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CALL FOR EXAMPLES: COMPLETED GREAT BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE
-> The Rethinking Streets Project is soliciting examples of completed street or intersection retrofits for possible inclusion in a new book project, Rethinking Streets for Bikes. This project builds on the tremendous success of the original effort, "Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations" (http://bit.ly/1lGciMn), which has been downloaded by transportation practitioners, policy makers, urban designers, educators, students, and general community members in every U.S. state and in over 20 countries. The authors are particularly interested in completed and excellent bike infrastructure examples, mostly from the U.S. that made the environment safer and more comfortable for more people to use a bike more of the time. It may be that such street or intersection re-designs also added vibrancy to local places. The final book should be done within 12 months, and like the first one, will be available for free download.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2yqfiaz

CALL FOR SURVEY RESPONDENTS - AMERICA WALKS
-> America Walks wants to know more about the changes people are making in their communities and wants to document and map the extent and strengths of walking advocacy organizations via a 10-15 minute survey. http://bit.ly/2gizj8k

BENEFITS OF RETROFITTING SUBURBS FOR WALKABILITY
-> Metropolitan (Chicago, IL) Planning Council notes to stay competitive suburban communities are learning they must create walkable centers to compete. The promise of having walkable areas in suburbs provides: 1) the ability for residents to integrate exercise into daily life resulting in improved health outcomes; 2) access to low cost transportation and a saving of more than $11.00 per year for each person who gives up car ownership; and 3) improved social equity as walkable urban metros are also the most socially equitable. Low cost transportation costs and better access to employment offset the higher costs of housing. See the article for other benefits of providing walkable areas within suburbs: http://bit.ly/2ggMeaE

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX: BIKE MOBILITY PLAN
-> Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter reports the Corpus Christi, TX MPO's Strategic Plan for Active Mobility, Phase I Bicycle Mobility Plan (http://bit.ly/2giE3ec) fosters cycling as a viable and safe transportation alternative for riders of diverse abilities. The Plan prescribes a 290-mile Bicycle Mobility Network, developed for the bike-dependent commuter and causal recreational rider-30 miles of designated bicycle boulevards, and 7 miles of separated cycle tracks, and a bicycle share pilot are already in process. The network will deliver riders within a quarter of a mile of over 80% of all daycare and academic institutions; groceries and markets; low-income housing units; transit stops and stations; and regional parks within the MPO. Most individual residences in the project area are within a 2- to 5-minute bike ride (on a neighborhood street) from some segment of the network. Implementation of this plan will increase direct access to jobs, goods and services, and will extend the effective reach of the transit network, narrowing the equity gap between those who are transit dependent and those who can afford personal automobiles. http://bit.ly/2gjvHTG

NEW CA LAW: NO MORE JAYWALKING TICKETS DURING COUNTDOWN
-> ABC30 Action News TV in Fresno, CA reports Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 390 (http://bit.ly/2ghgXVb) to protect pedestrians by what one lawmaker claimed was an "outdated state crossing signal law that has resulted in people on foot being unfairly punished and financially overburdened." According to an analysis by the State Assembly, the bill "Authorizes pedestrians to enter a crosswalk when the countdown symbol is displayed provided the crossing is completed before the countdown ends." http://abc30.tv/2giFut5

SAN MATEO COUNTY TRANSIT DISTRICT, CA: YOUTH MOBILITY PLAN
-> Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter reports the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) finalized its Youth Mobility Plan in August 2017. (http://bit.ly/2gjaKrR) The purpose of the Youth Mobility Plan is to present strategies designed to foster and enhance youth awareness of and ease of access to SamTrans bus services. The Plan targets youths approximately 12 to 24 years of age, many of whom need access to San Mateo County's schools, part-time jobs, and other destinations. In developing the Plan, SamTrans engaged directly with youths in the community to better understanding the motivations for choices they make related to transit and the barriers they experience when traveling. The recommended initiatives expected to provide the strongest benefit for a small or reasonable financial investment include creating a Youth Mobility Coordinator Position to coordinate with schools, community groups, and across departments, and establishing a Transit Youth Ambassador Program to leverage peer-to-peer engagement among other initiatives. http://bit.ly/2gjvHTG

DENVER, CO: 5280 LOOP COULD BE CAR-FREE URBAN TRAIL
-> Streetsblog Denver reports the 5280 Loop, an urban trail would repurpose whole streets in Denver, CO currently reserved for cars and retrofit them to prioritize people. That could mean completely car-free streets on some segments, or woonerfs - streets where cars play second fiddle to people walking and biking. The 5-mile urban trail would likely weave through distinct areas of the city: from the government seat of Colorado around the Capitol to the museums of Golden Triangle, to La Alma, Auraria Campus, Union Station and Coors Field. http://bit.ly/2yxeD4Z

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