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Improving safe routes to school through champions for open data

The following post is based on a presentation to a Safe Routes to School National Partnership webinar, “Harnessing the Power of Data to Support Kids Walking and Biking.” The accompanying slides and the webinar recording can be found here. In the United States, cities build all kinds of new infrastructure when it’s time to host… Read more »

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BikeArlington leads transportation engineers on tour of bike infrastructure

Biking comfort conditions can often be a difficult concept to communicate through mere descriptions and photographs. A bike lane protected with posts and parking can feel vastly different than a simple street with sharrows, even though they both count as bicycling infrastructure. To help relate this to those charged with creating that infrastructure, BikeArlington recently… Read more »

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In Carson City, street changes mark shifting priorities

Small cities face big obstacles to expanding transportation options Editor’s note: This is part four of our summer Transpo(nation) series, as Andrew bicycles across the U.S. to report on transportation demand issues. The first three parts featured at San Francisco, Davis, and Boulder. After climbing the Sierra Nevada and surviving Carson Pass, I got to revel in… Read more »

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What makes Davis, California, a “biking capital?”

My map of the Adventure Cycling Organization’s Western Express route – after a pleasant ferry ride from San Francisco and a pass through hilly wine country – guides riders into Davis, California. Prominently noted by the author in its overview section: Davis, just to the west of Sacramento, “is widely known as the bicycle capital… Read more »

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Too many lives cut short on our nation’s roads

This post originally appeared on the AARP blog. In 2009, a truck struck and killed Beverly Shelton’s grandson, Zachary, who was walking inside a marked crosswalk and accompanied by an adult. The driver had rolled through the stop sign rather than make a complete stop. Since the time of Zachary’s death, another 32,000-plus pedestrians have… Read more »

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Biking’s role in San Francisco’s transportation network

Editor’s note: Mobility Lab’s technology reporter Andrew Carpenter is spending the summer biking across the continental United States, reporting back on transportation issues he encounters along the way. His series, “Transpo(nation): A cross-country tour of how we get around,” begins in San Francisco. My first full day in San Francisco, May 12, also happened to… Read more »

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Barcelona’s “superblock” plan to return dedicated car space to the public

Barcelona is in the midst of dramatically rethinking its urban fabric to address issues around urban mobility and climate change. Initially laid out in this 2014 Urban Mobility Plan for Barcelona [PDF], the city is now implementing something it calls superilles (or “superblocks” in English). Here’s what it looks like: The idea is to concentrate transit… Read more »

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Fragmented bike networks don’t take people where they need to go

People are much more likely to ride on streets with bike lanes and other bike-friendly facilities, but these lanes and corridors must actually lead somewhere to be useful and protective. In a post on Seattle Bike Blog, the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways group draws this point in describing the current state of that city’s disjointed biking… Read more »

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Affordable housing and transit should go hand-in-hand

The term “affordable housing finance” isn’t quite as catchy as “carshare,” “bikeshare,” or any of the other technology improvements helping promote transportation demand management. Yet for low-income members of our communities, who stand to benefit the most from those solutions, affordable housing finance should be considered, and put to use as, a TDM strategy. In… Read more »

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Transportation options are looking different – sidewalks should too

An article on Mobility Lab last year about Uber and urban form proposed: can we extend the disruption in transportation to a disruption in urban design? Since that post, cities, public transit authorities and the U.S. Department of Transportation have further defined formal roles for ridesharing services and smartphone apps. Innovation in urban planning, however, lacks… Read more »