It’s now a few years old, but going back through our archives we found this and it’s just too good not to keep it on the site somewhere.
A key component of our mission is making better places, and frequently resolving the tension between motor vehicles and pedestrians factors in that process. All too often in the UK (and indeed much of the urbanised world) the balance is overwhelmingly in favour of the motor car, but not everywhere. There are many fine examples on our doorstep in France where smaller towns particularly have gotten the balance right. This talk shows that the big boys and girls can do it too – don’t settle for the argument that it’s all well and good for small towns, but we have lots of traffic in cities. If New York can do it, anywhere can do it – it just needs some imagination and a bold, can do attitude. It isn’t easy, but it is absolutely doable.
So, if you’re interested in how we can make our towns and cities better places, put on the kettle, make a cuppa, and allow yourself 20 minutes without distractions to watch this TED talk.