Authored by transportation professionals throughout Kittelson, our blog is a space for evaluating new technologies, presenting unique approaches, and providing ideas to an industry that’s always moving. Twice a month, we share these articles through Streetwise, a reader-friendly digest of our latest thinking. Explore our posts below or filter by a topic of interest.

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Making Quick-Builds and Innovative Designs Truly Accessible for People with Visual Disabilities

Quick-build project hallmarks—temporary materials, rapid installation times, and modularity—allow many projects to overcome accessibility obstacles, like a lack of political will or funding. For users with disabilities, quick-builds can provide more immediate relief than more permanent counterparts.

Juliet Walker Bastian Schroeder, PhD Megan Mello
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Big to Little, Little to Big: How Strategic Changes to Transportation Planning Can Impact Major Public Health Crises

Transportation infrastructure can exacerbate a city’s public health problems. If our existing transportation habits aggravate these big public health issues, then changing those habits can help to mitigate them. Here’s how strategic changes to transportation planning can impact major public health crises.

Juliet Walker Lauren Hunt Karen Swirsky
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Unleashing the Power of Active Transportation to Fight Climate Change

A major cause of climate change is the country’s greenhouse gas emissions that come from transportation. Reworking our communities to emphasize active transportation methods can play a large role in reducing the toll it takes on our environment.

Sigal Carmenate Rachel Grosso Jessica Keller Caitlin Tobin
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One-Stop Shop: NCHRP Research Report 992 Offers a Handy Overview of Pedestrian Analysis

The Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program released Research Report 992: Guide to Pedestrian Analysis to help provide guidance and methods for developing safe, functional, and attractive facilities for people who walk.

Anusha Musunuru, PhD Paul Ryus
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Getting Back in the Saddle: Lessons from a Horse-Powered Past for Transportation Planning Today

The history of urban horses holds valuable information for planners and engineers in the present. Understanding a community’s horse-powered past can reveal a footprint designed for the very low-speed, complete street environment we work so hard to create today.

Jennifer Marks John Paul Weesner
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VDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Treatments Website: A Practitioner’s Guide to Design Treatments That Support Safer Walking and Biking

At what types of intersections are bike boxes most appropriate? How much do separated bicycle lanes typically cost? The answers these questions can be found on Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)’s new Bicycle and Pedestrian Treatments website.