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PWPBPP 2014 NEWS - REGISTRATION DEADLINE AND MORE
by Mark Plotz

-> On Friday, August 15, the Standard Registration rate expires for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place. Register now at: http://bit.ly/1hZtY0z for the best rate. You can preview our conference keynotes at: http://bit.ly/1sSKz9B. Our full breakout program is available at: http://bit.ly/1lz8fdB. Professional development credits for AIA and APA will be available for nearly every breakout session.

As a reminder to those who are registered for the event, our mobile workshop registration is online for this year's conference. To register, find your registration confirmation number and go to: http://bit.ly/1l71XmK. Spots are filling fast! We do have a number of trainings happening before the conference, including the Placemaking Leadership Council. For the latest on those and registration information go to: http://bit.ly/1pWT5Df.

Also filling fast: hotels. We have added rooms at other hotels in Pittsburgh. For the latest information see: http://www.pps.org/pwpb2014/ - venue.

Stay tuned for updates on things to do and see in Pittsburgh. You won't want to miss our Wednesday evening networking event at the Warhol Museum. (It's included in your registration.) Less than four weeks to go!

JOIN US FOR A RIDE TO PITTSBURGH
by Mark Plotz

-> Several people from the mid Atlantic will be heading to Pittsburgh under their own power. If you are one of them, or thinking about it, why not join our friends and Nelson\Nygaard and Adventure Cycling Association for a ride into the city? We will be meeting at 10:30 Monday morning, September 8 in Homestead, 8 miles from downtown, and rolling in together.

If you are interested you can RSVP to: http://bit.ly/1mHDPri. If you aren't able to join the tour, you can follow it on twitter #NN2PGH, #AC2PGH!

For more information about Monday's event or the longer tour, contact Jen Gennari at jgennari@nelsonnygaard.com or 415-281-6934.

CALL FOR RESPONSES: 2014 PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE PROFESSIONALS SURVEY 

-> According to an Aug. 4th email message from Active Living and Transportation Network Director and APBP Board Member Philip Pugliese, "APBP is once again seeking your input on the state of our profession. To benchmark our growing field, APBP surveys professionals every two years and it is time once again to ask you some questions. Please take a few minutes to take this year's survey, which will allow APBP to document your professional progress, needs and challenges.  Your answers will enable APBP to report back to you, your employer, government and the public on the state of our profession. APBP members will receive advance copy of the results.

"The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and confidentiality of individual survey responses will be respected. Non-APBP members whose work involves bicycle and pedestrian issues are invited to complete the survey as well. Please forward as appropriate. Click http://svy.mk/ViRH3Z to begin the survey now. Your response by August 31 is requested.

"If you experience technical difficulties accessing or submitting the survey please contact Philip Pugliese, APBP Professional Development Action Team, at (423) 643-6887 or ppugliese@outdoorchattanooga.com. Thank you for your membership and support of APBP."

[Note you do not need to be an APBP member to provide your input.]

BICYCLE MODE SHARE IN 700 CITIES LIST

-> According to an Aug. 8th City Clock article, "One of the most comprehensive lists of urban cycling mode share data ever prepared is shared below. With just under 700 cities in 40 countries, this table summarizes the percentage of total trips done by bicycle in urban areas across the globe. The list below was generated from numerous online sources. Cities are ordered based on the highest measured bicycle mode share sourced in recent history...Beyond the city name and country, both the low and high measured mode share values are included... Please note, this is an evolving list..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1othYJy
Title & Author: "Cycling Mode Share Data for 700 Cities" by @urban_future

HOW VANCOUVER (BC) BECAME 1 OF N AMERICA'S MOST FAMILY-FRIENDLY CITIES

-> According to an Aug. 8th CityLab article, "...Downtown Vancouver [British Columbia], in particular, has made a concerted effort to improve living conditions for families, starting back in the early 1990s... In 2011, downtown Vancouver was home to 5,100 kids under 15—five times more than downtown Seattle, which itself is doing better in this regard than most American cities... Let's take a closer look at the policies responsible for this change (most of them described in a set of guidelines for ‘high-density housing for families with children’ adopted by the city in 1992: http://bit.ly/1pqOzyZ)...

"Vancouver also realized that not all parts of the city were as family-friendly as others. It instructed developers to choose sites within half a mile of elementary schools, daycare centers, and grocery stores, and within a quarter mile of transit stops. Safe walking routes—ideally separated from high-traffic arterials—were also important..." 

Source: http://bit.ly/1nNZg9x
Title & Author: "How Vancouver Became One of North America's Most Family-Friendly Cities" by Eric Jaffe

PROTECTED BIKE LANES IN DENMARK IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR POOR

-> According to an Aug. 7th People for Bikes article, "We don't have to dream of a country where protected bike lanes and other quality bike infrastructure have dramatically improved life for people in poverty. We can visit it. It's called Denmark, and it's arguably the most egalitarian country in the world. Data published online for the first time suggests that bicycle transportation has been part of that triumph. Not the biggest part, but a very real one...

"Yes, people of all incomes bike in Denmark. But biking delivers its biggest advantages to the neediest Danes. Who are these very low-income Danes? Mostly they're recent immigrants and the long-term unemployed, who don't fully qualify for the cash payments Denmark offers to people in school or between jobs. Because bikes are everywhere in modern Denmark, these poor people can remain mobile in Danish cities without facing pressure to devote a huge share of their money to cars if they don't want to.

"Here's the complete breakdown (previously unavailable online) of how Danes of different incomes get around: [See charts of Share of Trips by Mode and Household Income in Denmark and in the US]..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1rpBlAG
Title & Author: "How Protected Bike Lanes Helped Denmark Win Its War on Inequality" by Michael Andersen

PED FATALITES HIGHER IN LOW INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to an August Governing article, "Many cities have made pedestrian safety a priority, but their efforts rarely focus on poorer areas, which have approximately double the fatality rates of wealthier communities...

"Pedestrian deaths are much more common in low-income areas than in better-off parts of a city. Overall, the number of pedestrians killed nationwide has ticked up in recent years, even as vehicular traffic fatalities declined. No published national data assess income or poverty status of those killed in traffic accidents. But according to a Governing analysis of accident location coordinates for the more than 22,000 pedestrians killed nationwide between 2008 and 2012, poorer neighborhoods have disproportionately higher rates of pedestrian deaths. (Pedestrian Deaths in Poorer Neighborhoods Report: http://bit.ly/1pr1uAZ, also see an interactive map of Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities 2008-2012: http://bit.ly/1pNsiKH) In the nation’s metro areas, the bottom third of Census tracts, in terms of per capita income, recorded pedestrian fatality rates twice that of higher income tracts. The same holds true for high-poverty communities. Metro-area Census tracts with poverty rates below the national rate of 15 percent registered 5.3 deaths per 100,000 residents over the five-year period, while in high-poverty areas where more than a quarter of the population lives in poverty, the rate was 12.1..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Y3zbhD
Title & Author: "Pedestrians Dying at Disproportionate Rates in America's Poorer Neighborhoods" by Mike Maciag

[At Pro walk Pro Bike Pro Place check out the Traffic Signal Deserts: Crossing The Street To Active Transportation poster (http://bit.ly/1pNRqkv) and On the Path to a Stronger Movement: Bike/Ped Equity from the Ground Up workshop: (http://bit.ly/1usjpdy)

LOW INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS: POORER BUILT ENVIRONMENT & SAFETY

-> According to an August Safe Routes to School National Partnership e-News article, "Studies show that lower-income and racial and ethnic minority people tend to live in neighborhoods with fewer and poorer quality sidewalks, fewer parks and open spaces, and more crime, social disorder and traffic. The lack of safe space to walk, bicycle, or be outside in a community has a direct impact on physical activity levels, job access, education options and housing quality. That’s why advocates for physical activity and healthy community design are focusing on eradicating violence and crime in underserved neighborhoods as a precursor to improving access to physical activity and improving the quality of life. Read more about the National Partnership’s efforts to break down barriers between community safety and built environment advocacy on our blog: http://bit.ly/1r8pxHx."

Source: http://bit.ly/1uqRf2L
Title & Author: "Place Matters in Combating Violence" by Staff

[At Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place learn how one community is working to improve connectivity in low income neighborhoods: Neighborhood Greenways St. Louis: Low-stress Connections for Underserved Communities; and how another is engaging neighbors: Listening Harder: Bike/Walk Promotion in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods: http://bit.ly/1pra3M3.]

HOW CAN YOU BRING YOUR VISION ZERO TO LIFE?

-> According to a recent PTV Group article, "‘Road safety is a key challenge of the 21st century’, says José Viegas, Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum at the OECD. Annually, 1.3 million people are killed in road-related accidents and up to 50 million are injured. And also the economic damages are incredibly high: National estimates have shown that road traffic crashes cost countries 1 to 3 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP)...

"Download our free White Paper (How can you bring your Vision Zero to life?: http://bit.ly/1BdA46C, free after registration) to ...

  • Inform yourself about facts and figures regarding road safety,
  • Get to know what moves pioneers when speaking about this issue and
  • Learn why it is important to break out of the institutional silos to bring safety experts and transport planning professionals closer to each other!"

Source: http://bit.ly/1BdA46C
Title & Author: "How can you bring your Vision Zero to life?" by Staff 

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