Accessible Walkability~The Fabric of Community

The Big Toll Paid By Vulnerable Road Users

There has been press about the important ramifications of reducing vehicular speed in cities and places to 30 kilometers per hour (km/h)  from 50 km/h. Studies show that vulnerable road users-those folks biking or walking without the metal frame of a vehicle to protect them-can better survive car crashes at those speeds. Pedestrians and cyclists…

The Elephant in The Yard-Point Grey Road

The owners of residences on the north side of Vancouver’s Point Grey Road have some of the most spectacular  views of English Bay and the North Shore mountains, unfettered by public walkways between their properties and the ocean. The City of Vancouver used to have a policy to purchase land along the north side of…

Japan Uses Local Convenience Stores to Aid Seniors “aging in place”.

Those 7-11 corner convenience stores are a staple in North American cities and in Japan. Mimi Kirk in City Lab notes that the Japanese convenience stores provide the same items as North American ones-with one exception- “convenience stores in Japan offer services that make them hubs of their communities. Customers can pay a utility bill, buy concert…

Buenos Aires And Seniors Inclusivity

    This article published in World Crunch describes the innovative work that another by-the-sea city, with a very  large elderly population is undertaking to improve place and home for senior citizens.  With a quarter of its residents, approximately 700,000 people as senior citizens,  the municipal government  “has forged a comprehensive plan, called PIAM, to revamp…

Toronto and those Count Down Pedestrian Signals

  Toronto’s Metro News has written about Countdown Pedestrian Signals . In Ontario its against the Highway Traffic Act to start crossing the street if the hand on the signal  is flashing. Of course people being human will dash across the street, or be too slow or infirm to make the crossing within the designated time. It…


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