Pittsburgh, PA – September 9, 2014 – Pitts­burgh’s hills, val­leys and riv­ers make for a beau­ti­ful land­scape. They also make it a chal­lenge when de­sign­ing in­fra­struc­ture and plan­ning trans­por­ta­tion, es­pe­cially bi­cy­cling. … Dru van Hen­gel, a trans­por­ta­tion pro­fes­sional from Port­land, OR, ar­rived Mon­day in Pitts­burgh with the rid­ers from Wash­ing­ton. She ex­pe­ri­enced some of the dif­fi­cul­ties the re­gion’s ter­rain causes. …

“I think peo­ple will be say­ing ‘If Pitts­burgh can do it, we can do it. Our chal­lenges are less,’ ” she said. “I re­ally be­lieve that.”

Read more (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, by Andrew Goldstein)

Pittsburgh, PA – September 8, 2014 – Bikers from Nelson Nygaard, a transportation planning firm in San Francisco, covered the entire 310 miles from Washington. Zabe Bent says she pedals about 50 urban miles every week out west, but, “This was about that much per day. So it felt pretty good to really get out here and see the towns, see the trail, see the character in a really different way.”

Watch (CBS Pittsburgh KDKA, by Dave Crawley)

(and, oh yeah, kill the toll road)

Dallas, TX – September 4, 2014 – Yesterday evening, I spoke with the AIA Dallas event’s keynote speaker, Jeff Tumlin. Tumlin consults on transportation out of San Francisco and had some very important things to say about our little city that I can preview for you here.

Through Tumlin’s eyes, I don’t just see the variety of misguided choices looming around us (toll road, southern gateway [whatever that is], wasted funds that could be used to lower and deck I-30).

Dallas has made some good moves, he reminds me. We have won some important fights. The lowering of Central is probably chief among them.

But we have to begin to look at transportation in a different way. You’ve probably thought of these things before, but it’s nice to have someone like Tumlin put them in relief.

Read more (Dallas Morning News, by Rudolph Bush)

Washington, DC – September 3, 2014 – We have some great progress to report on one of the bills that made it through in the waning hours of last year’s legislative session—a bill that could fundamentally change the way we think about development and traffic in California. As I’ve written in the past, the crux of this issue comes down to three little letters: L.O.S.  It stands for Level of Service, which is essentially just a measure of how much a project will slow down cars, and it’s the way the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has evaluated new projects for decades. Until now.

A conversation with Jeff Wood of the Overhead Wire, Jeffrey Tumlin, and Chris Ganson of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. On how deeply flawed LOS is, Jeff remarks, “In this model, sprawl is always better from a transportation perspective than infill development near transit.”

Hear the full story: (NRDC Urban Solutions)