Policy

Commentary
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
Activity Centers
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New Research Reveals the Costs of Sprawl to Municipal Coffers

Thursday, July 16, 2015 11:58 AM

Ever since the Roman Empire, local governments have had great control over land use. Today, municipalities control development using zoning regulations, tax policies, and infrastructure-investment decisions. Municipalities can choose to develop in an unconnected, low-density, suburban-style manner, or they can consider more compact, connected urban land uses. These decisions have enormous implications for a municipality’s finances, according […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
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StreetsCamp Elevates Transit Discourse in D.C. Region

Thursday, July 9, 2015 3:16 PM

Successful campaigns to improve transit – and urban mobility more generally – depend on key contributions from community advocates, city government, and transit agencies. The venues are few and far between for these three groups to informally collaborate, refine their efforts, and share ideas. However, members of each of these groups, as well as academic […]






by Zak Accuardi
Commentary
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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
Education
Biking for Everyone

There is No Right or Wrong Way to Be a Cyclist

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 12:59 PM

This article was also published by BikeArlington. If you’re interested in starting to ride a bike, be it for leisure, fitness, convenience, or whatever, you almost certainly have sought out advice on how to get started. You might have heard people say that “road bikes are the best,” “a cruiser bike is all you need,” […]






by Marc Mitcham
Community Design
StreetsCamp people

6 Grassroots Steps to Improving the Terrible Street on Your Block

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 4:00 PM

It’s up to the residents of a city to lobby for the transportation solutions that best serve their community. That was the subtext of various workshops at the first-ever StreetsCamp, which took place on Saturday at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Education in Washington D.C. Led by Christy Kwan of the Alliance for Biking and […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Health
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
Policy
Subway tech

National Academies Find That Open Data is a No-Brainer for Transit Agencies

Friday, June 19, 2015 10:45 AM

While transit agencies have long been measuring their performance based on the data they keep, a new world of “open data” is providing the opportunity for anyone to analyze and visualize performance in ways that have almost never been possible. The National Academies – which advises Congress on science, engineering, and medicine – has now […]






by Carol Schweiger
Commentary
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Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look at Sharing-Economy Rules

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:22 AM

Sharing-economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB continue to disrupt industries as they create services that are incredibly appealing to consumers. Whatever your opinion on these companies, the decision regarding if, and how much, they should be regulated is important. It will help determine the speed of technological innovation in the U.S. and the direction […]






by Paul Goddin
Education
Friendly Persuasion

A Playbook for Persuading People to Use Public Transportation

Thursday, June 4, 2015 11:35 AM

The art of persuasion was on display in two sessions at the end of the Center for Transportation Excellence conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan this week. When attempting to convince someone to try something new – such as transportation alternatives to driving – arguing facts simply won’t work and usually makes the situation worse, according […]






by Paul Mackie