Livability puts walking expert in demand (Associated Press)
Yes, cities need to hire an expert in walking — his name is Dan Burden — to see how badly their streets treat those not in cars. Excerpt:
Dressed in a khaki vest and armed with a binocular, camera, stopwatch, speed radar gun and measuring tape, Burden appears more like a man on a safari than a folk hero as he flies from city to city and leads mobile workshops pointing out poorly planned streets, intersections and sidewalks and suggesting improvements.
For the past century, city streets have been designed to ease automobile traffic flow. But in recent years, sustainability and livability have become buzz words as policymakers seek ways to reduce congestion and pollution and improve the health of residents. They have become increasingly aware that getting more people on the street boosts public safety, raises property value and brings in more businesses.
Great story. Give it a read.
L.A. Metro parking and rail ridership (Straight Outta Suburbia)
Using Metro’s new interactive map, the post concludes there doesn’t seem to be a correlation between a lot of parking and ridership on Metro Rail lines and the Orange Line — the lines with the least amount of parking have the highest ridership
The writer’s conclusion: “I suppose it just goes to show you that parking isn’t a magic bullet for achieving high transit ridership in LA. Many other factors can affect ridership, from density, to demographics, to prices, to the quality and reliability of the ride itself.”
U.S. bike system showing no sign of growing pains (Welcome to the Fast Lane)
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood touts something I had no idea existed: a national system of bike routes to connect cities and metro areas. Six new routes were approved last year — the first okayed in 30-plus years — with four of those in Alaska and the other two in eastern states. That brings the grand total of routes to eight, with none in the West. Hmm.
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