“Walking is the first thing an infant wants to do and the last thing an old person wants to give up”, John Butcher, Founder of Walk21.
Traditional transportation and city planning have focused on moving more cars and to move them faster. But in many cities, the emphasis on mobility efficiency resulted in favoring motorized transport, considering pedestrian areas as marginal and interstitial spaces, resulting after the design of car infrastructures. Until recently, the concept of walkability has been limited to the notion of pedestrian safety, designing segregated pedestrian ways, and regulating car speed limits. In other words, transportation planning, while focusing on mobility efficiency and capacity, has forgotten the other crucial function of city streets: living. Livable streets are in fact “exchange” places rather than just “movement” spaces.