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…

London Lowers Vehicular Pollution For Health, Livability

London leads in the intersection of  health and transportation planning for safer, healthier cities.  Asthma is a lung disease where the airways of the lungs are swollen and  inflamed, making it harder to breathe.  London, United Kingdom is the first city in the world  introducing ULEZ zones in the inner city. ULEZ stands for Ultra-Low…

Portland Oregon Lowers Road Speed, Saves Lives

Speed kills in cities, and in Great Britain many cities are considering lowering speed limits within their jurisdictions to save lives and reduce injuries under the banner “20 (miles per hour) is plenty”. Portland Oregon as part of its commitment to eliminate all road deaths by 2025 has adopted theVision Zero approach, accepting no road…

What to do With An Old Highway Overpass~Seoullo’s 7017 Walkability Response

  Last winter Walk Metro Vancouver was invited to be a plenary speaker at a pedestrian think tank and conference in Seoul Korea. One of the highlights was reviewing  Seoullo 17 with architectural planners from the Architectural Urban Research Institute.  This extraordinary Sky Garden was built upon the 1970 Seoul Station Highway Overpass in South Korea,…

That Semi-Private Space~is it Public or is it Private?

The Guardian has written about the rise of that  open public space that appears to be public but can be controlled by developers who actually built the space. That seems to be the case in Great Britain “where Pseudo-public spaces – large squares, parks and thoroughfares that appear to be public but are actually owned and controlled…

Tree Canopies and Cities~Who Has the Biggest Tree Canopy?

From Walk Metro Vancouver’s colleague in Australia Greg Vann  comes this article from the World Economic Forum on trees. We all know that trees are wonderful. They eat carbon dioxide. They give off oxygen. They change the way we psychologically feel, and there’s evidence showing that being surrounded by trees is very good for your mental and…

Anish Kapoor’s “Ascension” Public Art Piece in Brooklyn Park

Sandy James Image   For the fortieth anniversary of the City of New York’s public art fund, Anish Kapoor’s “Descension” public art piece has been placed in Brooklyn Bridge Park from May until September. This is a very visceral work ,in that it is a “negative” space work-it looks like a large round swimming pool…

Children Can’t Detect Car Speed over 32 km/h

  The Telegraph follows up on a subject covered earlier in Price Tags-studies conducted at universities are showing that children have perceptual limitations when judging whether it is safe to cross a street with traffic going over 20 miles per hour  (32 kilometers per hour). Royal Holloway College at London University suggests that children may not even…

Pedestrians crossing the Street~There’s an App for that!

An august group of planners in Sydney Australia, London England, Paris and Vancouver are looking at “intersection signal intervals” -how long it takes for the walk signal to activate after a pedestrian pushes the cross walk button. This group feels that the livability of a city and the quality of the walking environment can be…