Continuous sidewalks centre the pedestrian experience in street design. No longer are pedestrians interrupted at every block to look both ways; instead the onus is shifted onto the motorists who become guests in pedestrian space.
Speed is not the enemy, but it can be deadly and detrimental to our cities when applied improperly; it’s time we fixed that.
When engineers and policymakers decide a speed to design for, they are also pre-determining the character of the roadway, who it’s going to be built for, and who will be excluded.
We can all recognize a road that feels like it’s meant for fast or slow travel, but what are the actual design elements that create this environment?
The current approach to road safety is failing us, by protecting private property over human lives. It’s time we flipped these priorities and started putting people first.
To some folks, slower speeds on residential streets sounds like sheer blasphemy. For others, it could mean the difference between life and death.