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Communicating transportation options, on “Talking Headways” podcast

How can cities and transit agencies better reach out to commuters and guide them towards modes that aren’t driving alone? How is the transportation landscape changing to include a greater breadth of transportation options? Mobility Lab’s communications director Paul Mackie recently discussed these questions and more with host Jeff Wood on the transportation and urbanism podcast Talking Headways. Referencing a communications… Read more »

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Can ride-sourcing companies contribute to livable streets and the Vision Zero movement?

This post originally appeared on the TransitCenter blog. Streetsblog’s Aaron Naparstek kicked off one of the first sessions at TransportationCamp NYC, an unconference focused on innovations in transportation, with this provocative question: Can ride-sourcing companies contribute to the Livable Streets and Vision Zero movements? Livable Streets and Vision Zero convey two visionary ideas. Livable Streets is… Read more »

LaHood Safe Routes

Safe Routes to School Programs Can Boost Walking and Bicycling by 30 Percent

This article was originally published at Safe Routes to School’s D.C. Region blog. Streetsblog reports on a new study that found schools with Safe Routes to School programs could boost the number of children walking and bicycling to school by 31 percent over a five-year period. The researchers looked at 801 schools in Washington D.C., Florida, Oregon and Texas,… Read more »

Bikelash

How to Combat “Bikelash?” Embrace It

There will always be those who are resistant to change. These are the people who fight the Columbia Pike Streetcar despite credible evidence of its return on investment. These are the ones who use rhetoric like “war on cars” and are fond of excessive punctuation. And lately, these are the people who write angry op-eds… Read more »

Anthony Foxx

Bike-Walk Funding Facing Bumpy Road, Secretary Foxx Says

Bicycling is an important part of the U.S. transportation ecosystem of the future. That was the message U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx offered today as part of a National Press Club speech on the many transportation challenges faced by our partisan-gridlocked country. “True confession: I have been trying for an entire year to figure out… Read more »

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Parking Lots are Craters that Create Urban Congestion

In case viewers are unclear about Streetsblog’s opinion of surface parking lots, its new video by the website’s editor Angie Schmitt is titled Parking Craters: Scourge of American Downtowns. In it, advocates ranging from professors to urban planners explain the deleterious effect these “depressions in the middle of an urban area formed by the absence of… Read more »

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Bike, Walk, and Transit Mean Business

“Bikes Mean Business” was the theme of the just-wrapped National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. And on the heels of the highly successful summit, two of the world’s biggest business centers have released plans to spark huge growth in cycling. London’s Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a $1.4 billion bicycle-infrastructure plan, designed to connect much… Read more »