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-> Speed is a primary factor in a startling number of serious crashes and injuries, and in nearly one-third of all traffic deaths in the United States. To stop these deaths, communities must prioritize speed management in their suite of policy and design efforts to save lives. Many communities are taking action to recalibrate speeds to safer levels, particularly in dense, multi-modal areas. The three effective strategies for managing speed are designing and retrofitting streets to calm traffic, lowering speed limits, and using automated safety camera speed limit enforcement. (Follow link below for details and links)

Check out Vision Zero Network’s new interactive Speed Fatality Map based on NHTSA FARS (Fatal Accident Reporting System) data from the 59,374 speed-related fatalities on U.S. roads between 2010 and 2015. Zoom into the actual street location where each collision occurred. The 10 Cities with the most speed-related fatal crashes are Los Angeles; New York; Houston; Chicago; San Antonio; Dallas; Phoenix; Fort Worth; Detroit; and Kansas City.

-> Safe streets advocates, victims and family members, and city officials came together in cities around the world on Sunday, November 20th to observe the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and to call for action to prioritize safety over speed. Check out a recap of images, tweets and highlights:

-> Federal agencies are required to identify and address, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental impacts of their programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low income populations. Participants in a national peer exchange earlier this year reviewed the current state of the practice for integrating environmental justice into transportation decision-making processes and identified eight focus areas that form the foundation of the Practitioners Peer Exchange Environmental Justice Roadmap.

[See Jobs, Grants, and RFPs section for 2017 Environmental Justice Small Grants.]

-> The Transportation Research Board has released the "Highway Capacity Manual, Sixth Edition: A Guide for Multimodal Mobility Analysis" ( It provides methods for quantifying highway capacity. It serves as a fundamental reference on concepts, performance measures, and analysis techniques for evaluating the multimodal operation of streets, highways, freeways, and off-street pathways. The Sixth Edition incorporates the latest research on highway capacity, quality of service, Active Traffic and Demand Management, and travel time reliability and improves the HCM’s chapter outlines. The objective is to help practitioners applying HCM methods understand their basic concepts, computational steps, and outputs. These changes are designed to keep the manual in step with its users’ needs and present times.

HCM has evolved over the years to keep pace with the needs of its users and society, as the focus of surface transportation planning and operations in the United States has moved from designing and constructing the Interstate highway system to managing a complex transportation system that serves a variety of users and travel modes. Providing mobility for people and goods is transportation’s most essential function.

-> The Urban Land Institute reports "Walkable urbanism is gaining [in the market] five times faster than drivable" development, said Christopher Leinberger, chair of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University. Unlike the old distinction of city and suburbs, he said, "what applies today is whether it’s walkable urban." Walkable urban universities are rising in the market because millennials want to go there, said Leinberger. He pointed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a model for building an innovation district with Forest City in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In the Boston area, walkable urban development earned premiums over drivable, ranging from 41 percent for retail, to 90 percent for for-sale residential, to 134 percent for hotels, and those premiums have not leveled off yet. He said that walkable urbanism is correlated with higher education levels, which drives gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. "Making the Investment Case for Smarter Urban Growth"

-> The US DOT Fast Lane blog reported NHTSA’s new sound requirement for all newly-manufactured hybrid and electric vehicles ( will help pedestrians, especially those who are blind or who have low vision, detect the presence, direction and location of these vehicles when these vehicles are traveling at low speeds. US DOT estimates the sound requirement will prevent 2,400 pedestrian injuries each year once all hybrids in the fleet are properly equipped.

-> The narrow Twijnstraat, a street in the mediaeval city centre of Utrecht, the Netherlands, has been a shopping street since the 13th century. Although 96% of customers arrived on foot or by bike, in the 1950s the street was designed for the 4% arriving by car. Utrecht has now chosen to make the public space in the city center the domain of pedestrians and cyclists. Slowly but steadily the city center is being handed back to people by street transformations. Check out the before and after photos and video, and the list of measures Utrecht took and still needs to take to complete this transformation.

-> The National Transport Commission in Australia has released a report that asks how could or should we regulate land transport in the future? The report provides information about technology, trends and other factors of change to stimulate discussion to inform this key question. "Land Transport Regulation 2040: Technology, Trends and Other Factors of Change"

-> GirlTrek was born out of concern for the health and lives of black women. The 80,000 women who have signed on to GirlTrek begin walking 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week and build community and support for one another as they build stamina for longer walks. Women have formed walking groups in New Orleans, Houston, Memphis, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington. More than 80 percent of black women are overweight or obese, nearly half of them have hypertension and 13 percent have diabetes. They die of heart attack, hypertension and stroke at higher rates than other women. Check out the video highlights of the transformations that walking, and walking with other black women can begin on several levels.

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