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CHICAGO, IL: BUILDING DIVERSE, EQUITABLE BIKE CULTURE

-> According to a Jan. 7th StreetsBlog Chicago article, "...For a host of reasons, many Black Chicagoans have little interest in cycling. Like I once did, they view biking as something for children and White people on the Northside. Very few of them consider biking to be a viable form of transportation. Some of this disconnection is cultural. Bikes have not been considered cool in Black neighborhoods and we haven’t explored ways to express our own style through our bikes...

"In this profoundly segregated city, the bicycle advocacy community has been largely White, affluent, and focused on the Northside. Meanwhile, violence prevention and job creation are the top priorities in predominantly Black, Brown, and low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, which means bicycling has not been a primary concern. We all have work to do in order to build a diverse, equitable bike culture...

"I have great faith in the transformative power of bicycles on individuals and on communities. I urgently want Black communities on the Southside and Westside to enjoy the same health, safety, and economic benefits of biking that Northside neighborhoods do. Bicycling saved my life, and I know that it can improve the lives of countless other Black people."

Source: http://bit.ly/1wbK3n1
Title & Author: "Why I Fight: How Biking Saved My Life and Can Help Other Black Chicagoans" by Olatunji Oboi Reed

LOS ANGELES, CA CITYWIDE WALK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

-> According to a Nelson\Nygaard webpage, "In Los Angeles, students often face personal and traffic safety issues. These issues present barriers to walking or biking to school, impacting student health, school performance, and contributing to traffic congestion. By focusing its Vision Zero strategic planning efforts on the implementation of the Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan, the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation is planning to improve school communities by focusing on pedestrian and bicyclist safety, improving public health, and tackling congestion and pollution.

"In 2014, Nelson\Nygaard led the department’s encouragement efforts, recruiting schools to host Walk to School events citywide. We supported 66 Walk to School Days in October, and strengthened partnerships among the event hosts and supporters – including school administrators and teachers, Council District offices, parents and families, community based organizations, and Los Angeles and LA Unified Police departments...

"Outcomes: More than 85 schools participated in Walk to School Day events in October 2014, 66 in the City of LA. Walk to School Day events strengthened the partnership among police, councilmembers, LA Unified School District and LADOT. In October, more than 19,000 students experienced a healthy and active way to get to school..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1xFBPJb
Title & Author: "LA Citywide Walk to School Program" by Staff

MPOS & TRANSPORTATION PLANNING FOR MEGAREGIONS

-> According to the abstract of the recently released Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Transportation Planning For Megaregions report, "Planning transportation across jurisdictions is a challenge faced in geographic areas throughout the U.S. Researchers identify megaregions as the subset of major regions, often multistate, with the most significant transportation challenges, opportunities, and resultant needs based on forecasts of shifts in demographic and economic trends, freight flows, and passenger demand. These areas present major opportunities for transportation to contribute to national, regional, and local areas thru improved global trade and competitiveness and economic development.

"This report explores innovative ways that metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are working with partners to begin to conduct planning to address the transportation issues of megaregions. The research includes a focus on how MPOs are working within their planning agency roles identified in Federal regulations to explore needs outside of their boundaries. This report explores the benefits that MPOs and their partners receive from participating in megaregions planning, as well as the institutional and technical challenges. The report provides insights on successful planning approaches for peer MPOs, their partners, and policymakers with an interest in advancing similar planning initiatives."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1u4apHN
Title & Author: "Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Transportation Planning For Megaregions" by Staff

GAINESVILLE, FL COMMISSION VOTES TO REVERSE A ROAD DIET

-> According to a Jan. 9th CityLab article, "In mid-2013, a mile-long stretch of 8th Avenue in Gainesville, Florida, went on a road diet. Four vehicle lanes became two for cars and two for cyclists (as shown in the rendering above). Pedestrians on adjacent sidewalks gained a bit more separation from moving traffic. A painted median reserved road space for a pleasantly landscaped version to come. The hope was that the design trial would convince local officials to adopt a permanent two-lane multimodal street. Those hopes ended in December 2014.

"After a lengthy public hearing, the city commission voted 4-to-3 to reverse the road diet and revert 8th Avenue to its original form..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1AU11xV
Title & Author: "Why One Florida City Reversed Its Road Diet: As c, the decision reflects a broader debate over removing traffic lanes." By Eric Jaffe

[Note additional background detail and rider experience in reader comments.]

ST. PAUL (MN) 2014 BIKE & PED COUNT REPORT

-> According the 2014 City of Saint Paul Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Report released Dec. 31st, "In September of 2014 the City of Saint Paul Department of Public Works conducted a bicycle and pedestrian count. With the help of 45 volunteers, bicycle and pedestrian data was manually tabulated for 88 screen lines at 43 count sites throughout the city. The counts were performed mid-week from 4:00 - 6:00 pm during the second week of September. To analyze changes in annual rates of walking and bicycling, 33 count locations measured in 2013 were measured again in 2014..."

[See report for methodology, count form, and results.]

Source: http://bit.ly/1BglUST
Title & Author: "2014 City of Saint Paul Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Report" by Staff

BOULDER, CO WINTER BIKE TO WORK AND SCHOOL DAY

-> According to a call for registrations for the Boulder, CO Winter Bike to Work and School Day on January 28, "For 300 beautiful days a year, the sun shines down on Boulder’s more than 150 miles of well-maintained bikeways, making winter bike commuting a viable alternative to driving for adults and school-children alike. Try it for yourself during Boulder’s 7th annual Winter Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Free breakfast at 12 locations and cool prizes, but you have to register! By registering, you show support for Boulder’s cycling community and help us gain valuable information to promote and encourage biking."

Source: http://bit.ly/1Bg7phN
Title & Author: "Grab you bike and breathe in the open air" by Staff

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