WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis

 

Local

 

The Seattle Department of Transportation now has Mini Grants available for Safe Routes to School

programming. Applications are due by April 30th and schools, public and private, PTAs, and other school-related nonprofit groups are eligible to apply for up to $1,000.

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The University of Washington is applying for a TIGER 2014 grant from USDOT to improve the entire portion of the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs through campus.

 

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project kicked off with a safety walk and sign unveiling at the intersection of NE 125th Street and Lake City Way.

 

National

 

Councilwoman Libby Schaaf introduced legislation that would make Oakland the country’s fourth city to allow aggrieved cyclists and pedestrians to sue abusive drivers.

 

A new tool helps people in Seattle, Washington DC, Chicago, and New York find out which parts of the city have the greatest “depth of choice” in terms of amenities like parks or restaurants.

 

Living in sprawling metropolitan areas hurts a child’s chances of moving up the economic ladder.

 

San Francisco is working on their own Vision Zero, a plan to eliminate traffic deaths in San Francisco within ten years.

 

As All Aboard Florida prepares to provide passenger service on the Florida East Coast Railroad, there is also a campaign to include a walking and biking trail along with the new rail.

 

The New York Times profiled exceptional college courses around the country including Centre College’s The Art of Walking.

 

International

 

Residents push prams along a damaged road leading to Alto Hospicio commune after a series of aftershocks in Iquique

An earthquake struck Chile’s Tarapacá region, damaging the road that connects the two cities of Iquique and Alto Hospicio. Instead of the twenty minute drive, residents are walking two hours between the cities.

 

If you come across any interesting pedestrian news or stories, please send a link to zoe@feetfirst.org.

 

Photos courtesy of Lake City Live and Atlantic Cities

 

 

 

 

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