Car-Centric

Close-up of decorative water fountain on La Rambla pedestrian street in Barcelona, Spain with blurred pedestrians in background.

Rick Steves on Walkability Lessons From Europe

Many of Europe’s pedestrian-friendly, transit-rich cities weren’t always that way.

October 22, 2023 - Strong Towns

Los Angeles Road

Road Design Still Privileges Cars

Author Jeff Speck discusses the progress made since he first wrote Walkable City–and how far we still have to go to build streets that are safe for all.

August 9, 2021 - Governing

Boston

Research Quantifies the High Price of the Massachusetts Car Economy

Car culture isn't free, even for people who don't own cars.

December 13, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Police

The Car-Centric World and the Ongoing Expansion of Police Powers

While cars are still equated with freedom of mobility and personal liberty, they've also offered courts the chance to expand police powers in the public realm, time and time again.

July 23, 2019 - The Atlantic

San Francisco

More People Own Cars, Including the Poor

Increasing car ownership and shifting demographics means planners need to rethink the car-centric equation, according to this article.

April 11, 2018 - Governing

Suburban House

Support One Car Families to Achieve Local Transportation Goals

Cities that are serious about transportation goals need to think seriously about supporting families who choose to live low car lifestyles.

August 25, 2017 - American City & County

Court Ruling Sides With Regional Officials Over Statewide Climate Goals

The California Supreme Court sided with the San Diego Association of Governments on July 13 in the first court case to decide how regional planning agencies must meet state-required reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

July 17, 2017 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Austin

Casting Doubt on Yield-to-Transit Laws

Austin planners are considering a law designed to ensure bus service performance by requiring drivers to allow buses to merge after making a stop, but transit advocates point to a body of research that casts doubt on the efficacy of such laws.

December 19, 2016 - Austin Monitor

Portland Snow Day

Portland Has a Bad Snow Day

Following in the footsteps of the "snowmageddon" events experienced by Atlanta in January 2014, Portland, Oregon had a surprising amount of difficulty with a small amount of snow this week.

December 15, 2016 - AP via OPB

Gas

50 Steps to Taking the Carbon Emissions Out of Transportation

The new "50 Steps Toward Carbon-Free Transportation" report examines the gulf between the reality of the U.S. transportation system and the innovations that will be necessary to achieve a carbon-free future.

October 27, 2016 - Frontier Group

Elderly Walking

Suburbs Are Failing the Elderly

Around two-thirds of Baby Boomers in metropolitan areas live in the suburbs. But as they age, suburbia seems less and less hospitable.

July 11, 2016 - RenewATL

New Relay Bike Share System Latest Step Toward Atlanta's Multi-Modalism

Atlanta is the latest among a roster of cities offering bikeshare systems around the United States. Few of those cities, however, are so decidedly devoted to the automobile.

June 15, 2016 - Next City

CityMap Deck Park

A New Ally in the Fight Against Car-Centric Planning in Dallas: TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has envisioned a future for Downtown Dallas that includes more downtown and fewer freeways.

June 10, 2016 - The Dallas Morning News

Beg Button

In Support of the Right to Cross the Street

Benjamin Ross argues that the walk signal is a fundamentally flawed approach to creating walkable streets and shareable roadways—making walking slower, less convenient, and more dangerous.

May 23, 2016 - Greater Greater Washington

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Northeast Ohio Long-Term Planning Aims to Reverse Legacy of Car-Centric Planning

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) will begin a new long-term planning process. Early indications are that the new plan will focus on providing transportation options to low-income people with no access to cars.

April 9, 2016 - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Driving

So Much for Peak VMT

Many observers and planners had hoped 2007 was the peak of vehicle miles travelled in the United States. After record-breaking increases in driving and auto sales, what are we to make of the present and future of driving in the United States?

March 8, 2016 - Steven Polzin

Drive Through

Controversy Over Drive-Throughs in Minneapolis Gains National Attention

A proposal in Minneapolis would restrict the development of drive-throughs, in pedestrian-friendly parts of the city, as a safety measure for all non-car users of the street.

February 12, 2016 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Fresno State

How One University Will Become Less Car-Centric

Fresno State University in California has released plans for a suite of changes that will redefine its approach to transportation—away from a devout focus on cars and toward more transportation options.

February 8, 2016 - Stop and Move

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