In this episode of our podcastIt’s the Little Things,Jacob chats with Dustin Ratcliff—founding member of Walk2Connect—about how you can connect with your community on foot, including how to motivate your neighbors to form a walking group, how to use your walking group to influence how your city or town is develop, and how connecting with your community on foot makes our cities and towns stronger.
Compact development isn’t just for big cities. Some of the best walkable urbanism in the world is in the smallest towns. And embracing this is the key to enjoying the best of both worlds: urban and rural.
Just because a street has sidewalks, that doesn't mean it's safe or pleasant to walk on.
Great urbanism: if it’s good enough for a vacation, then it’s good enough for everyday life.
Let’s take a walk together down two different streets, and observe what car-oriented places are like from the viewpoint of a pedestrian.
Our walk together continues on Fairfax Boulevard, where we encounter a much different (i.e., less friendly) pedestrian experience.
From inner-city Birmingham to small town Iowa to racially diverse suburbs of LA, the walkability movement is growing.
Wide radii and slip lanes are examples of design choices that prioritize vehicle speed over the safety of people, inside or outside of cars. Simple infrastructure changes can make a big difference for safety.
The way we design our cities, the metrics we track, and even ourlanguage— they all betray how we’ve come to prioritize cars over human bodies. What’s lost when our transportation paradigm doesn’t account for the diverse ways people still use our streets?
An accidental photo essay courtesy of Street View provides us a look at the appallingly low standard for what we expect people who walk in suburbia to put up with.
Lakewood, Ohio, is a "walking school district." The town has never, in its history, owned school buses, so streets are designed to ensure that every child can walk or bike to school.
Houston’s “Energy Corridor” gets a pedestrian makeover, but just one thing seems to be missing: pedestrians.