THREAD: Live tweeting the presentation from Norm Garrick for today's @COMPASSIdaho Education Forum on parking. Image
Unfortunately, I don't see the names of elected officials on the attendee list. They are the ones who need to hear this the most. @COMPASSIdaho Image
"I was told that civil engineers don't study parking. That made it hard to get research funding. We only study things that are moving. That has started to change and started to change policy." Image
Parking in Hartford: 1957 vs. 2009.
How's that "economic success if we succumb to cars" theory working out for you, Hartford? Image
Growth in parking compared to population and auto commute changes. ImageImageImage
"By assessing vacant lots and surface parking lots at a much lower rate than commercial buildings, the city has encouraged the proliferation of what urban designers call 'parking craters.'" Image
Zurich lost population between 1950 and 1980, but they responded much differently than American cities that were losing population. ImageImageImage
"Even ITE Trip and Parking general manuals are based on almost zero data. Yet we treat it like sacred information that came down from the mountain...Providing free parking is an unfair subsidy for drivers because people who are not driving do not get the same kind of benefits." Image

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24 Jan 19
Today in #idleg I’m live tweeting @IdahoITD Director Brian Ness presenting to joint Sen/House Committee. (@ACHD Director Bruce Wong is in the peanuts gallery, FWIW)
Opening statement by @IdahoITD Ness is they are breaking down bureaucracy and focusing on their customers—the citizens of Idaho. “We are moving at the speed of business.”
So far, Ness focuses on breaking down a 1960s Civil Service model. Says @IdahoITD is focusing on outcomes rather than processes. “Customers hear ‘yes, if...’ rather than ‘no, because.’”
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In 2007, as an employee of ACHD and under oath in a lawsuit between the City of Boise and ACHD, I defended the widening and design of Ustick Rd. In 2014, 13-year old Olivia Schnacker died after being hit by a motorist while she crossed Ustick, a couple years after it was widened. Picture of Olivia.
I’m rarely in that part of Boise since I moved back. I moved away in 2008, in part due to that lawsuit, what I defended, and what I felt was a departure by my employer from my set of values in being a transportation planner and project manager. Picture of Ustick Road with cross honoring Olivia.
Olivia’s death hit me hard. I had already turned my passions toward protecting vulnerable road users. It made me more of an advocate for safety as we, despite having decent design features for pedestrians, still made vehicle LOS the priority. Close up of cross with teddy bears near the sidewalk.
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Reading an MPO’s Triennial Review by @USDOT reveals disconnects the Feds don’t understand. You can’t criticize an MPO for not properly incorporating bike/ped/transit considerations into DOT-submitted TIP projects when DOT threatens a region’s funding if MPO objects to a project.
Yeah, that was a wonky tweet. Here’s the decoder ring description: MPOs are reviewed every theee years by a @USDOT panel of @USDOTFHWA @FTA_DOT reps. They look at long range plans, TIP, congestion management process, etc.
The resulting report typically identifies progress since the last review, commendations on things done well, and “corrective actions” for the MPO to address before the next review.
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We have to get bureaucracies off their deadly fixation that 94% of crashes are caused by human error and thus the reason why fixing human behavior is the answer to traffic fatalities. It has created a barrier to real safety interventions in the US. Let's go threading...
Since the 1930s we have used the "human error is the cause of crashes, thus the cause of deaths on road." This has been used to deflect attention away from safe systems approaches.

(Evans, L. 2004. Traffic safety, Bloomfield, Mich: Science Serving Society.)
This fixation with perfecting human behavior because of this 90% statistic was recognized as false and misleading by those at the forefront of #VisionZero in Europe nearly 50 years ago.
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Here's an example we use in the Looking Glass Academy workshops on walkability to illustrate how pedestrian time/delay is not a factor in how highway agencies design a street. "Just go to the nearest crosswalk," they say. Let's look at it.
I live where the red house is located and want to go to the grocery story. "Just go to the nearest crosswalk!" Well, there's a 1.15-mile gap between marked crossings where there are traffic signals with ped heads.
I can practically see the grocery store from the house as it's only a .22 mile journey as the crow flies. But, "Just go to the nearest crosswalk," they say.
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