There's much to learn from a city's treatment of pedestrians

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When you start to look at how other places see walking as an important solution for problems in city and individual health, it becomes one interesting story after another. The material on this page is about larger southern places, where walkers are often pedestrians on sidewalks or in parks, but there are things to be learned from reading what these others are doing.

Of course, we must temper other place's interesting solutions with being a small spread out town with winter, snow, and a short lounging about outside drinking latés season! And we must temper our dreams with:

"The TAC manual emphasizes that judgment and experience of the designer are important and avoids using the term "standards" to specify required features of a design. In general, the manual refers to the "design domain," a range of acceptable geometric configurations and dimensions that the designer should choose from. Still, as a previous version of the manual puts it, the manual represents "customary practice that is generally recognized by the profession to be sound," and virtually no innovative street designs are discussed in any version. Given this, the manual can be seen as conservative in its approach" Making Toronto streets (A good backgrounder to some aspects of Canadian streets)


City of Toronto

Walk Toronto.

Other places

America Walks

Environmental psychology

This free course is available on iTunes U. The field of environmental psychology examines people's interactions with their everyday socio-physical surroundings from a broad interdisciplinary perspective encompassing psychology, sociology, urban planning, landscape architecture, public policy and public health. A central concern of scholars and practitioners in environmental psychology is the translation of scientific research findings into guidelines for designing vibrant places that foster high levels of psychological and physical well-being by providing ample opportunities for social engagement and physically active lifestyles.

Among the topics covered are strategies for developing evidence-based design guidelines to enhance the walkability of urban and suburban neighborhoods, increase physical activity levels among community members, and reduce obesity in children, adolescents, and adults.


Books, presentations, articles


"Despite these upsides, in an America enraptured by the cultural prosthesis that is the automobile, walking has become a lost mode, perceived as not a legitimate way to travel but a necessary adjunct to one's car journey, a hobby, or something that people without cars — those pitiable "vulnerable road users," as they are called with charitable condescension — do. To decry these facts — to examine, as I will in this series, how Americans might start walking more again — may seem like a hopelessly retrograde, romantic exercise: nostalgia for Thoreau's woodland ambles. But the need is urgent. The decline of walking has become a full-blown public health nightmare."

The Atlantic Cities

...explores the most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today's global cities and neighborhoods. By bringing together news, analysis, data, and trends, the site gives a lot of ideas about how to solve problems in urban design.

Original green: common-sense, plain-spoken sustainability