A pedestrian perspective.
By Sandy James:
Wayne uses Mr. Weston’s story to explore the American shift away from foot travel, and the potential benefits of its return. From the connection between our brains and mode of locomotion, to the pedestrian discouraging design of American cities, Wayne examines how walking, or not walking affects our health, environment and national identity. Not walking, he argues, may be one of the most radical things humans have ever done.
If in Singapore, with a Green Man Plus card that gives seniors additional time to cross the road.
The Green Man Plus system lets qualified individuals use a specially activated card to request additional time at pedestrian crossings. The card holder taps a card–one that generally also holds transit funds–on a special sensor on a light pole, located above the normal button to request a cross signal.
The timing system recognizes the request and adds about 6 seconds to the crosswalk counter.
Peter Berkeley, PT’s Brisbane correspondent, keeps sending us so much good stuff, he deserves his own head – hence The Bugle.
Stuff like this:
Copenhagen has long been leading the world in citizen-pleasing infrastructure, and the city has yet again outdone itself. In June, it welcomed the Cykelslangen, or Cycle Snake, an elevated cyclist roadway over the harbor to ease congestion. …
Cykelslangen (pronounced soo-cool-klag-en) adds just 721 feet of length to the city’s 220 miles of bicycle paths, but it relieves congestion by taking riders over instead of through a waterfront shopping area. …
The Cykelslangen winds around the harbor front, in juxtaposition to the grid-like architecture of the area. This element of the design is, for all its beauty, purposeful. Bicycle roads have a maximum allowable gradient to prevent riders from picking up too much speed, and to allow riders on cargo bikes to ascend easily. Making it curved adds length so the elevation changes can be gradual.
Ron Richings passes along a link to Bicycle Dutch - and the constant upgrades to their system:
Way more here.
From the Vancouver Biennale:
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