Are streets for cars or people? As the environmental, social and equity impacts of the private car on cities are better understood, a complete streets approach, which provides an alternative to car-oriented planning and design is catching on around the world. The rise of complete streets, which accommodate the needs of a diversity of users, has been accompanied by a range of valuable new resource, which the Victoria Transportation Policy Institute‘s Todd Litman details in a recent Planetizen article.
In the wake of Uber releasing its new Smart Routes feature, which follows up on last year’s launch of UberPool, there has been considerable discussion about the company’s shift towards the realm of public transportation. As Planetizen succinctly underlines, whether this is good or bad for public transportation is open to debate.
Traditionally involving people counting vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, traffic counts have typically been time consuming and costly, with limited accuracy. However, new technology is reducing all three of these challenges. More detailed data enables smarter infrastructure investment and design, and besides, it’s important to measure what matters.