Walking

June 30, 2010, 9am PDT
This infographic from <em>GOOD</em> shows how walking and cycling have grown in America -- and how federal funding for bike and pedestrian projects have steadily increased.
Good
Blog post
June 14, 2010, 9am PDT

Time is a limited and valuable resource. As much as possible, people should spend the precious hours of their lives in the most satisfying and productive possible ways. This has important implications for transportation planning, since most people spend a significant amount of time in transport, and travel time savings are often the greatest projected benefits of transport projects such as roadway and transit service improvements.

Todd Litman
Blog post
May 31, 2010, 6am PDT

You really need to almost get hit by a car to feel like a true Johannesburg pedestrian. That's the way it goes here. A huge, sprawling greater metropolitan area of about 10 million people covering more than 600 square miles, the city is built for the car. And if you're not in one, good luck.

Nate Berg
May 18, 2010, 9am PDT
Ryan Bradley takes a walk across Los Angeles to reflect on the city's transportation history.
GOOD Magazine
Blog post
April 15, 2010, 7am PDT

We live in a wonderful age! Scientists have proven that many simple, affordable, and often enjoyable activities make us healthier and happier: breath fresh air, avoid dangerous driving, be physically active, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, maintain friendships, play games, and avoid excessive stress. Even chocolate, red wine and sex are perscribed, in moderation, for health sake.

Todd Litman
April 9, 2010, 8am PDT
That's the title of a new report from CNU and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) that attempts to right the wrongs of the car-centric street design of the past 75 years.
Streetsblog
April 7, 2010, 9am PDT
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood explains the new emphasis on 'livable and sustainable communities', and walking and biking, calling it a 'game changer' in this short but informative Q & A with the New York Times in its Green Inc. blog.
The New York Times - Green Inc. blog
February 19, 2010, 1pm PST
Bicycling and walking advocates should also be happy about the new TIGER grants - almost half of the funded projects included funding for bike and ped infrastructure.
Sierra Club Compass blog
February 19, 2010, 6am PST
Dr. Lawrence Frank (U. of British Columbia) et.al. looked at Atlanta to make the connection between health reform and transportation reform, devising a clever 'energy index'. While the index rose in denser neighborhoods, it didn't in mixed-use ones.
Streetsblog
February 1, 2010, 5am PST
A new report from the Alliance for Biking & Walking takes a state-by-state look at the cycling and walking community, safety statistics, and investment figures.
Streetsblog
December 7, 2009, 6am PST
Survey data released by the New York City Department of Health indicate a strong correlation between active transportation and better health.
Streetsblog
November 18, 2009, 11am PST
One doctor has begun advising her patients to simply take a walk in the park to improve their overall health. And as she describes in this article, she's not alone.
The Washington Post
November 11, 2009, 9am PST
This report from NPR briefly looks at causes for concern, when it comes to the decline in walking in the US, including safety and obesity.
NPR
Blog post
October 15, 2009, 10am PDT

A few days ago I posted a blog that discussed the concept of Universal Design (transportation facilities designed to accommodate all possible users, including those with disabilities and other special needs) and the value it provides to individuals and communities. One way to approach this issue is to define the design vehicle for pedestrian facilities.

Todd Litman
October 4, 2009, 7am PDT
A 15-year-old ban on biking and walking to school in Saratoga Springs, New York may be lifted, after one bike-friendly parent challenged the policy.
Governing
September 17, 2009, 9am PDT
<cite>The New York Times</cite> goes over the debate over whether it is acceptable to let children walk to school nowadays. The topic has many parents expressing mixed feelings about the issue.
The New York Times
June 18, 2009, 9am PDT
A new study provides further evidence that incorporating sidewalks into existing neighborhoods is a practical and inexpensive way of encouraging people to exercise.
SDSU NewsCenter
April 18, 2009, 5am PDT
The United Arab Emirates has plenty of tall, flashy buildlings, but the rush to build has largely left street life scarce in many parts.
The National (Abu Dhabi)
March 27, 2009, 12pm PDT
This piece from the New York Times looks at a program in Italy the encourages children to walk to school.
The New York Times
Blog post
December 30, 2008, 3pm PST

Single-family detached homes typically epitomize sprawl, while 4 or 5 story apartment buildings now seem to be the utopian ideal for livable neighborhoods. But some of the most livable and walkable neighborhoods I know are largely comprised of single family homes.

Diana DeRubertis