Human Scale in urban planning

Jan Gehl: “Venice is a city made for people. The average street is 3 meters wide, which makes it a city suitable for walking with a lot of interesting public spaces. It is a city that truly has a human scale, that is small, personal, and intimate. Meanwhile, a place like Dubai is a city for dinosaurs, not for human beings.”





Would your let your child cycle here?

“Do we want to pursue an American-style approach where kids depend on their parents to take them to school for many years? Or do we want a Nordic-style approach in which mobility considerations are integrated into urban planning, and where the necessary infrastructure is provided so kids can bike to school by themselves? “

Connie Hedegaard, former Danish EU commissioner for climate action


The secret behind this Nordic approach is simple: segregated, curbed bicycle lanes, where the layout of every inch has been taken into consideration – such as covering intersections with traffic lights, integrating retracted stop lines for cars and having pre-green lights for cyclists. Give-way lines (“shark teeth”) where smaller roads join bigger ones mean that everyone – including other cyclists – must make a full stop before they move on to a main road. In most places, pavements and bicycle tracks run down smaller side streets as well, illustrating how we give priority to pedestrians and cyclists.


cyclists and driverless cars

Can cyclists and driverless cars ever co-exist?


Janette Sadik-Khan:

“There are some exciting possibilities with autonomous vehicles but I think we need to remember what makes a great city, and that’s really about the people, not the cars.”


Ceri Woolsgrove of the ECF sees “potential for good and potential for evil”. “In terms of the car itself, Vision Zero could be genuinely within reach with some of these technologies,” he says. “You can programme a car to obey all of the traffic rules perfectly and to be extra vigilant of cyclists and walkers. You can literally control where the car goes.”

Prioritise Pedestrians over Cars

In a densely populated neighbourhood, new traffic signal will favour pedestrians –

= prioritizing pedestrians over cars in dense, multimodal neighborhoods.


The traffic signal known as a “Barnes dance” or “pedestrian scramble” is making a resurgence in urban areas across the country as people ditch cars in favor of walking and cycling.

In Columbia Heights, the new signal will give pedestrians about 30 seconds to cross 14th and Irving streets in any direction while all cars are stopped. Youngbluth said the intersection will have a different rhythm than pedestrians and vehicles are accustomed to.



Cette semaine a lieu la 4ième semaine de sécurité routière des NAtions Unies avec le slogan “Ralentissez” p. Sauver des Vies


Si un piéton ou un cycliste est heurté par une voiture à 55km/h le risque de mourir est de 90%. Si la vitesse d’impact par contre est 30km/h le risque va vers zéro.

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Ban cars from roads near schools

Ban cars from roads near schools to stop kids breathing toxic air& reduce road danger

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London has said cars should be banned from roads near schools in order to reduce air pollution.


It comes after a recent study found that tens of thousands of children in London’s schools are exposed to illegal levels of air pollution that can damage their health permanently.

“Why can’t we work with schools and councils to have some roads outside schools where cars aren’t allowed to go? Really encourage mums, dads, carers and children to walk to school. It will be safer and you are not breathing in toxic air when playing in the playground.”


The road rule drivers always get wrong

Pedestrian safety needs to start with educating drivers and better enforcement of pedestrian rights.

A police operation in Sidney NSW, aimed to “raise awareness about road safety in the cycling community and among pedestrians and to promote safe road use”

Is pedestrian safety still seen as mostly about policing pedestrian behaviour?

Zebra crossings and traffic lights are not the only times pedestrians have right of way.

There are many pedestrians who take silly risks when crossing the road, but there are even more drivers who do the wrong thing when it comes to giving way to pedestrians.

The difference is that the dangerous driver is far more likely to hurt someone else.


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  • By Caitlin Fitzsimmons (Sidney Morning Herald)


Make a city more walkable


Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city!

pedestrians-carsCity planner Jeff Speck shares his “general theory of walkability” — four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot blocks into safe, walkable oases full of bike lanes and tree-lined streets.


Transforming Transportation

Transforming Transportation: Toward Sustainable Mobility for All



Personal cars were a 20th century symbol of prosperity, but in the 21st century, they contribute to three pernicious trends:

  • Congestion
  • Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Road Crashes

    Globally, about 1.25 million people die each year because of road traffic crashes. Ninety percent of the world’s road fatalities occur in low- and middle-income countries, even though these countries have only about 50% of the world’s vehicles. Half of these global road fatalities occur among the most vulnerable populations: pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists. As if a fatality in itself is not devastating enough, road traffic fatalities cause economic losses to the victim’s family and society: traffic crashes cost countries between 3 and 5% of their GDP.


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