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  • Well said @Oliver Schick. This is a really good point at a good time for me as our local school is discussing a bridge over the river- essentially so we can keep the road out the front free for cars to continue parking horribly etc.
    It makes me think a bridge is fine, but so is a plan to reduce car trips, and maybe widening pavements out the front to remove the illegal parking spots, add some benches for people waiting to pick up etc.

    Thanks, good timing like I said!

  • I think I certain cases pedestrian tunnels or bridges make sense.
    For example the museum underpass at south Ken really serves it's purpose well.
    We need to make a city where motorised transport is not king but can co exist and run harmoniously.

  • i disagree - there is a hierarchy of ideal urban travel, and cars are at the bottom. Most motorised urban transport is unnecessary (short trips which could be walked or cycled) and inefficient (single occupancy).

    There will be exceptions (tradesman, physical disabilities) but our urban planning should reflect the hierarchy. Walking first, cycling second, mass transport (bus/train/tram) 3rd and cars below that.

    Pedways reinforce that idea that cars belong in cities, so I'm against them generally.

  • museum underpass at south Ken

    I agree. The walk down the 'tunnel' was always one of the attractions of a day out at the Museums.

  • I think in certain cases pedestrian tunnels or bridges make sense.

    Well, of course there are such cases (it would be surprising if there weren't). However, as a general principle they should be avoided. Movement at ground level is a valuable commodity and should be prioritised for people not in cars. There certainly shouldn't be an ideologically-driven programme to disadvantage walking.

    For example the museum underpass at south Ken really serves it's purpose well.

    Wasn't that built as part of the Underground station? I'll try to find something about its history in a moment. It was a bit of a one-off.

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