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MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH: RESOURCES TO HELP PLAN EVENTS
-> May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. The 2015 National Bike to Work Week is May 11-15. Bike to Work Day is May 15. (http://bit.ly/1iK2Lzn) Add your event to the interactive map at http://bit.ly/1aR5aYm. Check out in-depth bike commuting data at http://bit.ly/1DAbI4J.
As a national Bike Month sponsor, the League provides extensive resources to help you plan an event in your area:
- Getting Started: National Bike Month Guide - To get things rolling in your community, the League created a step-by-step guide will help you in creating a successful Bike Month event in your organization, workplace, city, or state. (http://bit.ly/1Fdj9nU)
- Social Media Toolkit - Sample stats, tweets, Facebook posts, infographics and more to promote biking through your channels. (http://bit.ly/1GhRJyD) including memes for social media posts (http://bit.ly/1IGkq5Z)
- Other Promotional Materials - National Bike Month logo, posters, web banners & button, workplace poster, PSA and more (http://bit.ly/1K3Qa5R). [http://bit.ly/1aR3jCS]
NATIONAL VISION ZERO NETWORK GETS TO WORK
-> Vision Zero — the idea that we should no longer accept traffic deaths and serious injuries — is gaining momentum as a framework for thinking about city streets and transportation, as more American cities adopt the goal of ending traffic fatalities. But what actually constitutes a Vision Zero policy? What are the best strategies to dramatically reduce traffic violence? Which cities are doing it right, and which are talking the talk without walking the walk? A new organization, the Vision Zero Network (http://bit.ly/1E9UU9s), seeks to help American cities adopt the most effective street safety policies. The organization launched last week under the leadership of Leah Shahum, former executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, with support from Kaiser Permanente. [http://bit.ly/1JqF2z0]
(See also a We the People “Save 33,000 lives annually with Vision Zero policies” petition to the Obama Administration. It needs 100,000 signatures by May 16, 2015 to require the Administration to review and respond to the petition: http://1.usa.gov/1Gg2UYB)
10 MOST PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY CITIES IN AMERICA
-> For many of us, cities that are easier to traverse on foot are better places to live. If you’re one of those people, you might be curious to know which of America’s cities actually are the most walkable. A new study by the real estate and brokerage website Redfin (WalkScore) breaks it down. (http://redf.in/1DcukXY)
For each of the 3,000 largest cities in the United States, Canada and Australia, Redfin scored every individual block based on how easy it is to do all sorts of daily tasks—getting your groceries, taking your kid to school, etc. Redfin then weighed each block score by the number of people living on that block and calculated a weighted average “walk score” for the entire city. The top 5 walkable cities are New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and Miami. [http://bit.ly/1OwEiKy]
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES LAUNCHES GREAT STREETS!
-> Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested and overlooked. When streets are great places, they encourage people to linger, to socialize, and to truly experience the unique culture and character of a particular street.
To get us started, we’ve included 16 examples of streets that function as well-loved places around the world. From Denmark to Malaysia, these examples show how streets can also be destinations for people – places for play, commerce, and multiple modes of transportation.
Is there a street in your community that deserves notice? Have you just returned from a trip, impressed by the great streets of a faraway city? We want to know about it! (Nominate your favorite great streets: http://bit.ly/1K3ETCN) [http://bit.ly/1J9vJH0]
SURVEY: INFORMING HEALTH & PLANNING INTEREST GROUP’S FOCUS
-> In a post to the H + T—Friends list serve, Arielle Fleisher writes: I'm working with some folks at the American Planning Association (APA) to start a Healthy Communities Interest Group to create a formal space for people working at the intersection of health and planning. To figure out what this group should look like, we are asking folks to please take a short survey (7 questions). (http://svy.mk/1Fd1IE1) You do not have to be a member of APA to be a part of the group or to help shape it.
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