Shrinking urban space for pedestrians


This illustration by Claes Tingvall of the Swedish Road Administration really makes you think about how cars and other vehicles encroach on our public spaces – both from a safety and a space point of view.

I have noticed that, as the years pass, there seems to be less and less urban space for pedestrians.

As we walked to the shops today, the sidewalks we used were made even narrower by outside restaurant seating to the left of us and bicycle parking to the right of us. The very narrow remaining space we were able to use was also being used by e-scooters and bicycles, despite the fact that they have their own lanes. If two people walked abreast, no one could pass. How much more difficult must it be for people using wheelchairs or prams?

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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