Talking Headways Podcast: A Shared Space Revolution

On the podcast this week is Robert Ping, executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, who tells us about Pittsburgh’s plans for the largest shared space in an American city.

Robert also discusses why it’s so important to get public officials from different agencies in the same room together to talk about improving conditions for walking and biking. And we wonder why parents are being threatened with arrest just for walking their kids to school, and how getting driven around affects kids’ perceptions of where they live compared to walking.

  • good will

    AMERICAS…CONTINENTAL…LANDMASS…EARTH… WE NATIVE OLDER THAN AMERICA DO NOT HAVE TO SHARE! No debt on our established earth!

  • Michel S

    Golden comment of the episode: (29:21) “If you treat drivers like idiots, they will act like idiots. Everybody will: pedestrians, bicyclists. If you treat them like idiots and give them all these rules, they’ll turn their brains off and just respond to rules and not think and work together and folks will feel a sense of entitlement.”

    This is such a key observation. A lot of aggression between road users has to do with people perceiving that others are using the roads improperly. This applies to pedestrians as well as to people on bikes and people in cars. It’s one of the reasons why the move to further automate private cars makes me nervous. Humans are adaptive creatures; they are by nature creative problem-solvers. If you completely remove human activity from the equation, does the world really become a better place. If so, what does that say about our place in the world we’ve created?