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FHWA STRATEGIC AGENDA FOR PED & BIKE TRANSPORTATION
-> At Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place last week FHWA unveiled its Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation. The agenda will guide the Agency’s bike-ped work over the next three to five years to help reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and serious injuries by 80 percent in the United States in 15 years, strive for zero pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and serious injuries in the next 20 to 30 years, and increase the percentage of short trips by bicycling and walking to 30 percent by the year 2025. (Short trips are defined as trips 5 miles or less for bicyclists and 1 mile or less for pedestrians.)
FHWA identified capacity building, policy, data and research actions to achieve each of the following goals:
- Achieve safe, accessible, comfortable and connected multimodal networks throughout the US
- Improve safety for people walking and bicycling
- Promote equity throughout the transportation planning, design, funding, implementation and evaluation process
- Get more people walking and bicycling.
US DOT FEDERAL AUTOMATED VEHICLES POLICY RELEASED
-> US DOT announced its Federal Automated Vehicles (AVs) Policy earlier this week- September 2016 (http://bit.ly/2cTs56P -- see links from this page to the Fact Sheet Overview and related Fact Sheets). They plan to conduct significant public outreach to inform their next update to the Policy. See the FAQ: http://bit.ly/2clmtC0
NACTO applauded the guidance and urged US DOT to work closely with cities on the particular needs of a complex urban street environment under automation. Its own AV policy from earlier this year (http://bit.ly/2cC9DQr) states partial automation should not be permitted in complex urban traffic environments, where even momentary inattention can be fatal for bystanders. It advocates a maximum operating speed of 25 miles per hour on city streets.http://bit.ly/2dfULIJ
THE BICYCLISTS' MANIFESTO FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE FUTURE
-> Writing for Planetizen, authors Michael R. Boswell and William Riggs propose the cycling community should set up a series of expectations, "a bill of rights" or manifesto of sorts, for software engineers, developers of autonomous vehicles (AV) platforms, traffic engineers, and policy makers. They routine a 13-point manifesto to be used to guide policy as well as the technological development of designing roadway interactions between bikes and AVs. Here are the first five points:
- AVs should be able to detect bicyclists and detect and understand all bicycle signage and lane markings.
- AVs should be able to detect and understand bicyclists' hand signals.
- AVs should cede the right-of-way to bicyclists.
- AVs should have an ability to signal (visual and audible) its detection and basic intent.
- AVs should follow bicyclists at a safe distance when unable to pass...http://bit.ly/2cBrlph
TRANS CANADA TRAIL: WORLD’S LONGEST RECREATION TRAIL
-> The Trans Canada Trail—often called The Great Trail—will be a 14,864-mile network of car-free paths. It began in 1992 and 87 percent of it—12,905 miles—is completely connected. The network should be completed by 2017, to coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Great Trail ranges all across Canada, beginning in Victoria, British Columbia, shooting all the way through the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and circling back around to terminate in St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Government of Canada is matching 50 cents to every dollar donated to the project. It has already provided $15 million through the Department of Canadian Heritage, and $10 million through Parks Canada. CityLab: http://bit.ly/2cinVVA
BIKE-FRIENDLY PROJECTS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL NEVER RIDE
-> An AARP article describes 10 ways that bicycle-friendly projects are even good for people who will never ride a bike and provides supporting details and links to resources. Included in their list: bicycle infrastructure makes streets safer for everyone, makes sidewalks safer, increases predictability and smoother trips, reduces motorized traffic congestion, and increases economic vitality, among others. http://bit.ly/2crVEwD
NEW TECH & SERVICES CHANGING HOW WE GET AROUND CITIES
-> In a McKinsey & Company interview, Jay Walder of Motivate (an 11-location bikeshare company) discusses how new services and technology are changing how city residents are getting around. "Fifteen years ago there were 4 modern bike-share systems in the world; now there are almost 900. Think about what an impact this is having in an incredibly short period of time. In Chicago, rides have increased by 70 percent from March 2015 to March 2016, in New York by 110 percent, in Columbus, Ohio, by 66 percent. We’re doubling the size of Citi Bike, and growing Bay Area Bike Share tenfold. And we are fielding calls and requests and ideas all the time. Why is this happening? I think bike sharing fits not just with our desire for mobility but also with our values. It fits with what we want to be as a society. We want to be healthier. We want to be fit. And it just makes us feel good." http://bit.ly/2daholO
ZIPCAR LAUNCHING BIKE-SHARE AT 15 COLLEGES IN 2017, PLANS 100S MORE
-> Car-sharing service Zipcar is partnering with a bike-share company called Zagster to launch bike-sharing services on 15 college campuses. Zipbike won’t officially launch until January 2017, starting with 10 schools and then spreading to a total of 15 by the end of the year. The goal is to make Zipbike the standard for bike sharing on hundreds of campuses nationwide over the next few years. Students and faculty can rent out cars and bikes using one app and one membership. http://bit.ly/2d1L2Jx
WORLD CAR FREE DAY SEPTEMBER 22
-> World Car Free Day is this Thursday, September 22. Cities across the world are marking World Car Free Day, when solo commuters are encouraged to leave the car behind and try other modes of transportation: taking the bus or train, biking or walking, or at minimum picking up a co-worker or friend and carpooling. It debuted in 1996 in England and has spread to more than 1,500 cities in 40 countries. http://bit.ly/2d5aaLr
VIDEO: TOKYO, JAPAN SCRAMBLED CROSSING
-> Watch a mesmerizing time lapse video of a scrambled crossing in Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan in which hundreds of people cross the road simultaneously. http://bit.ly/2d3HQgG
[See Regional and Local Actions for the impacts of a Los Angeles scrambled crosswalk.]
BUGESERA, RWANDA: BICYCLE ESSENTIAL FOR WOMEN
-> It may be taboo for a woman to be seen riding a bicycle in most African societies, but not in Bugesera, Rwanda where most women own bicycles. The talk in Bugesera is that a woman can forego a handbag or a nice pair of shoes, but would not feel happy if they don't own a personal bicycle. Even at traditional functions like giveaway ceremonies, the bicycle is a must have on the list of gifts given to the woman by her family. A bicycle is not for leisure. It is at the core of the livelihood of women and their empowerment. Bicycles are used for fetching water and running other errands—it is a tool of development. So a gift of a bicycle to a Bugesera woman is not for luxury but to change lives of the communities in the area. In Ruhuha Sector, a female adult who can't ride a bicycle is not considered woman enough. The women here believe that what a man can do, a woman can do too. The New Times: http://bit.ly/2dgkAs3
BIRMINGHAM, UK: OVERTAKING DISTANCE ENFORCEMENT
-> The Guardian reports on a new cycling safety initiative launched by West Midlands Police, in partnership with Birmingham City Council in the United Kingdom. A plain clothes traffic officer on a bike teams with a colleague in a police car up the road to pull over drivers that give the cycling officer less than 1.5m space (nearly 5 feet) when overtaking (a distance that increases for faster speeds and larger vehicles). That driver will be offered a choice: prosecution, or 15 minutes’ education on how to overtake a cyclist safely. The worst drivers, or repeat offenders, will simply be prosecuted. http://bit.ly/2cCiule
GAY-FRIENDLY PED TRAFFIC LIGHTS CELEBRATING LONDON PRIDE
-> In traffic lights in about 50 London, United Kingdom pedestrian traffic crossings the green man has been replaced with gender signs, LGBT symbols and holding hands designs. The lights, which ring Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, were meant to be a temporary installation to celebrate London Pride in June, but there are no plans to take them down. The Sun: http://bit.ly/2co6qrX
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