Pedestrians & Bicylists

As Ed McMahon so aptly put it “bicyclists and pedestrians belong!” That's the attitude more and more communities are taking. These articles focus on ways to accomplish this.

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cover of Streets as Places handbook by Project for Public Spaces

Can a Street Be a Place?

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.

20mph speed limit sign

Effect of 20 mph Traffic Speeds on Injury Rates

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.

Can Cars Share Space With Bicyclists & Pedestrians?

Can Cars Share Space With Bicyclists & Pedestrians?

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.

Doing a Walking Audit

Doing a Walking Audit

“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.

Getting Uphill

Getting Uphill

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.

Greenways illustration by Paul Hoffman for PlannersWeb

Happy Trails: Greenways for Everyone

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.

illustration of black imprint of walking shoes

Let’s Plan on Walking

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.