Let’s hope someone listens

From the CBC site:

Plan for future that doesn’t rely on car, cities told
Friday, November 9, 2007 | 8:34 AM ET

Towns and cities must start planning ahead for a future where the car is a thing of the past and a first step toward that reality would be creating more public transit for communities, says a new report by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.

Municipalities must be forward-thinking enough to address their current needs without saddling future leaders with problems that are difficult to fix, said institute president Wayne Caldwell.

He said there must be an emphasis on building transportation networks and curbing problems with urban sprawl, which is contributing to obesity and has the potential to reduce life expectancy for future generations.

“We need to look at the opportunities to focus on building transit … realizing that the things that have driven us in the past, particularly related to the automobile, are things of the past,” Caldwell said.

“It’s not to say that automobiles won’t be important in the future, but I think we all have an awareness and appreciation of the increasing energy costs and the congestion that flows out of that and the need to do things differently in the future.”

Institute president-elect Sue Cumming said communities should work to make everyday life more pedestrian-friendly so people can go about their lives without having to rely on cars.

The report, entitled “Healthy Communities, Sustainable Communities,” suggests about 2.4 million Ontario residents live in areas where they have few options for transportation beyond a car because that’s just the way many communities have been designed.

The report also suggests fewer children are likely to walk to school today compared to past generations and that has an effect on their health.

“In terms of our children’s abilities to live a long and full life, that is now at risk,” Cumming said.

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s more than 2,700 members work for governments, private industry and academic institutions.

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Born and raised in Brazil, a Canadian stole my heart and took me to Canada in 1999. After seven years between Montreal and Toronto, we then moved to Barcelona, Spain, where I did research for my PhD thesis. This blog began as a chronicle of our adventures while living in Barcelona and exploring the old world and has acquired a life of its own after we moved back to Canada.

4 thoughts on “Let’s hope someone listens”

  1. Hi Chico,

    I think car sharing is a brilliant idea. Alan and I joined one of these here in Toronto (www.autoshare.com). The parking lot is right across the street from where we live but so far we didn’t find the occasion to use it…

  2. Você já viu um americano sem carro?
    Qdo estive em Pittsburgh fiquei bestificada com a forma como a cidade foi construída; se vc não tiver carro não consegue ir a lugar nenhum pq o transporte público fica concentrado no centro da cidade.

    Em SP tentaram fazer um esquema em que as pessoas pegavam carona umas com as outras mas não deu certo. É uma cidade gigante, com um trânsito caótico e pessoas que não se conhecem.
    Além da vontade de viver no exterior existem outros fatores positivos e negativos que me fizeram imigrar. O trânsito absurdo em SP e seus motoristas mal educados foi um deles. Impossível ter qualidade de vida numa cidade em que não existe mais lugar para nada, principalmente para mais carros.
    Vc já ouviu falar do rodízio municipal em que cada dia da semana os carros não podem circular em horário de pico de acordo com a placa? Era provisório por causa da poluição mas virou definitivo e no dia em que decidem suspendê-lo vc simplesmente não consegue chegar a lugar nenhum.
    Os governantes precisam encontrar uma solução inteligente pra isso.
    Bjs

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