Even in cities that tout their commitment to walkability, once it snows, those who walk (and roll!) often aren’t treated as equally important street users.
Learn to dispel the common myths you hear from transportation agencies with regard to safe streets. The guidance isn’t as sacred as they want you to believe.
3 dollars and cents arguments that definitively prove the need for people-oriented, walk-friendly places.
In places with heavy foot traffic, an unusual type of intersection just might be the key to keeping walkers and drivers alike safer and less stressed out.
Most cities’ zoning and development regulations obsess over things that are easy to measure, like building height and density, at the expense of the things that actually determine whether we’re building quality places.
Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, could address pedestrian safety by making real, substantial improvements to the design of its streets. Instead, it’s urging people on foot to… dress in brighter colors?
To assume that a street-forward, mixed use development will activate a lifeless area is like assuming that gardening is a matter of “just add water.” In reality, different urban environments—like different soils, climates, and plants—require different elements of care.
These campaigns are the kind of thing that large, out-of-touch bureaucracies do when they want to appear like they are doing something without actually changing anything about what they are doing.
Your town's streets are its vital organs. A great street can make a place, and a badly-designed street can kill a place. We want you to tell us about a street you love that makes your town a stronger, more resilient place.
Two large development projects currently working their way through the public engagement and approvals process illustrate why suburban retrofit is a really tough proposition to stake our future on.
Is it magical thinking to expect the transition from car-dependent to walkable places to happen organically? When, and how, do we need a catalyst to jump-start that process?
By overemphasizing vehicle Level of Service (LOS) we justify expensive, overbuilt streets that are dangerously inhospitable to people—just so drivers won’t be inconvenienced during peak travel times.
Walkability is a word urbanists throw around, often with different ideas as to what it really means, or why we care about it. Let’s take a look at how safety, distance, convenience, and comfort affect it.
One of the best ways to deeply understand the place you live is to slow down—way down—the way you get around it.
Our transportation system has solely focused on automobile traffic flow as its metric of success. For the sake of our economic and physical health, that needs to change.
When a neighborhood commercial street comes back to life, the whole city benefits.
The current design of our cities is a lose-lose for business owners and residents.
If handled delicately, tactfully and shamelessly, everyone can learn a lot from having The Talk… about biking and walking.
Why we need them, how to build them, and who’s already getting it done around the country.
It starts with listening to what people really need.