Public safety

Complete Streets are safe, effective, affordable, report says

Complete Streets correlate with broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values, according to the most comprehensive study to date of this trend.

System A and System B

When the research favors compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, why does government favor sprawl?

As evidence mounts, drumbeat for walkable streets grows

The evidence keeps piling up to support reform in street design and traffic engineering.

Dangerously uninformed

I've often wondered about the actuarial approach used by auto insurance companies, but I’ve never had the data or specific insight to really question it.

How the ITE overestimates traffic

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual for trip generation radically overestimates traffic spurred by new development, measuring "phantom trips" that never materialize.

23 million bikeshare rides and no deaths

A Reuters article reported this astonishing statistic: 23 million rides have been taken in US bikeshare systems since 2007 with no reported fatalities.

Walkable neighborhoods improve health, safety, and social life

A meta-analysis published in Housing Policy Debate finds that extensive studies in recent years support positive claims.

Bad call: Wide streets in the name of fire safety

Fire officials often push for wider streets so that their biggest trucks can move more swiftly — but the wider streets lead to more deaths and injuries. They do this, supposedly, in the name of safety.

Good news on sprawl: It doesn't increase heart disease

Bad news: Traffic fatalities, cost of living, upward mobility, body mass index, obesity, physical activity, life expectancy, high blood pressure, diabetes.

Health and smart growth: Safety tops obesity

There are two primary fronts in the healthy communities movement — safety and obesity. A stronger emphasis on safety is more likely to succeed with citizens and public officials.

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