Science proves the obvious: When fewer people drive, fewer people are killed by cars. BY KRISTIN TOUSSAINT Every day, more than 3,700 people die on the world’s roads. Road traffic crashes result in more than a million deaths and tens of millions of injuries each year, and … Continue reading Scientists analyzed 1,700 cities and determined how to design safe streets
ANDREW SMALL – OCT 29, 2019 Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative wants to bring a boost of color to the streets of America’s small and mid-size cities. If you’re frustrated with the slow speed of efforts to make streets safer, perhaps you should grab a paint … Continue reading Want Better Streets? Just Add Paint.
William Street Bikeway first of network of protected bike lanes downtown The new two-way protected bike lane on William Street. (Credit: Meredith Bruckner) ANN ARBOR – William Street has a whole new look. On Sunday afternoon, members of Ann Arbor’s Downtown Development Authority, elected city … Continue reading City of Ann Arbor celebrates opening of first two-way protected bike lane
Mid-size U.S. cities tweak bus rapid transit systems to find the right fit. By Jake Blumgart Last June, Richmond, Virginia, made a transportation move few other U.S. cities dare to attempt: It converted two all-traffic lanes along three miles of its two busiest streets into … Continue reading Next-Gen BRT
Drivers left bikes less room in the presence of parked cars and painted bike lanes. JONATHAN M. GITLIN – 5/4/2019 There are plenty of good reasons that people should cycle more. People who exercise more are healthier and can score higher on cognitive tests, for one thing. And … Continue reading Bike lanes need physical protection from car traffic, study shows
SARAH HOLDER – MAY 3, 2019 A much-anticipated CDC report on the safety of dockless electric scooters in Austin, Texas, finds an alarming percentage of head injuries after crashes. At the annual Epidemic Intelligence Service conference in Atlanta this week, the Centers for Disease Control and … Continue reading Scooters Wouldn’t Be So Dangerous If You Just Wore a Helmet
By David Roberts Apr 9, 2019 https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/4/9/18300797/barcelona-spain-superblocks-urban-plan This is part two in a five-part series about the comprehensive urban plan being implemented in Barcelona, Spain, which would reclaim more than half the streets now devoted to cars for mixed-use public spaces, or “superblocks.” This reporting project was supported by … Continue reading Barcelona wants to build 500 superblocks. Here’s what it learned from the first ones.
BY SAMUEL STEIN 03.12.2019 – jacobinmag apitalism and state planning have a complicated relationship. Capitalist ideology insists that markets are the best mechanism for economic, social, and environmental decision-making, and that consumer choice is the fairest and most efficient arbiter of public will. Deregulation has been … Continue reading Gentrification Is a Feature, Not a Bug, of Capitalist Urban Planning
FEARGUS O’SULLIVAN – City Lab Take a look at the trains that will modernize France’s rail fleet and prepare the national provider to take on its first-ever competitors. While high-speed trains are struggling to gain a foothold in some parts of the world (looking at … Continue reading The Cheaper, Greener Future of France’s High-Speed Trains
A designer relies on exploration and the knowledge of locals to create a unique series of maps. LINDA POON – NOV 10, 2015 When we aren’t sure how to get somewhere, our first instinct is to plug the address into a GPS gadget and let the program … Continue reading Maps Made ‘From the Mind,’ Not From GPS