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Not Just Bikes

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Social Studies, Civics, Engineering

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Europe

Format

YouTube Video

Car-Free Streets Are Amazing (And We Need More of Them)

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Synopsis
  • This video is mostly about the principle of "Autoluw," a Dutch urban planning concept that closely translates to nearly car-free. 
  • Students will learn about the benefits of bike paths and pedestrian walkways in city and suburban planning. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • It addresses counterarguments you might hear against car-free areas and then debunks each talking point.
  • It includes images of international cities that can serve as inspiration for what green and accessible city planning can look like.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is an ad before the video.

Differentiation

  • Students in ELA classes can use this as a mentor text for opinion writing using counterarguments.
  • Students in art classes can create a visual representation of their ideal "Autoluw" area.
  • Students in civics classes can think about accessibility in their own communities and how they can advocate for cleaner air and increased access.
  • Other resources related to this topic include Why City Design Is Important (And Why I Hate Houston) and Build Your Own Equitable City.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a 6-minute video discussing the concept of "Autoluw" or "Nearly Car-Free" cities and towns. Examples of European towns that have removed cars from downtown centers are shown, and the advantages (increased foot traffic, increased accessibility, cleaner air, etc.) are presented. This resource presents a convincing case that cars are not needed in many downtown centers. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
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