Life in the Green Lane
The Fall issue of Green America gave several suggestions on how to make your neighborhood more pedestrian friendly. My neighborhood has a lot of dog walkers - so it's fairly foot happy. However, just beyond the neighborhood, a major set of streets pose very dangerous walking situations. Sidewalks are available, but using them is treachorous. In fact, crossing not at the crosswalks is the safest way to go. A long-time resident, KF, told us that the best way to cross is through the medians - and only when we know that there is absolutely no traffic coming by.
Last year, northern Georgia was hit with exorbitant gas prices - up to over $4/gallon. Less cars travelled the streets, and more people took to foot and bikes - it was beautiful! But after the gas prices normalized - it was business as usual. I can't even walk my kid to school which is only a five minute drive from the house - it's too dangerous - no matter how green I would like to be!
A good suggestion from Green America was to drive the speed limit - be a "pace car". I can do that! Actually, with cops setting up surprise speed traps around here - it makes for an even better reason to do this. Driving 35 - not 40 - helps slow traffic down so that people who do walk can feel safer - and it gives me the courage to embark on my own pedestrian (!pun!) adventures this year.
Here is the web-site for more information on taming traffic:
In this area, pedestrian traffic is truly a novelty. If you walk (that is, as a mode of transportation, not as exercise) on the main streets outside the neighborhood, people think that you're either poor or mental. My goal for the next year is to be able to walk to my church each Sunday - to praise our neighborhoods, our community, and our spirits.
***Inspired by: Green America - "Take Back Your Neighborhood"
A green-minded friend subscribed me to Green America (thanks, LD!). It's a wonderful publication filled with practical ways of living sustainably - and they also have a great directory of green companies.