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Visualizing a Walkable City

Visualizing a Walkable City | green infographics | Scoop.it

The city of Pontevedra in northwest Spain has become a leader in walker-friendly urban policy over the past 15 years. As the capital of its province, county and municipality, Pontevedra attracted enough automobile commuters each day to overwhelm its antiquated streets.

In response, instead of razing old buildings and constructing bigger roads, the city council widened sidewalks, established a free bike-lending service, installed speed bumps and set a speed limits of 30 kilometers per hour. They even banned motorized transport in sections of Pontevedra. Walking zones now extend from the historic center to streets and squares in newer neighborhoods. Although the driving ban initially faced resistance, it is now broadly supported and has become an essential part of the city's identity as an attractive place to live...


To further improve walkability, Pontevedra's city council produced a map that visualizes the distances and travel times between key places on foot. Known as Metrominuto, the map has color-coded lines that resemble those of a subway guide. Free parking areas are marked to encourage visitors to leave their cars outside the city center. Metrominuto reminds residents and visitors that many automobile trips can be made in a more convenient, environmentally friendly and healthy way by walking.

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ryanleonard's comment, April 20, 2013 7:25 AM
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Foot Powered (infographic)

Foot Powered (infographic) | green infographics | Scoop.it

As most of you have probably noticed, biking and walking are in. Especially in young cities, college towns and places with descent weather, you can’t go anywhere without seeing a bike or people walking. And us Austinites are lucky to be in a tri-fecta city, Austin is a young, college city with good biking and walking weather! While these trends look like a rise in biking and walking during good weather months, the Department of Transportation has noticed a rapid increase in biking and walking trips year round as have responded by increasing the budget from $16 million in 1990 to $1.3 billion in 2009...

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