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?

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Talking Headways Podcast: Your Brain on Two Legs

|
Antonia Malchik’s recent piece in Aeon Magazine, The End of Walking, went viral in urbanist circles, touching on several themes related to our “right to walk.” In her turn on Talking Headways, Antonia talks about how she became addicted to walking and her experiences walking in Russia, Austria, Upstate New York, and the American West. We also discuss how our […]

Talking Headways Podcast: The Future of Street Lights

|
Clifton Lemon and Steve Lawton of LightPlace Advisors join me this week to talk about how lighting is going to change in cities with the advent of the LED. We learn about what fire and light means to humans and why the street light might become one of the most valuable assets a city has. Clifton […]

Back-to-School Season Brings Bike-to-School Bans

|
As schools across the country open their doors for another year, Robert Ping of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership says students are increasingly facing "bans" against walking and biking to campus. Network member BikePortland.org reports: In Portland, fears of liability turned Safe Routes to School to "Safer Routes." Photo: BikePortland.org "It’s pervasive throughout […]

Talking Headways Podcast: Biking and Walking Trends, Benchmarked

|
Christy Kwan, interim director of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, joins us this week to talk about the alliance’s bi-annual national Benchmarking Report. It’s full of great information and Christy shares how local activists might put it to good use in their communities (and why they might not want their cities to score too well in the rankings). Among […]

Bikes, Cars, and People Co-Exist on Pittsburgh’s Shared Streets

|
Summer is finally here, but livable streets advocates already can’t wait for September to come. The biennial Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference is taking place in Pittsburgh, a city that’s shedding its “Rust Belt” image and emerging as a leader in progressive street design with the help of a new mayor who’s committed to biking, […]

Mapping the Smells and Sounds of the Sensory City

|
Daniele Quercia and Luca Aiello of Bell Labs are pioneers of sensory mapping in cities. They have been able to map smells, sounds, and how people feel on their favorite walking routes. On the podcast Daniele and Luca discuss why people are so focused on noise instead of sound, the languages of smell and sound, as well as the chromatic layers […]