Life As A Pedestrian

How we design cities has an enormous effect on pedestrians, and therefore, on the quality of life of all residents, writes John Mauro in his online journal.
August 15, 2003, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"As I ride into work this sunny Wednesday morning, I tip my helmet to that hearty and seemingly rare breed -- the pedestrian. Representing less than 1 percent of the total commute trips in Snohomish County (and just about 2 percent in Seattle's King County), walkers are rare. Since most of us can walk, this small number is puzzling to me. Yet I know there are serious barriers that pedestrians have to overcome simply to survive. Yes, this seems a bit dramatic, but in Washington from 1988 to 1994 there were 613 fatalities resulting from 1,887 pedestrian-vehicle 'crashes'..."

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Published on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 in Grist Magazine
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