Impact of Urban Design on our Environmental Choices

Living Life Green

Lately, I have been interested in the Urban Planning field. We are told ways to change our lifestyles to improve the environment and lessen the impact of Global climate change, but little is talked about the actual changes to the structure of our physical environment that need to be made. For example, one tip of advise is to bike to work. That is a great idea and many people would love to make that change. But there a real challenges preventing people from switching from driving their car to biking to work. Some of these are concerns  for safety on the roadways. Currently, I live in the suburbs and my commute is about 12 miles to work. However, the roads are windy and the other drivers are not compassionate to sharing the roads with bikers. If the suburbs were re-designed to have a separate bike line through planning in the…

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