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evolution of highway decision making

February 19, 2012

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From the FHWA archives: “Risking Success Through Flexible Design“. Over the past decade, through conferences, training, and new partnerships, FHWA and its partners have been working to bridge knowledge gaps and enable transportation planners and engineers to design with flexibility and employ context sensitive approaches with greater confidence and regularity. Understanding this evolving landscape of […]

the planner’s great anti-planner

February 18, 2012

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The City Builder Book Club is reading The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. 50 years after its original publication, planners still have much to learn about meddling. So many of the challenges we’re trying to overcome in cities and suburbs originated from professionals fighting against a free market for the […]

bike-ped safety in New York

February 17, 2012

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Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives (@TransAlt): The NYPD is among the most sophisticated law enforcement operations in the country. It’s the sixth largest standing army in the world, it has officers stationed in scores of foreign nations and it can shoot down small aircraft. The question for us today is if its […]

redefine your street capacity

February 11, 2012

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“Street capacity” is usually defined as the amount of moving vehicles that can be pumped through in a given period of time. Here’s another definition for street capacity: the performance of a street; a measurement of a street’s ability to maximize economic development and livability consistent with its context. In other words, what is a […]

sidewalk patrol

February 11, 2012

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As a general rule, I walk to the opposite side of the street before photographing a police officer texting from his motorcycle parked on the sidewalk. But that’s just me.

trip reductions for people…but not for cars

February 9, 2012

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Autonomous cars. So does this mean we’ll see a reduction in Single Occupant Vehicles, but a rise in Zero Occupant Vehicles? “Kitt.” “Yes, Michael?” “Head over to the grocery store. I just placed an online order for some deli meat and my anxiety medication.” “Right away, Michael.”

imagine your new product creates jobs but kills 33,000 people per year

February 8, 2012

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from the archive of @Brooklynspoke… In 2009, 33,000 people were killed by cars nationwide.  [Randy] Cohen asked the crowd to think about that for a second.  “Imagine you’re introducing a new transportation system,” Cohen said, “but there’s one catch: it will kill 33,000 people a year.”  Cohen hardly needed to point out that few Americans […]

deadly duo: traffic prediction + LOS metrics

February 7, 2012

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Gary Toth (@eltotho) crams loads of user-friendly education about transportation planning into this article from PPS. He kicks off with a description of the deadly duo: travel projection models and level of service performance metrics. And for the fellow geeks who can’t get enough of this stuff, here’s a bonus video: Toth interviewed by Streetsblog […]

wait…you mean we DON’T have to widen the road?

February 7, 2012

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The 2-lane road in the photo below is a U.S. Highway. According to the state DOT, it carried 16,000 vehicles per day in 2010. The communities along the corridor wanted a main street through their towns, not the high-speed/grade-separated arterial that was on the shelf. They happened to have well-connected advocates and won the battle […]