“There is no question that conditions for bicycling and walking need to be improved in every community in the United States; it is no longer acceptable…that two desirable and efficient modes of travel have been made difficult and uncomfortable.” —FHWA’s recommended approach for designing for cycling & walking
Ian Lockwood’s article in the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) journal this January makes a case for changing the language standards in the transportation professions. For a long time roadway design was synonymous with serving the automobile, and the language developed around this singular goal was exclusive and limiting. Lockwood suggests we use a more objective and representative vocabulary. Language reflects our thoughts, and also shapes how we think. Changing language is one important step in changing our thinking. Take a look at Lockwood’s article for a stimulating read.
Read Ian Lockwood’s succinct 2-3 page article in the ITE Journal (page 41) or download a PDF file here:
“Making the Case for Transportation Language Reform: Removing Bias” by Ian Lockwood, P.E.