The case against sidewalks, and how cities can create new avenues for pedestrians

By Alissa Walker@awalkerinLA  Feb 7, 2018, Curbed, Illustrations by Paige Vickers On a fall Saturday at Panorama High School, deep in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, an arborist fields questions about which street trees produce the most shade with the least amount of water. A rep from a local street furniture vendor explains the difference between a bus bench and more protective transit shelter. …

List of Streetfilms

By Category up to Feb 1 2018 Category Video Title Date Published Plays Bicycles The Netherlands Megamix Bike Montage 2018-01-06 17480 Bicycles London Cycling Works: How Savvy Campaigning Got 180 Employers to Support Bike Lanes 2017-12-06 5489 Bicycles Gawk at the Great New Bike Access to the Williamsburg Bridge From Brooklyn 2017-11-22 3839 Bicycles 300+ People Create Human Protected Bike …

How walk-first cities are saving lives: Prioritizing people over cars means everyone wins

By Alissa Walker@awalkerinLA  Jan 31, 2018 Curbed Cars cause 20-50 million injuries every year and are a major cause of disability.  Mexico City’s downtown was extensively pedestrianized in 2012, closing many busy streets to cars completely, and now a network of wide sidewalks and bike lanes provide options for non-drivers. Perhaps most impressive is Chennai, India, where the local government has completely shifted …

What Is a City Street? And What Will It Become?

THE CITY NY Mag, Daily Intelligencer, 18 Jan 2018, by Justin Davidson http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/what-is-a-city-street-and-what-will-it-become.html Hey, that’s my block! In 2030 or so. Maybe. Photo-Illustration: Street Plans Collaborative/Carly Clark, via Streetopia The most essential designed component of New York is not a skyscraper or a station, but the street. That basic workhorse of public space carries people, freight, and vehicles on its surface; water, sewage, power, …

New coalitions are putting their data analytics and technology capabilities toward helping cities tackle crashes and create safer roads

2 Jan 2018, Fast Company, Can The Private Sector Help Cities Stop Traffic Deaths?  Through a new coalition, companies like AT&T, IBM, and AB InBev are putting their data analytics and technology capabilities toward helping cities tackle crashes and create safer roads. [Photo: LiHS/iStock] BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI5 MINUTE READ The city of Atlanta has a problem on North Avenue, a major road that …

U.S. DOT envisions trails can be part of core transportation networks

By Ethan Goffman – October 5, 2017 on Mobility Lab Blog, Highlights from 2017 1 Historically, the mission of the U.S. Department of Transportation has been about moving cars. But that mission has expanded.In 2010, the DOT signed into law a policy statement noting that “every transportation agency has the responsibility to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and bicycling.” In 2015, former Transportation Secretary Anthony …

Implemnting complete streets in small towns and rural communities

By Nimotalai Azeez · August 10, 2017  Successful implementation of Complete Streets requires much more than a one-size-fits-all approach. Rural and small towns often face distinct challenges from urban areas when it comes to improving the conditions for people walking and bicycling. The National Complete Streets Coalition recently spoke with Alta Planning + Design to learn about some of the obstacles smaller communities …

Bike and Ped Safety Planning

From FHWA, August 2017 The following reports, tools, and guides can serve as useful references as you develop and implement your pedestrian and bicycle safety action plans. Planning and Performance Measurement Resources Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_ pedestrian/publications/performance_measures_guidebook/page02.cfm) Achieving Multimodal Networks: Apply Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/ bicycle_pedestrian/publications/multimodal_networks/fhwahep16055.pdf) Bike Network Mapping Idea Book (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/bikemap_book/) …

Increasing street-level tree canopy and reducing parking lots and setbacks are ways that the urban built environment can be modified to support walking, especially in areas with high Walk Score and low walking rates

The Missing Middle: Filling the Gap Between Walkability and Observed Walking Behavior, https://doi.org/10.3141/2661-12 Many fields of study recognize the interdependent health, environmental, and economic benefits of walking. To promote walking in entire populations, measures such as Walk Score have been developed to classify the walking friendliness or walkability of places. Yet high walkability is not always equated with increased walking. This …