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GLOBAL SHIFT AWAY FROM CARS: SAVE $100 TRILLION, 1,700 MEGATONS OF CO2, 1.4 LIVES

-> According to a Sept. 17th Science Daily article, "More than $100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending, and 1,700 megatons of annual carbon dioxide (CO2) -- a 40 percent reduction of urban passenger transport emissions -- could be eliminated by 2050 if the world expands public transportation, walking and cycling in cities, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). Further, an estimated 1.4 million early deaths could be avoided annually by 2050 if governments require the strongest vehicle pollution controls and ultralow-sulfur fuels, according to a related analysis of these urban vehicle activity pathways by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) included in the report...

"The report, 'A Global High Shift Scenario: Impacts And Potential For More Public Transport, Walking, And Cycling With Lower Car Use,í (bit.ly/1Cfeb6u) is the first study to examine how major changes in transport investments worldwide would affect urban passenger transport emissions as well as the mobility of different income groups... "

Source: bit.ly/1mPzhF5
Title & Author: "Global shift away from cars would save US$100 trillion, eliminate 1,700 megatons of carbon dioxide pollution" by Staff

TORONTO (CANADA) CANDIDATE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION BACKGROUNDER & SURVEY

-> According to a Sept. 19th Toronto Centre for Active Transportation release, "Today, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), in partnership with Toronto Environmental Alliance, Cycle Toronto, Walk Toronto and Canada Walks, releases the results of its 2014 all-candidate municipal election transportation survey.

"In June 2014, Toronto Councillor and Mayoral candidates were invited to respond to a short 12-question survey (bit.ly/1pcu2us) to provide voters with information about their views on active transportation and public transit. The candidates were also provided with Building a Toronto that Moves, (bit.ly/1B5KMJr) a backgrounder developed by active transportation and public transit community leaders that sets out 12 concrete steps that can be taken in the next term of Council to improve cycling, walking and transit in Toronto.

"Here is a snapshot of the survey results:

  • Strong support was expressed for the 12 election priorities for walking, cycling, and transit identified in Building a Toronto that Moves;
  • Highest support (97%) was expressed for establishing School Travel Plans to improve the safety of children walking to school;
  • Strong support (89%) for a Complete Streets policy to ensure our streets are routinely designed to provide the safe travel of all road users..."

Source: bit.ly/1vfuhsM
Title & Author: "Election Candidate Survey Finds Overwhelming Support for Walking, Cycling and Public Transit in Next Term of Council" by Staff

BUILT ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC HEALTH CLEARINGHOUSE EXPANDS

-> According to a Sept. 17th Built Environment & Public Health Clearinghouse release, "Chris [Kochtitzky] and I [Nisha D. Botchwey] wanted to let you know about the exciting launch of a much expanded Built Environment & Public Health Clearinghouse (b.gatech.edu/1iWQOrO) and ask you to help us get the word out to your staff and colleagues.

"The Clearinghouse has been funded by CDC in support of the National Prevention Strategy and was developed in partnership with the American Public Health Association, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, and the American Planning Association. It is intended to be an evolving resource for training at the university and professional levels and a source for relevant news at this critical intersection of health and place.

"The expansion of the Clearinghouse is the result of a set of recommendations from an Expert Panel... The full report of the Building Bridges Expert Panelís deliberations and recommendations is available: Public Health and Community Design Cross-Sectoral Workforce Development... (b.gatech.edu/1Dx9ypW)"

Source: bit.ly/1mPPjyK
Title & Author: "Built Environment & Public Health Clearinghouse" by Staff

WASHINGTON STATE CELEBRATES FIRST U.S. BIKE ROUTE

-> According to a Sept. 19th AASHTO Journal article, "Washington state officials dedicated the state's first U.S. bike route last week during ceremonies in Anacortes. Washington's U.S. Bike Route 10, which spans 416 miles across northern Washington on State Route 20 through Skagit, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, was among six new routes approved in May by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Special Committee on Route Numbering during the AASHTO Spring Meeting...Adventure Cycling coordinates the USBRS by authority from AASHTO by providing technical assistance to states implementing the routes. The system is now comprised of almost 6,800 miles in 15 states and the District of Columbia..."

Source: bit.ly/1rmLeSy
Title & Author: "Washington State Celebrates First U.S. Bike Route" by Staff

PLACEFIT: FHWA TOOL COMPARES FACTORS THAT MAKE LIVABLE COMMUNITIES

-> According to a fall FHWA MAP-21 Research Quarterly article, "Where can you find a community with ample outdoor recreation spaces, quality educational opportunities, and several commuting options? How does your town compare to others in relation to safe bike routes and pedestrian friendly streets? Which regions of the country rank transportation options as the most important? The latest tool from FHWA, called Placefit, (1.usa.gov/1lE3NuA) assembles web information in a central location to help consumers and transportation professionals compare factors to make good transportation investments and achieve more livable communities. FHWA's Office of Human Environment developed the tool to emphasize the connection between transportation, livability, and communities. The web-based tool was launched in April. Visit Placefit (1.usa.gov/1lE3NuA) to find the place that fits best for you."

Source: 1.usa.gov/ZcW9E3
Title & Author: "New Tool Emphasizes Livability Characteristics" by Staff

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