Don't waste time trying to convince people to feel warmly about bicycling.
A recent study funded by the Florida Department of Transportation takes an in-depth look at why the state's streets are so deadly -- and what can be done to change that.
This week's guest is Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio in Austin, Texas. We talk about all things land use and zoning -- what goes into a land use code, the approaches to zoning in different countries, and of course the dreaded topic of parking.
NYC transit service is starting to earn comparisons to the bad old 1980s, and Governor Cuomo wants you to know one thing -- it's not his fault.
For mobility-impaired New Yorkers, riding the subway can be impossible. Only 110 of the system's 472 stations have stair-free access, and even at those stations, elevators don't serve every platform and are often out of commission, with little or no public notice.
Obstacles abound for local groups that want their own Play Streets. For instance, the city won't approve Play Streets without the blessing of the local police precinct and the local community board -- which is apt to be more concerned with keeping drivers happy than giving kids room to play.
This morning Pasadena's new bike-share system opened. The system includes 375 bikes at 34 docking stations.
Last night, before a standing room only crowd, the Mar Vista Community Council voted to keep in place recent Venice Boulevard safety improvements, including protected bike lanes and a road diet.
Tonight at five, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church (11555 National Blvd, 90064) is throwing a transit-themed “First Friday Family Fun Night” featuring games, field trips on the Big Blue Bus, safety talks from Metro and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and even a giant “Thomas the Train” set built by a former Streetsblog editor who […]
Cars have exponentially more potential for death and destruction than bikes, but all road users are capable of harming others. How should these facts influence government policy, as well as personal conduct?
Representatives of Active Trans, MCP, and CNT discuss what the good news will mean for sustainable transportation in the Chicago region and the state.
A tax on parking could generate funds for affordable housing and transit in Atlanta. The question is whether the city has the political appetite to enact it.
Last week Oakland hosted the YIMBYtown conference, described as a “… three-day gathering for grassroots community organizers, political leaders, educators, housing developers, and everyday people to identify problems, create solutions, share resources on the issues that impact housing on local, state, and national levels.” YIMBY, or “Yes in My Back Yard,” is an association of […]
The intersection of 51st/Pleasant Valley and Broadway in north Oakland lies at the confluence of three of Oakland’s most walkable and bikeable districts – Temescal, Rockridge, and Piedmont Avenue – adjacent to Oakland Technical High School, California College of the Arts, and several senior housing complexes. Yet, it has always been a barrier to connecting […]
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) infuriated transit advocates when it announced on Saturday that it will close the entire Muni subway, from Embarcadero to West Portal, every weekend and after 9:30 p.m. during the week, for the next four or five weeks. The closures, which start this weekend, are part of a testing […]
Scott, a Republican from Grand Junction, now has cold feet.
Right now Denver's bond includes just $30.7 million dollars for sidewalks, meaning KC's bond outspends Denver's 5 to 1 on the most basic form of transportation infrastructure.
When State Senator Ray Scott is done with bikes, perhaps he can introduce a tax on shoes.
A.B. 179 tries to ensure that the concerns of people affected by transportation projects—not just those who use them—will be represented on the California Transportation Commission. But the bill has been softened to a statement on the need for diversity.
California reauthorized its cap-and-trade program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It's a landmark victory and a rare bipartisan accord; it brings some certainty to California climate change policy-- and it leaves a lot of open questions.
Many of the bill’s opponents at this hearing agree that there is no time to waste. They have been arguing that cap-and-trade is not working as intended—that its emission reductions are inadequate, and that in some cases the program has led to an increase in local emissions of other harmful pollutants by allowing industries to buy their way out of cleaning up their practices.
A section of a bike lane recently installed in southwest Atlanta — and funded in part by a grant — was suddenly removed and replaced with parking spaces.
Nearly all of the new apartments built in Atlanta in the last couple of years have been in luxury buildings. That means the share of overall housing that’s available for middle-to-low income people is shrinking.
There are a number of obstacles to overcome, some manmade and some natural. The natural issues are obvious, at least this time of year… it’s hot and it rains a lot some days. However, there are many places where weather can be an issue for walkers, and yet people walk just the same. Why? Because the manmade issues are less of an impediment, giving people more reason to brave the elements.
To what extent is job access greater by car than via transit in low-income areas? How does this gap change when we improve access to and from transit stations?
The new regulations will make housing more affordable, transit more convenient, and streets less congested.
In the midst of running my statistical analyses for last week’s post on why fireworks are almost as trash as I am, I caught the statistical analysis bug and wanted to keep running regressions. Naturally, I decided to look at a dataset that I use frequently for my job and which I had recently been parsing through yet again – the American Community Survey’s means of transportation to work data.
The Ferris wheel idea is dead. So What should be at Delmar and Skinker? Another auto-oriented fast-food joint a la Taco John’s? A parking lot? A park? A traditional building?
Note: This goofy poem tells the story of a very cool grassroots effort called the Greater Gravois Initiative, which advocated…
Transit works best when it delivers you to and takes you from the middle of things instead of the edge.
If you’ve ever wanted the chance to influence Metro’s next projects, now is your chance.
One Houston area native tries to make the switch from car culture to transit pro, one task at a time. Continue Reading →
Dazzling parks seem to open every few weeks in Houston, but by one important measure the city is failing to meet a basic standard of park access for about half of the population.