pedestrian

Study finds improving bike, pedestrian infrastructure cuts driving, CO2 emissions

By Chet Edelman In an attempt to meet CO2 reduction targets, both mandatory and self-administered, cities worldwide are attempting to overhaul their transport infrastructure to limit private vehicle use and encourage more active forms of travel (i.e., walking and biking). While the common

Wisconsin budget amendment threatens future of bike and pedestrian facilities

By Robbie Webber The recently passed Wisconsin state budget contains an amendment that removes the ability of local communities and the state DOT to use eminent domain for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. This provision, added anonymously at the last minute and passed by the legislature

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

FHWA publishes toolkit for bike-ped performance measures

By Robbie Webber FHWA has released its Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures. Establishing performance measures that go beyond delay, congestion, level of service, and safety for drivers—especially including good metrics for non-motorized modes—has been a

Researchers suggest using Google Street View and Walk Score to conduct pedestrian safety studies

By Chris McCahill Pedestrian safety and the effects of environmental features are important considerations in cities everywhere. However, studies on the subject typically rely on two uncommon sources of information: pedestrian volume counts and street audits. Researchers at Columbia University

Agencies must embrace new design standards to improve safety, according to federal report

By Chris McCahill The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report addressing the recent increase in deaths and injuries among pedestrians and bicycle users. The report outlined the causes, responses from transportation agencies, and remaining challenges to address the disparity in

Tennessee DOT to cover 95 percent of costs for local multimodal access projects

By Chris McCahill Tennessee DOT recently announced the creation of a $30 million Multimodal Access Fund to support local projects that improve pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access to state routes and transit hubs. As part of the program, TDOT will cover 95 percent of costs for selected local

Costs for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Infrastructure Improvements: A Resource for Researchers, Engineers, Planners, and the General Public (Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 2013)

Costs for pedestrian and bicycle safety infrastructure often vary greatly from city to city and state to state. This document (and associated database) is intended to provide meaningful estimates of infrastructure costs by collecting up-to-date cost information for pedestrian and bicycle

SSTI seeks input on bike-ped performance measures

By Robbie Webber At the our May meeting, Making the Most of the Transportation Alternatives Program, and again during our July Community of Practice meeting we discussed performance measures for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. We have made some initial inquiries, and it turns out that as

At a crossroads: Complete streets and functional classification

By Mary Ebeling As the demand for more complete, multimodal streets increases, so does the push to alter the functional classification system to allow for greater local flexibility in roadway design.  Principal arterial roadways commonly run through the heart of downtowns, and often serve as the