Long Beach Moves for Better Health
The national dialogue on the obesity epidemic continues, but city leaders in Long Beach are moving past the talk and springing into action with a citywide mission to get people moving. This past month, city officials agreed to pass legislation for a new initiative, called “Move Long Beach,” that would make exercise and nutrition part of the city’s master plan.
Interesting article from the Boston Globe highlights Oakland’s “up and coming food culture”, but fails to mention the impact that such gastronomic endeavors may have on gentrification and displacement.
The Growing Popularity of Women-Only Transit
Cities in Japan, Indonesia, India, Brazil, and Russia all have some form of women-only trains, while women-only buses have gained popularity in cities in Guatemala, Mexico, and most recently, Pakistan.
“We decided to have women-only cars to protect women from gropers,” says Shiei Kotsu, a spokesman for Midosuji,
a mixed-gendered subway line that runs through Osaka.
“The number of groping incidents decreased compared to the time before we had women-only cars, so we think this measure helps curb the problem.”
“We think women-only cars came about more for political reasons than protecting women from gropers,” says Hiroshi Fukuyama, a 41-year-old office worker in Tokyo who heads an opposition group to women-only trains that boasts about 300 members. What these cars really accomplish, he says, is helping politicians curry favor with voters and the train companies sell ads targeting women.
Studies show that a walkable urban neighborhoods are GOOD for your health. It’s no wonder that more than three quarters of Americans consider having sidewalks or places to walk a top priority when deciding where to live.
Public Transportation’s Hidden Gender Imbalance
A new Stanford study says women ride transit more often than men. How can we better accommodate their needs?
- Accommodating women with stroller and bags by replacing stairs with ramps, widening aisles or gates, and raising platforms to train level
- Designing transit stops around schools and parks.
- Increase female representation of local, state, and national transportation boards
- Conduct “gender audits” to ensure women’s needs are meet in transit planning
Parking turned Parklet
The City of Long Beach and local businesses partner to turn street parking into mini parks and parklets.