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MONTANA STATEWIDE ADAPTIVE BIKE, RECREATION INITIATIVE
-> Montanans living with disabilities will have access to adaptive cycles through a new statewide initiative spearheaded by the University of Montana. The Wheels Across Montana program, funded through a Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation grant, recently hosted its second state regional Adaptive Bike Clinic. Adaptive trikes were delivered to 4 Montana communities, and each hosted or will host events to deliver adaptive recreation equipment to encourage physical activity among people of all ages with paralysis, disabilities and chronic diseases who face additional health and social barriers due to living in rural areas. http://bit.ly/2bxR02U

WI STATE REP CAMPAIGNS & CONNECTS BY BIKE
-> WI State Rep. Jesse Kremer began campaigning just over three years ago with little financial support and no party backing. To garner at least a little media attention, he began planning a bicycle tour of the entire 59th Assembly District. He anticipated news media attention, getting some needed exercise and the chance to stop to visit with residents who may be weeding their flower beds or enjoying an afternoon game of bean bag toss. "What my family did not expect was a stunning election win and a bicycle ride that has turned into an annual event...[Rep. Kremer] truly hope[s] that this annual event becomes a mouthpiece promoting a healthy lifestyle, encouraging others to take walks, dust off the bicycle, get off the computers and phones, and ensure that they are strengthening and maintaining long-lasting meaningful relationships with family and friends." http://bit.ly/2blY1BV

NASHVILLE, TN RESIDENTS WEIGH IN ON PED & BIKE INTERESTS
-> Nashville-Davidson County, TN is conducting surveys to develop its Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways. Nearly 2,000 completed the first survey. Check out the infographic of its results and results to date on a second survey plus video comments from a public meeting. From the first survey, 84% disagreed that walking in Nashville is a safe, convenient, and practical way to get from one place to another, and 77% disagreed that biking in Nashville is either. The over 1,600 who responded to the second survey by late July, would allocate the most ($3.30) to sidewalk projects on residential streets if they had $10 to spend on sidewalk projects,. They would allocate the most ($3.80) to bikeway projects on major streets if they had $10 to spend on bikeway projects. http://bit.ly/2btrgVA

CHICAGO, IL CREATING SEPARATE LAKESHORE PED & BIKE PATHS
-> Construction has begun on a project to create separate lakefront paths for bicyclists and pedestrians on Chicagoís South Side. Cyclists will get a lane closer to Lake Shore Drive, while pedestrians will get a trail closer to the lake. The project is aimed at relieving congestion, avoiding collisions between joggers and cyclists, and encouraging more people to get outside. http://cbsloc.al/2b4Zw91

CHICAGO, IL: MOBILITY & ENHANCED TRANSIT CONNECTIVITY
-> The Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago just released an overview of transit challenges in the Chicago area, and an overview of area transit changes related to recent innovations, emerging technologies, rideshare services, and possible impacts of autonomous vehicles. "Increasing Mobility Through Enhanced Transit Connectivity" http://bit.ly/2bN84j9

WASHINGTON, DC POCKET LANES AT INTERSECTIONS
-> Washington, DC has begun building "pocket lanes," a bike lane that appears at an intersection to help guide bicyclists out of the way of turning drivers. Pocket lanes make intersections more efficient for everyone. They keep people on bikes who are heading straight through an intersection from having to wait behind a queue of left-turning vehicles, whose drivers are in turn waiting for a break in oncoming traffic. They keep drivers from having to wait in line behind a cyclist whoís traveling straight. They also give people on bikes their own space thatís to the left of right-turning traffic. The District is looking to add more of these low-cost features along streets that donít otherwise have bike lanes, targeting intersections where they might help avoid conflicts. http://bit.ly/2bd4iye

SEATTLE, WA RESIDENTS FIGHT FOR SAFETY ON RAINIER AVE.
-> Seattle residents got creative to highlight their fight for a safer Rainier Avenue, which had a crash everyday on average, 7 businesses hit in the past year, and 630 injuries over the last three years. They held crosswalk protests, collected signatures and photo petitions, created a Get Well Soon Rainier Ave Card for people to sign, posted flyers with the number of crashes next to dangerous intersections, and hosted a big crosswalk protest and rally. Seattle DOT did a safety corridor "pilot" and plans an expansion of it this year. The pilot included adding a center turn lane to reduce turning collisions, adding bus priority to keep the popular route 7 on time, and improving crosswalks and signals for people walking. Aggressive speeding (over 40 MPH) is down 95%, injuries involving people walking and biking are down 41%. http://bit.ly/2bdu9Fz

LOS ANGELES DOT (CA) ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
-> Alan Nakagawa, Los Angelesí first Creative Catalyst, is an oral historian, sound artist, and mural artist. He is now embedded in the cityís Department of Transportation to, among other goals, bring a fresh perspective to Vision Zero, a campaign aimed at eliminating L.A. traffic deaths by 2025. As a part-time artist in residence, Nakagawa not only uses his own artistic sensibilities to advance the work of LADOT, but also recommends ways other artists might contribute ideas. When he observed Vision Zero presentations tended to focus on the numbers over the personal stories of those killed, Nakagawa invited Gary Buchler of The Moth to lead the engineers in a storytelling workshop. http://bit.ly/2bo5eAJ

SACRAMENTO, CA 2016 BICYCLE MASTER PLAN
-> Sacramento expects the number of people living downtown to double in the next 20 years and similar increases in the number of bicycle and transit trips. Part of their $165 million 2016 Bicycle Master Plan calls for parts of current downtown one-way streets to be converted into two-way streets, and others converted from three lanes to two. Buffered bike lanes would be added to parts of 10 streets through the downtown core. Another goal includes better use of the city's 38 miles of alleys. The city hopes to spend $42 million on pedestrian access and $9 million on bicycle access within the next ten years. Capital Public Radio: http://bit.ly/2bhuxIg

NEW YORK STATE: $98.7M FOR BIKE, PED, & OTHER CONGESTION RELIEF
-> New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $98.7 million in funding to support bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and transportation-related programs as well as projects that reduce congestion and help to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. These projects will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated based on established criteria that include public benefit, air quality improvement, and innovation. Eligible project activities include the addition of accessible sidewalks; construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities, preservation and conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trail use; enhancements to traffic signals or intersections that improve traffic flow; and travel demand programs that shift traffic demand to non-peak hours or other transportation modes. http://on.ny.gov/2bOwB8k

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