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There are cities around the world that have a zero-tolerance goal when it comes to fatalities. We have to set it in our minds that some day — some day, we will have years where no one gets killed on our streets.

Supervisor David Chiu said SF should set a vision beyond the Pedestrian Strategy’s goal of cutting injuries by 50 percent by 2020.

via sfstreetsblog, 12.04.13Mayor Lee on Walk to Work Day: We Won’t Let Ped Strategy Sit on the Shelf. 

» 6 Highlights from the California Bike Summit
  • Daring Goals, Diverse Leaders
  • Innovative Collaboration, Participatory Cities
  • Development vs. Displacement 

One term I’d never heard before but really resonated was “lived displacement” — a concept put forward by John Stehlin, a grad student at UC Berkeley. Even when residents are able to stay in their homes, what happens when the neighborhood character changes beneath their feet with shifts in retail and street life? That’s displacement, too. And we’re just at the beginning of this important discussion.

  • Planning + Play
  • Elevating Women
  • Redefining Mainstream

read more: girlbikelove, 11.2013.

» Blighted Cities Prefer Razing to Rebuilding

An abandoned block of Chase Street in Baltimore will be redeveloped by Johns Hopkins University.

nytimes, 12.11.13.

» The secrets of the world's happiest cities

Peñalosa insisted that, like most cities, Bogotá had been left deeply wounded by the 20th century’s dual urban legacy: first, the city had been gradually reoriented around cars. Second, public spaces and resources had largely been privatised. … Children had largely disappeared from Bogotá’s streets, not because of the fear of gunfire or abduction, but because the streets had been rendered dangerous by sheer speed. Peñalosa’s first and most defining act as mayor was to declare war: not on crime or drugs or poverty, but on cars.

He threw out the ambitious highway expansion plan and instead poured his budget into hundreds of miles of cycle paths; a vast new chain of parks and pedestrian plazas; and the city’s first rapid transit system (the TransMilenio), using buses instead of trains. He banned drivers from commuting by car more than three times a week. This programme redesigned the experience of city living for millions of people, and it was an utter rejection of the philosophies that have guided city planners around the world for more than half a century.

In the third year of his term, Peñalosa challenged Bogotáns to participate in an experiment. As of dawn on 24 February 2000, cars were banned from streets for the day. It was the first day in four years that nobody was killed in traffic. Hospital admissions fell by almost a third. The toxic haze over the city thinned. People told pollsters that they were more optimistic about city life than they had been in years.

continuing reading.. about commute times and mode choices’ effect on happiness: theguardian, 01.11.13.

» Love or Hate It, User-Generated Urbanism May Be the Future Of Cities

park(ing) day 2010 in indianapolis.

gizmodo, 23.09.13.

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