At the moment, our car-centric area may not feel the most friendly to people wanting to get around in other ways. This will improve over time as the redevelopment’s infrastructure is built out. But, that’s a lengthy proposition. What about folks who want to walk instead of drive now?
Although the major overhaul of a road is a multi-year, big bucks process, there are some fixes for pedestrian safety that can be made quickly by our county and state Departments of Transportation. …
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In many cities throughout the United States, it is common to see people jaywalk across streets without facing any penalties. In one city, however, the authorities are now taking notice of this illegal act. The police are cracking down on jaywalking in Los Angeles. It seems that the police may be hindering the hopes of making L.A.…
Walkability is one of the driving forces for the changes coming to White Flint. Areas throughout the United States are already considering the need for a walkable design. In an article from Governing, Mike Maciag discusses the most walkable cities in the US and elements of these cities that make them so successful.…
The design of our cities and towns may have a major impact on our health and well-being. As diseases such as obesity and diabetes rise to epidemic levels in the United States, what strategies are both health professionals and community development practitioners using to combat these health concerns? How does urban design impact the levels of these diseases in the US?…
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Earlier this month, NYC’s Department of Transportation released a major report, “Making Safer Streets” which outlines the various ways the department has re-imagined and redesigned their streets. The results include:
30% decline in fatalities since 2001
29% decline in people killed or severely injured since 2001
1,000 NYC lives have been saved by the decrease in traffic fatalities since 2001—including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, drivers, and passengers
The overarching aspect of safer streets is “[creating] the opportunity for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists to move through the street network simply and easily, minimizing the unexpected, the confusing, and the potential for surprises.” More specifically, here are the five basic principles highlighted in the report:
Make the street easy to use by accommodating desire lines and minimizing the complexity of driving, walking, and biking, thus reducing crash risk by providing a direct, simple way to move through the street network.
What do tech companies say is crucial to attracting and retaining employees? According to Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership, it’s bike lanes. She explains:
Ten years ago we never would have thought that walkability or bike lanes would be economic development tools…We’re working on the creation of a comprehensive protected bike lane plan for downtown…We would like to make bikes an integrated part of downtown.
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In early October the National Complete Streets Coalition held their first ever National Walking Summit, where community leaders from around the country came together to share ideas on policies, design guidelines, advocacy techniques and other tools that support walking.
Take a look at this PowerPoint from the Summit, which highlights some of the basic reasons why we need more complete streets in White Flint and beyond!…