WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Zoe Harris and Drew DeVitis

 

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Local

 

The Downtown Seattle Association’s vision for the Pike-Pine corridor aims to put pedestrians first.

 

Transportation advocates from across the state met with their legislators in Olympia this week for Transportation Advocacy Day.

 

Linnea Westerlind recently completed her goal of visiting all of Seattle’s 426 parks.

 

The Northwest Urbanist blog offers an argument to bury I-5 in Seattle.

 

National

 

Pittsburgh recently unveiled the city’s first “road shift,” shutting down a length of street for car traffic and converting its usage into a bike and pedestrian only thoroughfare.

 

Two federal bills were introduced in the U.S. Congress, which have the potential to improve active transportation infrastructure. House bill (H.R. 3978) would establish a pilot program to demonstrate the effectiveness of loans that leverage the private value of public investments in walking and biking projects. Safe Streets Act of 2014 (S. 2004) would require routine accommodation of all users when using federal dollars to complete road improvements.

 

Read New York City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, which represents Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pact to prevent deaths and injuries from serious crashes on city streets.

 

Estimates released by the Federal Highway Administration suggest that per capita vehicle miles of travel dropped again in 2013, making it the ninth consecutive year of decline.

 

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International

 

Canadian artist Roadsworth believes street crossing should be “more than asphalt safety keyboards.”

 

A study in Toronto, Canada shows that residential density and the availability of walkable destinations were each significantly associated with transportation and health outcomes.

 

A recent article from the Project for Public Spaces compares shared space in New York City and Paris.

 

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

 

Photos courtesy of Bonnie Loshbaugh and roadsworth.com

 

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