Urban design for speedy pedestrians

A Fast Lane for Pedestrians? A City Dweller’s Dream

A popular British retailer said it would designate a strip of sidewalk in front of its Liverpool store specifically for fast walkers, that uniquely urban breed of pedestrians who silently fume over the ambling gaits of those in front of them. The one-week experiment, which began Monday, is a marketing ploy by the retailer, Argos. But it has awakened the imaginations of many disgruntled fast walkers, leading some to express the hope on social media that fast lanes would pop up in their cities, too. So, could this be the first volley in the liberation of speedy pedestrians? Research funded by Argos would seem to suggest that (in Britain, at least) quite a few people are fed up. ….[READ]


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