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EUROPEAN REVOLUTIONARY VEHICLE SAFETY PROPOSAL FOR CYCLISTS
-> The European Cyclists' Federation reports the European Commission has a major opportunity with the technologies currently available to have new vehicle safety measures including Intelligent Speed Assistance, Autonomous Emergency Braking for cyclists/pedestrians, improved testing procedure for bonnet design, truck turning assist, and HGV direct vision standards put in all new cars. Which makes it even more momentous that the European Commission has launched a proposal in the 3rd mobility package that intends to mandate the fitment of all these features in all new vehicles. The article describes these technologies and how they could benefit cyclists and pedestrians. http://bit.ly/2MkzJd0

GHSA REPORT PROJECTS 6,000 PED FATALITIES IN 2017
-> The Governors Highway Safety Association released its annual pedestrian fatality report which projects nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2017. (Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2017 Preliminary Data: http://bit.ly/2Mlrtte) The report is a first glimpse at state and national trends in pedestrian traffic fatalities for 2017, using preliminary data provided by all 50 State Highway Safety Offices and DC. This report also discusses promising strategies to reduce pedestrian and motor vehicle crashes through a combination of engineering, education, and enforcement efforts, featuring specific examples from 41 states. http://bit.ly/2sRtIMU

NHTSA: 2016 PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS
-> NTSA begins its 2016 Pedestrian Traffic Safety Facts by specifically describing what they mean by "pedestrian" and "traffic crash." (A person sitting or lying down involved in a crash with a motor vehicle on a public traffic way is included as a pedestrian. People on roller skates, skateboards, baby strollers, scooters, Segways, and motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs are not.) In 2016 there were 5,987 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in the US. (The GHSA projects about the same number were killed in 2017--See this item in the National & International Scene for details.) The fact sheet includes details related to environmental characteristics, time, season, age, gender, state, major cities among other factors. "2016 Pedestrian Traffic Safety Facts" http://bit.ly/2Mo0oG2

NHTSA: 2016 BICYCLISTS AND OTHER CYCLISTS TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS
-> NHTSA released its 2016 data on bicyclist-motor vehicle crashes occurring on public trafficways. Their definition of "pedalcyclist" refers to people using two-wheel, non-motorized vehicles, which appears to not include people using e-bikes. In 2016, there were 840 pedalcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the US, an increase from 829 in 2015. Pedalcyclist deaths accounted for 2.2% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The fact sheet includes details related to environmental characteristics, time, season, age, gender, state, major cities among other factors. "Bicyclists and Other Cyclists Traffic Safety Facts" http://bit.ly/2sYRI0T

WHEN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION LEADS TO GENTRIFICATION
-> An NRDC OnEarth article describes why transit-oriented development projects need to include affordable housing amid all those luxury condos and caf├ęs. Transit-induced gentrification (http://bit.ly/2t07Zll), a socioeconomic by-product of this type of development is changing the affordability of long-standing communities of working-class residents. A study recently conducted by the San Diego Union-Tribune studied the nearly 400 new multifamily buildings had either gone up or were under construction within half a mile of a transit stop in San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and the San Francisco Bay Area in the past 5 years. They found that the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment was not affordable for many families in those neighborhoods. (http://bit.ly/2JDR1QE) Transit-oriented development done right includes governing bodies taking formal steps to pair any new development with real affordable-housing protections, and exploring other policy-based strategies that create special "housing protection districts." https://on.nrdc.org/2JxZh4P

SINGAPORE TO REQUIRE BIKE SHARE GEOFENCING
-> SmartCities Dive reports Singapore's ?Land Transport Authority will require that all bike-share services apply for a license by July 7 to continue operations, and have a geofencing feature by the end of this year, according to the South China Morning Post. (http://bit.ly/2JEVLpd) Geofencing technology uses GPS and radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to require riders to leave their bikes in designated parking areas. Local operator oBike has used geofencing since last fall. (http://bit.ly/2t0aunJ) Its system has more than 1,000 parking zones and notifies users if they leave a bike outside of the designated areas. Given that many companies that will be regulated under Singapore's rules also operate in the US -- like ofo and Mobike -- the approach could spread overseas if it proves successful. http://bit.ly/2JBuOTa

NTSB REPORT PROTOCOL: CRASH ANALYSIS FOR VULNERABLE ROAD USERS
-> The PBIC Messenger recently reported on a 2017 final report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) covering a fatal pickup truck crash with 9 bicyclists in Kalamazoo, MI. (Highway Accident Brief: Pickup Truck Collision With Multiple Bicycles, Cooper Township, Michigan, June 7, 2016: http://bit.ly/2Mp4lKG) The crash, which resulted in 5 cyclist fatalities and a second-degree murder conviction for the driver, offers a model for investigating and documenting post-crash analysis. The report is the first from NTSB to develop a protocol for crash analysis for vulnerable road users. It also identifies crash-related factors including polysubstance abuse, impaired driving, and emergency response. The Safety Recommendation Report provides recommendations for improving dispatch communications and coordination in the Kalamazoo area. http://bit.ly/2MlydYj

COULD ELECTRIC BIKE PODS REVOLUTIONIZE TRANSPORTATION?
-> Mobility Lab reports a Canadian startup company plans to offer a new type of bike share velomobiles, basically human-powered bicycle cars. They usually have a supplementary motor to make pedaling easier, are tri-wheeled and enclosed, allowing the rider to store things in a trunk akin to a car but also pedal and steer like a bike. (And stay dry in rainy weather.) Velometro, a velomobile manufacturer from Vancouver, British Columbia broke into the sharing market with a 6-month pilot run of its Veemo service on the University of British Columbia's Vancouver campus. (http://bit.ly/2MotjcT -- also see video) The five velomobiles on campus were ridden more than a thousand times over the course of the six months. http://bit.ly/2sTmVCB

TRB COMMITTEE ON AIR QUALITY (ADC20) SUMMER MEETING
-> The Transportation Research Board Committee on Air Quality (ADC20) Summer Meeting will be July 31-August 1 in Washington, DC. Dr. Chris Frey of North Carolina State University will present a keynote talk on his recent landmark assessment of issues facing the transportation air quality field, Trends in Onroad Transportation Energy and Emissions. Other talks include freight, exposure assessment, innovations in data analysis, and strategic opportunities and direction for the committee's future research. The summer meeting is open to all TRB Air Quality Committee members and friends, students, and others in the field. Registration is free. Please RSVP by June 15, 2018 (http://bit.ly/2JGq2UA) --late registrations will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

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