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Texas Bike Lane

Houston Mayor Pauses Complete Streets Projects

The move raises concerns among road safety advocates who point out that traffic deaths continue to rise.

April 16, 2024 - Governing

Yellow and white city bus at stop in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas to Make Accessibility Improvements Near Bus Stops

The city approved over $30 million in contracts to fix broken sidewalks and add curb ramps near DART stations.

April 2, 2024 - The Dallas Morning News

View of empty zebra crosswalk at intersection in Orlando, Florida with glass towers in background.

Orlando Pledges to Improve Walkability

A city report highlights successes and failures in building safer transportation infrastructure and reducing VMT in 2023.

March 19, 2024 - Yahoo News

CLose-up of bottom of lamp post with NY CITY plaque on cobblestone sidewalk in Central Park, New York City.

Central Park Sidewalk Restoration Project Balances Accessibility, Preservation

The original tile and brick sidewalks now pose safety hazards and don’t fully serve modern accessibility and mobility needs.

March 17, 2024 - The New York Times

People in hoodies and jackets waiting for oncoming bus at sidewalk bus stop in Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston’s Blue Hill Avenue to Get BRT, Safety Improvements

The key bus corridor serves over 37,000 bus riders daily.

March 3, 2024 - WBUR

Green lawn in city park full of people sitting on lawn chairs with urban high-rises in background.

All We Want for the Holidays is…

Here are a dozen timely gift ideas for creating better communities.

December 15, 2023 - Todd Litman

Father and son riding bikes on a sidewalk next to a road withough bike lane on California coast with palm trees in background at golden hour.

California Governor Vetoes Sidewalk Cycling Bill

The law would have allowed people to bike on sidewalks on roadways that lack safe bikeways.

October 15, 2023 - CalBike

Sidewalk in Seattle with yellow fall leaves on the ground and cars parked next to the curb.

Proposal Could Mandate Sidewalks as Part of Seattle Complete Streets

Almost a third of the city’s neighborhood streets lack sidewalks.

September 24, 2023 - The Urbanist

African-American parents push stroller down residential neighborhood sidewalk as young child rides scooter in front of them.

Appreciating the Spaces That Connect Us

Often overlooked, liminal spaces like front porches and sidewalks can boost social connections.

September 19, 2023 - CNU Public Square

View of empty brick crosswalk in shopping district in Greenwich, Connecticut

Connecticut Launches Complete Streets Standards

The new policy calls for sidewalks, bike lanes, and crosswalks on state roads and state-funded road projects.

September 14, 2023 - Roads and Bridges

Workers pouring concrete in wooden mold for new sidewalk

Completing Sidewalk Networks: Benefits and Costs

Many communities have incomplete or inadequate sidewalk networks that fail to accommodate all users. A new study indicates that completing sidewalk networks is one of the most basic and cost effective transportation improvements.

August 6, 2023 - Todd Litman

Snow covers a sidewalk and small homes on a Chicago street

Chicago Approves Sidewalk Clearing Pilot

The new program will develop plans for keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice to improve accessibility.

July 21, 2023 - Streetsblog Chicago

People walking on crowded New York City sidewalk

A Fair Share for Walking

Most people value walkability, yet most communities underinvest in pedestrian facilities. Some jurisdictions are investing more in sidewalks and crosswalks in order to better serve community values.

July 3, 2023 - Todd Litman

Route 6 highway in Massachusetts with fall trees on either side

Provincetown Proposes New Car-Free Trail

An underused highway could become a pedestrian and bike trail connecting the Cape Cod town to its beaches.

June 4, 2023 - Streetsblog Mass

Two-story split lot housing in Houston, Texas with two-car garages

Houston Debates Shared Driveway Requirement

A proposed rule would require developers to build shared driveways for narrow lot projects.

May 22, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Vividly colored orange and red autumn trees along sidewalk in Nashville, Tennessee

Court Rules Against Nashville Sidewalk Ordinance

The city can no longer require developers to pay for or build sidewalks.

May 15, 2023 - Courthouse News Service

Sidewalk

Mapping Sidewalks for Improved Connectivity

A new tool uses aerial image recognition to map a city’s sidewalks and crosswalks. Its developers hope it will aid in creating a more comprehensive understanding of pedestrian networks and where improvements are needed.

March 22, 2023 - MIT News

Snow-covered Chicago sidewalk with piles of snow on either side and red brick homes on the right

Chicago Could Start Plowing Sidewalks Next Winter

Keeping sidewalks free of snow has historically been the task of adjacent property owners, forcing pedestrians and people with mobility challenges to navigate a patchwork of conditions. A new ordinance would place the responsibility on the city.

March 16, 2023 - Block Club Chicago

St. Louis

St. Louis Pledges to Repair Sidewalks. Residents Have Heard it Before.

A $6 million program takes aim at a backlog of thousands of requests for sidewalk maintenance, but critics say requiring property owners to foot half of the bill excludes less affluent neighborhoods.

February 23, 2023 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Adult holding small child and holding hand of older child walking across crosswalk

Where Washington Students Lack Safe Walking Routes

In many rural and suburban Washington state communities, children who walk or bike to school don’t have access to safe, adequate pedestrian facilities.

February 22, 2023 - The Seattle Times

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