Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday Morning Links

Downtown Dallas Plan has a new name: Downtown 360 and a public forum is announced for next Monday.

Linked from Streetsblog.net, is advice from a couple in Cambridge, Mass for going CarFree. Points for doing it with a young family, demerits for doing it in Boston. Anybody can do that!

Women as "indicator species" for bike-friendly cities:
Women are considered an “indicator species” for bike-friendly cities for several reasons. First, studies across disciplines as disparate as criminology and child ­rearing have shown that women are more averse to risk than men. In the cycling arena, that risk aversion translates into increased demand for safe bike infrastructure as a prerequisite for riding. Women also do most of the child care and household shopping, which means these bike routes need to be organized around practical urban destinations to make a difference.
I wrote something similar in Livability Indicators, AYFs.