The New Traffic Safety Paradigm
Despite large investments in safer vehicles, roads and traffic safety programs, traffic accidents continue to impose huge costs to individuals and society. New approaches are needed. A new traffic safety paradigm is changing how planning professionals measure traffic risks and evaluate potential safety strategies. It expands the range of potential traffic safety strategies to include multi-modal planning, transportation demand management, and Smart Growth policies.
Increasing Sustainable and Affordable Housing Development by Reforming California Tax Credit Allocation Policy to
Minimize Parking Subsidies and Maximize Housing
This report by Professor Sherman Lewis examines how California State affordable housing tax credits divert funds and land from affordable housing development to subsidize costly parking, wasting millions of dollars, reducing affordable housing supply and increasing vehicle traffic problems. The report recommendations policy reforms to maximize affordable housing development and make affordable housing policy conform to state housing and climate change objectives.
Cities For Everyone
This new community organization supports more affordable housing and transportation, in order to provide security, freedom and opportunity for people with all incomes and abilities. Cities for Everyone works to educate and advocate on affordability issues, and to encourge young and lower-income citizens, who need more affordable housing and transportation options, to vote for candidates who support an affordability agenda.
Transit-Walkability Collaborative Established: New coalition promotes walkable, transit-rich communities
The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is a member of the new Transit-Walkability Collaborative whose purpose is to expand safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities by harnessing the synergy between walkability and quality public transit service.
Reforming Municipal Parking Policies to Align With Strategic Community Goals
Victoria, Canada is currently engaged in a parking policy review which proposes reducing some off-street parking requirements. These changes are good, but modest. This short report identifies much bolder reforms that would better align parking policies with other community goals. Although written for Victoria, the analysis and recommendations are appropriate for most municipalities.
Better Cities, Better Growth: India's Urban Opportunity
This major report by a coalition of researchers uses innovative methods to evaluate development patterns in 479 Indian cities. The results indicate that more compact, connected cities had stronger economic than sprawled urban areas. It incorporates Todd Litman's previous research on the costs of sprawl and benefits of compact, multi-modal urban development.
The Hidden Traffic Safety Solution: Public Transportation
This study by Todd Litman for the American Public Transportation Association shows how public transit can increase safety for users and communities. Public transit travel has about a tenth the traffic casualty (death and injury) rate as automobile travel, and transit-oriented communities have about a fifth the per capita traffic casualty rate as automobile-oriented communities. These benefits are often overlooked: transit improvements can be a cost-effective traffic safety strategy, considering all benefits and costs.