An idea pioneered in Holland has arrived in England–removing all signage, striping, and mode separation of the public street, improving safety for everyone. “The idea underlining the project is that when nannying rules and orders – in the form of countless signs, traffic signals and barriers – are removed, motorists take more personal responsibility for[…]
Ask a group of ten people if they want to live in a neighborhood that supports biking, and nine of them are going to say yes. Europe has certainly figured this out, and more and more Americans are doing the same. While baby boomers saw car ownership as the ultimate status symbol, Gen-X, Gen-Y, and[…]
Now this from NPR’s Health Blog: a new study has shown that biking short distances frequently, such as to the grocery store, can significantly improve health and reduce health care costs. And its actually enjoyable as well! Secret To A Long, Healthy Life: Bike To The Store by Nancy Shute What would you say to[…]
From the New York Times, an article about how the Dutch use good planning to make their cities more livable: The Dutch Way: Bicycles and Fresh Bread By RUSSELL SHORTO Published: July 30, 2011 AS an American who has been living here for several years, I am struck, every time I go home, by the[…]
For 50 years America has been conducting an experiment in urban planning–designing all of our cities around the needs of automobiles. Lots of “free” parking, lots of highways, and lots of fuel subsidies to keep cars fed. I think we can all agree that this experiment is coming to an end, and nearly every community[…]
In the United States, our most ubiquitous public space is the street. On the whole, US cities don’t have the same public squares and plazas that are found in Europe and Asia, but we do spend a lot of time and money on our streets. The Complete Streets movement pushes local decision makers and engineers[…]
While on a team at CRSA Mark Morris from VODA assisted in the development of a regulating plan for the Farmington Station area of the FrontRunner commuter rail system. The city of Farmington had been dissatisfied with previous ordinances for the area, and wanted to craft a regulating plan that would be effective in creating the transit-oriented development patterns that would be most appropriate for this area.