In a similar way, the transportation situation in our city is also finally growing up. Not so long ago, it was rare that anyone would choose to walk or bike on an errand if they had the convenience of driving. But people are deciding that they value other things, too - physical health, saving gas money, enjoying their neighborhoods - and they're starting to make choices that reflect these values.
Our streets, however, still reflect those values of yesterday. Although the very first roads were actually built for bicycles, many in recent years have been designed, built, and evaluated with only automobiles in mind. That worked well when we all drove, but times are changing. That's why the City of Pasadena is exploring new ways to think about our streets and to change them for the better.
Check out the Department of Transportation's summary of the different methods they're considering to measure and evaluate how well the streets in Pasadena serve the City's needs. It's not a breezy read, but it's actually pretty fascinating to see how urban planning has evolved over the years when it comes to streets and transportation -- and their inescapable relationships with human health and the environment.
The City will be holding a community information and comment session next week:
When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Pasadena Presbyterian Church Gamble Lounge (585 E. Colorado Blvd.)
Agenda and summary HERE.
For more information, you can reach the DoT at (626) 744-7464 or on Twitter @PasadenaDOT.
Ensuring that the new street design criteria will be friendly to all users -- bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and transit riders -- is very important! So if you have any feedback for the city, Wednesday will be a good day to let them hear your voice.