When Autonomous Vehicles Kill Pedestrians

  With a death of a pedestrian the seemingly relentless march forward of autonomous vehicles has taken a pause as reported by the New York Times.  From a legislative standpoint autonomous vehicles (AVs) are operating in a piece meal legal environment, and the state of Arizona was an early adopter, inviting these vehicles  to be tested…

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…

Accessibility and Why it Needs to be Embedded in “Walkability”

  There has been a very valuable discussion on Twitter from Ms. Sinenomine about the use of the term “Walkability”. She is well worth a follow, and presents a stalwart and stark view of how the language we use focuses away from the root of accessibility and universal acceptance. She states the obvious: we need to do…

The Day that Sweden Switched~”Dagen H”

Walk Metro Vancouver knows that change is hard. But if you are an entire country and you can educate, plan, and change roads to get folks to drive on the other side, can we not make the same case for a great education, speed, and road design model to make walking safer and more convenient?…

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….

Electric Scooters Inundate San Francisco!

If you have been in San Francisco  California in the last few weeks  you have probably seen them-electric scooters are everywhere. And as discussed by a reporter for the New York Times section California Today  in San Francisco “Shared electric scooters are available to reserve and rent by app for as little as $1 a ride….

Walking to Work~Where are those Public Washrooms?

  Kudos to Pat Doherty and her blog The Walking Commuter, in which she describes her walking route to work, and her commuting practice, which she started during a Toronto Transit strike a few decades ago. In her blog, Pat asks a question that can also be asked in Vancouver: “Have you ever really needed to get to…

1,000 Crashes a Day in British Columbia~Time to Get Serious About Stopping Them

Two items from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), the provincial Crown Corporation responsible for driver licensing, registration and primary insurance coverage, came out yesterday. If you’ve felt that driving in BC was getting a bit more dangerous, you’re right. ICBC has confirmed that, in 2017, there were 350,000 crashes province-wide. Think of that…