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 …

Hamburg’s Green Roads, bike paths and green space linkages

Joe Bauer, Streetfilms.org, In EUROPE/ TRAVEL  A Look at Cycling Culture in Hamburg, Germany Recently I was in Hamburg, Germany to cover their cycling scene and the car-free story that swept across the internet. Check out more at Streetfilms.org. My interest in traveling to Hamburg, Germany piqued following news early last year that the city would become car-free over the next 15 to 20 years. The distaste …

‘Just like a real office’: workers use public parking as co-working space

WePark is a radical rethinking of city space, which started in San Francisco and has spread as far afield as Toulouse, Bristol, LA and Portland Brittany Shoot in San Francisco for The Guardian, Sat 4 May 2019  Victor Pontis, organiser of WePark, sets up his office in a San Francisco parking space. Photograph: Victor Pontis “If we were designing cities from scratch, …

How Germany Creates Bicycle Friendly Cities

By Greg Whitburn, April 2019 Living in the gorgeous little German town of Luneburg has been a mind blowing experience for me… And it’s not just the nature, the beautiful cobbled streets, or the church where Johann Sebastian Bach used to sing. In this quaint little town, it’s also extremely evident that German municipalities have their eye firmly focused on …

Chicago to install 40K LED streetlights in next phase of efficiency plan

Jason Plautz, in Smart Cities Dive, April 26, 2019 Chicago will install 40,000 new LED streetlights throughout the city as part of the next phase of the Chicago Smart Lighting Program. Installations will be concentrated in the far South Side, Near West Side and North Side and will take place through August, the halfway point of the four-year project. The city …

Could Barcelona’s plan to push out cars and build superblocks work in the US? A few US citiesmight have the infrastructure and civic will to follow in Barcelona’s footsteps.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Apr 12, 2019 This is part five in a five-part series about the comprehensive urban plan being implemented in Barcelona, Spain, which would reclaim more than half the streets now devoted to cars for mixed-use public spaces, or “superblocks.” This reporting project was supported by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, where the author, David Roberts, is …

Explore individual state’s potential for building solar arrays in their rights-of-way and provide some projections of expected revenue from that investment

#CleanTechnica Interview With Allie Kelly, February 22nd, 2019 by Carolyn Fortuna  Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray, a non-profit organization which is the nation’s only publicly accessible, living laboratory for transportation innovation, has been announced as a featured speaker for the 2019 WTS Conference in Boston, May 15-17, 2019. With a vision to achieve equity and access for women in the transportation industry, WTS generates high-caliber …