Accessible Walkability~The Fabric of Community

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…

Speed Bumps Versus Humps~Why are they not Everywhere?

Anyone working in municipal government  knows all about the tussle over speed humps or “bumps”, those wonderful “silent policemen”  installed by the City that slow vehicular traffic.  A speed hump is an area of raised pavement across a roadway, usually circular in shape, and is a gentler version of a speed bump, which has acute…

Metro Vancouver, We are Jealous of Winnipeg’s Woonerf!

There is a little more Dutch in Winnipeg these days as that city welcomes its first “Woonerf”. As reported in the Metro News this is a street innovation  for pedestrians before vehicles, and achieves “calming the street down through design”. A typical Dutch woonerf   The location of the woonerf  at John Hirsch Place used to contain an…

Drivers Pay Attention to the Pedestrian Zebras in the Streets of La Paz

Trying to get drivers to stop their vehicles for pedestrians crossing the road can be a trying experience.    The Atlantic Monthly describes the innovative attempts of the City of La Paz Bolivia in  changing driver behaviour in the streets, slowing traffic, and helping pedestrians survive. The “cebritas” program is a hybrid to that first introduced…


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