Changes are in store for CenterLines. Each issue is dense with news, reports, design guides, and tool kits. Our next iteration will be easier to read, easier to share, and a more useful reference for your work in advocacy, planning, research, etc. Here are the five most popular resources from 2013 in case you missed them.
Understanding Bicyclist-Motorist Crashes in Minneapolis MN
The City of Minneapolis analyzes 10 years of bike crashes in order to reduce crash rates by 10 percent or more. Findings: the safety in numbers phenomenon is validated; 81 percent of crashes happen at or proximate to intersections; most crashes happen on clear or cloudy days; and drugs and alcohol are rarely involved. And much more…
Mobility Playbook to Transform Car-Oriented Red Deer (CN)
An active transportation plan for a city of 100k with a >90% driving mode share, and a forecast for major population growth. The plan is clear, concise, and can be easily deciphered by elected officials, planning commissioners, and laypersons. Created by Gehl Architects, 8-80 Cities, and The City of Red Deer.
Our Built and Natural Environments (Second Edition)
A peer reviewed report on what impact we are having on our built environment. Salient facts from this sobering report: in 1969 69% of households had 0-1 vehicles; by 2009 that number had fallen to 39%. There’s not a lot of good news in here, but the information can be trusted. To end on a positive note: from 1997 to 2005 household income grew faster than VMT, countering the oft-repeated claim that we can drive our way to prosperity.
Rural Walking in MA – A Toolkit for Municipalities
A snapshot of walking accommodations and travel behavior in MA’s rural communities. Includes 13 useful case studies of how communities–population 1,500 to 50k–are improving walkability.
Psst! Here’s another great design guide on Context Sensitive Solutions for rural areas http://bit.ly/16wbPRq
Making Trails Count in IL
One of the best studies of recreational trails and their users. Short and succinct; full of useful data including: user motivation, spending habits, and user demographics. Select findings: nearly 70% of users learned of the trail through word-of-mouth, or happening by; and trails are underutilized by moderate and low income users.
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