Planning May/June 2012

Planning May/June 2012

Special Issue on Transportation

Planning coverPower to the Pedalers

A variety of innovations is making bicycling safer than ever. By Adam Regn Arvidson — with sidebars by Nicole Wynands and John Hendrickson.

Sidebars: "5 Essential Elements of a Bicycle-Friendly Community" and "Safer Bike Lanes Coming to Cape Cod"

What's Next for Rail?

Jeffrey Spivak describes new projects of various stripes. With sidebars by Ann Sussman (the car of the future) and Kim Lundgren (electric vehicle infrastructure).

Sidebar: Plug-in Stations Come to Town

Sidebar: The Car of the Future

Smart Parking Revisited

Jeremy Nelson and Jason Schrieber, AICP, offer lessons from six pioneering cities — in Planning Practice.

New York City's Very Big Digs

Alex Marshall goes underground to report on the nation's largest — and expanding — transit system.

My Car, Your Car

More and more people are driving a communal automobile. Alice Bieszczat and Joseph Schwieterman take a spin around town.

Density Dare

How well has BART done in its long-term efforts to build transit-oriented development? John King is on the scene. A Sustaining Places story.

Web-Only Feature: Let's Get Moving

Governments at all levels are making efforts to achieve transportation benefits more efficiently without sacrificing quality or good planning.


A regular column by APA's CEO, Paul Farmer.


California redevelopment, frac sand. Includes Web-Only interviews with planners in the mayor's office: Ralph Becker and Ron Littlefield.

Legal News

Local fracking bans, mining.

By the Numbers

Statistics in the news, compiled by APA's Research Department. This month: anatomy of a pedestrian fatality.

Ever Green

Timothy Beatley ponders the slow wood movement.


Taxing retail, open space.

Planners Library

Traffic engineering, transit for humans.


New reports, blogs, videos, etc.


Solving the pension problem.

Cover: In Portland, Oregon, streetcar (foreground) and light-rail lines intersect at several locations; photo by John Smatlak, RPR Consulting.