adding page this day:
In a world where most cars are driving themselves, pedestrians could reign supreme trib.al/p9lKMd6
pedestrians usually end up the defense, watching for traffic before timidly lifting a foot off the sidewalk.
But with all the evidence that robots will drive far more safely and with greater adherence to the law than people, pedestrians’ incentives around safety will change. They may simply cross when they want to, confident that the vigilant AVs won’t touch them. Following that conclusion, Millard-Ball suggests that pedestrians may also be more empowered to jaywalk. Kids may play in the streets (like the olden days!). And cyclists may be more confident to “take the lane” and ride on streets without special bike lanes.
how large is a city street neighborhood that functions capably? if we look as successful street-neighborhood networks in real life, we find this is a meaningless question, because wherever they work best, street neighborhoods have no beginnings and ends setting them apart as distinct units. – Jane Jacobs
Leyla Acaroglu (@LeylaAcaroglu) tweeted at 5:23 AM – 25 Nov 2017 :
The power of good design based on systems interactions “Road signs suck. What if we got rid of them all?” https://t.co/sAGX0w0FtI via @voxdotcom #design #urbandesign #systemsdesign (http://twitter.com/LeylaAcaroglu/status/934397099545956353?s=17)
Robin Chase (@rmchase) tweeted at 5:20 AM – 11 Apr 2018 :
If ever there were a strong rationale for improving walking, biking, shared vehicles this is it. Gasp at annual cost of parking in cities https://t.co/mIzaUaQkSG (http://twitter.com/rmchase/status/984028447835115520?s=17)
1/3 of urban driving costs are for parking (other costs also include time lost to congestion)
via sandy rt
Kaid Benfield (@Kaid_in_DC) tweeted at 5:57 AM – 11 Apr 2018 :
Excellent insights & facts on the sometimes convoluted politics of sidewalks from @completestreets director Emiko A. https://t.co/ue3joHNSht(http://twitter.com/Kaid_in_DC/status/984037742551150592?s=17)
In Shel Silverstein’s beloved children’s poetry collection, “Where the Sidewalk Ends”is a paradisal space, free from the pressures of the city. “Let us leave this place where the smoke blows back,” he wrote, “and the dark street winds and bends… to the place where the sidewalk ends.”
The suburbs have seen their own increase in population and, with it, numerous traffic woes, which have prompted locals to consider alternative modes of transportation. ..Along the way, sidewalks have come to represent the chaotic intersection of infrastructure budgeting, safety concerns, and property rights in communities across the country.
So why don’t we just pour a little concrete out for these walkers? Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, an expert in urban planning at the University of California Los Angeles, says it goes back to the Shel Silverstein days.
“There is this perception… that if we have sidewalks, we’re going to bring people who do not belong to our neighborhoods,” she says.
walkers’ interpretive labor
Martyn Schmoll (@martynschmoll) tweeted at 2:30 PM – 22 May 2018 :
Pedestrians: wear bright or reflective clothing, remove earbuds, make eye contact with drivers, cross only at crosswalks, never talk, text or use electronic devices in an intersection. Drivers: carry on. #CarCulture https://t.co/Zocg1LXQzD (http://twitter.com/martynschmoll/status/999024639174168576?s=17)
Maggie Jordan: (@MaggieJordanACN) tweeted at 2:34 PM – 30 Jul 2018 :
This pedestrian bridge in Vietnam was opened to the public in June.
Known as the Golden Bridge, it stands 1,400m above sea level above the Ba Na hills and is a work of art. https://t.co/jveuu5kySB (http://twitter.com/MaggieJordanACN/status/1024030491027099649?s=17)
CityLab (@CityLab) tweeted at 6:06 AM – 17 Oct 2018 :
City planner and author @JeffSpeckAICP gives us a step-by-step guide to fixing America’s cities. https://t.co/CfzT6vPlad(http://twitter.com/CityLab/status/1052531168481021952?s=17)
World Economic Forum (@wef) tweeted at 6:30 AM – 12 Nov 2018 :
Reclaiming the roads. Learn more about cities banning cars: https://t.co/XTa1C4xk6h #environment https://t.co/WQG3rFzljD(http://twitter.com/wef/status/1061974394845757440?s=17)
CityLab (@CityLab) tweeted at 6:42 AM – 28 Nov 2018 :
The United States has as many as two billion parking spots for about 250 million cars, @mslaurabliss reports: https://t.co/Wg2kkyUuhA(http://twitter.com/CityLab/status/1067775697714855936?s=17)
jeff speck‘s walk able city and walk able city rules (notes on his page)
Jeff Speck (@JeffSpeckAICP) tweeted at 6:09 AM – 18 Dec 2018 :
According to one study, subsidies to roads and parking alone add up to between 8% and 10% of our Gross National Product. As noted in Rule 1, it is estimated that we are paying less than one tenth of the true cost of our driving. (2/3) (http://twitter.com/JeffSpeckAICP/status/1075015157791772672?s=17)
Jason Hickel (@jasonhickel) tweeted at 4:01 AM – 15 Jun 2019 :
This letter from leading British scientists warns that shifting to electric cars by 2050 will require a violent increase in resource extraction. We need to replace combustion cars with electric, yes. But more importantly, we need to reduce car use. https://t.co/WFAlznIWZL(http://twitter.com/jasonhickel/status/1139835202086133760?s=17)
Now THAT’S pedestrian infrastructure.
(You THINK you know what this video is, but trust me, you don’t. Watch.)
HT @AGUSMARTE https://t.co/5wkxeJM2bw
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/BrentToderian/status/1189223564228120581
CityLab (@CityLab) tweeted at 5:26 AM – 11 Dec 2019 :
Safety advocates have long complained that media outlets tend to blame pedestrians and cyclists who are hit by cars. Research suggests they’re right, writes @Richard_Florida. https://t.co/CX4KrL9wp9 (http://twitter.com/CityLab/status/1204739124973985793?s=17)
Since 2013, deaths among pedestrians and cyclists on U.S. roads have risen by nearly 30 percent and 14 percent respectively. Yet the public reaction to this spike in deaths has been fairly muted. . One possible reason: road safety advocates have long complained that media outlets tend to blame pedestrians and cyclists who are hit by cars
News reports were also much more likely to use phrases like “a pedestrian or cyclist was hit by a car” instead of “a driver hit a pedestrian.”.. “A pedestrian was hit by a car” centers the victim getting hit—and as the authors note, “[p]eople tend to place greater blame on the focus of the sentence,” i.e., the victim. This kind of language de-emphasizes the agency of the driver
Alissa Walker (@awalkerinLA) tweeted at 12:00 PM – 3 Jan 2020 :
Last year, no children under 15 died in roadway crashes anywhere in the country of Norway, which has a population of about 5.3 million.
In the U.S., traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for children under 15.
Imagine a city the size of Washington D.C. going an entire year without any pedestrians or cyclists being killed on its streets. That’s exactly what happened in Oslo, where officials reported this week that zero pedestrian or cyclist fatalities occurred on the city’s roads in 2019.
According to a story in the Norwegian paper Aftenposten, safety advocates are directly attributing the virtual elimination of roadway deaths to recent initiatives which have allowed fewer cars into the city’s center.
also lowered the speed limit,
It’s hard to overstate how awesome it is when we have the freedom to NOT own a car. #CompleteCommunities @ridewcbc @rideshareDE @Dartfirststate @DEStateHousing @rmchase https://t.co/RisUoAPlLk https://t.co/pBvzarH84L
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Bike_DE/status/1214982668816920576