Thank Sophie very much for sharing this article with us. From Jan Gehl’s books or articles, we can see that he is a derivative of a pedestrian or bicycle city, and he has always advocated sustainable travel. For example, Copenhagen and Venice.
This reminds me of previous reports that the City Hall of London, the capital of Britain, announced a plan last year to transform the international metropolis into the “most walkable” city in the world.
The Walking Action Plan was announced by Will Norman, London’s first Walking and Biking Commissioner. According to the plan, the city of London will require new infrastructure to give priority to pedestrian needs, optimize the walking experience, so as to attract more people to choose walking, and ultimately achieve the goal of reducing vehicle emissions, alleviating traffic congestion, and improving urban air quality (London City Hall).
Image 1: “Most wakeable street”, London. Source: London City Hall.
The scheme solves the problems that may be encountered in walking by designing, repairing and transforming streets. Specific measures include widening the sidewalk, planning more walking routes, modifying traffic lights to facilitate pedestrians to cross the road quickly and safely, making more rational use of public space on the sidewalk, and using road signs and maps with clearer directions.
London City Hall, (2018). London set to become the world’s most walkable city. Available at <https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayor-launches-londons-first-ever-walking-plan> [Accessed on 19 May 2018].