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New report highlights most dangerous cities for walking, calls for pedestrian-centered streets

Ever since the car began dominating the way people move throughout the United States, bicycling and walking have become often dangerous and shunted propositions. Decades later, more engineers, planners, and developers are understanding the importance of rethinking the car-centered designs of roads in order to mitigate the dangers they pose for pedestrians. Today, Smart Growth… Read more »

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Our 10 most-read posts of 2016

From tiny data-gathering initiatives to widespread carpooling ideas, here are our 10 most-read articles from the past year. 1. The yellow bicycle button that gets the attention of city leaders Swedish company Hovding, makers of the explosively inflating bike helmet, paired with the London Cyclists Campaign to create a simple button that cyclists could use to record… Read more »

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Virginia’s new Capital Trail spurs biking investments along its route

This is part two of contributor Gabriel Morey’s coverage of the year-old Virginia Capital Trail. Read part one here. The Virginia Capital Trail offers one of the best cases of how well-designed bike and pedestrian infrastructure can transform communities. The trail – a serene, 55-mile path from Jamestown to Richmond – has brought numerous economic changes… Read more »

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Virginia’s new Capital Trail has brought biking, business to Richmond and historic communities

Stretching between Richmond and Jamestown, the Virginia Capital Trail is a powerful example of how bike and pedestrian infrastructure can encourage economic growth and sustainable living in diverse communities. The 55-mile paved, multi-use path dances along historic Route 5, connecting small towns, bucolic farmland, historic sites, and high-rise apartments. First proposed in the 1990’s, groundwork… Read more »

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Cities need common sense before they get smart

Most people have heard about “smart cities” by now, although it isn’t always clear what it means for a typical, medium-sized city. My home of Perth, Australia, has the same issues as most American cities. Does “smart cities” mean waste bins giving pep talks to stop littering? Traffic lights swearing at reckless drivers? No, the… Read more »

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Day of Remembrance for Victims of Traffic Violence is a chance to reflect on nation’s street safety trends

For a country that appears to be growing more fearful, we seem to be letting our guard down on what may be the most unsafe activity of all: jumping into our personal vehicles every day. Which is why this Sunday, November 20, is so important. It’s the little-known World Day of Remembrance for Victims of… Read more »

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Bringing transportation options to small and mid-sized cities

Quality transit, abundant ride-hailing apps, and quick-trip bikeshare systems are largely assumed to be the province of big cities, but small and mid-sized cities are getting in on the game too. That was the takeaway at a workshop during this week’s Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago titled, “Scaling Shared Mobility in Small to Mid-sized Cities.”… Read more »

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WMATA finds that biking, walking improvements near Metro stations pay off

Metrorail is the backbone of the D.C. region’s transportation system, but that doesn’t mean each station exists in a vacuum. For many people, walking and biking from their station to their ultimate destination is a key part of the Metro experience, whether we consciously recognize it or not. That’s a driving idea behind WMATA’s Metrorail… Read more »

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In LA, Rams’ return creates parking demand “laboratory”

Last week, the Los Angeles Rams played their first home game since returning to Southern California. And while it took place in their temporary home, the LA Memorial Coliseum – a historic stadium that has twice hosted the Olympics and currently hosts USC football games – the arrival of the NFL created a unique transportation-demand situation,… Read more »

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After 60 years, chances to overcome the interstate system’s legacy

Editor’s note: This is one of the final parts of our Transpo(nation) series, in which Andrew Carpenter bicycled across the U.S. – from San Francisco back to Washington, D.C. – to report on transportation options. A series about transportation across the United States would be remiss to gloss over the country’s highway system. Rather than… Read more »