Recent Blog Entries: Walking
It may be hard to imagine a carfree city and even harder to believe that one would be possible. But the first step towards creating change is to believe in it! I invite you to open your mind to the possibility of a vastly better life...and then start working to achieve it.
This is part of a series of video blogs by Livable Cities Program Director Kristie Daniel.
In this blog, Kristie describes some of the challenges in the walking environment in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. She notes some of the work being done by a Nepali NGO to improve the situation.
We could say that it is impossible to make significant changes to reduce climate change, and thus to accept devastating results. Or we could be brave and work towards a solution that would not only dramatically reduce carbon emissions, but make our cities, and thus our lives, better in ever so many ways.
We can try to solve one global problem at a time. If so, we should not be surprised that we are not getting very far. It would be far more sensible to look for connections and engage in actions that would address a number of important issues, including economics, health, environment, and social wellbeing.
We can explain away every single car crash...but perhaps it's time that we noticed that it is cars themselves that are deadly.
Ghost bicycles remind us of the dangers of cycling and the need for safer road conditions...but what if we also had daily reminders of the total death toll from motorized vehicles?
Traveling from one place to another, if it is not particularly far, makes most sense on foot. Walking can be fun; it requires no parking space; it’s exercise; it allows for a full appreciation of the surrounding scenes; it costs nothing. Beyond all that, it just makes sense.
By Kristie Daniel.
The Walking Visionaries Awards highlight new ideas, big and small, that will help make walkable, livable communities.
People sometimes question the effectiveness of advocacy work, arguing that "It will never change anything." My own experience over many years of working with HealthBridge's Liveable Cities program in various countries shows that advocacy can in fact yield enormously important benefits for people's health and happiness.
We are trying a new way to train young Bangladeshis to work as activists for livable cities...while having a lot of fun.