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GA: PED DEATHS UP 37% OVER PAST 2 YEARS
-> With 37 percent more pedestrian fatalities in two years in Georgia - 206 people were killed while walking in 2015, up 18 percent from 2014. This year deaths are up an average of 19 percent over 2015. Georgia DOT held a "See and Be Seen" awareness event in Midtown Atlanta, passing out literature and talking to pedestrians about how to be safe while crossing crosswalks and walking near highways in low-lighted areas. http://bit.ly/2fPzlFl

ENDING PARKING MINIMUMS: 5 STRATEGIES
-> Strong Towns offers 5 strategies for ending parking minimums: combat the perception of a shortage of parking supply in your downtown or neighborhood; check out examples of ordinances that remove parking minimums and explore their map of communities that adopted them; write to your local paper to push for an end to parking minimums; review case studies of other towns’ successes; and check out provocative questions to ask local leaders. http://bit.ly/2g09NWr

LAB: 51 NEW & RENEWING BICYCLE FRIENDLY UNIVERSITIES
-> The League of American Bicyclists announced 51 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) today from 25 states: http://bit.ly/2gzKoDJ.There are now 164 BFUs in 44 states and Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/2gzI8wg. The BFU program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. Apply for BFU status by August 10, 2017. http://bit.ly/2gzGxXg

MIDWEST: 5 BIG TRAIL INITIATIVES
-> The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy reports on five big happenings in the Midwest that are changing the face of active transportation: A 1,400-mile-plus trail network project is in progress to connect many of the major centers of America’s Rust Belt and industrial Appalachia; Cleveland just got a $7.95 million grant to complete a regional trail network that will traverse part of Northeast Ohio; A 500-mile-plus trail network is beginning to take form in Southeast Wisconsin; TIFIA is a new breakthrough financing tool for communities to accelerate the completion of their active transportation networks; and A 2,000-mile-plus dual hiking and biking trail is being connected in Michigan. http://bit.ly/2gwq2bB

CLEVELAND, OH: LINKING PUBLIC HOUSING TO PARKS
-> The Trust for Public Land is stitching together segments of urban trail into a greenway network reaching from Cleveland, OH public housing developments to waterfront parks. They secured funding for a critical connection: a pedestrian bridge over the industrial yard that today separates residents from the lake. The trail will pass right by a currently isolated apartment complex with a lake view but no access and run straight to Wendy Park—a sunny, green oasis complete with swimming beach, volleyball courts, and a marina. http://bit.ly/2fPTPOf

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: GREENWAY CREATED FROM FREIGHT CORRIDOR
-> Public Roads reports the Midtown Greenway spans the heart of south Minneapolis, MN. Originally part of a freight corridor, by the 1990s the trains had largely stopped running. Instead, the corridor attracted crime and contributed to blight nearby in already struggling neighborhoods. Twenty years later, the greenway hosts more than a million trips a year as an almost barrier-free commuting option for bicyclists and an attractive green space for pedestrians. Check out details about this transformation: http://bit.ly/2fPl2kb.

CHICAGO, IL: 2015 BIKEWAYS REPORT
-> The City of Chicago and the Chicago DOT (CDOT) have published their annual bikeway report. (Chicago Department of Transportation 2015 Bikeways - Year in Review: http://bit.ly/2fQy3HA) The report highlights that in 2015 CDOT installed 42 miles of new and restriped bikeways, including 23 miles of barrier- and buffer-protected bike lanes. Since May 2011, 108 miles of protected bike lanes have been installed throughout Chicago. http://bit.ly/2fQCFxC

CHICAGO, IL: PROPOSED TRAIL ALONG 27-MI RIVERFRONT
-> Chicagoist reports Active Transportation Alliance unveiled a preliminary vision to establish an unbroken, connective trail along the 27 miles of riverfront that span the North and South branches of the Chicago River. The trail would then link up to existing suburban pathways, such as the North Branch Trail and the I&M Canal Trail Extension. There are already 13.19 miles of existing walkable and bike-able trail line along the river, with another nearly two miles to be added before year's end. Among the most notable aspects of the ambitious plan is its inventive physical design: aside from traditional riverside paths, the project calls for portions of deck trail—which stretches across the river on pylons—and even so-called floating trails for "where no land is available for a traditional trail segment." http://bit.ly/2fJxPBr

HOUSTON, TX: DONATED BIKES & SUPPORT FOR REFUGEES
-> The Houston (TX) Chronicle reports a local man has been collecting donated bikes to distribute to refugees settling in the area and hopes to be able to donate 20 bikes a month. Through Freewheels Houston, he partners with local bike shops and Rice University as well as several different faith communities in the Houston area. Solving a basic problem like independent transportation can mean the difference between getting home in time for dinner with your family, and spending three hours on a bus. http://bit.ly/2fFteAa

They use bicycle distribution events to connect Houstonians to their newest neighbors and watch what kinds of interactions and bonds develop. The events also include a safety briefing that includes a helmet fitting and tips for riding safely on Houston streets. They distribute bicycle helmets through a Texas Medical Association program. In addition to lights and bells installed on bikes, they provide a drawstring backpack, a strong bicycle lock, a tire pump, a flat tire repair kit, and spare batteries. http://bit.ly/2fFF7Gl

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