"If you woke up this morning and decided to try a completely different method of getting to work, could you do it? Could you walk there? Ride a bicycle? Or catch a bus or a train that would get you there in the time it took to read the paper? Could you mix and match your modes? Now take it further. Does getting to a grocery store or a doctor's office or a restaurant without a car seem like a pretty big chore? Can your children walk or cycle to school safely on their own? If you think these are unreasonable questions, then chances are, real choice has been designed out of your city. You may still benefit from the tremendous utility of your automobile, but the system is impoverishing you and your family and friends in ways you have never imagined. How do we build systems that truly make us free in cities?" Charles Montgomery, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design
These are photos of Ben from last summer.
And the quote is relevant to discussions my husband and I have been having recently, especially in light of a pecha-kucha on walkability he took part in and some work he did with Jeff Speck. Living downtown, we walk to our destinations quite often. Also, our city church has recently launched a challenge to the congregation to try a more earth-friendly way of getting to church every fourth Sunday.