The Not-So-Wide-Street: Varenna

Al Castello di Vezio - the main street through the village of Vezio is about the width of two people This second installment of the occasional Not-So-Wide-Street series goes high above Varenna, Italy to the small village of Vezio which sits perched in the mountains, overlooking Lake Como with breathtaking views. The cobble-lined streets are entirely for pedestrians and wind through the village almost like a maze. The ancient town is still inhabited today by approximately 20 families who enjoy life without motorized vehicles.

The image above provides a little scale as to just how not-so-wide this pedestrian way is, a width that seems even more narrow due to the tall buildings, and a few images below provide more views of the main street leading up to and passing through the village.

The cobble-lined street leading to the village of Vezio

Main staircase leading up into the heart of Vezio

Winding through the small mountaintop village

Swooning over Janette Sadik-Khan

We are huge fans of NYC transportation director Janette Sadik-Khan. From the 9th Avenue bike path to the recent reclamation of Times Square, Sadik-Kahn is an inspiration for sustainable urban transportation. As inspiring as the work is, it is equally powerful to hear her speak. Recently Streetfilms  shared this video from a gathering of Southern California bicycle and pedestrian advocates:

For a longer discussion, her presentation at Simon Frasier University last year is excellent.

UPDATE: Thanks to commenter Will Bradford who has provided us with a link to his video covering the story.

Prowalk / Probike 2008 – Schedule and Programs Announced

Prowalk / Probike is scheduled for September 2-5, 2008, in Seattle, Washington. The annual conference brings together planners, engineers, advocates, safe routes to school coordinators, and public health practitioners to discuss and learn about pedestrian and bicycling issues.  This year, SvR is participating in two of the conference’s sessions: “Can Green Streets Be Complete Streets too?” and “The Common Language of the Broken Bone: Effectively Using Public Health to Inform Design Processes and Bolster Advocacy Positions.” For more information on Prowalk / Probike and to register for the conference, please see