Poll: Would You Ride Or Walk More If Streets Were Safer?

walking street pattaya

The NJ Bike & Walk Coalition asks if people “would ride or walk more if streets were safer?”

Obviously, the question is slightly ambiguous and overly general.

But the question does try to clarify the idea that making streets safer; in terms of pushing drivers to slow down, getting speeding limits reduced, designing streetscapes to be more pleasant and inviting places, improving lighting; will encourage more people to ride bicycles or walk, thus reducing the number of automobiles on road.

People have responded, with saying 97 percent answering ‘yes’ (as of 9 September 2011, 11:14PM PST).

NJ Bike Poll

Obviously, 67 participants is a small number, but it gives you a starting point toward getting more people to bike and walk. I would be interested to know why two people felt that making streets safer wouldn’t get them to ride or walk more.

There are many things to consider in trying to understand why people don’t ride or walk more. I am an advocate of complete streets where all transportation modes are considered in street design.

[photo via Mongering World | image via PJ]

Disaster Amnesia Is A Vicious Circle

Guerneville, CA flood

What is disaster amnesia (also know as hazard amnesia)?

Essentially, it is the inability to contemplate or comprehend a similar disaster happening again.

NPR has a terrific article on how much lessons learned are unheeded and how unlikely disaster amnesia will improve.

Basically, all taxpayers should expect to continue to pay for the repeated mistakes of inhabiting in areas where disasters and other natural (and some manmade) hazards are very prone to happen, unless Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has his way.

[photo via DanMS/Wikipedia]

BART Released Security Camera Video Of Civic Center Platform Shooting


BART just released security camera footage from the Civic Center platform where BART police shot and killed a man on 3 July 2011.

Surprisingly, BART uploaded the video on its YouTube Channel. I think the transit agency has finally become serious to being more open. Releasing the video is a first step, which should have happened a lot sooner. SF Appeal offers a very detailed account of the incident. See for yourself below.

[photo via Personal Finance Advice]