Browsing All posts tagged under »context sensitive«

3 reasons to explore road privatization

October 25, 2012

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Americans are bombarded with rhetoric about the country‚Äôs failing transportation infrastructure. We hear horror stories about crumbling bridges, eroded pavement on highways, and a lack of sidewalks connecting communities. Peel away the partisan talking points and there is a common thread among most lobbying efforts: Government will own and operate some or all of the […]

discussing contested streets, #JaneJacobs and more with planning students @VCU

October 2, 2012

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A friend teaches “Introduction to the City and Urban Development” at VCU. The bad news is that he’ll be out of town for the next class that focuses on city transportation. The good news is that I get to substitute for him. We’re going to watch and discuss¬†Contested Streets, an excellent documentary freely available online. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

intended use of the AASHTO green book

January 26, 2012

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Confusion still exists in the design community about the role of AASHTO’s Green Book. When you hear someone suggest that it’s law, refer them to A Guide for Achieving Flexibility in Highway Design…written by…[drum roll]…AASHTO. The AASHTO Green Book is not intended, and never was intended, to be used solely as a standard upon which […]