Eric MacNaughton, senior transportation engineer at the City of Calgary, discusses what it means to be a transportation engineer, the best it can bring to city building and some problematic practices of the profession.
The last number of weeks have brought great change all over the world. City life has changed drastically as well. Streets are quiet, stores are shut, vehicle traffic has nearly vanished, buses and trains are almost empty. And pedestrians are veering onto the street as they try to maintain a safe distance from others.
In some parts of the world, folks are on total lockdown and are prohibited to be outdoors.
Here in North America, we still have some freedoms to use parks, public spaces and streets, as long as a safe distance is kept. This is a challenge that cities are now faced with: How might we allow people to still enjoy the spaces of the city while being responsible and safe.
John talks with Mike Lydon, a past podcast guest, who has been keeping a close watch on how some cities are proactively responding to COVID-19. Many cities are taking action, including:
- Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Schaerbeek, Belgium
- Ottawa, Ontario
- Grenoble, France
- London, UK
- Vancouver, British Columbia
- Denver, Colorado
- Vienna, Austria
- Bogata, Columbia
- And here in Calgary, Alberta
- Follow Mike Lydon on Twitter
- Check out his latest blogs posts about COVID19 Streets
Our transportation systems have huge effects on our day-to-day lives. We rely on transportation infrastructure to get to work, drop our kids at school, attend cultural activities and meet up with friends. And it’s really hard to plan for effective transportation, especially on a regional scale. Lots of transportation systems — think buses, bike paths or trains — often stop at municipal boundaries. This may not seem like a big issue, but it can be when people have to cross boundaries often.
John talks with Joe McAndrew about how the Greater Washington Partnership’s Blueprint for Regional Mobility is improving regional transportation and improving the day-to-day transportation experiences for folks in the USA’s Capital Region.
- Read the Blueprint for Regional Mobility
- Learn more about performance-driven tolling
- Follow the Greater Washington Partnership on Twitter and Facebook