101 Rules Series

This election season, I am posting a special series based on Jeff Speck’s “Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places” over on my Facebook page: one post every day will provide a “rule” for making cities more walkable.

I will, in turn, provide some commentary on how the Township of Langley can best utilize this rule, if at all. Some rules may be difficult to apply, while others will hit home. I may also comment on how our current council has succeeded or failed in some of these regards, as well as mentioning some ideas I’ve heard from candidates.

Many rules will not be “popular” with those conditioned to living in a car-based culture. However, I truly believe that we can always do just a little bit better. This is not a “war” on cars. We “need” them. But we NEED to reduce our reliance on them even more.

While I have framed this series within the context of our upcoming 2022 municipal election on October 15, I want to acknowledge that there is simply more to urban planning and walkability when deciding our next Mayor and Council. Advocating for good urban planning should not dismiss other important factors such as fiscal and social responsibility, housing affordability, protective services, and civic leadership.

THE LIST

SELL WALKABILITY
MIX THE USES
MAKE HOUSING ATTAINABLE AND INTEGRATED
GET THE PARKING RIGHT
LET TRANSIT WORK
ESCAPE AUTOMOBILISM
START WITH SAFETY
OPTIMIZE YOUR DRIVING NETWORK
RIGHT-SIZE THE NUMBER OF LANES
RIGHT-SIZE THE LANES
SELL CYCLING
BUILD YOUR BIKE NETWORK
PARK ON STREET
FOCUS ON GEOMETRY
FOCUS ON INTERSECTIONS
MAKE SIDEWALKS RIGHT
MAKE COMFORTABLE SPACES
  • Rule 83: Make Firm Edges
  • Rule 84: COMING SEPTEMBER 27
  • Rule 85: COMING SEPTEMBER 28
  • Rule 86: COMING SEPTEMBER 29
  • Rule 87: COMING SEPTEMBER 30
MAKE INTERESTING PLACES
  • Rule 88: COMING OCTOBER 1
  • Rule 89: COMING OCTOBER 2
  • Rule 90: COMING OCTOBER 3
  • Rule 91: COMING OCTOBER 4
  • Rule 92: COMING OCTOBER 5
  • Rule 93: COMING OCTOBER 6
DO IT NOW
  • Rule 94: COMING OCTOBER 7
  • Rule 95: COMING OCTOBER 8
  • Rule 96: COMING OCTOBER 9
  • Rule 97: COMING OCTOBER 10
  • Rule 98: COMING OCTOBER 11
  • Rule 99: COMING OCTOBER 12
  • Rule 100: COMING OCTOBER 13
  • Rule 101: COMING OCTOBER 14
  • Rule X: COMING OCTOBER 15

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