Tag Archives: Roads

What Pensacola is Doing to Make Downtown More Pedestrian Friendly

Pensacola is one of thousands of cities across the U.S. that created ordinances after World War II requiring developers to build parking spaces based on the square footage of their buildings. Now, officials in Pensacola, Florida are working to move downtown into the 21st century, forcing spacious parking lots to take a backseat to a pedestrian friendly environment. Read more... Read more

Greener City Streets Aren’t Just About Traffic. They’re About Rainwater, Too.

​When you think of city streets, chances are you think of them as a transportation network, carrying cars, buses, pedestrians and cyclists to their destinations. But these vast stretches of pavement are also key components of cities’ stormwater networks. Streets cover about a third of the land in cities; these surfaces don’t allow water to soak through them, which means they can alter the natural flow of rainwater. City streets collect, channel, pollute and sometimes even speed along water as... Read more

Growing Wisconsin City to State DOT: We Don’t Want Your Highway

​There’s millions of dollars of funding set aside in Wisconsin’s budget for a highway that would pass through La Crosse, a riverfront city in the western part of the state. But many people in La Crosse don’t want that highway to be built. ​The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) set aside $80 million for a major road project in 1998, but officials are pushing for improvements to walking, biking and public transportation options, as well as asking the state to... Read more

Recommendations for Constructing Roadside Vegetation Barriers to Improve Near-Road Air Quality

This EPA report summarizes research findings on the best practices for building roadside vegetative barriers to improve air quality. These recommendations can be used by states, communities and individuals interested in reducing roadside pollution. Learn more... Read more

RFP: Guide for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety at Alternative Intersections and Interchanges

The Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop a guide for transportation practitioners to improve and integrate pedestrian and bicycle safety considerations at alternative intersections and interchanges through planning, design, and operational treatments. Proposals due October 6. Learn more... Read more

High-Traffic Arterial Roads Reduce Quality of Life, Even Blocks Away

A study from the University of Colorado Denver finds that living near a wide, high-traffic arterial can reduce residential satisfaction. The research is a repudiation of the suburban style of traffic calming, where cul-de-sacs and lack of through streets limit traffic on residential streets by diverting cars to major arterials. It turns out, pouring traffic onto inhospitable arterials negatively impacts nearby residential areas, too. Read more... Read more
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