ITS Director Brian Taylor recently participated in a panel discussion on the future of the 710 freeway. The event, Figuring Out the 710 Freeway’s Future, was hosted by Zocalo Public Square. To find out more about what the panelists suggested should be done, read Zocalo’s event recap and view a video of the event.
UCLA Professor and Chair of Urban Planning and ITS Researcher Evelyn Blumenberg was recently honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for transportation.
The White House is honoring eleven local heroes who are “Champions of Change” for their exemplary leadership to ensure that transportation facilities, services, and jobs help individuals and their communities connect to 21st century opportunities. These individuals are leading the charge across the country building connectivity, strengthening transportation career pathways, and making connections between transportation and economic growth.
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Herbie Huff, a Research Associate at ITS, and Madeline Brozen, Program Manager of the Complete Streets Initiative, recently co-authored a letter disagreeing with the measure of congestion used in a recent story about bike lanes and traffic on the popular blog site,FiveThirtyEight. In the original article, the FiveThirtyEight authors measure congestion by calculating the V/C ratio, the flow of cars over a period of time divided by the road capacity. Using this measure, they then analyze data from Minneapolis streets and a New York City street containing newly implemented bike lanes. This led the FiveThirtyEight authors to conclude that bike lanes did not greatly increase congestion on these streets. In their letter, Huff and Brozen point out that V/C ratio doesn’t measure congestion, so an analysis based on this ratio can’t draw conclusions about the effects of bike lanes on congestion. They note that traffic congestion could be measured with traffic speed, traffic density, or travel time. Moreover, they call for a more complete picture about other related effects of the newly-placed bike lanes. Huff and Brozen close their letter by calling for greater consideration of how transportation affects people and their behaviors. For the original article and Huff and Brozen’s rebuttal, click here and here. Streetsblog USA also posted on the rebuttal piece here.