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Archive for the ‘Equity’ Category

Guest on The Infra Blog: Janette Sadik-Khan, Author, Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Janette Sadik-Khan - Photo by Olugbenro Photgraphy

Janette Sadik-Khan recently published Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, an empowering road map for rethinking, reinvigorating, and redesigning our cities, from a pioneer in the movement for safer, more livable streets.

“What we’ve seen is that people really want to be in places, whether they’re young or old, that are safe, that are fun, where the quality of life is good and they’ve got lots of ways to get around that don’t involve driving…I think that what we need to do is also update our cities and update our streets to reflect the way that people want to use them.”

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Bridging the Divide: Connecting People to Opportunity

Monday, May 16th, 2016
Bridging the Divide: Connecting People to Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Transportation is working to expand access to opportunity for all Americans.

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Infographic: National Protected Bike Lane Week 2016

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
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PEOPLE FOR BIKES
Protected bike lanes are the biggest new thing in years for helping more Americans enjoy time on two wheels…That’s why, starting today, cities around the United States are celebrating National Protected Bike Lane Week. And it’s why we created this infographic summarizing all the great things protected bike lanes can do — not just for people who bike, but for everyone.

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Cycling in the City: Cycling Trends in NYC

Monday, May 9th, 2016
Percent of Adult New Yorkers who Ride a Bike (NYC DOHMH)

NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Understanding who is biking in New York City and how often they ride is incredibly valuable, but cycling demographics and trends are very challenging to evaluate. Historically, evaluation of cyclist activity in New York City was centered on counting the number of bicycles entering and exiting the core. However, cycling has grown and matured dramatically as a mode of transportation since the first counts were conducted in 1980. New Yorkers are using bikes for a much wider variety of trips, making it even more difficult to assess bicycle use in the City.

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Streetfilms: The Pulaski Bridge Protected Bike Path Is (Finally) Open!

Friday, May 6th, 2016
Streetfilms: The Pulaski Bridge Protected Bike Path Is (Finally) Open!

The Pulaski Bridge had become dangerously congested over the last few years as more and more bikes, pedestrians and runners have crammed on to its narrow shared path. The solution? Remove one lane of the roadway and give the space to a bi-directional cycle track giving the older combo lane to the exclusive use of pedestrians.

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Grand Challenges for Engineering: Imperatives, Prospects, and Priorities

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
 Wesley Harris

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING
Robert Socolow observed that the 14 Grand Challenges fall into four categories. The first is sustainability—maintaining air and water quality, protecting freshwater quantity, preventing sea level rise, keeping forests and other ecosystems in good condition, and minimizing artificially triggered climate change. Next is personal and community health, because, he pointed out, “as individuals we can live fulfilling lives only if we are healthy.” But, he added, “people have a record of being dangerous to each other,” hence the third category, vulnerability and security.

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The Native-Born STEM Shortage

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
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AMERICAN ACTION FORUM
AAF finds that the U.S. will be short roughly one million U.S. citizen STEM workers by 2024. However, this shortage is not consistent across all STEM occupations…AAF projects a surplus of almost 400,000 U.S. citizen STEM workers in occupations related to computer, mathematics, and life, physical, and social science.

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Lifting the High Energy Burden in America’s Largest Cities

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
While energy efficiency programs provide benefits beyond energy savings, we find they are an underutilized strategy that could complement bill assistance and weatherization programs to reduce high energy burdens in low-income communities.

AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT ECONOMY (ACEEE)
This report provides a snapshot of energy burdens in cities across the US. We focus on the high home energy burdens faced by select groups in major metropolitan areas…In the first half of this report, we analyze data from the US Census Bureau’s 2011 and 2013 American Housing Survey to determine energy burden values for 48 of the largest US cities and specific households within each city. In the second half of the report, we discuss strategies for alleviating high energy burdens, with a focus on policies and programs to increase the impact of energy efficiency initiatives in these communities.

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San Diego, CA: Fixing a Broken Intersection in City Heights

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
San Diego, CA: Fixing a Broken Intersection in City Heights

District 9 Council Representative Rudy Vargas-Lima, confirmed that the City will move forward creating a “marked crosswalk” with “rectangular rapid flash beacons” and that the project is funded, but not scheduled at this time…The intersection falls just outside the El Cajon Mobility Study, an ongoing project to develop infrastructure improvements that benefit the Rapid Bus service and make the corridor more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Bike-Share Stations in the U.S.

Friday, April 8th, 2016
FIGURE 1. Bike-Share Connectivity to Scheduled Public Transportation

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS
Bike-share systems typically operate independently of local transit authorities. However, most bike-share docking stations (86.3 percent) can be found near local public transportation stops (transit bus, commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail, and transit ferry). These locations offer modal choice and the opportunity to connect between modes. Transit bus is the most typical connection, with 84.2 percent (2,236) of bike-share stations located a block or less from a transit bus stop.

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