In order to avoid the sometimes intense traffic because of the lack of a cycling lane, some cyclists prefer to ride their bicycles on the pavement.
The city which we are continually negotiating commands our attention: when we avoid an obstacle in our path, see someone we recognise in the street, or when a place reminds us of something.
There are times when our daily routines and oft-repeated routes make the city seem so familiar to us that we no longer notice what might initially have bothered us or caught our eye.
We no longer react, we just walk past – “It’s not our problem!” –, we try to get around it, each in our own way. In a word, the problem is still there, but we notice it less and less, even though it may be affecting us more and more.
The things that bother us in urban spaces can give rise to individual or collective responses. From individual action to collective action is only a small step. But it requires us to open our eyes, to move from inattention to attention, to switch from being attentive to being considerate, towards others and towards our surroundings.
The proximity of the main arterial roads leads to discourses about pedestrian safety.
While crossing the Civic Centre area, the pedestrian generally chooses to avoid the permanent noise and visual stimuli offered by the boulevard and prefers the shortcuts that provide green areas and quietness.
Living in a block of flats also involves managing the shared spaces.
The entry to the Rainbow Underpass attracts children riding their tricycles who are looking for shelter from the sun under the shade provided by advertising displays.
When exiting from the Rainbow Underpass, the pedestrian is not guided in any way.
A woman stops to look at the paintings exhibited in the underpass that seems deserted or at least, at rest.