The Pedestrian ‘Peatonal’ Experience in Mexican Cities – Challenges & Innovation

Like most countries walking in Mexican cities can be both a joyful and negative experience at the same time. This article focuses on assessing the pedestrian experience in Mexican cities through site visits, experiences and interviews with users and practitioners in sustainable transport in Mexico. Starting with the less pedestrian friendly elements but emphasising that Mexican Cities are fighting back …

Easy Tree Identification Tips – How to get to know a tree

Tree and plant identification is something that everyone can enjoy, and can enrich our interaction with nature hugely. By knowing what type of tree you’re looking you can understand more of its characteristics – how it lives; looks now; how it will change and why it is important to the natural world. This can assist in creating a deeper connection …

How to get more out of your time with nature

We all know that feeling of satisfaction when we learn or discover something new. I believe that nature is also something that every individual can be constantly learning about and engaging with. As well as giving us satisfaction, research has shown that engaging meaningfully with nature increasing all manner of mental and physical health factors. Here are a few ideas …

People First – How to share a street

The concept and practicalities of shared space can be controversial. As this is the case it is important to showcase both best practice examples of where it has worked and how it can create streets and cities that are people friendly and accessible for all; and highlight some principles that are good to follow to achieve these results. A key …

Key elements of walking friendly street design

We all know what it feels like when we are walking in a walking friendly street or place. We may not acknowledge or notice the feeling, but we are comfortable, the experience is enjoyable, we might even slow down, linger and we want to do it again. But what are these key elements of streets that make us feel like …

Healthy streets approach to creating both walking and green cities

Healthy streets approach to creating both walking and green cities London’s healthy streets approach is a great medium for creating both walking and green cities and is one of the key policy and strategy approaches that London is using to more its streets more sustainable and healthy places to live, visit and use. In 2014 London was the first city …

Why walking? Health benefits for people

There is a now a large body of evidence that shows walking is one of the most accessible and impactful forms of exercise that humans can undertake to maintain a healthy body and mind. Walking for our body Walking is increasingly now being seen as one of the best ways for people to maintain a healthy active lifestyle. For instance, …

Simple Guide to UK Urban Tree Identification

The more time we spend in nature and the deeper our connection with trees, plants and wildlife the greater the benefits that it can bring to individuals and communities. One simple way that we you can increase the quality of your interaction and connection with nature is by knowing more about the trees and plant life that you see around …