Stephen Fesler

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues.
Park it: The happiest commutes are active commutes, and the car loses the longer the commute while other modes barely budge over time. But surprise! Those who take transit (and walk or bike) are much healthier than their driving counterparts, cuz duh. The US is still a pretty deadly country for vehicular-related...
A few simple onboard improvements to King County Metro buses could truly enhance the customer experience and increase their overall efficiency. Outfitting new and existing buses with the following feature enhancements would provide passengers more space, expedite the boarding and deboarding process, speed up overall bus service, reduce fuel consumption,...
PARK(ing) Day is right around the corner, and that means our city streets will soon see an extra splash of vibrancy--even if only for a day. On September 19, Seattle will celebrate its eighth year of sponsoring PARK(ing) Day events across the city. PARK(ing) Day, for the unfamiliar, is an international event...
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https://vimeo.com/102576638 A video of very patient Copenhagen drivers waiting for cyclists to do their thing before turning right.
Reduced fare program: King County Executive Dow Constantine released a plan this week for providing low-income individuals access to reduced fares on King County Metro. Safety project for Dexter: The City is finally planning to provide safe bicycling facilities from Mercer to Denny on Dexter Ave. Ditch the road centerline: Transport...
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https://vimeo.com/101360481 Would you believe it? A Seattle designer created this amazing utility bike that has garnered national attention and was selected as the best utility bike design. Take that, Portland!
Stay away: The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel is closed today. Drink it up: A map of every Seattle brewery, this could take you a while... Social welfare reform: There's a battle brewing over public housing policy and practices in Seattle. The mayor and the Seattle Housing Authority are odds. Share the road:...
Highway to hell: Long Beach, CA plans to remove the first freeway in southern California. The freeway revolt in Los Angeles that you probably never knew about. The Senate Democrats cave to House Republicans on national transportation funding--we may keep the roads, bridges, and buses going, but the system...