You might remember my post of last year about Salt Lake City and how it was building light rail and putting in cycle share. I’d like to share with you an experience of another western American city, Las Vegas. This is the details of a couple of walks I did through Las Vegas’s suburbs. This post is dedicated to every politician that thinks cities are primarily for cars, and not primarily for people. This post shows what happens when a city is only built for cars as the newer parts of Las Vegas are.
First up to get from where I was staying I had to walk across a giant car park. This was designed especially to hold many cars, and as you can see it was a thriving business:
Next I got to walk across a lovely field. On my return walking back a 4WD decided to go off road at high speed across the lovely field to save himself some time at some traffic lights:
Then I got to cross the road, and yep it’s homeless person number 2 up with her shopping trolley by the electricity pole:
You think building the roads extra wide they’d be safer, but you’d be wrong. Here is where someone couldn’t quite work out how to go around a corner from a 4 lanes in each direction road to a 2 lanes in each direction road:
And this is the experience of crossing that lovely road without any signalised crossing. If only they built more lanes:
And where was I, I was in a giant carpark:
The photo only shows a little bit of it, so just how big is the carpark? It’s huge and always near empty.
And on my way back, some more homeless people. If it wasn’t for them I’d be the only pedestrian:
I’d thought I’d check out how lovely motorway overpasses are since Wellington looks like getting one, and they are particularly lovely:
Or how about this view?
I jaywalked across the giant road, and across a lovely untouched part of the Mojave Desert and then just in case you thought I was being unfair to Las Vegas and I wasn’t showing it at its best here is a photo of the Las Vegas Strip, on the horizon beyond the garbage bag trees:
And if you think that was unfair well here is the world famous Las Vegas Boulevard: