Cities large and small are moving to create a network of streets for the same reason – as reported in the Seattle Times:
SDOT will evaluate streets based on whether they reach dense areas, allow people to stay close to home and keep parks from getting crowded, among other factors.
Seattle, some say, is following a movement of ‘open streets’ that started in Oakland. Now it’s global.
But Vancouver, once a leader, is trailing. Council will have to decide on May 12 whether we will catch up
It may be the best pre-emptive move cities can take to shore up the barriers against another tide of Motordom – a return to vehicles, only more of them, being driven more often, to more places. Confronted with congestion of their own making, many will want to have more road space to drive.
But if those same people experience the convenience and enjoyment of their own neighbourhood streets when they’re on foot and bike, they’ll fight to keep them.