transportation policy

Chicago Urban Gardening Group Adding Bicycles

Efforts to promote sustainable transportation and projects that support access to healthy, affordable food have a lot in common. Growing Power, a national nonprofit headquartered in Milwaukee, which currently runs several urban farms and community gardens in Chicago, is looking to combine the two. They recently put out a “Request for Collaborator,” seeking a partner to create an active transportation program for their Windy City locations. read more

Vermont Releases Complete Streets Guide

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

Federal Safe Routes to School program reduces child injuries by more than 40 percent in New York City

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

Portland Reports Double Digit Bike to School Rates

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

Protected Green Lanes Nearly Double Nationwide In 2012

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

Lessons Learned in Louisville: a common vision for Complete Streets

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


Report: Creating Complete Streets for 21st Century America

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.”

Local Governments Collaborate to Get Children to School Safely

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.

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Colorado Develops Safe Routes To School Lesson Plans

Many schools in Colorado rely solely on physical education and extracurricular classes to teach children bicycle and pedestrian skills and lessons. The Colorado Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program aims to expand on these activities by incorporating bicycle and pedestrian lessons in core K-8 classes (math, science, history, language arts, etc.) with the goal of getting kids thinking about the benefits of walking and bicycling throughout their entire learning.

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Older Pedestrians Stand to Benefit from Many Recent “Safe Street and Sidewalk” Measures

Once drivers hang up the keys, how do they get around?

The AARP Public Policy Institute has found that walking is second to private vehicle travel for all ages, regardless of driver status. Not only that, but the Institute’s analysis of 2009 National Household Travel Survey data shows that non-drivers’ share of walk trips is significantly higher than those who drive.

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