Green infrastructure reduces flooding, increases quality of life, property values, and safety along with climate resilience

Excerpt from article at The Christian Science Monitor 20 Dec 2016 Cost-effective climate response What cities are learning is that green infrastructure could prove a low-cost approach to relieving inundated pipelines as climate change intensifies storms, all the while adding community amenities like greenspace. Heavy rainfalls are a fingerprint of climate change because a warmer atmosphere causes more evaporation and holds more …

Portland city council uses “person trips” to make better planning decisions

Cross-posted from BikePortland 14 Dec 2016 Beyond cars: City Council votes for ‘person trips’ to make better planning decisions Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 14th, 2016 at 1:00 pm When it comes to planning a city, trips matter. Estimates about the amount of trips generated by a transportation project or new development are what dictate not just what our …

3 reasons why Uber can’t replace transit

By Angie Schmitt Dec 19, 2016 cross-posted from StreetsBlog Transit projects from Detroit to Nashville are running up against a new argument from opponents. The latest line from anti-transit types is that ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft are going to make fixed-route bus or rail service obsolete. It doesn’t hold up if you’ve given some thought to the huge amount of space cars consume compared to buses …

Tactical transit – the next big thing, and why

Why Tactical Transit is the Next Big Thing The raffish, worldwide movement known as tactical urbanism appears poised to take on a meatier role in improving transit in bus corridors. By providing low cost, agile alternatives to lengthy street improvement processes, “tactical transit” has the ability to jump start virtuous cycles of increasing bus ridership by speeding up travel times, …

Self-driving vehicles could be a part of Rochester’s future transit options.

ROCHESTER, MINN.  The Post-Bulletin reports that First Transit Inc., the parent company of the Rochester Public Transit Operator, is partnering with driverless vehicle company EasyMile to pilot an autonomous passenger shuttle at an office park near San Francisco. The shuttle would connect riders to multiple Bay-area transit options by running a fixed route in the office park. The pilot will begin …

Uber undermining transit in denser areas

From consultant Jarrett Walker, cross-posted from Human Transit, 15 Dec 2016 This post pulls together everything I’ve had to say on the subject of how ride-sourcing companies like Uber could impact cities.  Henry Grabar at Slate has a good piece on an issue that I have been raising the alarmabout for a while.  The rise of ride-hailing companies is increasingly viewed not as …

Bike infrastructure increases mobility, health, and well-being in Baltimore

How bike infrastructure can help solve a host of woes in Baltimore. The point is safety.  The point is health.  When I ask people what do they want their neighborhood to feel like, there isn’t a single neighborhood in this city, or a single person I’ve talked to, that hasn’t said things like, well, I wish the cars drove slower. …

Global warming has driven the loss of about three-quarters of the northern ice cap so far and is changing the weather

Cross-posted from The Guardian The dramatic melting of Arctic ice is already driving extreme weather that affects hundreds of millions of people across North America, Europe and Asia, leading climate scientists have told the Guardian. Severe “snowmageddon” winters are now strongly linked to soaring polar temperatures, say researchers, with deadly summer heatwaves and torrential floods also probably linked. The scientists …

Rethinking traffic laws for bicyclists

Initially published on NextCity.org as Should Chicago Rethink Traffic Laws for Bicyclists? BY JEN KINNEY | DECEMBER 16, 2016 (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Let’s be honest: Bicyclists don’t always stop at four-way intersections when there’s no traffic coming on the cross street. I know it, you know it. But by the general law of the land in U.S. cities, stops …