Pedestrian Deaths Up Sharply in Chicago

A Chicago Department of Transportation commissioner calls the trend "very troubling."

June 15, 2018 - Streetsblog Chicago


Walkability: Good Money After Bad

"We're investing in walkability," always sounds like an encouraging tagline from local governments...or does it?

November 23, 2015 - PlaceShakers


A Call to Flâner, for Spatial Justice

The concept of the flâneur was created in the 19th century in response to the encroaching speed and efficiency of the Industrial Age. Can the flâneur now fashion a political response to the Age of the Automobile?

April 11, 2014 - Fast Forward Weekly

How Would the Movie Speed Look in Today's Los Angeles?

Twenty years after the movie Speed, which took place on the Big Blue Bus, Metro rail system, and other transit facilities, Keanu Reeves and crew might not recognize L.A.'s current transit system. L.A. County planner Clement Lau surveys the changes.

March 2, 2014 -

Busy Crossing Street

Legalize Jaywalking

Anti-jaywalking laws are based upon questionable assumptions.

February 7, 2014 - Michael Lewyn

Walking While Distracted: Pedestrian Injuries Rise Amongst Teens

A study finds that 20% of high school students cross the street while being distracted by a digital device.

September 5, 2013 - WNYC: Transportation Nation

Houston's 'Last, Best, Chance' to Create a Walkable, Livable Downtown Neighborhood

In an opinion piece for the Houston Chronicle, John Desmond discusses the findings of a ULI advisory panel tasked with developing recommendations for creating a mixed use 24-hour neighborhood in downtown's east side.

March 3, 2013 - Houston Chronicle

The Challenge of Bringing Walkability to America's 99 Percent

Kaid Benfield proposes not only more walkable neighborhoods in the United States, where a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle every 7 minutes, but also more walking to reverse the country's alarming obesity trend.

January 17, 2013 - NRDC Switchboard

A High Line for the Upper East Side?

Matt Chaban reports on the making of “the Upper East Side’s very own High Line." Current proposals seek not only to "re-pedestrianize" Park Avenue, but also to restore some of its turn of the century glory.

December 1, 2012 - The New York Observer

Former Auto Dealer Named Transportation Committee Chair

Yesterday, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) was named the new head of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, replacing former chair John Mica. With MAP-21 expiring in less than two years, what can rail and bike/ped advocates expect?

November 29, 2012 - DC.Streetsblog

A Guide to Great Streets

Using examples of exceptional streets from diverse settings across the world, Kaid Benfield tries to tease out what makes a great city street.

September 7, 2012 - Switchboard

Federal Bike/Ped Pilot Project a Success

Included in the 2005 federal transportation bill was $100 million for four regions to invest in bike and pedestrian infrastructure to determine, essentially, if they build it, will they bike and ride more and drive less. The final results are in.

May 3, 2012 - Fast Lane (DOT blog)

Are Driverless Cars and Complete Streets on a Collision Course?

David Alpert tamps down the recent enthusiasm for the coming age of the self-driving car by asking what its impact will be on pedestrians and street life.

March 8, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

Bolivia's 'Day of Pedestrian' Replaces Cars With People

Bolivia took two million cars off the street in nine cities during the "National Day of the Pedestrian." The event arrived when President Evo Morales' government plans to build a highway through the Amazon rainforest, the BBC reports.

September 6, 2011 - BBC

Walkability Makes You Healthier and Wealthier

Conrad deFiebre sums up the benefits of living in a walkable neighborhood, from improved health to improved wealth, both via higher property values and less of hard-earned dollars paid out to oil and car companies.

July 11, 2010 - Twin Cities Daily Planet

TOD vs. Parking for High-Speed Rail Stations

Secretary Ray LaHood is promoting livable communities, but the Wisconsin Department of Transportation insists that Madison's new Amtrak station should be located on the edge of town next to a big parking lot at the airport.

August 6, 2009 - The Capital Times

Pedestrian Traffic Discouraged in Oklahoma City

Not only is walking in Oklahoma City not encouraged, it's actually discouraged with public policy, says an urban design consultant.

June 12, 2009 - News OK

Summer Streets in Brooklyn: Pedestrians Only

Starting June 6th, several streets in Brooklyn will be pedestrian- only.

June 8, 2009 - STREETSBLOG.ORG

Pro-Pedestrian Policies Can Be Pro-Driver Too

Some transportation writers seem to believe that the interests of drivers and those of nondrivers are irreconcilable. For example, I just searched on for websites using the terms “traffic calming” and “anti-automobile” together, and found over 60 such sites. But in fact, the interest of pedestrians in calmer, more walkable streets sometimes intersects (pun intended) with the interests of at least some motorists.

March 31, 2008 - Michael Lewyn

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