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Friday Links – 8/30/13

Happy Friday!  Wherever your feet take you this Labor Day weekend, we suggest you take some time to peruse the latest pedestrian news. The Atlantic Cities: Americans are driving less, and the economy is not (entirely) to blame. A recent report found no relationship between reductions in driving at the state level and the health of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Article: America is a Walking Disaster

This article from The Atlantic Cities explains how car-oriented design and policies have made suburban areas inhospitable for pedestrians.  For example, as one contributor to the Greater Greater Washington blog found out, it can take as much as 8 1/2 minutes to legally cross a suburban street!  How can we shift policy and design to […]

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 […]