Designing for Pedestrians and Cyclists Boon for London Retail Businesses

Of course it makes intuitive sense that active transportation users and bus commuters would frequent retail businesses more often than those constrained by  vehicles. But it is always better to have the hard facts on this data, and researchers in the City of London England have done just that. Transport for London (TfL)  in Great…

Carson City Nevada Steps Up to a Walkable Downtown

  Walk Metro Vancouver has reported on a phenomenon that is occurring in many towns that are reclaiming their historic downtowns back from thoroughfare highway use to more pedestrian friendly sidewalks, bike lanes, and slower vehicular flows more attractive for locals. Carson City Nevada is 30 miles south of Reno, has a population of 55,300 (2010) and…

Why Can’t We Build “Great Streets” for Pedestrians?

  There is a shift in the conversation about the rights of pedestrians and cyclists to travel comfortably, conveniently and safely on Metro Vancouver streets. This discussion has been highlighted internationally in the media and you can take a look at almost any historic street photo from the early 20th century and see a surprising…

New York City Installing thousands of Bollards to Protect Pedestrians

New York City will be installing 1,500 bollards on city streets as reported by the New York Times. While these bollards have previously been installed around Times Square in 2016, they have previously only been installed for diplomatic buildings and some private enterprises. In May 2017 an individual high on PCP used a rental truck to drive…

When Hanging Out on a Vancouver Street Was “Loitering”

  It was not that long ago that there were actual bylaws so that people did not just go and sit on a street. Walk Metro Vancouver’s friend in Zurich Daniel Sauter notes that a stay in a European park averages 20 minutes. In North America, an eight minute stay is considered long. And just…

Fire Departments Don’t Need All that Space Around Hydrants After All

While proposed by the Fire Chief in Surrey as a way to give more parking back to communities, Chief Garis’ willingness to review the sacrosanct five meters of parking  clearance required curbside beside fire hydrants opens up the potential for all kinds of new street use. Working for a municipality the requirements for fire hydrant…

Free Webinar on the Business Case for Walkability~August 2!

Thank you to Simon Fraser University’s City Program for offering this webinar hosted by Darren Davis free of charge. From the Next-Generation Transportation Webinar Series: “What gets measured gets managed”, conventional wisdom dictates. In the case of quantifying the benefits of walking, this has often been a reactive and piecemeal process, if done at all….

New York City’s Tom Bob Repurposes Street Utilities into Whimsical Wonders

  Photo: Mindcircle.com From Catherine Clement comes this New York City story about Tom Bob who has turned the ordinary into the extraordinary with every day street amenities.  Taking ordinary items like  manhole covers, bike racks and exposed wall piping Tom Bob transforms them into articles of delight and whimsy. It’s no surprise that his work has…