Pedestrians and their environments

High hopes for a more walkable America

Many ideas and trends are afoot to make walking easier and more accessible—leading to greater health and happiness.

Placemaking is critical for the local economy

Do you want your community to thrive in the future? If so, placemaking is a key to making that happen.

The daunting challenge of unwalkable America

National Geographic publishes a 17-nation “Greendex” on, among many other things, transit use and walking. In 2012 Americans came in dead last on both indices, by a wide margin. 

A low-cost approach to walkability

Making downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, more walkable doesn’t have to cost a bundle, according to consultant Jeff Speck.

Twelve steps to cut pedestrian deaths

Here’s a few of practical steps to slow speeds, deter distracted driving and help make walking a safer, comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Vision Zero: Making pedestrian safety a public priority

New York and other cities confront the critical problem of pedestrian fatalities.

Pedestrian safety leads to more walking, or is it vice versa?

Washington, DC, New York City, San Francisco, and Honolulu also enjoy very high rates of walking to work, all around or above ten percent. Why is that?

Ped-bike advocates and urbanists: Get together

A new benchmarking report on biking and walking reveals a big hole in this growing movement — many ped-bike advocates rarely talk to urbanists and vice-versa.

Things that should never be in driving distance

We would be better off if we had the option of walking to the following services and activities. 

In sprawling Texas, walkability gains a toehold

A new park in Dallas that connects downtown to neighboring Uptown, bridging a freeway, is an example of how connectivity and placemaking are taking hold in a state known for sprawl.

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