Sidewalks

November 6, 2015, 10am PST
Prop. 1, a $930 million, nine-year transportation levy backed by Mayor Ed Murray, was approved by 54 percent of Seattle voters on Nov. 3 to the delight of bus, bike, pedestrian and good roads advocates. First order of business: Safe Routes to School.
The Seattle Times
November 3, 2015, 12pm PST
Seattle political leadership recently announced an ambitious plan to build more sidewalks with less money.
The Urbanist
October 3, 2015, 9am PDT
San Diego quest to find solutions to repairing damaged city sidewalks continues, with home and business owners potentially facing liability for trip-and-fall accidents
Voice of San Diego
August 21, 2015, 8am PDT
Not all streets are created equal: Some have sidewalks and some don't.
The Urbanist
May 13, 2015, 1pm PDT
Whether driveways are anti-urban or 'anti-pedestrian' depends on how we segregate street uses. As shared spaces where they cross sidewalks, driveways inform the wider question: what makes for a good street?
Urban Kchoze
May 11, 2015, 2pm PDT
A growing body of evidence shows that bike lanes put more people on bikes while also helping those people on bikes stay off sidewalks. The latest example: Honolulu.
People for Bikes
April 22, 2015, 6am PDT
In some cities, maintenance of sidewalks is not the responsibility of the city but of adjacent landowners. Philadelphia is finding what a hassle this arrangement can be. With countless blocks in disrepair, everyone is passing the buck.
Philadelphia Magazine
Blog post
March 31, 2015, 11am PDT
National tables from the 2013 American Household Survey (AHS) are now public.
Michael Lewyn
March 8, 2015, 5am PDT
Successful driverless cars might lead to "mini mass transit," a distinct mode from public transit and the private automobile. The consequences for land use could reshape suburbia.
The Greater Marin
January 22, 2015, 11am PST
You're probably familiar with the sight of a long, quiet residential street unadorned by sidewalks, pushing pedestrians, pets, and kids on bikes onto the street. Is there ever a good reason for such a typology?
Greater Greater Washington
December 4, 2014, 1pm PST
The city of San Jose has responded to concerns of seniors in the community by banning bikes from sidewalks a large swath of downtown near the convention center, City Hall, and San Jose State.
San Jose Mercury News
November 14, 2014, 9am PST
In an attempt to fix Los Angeles' buckling streets and roads, the Los Angeles City Council has unveiled a proposal allowing residents to tax themselves for adjacent road and sidewalk repair.
Los Angeles Times
September 22, 2014, 11am PDT
Citing anecdotal evidence from Montgomery County, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and China, a Washington Post article argues that cell phones are creating public safety concerns.
The Washington Post
September 16, 2014, 5am PDT
In both a literal and figurative sign of the times, the Chinese city of Chongqing recently installed signage and marking to segregate pedestrian traffic between smartphone users and those walking free of such technological distractions.
The Washington Post
August 27, 2014, 7am PDT
Josh Brown reports for the Tennessean on the unintended consequences of a fee waiver meant to encourage infill development—developers are readily choosing to pay the fee instead of building sidewalks.
The Tennessean
August 25, 2014, 8am PDT
In this op-ed special to The Sacramento Bee, Michael Andersen of PeopleForBikes and Melissa Merson of America Walks make a convincing argument for protected bike lanes to improve both bike and pedestrian safety by getting cyclists off the sidewalk.
The Sacramento Bee
August 4, 2014, 1pm PDT
The construction boom in Downtown Los Angeles has had the unintended, and largely unregulated, consequence of closing access to sidewalks. The practice might be illegal under federal law.
Los Angeles Times
February 2, 2014, 11am PST
In Los Angeles, months of agitation by pedestrian and bicycling advocates have finally paid off.
LA Streetsblog
August 13, 2013, 6am PDT
Each month new research emerges linking public health with the built environment. Yet just a small fraction of healthcare spending goes toward reducing our exposure to unhealthy environments. Under the Affordable Care Act, that could soon change.
SvR Design Company Blog
June 12, 2013, 11am PDT
A fragmented network of sidewalks is commonplace in the suburbs of Hennepin County, Minnesota. Mary Jane Smetanka reports on controversial efforts to fill in the gaps and retrofit these suburban neighborhoods as walkable places.
Star Tribune