Transportation

Saving Walkable, Bikeable Streets

Our friends at Smart Growth America have launched a campaign to "Stop the House Assault on Walkable Neighborhoods." In an email, SGA's Online Communications Director Alex Dodds writes: ... read more »

Highway Spotlight: Minhocão - São Paulo's "Big Worm"

Minhocão (“The Big Worm”) is an elevated highway running through the heart of São Paulo, Brazil – the largest city in one of the fastest growing countries in the world. Officially Via Elevada Presidente Artur da Costa E Silva, after Brazil's second president, the Minhocão was built in 1971 ... read more »

Who walks to transit and how much?

At CNU, I picked up a short article written by Lilah Besser and Andrew Dannenberg of the Center for Disease Control on walking to public transit.  ... read more »

No Freedom For Me

The auto lobby likes to claim that automobile dependence means "freedom."  But this certainly did not reflect my experience last week.  I visited Atlanta (where my parents and siblings live) for a vacation, and lost my drivers' license a couple of days into the vacation.  Since my lic... read more »

National Dialogue on Improving Transportation Performance

Calling CNU Project for Transportation Reformers! Have an idea to contribute to the National Dialogue on Improving Transportation Performance? Now's the time to do so; participate by clicking here. ... read more »

How not to make public transit tourist-friendly

After CNU, I rode Tri-Rail and Miami-Dade transit to visit a friend in Miami Beach.  The Tri-Rail trip was fine; Miami-Dade transit, however, was more of an adventure. ... read more »

how walking became a crime

I just heard an amazing set of presentations by Eric Dumbaugh and  Peter Norton (author of a new book, Fighting Traffic). Dumbaugh begin with a statistical table listing causes of pedestrians being killed by cars; nearly every cause somehow showed pedestrians at fault (e.g. jaywalking, pedestr... read more »

Tumlin on parking

This afternoon, Jeffrey Tumlin spoke on how to reform parking to reduce the negative results of minimum parking requirements. (If you're not familiar with them, google "Donald Shoup"). Some of his solutions were stuff I've heard before: abolish parking requirements, create residential permit syste... read more »

Driving and the young

  I just saw the recent study, "Transportation and the New Generation" put out by NJ PIRG, which seeks to explain why the young are driving less.  Figure 7 contains the results of a poll asking respondents to choose between "smart growth" and "sprawl" environments.  62 perce... read more »

Three-cornered politics

In metro Atlanta, the Sierra Club is allying with Tea Party activists to fight a one-cent sales tax increase designed to raise additional funds for both roads and transit, primarily because of concerns about increased funding for sprawl-creating expressways.   ... read more »