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Reasons to be Cheerful

Rikha Sharma Rani

8 October 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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Oakland is making an effort to make city planning more equitable to include the needs of communities of color. "Esential Places" is the second iteration of a program that started off as "Slow Streets" and was criticiz...

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Ryan Fonseca

24 September 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Five years after Los Angeles launched its Vision Zero program to reduce traffic fatalities, the numbers of pedestrians and cyclists killed on city streets have soared. By relying too heavily on the racially fraught an...

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Adele Peters

9 January 2020

Oslo, Norway

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Oslo, Norway saw zero pedestrian and cyclist deaths in 2019. The success comes from infrastructure redesign, increased traffic enforcement, overall policy prioritization of road safety, and collaboration between resid...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

21 November 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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An extensive investigation that, despite implementing an initiative called "Vision Zero" that aims to eliminate traffic and pedestrian fatalities, many cities still struggle to reduce the number of fatalities, year-ov...

CityLab

Andrew Small

11 November 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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As the District lagged on its Vision Zero goals, bike and pedestrian advocates in Washington turned traffic fatalities into a rallying cry, and got results.  

CityLab

Andrew Small

29 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

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New York City's Asphalt Art Initiative - created by Bloomberg Philanthropies - addresses pedestrian and traffic safety by taking to the streets and creating visual traffic flows with just a can of paint. Simple design...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

17 October 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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A plan to redesign Market Street in San Francisco uses a controversial approach used by cities around the world: eliminating personal cars entirely. This bicycle, pedestrian and bus-oriented layout approach reduces tr...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Will Doig

11 October 2019

Pontevedra, Spain

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In Pontevedra, Spain, the city has taken incremental action to reduce cars and congestion in the city center. As the city is small and walkable on foot, walking has become the foremost transportation option, not throu...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

7 October 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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In order to cut back on automotive emissions and traffic within the city center, Amsterdam has introduced road-dividing "cuts" - called "knips" in Dutch - along major roadways to make travel in the city center easier ...

CityLab

Laura Laker

27 September 2019

London, England

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In an effort to promote safe streets and bicycle and pedestrian safety, Officials in Tower Hamlets, an East London neighborhood, closed down a main community road to car traffic - and it didn't go well. But local offi...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

28 June 2019

London, United Kingdom

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In London, a new initiative called Junior Roadwatch is engaging children as traffic safety enforcers. Around one particularly busy and dangerous section of road, drivers who are caught speeding have two options: get a...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

22 April 2019

Medford, Massachusetts, United States

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In an effort to promote safe driving, a local artist painted a three-dimensional crosswalk near an elementary school. The idea came from school-aged children, noticing the intersection needed improvements, who brought...

National Geographic

Alma Guillermoprieto

27 March 2019

Bogotá, Capital Region, Colombia

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Ciclovía (Bicycle Way) is a well-known initiative from Bogota, Colombia that allows citizens to take over the public space once a week — roughly 75 miles of public streets. Citizens will bike, run, walk, dance, eat, p...

CityLab

Jaime Velazquez

26 November 2018

Pontevedra, Spain

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Nearly two decades ago, Pontevedra, Spain, made a radical shift away from cars and focused on redesigning the center from the sight line of a child walking on the street. Combined with affordable residences in the urb...

Streetsblog USA

Angie Schmitt

9 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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In 2016 and 2017, New York City installed infrastructure designed to slow down drivers making left-hand turns in more than 200 locations and banned left turns at high-risk spots as a way to curb pedestrian crashes. Si...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Grace Connatser

30 October 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Since the Lincoln Avenue School Walking Bus program started, the school has seen marked improvements in attendance rates. The volunteer-run transit alternative promotes neighborhood safety and offers another chance fo...

Science Africa

Henry Owino

19 October 2018

Hawinga, Kenya

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The emergence of solar lamps are changing the way of life for many in a remote village in Western Kenya. Not only creating a safer commute to and from work, solar lamps are also helping fuel the creation of jobs for m...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tom Daykin

12 October 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Milwaukee is poised to pass a complete streets policy that would advance current efforts to make the city more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. But even without this policy in place, projects to widen sidewalk and impro...

The Guardian

Stephen Burgen

18 September 2018

Pontevedra, Spain

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Rather than attempt to change traffic flow, the city of Pontevedra cut straight to the source of their congestion frustrations; they eliminated cars from their streets entirely. The city center, which now fills to the...

The New York Times

Julie Bosman

2 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Chicago River, once a place that tourists and locals alike would avoid, is now thriving after over 15 years of redevelopment efforts. Richard M. Daley, mayor at the time, enlisted the help of a Chicago architect t...

The Seattle Times

Michelle Baruchman

1 August 2018

Bellevue, Washington, United States

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Bellevue’s pilot bike lane project is starting slow and ready for feedback. By beginning the project with less than a mile of bike lanes downtown, the city made sure to brand it as a pilot, hoping to measure results a...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

20 July 2018

London, United Kingdom

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Is no one listening to your public service announcement? Try having a child read it. At the Victoria metro station in London, escalator injuries have fallen by nearly two-thirds since the station began running announc...

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Anoush Darabi

22 June 2018

Antwerp, Belgium

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Urban planners in Belgium are creating play spaces, known as the “speelweefselplan,” to give children more room to be outside. The design process includes asking schoolchildren about their routes to and from school, a...

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Anoush Darabi

8 June 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Pedestrian-oriented development takes many forms, but three cities have demonstrated success. In New York City, a local transit commissioner convinced the city to pedestrianize parts of Times Square using data to make...

The New York Times

Andrew Jacobs

5 May 2018

Panipat, Haryana, India

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The World Health Organization estimates that $200 billion worth of productivity is lost every year due to untreated poor eyesight. Several organizations, such as EYElliance and Aravind Eye Hospital, are working to com...

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