How it can “promote activity, a strong sense of place, boost local economies and provide (almost) everything you need for life within walking distance.”
Webinar: Tuesday 18th May.
The idea of the ’15-minute neighbourhood’ is being pushed as policy in Paris:
And things are really stepping up:
With other places taking a keen interest:
And with this piece from the WHO today:
What human invention has caused more deaths than World War I or the Spanish flu, both among the worst killers of all time? It’s the modern road transport system. Since the automobile came into being at the end of the 19th Century, more than 50 million people have died on the world’s roads…
As we embark on building back better from the COVID-19 pandemic, the time has come to return urban streets to people…
Not everyone has been keen on some of the measures introduced during the last twelve months:
Even though the ideas and practices have been around for a long time:
Nevertheless, there’s a lot of enthusiasm for the ’15/20-minute neighbourhood’.
This is from Melbourne (see diagram):
And this is from Scotland:
With a handy guide just out from the TCPA:
Finally, in support of the UK department of transport’s Green Transport Recovery and Restart programme, a series of webinars has been put together:
Including an event tomorrow:
The idea of the ’20-minute neighbourhood’ is enjoying a resurgence. Although far from new: back in the early 1960s, US urbanist Jane Jacobs demonstrated how compact urban blocks promote activity, a strong sense of place, boost local economies and provide (almost) everything you need for life within walking distance.
And now, post COVID, the idea is re-gaining popularity…