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-> We’re notifying conference presenters and we've got some early acceptances for your first look at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 program:

  • "From Waiting to Placemaking: Rethinking the Suburban Bus Stop." Would people be more likely to take transit if bus stops were interesting? A PGH public-private partnership thinks so.
  • "Taking Bike Share to the Next Level." What can we learn from the 600 bike share systems that have been launched around the world in the last 7 years? ITDP explores this question in depth.
  • "On the Path to a Stronger Movement: Bike/Ped Equity from the Ground Up." Stories from Michigan and best practices from the League of American Bicyclists on how to incorporate equity into your organization's mission.
  • "Pro Pop-Up/Pro Pilot." Tactical urbanism in Minnesota demonstrating demand for cycletracks and other projects.
  • "People Power - Transforming the Iron Triangle Together." A community engagement and placemaking project in an underserved community in the Bay Area. Led by the WALC Institute and LCG.
  • "You Have a Complete Streets Policy. Now What?" Michael King answers that question in a moderated discussion on implementing CS policy. 
  • "Vision Zero: Getting Serious about Safety." How San Francisco and NYC are planning for zero pedestrian deaths.
  • "Streetfilms University." How to make effective videos that promote walking, biking, and street transformations. Led by Clarence of Streetfilms.
  • "State of the Lane: Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S." Checking in with Green Lanes project cities on what they've learned. Moderated by PeopleForBikes.

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-> According to an April 2nd Al Jazeera America article, "Living in sprawling metropolitan areas hurts a poor child’s chances of moving up the economic ladder as an adult, according to new research published on Wednesday (Measuring Sprawl 2014: Despite the fact that urban sprawl has been linked to many social ills —obesity, shorter life spans and more car accidents — many U.S. metropolitan areas continue to spread out, the figures reveal.

"Smart Growth America and the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Urban Center today released their second detailed sprawl ranking of metro areas and counties. Unlike an earlier 2002 report, this one factors in not just population density, transportation options and public health but also impact on income, life expectancy and housing and transportation costs.

"One of the most striking findings is that living in more compact and connected metro areas can help low-income children get ahead financially as adults..."

Title & Author: "Study: Suburban Sprawl Hurts Social Mobility" by Haya El Nasser 


-> According to a Mar. 31st email from Nancy Smith Lea, "The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) is pleased to launch ‘It’s Your Move’ ( a video series that’s part of a strategic partnership with Metrolinx. Each video features a leader living in Halton, York, Peel, Durham, Hamilton or Toronto and shares personal and professional stories about the benefits of active transportation. Our first video ( showcases Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx and puts a spotlight on the economic imperative to devote funding for walking and cycling.

"It’s time to rally voices and share our experience about the importance of active transportation infrastructure in our local communities..."


-> According to an April 12th Streetsblog Network article, "Quick, what’s the neighborhood with the most going on in Seattle? No need to ask a local. Walk Score has introduced ChoiceMaps (, a new tool to help people find which parts of a city have the greatest ‘depth of choice’ in terms of amenities like grocery stores. The tool uses Walk Score data to show the number of neighborhood amenities within 5-, 10-, or 20-minute walks of a location. In addition to restaurants, groceries, and coffee shops, it also lets you see the number of schools, transit stops, bike-share stations, and car-share locations within walking distance...

"Over at their blog, WalkScore developers used the tool to compare the number of restaurants available to residents of Midtown Manhattan versus Topeka, Kansas: ‘The average Midtown resident can walk to a staggering 1,251 restaurants in 20 minutes, but in Topeka you can only walk to an average of 7 restaurants in 20 minutes.’..."

Title & Author: "Walk Score Introduces ‘ChoiceMaps’ to Measure Neighborhood Amenities" by Angie Schmitt

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