Build more housing and less parking near transit

Governing Magazine’s February 2017 issue says a A Low-Cost Solution to Traffic is building housing that limits how far people have to drive in the first place — building more housing close to the urban cores — or, at least, close to the dense suburban job centers. Urban planners often argue for locating more housing along high-frequency transit lines, which makes sense …

Dutch bikeway design manual just updated, see MassDOT, NACTO and FHWA versions

A bike-friendly roundabout in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland, used with permission. By Michael Andersen Feb 1, 2017 Streetsblog If street design guides were musical acts, the CROW Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic would be an underground indie rap group. Deeply (almost obnoxiously) beloved by its followers, it’s nearly unknown to the American mainstream. But word of mouth has made the …

Protected bike lanes showing stunning results in California: More biking, more walking, less speeding, fewer collisions, less delay

By Melanie Curry Jan 30, 2017, StreetsBlog Less than a year after opening a dramatic redesign of Telegraph Avenue in downtown Oakland, the city is reporting huge benefits from the project. According to the new Oakland DOT’s short Progress Report: Telegraph Avenue Complete Streets [PDF], the new parking-protected bike lanes, while flawed, are already producing more-than-promising results. For the first …

Exposure to fine particulates over EPA standard are 92% more likely to develop dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Air pollution could be responsible for 21% of dementia cases

By Zen Vuong, USC,  Air pollution may lead to dementia in women over 65: Tiny, dirty airborne particles called PM2.5 invade the brain and wreak havoc, study suggests. Originally published in ScienceDaily, 31 January 2017  Tiny air pollution particles — the type that mainly comes from power plants and automobiles — may greatly increase the chance of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, according …

Tampa will be home to FDOT’s first-ever protected bike lane

Originally published by West Palm Beach TV, by Adam Winer, 7 Feb 2017, Jackson Street in downtown Tampa to get makeover Autoplay: For the first time ever, Florida’s Department of Transportation (FDOT) will build a a protected lane for bicyclists on a state road, and it’s coming to downtown Tampa. The “cycle track” will run along the north side of Jackson Street …

Coastal cities could flood three times a week by 2045

By John Updike, 9 Feb 2017, Originally published on Climate Central The lawns of homes purchased this year in vast swaths of coastal America could regularly be underwater before the mortgage has even been paid off, with new research showing high tide flooding could become nearly incessant in places within 30 years. Such floods could occur several times a week …

California, utilities aim to replace as many diesel-powered vehicles as possible with electric

February 9th, 2017 by Steve Hanley Originally published on Gas2. California’s three largest utilities have filed proposals with the state’s public utilities commission that would allocate up to $1 billion in new spending to “accelerate widespread transportation electrification.” The proposals are about more than adding charging stations for light duty cars and trucks. California wants to remove as many diesel powered vehicles …

Driving Fee Rolls Back Asthma Attacks in Stockholm

Study estimates that without new “congestion pricing” policy, kids would have suffered 45 percent more asthma attacks.  Cross-posted from Inside Science.  By Nala Rogers, 2 Feb 2017 Stockholm, Shutterstock (Inside Science) — Most people weren’t worried about air pollution in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006, according to Emilia Simeonova, an economist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The city already had …

NJ voters want 100 percent clean energy by 2050, poll says

Cross-posted from Press of Atlantic by Michelle BRUNETTI, 29 Jan 2017 Most New Jersey voters in both political parties want the state to move to 100 percent clean power by 2050, according to a poll released this week by the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. “Seventy percent said they would support a policy requiring the state to get 100 percent of its energy from …