Where Do I Park my Bike?

As cities and property owners continue to advocate for bicycling, where should we park our bikes? The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) produced a guide for planners to use when siting bike parking. An even more detailed guide is available from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. The Town of Chapel Hill has a remarkably fine-grained guidebook for what, where, and how … Continue reading Where Do I Park my Bike?

Viewpoints: Will Washington, D.C. Achieve Vision Zero?

Is a city with no serious accidents or fatalities from traffic collisions an achievable vision? In February 2015, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the city’s Vision Zero Initiative. Its stated objective: “By the year 2024, Washington, DC will reach zero fatalities and serious injuries to travelers of our transportation system, through more effective use of data, education, enforcement, and engineering.” Having both lived and … Continue reading Viewpoints: Will Washington, D.C. Achieve Vision Zero?

Bridging the Distance

Supporting Physical Activity and Active Transportation in Rural Communities A version of this piece was originally published at the Safe Routes to School Partnership website. The majority of Americans live in urban or suburban areas, though around 15 percent of Americans live in nonmetropolitan regions, which make up 72 percent of US land. Although the proportion of Americans who are rural residents has recently declined, … Continue reading Bridging the Distance

Durham’s Crisis of Priorities: Parking and Housing

A version of the following piece was originally published in the Triangle-based Indy in response to an article about the downtown Durham parking “crisis”. The article mentions that the city of Durham will soon begin charging for on-street parking and that local leaders are debating whether to use two county-owned downtown parcels for parking or affordable housing. The assumption that plenty of parking should be … Continue reading Durham’s Crisis of Priorities: Parking and Housing

American roads were built for bikes

Five o’clock rush hour is a concept that does not exist in car-centric cities such as Los Angeles. Because in these cities, traffic is a 24-hour nightmare. This car-dominated city, which is rumored to have more cars than people, leaves very little room to share the road with bicyclists. In an effort to accommodate more cars rather than more bikes, the city is lobbying to extend … Continue reading American roads were built for bikes

12 Takeaways from TRB

Back in January, most of the UNC Planning students specializing in transportation made their annual pilgrimage to Washington, DC, to attend the Transportation Research Board conference. Here are a few of the highlights that we wanted to share: It turns out that sharrows might make roads less safe for bikes.  2. There’s still no consensus about exactly why people are moving back to cities at … Continue reading 12 Takeaways from TRB

Our 22 Mile Thanksgiving Table

This post originally appeared on Ryan Gravel’s Blog on November 26 2014 With the undeniable success of the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail and [last] November’s groundbreaking of the long-anticipated Westside Trail, we have much to be thankful for. Of course behind the smiles, hugs, tweets and posts, and behind our lifting economy and improving quality-of-life, we still have challenges ahead to make sure that everyone … Continue reading Our 22 Mile Thanksgiving Table

The Case for Safe Routes to School

This post originally appeared on the Safe Routes to School National Partnership Blog on October 21 2015. In advocating for Safe Routes to School programs in your area, you might face two major questions from school administrators, local planners, or political leaders: Will Safe Routes to School really increase students’ rates of walking and biking to school? Is Safe Routes to School worth the investment? … Continue reading The Case for Safe Routes to School