Bloomington Transportation Options for People
- Indiana Citizens' Alliance for Transit
- The Indiana Citizens' Alliance for Transit (ICAT) is a statewide organization for coordinating various transit-oriented projects.
- Bloomington by Bike and Bus
- December 2, 2008. The Indiana University Task Force on Campus Sustainability's bike/bus map.
- IU Task Force on Campus Sustainability Report
- November 19, 2007. The Indiana University Task Force on Campus Sustainability's first report.
- Transportation for America
- B-TOP partners with Transportation for America, a coalition of groups working towards transportation reform at the national level.
- US Secretary of Transportation statement
- The US Secretary of Transportation's July 2009 statement about reducing carbon emissions, improving energy independence, and promoting economic growth by encouraging alternatives to the car.
- What Can We Learn from the Dutch Self Explaining Roads
- A compare-and-contrast of two approaches (US and Dutch) to improving safety by design.
- US Dept of Transportation website about distracted driving
- Thousands of people are killed each year by distracted drivers. The DOT is attempting to reduce that number through education.
- Parking Policy options from livableplaces.org.
- Informative one-page list of sensible approaches to
- Short review of "The High Cost of Free Parking."
- Summarizes "The High Cost of Free Parking" (2005) by Donald Shoup, FAICP. Donald Shoup is a Yale-educated economist and Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA.
- People, Parking and Cities, Access Magazine 25
(Fall 2004), Michael Manville and Donald Shoup, pp. 2-8.
A comparison of the vibrance, densities and parking requirements of urban downtowns; especially noting how Los Angeles' parking policy contributes to its relatively dead downtown, in contrast to the cities of San Francisco and New York, which have vastly different policies.
- Turning Small Change Into Big Changes, Access Magazine 23
(Fall 2003), Douglas Kolozsvari and Donald Shoup, pp. 2-7.
A comparison of two similar retail areas that have different on-street
metered parking policies and strategies for spending the receipts.
- Maryland office of smart growth -- "Parking Best Practices."
- A sample from this report: "There are many problems associated with current parking ratios and the subsequent oversupply of parking. These traditional approaches...lead to vast expanses of parking which in turn separate land uses, reduce densities, impair walkability, and create obstacles to providing transit and pedestrian friendly communities." Provides good, concrete suggestions for dealing with parking and transit issues, and links to other good sites.
- Report from the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) on Clean Air and Smart Transportation (2005).
- Comprehensive study of various partnerships and initiatives which
have been successful in reducing air pollution, especially in
conjunction with transportation programs. Includes useful statistics,
case studies, and further references.
- Rapid Streetcar
- This article presents an approach to light rail which addresses many of
the cost and scale issues which get in the way of implementing light rail
- Brazil's Buses: Simply Successful, Access Magazine 24
(Spring 2004), Aaron Golub, pp. 2-9.
- Report on the great success of bus-only routes, how they are organized,
and U.S. initiatives to imitate these programs.
- Indiana High Speed Rail Association
- IHSRA is a non-profit organization that has been operating since 1994 to promote the development of a passesnger rail network in Indiana.
- An article about cycling culture in Amsterdam
- Walk Score
- A fun site where you can enter your address and it calculates the distance
to various essentials.
- Walkable Communities
- This site helps communities of all sizes become pedestrian friendly.
Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) report -- Mean Streets
2004: America's streets are growing meaner for pedestrians (Nov
In their fifth-edition report, STPP reflects on the trends in
pedestrian safety over the past decade. Highly informative with many
useful statistics and sensible suggestions for policy changes which
can make our streets safer.
- Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling to Improve Public Health: Lessons from The Netherlands and Germany (Apr 2003).
- Excellent statistics and graphs. Discusses Policy changes that create and deter bicycle/pedestrian
trips, based on models from these European countries.
Traffic Ahead: Car
Culture Accelerates, Environmental Health Perspectives 113 (Apr 2005),
- A National Institutes of Health (NIH) publication describing the
growth of automobile use in developing nations such as China and some
solutions being applied in England, Brazil, and other countries.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
- Trading the car for the train,
New York Times (Nov 2005), Terry Pristin.
- Description of an apartment complex in Los Angeles built on a
light rail line.
Drives TOD? (2005).
- A description of why transit oriented development is becoming more
popular, and the roles of real estate and transit agencies
working in creating it.
- Presentations from the 2005 Rail-Volution conference at Salt Lake
- Many papers on the topic of building livable communities with
- Sprawl Watch
- A collection of resources to illuminate sprawl-related issues.