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REALTORS: WALKABLE COMMUNITIES 4X MORE TAX REVENUE, 41% HIGHER GDP
-> Realtors® from across the country gathered today to learn about the importance and benefits of walkable urban communities in real estate development during a panel organized by the REALTOR® University Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies. Residential walkable communities generate four times the tax revenue compared to regional and business malls, bringing more value to the area, according to panelists. “Walkable urban regions in the U.S. have a 41 percent higher Gross Domestic Product over non-walkable regions,” said Christopher Leinberger, professor at George Washington University School of Business and president of Locus, a national coalition of real estate developers and investors who advocate for sustainable, walkable urban development in metropolitan areas. [http://bit.ly/1Gluu5W]

DESIGN RESOURCE INDEX
-> The new FHWA Design Resource Index identifies the specific location of information in 22 key national design manuals and other resources for various pedestrian and bicycle design treatments. It includes three separate matrices: On-Street Bicycle Facilities, Shared Use Paths, and Pedestrian Facilities. The Design Resource Index is available in a navigable Excel version (http://bit.ly/1FlhMSy) or printable 11x17 version (http://bit.ly/1c1W2AO). [http://bit.ly/1dgN8kn]

ADVANCES IN & RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DISABILITIES TRANSPORTATION
-> The U.S. National Council on Disability (NCD) released "Transportation Update: Where We've Gone and What We've Learned" (http://1.usa.gov/1AeiEtC), a report that examines what has changed since NCD published The Current State of Transportation For People With Disabilities in the United States" in 2005. This update describes the last ten years' numerous advances in the field of transportation for people with disabilities and recommends public policy to address new and persistent problems. The focus of this report is surface transportation, and the findings address accessibility-related progress and problems associated with fixed route and deviation bus and rail transit, paratransit, public right of way, enforcement of existing laws, and other issues for all modes of public transit. [http://1.usa.gov/1L8Te0p]

[See also AXS Map, a free app, uses crowdsourced information to cover a wide range of places and venues to create city guides for users in wheelchairs — informing them which venues are accessible and which do not have disabled facilities: http://bit.ly/1E8YYTX]

FUNDING A MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
-> There is an increasing urgency to addressing the transportation funding crisis, not simply for highways but system-wide. As urban areas—where most of the country’s population lives—become increasingly multimodal, a shift in the funding paradigm is required for such a system to truly flourish. A recent report (Advancing a Multimodal Transportation System by Eliminating Funding Restrictions: http://ampr.gs/1EWBX6a) rebuts the assumption among the general public that roads are paid for through user fees. The report asserts “objective measures of transportation system needs should determine transportation priorities regardless of the source of funds.”

Some states, regions, and local governments are responding to new transportation preferences. States like Tennessee have created a Multimodal Access Fund to help support community driven, multimodal projects. Similarly, the Nashville MPO has prioritized funding projects that support multimodal and active transportation modes. [http://bit.ly/1PVqRnY]

BLACK GIRLS DO BIKE!
-> It's like a pep rally for black girls on bikes! Blackgirlsdobike.com's interest is in growing and supporting a community of women of color who share a passion for cycling. We champion efforts to introduce the joy of cycling to all women, but especially, black women and girls. We are establishing a comfortable place where female cyclists can support, advise, organize meet-ups/rides and promote skill-sharing. We look to share positive images of ladies and their bikes to affirm the truth that black girls do indeed bike! We support bike advocacy, education, volunteerism and safety in all communities and corners of the world. [http://bit.ly/1AUWPd4]

HOSPITALS AS BIKE FRIENDLY BUSINESSES
-> Several hospitals across the United States are providing patient care in new and innovative ways by bike -- and encouraging and supporting the health and wellness of their employees. Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business Seattle Children's Hospital pays a daily bonus to incentivize staff to leave their cars at home, provides one of only a few on-site staff bicycle service centers in the nation, offers staff access to free commuter bicycles and helped launch Seattle's bike share system by serving as its first business sponsor. [http://bit.ly/1PSAxzF]

VIGILANTE RUSSIAN YOUTH SHAME DRIVERS ON SIDEWALKS
-> Russia has a dangerous problem with people driving on the sidewalks. Well, it did, until vigilante YouTubers set out to shame them into stopping. Russia’s Stop a Douchebag movement—better translated, perhaps, as the less-catchy “stop a cad”—turns five years old this month. Its humor, international popularity (English-subtitled clips have been viewed millions of times), and earnest bravado draw viewers both in the post-Soviet cities of the former USSR and all around the world. [http://thebea.st/1SaPbX1]

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