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CELEBRATING DEB HUBSMITH
by Mark Plotz
-> We, at the National Center for Bicycling & Walking and Project for Public Spaces, are saddened by the recent loss of Deb Hubsmith. You probably can remember the where and when of it if you had the good fortune of meeting her. For me it was at the National Bike Summit, not long after the passage of the Safe Routes to School legislation. I was waiting in an endless line for the buffet, and Deb was trying to locate her vegan plated lunch--except she wasn't having much luck because she was stopping every five feet to talk to someone she knew. After the flurry of energy passed me, I turned to my partner in conversation and asked: 'Who the hell was that?!?' Her reply: That is Deb. No last name was given, because like Cher or Prince, there was/is only one Deb.

There are some fun and touching tributes on website of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership--the organization Deb started, which in turn, started the national movement to (again) normalize the idea that children should be able to safely walk or bike to school. Read about Deb's early outreach efforts in Marin County in 1999, using a solar-powered e-bike (http://bit.ly/1LzZnqX) #awesome. Fellow Safe Routes to School cheerleader Risa Wilkerson (Board Chair, Safe Routes to School National Partnerships) and friends celebrate Deb's life and her contribution to the walking and bicycling movement here: http://bit.ly/1MMzZNo. And finally, you might enjoy listening to an interview Deb gave last fall to Melissa Balmer of Pedal Love: http://bit.ly/1NHHYvW. For more remembrances of Deb, go to http://bit.ly/1Ei0pFm.

A Celebration of Deb’s Life is planned for Saturday, October 10 at the Mill Valley Community Center. Check for details to be announced soon: http://bit.ly/1JvbHBY.

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE/PRO PLACE 2016 THEME INSPIRED BY VANCOUVER, BC ACTION PLAN
-> The theme for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2016 (http://bit.ly/1JiTYyy) is Moving Towards a Healthier World. Our theme is inspired by the host city--Vancouver, BC--which has launched "A Healthy City for All" action plan (http://bit.ly/1JiU2hX). Vancouver's plan is broad, bold, and far-reaching, addressing physical health, mental health, community health, and environmental health. Vancouver’s plan includes initiatives like "Cultivating Connections," which is a target of all Vancouverites having at least 4 people in their network they can rely on for support in times of need. Another target is at least 60 percent voter turnout in local elections.

FHWA: MISCONCEPTIONS RE BIKE/PED FUNDING, DESIGN & ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
-> USDOT has identified 10 common misconceptions about the use of Federal funding, street design, and the Environmental Review process that can cause confusion and result in project delay. An FHWA webpage debunks these misconceptions, distinguishes between Federal standards and State and local practice, and provides links to resources that provide more details. These misconceptions include the false impressions that TAP is the only federal funding for ped/bike; that federal funding cannot be used to enhance local roadway networks, build separated bike lanes, or create road diets; among six others. http://1.usa.gov/1Kj6IJG

PARIS, FRANCE TO GO COMPLETELY CAR-FREE FOR ONE DAY
-> In a big win for sustainable transportation, the streets of Paris will go completely car-free for one entire day. On September 27th, A Day Without Cars will make the French capital a pedestrian and bicycle paradise. The decision to shut down traffic for an entire day was Paris officials’ way of taking a stand against the severity and effects that pollution has on the city. Coinciding with European Mobility Week and the United Nations climate conference COP21, the celebratory day will reach across the most popular areas of the city. http://bit.ly/1MMVVYA

THE HISTORY OF THE BIKE-SHARE BOOM
-> Check out history of the bike-share boom: the story of just how quickly a great idea can spread when combined with the right technology—and a few fateful bumps along the way. By 2015, the number of bike-share systems nears 900 with an estimated 1,000,000 bicycles in circulation. http://bit.ly/1J31Dko

WORLD DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS: 3RD SUNDAY OF NOVEMBER
-> The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year - to remember the millions killed and injured on the world's roads, their families and the many others who are also affected. This year marks its 20th anniversary. http://bit.ly/1hdPUbw

CALL FOR COMMENT ON USDOT BEYOND TRAFFIC REPORT
-> USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx notes there is still time to read our Beyond Traffic (http://1.usa.gov/1EihNcZ) – or the "CliffNotes version" (http://1.usa.gov/1NB2Tl6)– and to tell us how you would like to move forward in the future. Our report about the next 30 years in transportation has been downloaded nearly 400,000 times since it was released earlier this year. Provide feedback on our findings in the report. Tell us how you travel. Commenting is easy. http://1.usa.gov/1U64fsf

YELP PUBLIC SERVICES & GOVERNMENT APP & WEBPAGES
-> The federal government is officially encouraging the public to rate their experiences just like they would review the new Thai restaurant down the street. Yelp, the popular Web and mobile service that helps people find local businesses by ratings is now open for official government use. GSA is counting on the federal agencies that interact with the public the most to use the service to get much-needed feedback about customer service. For example, check out the Yelp IRS page: http://bit.ly/1LwcJBL or search for your city’s Yelp Public Services & Government section. http://wapo.st/1Pk4s4q

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