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NEW YORK CITY: VISION ZERO PRIORITY RESEARCH & EVALUATION TOPICS
-> A New York, NY Vision Zero Task Force document describes current projects and future research and evaluation questions that are most crucial to moving their efforts forward. These include questions related to collaborating internally and externally, and better understanding the problem. http://on.nyc.gov/2akPzEN
PITTSBURGH, PA: WELCOMING BIKE RIDE FOR IMMIGRANTS & LATINOS
-> Thirty community members turned out for an inaugural Welcoming Bike Ride, hosted by Mayor William Peduto’s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative, BikePGH, and Healthy Ride, in collaboration with 412 Flock. Participants included immigrants hailing from Bhutan, Somalia, China, Morocco, Sudan, Nepal, and Central African Republic, as well as Pittsburghers born and raised in the city, and transplants from Boston to Miami. Partners will build on the success of the Welcoming Bike Ride to provide future tailored bike trips and programming to the broader immigrant and Latino communities. The City of Pittsburgh was recognized by The White House Task Force on New Americans in their Bright Spots in Welcoming and Integration report (http://bit.ly/2ad0EDC) for its innovative approaches to building a more welcoming city, including the ride. http://bit.ly/2ala701
WICHITA, KS: MATCH HOMELESS RIDERS WITH HOMELESS BIKES
-> The Wichita, KS City Council recently voted to give first pick of 200-300 abandoned and recovered bikes each year to the police Homeless Outreach Team, which works to help homeless people find jobs, places to live and increased stability in their lives. http://bit.ly/2atwOyy
CA TESTS PAY-BY-MILE IN LIEU OF FUEL TAX
-> Earlier this month Caltrans launched its pay-by-mile Road Charge Pilot Program with 5,000 volunteers who will provide information that could help lawmakers decide whether to pay for infrastructure through mileage-based user fees instead of traditional motor fuel taxes. Volunteers will "make simulated payments based on how far they drive" and test various mileage reporting systems over the next nine months, including some that use satellite-linked location tracking and systems that do not track vehicles. http://bit.ly/29K66Rb
WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES RENEWALS + NEW COMMUNITY
-> Six communities renewed their Walk Friendly Communities status Seattle, WA - Platinum; Ann Arbor, MI and Arlington, VA - Gold; and Charlotte, NC; Flagstaff, AZ and Wilsonville, OR - Bronze. Sebastopol, CA earned its first designation at the Bronze level. The "Walk Friendly" title means a city or town is being recognized for its success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. http://bit.ly/2avI3Yy. See the full list of 58 Walk Friendly Communities: http://bit.ly/2aJaIFY.
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