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-> We’re notifying conference presenters and we've got some early acceptances for your first look at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 program:
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-> According to an April 2nd Al Jazeera America article, "Living in sprawling metropolitan areas hurts a poor child’s chances of moving up the economic ladder as an adult, according to new research published on Wednesday (Measuring Sprawl 2014: http://bit.ly/1ea9SS5). Despite the fact that urban sprawl has been linked to many social ills —obesity, shorter life spans and more car accidents — many U.S. metropolitan areas continue to spread out, the figures reveal.
"Smart Growth America and the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Urban Center today released their second detailed sprawl ranking of metro areas and counties. Unlike an earlier 2002 report, this one factors in not just population density, transportation options and public health but also impact on income, life expectancy and housing and transportation costs.
"One of the most striking findings is that living in more compact and connected metro areas can help low-income children get ahead financially as adults..."
-> According to a Mar. 31st email from Nancy Smith Lea, "The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) is pleased to launch ‘It’s Your Move’ (http://bit.ly/1lPwGcb) a video series that’s part of a strategic partnership with Metrolinx. Each video features a leader living in Halton, York, Peel, Durham, Hamilton or Toronto and shares personal and professional stories about the benefits of active transportation. Our first video (http://bit.ly/1gUgB2T) showcases Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx and puts a spotlight on the economic imperative to devote funding for walking and cycling.
"It’s time to rally voices and share our experience about the importance of active transportation infrastructure in our local communities..."
-> According to an April 12th Streetsblog Network article, "Quick, what’s the neighborhood with the most going on in Seattle? No need to ask a local. Walk Score has introduced ChoiceMaps (http://bit.ly/15ox3mJ), a new tool to help people find which parts of a city have the greatest ‘depth of choice’ in terms of amenities like grocery stores. The tool uses Walk Score data to show the number of neighborhood amenities within 5-, 10-, or 20-minute walks of a location. In addition to restaurants, groceries, and coffee shops, it also lets you see the number of schools, transit stops, bike-share stations, and car-share locations within walking distance...
"Over at their blog, WalkScore developers used the tool to compare the number of restaurants available to residents of Midtown Manhattan versus Topeka, Kansas: ‘The average Midtown resident can walk to a staggering 1,251 restaurants in 20 minutes, but in Topeka you can only walk to an average of 7 restaurants in 20 minutes.’..."
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