In this funny and thought-provoking talk, Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner of New York City, shares projects that have reshaped street life in the 5 boroughs, including pedestrian zones in Times Square, high-performance buses and a 6,000-cycle-strong bike share. Her mantra: Do bold experiments that are cheap to try out.
Thousands of residents across Cape Town recently flocked to Langa to walk its storied streets. Crime fears were allayed as visitors from the city’s more affluent suburbs walked the streets in safety. They form part of the Open Streets movement that fosters diverse community interaction in urban areas, designating the street as a positive social space.
‘The Lagos Tour’ is a monthly feature from Future Lagos that will explore Lagos using photography. This month we examined the ease of pedestrian movement in Lagos.
Portland, the largest city in Oregon with over 600, 000 inhabitants has become a global model of transit-oriented development (TOD). A key element of TOD is the human scale – creating streets that are not only auto-friendly but also amenable to cycling and walking.
The ongoing problem of traffic congestion in cities can’t be solved by looking at the components of transport systems in isolation.
What if every community had a safe route like the Fan Walk in Cape Town’s CBD?
With many cities acknowledging the drawbacks of automobiles, car free options are starting to be seriously considered. South Koreans recently went without their cars for a month. In Cape Town, this UCT project considered the implications of a car-free Cape Town, and there are the ongoing talks about making Long Street a pedestrianised road. But how about a city vision for no cars? Hamburg has an ambitious plan to achieve a car free city within the next 20 years.
In the urban planning circles of the United States, no historical figure embodies both the historical mythos and current trends that have become so important to the new urbanist movement more than Jane Jacobs. Today her thinking is credited with eventually pulling New York City out of its Taxi Driver slump in the 60s and 70s and making it the dream city of all 20 somethings fresh out of college nationwide, and her book The Death and Life of American Cities is considered a classic. But how does her ideology apply to other regions with their radically different cultures, federal policies, and urban fabric?
The city of Pontevedra in northwest Spain has become a leader in walker-friendly urban policy over the past 15 years. To further improve walkability, Pontevedra’s city council produced a map that visualizes the distances and travel times between key places on foot at an average speed of five kilometers per hour. Pontevendra offers insights into the potential for similar initiatives in other cities around the world.
For many people, the concept of ‘Walkability’ simply means how many shops, cafes, schools and other services are within walking distance of a particular location. While this is a really important part of a walkable neighbourhood there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that several other factors improve or reduce the walkability of a street or neighbourhood.