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Study Measures U.S. Cities on Transportation, Climate Impact

By January 28, 2020 March 10th, 2020 No Comments

Excerpt of full story written by Skip Descant, originally published Jan 28, 2020

Government Technology reported on StreetLight’s 2020 U.S. Transportation Climate Impact Index, pointing to it as a helpful resource for cities that want to make advancements in curbing their greenhouse gas emissions output.

Staff writer Skip Descant reports that the Index can help cities find creative ways to eliminate car trips, while working within the existing transportation network and infrastructure already in place. 

Reducing car use is a timely topic for all cities, and was recently the main theme for the November CoMotion conference in Los Angeles. 

Related to the conference, Christopher Hawthorne, chief design officer for the city of Los Angeles, is quoted as saying, “Any move away from a kind of single-use urban design strategy is a good one.” 

The story includes additional perspective from Lilly Shoup, senior director of policy and partnerships at Lyft, and from StreetLight’s Martin Morzynski. 

Smaller, less dense cities may not be able to improve pedestrian commuting, Morzynski explained. “But might have a lot of potential to drive bike activity.” 

Thus, cities that can understand the relative importance of increased bike activity to improving their region’s climate impact can then make choices about what modes will have the most impact in the next 12 – 36 months.

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