This week we’re joined by Shelley Poticha, director of NRDC’s Urban Solutions Program, who tells us about the organization's new programs like SPARCC and the City Energy Project. We get into federal policy like the Clean Power Plan and the story of how FTA and HUD were finally connected, and we talk about The Next American Metropolis, the 1993 book about transit-oriented development she wrote with Peter Calthorpe.
Perhaps you saw video on social media this week showing hundreds of teenagers riding bikes, popping wheelies on a Philadelphia expressway. It was an unauthorized freeway takeover that ought to have brought a smile to even the sourest face.
Amazon is chipping away at the dominance of big box stores, which might warm the hearts of people who watched Walmart and other retailers ruthlessly suck the life out of walkable downtowns for years on end. But is it really a good thing?
The family of Lauren Davis is reeling after a judge at the state Department of Motor Vehicles declined to take action against the motorist who struck and killed her on Classon Avenue last year.
Bruckner Boulevard is one of the most dangerous streets for walking in the Bronx. DOT made safety improvements to Bruckner and Hunts Point Avenue in 2015, but there are still too many vehicle lanes and too much traffic, and conditions remain hostile for people on foot.
As it happens, FDR's car is the same vintage as many components in the signal system of the New York City subway. The difference is that the signal system isn't a museum piece that Cuomo can commandeer for a day -- it's real equipment that keeps millions of people moving on a 24/7 rail system.
It has been a stormy week for bicycling activist and city council candidate Joe Bray-Ali, and for tensions among L.A.’s cycling communities. On Wednesday, LAist broke the story that Bray-Ali made offensive comments online that shame fat, transgender, and black people. Bray-Ali made these comments at the Voat website – essentially a moderation-free version of Reddit – […]
Yesterday, the Metro board approved numerous items, including advancing Measure R funding to get the Purple Line Subway to Westwood completed ahead of schedule.
Metro celebrated the retirement of Harriet the Tunnel Boring Machine, which built two mile-long tunnels below Crenshaw Boulevard. Metro's Crenshaw/LAX light rail line is expected to open in Fall 2019.
I took a spin to the South Side to check out the in-progress trail separation project between 31st and 41st, which broke ground last August and is almost done.
Despite infrastructure improvements and the best efforts of city workers like Ana, we need to do more to ensure that the rights and safety of pedestrians are respected.
As the city strives to build more protected bikeways, this unfortunate episode underscores the need for CDOT to earn community buy-ins before construction and do extensive outreach afterward.
San Francisco has made strides in increasing bicycling’s mode share, but its bike infrastructure is still bad. That was the conclusion of yesterday’s state of cycling talk at the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association. “I had three or four near misses on Market street just getting over here,” said Brian Wiedenmeier, […]
There will be many news stories generated by the announcement of the details of President Donald Trump's proposed budget next month. In advance of the announcement, the campaign to preserve funding for the electrification of Caltrain, is working with advocates around the state and country to preserve a nearly $650 million grant agreement scuttled by the Trump Administration in February.
Word came down late Sunday that the vigilante safety group, SF Transformation (SFMTrA), has struck again–this time on Turk Street near Market Street. From the group’s Twitter feed: The installation is composed of some durable white tape and the same safe hit posts they’ve put in before. The lane goes west from the intersection with […]
The preliminary list has a lot of winning ideas that will make a big difference for walking, biking, and transit -- but it's subject to change.
RTD's on-time goals for buses have been out of reach for years, according to transit agency staffers. Rather than try to attain them, RTD is poised to draw the goalposts closer in 2018.
The Federal Highway Administration last week decided to double down on the tradition of dismissing civil rights complaints from residents who want the Colorado Department of Transportation to nix plans for a wider I-70 in their backyards.
There’s a truism among advocates for making streets safer for all users: Before an area can walk the walk, they will spend a couple of years talking the talk. That means that before cities and counties and communities begin building the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to calm traffic and make streets safe, there will be […]
A bill to create a statewide youth transit pass program passed the Assembly Transportation Committee, as did one that would require that at least one member of the California Transportation Commission represent low-income communities. Another bill, to create a pilot program to use automated speed enforcement cameras in San Francisco and San Jose, was put off for a year.
Caltrans just awarded $9.3 million in Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants to 41 projects, including complete streets plans, studies of connections for bicycle, pedestrian, and transit travel, and community engagement. Over 132 projects applied for the grants.
It’s finally happening! Louisville’s long-awaited bike share program now has a name, sponsors, and a launch date.
A project older than the blog, a section of Peace Street has been marked for upgrades for over a decade.
We’ve been demonizing gentrification for years with little result. Promoting “housing security” may be a better focus .
As games like golf become outmoded, huge swaths of green space become available. Prime examples abound in Northeast Ohio.
Motorists with smart phones use their devices in 88 out of every 100 trips, according to data collected by Zendrive, a company that assesses driving behavior using the sensors in smart phones. Extrapolating to the entire population, Zendrive estimates there are about 600 million trips involving distracted driving in the U.S. each day.
More than 100 people showed up on a Wednesday evening in Cleveland to participate in a discussion about the future of transit in Northeast Ohio.
As the Loop Trolley project nears completion let’s look at the changes to the streetscape and the condition and potential of the adjacent land. Parts of the trolley route are quite productive, so the route may have a good combination of supporting productive places and “built it and they will come.”
Yesterday, the City of St. Louis Preservation Board had a good day. It gave preliminary approval to the big infill project at the long-vacant Praxair site in Lafayette Square. A first hearing was greeting largely by people in opposition. This time, neighborhood residents in favor of the plan spoke up.
we can imagine downtown St. Louis as the center of the region but must recognize that it is not. How we understand this should inform policy and planning decisions regarding transit, retail, development subsidies and more. That is, you simply can’t create development strategy without recognizing the unique position of downtown St. Louis.
Texas leads the nation in traffic deaths, with an average of 10 lives lost every day -- and five times as many incapacitating injuries. It's possible to prevent these needless deaths, we just have to change the way we design and operate our streets and transportation systems.
Every day, 10 people lose their lives in traffic crashes on Texas streets and highways. Many people think these deaths are just another cost of doing business, but the carnage is preventable. It's time to commit eliminating traffic fatalities.
New research from New Jersey shows huge gaps in conventional wisdom.