Planners and Architects

Case Studies

New York: Slow Zones

In November 2011, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) launched its first Neighborhood Slow Zone pilot program in the Claremont neighborhood of the Bronx. The area was selected for its relatively high frequency of serious traffic crashes and for its definable boundaries that could be easily marked for a zone. The goal of … Continue reading New York: Slow Zones

Toronto: Arterial Street Redesigns

Kingston Road, a six-lane highway in Toronto, Ontario, became the subject of several “revisioning” sessions. The first of these visions emerged from a two-week design charette sponsored by Canadian Architect magazine and the City of Toronto in 2006, which recommended an incremental design strategy. The vision include pocket parks connecting crosswalks and medians, and temporary … Continue reading Toronto: Arterial Street Redesigns

New York: Pedestrian Plazas

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) removed two of four vehicular lanes along Broadway between Columbus Circle and Union Square in Midtown Manhattan (a distance of 2 miles) and built a buffered bicycle lane and pedestrian plazas using temporary materials like textured paint and roadway markings in the newly freed roadway space. This … Continue reading New York: Pedestrian Plazas

Kansas City: Pedestrian Criteria

When creating its 2003 Walkability Plan, the Kansas City Planning and Development Department modeled its pedestrian-system evaluation criteria on the concept of automobile level of service or LOS. Level of service is a measurement of delay ranging from A to F. Kansas City created pedestrian level-of-service criteria that measured directness, continuity, street crossings, visual interest and … Continue reading Kansas City: Pedestrian Criteria

New York: Analyze Person Delay

New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) wanted to create a transit-friendly review process for proposed projects that better recognized the transportation efficiency of buses. So NYCDOT worked with the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination to require person-delay calculations for proposed transportation or land-use projects that affect bus lanes. The new requirements were written into … Continue reading New York: Analyze Person Delay

Las Vegas: Pedestrian Safety Operations

Las Vegas, NV, has tried to address its high rates of pedestrian fatalities through targeted enforcement operations to reinforce safe driver and pedestrian behaviors. Nevada funds these enforcement operations by making pedestrian safety eligible for targeted-enforcement federal highway safety grants. Staffing limitations are addressed through the Joining Forces program, which is a multi-jurisdictional law-enforcement program … Continue reading Las Vegas: Pedestrian Safety Operations

Phoenix: Walk Score

The Phoenix Planning Department used Walk Score data to analyze the performance of existing light rail stations and to look at how proposed stations might perform if they were within a walking network connecting passengers to desired amenities. Walk Score data helped planners clarify which corridors and station locations performed best from a land use … Continue reading Phoenix: Walk Score

New York: Safe Routes for Seniors

As more people live longer and age in place, creating communities that are easy, enjoyable, and safe for older adults to walk through is crucial for both transportation and public-health considerations. So, in 2003, Transportation Alternatives (TA), a New York City–based transportation advocacy organization, created a Safe Routes to Seniors program. With funding from the … Continue reading New York: Safe Routes for Seniors

New York: Safe Routes to Transit

Created through New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2007 PlaNYC strategic plan, the Safe Routes to Transit program within the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) aims to improve pedestrian conditions in and around transit stops throughout the city. The Safe Routes to Transit program addresses three main transit conditions: unsafe bus stops under … Continue reading New York: Safe Routes to Transit

Eagan: Safe Routes to School

Eagan, MN, is a suburb from Minneapolis–Saint Paul and its Red Pine Elementary serves 950 children from the town and several surrounding farming communities. Eagan has a network of sidewalks and crosswalks in the neighborhoods around school, providing safe infrastructure for walking and bicycling. In spite of these safe facilities, many parents were in the … Continue reading Eagan: Safe Routes to School

Tactics

Add Street-Connectivity Minimums into Subdivision Ordinances

Subdivision and zoning ordinances can establish a minimum level of street connectivity for future residential developments to create neighborhoods that are conducive to walking, bicycling, and transit use. Street connectivity consists of a road and/or path network that provides multiple routes and connections between destinations. It includes parallel routes, cross connections, many points of access, … Continue reading Add Street-Connectivity Minimums into Subdivision Ordinances

Manage Parking to Promote Walking

A combined set of policies (often under the jurisdiction of multiple municipal agencies) to manage the supply of parking in order to reduce car use and encourage development where people can walk to their destinations. Land-use zoning, tax policies, curbside regulations, and subdivision ordinances are all means of regulating the provision and use of parking. … Continue reading Manage Parking to Promote Walking

Support Street Life with Mixed-Use, Form-Based Zoning

Form-based zoning codes are legal regulations that direct the physical form and placement of buildings within communities. Form-based codes focus on the relationship between buildings and the streetscape, generally with the goal of creating appealing, pedestrian-oriented public spaces. In contrast, traditional zoning regulations focus on separating residential, commercial, and manufacturing uses and do not determine … Continue reading Support Street Life with Mixed-Use, Form-Based Zoning

Webinars

Designing Places for People Webinar

On June 23, America Walks held the second webinar in the “Walking College” webinar series.  “Designing Places for People” takes a deeper look into the design and implementation of walkable communities.   Dan Burden, Director of Innovation and Inspiration with Blue Zones, has worked in 3,500 communities to transform streets and public spaces into livable, walkable … Continue reading Designing Places for People Webinar

New Webinar- Institutionalizing the Change

Webinar Title: “Institutionalizing the Change: How to Make Walking Routine” Date and Time: Wednesday, July 15th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern Register Here About the Webinar The third webinar in America Walks’ “Walking College” series reviews public policy and private marketplace strategies to increase walkability. Just like the others in the series, this webinar is … Continue reading New Webinar- Institutionalizing the Change

New Webinar- Designing Places for People

Webinar Title: “Designing Places for People” Date and Time: Tuesday June 23rd, 2015 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific Register Here About the Webinar America Walks’ summer series of webinars has been designed for the 25 appointed Fellows of the “Walking College,” but is open to the public.   The second webinar in the series, “Designing Places for … Continue reading New Webinar- Designing Places for People

Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets Webinar

On May 22, 2015 America Walks held the webinar, “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets.”  This webinar is part of the “Take Action at the Local Level” webinar series that calls upon individuals to build community and institutional support for walkable design. Barbara McCann, former Executive Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, and now … Continue reading Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets Webinar

Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper- And Healthier Webinar Report

On April 23, 2015, America Walks offered a webinar titled “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper And Healthier.” Transforming the built environment to improve health outcomes can take years, if not decades. The webinar focused on short term, low cost, yet high impact strategies for improving streets, public spaces, and buildings across the country that can lead to … Continue reading Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper- And Healthier Webinar Report

re:Streets – re:Imagining, re:Purposing, and re:Constructing Our Most Valuable Public Space

Many of us take our streets for granted. They are places where we drive cars; some of them accept buses or bicycles or plain old pedestrians; and they transport us from home to work to shopping to entertainment: from A to B and from B to A. But streets can be so much more than … Continue reading re:Streets – re:Imagining, re:Purposing, and re:Constructing Our Most Valuable Public Space

Strategies to Transform the Built Environment – Lighter Quicker Cheaper & Healthier

An increasing number of communities are accelerating their progress through ‘Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper’ (LQC) strategies to transform the built environment by taking incremental steps, using low-cost experiments, tapping into local talent, and paving the way towards longer term change. Presenters from the Project for Public Spaces address the importance of creating healthy places and a … Continue reading Strategies to Transform the Built Environment – Lighter Quicker Cheaper & Healthier

Leadership at the Top: Working with State & Local Officials to Prioritize Walking into Transportation Planning

Top officials in the Tennessee transportation community will talk about how walking and walkability are being integrated into transportation planning in Tennessee. Find out why the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), a multi-modal agency, has won numerous awards for its innovation and dedication to transportation and provides one of the best transportation systems in the … Continue reading Leadership at the Top: Working with State & Local Officials to Prioritize Walking into Transportation Planning