New route-finding map lets Seattle pedestrians avoid hills, construction, accessibility barriers

New route-finding map lets Seattle pedestrians avoid hills, construction, accessibility barriers

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Transportation routing services primarily designed for people in cars don’t give pedestrians, parents pushing bulky strollers or people in wheelchairs much information about how to easily navigate a neighborhood using sidewalks.

On Wednesday AccessMap – a University of Washington project spearheaded by the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology — launched a new online travel planner offering customizable suggestions for people who need accessible or pedestrian-friendly routes when getting from point A...

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To Californians: The Hours You Spend in Traffic May Soon Be Used to Generate Electricity

To Californians: The Hours You Spend in Traffic May Soon Be Used to Generate Electricity

WikiMedia Commons and Clashmaker

LOS ANGELES, CA - If you’re a Los Angeles native, resident or even visitor, you will probably cringe at the combination of “LA” and “rush hour.” Sitting in LA traffic is an excruciatingly painful task, and not just because of the hours you spend putting pressure on your lower back. If your brakes aren’t screeching because of the driver who just cut you off, then you’re probably yelling...

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October Recap: Urban Transporation, Health, and Justice

October Recap: Urban Transporation, Health, and Justice

Compiled by Urban@UW.

October has seen a lot of research and engagement surrounding urban design, health, and transportation from University of Washington’s urban scholars and practitioners. Here at Urban@UW we’ve kicked off our Livable City Year program, reflected on our first full year of work and collaborations, and are planning for our symposium on Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change (November 7-8). The Livable City Year Program is in its first year...

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UW EE Faculty to Tackle Urban Mobility

UW EE Faculty to Tackle Urban Mobility

Flickr and Benson Kua

For urban roadways, traffic-choked streets have become synonymous with the weekday commute. Over the decades, strategic conversations between city officials, engineers and policy makers have sought to lessen congestion and provide increased transportation options. However, as cities continue to develop and populations increase, the results of years of conversation cannot materialize fast enough. On the thrumming streets of Seattle and Nashville, the consumer becomes a key player on urban transportation initiatives.

The...

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New Seattle freight lab tackles urban delivery congestion

New Seattle freight lab tackles urban delivery congestion

Wikimedia Commons and Axisadman

SEATTLE (AP) — In this city where residents can get practically anything delivered to their doorsteps — often within hours — trucks, bikes, cars and buses regularly jostle for space on Seattle’s streets.

The rise in e-commerce and on-demand delivery has put increasing pressure on fast-growing cities like Seattle to rethink how they manage traffic congestion, as well as curbs, sidewalks, parking and other infrastructure.

On Wednesday, the city...

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Midsummer in Full Swing, A July Recap

Midsummer in Full Swing, A July Recap

A collage of July’s news banners.

While we are in the midst of a beautiful summer, things at the University of Washington and at Urban@UW are moving right along. We’ve seen some original writing, research, and even a podcast come out of community covering topics from marine noise pollution to data science and minimum wage to police reforms.

The eScience Institute hosts Data Science for Social Good program looking at how data can be leveraged pressing urban...

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New Tech Could Restore Some Quiet To Noisy Oceans

New Tech Could Restore Some Quiet To Noisy Oceans

Jill Fine & Wikimedia Commons

Forty feet below the surface of Puget Sound, a marbled murrelet dives for its catch. The water is cold, dark — and incredibly noisy. A ping-ping-ping emanates from the shore over second-long intervals and continues on for the next several hours, sending a series of pressure waves through the ocean. For the endangered bird, these sounds could result in anything from a disturbing annoyance to internal injuries or even death.

The pings...

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Data Science for Social Good 2016

Data Science for Social Good 2016

This summer we are thrilled to be supporting the eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program.

Modeled after similar programs at the University of Chicago and Georgia Tech, with elements from eScience’s own Data Science Incubator, sixteen DSSG Student Fellows have been working with academic researchers, data scientists, and public stakeholder groups on data-intensive research projects. This year’s projects specifically focus on Urban Science, aiming to understand...

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Seismic Neglect: Buildings and Earthquakes

Seismic Neglect: Buildings and Earthquakes

Kevin Galvin, FEMA News Photo Library

Seismic Neglect | In the first part of a continuing series, The Seattle Times examined officials’ neglect of the most vulnerable kind of building: old, brick structures called unreinforced masonry. Here are answers to some common questions about those buildings.

The Northwest is threatened by earthquakes far more destructive than anything Washington state has experienced in modern times, a danger lawmakers have largely disregarded. In the first part of a continuing series, The Seattle Times...

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Monthly Wrap up January 2016

Monthly Wrap up January 2016

It’s been a great start to 2016.

UW Alumni association and History Department put together a woderful history lecture series: Excavating Seattle’s histories: Peoples, politics, and place check out details and videos here>

The CBE also hosted a number of great speakers and events including SUSTAINING JAPAN: 3.11 FIVE YEARS ON lecture and panel discussion with Hitoshi Abe

Smart city leaders from around the world...

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Coming Up! 2nd NIAC Workshop on Urban Science & Engineering

Coming Up! 2nd NIAC Workshop on Urban Science & Engineering

February 2-3, 2016 NHS Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture University of Washington

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Charles Catlett, Argonne National Laboratory/University of Chicago, Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data Dr. Paul Waddell, University of California, Berkeley Professor of City & Regional Planning

Cities house more than 70% of the U.S. population; provide essential services...

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Leaders Gather at UW to Define Vision for Smart Communities

Leaders Gather at UW to Define Vision for Smart Communities

Smart city leaders from around the world are gathering at UW’s Seattle campus for a two-day workshop called the “NSF Visioning Workshop on Smart and Connected Communities Research and Education” to discuss the future of smart and connected communities on January 13-14, 2016. The UW Department of Electrical Engineering is organizing and hosting the workshop, on behalf of the National Science Foundation, with the goal of facilitating dialogue between stakeholders, including municipalities, states,...

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What motivates people to walk and bike? It varies by income

What motivates people to walk and bike? It varies by income

Lower- and middle-income King County residents who live in denser neighborhoods — with stores, libraries and other destinations within easy reach — are more likely to walk or bike, according to new University of Washington research.

But neighborhood density didn’t motivate higher-income residents to leave their cars at home, the transportation engineers found. Of the environmental factors they studied, the only one that significantly influenced how frequently that group walked or...

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UW/Seattle MetroLab Partnership

UW/Seattle MetroLab Partnership

Have you been wondering what exactly is going to happen with the Seattle / UW partnership under the MetroLab initiative?

The three “named” projects from Seattle will be the Array of Things partnership with Chicago, Private data sharing with the Tech Policy Lab, and a smart grid study of the relationship between temperature and power organized by UW’s Electrical Engineering department.

Check back for progress on these and other...

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Weekly Recap 11/16-11/20

Weekly Recap 11/16-11/20
​UW releases new report on climate change in the Puget Sound. View story on UW Today > Students from the UW School of Public Health tackle heath care challenges facing people without homes. Video on King 5 News > UW College of the Environment posted last week’s lecture from John Vidale, “A tale of three Seattle temblors: One big, one deep, and one direct hit” . View Dr. Vidale’s Lecture Here > UW...

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