How to plan for an ageing population

The world’s population is ageing: almost every state in the world is undergoing growth in the number and proportion of older persons in their population. The gradual change from a younger to an older population age structure is summarized by the term “population ageing”, which is increasingly becoming one of the most important social transformations […]

Promote high-density urban growth

Achieve the correct urban density to support sustainable and pleasant living is one of the trickiest problems cities are facing in address the future of their communities. In the United States, the typically low densities of suburban sprawl built in the last half of the 20th century have been revealed to produce unsustainable rates of […]

The era of mass ownership

The fact that more than 60% of Los Angeles County households has 2 cars or more is a reflection of the era of mass automobile ownership in which Los Angeles was constructed. But if today private vehicles are dominating the landscape of cities, in the coming years they are going to suffer a lot of […]

Reduce vehicular traffic

Southern California has, yet again, confirmed its negative record of having the country’s worst traffic. Drivers in the Los Angeles region wasted 81 hours idling on freeways in a year, the worst cumulative delay of any U.S. metropolitan area. In San Francisco and Washington, the second-worst places to commute by car, drivers wasted about five […]

Converting unused parking spaces in active areas for the city

In the United States, car ownership, driving and parking have been an enormous issue in the way cities have come to be since were developing when car ownership was getting more and more common. The reality today is that there is an excessive quantity of space dedicated to parking: it’s estimated that in some cities […]

Traffic forecast challenges the road infrastructure in 2045

The annual average daily traffic forecast in 2045 shows that traffic will challenge the road infrastructure as the road capacity will not change in the future, and most of the roads within Los Angeles county will be subject to intense traffic conditions, higher than today.

Promoting sustainable walkable communities

In the contemporary American society in which majority of trips are made by car, the promotion of sustainable walkable communities must be one of the fundamental principles in the design of future cities. The design of a neighborhood’s street network has a great impact on the capacity of walkers and cyclists to travel efficiently to […]

Improve soft mobility connectivity

Usually, soft mobility and its promotion in urban policies based on the belief that the increase of soft mobility would reduce private car traffic, particularly as regards short trips, reducing also the problem of emissions generated by vehicular traffic. The emerging attention to environmental concerns has been leading many cities towards the development of specific […]

Challenging the first/last mile

For people who ride transit, their trip rarely begins when they board the bus or ends when they get out. Rather, their journey starts when they ride their bike from home to the bus stop or walk from the train station to the place of work. The connecting journeys before and after the transit ride […]

Improve safety for pedestrians and bikers

Road safety and pedestrian comfort are essential to promote biking to avoid crashes involving pedestrians and bikers in streets as show in the map of collision density. In the future driverless environment, the impact of self-driving vehicles on the road infrastructure will permit to have less cars on streets and therefore this means the less […]

Prioritize pedestrians

The Walkability Index dataset characterizes every Census block group in the U.S. based on its relative walkability. Walkability depends upon characteristics of the built environment that influence the likelihood of walking being used as a mode of travel. Walkability Index rank census blocks according to: – mix of employment types (office, retail and service) and […]

Measuring pedestrian friendliness of cities

A walkable neighborhood is one that is designed with streets for all types of transportation. You can walk to shops and schools as well as parks and public spaces. Therefore, the Walk Score measures the walkability of any address using a patented system which analyses hundreds of walking routes to nearby amenities. It calculates the […]

Investing in mass public transport

Accessibility and transport are crucial factors to unlock the potential of any urban development and the possibility to arrive and move around easily, conveniently and efficiently is vital for the success of any project. A well-conceived, sustainable and integrated mobility strategy will ensure the provision of adequate capacity and functionality to future mobility needs as […]

Forecasted density of public transport provision

Public Transport Accessibility Levels (PTALS) are a detailed and accurate measure of the accessibility of a point to the public transport network, taking into account walk access time and service availability. The method is essentially a way of measuring the density of the public transport network (bus stops, rail stations, light rail stations, underground stations) […]

Towards new sustainable mobility solutions

California is without doubts one of the world’s premier leaders in the transition to electric vehicles. Various California policies, have been critical for stimulating more electric car production and more electric car consumer demand. Today in California the number of public/workplace charging outlets has grown by 652% since 2011, and currently there are 9.000 public […]

Sustainable journeys: carpooling in LA

Sharing a journey with a colleague or a friend has long been a way for people without cars to work to get where they are going. Carpooling is the shared use of private cars between a group of people, with the main purpose of reducing travel costs. Carpooling is one of the cornerstones of so-called […]

Urban Morphometrics: “through” potential routes for pedestrians

Angular Choice reveals the streets that are inherently on many shortest paths, when considering all origins and all destinations within a certain network distance radius. Therefore, the shortest path is determined not by metric distance, but by relative cost of turning, whereby greater turns are more costly. Angular Centralities reflect peoples’ natural orientation cognition patterns. […]

Urban Morphometrics: “through” potential streets for vehicles

Angular Choice reveals the streets that are inherently on many shortest paths, when considering all origins and all destinations within a certain network distance radius. Therefore, the shortest path is determined not by metric distance, but by relative cost of turning, whereby greater turns are more costly. At a high network radius, Angular Choice reflects […]

Urban Morphometrics: “destination” potential

Integration is a reflection of the ‘to’ movement potential of a street, and therefore the potentiality of a street to become a destination. A highly integrated street is structurally well-connected and exhibits an average, minimized movement requirement to all other streets. The Global analysis of Angular Integration considers the distance of each street to every […]

Urban Morphometrics: “neighborhood” potential

Metric Mean Depth computes the average (topological road network) distance from each street to each other street within the predetermined radius. Metric centralities differ from Angular centralities in that metric ‘shortest path’ computations do not consider turning angle. Metric Mean Depth is adept at identifying inherent neighborhood structures. At smaller scales there are no meaningful […]