Earlier this week Vox ran a great story overviewing the car lobby's creation of jaywalking, and how we as a society took the bait hook, line and sinker, transforming our public streets from dynamic public spaces full of commerce and life into traffic sewers. By prioritizing private car traffic over all others, we've inadvertently robbed our cities of one of their biggest assets, interesting streets we all want to spend time on. Slowly we've begun reclaiming those streets. Though Western Europe is arguably way ahead of us in this realm with Madrid closing off car traffic on many of its downtown streets and Paris soon to implement a car ban, Philadelphia is starting to catch on. We've seen the positive effects even a small intervention like the Grays Ferry Triangle can achieve, creating safe spaces for pedestrians and commerce.
Philadelphia's future from an urban planning and public space perspective is inextricably tied to cycling. Replanning our city in support of safer, better cycling satisfies a host of urban planning goals like increasing mobility, improving public health, addressing sustainability, making our streets safer, and economically injecting more money into our local economy. We are excited to announce that a new print publication will be debuting January 30th to fast-forward Philly's cycling future.