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The Atlanta's Transportation Plan team is curating articles highlighting emerging transportation trends. Topics include congestion, equity, Vision Zero (safety), advanced technologies, and best practices. New articles will be posted every Monday and Wednesday, so check back often for updates!

Suburban Sprawl Stole Your Kids' Sleep

Date Posted: June 5th, 2017
Source: Kirk, Mimi. "Suburban Sprawl Stole Your Kids' Sleep." The Atlantic City Lab. Atlantic Media, Inc., March 23, 2017.
Key Words: safe routes to school, sprawl, transportation, access, equity

"Why does school start so early? Blame 1970s planning. When Ameen Al-Dalli was a sophomore in high school in 2014, each weekday before sunrise he would walk the quiet, tree-lined streets of Fairfax, Virginia, to the school bus stop. Because Ameen's public school..." Click for article

The Four Horsemen of the Bike Share Apocalypse

Date Posted: May 29th, 2017
Source: Small, Andrew. "The Four Horsemen of the Bike Share Apocalypse" The Atlantic City Lab. Atlantic Media, Inc., January 31, 2017.
Key Words: bike and peds, vision zero, street design, transportation

"What kept Seattle's Pronto! bike share program from thriving? Turns out it was several things. Earlier this month, Seattle quietly put the brakes on it's bike-share program, Pronto! (with appropriately Jeb! Bush-ian punctuation). The city also canned the idea of..." Click for article

Street Stories

Date Posted: May 22nd, 2017
Source: Davis, Jeoff. "Street Stories." Creative Loafing Atlanta. March 22, 2017.
Key Words: transportation, bike and peds, community engagement, history

"Peachtree - With about 31 city streets utilizing a variation of the name "Peachtree," one question springs to mind: Why Peachtree? The answer has a few theories. The most popular tale is that the Creek Indians, who represented the majority of all Georgians up until..." Click for article

City of Atlanta Seeks Input on Major Planning Office Expansion

Date Posted: May 15th, 2017
Source: Kahn, Michael. "City of Atlanta Seeks Input on Major Planning Office Expansion." Curbed Atlanta. Vox Media, Inc., June 7, 2016.
Key Words: City of Atlanta, planning, city

"Tim Keane joined the City of Atlanta less than one year ago as the Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Community Development. And in that time, he's made some waves, calling for an overhaul of the city's zoning, bike infrastructure, affordable housing, and..." Click for article

Denver's New Transit Mascot is a Total Jerk

Date Posted: May 8th, 2017
Source: Metcalfe, John. "Denver's New Transit Mascot is a Total Jerk." The Atlantic City Lab. Atlantic Media, Inc., March 20, 2017.
Key Words: MARTA, transportation, community

"A loud man talking in public about his close call with an STD is the new face of a major mass transit system. Denver's Regional Transportation District has just unveiled its new rider-behavior campaign, which revolves around the central character of "Jimmy," a cartoon..." Click for article

Want Safer Streets? Take Design Cues from the Snow

Date Posted: May 1st, 2017
Source: Bliss, Laura. "Want Safer Streets? Take Design Cues From the Snow?" The Atlantic City Lab. Atlantic Media, Inc., March 17, 2017.
Key Words: equity, peds-bike, traffic, safety

"Skinnier lanes, longer curbs, and speed humps slow down drivers. But building safer streets usually requires persistent demands from safety-minded citizens, and fistfuls of hard-won taxt dollars from authorities. "Traffic calming" strategies rarely happen overnight..." Click for article

City of Atlanta working on first Smart Corridor along North Avenue

Date Posted: May 1st, 2017
Source: Beasley, Katie. "City of Atlanta working on first Smart Corridor along North Avenue." Fox 5 Atlanta. March 6, 2017.
Key Words: tech, connectivity, city, transportation

"ATLANTA - We have smart phones, smart watches, and smart devices galore, but Atlanta's hard at work on the city's first ever Smart Corridor. It's part of the $250 million Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond. It's the first of many coming to Atlanta, but North Avenue, from..." Click for article

How to "Get Sh*t Done" In the Face of Transportation Bureaucracy

Date Posted: April 28th, 2017
Source: Hamilton, Chris. "How to 'Get Sh*t Done' In the Face of Transportation Bureaucracy." Mobility Lab. Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS), October 14, 2015.
Key Words: transportation, policy, city, tech

"Thank goodness this book is out. 'Start-Up City - Inspiring Private & Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun' is sorely needed right now. Cities are at the forefront of taking on addressing issues at the intersection of demographics, technology..." Click for article

Atlanta launches first major expansion of Relay Bike Share program

Date Posted: April 26th, 2017
Source: Wenk, Amy. "Atlanta launches first major expansion of Relay Bike Share program." Atlanta Business Chronicle. American City Business Journals, April 19, 2017.
Key Words: bikes and peds, sustainable transportation, connectivity

"The city of Atlanta has launched the first major expansion of its Relay Bike Share program. The for-rent bicycle program has grown from 100 bikes to 500 bikes, and from 22 stations to 65 stations across the city. An event was held Wednesday at Piedmont Park to mark the..." Click for article

How Gentrification Really Changes a Neighborhood

Date Posted: April 24th, 2017
Source: Green, Josh. "How gentrification really changes a neighborhood." Atlanta Magazine. March, 2016.
Key Words: equity, gentrification, housing

"To neighbors, she was "Miss Anna," and to her children, she was the strictest, strongest woman in Kirkwood. Anna Thorton stuck with this neighborhood four miles east of downtown through decasdes of decline, determined to help spare from jail the local kids she'd once..." Click for article

How Cities Can Take Vision Zero to the Next Level in 2017

Date Posted: April 17th, 2017
Source: Kinney, Jen. "How Cities Can Take Vision Zero to the Next Level in 2017." Next City. February 10, 2017.
Key Words: equity, peds-bike, traffic, safety

"Vision Zero shorthand boils down the initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities to three E's: education, enforcement and engineering. But expanding Vision Zero in the U.S., where low-income communities and communities of color are both more likely to be injured or killed..." Click for article

What if Bike Paths Looked Like Subway Maps?

Date Posted: April 10th, 2017
Source: Small, Andrew. "What If Bike Paths Looked Like Subway Maps?" The Atlantic City Lab. Atlantic Media, Inc., February 2, 2017.
Key Words: bike, peds, design

"Think maps of bicycle lanes are too complicated? This guy's fixed it. CityLab readers: Sometimes you scare us. Not only are you intimidatingly smart, many of you are professional experts in the topics we try to cover. Others are self-taught aficionados in urban planning..." Click for article

Buckhead PATH400's newest section is hilly, walled, finished

Date Posted: April 3rd, 2017
Source: Green, Josh. "Photos: Buckhead PATH400's newest section is hilly, walled, finished." Curbed Atlanta. Vox Media, Inc. March 15, 2017.
Key Words: transit oriented, bike and peds, connectivity

"The Beltline has been in the news plenty in recent weeks, with headlines concerning trail construction, affordable housing, and Alpharetta's desire to create its own Beltline-like trail. Meanwhile, PATH400 in Buckhead just keeps getting it done. Quietly. Despite..." Click for article

Atlanta Launches Bike-Share

Date Posted: March 31st, 2017
Source: Maddox, Cassandra. "Atlanta Launches Bike-Share." Next City. June 15, 2017.
Key Words: access, bike and peds, connectivity

"Atlanta is a sprawling city, making cars a top choice for getting from place to place, but Mayor Kasim Reed's aiming for a more bikeable reputation, which may change how Atlantans view their daily commute. Last week, phase one of the city's Relay Bike Share program..." Click for article

Atlanta's Memorial Drive Greenway finalized concept has been unveiled

Date Posted: March 30th, 2017
Source: Green, Josh. "Atlanta's Memorial Drive Greenway finalized concept has been unveiled." Curbed Atlanta. Vox Media, Inc., March 21, 2017.
Key Words: community engagement, design

"The people of Atlanta have spoken, and a utopian vision for Memorial Drive's westernmost reaches is now set in stone. They're calling this long-planned, sweeping expanse of greenspaces-all studded with public art and cafes-the Memorial Drive Greenway. It would span from..." Click for article

How Vancouver Became North America's Car-Free Capital

Date Posted: March 29th, 2017
Source: Bliss, Laura. "How Vancouver Became North America's Car-Free Capital." The Atlantic City Lab. Atlantic Media, Inc., December 5, 2016.
Key Words: transportation, access

"The city hit a 50 percent "active transit" target, 5 years ahead of schedule. A short film shows how they did it. When it comes to nudging drivers out of cars, Vancouver ranks as North America's biggest success story. Fully 10 percent of commutes to work are on bikes..." Click for article

On transit Policy, City Leaders Have More Power Than They Think

Date Posted: March 28th, 2017
Source: Poon, Linda. "On transit Policy, City Leaders Have More Power Than They Think." The Atlantic City Lab. Atlantic Media, Inc., March 16, 2017.
Key Words: policy, transportation, sustainable transit, access

"State and federal policies often get in the way of transportation planning, but they don't have to. A new field guide shows how cities can take charge. Installing dedicated bus lanes, building pedestrian-friendly streets, and reaching Vision Zero; it's the kind of talk that..." Click for article

Meet Atlanta's New Planning Comissioner

Date Posted: March 27th, 2017
Source: Wheatley, Thomas. "Meet Atlanta's new planning commissioner." Creative Loafing Atlanta. March 23, 2015.
Key Words: planning, community, city

"Tim Keane leaves Charleston to help right Atlanta's public realm wrongs. Tim, Atlanta's newly appointed planning commissioner, is saying all the right things. Bikes? The Charlotte, N.C., native says Atlanta's streets need to make more room for 'em. Good urban design? It's possible and necessary, he says..." Click for article

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