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Archive for the ‘Public Parks & Recreation’ Category

Disparities in Park Quality and Pedestrian Streetscape Environments

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Disparities in Park Quality, Disparities in Pedestrian Streetscapes

Low‐income and minority populations suffer disproportionately high rates of chronic disease. Accordingly, national and international authorities have made the elimination of health disparities a priority. Many factors can contribute to health disparities, including disparities in the quality of neighborhood environments. For example, having a neighborhood park and pedestrian‐friendly streets may impact opportunities to engage in physical activity – a behavior that can reduce risk of chronic disease.

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Green Infrastructure Improves Communities

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Green Infrastructure Improves Communities

Through the Great Urban Parks Campaign, NRPA and APA are working to demonstrate the benefits of green infrastructure in urban communities. Using parks for green infrastructure is a creative and cost-effective alternative to gray infrastructure that allows nature to filter pollutants from rain water, reduce storm water issues and give communities access to more green space.

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Equitable Bike Share Means Building Better Places for People to Ride

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Cycling is getting safer as more people ride

In cities that are building protected bike lane networks, cycling is increasing and the risk of injury or death is decreasing. Pairing appropriately-scaled bike share with protected bike lanes increases ridership and is essential to equity and mobility efforts.

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Partnerships in Sustainable Transportation: Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park

Monday, July 25th, 2016
Partnerships in Sustainable Transportation: Mammoth Cave National Park

This video takes a look at how the U.S. Department of Energy is helping to support a fleet of alternative fuel vehicles at Mammoth Cave National Park, reducing carbon emissions and preserving the park’s natural beauty.

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Using Data to Foster Biking and Walking to School

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Safe Routes to School

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP

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Philadelphia’s The Porch Swings!

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Philadelphia’s The Porch Swings!

As anyone who knows me, I am a huge fan of really relaxing spaces to sit. Public space not only should be inviting, pretty, clean and artistic, but increasingly a place to spend time and sit. And not just sit – but relax, meditate and maybe unexpectedly doze off if you want.

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Atlanta, GA: Making a Visible Difference in the Proctor Creek Watershed Through Information and Data

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Atlanta, GA: Making a Visible Difference in the Proctor Creek Watershed Through Information and Data

Description: EPA is working to bring focused attention and coordinated action in more than 50 environmentally overburdened, underserved, and economically distressed communities. This involves listening to community leaders and residents to understand their needs and then working with local, state and other federal partners to leverage our collective resources in support of local goals. In […]

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Utah DOT: Talking Orange – Active Transportation

Friday, June 24th, 2016
Utah DOT: Talking Orange – Active Transportation

Heidi Goedhart, UDOT’s Active Transportation Manager, helps us understand what “Active Transportation” means to Utah. She talks about UDOT’s programs to keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on Utah roads, and also discusses what we are doing to promote safety in alternative modes of transportation. Road Respect and Head’s Up are two of the programs Heidi discusses.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Martha Roskowski, Vice President of Local Innovation, PeopleForBikes

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes

Martha Roskowski directs PeopleForBikes’ Green Lane Project, jumpstarting protected bike lanes and low-cost street retrofits in U.S. cities. Martha enjoys being part of the PeopleForBikes team and the way protected bike lanes turn a busy street into a comfortable and inviting place to ride.

“…What’s happening is there’s this realization that if you provide people with safe and comfortable places to ride by creating protected bike lanes on big, busy streets, by connecting them to completely separated pathways and side streets where the volume and speed of traffic is low, that people will ride. So they’re not crazy to not be out there on the streets today. The good news is that there’s rapid progress. In transportation terms there’s pretty rapid progress toward retrofitting streets to provide those spaces where people feel safe, and they are safe.”

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Streetfilms: NYC Cyclists Celebrate New Amsterdam Avenue Bike Lane

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Streetfilms: NYC Cyclists Celebrate New Amsterdam Avenue Bike Lane

The realization of a protected bike lane on NYC’s Amsterdam Avenue was an epic struggle years in the making. And the good guys finally won! The reason? In NYC, Community Boards have an advisory role in transportation changes to the street and NYC DOT is required to go thru them. Although “advisory”, the boards essentially have long had veto power over safety improvements, and if you have members on the body who aren’t educated in transportation matters or favor parking spaces and traffic speeds, it can easily mean the defeat of Vision Zero efforts for things like protected bike lanes. Compounding the effect is that board members are appointed for life!

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