Smart Growth America is accepting applications to provide free technical assistance workshops in 2014. Over a dozen different types of workshops are offered to cities, counties, Indian tribes, and regional governments interested in achieving their local goals through better development strategies. These workshops are funded under a grant to Smart Growth America from EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program.
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 deploying other pedestrian-friendly elements.
40 Percent of Americans Surveyed Say Neighborhoods Not Walkable
Almost 80 percent of Americans surveyed believe they should walk more, but 40 percent say they do not do so because their neighborhoods do not have nearby services, shops, schools and work, according to results of a recent survey unveiled at the National Walk Summit. The survey found that the biggest neighborhood barriers to walking include a lack of sidewalks, drivers who speed, and drivers who talk or text on their cellphones.
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.
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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, and increase in biking may account for some of this per capita drop.
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