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CHANGING MINORITY & LOW INCOME PERCEPTIONS OF BIKE SHARE
-> Smart Cities Dive reports when bike share was not understood or accepted when it expanded to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. A grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership provided resources for a community-led campaign. A historically rooted, minority-led organization lead the charge. Community groups and churches organized group rides, and schools offered bike education classes. Ads were rewritten to reflect the voice and priorities of the neighborhood. Discounted memberships were publicized and bulk memberships were offered to employers to get more people to sign up. From there, more listening sessions in the neighborhood helped Citi Bike explore new dock locations that would better serve the community. Just a year later, Bed-Stuy was an unexpected poster child for Citi Bike. Personal engagement has become a top priority for successful cities trying to expand mobility options. http://bit.ly/2CKogRj
[See Research section for links to 2 studies of minority and low-income neighborhood bike share perceptions and concerns.]
MEASURING EQUITABLE ACCESS TO SHARED BIKES & E-SCOOTERS
-> Populus released a case study that analyzed the dockless bike share system in Washington, DC. (Measuring Equitable Access to New Mobility: A Case Study of Shared Bikes and Electric Scooters: http://bit.ly/2H0y3XQ) It provides an overview of methods and solutions they developed to facilitate the robust, consistent measurement of equitable access to new mobility services, including dockless bikes, scooters, carsharing vehicles, or other new alternatives. These services have the potential to expand access to transportation services - if they are deployed in collaboration with cities, and if access to new mobility services can be consistently measured with accuracy.
NEW TRAFFIC SAFETY PARADIGM: EXPOSURE, TOTAL VEHICLE TRAVEL
-> In a new report, the Victoria Transport Policy Institute calls for a new traffic safety paradigm that recognizes exposure, total vehicle travel, as a risk factor, and therefore the safety benefits of vehicle travel reduction strategies. (A New Traffic Safety Paradigm: http://bit.ly/2p7GLpE) The old paradigm assumes that driving is generally very safe, and favors targeted safety programs that reduce special risks. The new paradigm recognizes that all vehicle travel imposes risks, and so supports vehicle travel reduction strategies such as more multi-modal planning, efficient transport pricing, Smart Growth development policies, and TDM programs. This report examines our emerging understanding of traffic safety and strategies that can provide large benefits.
NEW MASS TRANSIT REVENUE SOURCE: LEGALIZING & TAXING CANNABIS
-> The Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management at New York University released a report that examines how legalizing and taxing cannabis in New York City may provide an opportunity to generate a revenue stream for mass transit. (A New Revenue Source for Mass Transit: Legalizing and Taxing Cannabis: http://bit.ly/2FeXv9o) This report identifies trends in cannabis legalization in other states, determines how this legalization contributes to state revenues, and predicts how its legalization may affect New York State revenues.
TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES FOR THOSE UNABLE TO DRIVE
-> The Human Environment Digest reports the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) released the results of a poll, which finds significant transportation challenges for older adults and people with disabilities. (Transportation Needs and Assessment: Survey of Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and Caregivers: http://bit.ly/2FgXh2u) Poll respondents indicated that a lack of accessible and reliable transportation alternatives to driving caused feelings of frustration and isolation. Respondents living in small towns and rural areas were more likely to feel that they were unable to access alternatives to driving. http://bit.ly/2Fjhd4P
TRB: CRITICAL ISSUES IN TRANSPORTATION 2019
-> The Transportation Research Board (TRB) released a document that identified and organized an array of important transportation issues affecting the future under 12 key topics. (Critical Issues in Transportation 2019: http://bit.ly/2FiwWRs for the full book, or Critical Issues in Transportation 2019: Policy Snapshot: http://bit.ly/2FbH4eE) In each of these areas, TRB posed a series of 63 crucial questions to help guide thinking, debate, and discovery during the next 5 to 10 years. It hopes this document will help spur and inform an urgently needed national debate about the future of transportation and help researchers frame and inform choices about the most promising paths forward. The issues have been identified and documented from a US perspective, and are also common across developed nations.
DUTCH CYCLING VISION: FACTS & FIGURES OF CYCLING BENEFITS
-> Bicycle Dutch reports the Dutch Cycling Embassy has created a document that compiles the currently available numbers and figures of multiple research studies about Dutch Cycling into one document. (Dutch Cycling Vision: http://bit.ly/2FeLFNb in English and also available in French and German) As part of the national bicycle agenda Tour de Force 2020 "the Dutch Cycling Vision showcases what cycling creates, in terms of economy, environment, health, happiness, accessibility, safety and social equity." The author of the Bicycle Dutch blog has translated the Dutch Cycling Vision into a 5-minute video with a transcript of its narration. http://bit.ly/2FgCNqr
BOLOGNA, ITALY ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM
-> Price Tags reports the "Bella Mossa" program in Bologna, Italy (translating as "Good Job") runs for 6 months of the year and partners with 100 local businesses to provide active transportation users with vouchers for items earned through a point system, including beer, ice cream, coffee and movie tickets. GPS trackers ensure that there is no cheating. Funded by European Horizon 2020 Program, Bella Mossa reduces vehicle use and auto emissions. In its first six months the program recorded over one million activities with 22,000 people taking part in the program. A short BBC video describes the program, how it works and its impact. http://bit.ly/2FeScrj
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