Weekly Walk Around the News 11/9/2012

Feet First’s look at pedestrian news for the week of November 9, 2012.

WEEKLY WALK AROUND THE NEWS

Posted by Kerry Dirk

November 9, 2012

 

Local

On November 19, Jeff Speck, a city planner and architectural designer, will be speaking on creating walkable cities. The talk will take place at The Pub at Town Hall from 7:30 – 9:00 PM, and tickets are $5.

The Seattle Transit Blog is conducting its first annual reader survey to learn more about its readers, including demographic information and suggestions for future topics to cover.

King County Metro will be adding four new C Line trips for evening travel.  All four trips will be in effect by next Monday.

 

National 

The application process for applying for a Walk Friendly Community designation is now open. Communities with this designation have shown a commitment to pedestrian safety and to creating a more walkable area. Designations of Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum may be awarded. Seattle is currently the only city with a Platinum Level designation.

The Indiana Active Transportation Conference will take place November 13-14. The conference will bring together health, community design, and transportation experts to educate those attending on how to achieve more walkable, bikable, and transit-oriented neighborhoods. 

Now that Safe Routes to School will no longer be funded entirely by federal transportation dollars, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership has provided a list of ideas to generate the needed funds.  Specifically, a project is responsible for at least 20 percent of the cost, and state funds, local government funds, and private donations are all acceptable means of making up this difference. 

Watch a short video from business owners along a trail through Maryland and Pennsylvania as they talk about the ways that trails have positively impacted their revenue

Jefferson City, Missouri, recently adopted a new sidewalk requirement for new developments, given the numerous complaints about the lack of sidewalks around the city.

A nonprofit group on Orlando, Best Foot Forward, is working to increase the number of drivers who stop at pedestrian crosswalks. They have found that the higher the speed limit, the fewer the number of drivers who will stop for pedestrians.

 

International

Given that road deaths are the largest killer of 16- to 24-year-olds in the UK, schools have decided to make road safety a part of their curriculum. Road Safety Week will run between November 19-25, during which time many schools will focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety, 

Students at Curtin University in Australia staged a street performance of “To walk or not to walk” to increase public awareness about pedestrian problems. 

A group called TAG Platform is working to address pedestrian accessibility in Istanbul, including an increase in wheelchair access and the removal of obstructions from established pedestrian walkways.

 

 

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