Reader Rant: Urban design by traffic engineers

In Pedestrians, Reader Submissions, Roads by Guest Post12 Comments

Update: This project was done by the City without the involvement of RIDOT, which makes the entire situation worse actually. Urban Design by RIDOT! Was the City complicit? I’m almost at a loss for words about the thoughtlessness in locating a new traffic signal control box within a public plaza in Olneyville Square. If this happened in Wayland Square instead, …

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News & Notes

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Smart Growth America: Smart Growth Stories: Emerick Corsi on driving growth with transit Many people recognize Forest City Enterprises as one of the biggest real estate companies in the nation, with a multi-billion dollar portfolio that spans coast to coast and a spot on the New York Stock Exchange. What’s less well known is that Forest City also happens to …

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Chicago Sun-Times: City wants to turn streets, alleys, plazas into outdoor fun spots Designated Chicago streets, alleys, plazas and parking lanes may soon be painted blue with campy white footprints and filled with public seating, music, farmer’s markets and other seasonal activities. GOOD: Young People Are Driving Less—And Not Just Because They’re Broke I never got my driver’s license, which …

General Assembly approves Complete Streets legislation

In Bicycles, Government, Pedestrians, Roads by Greater City Providence5 Comments

General Assembly Press Release: Assembly OKs ‘complete streets’ bill STATE HOUSE – With passage in the House yesterday, the General Assembly has approved legislation aimed at ensuring future road construction projects are developed with an eye toward the safety and ease of all types of users. The legislation (2012-S 2131, 2012-H 7352) sponsored by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma and Rep. …

Pedestrians everywhere actually

In Pedestrians by Jef Nickerson6 Comments

I posted this photo of this sign last night on our Facebook page where it got a big response. I labeled it as, “shouldn’t this sign be everywhere?” Where it happens to be is on North Main Street just north of Steeple Street, the pedestrians ahead that it is talking about are trying to cross at Park Row at the …

Mayor Taveras Creates Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission

In Bicycles, Government, Pedestrians, Transportation by Greater City Providence5 Comments

On Bike To Work Day, Mayor Taveras Creates Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission Commission will incorporate bicycle and pedestrian planning in Providence’s Sustainability Action Plan PROVIDENCE, RI – Speaking at a Bike To Work Day community celebration, Mayor Taveras today announced an executive order creating the Mayor’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. “Cities that make a commitment to walkable and …

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StreetFilms: San Francisco: Reclaiming Streets With Innovative Solutions Tom Radulovich, the executive director of the local non-profit Livable City, describes the recent livable streets achievements in San Francisco as “tactical urbanism” — using low-cost materials like paint and bollards to reclaim street space. That willingness to experiment was a big reason that the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) …

Providence receives HUD grant to improve transit on high ridership bus routes

In Transportation by Greater City Providence3 Comments

The City of Providence has been awarded a Community Planning Challenge Grant through HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities to conduct the Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities study. The project will focus on the highest ridership bus routes in the city– Broad Street, Chalkstone Avenue, Elmwood Avenue, Manton Avenue, and North Main Street.