Pedestrian Planning

View of intersection in Fairfax, Virginia with three-story building and cars in intersection

Shifting the Focus for Transportation Planning in Fairfax County

Fairfax County wants to move away from a heavy reliance on level of service in favor of more pedestrian- and transit-oriented planning.

December 22, 2022 - FFX Now

Woonerf street with no curbs and trees in Lodz, Poland

What Is a Woonerf?

The woonerf, a type of road design that encourages multimodal transportation and blends pedestrian and vehicle space, was born as a reaction to the car-centric development that began dominating American and European city planning in the mid-twentieth century.

October 5, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Portland Street

What Is Automobile Dependency?

Automobile dependency is a term used to describe households who must rely on private vehicles for everyday transportation, often due to a lack of safe pedestrian infrastructure, ineffective or absent public transit options, and sprawl.

May 3, 2022 - Diana Ionescu

Historic Produce Terminal Strip District

Pittsburgh Launches Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

The plan lays out strategies for improving pedestrian infrastructure and eliminating traffic deaths.

June 28, 2021 - Smart Cities Dive

Manhattan, New York City, New York

The Once and Future Park Avenue Promenade

The debate about whether the pedestrian-oriented changes made to the New York City streetscape during the pandemic should be permanent has a high-profile battleground on Park Avenue.

May 5, 2021 - The New York Times

Orlando Street

Pedestrian Activity Increased Most Outside of Cities in 2020

The locations with the largest increases of pedestrian activity during the pandemic year are all in Florida.

March 22, 2021 - Smart Cities Dive

Looking down from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway runs vertically through the skyline to the Washington Monument by Rudolf Siemering.

Philadelphia Seeks Proposals to Pedestrianize Ben Franklin Parkway

The city hopes for "transformative" solutions to reinvigorate the auto-centric parkway and create safer paths for people walking and biking.

March 14, 2021 - WHYY

School Drop Off

Opinion: Stop Paving Seattle Playgrounds for Parking Lots

Seattle schools are often forced to reduce their playground space in favor of parking and circulation for private cars, but altering the city code could change that.

March 5, 2021 - The Urbanist

SR-99 in Edmonds, Washington

Pedestrian Improvements Planned for Washington State Highway

New medians, dedicated turn lanes, and signalized crosswalks are aimed at improving pedestrian safety along the busy corridor.

March 2, 2021 - The Urbanist


Opinion: 'Performative' Pedestrian Improvements Need Deeper Scrutiny

Minor pedestrian-oriented improvements alone won't improve walkability if infrastructure still prioritizes fast-moving vehicles, according to this article.

February 1, 2021 - City Observatory

New Orleans

New Orleans Planning a Pedestrian-Friendly Makeover of the French Quarter

Pedestrian improvements are planned as an economic development opportunity in one of the most pedestrian-friendly places in the entire country—the French Quarter of New Orleans.

December 7, 2020 - WDSU

Children Walking To School

'Pedestrians First' Measures Walkability for Babies, Toddlers, Caregivers, Everyone

The ITDP's new Pedestrians First tool describes why and how to improve walking conditions, and provides comprehensive analysis of walkability for 1000 cities.

October 16, 2020 - Pedestrians First

Kids Crossing the Street

Debunking Traffic Safety Myths as Pedestrian Fatalities Increase

Angie Schmitt, former editor at Streetsblog USA, has written a new book about pedestrian fatalities, which works to dispel some of the myths about traffic safety in the United States.

September 9, 2020 - Curbed

New York City Pedestrians

How to Produce Equitable Pedestrian Plans

The majority of pedestrian master plans consider how to make equitable walking infrastructure. Less than half of plans implement strategies to address the fact that people of color are disproportionately represented in pedestrian fatalities.

August 27, 2020 - Streetsblog USA

Pedestrian Activity

Streets With No Sidewalks the Norm in Central Indiana

In a planning area encompassing Hamilton, Hendricks, Boone, Johnson, Morgan, Shelby and Hancock counties in Indiana, streets with no sidewalks outnumber streets with sidewalks by more than two to one.

February 4, 2020 - Indianapolis Star

Portland, Oregon Public Transit

Making it Safer to Walk to Transit in Portland

TriMet, the regional transit agency in the Portland, Oregon area, this week launched a process for creating a new Pedestrian Plan.

November 6, 2019 - BikePortland

Presidential Blvd Road Diet

On Foot: Planners Complete Street Safety Inventory One Step at a Time

Before drafting a new Pedestrian Master Plan for Montgomery County, planners are creating a detailed inventory of street conditions by walking every single one fo the county's roads and streets.

November 6, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

Pedestrians and Walkable Street

First for Montgomery County: A Pedestrian Master Plan

Planners in Montgomery County, Maryland, one of the most famous suburban regions in the country, will produce the first-ever pedestrian master plan for the county.

September 10, 2019 - Source of the Spring


Green New Deal Needs to Push for Better Transit Policies

The plan points to transit’s role in a cleaner and more sustainable future, but comprehensive changes in transportation policy are also needed.

April 11, 2019 - Data for Progress

Denver TOD

Voters Could Decide if Denver Gets a New Department of Transportation and Infrastructure

Denver is considering a new city department in response to concerns expressed by bike and pedestrian advocates about the implementation of long-term plans.

April 4, 2019 - The Denver Post

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