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Cities and developers are preparing for a world with less parking

By Robert Benner Chandler, AZ, may be the first city to recognize that apartment dwellers will need less parking in the future. In anticipation of autonomous vehicles, the city is changing its zoning code to loosen parking minimums in new buildings. Developers welcome such flexibility, as

What’s causing the increase in pedestrian deaths?

By Robbie Webber A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety calls out a variety of factors responsible for the shocking surge in pedestrian fatalities between 2009 and 2016—up 46 percent and the most deaths since 1990. Pedestrian fatalities have risen much faster than overall

To improve walking, give pedestrians the green light

By Chris McCahill Walking in many parts of the U.S. is notoriously difficult and increasingly dangerous, but there’s one simple way that transportation agencies can start tipping the balance in favor of those on foot: by adjusting signal controls. That’s according to research highlighted by

Many variables in play as deadline for maritime fuel sulfur reduction approaches

By Michael Brenneis Maritime shipping remains the most efficient way to transport goods, considering its weight to fuel-economy ratio. Still, an average container ship running on typical high-sulfur fuel emits nearly the same amount of sulfur oxides (SOx) as 10 million diesel passenger cars. By

To reach clean energy goals, Hawaii needs to address VMT

By Beth Osborne Ten years ago, the State of Hawaii set an ambitious goal to reduce their dependence on imported oil and create a clean energy future by 2045. The Elemental Excelerator commissioned Rhodium Group and Smart Growth America to analyze specifically what it will take for Hawaii to reach

Studies suggest autonomous vehicles will have reduced parking requirements

By Brian Lutenegger A pair of recent studies suggests that autonomous vehicles (AVs) will revolutionize how vehicles park when not in use. As a result, parking structures will be able to hold far more vehicles than today, and some existing parking facilities may be repurposed to other uses and to

Federally funded data as a speed-management tool

By Eric Sunquist and Michael Brenneis At 8 p.m. on April 27, about two miles from SSTI Central in Madison, a car sped north at 102 mph along an urban boulevard, according to police. The driver lost control and careened onto the sidewalk, hitting two people out for a walk. The crash killed one

International review confirms speed management is critical to road safety

By Chris McCahill Speed reductions can lower crash risks significantly, confirms a new report by the International Transport Forum, an intergovernmental organization of 59 member countries including the U.S. The research report, Speed and Crash Risk, looks at 11 case studies in 10 different

Parking and the City: A new book for practitioners

By Chris McCahill Parking policy, especially parking management, is often central to the success of transportation initiatives. When it comes to boosting transit ridership or managing travel demand in cities, the price and availability of parking can have a major influence. But getting those

Hit-and-run crashes are on the rise

By Michael Brenneis Hit-and–run fatal crashes are increasing in the United States. Why? The short answer is that we don’t entirely know. Studies are limited, and data regarding the characteristics of drivers and victims is not extensive. Many hit-and-run drivers get away. Witnesses may not be

Creating a transportation decision-making process that is equitable for everyone

By Logan Dredske The Greenlining Institute, a policy, research, organizing, and leadership institute working for racial and economic justice, released in March their newly published Mobility Equity Framework: How to Make Transportation Work for People. The focus of their publication is to

Millennials are driving more, but only those making the least money

By Chris McCahill The new 2017 National Household Travel Survey gives us our first look at changing travel habits since the recession. From what we can tell, the average American drives less in 2017 than eight years earlier. Driving also seems to have increased considerably among

Florida’s pedestrian record could have been much worse

By Robbie Webber Until recently, Florida had the dubious distinction of being rated the most dangerous state for pedestrians, but it now has competition from Arizona. However, a new study shows that things could have been even worse in Florida. Researchers writing in the American Journal of

Seattle’s parking reforms

By Rayla Bellis The Seattle City Council passed a number of parking reforms earlier this month to further support the city’s ongoing efforts to become less car-oriented, advance local climate change goals, and reduce housing costs in the city. Seattle is one of many cities to recognize that its

Dynamic tolling benefits highway users in congested areas

By Michael Brenneis Congestion pricing is gaining a foothold in the management of highway vehicular travel, and with good reason. Congestion pricing, sometimes called demand-based pricing or dynamic tolling, is in the early stages of adoption by state DOTs as a congestion-management practice.