Strong towns: Livable Communities

With the exception of several important outliers, American cities today are built around the thing that once promised ultimate freedom and mobility, but that wound up decimating so many of our longstanding assumptions about cities’ essential role— the automobile. This change has helped to give rise to a national situation marked by isolation, poor health, and limited opportunity for those who can’t or who don’t want to drive, as well as negative financial impacts on our communities.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/5/8/livable-communities-for-all-ages/

Use a Camera Like a Planning Tool

We published this a couple of months ago.   Maybe with warmer spring weather AP residents and friends can pull out phones and snap some shots!

Message photos to Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition on Face Book or email to:  APCompleteStreets@gmail.com

Asbury Park residents–let’s think about doing a Photo Friday. Send your photos of streets and places that in your mind either work or do not work to this page. We would love to know what you’re seeing. This is a way for us all to communicate without using “planning terminology”.

“…the urban diary, an approach anyone can take to see their city anew. For Wolfe, a camera is the best tool for that observation, but he suggests readers might use writing, sketches, audio, tweets or any number of tools for purposeful looking. City planning still relies on an elite vocabulary not everyone can parse. But everyone can make observations about their surroundings.”

https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/photography-city-planning-tool-seeing-better-city

Invisible Bike Riders

A street is truly “complete” when it accommodates the “invisible” community members for whom a bike is their only transportation choice – a cheap, low-tech tool to get to work and daily life.

It’s odd that biking is such a politically charged and polarizing topic when so many people across the country are just using bikes as a simple, cheap way to get to work. These folks don’t have a lot of choice about what style of bike to ride or which trail they’ll take. Bikes are their main mode of transportation so they make do with what’s around.

Read more,,,

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/5/1/invisible-bike-riders

9 Things Drivers Need to Stop Saying in the Bikes vs. Cars Debate

“Our roads are already heavily tilted in favor of cars. Yet drivers seem to hate the idea of being slightly inconvenienced so that other modes of transport might be safer and more appealing. Pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit users have been incredibly inconvenienced for decades, all so automobiles could get where they’re going a bit faster. Redesigning streets is not a “war” against cars. It’s just acknowledgment that they don’t have to be the only thing on the road.”

9 Things Drivers Need to Stop Saying in the Bikes vs. Cars Debate

 

An invitation! Photo Ops

 

We’re looking for photos of things you like about cities where you live, work or visit. We will hope to use some of them in a future project and event. Take some shots of bike lanes, crosswalks, and spaces for people. People moving about the city on bikes, feet, wheelchairs, or other conveyances– kids, elderly, people with pets. Pics of parks you like and the ways they’re used. The scenarios are endless. Trees are budding and flowers are starting to bloom, more people are out and about so there’s tons of inspiration! Share your pics here, or email to apcompletestreets@gmail.com. You can contact us there as well. We are so grateful for your support. Looking forward to your contributions!

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Walk To School Day-Mayor Moor, Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton Business owner Jan Sparrow walk raffle winners to school in promotion of good health

 

The initiative is a part of the recently launched Mayor’s Wellness Committee, organized in collaboration with the school district, Alliance for a Healthier Asbury Park, Hackensack Meridian Health, and EZ Rides’ Safe Routes to School team.

http://asburyparksun.com/walk-to-school-day-at-thurghood-marshall-elementary/