It's not always bad when streets have no sidewalks. When I get off the train
station (in Dorion), I am in a small neighborhood where streets have
sidewalks that run between the lot and another grassy area next to the
street. Most people just walk in the street, and cyclists ride in the
middle. When there is a car, the driver has to go slowly and sometimes yield
a pedestrian who is crossing or walking in the street.
The main thing is when there's no sidewalk, then the asphalt surface becomes
a walkway, cycling way and a carriageway (where cars are allowed) at once.
We ought to show car drivers it is the case by drifting towards the middle
(or a critical area) as we walk or even cycle, to show we are there and need
a certain area to remain safe while moving on a flat surface we all deserve,
no matter the propelling method used.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: demiurge1978 [mailto:demiurge1978@...]
> Sent: 5 juin, 2002 17:39
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [carfree_cities] Re: No sidewalks? No streetlights? No home
> mail delivery?
> I once stayed with a relative in a suburb with no sidewalks. I
> was very young, but genuinely disturbed.
> Can't walk on the lawns, can't walk on the asphalt, so I
> "tightroped" along the curb. And this is supposed to give a
> "rural atmosphere".
> What about those islands on Lake Superior or off the coast of New
> England, that forbid cars. Now that's what I call "rural atmosphere".
> -Alex V.
> --- In carfree_cities@y..., "turpin" <turpin@y...> wrote:
> > CNN tries to paint an idyllic picture:
> > http://www.cnn.com/2002/US/06/04/richest.towns.ap/index.html
> > To me, it sounds like mass insanity. I'm not surprised
> > it was the departure grounds for Heaven's Gate.
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