August 2012

Community Design
Train Station featured

Empty Railway Stations: Why Did We Let This Happen?

Thursday, August 30, 2012 4:54 PM

I recently came across this article and stunning series of photos on The Daily Mail’s website. The article got me wondering how our infrastructure, in modern and ancient places alike all over the world, has come to this. How did all of these beautiful public-transit stations fall into such states of disrepair? Why did we […]

by Lois DeMeester
Community Design
Calgary featured

Calgary’s Natural Beauty is Most Apparent by Bicycle and Foot

Friday, August 24, 2012 2:08 PM

Before heading out to Banff in Alberta for a long-planned family vacation in the Canadian Rockies, I had about four hours to kill in Calgary before my wife and son’s flight arrived. So, like I do in all new cities I visit, I headed downtown to take a bikeride and walk around some too. Using […]

by Paul Mackie
Community Design
Prague featured

The Trams of Prague: Photos of a City on the Move

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 11:39 AM

Czech Republic’s beautiful capital city, Prague, is crisscrossed by trams that complement the subway and bus system, providing transportation to virtually all corners of the city. Trams ply routes through the medieval heart of the city and blend into the bustling street scene. These photos I took on my recent visit show a city of […]

by Tom Fairchild
Community Design

Why Car Traffic and Free Parking are Bad for Campuses

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:21 AM

College campuses are one of the few havens left in the United States where traffic and exhaust-spewing cars are not so overwhelming. After all, remember those days of walking across the grassy quad or having a coffee in a peaceful nook with classmates and clear skies? There are countless reasons for minimizing vehicle traffic at […]

by Paul Mackie
Pop Culture
Savannah pedicab featured

Walking in Savannah: An Experience That Deserves Promotion

Monday, August 13, 2012 4:17 PM

Walking Magazine has already named Savannah, Georgia “one of the top 10 walking cities in America.” And having just returned from the Association of Commuter Transportation annual conference, I was surprised to do a little a research and find that the charming southern city has such a low “car-dependent” Walk Score of 47 out of […]

by Paul Mackie

ACCS Making an Impact FY2012

Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 PM

On the average workday in FY 2012, Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) reduced traffic in Arlington by about 44,000 trips by helping people switch from driving alone to taking transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, or biking. Eliminating these trips also eliminates over 757,400 miles of travel each business day, which means a savings of about 31,500 […]

by Stephen Crim
BikePlanner Tool featured

BikePlanner.Org – A New Community-Based Trip Routing Tool

Thursday, August 9, 2012 11:24 AM

Finding your way around the Washington region by bike just got a whole lot easier. BikePlanner.Org is a new bike routing website from OpenPlans that uses the impressive crowdsourced OpenStreetMap. You can instantly set your personal preferences for “fastest,” “safest,” or “flattest” route using the handy triangle selector and you can also choose personal bike […]

by Chris Eatough
Community Design
Designing Communities featured

Experts in Health, Transportation, Environment Need to Partner Up

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 2:50 PM

We, the American public, have boxed ourselves into habitual styles of living, and it doesn’t have to be that way, said Dr. Richard Jackson of the UCLA School of Public Health during his keynote speech at the annual conference of the Association of Commuter Transportation, this year in Savannah, Georgia. Luckily, he said that the younger […]

by Paul Mackie