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Gil Penalosa: Pedestrians First

Last summer, I was hired by the Knight Foundation to accompany and film a study tour taking a look at how the city of Copenhagen reinvented itself. 8-80 Cities founder and chair, Gil Penalosa, sums up the main pillar of creating livable communities in this first in a series of four videos when his says “Every city should have a law of two words. Pedestrians First.”

Matty Lang

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Matty Lang has been interested in land use, transportation, and cities since he fell in love with Paris, France while studying there in 1998-1999. He is a filmmaker living in Minneapolis. He loves film, bicycling, and basketball. Follow him: Vimeo | @MattyLangMSP | Facebook

6 thoughts on “Gil Penalosa: Pedestrians First

    1. Matty LangMatty Lang Post author

      Thanks, Walker. I will be posting the rest here eventually, but if you can’t wait you can see them as part of the Liveable Cities guide (the last link in the text of this post).

  1. hokan

    I too look forward to seeing the rest of the series.

    I talked with the bike coordinator for Copenhagen a few years ago and asked in what ways infrastructure helped encourage cycling. He seemed surprised at my question and said that the infrastructure they’ve added was mostly a reaction to the already increasing levels of cycling. Instead, what seemed to make a difference was making motoring less attractive with things like high taxes on new cars and on gas and reduced availability of parking in the city.

    1. Matty LangMatty Lang Post author

      That’s right, hokan. The stick, in this situation, is probably even more effective than the carrot of high quality bicycle facilities although both are needed to get the best results.

  2. Amy Brugh

    I watched this video with my 8 year-old son. We’re totally on board. Can’t wait for the subsequent videos.

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