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FORT WORTH, TX: NEW BLUE ZONE, COMMITS TO BIKE/PED IMPROVEMENTS
-> Fort Worth, the fifth-largest Texas city, with a population of almost 800,000, signed on to be a part of the Blue Zones Project, which aims to “reverse-engineer longevity” into a community by promoting a number of principles gleaned from National Geographic explorer Dan Buettner’s observations of healthy and long-lived communities around the globe... The city has introduced WalkFW, a pedestrian transportation plan, and a new bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee is working on improvements to a 2010 cycling plan. (One early result: over $11 million for bike and sidewalk infrastructure in the 2014 bond program.) The city is also working on a complete streets program. [http://bit.ly/1Is7ymy]

CHATTANOOGA, TN: MEASURE & RECORD DISTANCE BETWEEN BIKES & CARS
-> A Chattanooga, TN police officer came up with an idea for a device that can measure and record the distance between a bike and a car to help enforce their three-foot passing law—a provision that requires drivers to give people on bikes at least that much clearance when passing them on the road.

Chattanooga calls the result BSMART (its technical name is the C3FT Device). Developed by Codaxus, an engineering firm in Austin, Texas, the handlebar-mounted device measures the distance of passing vehicles with ultrasonic waves. The bike-car gap is then shown on a large digital display, and when a car comes closer than 36 inches, BSMART beeps—alerting an officer to a violation. Paired with a GoPro camera, the device both detects and records a car’s proximity to a bike. [http://bit.ly/1Kql0ZR]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA TO RESTRICT TURNS ONTO MARKET STREET
-> As part of its Vision Zero initiative and Safer Market Street plan, San Francisco plans to restrict turns to increase safety by reducing the number of conflict points between drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists on this busy corridor. Under the new rules, private cars will have 14 fewer chances to turn onto Market Street for a mile-long stretch to reduce the number of conflict points between drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists on the busy corridor. [http://bit.ly/1KjuJQ6]

MONTANA BUILDING ACTIVE COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE
-> Check out the Montana Building Active Communities Initiative (BACI) website for Bike Walk Montana factsheets (Parklets, Reverse-Angle Parking, Bike Camps to welcome bicycle tourists, and Road Diets) and newsletters documenting BACI progress. (http://bit.ly/1Jv1VCN) BACI communities Belgrade, Dawson County, Polson and Glendale have recently adopted “complete streets” policies (some called Safe and Accessible Streets). See their policies, and the Action Institute resources that helped get these communities adopt them. [http://bit.ly/1GNXobi]

SEATTLE, WA: POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT TO INCREASE PED/BIKE SAFETY
-> For a few days last week, Seattle DOT staffers, police officers, and local street-safety advocates used positive reinforcement to reward drivers (and bicyclists) who did the right thing and stopped to let people on foot cross the street. They handed out $5 Starbucks gift cards at an elementary school, a busy bridge crossing, and a protected bike lane downtown. The giveaways were part of Seattle’s Vision Zero initiative to reach zero traffic fatalities by 2030. They were funded by a state grant aimed at increasing safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. [http://bit.ly/1dcBjuH]

UKIAH & PASADENA, CA: PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ACTION PLANS
-> Review Pedestrian Safety Action Plans with recommendations for safety projects, policies and programs for the Cities of Ukiah (http://bit.ly/1IruYsd) and Pasadena, CA (http://bit.ly/1GLm2II)

PEOPLEFORBIKES ANNOUNCES 7 COMMUNITY GRANTS
-> PeopleForBikes announced their latest round of Community Grants, totaling nearly $50,000 (ranging from $800 to $10,000) to support infrastructure and advocacy initiatives in seven communities across the country. These grants leverage $609,000. For example, a $10,000 grant for BIKE SHIFT Youth Leadership Program (Chicago, IL) will help develop a teen leadership, advocacy, community organizing and bicycle planning program. Nearby youth will work to create safe bicycle access to the new Big Marsh Bike Park on the Southeast Side of Chicago. [http://bit.ly/1R3zuCU]

LOS ANGELES, CA TO LAUNCH BIKESHARE
-> The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted to launch an $11 million bike-sharing program in downtown L.A. They’ve awarded a contract to Bicycle Transit Systems, Inc., a company that has launched similar programs in Philadelphia, PA and Oklahoma City, OK. A second company, BCycle, will supply more than 1,000 bikes and 65 bike share stations to the area when the program launches next spring. [http://bit.ly/1LQyMSX]

NEW BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESS APP: NEXT DEADLINE JULY 15
-> The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Business program has redesigned its application for a faster and easier time completing it. There are 4 deadlines per year: the next one is July 15, 2015. [http://bit.ly/1xEja04]

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