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COLUMBUS, OH: GIRLS IN GEAR TRAINING FOR AGES 9 -15
-> A formidable group of young women travels the streets of Columbus, OH. Helmet clad, they roll through town on their bikes, searching for sidewalks and bike lanes and assessing street lighting. They know the names of the city council members who represent them, and you may find them behind a microphone at a town hall meeting advocating for the local bicycling movement. They also help cyclists themselves; they can fix a flat bike tire without giving it a second thought. These young women are graduates of Girls in Gear, an eight-week bicycle training and empowerment program for females ages 9 to 15. The curriculum focuses on bike safety, bike mechanics, urban design, nutrition education and public speaking. [Source: http://bit.ly/1Bbzgk0]
REPORT RANKS 70 CITIES' TECH TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
-> The U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group released "The Innovative Transportation Index: The Cities Where New Technologies and Tools Can Reduce Your Need to Own a Car" (http://bit.ly/1EssYNV). The report shows how well American cities are using technology-enabled services and tools for their transportation needs. It ranks major American cities on the number of different types of new transportation technology options available in each city, including: car-sharing, ride-sharing, ride-sourcing, taxi-hailing, bike-sharing, public transit navigation apps, and virtual transit ticketing. [Source: http://1.usa.gov/18ld9N4]
CONTROVERSIAL VANCOUVER, BC BIKE LANE NOW 1 OF BUSIEST ROUTES
-> There were protests in the streets, and allegations of class warfare and political favours. Even by Vancouver standards, the debate over the city’s latest bike lane grew especially heated. But nearly one year after a stretch of Point Grey Road closed to vehicles, the city says the bike route that was later installed is often the busiest in Vancouver and the plan to shift traffic to major arterial roads has worked. Before construction a mid-week sample showed 600 cyclists travelled the route. In June, a mid-week sample found 1,500 cyclists. By August, the sample was at 2,700. On an August weekend, the number of cyclists reached 3,300. [Source: http://bit.ly/17WY2Z3. See also Quote section.]
NAPLES, FL: CYCLISTS WORK TO CHANGE HOW STATE TRAINS OFFICERS, ENFORCES LAWS
-> Naples Pathway Coalition’s Advocacy Committee has achieved huge gains at the State's Attorney's Office! Last November, they met with the State’s Attorney’s Office to express concern about stricter punishment of car drivers who injure cyclists, and discussed how laws regarding cyclists rights should be enforced.
Earlier this month, they got notice that the State’s Attorney’s Office is adding cyclists’ rights and the laws that relate to cycling crashes to classes for new FHP and CCSO officers. AND they have established a "Module" at the State’s Attorney’s office wherein a specific attorney will consistently be the attorney assigned to any cycling crash issue that comes to their attention that appears to be a crime. So NPC will keep track of crashes that occur and the Advocacy Committee will follow up if they believe the car driver has committed a crime. The State’s Attorney’s Office stated that they will keep NPC "in the loop" on these cases, and also reported that FHP is fully on board and had requested a warrant for the arrest of the woman who committed the hit and run on Vanderbilt Beach Road last November leaving the 26 year old cyclist in the road. That car driver has just been charged with a Third Degree Felony, which is a great victory for cyclists! In the past, these incidents haven’t been taken as seriously as we wanted! [Source: http://on.fb.me/1DaEEjS]
WALKBOSTON: HOW TO IMPROVE SIDEWALK SNOW & ICE CLEARANCE
-> Snow and ice can present challenges to walkers. Safe passage along sidewalks is critical for the safety of pedestrians. Every winter there is a dramatic spike in fractures in Massachusetts, especially of the hip and forearm, due to slip on icy sidewalks.
In response to many comments from Massachusetts pedestrians and observations by our members and staff, WalkBoston has developed seven basic recommendations to improve sidewalk snow and ice clearance, as well as comprehensive Sidewalk Snow Clearance Recommendations. [Source: http://bit.ly/1E6mFwW]
[See And Now for Something Completely Different section below for creative ways to use all that snow.]
BOULDER COUNTY, CO BUS-THEN-BIKE PROGRAM FREE BIKE SHELTERS
-> The Boulder County Bus-then-Bike program was created to encourage individuals to use bus transit in combination with bike travel to complete trips to work, school or general visits. Users receive a FREE key card for access to the four bike shelters. The crown jewel of the system—the 140-capacity station at 14th and Walnut—opened on Jan. 28, also Winter Bike to Work & School Day. This station includes a bike vending machine operated by Community Cycles (with items like tubes, patch kits, tools, etc.) and a fix-it stand where bicyclists can do repairs. [Source: http://bit.ly/1AKepT8]
SAN JOSÉ, CA: NEIGHBORHOOD TO TEST TEMPORARY ROAD DIET
-> A major thoroughfare/quaint business district main street in San Jose is going on a diet – temporarily, at least. Lincoln Avenue in the Willow Glen neighborhood will begin a trial road diet at the end of this month. San Jose District 6 Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio has been working with the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association, the Willow Glen Business Association and the City’s Department of Transportation to plan and implement a temporary three-month re-striping of the neighborhood’s main drag. [Source: http://bit.ly/1DT84Xw]
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: INTERACTIVE TRANSIT MAPS SHOW DISTANCE POSSIBLE IN A GIVEN TIME
-> San Francisco straphangers now have a phenomenal interactive access map at their disposal thanks to the work transportation planner Chris Pangilinandid at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency with then-UC Berkeley grad student Dan Howard. The guide shows transit riders just how much of the city they can reach on trains and buses in a given time window. Though primarily meant for internal agency use—and therefore not yet as user-friendly as it might be—the result is still a transit tool far more useful than most trip planners or apps out there. [Source: http://bit.ly/1EmNoFL]
LESSONS FROM DENVER’S CROWDFUNDED BIKE LANE SUCCESS
-> From Memphis to Portland to Kansas City to Denver, crowdfunded bike infrastructure has been gathering momentum. But the point of a crowdfunding campaign isn't actually to raise money. It's to raise a movement. That's the lesson from Aylene McCallum of the Downtown Denver Partnership, the business association that led a successful charge this winter to raise $36,000 for a protected bike lane on Arapahoe Street through the middle of Denver.
But even more important, Arapahoe's crowdfunding campaign was the lead-up to what would be the first crown jewel of Denver's central-city biking network: a protected lane on Broadway, whose important route crossing diagonally through the grid and into the neighborhoods south of Downtown could create a transformative biking highway like San Francisco's Market Street or Chicago's Milwaukee Avenue. [Source: http://bit.ly/1wnwBU4]
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