2013 Version of The Philadelphia Complete Streets Design Handbook has been released. download guide
Join Community Commons in congratulating Active Living By Design on their ten years of pioneering work in active living and healthy eating. Over the course of several weeks, the Commons will highlight ALBD’s commemorative milestones in a series of Features.
Inspiring stories drive advocacy work, but it is research and data that ultimately proves whether a strategy is a success or still a work in progress. ALBD features the following noteworthy publications that provide evidence-based, successful approaches to improve health in communities. Read more
With the support of many Vermont organizations, Complete Streets legislation was passed there in 2011 and requires that the needs of all users of all ages (drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit) be considered in all transportation projects and project phases. The Vermont Department of Health has created a guide to help community leaders for implementation of the act. Download the Guide
Join Community Commons in congratulating Active Living By Design on their ten years of pioneering work in active living and healthy eating. Over the next several weeks, the Commons will highlight ALBD’s commemorative milestones in a series of Features.
In what ALBD Director Sarah Strunk calls the “high touch/low dollar” approach to grant making, twenty-five diverse community partnerships were chosen (out of 966 who applied) in 2003 to see what they could do with a steady stream of modest funding matched with high-level technical assistance over the course of five years. Read more
Active Living By Design (ALBD), part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative Active Living Programs, was a pioneer project when it was founded in 2002. “The focus was on increasing physical activity through changes in policy and the built environment,” said ALBD Director Sarah Strunk, “A significant departure from the more traditional focus on education and awareness as primary influencers of behavior change.” Read more
As the world’s resources continue to be endangered, depleted, and destroyed, we all need to imagine new solutions for the future of our cities. Rather than focusing on deficits, IDEAS CITY 2013, a festival created to examine this topic and effect change, will encourage an exploration of the resources that may be under-recognized or underutilized. In anticipation of IDEAS CITY 2013, Storefront for Art and Architecture, along with the New Museum and Architizer, are launching the StreetFest competition. read more
The national Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program was funded by Congress in 2005 in an effort to create safe environments for American children to walk or bike to school. Has the program been effective? In New York City, most definitely, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health that evaluated the program here. Researchers found that the annual rate of injury to school-age pedestrians ages 5-19 fell 44% during the peak times for walking to school, in neighborhoods where the program was implemented. Significantly, the injury rate did not drop in parts of the city where the SRTS safety program was not in place. read more
The National Center for Safe Routes to School is pleased to announce the release of The Walking School Bus Program: A Primer and First Steps, an online audio/video training program that provides strategies and tips for planning a Walking School Bus program. read more
The City of Portland has just compiled the numbers from their fall 2012 Safe Routes to School parent survey. The results show an encouraging upward trend of biking and walking rates. In fact, 10.3 percent of the fall 2012 survey respondents said they biked to school. That’s a 36 percent increase from fall 2011 and it’s the highest bike mode share recorded they’ve ever recorded. read more
Total to Double Again in 2013 According to New Inventory
The simple bike lane, the stripe of white paint that creates a space for riding on the road, is getting a makeover in cities across the U.S. The improved space, called a “green lane,” adds physical separation between moving cars and bikes, such as a curb, parked cars or plastic posts. A new inventory released today by the Green Lane Project shows the number of these protected green lanes on the ground nationwide has nearly doubled in 2012. Article includes infographic. read more
A guest post on Smart Growth America by National Complete Streets Coalition partners Jonathan D. Henney, AICP, ASLA and Mike Sewell, P.E., of Gresham, Smith and Partners. In 2006, just as the Complete Streets movement was gaining momentum, Gresham Smith and Partners (GS&P) put together a Complete Streets Design Manual for the City of Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services Department. The manual offered practical guidelines for using Complete Streets principles within urban, suburban, rural, residential and commercial streetscapes. read more
The current transportation law dealt a few hard knocks to bicycling and walking programs. One big one was the restructuring of the Transportation Enhancements program into something called Transportation Alternatives, which has to fund more types of projects with less money. Read more.
Reconnecting America has released the report“Are We There Yet? Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America.” The report tracks progress in regions across the country in implementing complete streets policies and programs. The report identifies a series of metrics and ranking criteria to measure regions’ progress toward creating more “complete communities.”
The Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG), in collaboration with Redwood Community Action Agency (RCAA), has developed a regional “prioritization tool” for examining the complex needs to get kids to school safely in Humboldt County. The prioritization tool offers a method for determining which schools have the greatest need and capacity for carrying out SR2S programs. It’s a tool to prioritize schools for funding opportunities.
“Streets where walkers and bikers are protected from motor vehicles encourage people to get more exercise as part of their daily routines.” –Ray LaHood, US Secretary of Transportation Read more