Buses, trains, bikes, and walking represent more than an efficient means of getting from one place to another. They move us toward a brighter future because of the many social and economic benefits they foster.
Jay Walljasper writes, speaks, edits, and consults about creating stronger, more vital communities. He is author of The Great Neighborhood Book and All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons.
To get people on bikes in big numbers, cities are finding that it's essential to separate bike lanes from traffic.
Whether you live in the ‘burbs, the city, or the middle of nowhere, the "wonder drug" of walking is just what the doctor ordered.
When Oklahoma City was named the least walkable city in America, residents approved an $18 million sidewalk improvement project to help their community get moving.
Walking might just be the easiest way to get in daily exercise. Here are a few ways to make the practice even easier.
New landmark report announces national campaign to encourage Americans to walk more, by making communities safer and more accessible.
These communities are helping residents take steps towards healthier lives by making walking a priority.
In Albert Lea, Minnesota, residents rejuvenated their rural community through increased physical activity.
It's got great transit, plenty of sidewalks, and values people more than cars.
Density has become a dirty word in some circles because people associate it with big, ugly buildings. Luckily, there are other ways to get people living close together.
It's been called "America's untrendiest trend." The evidence that millions of people are finally walking again is as solid as the ground beneath our feet.
Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
City-dwellers are more likely than others to share housing, transit, and knowledge. Creating a new urban economy depends on valuing this interaction over individual consumption.
To transform economically and socially depressed areas into healthy, vibrant communities, we have to focus on their strengths and trust residents to solve their own problems.
Starting the process of change in a place you know well makes it more doable and fun.