Urbanism Next Recap: Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know

May 17, 2019

The Urbanism Next Conference, held in Portland, OR last week, is emerging as one of the premier events focused on the impacts that new technology, new transportation options, and new data are bringing to the way we plan, build, and interact in our communities. This was the second annual event, hosted by researchers from the […]

Celebrating a Life on Two Wheels

March 21, 2019

My father-in-law Leonard passed away a few weeks ago. As we were gathered with family and friends, the conversation turned to the ragtag collection of bikes in his garage, and someone remarked that his e‑bike had added years to his life. Leonard was in his 80s, and for years used a bike to get around. […]

Complete Streets 2.0: Putting Design Principles into Action

January 23, 2019

Last week we discussed eight Complete Streets 2.0 design principles that serve as a framework for successfully integrating new and emerging mobility options into our streetscapes. These principles allow us to adapt current designs, in response to new and shifting modes of transportation, while better balancing a street’s uses and services. Today, we’ll take a […]

Complete Streets 2.0: Responding to The Fast Pace of Change in Transportation

January 15, 2019

Signs of Change Over the last several years, the rise of ridesourcing (a.k.a. TNCs, ride hailing, and ridesharing, such as Uber and Lyft) has brought the challenge of curb management to the forefront for cities large and small. Unmanaged curb access can impact a surprisingly broad range of critical city goals, such as transit access, […]

“Smart Trips Austin” Aims to Answer Tough Transportation Questions

January 2, 2019

Intimidated by e-scooters? Not sure how to find the best bus route to get to work? Worried biking will be too hard? Here’s how Alta answered those questions in Austin, TX. For the past three years, Alta’s programs team has supported the City of Austin and Capital Metro by encouraging residents throughout the city to […]

Promoting Active Transportation Safety in Preparation for Autonomous Vehicles

December 6, 2018

Download the White Paper Here The race to develop and deploy fully autonomous vehicles (AV) is on, but how does the safety of people outside of the vehicle factor in? How do current strategies to prioritize safe and convenient travel by walking, bicycling, and transit relate to a world involving AVs? The widespread use of […]

How to Get in Front of the Future: Anticipatory Planning

August 8, 2018

By nature, community planning is forward looking and speculative. In forecasting future investments, we tend to look at factors such as historic trends and growth projections. When designing streets, we turn to industry standards that tend to plan for extreme events. This ranges from multi-lane highways built for rush hour to parking standards requiring a […]