Participatory democracy demands low-energy technology, and free people must travel the road to productive social relations at the speed of a bicycle. – Ivan Illich, Energy and Equity
Man on a bicycle can go three or four times faster than the pedestrian, but uses five times less energy in the process. – Ivan Illich, Energy and Equity
Small brain: How many cars can we move?
Big brain: How many people can we move?
Galactic brain: Why do we need to move people? Put their daily needs close at hand.
– Jeff Speck, @JeffSpeckAICP
“You can have a city that is friendly to cars, or friendly to people, but you cannot have both.” —Enrique Penalosa
“When a road is once built, it is a strange thing how it collects traffic.” —Robert Louis Stevenson
“If traffic speeds and volumes are high, don’t mitigate with separated bikeways or whatever, try to reduce those speeds and volumes.” —Michael Ronkin
“She agrees with the Duke of Wellington that the railway will encourage the lower orders to move about.” –Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, 1810-1865, from Cranford (TV) Episode 2 August 1842; the quote may not exist in the three Gaskell books that were used to create the TV series (Cranford, Mr. Harrison’s Confessions, and Lady Ludlow), but it is too delicious to pass up; the quote is said of Lady Ludlow by Miss Galindo
So if you forced me to have a federal transportation bill, then I would want it to do two things. First, I would want it to place a moratorium on the expansion, extension or construction of any new auto-oriented facilities. No new road miles anywhere. There is no need for this country to ever build another mile, another lane, another overpass or anything — we have far more than we can take care of now, most of it very unproductive. I would make this exception, however: any state that wants a new mile of highway has to remove two miles of existing. This would allow flexibility for states that wanted a strategic contraction, allowing them to allocate scarce resources to areas that would have the greatest benefit. In short, I would ensure the bill funded maintenance (which would make it politically irrelevant in the current context, but that is beside the point).” –Chuck Marohn, Strong Towns