We've collected some reading materials and videos to help you understand our mission! We are part of a national movement that is focused on making our cities better: changing street infrastructure to improve safety for those walking and biking; developing walkable, denser, mixed-use neighborhoods; and improving transit. These changes will make our cities more environmentally friendly, economically sustainable, and helps reduce society's dependence on cars (a major contributor of crash injuries, deaths, air pollution, and carbon emissions).
Nearly 40,000 Americans are killed in acts of traffic violence every year, with millions more suffering life-altering injuries. This is due to a culture and street design that prioritizes driver convenience and vehicle throughput over saving lives. We must reorient our street design and change the culture of driver behavior to make walking and biking safe, easy, and accessible to all, including the young, elderly, and disabled.
Road diets: how to design a safer street (Vox.com, July 2018)
Why Cars Rarely Crash into Buildings in the Netherlands (Not Just Bikes, May 2020)
A Flaw In Street Design May Be Costing Lives (Cheddar, Mar 2019)
The Road Design Tricks That Make You Drive Slower (Cheddar, Sep 2020)
Cycling in the US from a Dutch perspective (BicycleDutch, Jun 2013)
Why protected bike lanes are more valuable than parking spaces (Vox.com, Sep 2018)
Death on foot: America's love of SUVs is killing pedestrians (Detroit Free Press, Jun 2018)
The SUVs and Trucks We Love Are Killing People (Outside Online, May 2020)
Speed Limit Enforcement Cameras Save Money and Lives in New York City (Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, Oct 2018)
"Free" street parking and zoning laws that require developers to build mandatory off-street parking for new developments have huge ill effects on our society. It wastes large areas of productive urban land on car storage rather than businesses or homes. It drives up the cost of development, making rents and goods more expensive. It also entrenches car-dependency when we should be promoting walking, biking, and transit.
Parking Is Devouring American Cities (Cheddar, Apr 2021)
The high cost of free parking (Vox.com, Jul 2017)
Luke Klipp on parking minimums (Twitter, Dec 2020)
Donald Shoup's Three Parking Reforms (Donald Shoup, July 2018)
Parking Minimums: From 101 to Taking Action (Strong Towns, Nov 2020)
The social ideology of the motorcar (André Gorz, 1973)
Housing First, Cars Last (Planetizen, Jan 2021)
Why parking should pay its way instead of getting a free ride (Joe Cortright, Jan 2021)
Illustrating Parking Reform: Dr. Donald Shoup Plays with Matchbox Cars (Streetfilms, Mar 2021)
Zoning / Land Use Reform
Restrictive zoning laws that ban multifamily housing (aka single-family zoning), mandate lots of parking, impose large minimum lot sizes, and set excessive restrictions on height, setbacks, and density have the effect of making it more expensive to build housing and makes more affordable types of housing illegal to build. This is the root cause of the regional housing shortage, which leads to high rents, unaffordable housing, and people leaving our city and state.
Housing For All: The Case for Progressive YIMBYism (Sam Deutsch, Apr 2021)
The Houses that Can't be Built in America (Not Just Bikes, Mar 2021)
America’s racist housing rules really can be fixed (Vox.com, Feb 2021)
Economic Impacts of Land Use Regulation in Connecticut (School and State Finance Project, Nov 2020)
Density Is How the Working Poor Outbid the Rich for Urban Land (Nolan Gray, Feb 2018)
The Pandemic Disproved Urban Progressives’ Theory About Gentrification (Jacob Anbinder, Jan 2021)
A Place in the Sun (Anya Martin, Feb 2021)
America Needs More Luxury Housing, Not Less (Nolan Gray, Apr 2021)
The humble bus is the most cost-effective and powerful tool we have to reduce car dependency in Stamford. By improving frequency to every 10-15 minutes, focusing on high-traffic routes to maximize ridership, and rationalizing stop spacing, buses can become a real mobility tool for everyone rather than just an option of last resort for the poor. We must also focus on improving Metro-North: making it a true regional rail network instead of just a commuter rail to Manhattan, and improving land use around the stations to make them walkable, high-density, mixed-use neighborhoods rather than just parking garages.
How to make the bus better (Matthew Yglesias, Mar 2021)
Why American public transit is so bad (Vox.com, Oct 2020)
The real reason American public transportation is such a disaster (Vox.com, Aug 2015)
30-30-30 is feasible (Alon Levy, Dec 2019) (30-30-30 refers to Gov. Lamont's proposed vision to get New York to Stamford, Stamford to New Haven, and New Haven to Hartford travel times on trains cut to 30 minutes.)
Fare collection on Metro-North and LIRR is wasteful (LIRR Today, Nov 2018)
Why labor efficiency is important (Alon Levy, Jul 2015)