Seattle May Try to Replicate Barcelona’s ‘Superblocks’

On some of the city’s earliest Superblocks, bike trips rose by 30 percent and walking jumped 10 percent. The blocks make urban life quieter and more peaceful and sociable by creating a space for gathering and play, as the photo above shows. By Angie Schmitt, Sep 6, 2019 5 Streetsblog A Seattle council member is proposing that a six-block area of the …

Social factors in walkability: walking while black?

Connectivity is good for walkability, but social factors also matter Posted on September 3rd, 2019 in NewsTags: active transportation, bicycle, crime, pedestrians, safety By Saumya Jain Most efforts to increase bike and walk accessibility focus on physical access. But the built environment is not the full story. A new study finds that certain attributes of the social environment also greatly affect the perception of walkability, especially among people …

Beautification and stormwater management:

NYC doubles curbside rain gardens in green infrastructure program By Chris Teale@chris_teale, in Smart Cities Dive, Aug. 30, 2019 New York City will double the size of its green infrastructure program by building more than 5,000 curbside rain gardens, adding to the more-than 4,000 that have already been installed around the city. The curbside rain gardens soak up stormwater to mitigate local …

‘War on Cars’ is a misnomer when the majority of transportation investments and road space are devoted to automobile travel and those walking and bicycling are most at bodily risk

Todd Litman calls the war on cars a bad joke. He gives us a lot of ammunition in the fight to end it. Calling every bike lane or transit improvement “a war on the car” didn’t start in Toronto, but it got a big boost with our late [offensive adjectives deleted] suburban drivist mayor Rob Ford and the current Deputy Mayor, Denzil …

Car Crashes Aren’t Always Avoidable

The Atlantic, Car Crashes Aren’t Always Avoidable, July 2019 In a country where the laws compel the use of cars, Americans are condemned to lose friends and relatives to traffic violence. My childhood neighbor was a varsity student-athlete, the president of the junior class, and the most popular girl in school. One day in September 1995, a car crash took …

Swedish university designs air pollution sensor for streetlights

Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz Smart Cities Dive June 18, 2019 Researchers at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology have developed an optical nano-sensor that detects low concentrations of air pollution and is small enough to be mounted on a streetlight, according to a release from the university. The device measures nitrogen dioxide pollution, which largely comes from automobile traffic or industrial activity. Breathing nitrogen dioxide …

FHWA and USDOT Planning, Environment, Realty, and Human Environment Research and Resources (Spring 2019)

Welcome to the Spring 2019 edition of the FHWA’s Office of Planning, Environment and Realty’s (HEP) quarterly research newsletter. This issue of the newsletter focuses on HEP’s efforts to ensure transportation planning decisions are made using a comprehensive process. The Office of Planning (HEPP) together with The Office of Project Development and Environmental Review (HEPE) promotes greater efficiency by fostering …

From Mobility to Access for All: Expanding Urban Transportation Choices in the Global South: Up to half of urbanites experience restricted access, leading to high travel burdens and/or exclusion from opportunities

by Christo Venter, Anjali Mahendra and Dario Hidalgo – May 2019         Many cities are experiencing a decline in access to jobs, services and people due to a confluence of two trends: rapid urbanization and motorization. Lack of access afflicts both low-income communities scattered throughout the city and low- to medium-income people living in suburbs and peripheral settlements who use private cars and motorcycles on long, congested …

Why can’t we have woonerven in North America?

Lloyd Alter  May 28, 2019 Screen capture Streetfilms: Life on a Dutch Woonerf Streetfilms shows how a road can in fact be many things, not just a place for cars. When our kids were small, we used to close off the street every June at the end of school for a street party. It was wonderful, we got to know everyone on …

SharedStreets data standard lets companies and cities seamlessly exchange information on safety, curb-use and transit management, bridging previously incompatible formats for public and private use

Feb 22, 2018, NACTO and the Open Transport Partnership Launch SharedStreets: SharedStreets is a first-of-its-kind data-sharing and planning standard featuring industry-leading safety, curb-use and transit management tools to digitally connect the public and private sectors The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the Open Transport Partnership today announced the launch of SharedStreets, a first-of-its-kind transportation data standard and …