Note — Sep 23, 2018

What Would a Truly Walkable City Look Like?

Seen in → No.50

Source → theguardian.com/cities/2018/sep/19/what-woul...

Reading this I realized a parallel between recycling and electric cars. They are both important, but cause us to flip our thinking upside down. Where we talk of recycling, it's actually reduce, reuse, recycle. In that order, yet we seem to only talk about recycling. For transport it's walk, bike, public transport, then electric cars. In that order. Electric cars don't solve much unless the other three are given their proper place.

The modern obsession with autonomous and electric vehicles, dockless scooters and bicycles means it is easy to forget the humble pedestrian. However, as almost every journey starts or finishes on foot, we are ignoring a fundamental part of what makes a city great. […]

A useable network of high-quality paths is key for a pedestrian-friendly city. Manchester has recently announced a 1,000-mile £160m walking and cycling grid, including 1,400 safer road crossings, improved footways and 25 “filtered neighbourhoods” which prioritise people on bike and on foot over cars, and featuring places to sit, play and socialise. When completed, Beelines will be the UK’s biggest connected walking and cycling network.