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BEST COMPLETE STREETS POLICIES OF 2015
-> Each year, the National Complete Streets Coalition analyzes, scores and ranks newly passed Complete Streets policies. In 2015, communities passed a total of 82 Complete Streets policies. These laws, resolutions, agency policies, and planning and design documents establish a process for selecting, funding, planning, designing, and building transportation projects that allow safe access for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel. The "Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015" report (http://bit.ly/1S839sf) describes the 16 best comprehensive Complete Streets policies adopted last year and the process for evaluating policies. http://bit.ly/20z06wB.

Watch the webinar recorded last week featuring an online panel discussion recognizing all last year’s policies as well as the growing movement for safer streets nationwide. Representatives from top-scoring communities shared insights into how they passed the best policies, and ideas for how other communities can create great policies of their own. http://bit.ly/1YGBel3

WASHINGTON, DC: $5 BIKESHARE MEMBERSHIPS TO LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS
-> Lower-income residents of Washington, DC will be able to sign up for Capital Bikeshare memberships for $5 a year under a new community partnership program. The program designed to connect clients who use certain social services with the growing bikeshare network through organizational memberships. In turn, such clients are eligible to get discounted membership fees, expanded trip time, and cycling-focused education. Typically, an annual Capital Bikeshare membership costs $85 (or $96 in monthly installments), while a 24-hour membership comes in at $8. The first 30 minutes of each ride are free (with incremental increases for additional 30-minute chunks), but under the community partnership program, the first hour of each ride is free. Participants in the latter will also receive a free Capital Bikeshare helmet. http://bit.ly/1S8SSx7

CHICAGO TO ADD 50 MORE MILES OF BETTER BIKE LANES BY 2019
-> Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new goal of building 50 more miles of "better bike lanes" in the next three years, including 9 miles in 2016, doubling down on the bicycle infrastructure upgrades made over the past five years. Chicago DOT will install curb-protected bike lanes, such as those on 31st St., where it is practical to do so. The new seven-foot wide, curb-protected bike lanes on 31st Street extend from Michigan to LaSalle Streets on the IIT campus and were installed as part of a resurfacing project late last year. In 2016, CDOT plans to install nine miles of better bike lanes, up to 15 miles of other bikeways, and restripe up to 20 miles of the existing on-street bikeways network. http://bit.ly/1TiPfnr

SEATTLE, WA FAST-TRACKS BIKE LANE REVIEW & BUILD PROCESSES
-> Late last month, the Seattle Department of Transportation began upgrading the Second Avenue "pilot" protected bike lane by replacing plastic bollards with planters, installing new traffic signals and raising the pavement at busy driveway crossings. Unlike the usual multiyear design, review and build process, SDOT took the Second Avenue project from design to installation in just four months. They used paint and easily removable plastic bollards and promised to fix or reverse any problems they encountered after the lanes were on the ground. http://bit.ly/26bkdVF

PHILADELPHIA, PA: $7.6 M IN TAP-FUNDED PROJECTS
-> As part of the $7.6 million in Transportation Alternatives Program project money recently awarded to the region, Philadelphia will receive $300,000 for "on-road improvements, including flexible delineator posts, signage, and pavement markings, for cyclists at designated locations throughout the city. An additional $200,000 has also been requested from PennDOT for improvements. http://bit.ly/1VBM3qS

PHILADELPHIA, PA CONSIDERS WAYS TO MAINTAIN SIDEWALKS
-> Philadelphia recently secured $2.67 million of federal funding to be spent on five community-based, nontraditional projects that will enhance safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit riders. One project directly addresses sidewalks. The top pedestrian complaint in the city is poorly maintained sidewalks, whether cracked, broken into chunks, pushed up by tree roots or completely missing. The city is considering options for more effectively enforcing sidewalk maintenance, including issuing formal violations. http://bit.ly/1VnTQIf

SO CAL VISUAL URBAN TREND TOOL
-> "REVISION: A New Tool for Visualization of Urban Trends" is a powerful new web application that allows users to visualize and thus better understand community change in Southern California. Users can see changes in Job Density or Regional Efficiency Index scores across the region, for example. Trend variables include poverty, means of transportation, and tenure by number of occupants per room. This application offers map and trends tools, and Area and Property Reports. http://bit.ly/1Sknh8B

TOOL MAPS TRANSIT, BLOCK BY BLOCK, FOR 300 CITIES
-> More than 800 municipal transit agencies in 287 cities across the U.S. contributed data to the project, called AllTransit. It shows, in neighborhood-level detail, where people live and work and how well public transit shuttles them back and forth. The agency data are combined with data from the Census Bureau, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, and the Department of Agriculture. http://bloom.bg/1WdjP4e

SAN MATEO & SANTA CLARA COUNTY VIRTUAL BIKE ROUTE SCOUTS
-> Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition announced the official opening of its Virtual Bike Route Scouts (http://bit.ly/1WF9JJT), their new route assistance program for trips in San Mateo and Santa Clara County. Just click a link to access the route request form and submit it to their Route Scout team. A Route Scout familiar with the location of your ride will create a bike-friendly route for you. It'll include a map, turn-by-turn directions, and any advice they might have to make your ride a smooth one. http://bit.ly/1Nl90LY

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