Sunday, November 30, 2008

Urban Times KC: The Pedestrian Experience

I don't often flip through Urban Times, but I saw it while I was out today and the cover grabbed my attention. The feature article: The Pedestrian Experience [PDF Download] This issue's already a few months old, but the article is worth a read. Although I suspect its message applies directly to most urban areas, it's directly relevant to Kansas City.

It goes without saying that most of the benefits that apply to walking for transportation apply to utility cycling as well. A great many of the things said in this article line up quite nicely with reasons that I often eschew my car or SUV for my bike: Scenery, people, and culture that still exists beyond the superficial glitz of whatever KC's latest shiny object is (currently, the Power & Light District)

Granted, my wife and I still have two motorized vehicles, but I find myself driving less and less -- You don't have to be a radical, a hippie or a rebel to ditch your car.

Image credit: Urban Times, Front Cover, September 2008.

1 comment:

MRMacrum said...

You don't have to be a radical or a hippie to ditch your car? Maybe not. All you have to be is un-American to do that, you America hater you. ;)

Sensible use of the finite consumables on this planet are not part of our plan yet. We may be getting there, but we will do it kicking and screaming.

And thank you. Your post might just be the spark I need for a new post. How the hippies and radicals might just have been right all along.

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