One hour to travel 5 miles? Yes, that’s what it takes during the typical rush hour gridlock on the surface streets or the freeways of Silicon Valley. That forecast is dead wrong. If urban planners cannot overcome the gridlock on our streets and highways, the Innovation Economy will relocate rather than accommodate.
most of us hate the gridlocked traffic that defines our daily lives. More people would happily park their cars if public transit were more accessible. Access means easy to use – close to home and destination, affordable, and on a continuous loop rather than on a time-consuming schedule.
“rush hour” extend right into the “lunch rush”? Just the other day as idled through several lights before being able to turn from one gridlocked street onto another, I had a vision of a different kind of American city - a city a little more like Down Town Disney than Los Angeles. A walkable city is not just the product of my imagination. It is the latest fashion in urban planning – the urban village.
We have one walking school bus in a nearby neighborhood. The kids and parents really enjoy it. The walking school bus works just like the yellow school bus - that’s been budgeted out of existence - except that the children join a walk to school rather than boarding a bus.
I don’t think we can deny the obvious any more. Global climate change is here. It’s now, and we humans have more than a little to do with it.