Free Range Kids Legal in Utah~Should Free Range be Legal Here Too?

  You may remember the story, covered by Price Tags — and many other news outlets, some international — of a Vancouver dad who who was reported to provincial authorities for allowing his kids to use transit to get to school by themselves. (The story stuck, by the way, well before that dad — business owner and affordable housing…

Why Canadian Municipalities Should Reduce Vehicular Speeds NOW

Recently, Walk Metro Vancouver  participated in a CBC Radio “On The Coast” dialogue with CBC’s Michelle Eliot. Karen Reid Sidhu, Executive Director of the Surrey Crime Prevention Society, joined me in addressing motor vehicle speeds, and the question of why convenience is sometimes viewed as more important than reducing crashes, injury and death on our roads….

How An Autonomous Vehicle’s “perception module” killed a Pedestrian

  Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary crash report related to the pedestrian fatality caused by the autonomous vehicle (AV) in Tempe, Arizona this past March. Trust The Economist to wade right into the muddy waters; since this report has not received much coverage in the rest of the media, we’ll join the fray. The…

Delta Police Department ASKS Public Where Speed Needs to Be Enforced

  In one of the most genius ideas, the Delta Police Department has lined up social media, safety and vehicular speed to deal with crashes in their municipality. As reported in the Delta Optimist the department has adopted a unique approach, giving the public a “heads up” about potential  enforcement areas via twitter @DPDTraffic . The result, if…

New York City’s Tom Bob Repurposes Street Utilities into Whimsical Wonders

  Photo: Mindcircle.com From Catherine Clement comes this New York City story about Tom Bob who has turned the ordinary into the extraordinary with every day street amenities.  Taking ordinary items like  manhole covers, bike racks and exposed wall piping Tom Bob transforms them into articles of delight and whimsy. It’s no surprise that his work has…

Distraction~A Driver’s Problem, Not a Pedestrian’s

  View image on Twitter NJ.com The title said it all in this tweet from a New Jersey company-“City narrows roads because you won’t stop texting while walking”. But um, no, the correct reframe is “city narrows crossing distance at intersection to make pedestrians safer”. And this whole thing about pedestrians being hit by vehicles…

Does Better Walking Infrastructure Ward Off Depression?

  The link between walkability and improving mental health is one that the Directors of Walk Metro Vancouver perceive as vital to communities. The New York Times writes about   three new studies on depression and regular exercise that should  impact how we build cities and how we enhance walkability for sociability and mental fitness. Reviewing the…

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…

How Can Cities and Towns become more Walkable?

Sandy James Photos From the Daily Durning comes an interesting article from governing.com  on the importance of sidewalks to the liveliness of cities and places. Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities established the concept that holistic communities are based upon the opportunity to have face to face contacts with neighbours. Jane wrote: “Lowly, unpurposeful and…

Do Pedestrian Push Buttons Calm Tourists? Why Do We Have Them?

  As reported in the Boston Globe, more American cities are taking the attitude that their city traffic flows  well without the intervention of  pedestrians touching  the  walk/don’t walk push button.  Imagine-remember all those times you were visiting New York, Seattle and London and thought that merely pressing the pedestrian walk button somehow gave you unbridled…