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 …

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 …

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, …