Pedestrianization and bike planning for streets with 7000 citizen proposals. New USDOT Pedestrian Planning

How can a city re-envision chaotic, car-covered streets into activity-ladden, people-focused spaces? The New York Times combined the experience of residents enjoying the city’s Open Streets with thoughts from WXY Urban Planner and Architect Clair Weisz into an interactive reveal of what pedestrianization looks like. Over 100 years ago, the dangerous “Jaywalking” campaign was created by automakers to put the …

On energy governance and energy transitions: Energy democracy as a process, an outcome and a goal

By KacperSzuleckiaIndraOverlandb Science Direct, 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101768 Energy democracy can be perceived as a process (and an existing movement); an outcome (the reconfiguration of social relations as a result of changes in the energy system); or a goal communities and other stakeholders can aspire to. Energy democracy is related to the demand for increased accountability and democratization in a sector previously seen as apolitical and not requiring …

The New Economy Will Be Built by Movements

Dec 2020: Over 250 of the nation’s largest union, racial-justice, climate, and other grassroots groups joined forces in September with over 100 members of Congress to urge the creation of a new institution as part of the THRIVE Agenda. THRIVE offers a bold and cohesive economic-renewal plan—backed by a movement of movements and a strong majority of voters—to put 16 million people back …

Are intersections keeping people from choosing to walk, roll and bike? Yes!

By Amy Kenreich and Shelley McMullen, StreetsBlog, Dec 9, 2020 Are intersections keeping people from choosing to walk, roll and bike? (Streetsblog Denver) West Wash Park resident Kate Gotter worries about crossing Alameda Avenue every time she takes her three children to school. “It’s like playing Frogger. The signal at Pearl is our best option, but most of the time the …

More than 1 in 3 US rooftops are suitable for solar: 30 million rooftops should be in next relief bill

350 Colorado’s Take on the Governor’s Roadmap + Why 30 Million Solar Rooftops Should Be In the Next Relief Bill https://ilsr.org/why-30-million-solar-rooftops-should-be-in-the-next-relief-bill/ by JOHN FARRELL 10 April 2020 As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. Somewhat more than one in three home …

Population shift accelerates with COVID

Excerpt from Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, Aug 6, 2020 Even before the crisis, America’s three biggest metro areas—New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago—were already shrinking. Downtown areas were already losing population. And a constellation of metros across the Sun Belt and the Northwest were adding thousands of new Millennial movers. The pandemic could accelerate these trends. Given the okay to go …

Mobility data for fairer transport systems. Also, study shows for bikes and bicycling infrastructure, “build it and they will come” is true

27th July 2020 Sarah Wray https://cities-today.com/mobility-data-foundational-for-fairer-transport-systems/Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation Cities worldwide have been disrupted like never before by COVID-19 – all citizens have been affected but not necessarily equally. In the US, for instance, evidence suggests that non-white communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus in terms of deaths, job losses, risk of exposure and more. Mayors have vowed to …

Just being outside is healthy! Scientists Discover a Major Lasting Benefit of Growing Up Outside the City: The childhood experience of green space can actually predict mental health in later life

Using data from 3,585 people collected across four cities in Europe, scientists from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (also called IS Global) report a strong relationship between growing up away from the natural world and mental health in adulthood. Overall, they found a strong correlation between low exposure to nature during childhood and higher levels of of nervousness and …

Fastest growth in bicycling is among minority populations: Poor and black ‘invisible cyclists’ need to be part of post-pandemic transport planning too

Safety is different for different people, and should be defined by those most economically and legally vulnerable. Prioritize people over profit, property or placemaking. For too long, dominant narratives in mobility advocacy have drawn from the experiences of the most privileged.In advocacy spaces, questions of equity are often treated as an afterthought or sidebar. Advocates “from diverse backgrounds” are often …