I thought I'd share a few local sidewalk obstacles today. When roadways are blocked alternatives routes are generally provided. Sidewalks get blocked and pedestrians have to find their own alternatives. That led me to thinking that pedestrians are viewed as individuals and cars are viewed as....well...cars. Yet a car is an inanimate object. Cars are driven by individuals and many contain only the driver. So why is a car driver considered so much more important in the scheme of all things transport related than the individual on foot? Is it because a car takes up so much more space? Something about the importance placed on speed?
Author: Nina Arron
I am an enthusiastic pedestrian, urban planner, and project manager currently living in New Rochelle, New York. I am grateful to be living in a walkable city with affordable easily accessible public transport (both trains and buses). My appreciation became even greater after spending three years back in New Zealand where it was much harder to fit daily walking into my life in what is considered one of the great natural, green environments in the world.