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Changing the Signs: Pedestrian-Friendly Design

Helen Jennings and Bronwen Machin

The current design of our cities and streetscapes provides excellent access and mobility for people in cars while providing limited access for those without.  This sends the message that car driving is the only legitimate form of travel.  This in turn restricts transport choices, because, even when it is possible to walk, cycle or catch public transport, many people do not perceive these choices.  Redesigning streets, suburbs and cities is required to ensure that the physical design indicates that walking, cycling and public transport are as, if not more, important than cars.  This, coupled with information, will not only provide better access for all, but will encourage people to use more sustainable, active and healthy transport options.

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