Road Rage for Pedestrians

Some researchers say that crowded sidewalks in cities like New York are contributing to "sidewalk rage".

Slow walkers getting in the way of fast walkers, people looking at their cell phones and abrupt stops are seen as sources of road rage. The more crowded a street, the more likely sidewalk rage is to occur, some say.

"According to a study conducted by the NYC Department of City Planning, the city was listed as having the highest population density in the country with 26,403 people per square mile in 2000.

According to the study, the average speed of walkers in Lower Manhattan is 4.27 feet per second – tourists clocked in at 3.79 ft/s, smokers at 4.17 ft/s, cell phone users at 4.20 ft/s, men at 4.42 ft/s, and woman at 4.1 ft/s."

Full Story: Study: ‘Sidewalk Rage’ Plagues New York City Streets

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Sidewalk Rage

And you so called "planners" want us all to live in big cities! Just imagine not if but when a car bomb or suicide bomber explodes in one of these busy areas! Thanks but no thanks, I'll stay right here in my quite small town.

Who's threatening who?

Did it ever occur to you, frisbee, that it is precisely your "rural" (read: "suburban"), car-dependent, oil-addicted lifestyle that causes terrorism in the first place? Millions in the Middle East are dying to support your habit, after all.

Somehow, I don't think you care. In fact, it almost sounds like it is you who is threatening to do something if you don't get your way.

Angry baycityroller1

Sorry to have made you so angry. Just to correct you, because you seem to know me so well, I choose to live in a small town for its many benefits, I bike to work, I raise most of my food, live in a modest historic home just off the town square, I am a member of several Green promoting organizations, I volunteer at many community non-profits in my town, I support renewable energy and sustainable development, I have supported for years the need to develop alternative transportation for all, and I too dislike the damage that sprawl has done to our country over the past 50 years. I was just commenting that too many planners promote the big city lifestyle and mass transit as the way for everyone to live. And regarding your last statement, such absurd personnal attacks should have you kicked off of this site.

attacks

LOL Oh, frisbee, you're a fine one to talk about personal attacks. First, you lump all planners together, then you engage in absurd fear-mongering by accusing planners of neglecting to consider terrorist attacks (!) in encouraging urban development, then you post my username in your subject line where it can be seen on the main page, as if to shame me, and finally, you try to censor my point of view by calling for me to be banned.

The only thing shameful is how you can be so hypocritical, both in your actions here on Planetizen and in the obviously exurban lifestyle you would have us believe is somehow sustainable, just because you claim to grow your own vegetables and ride your bike to work, all while dismissing good planning, urbanism and mass transit.

How did you get your bicycle and your gardening equipment? By driving your SUV on roads my taxes paid for to the big box retailer at your town's fringe, 30 miles away from your energy-hogging, single story, detached home with large front and back yards?

Intolerant Fundamentalists

baycityroller 1...you do nothing to advance the cause of urbanism with your vitriolic attacks. I happen to support high density urbanism, but that does not mean there is no place for other forms of development. Angry binary thinking is divisive...you sound like a teapartier...ease up and learn to take a more nuanced view. Has it ever occurred to you that it is possible to live in a super-insulated net zero energy home outside of the city, telecommute to work, and occassionally drive an electric vehicle when needed. Retrofitting rural life in that manner is just as possible, and perhaps just as likely as the widespread emergence of the ideal high density transit and pedestrian friendly city. Fascist approaches to planning, or anything else for that matter, turn people off and harm the public image of your agenda.

This thread has no relevance

This thread has no relevance to the article above. This article is not advocating big city living merely pointing out a phenomenon which if anything would be a negative to living in a city. You both make yourselves look ignorant with your intolerance of each other’s lifestyles. Yes it is easier to be sustainable in a big city. No that doesn’t mean you can’t live a sustainable lifestyle in a smaller city or town. There are plenty of valid reasons not to live in a city. Personally I find your particular argument laughable… but you just be careful riding your bike.

who cares?

This thread has no relevance to the article above. This article is not advocating big city living merely pointing out a phenomenon which if anything would be a negative to living in a city. You both make yourselves look ignorant with your intolerance of each other’s lifestyles. Yes it is easier to be sustainable in a big city. No that doesn’t mean you can’t live a sustainable lifestyle in a smaller city or town. There are plenty of valid reasons not to live in a city. Personally I find your particular argument laughable… but you just be careful riding your bike.

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