Accessible Walkability~The Fabric of Community

Children Can’t Detect Car Speed over 32 km/h

  The Telegraph follows up on a subject covered earlier in Price Tags-studies conducted at universities are showing that children have perceptual limitations when judging whether it is safe to cross a street with traffic going over 20 miles per hour  (32 kilometers per hour). Royal Holloway College at London University suggests that children may not even…

Walking, a Tsunami and the Disconnected Wind Phone

As reported in City Lab, Otuschi Japan lost ten per cent of its population in the 2011 Tsunami-about 1,600 people perished. “A resident named Itaru Sasaki had nestled the phone booth in his garden the year before, as a way to ruminate over his cousin’s death. Longing to maintain a relationship with a departed loved…

Why Accessibility Means Access to Everybody~Vancouver Beaches

  There was a recent twitter flurry about able-bodied planners and engineers  using wheelchairs for a few hours on their city streets to comprehend what it is like to use  a wheelchair daily. Some disability advocates balked at this, pointing out that being able bodied in a wheelchair for a few hours on a well-lit…

Pedestrians crossing the Street~There’s an App for that!

An august group of planners in Sydney Australia, London England, Paris and Vancouver are looking at “intersection signal intervals” -how long it takes for the walk signal to activate after a pedestrian pushes the cross walk button. This group feels that the livability of a city and the quality of the walking environment can be…


Vancouver, BC