Smart Growth News – December 23, 2013

Decycling: Can L.A. Be A Bike City?
The Huffington Post – December 19, 2013
The recent USC report proving that the new Expo Rail has significantly reduced driving for residents within a half-mile of stations also suggested that bike infrastructure can grow from this success.


‘Complete Streets’ is an Affordable Evolution
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch – December 22, 2013
Streets teeming with life again are great to see. It brings all of us together in a common purpose to enjoy the outdoor world that is our home as well.

Mayor Bloomberg’s Aggressive Traffic Policies Have Caused Massive Drop in Traffic Deaths
The New York Daily News – December 19, 2013
Under the mayor and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, drivers and cars no longer were granted top-priority status. Pedestrians, bicyclists and bus riders became equally — if not more — important, White said.

Houston Bike-Share Program Expands To East End Housing Project
KUHF (TX) – December 20, 2013
A year and a half after its launch, the bike-sharing program Houston B-Cycle has opened its 29th station. The program is expanding to more low-income areas.

82 Sites in Brooksville Being Ranked for EPA Brownfields List
The Tampa Bay Times – December 20, 2013
“The Brownfields process focuses on enhancing the viability of those sites that are likely to bring a benefit to the community.”

SEPTA Announces Ambitious Capital-improvement Plan
The Philadelphia Inquirer – December 21, 2013
“The new transportation-funding bill is a game-changer for SEPTA, its riders, and transportation in the region as a whole.”

Better than Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Columbiana to Offer Trolley for Public Transit
Al (dot) com (AL) – December 19, 2013
“We’ve got a world of people here who are walking and carrying their supplies home and things like that. For them it’s certainly going to be a very practical thing and much needed here in our town. And it’s going to be a good thing for tourism and special events and public relations.”

City of Raton Supports ‘Smart Growth’ Principles
Sangre de Christo Chronicle (NM) – December 22, 2013
At the recommendation of Raton Economic Development Director Christopher Reed and GrowRaton!, the city commission approved a resolution to adopt “Smart Growth” principals during its regular meeting Nov. 26.