From quantifying bicycling’s economic impact to x-raying street networks  – here’s a roundup of the most interesting transportation news that we’ve recently happened upon.
How to inflate a hardened concrete shellVienna University of Technology

Researchers have developed a resource-efficient method of constructing a hardened concrete shell. Check out a time-lapse of the first test-construction below.

The method also saves up to 50 percent of the concrete as well as 65 percent of the necessary reinforcement steel.


U.S. Transportation Secretary Calls on Leaders to Rethink Their MissionDaniel C. Vock, Governing.com

Anthony Foxx explains why it’s important for transportation agencies to recognize the role each transportation network plays in the bigger picture.

“The transportation community is kind of splintered. There’s a road lobby. There’s a transit lobby. There’s a rail lobby. But they almost always are arguing their own case, and not the case for the system. The problem with that is that when they go to the Hill and they try to get something done, it’s not going to be integrated. If our road systems are just being judged on roads, and not being judged on overall mobility and access, then we probably won’t get mobility and access. If we start measuring the things that we want and we’re more flexible in how we get there, then we have a chance to get the 21st century transportation system everybody wants.”

Anthony Foxx


X-Ray Your City’s Street Network, With a Bit of Code, Tanvi Misra, CityLab

A new open-source tool simplifies street network analysis.

(CityLab)

“A tool like this can help support urban designers in the questions they’re already asking. Basically, it streamlines the process [of analyzing urban form] and makes it reproducible without having to reinvent the wheel every time.”

Geoff Boeing, PhD candidate, urban planning at UC Berkeley


Bike industry generates $778 million for Minnesota’s economy in 2014, says DoT studyMark Sutton, Cycling Industry News

A study funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation presents new information on the positive impact bicycling has on the state economy.

To summarize, project findings tell a compelling story for the positive effects of bicycling and provide direct evidence that supports the efforts to promote bicycling-related industry, infrastructure, events, and activities.

Assessing the Economic Impact and Health Effects of Bicycling in Minnesota