Sharing the Sidewalk
Whether the sidewalk is a narrow strip of concrete or a wide flower-lined promenade, there are always competing demands for this space. Should cyclists have priority or pedestrians or those using personal mobility devices? Designer Dick van Veen shared some ideas on the subject at the Walk21 International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities in Munich, Germany, September 9 – 11, 2013.
Dick presented ideas for creating social behavior as the norm governing traffic behavior on the sidewalk to allow for mixing of different user types in this space. Along with his fellow presenters, Dick led discussions and shared ideas about infrastructure. With a background in engineering as well as architecture, Dick has experience designing public spaces that allow for social interaction and facilitate active transport.
Walk21 conferences have been held annually since 2000. The objective of the conferences is to facilitate knowledge exchange between different types of professionals working around the world to make their communities healthy and liveable through the embrace of walking.