Infill, more walkability, protected bikeways and more frequent transit service helped Minneapolis and Seattle reduce driving

How Two Cities Actually Reduced Driving, by Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Feb 8, 2019  27 Photo: The Urbanist Two American cities have finally cracked one of the hardest codes in city planning: Even with low gas prices, even with population growth, even with Uber and Lyft circling 24/7, Minneapolis and Seattle have reduced the amount of driving in their cities. Vehicle miles traveled are down 2 …

In an Unequal America, Getting to Work Can Be Hell: Welcome to the world of transit deserts and extreme commutes, where your income can determine if and how you reach your job

By Joseph P. Williams in The Nation, Jan. 29, 2019,  This feature was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. https://www.thenation.com/article/transit-deserts-extreme-commuters-inequality/ A woman waits at a lonely bus stop. (Skitterphoto, Creative Commons) They don’t know each other; they live 60 miles apart; and, at least on the surface, Carrie Blough and Karen Allen don’t have much in common. But ask them about their journeys …

Dangerous by Design ranks states & metros on danger to pedestrians, offers solutions

Too many Americans are being struck and killed by the drivers of cars, trucks, and SUVs while walking. Dangerous by Design 2019, released today, chronicles the preventable epidemic of pedestrian fatalities, which have been steadily increasing in recent years, even as traffic fatalities overall have been decreasing. Over the last decade drivers struck and killed 49,340 people walking in communities …

Micromobility

From WRI, Jan 2019 Shared bikes and scooters are taking off in cities around the world. Case in point: Bird, an electric scooter rental company, is the fastest startup ever to reach “unicorn status,” a $1 billion valuation. Yet this shared micromobility revolution has a downside: Some bikes and scooters are low quality, leading to breakdowns and waste, while others pile up on …

Carfree and ultra low emission zones, pros and cons

London’s ultra-low emission zone: good or bad idea? Campaigners say it will cut pollution, but opponents claim it will hit poor people hardest The Guardian, Sat 5 Jan 2019 The case for: ‘Children’s lungs can’t wait’  London’s Blackwall Tunnel approach is not currently part of the congestion charge zone, but will be part of the ULEZ. Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy “I’m …

Toward livable streets: A review of recent improvements in practice and four general principles of livable streets engineering

By Eric Sundquist, SSTI, 20 Aug 2018 Toward livable streets: A review of recent improvements in practice In the last decade a number of project development and design guides, such as ITE’s “Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares,”  NACTO’s “Urban Street Design Guide,” and city design guide manuals, have emerged. A new article by Eric Dumbaugh of Florida Atlantic University and Michael King of BuroHappold Engineering, reviews these updated …

Crumbling Sidewalks Become a Legal Battleground

Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images By ADINA SOLOMON, City Lab, Aug 16, 2018 A crack in the sidewalk can be a dangerous thing. Just last month, a woman in Atlanta made the news when she injured herself after tripping on a hole in the pavement and needed paramedics to respond. It prompted the latest in a years-long string of complaints against the …

More walking, more walkability in denser neighborhoods makes for healthier, happier people, study finds

Residents of higher-density areas are more active, more socially engaged – and less obese – than people who live in the sprawl of suburbia.  Reuters news service, 5 Oct 2017  Contrary to popular belief, busy city centres beat suburban living when it comes to human wellbeing, as socialising and walking make for happier, healthier people, according to a new report. Downtown …

Cities shifting to better and more walking and biking. Drivers likely to shift roles into more of “ambassadors” that assist commuters and others needing rides.

June 06, 2018 Brian Straight, managing editor of Freightwaves: A sea change is about to transform the way people and goods move through cities The world of transportation is changing and changing fast. After decades of little innovation, the past five years or so have ushered in a sea change and it will profoundly impact the way people and goods move, said Timothy …

Affordable measures help State and local agencies implement policies, procedures, and proven engineering treatments to make uncontrolled crossing locations safer

The Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program promotes a set of cost-effective countermeasures that can enhance pedestrian safety and reduce fatalities at uncontrolled crossing locations. About 72 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur at uncontrolled crossing locations, such as midblock areas and intersections with no signals or stop signs.  STEP countermeasures help State and local agencies implement policies, procedures, and …