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Kate Elizabeth Queram

17 May 2021

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Street murals and innovative safety features have transformed a dangerous intersection. The Kansas City project not only improved the aesthetic, it also decreased noise pollution, pedestrian crossing distances, and ve...

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Anne N. Connor

11 March 2021

Lake George, New York, United States

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An experiment in upstate New York showed how town officials could maintain clean and safe roads during the winter season and protect the environment. By using a salt brine before winter storms, they were able to plow ...

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Cheryl Splain

6 March 2021

Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States

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Complete Streets initiatives promote traffic and pedestrian safety In 400 communities across the United States. The goal of the program is to help residents live more active and healthy lifestyles while also making co...

The Washington Post

Ian Duncan

16 January 2021

South Bend, Indiana, United States

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Reconfiguring streets to slow automobile traffic through its downtown business district and encourage pedestrians and bicycling enlivened South Bend's street life and proved a boon to its restaurants and other busines...

Bloomberg CityLab

John Surico

4 December 2020

London, United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom is encouraging students and parents to ditch their cars for bikes, scooters, and walking with the adoption of “School Streets.” The initiative halts vehicular traffic from using roads in front of sc...

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Skip Descant

29 October 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A pilot project in several American cities has provided a large amount of data on how residents use streets where vehicular traffic is restricted. The initiative tested out ways to calm traffic, provide space for fami...

The Seattle Times

Michelle Baruchman

7 August 2020

Bellevue, Washington, United States

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Artificial intelligence and traffic cameras are being used to identify dangerous intersections in Bellevue, Washington. Data from thousands of hours of footage revealed that intersections where drivers, bikers and ped...

Bloomberg CityLab

Sarah Holder

6 August 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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A smart-streetlight program has helped businesses and residents by collecting a wealth of data to make parking easier, monitor air quality, and inform drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists of traffic patterns. But its us...

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Jocelyn Timperley

1 June 2020

San José, Costa Rica

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The capital city of San José in Costa Rica is taking steps to become greener and less dependent on cars. By focusing on public transportation initiatives like city bikes and bike lanes, a green esplanade, and an elect...

Bloomberg CityLab

Andrew Small

22 November 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Electric scooter companies across the United States brainstorm and pilot creative ideas to get their riders to focus more intently on scoot safety. One e-scooter company, Bird, has launched a pilot that asks riders to...

The Washington Post

Marisa Iati

13 August 2019

Muncie, Indiana, United States

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Across the United States, cities are letting residents pay off their parking tickets with donations to local organizations. For set periods of time, cities like Muncie and Las Vegas write off traffic tickets – as long...

AZ Central

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Andrew Nicla

18 June 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Arizona’s Department of Transportation is taking steps to reduce dust-related car crashes with the help of over $50 million in federal funding. Changes include making the highway wider, improving radar detection of du...

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Sonja Hutson

20 May 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, CA, two men deemed the Pothole Vigilantes have paired up to fix every pothole in the city. Made possible by crowdfunding the venture, the two have now developed public meetups to teach others how to fix po...

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Diana Budds

3 May 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Cities across the world have implemented “congestion pricing” – meaning that cars in high-traffic areas will have to pay a fee to drive within those limits. New York City is one of the most recent cities to potentiall...

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Karen Chávez

4 January 2019

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina, a group of planners and conservationists are working to install wildlife corridors along a stretch of I-40, allowing animals like elk and bears to cross safely. The plan has myriad benefits: stoppin...

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Jason Daley

28 December 2018

Rockdale, Washington, United States

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In Washington State, wildlife overpasses and tunnels across I-90 are going a long way to reduce traffic collisions with animals. Even before its completion, coyotes and other animals are using one overpass to cross sa...

Streetsblog USA

Angie Schmitt

9 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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In 2016 and 2017, New York City installed infrastructure designed to slow down drivers making left-hand turns in more than 200 locations and banned left turns at high-risk spots as a way to curb pedestrian crashes. Si...

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Fergus Peace

25 September 2018

Japan

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Japan is taking major steps to putting autonomous buses on the roads in rural areas because there is a need for reliable transportation and not enough funding as more young people move to the cities. It has the potent...

The Guardian

Kate Connolly

23 September 2018

Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany

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Radar, lidar, and sensors guide the world’s first autonomous tram across Potsdam. While not yet commercially viable, the tram is an advancement in driverless technology. It can respond to road hazards faster than a hu...

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Beth Amato

24 August 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Some urban planners argue that urban spaces should be designed around children because that makes a livable, walkable space for everyone, and also contributes to healthy early brain development. Several initiatives ar...

The Guardian

Lucy Lamble

11 July 2018

Kigali, Rwanda

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To combat traffic accidents in Rwanda, developed a cashless motorcycle taxi system. The system leverages technology to create a cashless system—and regulate speed. Competition in the moto-taxi sector induces many driv...

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Sara Hudson

26 June 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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To resolve road construction communications with frustrated drivers, the New Orleans government developed RoadWork NOLA - an app that showed planned road construction. Unfortunately, no one was using it. Instead of gi...

Bloomberg CityLab

Allan Richarz

22 May 2018

Japan

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Rail transport is a necessity for many commuters around the world. Japan's transportation industry has found a way to improve this means of transport by implementing subtle behavioral psychology mechanisms. From blue ...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

8 March 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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An increasing number of cities are looking to redesign roadways, sidewalks, and intersections based on the way spaces are needed after snow storms. Snow piles left after snowplows carve paths for vehicles are basicall...

Bloomberg CityLab

Laura Bliss

24 January 2018

Minnesota, United States

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Bridges don't last forever without at least some occasional repair, but how do city officials know when an aging bridge is in need of reconstruction? Typically, an individual has to bungee down to inspect it or specia...

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