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UPDATED FDOT HIGHWAY PROJECT PRIORITIZATION PROCESS
-> Florida DOT District 1 updated its Congestion Management Process (CMP) system to prioritize low-cost, near-term highway improvements based on seven performance measures: number of excess fatalities, number of excess injuries, volume-to-capacity ratio, average annual daily traffic per lane, truck volume per lane, truck percent, and delay. Its Analytic Network Process (ANP) multi-criteria decision-making technique does not give undue weight to a specific performance measure, and can account for the interdependencies that usually exist in the performance measures. The ANP compares project locations to each of the performance measures. The CMP system now calculates the performance measures and implements the ANP approach to prioritize roadway segments. The system also can create thematic maps of performance measures and other input variables. Updating and Improving Methodology for Prioritizing Highway Project Locations on the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS): http://bit.ly/1rS6a7M

WASHINGTON, DC: ALL 2ND GRADERS LEARN TO RIDE IN SCHOOL
-> In the fall of 2015, D.C. public schools began to offer bike-riding instruction as a curriculum subject for all their second-graders. It was the brainchild of District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Director of Health and Physical Education Miriam Kenyon, who had learned that, despite growing up in a city that was undergoing a two-wheeled renaissance, large segments of students couldn’t ride at all. Kenyon chose second grade as the "sweet spot" — the age where some kids already knew how to ride and could be challenged to hone their skills, and others had never learned or were fearful of falling. With $250,000 provided by the District Department of Transportation, DCPS purchased a fleet of 950 sturdy, new Diamondback Viper and Mini Viper BMX bikes, plus helmets, and bike racks, which would rotate through the entire district in the course of the school year. Volunteers assembled the bikes; teachers took a day-long, professional-development seminar to learn how to teach bike riding; and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) stepped in to teach bike safety. http://bit.ly/1TmVabq. ABC News recently featured this program: http://abcn.ws/1WCbnha

CHICAGO, IL: DIVVY BIKE SHARE MOBILE ACCESS PASSES VIA PHONE APP
-> Chicago’s Divvy bike share system announced today that it has partnered with Transit App to make it easier and faster to access Divvy bikes. Transit App will allow riders to purchase 24-hour Divvy passes directly from their iPhone or Android-based device. This option will allow customers seamless access to Divvy’s fleet of 4,760 bikes, bypassing lines at busy stations, such as those on the lakefront and at festivals or concerts. The partnership with Transit App will also allow Divvy members to access a bike even if they forget their Divvy key. http://bit.ly/1OFNIJt

NEW YORK CITY CONSIDERS BARNES DANCE PED CROSSINGS
-> Three New York City council members introduced legislation (Requiring a Study on the Feasibility of Implementing Barnes Dance Pedestrian Crossing Systems in Dangerous Intersections: http://on.nyc.gov/1TH9bho) last week calling on the DOT to study implementing pedestrian scrambles — also know as a "Barnes Dance" — at the city’s 25 most dangerous intersections. The Barnes Dance design is named for traffic engineer Henry Barnes, who popularized them. The Barnes Dance completely stops traffic, including turns, to allow pedestrians to walk unimpeded. Likewise, pedestrians are completely stopped while traffic is in motion. A press release about the proposed legislation cites a 2014 DOT report (Getting to Zero: Tips for Sharing the Street: http://on.nyc.gov/25aVnqP) that found 1 in 4 crashes that kill or injure pedestrians happen to people walking in the crosswalk with the signal. http://bit.ly/1rKuvw1

PENNDOT: NEW BIKE ROUTE MAPPING TOOL
-> PennDOT launched a new interactive mapping tool for BicyclePA routes. The Bike Route Map (http://arcg.is/1qsXPWL) uses layers to provide the user with detailed bike routes, traffic volumes and speed limits and includes DCNR Trails, State Parks and State Forests. http://bit.ly/1OBT1cZ

CHICAGO, IL: FUTURE LEADERS IN PLANNING PROGRAM
-> Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Future Leaders in Planning program meets for six days over two weeks this July. Local high school student participants learn about the roles that equity and inclusion play in local planning. Application deadline is June 3. http://1.usa.gov/1OyHKqK

SUPPORT & CELEBRATE BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESSES
-> The League of American Bicyclists welcomes 76 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses to the Bicycle Friendly America program (http://bit.ly/1WC9ZuL). Nearly 1,200 visionary businesses in 49 states and the District of Columbia have earned this status (http://bit.ly/1TYAuqm). http://bit.ly/1TXqtXt

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