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Presentation about New York and the 2009 Walk21 conference

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The 2009 Walk21 conference in New York was an opportunity to see at first hand the pedestrian revolution taking place around Times Square and other areas of Manhattan.
The main driver for New York’s plan was not pedestrian congestion, but road safety. In 1990 there was one pedestrian death every day on the cities streets.  This has been reduced to the lowest figures since records began in 1910, with senior fatalities on the pavements dropping 43% in just one year, due to the ‘streets for seniors’ plan.

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Robyn Davies
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Plenary
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Transport and Main Roads Queensland
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Mon p.m. late

Improve walkability around transit locations

Link to order information The Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety has released two new guides, A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities, to help residents, parents, community groups, and others make their communities bett
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Walking: still better than driving

Walking is 12 times better for the climate than driving. Blog on the Sightline Institute website
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Clark Williams-Derry
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A Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities

US Federal Highway Administration guide The FHWA has just released A Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities, which provides examples from other communities working to improve pedestrian safety.
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Philadelphia: The city has lost control of its sidewalks

By Inga Saffron

Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic

Apr. 11, 2008

There are close to 1.5 million people living in Philadelphia, and every one of them is a pedestrian at one time or another. Yet City Hall sometimes seems surprised to learn that people travel on two feet.

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Red-light cameras cause more accidents

Red-light cameras save lives but result in more crashes that cause property damage, a new study says "Before and after" studies of 38 red-light camera intersections in Toronto revealed collisions resulting in death or injury dropped 18.2 per cent.
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Atlanta Family Slashes Carbon Footprint

Atlanta resident Malaika Taylor used to live the typical suburban life — the kind that helps make America the world's top contributor to climate change. But four years ago, fed up with commuting, Taylor and her 11-year old daughter, Maya, moved from the suburbs to the city.
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