a failure to meet federal standards

August 27, 2012

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From the Federal Highway Administration… A livable community is one in which people have multiple, convenient transportation and housing options as well as destinations easily accessible to people traveling in and out of cars. They also give this quick history… Livability builds off existing resources, policies, and programs: Context Sensitive Solutions Scenario Planning Planning and […]

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bad streets for bicycling

August 20, 2012

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The photo contest hosted by @EllyBlue at Taking the Lane has wrapped. Should I be thrilled or embarrassed that I won? I’m not going to waste my time with introspection. I’m going to give my award reception speech. Ahem… Thank you, thank you. I would first like to thank the bicycling academy. I now graciously […]

Posted in: Photos + Videos

West Palm Walkability

June 3, 2012

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The streets of West Palm Beach, FL took a beating recently. Physically, by hundreds of urbanists walking around during CNU20 and verbally, by many of the same urbanists reacting to what they encountered. The conversation is still going strong. The picture below is not unique to West Palm Beach. Despite the high volume of foot […]

Posted in: Opinion, Photos + Videos

forget how you move! what moves you?

May 14, 2012

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Here is my first experiment with Prezi. What better place to roll out a new presentation tool than the 20th anniversary of the Congress for New Urbanism? For more on CNU20, visit here and here. Special thanks to Eliza Harris for making the Innovation Track at CNU20 possible.

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flexible design is still not mainstream

April 28, 2012

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Thanks in part to FHWA releasing this document, roadway design flexibility has become a popular catch phrase in professional transportation circles. The basic idea is that engineers are smart people who should use good judgment and common sense when designing streets and highways. At the philosophical level, the message has successfully spread. At the practical level, not so […]

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crossing a free right-turn lane

April 28, 2012

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The free right-turn is a traffic engineering tool that every driver has almost certainly passed through at some point. It is a tool designed to “improve” operations on a corridor (see also: biased language). Looks harmless enough. The two videos below put you into the shoes of a pedestrian attempting to cross the street where […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Posted in: Opinion

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 […]

Posted in: News + Trends

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 […]

Posted in: Events, Photos + Videos