physical health benefits research shows that personal interaction, even with strangers, has important psychological benefits.

Social City promotes and facilitates the development of social spaces that have social value with direct and indirect economic benefits for the whole community.

Social City

Social City is led by Dr. Cyrille M├ędard de Chardon, who has a background in Geographic Information Systems and their applications for alternative urban transportation, residential modelling and data science.

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