Investing in Transportation Strengthens the Economy and Saves Lives

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer travel. But our nation’s transportation system is fraying at the seams. The pride we once took in the roads, bridges, and rails built by the Greatest Generation has given way to daily frustration at the disrepair that makes it harder to get where we need to go. The recent Amtrak tragedy is yet another sign that our transportation infrastructure is not what it needs to be. It’s time to invest in the future. …

Pedestrian Fatalities Map: Check Out a Corner Near You

Three years ago the “Dangerous by Design” report noted that between the years 2000 and 2009 the number of vehicle-caused pedestrian deaths was equivalent to “a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month.” Subscribe today! AARP Livable Communities Newsletter Streets engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles are “dangerous by design,” explains the National Complete Streets Coalition, the Smart Growth America program behind the report (of which AARP is a sponsor). …

10 Safety Tips for Walkers (and Drivers)

You may think you’re a safe driver, but are you a safe walker? Like many traffic fatalities, pedestrian accidents are fully preventable. And yet nearly 47,000 people were killed and 688,000 were injured in the U.S. while crossing or walking along a street between 2000 and 2009 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This means that a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle nearly every 7 minutes. In most communities, sometimes you’re a walker and sometimes you’re a driver. When you’re …

Improving Towns One Walk at a Time

Throughout the year, even yesterday, my birthday, I get together with residents and leaders of communities to do something that is too rare these days: walk. And not just to walk for fun, but to help people see their streets through a new lens, one that focuses on how street design either supports or discourages active living and active transportation. Usually during these “walking audits,” as we call them, curious motorists gawk at the strange sight of people actually – …

How Complete Are Your Streets?

I’ve done it. You’ve done it. Most Americans have probably done it. So, what’s the big deal? I’m talking about jaywalking. And not the kind Leno does on the Tonight Show.

Complete Streets: Making New York Walkable for All Generations

AARP New York volunteers hit the streets last week to survey hundreds of intersections for walkers safety. They were joined by local partners, elected officials and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to raise awareness of dangerous intersections and promote so-called, “Complete Streets” planning that accounts for pedestrians of all generations. Their efforts were a huge success! Together, 8,000 volunteers surveyed over 500 streets and intersections, were featured in more than 100 media stories, engaged 60 city and state legislators and …