Monday, January 27, 2020

Give employees #freepublictransit, not free parking

A 2018 report from the Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC) states that in 2017, Baltimore City agencies paid $853,620.72 for parking for 700 employees at a cost of approximately $1,200 per employee per year.1 Anywhere from several hundred to several thousand additional employees are provided free or subsidized parking that is not formally documented. Examples of this include: parking in lots on the properties of specific facilities that are not controlled by PABC, specially designated on-street reserved spaces, and at parking meters where costs are waived for vehicles bearing a certain decal in the window.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Study shows public transit users get more exercise

A New York City Department of Health study evaluated the health benefits of active transportation. The results, summarized in Figure 2, indicate that people who commute by walking, cycling or public transit achieve about twice the total (transportation and recreational) exercise as automobile commuters, and so are much more likely to achieve public health targets of thirty or more daily minutes of moderate physical activity. This study can be a model for use in other communities interested in tracking physical fitness and health. 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Public transit users walk more

Although overall North Americans only walk about 6 daily minutes on average, public transit users spend a median of 19 daily minutes walking, which nearly achieves the target of 22 daily minutes of moderate physical activity (Besser and Dannenberg 2005; Weinstein and Schimek 2005). Using pedometers and surveys to track walking activity, Wener and Evans (2007) found that train commuters averaged 30% more walking, more frequently reported walking for 10 minutes or more, and were 4 times more likely to achieve the 10,000 daily steps recommended for fitness and health, than car commuters. Rundle, et al. (2007) found that New York City residents’ Body Mass Index (BMI) ratings tend to decline significantly with greater subway and bus stop density, higher population density, and more mixed land use in their neighborhood. Analysis of walking activity by Lachapelle, et al. (2011) found that public transit commuters average 5 to 10 more minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, and walked more to services and destinations near home and near the workplace, than transit nonusers, regardless of neighborhood walkability. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

In Poland, 66 municipalities committed to promoting fare-free public transit

A policy instrument promoting a free fare public transport policy (FFPT) has recently been put into practice in 66 municipalities across Poland.

A third, and probably the most practical approach is found among the individual tools of urban planning and transportation strategies, whose aim is to make the transportation system more efficient by changing the current condition in a given area and set ting a new path for their development. From restrictive measures such as zero emission zones, tolls and parking charges, through designating pedestrian/bike zones and separate lines for public transport, to incentive measures such park & ride systems, an integrated public transport system or abolishing fares.