The Pied Piper for Sustainable Transportation

March 24, 2014 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

by Christine McLaren, excerpted from The Globe and Mail, March 14, 2014

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The name of Mr. Penalosa’s non-profit – 8-80 Cities – echoes his central message. “If you build a city that is great for an eight-year-old and for an 80-year-old, then you build a city that is going to be great for everybody. They’re like an indicator species,” he says. “We need to stop building cities as if everybody in them is 30 years old and athletic.”

By cities, Mr. Penalosa doesn’t just mean massive centres: One is just as likely to find him on the ground rethinking the town centre of Timmins, Ont., as in Los Angeles, Paris or New York. 8-80 Cities recently partnered with the Ontario government to bring Open Streets – events that close roads to cars and open them to cyclists, joggers, pedestrians and the like for recreation – to Kingston, Toronto, Thunder Bay and Windsor. More HERE>>

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