Information site for pedestrian and bicycle health, safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility information. Presented by the The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Highway Safety Research Center and edited by engineers, urban planners, and other specialists. Includes links to related Web sites and programs, including International Walk to School in the USA.
Organization helping communities become more friendly to human beings walking. Presents walkability as a key for overall urban health--economic, environmental, and cultural--so that decision makers can see walkability not as a cost but as a catalyst for vibrant cities. Another organization, America Walks, is a coalition of groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities.
A nonprofit center based in Port Townsend, Washington. Our mission is to make cities and towns throughout the world walkable, bicycle and transit friendly, livable, sustainable, socially engaging and welcoming places by improving their built form.
In evaluating a place to live, see how many nearby places you can walk. This site gives you a quick overview of how many places you can walk from a particular address. This site itself admits its limitations, and you'll need to further weight the places it comes up with based on your own valuation of them. However, this site is a very good way to quickly get a dramatic sense of how where you live impacts where you can walk.
Helps link transportation networks with communities and foster transit-oriented development; works to create seamless interconnections among modes of transit--planes, trains, autos, buses, walking, and bicycling.
Borrow or Rent a car only for the time you need one. Borrow a car from someone using peer-to-peer matching sites or use a short-term car rental system. Registered users can rent a car easily by the hour or day and pick up and return the vehicles at stations throughout a metro area. Users pay for what they use, and be car-free otherwise or take public transportation.
Rent a bike when you need it. This is a bicycle rental system. SmartBikes stations are located throughout a city to allow users access to a bicycle when they need it. A good alternative to owning a bicycle, as you pay exactly for what you use when you need it. However, I think owning a bike is a good option for transit.
An interdisciplinary, international network of individuals and cities dedicated to making our cities and communities more livable. Includes goals for "balanced transportation planning makes possible commuting via pedestrian networks, bicycle networks, traffic-calmed streets and public transportation."
New Urbanism is a design pattern that stresses walkability, mixed use developments, and the density that leads to urban efficiency and human interest. Critiqued for being overly nostalgic for the past or its reliance on gentrification, this movement nonetheless is a counterpoint to automobile-centric urban development theory and practice.
Prince of Wales' Foundation for the Built Environment. Advocates and educates for the improvement of people's lives through "timeless ways of building." The Prince of Wales has strongly critiqued the architecture and urban forms of the United Kingdom that "in many cases failed both the individual and the community and frequently led to vandalism and social isolation."