“mode shifts” from afar: avoiding backsliding in using cars less

The goal of “walk, bike ride”: take people from their cars to alternative forms of transportation. But even exemplary places can give new meaning to the adage “one step forward, two steps back”.

The moral, of course, is be careful what you wish for.

An alluring European example: a greened streetscape and bicycle-based commute for the young. However, beware of ongoing maintenance shortfalls
Federation Square helped establish Melbourne as a pedestrian paradise. But to what end when the focal point is... cars?

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