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Archive for the ‘Public Parks & Recreation’ Category

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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(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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NYC’s Underground Park: Touring the Lowline Test Lab

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
NYC’s Underground Park: Touring the Lowline Test Lab

A test lab for the Lowline – the world’s first underground park – opens its doors to visitors in New York tomorrow. Here, founder James Ramsey leads us on an exclusive tour of the 1,200 sq m garden, which brings his vision to turn a disused trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street into a public green space closer to reality.

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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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Preparing For Climate Change in Eastern Long Island, NY

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Preparing For Climate Change in Eastern Long Island, NY

The Peconic Estuary Program is using EPA’s publication, “Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans” to create a risk-based climate change vulnerability assessment. This video describes some climate change impacts that are already affecting eastern Long Island. Local people explain why they are conducting the assessment and describe some of the ways they are starting to respond to climate change risks.

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Streetfilms: NACTO “Designing Cities” 2015

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Streetfilms: NACTO “Designing Cities” 2015

In October, NACTO held their 4th annual “Designing Cities” conference with a record 650+ attendees from all over the world. This year’s event was in Austin, Texas which showcased many of the recent transportation improvements the city has done, including the new 3rd Street protected cycle track…As usual the event focussed on what people can learn from best practices in cities all over the United States & the world featuring plenary speakers such as Janette Sadik-Khan and Philadelphia Mayor Micheal Nutter as well as panels, city tours and the NACTO Camp which is an unconference which allows attendees to propose their own topics for discussion.

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EarthCam Timelapse: University of Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
EarthCam Timelapse: University of Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium

Cheer on the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium with EarthCam! After a $126 million renovation, the New CWS reopened during the University’s sesquicentennial. Watch interior and exterior construction from June 2014 – June 2015 in less than two minutes with this time-lapse.

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Where We Ride: Analysis of Bicycle Commuting in American Cities

Friday, October 16th, 2015
bicycle commuting growth by state A

THE LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS
Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau studies Americans’ commuting habits, including how many people commute by bike. While commuting is only part of the bicycling story, the American Community Survey provides valuable insight into changing commuting patterns and transportation choices.

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El Dorado Hills, CA: A Disappearing Reservoir (Timelapse)

Friday, October 9th, 2015
El Dorado Hills, CA: A Disappearing Reservoir (Timelapse)

A timelapse of ‎Folsom Lake Marina. I’ve been collecting and assembling these since March of 2015 through August 2015 showing the effects of the drought in California is having on our reservoirs. This is from Brown’s Ravine where the marina is. Every time I’ve watched it I’ve seen something new (did you see the Sea Plane?).

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