Detroit Gets a New Bike Share System

At the May 23rd launch of MoGo Bike Share, over 300 volunteers personally delivered the bikes from the start point at Henry Ford Health Care to their respective stations throughout the city. By Phil Goff, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Alta Planning + Design As bike share continues to become increasingly popular in the U.S., Detroit can […]

The Land of Oz: Design-Build and They Will Come

The Railyard is a multi-skill level skills course in downtown Rogers, AR. The course uses an old railroad cart as a technical feature and features one of the largest jumps west of the Mississippi River. By Kent Laughlin, Designer, Alta Planning + Design It’s not often a two-county region sets out to blaze hundreds of […]

Finding the Community’s Voice in Coalinga, CA

by Jeff Knowles, Associate Planner, Alta Planning + Design Almost halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles sits the small town of Coalinga (population 17,000). In many ways Coalinga is a typical Central Valley agricultural community — residents draw their livelihoods from nearby ranches, farms, and oil fields. Established as a coal refueling station for steam locomotives […]

Walk Bike Forward with Ted Eytan

#WalkBikeForward: Join us on our journey honoring key moments and people that have shaped our field as we celebrate 20 years of creating active, healthy communities. Ted Eytan, MD, MS, MPH, family physician in Washington, DC America’s Most Walkable City? In terms of breakthroughs, look at Washington, DC. It’s changed from a mostly unwalkable place to […]

Walk Bike Forward with Dan Burden

#WalkBikeForward: Join us on our journey honoring key moments and people that have shaped our field as we celebrate 20 years of creating active, healthy communities. Dan Burden is Director of Innovation and Inspiration for Blues Zones. Over the past 40 years, he has helped citizens in more than 3500 communities promote active transportation. He […]

Strengthening the Relationship between Design and Health

This Health Pathway Diagram, included in the Commercial Ave south vision plan, is a framing tool that depicts the connections between design strategies and health impacts. Students’ research on the health implications of the vision plan’s design strategies helped to validate these health impacts. Alta and University of Washington Students Collaborate on a Health Impact Assessment […]

Investing in Trails for Physical and Economic Health

By Britt Storck, PLA, ASLA, with contributions from Kyle James, Chris Saleeba, and Derek Abe Trails and greenways provide significant and tangible economic, health, and quality‐of‐life benefits in communities across the country. Investments in trail infrastructure produce remarkable returns and have transformative effects in cities and towns. In a fiscally-challenging climate, quantifying these factors and […]

Integrated Transport and Health Impact Modeling Tool

Individualized Marketing programs offer custom events like walking tours to encourage active transportation. By Derek Hofbauer, Dana Dickman, and Jessica Roberts, Alta Planning + Design “Oh, I just bike to work — that’s not exercise!” “I walk between meetings a lot, but that’s not the same as being active.” “This is a transportation project, not a public […]