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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian

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Millenium Bridge

One of my favourite subjects Pedestrian is actually the theme of a group I started on flickr called Places Without Cars. It seemed to me that Vancouver had really not done nearly enough to reduce the impact of traffic on its city centre, whereas many other places had closed major streets and squares to cars, but in the process opened them up to become people places. In England they are called Pedestrian Precincts.  I can remember the transformation of the centre of Harrow in the mid 1980’s where I then lived, from a major traffic artery to a place where it was not only actually pleasant to walk and shop, but there were reasons to linger. Once upon a time “No Loitering” signs were common: that is no longer the case. We have come to realise that the favourite activity of human beings is people watching. That human interaction by chance is another of our favourite things – and most commerce is in fact based on such encounters.

The picture above is of the Millennium Bridge in London, which connects the Tate Modern on the South Bank to St Paul’s in the City.

Instead of putting lots more of my pictures of similar structures I urge you to go look at that flickr group linked above and see what other places have done to make pedestrian activity attractive.

Written by Stephen Rees

October 4, 2017 at 10:49 am

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  1. We are planning a trip to London next year. Walking photo-shoots will be a big part of it. And the Millennium Bridge will no doubt be crossed many times.

    Thanks for this post.

    Alex Botta

    October 4, 2017 at 11:12 am

  2. I’ve walked across that bridge. I like your shot.

    janet

    sustainabilitea

    October 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm

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  5. This is great take on this week’s theme. Nicely done.

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    October 5, 2017 at 4:56 am


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