We’re continually amazed (and comforted) that other cities all over the US are experiencing similar issues. Parking is a common problem. Should shopping and dining patrons be entitled to park in front of businesses? Is free parking really free? Read on…
Sherman Smith June 18 2018
Think Topeka has a parking problem? Take a hike
As more people look to downtown for entertainment, shopping and restaurants, the city plans to modernize meters, make it easier to locate open spaces and incentivize contiguous parking spots.
Even on days when S. Kansas Avenue is crowded, 60 to 70 percent of spaces on side streets may be open. The city maintains 6,000 spaces among streets, lots and garages downtown.
“I think what that turns out to be is there is a walking problem instead of a parking problem,” said public works director Jason Peek.
If you walk in American cities, you know the streets weren’t engineered for you. The obvious signs are the broken, obstructed, or just plain non-existent sidewalks. But there’s also a less visible bias against walking programmed into our traffic signals.
Cycling with an umbrella serves to underline how a simple routine translates so effortlessly to riding in the bike lane. Amsterdammers once again show how an unadulterated lifestyle of riding bikes can be so captivating yet civilized—walking with wheels.
The Rolling Spoke is a bicycle photoblog by an urban dweller living in Amsterdam. The aim is to put a creative spin of life on two wheels.
Roads need to be designed for all users: all genders, and all ages. Many women have well-founded fear of riding on American streets and it’s the same in the UK. Also, see a video with more discussion about helmets.
Helen Pidd June 13 2018
Women shun cycling because of safety, not helmet hair
Roads designed by men are killing women – and stop millions from cycling
The main reason most women don’t cycle in the UK is because they think it is dangerous.
The best ways to spend Father’s Day, whether you’re the dad looking for some bonding time, or if you re the offspring thinking about doing something meaningful with your dad… You guessed it! Take a walk or bike ride in a Monmouth County park! Read on for inspiration from the UK, and see below for bike and walking trails in Monmouth County.
How should I spend Father’s Day? 6 great ideas for family bonding time
THERE’S nothing more important than spending time together as a family and Father’s Day is a great time to take dad out for fun.
Let’s keep the discussion going about slowing the cars.
New York City only used speed bumps to slow the cars on narrow city streets, and injuries to people walking or biking actually increased 6 percent. London added raised crosswalks, raised intersections, curb extensions, pedestrian refuges, traffic diverters, mini-roundabouts, and other traffic-calming measures.
London’s Slow Zones Save Lives and New York’s Don’t. Here’s Why.
We’ve been publishing articles about traffic signaling (Like LBIs and LPIs) which has hopefully been enlightening for readers . This article explains signaling further, and with Barcelona as an example the subject is interesting, and even beautiful. Cities say that they want to prioritize walkers and bicyclists, but traffic engineers are still designing for cars…will Asbury Park develop as a city designed for all users and not just cars? We think so!
How traffic signals favour cars and discourage walking
Register for this 1 hour session and assess the status of Complete Streets in Asbury Park (or your city).
Complete Streets Technical Assistance Program Informational Webinar
Wed, Jun 20, 2018 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
An informational webinar will be held Wednesday, June 20, from 1:30pm – 2:30pm to review how to assess the status of your complete streets efforts, the types of technical assistance available to assist you in moving forward, and how to apply to be part of the program.
Sustainable Jersey, the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and Together North Jersey are pleased to announce the Complete Streets Technical Assistance Program. The program will support municipal government efforts to implement complete streets in nine municipalities. Selected participants will receive free direct technical assistance to complete a specific task related to advancing a complete streets initiative in their communities. This informational webinar will review the details of the program including the types of technical assistance available and online application process.
Concerned about speeding on city streets? Learn here about traffic calming. Asbury Park and Hoboken share some of the same challenges.
Hoboken Traffic Calming Toolkit
The purpose of the Traffic Calming Toolkit is to provide residents and community leaders with information about the City of Hoboken’s Traffic Calming Policy. The toolkit is designed to highlight common traffic calming measures and explain the protocol used in selecting the most appropriate measure for each instance.
Traffic Calming vs. Traffic Control
“Traffic control” is often confused with “traffic calming,” and it is important to understand that these two terms have very different roles for transportation planning and engineering. Unlike traffic calming, which emphasizes managing traffic speeds, traffic control primarily is concerned with managing traffic flow. Stop signs are a good example of a traffic control device that is often confused as a traffic calming measure. Stop signs are intended to assign the right-of-way among motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists at an intersection. Although many citizens believe that stop signs help reduce speeds on their street, numerous studies have shown that speeds are as high or higher at mid-block than those locations without stop signs. Also, the FHWA Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) states that “Stop signs should not be used for speed control. For the purposes of this Traffic Calming Toolkit, traffic control devices will generally not be included except for the purposes of prioritizing pedestrian crossings at intersections where high volumes exist.
At the initial stages of redesign from car centric city to a people centric city-some residents will undoubtedly say, “we’re not “X”(name of city)”. Copenhagen is a perfect example. Let’s use the models of cities that are doing it right and strive to imitate them.
Copenhagenize your city: the case for urban cycling in 12 graphs
Mon 11 Jun 2018
Danish-Canadian urban designer Mikael Colville-Andersen busts some common myths and shows how the bicycle has the potential to transform cities around the world