Angie Schmitt

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Angie Schmitt is a newspaper reporter-turned planner/advocate who manages the Streetsblog Network from glamorous Cleveland, Ohio. She also writes about urban issues particular to the industrial Midwest at Rustwire.com.
If aliens came to Earth, who would they assume is in control — people or cars? Cars, of course. That’s the premise of this 50-year-old animation dug up by Alex Ihnen at NextSTL. It’s worth noting, says Ihnen, that the piece was made by...
Better street design and getting more people on bikes—not blind faith in helmets—are the keys to making cycling safer, recent research has shown. Want a good visual to get the point across? The Toole Design Group made this for you. Of these countries, the United...
Speed kills, especially on city streets teeming with pedestrians and cyclists. The investigative news nonprofit ProPublica has produced an interactive graph that deftly conveys how just a few miles per hour can spell the difference between life and death when a person is struck by...
Eliminating carbon emissions from the American transportation system can be done, according to a new report from the Frontier Group (PDF). The tools to reduce energy use from cars and light trucks at least 90 percent are at our disposal or...
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx criss-crossed the country last week on a tour of the seven finalists for U.S. DOT’s $50 million “Smart City Challenge” grant. (Louisville was eliminated from the competition in March.) When Foxx was in Portland, Oregon, Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland got a chance...
We probably haven’t seen the last of engineers who insist on designing local streets like surface highways. But at least now they can’t claim their hands are tied by federal regulations. This month, the Federal Highway Administration struck 11 of the 13 design rules for...
When advocating for a street redesign that will take some space away from cars, it’s common to run up against this classic brush-off from your local transportation agency: The federal government won’t allow it. Well, the Federal Highway Administration recently went on the record to...
How can the next president improve American transportation policy? Without wading into the spectacle that is the election, Beth Osborne, a former top official at the United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) who’s now a vice president at Transportation for America,...
How can cities make more efficient use of street space, so more people can get where they want to go? This graphic from the new NACTO Transit Street Design Guide provides a great visual answer. (Hat tip to Sandy Johnston for plucking it out.) It shows how...