Recent Blog Entries: Debra Efroymson
At a recent conference on walking (Walk21) in Hong Kong, I presented on a panel about partnerships. My talk was not only about the groups that people promoting walking could work with, but also the ones we should avoid. Namely, big businesses that are contributing to the problems faced by pedestrians (and cyclists, and public transit users) in cities around the world. My "three-headed monster" is the car/motorbike,…
The streets were full of life: thriving sidewalk cafes with diners watching the activity on the streets, children cycling, musicians playing, traditional actors performing, and a sense of enjoyment of the city.
Our events include various types of playful activities in the streets, to raise awareness of how much more space—and fun—we could have if our streets weren’t clogged with cars.
When a city is completely inaccessible for people with disabilities, where do we start? Or should we just throw up our hands and declare defeat?
My colleagues at Work for a Better Bangladesh have created a video about walking—and the involvement of young people in creating better pedestrian environments. HealthBridge partners around the world are supporting this movement.
We can create better cities. We can invite and celebrate diversity. Watch the video below.
The list of benefits was so long that my eyes started to glaze over. Green roofs would mean cooler buildings, helping to reduce the urban heat island effect. People would have the opportunity to come into more contact with greenery and living things; their stress would thus decline.
The more space we give to cars, the more we demand. Instead let's return some space to people!
People make cities great, but what if people have grown hopelessly boring?