Building a carfree neighborhood in an auto-centric area

Culdesac Tempe is a 17-acre lot just across the Salt River from Phoenix. Currently a mess of dust and heavy equipment, the site will eventually feature 761 apartments, 16,000 square feet of retail, 1,000 residents — and exactly zero places for them to park. The people who live there will be contractually forbidden to park a car on site or …

Pedestrian and Bicycle Funding Opportunities

U.S. Department of Transportation Transit, Highway, and Safety Funds, Revised August 9, 2018 https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/funding/funding_opportunities.cfm This table indicates potential eligibility for pedestrian and bicycle projects under U.S. Department of Transportation surface transportation funding programs. Additional restrictions may apply. See notes and basic program requirements below, and see program guidance for detailed requirements. Project sponsors should fully integrate nonmotorized accommodation into surface …

9 Reasons to Eliminate Jaywalking Laws Now

They’ve rarely protected pedestrians, and their enforcement is racially biased. Two street safety experts say there are better ways to curb traffic violence. Angie Schmitt and Charles T. Brown October 16, 2020 On Sept. 23, Kurt Andreas Reinhold, a 42-year-old Black man, was trying to cross a street in San Clemente, California, when two officers from a special “homeless outreach unit” stopped him. …

Why Your City Doesn’t Map Its Worst Car Crashes: The idea of a “High Injury Network” isn’t new. But a surprising number of cities don’t bother to map it

By Kea Wilson, StreetsBlog, Sep 29, 2020 Time for a pop quiz! (Don’t worry, it’s open book: feel free to hop on Google.) What are the 10 most dangerous intersections or corridors for pedestrians in your city, and what percentage of total crashes occur in these areas? If you don’t know the answer, and can’t easily can’t find it using the …

New Study Shows That SUVs Remain ‘Disproportionately Likely To Kill’

By Lloyd AlterUpdated July 16, 2020 Ford has just proudly introduced a new, updated version of the Bronco, the company’s Jeep-like off-road capable SUV that was killed in the late 90s. It might seem like an odd time, in the middle of a climate crisis; as Aaron Gordon notes in Vice, “every driver who ‘upgrades’ from a sedan to an SUV is …

Take back the streets: With people hunkered down at home, cities should act quickly to find a better balance between cars and pedestrians and cyclists

By Justin Gillis and Heather Thompson, NY Times. Ms. Thompson is a transportation planner. June 20, 2020 Since cities came to exist 5,000 years ago, epidemics have shaped their fate. Plagues weakened the Roman Empire and may have helped bring it down. The sewers that cleaned up a filthy London in the 19th century were built in direct response to a cholera outbreak. Many of the great …

Cities closing streets for people find ample evidence that enforcement is not needed

LIVE FROM NYC OPEN STREETS: Hailing First Day Success, DOT Says Position on Cops Has ‘Evolved’! By Streetsblog, May 2, 2020 Imagine that: open streets, people walking, neighbors socially distancing while they get some air — and not a cop in sight. New York City’s “open streets” plan — which starts with 7.14 miles of space reclaimed from automobiles and repurposed …

Modeling car-free living and development: If you want to live in this new Arizona neighborhood, you can’t own a car + 10 simple policies to subtract cars from our streets

Germany doesn’t have a single goal to improve the pedestrian experience on its streets — it has seven. That’s right: Germany not only has a comprehensive National Walking Plan — something American street-safety advocates only dream of — but its transportation leaders are holding themselves accountable to seven distinct benchmarks for measuring how their policies affect the safety and comfort of people on …