Walkability 22 quotes

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...each additional hour spent in a car per day was associated with a 6% increase in the odds of being obese, while each additional kilometer walked per day was associated with a 4.8% reduction in the odds of being obese. 2003; re: U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996 R. E. Andersen
Automobiles need quantity and pedestrians need quality. Dan Burden
...if someone charges that the New Urbanism is about hating cars, we can say no, that it is only when convenient walking and convenient driving conflict that we place the pedestrian above the driver; where they do not conflict, there is no dilemma. Bruce Donnelly
Climate has little to do with [how much people walk]. Toronto residents, New Orleanians and Manhattanites, with extremes of weather, walk more than Atlantans. The variable is the quality of the urbanism. Not the weather. People in Stockholm walk more than people in the suburbs of Seville. People in Stockholm's center walk more that they do in Stockholm's 1950's new towns. The variable is always the quality of the urbanism--not the weather. Andrés Duany
American suburbia is that place where people have to drive to the gym to use the walking machines. Andrés Duany
This should be clear: open space should be within walking the pedestrian shed of every dwelling. The pedestrian shed is the measure of urbanism. Andrés Duany
The 5 Bs... bricks, banners, balloons, benches and berms... do NOT create streetlife. It is the available shopping that provides it. Andrés Duany
If you design communities for automobiles, you get more automobiles. If you design them for people, you get walkable, livable communities. also with Christine Todd Whitman Parris Glendening
Lowly, unpurposeful and random as they appear, sidewalk contacts are the small change from which a city's wealth of public life must grow. Jane Jacobs
One of the interesting features of much of [the recent research regarding walking] is that taken as a whole it shows that mixed use and walkable destinations have a bigger impact on walking than the quality of the pedestrian environment itself. Beautiful sidewalks with nowhere to go don't really cut it. Barbara McCann
Any town that doesn't have sidewalks doesn't love its children. Margaret Mead
Pedestrian Propulsion is that factor by which people will walk further than 1/4 mile instead of driving, like they will do on a standard T4 residential street with proper street widths, curb radii, street trees, fences, and homes with porches. Unwalkable environments exhibit Pedestrian Obstruction rather than Pedestrian Propulsion, which is that factor by which people will walk less than 1/4 mile instead of driving. Steve Mouzon
Some say that fences and porches are historical pastiche, or worse. But a porch can be a finely-honed social interaction device that, when combined with a sharply-tuned psychological protection device we call a fence, sets the stage for unplanned conversations to occur between people that haven't met until now. Those conversations lead to relationships, and relationships lead to people acting like neighbors again. Steve Mouzon
Orphan Blocks: Those blocks that are orphaned from their neighborhood by either being too far from the neighborhood center to be walkable, or by being placed on the far side of a major thoroughfare that mothers will not let their children cross. Steve Mouzon
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. Friedrich Nietzsche
The pedestrian is the design imperative. Dom Nozzi
God made us walking animals—pedestrians. As a fish needs to swim, a bird to fly, a deer to run, we need to walk, not in order to survive, but to be happy. Enrique Penalosa
Anything you do to make a city more friendly to cars makes it less friendly to people. Enrique Penalosa
Americans are in the habit of never walking if they can ride. 1798 Louis Philippe
When you're on the street [as a pedestrian], all cars are monsters. When you're in a car, all pedestrians are idiots. Alan E. Pisarski
People will only get out of the car if it's safe, comfortable and interesting to walk from your house to the train, from the train to your job or from shopping to the bus. Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man. Arnold Toynbee