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 …

Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation

May 6th, 2019 By Chris McCahill, SSTI Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation Transportation agencies and metropolitan planning organizations often wrestle with how to properly value transportation investments, especially when it comes to things that can’t be measured in terms of vehicle delay, such as multimodal access and environmental justice. Some of these challenges are tackled in a new issue of Research …

Best Complete Streets Policies

The National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC) previously identified 10 elements of a comprehensive Complete Streets policy to help communities develop and implement policies and practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments. But since it first began over a decade ago, …

Is Your Agency or City Really Serious About Road Safety? Look for These 3 Things

By Anna Bray Sharpin, WRI, May 06, 2019    While more than 40 cities in the United States and many more around the world have committed to Vision Zero, a global movement to end traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by taking a systemic approach to road safety, many are struggling to turn this vision into a reality. Research on 14 countries that set quantified road safety targets between …

Complete Streets Strategy and Networks for St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg, FL approves complete streets plan, by Katie Pyzyk, May 6, 2019, Smart Cities Dive The St. Petersburg, FL City Council approved its Complete Streets Implementation Plan, a guide for how the city’s streets will be designed and function over the next 20 years. The plan aims to help make streets safer and more accessible for users for all modes of …