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RATINGS OF WALKABLE URBAN PLACES IN 30 LARGEST METROS AREAS
-> A new Smart Growth America LOCUS report, "Foot Traffic Ahead 2016" (http://bit.ly/1rpzIZt), reviewed 619 regionally significant, walkable urban places (or "WalkUPs") in the nation's 30 largest metropolitan areas where 46% of the nationís population lives. The new report ranks these areas based on the amount of commercial and multi-family rental development in WalkUPs, and uses a series of forward-looking metrics to predict how walkable their future development might be. The research also uses social equity metrics like housing costs, transportation costs, and access to jobs to understand the relationship between walkability and social equity. http://bit.ly/28E4ShJ

VIDEO: HOW NYCíS STREETS BECAME MORE PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY
-> Over the past decade, the streets of New York City have undergone a dramatic transformation. Nearly 400 miles of bike lanes were installed, the largest bike share program in North America began and Times Square morphed from a busy thoroughfare into a packed pedestrian plaza. Watch the five-minute PBS News Hour video of Hari Sreenivasan interviewing former Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. http://bit.ly/1sAZlb2

LOS ANGLES, CA: NEW 67-MILE BACKBONE TRAIL
-> The new 67-mile Los Angeles area Backbone Trail connects many of the Santa Monica rangeís peaks and opened this week after 40 years in the making. To make the route a reality, about 180 parcels of land worth more than $100 million had to be turned over to the public. Though the trail is technically a wilderness route, itís never more than a few miles from the 101 Freeway and the eastern trailhead can be accessed by Los Angelesí 2 bus. The next major step for the trail would be to connect it with over 500 more miles of nearby trails to create a continuous network that would grant millions more Angelenos easy access to the mountain range in their backyards. http://bit.ly/1UD0lo0

MO GENERAL ASSEMBLY ALLOCATES $20 MILLION IN MULTI-MODAL FUNDS
->The Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation reports their General Assembly took a historic step by authorizing $20 million in multi-modal transportation funding. This is, as far as we know, the first time in history that Missouri has allocated state transportation funds that have the flexibility to be used to meet any and all of Missourians' transportation needs--whether those by motorized, walking, bicycling, public transit, or some combination of all of those options. The $20 million in funding in the new Missouri Moves program can be used for roads, bridges, walking, bicycling, or transit. It can be used for projects that focus on any one of those elements, or projects that combine several or all of them. A broad coalition of Missouri transportation stakeholders, including the new Mercury Alliance has been working for many years to move Missouri state transportation funding towards a multi-modal approach. http://bit.ly/1Q3Wn9o

WASHINGTON DC REGION BIKE USE UP AS METRORAIL SERVICE CUT
-> CityLab reports in the first surge of service cuts for a year-long Metrorail maintenance plan in Washington, DC the number of bike commuters went way up throughout the metro area. Monday through Wednesday, automated counters stationed throughout Arlington County showed increases of two-wheeled traffic up to 94 percent compared to June 2015. Although the first surge of service cuts only directly affects Virginia suburban service, in Washington the 15th Street cycle track saw its highest-ever recorded ridership last Thursday, with a 29 percent increase in cyclists compared to June 2015. http://bit.ly/1U75UZK

MN: OFFICERS USE NEW ELECTRONIC CRASH REPORT INTERFACE
-> Researchers at the University of Minnesota are helping to make it faster and easier for law enforcement officers to log the data they collect at the scene of a crash. The project conducted a human factors analysis and obtained extensive input from law enforcement officers to design a system that best met their needs. The new electronic crash report interface now being used by Minnesota law enforcement officers improves the accuracy, reliability, and meaningfulness of crash data. The finished system gives officers three choices for electronically submitting a report: a quick capture, a wizard, and a form. A website interface and a standalone platform can be loaded onto officersí laptops, allowing them to complete electronic reports even when they have limited Internet access. Later this year, the state plans to launch a public portal that will allow citizens to perform aggregated crash data inquiries and run data reports. In other future work, researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of the new system by examining data accuracy. http://bit.ly/1UbZeia

FL DOT: WEB-BASED SYSTEM FOR POLICE CRASH REPORT REVIEW
-> FL DOT released a report describing its Web-based system to facilitate reviews of police crash reports and to record review results using different data entry formats and a user-friendly interface. (Feasibility of a Web-Based System for Police Crash Report Review and Information Recording: http://bit.ly/1Yqth5S) The system allows users to:

  • Select crashes for specific study locations and time periods by querying the Crash Analysis
  • Reporting (CAR) database.
  • Set up police crash report review questions for review result recording.
  • Display multiple police crash report pages in different layouts.
  • Display police crash reports and study locations on Google Maps side-by-side.
  • Record police crash report review results that are linked directly to crash records.
  • Report potential errors in police crash reports.

PORTLAND, OR: SOLID SUPPORT FOR PED, BIKE & SRTS IMPROVEMENTS
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership reports Portland, OR voters passed a 10Ę gas tax to fund street safety improvements, including $8 million for crosswalks and sidewalks around schools. The MPO Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation approved $500,000 per year for Safe Routes to School programming, plus at least $2 million for street improvements near Title 1 (low-income) schools and trails. The vote also preserved more than $25 million for walking and biking street safety projects across the region. http://bit.ly/1Q3UQQH

ST PAUL, MN STOP FOR ME PED CROSSWALK SAFETY CAMPAIGN
-> Through its first month and a half, the St. Paul, MN Stop For Me campaign, hosted 21 events at intersections identified by community members as problematic for crossing, or in high pedestrian traffic areas. At the same time, St. Paul Police have stopped over 700 motorists and issued more than 300 citations for failure to yield to a pedestrian. From the start of the year through May 30, 64 people walking in St. Paul were involved in crashes: 44 of them were injured, and 2 of them died. During the same time, 25 people riding bikes were involved in crashes: 18 of them were injured, none of them died. St. Paul Police regularly update pedestrian and bicyclist crash information on their website: http://bit.ly/1UyWDt9. The Stop For Me campaign will continue throughout 2016 to improve safety for people who use sidewalks and cross streets. http://bit.ly/1RYSexu.

NE IL: CALL FOR RESIDENTS TO LOG BIKE USE ONLINE
-> Residents of northeastern Illinois can provide input on bicycle usage at http://bit.ly/1PlQLSl. CMAP (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning) will use this input to develop an analysis tool to help better determine the relative benefits of implementing different types of bicycle improvements.

WI BIKE FED ONLINE COMMUNITY ADVOCACY TRAINING PLANNING SURVEY
-> The Wisconsin Bike Fed is using an online Community Advocacy Training Planning Survey to shape a civic engagement workshop to train people to become better local bicycle/pedestrian advocates. The Community Advocacy Training will be piloted in Northwest Wisconsin later this summer in partnership with the American Heart Association and plans launch across the state once funding is secured. http://bit.ly/1OoFntV

SEATTLE, WA: NEIGHBORHOOD CULTURAL CROSSWALK PROGRAM
-> The City of Seattle has developed a program for neighborhoods to reflect their own unique cultures in their crosswalks (http://bit.ly/1YqocdO). The 11 original painted crosswalks cost the city $6,000 per crosswalk. A crosswalk at 23rd Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way is striped with black, green and red -- the Pan-African colors. While the original design had colored lines similar to regular crosswalks, the new ones will have solid colors laterally crossing the street. MYNorthwest.com: http://bit.ly/1OnYO6g

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