Word on the Street: 1/23/12
Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:
- TGOV Programming Up for Debate
Tulsa Mayor’s office is considering whether to allow the Transportation Advisory Board to conduct its meetings on the city’s government access television channel and website. Because there’s just not enough time to show those popular time and temperature PowerPoint slides.
- Hit and Run: Cowardly Lions of the Roadway
In Tulsa, 2,813 hit-and-run accidents were reported last year, about 200 fewer than the 3,024 recorded in 2007, the highest year in almost a decade. On Jan. 8, bicyclist Bobby Richardson was struck in East Tulsa by a hit-and-run driver and later died. Unless someone comes forward with information – the police’s best hope – the case will end up as far too many of these cases end up – unsolved.
- Bicycle Commuting Catching On With Employers
Calvert Investments, a financial firm based in Bethesda, is one such employer. The company offers employees a one-time $500 subsidy toward the cost of a bike. It’s part of the company’s mission of sustainability, a spokeswoman said.
- Is Fort Worth’s Plan to Install Showers for City Workers All Wet?
“Part of my support for this is we, as an employer, ask our employees to be healthy because we are self-insured. … It’s not an opulent health club. We’re just providing the means to clean up and have a professional appearance after heeding our request [to exercise] and help us reduce the city’s healthcare cost,” said Councilman Joel Burns.
- Cold Climate Can’t Stop Minneapolis’s Surging Bike Rates
The mayor is serious about cycling in Minneapolis, and he has plenty to brag about already, including the launch of the Nice Ride Minnesota bike-share system and the growth of the city’s bike network to 167 miles of on-street bikeways, a 75 percent increase from 2010 to 2011 alone.
- Traffic Light Free Junctions: “Sharing” the Space
Any drivers approaching one of Coventry’s busiest pedestrian crossing junctions may well find themselves confused about the lack of red and green lights telling them what to do.
- People Who Live Near Shopping Streets Three Times More Likely to Walk
The study found that residents of “traditionally designed” areas, with a downtown-style shopping district, were three times more likely to travel on foot than those who live in newer, suburban-style neighborhoods with shops located along car-centric roadways.
- How Can Cities Make Life Easier for the Elderly?
It’s a challenge the planners over in Aiken, South Carolina, know too well. About 10 years ago, Aiken was named one of the top ten retirement communities in the U.S. “That started the ball rolling,” says Glenn Parker, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. “We became a destination.” Now, almost a quarter of the population is over 65.
- Documenting the New Generation of Health Problems Caused by Sprawl
A provocative new 4-hour series soon to air on public television, Designing Healthy Communities, examines the impact of our built environment on key public health indices, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer and depression. The series documents the connection between bad community design and burgeoning health consequences, and discusses the remedies available to fix what has become an urgent crisis.