Accidents involving walkers and bicycle riders struck by motor vehicles are a troubling, costly aspect of sprawl. They appear to be built right into the whole matter of community life structured around automobiles and the infrastructure provided for them. This bodily damage really has to be stopped.
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1999 seems like such ancient times. This Esquire piece from that year came across our radar screen today via Twitter, reminding us some things don’t change that much…
Walking to the mall
Common sense warns us that winter can add an oppressive layer to social difficulty. The design of our communities and their services gives us the opportunity to respond to this danger.
In Stockholm, a proposal to make snow plowing priorities better for women
Extreme cold forces TTC to take streetcars out of service. Toronto will be down 50 streetcars just in time for rush hour
Time for Toronto to embrace winter in the city
Walkable winter cities when the weather is frightful!
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It looks like Toronto’s chief planner has been reading suburban-poverty.com. According to a piece in the National Pest she’s spoken up recently in support of a long term effort to facilitate walking here.
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TED Talks have become an internet staple in the last few years. That big orange T represents an imminent encounter with a brainy, technology-infused optimism that is quite seductive at times. James Howard Kunstler’s memorable TED rant has been a suburban-poverty.com favourite for a decade now.
So it’s great to see the TEDsters adopt walking as a major theme for an upcoming conference. In our reality the city that is easier to get around in is also easier on the eyes and makes economic sense for workers and businesses alike. The walkable city list on this TED Blog page is a little touristy, but TED is well on the right path with this interest in walkability.
The most walkable cities in the world
(214) How walkable is the place you live?
(149) Walk it off…
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This is a really important question. Walking is the very essence of being human and to deny walking is to deny being human. If you can walk to where you need to go to get goods and services, socialize and be employed you have a tremendous quality of life advantage. You and your community will be better off. Thank goodness there has been a surge of interest in walkability lately. The fact so many places in North America have not exactly been supportive of walking for so long now is, well, lame. If you are interested in walkability have a look at Walkonomics. There’s a phone app there now that allows you to rate your street and neighbourhood.
See also (149) Walk it off…
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A person earning twenty-five grand a year who can walk to work is richer than the person making thirty-five a year who drives to work? Yes? No? Maybe? Would the money saved in this proposition be enough to help someone avoid or reduce social exclusion?
Going forward, communities really need to be doing all they can to support walking. Even here in wintery Canada walking already makes a difference to those with lower incomes. Supporting walking only makes sense, really. Here is an item on walking from Slate.
The crisis in American walking
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