In the United States cyclists were the first advocates for paved roads.
1890's cyclists lobbied for safer streets.
Early 1900's US cities had multi-modal transportation, especially Los Angeles.
This once shared space is now dedicated to driving.
Cars are necessary and not inherently bad,but there are problems with excessive automobile dependence in America:
- car crashes are the top cause of death/injury for ages 5-34 (CDC)
- polluted air creates respiratory health issues and cancer
- vehicles consume large amounts of valuable public space
- 30% of adults do not or can not drive cars (Census)
- low income adults, children, elderly, and handicapped may not have access
- roads require expensive maintenance frequently
- costly traffic jams are getting worse
- oil is imported, creating trade deficit
- passengers are sedentary
- land impact from car based communities is sprawling
- one out of six fatalities are pedestrians, and rising!
A large part of US driving could be eliminated by better access to transportation alternatives such as public transit or walking and biking. This becomes only more true as younger generations move towards the cities.
Thankfully cities around the world are now starting to prioritize people!
We need public streets where healthy children can play, but a car may drive.
Thankfully obtaining people oriented streets is easy.
Many smaller streets are dead ends for cars.
This neighborhood is no longer a shortcut.
Physically separate vulnerable people from fast moving cars, d'uh!
Injuries to all road user reduce by half.
Walking and biking creates a healthier and happier community.
My route to the ferry. Under busy Highway 101.
You should be able to safely walk or ride to any destination in any city.
regardless of whether you are 8 or 80 years old.