|Hey--the bikes are on the walking side.|
The key is to reduce pollution, climate change, noise, and crime (yes, those killings).
Published in The Lancet (Sept 23), the study titled City Planning and Population Health: A Global Challenge," was part of three-part series released during the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly.
Between now and 2030, we will need to find $58 trillion to upgrade cities globally.
Better planned and designed cities will provide multiple benefits--to health, traffic management, the environment, and the economy.
OK--what do we need?
In this study, eight interventions are suggested to encourage walking, cycling, public transport, and discouraging use of private vehicles.
--distribution of employment cross the city
--reducing availability and increasing cost of parking
--designing pedestrian and cycle-friendly networks
--optimal levels of residential density
--reducing distance to public transport
--increasing diversity (no ghettos)
I once lived in a planned community--Reston, Virginia. It was kind of like a little toy train town, townhouses, golf courses, little scenic lakes...But I read recently that it was deteriorating.
Can you have a beat-down golf course community? I guess.