NCBW Newsroom - Regional and Local Actions
-> According to July 16th Bike Walk Connecticut article, "As part of a new 'complete streets' initiative, Bike Walk Connecticut released a first-of-its-kind ranking of the state's cities and towns on how bike- and walk-friendly they are. Simsbury (1), New Haven (2), New Britain (3), Glastonbury (4), and Middletown (5) claim top honors as the five most bike- and walk-friendly communities. (See full results: http://bit.ly/U9dXwv)
"The scorecard and rankings are based on an online, statewide public opinion survey that ran this spring and was open to anyone who lives or works in Connecticut. The rankings are also based on municipal leadership and engagement efforts—whether cities or towns have bicycle and pedestrian master plans; citizen task forces or advisory groups; complete streets policies; and whether they have conducted any public outreach efforts related to cycling, walking or complete streets.
"The surveys and scorecard are expected to be conducted annually as part of Bike Walk Connecticut's new five-year initiative to make it safer and easier to walk and bike by implementing "complete streets" in cities and towns across Connecticut. Complete streets make it easier and safer for people to get around on foot or by bike, so they can be more physically active."
-> According to a July 7th ElevationDC article, "More people in D.C. spend more time walking than in any other city worldwide, a new analysis says. One large caveat: the data was culled from an app called Human (http://bit.ly/1mg89YI, free), which people download to their iPhones and which automatically calculates how much time users spend walking, cycling, running or driving. So it's more accurate to say that D.C. residents with iPhones who have downloaded Human like to walk more than residents of other cities who also have the same app.
"Still, it's striking to see. According to the app's data, D.C. residents spend just under 50 percent of their time walking places, coming in ahead of Berlin, Tokyo, and New York. But as far as cycling goes, we have a long way to go: app users in Amsterdam spent a third of their time on a bike, whereas Washingtonians spend just under 10 percent.
"Read the full rankings (most active, cycling, walking, running, and cars cities): http://bit.ly/1l27cn8."
[Ready to make your community more walkable? Come to Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place's Walking Institute in Pittsburgh September 8-11. This six-session track will provide information and skills designed to organize, orient and promote walking and local walking advocacy efforts. See details at http://bit.ly/1snAUe7.]
-> According to a July 12th Washington Post article, "...The Highway Trust Fund, which provides most states with about half of their transportation money, will begin to dry up in the coming months, the Transportation Department recently warned. But even if Congress extends funding, the solution will likely only be temporary... A few alternative ideas have been kicking around for years, but only a handful have been tested in the real world. One of those is a Vehicle Miles Traveled fee, a way to more closely tie road funding to those who use it most and which Oregon has for years been exploring. We caught up with Oregon state Senator Bruce Starr (R)... What follows is an abridged transcript of our conversation about the state's VMT test...
"'In 2001, we passed a bill that basically says the legislature needs to find an alternative to the gas tax... The road-user charge ultimately was the place we settled. We did a couple of pilot programs that we learned a lot from and so just this year we passed a bill that created the next pilot, where we're going to have up to 5,000 vehicles where people will actually pay their road-user charge — pay for their road use via a per-mile charge — as opposed to the fuel tax. I think that the most important piece of this is that we're not building a huge government bureaucracy to accomplish this, we're leaning on the private sector to do it. What we learned in some of our earlier pilots was people were very concerned about Big Brother, about government knowing where they're driving, when they're driving...'"
-> According to a July 3rd Office of Mayor William Peduto release, "Mayor William Peduto today announced the first phases of the city's new protected bike lane program, to be built in Schenley Park, Greenfield and Downtown. More lanes will follow around the city in partnership with People for Bikes and the Green Lane Project... Penn Avenue traffic Downtown will be changed to inbound-only to accommodate the protected lanes, which will be on the southern (or left) side of the street. Later phases of the Downtown protected lanes are planned to connect to the city's existing trail systems and the Strip District...
"Construction on the Greenfield and Schenley Park lanes will begin first later this month and construction Downtown will follow. Officials from the city's Public Works and Planning departments have met regularly with neighborhood stakeholders in all three parts of the city..."
-> According to a July 7th Mobility Lab article, "Two recent headlines really sum it up nicely for Arlington County, Virginia. 'As Arlington Booms, Traffic Drops' was written by Canaan Merchant in Greater Greater Washington and 'The Suburb of the Future is Here – How one city avoided the worst of suburbanization and revealed the path toward sustainable urban development' was by Henry Grabar in Salon.
"They highlight Arlington's ability to remake itself – in little more than a generation – from an aging suburban bedroom community into a thriving urban place that has grown by tens of thousands of residents and workers. All the while, auto-traffic and congestion have been kept at bay because people have adopted transit, walking, and biking as a way of life...The lesser-known part of this good story is the TDM (transportation demand management) strategies that my bureau, Arlington County Commuter Services, has provided over the last 20 years. These have helped ensure that people use the place the way the planners intended..."
[See Streetsblog's Talking Headways Podcast: Good Riddance, "Level of Service" that discusses Arlington's decisions as population grew to change transportation patterns and cause car traffic drop: http://bit.ly/14FXEsW]
-> According to the July Community Cycles Monthly Update, "An Eco-Totem that counts bicyclists is coming to 13th Street (http://bit.ly/W93GBR). Already installed on 13th is a 'green wave,' which makes traffic signals more friendly to bikes (http://bit.ly/1kuxrCX) traveling on 13th street. 'Every time I rode from the Teahouse up 13th Street, I always hit a light on that tiny uphill at Walnut,' said Community Cycles Development Director Jennifer Shriver. 'Now when I come to Walnut, the light is green and I can keep my momentum!'..."
-> According to a July 11th AASHTO Journal article, "The New Jersey Department of Transportation recently announced a new bike tour route that helps to promote recreation and showcase the towns and businesses that have continued to recover from Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the area in October 2012.
"The new tour route, Explore the Jersey Shore by Bicycle (http://bit.ly/1r3BtIa), extends almost 170 miles along the state's shoreline (and some inland areas) from Cape May to Sandy Hook, split into four segments: Cape May to Somers Point (42 miles long), Somers Point to Tuckerton (45 miles), Tuckerton to Brick (45 miles), and Brick to Sandy Hook (36 miles)...
"According to NJDOT, the state's many bike tour routes, trails, and pathways bring hundreds of bicyclists to the area each year—and economic benefits with them. The newest tour guide joins another 20 or so regional guides that feature rides for cyclists, who can use their smart phones to access touring guide cue sheets and track their route progress in real time. Traditional maps are also available to print from NJDOT's website..."
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