The problem is the whole transport sector is quite influenced by the whole utilitarianist mindset. Now we’re bringing in the idea that it’s not acceptable to be killed or seriously injured when you’re transporting. It’s more a civil-rights thing that you bring into the policy. Matts-Åke Belin, traffic safety strategist, Swedish Transport Administration
Last week I was invited to participate in a “Design Lab,” run by Portland State University’s collaborative problem solving center, Oregon Solutions. Led by former Multnomah County Chair Beverly Stein, over 50 state and national thinkers (not necessarily experts on poverty) came together to develop ideas with the goal of halving Oregon’s poverty rate by […]
Today was the first sock-soaker of the year—despite wearing rainpants and a hooded raincoat, I squished-squished as I walked into my first stop of the day. Despite the rain, there was a steady stream (pun!) of people cycling across the Hawthorne Bridge. By the time I got there around 8:30 am, the bike counter had registered 1986 that day already. Not quite the numbers of summer when almost 3000 riders would have crossed by that time of morning but a good showing for a dark, very wet day in October.
“Encourage young boys and girls to run, jump, squeal, hop and chase after each other or after erratically kicked balls, and you substantially improve their ability to think, according to the most ambitious study ever conducted of physical activity and cognitive performance in children. The results underscore, yet again, the importance of physical activity […]
Paul Krugman (admittedly one of my favorite columnists and definitely my favorite economist) publicizes new economic analyses that show that we CAN afford to significantly reduce emissions and even prosper while doing so. Far from having to “live in the dark and freeze,” as threatened by the Koch Bros misinformation machine, a move to renewable […]
Why I let my children walk to the corner store — and why other parents should, too – The Washington Post. When my son, Gehron, turned 5, he insisted on walking the 3 blocks to kindergarten by himself. Why not? it was his neighborhood school, his mom worked there and he’d been walking those 3 […]
London air pollution: which mode of transport has the highest exposure? – video | Environment | The Guardian. Study done in London shows less exposure to traffic fumes for cyclists than for car drivers or bus riders. Plus, cycling reduces air pollution in the first place.
This morning, at a sparsely attended talk sponsored by Urban Land Institute, Gabe Klein, former transportation director of Chicago and DC, spoke of the “end of parking” coming about by car (and bike) sharing and self driving vehicle technology. These two developments have the potential to make parking demand collapse, according to Klein.
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