Community Design

Metro Helping Blind People Better Navigate D.C. Transit

Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:25 AM

Transit agencies have an opportunity to follow the cutting-edge initiatives for the blind that have already been introduced in places like retail outlets Macy’s and American Eagle, and most Major League Baseball ballparks. With a grant from ClickandGo Wayfinding, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) are harnessing the […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design

Bicycling in Cleveland is Easy, Fun, and Something Everyone Should Try

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 9:12 AM

What do General Motors, Samsung, and Duke and Ohio State universities all have in common? They have each launched bikeshare systems in the past year brought to them by Zagster, a private, venture-funded startup that launched as CityRyde back in 2007 in Philadelphia. Visiting Cleveland, Ohio this week for the Content Marketing World conference, I […]

by Paul Mackie
Community Design
Bike Crash

Collision Puts Messy Road Rules and Design in Spotlight

Thursday, August 13, 2015 5:05 PM

Road safety is something that should matter to everyone. Some cities are starting to address the issue by Vision Zero or through other measures. But in many cases, such as in relation to the increase in cycling for transport, these issues aren’t being addressed. The unimaginable happens daily and it’s not just how we react in the moment, […]

by Brendan Casey
Economic Prosperity
Non Work Trips

Contest Reveals Importance of People’s Non-Commute Trips

Monday, July 20, 2015 10:03 AM

Each year in May, RIDE Solutions in Southwest Virginia hosts a Clean Commute Challenge as part of its National Bike Month activities. In the past, participants only logged commute trips, but for the 2015 contest, we opened trip types up to a variety of non-commute options, including dining, shopping, business meetings, religious services, and volunteer […]

by Jeremy Holmes
Happy in the City

Health, Transportation, and City-Planning Connections To Get a Closer Look

Friday, July 17, 2015 11:44 AM

Living in an urban setting can have serious effects on mental health, such as: a 38 percent higher chance of having “any disorder” a 39 percent higher chance of having a mood disorder, and a 21 percent higher chance of having an anxiety disorder when compared to living in a rural area. And as Dr. […]

by Tarik Endale

Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health

Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:27 PM

Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a typical U.S. city’s land. New York City, for example, is on the lower end of that scale at 28 percent and Chicago (42 percent), Washington D.C. (43) and Portland, Oregon (47) are at the higher end. This, believe it or not, presents a huge […]

by Chris Hamilton
Vancouver bicyclist

Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists

Friday, June 19, 2015 11:24 AM

Just as there are two Americas, there are two types of cyclists. First, there are the Cyclists with a capital “C,” clad in Lycra and obsessed with speed. These cyclists probably spent upwards of $1,000 on a bike, are often male, and everything about them signals that cycling is not for mere mortals. These adrenaline […]

by Paul Goddin

Arlington County First in Nation with Program to Ease Public-School Staff Commutes

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:29 PM

The only transportation demand management (TDM) program for public school faculty and staff in the U.S. has been created in Arlington County, Virginia. The program, called “ATP Schools,” is being administered by Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), the employer-outreach arm of Arlington County Commuter Services. Funded by a grant from Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public […]

by Paul Goddin
Groceries Bus stop

Transit is Key to Solving Our National Obesity Crisis

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 3:02 PM

A staple of every household’s week is a trip to the supermarket. Maybe you jump in your car for a 10-minute drive, or get on a bus or metro or your bike for a short ride. You likely don’t think much about this trip because it’s straightforward, simple. But in Baltimore, more than 73,000 people […]

by Chris Plano
Community Design
Esther Dyson

Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public-Transportation Connections

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 4:29 PM

Five cities, five years to make a difference in their community’s health. That’s the challenge presented by the non-profit Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup) and its Way to Wellville program. Founded in 2013 by prolific angel investor Esther Dyson, HICCup looks at common barriers to good health, such as poverty and education, but also questions […]

by Amy Eagleburger