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We dream the same dreams: Aligning pedestrian and cyclist’s interests for a more liveable city

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Presentation by Bruce McVean, Founder, Movement for Liveable London to Hackney Cycling Conference, 6th June 2014

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We dream the same dreams: Aligning pedestrian and cyclist’s interests for a more liveable city

  1. 1. We dream the same dreams: Aligning pedestrian and cyclist’s interests for a more liveable city Hackney Cycling Conference 6th June 2014 Bruce McVean, Founder, Movement for Liveable London @liveablelondon @brucemcvean
  2. 2. “Lowly, unpurposeful, and random as they may appear, sidewalk contacts are the small change from which a city’s wealth may grow.” Jane Jacobs, The Death & Life of Great American Cities Image: Living Streets
  3. 3. Everybody walks … but nobody cares “No powerful lobby upholds the general interest in being able to walk without constraint or danger. There's no money in it and everyone expects someone else to put in the hard work.” Nick Cohen, Why is Britain such a dangerous place for walkers? The Observer
  4. 4. Everybody walks … somebody cares
  5. 5. Woodrow Phoenix, Rumble Strip
  6. 6. Photo: LCC Everybody walks … somebody cares
  7. 7. We dream the same dream, we want the same thing London Councils, Walking and Cycling in London - What Residents Think
  8. 8. We dream the same dream, we put up with the same crap
  9. 9. We dream the same dream, we put up with the same crap
  10. 10. “In most cities, the motorist’s perception is so dominant that their confusions can become political imperatives.” Jarrett Walker, Human Transit
  11. 11. A shared agenda – reclaiming the streets for a more liveable city
  12. 12. The modal hierarchy for engagement in city life Walk Bike Bus Car
  13. 13. “On any great urban street, every part of the current use has it’s fierce defenders.” Jarrett Walker, Human Transit
  14. 14. We need a coherent vision and strategy for London’s streets “No goal, then no direction: no underlying plan, no consensus, then no effective practical action. If society is paralysed today, it is not for lack of means but for lack of purpose.” Lewis Mumford, The Culture of Cities
  15. 15. Traffic and road danger reduction – liveable streets for all
  16. 16. In the meantime … quick, adaptable and temporary
  17. 17. In the meantime … quick, adaptable and temporary
  18. 18. “Walking is the beginning, the starting point … the prerequisite for city life is good walking opportunities.” Jan Gehl, Cities for People
  19. 19. movementforliveablelondon.com @liveablelondon @brucemcvean

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