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-> Registration is now open for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA, September 8-11. Register now http://bit.ly/1kih90L.
Outcomes are the theme of this year's conference: Change, Connect, Prosper, and Sustain. Each focuses on a particular step along the way to community transformation: Change is about advocacy to change minds, policies, and priorities; Connect is about making the physical and professional connections needed to complete our transportation system; Prosper is about the health and economic rewards reaped by changing policy and connecting people; and Sustain is about how we connect walking, biking, and Placemaking to bigger, more diverse audiences to solve larger challenges.
Our Conference Review Committee has nearly completed its task, and within weeks we will start notifying presenters. Proposals are being evaluated according to how the work in question contributes to the advancement of our field; how the work addresses existing social, environmental, economic, and/or health inequalities; and what lessons--good and bad--were learned. We will be emphasizing solutions that are scalable and replicable.
In the coming days we will announce some of the first mobile workshops. That will soon be followed by details about the People for Bikes Green Lanes sessions. In early April we will begin announcing our breakout sessions. Lots to look forward to!
For 2014, our Early Registration full conference rates are:
Note: these rates are all-inclusive and will expire on May 15, 2014. Register today: http://bit.ly/1kih90L.
Please direct registration, program, and sponsorship inquires to Mark Plotz, Conference Director, (202) 223-3621 or <email@example.com>.
-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking and Project for Public Spaces are pleased to announce the search has started for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2016 host city! Prospective hosts can begin the process for consideration by submitting a Letter of Interest (LOI) to us by March 31, 2014, 8pm Eastern Time.
Guidelines for the LOI can be downloaded at <http://www.bikewalk.org/conference/2016LOI.pdf>.
Prospective hosts of Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2016 will be notified by April 14, 2014 as to whether they will be invited to submit a full application. For questions, please contact Mark Plotz, Conference Director, at (202) 223-3621 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
-> According to a recent article describing their new report, Lifting the Veil on Bicycle & Pedestrian Spending (report + scored cards for each state: http://bit.ly/1hdRNRR), "Advocacy Advance benchmarked planned bicycling and walking project spending in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and breaks down how state Departments of Transportation can become more transparent and responsive to community needs.
"We examined the STIP from every state to determine the types of facilities that are planned for people who walk and bike. We looked if planned projects will serve bicyclists-only, pedestrians-only, or both through a shared facility and whether they will occur as part of other roadwork or as standalone projects... We also evaluated each STIP for 10 specific data transparency criteria. The criteria were developed to address how states can improve their STIP reporting so citizens can better find, understand and evaluate planned transportation investments..."
-> According to a Feb. 24th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "Estimates released by FHWA on Friday (Traffic Volume Trends: http://1.usa.gov/1k6iaJz) suggest that per capita vehicle miles of travel dropped again in 2013, making it the ninth consecutive year of decline (see Figure 1 in article). Total VMT in the United States increased by 0.6 percent from 2012, hovering just below 3 trillion, and per capita VMT dropped to 9,402 (the prior year’s initial estimate was revised to 9,412).
"Unlike other past dips in driving, this recent downward shift has had no clear, lasting connection to economic trends or gas prices. Evidence suggests that the decline is likely due to changing demographics, saturated highways, and a rising preference for compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, which reduce the need for driving. Some key factors that pushed VMT upward for decades – including a growing workforce and rising automobile ownership – have also slowed considerably. SSTI released a report last September outlining the many contributing factors, with references to supporting literature (VMT Inflection Point: Factors Affecting 21st Century Travel: http://bit.ly/1hnrI24).
"By now, some DOTs have acknowledged the downward trends in their states and begun to question what it means for their agencies—particularly when it translates into falling revenues, as in Oregon. It appears this has not affected investment priorities significantly in most states, but it has changed the way some DOTs now view future travel needs. Several recently updated long-range transportation plans reflect this shift..."
[Scroll to the bottom of the page to check out an interactive map of Average Vehicle Miles Traveled by Zip Code: http://bit.ly/1heuBCV]
-> According to a Feb. 12th Public Health News Wire article, "The cost of inactivity in the U.S. is high, from chronic conditions such as obesity to rising health care costs. However statistics show that investments in active transportation, such as walking and biking, make for a safer, more accessible, cleaner and healthier America.
"On Capitol Hill yesterday, public health advocates including APHA called upon Congress to place more focus on active transportation. Their report, ‘Safe Routes to Everywhere,’ (http://bit.ly/N1r5kc) calls for four major policy interventions:
- building a structured active transportation system with increased federal investments, and creation and maintenance of trails, biking and walking networks;
-> According to a Feb. 21st Fast Company article, "...even on streets with protected bike lanes, the barriers between cyclists and cars usually melt away at intersections. Here's an idea for a better way: a protected bike intersection that increases drivers' ability to see bikes and minimizes the chance that a car will turn on top of a cyclist.
"Nick Falbo, a Portland-based urban planner, proposed this protected intersection design for a transportation challenge organized this winter by George Mason University's School of Public Policy... It consists of a corner refuge island, a raised island that forces traffic to turn farther into the intersection, protecting right-turning bikes and giving bikes crossing the street lead time before cars start turning. It's much like the concept of ‘leading pedestrian intervals,’ a technique in programming traffic signals to give pedestrians a few seconds head start to get into the crosswalk before traffic moves. The crosswalk and bike crossing would be set back from moving traffic by at least the length of one car, so that by the time a vehicle encounters the crossing, the car has already turned 90 degrees, again increasing the chances that drivers will see cyclists and pedestrians..."
[See a video, its annotated transcript and other protected intersection details: http://bit.ly/1o593sP]
-> According to a Feb. 24th Projects for Public Spaces article, "Everyday, high-density global cities are home to millions of pedestrians in their streets. Paradoxically though, many streets and transportation policies continue to place more space and importance on cars rather than people.
"In Paris, where I hail from, almost 60% of journeys are exclusively pedestrian (this is without any consideration of walking as a part of a multimodal trip). New York City, which is more than four times larger than Paris with relatively low-density & little public transit in outer boroughs compared to Paris, still has a pedestrian mode share of 34% for all trips citywide ahead of car (33%) and transit (30%). Furthermore, 53% of Manhattan workers who live in Manhattan use no car, bus, subway or train in their everyday trips but instead walk, ride a bicycle or motorcycle, take a taxicab, or work at home. Having experienced this for myself in both cities, I decided to compare the two: How do they support this large pedestrian population and decrease auto-dominance in public space?..."
-> According to a Jan. 15th Fast Company article, "Which households contribute most to climate change? To find out, take a look at this interactive map (Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint by Zip Code: http://bit.ly/1heuBCV) created by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. It provides estimates for all 31,000 ZIP codes, based on everything people consume in a single year, including energy, travel, goods, and services.
"A major finding of the research: suburbs account for more greenhouse gas emissions than other areas. In total, suburbs produce about 50% of household emissions, despite housing only 143 million people in total from a U.S. population of 313 million. Inner city residents tend to have lower carbon footprints, because they live in smaller homes and use more public transit. Some urban households produce 50% of the national average, while some suburban households emit double the national average..."
-> According to a Feb. 20th EcoMobility article, "The carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) (http://bit.ly/1prO8n2) is the leading global reporting platform of local climate action enabling cities and Local Governments to demonstrate their power and potential to reduce climate risks and move towards global low-emissions and climate resilient development through the reporting of energy and climate commitments, greenhouse gas emissions as well as mitigation and adaptation actions.
"Developed by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting, the cCCR was launched at the World Mayors Summit on Climate in Mexico City on 21 November 2010 as a reporting mechanism of the Mexico City Pact, the response of local governments to the creation of a global framework for measurable, reportable and verifiable climate action under the Bali Action Plan. In this context, the cCCR promotes transparency, accountability and comparability of local and subnational governments to improve access to global climate finance..."
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