More than 112,500 people lost their lives in speed-related crashes from 2005 to 2014, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic deaths in America over that period. In a draft report released earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board says excessive speed is a deadly problem in our nation's transportation system -- one that federal and state officials aren't doing enough to address.
Most parking spots might cost you nothing, but parking is never really free. We just pay for it in ways that are completely divorced from our actual consumption of parking.
Light Street in Baltimore acts like a highway separating the Inner Harbor from the rest of the city. It needs a road diet.
In these videos, you can see some of the major pathologies in New York City's culture of disregard for street safety: NYPD's complete disdain for bike infrastructure, the deference to placard holders, the lack of incentives for delivery fleets to park lawfully, and the absence of a coherent system for commercial loading.
If you think transit riders would be well-served by de Blasio meekly going along with Cuomo's demands, look at what happened the last time the two struck a bargain on transit.
NYPD can provide no evidence that ticketing bike riders when a motorist kills a cyclist reduces the prevalence of fatal or injurious crashes. And yet the practice persists years after Mayor de Blasio supposedly ushered in a more data-driven approach to traffic enforcement under the banner of Vision Zero.
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 […]
Now that they've got support from residents, the campaigners want to get the Obama Foundation, Mayor Emanuel, and the CTA onboard with the proposal.
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.
Yesterday evening, Streetsblog participated in a live radio broadcast on KALW about Vision Zero with Cathy DeLuca, Interim Director of Walk SF, Dr. Rochelle Dicker, former director of the Injury Prevention Center at UCSF, and Julie Mitchell, co-founder of San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets. Mitchell’s son was killed in a 2013 crash […]
The 7th annual Pedalfest in Jack London Square took place on Saturday, and was packed with bikes and bike lovers of all stripes. Presented by Bay Area Bicycle Law and Drake’s Brewing, Pedalfest is billed as Bike East Bay’s celebration of cycling, family, food, and fun. An amphibious bike race set the tone: homemade bikes […]
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 […]
Denver Public Works wants to give buses their own lanes down a center strip of the city's busiest bus corridor, complete with "enhanced" stations that speed up the boarding process by letting riders pay beforehand and board at any door. Traffic signals will give buses priority at intersections.
Although it's been 11 days since the crash, we still know very little about what occurred on the evening of July 15.
Denver could cut traffic deaths and serious injuries in half by focusing on 27 especially dangerous streets.
California's landmark cap-and-trade bill was signed today by Governor Jerry Brown. It was a speech-filled occasion: a victory celebration, a moment to crow--and a chance to warn of the existential threat of climate change.
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.
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.
A CSX plan would likely clog the Chicago-Albany freight rail line and prompt more rail shippers to use trucks.
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.
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.