Cities leading the way off cars and pollution

BY ADELE PETERS Fast Company, March 2019 In downtown Cairo, it’s not uncommon to see streets clogged with cars. But in a proposed redesign for a central thoroughfare, they’re hard to spot. Instead, in the concept illustration for what looks like the Egyptian version of Amsterdam, a two-way bike lane, a sidewalk, and a plaza filled with palm trees replace the sea of …

Report: Pedestrian deaths at highest level in nearly 30 years

Katie Pyzyk, Utility Dive, March 4, 2019 The number of pedestrian fatalities in 2018 is projected to be the highest since 1990, according to preliminary data from an annual report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). GHSA’s preliminary projection puts the year’s total fatalities at 6,227, a 4% increase over 2017 that continues an upward trend in fatality numbers. The number of pedestrian deaths increased …

Infill, more walkability, protected bikeways and more frequent transit service helped Minneapolis and Seattle reduce driving

How Two Cities Actually Reduced Driving, by Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Feb 8, 2019  27 Photo: The Urbanist Two American cities have finally cracked one of the hardest codes in city planning: Even with low gas prices, even with population growth, even with Uber and Lyft circling 24/7, Minneapolis and Seattle have reduced the amount of driving in their cities. Vehicle miles traveled are down 2 …

In an Unequal America, Getting to Work Can Be Hell: Welcome to the world of transit deserts and extreme commutes, where your income can determine if and how you reach your job

By Joseph P. Williams in The Nation, Jan. 29, 2019,  This feature was supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. https://www.thenation.com/article/transit-deserts-extreme-commuters-inequality/ A woman waits at a lonely bus stop. (Skitterphoto, Creative Commons) They don’t know each other; they live 60 miles apart; and, at least on the surface, Carrie Blough and Karen Allen don’t have much in common. But ask them about their journeys …

Dangerous by Design ranks states & metros on danger to pedestrians, offers solutions

Too many Americans are being struck and killed by the drivers of cars, trucks, and SUVs while walking. Dangerous by Design 2019, released today, chronicles the preventable epidemic of pedestrian fatalities, which have been steadily increasing in recent years, even as traffic fatalities overall have been decreasing. Over the last decade drivers struck and killed 49,340 people walking in communities …

Micromobility

From WRI, Jan 2019 Shared bikes and scooters are taking off in cities around the world. Case in point: Bird, an electric scooter rental company, is the fastest startup ever to reach “unicorn status,” a $1 billion valuation. Yet this shared micromobility revolution has a downside: Some bikes and scooters are low quality, leading to breakdowns and waste, while others pile up on …

Carfree and ultra low emission zones, pros and cons

London’s ultra-low emission zone: good or bad idea? Campaigners say it will cut pollution, but opponents claim it will hit poor people hardest The Guardian, Sat 5 Jan 2019 The case for: ‘Children’s lungs can’t wait’  London’s Blackwall Tunnel approach is not currently part of the congestion charge zone, but will be part of the ULEZ. Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy “I’m …

Toward livable streets: A review of recent improvements in practice and four general principles of livable streets engineering

By Eric Sundquist, SSTI, 20 Aug 2018 Toward livable streets: A review of recent improvements in practice In the last decade a number of project development and design guides, such as ITE’s “Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares,”  NACTO’s “Urban Street Design Guide,” and city design guide manuals, have emerged. A new article by Eric Dumbaugh of Florida Atlantic University and Michael King of BuroHappold Engineering, reviews these updated …

Crumbling Sidewalks Become a Legal Battleground

Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images By ADINA SOLOMON, City Lab, Aug 16, 2018 A crack in the sidewalk can be a dangerous thing. Just last month, a woman in Atlanta made the news when she injured herself after tripping on a hole in the pavement and needed paramedics to respond. It prompted the latest in a years-long string of complaints against the …

More walking, more walkability in denser neighborhoods makes for healthier, happier people, study finds

Residents of higher-density areas are more active, more socially engaged – and less obese – than people who live in the sprawl of suburbia.  Reuters news service, 5 Oct 2017  Contrary to popular belief, busy city centres beat suburban living when it comes to human wellbeing, as socialising and walking make for happier, healthier people, according to a new report. Downtown …