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2014 Alabama Trails Conference

The 2014 Alabama Trails Conference, “Celebrating 75 Years of Service of Alabama State Parks” will be held April 10 – 11, 2014 at the beautiful Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge located in Guntersville, Alabama. The conference is the third trails conference highlighting Alabama’s top trails from the initial development through the entire growth process.

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News from Smart Growth America

Walkable Neighborhoods are Key to Revitalizing American Suburbs Suburbs around the country are reinventing themselves by adopting pedestrian-friendly streets and amenities, according to a news report on CNBC. The growing demand for neighborhoods where people can walk to shops, restaurants, parks and schools is outpacing supply–but creating walkable communities goes beyond simply building sidewalks and […]

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AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Jewell Announces Designation of 28 National Recreation Trails in 18 States

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors program to promote outdoor recreation and reconnect Americans to nature, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the designation of 28 trails as national recreation trails, adding almost 650 miles of trails to the National […]

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Free Webinar April 23, 2013: Bike/Ped Infrastructure

In small towns and rural communities, improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure has been become an important trend to improve quality of life.  Learn how improving this infrastructure can have a positive affect your community for health, tourism and economic development. Case studies from around the state will demonstrate best practices from communities which are actively […]

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Block size, not just density, key to cutting auto travel

A study by the universities of Washington and Maryland researchers adds further weight to the notion — now confirmed in many studies — that smart growth (higher density, mixed-use, walkable urban form) significantly reduces vehicle miles traveled (VMT). The study, published in Transport and Land Use, emphasizes that reducing block sizes is a more important […]

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Squeezing More Into Less: Accommodating All Modes in Constrained Right-of-Way

THIS WORKSHOP IS TECHNICAL AND GEARED TOWARD PLANNERS AND ENGINEERS. Learn how to provide multiple modes of transportation, preserve motor vehicle capacity, and leverage the existing transportation infrastructure to achieve these oft-perceived divergent goals. Firmly grounded in AASHTO design fundamentals, the instructors show how agencies are now using recent operational research by FWHA and state […]

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Cyclists, Pedestrians Spend More than Car Drivers

According to a new report by the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium, bicyclists and other nonmotorists purchased more than motorized drivers at stores other than supermarkets. Although bikers and pedestrians often spent less per visit, they made more frequent trips to restaurants, bars and convenience stores, and those receipts added up. To learn more: […]

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Miles Driven Now Back to 1995 Levels

Adjusted for population, US driving has taken a historic downward turn, according to a recent article in Business Insider. While the total number of US miles driven has declined only slightly since its peak in 2007, the miles driven per capita have now dropped back to 1995 levels. Transit ridership, the rise in walkable communities, […]

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