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Today, we are seeing several
projects to efficiently connect our
communities, including the awaited
Purple Line light-rail linking
Montgomery and Prince George's
counties in Maryland, protected
bike lanes connecting to bike trails,
and dedicated bus lanes. Yet, we
are not moving fast enough - as
communities remain heavily dependent
on automobiles, making
our transportation system a major
contributor of greenhouse gas
emissions
while climate change
threatens our future.
Our dependence on driving is
rooted in decades of efforts to facilitate
the movement of cars as
quickly as possible at the expense
of making spaces accessible for
people to walk, roll and bike; developing
dedicated transit lanes;
and designing spaces to plant vital
street trees that also contribute
to making our communities safe,
healthy and enjoyable.
We must invest in safe streets to
move people to parks, trails, restaurants,
transit stops, schools and
jobs. This is about creating a sense
of belonging in our communities
that sparks economic and environmental
sustainability.
The
low-density
development
near transit and the auto-centric
shopping centers that are accompanied
by multiple lanes of highspeed
roads need to be redeveloped
and redesigned, and soon. Currently,
they limit access to the commercial
core and create a safety hazard
for people traveling, regardless of
the transportation mode.
Reimagining Our
Public Spaces
Furthermore, when we combine
this traffic violence with rising
inequality, the loss of jobs due to
the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
- including in the restaurant
and childcare industries, in
which a significant number of
people of color worked - and
the
ongoing
threat
of
climate
change, we must understand that
our economic recovery and our
environmental justice responsibility
must include reimagining
a crucial public asset: our streets.
By reshaping the ways our community
resources are linked, we
can provide community members
with safe and effective access to
spaces and opportunities - such
as parks and recreation - that
advance the health, well-being
and quality of life for all.
Natali Fani-González is former Vice Chair of the Montgomery
County (Maryland) Planning Board and an advocate for
environmental and economic justice.
Our dependence on driving is
rooted in decades of efforts
to facilitate the movement
of cars as quickly as possible
at the expense of making
spaces accessible for people
to walk, roll and bike.
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