Urban Fort Collins
Blocks in the city of Fort Collins, Colorado, as illustrated by Meg Dunn.

Take a Walk Around a Fort Collins Block

By On February 14, 2017

In the book, Walkable City, Jeff Speck states that “the cities with the smallest blocks are the ones best known for walkability, while those with the largest blocks are known as places without… Read More

Food truck in Texas - 2011.
Ideas from elsewhere

Instigating Change Incrementally

By On February 4, 2017

For the past few years I’ve been attending a conference in February called Saving Places. While historic preservation is the main focus of the event, a wide variety of urban development topics tend… Read More

New shared road (also called "naked streets") design as found on NACTO's Flickr page.

Shared Spaces and Naked Streets

By On January 25, 2017

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Pullman, Washington, to check out the WSU campus with one of my daughters. A trip like that is an opportunity to compare our… Read More

Redesign of a small strip mall in downtown Fort Collins to make it more pedestrian friendly.

How to make a strip mall more pedestrian friendly

By On January 19, 2017

Olive Street, between College and Mason, used to be a residential block. The Armstrong hotel first opened in 1923, but there were still mansions between downtown and the hotel along College Avenue… Read More

Walmart and City Drug in Fort Collins as seen from Google Streetview
Urban Design

Historically Dense Urban Design Makes (Dollars and) Cents

By On January 9, 2017

Since the 1960s, historic preservationists have been arguing that older, denser buildings should be conserved and reused and that tearing down these buildings to create parking lots was doing damage to the fabric… Read More

Top 10 articles on Pedal Fort Collins in 2016
Bicycle Culture

Ten Most Read Articles on Pedal Fort Collins in 2016

By On December 22, 2016

2016 was the first full year that Pedal Fort Collins has been around. In the past year, 7,398 people have viewed the site with a full 77.6% of them being brand new readers… Read More

Taking the lane may feel uncomfortable, but it's often the safest way to travel in certain areas.
Stay Safe

Taking the Lane at an Intersection

By On December 12, 2016

I’ve written a couple of articles so far about “taking the lane.” I’ve looked at the importance of taking the lane on a skinny bridge where there is quite literally not enough… Read More

The Fort Collins Downtown  Plan includes a section on Transportation and Parking.

Readers Digest Version of the Downtown Plan and Old Town Neighborhoods Plan: Transportation Edition

By On December 7, 2016

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ― Yogi Berra “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” ―… Read More


Black Friday – The Parkingest Day of the Year

By On November 28, 2016

Black Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, which means it’s also the day when parking lots are put to the test. In fact, during the latter half of the 20th Century,… Read More


Intersection Improvements at Cherry and Mason

By On November 20, 2016

The intersection of N. Mason and Cherry has been a death trap for pedestrians and bicyclists alike. Motorists, in a hurry to make the light at College, often jet through that intersection with… Read More