CURA hosting public lectures on data-driven urban science and planning, October 20 and 22

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) at The Ohio State University is pleased to announce two special lectures on data-driven urban science and planning :

Tuesday, October 20th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, “Big steps” in Knowlton Hall.  Robert Goodspeed, University of Michigan.  Tools of Collaborative Inquiry: A discussion of the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and planning support systems for more intelligent urban planning.

Dr. Goodspeed is an Assistant Professor in the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, University of Michigan.  He has been named as “Leading Thinker in Urban Planning and Technology” by Planetizen.

Thursday, October 22nd,  12:00 – 1:30pm, Derby Hall 1080. Martin Raubal, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH).  Investigating human behavior in urban environments: How novel data sources, methods, and technologies provide opportunities for scientists to investigate human mobility and behavior in urban environments.

Dr. Raubal is a Professor in the Department of  Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland.  He is one of the world’s leading experts on mobile GIS, location based services and cognitive engineering for geospatial services.  Pizza and beverages will be provided!

Please join us for this opportunity to hear about the data-driven revolution in urban science and planning!

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Sneckdown time!

A neckdown is a traffic calming strategy: narrowing the width of a street at an intersection to slow vehicles.  A sneckdown is a neckdown created by untrod or plow-piled snow.  A post at the Transportation Alternatives blog from February 2014 discusses how sneckdowns reveal that our streets give cars more space than they need.  [ WHAT SNOW REVEALS ABOUT STREETS].

Never waste a good crisis, people of New England (and other snowy places).   Post and follow sneckdown photos on Twitter: #sneckdowns.  And use this evidence to demonstrate that cars don’t need all that precious urban space.

Road diets are magic

The (quite wonderful) CityLab blog from The Atlantic has an article describing “what has been called ‘one of the transportation safety field’s greatest success stories'”: the road diet.  [So What Exactly Is a ‘Road Diet’?].

Road diets are inexpensive ways to achieve good transportation outcomes, such as increased traffic safety, as well as better walkability and bikeability.  Despite popular conceptions, it does not necessarily increase traffic congestion.  And did I mention they are cheap?

Road diets are as close as we get to a “magic bullet” in transportation planning.  As planner Charles Marohn writes:

Why, when our leadership has expressed so clearly the enormous financial gap we have in funding a “world class” transportation system, are road diets not an obsession of transportation departments everywhere?