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A pedestrian perspective.

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WAR ON THE WALKER

From the New York Times:

IN the future, perhaps our time will be known as the first decade of the Bicycle Wars, with righteous armies fighting over traffic lanes, bike paths and sidewalks, indeed over the very purpose of the streets themselves. Like many wars, it’s a question of territory, and the pedestrian has been losing for years.

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OH, THE IRONY

A re-statement of the very, very obvious – plus some comments at the end from a candidate in the civic election who, through a strategy of ridicule, ended up running against the ideas she actually stood for.

For healthy people, build a healthy city 

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HOW TO ASSESS THE HEALTHY CITY

Peter Berkeley thinks this looks like a useful tool:

… designed to help you conduct an economic assessment of the health benefits of walking or cycling by estimating the value of reduced mortality that results from specified amounts of walking or cycling.

  • when planning a new piece of cycling or walking infrastructure.
  • to value the reduced mortality from past and/or current levels of cycling or walking
  • to provide input into more comprehensive economic appraisal exercises, or prospective health impact assessments.

More information is available here.

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