Lot’s of press this week connecting complete streets and America’s aging population (AARP). The 2011 version of the national report Dangerous by Design (T4America) was released and NPR covered the need for safer streets for an aging population(NPR).
Transportation for America found that nationally, people older than 65 are 96% more likely to be killed while walking and it’s no better in Michigan (MyWHaT).
You can listen to the NPR’s segment here or read the transcript at: As Senior Population Grows, A Push To Make Streets Safer (NPR)
- You can’t scare the people that you want to ride bicycles (BlissTree) The occasionally helmet-less safety girl fesses up (Suburban Bike Mama) and as a earlier comment proves, it’s a choice, and we all have reasons, but helmets are not always necessary (Urban Country archive)
“Smart common sense riding? Hell yeah- but what they wear on their heads means less to me.”
~ Suburban Bike Mama
- How far is too far to walk to a park? (City Park Blogs) and would you participate in a Leave Your Kid Alone in a Park Day? (WSJ)
- Chicago prepares for a changing climate (NYTimes)
- “We are moving to a multimodal society.” (USA Today) and walkability leads to many other modes, like better transit (Reconnecting America)
- Peer-to-peer car sharing/rental gets national coverage (WSJ) Humorous knee-jerk reactions in comments.
- Save the Gas this Memorial Weekend, even if you must drive (Infrastructurist)
- Angry Urbanists, don’t waste the energy (Restless Urbanist)
“If you are an angry urbanist, you may need to change where you live, where you work, or who you work for. There is simply not enough time for you to waste your talents in a place that does not value you.” (The verdict is still out on NW L Michigan)
- RT (T4America) Comment: “Pay attention & watch where you are walking always works” Sure, like these places? http://flic.kr/p/7dyafM http://flic.kr/p/7dyahv
- RT (BenjaminAddy) You cannot nurture the concept of social justice to a group without simultaneously developing a sense of community.
- RT (leahgolby) It’s been almost 4 years since I went #carfree. The more time passes, the more resolved I am to use cars when needed, but not own one.
- RT (lutzfernandez) ”I would not, could not in a car.” – Dr. Seuss
This StreetFilms video made the email rounds this week around northern Michigan. Minneapolis is fast becoming the premier commuter cycling city in the U.S. and last I checked, their motorized traffic and winters are much worse than Traverse City. The lesson? It’s not the weather that stops active transportation, it’s the infrastructure…or, the lack thereof. Build it and they will come.
“Everyone had fun and remembers the wind blowing through their hair when they rode their bikes as kids. What they’re missing is that same sense of freedom and excitement and fun.”
Andy Clark, president of League of American Bicyclists, In an article for Voice of America titled Number of Bicyclers Soars Along with US Gas Prices which reminded me of a previous Friday Graphic.