I'm going out tonight. Earlier I went grocery shopping. Later on, I went for a beer run. Normally this wouldn't be news, but tonight it is.
Our lovely and mostly suburban state is snowed under at the moment. Most people are confined to their homes because driving right now is stressful at best and downright dangerous at worst. The snow's still coming so towns haven't bothered plowing most of the secondary streets yet. The mighty automobile is, for the moment, held captive by a few inches of white powder.
Compared to a normal day in Connecticut, the streets are dead, empty of the cars and trucks that usually rule them.
For the pedestrian though, this is a minor inconvenience. In the city of New Haven, pedestrians go about their business as usual, albeit a little colder. Unlike their surburban counterparts in the rest of the state, city-dwelling nutmeggers have options tonight that extend beyond a movie at home or some reheated pizza.
They have these choices because the pedestrian is robust, while the automobile is fragile. The pedestrian can, and has throughout most human history, travel in almost any weather and over almost any terrain, while the automobile is resigned to pavement and doesn't much like the occasional storm.
When you design for people and not only cars, you get choices. Inconveniences like a little snow can be taken in stride, no pun intended.