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OREGON LEGISLATURE: BIKE LANES CONTINUE THRU INTERSECTIONS
-> Portland, OR-based The Street Trust News reported the Oregon Senate approved HB 2682 (http://bit.ly/2LHJZQs) in a 20-0 vote last week, clarifying that bike lanes continue through intersections, even when the painted lines do not. The Senate vote follows approval in the Oregon House of Representatives last month. Governor Brown is expected to sign it into law. The bill addresses two alarming cases in which a judge ruled that drivers who hit cyclists had not violated the requirement to yield to cyclists in a bike lane because there are no bike lanes in an intersection. The bill clarifies that if a bike lane is striped on either side of an intersection, cyclists are within their rights to continue through the intersection and motorists must yield.

CHICAGO, IL: IMPROVED SOUTH LOOP BIKE LANES
-> The Chicago Sun Times reported changes and additions are coming to South Loop bike lanes. Among the additions to be made by the Chicago DOT are concrete curbs between bike lanes and vehicle traffic on Harrison Street from Desplaines Street to Wabash Avenue. The added curb would not take away any lanes of traffic on Harrison and would simply add a layer of protection for the existing two-way bike lanes, which include a narrow painted buffer between cyclists and drivers with bollards placed in spots. http://bit.ly/2W9dG0Z

TAMPA, FL CONSIDERS CONVERTING HIGHWAY TO MULTIMODAL BLVD
-> Streetsblog USA reported that a group of Tampa residents proposed turning the city's most-hated freeway, I-275, into a functional multi-modal urban boulevard. The 11-mile, six-lane highway -- which is used by 142,000 vehicles daily -- would become a street for pedestrians, cyclists, and even light rail users. When the Florida DOT introduced a proposal to widen congested highway to up to 20 lanes last year, the response was so fiercely negative, then-Gov. Rick Scott fired the region's top DOT official. This week the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization voted unanimously to conduct a feasibility study. http://bit.ly/2LI3UP7

SPOKANE, WA ORD. NO MORE BEG BUTTONS, PEDS TO GET HEAD START
-> The Spokesman-Review reported the Spokane, WA City Council passed a pedestrian safety ordinance. (Improving Pedestrian Safety at Signalized Intersections: http://bit.ly/2VZ5P5Z, See ordinance pages 11-121: http://bit.ly/2W22rah) Under the new law, the city would install accessible pedestrian signals with auditory instructions at every signalized intersection by 2025. The law also encourages the city to include leading intervals, which will give pedestrians 7 seconds before cars in the right lane see a green light, and eliminates the "walk" button at crosswalks, by making the feature automatic. http://bit.ly/2W844TQ

SAN FRANCISCO, CA TO EXPAND BIKE LANE NETWORK
-> Smart Cities Dive reported the Mayor of San Francisco, CA called for improvements and expansions to the city's bike network to boost cyclist safety. The Mayor called on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to double the production of protected bike lanes over the next 2 years to create a total of 20 miles of new lanes. The Agency will also increase citations for vehicles blocking bike lanes by 10% over the next six months by using 311 data. http://bit.ly/2LLbIQb

WASHINGTON, DC CREATES CYCLE TRACK BARRIERS FROM DOWNED TREES
-> The AASHTO Journal reported the District Department of Transportation in Washington, DC, is testing whether "re-purposed timber" gathered from trees removed due to damage can be used to build cycle track barriers. This timber is much less expensive than concrete barricades, and DDOT can create and fabricate these barricades in house. See the brief video: http://bit.ly/2LH1lwP

ARLINGTON, VA CUTS TEACHER DRIVE ALONE RATE BY 5% IN 3 YEARS
-> Mobility Lab reported Arlington, VA Public Schools (APS) have a goal for only 75% of teachers and staff to drive alone to work by 2021. That would mean that 1 in 4 find some other way to get to school, like carpooling, the bus, the Metro, biking, walking, or scootering. APS has already reduced the drive alone rate by 5% in the last 3 years, largely through partnership with the county's Arlington Transportation Partners program. Watch the 1-minute video describing this first-in-the-nation teachers and staff commuting program. http://bit.ly/2LIWQ4I

PLACESFORBIKES: BEST CITIES FOR BIKES INTERACTIVE RANKING
-> PlacesForBikes is a data-driven approach to identifying the best US cities and towns for bicycling to help city leaders pinpoint improvements, and make riding better for everyone. Using feedback from everyday bike riders, city staffers, open-source maps and publicly available data, it scores five key factors: Ridership, Safety, Network, Acceleration and Reach. Find out how your city/town rates: http://bit.ly/2GlvLwR

BEST COMPLETE STREETS POLICIES OF 2018
-> The National Complete Streets Coalition released their annual evaluation of new Complete Streets policies. (The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2018: http://bit.ly/2W4RWTI) This year, a new and improved grading framework set a higher bar for communities by emphasizing equity and implementation. In 2005, just 35 communities had adopted Complete Streets policies. At the close of 2018 that number stood at 1,477. This year's report evaluates the 66 Complete Streets policies that were passed in 2018 with Cleveland Heights, OH earning the highest grade. http://bit.ly/2W6r6up

[See Webinar section for "Best Complete Streets Policies of 2018" webinar on May 16.]