With smartphone use eclipsing 60% of mobile subscribers, "distracted walking" is a growing problem in communities across the United States. Portland is testing out several technologies to prevent pedestrians from walking in front of buses.
"This month, TriMet, the transit agency serving the Portland area, will outfit part of its bus fleet with extra devices thanks to a $400,000 Federal Transit Administration grant designed to study technology that can help prevent pedestrians -- often engrossed in their cell phones -- from walking into the path of a moving bus," reports Ryan Holeywell.
The city will test five different audible and visual warning devices, the majority of which are commercially available, over the coming months. "The pilot will run through April, and transit officials will analyze data and hold focus groups to determine which of the technologies may warrant wider use," adds Holeywell.
Boston Introduces 'Maximum Parking Ratios' for Large Buildings
Large buildings with uses of all kinds will be subject to Boston's new "Maximum Parking Ratios."
Phase 1 Revealed for $20 Billion Chicago Megaproject
Plans for One Central, a proposed megadevelopment that would add 22.3 million square feet of buildings to the city of Chicago, are taking shape.
5 Tips for Planning Safe Post-Pandemic Events
As community events start move off-screen and become available to the public again, here are five ways organizers can ensure public health and safety.
HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research
Rowan University's Department of Geography, Planning, & Sustainability
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.