Walk audits are a common public engagement activity used in pedestrian planning, but often are not accessible to or inclusive of people with disabilities. People with disabilities are more likely to rely on walking for daily trips and may be more aware of and impacted by problems in the transportation network. Planning and street design processes benefit from incorporating the expertise of people with disabilities; when a street is accessible for people with disabilities, it is accessible for all people. The Inclusive Walk Audit Facilitator’s Guide, developed by the Minnesota Department of Health and Alta Planning + Design, provides specific guidance and information on how to better include people with disabilities and to highlight disability in walk audits so that planning processes are more inclusive. More information.
By 2040, about one in six Americans will be older that 65. This presents a challenge for cities: How do they design streets and neighborhoods for an aging America? In this webinar, hosted by Scott Berson from the Coastal Regional Commission, participants will talk about why cities need to focus on designing “complete streets” that cater to all ages, so older Americans can live productive, meaningful and safe lives well into their golden years. Registration.
Infrastructure improvements are often the costliest components of initiatives to support walking and rolling. Join us to learn about frequently used sources of funding for active transportation projects in the US, how to find out what funding is available for your community, and tips for navigating the funding process. More information.
This webinar will explore some of the key community projects that would turn Atlanta’s existing patchwork of trails into a truly transformative, cohesive network. It will address:
• The disconnected nature of the region’s trail network, which limits the ability of trails to serve as a means of daily transportation
• The lack of access to trails in some parts of metro Atlanta, despite robust investment across the region in recent years.
• The key projects needed to connect existing trails and build out the regional trail network
Since the release of the FHWA Bikeway Selection Guide in 2019, agencies have integrated the guide into roadway design policies, bicycle transportation plans, and corridor studies. The guide outlines a process for selecting a preferred bikeway and assessing selection in context of roadway conditions and traffic activity. But, practitioners frequently ask “How do I apply the Bikeway Selection Guide to complex intersections?” and “How do I assess the tradeoffs and options for bikeway selection with on street parking?” FHWA has responded to these questions by generating two new supplemental resources to the Bikeway Selection Guide: Traffic Analysis and Intersection Considerations to Inform Bikeway Selection and On Street Motor Vehicle Parking and the Bikeway Selection Process. During this webinar, authors will provide an overview of the information included in these resources. Panelists include Lauren Blackburn (VHB), Dan Goodman (Toole Design) and Jared Draper (Toole Design). More information and registration.
The United States has a crisis: the number of people struck and killed while walking increased by 35 percent between 2008 and 2017. In 2018 alone, 6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes, the highest fatality rate since 1990.
This alarming increase in the number of people killed while walking is happening because our streets, which have been designed to move vehicles as fast as possible almost all the time, are incredibly dangerous for everyone else who needs to use them. It has been more than a decade since Smart Growth America released the first edition of Dangerous by Design, and the problem has only gotten worse.
Join the report authors and some special guests to discuss the findings of the report, how dangerous streets continue to put vulnerable people walking and traveling actively at risk, and what needs to happen to address this terrible trend. Registration and more information.