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Video evidence: Saving vulnerable users without needing data

Crosswalk at Dock Street in Richmond, Va.Can video evidence replace data when it comes to bike and pedestrian planning? I love this concept. Data collection is hard with bike/ped, and perhaps observing conflict areas over a dedicated period of time could prevent conflicts to vulnerable users…and unnecessary injuries and deaths.

A recent article by Next City detailed a planning process happening in certain cities that is helping to speed up processes in creating safer environments for pedestrians and bicyclists in key transportation areas.

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Dangerous by Design: Richmond rated worst in Virginia for pedestrian safety

 

Dangerous By DesignStatistics can be an important tool. Understanding statistics can help you assess the quality of studies and the validity of their conclusions.

As a planner, statistics are vital to assessing areas of need. As a bike and pedestrian planner, it can be difficult to measure certain aspects of our infrastructure and how people navigate our transit networks. Giving policy makers factual statistics to enhance work study is commonplace. Continue reading

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Counting what you can’t see: Downsides of Data-Based Transportation Planning

Richmond Rides bike tour in Church Hill.

I am a transportation planner. My job is primarily focused on bike and pedestrian planning, which I love. But planners cannot wave a magic wand to create the infrastructure needed to better accommodate those modes of transit.

Planning requires data and information to quantify projects. Everything costs money and elected or appointed officials are not likely to blindly approve projects because somebody wants them built. But how do you best account for pedestrians and cyclists? Continue reading

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Do you care that 35,092 people were killed on U.S. roadways in 2015?

USDOT CHART: Occupants and Nonoccupants Killed and Injured in Traffic Crashes“The Nation lost 35,092 people in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2015, an increase from 32,744 in 2014. The 7.2-percent increase is the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years. The largest percentage increase previously was an 8.1-percent increase from 1965 to 1966.” – U.S. Department of Transportation

After reading an overview of the 2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes Report from the USDOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and sifting through some of the statistics, it would seem that our country has a long way to go toward safe transit. And as our population continues to rise, it will only get worse if we don’t take action to stop the killing.

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Biking & walking around Richmond region needs to get easier

Cars driving in a buffered bike lane on 9th Street in downtown Richmond.

Cars driving in a buffered bike lane on 9th Street in downtown Richmond.

I like to ride my bike. I don’t always have the time to ride, but I’ve made it a habit to ride my bike on errands and on my bike commute to work.Despite the cold winter weather and snow, as of Feb. 13, I’ve ridden about 125 miles this year, with about 25 percent of those miles coming in Henrico County, where I live. I’m healthy and able-bodied, but not all of us are so lucky.

Sports Backers’ Bike Walk RVA organization is helping encourage localities to become more active and friendly to biking and walking. It is hosting four informal “Bike Walk Talk” happy hours throughout Henrico this month. Continue reading

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How Stony Point Fashion Park can bring in customers & create a destination

Bike rack at Stony Point Fashion ParkThe owner of Stony Point Fashion Park plans a $50 million redevelopment of the South Richmond mall, the company is announcing in a release to media and reported in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Sounds like a lot of money — five times as much as Short Pump Town Center spent on recent renovations. They seem to be targeting the more outdoorsy crowd. I may have some suggestions that won’t cost anywhere near $50 million. Continue reading

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Taking urban planning lessons from ‘The Car and the City’

Patterson Avenue, east of Three Chopt Road.I recently read The Car and the City: 24 Steps to Safe Streets and Healthy Communities by Alan Thein Durning. The book was written nearly two decades ago and focused primarily on the Pacific Northwest, but many of the points made by the book are still relevant to today’s urban planning all over the country. Continue reading

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