Accessible Walkability~The Fabric of Community

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…


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