Car-free zones could be the future of cities + the story of two city transit upgrades

San Francisco and New York City are limiting cars on certain streets to prioritize other modes of transit.By Terry Nguyenterry. nguyen@voxmedia.com  Oct 28, 2019, 8:30am EDT In her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, urbanist writer Jane Jacobs posed a prescient concern. She forecasted one of two possible outcomes for our urban future: “erosion of cities by automobiles, or attrition …

Fall 2019 Bike and Ped Resources from FHWA

FHWA Releases Bicycle and Pedestrian University Course The Federal Highway Administration recently published a Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation University Course. The course is designed to support educators in civil engineering, urban planning, and related fields to help students become familiar with basic policies, practices, tools, and design principles to create bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities. The course materials incorporate the latest resources, best …

Denver’s 2020 budget will fund just five miles of new sidewalks out of more than 2,000 miles that are missing or sub-standard

Streetsblog Denver, Sept 2019 The Denver Streets Partnership told members of the council that mobility funding within Hancock’s $1.49 billion proposed budget is so paltry that it would take 400 years to build out a complete sidewalk network.  “Mayor Hancock’s proposed 2020 budget will fund just five miles of new sidewalks out of more than 2,000 miles that are missing …

30% more local businesses than previously and a significant increase in the numbers of people making journeys on foot or cycling with Barcelona superblocks + lives saved

By Stephen Burgen in The Guardian 10 Sept 2019 Barcelona could save hundreds of lives and cut air pollution by a quarter if it fully implements its radical superblocks scheme to reduce traffic, a new report claims. A study carried out by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health calculates that the city could prevent 667 premature deaths every year if it created all 503 …

Social factors in walkability: walking while black?

Connectivity is good for walkability, but social factors also matter Posted on September 3rd, 2019 in NewsTags: active transportation, bicycle, crime, pedestrians, safety By Saumya Jain Most efforts to increase bike and walk accessibility focus on physical access. But the built environment is not the full story. A new study finds that certain attributes of the social environment also greatly affect the perception of walkability, especially among people …

Negotiating more workable paths and traffic rules for bicyclists and those walking

Fifty years ago, Amsterdam’s roads were clogged with cars, drivers high on their newfound authority in the motor age. Their dominance has been eroded thanks to the efforts of a tireless cycling lobby, and especially the Fietsersbond (Cyclists’ Union). It won its most recent battle in March, when scooters were banned from bike paths after years of debate. The Fietsersbond argues that …

‘War on Cars’ is a misnomer when the majority of transportation investments and road space are devoted to automobile travel and those walking and bicycling are most at bodily risk

Todd Litman calls the war on cars a bad joke. He gives us a lot of ammunition in the fight to end it. Calling every bike lane or transit improvement “a war on the car” didn’t start in Toronto, but it got a big boost with our late [offensive adjectives deleted] suburban drivist mayor Rob Ford and the current Deputy Mayor, Denzil …

The 6 most walkable urban areas

Cailin Crowe, Smart Cities, Dive, July 9, 2019 New York City, Denver, Boston, Washington, DC, the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago have been ranked the most “walkable” metro areas, according to the 2019 Foot Traffic Ahead report by The George Washington University School of Business and Smart Growth America.  Cities like Tampa, FL; Orlando, FL; and Phoenixstill have “an uphill climb to create …

Want to increase transit ridership without adding service? Make it easy to get to the stations. Also shift performance measurement from LOS to VMT (or better yet, space use) for roads.

Shifting from LOS to VMT would save time, money, and better support local goals Two recent studies suggest that California’s change in assessing the impact of development—from level of service (LOS) to vehicle miles traveled (VMT)—can reduce costs for developers and streamline the review of projects. Under the new guidelines, both studies to determine transportation impacts and any mitigation measures …

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 …