from the urls-we-dig-up dept
The car culture of America has far-reaching effects that have numerous unintended consequences for how Americans live and work. So, it's good to see folks who are trying to quantify some of the effects -- and hopefully, someday we'll be able to improve the designs of our cities and suburbs. Maybe we'll even have revolutionary new vehicles to take us around more efficiently... Segways for everyone! Or maybe not.
Driving without making any left turns could be safer AND more efficient. Just out of curiosity, I had to check to see if the author of this study was named Zoolander.... [url] Cul-de-sacs are evil and slowly killing you. Ok, that's not exactly true, but neighborhoods with more interconnected streets generally have better walkability scores -- which correlate to lower body mass indexes. [url] Next time you're waiting for a parking spot, here's a long paper on parking infrastructure to keep you busy. But it'll be somewhat irrelevant when most of the cars are electric or hybrids. [url] Bike enthusiasts report that bike/pedestrian infrastructure construction projects create almost twice as many jobs (per million dollars spent) than regular road construction. Hmm. But I don't think "job creation" is a very good metric for construction projects. Digging holes and filling them back in could create a lot of jobs, too. [url]