A pedestrian perspective.
TO HULL AND BACK, BUT NOT ON FOOT
Not a joke:
TOWN OF HULL — The town of Hull is considering restricting bike and pedestrian use on some of its roads, a measure one advocacy group says is illegal.
A town public safety committee, which examined general safety on town roads this summer, came up with a draft ordinance in September that requires biking, running or walking groups to register their travel plans with the town or bans them from using roads outright.
The ordinance is in response to what town officials say is a growing problem with road safety, but local groups are concerned about the impact on biking and running in the town.
CONCLUSIONS FROM THE 12TH WALK 21 CONFERENCE
From Jim Walker, the Chair of Walk 21:
Transforming the Automobile City – Walking Steps Up
Just as automobile clubs, dealerships and manufacturers came together to create the ‘Motordom’ movement in the 1920’s, researchers, policy makers and practitioners are now firmly united to effect a global movement for encouraging more walking in our towns and cities. As the true cost of our car dependency is realised, in terms of the impact on our health, land use and personal wealth, the assumption that we need, and must rely on, our cars is being increasingly questioned.
There are lessons to be learnt from places like Vancouver which have taken positive decisions to reduce the impact of the car, increase the walkability of neighbourhoods and ensure a more sustainable balance. These are positive decisions which more and more communities are now demanding of their politicians and which need to be successful if we are indeed to ‘transform the automobile city’
Although walking, as a physical activity, is no longer ‘necessary to live’ for many people, when we reduce the amount we walk, or even give it up, the quality of our lives declines in a quick and measurable way. The health profession has asked us to play our part by being a health provider, to help reduce their burgeoning task of bandaging patients broken by the choices they have made to walk less. Our task is to give communities the people, places and purpose so that they work to support walking. The chronic stress brought on by an imbalance in these building blocks of a quality life lead to many of the world’s early deaths, and are largely avoidable, if friendly, attractive and walkable places are built and managed to support an active population.