Declaration of Intent
Declaration of Intent
My Wheels are Turning was created to explore how and why it is we move and to explore the values that we promote when we make those choices. It’s for people who walk, wheel, use motor vehicles and those who stand by the side of the road.
Since it’s launch in January of 2010, it quickly evolved into a forum that went beyond mere mobility issues. As it turns out, it’s primarily about public space, because our common space is largely claimed by a single use: the automobile.
MyWHaT was created to help expand the understanding of how we can fully design, use, and interact with those spaces, and each other, with more equity, inclusiveness and resiliency. And, still drive our automobiles–albeit, hopefully a lot more efficiently than we do now.
It was created with three intentions:
- To share ideas & stories from within NW lower Michigan and from points beyond.
- To advocate & organize for livable, interconnected streets & communities.
- To celebrate community & active transportation. To play. To Connect.
We do take positions and we do petition our local decision makers, but we use considerable caution in presenting issues fairly with the information publicly provided or shared with us. With so much information available, often it simply needs to be aggregated into more accessible, contextualized forms in order for the community to become engaged. That is the primary role of MyWHaT & why these groups have become underwriters.
The Grand Vision made the case that more people than might be expected want to be involved in regional planning and in creating a place that is unique. To take the next step, we need venues where positive, solution orientated energy is harnessed and great ideas (questions) articulated, explored and promoted.
This is just one venue; we need a network and many more voices.
As well, we need more YIMBYs (Yes In My Backyard).
This blog wants and needs to hear from readers. Are You…
- a resident who has a specific idea?
- a visitor who sees an area in need of addressing?
- a government representative who is looking for support/feedback?
Let’s ride. Or, walk. Whatever. Let’s connect.