Do you have the feeling that your street could be a lot better if it were designed for people and safe mobility instead of primarily for moving and parked cars? Suppose the entire width of the street, sidewalks, gutters and provision for parked and moving vehicles is, say, xx meters. And if you wanted to see what it could look like if there were more provision for safe walking, cycling, street furniture, trees and greenery, transit shelters, priority public transport, lane dividers, turn lanes, and yes, parked and moving vehicles, then have a look at Streetmix (the Website Where You Can Design Your Own Street in Penang).
Street furniture. Put it like that and it sounds a bit banal, like a detail. A choice that may or may not seem to be of much important. Not really “necessary” and perhaps even an unaffordabel luxury for a city at a time of limited budgets. But good street furniture — and even more great street furniture — is a sign of a city that cares. A public space, public comfort project that anyone can use without having to pay a dime. And with it we suddenly are moving into a new social space. Continue reading