Street Reconfiguration

Congestion

Redesigning Streets for Livability: A Global View

An excerpt from the introduction of the recent book, “Streets For All: 50 Strategies for Shaping Resilient Cities,” edited by Vinayak Bharne and Shyam Khandekar.

January 18, 2023 - Vinayak Bharne

Aerial view of red painted bus-only center lanes on Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

S.F. Accelerates Parking Removal at Bus Stops From 7 Years to 18 Months

Reviewing changes in bulk will make it easier for the Municipal Transportation Agency to remove parking around bus stops in San Francisco.

December 22, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

An adolescent boy catches some air on a mountain bike on a hill above the city of Boise. The city’s downtown is clearly visible in the background.

Bikelash in Boise

Parents don’t want bike lanes to interfere with the pick up and drop off zone near two churches and schools in Boise.

November 13, 2022 - Boise Dev

A map of the MARTA rail system highlighting the Arts Center Station.

Atlanta Street Extension Project Will Benefit Transit Access

Plans to extend 15th Street in Midtown Atlanta are designed to improve access to the Arts Center MARTA station.

September 6, 2022 - Urbanize Atlanta

Phoenix Bike SHare

Bikelash Wins in Phoenix

Neighborhood opposition overwhelmed a plan to reduce the number of vehicles lanes on North Central Avenue to make space for a new bike lane, despite evidence of the benefits of the proposed street reconfiguration.

June 22, 2021 - Phoenix New Times

Atlanta Downtown Connector

Atlanta Adding Multi-Modal Options to Bridge its Downtown Freeway

After reconfiguring the 14th Street Bridge, which crosses the Downtown Connector (I-75/I-85) in Atlanta, the Midtown Alliance and the city have their sights set on similar multi-modal improvements for the 10th Street Bridge.

May 12, 2021 - SaportaReport

Bollards

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

Avenida Septima

Bogotá Uses 7,000 Public Design Proposals to Redesign its Main Artery

To reimagine the city's most important artery, Bogotá sought community input via an innovative online platform.

December 15, 2020 - The City Fix

7th Street Covington

Street Redesign as an Economic Development Tool

The city of Covington in Kentucky is working on street improvements on key downtown streets in the hopes of attracting new business to the area.

November 12, 2020 - City of Covington

Dr. Jose Rizal Bridge

A Thorough, Mixed Review for a New Protected Bike Lane in Seattle

So many highly anticipated bike facilities finally deliver only to fall short of real game changing status. Seattle provides the latest example of the phenomenon in the wild.

October 20, 2020 - The Urbanist

Cincinnati, Ohio

Major Street Redesign Planned in Cincinnati

The Court Street corridor in Cincinnati is getting a comprehensive makeover, with money approved last week by the City Council.

September 6, 2020 - WCPO

Street Redesign

A Major Makeover for Houston Street

Bagby Street in Houston will soon have wider sidewalks and a new bike lane.

January 16, 2020 - Houston Chronicle

Bus Lane

A New Approach to Bus Priority in Olympia, Washington

Buses on State Avenue in Olympia, Washington will get their own lane a chance to jump to the head of traffic.

November 15, 2019 - The Urbanist

Los Gatos, California

Public Opinion Differs on New Bay Area Road Diet

Some love it; some hate it: The main drag of Downtown Los Gatos, at the southern end of the South Bay Area, got a complete streets makeover.

July 23, 2019 - The Mercury News

Traffic Safety

When it Comes to Road Diets, Evidence Doesn't Matter

Drivers are a powerful enough lobby to overcome all evidence of the need to redesign streets for safety. Examples from Maryland and Virginia provide the latest case studies in Vision Zero futility.

June 25, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

Washington, D.C. Bus Lane

Watch D.C.'s New Red Bus Lanes in Action

Streetfilms documents the early results of an ambitious transit pilot project in Washington, D.C.

June 18, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

Seattle Cancels Bike Lane Plans

Bike advocates are starting to worry about Mayor Jenny Durkan's lack of a track record in building new bike infrastructure.

March 28, 2019 - The Urbanist

Los Angeles Road Diet

Choosing Bike Lanes Over Bikelash in Los Angeles

Activists threaten to sue after the city of Los Angeles decided to forgo environmental review on a street reconfiguration project that removed a vehicle lane on Venice Boulevard.

March 12, 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Street Makeover On the Way in Portland

The work of the Portland Bureau of Transportation on NE Tillamook Street is a perfect example of how a little bit of money can go a long way for traffic safety.

March 2, 2019 - Bike Portland

Toronto Bike Infrastructure

A Compelling Case for Protected Bike Lanes

A pilot project of cycle tracks on several streets in Toronto produced almost shockingly positive results for all users of the street. At very little cost, the new bike infrastructure increased total street capacity and improved safety.

January 17, 2019 - Toronto Star

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