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Archive for the ‘Public Parks & Recreation’ Category

Ferndale, MI: Embracing Community Voices

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Ferndale, MI: Embracing Community Voices

Trans4M Odyssey Film Series: Embracing Community Voices in Ferndale

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Lawrence, MA: Old Rails to Green Trails

Monday, May 11th, 2015
Lawrence, MA: Old Rails to Green Trails

With the help of EPA’s $200,000 Brownfields Area-wide planning grant, this video shows Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas explain the catalytic impact of EPA funding to jumpstart improvements and community outcomes for citizens in underserved communities, such as Lawrence, MA. By planning for, and envisioning, new walking paths to replace a blighted old railway that cuts through the City, residents will someday be able to link to adjacent recreational trails. This video shows the “before” of a key community project that will change the future face of Lawrence and make a real difference to its citizens.

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Los Angeles, CA: The Public Health Impact of CicLAvia

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Los Angeles, CA: The Public Health Impact of CicLAvia

CicLAvia transforms the urban streets of Los Angeles County by temporarily removing cars and opening the streets to people who ride bikes, walk, skate, jog or use other non-motorized transport. As a result, tens of thousands of people enjoy the health benefits offered by a public space that they would not otherwise be able to access. CicLAvia is partnering with UCLA and the Rand Corporation to measure health impacts and behavioral changes that are sparked by utilizing the city in this manner.

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Philadelphia, PA: SEPTA Cycle-Transit Plan

Friday, May 1st, 2015
FIGURE 1: LICENSED DRIVERS AS A PERCENTAGE OF THEIR AGE-GROUP POPULATION

SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
SEPTA’s ridership is nearing quarter century highs. In Southeastern Pennsylvania and across the United States, rates of both private auto ownership and use are down. The region’s three fastest growing demographic groups – “Millennials” (20-34 years old) , “Baby Boomers” (60-75 years old), and an influx of newly-settled immigrants of all ages – are less likely to own a car (or even a driver’s license) and are more likely to use transit. These emerging local demographic groups tend to not only rely on transit for commuting to work but also for other discretionary trips and often travel with luggage, strollers and bicycles.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Scott Bricker, Director, America Walks

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Scott Bricker, Director, America Walks

Scott Bricker has worked for over fifteen years to make communities healthy and sustainable through bicycling, walking and urban design. Scott is proud to serve as the Director of America Walks, the only national organization dedicated to improving all aspects of walking in America.

…providing safe and accommodating walking routes for people effectively ensures that everyone has equal access to services and employment, education, recreation, where people play and pray, et cetera. It’s a fundamental aspect of equal mobility access. There’s also a fair amount of research that shows that communities that are walkable, that have places that are close to each other, are economically vibrant.

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North Carolina: Active Routes to School

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
North Carolina: Active Routes to School

In a joint partnership with North Carolina’s Division of Public Health, NCDOT is proud to support North Carolina’s Active Routes to School Program. Sponsoring events at schools around the state, the Active Routes to School Program is making a positive impact on the lives of many of our younger citizens.

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New Britain, CT: The Complete Streets Master Plan

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
New Britain, CT: The Complete Streets Master Plan

The story of how Downtown New Britain, Connecticut developed a Complete Streets Master Plan, and in the process gained so much more.

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Where Do People Prefer to Walk?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
Sidewalk with construction barriers to crossing

ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH
The study’s main objective is to estimate a model of pedestrian route choice preference. The results of the model can be used to understand the willingness of people walking to go out of their way to avoid negative features and experience positive features along a route. The model is estimated in a way that would allow incorporation into traditional regional models of travel demand to better represent walking options.

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Safer Streets, Stronger Economies

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Change in automobile trips after Complete Streets improvements.

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
In this study of 37 projects, Smart Growth America found that Complete Streets projects tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal. Compared to conventional transportation projects, these projects were remarkably affordable, and were an inexpensive way to achieve transportation goals. In terms of economic returns, the limited data available suggests Complete Streets projects were related to broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values.

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America’s Transportation Awards Top 10 Project Profile: Wyoming DOT

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
America’s Transportation Awards Top 10 Project Profile: Wyoming DOT

Wyoming Department of Transportation’s $146.2 million Togwottee Trail to Yellowstone project increased safety and mobility by upgrading a 50-year-old road on a major route leading to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. New under-crossings were built so wildlife and snowmobilers can pass under the highway safely. New shoulders, passing lanes, and upgraded bridges and parking facilities allow a safe trip through some of America’s most beautiful scenery. Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Togwottee Trail to Yellowstone project was recognized as a Regional Winner in the 2014 America’s Transportation Awards competition and it is also a Top 10 finalist, competing for the National Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award. Watch this presentation and hundreds more videos 24/7 at www.transportationtv.org

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