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-> Presentations from the conference are now available online (http://slidesha.re/1w7mDVg). If you don't know what you're looking for, you can find the most viewed presentations here (http://slidesha.re/1yVnYiY). And don't click your own presentation just to increase its ranking.
There was a lot to experience at PWPBPP 2014. Here are some sessions you might have missed:
"Level of Service F for Grade A Streets." Mike Sallaberry (SFMTA) and Jeffrey Rosenblum (City of Cambridge, MA) present two case studies on how great streets were the outcome of level of service trade-offs. Their presentations are (http://slidesha.re/1rpQyAi) and (http://slidesha.re/1oqC8VV), respectively.
"How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations." Cynthia Nikitin and David Nelson of Project for Public Spaces, and Jennifer Flynn (Center for Urban Transportation Research) present techniques for transforming transit stops into places that build social capital, anchor neighborhoods, increase ridership and spur economic development. Their presentations are (http://slidesha.re/1t4dTNq), (http://slidesha.re/1oqNqJJ), and (http://slidesha.re/1tb8kwv), respectively.
"Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking: Tackling Winter Maintenance Issues." If the news of another polar vortex has you down, you might want to tune into what Salt Lake City (Becka Roolf), the University of Minnesota (Steve Sanders), and Toole Design (Ciara Schlichting) recommend for best practices in cold climate cities. Fun fact: the U of MN campus is the third largest trip generator in the state and has 1,000 bikes on campus on even the coldest of days. Their presentations are (http://slidesha.re/1yVlnWj), (http://slidesha.re/1zjodW9), and (http://slidesha.re/1yVoQ7g), respectively. Alta Design + Planning has also published a white paper on winter maintenance best practices (http://bit.ly/1254HxU).
-> In early October the League of American Bicyclists released "The New Movement: Bike Equity Today," as part of a series of reports issued by its Equity Initiative. You should read it (http://bit.ly/1rqlvUU). Findings: we are a diverse movement, but we—myself included—may not realize that because we have yet to get it right when it comes to equity. The 60+ page report is mostly profiles of people and organization that have made serving marginalized communities their mission. Some wisdom from the report: many communities want change, but they don’t know how to plug into "the process" (Bike Easy, p. 17); the difference between equality and equity (Anthony Taylor, p. 20); teach people to ride because they will ride and will preach with the zeal of the newly converted (Cycles for Change, p. 34); and helpful rules for adults working with youth (Devlynn Chen, p. 38) which, if they were to be reduced to one golden rule it would be to stop talking so much, because if you are talking, you are not learning.
For more about the Equity Initiative and this report go to http://bikeleague.org/content/new-report-bike-equity-today.
-> According to a Sept. 29th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA 1990) was enacted to ensure equal participation for people of all abilities. These are evolving standards that provide guidance for making transportation facilities, such as sidewalks and transit, fully accessible, the same facilities that receive attention in Complete Streets (CS) policies and guides. As CS gains greater influence in street design, there is a clear opportunity to develop complementary efforts to address the accessibility of our transportation system, weaving ADA standards into CS policies and implementation that will benefit the entire community.
"At the recent Rail-Volution conference in Minneapolis, the interaction between implementing a CS policy and complying with federal ADA regulations was discussed in some detail. As states and municipalities implement CS policies with increasing frequency, communities can use these projects in a way that accelerates compliance with ADA. CS policies seek to provide streets that address the needs of all users of the transportation system, and this should include removal of accessibility barriers as identified by ADA guidance. This is a compatible goal that will make a street truly complete. As America Walks discusses, designing accessible street crossings and sidewalks benefits all users of transportation infrastructure, regardless of a person’s ability..."
-> According to an Oct. 14th Real Iran article, "The opening ceremony of the Iran’s largest pedestrian bridge called ‘Tabiat Bridge’ (Nature Bridge) was held in Tehran attended by Tehran’s Mayor Mohammed-Baqer Qalibaf. The 2,000-ton structure for the three-level pedestrian bridge has been completed in less than two years.
"Tabiat Bridge, linking Ab-o-Atash and Taleghani parks, has a unique structure designed by Leila Araghian The design of this three-level pedestrian bridge is inspired by ancient Iranian architecture in which, bridge was not just a crossing path, linking 2 sides of a river or valley, but it was a place to stay, relax and enjoy beautiful views... The first level has a café gallery and a coffee shop. The second level is mainly designed for people who are crossing from one park to the other, they may be walking, biking, skating or riding on a horse carriage. Finally, level three, or the stay zone, is a place to stay and sightsee..."
-> According to an Oct. 10th Springwise.com article, "The major problem with the modern food industry is how much it relies on oil. Consumers demand food from all around the world, even when they can get seasonal fruit and veg from their local neighborhood. Startups such as FreshRealm have already aimed to reduce the number of trips produce makes by delivering it straight from farms to consumers by mail. Now Amsterdam-based FOODLOGICA is using sustainable e-trikes powered by the sun for ‘last mile’ food transport from city farmers’ markets to local catering businesses.
"According to Cities magazine, which developed the initiative, enterprises such as cafés, bars, shops and restaurants in Amsterdam average 6.5 food deliveries every week. Considering there are nearly 5,000 such businesses in the Dutch city alone, that’s a lot of diesel being burned. The FOODLOGICA system aims to provide food producers with a zero-carbon transport option when dealing with catering businesses. It uses e-trikes equipped with a storage trailer for food that doubles up as a self-sufficient charging station with solar panels on top. The bikes can carry food from urban farms or farmers’ markets to any address within a 100km (62 mi) range. FOODLOGICA is working with local producers and businesses to encourage them to take up the scheme, which offers food box deliveries from EUR 15 ($19). In order to incentivize green behavior, businesses pay more for greater distances or multiple stops along each courier’s route..."
[See full article for video on impact of food transport to restaurants within Amsterdam]
-> According to an Oct. 20th Streetsblog article, "The amount that the average American drives each year has been declining for nearly a decade, yet most transportation agencies are still making decisions based on the notion that a new era of ceaseless traffic growth is right around the corner.
"The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, for example, has overestimated traffic on its roads by an average of 73 percent, according to a recent study. And Dallas-area planners recently produced traffic projections that predicted a much larger increase in driving than the state DOT was even predicting.
"That’s why a new traffic forecast from the Washington State Office of Fiscal Management is so interesting: It actually acknowledges how travel habits are changing. Seattle-based environmental think tank Sightline spotted the above traffic projection in a new government report. In its most recent financial forecast, the agency has abandoned the assumption of never-ending traffic growth that it employed as recently as last year. Instead, the agency has responded to recent trends, even projecting that total traffic will start to decline within the next ten years..."
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