February 2, 2005

Another Suburb (Not Framingham) Seeks To Design For Pedestrians, Not Just Cars

"Batavia's comprehensive plan has called for a safer downtown that accommodates pedestrians - not just cars," reports the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago.

A city engineer presented designs that would increase the sidewalk area at a dangerous intersection, which "would give walkers and bikers more room to cross the street and vehicles better visibility when approaching the intersection."

Meanwhile, here in MetroWest, my lunchtime walking buddy and I threw in the towel and drove to Shoppers World today, instead of taking what should be a 10-minute walk. Two weeks after the snowstorm, sidewalks in the area remain uncleared and trying to actually get anywhere in the area by foot is extremely dangerous.

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