Talking Headways Podcast: The Logistics of Urban Deliveries

This week’s guest is Tom Madrecki, director of urban innovation and mobility at UPS. If you want to know how a huge logistics company like UPS thinks about city streets and transportation systems, don’t miss this one. Tom discusses the costs of congestion to UPS, and why streets that prioritize solo car trips don’t work for walking, biking, or deliveries.

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Wisconsin Pilfers From the Scraps Earmarked For Walking and Biking

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About $830 million in federal funds are set aside each year for walking and biking. That’s less than 2 percent of total federal transportation spending. Even this small provision of dedicated funds has been watered down by the GOP-controlled Congress. The current federal transportation law allows states to transfer half their allocation of ped/bike funds to general road projects. Plenty of states choose to spend […]

No, Seattle Isn’t Waging a “War on Cars”

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It’s cliché at this point for newspapers to label any effort to improve walking, biking, or transit as a “war on cars.” The latest in this proud tradition is Seattle Times columnist Brier Dudley, who wrote recently that the city is waging “a shock-and-awe campaign targeting anyone who dares to drive in, through or around Seattle.” What was […]

Combating the Myth That Complete Streets Are Too Expensive

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Live in a town where bicyclists and pedestrians are personas non grata and buses get stuck in automobile congestion? Do you put on your walking boots only to find that your city’s street design conveys the message, “These roads were made for driving?” It’s time for a complete streets upgrade, then – but often, when […]

Tell the Feds: Don’t Turn City Streets Into Highways

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Will the Obama administration prod state DOTs to abandon the destructive practice of widening roads and highways, or will it further entrench policies that have hollowed out cities and towns, increased traffic and car dependence, and made America a world leader in carbon pollution? That’s what’s hanging in the balance as U.S. DOT opens public comments on […]