The Walkable Block & the Legacy of Vancouver’s Davis Family

John Davis Jr. with Pat Davis It seems only fitting in the month with “British Columbia Day” in this province that we celebrate the remarkable Davis family and Pat Davis who passed away last week.  This family made their street a walkable wonder. Over a period of five decades the Davis Family stewarded a group…

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…

Why We Need to Start Sharing the Road Now

Design editor Lloyd Alter of Tree Hugger sums up what is truly happening in the “sharing the road” adage that is so popular these days. As Lloyd recalls in this article in Mnn.com  “Everyone hates everyone”. That is a pretty true statement and we have to do a better job and get that done now….

“Shark on the Roof” Becomes Heritage Site in Oxford England

  Jim Waterson ✔@jimwaterson Bill Heine, the man who in 1986 stuck a giant shark on the roof of his terraced house in Oxford, has died. He fought planning officers all the way to the top for the right to keep it. The government’s final ruling is thing of beauty. http://www.headington.org.uk/shark/  16.7K 1:59 AM –…

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…