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WALK/BIKE/PLACES 2018, REGISTRATION DISCOUNT, FULL PROGRAM & CRITICS' PICKS
-> Register before this Friday night to get an Early Summer discount for Walk/Bike/Places 2018! (http://bit.ly/2maox77)

The full program is now online (http://bit.ly/2m7YrBC) with more than 80 breakout sessions, 8 "super sessions," more than 2 dozen mobile workshops, and several special trainings and seminars. To help you plan your agenda, some conference veterans shared the sessions that most excite them:

For their full endorsements, and others from Bill Nesper (League of American Bicyclists); Melissa White (SSFM International); and Juliet Kahne (Project for Public Spaces) check out our latest conference blog post. (http://bit.ly/2maomc3)

Walk/Bike/Places 2018, September 16-19 in New Orleans, LA--we'll meet you in there!

EUROPEAN ACTIVE CITY SURVEY TO DEVELOP MEASURING TOOL
-> Sport and Citizenship reports the PACTE project (Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe) approach to the inactivity pandemic is now engaging municipalities from the entire continent to act against growing unhealthy lifestyles, by answering a questionnaire. Available in 7 different languages, and requiring minimal time to answer, the responses will contribute to the development of a standardized measuring tool that will provide a pragmatic and systematic approach to local physical activity levels. Ultimately, they will also help create free resources for cities wishing to undertake the transformation into an Active City. http://bit.ly/2JgUUKi

DRUNK WALKING NOT CAUSING RISE IN PED DEATHS
-> Streetsblog USA reports last week the Detroit Free Press published some stellar reporting about why America's transportation system is killing more pedestrians: the growing number of bigger, more dangerous vehicles. (https://on.freep.com/2NGhkIt) For a brief moment it seemed like coverage of pedestrian safety might turn a corner and get over the impulse to blame the victim. It didn't last. A new report from PBS News Hour violates the most basic precepts of good journalism in a pathetic attempt to pin the rise in pedestrian fatalities on people who drink and walk. (https://to.pbs.org/2NI0qsN) Except that's not what the evidence says -- at all. Stories like this cause real harm. They give officials in cities like Austin cover not to do anything but blame the victims. They perpetuate the marginalization of people with no choice but to walk on dangerous streets, who are more likely to be poor, black, or brown. The more press coverage of pedestrian fatalities blames victims, the less pressure there is to rethink the eight-lane speedways and dangerous SUV designs that jeopardize people's lives. http://bit.ly/2NGtsJr

[See The Research Beat for the Media Coverage of Pedestrian Deaths in the US item; and the Webinar section for "Pedestrians Are People Too: The Criminalization of Walking" on September 12.]

EXPANDED FUNCTIONAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM: HIGHWAYS & STREETS
-> The Transportation Research Board released "An Expanded Functional Classification System for Highways and Streets," which builds on preliminary engineering of a design project, including developing the purpose and need. It provides additional contexts beyond urban and rural, facilitates accommodation of modes other than personal vehicles and adds overlays for transit and freight. The report includes two case studies illustrating an application of the expanded system to actual projects. Accompanying the report is "NCHRP Web-Only Document 230: Developing an Expanded Functional Classification System for More Flexibility in Geometric Design," which documents the methodology of the expanded functional classification system. http://bit.ly/2oWxZik

LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND SET TO EXPIRE SEPT. 30
-> The Daily Yonder reports from biking trails to fishing streams, baseball diamonds to woodlands, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) pays for local parks and recreation areas all across America, drawing from the proceeds derived from offshore oil and gas drilling. Without Congressional action, LWCF will expire September 30. An interactive map (http://bit.ly/2u96mDj) documents the more than 50-year history of LWCF Projects throughout the nation, including rural counties. A variety of bills are being proposed to address LWCF's future before it expires. Conservation leaders are supporting S. 569 (http://bit.ly/2u97y9L), as well as other legislative proposals that would permanently authorize the program. http://bit.ly/2u4XhLF

ANTI-STREAMING VIDEO & DRIVING LAWS
-> USA Today reports the potentially deadly mix of technology and drivers has lawmakers across the US rethinking their laws on smartphones in vehicles. Georgia now prohibits people from streaming video on their phones while they drive. Drivers can't hold a wireless device or support one with their body, watch or record video, or text while driving. A Washington state law, the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act, in January was the first to specifically mention video on phones. It even makes it illegal for Washington drivers to sneak a peek at their smartphone when stopped in traffic or at a stoplight, though they can touch a mounted or in-dash screen. https://usat.ly/2LaYjfm

THE NETHERLANDS INCLUSIVE CYCLING
-> Bicycle Dutch reports cycling in the Netherlands is very inclusive. It isn't restricted to the daring young men who can get up to speed and who are fearless in the busy urban traffic. In the Netherlands cycling is a viable transport option for young and old and also for people with a disability. In any cycle tour you take in the country you will see people with disabilities in normal traffic. They either use a mobility scooter or a special needs tricycle. You will see an array of different vehicles using the Dutch cycle ways. Thanks to the special needs vehicles and the superb cycling infrastructure network in the Netherlands people with a disability use the tricycles for transport, fitness, therapy and recreation just like anyone else. (Also see photos of various special bicycles and tricycles) http://bit.ly/2NIwq04

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL: MAJOR BUS & BIKE INVESTMENTS DESPITE RECESSION
-> Place reports Brazil's coastal city Fortaleza won an international award for cutting traffic deaths and making major investments in bus and cycle lanes despite a biting recession. Brazil's fifth-largest city received the award from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, a New York-based think tank, for making it safer to walk, drive and ride bikes in a time of budget constraints. Fortaleza has taken the right approach to transport, which is one that moves away from private cars to one that prioritizes and integrates pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users. Despite the downturn, Fortaleza, a northeastern beachfront city of 2.6 million, has installed 108 km (67 miles) of priority bus lanes and 225 km of cycling routes to serve a popular bike share system since 2014. http://bit.ly/2NEgU5c

FORD DEVELOPS CYCLIST SMART JACKET PROTOTYPE
-> ITS International reports Ford Smart Mobility Europe has developed a Smart Jacket for cyclists with built-in indicators and flashing brake lights. (See the video demonstration: http://bit.ly/2L9EhCl) It allows cyclists to better indicate their presence and intentions to other road users. The wearable's navigation app wirelessly connects to smartphones and vibrates the jacket's sleeves to help riders take the right direction to avoid busy roads. It features audible interfaces and a system, which allows cyclists to use bodily movements to take calls, receive messages and repeat navigation guidance. Ford is now applying for a patent to develop the prototype further.

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