The simple ability to walk near one’s home should be a human right.– “And yet the streets of many American communities are designed in such a way that taking a simple walk can be a life-threatening proposition, especially for older people, who might move more slowly and have limited vision or other disabilities. The CDC figures show thatpedestrians over the age...
It speaks to the future, because everyone wants to see the trees do well.– Tasty, and Subversive, Too - NYTimes.com
Dan Mauney keeps misplacing his car.– Young Americans Lead Trend to Less Driving - NYTimes.com
we see equity as inseparable from sustainability– Equity is Essential | On the Commons
it requires imagining a world that is different from what currently exists.– “In a typical community 20-40% of the population cannot or should not drive due to age, ability or income, and many trips are most efficiently made by alternative modes. It is unfair if non-drivers are not given a share of transportation infrastructure resources, and it is inefficient if...
It’s interesting to see that in places like Copenhagen, biking is so ubiquitous,...– Martha Roskowski on urban cycling culture. (via thisbigcity)
there is a certain, spontaneous magic attributable to good urban places that can...– The Dynamic Potential of Urbanism Without Effort
Why not think differently?– “Why not create cities with hundreds or thousands of miles of such pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure? Bus lanes or trams could be added to some of these greenways or promenades, providing impressive, low-cost, pleasant surface mass transit. Children living in high-rise buildings facing...
When you put in a bike lane, the street is 40% safer.– A commish who never soft-pedals | Crain’s New York Business
But it has safety implications.– The Flashing Yellow Turn Signal: Good for Drivers, Bad for Pedestrians - Eric Jaffe - The Atlantic Cities * How many times have we heard that? Efficiency over saftey
It’s like having race walkers doing the talking for pedestrians– What Americans Don’t Get About Cycling - Business Insider
We have spent untold amounts of wealth reducing the time spent in the first and...– The Sidewalk Ballet: From Strong Towns — Embracing Congestion
We just want to make it as easy as possible to get between buildings.– Inside the Cycleplex: The Weird, Wild World of Google Bikes | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com
Candidates can’t be legitimately pro-growth without being pro-complete streets.– Building a Bike and Pedestrian Lobby With Teeth - Sarah Goodyear - The Atlantic Cities
We need to develop the idea of civic agency.– “In equitable places, individual citizens feel (first) that they are welcome, and (second) that it is within their power to change those places through their own actions.” Shareable: Stronger Citizens, Stronger Cities: Changing Governance Through a Focus on Place
We are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it GDP.– None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use | Grist
Walking is like medicine for my patients.– “The benefits of walking don’t stop at health. More people walking leads to safer hometowns, better student performance in school, a stronger sense of neighborliness, increased economic activity for local businesses and improved social equity among all Americans.” Citiwire.net » A...
There are two ways for cities to improve accessibility—by making transportation...– A Better Way to Grade City Transportation Systems | Streetsblog Capitol Hill
Ingenuity + courage + work = miracles– “The problem is, there’s just not enough ingenuity going on these days. Too many of us think we don’t have what it takes. Somewhere along the way, ingenuity became the provenance of experts. Specialists took over creating new ideas and miraculous inventions. And the rest of us started...
Useful change was achieved in the Netherlands within the time it took for a...– A view from the cycle path: What do we want ? Gradual Change. When do we want it ? In due course
Man was meant to walk-and to walk a lot…– Twitter / WalkBoston: “Man was meant to walk-and …
I like having special programs, but if that’s the only thing driving folks to...– “Cities work when all forms of economic development, as well as sensible architecture, are employed, not one or two, with haphazard plans.” The Case for a Lazy Urbanism | The Black Urbanist
As people gather together to discuss how they imagine their environments and...– The Power of Place: On Democracy and Public Participation in Planning | Planetizen