Thursday, September 4, 2014

Americans Don't Walk Much, and I Don't Blame Them

This won’t be breaking news to most readers, but Americans don’t walk very much.  Periodically, National Geographic publishes a 17-nation “Greendex” study on, among many other things, transit use and walking.  In 2012 we Americans came in dead last on both indices, and it wasn’t close. Read more.

Ottawa Pedestrian Plan

Ottawa Pedestrian Plan, presented to the transportation committee on September 3, 2014. Read more.

Quebec City police probed after cyclist run over by cruiser dies

A cyclist has died in hospital after a Quebec City police cruiser ran over him yesterday, in an accident that at least one witness said left the man trapped under the car "in a fetal position." Read more.

Six photos show how much a quick protected lane can add to a bigger project

Here are a few images from Austin bikeway engineer Nathan Wilkes that show how several thousand dollars of posts and paint can bring a new million-dollar bridge from good to great. Read more.

(You can accomplish quite a bit with a little paint.)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Taking back the streets: Open Streets takes Toronto

“I’ve never been in favour of Open (Streets) Toronto,” Ford said shortly after he met with city staff about the event. “We have parks for people to walk, for exercise, to do yoga. You don’t have to close down a major street to walk, do yoga — that’s for parks. Read more.

City of Regina wants 21% hike to monthly bus passes

The price of an adult monthly pass that's now $62 will rise to $75 — a 21 per cent increase. There are similar increases planned for Youth and Post-secondary passes. Read more.

City Spotlight – Toronto

A million people can’t be wrong! One of the first things you will notice is that there are bicycles everywhere in Toronto’s mostly flat and dense downtown. Read more.

How Car Companies Are Trying to Win Back Millennials

A Zipcar-funded study found that about 40 percent of Millennials would rather lose access to a car than to their smartphone or laptop. Young people today are more excited by the latest product announcement from Apple than from Ford. The gleam is off the car and on the iPhone, which has automakers scrambling to get it back. Read more.

Video Release: It's Your Move Active Transportation Champion Nadien Godkewitsch

The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) releases today its 11th video from the It`s Your Move series, featuring Nadien Godkewitsch, Manager of Programs at the Toronto Community Foundation (TCF). Read more.

Municipal Candidates endorse cycling and active transportation in Waterloo Region

Twenty-four municipal candidates from Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo have pledged to support walking and biking in their communities if elected, more than all other Ontario municipalities combined. Read more.