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Cell phone distraction: It’s not just for drivers anymore

By Mary Ebeling We’ve all seen it, the zombie-like pedestrian apparently blinded by their cell phone while using it for a conversation or texting. While incidents of distracted driving crashes involving cell phones are down, pedestrian injuries due to cell phone distraction while

Proceedings from SSTI Community of Practice Meeting – Making the most of the Transportation Alternatives Program (SSTI, 2013)

MAP-21 makes some substantial changes to the funding stream that has fueled pedestrian and bicycle projects around the country. Among the changes in the new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP): combining previously separate programs, creating a sub-allocation requirement for MPOs and a

AAA: Annual cost of car ownership now over $9,100 per year

By Mary Ebeling AAA’s recently released report on the cost of owning and operating a car estimates a mid-sized sedan carries an average operating cost of 60.8 cents per mile, or $9,122 a year. These costs include overall maintenance, insurance, and gas, and are based on expected annual mileage

Improved walking environments can benefit mental health

By Robbie Webber For years doctors have been telling us that being physically active is one of the best strategies for staying healthy. And the benefits are not just from running or working up a sweat at the gym; something as simple as a brisk walk can significantly improve health. Now medical

Call for U.S. DOT to issue own standards causes a stir

By Robbie Webber At an AASHTO meeting February 27th and on the U.S DOT website, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that U.S. DOT will be issuing its own standards for roadway design to meet the needs of all users, but especially bicyclists and pedestrians. I know that most of you want

Planning for multi-generational communities

By Ceri Jenkins Visionary local governments are broadening their focus to ensure that city planning and services meet the needs of residents across generations. By 2040, half our population will be either under 18 or over 65. Currently few cities sufficiently meet residents’ needs across their

WSDOT weighs in on bill to make health a goal in transportation policy

by Eric Sundquist The Washington State DOT currently has six statutory goals: economic vitality, preservation, safety, mobility, environment, and stewardship. H.B. 1233, introduced by a Tacoma legislator whose day job is with the county health department, would add health as a seventh

Mexico City tackles congestion head-on

By Mary Ebeling As recently as 2011, Mexico City ranked among the world’s worst for traffic congestion. But now, Mexico City’s improvements to their transportation system can serve as a model for other municipalities to learn from. The city shines as an international example of a rapidly

Are We There Yet? Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America (Reconnecting America, 2012)

This report tracks progress in America’s regions toward a vision of complete communities. The report highlights the benefits that complete communities offer all Americans, tells stories about the work being done across the country to create complete communities, and measures progress in every

Two new studies shed light on the link between transportation and health

By Bill Holloway Two new studies affirm the links between transportation, urban design, and health. One study, conducted in England, determined that providing free transit passes to senior citizens significantly increased their level of physical activity, and a second study in Canada affirmed the