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Scientists in the arctic are working on an extensive project to record nothing. Well, not nothing exactly but the absence of human-generated noise. Turns out, we humans are pretty noisy.
Neighborhood Greenways are quiet!
Image: Peter van Agtmael/Magnum,
for The New York Times
When you're in the city the general din of urban life is pervasive and inescapable. But there are opportunities for a little more peace and quiet when you're walking or bicycling.
The Bureau of Transportation is building an inter-connected network of Neighborhood Greenways - residential streets that are improved for walking and bicycling. We have a lot of goals for Greenways, but quietness isn't one of them. However, every time I turn from a bike lane onto a Greenway the quiet is the first thing I notice. It's a far cry from Alaska wild quiet, I imagine, but it's a significant difference from most of the streets in town with bike lanes.
So the next time you're looking for a little peace and quiet while riding or walking around town, opt for a Neighborhood Greenway and see if you too can hear and feel the difference.