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

October 2, 2012


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. […]

bad streets for bicycling

August 20, 2012


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 […]

flexible design is still not mainstream

April 28, 2012


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 […]

crossing a free right-turn lane

April 28, 2012


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 […]

Pecha Kucha Night – RVA#1

October 27, 2011


Opening presentation from Richmond, VA’s first official Pecha Kucha Night.  Thanks to James Mercante for making it possible.