Sidewalks are a terrible idea and should be abolished

March 31, 2014

Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer

Photo: Transportation for America.

Update 4/2: Happy April, everybody.

As we all know, sidewalks are dangerous designs that cause more crashes than they prevent by reducing the visibility of people on foot.

The only solution, Oregon physician Joseph Eisenberg said Tuesday, is for all people traveling on foot to travel in the center of the street instead.

When I walk, I always practice vehicular pedestrianism. I run in the middle of the street, wearing hi-viz clothing and a helmet with multiple flashing head and tail lights. I always merge into the left lane to turn left, and never run in the door zone. Sidewalks are separate and unequal, and they are death traps with the risk of right and left hooks! Pedestrians just need more education about the proper way to walk. Then they would be perfectly safe, and respected by motorists.

Here at Green Lane Project HQ, we couldn't agree more. It's high time that the philosophy still applied to biking in much of the United States should be applied to people walking, too. That's why we're launching a new movement to halt all sidewalk construction.

We launched the campaign this morning, April 1, 2014.

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