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…

San Francisco Shrinks Fire Trucks as a Response to Vision Zero

  In designing streets for all users and throating down vehicular traffic people often ask if emergency vehicles and fire trucks can navigate the newly designed spaces easily and quickly. There are approved geometric design guides, as well as software programs to ensure that these vehicles can manoeuvre more constricted spaces easily. And now all…

New York City and the Dog Parker

  Imagine that you are walking downtown with your dog and decide to go to a restaurant, or shop. It is clear that your dog should not be accompanying you. As the New York Times contributor Jonathan Wolfe writes someone has thought about this dilemma and has come up with a solution in the form of pink…

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…

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…

Walk or Bike to Work, Save Billions of Dollars

The British  non-profit Sustrans has been examining governmental plans to increase walking and cycling and have figured out that if the plans are implemented within ten years, that 13,000 lives will be saved and nearly 9.31 billion pounds or 16 billion Canadian dollars still in coffers. The CEO of Sustrans stated “The new findings reiterate that…

Navigational Apps Turning Quiet Walking Streets into Carmegeddon

  You may relate to this. In a Delta neighbourhood there is a  residential street that  is the shortest distance between two arterial roads, favoured by GPS apps, tradesmen and taxis and is a block shorter for arterial short-cutting  cars.There are no sidewalks, no indication that pedestrians are walking on the street which includes a…