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CONGRATULATIONS! US BIKE ROUTE SYSTEM TOPS 8,000 MILES

-> According to a Dec. 16th release, "Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that AASHTO's Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved 1,253 miles of new U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBRs): USBR 1 in Massachusetts and Florida, USBR 10 in Michigan, USBR 11 in Maryland, and USBR 90 in Florida. Realignments were also approved for USBR 76 and USBR 1 in Virginia, which were originally designated in 1982. The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) now encompasses 8,042 miles of routes in 16 states and the District of Columbia...

"The U.S. Bicycle Route System is a developing national network of numbered and signed bicycle routes that connect people, communities, and the nation. Similar to emerging international networks, such as Europe's EuroVelo network and Quebec's La Route Verte, the U.S. Bicycle Route System provides important recreational and transportation options for the active traveler. Currently, more than 40 states are working to develop route corridors into official U.S. Bicycle Routes to be approved by AASHTO at their spring and fall meetings..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1xrbDmw
Title & Author: "U.S. Bicycle Route System grows to over 8,000 miles" by Ginny Sullivan

MODEL WALKABLE STATES CASE STUDIES: IA, MA & OR

-> According to a recent America Walks article, "America Walks is excited to release our new Case Studies that highlight how a number of states have been working successfully at the intersection of public health, transportation and commerce, specifically in ways that support walking for all ages and abilities and that foster walkable environments. The three states profiled in these case studies are at the vanguard of innovative thinking on this topic. They incorporate a variety of approaches, such as using health impact assessments (HIAs) and data sharing, or uniting disciplines and programs. (Download a summary of findings: http://bit.ly/1GPlEtm.)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1vYFEDy
Title & Author: "Iowa, Massachusetts and Oregon Serve As Models for Fostering Walkable Communities" by Staff

CHICAGO, IL WINTER MAINTENANCE FOR PROTECTED BIKE LANES

-> According to a Dec. 3rd Streetsblog Chicago article, "A few weeks ago, the flexible posts, also known as bollards, that delineated the Broadway protected bike lanes (PBL) mysteriously disappeared... At the time, the local aldermen said the bollards has been removed to facilitate snow plowing...During last year's Polar Vortex, several heavy snowfalls and inconsistent snow removal limited the usefulness the city's PBLs. On top of that, snowplow operators knocked out many of the PBLs' posts. By this spring, every single bollard on Milwaukee had been obliterated. To keep that from happening again, CDOT has removed posts from all protected lanes on streets where parking is banned in the event of two-inch snowfalls, as well as in PBL locations with no car parking..."

Source: http://bit.ly/12q1B7d
Title & Author: "CDOT's Winter Maintenance Strategy for Protected Bike Lanes" by John Greenfield

WASHINGTON, DC REQUIRES MULTI-FAMILY SECURE BIKE PARKING + RETROFITS ON DEMAND

-> According to a Dec. 12th APBP Member Listserve posting from Jessica Zdeb, "The Council in Washington, DC just passed a rule in follow up to the 2007 Bicycle Commuter and Parking Expansion Act that requires residential buildings of 8 units or more to provide secure bike parking at a 1 to 3 ratio. It might not sound that exciting, but tenants may request retrofitting of an existing building, and spaces must be provided within 30 days of the request. Retrofits require the lesser of the 1 to 3 ratio or enough to meet the requested demand.

"Note that all spaces required are preferably indoors, but if not feasible, shall be secure, covered and adjacent to the building. Some savvy developers are already exceeding this minimum here, but it is now the law of the District. See all associated documents of the rulemaking here: http://1.usa.gov/16rBWxA

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