sidewalks

Sidewalk evaluation app Project Sidewalk launches in Seattle

By Michael Brenneis Project Sidewalk, newly launched in Seattle, is crowdsourcing the evaluation of sidewalks and ramps with the intent to help DOTs locate and prioritize needed repairs and improvements, educate the public, and collect data to train AI. Poorly planned sidewalks and ramps, those

‘Vital streets’ funding plan gains support in Grand Rapids

By Chris McCahill The City of Grand Rapids has set in motion a plan to repair its aging roads and make its streets better public spaces, but it will be counting on the State of Michigan to meet it halfway. The plan hinges on a local income tax extension that will raise $9.9 million per year

Long distances and a lack of sidewalks don’t explain the small number of kids walking to school

While the federal Safe Routes to School program has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in communities throughout the U.S. on sidewalks, crossings, and education to improve safety and increase the number of children walking and bicycling to school, the program appears to be solving only part of

WSDOT quantifies the GHG reduction impact of sidewalk coverage.

“If you build it, they will come” seems to hold for building sidewalks. A recent report for the Washington State Department of Transportation found that increasing sidewalk coverage from 30 percent to 70 percent of all streets was estimated to reduce VMT by 3.4 percent and GHG emissions by