San Francisco, CA  – August 26, 2014  – Nelson\Nygaard opened its eighth office in a major city when it established an LA office in late August. Principal Paul Moore and Senior Associate Steve Boland will join Senior Associate Adina Ringler, who has been based in Los Angeles since 2010. Associate Hazel Scher will join the LA team in January 2015.

“We are thrilled to be bringing our multimodal, transit, paratransit, and parking services to the Southern California region,” says Moore.

The group will be in temporary space until January 2015. The office is located at 706 South Hill Street, Suite 1200, in downtown Los Angeles. Staff can be reached at 213-884-3026.

Read more about our staff and work in the LA region (PDF).

 

Bike tour is 310 miles to Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place

DC2PGH mapWashington, DC — August 26, 2014 — More than ten people have opted for two-wheel conveyance to roll into Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, a conference dedicated to promoting walking, biking, and placemaking. Conference organizers are expecting more than 1,000 participants at the Pittsburgh conference September 8–11.

“We want to celebrate Pittsburgh’s support of active transportation,” says Dru van Hengel, Nelson\Nygaard Principal. “Better bike and transit access gives everyone the opportunity to walk or ride, which improves the overall transportation system and gives people a satisfying sense of independence.”

Three urban planners, including Van Hengel, are biking from Washington, DC, to Pittsburgh, and will complete the 310-mile route in six days. A larger group is joining them in Cumberland, MD, where the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail begins.

“As an organization devoted to inspiring people to travel by bicycle, cycling into Pittsburgh via the GAP trail is a fantastic way to start a conference devoted to active transportation,” says Ginny Sullivan, Adventure Cycling’s Director of Travel Initiatives. “We’ve been working with Amtrak on bicycle accommodations and helping grow bicycle tourism, making this a perfect opportunity to experience first-hand what we promote.”

“What better way is there to celebrate what this conference is all about—transportation that is healthy, affordable, and fun,” says Mark Plotz, Conference Director. Plotz, who is doing the full ride a few days ahead of the planned tour, adds, “I just hope the weather holds!”

Several of the bicyclists are speaking at the conference.

 

 

These events are open to the public:

5 pm, Thursday, Sept. 4, Cumberland Adventure Cycling Event: Join Adventure Cycling Association for a gathering at the Cumberland Trail Connection to learn the latest about bike travel in North America — including an update from the Amtrak Bicycle Task Force.

9 am, Monday, Sept. 8, Celebratory bike ride: The cyclists will be met by a delegation of conference attendees and others biking from Pittsburgh to the Pump House. The group will turn around and pedal the final 8 miles to the conference center together with the long distance riders.

5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, Community Open House: Learn more about the conference by attending a Community Open House at David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Third Floor.

Ride Details:

Who: Three riders from Washington, DC; picking up 8 more riders beginning in Cumberland
When: Wednesday, Sept. 3 to Monday, Sept. 8
Where: From Washington, DC, to Pittsburgh along the W&OD trail, the C&O Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage, 310 miles
Why: To promote bicycling as a way to connect communities and speak at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference September 8-11

Washington, DC – July 29, 2014 – Long lanes of grass alongside power lines are almost as ubiquitous in Houston as highways. There are roughly 500 miles of high-voltage utility rights-of-way criss-crossing the city, and they’re mostly just dead spaces, forming weedy barriers between neighborhoods.

What could the city do if it repurposed these underused spaces? Inspired by an article in Rice University’s Cite Magazine, Alyson Fletcher decided to write her master’s thesis at the Cornell University landscape architecture program on that question. She drafted a proposal to turn these linear, grassy areas into a “recreational super-highway” — and it’s starting to look like a real possibility.

Read the full article (Streetsblog USA)

Boston, MA – August 8, 2014 – A recent study performed by Uber shows that the smartphone-based car hire company has done what traditional taxis either can’t or won’t: serve all areas of the city quickly and reliably.

But—and this is a big but—Uber’s study used data from a 2013 study of Boston’s taxi scene performed by an independent consulting firm. And while those traditional taxi companies did participate in that study (being licensed providers, they have to furnish the city with this data), Uber declined to provide it with any information whatsoever.

“We sought their participation, we sought data from them, they opted not to participate,” Will Rodman, a principal at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, which conducted the original study, told Boston.com. “We tried, we emailed, we did everything we thought possible and they just opted not to.”

Read the full article (Boston.com)