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‘It’s a superpower’: how walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier | Life and style | The Guardian
The neuroscientist is so passionate about walking, and our collective right to go for walks, that he is determined not to let the slightest unfortunate aspect of urban design break his stride. So much so, that he has a habit of darting across busy roads as the lights change. “One of life’s great horrors as you’re walking is waiting for permission to cross the street,” he tells me, when we are forced to stop for traffic – a rude interruption when, as he says, “the experience of synchrony when walking together is one of life’s great pleasures”. He knows this not only through personal experience, but from cold, hard data – walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier.
walking  ireland 
7 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
long distance - How come pairs are slower than solo riders at the Transcontinental Race? - Bicycles Stack Exchange
I expect that the three main contributors are:

The solo riders are just stronger. There's more glory in the solo win so, if you are strong enough to, say, come in the top five on your own, it's probably better to do that than come in the top five as a pair. For example, compare tennis: the really strong players concentrate on singles.

It's easier to look after yourself and know your own limits than try to figure out what your partner's limits are. At this level, the question isn't so much "Can I ride for another hour?" but "How motivated am I to ride an extra hour even though I feel like crap, and can I keep this up to the end?" It must be very hard to figure out exactly where on the scale your partner is.

For a trivial example if this, how often do you end up in the following situation? You and your partner/friend want to go out for a meal. You suggest restaurant A, they suggest restaurant B. You end up saying, "No, no, it's OK, let's go to B" while they're saying, "Really, A is fine. Let's go there."

Drafting doesn't give you much at the kinds of speeds the riders are doing. The winning average speed (based on Wikipedia's statement that the race is about 3900km; averaged over moving time) was only about 23km/h (14mph); the leading pair was at about 19km/h (12mph). So, in reality, the solo riders go at their own speed; the pairs go at the speed of the slower member.
cycling  walking 
8 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Is hiking alone always faster? - The Great Outdoors Stack Exchange
Suppose you need to cover a fairly long distance (e.g. 30 km) in a moderately difficult hiking terrain (no climbing), in 1 day. You can either go alone or with someone, or with a group.

I think (from experience) that alone is always faster. Is it right, and if yes, why? What are the factors that make me waste time? How much time should I expect to waste? Let's eliminate physical fitness differences for the sake of argument.

If the answer is no (i.e. group hiking time is the same or better than alone time): How can I achieve the fastest group hiking time -- which typical time wasters to avoid, and how?
cycling  walking 
8 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Priorité absolue aux piétons, suggère un groupe de travail sur la sécurité routière | Le Devoir
Il s’agirait d’une véritable révolution sur les routes du Québec : un groupe de travail recommande la mise en place d’un « code de la rue » voué à atténuer la « culture du char » et qui donnerait la priorité aux usagers les plus vulnérables, comme les piétons et les cyclistes.

Selon ce que Le Devoir a appris, ce projet, inspiré de pays européens, introduirait le principe de prudence dans le Code de la sécurité routière (CSR). Les automobilistes devraient céder le passage aux gens qui se déplacent à pied non seulement aux passages prévus à cet effet, mais aussi à tout endroit situé à plus de 50 mètres d’un passage pour piétons. Bref, le jaywalking serait légalisé.

Cette nouvelle version du CSR accorderait la priorité absolue à la vie humaine plutôt qu’au temps de déplacement en voiture, comme c’est le cas à l’heure actuelle. Les auteurs de l’étude estiment réaliste d’implanter un tel code de la rue au Québec, malgré la règle du « no fault » et des décennies de domination de la voiture sur les routes nord-américaines.
walking  driving  road_safety  canada  français 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
Sustainable cities: Madrid announces new rules of the road in bid to banish traffic from center | In English | EL PAÍS
Madrid City Council is set to approve a new Sustainable Mobility Ordinance that will change the way residents move around public spaces.

The new measures, which will take effect between five and 15 days after the council approves them on Friday, introduce a speed limit of 30km/h on all one-way streets and on single-lane two-way streets.
walking  cycling  spain 
october 2018 by juliusbeezer
Sécurité des piétons : le code de la route évolue | Cerema
Le décret n°2018-795 du 17 septembre 2018 relatif à la sécurité routière, a renforcé les sanctions an cas d'infraction du non-respect des priorités accordées aux piétons: désormais 6 points seront retirés sur le permis de conduire au lieu de 4 auparavant. Cette mesure prend effet à partir du 18 septembre 2018.

L'Aarticle R415-11 est donc modifié comme suit :"Tout conducteur est tenu de céder le passage, au besoin en s'arrêtant, au piéton s'engageant régulièrement dans la traversée d'une chaussée ou manifestant clairement l'intention de le faire ou circulant dans une aire piétonne ou une zone de rencontre.
Le fait, pour tout conducteur, de ne pas respecter les règles de priorité fixées au présent article est puni de l'amende prévue pour les contraventions de la quatrième classe. Tout conducteur coupable de cette infraction encourt également la peine complémentaire de suspension, pour une durée de trois ans au plus, du permis de conduire, cette suspension pouvant être limitée à la conduite en dehors de l'activité professionnelle.
Cette contravention donne lieu de plein droit à la réduction de SIX POINTS du permis de conduire."
france  law  driving  walking 
september 2018 by juliusbeezer
New data reveals most dangerous London borough for pedestrians | Cities | The Guardian
For every billion walking trips that occur in London, 600 people are killed or injured on average, the analysis showed. The number rises to 825 in Barking and Dagenham...

Four more boroughs averaged more than 700 deaths or injuries per billion walking trips: Hackney at 796, Brent with 793, Redbridge at 790 and Haringey with 770.
London  walking  road_safety 
september 2018 by juliusbeezer
'For me, this is paradise': life in the Spanish city that banned cars | Cities | The Guardian
They stopped cars crossing the city and got rid of street parking, as people looking for a place to park is what causes the most congestion. They closed all surface car parks in the city centre and opened underground ones and others on the periphery, with 1,686 free places. They got rid of traffic lights in favour of roundabouts, extended the car-free zone from the old city to the 18th-century area, and used traffic calming in the outer zones to bring the speed limit down to 30km/h.

The benefits are numerous. On the same streets where 30 people died in traffic accidents from 1996 to 2006, only three died in the subsequent 10 years, and none since 2009. CO2 emissions are down 70%, nearly three-quarters of what were car journeys are now made on foot or by bicycle, and, while other towns in the region are shrinking, central Pontevedra has gained 12,000 new inhabitants.
walking  driving  spain 
september 2018 by juliusbeezer
Why children struggle to cross busy streets safely: New research shows perceptual judgment, motor skills not fully developed until age 14 -- ScienceDaily
New research from the University of Iowa shows children under certain ages lack the perceptual judgment and motor skills to cross a busy road consistently without putting themselves in danger. The researchers placed children from 6 to 14 years old in a realistic simulated environment and asked them to cross one lane of a busy road multiple times.

The results: Children up to their early teenage years had difficulty consistently crossing the street safely, with accident rates as high as 8 percent with 6-year-olds. Only by age 14 did children navigate street crossing without incident, while 12-year-olds mostly compensated for inferior road-crossing motor skills by choosing bigger gaps in traffic.
cycling  road_safety  children  walking  driving 
september 2018 by juliusbeezer
On foot or by bike? While Paris walks, Amsterdam pedals
It goes without saying that there is an almost mathematical correlation between urban intensities and transit choices — with the added fact that we now have a much better idea of how to characterize this correlation, at least when it comes to home-work commutes.

This is where we start to penetrate the reasons behind the differences in sustainable mobility between the two cities: Paris, one of the densest cities in the world, is 6 times denser than Amsterdam. If we consider jobs, hospitals, universities, entertainment and other urban amenities, central Paris is 7–10 times more “intense[4]” than Amsterdam.
cycling  walking  paris  netherlands  motorvehicles  dccomment 
august 2018 by juliusbeezer
Revealed: radical plan to pedestrianise key Edinburgh streets - Edinburgh Evening News
Edinburgh city centre could become a “largely traffic free zone” under a radical proposal to be put to the public.

One of three options put forward by the city council says “key streets could be pedestrianised” while hubs could be built for buses to drop off passengers to use “less impactful transport”. It is not yet clear whether buses would be able to travel through the city centre.
edinburgh  transport  walking 
august 2018 by juliusbeezer
Promoting cycling in cities can tackle obesity | Imperial News | Imperial College London
The study, published in the journal Environment International, also finds that riding an electric bike (e-bike) is associated with a higher BMI as compared to regular cyclists. In ascending order, cyclists have the lowest BMI, then walkers, public transport users, motorcyclists, users of an electric bike, and finally car drivers, who have the highest BMI.

By following over 2000 urban dwellers over time, the team found that men who switch from car driving to cycling for their daily travel lose on average 0.75 kg of weight, with an average decrease in BMI of 0.24. For women, this was a little bit less.
cycling  health  ebikes  driving  walking 
july 2018 by juliusbeezer
Investigation findings published following the death of a 72-year-old Sheffield man | Independent Office for Police Conduct
Leslie Bingham died after a South Yorkshire Police vehicle collided with him at around 6:20pm on 7 January 2017, at the junction of Penistone Road and Owlerton Green. An inquest into Mr Bingham’s death ended on 26 June 2018 and recorded a narrative finding.

We completed our investigation into the incident in June 2017 and as a result a police constable attended a misconduct meeting held by SYP in December that year. The officer was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour, and as a result received management advice and subsequently completed a bespoke driver training course.
crash_report  walking  police  deaths 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
Cyclist seriously injured after crashing into a pedestrian in Earley - Get Reading
A cyclist is in hospital with serious injuries after crashing into a pedestrian in Earley .

The 26-year-old is in John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after the incident in Church Road near the Three Tuns crossroads at around 7.30pm on Monday, March 20.
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Finchampstead CCTV released after cyclist spits in man's face

The pedestrian, a 29-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and was treated at Royal Berkshire Hospital.
crash_report  cycling  walking 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Family tribute to Reading cyclist Benjamin Pedley who died after Earley crash - Get Reading
A Reading student who died following a collision in Earley had an "immeasurable strength and perseverance to better himself," his family have said.

Benjamin Pedley, of Upper Redlands Road, died following the incident in Church Road on Wednesday, March 22.

He was involved in a collision with a pedestrian while he was riding his bike on his way to St Peter's Church. He sustained serious injuries and was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where he later died.
crash_report  cycling  walking 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
The day I accidentally killed a little boy - BBC News
The road started out as freeway but quickly became a rural highway, one lane in each direction. The speed limit was 45 or 50mph, fairly fast for that kind of road, it was quite busy and I was in a line of cars doing the speed limit.

I passed a little outpost of houses whose mailboxes were on the opposite side of the street. As I passed the houses a little blond boy darted out, moving from the mailbox to his house. I saw him at the last second. I tried to swerve. There was no way to miss him.

I hit the little boy and he flew up into the air and then landed on the pavement. I pulled over and ran across the street.

I was so distressed that I don't really remember those minutes. I was hiding behind a bush and screaming. I heard myself and I thought, "What is that? Who's doing that?"

And then I realised it was me.
crash_report  walking  children  driving 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Walking Study Corroborates Hippocrates’s Prescriptive Wisdom | Psychology Today
More specifically, Patel and co-authors concluded, “In older adults, walking below minimum recommended levels (>150 minutes per week) is associated with lower all-cause mortality compared with inactivity. Walking at or above physical activity recommendations is associated with even greater decreased risk.”

Traditionally, public health guidelines have recommended that adults engage in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week. However, a groundswell of new research suggests that people can reap significant psychological and physical health benefits with much less exercise than previously recommended. For example, another October 2017 study suggests that just 60 minutes of exercise per week—at any intensity—helps prevent against future depression.
walking  exercise  health  psychology 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Take care around cows: warning for walkers
If you find yourself in a field of suddenly wary cattle, move away as carefully and quietly as possible, and if you feel threatened by cattle then let go of your dog’s lead and let it run free rather than try to protect it and endanger yourself. The dog will outrun the cows and it will also outrun you.

Those without canine companions should follow similar advice: move away calmly, do not panic and make no sudden noises. Chances are the cows will leave you alone once they establish that you pose no threat.

If you walk through a field of cows and there happen to be calves, think twice; if you can, go another way and avoid crossing fields.
walking  road_safety 
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
Disabled and older campaigners say NO to shared space › Transport for all › Accessible Transport in London
Transport for All (TfA) and the National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK) were joined by campaigners from across the Country to protest outside Parliament – calling on the Government to stop the introduction of shared space schemes. This came after the Women and Equalities Select Committee Report called for their immediate halt in April of this year. They supported Michael Pringle, who’s three year old child Clinton Pringle was killed in shared space in Jersey last year. Michael Pringle travelled down from Scotland to lead the group to petition Number 10 on this issue.

Shared space schemes are a design concept which removes the barriers between vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists encouraging everybody to share the same road space.
urban  cycling  walking  driving 
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
NYC Bike Etiquette: Unwritten Rules of Riding Your Bike in New York - Thrillist
1. Pedestrians always come first

New York is, first and foremost, a pedestrian city. This is why our unofficial motto is "Hey, I'm walkin' here!" And you're a rube if you expect everybody to follow the rules. Which leads us to the next point...
cycling  walking  us 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
The Politics of Passing | Outside Online
In theory, the delightful chime of a bell would evoke a Buddhist monastery and elevate both you and your fellow trail users to a state of mindfulness. In practice, it can be jangly and irritating, plus there’s just something about ringing a bike bell that can make you feel like an idiot.

This is not to say the bell has no place on a bicycle. After all, if you want to communicate your imminent approach from a distance, it’s a whole lot better than shouting. Plus, there are all sorts of fancy bike bells now that are just as at home on your race bike as they are on your townie, so it’s not like you’ve got to ride around with a great big saucepan on your handlebars.
cycling  psychology  walking 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Urban Form Analysis with OpenStreetMap Data - Geoff Boeing
Given OpenStreetMap’s vast repository of walking paths and bike routes, we can easily model how trip distances and times, routing options, and accessibility change from one network type to another. OSMnx has built-in shortest path calculators to find the network distance between any two addresses or points. Beyond the basic network stats common in urban morphology and design, we can just as easily calculate advanced topological measures such as betweenness centralities, clustering coefficients, PageRanks, etc. Such measures have arisen recently from the study of complex networks in statistical physics, and provide insight into a network’s structure, performance, and resilience. Consider three small network subsets in different neighborhoods of Portland, Oregon:
cycling  walking  maps  geography 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Wandsworth Riverside, the west of bridge story. – Bikebot – Medium
It’s a clear assurance that the space must provide public access by means of walking and cycling, which has clearly been ignored by someone.
Does it matter?

There’s a useful tunnel passing under Wandsworth bridge, which was opened a few years ago. If approaching from the south, due to a one way road the only available routes are very indirect. I’d like to test this to see how much traffic there is as well.

The alternative route through the estate appears both shorter and quieter, and it’s quite possible the No Cycling signs appeared in response to the tunnel opening.
cycling  walking  pqpc  dccomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Nantes. Un piéton percuté par un automobiliste ivre
Un jeune homme de 22 ans, qui attendait le busway à l’arrêt Gréneraie, à Nantes, vendredi 7 avril, dans la soirée, a été violemment percuté par un automobiliste. Ce dernier, fortement alcoolisé, a effectué une soudaine embardée et a empiété sur la voie du busway. Il a été placé en garde à vue.
crash_report  walking  transport  driving 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Video: Super-angry Manchester man swears at anyone using cycle lane |
Classic Fordist tactic. Place cyclists and pedestrians in conflict with each other while ignoring the real problem of motor dominance: note the vast reserve of dual carriageway for motoring on the right.

If separatist infrastructure is ever going to be a good idea in European cities with pre-20th street dimensioning, then take the space off the motors, not poor elderly pedestrians tottering off to pick up their pensions. I'm not surprised that bloke is fed up. Just say no to pavement cycling.
pqpc  walking  cycling  dccomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Cinq projets qui préparent l'avenir de Nantes
À l'exception du vélo (+3,4%) et de la marche (+2,6%) dont les parts modales représentent respectivement 3% et 26% en 2015, tous les objectifs affichés lors du précédent PDU auraient été atteints. Si l'utilisation de la voiture a baissé de 6% entre 2002 et 2015, l'automobile demeure encore majoritairement utilisée par six Nantais sur dix. Et notamment sur les courtes distances. Plus de 40% l'empruntent pour parcourir de 1 à 3 kilomètres. Les transports en commun, qui transportent 132 millions de voyageurs par an, voudraient, eux, passer de 15% à 16%.
nantes  cycling  walking 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016. Distraction is partly to blame, early data shows | PBS NewsHour
WASHINGTON — Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year — the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released Thursday.

Increased driving due to an improved economy, lower gas prices and more walking for exercise and environmental factors are some of the likely reasons behind the estimated 11 percent spike in pedestrian fatalities in 2016. The figures were prepared for the Governors Highway Safety Association, which represents state highway safety offices.
But researchers say they think the biggest factor may be more drivers and walkers distracted by cellphones and other electronic devices, although that’s hard to confirm.
us  driving  walking  road_safety  attention 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Lille : Condamné après avoir tué une cycliste en voiture
Devant les juges, l’accusé a affirmé ne pas avoir vu la cycliste et s’être enfui par peur d’une embuscade nocturne. Selon le rapport de police, il roulait à 70 km/h et aucune trace de freinage n’avait été relevée.

La jeune fille roulait sur le trottoir longeant les grilles du parc Lebas. C’est en traversant la chaussée qu’elle a été percutée.
crash_report  driving  walking  france 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Letter to the Editor: Why isn't something being done about speeding cyclists on prom? (From Bournemouth Echo)
I could see an accident waiting to happen and, almost on cue, another mad cyclist ploughed straight into a child on a little scooter, sending the child flying and injuring his neck to the point that the child’s mother carried the child back to the car park to take him to hospital.

Does it take somebody really getting injured before something is done about this problem?

A sign with “Pedestrians have priority “ and “Cyclist max speed of 10 mph” is not enough.
crash_report  cycling  walking 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
'The bivvy bag probably saved their lives': couple lost in Cairngorms found safe | UK news | The Guardian
CMRT’s leader, Willie Anderson, said the couple were found a few hundred feet below a 1244-metre (4084ft) summit and were very cold. “They misjudged how long their walk would take them yesterday and then the cloud closed in and it started snowing.

“They were a bit disorientated but at least they had a bivvy bag to shelter them. That probably saved their lives.”

Anderson said the pair had tried to find a way off the mountain but were disorientated when a fierce blizzard blew in.
scotland  walking  safety 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
When Cars Collide, Safety Advocates Say It's No 'Accident' : NPR
So a lot like the industrial safety people invented this cartoon character called Otto Know Better (ph), who was careless and getting injured, the pro-automobile people - manufacturers, auto clubs, auto dealers - invented caricatures of careless pedestrians because most of the people cars were killing then were pedestrians, not other people in cars.
walking  road_safety  language  driving 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
How to Prepare for the 2 Mile Army Run |
the Army standards only for these age groups, which will help when comparing your goals with the treadmill workouts settings.

For men, the standards for the minimum and maximum time scores are:

Age (17-21) - Minimum (15.54 minutes) -- Maximum (13.00 minutes)
Age (22-26) - Minimum (16.36 minutes) -- Maximum (13.00 minutes)
Age (27-31) - Minimum (17.00 minutes) -- Maximum (13.18 minutes)
running  journalism  walking 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Are You There Netizens? It's Me, Dana. | The Huffington Post
Douglas Carnall - translator, editor and the 185th winner of The Listerve lottery - said he feels beholden to his readers as an author. He included his personal email address with a piece on the semantics of the phrase, ‘Scout’s pace,” and received about 30 replies.

“Responding took up most of my free time for the next few days; it was an absolute pleasure to do so,” he said.

Carnall compared the experience of writing to an audience of 20,000 strangers to “a secular prayer.”
walking  cycling  writing  email  internet  religion 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Slight decline in number of cyclists according to latest government figures |
The Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) latest figures reveal a slight decline in the number of people cycling. 14.7 per cent of adults in England cycled at least once a month in 2014-15, the same as in 2012-13, but down from 15 per cent in 2013-14.

The overall picture appears to be one of stagnation. Transport Statistics Great Britain 2016 (link is external) reveals that cycling accounted for two per cent of trips in England in 2015 and one per cent of distance travelled.

Many of the figures are based on the Active People Survey, the annual Sport England telephone survey, and this highlights how cycling rates vary greatly between authorities.
cycling  walking  uk 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Ray Bradbury, the Pedestrian | John Wilson | First Things
“Ray Bradbury didn’t drive a car, but he was often out and about in Los Angeles, browsing bookstores, his bicycle propped outside.” And a sidebar noted that while Bradbury “had some amazing accomplishments . . . one nonaccomplishment is also noteworthy: He never got a driver’s license.”

This was followed by a gallery of nine prominent non-drivers, including Studs Terkel, Mae West, Vladimir Nabokov, Elizabeth Bishop, and Albert Einstein. (“Who says he was a genius? He didn’t even know how to drive.”)

Some other retrospectives I’ve seen since Bradbury’s death have noted that he didn’t drive, generally treating it in one-liner fashion as an endearing quirk: He wrote about Mars . . . but he never drove a car .
driving  walking  literature 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Authors : Keller, David H, M D : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia
"The Revolt of the Pedestrians" may be the most remarkable of Keller's stories for Gernsback; it is certainly one of the strangest. It is one of the relatively few sf tales before around 1970 to treat the hypertrophy of automobile culture in the twentieth century as Dystopian (see Prediction; Transportation); after centuries, "automobilists" have become almost organically tied to their Pollution-emitting cars, have lost the use of their legs, and have made pedestrianism a fatal offence. After the leader of a band of pedestrians turns off all electricity, legless automobilists die helplessly in their millions; the description of the death of twenty million New Yorkers attempting to flee Manhattan is extremely vivid (see New York). In the end, two elite pedestrians (see Adam and Eve) meet and prepare to breed, far from any despicable City (see Survivalist Fiction).
driving  walking  writing  literature 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Pedestrians may run rampant in a world of self-driving cars -
In a new study, “Pedestrians, Autonomous Vehicles, and Cities,” published online Wednesday Oct. 26 in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Millard-Ball looks at the prospect of urban areas where a majority of vehicles are “autonomous” or self-driving. It’s a phenomenon that’s not as far off as one might think.

“Autonomous vehicles have the potential to transform travel behavior,” Millard-Ball says. He uses game theory to analyze the interactions between pedestrians and self-driving vehicles, with a focus on yielding at crosswalks.

Because autonomous vehicles are by design risk-averse, Millard-Ball’s model suggests that pedestrians will be able to act with impunity, and he thinks autonomous vehicles may facilitate a shift towards pedestrian-oriented urban neighborhoods. However, Millard-Ball also finds that the adoption of autonomous vehicles may be hampered by their strategic disadvantage that slows them down in urban traffic.
driverless  walking  dktrp 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Will pedestrians and cyclists bully self-driving cars? : TreeHugger
Using game theory and “crosswalk chicken”, Millard-Ball concludes that in the suburbs, with low-volume traffic, AVs and humans might co-exist quite nicely in the roads, sharing the space. Kids might play in traffic and parents won’t worry. Cities could take down all those no ball-playing and hockey signs.

However in the denser parts of the city, the situation changes. There are a number of scenarios, including:
Pedestrian Supremacy:

The first scenario envisages urban environments where pedestrians, and perhaps bicycles, dominate.
driverless  environment  dccomment  walking  cycling 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Les piétons regagnent lentement du terrain en France
A partir de ce 8 mai, les Champs-Élysées seront sans voiture chaque 1er dimanche du mois. A petits pas, de nouvelles mobilités piétonnes se développent dans un pays où le rapport à son véhicule et à la pollution changent. Enquête d’Eric Chaverou complétée par vos témoignages sur les réseaux sociaux.
pqpc  walking  français  radio 
june 2016 by juliusbeezer
Chaîne humaine de l'association "Erdre pour tous" ce samedi à Nantes
"Erdre pour Tous", c'est une association qui lutte pour que la loi du 30 décembre 2006 soit respectée. Cette dernière étend à tous les piétons l'usage de la servitude de marchepied (une bande de 3,25 mètres) sur les rives privées des lacs et rivières dits domaniaux (qui appartiennent à l'État). Problème, cet espace n'est pas respecté par plusieurs propriétaires de terrains proches de l'Erdre, à la Chapelle-sur-Erdre et Carquefou notamment. "Marcher de Nantes à Sucé sur le bord de l'Erdre, et revenir par l'autre rive, c'est ce que la loi permet depuis le 30 décembre 2006, mais des riverains s'y opposent avec la bienveillance des préfets successifs, y compris depuis 2012" écrit "Erdre pour Tous" sur Facebook.
walking  nantes 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Comment supprimer le stationnement anarchique sur sa commune
Je demande que la libre circulation des piétons sur le trottoir de la rue soit restaurée, ce qui est d’ordre public (dispositions de l’article R417-10 du Code de la route).
walking  law  france 
may 2015 by juliusbeezer
Marche ta ville!
Matt Tomasulo est un américain, habitant de Raleigh en Caroline du Nord, qui a commencé en 2012 à installer dans sa ville des panneaux d’information affichant la durée en minutes de marche pour atteindre différents points de la ville.
walking  science  dccomment 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
TheListServe Blog: Douglas Carnall
Scout's pace means moving at a brisk pace by alternately walking and running. Baden-Powell himself recommended alternating every fifty paces, but I prefer twenties as it's easier to count. My perennial optimism about how long it takes to walk somewhere makes me do it, and I enjoy breaking records for regular trips. I like the control that comes from having a number of "gears" at my disposal--easy strolling, brisk marching, an unpressured trot, the truth of a life lived under my own steam, and feeling... fit and well.

Scout's pace is obviously only the English term: do it a bit harder and you're speaking Norwegian: a fartlek. As for what the technique's most legendary exponents--the nomads of the Kalahari--call it, I have !kno idea! It is only the blink of an evolutionary eye since we were all hunter-gatherers; and yet we have forgotten Scout's pace, with dreadful consequences. Many ills of the Western lifestyle--obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stress and depression--can be traced to our lack of exercise.

I, too lazy and too ambitious to walk all my life, have transferred this knowledge to the bicycle. I could have discussed the virtues of a 24:32 minimum development, or the necessity of mudguards, or the late 19th century campaign by cyclists for paved roads, that led, in time, to the lamentable car culture, but I wanted to stick to the basics.

Regards to all,


Douglas Carnall
Translator and editor
writing  cycling  walking  language 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
Injustice at the Intersection | Dissent Magazine
The rules for pedestrian crossings nationwide are set out in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, known to specialists as the MUTCD. Chapter 4C specifies when red lights can be installed. One rule concerns vehicle traffic that approaches busy highways from a side street. It takes 240 cars in four hours to justify a traffic signal.

Under the same conditions, at least 300 people must walk across the main road before a red light can be installed. A pedestrian, in other words, counts for four-fifths of a driver.*

Even then, no signal is allowed if there is another light within 300 feet. This distance is considered a short enough detour to impose on pedestrians, even though, at a steady pace, a 600-foot round trip on foot takes two-and-a-half minutes. Drivers’ time is valued quite differently: engineers classify an intersection as “failing” if an average car is delayed in rush hour by a minute twenty seconds.
road_safety  design  attention  walking 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
'We're All Surrealists Now': An Interview with Will Self | Hazlitt Magazine | Hazlitt
It has become a trope of the “interview with Will Self” that journalists will start by describing how intimidating they expect to find you, only to discover you’re really not that scary. What do you make of this?

Will Self: Well, I know I’m not really that scary, but I concede that the great height, the cadaverous appearance, the reputation for take-no-prisoners contrarianism and high-concept bohemianism, the sesquipedalianism, the insistence on intellectual rigour—all of these can, perhaps, be a little intimidating. However, while I can be ferocious towards those who are in positions of power or privilege, I have no beef with anyone else, and I don’t suffer fools at all. I positively enjoy them...
The Oxford system isn’t really lecture-based anyway: you’re set two 3,000 word essays a week, and you read them aloud to your tutor, usually alone. It’s very intensive, and lectures aren’t really germane (there’s too much reading to do anyway), but the discipline of studying and writing that much, every week, undoubtedly hugely assisted me when it came to being a writer.
funny  writing  London  walking 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Roads Were Not Built For Cars | The Human Hen
I have no doubt that as the delicious benefits of speed and noise become more and more appreciated we shall sweep away the old-fashioned and haphazard habits of the pedestrian population. Every walker will be required to carry lights and a horn and proceed as fast as he can upon the particular foot-track which is allotted to him, according to his capacity and speed. This cannot fail to improve the character of the nation and assist the officers of justice; for slow walking leads to sauntering, and sauntering to loitering, and from loitering the step is short to loitering with intent to commit a felony.
road_safety  funny  history  walking 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Watch out: Children more prone to looking but not seeing -- ScienceDaily
Children under 14 are more likely than adults to be 'blinded' to their surroundings when focusing on simple things, finds a new UCL study. It explains a somewhat frustrating experience familiar to many parents and carers: young children fail to notice their carer trying to get their attention because they have little capacity to spot things outside their area of focus.

The findings suggest that even something simple like looking at a loose thread on a jumper or an advert on the side of a bus might be enough to make children 'blind' to oncoming traffic and other dangers when walking down the street.
cycling  walking  road_safety 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
International Walk to School
To understand, it's necessary to know that France is divided in 22 Regions (which create geographic limits but also political ones because each region has a public institution). To see the 22 regions of France:

Then, each region is subdivided in Departments (there are 95 departments in continental France)

The WTS project can be held by these decentralised public institutions which are Regional Council if it's a region, a General Council if it's a department or an association. Some examples
walking  france  education  cycling 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Clinging To Ideas
Blogging the first year as a treadmill desk user
walking  work  translation 
january 2013 by juliusbeezer
Permis Piéton - on n'est jamais aussi bien protégé que par soi même !
"Il est utile de rappeler que, jusqu'à 6 ans, l'enfant ne peut faire attention qu'à une seule chose à la fois : s'il court après un ballon ou s'il veut rejoindre ses parents de l'autre côté de la rue, il ne pensera qu'à cela et pas aux voitures. À partir de 7 ans, il commence à pouvoir tenir compte de plusieurs informations simultanées, mais ce n'est que vers 11-12 ans qu'il sera vraiment capable de prévoir l'évolution des situations et donc d'anticiper."

The idea that one should need a permit from the police in order to walk
around is really a very telling metaphor of the pass western society has come to, but there it is. The analysis of epidemiological risk is interesting nevertheless...
[enfant sécurité routière]
walking  politics  police  français  france  education  safety  psychology 
november 2011 by juliusbeezer

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