November 19, 2011, 11am PST
A study conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the 1990s found that living in poor neighborhoods can actually hurt your health.
November 16, 2011, 11pm PST
An important current policy debate concerns whether the next U.S. federal
surface transportation reauthorization should require spending on
“enhancements,” which finance projects such as walkways, bike paths, highway landscaping and historic preservation. This issue
receives considerable attention, despite the fact that enhancements represent less
than 2% of total federal surface transportation expenditures, because it raises
questions about future transport priorities, particularly the role of walking and cycling. In other words, should non-motorized modes be considered real transportation.
October 5, 2011, 7am PDT
With over 8 million people sharing the streets and sidewalks of New York City, there is bound to be a clash between transportation modes. Who's to blame? Lyndsey Scofield says that there is bad behavior on all sides.
August 26, 2011, 6am PDT
Dr. Marlon Boarnet, a professor in UC Irvine's Dept. of Planning, Policy and Design, has based his research around that question and has some answers.
June 22, 2011, 10am PDT
The La Independencia neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia sprawls up a hillside, leaving the inhabitants to walk up to 10 flights of stairs every day. An ambitious development program is considering building an outdoor network of escalators.
June 17, 2011, 9am PDT
The patterns of urban development over the past few decades have pushed more and more people into cars by necessity. But as design priorities change, so are people's walking and driving habits.
May 24, 2011, 2pm PDT
A new report from Transportation for America says that more than half of pedestrian fatalities happen on arterial roads that lack ped-friendly design - and therefore are preventable.
May 8, 2011, 7am PDT
Cities of all population sizes were ranked by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. Key to top-rated Seattle was its management of parking. 19 cities were cited from throughout the country.
March 18, 2011, 10am PDT
This slideshow from <em>Grist</em> takes a tour of the top ten cities in the world for walking.
February 26, 2011, 1pm PST
Some researchers say that crowded sidewalks in cities like New York are contributing to "sidewalk rage".
February 10, 2011, 10am PST
One woman in Lansing, Michigan has started a walking mission to explore and document every stretch of street in her city -- a total of more than 400 miles.
January 8, 2011, 9am PST
Anthony Flint offers this list of the top ten reasons to be nice to pedestrians in 2011.
November 2, 2010, 6am PDT
Steve Mouzon visually documents his walkable day-to-day life, and all the places he can get to regularly on foot from his house.
October 22, 2010, 9am PDT
A conversation series from the National Trust for Historic Preservation asks what it would take for people to ditch their cars and rely solely on walking, cycling and public transportation.
Glass House Conversations
October 20, 2010, 9am PDT
Getting kids to walk to school has been a nationwide campaign for years. But some places say it's just not safe. Some urban forms -- like that of Laguna Beach, California -- prove it.
October 15, 2010, 11am PDT
Trails and walking paths are commonly built in suburban areas. But their mere presence doesn't automatically mean they'll be used, according to a new study.
September 22, 2010, 9pm PDT
Why didn’t the chicken cross the road?
Because pedestrian Level-Of-Service was below “C”.
September 4, 2010, 5am PDT
Pedestrianism is on the rise in Cape Town, South Africa, where the recent World Cup has inspired more citizens to get out of their cars and put their feet on the street.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 22, 2010, 6pm PDT
The graph below shows the most recent USDOT vehicle-travel data covering the last 25 years. Although vehicle-miles of travel (VMT) grew steadily during most of the Twentieth Century, in recent years the growth rate stopped and even declined a little. It is now about 10% below where it would have been had past trends continued.
August 13, 2010, 5am PDT
Designing cities for all age groups means designing places where everyone from kids to seniors can feel safe walking, according to this column. Groups in Toronto are calling on mayoral candidates to get behind that idea.