Here is some recent news from the walkability and livability movement.
Madrid's Christmas Present to Itself: A Car Ban
Published by CityLab, December 5, 2016
Madrid just gave its citizens a present for the holidays. The city closed the entire city center to most cars, turning the urban core into a de factor pedestrian zone. Starting last Friday at 5:00 p.m. and continuing for nine days, vehicles belonging to non-residents are banned from entering a zone covering Madrid's historic core as well as Gran Via, the blaring, multi-lane avenue that serves as the Spanish capital's main drag and as a major through-route for crosstown traffic. Read more.
Portland Lays Out Plan to Eliminate Traffic Deaths
Published by Next City, December 12, 2016
It’s been a bad year for traffic deaths in Portland. Just last week, in separate incidents on the same night, drivers hit and killed two people walking on SE Division Street, a busy arterial. Their deaths bring the Oregon city’s 2016 traffic fatality total to 40, the most for Portland since 2003 and slightly more than the 20-year average of 36 annual traffic fatalities. Read more.
Complete Streets' make Maine communities more walkable, bikeable, livable
Published by Bangor Daily News, October 14, 2015
With over 92,000 riders logging nearly 38 million miles from May 1 to Sept. 30, the People for Bikes’ 2015 National Bike Challenge surpassed its goals of registering 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine saw 230 Maine cyclists register for the national challenge and ride over 157,000 miles. Read More.
Walkable communities Important for our health
Published by News-Press.com, October 9, 2015
The U.S. Surgeon General just issued a National Call to Action to promote walking and walkable communities. Pivoting on the dismal fact that we are a nation of the chronically ill, the Call to Action posits five goals. These closely align with the Mayors’ Challenge to fast-track Complete Streets, issued this March by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation in response to alarmingly high numbers of pedestrians and cyclist injuries and deaths. Read more.
Impact of Safe Routes to School program on walking and biking
Published by Active Living Research, May 8, 2015
Most school children in the U.S. get to school by bus or car, with only a small percentage walking or biking. In 2005, Congress created the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program to improve safety and increase the number of children walking and biking to and from school through educational efforts, encouragement programs, and road improvements at or near schools. Research studies indicate that SRTS has increased rates of walking and biking and improved safety. Studies also show the program is an economically sound investment that can decrease health costs and school transport costs. Read more.
CDC's Community Health Improvement Navigator is now live
Published by Community Tool Box, May 8, 2015
CDC’s Community Health Improvement Navigator (CHI Navigator) is now live on www.CDC.gov. The Community Tool Box is honored to have partnered with the CDC to offer a number of free “how-to” resources to support community collaboration efforts. Read more.
Salt Lake City to introduce America's first protected intersection for bicycling this summer
Published by Streetsblog USA, May 6, 2015
The intersection design is based on a Dutch template that minimizes potential conflicts between people biking, driving, and walking. For example, it allows cyclists to make a left turn in two stages without crossing against oncoming car traffic. It will be part of a protected bike lane running a little more than a mile through a central portion of the Utah capital. Read more.
How Livable is Your Town? The new AARP Livability Index will help you find out
Published by AARP, April 20, 2015
The Livability Index is a signature initiative of the AARP Public Policy Institute to measure the quality of life in American communities across multiple dimensions: housing, transportation, neighborhood characteristics, environment, health, opportunity, and civic and social engagement. Read more.
Complete Streets are safe, effective and affordable
Published by Better! Cities and towns, March 27, 2015
Complete Streets tend to improve safety, boost biking and walking, and generate economic activity, according to the most comprehensive study to date of this trend. The report looks at 37 Complete Streets projects across the US and finds they are more affordable than conventional arterial road projects. Read more.
New push for more Walkable U.S. cities
Published by American Heart Association, March 25, 2015
Forget the old way of thinking about dilapidated downtowns versus drivable, sprawling suburbs. There’s a new move afoot toward walkable cities. As the American Heart Association today celebrates National Walking Day to promote physical activity to help reduce heart disease, stroke and other diseases, researchers are finding a rising demand for highly walkable urban areas. And organizations have sprouted up to help make the vision a reality. Read more.
Urban sprawl costs U.S. economy more than $1 trillion per year
Published by The New Climate Economy, March 19, 2015
Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than US$1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy. These costs include greater spending on infrastructure, public service delivery and transportation. The study finds that Americans living in sprawled communities directly bear an astounding $625 billion in extra costs. In addition, all residents and businesses, regardless of where they are located, bear an...Read more.
Pedestrian Traffic Safety Fact Sheet: Now available
This new document includes years 2004 - 2013.
Published by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, February 2015
A pedestrian, as defined for this fact sheet, is any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash. A traffic crash is defined as an incident that involved one or more motor vehicles where at least one vehicle was in transport and the crash originated on a public traffic way, such as a road or highway ... Read more.
Safe Routes to School Programs contribute to more walking and bicycling to school
Published by Safe Routes to School, January 26, 2015
A new study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association examines the influence of Safe Routes to School Programs on school travel. This study, Impact of the Safe Routes to School Program on Walking and Bicycling, supports the findings from the National Center's 2014 and 2013 Trends Reports revealing how more children are choosing active transportation for the their trips to school. Read more.
Buying a home? Consider its walkability
Published by Networx, January 26, 2015
Looking to buy a new home? Good luck, happy hunting ... and remember one thing. A home is more than just the house itself, more than the sum of its rooms, decor, and landscaping. It's all about community. Americans are returning to the values of yesteryear, when towns were smaller and residents knew their local tradespeople. Yes, the big new trend in residential real estate is walkability. That means how easy and safe it is to get around the neighborhood and access shopping, services, and entertainment without a car. Read more.
Understanding the importance of walkability
Published by Ashburn Patch, June 19, 2014
Here at One Loudoun, we understand the importance of walkability in a community. It’s one of the main assets you’ll notice in our mixed-use community – the ability to walk from your newly built home to shopping and dining options, opportunities for recreation and entertainment, and even office spaces. More and more developments around the nation are being built with “walkable urbanism” in mind to integrate living, working, shopping and dining into one accessible community. Read more.
Young home buyers seek walkability
Published by Tribune Sun, October 21, 2012
The community I live in is more walkable thanks to a trail extension by Dobbs Park in Terre Haute. While I will be connected to more neighborhoods, I am still not easily connected to stores and work. Walmart and other commercial retailers are roughly a mile from where I live, but walking or riding my bike there is not a safe option. Indiana 46 does have..,Read more.
Walkability can be a factor when purchasing a home
Published by National Association of Realtors, July 2012
As has been well documented, the housing and community choices being made by two major demographic groups —
the just-starting-to-retire Baby Boomers, and the up-andcoming Millennials, who are now 14 to 32 years old —
will be driving consumer demand in the upcoming decades. Read more.
A strategy for pedestrians safety in perilous Las Vegas
Published by Las Vegas Sun, November 3, 2011
We do not notice them, but we should. Pedestrians are our city’s second-class citizens, as has become all too clear with the recent spate of deadly incidents. And while rage at the drivers may make us feel better, we should also have a feeling of collective guilt, for these deaths are merely the most extreme and tragic result of what is a colossal public...Read more.