NACTO Fights Autonomous Vehicle Safety Exemptions
Two major automakers have petitioned for the right to test thousands of vehicles without major safety features such as brake pedals and steering wheels.
Cities Must Act to Curb Delivery Van Congestion
With more and more products available for doorstep delivery, Janette Sadik-Khan argues that policymakers have to proactively face the imminent "delivery deadlock" and take control of curb management.
NACTO Suggests Changes to MUTCD
The association's proposed changes to the manual include a focus on eliminating road deaths, improving pedestrian safety, and creating a more inclusive public process.
Brooklyn Bridge Bike Path Could Be Wider, Safer
Advocates want to see a safer plan for the proposed two-way path on one of the country's busiest commuter corridors.
NACTO Releases Pandemic Streets Design Guide
After three months of study and analysis, NACTO is providing authoritative guidance on new ways of thinking about rights of way now that the coronavirus has changed the way we live and work in cities.
Planning Ahead for an Autonomous Vehicle Future
A new guide says cities need to plan now for AVs so they are not caught off guard when the technology finally arrives.
The State of Micromobility
The NACTO Bike Share and Micromobility Initiative yesterday published a bunch of data and infographics to explain the state of shared micromobility, defined as station-based bikeshare, dockless bike share, and scooter share.
Black Market Bikeshare
NACTO complains that unsanctioned bikeshares are dangerous and inequitable, others counter these companies provide a valuable service that the market has shown a demand for.
Bikes Spike: Ride Shares Quicken the Pace
2016 saw a 25 percent increase in bikeshare trips over the previous year, continuing a five-year trend of rapid growth, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officers.
Why Sadik-Khan Succeeded in Making NYC's Streetscape Safer
A review and summary of Janette Sadik-Kahn's "Street Fight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution," by Bay Area architect and environmentalist Todd Jersey.
Are Bikeshare Programs Successful?
Bikeshare programs were first introduced in the U.S. seven years ago. Outside Magazine investigates whether they "are actually benefiting cities and their residents."
A New Guide for Siting Bikeshare Stations
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is on a multi-modal roll, releasing two guides to non-automobile forms of transportation in recent weeks. The most recent offers guidance on why, where, and how to site bikeshare.
New Guide Will Help You Take Action in the Streets
With a grant from the Knight Foundation, Street Plans is creating the "Tactical Urbanist's Guide to Materials and Design" to provide engineer-approved materials guidance for citizen-led demonstration, and city-led pilot and interim design projects.
Big Cities Make Pedestrian Safety a Priority
New data released Dec. 19 by NHTSA shows increased safety for those traveling by car, but pedestrian fatalities are 15% higher than in 2009. Plans by San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago to increase ped safety are described by the WSJ.
Legislation Supports Protected Bike Lanes in California
Protected bike lanes are not included in the California Highway Design Manual, notwithstanding the state's recent endorsement of the NACTO manual. All that's needed to change that is Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.
A Buffer is Better
What's the best street design to keep bicyclists safely out of the door zone? A buffered bike lane beats a conventional bike lane or "wide curb lane" according to a recent study published in TRB, based on observations in Chicago and Cambridge, Mass.
Caltrans Really Is Becoming More Bike and Walk Friendly
News flash: California has become only the third state to endorse the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ (NACTO) Urban Street Design Guidelines to enable more walk and bike friendly projects such as protected bike lanes.
Calif. Bill Advances To Recognize Protected Bike Lanes as Class IV Bikeways
Hoping to encourage other cities to follow San Francisco's successful application of protected bike lanes, Asm. Phillip Ting (D-S.F.) would have Caltrans "develop minimum safety design criteria" for what would be a new class of bikeways in the state.
Possibly Coming to a City Near You: Bike Boxes, Bike Traffic Signals
Bike boxes and bike traffic signals can greatly assist cyclists in navigating through intersections where the majority of bike-motor vehicle collisions occur. A key advisory committee may recommend official acceptance, which would green-light them.
Protected Bike Lanes May Receive Federal Recognition
While protected bike lanes have yet to be recognized by AASHTO, they are en route to being recognized by US DOT, writes Green Lane Project's Michael Andersen. With federal guidance, transportation engineers may be more willing to build cycle tracks.
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