→ I want to bike and walk but… [Coalition for Transportation Choices]
For Earth Day 2010, CTC member Audubon Society of RI challenged students grades 3 – 12 to respond to the lead-in “I want to bike and walk but…”
The students addressed their essays, poems or raps to their town’s mayor and submitted their work individually or had it selected by teachers from 27 classrooms in 19 municipalities. The students wrote about barriers encountered in walking or bicycling to school or visiting family and friends and suggested solutions.
→ City exploring slimmer, trimmer roads [Chicago Tribune]
Like a bulging waistline, Chicago streets have gotten fat over the years, growing wider from curb to curb to handle more vehicles.
With that additional girth, traffic-related dangers have expanded, too, especially for pedestrians and transit riders trying to cross busy streets and bicyclists sharing the road with cars and trucks. Sidewalks, meanwhile, often have been narrowed to accommodate more traffic lanes.
The unfortunate upshot is that the high priority placed on accommodating vehicles over other forms of transportation has in many cases backfired.
→ Do urbanists hate the automobile? Not this one [MinnPost.com]
But for me driving is a little like chocolate. It’s a wonderful indulgence that is easily overdone. When everyone drives a lot, things get out of hand: traffic congestion, air pollution, storm-water runoff, oil spills, greenhouse-gas emissions, oil dependence, foreign-policy complications that sometimes lead to wars, sprawled development, redundant infrastructure, drive-through lifestyles that lead to bad nutrition and obesity Ã¢â‚¬â€ all of these things can be laid, at least partially, on our need and desire to drive excessively.
→ Better Transit, Even on the Cheap, Doesn’t Always Come Easy [The TransportPolitic]
With the rise of bus rapid transit and the increasing movement for better bicycling facilities have come a new form of community protest Ã¢â‚¬â€ a sense of indignation among some members of the affected areas about abandoning parts of the road they they had once assumed were to be entirely reserved for cars. From New York to Berkeley to Eugene, places more typically known for their liberal politics are becoming battle grounds over the right and wrong ways to use the street.
→ Case Studies of Latino New Urbanism: San Ysidro [The City Fix]
They are places that are layered and altered from the ground up, as opposed to being single-use and organized. James Rojas, an urban transportation planner, describes “Latino New Urbanism” as the sort of place that “derives its character” not from “structures, codes and designs” but from the way Latinos have transformed and adapted American suburban or urban environments to fit the needs of their communities.
→ Streetcars vs. Monorails [Slate]
So the future we thought we were going to get somehow seems antiquated, while the past looks increasingly, well, futuristic. Why is the trolley ascendant as the monorail declines?
→ Flood [City of Sound]
An extensive account of the Brisbane flood from someone on the ground.