Transportation Professionals

Case Studies

100 Year of Walking – Safety Considerations for All Users

This article is part of a larger series of interviews with Mr. Donald Bean. For the full series, click here. Some people may say that walking on a daily basis like Mr. Bean does is impossible in their communities and sadly they may be right. Safe and well-maintained physical environments are important to making walking … Continue reading 100 Year of Walking – Safety Considerations for All Users

San Francisco: Executive Directive

For being such a compact, walkable city, San Francisco was surprisingly dangerous for pedestrians. More than 3,500 pedestrians were injured in the city between the years of 2005 and 2008. The figure amounted to more than 800 annual average pedestrian injuries a year—more than 100 of which were severe or fatal injuries. San Francisco’s city … Continue reading San Francisco: Executive Directive

France: Prioritize Pedestrians

Inspired by Belgium’s 2004 street code, France adapted its street code in 2008 to reflect the philosophy that all street users should be able to move about safely, no matter their age, physical abilities, or mode of travel. The updated street code instituted a general principle of prudence, specifying that each street user must show … Continue reading France: Prioritize Pedestrians

Denver: Pedestrian Master Plan

Denver created a 2004 Pedestrian Master Plan as a response to previous citywide planning documents. Its 2000 Comprehensive Plan directed the city to provide more transportation choices and encourage modes that reduced impacts on urban environments. Blueprint Denver, which followed a year later, referred to the pedestrian environment as the city’s primary transportation element and … Continue reading Denver: Pedestrian Master Plan

Minnesota: Complete Streets

The Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition has had remarkable success: Minnesota passed a Complete Streets policy in 2008 and then turned Complete Streets language into law in 2010. To date, 25 communities within the state have adopted Complete Streets policies. The Coalition’s success can be traced to the strength of its partnerships, which it has cultivated … Continue reading Minnesota: Complete Streets

Washington: Health Impact Assessments

The Clark County, WA, Public Health Department collaborated with the Department of Community Planning to conduct a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Adopted in 2010, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan identifies policies and projects to facilitate cycling and walking. The planning and public-health departments conducted an … Continue reading Washington: Health Impact Assessments

Seattle: Parking Management

Seattle’s parking-management strategy dates back to its first Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 1994 in response to Washington State’s 1990 Growth Management Act. The state mandated city and county comprehensive plans and defined their goals, which included reducing urban sprawl and encouraging in-fill development. Within that political framework, Seattle created a Comprehensive Plan based on an … Continue reading Seattle: Parking Management

Charlotte: Retrofit Street Connectivity

In 2006, the city of Charlotte, NC, created a Street Connectivity program within its Department of Transportation (CDOT) to run the “inventory and implementation of needed street connections within and between neighborhoods as well as the construction of new connectors and local streets to provide improved access and connectivity for future development.” The program is … Continue reading Charlotte: Retrofit Street Connectivity

Arlington: Transit-Oriented Development

Arlington County, VA, is one of the most successful examples of transit- oriented development (TOD) in the United States. In a case study prepared for the Transit Cooperative Research Board, the authors zeroed in on successful TOD tactics employed by Arlington County officials. One of the county’s first steps was to create a general land … Continue reading Arlington: Transit-Oriented Development

San Jose: LOS Exemptions for Walking

In the 1960’s, San José, CA, grew rapidly in automobile-oriented growth patterns until roadways became congested and undeveloped land more scarce. San José updated its transportation policy in 2005 to give priority to pedestrians, transit, and bicyclists in specific locations. Those areas included parts of the city zoned for higher densities, planned communities, and transit-oriented … Continue reading San Jose: LOS Exemptions for Walking

Discussion Forums

America Walks Twitter Chat with Jeff Speck on March 7

America Walks was excited to host Jeff Speck on March 7,  2016 for a Twitter Chat. The chat took place over an hour and offered participants a chance to get insights from Jeff on his experience and expertise on walkable cities, a topic that he literally wrote the book on! A selection of questions and responses are posted here. For … Continue reading America Walks Twitter Chat with Jeff Speck on March 7

Keeping Pedestrians Safe in Urban and Suburban Communities

Pedestrian safety is on everyone’s mind. At our March 20th webinar, Noah Budnick describes NYC’s Vision Zero Campaign, working toward zero deaths, zero injuries and zero fear of traffic.  Michael King discusses how the design of communities, specifically suburban settings, can be positive or negative influences on pedestrian safety.

Using Crosswalk Laws as a Framework for Pedestrian Safety

Using the law as the framework for pedestrian safety campaigns is not the go-to choice for most safety advocates. Yet, when someone gets hurt or the police are urged to “do something,” it is the traffic law that governs what can be done. Pedestrian law advocate and lawyer Ray Thomas (Portland, Oregon) will present an overview of the nation’s crosswalk laws. … Continue reading Using Crosswalk Laws as a Framework for Pedestrian Safety

Public Health and Walking: Turning Policy and Programs into Action

This discussion forum will explore the intersection between transportation, walking and public health and discuss activities that support both policy development and implementation. The audience will have an opportunity to hear from experts in the field and join the discussion on how to continue to empower the public health and transportation communities to work together.

Tactics

Pedestrian Hybrid or HAWK Beacon

The pedestrian hybrid beacon, or High intensity Activated crosswalk, (HAWK), is a pedestrian-activated warning device for mid-block pedestrian crossings. The beacon, mounted above or beside the road, consists of two red lenses above a single yellow lens. The beacon head is unlit until a pedestrian pushes a button, which causes the beacon to illuminate a … Continue reading Pedestrian Hybrid or HAWK Beacon

Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons

Rectangular rapid-flashing beacons typically consists of two light- emitting-diode (LED) beacons on either side of a roadside pedestrian-warning sign that flash in a left-to-right pattern when pedestrians cross the street. The flashers, which use an irregular pattern like those on police vehicles, are turned on either when a pedestrian pushes a manual push button or … Continue reading Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons

Pedestrian-Detecting Traffic Signals

Pedestrian detectors can activate a pedestrian traffic control device, extend the crossing time for pedestrians already in the crosswalk, and shorten the crossing time if pedestrians have already cleared the crosswalk. Detectors can be pressure mats at the waiting area, infrared or microwave detectors mounted on the signal pole, or video cameras using remote sensor software at … Continue reading Pedestrian-Detecting Traffic Signals

Pedestrian Scramble or Barnes Dance

A pedestrian scramble, or Barnes Dance, is an exclusive pedestrian interval that stops all vehicular movement to allow pedestrians access to cross in any direction at the intersection, including diagonally. During a Barnes Dance, pedestrians can cross at all four crosswalks; during a pedestrian or signal scramble, pedestrians are encouraged to cross the intersections diagonally … Continue reading Pedestrian Scramble or Barnes Dance

Split Phasing

Split phasing divides the green light of a traffic signal into separate phases: one for turning vehicles and another for through-traffic and pedestrians. Guidance Use a five-section signal head with a combination of circular and arrow indications For permissive-only right-turn modes (where pedestrians continue to cross while car are permitted to turn), program the turn … Continue reading Split Phasing

Ban Right Turns on Red

Right turn on red (RTOR) is a policy that permits drivers to turn right during a red light after coming to a complete stop, except where specifically prohibited by a posted sign. This nationwide policy (with the exception of New York City) was adopted by the Federal Highway Administration and Department of Energy in the … Continue reading Ban Right Turns on Red

Accessible Pedestrian Signals

Accessible pedestrian signals (APS) and detectors are designed to accommodate the needs of all pedestrians, including those with vision and mobility impairments. They provide information in nonvisual formats such as audible tones, speech messages, and vibrating surfaces to indicate the appropriate time for pedestrians to cross the street. Guidance Integrate the addition or upgrades of … Continue reading Accessible Pedestrian Signals

Leading Pedestrian Interval

A leading pedestrian interval (LPI) is a 3- to 10-second pedestrian-only phase within a signalized intersection timing schedule that gives pedestrians a “head start” over cars going in the same direction or turning across the pedestrians’ paths. It is displayed by an advance walk indication for the crosswalk during which parallel and turning traffic continue … Continue reading Leading Pedestrian Interval

In-Road Pedestrian Signs

These are flexible signs placed in the median or centerline at unsignalized crossings announcing that drivers must yield or stop for crossing pedestrians. Guidance Install in a location where it does not conflict with traffic patterns or encroach into a travel lane: at the crosswalk on the centerline, on a lane line, or on a … Continue reading In-Road Pedestrian Signs

Advance Stop Lines

Stop lines are used to indicate the point behind which vehicles should stop for a Stop sign, a Stop Here for Pedestrians sign, or some other traffic-control device that requires vehicles to stop. Guidance Stop lines should not be used where drivers are supposed to yield Lines should be solid white lines extending across approach … Continue reading Advance Stop Lines

Toolkits

Walkable Communities Provide Opportunities to Work Together (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)

This is a section of the Every Body Walk! Social Justice Toolkit. For more on the Toolkit, please click here. The work to create walkable communities and to promote physical activity provides opportunities to engage with otherwise marginalized segments of the community. Activities that are used to promote walkable communities can be used to bring new … Continue reading Walkable Communities Provide Opportunities to Work Together (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)

Walkable Communities Are Safe Communities (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)

This is a section of the Every Body Walk! Social Justice Toolkit. For more on the Toolkit, please click here. Walkable communities work to address safety as it relates to the built environment as well as other concerns, such as street harassment and violence. Efforts to create safe places for people to be physically active … Continue reading Walkable Communities Are Safe Communities (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)

Webinars

Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion Webinar (March 21, 2017)

Walkability is at the cornerstone of creating neighborhoods that are vital and vibrant, allowing all members of a community to enjoy health, social and economic benefits in a variety of forms. In this webinar we aim to look at how to protect and promote the identity and culture of a community, while making room for … Continue reading Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion Webinar (March 21, 2017)

New Webinar: The Transit-Walkability Collaborative – An Inter-Modal Strategy for Creating Strong Neighborhoods

Register Here Webinar Title: “The Transit-Walkability Collaborative – An Inter-Modal Strategy for Creating Strong Neighborhoods” Date and Time: Tuesday, April 18th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern Register Here About the Webinar In February, nine organizations announced the formation of the Transit-Walkability Collaborative (TWC) and signed on to a shared Statement of Purpose. Consisting of local, … Continue reading New Webinar: The Transit-Walkability Collaborative – An Inter-Modal Strategy for Creating Strong Neighborhoods

Special Briefing: National Quality Forum’s The Action Guide

Register Here Title: Special Briefing: National Quality Forum’s The Action Guide Date/Time: February 1st, 2017 at 3pm Eastern, 12pm Pacific Register Here About The Webinar America Walks is excited to partner with National Quality Forum to share The Action Guide, an important resource for coming together to create healthy communities. The Action Guide is a framework to … Continue reading Special Briefing: National Quality Forum’s The Action Guide

New Webinar: Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration (January 5, 2017)

Register Here Webinar Title:  Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration Webinar Date/Time: January 5th, 2017 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific Register Here About this Webinar Join America Walks and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on January 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. Eastern for a policy briefing, “Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in … Continue reading New Webinar: Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration (January 5, 2017)

Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities Webinar (October 13, 2016)

Different environments or types of communities offer different opportunities and challenges for promoting walking and walkability. One of the most common questions we get at America Walks is about resources available for walking in rural communities. This webinar discusses some of the challenges that come with working in rural environments and a selection of resources that … Continue reading Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities Webinar (October 13, 2016)

First-Mile, Last-Mile: Connections to Transit (September 8, 2016)

Walkability and good public transit are natural partners because – together – they provide a reliable, supportive infrastructure for people to live well without a car.  This webinar explores ways for transit advocates and walkable community advocates to work together to create solutions in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. … Continue reading First-Mile, Last-Mile: Connections to Transit (September 8, 2016)

New Webinar: “First-Mile, Last-Mile: Connections to Transit”

Register Here Date and Time: Thursday, September 8th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern Webinar Title: First-Mile, Last-Mile: Connections to Transit Register Here About the Webinar Walkability and good public transit are natural partners because – together – they provide a reliable, supportive infrastructure for people to live well without a car.  This webinar explores ways for transit … Continue reading New Webinar: “First-Mile, Last-Mile: Connections to Transit”

Engaging Local Ballot Initiatives (June 28th Webinar)

This informational webinar on June 28th presented on Local Ballot Initiatives and how they can be used to support work being done at the local level. The webinar showcased the tools and resources available at the Center for Transportation Excellence and heard from two professionals who work in the transit field and have used Ballot Initiatives … Continue reading Engaging Local Ballot Initiatives (June 28th Webinar)

New Webinar and Training- Local Ballot Initiatives

Register for the Informational Webinar Here America Walks and the Center for Transportation Excellence are excited to announce a new online webinar and training series. The series will arm advocates with the knowledge, training and tools to successfully initiate Local Ballot Initiatives to support projects and infrastructure related to improving transit to develop walkable communities. … Continue reading New Webinar and Training- Local Ballot Initiatives

Partnering for Strong Economies- Regional Councils & Walkable Communities Webinar

America Walks and the National Association of Regional Councils hosted webinar which examines how federal transportation funding is allocated through Regional Councils and how to access it for projects that promote walkable communities including complete streets, safety efforts and place-making. The webinar explores two unique perspectives as we hear from both a planner from a … Continue reading Partnering for Strong Economies- Regional Councils & Walkable Communities Webinar

White Papers

America Walks Comments on Proposed Rule Regarding Measures of Traffic Congestion (Docket No. FHWA-2013-0054)

At America Walks, we work to make sure that all modes of transportation, including walking, rolling and biking, are included in federal transportation planning and measurement. We urge the Department of Transportation to change the recently proposed rule on how states and other metro areas will have to measure and address the so-called success of … Continue reading America Walks Comments on Proposed Rule Regarding Measures of Traffic Congestion (Docket No. FHWA-2013-0054)