walking http://kut.org en Austin One Step Closer to Creating Pedestrian Advisory Council http://kut.org/post/austin-one-step-closer-creating-pedestrian-advisory-council <p>The City of Austin is looking to create a pedestrian advisory council.</p><p>The pedestrian group would look at safety and walkability issues, making recommendations to city staff and the City Council. The proposal comes as city policy prioritizes denser, more walkable development – and also at a time when pedestrian deaths are on people’s minds: There were <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/city-investigation-aims-reduce-traffic-deaths">78 traffic deaths (including pedestrians) in Austin</a> last year.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:42:33 +0000 KUT Staff 8485 at http://kut.org Austin One Step Closer to Creating Pedestrian Advisory Council Meet The Man Looking to Make Austin a More Walkable City http://kut.org/post/meet-man-looking-make-austin-more-walkable-city <p></p><p>During 2012 alone, 22 pedestrians were killed in Austin. As a means of transportation, or commuting to and from work, walking is tough. The city is too spread out, and outside the urban core, the transportation system doesn’t encourage walking.&nbsp;</p><p>But some Austin officials want to change that. That’s why they invited a “walkability” expert to learn how some streets can be transformed into walkable spaces.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:28:37 +0000 Joy Diaz 6337 at http://kut.org Meet The Man Looking to Make Austin a More Walkable City Caution: Walking Under The Influence Of Mobile Devices http://kut.org/post/caution-walking-under-influence-mobile-devices Here's an experiment you can try. But please be the scientist and not the test subject.<p>Watch people cross the street and note whether they're yakking on the phone, texting or bopping to tunes while they do it. If you're really ambitious, time how long it takes them to cross.<p>This past summer researchers from the University of Washington did it. They watched more than 1,100 pedestrians at the 20 intersections in Seattle that racked up the most pedestrian injuries over the last three years.<p>What did they see? Fri, 14 Dec 2012 02:08:40 +0000 5905 at http://kut.org Caution: Walking Under The Influence Of Mobile Devices Do Americans Need to Walk More? http://kut.org/post/do-americans-need-walk-more "Americans now walk the least of any industrialized nation in the world," says writer <a href="http://www.tomvanderbilt.com/">Tom Vanderbilt</a>. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:14:09 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 4035 at http://kut.org Do Americans Need to Walk More?