Accessible Walkability~The Fabric of Community

The Importance of Tenji Tactile Blocks

Loving today's #GoogleDoodle tribute to Seiichi Miyake and his contributions to the improving the lives of people with visual impairments across the world. For info: https://t.co/Z11pDGRxlj pic.twitter.com/aTFQ8PFyU1 — Tony Valente (@tonyvalente_ca) March 18, 2019 Do you know who Seiichi Miyake is? With many thanks to City of North Vancouver councillor Tony Valente for passing this…

Data Says Building Walkability Saves Lives

There’s more evidence about the importance of creating walkable communities in a new study that was reported in The British Medical Journal. While cities strive to have goals such as bus stops within a ten minute walk of every residence, research undertaken by Dr. Bo Xi, at Shandong University’s School of Public Health illustrates that…

Toronto Mayor Pledges to Get Tough on Road Violence

The Mayor of the  City of Toronto  is now talking about  instituting 30 kilometer per hour speed limits in the city.  I have written about the road carnage that is happening in Toronto where 46 pedestrians and cyclists were killed on city streets in 2018. That number increased by ten percent from 2017. Imagine~almost four people…

These Save Lives~Why Are They Not Everywhere?

  I have written before aboutleading pedestrian crossing intervals  for pedestrian crossings.  Last summer I wrote about New York City’s successful implementation of themwhich has resulted in a 40 percent decrease in pedestrian and cyclist injuries, and a decline in deaths. It’s a very simple concept. For a nominal cost of $1,200 per intersection, crossing…

Living Near A Vancouver Greenway Keeps You Fit

The City of Vancouver’s Greenway system comprises of a network of 140 kilometers of streets that are designed for walking and biking as a priority. This was an  innovative concept that was developed by the Urban Landscape Task Force chaired by Moura Quayle  in the early 1990’s under Mayor Gordon Campbell’s leadership. The original intent…


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