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Archive for the ‘Biking’ Category

Washington, DC: Do You Still Need to Own a Car?

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Washington, DC: Do You Still Need to Own a Car?

Planner and biking advocate Veronica Davis discusses her decision to give up her personal car, and the future of urban transportation options.

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Streetfilms: Austin Goes Bike Gold – LAB Makes Austin first Gold City in Texas

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Streetfilms: Austin Goes Bike Gold – LAB Makes Austin first Gold City in Texas

A few months ago, I was in Austin, Texas for the NACTO 2015 Summit. Although I was quite busy and we got hit with a major rainstorm of epic proportions, I was able to shoot enough video to put together a limited look at what is going on in the city. Even more fortunate, soon after the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) named Austin their 22nd Gold status bike city near the end of 2015, making Austin the first city in Texas to claim the honor.

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The Decline of Driving: Navigating Vermont Without a Car

Monday, February 1st, 2016
The Decline of Driving

VERMONT TRANSPORTATION BOARD
According to the State Smart Transportation Initiative, a transportation research organization based at the University of Wisconsin, vehicle miles traveled per person in the U.S. has dropped every year since. By 2013, the last year for which the Transportation Board could find statistics, the average American drove more than 6 percent fewer miles per year than in 2005…This trend not only holds true in Vermont, but locals appear to be leading the charge. In 2007, Vermonters drove an annual average of 12,400 miles. But in 2013, Vermonters, according to VTrans, drove an average of just 11,356 miles, which is an 8.4 percent drop.

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Riding Tandem: Cycling & Gentrification in Chicago and Portland

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
Figure 2: Change in community composition 1990-2010 and bicycle infrastructure in Chicago

MCGILL UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF URBAN PLANNING
Bicycles have great potential to be an equitable, healthy and sustainable mode of transportation. Cycling infrastructure, including lanes, parking, or bicycle share programs, can help foster a safe and inviting environment where users of all abilities have high access to opportunities and services. Yet cycling advocacy is increasingly being critiqued from an ethical perspective.

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Los Angeles, CA: Bike Coop Brings Mobility to Leimert Park

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
Los Angeles, CA: Bike Coop Brings Mobility to Leimert Park

“We’ve been conditioned to think that the road and the city belong to cars. We need to turn it around so it belongs to people. Everybody should have access to the city.” – Ade Neff

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Transforming Transportation: Towards Walking and Biking

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
Transforming Transportation: Towards Walking and Biking

This video is about the health and environmental benefits of active transportation, defined as “any self-propelled, human-powered mode of transportation, such as walking or bicycling” (CDC, 2011).

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Pedestrians and Cyclists: Cities, States, and DOTs Are Implementing Actions to Improve Safety

Friday, January 1st, 2016
Figure 1: Examples of Cyclist Road Markings and Facilities

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE
Walking and biking are becoming increasingly popular modes of transportation: nearly a million more people reported walking or biking to work in 2013 than in 2005. While total traffic fatalities declined from 2004 through 2013 (the most recent year for which data are available), this was not matched by a similar decline in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. GAO was asked to review pedestrian and cyclist safety data and challenges in addressing this issue. This report examines: (1) trends in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities and injuries from 2004 through 2013 and characteristics of these fatalities and injuries; (2) safety initiatives selected states and cities have implemented and their views on challenges in addressing this issue; and (3) actions taken by DOT to help improve safety.

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Bike Lanes for Austin, TX

Friday, December 4th, 2015
Bike Lanes for Austin, TX

With more people commuting into Austin traffic is becoming more congested. Vanessa Pulido has the story on how a $150 million bond for bike lanes could potentially reduce traffic.

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Arizona DOT: U.S. Bike Route 90

Monday, November 30th, 2015
Arizona DOT: U.S. Bike Route 90

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) approved the application submitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation to establish U.S. Bicycle Route 90, a continuous route through Arizona that connects to New Mexico and California.

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Oregon’s Walking & Biking Plan

Friday, November 20th, 2015
Oregon’s Walking & Biking Plan

The Oregon Department of Transportation wants your input and comment on a large-scale bicycle pedestrian plan for the state of Oregon. It’s not a plan for facilities, but a plan for plans and policies that will eventually include facilities.

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