Jeff Speck: 4 Ways to Make a City More Walkable

Jeff Speck (Screen grab from TEDx)
Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city! City planner Jeff Speck shares his “general theory of walkability” — four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot blocks into safe, walkable oases full of bike lanes and tree-lined streets. View on TED website here.... Read more

Bicycle People: Speak Your Mind

Bike lane (Jim Young / Reuters)
The bicycling advocacy group PeopleForBikes has launched a community survey asking Americans to sound-off on the cycling infrastructure and culture in their cities. The survey runs for eight weeks (from February 14 through April 15), with the aim of generating a city ranking in fall 2017 called PlacesForBikes. Read more... Read more

Towson High Student Boosts Traffic Calming Effort Near School

Towson High School (Larry / Flickr)
At least four traffic-calming speed humps will be installed on Aigburth Road in Towson, Maryland this spring, in large part due to the effort of one Towson High School sophomore, who gave the project a much-needed push forward out of a sense of civic duty. The student walks to school, as do many of her classmates, and the speed of traffic moving along Aigburth, which runs past a rear parking lot and entrance to the school, struck her as dangerous.... Read more

Pop-Up Project Focuses on North Marina Street Improvements in Clearwater

Pop-up street features in Clearwater, Florida (83 Degrees Media)
The North Marina area in Clearwater, Florida has long boasted its own distinct identity. Last summer, the city’s Planning and Development Department launched a new pop-up event series in North Marina as a way for city staff to study how to improve the overall experience for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers in the area. Read more... Read more

City Of Gainesville Prepared To Work With Student Organization To Paint Crosswalks

Gainesville street (Source: WUFT)
The City of Gainesville is prepared to work with the Students for the New Urbanism at University of Florida to paint crosswalk art that will enhance the beauty of the city while improving pedestrian safety. The students state that crosswalk art can act as a traffic-calming device for busy intersections with a lot of foot and automobile traffic. The interesting designs help attract more attention from commuters and draw them into appreciating the crosswalk as a pedestrian space. Read more... Read more

Street Changes Could Get More People Walking In Fort Worth

Fort Worth skyline at sunset
Big changes are coming to Fort Worth thanks to new zoning adopted by the City Council. The foundations of the changes are already visible with broader sidewalks, off street parking and businesses set back further from the street. New buildings have more than one story with store fronts below and residences above. It’s all geared to encourage people to walk where they need to go. Read more... Read more

Freeways Without Futures 2017

Scajaquada Expressway in Buffalo, NY (Credit: Mike Puma)
In Freeways Without Futures 2017, the Congress for the New Urbanism identifies the ten worst urban highways in America, each of which could be removed to fight pollution, ease traffic, and improve walkability and health. Additionally, for the first time, this report chronicles graduated highway campaigns that are successfully moving forward with removal. Learn more... Read more
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