Visibility key factor in pedestrian accidents

There has been a high incidence of pedestrian injuries in marked crosswalks this winter. In response to the horrifying vehicular collision with a family walking across a marked crosswalk in Surrey B.C. the following interview took place on CBC “On The Coast” radio on February 3, 2016. Most of the professional transportation studies indicate that…

And the Surgeon General Says

Here we are in a new year looking back at the most important highlights of 2015. A lot has happened in the world of walkability and smart walkable communities. We are now seeing the connection between healthy living and wellness and  walking every day in safe comfortable environments being directly tied into good town and…

Walking for you, me and our future selves – the Walk Metro Vancouver Society

Walking for you, me and our future selves – the Walk Metro Vancouver Society   Walk Metro Vancouver’s Focus In 2015 Walk Metro Vancouver’s focus is on the importance of walkability for all ages. We want to hear from seniors’ groups in Metro Vancouver and have discussions on walkability-what is your experience, what your neighbourhood…

Why Walking Meetings Can Be Better Than Sitting Meetings

Walking meetings are a kind of a big deal at LinkedIn. On any given day you can find workers strolling and talking together on the bike path at the company’s Mountain View, California, headquarters. The path takes about 20-25 minutes to circle — perfect for a half-hour one-on-one with a colleague. The walk and talks…

Why Steve Jobs Took Long Walks – and Why You Should Too

One day, when Marc Andreessen, the money man behind such tech giants as Facebook, Twitter, and Zynga, was out driving around his home in Palo Alto, California, he nearly hit a crazy old man crossing the street. Looking back at the fool he had nearly run over he noticed the trademark blue jeans and black…

Pete McMartin: Taking life in stride – In praise of walking

“The best thing is to walk.” — Bruce Chatwin, from Anatomy of Restlessness. I walk a lot nowadays, though once I could not think of a greater waste of time. It was boring, it seemed … aimless. Jogging, on the other hand, offered a payoff. You ticked off the kilometres and calories. Jogging appealed to…

Walk [Your City] : Make directional signage for walking and biking

Road signage has traditionally been expensive and car-centered, leaving walkers and bikers by the wayside. Walk [Your City] lets anyone from citizens to corporations quickly and affordably promote healthy lifestyles, public safety, and human-centered transit. Did you know that 41% of trips taken in a car are less than a 20-minute walk? Installing Walk [Your…

Parents under investigation after letting kids walk home alone

A Maryland couple is under investigation for child neglect after they let their kids, aged six and 10, walk to and from a local park without parental supervision. On a Saturday afternoon last December, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv gave their kids Rafi and Dorva permission to walk home alone from a park that was located…

Will Shoes One Day Generate Renewable Energy?

These insoles would let wearers produce electricity and feed it into the grid. That’s the idea behind “Step,” a shoe conceived by 22-year-old Vancouver design student Taylor Ward. Inspired by his city’s goal to become the greenest urban area on the planet by 2020, Ward has drafted an ambitious blueprint for kicks that could help…

Garden Bridge in London, UK

London’s Garden Bridge will be a stunning new public garden and pedestrian crossing, spanning the River Thames, linking the South Bank to Temple station and beyond. Designed by Heatherwick Studio and inspired by actress and campaigner, Joanna Lumley, the Bridge will provide a vital new route between north and south London and feature plants, trees,…