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CLEAR EXPLANATION OF HOW ROAD DIETS WORK
-> A road diet is a great way for cities to reclaim some of the excess street space they’ve dedicated to cars—generally preserving traffic flows while improving safety and expanding mobility to other modes. Road diets come in many flavors. Urban planner and Walkable City author Jeff Speck, in collaboration with graphic artist Spencer Boomhower, takes us on a tour of four types of street diets in a deliciously clear new video series. http://bit.ly/1EigGKi
FHWA UPDATED TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PROCESS BOOK
-> An updated version of the Transportation Planning Process Book: "Key Issues A Briefing Notebook for Transportation Decision makers, Officials, and Staff" (http://1.usa.gov/1UcXEXW) reflecting changes in Federal legislation is now available. It provides an overview of transportation planning and will be useful for government officials, transportation decisionmakers, planning board members, transportation service providers, interested stakeholders, and the public. It includes: 1) Overviews of the metropolitan and Statewide transportation planning processes, 2) Descriptions of the key products that are prepared as part of the transportation planning process, and 3) References for additional information.
BEFORE & AFTER IMAGE GALLERY SHOWS GOOD URBAN DESIGN PRACTICE
-> Check out ideas for transforming streets on the ever-growing global Before/After Gallery image collection. Examples of public space transformation from car-oriented to pedestrian friendly as viewed through Google streetview. The site was begun by a group of young urban designers, based in São Paulo, Brazil who want to share knowledge about what good urban design practice means and how it affects our lives in the cities. http://bit.ly/1If5ARn. Share your project: http://bit.ly/1hFzI3H
METROPOLITAN CHICAGO ACCESSIBILITY EXPLORER
-> This site gives you the ability to look at the number of jobs, parks, schools, groceries and other opportunities which can be reached from different neighborhoods in the city of Chicago or broader metro area within certain travel time thresholds by different modes. Use the menu at the top to choose the accessibility type you are interested in, the travel mode, and the travel time threshold by that mode. The map will show accessibilities at the blockgroup level with colors representing the percentage of the chosen activity that one can reach within the chosen travel time. You can turn on the neighborhood layer to make it easier to identify the areas you are interested in. Once the map loads, hover the mouse at the area that interests you to see its accessibility levels. http://bit.ly/1NTXFxY
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