Friday Links for May 10, 2013

Pedestrian fatality rates vary by demographic: The chilling facts about pedestrian fatalities reveal that certain groups are much more likely than others to be injured or killed while walking.  As reported on Streetsblog.com, a report by the Centers for Disease Control found that members of certain groups, including the elderly, minorities, and males in general, are killed by vehicles in disproportionate … Continue reading Friday Links for May 10, 2013

Article: Washington, D.C. school performance and walkability

As part of an open data initiative, members of the Code for DC Brigade found a correlation between higher public school performance and walkability.  It is also known that walkability and access to transit increase real estate values.  What does this say about DC schools, or about walkable neighborhoods, for that matter?    In an … Continue reading Article: Washington, D.C. school performance and walkability

Article: History tells us that the end of the car era may be closer than we think

This article in The Atlantic Cities compares the car to older technologies such as the steamboat.  At one point, it may have been hard to picture a society without these vessels, which played a huge role in the transportation of freight in the 1800's.  However, thanks to technological developments since then, the steamboat has become … Continue reading Article: History tells us that the end of the car era may be closer than we think

Article: Children who walk to school have better concentration

As this article from The Atlantic Cities explains, a recent study in Denmark found that children who walk or bike to school performed better on tasks requiring concentration than children who were driven to school.  In the study, this exercise appeared to have an even greater impact on performance than eating breakfast.  Cognitive improvement is … Continue reading Article: Children who walk to school have better concentration

Article: “Somehow We’re Walking More and Walking Less At the Same Time”

A recent CDC report states that a greater percentage of Americans walked for more than ten minutes straight over the course of a week in 2010 than in 2005.  However, the length of time people spend walking has dropped from an average 15 minutes per day to just 13 minutes a day. Is this good … Continue reading Article: “Somehow We’re Walking More and Walking Less At the Same Time”