Design streets to support walking instead of cars.

Design streets to support walking instead of cars.

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      Key to the Street

By signing this petition you are telling city planners that they need to stop designing streets for cars and not people. We need to change from a car-centric culture to a walk-centric culture in order to become a healthier society and reduce carbon emissions. Walking needs to be a natural activity and part of our daily life.

The environment is often neglected as a cause of human behavior. We continue to drive even short distances because the built environment doesn't support walking. Often times pedestrians find themselves without sidewalks or on narrow sidewalks leaving them feeling vulnerable. Other times there isn't sufficient coverage from the natural elements or insufficient lighting. Safety and the well-being of pedestrians is too frequently over-looked resulting in environments that make pedestrians feel like second-class citizens. 

The car is the greatest consumer of public and personal space. Residential streets need to be designed for people first and cars second if our cities and towns are to become more sustainable. We need to create a legacy for future generations to enjoy a healthier lives.

Walking is what our bodies are designed to do. As humans, a few of our most critical needs include social interaction and involvement in our local community. Quite simply, lack of walking is making us fat and isolated.

Walking is the simplest positive change you can make to effectively improve your overall health and wellbeing. It slows us down and forces us to take in our surroundings while reconnecting us to our humanity.

Sign this petition to tell city planners that you want your community to be designed for people first and cars second.

To:
Design streets to support walking instead of cars.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Sachchidanand Swami CHENNAI, INDIA
      • 23 days ago

      Walking is very basic activity so streets should support it.

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    • Reed Flocks SANTA CRUZ, CA
      • 6 months ago

      Because people are important and protecting the environment is important.

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    • Okina Inketsu MINATO-KU, JAPAN
      • 8 months ago

      Two years ago, I was robbed at gunpoint in California, USA.

      At that time, I was 20 years old and stayed there to study.As an international student, it was not easy to own a car, so I walked. I walked some miles everyday. The road was not safe - closed pedestrian path, not convenient transit system, and no lights. It was dark and scary, but I had to walk everyday to just commute. And that day, I was robbed at gun point.

      The reason why I am quoting my story is that I still remember what a female police officer said to me when I visited their office, "America is not safe like Tokyo where the density of people is like touching each other."

      Here, I would like to argue two things: one - yes, Tokyo is safe and I have never felt unsafe walking even at night in Tokyo. and two - no we do not touch each other. Tokyo is not that bad lol

      My point is that creating a pedestrian friendly city like Tokyo (has been one of the most huge urban area for almost 300 years) actually makes more sense in terms of everything good for the societies like safety, convenience, communities, and development.

      I personally would really want to see changes especially in the city I might work in, LA. For this reason, I am signing this petition.

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    • Richard Tucker MOUNTAIN HOME, AR
      • 9 months ago

      Do you know annoying it is to have to get back in your car just to move to the next store? Why can't I sit at a cafe terrace to watch the world go by without smelling exhaust fumes?

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    • Quinn Newton GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      I am a cyclist and a city planner.

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