March 2010 Posts

Effective Public Outreach: Simplifying for Impact

March 29, 2010

A cornerstone of effective transportation planning lies in the realm of how well transportation professionals are able to clearly communicate concepts to stakeholders and the public. However large or small of a project, the daily lives of communities are impacted by the decisions of transportation engineers, planners, and leaders, and community support is an invaluable asset when moving forward on any plan. Public outreach can come in multiple different forms, but sometimes it’s the simplest, most creative demonstration that carries the largest punch.

Video presentation included.

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Guide for Review and Assessment of Local Mobility Plans: A Proposed Practice

March 23, 2010

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that explores a proposed practice to guide the review of local and metropolitan planning organizations’ strategies to reduce vehicle miles of travel and greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation.

Guide for Review and Assessment of Local Mobility Plans: A Proposed Practice

LaHood Promotes Biking and Walking as Equal to Driving

March 16, 2010

On the heels of the of the 10th annual National Bike Summit that was held last week in Washington, D.C., US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood responded with a new direction about planning for transportation modes. On his blog, LaHood announced recommended policy revisions that would place biking and walking on equal footing with motorized travel when designing transportation networks nationwide.

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Travel Time Reliability

March 11, 2010

Travel time reliability is a measure that's becoming increasingly important to public agencies, elected officials, and most importantly the traveling public. The reliability concept is less than a decade old and continues to be explored and advanced through research programs, such as the Strategic Highway Research Program 2. On March 4th, the Portland office of KAI led a workshop about the history and current state of the practice of reliability, key concepts and performance measures, and a description of how reliability concepts can be (and will be) applied to mainstream traffic operations and planning activities in the near future.

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Google Maps Embraces Bike Routes

March 10, 2010

This should be great news for bike enthusiasts. For those always on the lookout for bike routes, Google Maps has added a bike directions tool that puts them at your fingertips. Just like information about transit routes, bus schedules, and car driving directions, the Google Maps bike feature allows people to make more choices about their transportation mode. Now folks can look ahead and plan a bike ride around town knowing that the path will serve them well.

The bike map feature is currently available for 150 U.S. cities. An article from PCWorld offers more background and information on how to use the map system.

Bike Directions Added to Google Maps

Google has also posted information on the bike feature and how they built the routes.

It’s Time to Bike

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