SGA News Clips, 5/25/11

T4America: Just Like Plane Crashes, Pedestrian Deaths Are a National Issue
DC Streetsblog, 5/24/11
Transportation for America’s new report, “Dangerous by Design,” includes rankings of states and metro areas, but you can zoom in even more precisely on your neighborhood or your kids’ school. Check out their interactive map to find pedestrian fatalities and identify trouble spots near you. And don’t stop there. T4America is encouraging everyone who supports safer streets to take action and tell Congress to preserve funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

Milwaukee-area leaders call for more transit aid: In letter, 5 cite higher-than-expected calculations for state transportation funds
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/23/11
Revised calculations of state transportation funding would give lawmakers the financial leeway to block all of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed cuts in aid to Wisconsin public transit systems, Milwaukee-area leaders said Monday.

Opinion: As Housing Goes, So Goes the Economy
New York Times, 5/24/11
April was the seventh straight decline in monthly filings — which include notices of default, auction and bank repossessions — according to RealtyTrac, a real estate data provider. But the decline appears to be largely the result of banks slowing the foreclosure process in order to keep properties off the market until prices recover. The catch is that prices are unlikely to recover as long as millions of foreclosures are imminent.”

Gas Poised to Decline as $4 Drives Down Demand: Energy Markets
Business Week, 5/25/11
U.S. gasoline prices of almost $4 a gallon, the highest level since 2008, are deterring motorists just as the country’s vacation season starts, likely bringing relief at the pump by July.

Demand for the motor fuel declined 2.2 percent to 8.91 million barrels a day from the same month last year as prices were up 6.6 percent from the prior month, the industry-funded American Petroleum Institute said in a report May 20.

“Higher gasoline prices are damping demand,” said John Felmy, chief economist with the Washington-based API. “This is just a price reaction.”

Expressway, state reach deal to build Wekiva Parkway
Orlando Sentinel, 5/24/11
Metro Orlando’s major road-building authority and the state are joining forces to build the Wekiva Parkway, $1.8 billion missing link in the region’s beltway.

The two agencies aim to break ground on the 26-mile toll road as early as spring of next year, with completion within seven years. Yet, many details remain to be worked out, most importantly how to pay for the project. A plan could be developed by August.

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Answers: Is there a road in your neighborhood that’s pedestrian unfriendly? How would you change it?

Earlier this week Smart Growth America asked our readers to weigh in on pedestrian unfriendly roads in their neighborhoods, and we’re excited to share the responses. We’ll be asking a new question next week – be sure to follow us on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook to join the discussion!

So: is there a road in your neighborhood that’s pedestrian unfriendly? If so, how would you change it? Here are some responses:

If you’d like to learn more about making roads that work for everyone, visit Smart Growth America’s partner organization Complete Streets to learn more.

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