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EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE FRIDAY FOR PWPBPP 2016!
-> This Friday, at 8 pm Eastern, we reach the Early Registration deadline for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2016. Register immediately at http://bit.ly/walkbikeplaces2016 for the best pricing. Special rates are available for Alliance for Biking and Walking and APBP members. We hope to see you in Vancouver this September 12-15!
With breakout program and mobile workshop announcements just around the corner, all the good news out of the host city will need to be your enticement to attend. How’s this: from 2011 to 2015 the city doubled cycling trips and reached a 10 percent bike to work mode share. Or this: the City Council has voted to permanently close to cars 800 Robson Street, the geographic and cultural center of the Vancouver. We also teased several conference sessions in CenterLines #408 http://bit.ly/1TKC8eY in case you missed it.
Important information: 1) Residents of the United States will need a passport to enter Canada; obtaining or updating a passport can require 4-6 weeks so don’t delay (https://www.usa.gov/passport); 2) purchase orders for registrations are being accepted; please contact us immediately if you anticipate a lengthy procurement process (email@example.com); and 3) applications for financial aid are now being accepted; the deadline to apply is June 10; to learn more and apply see http://bit.ly/walkbikeplaces2016scholars
ENGLAND: CYCLING AND WALKING INVESTMENT STRATEGY
-> Spending on cycling in England more than doubled between 2010 and 2015 from £2 per person to £6 per person (US$2.89 to $8.67). Officials have committed over £300 million (US$ 433.71 million) to support cycling and walking over this Parliament. England will invest £50 million (US$72.28 million) to provide a further 1.3 million children with cycling proficiency training through the Bikeability scheme (http://bit.ly/1V7TB3E), £100 million (US$144.57 million) for Highways England to make improvements to 200 sections of the road network in England for cyclists and £101 million (US$146.02 million) to deliver the Cycle City Ambition scheme (http://bit.ly/1OD8iu6) in full.
Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (http://bit.ly/25aGJ2X) sets the objectives, the available financial resources, and the strategies for transformative change to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey for all people whatever their background or characteristics. Specifically, this strategy aims to double cycling by 2025, reverse the decline in walking, reduce cyclist injuries and fatalities, and increase the percentage of 5 to 10 year olds walking to school.
EUROPEAN SUSTAINABLE URBAN MOBILITY PLANS
-> The European Commission has invested time and energy to promote Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). This is a new term for what exists in a number of cities already for a long time. Since 1996, all French cities with more than 100.000 inhabitants are obliged to develop an Urban Mobility Plan. The evaluation of 30 years of transport planning shows the effects are visible in large urban areas: there is a decline in car use, increased use of public transport and cycling is recently making a comeback in towns. The best thing about SUMPs is their focus on quality of urban life and public spaces in the city, changing back the concentration from traffic & vehicles to people. The goal is to bring urban transport back in balance, after years of unbalanced decisions in favour of motorized transport.
PURSUING EQUITY IN PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE PLANNING
-> FHWA’s "Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning" (http://1.usa.gov/1swek6q) defines transportation equity-related for bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, describes recent research of the travel needs of traditionally underserved populations and the role of pedestrian and bicycle planning in addressing equity, and shares strategies, practices and resources to address bicycle and pedestrian planning inequities.
Equity in transportation seeks fairness in mobility and accessibility to meet the needs of all community members, including: Low Income, Minority, Elderly, Limited English Proficiency, or Persons with Disabilities. Transportation equity does not mean allocating transportation resources in equal amounts to all people—see the link above for an effective illustration that shows the difference between equality and equity. An equitable transportation plan considers the unique circumstances impacting various community members’ mobility and connectivity needs and uses this information to determine appropriate amount of resources to allocate to different people and places so that the transportation network more effectively serves all members.
TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES SET-ASIDE IMPLEMENTATION GUIDANCE
-> FHWA has released its "Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside Implementation Guidance" (http://1.usa.gov/27wPUcB) which provides information on funding, eligible activities, and requirements of the TA Set-Aside from the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program, including the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).
2014 MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES DOWN EXCEPT FOR PEOPLE WALKING
-> NHTSA’s "2014 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview" (http://1.usa.gov/1snjHnI) reports the number of motor vehicle crash fatalities on U.S. roadways in 2014 (32,675 people died) continued the general decline that started in 2006 among almost all segments of the population—only pedestrian fatalities increased by 2.2 percent (4,884 people died while walking). This is the highest number of deaths since 2005 and continues a general increase in pedestrian fatalities starting in 2009.
NTSB HOLDS FIRST-EVER PED SAFETY FORUM
-> The National Transportation Safety Board held their first-ever forum to address pedestrian safety (http://1.usa.gov/1XlwJhg). A major topic of discussion was the lack of good, reliable information on the cause of increased pedestrian crashes. As we become a nation that is relying less on cars and more on the ability to walk to our destinations, this could be a contributing factor. Other potential reasons discussed at the forum included increased driving, weather conditions, or increased distraction. However, we don’t have very precise or current national data on this. Representatives from Seattle and New York City, both part of the Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, talked about how they are bucking the trend of increased pedestrian fatalities. http://1.usa.gov/1Tj4knd
GERMANY & IRELAND CONSIDER 30KM SPEED LIMITS
-> German state transport ministers have approved legal changes that will allow for easier application of 30km/h (18.6 mph) limits near schools and hospitals. (in German: http://bit.ly/1YALtrp) The change, announced one year ago by transport minister Alexander Dobrindt, means local authorities no longer need to show that the road in question is already a hotspot for collisions. Meanwhile, in Ireland, Moyagh Murdock, head of the Road Safety Authority, has said 30km/h should become the default speed limit in Irish towns and cities. http://bit.ly/1sj2YCy
INDIA: OPTICAL ILLUSIONS SLOW DRIVERS APPROACHING CROSSWALKS
-> Ahmedabad, India is experimenting with another approach to the standard zebra crosswalk design: adding some perspective shading to the crosswalk stripes creates an optical illusion that looks a little like a roadblock from a distance. Because of the way the human eye works, the illusion shows up only slightly at a distance—enough to make someone slow down -- but appears two-dimensional up close, so drivers don't suddenly brake. http://bit.ly/1YASWXq
ITALIAN SENATE PASSES ‘ROAD MURDER’ LAW
-> All road collisions that result in death or serious injury will be treated by police as an indictable offence, and those convicted will be subject to much tougher sentencing after a new ‘road murder’ law was passed by the Italian Senate last month. The new law (in Italian: http://bit.ly/22fMQhl), which has taken several years to pass all the necessary legal hurdles, could mean 12 years in prison for drivers found guilty of killing while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. http://bit.ly/1WtwjqC
SEPT. 21: EUROPEAN DAY WITHOUT A ROAD DEATH CAMPAIGN
-> TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, is planning a new road safety campaign day known as Project EDWARD –European Day Without A Road Death. There is already support from all 30 TISPOL member countries, and a growing number of road safety organizations have pledged to work with TISPOL to promote the message. http://bit.ly/27isZSg
CALGARY, CANADA: CYCLE TRACK BIKE COUNTS BREAK RECORDS
-> More cyclists were counted on Fifth Street S.W., Calgary's busiest downtown cycle track, during each of the first few weekdays of May than any previous day since the cycle-track network opened 11 months ago. The first Monday broke the previous record for daily trips, with 4,660 bikes counted by three automated sensors spaced along the 1.4-kilometre route. Tuesday then broke the record again, with 5,369 bikes counted. The city has 11 automated sensors counting bikes all across the downtown cycle track network. http://bit.ly/1Yc7750
VANCOUVER, BC RESIDENTS MAKE MORE WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS
-> In a recent TEDx talk (The Transformative Power of Walking: http://bit.ly/1sx6wBg), Vancouver BC City Planner, Sandra James gives examples of how city residents made their neighborhoods more walkable and changed their social fabric: installing benches; block planting parties to create Blooming Boulevards; public art on street poles; a volunteer one-day "barn raising" to transform a vacant space into a playground, garden and connecting pathway; and a student-led process to create a greenway, gardens, and an outdoor classroom space.
CALLS FOR A U.S.-MEXICO BORDER BIKE LANE
-> The San Ysidro Port of Entry, on the Mexican-US border, is the busiest border crossing in the Western Hemisphere, with approximately 50,000 cars and 25,000 pedestrians coming through daily in the northbound direction alone. Vehicle wait times can stretch to three or four hours, and even pedestrians frequently have to spend more than an hour in line.
To make the crossing less congested, a broad swath of organizations is now calling for the return of a piece of infrastructure that briefly thrived after 9/11 but was later dismantled: the cross-border bike lane. The PedWest Bridge, slated to open this summer, is being constructed with an extra-wide lane to accommodate bikes and people with disabilities. While the U.S. General Services Administration is building the facility, CBP will operate it. So it is up to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to decide if there will be a dedicated bike lane and if riders will need to dismount. http://bit.ly/1WdjBLG
GERMANY: NEW CAR-FREE NEIGHBORHOOD REDESIGNS SUBURBIA
-> It's possible that some people might own a car in a new neighborhood designed for Mannheim, Germany. But they won't be able to drive up to their doors: The entire neighborhood is car-free, with parking hidden underground. Instead of roads, the neighborhood will have sidewalks that connect with paths in a surrounding park. The designers think that the development, which will be built in a former U.S. Army barracks on the outskirts of Mannheim, can help change how people see the suburbs, and serve as a model for other communities. http://bit.ly/1ZjDBuo
[See searchable online Calendar at http://bit.ly/centerlines for August 17 webinar: "Street Design and Planning in Suburban Contexts" and September 21 webinar "Pedestrians and Bicyclists in a Suburban Context".]
RESPOND TO 2017 NATIONAL WALKING SUMMIT SURVEY
-> America Walks invites you complete their survey (http://svy.mk/1YvQYHD) to ensure that the 2017 National Walking Summit is engaging, interesting and relevant. Responses will help them learn what information you would like to learn from panels, what trainings would be most helpful and what activities you would like to experience at the Summit.
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