The reasons people choose/use different transport modes are complex, often sensitive and controversial – how about parking??
As advocates for active transport, and safe streets our messaging doesn’t have to be about bikes or cycling, skooting, or even walking.
We can focus our discussion on the type of city in which we all want to live.
If we want to enable more people to engage in active transport, micromobility and transit we cannot afford to have a war with the same people whose hearts and minds we’re trying to win.
Driving a private car has become completely normalized and often unquestioned as the primary choice of transport. But as more and more people are beginning to question it, we can encourage curiosity and interest, not put them in a position of defensiveness.
People who drive exclusively often have never experienced the joy, and health benefits of riding a bike or walking instead of driving.
Other people have no choice and ride bikes or walk because they don’t own cars.
So we must encourage our city leaders of the worthiness of designing road environments and public spaces for purposes and functions for everyone.
It’s about enabling movement of people and goods in various different modes of transport, including motor vehicles. It’s also about creating places where people can linger.
Local councils across the country are working toward implementing a framework to make more liveable cities.
Asbury Park can do it too.
Read the full article in StreetsBlog USA.