This post’s title is the question that was at the heart of a fascinating two-day workshop organized by the Project for Public Spaces.
Pedestrians & Bicylists
“The future belongs to walkable communities,” claimed planning scholar Reid Ewing at a forum in Burlington, Vermont. A look at the growing interest in TODs and PODs.
One of the most important issues facing cities and towns is traffic safety. One key question is the extent to which the reduction in speeds can reduce accidents and injuries. Results from a recent British study shed some light on this.
A fairly radical new concept in transportation planning emerged a few years ago in the Netherlands, and has rapidly caught on in Europe. It’s called “shared space.” At its core, this means allowing cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists to share the same space.
“Walkability is the single most important issue facing cities today,” says planner Troy Russ in this effective short video about doing a “walking audit” in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Sometimes it can be a challenge to get uphill. But here are two worthy solutions. The first video shows an innovative bicycle lift in Trondheim, Norway. The second is of the 4th Street Elevator in Dubuque, Iowa, one of the remaining funiculars still in use in the U.S.
Transit is making a remarkable comeback. But one of the most intriguing aspects is that it is being helped along by — and helping to stimulate — new development close by transit stops. A look how TOD works
Across the country, citizens are increasingly calling for improved and expanded multi-use trails, both for recreational and commuting purposes. Transportation planner Hannah Twaddell outlines a “four-step path” to developing a successful greenway trail.
A recent report by the Institute of Transportation Engineers report integrates transportation objectives of roadways with considerations about the built environment and pedestrian needs.
PCJ General Manager and former planning commissioner Betsey Krumholz talks with Hannah Twaddell about her recent article.
Cities and towns are increasingly recognizing that walkability plays a key role in achieving broader economic and social goals, such revitalizing urban centers, creating a sense of place in suburbs, and reclaiming the attractiveness of small towns.
A look at the economic, health, and environmental benefits of biking and walking.
It’s time for all communities to view sidewalks as an integral part of the transportation network. Tips for getting started in planning for sidewalks.