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UN DECLARES WORLD BICYCLE DAY JUNE 3
-> The European Cyclist Federation reports that the United Nations declared June 3, 2018 as International World Bicycle Day. (http://bit.ly/2HLz5DK) The resolution was adopted by a consensus of 193 member states. The declaration invites all Member States and relevant stakeholders to celebrate and promote awareness of the World Bicycle Day. The declaration encourages Member States to devote particular attention to the bicycle in cross-cutting development strategies and to include the bicycle in international, regional, national and subnational development policies and programs. http://bit.ly/2HJyNgy

AUSTRALIA: BEST PRACTICE IN ROAD SAFETY INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMS
-> Austroads released a report that provides best practice recommendations for the development of Road Safety Infrastructure Programs (RSIPs) that align with the safe system approach. (Best Practice in Road Safety Infrastructure Programs: http://bit.ly/2vwRIsH) For many years, investment in road safety infrastructure in Australia and New Zealand has taken a bottom-up approach of targeting safety improvements at locations with an established safety problem. While this approach served Australia and New Zealand well in the past, it does not fully embrace the safe system philosophy on which the Australian and New Zealand road safety strategies are based. The report's recommendations provide practical information on ways to improve program design, process and implementation. When implemented by road controlling authorities, this best practice approach will effectively contribute towards an enduring and safer transport system with fewer fatalities and serious injuries. http://bit.ly/2vwRIsH

[See Webinar section for a May 14 webinar on this topic.]

BOGOTA, COLUMBIA REDUCED ROAD DEATHS & HOMICIDES TOGETHER
-> A Streetsblog USA article describes a recent World Resources Institute report (Securing Safe Roads: The Politics of Change: http://bit.ly/2GwH5et). The report notes Bogota, Columbia's traffic fatality rate declined by roughly 50% between 1996 and 2006. Key to that result was an initiative to address traffic deaths and homicides in tandem. Bogota enacted a suite of enforcement, social marketing and education policies under the banner "Life is Sacred." The administration linked traffic deaths to wider problems of crime and murder in the city, and framed it as a part of a public health crisis. This approach galvanized public attention around "traffic violence." http://bit.ly/2HHuEts

SELF-DRIVING CAR COMPANY CRASH INVESTIGATIONS
-> An article in The Guardian concludes self-driving car companies should not be allowed to investigate their own crashes and self-driving cars urgently need 'ethical black boxes' so that we can all learn from their mistakes. We should be worried by the news that the National Transportation Safety Board has thrown Tesla out its investigation into the fatal crash of a Tesla Model X that was in Autopilot mode. NTSB has announced that Tesla is no longer party to the investigation because the car company broke the rules on speaking out, in effect prejudicing the conclusions of the inquiry. http://bit.ly/2EXuI5d

SRTS VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS & #METOO
-> A Safe Routes to School National Partnership blog observes street harassment is where #MeToo connects to our work on Safe Routes to School and active communities. Girls and women regularly experience street harassment in public spaces, and surveys show that many women of color, women with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals experience this harassment more frequently and more intensely. Street harassment may seem trivial when compared with the brutal assaults and crass demands for sexual favors reported in the news. But being hassled and propositioned by male strangers in public teaches girls a deep and hurtful lesson about how our society perceives their worth as human beings. Street harassment also shows girls the willingness of bystanders to ignore their mortification and accept their mistreatment. http://bit.ly/2vp4F7t

NACTO'S GLOBAL DESIGNING CITIES INITIATIVE STREETS FOR KIDS
-> The National Association of City Transportation Official's Global Designing Cities Initiative (NACTO-GDCI) launched Streets for Kids, a multi-year program to develop new technical guidance and advance street designs that create safe public spaces for kids of all ages to learn, play, and move around a city. Through the Streets for Kids program, NACTO-GDCI will develop child-focused design guidance to inspire leaders, inform practitioners, and empower communities to consider the city from the eyes of a child. This new guidance will supplement the Global Street Design Guide, which was published in 2016 and set a new global standard for designing urban streets that prioritize pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders. http://bit.ly/2EX114j

DUTCH CYCLEWAY INTERSECTION UPGRADES
-> The Bicycle Dutch blog reports some of the Dutch cycleways are used so heavily, that they have reached their capacity. Authorities need to come up with innovative solutions to make cycling convenient and attractive again at those locations. Protected (separated) cycleways are still the best solution for cycling where main motor traffic routes and main cycle routes coincide. Amsterdam, where cycling has increased 40% in the last 20 years, came up with ingenious solutions at some of its junctions to get the increased cycle traffic flowing again. http://bit.ly/2HHPqJs

A THIRD BIG BICYCLE PARKING GARAGE FOR UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS
-> The Bicycle Dutch blog reports a third large new bicycle parking facility was opened last Thursday in Utrecht. It is also the third largest parking garage near the central railway station, with a capacity of 3,000 bicycles. See photos and more details: http://bit.ly/2EWnLkU

LONDON, ENGLAND: NEW CONCEPT OF QUIETWAYS
-> The European Cyclists' Federation reports quietways are a new concept in London, England, complementary to cycle superhighways. While superhighways often follow the main roads with separated cycle paths to provide the fastest and most direct route, quietways lead through residential streets, making use of 'filtered permeability', with only short connecting stretches of dedicated cycle infrastructure where necessary. http://bit.ly/2J4m7jS

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC TO BAN BIKES DOWNTOWN
-> Next City reports as officials in other European cities announce plans for car-free city centers, leaders in Prague, Czech Republic have decided to ban bikes from the urban core. Cyclists will be forbidden from entering many of the city's most famous historic districts between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. starting May 1, the Guardian reports. Parts of those districts are "pedestrian-only," but cars are often still permitted -- even on some streets supposedly designated solely for walkers. The Prague 1 municipality argues that bikes are a hazard to tourists. http://bit.ly/2EUtJD9

HONG KONG: MANAGING VIBRANT STREETS REPORT
-> In a recently released report independent think tank Civic Exchange called for the Hong Kong government to improve its management of crowded pavements to control problems such as noise and overcrowding, while promoting the city's famously vibrant street life. Street management is handled by up to nine Hong Kong Government departments, but is not a priority for any one of them. Managing Vibrant Streets (http://bit.ly/2H9HjVa) examines the lack of a coherent street management policy, outdated regulations and inconsistent enforcement. http://bit.ly/2J0SGPr

CYCLING AS AN INDICATOR OF QUALITY OF LIFE
-> The European Cyclist Federation reports that the latest edition of the universally-recognized index for the quality of living includes many bicycle-friendly cities at the top of the list. Mercer is currently the leading provider of data on quality of living for employees sent to work abroad, and its Quality of Living City Ranking (http://bit.ly/2HK7oeA) is a valuable (and valued) publication. http://bit.ly/2HIGovX

NAIROBI, KENYA MORE WALK TO WORK TO CUT CONGESTION & POLLUTION
-> Place reports more middle class Nairobi, Kenya residents are fed up with traffic and worried about pollution so they are leaving their cars at home. According to the Nairobi county environment department, at least one in 10 middle class commuters now walk to work instead of driving. http://bit.ly/2vnOp6Q

GET READY FOR JANE'S WALK MAY 4-6, 2018
-> Jane's Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs. Jane's Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbors. Walks take place in hundreds of cities around the world. Jane's Walks are often walking tours, but they can also be bike rides, poetry readings, performance art, games, and more! There are 3 things that make a walk a Jane's Walk: 1) they are free, volunteer-led, and open to everyone; 2) they are non-commercial and non-partisan; and 3) they seek to promote dialogue. They are not walking lectures. See guidance for organizing a walk or finding on in your area: http://bit.ly/2H7Pdyc

PHOTOS OF ABANDONED DOCKLESS VEHICLES IN AMERICA
-> In response to the photos of piles of dockless bicycles Slate provides photos of another type of dockless (4-wheeeled) vehicle noting true dockless vehicle graveyards, with unused vehicles stretch as far as the eye can see. A chilling, almost dystopian vision. It's a testament to our age. An unchecked surplus--speculation gone wild... https://slate.me/2qd3LWa

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