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Advancements in measuring bicycle and pedestrian accessibility

Measures of destination accessibility by automobile and transit are growing in use. Yet measures of bicycle and pedestrian accessibility have taken longer to implement, largely because of added complexities and data deficiencies. People on bikes and on foot are much more sensitive to the types of facilities available, exposure to nearby traffic, and other factors for which there isn’t always good data. Join People For Bikes, Toole Design Group, and State Smart Transportation Initiative to learn how these challenges are... Read more

Neighborhoods by Numbers: An Introduction to Finding and Using Small Area Data

This publication by the Center for Community Progress will help readers navigate how to effectively use data to shape planning and revitalization decisions for their community — even without a degree in statistics, GIS knowhow, or the budget for a consultant. This easy-to-use, color-coded book walks you through how to find, understand, and use key local and national datasets. It focuses on the use of data for small areas like properties, blocks, and neighborhoods, because understanding the dynamics of small... Read more

Bike Share in the US: 2010-2016

​The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) released the first-ever nationwide count of bike share rides in the United States. NACTO’s data shows that over 88 million trips have been taken on a bike share bike in the U.S. since 2010, when the first modern bike share systems in the country were established. Bike share has grown to 55 systems across the country, with over 42,000 total bikes. This has meant that one of the lowest-cost transportation options is... Read more

Uber Offers City Planners a Slice of Traffic Data

Uber has unveiled a new data-sharing website aimed at public planners and city officials. The site, dubbed “Movement,” curates GPS data from more than 2 million trips, and it could be a helpful tool for observing traffic patterns and reducing congestion. Uber claims that the information it has crowdsourced (well, driver-sourced) is more reliable than the data typically mined by third-party agencies for city governments — largely because all of its drivers use smartphones with global positioning technology. Read more... Read more

City Park Advocates to Get More Power in 2017

The Trust for Public Land is rolling out a new online tool called ParkServe aimed at putting more data about park systems into the hands of the public. ParkServe will allow users to locate the park nearest to them, zoom in on individual neighborhoods and identify which ones most lack park access, and determine the percentage of residents in a given city who live within a 10-minute walk of a local park. Read more... Read more

16 New Cities Join Bloomberg’s Open Data Initiative

A year and a half after its launch, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative is more than halfway to its goal of supporting 100 mid-sized cities’ data ambitions, according to a Bloomberg press release. With 16 new cities announced, 55 cities across the U.S. are now participating in the network of municipalities aiming to utilize data to improve city services and inform local decision-making. Read more... Read more

A New Day for Data: How Promise Neighborhoods Are Transforming Lives

Administered by the US Department of Education, Promise Neighborhoods take a place-based, data-driven approach to ensuring the long-term success of children, families, and neighborhoods. Here the Urban Institute shares the stories of three Promise Neighborhoods that are using data to transform lives. Read more... Read more

Harnessing the Power of Data to Support Kids Walking and Biking

Join this webinar hosted by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership to learn how data can be used to inform and support Safe Routes to School initiatives. Hear from speakers about the importance of data, learn about ways in which data is becoming more accessible and useable to communities, and be inspired by innovative uses of data across the country. Register now... Read more
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