Walking the Walk

Urban design from the front lines

Kevin Klinkenberg

Using urban design to make our lives more enjoyable and create wealth

This site is for all those interested in the making of cities and towns, and especially the lives of the humans that inhabit them. Kevin Klinkenberg is an architect and urban designer who's practiced from coast-to-coast. 

Biking is not just for flatlands

I readily admit that one thing I enjoy about biking in Savannah is that it's dead flat here. Even though I've got a bike with several gears, I really don't need them except in a rare, few circumstances. But while many cities enjoy easy biking terrain, most do not. So, it's great to see innovations like this to make life easier for the casual cyclist:

I suppose some hard-core bikers would hate this or turn their noses up at it, but as I've written before, the goal for those that care about cities is to make cycling appealing for the masses. And, frankly, the masses hate riding a bike up a very steep hill. There's no shame in giving a little assistance, especially if it keeps people riding instead of driving a car.