Low density, disconnected development patterns—or sprawl—peaked in the mid-1990s, then declined by as much as 9 percent in the following decades, according to a new analysis of street patterns published by the National Academy of Sciences.
Austin, Texas has released a report detailing their 15-year effort to “right size” streets throughout the city, and the results have been positive. Travel times on the studied segments have not increased, crashes are down by as much as 38 percent, and high-risk speeding has significantly decreased. In some cases travel times and traffic volumes have actually increased because the roads operate more efficiently.
Bike maps should reflect the conditions bicyclists might face, not just whether a bike lane exists on the road. That is the premise of a new bike map in Austin, TX. The inputs needed for bicycle comfort level metrics may not be available for many of the local roadways that bicyclists use on a regular basis.