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Accessibility for all: Open source options for measuring access to destinations

By Chris McCahill As highlighted in two recent SSTI webinars in March and April of this year, accessibility measures are becoming more useful in practice. The most notable examples rely on proprietary data and methods, but open source approaches are also gaining traction, while highlighting the

Can autonomous vehicles co-exist with bicyclists and pedestrians?

By Robbie Webber While major automakers rush to promote the next level of autonomous features and release videos of hand-free driving, serious questions have been raised about whether autonomous vehicles will be able to safely co-exist with bicyclists and pedestrians. Heather Knight, an expert in

Google’s Street View cars are measuring and mapping air pollution

By Rayla Bellis Last week, Google and the Environmental Defense Fund published the first in a series of maps with data on pollution levels collected using Google Street View vehicles. The initiative, a partnership between EDF, Google Earth Outreach, and San Francisco-based company Aclima, will

Study of variable speed limits highlights the trade-off of throughput and safety

By Sam Sklar Varying a posted speed limit based on current conditions can improve operations and safety in congested work zones, a team from Missouri found.  This study from the University of Missouri-Columbus, called “Evaluation of Variable Advisory Speed Limits in Congested Work Zones,”

Bridging the gap between research and practice: new study on the role of induced vehicle travel

By Mary Ebeling A newly released study sponsored by CalTrans offers a thorough review and analysis of research and practice related to the limitations of existing travel forecasting models. The authors focus on limitations in forecasting induced vehicle travel generated by adding lane miles

The National Complete Streets Coalition announces the best Complete Streets policies of 2016

By Rayla Bellis The National Complete Streets Coalition has released The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2016, the latest edition of the annual report that scores and ranks all of the Complete Streets policies passed during the previous year. Brockton, MA, Missoula, MT, and Wenatchee, WA tied

Road fatalities are disproportionate across both racial/ethnic and rural/urban lines

By Rayla Bellis Recent research examines equity in road fatalities and finds significant disparities across racial/ethnic, income, and geographic lines. The study, from the University of Colorado, includes a spatial analysis of more than 970,000 U.S. road fatalities in the Fatality Analysis

Balancing transportation investments to maximize access: Connecting nonmotorized trips with transit

By Mary Ebeling New research from the Mineta Transportation Institute contributes essential insights into improving transit access for nonmotorized transportation. Researchers assert that a city should develop a low-stress road network while balancing these improvements with the desire for

Reducing traffic congestion in cities by delivering goods at night

By Logan Dredske Shifting store, restaurant, and other business deliveries to nighttime hours could reduce traffic congestion within cities. A study conducted by the KTH Integrated Transport Research Lab (ITRL) in Stockholm, Sweden, has found that scheduling deliveries to businesses during

Return of the Barnes Dance

By Sam Sklar Cities across the U.S. are once again installing a formerly-common intersection treatment: the “Barnes Dance” or pedestrian scramble, which allows pedestrian movements in all directions simultaneously, including diagonally. A new installation in Washington, D.C., demonstrates

Seattle may have a bikesharing system after all

By Robbie Webber Despite the fact that the city pulled funding for the Pronto bikeshare system this spring, leading the system to shut down, Seattle might not have to wait long to once again have bikesharing. Several companies have expressed interest in moving into the city, but this time, the

FDOT makes strides in Complete Streets implementation: Former Dist. 1 Secretary Billy Hattaway weighs in

By Rayla Bellis The Florida Department of Transportation has achieved a major milestone in its efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. In late April, FDOT issued a draft of the new FDOT Design Manual, which integrates a context-sensitive Complete Streets approach and will replace the

Sacramento public housing residents just got free Zipcars

By Sam Sklar As of early May, some residents of public housing projects in Sacramento have access to an on-demand vehicle service using electric cars, reports the Sacramento Bee. Through a partnership with Boston-based Zipcar, eight electric vehicles—two at each of four public housing complexes

A near miss: How cities are misinterpreting the safety of streets for bicyclists and pedestrians

By Logan Dredske Crash data on reported collisions may not be telling the whole story about whether our streets are safe for bicyclists and pedestrians. A recent study by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston revealed that crash data for road users may be

New transit models: Laguna Beach and Uber partner for senior transportation services

By Mary Ebeling In Laguna Beach, CA, bus ridership has experienced a steady decline in recent years, motivating elected officials to reduce main-line fixed-route bus headways from 30-minutes to 1-hour and eliminate service in some locations altogether. Starting in mid-June, the city will partner