The division of transportation space and resources shows the privilege we put on automobile travel over other forms. Historical campaigns redefined our streets as being for cars instead of people. On a typical street we devote 30 or more feet of right of way to car travel and storage; if we are lucky, we get a few feet thrown in for bikers and walkers. Our funding mechanisms place walkers at the greatest disadvantages-- our tax dollars maintain roads for drivers of automobiles, transit users and bike riders; sidewalks for walkers must be paid for and maintained by the individual property owners.
A four-part opinion Greater Greater Washington Series discusses some radical re-thinking of how walkers and cars could share the road.