Speaking up for our most vulnerable.

Slow down.

Better cities for all.

6 year old Emma wrote me a note. In the note she thanks me for having ‘a nice and kind voice’. The best part of being a teacher is developing positive relationships with students. In all likelihood Emma won’t remember learning to read and write but she will remember her friendships and her interactions with others.

It’s a weighty responsibility working with people who are vulnerable and so dependent on the adults around them. So it probably comes as no surprise when I respond ‘quite strongly’ to stories of our most vulnerable being victims of a transport system that takes no prisoners. Victims like Shayna-Grace. This “perfect little angel” was hit by a car as she was crossing a pedestrian crossing on her way to school. The driver didn’t stop.

When will the outrage start? Do we just have to accept that our young and vulnerable will always viewed as collateral damage to an ingrained ‘car culture’? Isn’t it about time we started addressing this culture of speed and the resulting carnage? I want to ask our politicians, councillors, traffic engineers, doctors, teachers, principals….how is this allowed to happen? What is being done to ensure our roads are made safe for everyone?

A strong social contract that prioritises the well-being of our children is long overdue.

‘Cycling’ is sport and recreation. ‘Riding a bicycle’ is everyday activity. No sweat. As easy as walking, but faster.

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  1. Totally agree. It is not just the killing and maiming that is then just treated as a tragic accident that bothers me, it is the fact that our built environment almost completely disenfranchises so many sections of our population: young children, the elderly, the disabled, people without cars and so on. It makes me fume.

    i am unfamiliar with the story you posted but I hazard a guess that nothing will be done to the crossing to minimise the risk of this happening again. Please tell me I’m wrong.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Edward. The intent of this post (and the site in general) is to highlight the need to address the issues of disenfranchisement that you refer to. Talking about technical solutions seems premature while there is no sense of a need to make our cities safer for all road users. As I said, ‘where is the outrage’? A ‘business as usual’ approach is no longer acceptable.


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