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LAB: BICYCLE FRIENDLY STATE RANKING
-> The League of American Bicyclists released its 2015 Bicycle Friendly State ranking. They considered Legislation & Enforcement; Policies & Programs; Infrastructure & Funding; Education & Encouragement; and Evaluation & Planning. The top 5 states are Washington, Minnesota, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Utah. See the overall ranking, state report cards and category maps. [http://bit.ly/1Fq8tlI]

5 NEW WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
-> The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announced five new Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) and recognized one community for jumping from Bronze to Silver. The "Walk Friendly" title means a city or town is being recognized for its success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. Gold: Evantson, IL & Somerville, MA; Silver: Lee’s Summit, MO (up from Bronze) & Sandpoint, ID; and Bronze: Arcata, CA & Saratoga Springs, NY. [http://bit.ly/1c43ATq]

AUSTIN, TX: MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING GETS DRIVERS TO TRY ALTERNATIVES
-> Movability Austin is a transportation management association that works with downtown employers and employees to promote alternative transportation. They’re in the midst of a unique pilot project that uses a decades-old counseling technique called motivational interviewing that’s helped people deal with overeating, cigarette and drug addiction, and other problems where will power or logic often isn’t enough to change behavior.

Motivational interviewing centers on the idea that every behavior comes with trade-offs. The interviewer asks leading questions to try and get the interviewee to think about and articulate what they’re doing now, think about the pluses and minuses of that choice, and consider alternatives. In a month and a half of interviews, Movability has gotten around 200 people to agree to try a different way of commuting— about 35 percent of the people who’ve stopped and talked to them. [http://bit.ly/1KheN1Y]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: REVIEWS OF AREA ACCESSIBLE TRAILS
-> Mark Hehir shares his reviews, experiences, photos and videos of accessible trails in the San Francisco Bay Area from a wheelchair user's perspective. (http://bit.ly/1cMhASv) [http://bit.ly/1LfO6s5]

NEW YORK CITY: WALKERS CAN SHOW DANGEROUS INTERSECTIONS BY TIME
-> The Ultimate Guide to Walking Safely in NYC, a new online interactive tool, allows walkers and runners in New York City to easily depict which intersections are busiest/most dangerous by time of day. The data is depicted visually using a heatmap, which outlines the most dangerous areas. [http://bit.ly/1AeloqI]

FLDOT: CHANGES BIKE LANE POLICY
-> The Florida Department of Transportation is beginning to implement a shift in how it designs bike lanes on state roads. In November, the state transportation department quietly shifted its policy, making buffered bike lanes its standard on all state roads. The state standard used to be just 4-foot bike lanes with just a line that indicated where cars belong and where bike lanes begin.

On new projects, the state will try to incorporate 4-or 5-foot bike lanes with about 2 feet of striped pavement between the bike lanes and traffic if there's enough space. To make room for that 6-to 7-feet of space, lanes for vehicles can shrink from 12 feet to 11 feet. But this will only happen as roads are resurfaced or widened; new roads also will have them. So it may take some time before buffered lanes can be found on most roads and streets throughout the Broward and Palm Beach Counties area. [http://bit.ly/1HrWkw7]

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