Children are indicators of our streets health

I am reading David Byrne’s bicycle diaries.  There’s a great quote attributed to Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogota:

“One common measure of how clean a mountain stream is to look for trout.  If you find a trout, the habitat is healthy.  It’s the same for children in a city.  Children are a kind of indicator species.  If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people…”

Check out the companion site to this blog: civilstreets.org

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