1. There is only one way to end the traffic nightmare and to address the plethora of evils that rise from our slavish obeisance to the car. I have finally put together the beginning of a full reply to any effort at city planning that refuses to start with the idea of car free communities. If you have KU/KOLL this is free.

    Cybercommunities: A Handbook eBook: Stephen C. Rose: Kindle Store

  2. Heather Boyer says

    I would add as resources the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide and Urban Bikeway Design Guide.

  3. Well spoken Sir !!

  4. Hi Scott,
    Great article! Can you provide the source for the graph/data that @ 20mph 9/10 peds survive, and at 40mph 9/10 peds die? The GJEL.COM website doesn’t show the data (not that I could find anyway).
    Thank You!!
    Scott S.

    • Sadly no, Scott. All we did was adapt GJEL’s existing graphic so more people could make use of it. You’ll have to follow up with them for the data.

      Thanks for the read!

  5. Lindsay Bayley says

    Hello, I give a lot of presentations on walking and biking for my government job. I am interested in using these graphics in a presentation and a report on walkability. May I use them? Who do I credit? It appears that they have been adapted from Complete Mobility (whose Twitter link has changed and is currently broken from this site). Can I also give you credit?
    Thank you!

    • PlaceMakers says

      Hi, Lindsay. Please feel free to use the graphics however you choose. That’s why we rebuilt them. We’d originally come across similar graphics from “Complete Mobility” but they were an unusable low resolution and no good for presentations.

      I can’t speak to what’s become of Complete Mobility. If you want to give credit, “Adapted by PlaceMakers from a graphic by Complete Mobility” without links should suffice.


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