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Archive for the ‘Equity’ Category

Menino Survey of Mayors

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Biggest Local Challenge From a State or National Issue

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
INITIATIVE ON CITIES
Mayors overwhelmingly believe that physical infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges facing their city. Mayors were asked to identify the greatest challenge they face which falls outside their control—in other words, a challenge that is typically the purview of other levels of government. “Think about the next five years and beyond. What ONE trend or issue that you primarily think should be a state and/or federal matter will pose the biggest challenge to your city?” Importantly, this question did not query mayors about challenges to their cities generally, which was explored in last year’s report.

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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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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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(Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
Figure 1: Spectrum of public participation

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
This movement presents an economic opportunity for communities. Creating a vibrant, walkable neighborhood can help attract and retain talented people and the companies that want to hire them. It can expand economic opportunity within your community, and create a culture of engagement. It can help your region grow without compromising open land or working farms. It can also make your town or city stand out within your region as a destination to shop, dine, visit, move to, or invest. It’s a chance to celebrate your community’s diverse history, create new opportunities for long-time neighborhood residents, and to achieve the triple-bottom line of a more equitable community, stronger economy, and protected environment.

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Pedestrians Using Wheelchairs at Greater Risk

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
Table 1 Pedestrian mortality among persons who use wheelchairs and the general population, 2006–2012

BMJ OPEN
This study has identified a significant disparity in road crash mortality risk between pedestrians who use wheelchairs and those who do not. These findings underscore the need for policymakers and planners to fully incorporate disability accommodations into pedestrian infrastructure and for persons who use wheelchairs—and others with disabilities—to remain a salient population when road safety interventions are designed. Finally, additional research to better understand would be valuable to better understand what causes the disparities identified in this study.

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America THINKS 2015 Public Transit Survey

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
In the last 12 months, I’ve taken public transportation instead of driving because...*

HNTB CORPORATION
Today, two-thirds of Americans are using public transportation because they believe it provides benefits not available when driving. While public transportation use is at high levels, more people can be encouraged to ride if they are provided with service improvements and added amenities…A new America THINKS survey by HNTB Corporation, a national infrastructure solutions firm, explores why Americans are using public transportation, what they like and don’t like, and offers public transportation agencies some of their ideas that could increase ridership.

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GRIST: U.S. public transportation sucks, and this is why

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
GRIST: U.S. public transportation sucks, and this is why

If you’ve ever had the experience of waiting for a very late train, sitting on a broken-down bus for 45 minutes, or trying to navigate what would be a 20-minute drive on three different forms of public transit, you’ve probably wondered to yourself: Why does mass transit in the United States suck so much?

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Entering the Pipeline: Engaging Disconnected Workers in the New Orleans Regional Economy

Monday, October 12th, 2015
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CENTER FOR PLANNING EXCELLENCE
Residents who don’t have access to an automobile are often stranded, and this applies disproportionately to disconnected workers in the Capital Region. According to 2010 data, Baton Rouge has a high percentage of households without vehicles – 11% compared to 9% nationwide. These residents, the majority of whom are low-income, have limited access to transit services that could connect them to the education, training and jobs they need to get ahead.

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Streetfilms: Washington, D.C.’s Protected Bike Lane Treatments on 1st Street

Monday, October 12th, 2015
Washington D.C.’s Protected Bike Lane Treatments on 1st Street

Earlier this year, 1st Street in Washington D.C. was transformed into a protected bike lane with a myriad of separation techniques that all seem to work very well and feel incredibly safe. About half the lane is done with concrete median prortection while other sections are done with green paint, plastic bollards and armadillos which seem to prevent traffic from encroaching on the lane. What is truly impressive is the now much more the narrow streets deliberatly funnel traffic more slowly and lead to a street that feels welcome in a Vision Zero world.

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