For Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” Campaign, Don’t Forget Planning and Design
More activity-friendly urban planning can be one of the best ways to get kids exercising - but is Michelle Obama shortchanging it in her Let's Move campaign?  Photo by massdistraction, Flickr.
Yesterday, Michelle Obama rolled out her campaign against childhood obesity, dubbed “Let’s Move.” Along with the First Lady’s influential leadership, the project is backed by some significant resources, including as much as $1 billion a year in federal funds for ...
Creating Streets for Walkers and Hawkers
The Mira Road skywalk. Photo via Accommodation Times.
This post is intended as a follow-up to Erica Schlaikjer’s recent post about the new “skywalks” in Mumbai. She highlighted several common criticisms – that these elevated walkways are inaccessible for the old and the disabled, that they destroy the ...
New PBS Documentary “Beyond the Motor City” Reveals America’s Transportation Past, Present and Future
Detroit is emblematic of American transportation history, with all its ups and downs (shown here is its abandoned but impressive Michigan Central Station).  Can the city become a model for transportation innovation and urban revitalization?  Photo by uʌ, Flickr.
On Tuesday night, PBS premiered the latest installment of its Blueprint America series on the challenges of renewing America’s decaying infrastructure. (We mentioned it the other day in our post about America 2050.)  The newest episode, “Beyond the Motor City,” ...
Mumbai’s Monorail: Breakthrough or Blunder?
Mumbai’s Monorail: Breakthrough or Blunder?
Engineers recently completed a much-anticipated trial run of India’s first monorail car in Mumbai. The trial was an early test of the Mumbai Monorail Project, an initiative of the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority aimed at increasing mobility and reducing congestion ...
D.C. Colleges Embrace Bike-Sharing
A cluster of bikes at American University in northwest DC. Photo by Amberley Johanna.
Last year, we reported on breakthroughs in D.C.’s bicycling culture, such as the opening of Bikestation D.C. and proposals for bike lanes on M Street. Recently, the bikesharing buzz has been increasingly bolstered by the city’s student population. American University’s Student ...
Local Forecast: Snowy, with a Chance of Mixed-Use
DC's Capitol Hill neighborhood can meet a snowbound resident's daily needs.  How does your neighborhood fare?  Photo by Megan McConville.
We’re in the midst of another snowstorm here in D.C., and once again, I’m thanking my lucky stars that I live in a walkable, mixed-use neighborhood. Just like last time, the roads are a mess and my car is buried ...
New PBS Documentary "Beyond the Motor City" Reveals America's Transportation Past, Present and Future
On Tuesday night, PBS premiered the latest installment of its Blueprint America series on the challenges of renewing America’s decaying infrastructure. (We mentioned it the other day in our post about America 2050.)  The newest episode, “Beyond the Motor City,” ...
Snowstorm Erases Pedestrian Connections in D.C. – Again
Snowstorm Erases Pedestrian Connections in D.C. – Again
Washington, D.C. does a pretty good job of plowing major roads after snowstorms. However, sidewalks and crosswalks are a different story. A little background: I live in the District because I wanted to live in a place where I didn’t ...
The Most Dangerous Roads in the World
Shanghai's Puxi Viaduct, one of the largest and busiest interchanges in the world. Photo via Waze.com.
What is the one thing that can top a four-level interchange? How about a five-level interchange, like the Puxi Viaduct in Shanghai, ranked fourth in Waze.com’s list of the most complicated and dangerous roads in the world. Among the list ...
Creating "A Better Tomorrow" in America with Sustainable Transportation
Check out this video from America 2050, as part of its “A Better Tomorrow” project to create a “positive vision for the future of America built around investments in sustainable transportation and livable communities.” No, the futuristic vision of a journey ...