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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA COMMITS $10M FOR TRAILS IN 2020
-> The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia reported the Montgomery County, PA Board of Commissioners recently approved the County's 2020 budget, and part of it was a jaw dropper for regional trail advocates: $10 million for trails in 2020. The allotment will be matched by $8 million in federal & state funding sources. This will pay for construction, trail design, and studies of future trails across the county, which already has significant trail mileage. http://bit.ly/38uGmDQ

MAYORS SURVEY: REALLOCATED SPACE FOR BIKE LANES PARTISAN DIVIDE
-> CityLab reported the Boston University Initiative on Cities released the results of an annual survey of Mayors from 119 cities with more than 75,000 people. (2019 Menino Survey of Mayors: http://bit.ly/38u6ajs) Researchers asked mayors about issues where they have a lot of direct influence, including pedestrian safety. Generally, pedestrian and cyclist safety was prioritized by many mayors--a reflection, perhaps, of the limited progress most US cities are making on their efforts to reduce traffic-related injuries. Only 22% of mayors ranked "pedestrian friendliness" as a top infrastructure priority. The level of commitment to sacrificing car lanes and parking spaces to bike lanes showed a significant partisan divide that has continued to grow over the past 4 years: 92% of Democratic mayors committed to doing so compared to 34% of Republican mayors. http://bit.ly/2TLC8DZ

NEW YORK GOV. TO INTRO NEW E-BIKE BILL AFTER RECENT VETO
-> Smart Cities Dive reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged in his State of the State address to introduce new legislation to legalize electric bikes and scooters statewide. Cuomo called for a bill that will deliver "justice for e-bike workers," while ensuring "sustainable vehicle alternatives such as e-scooters keep riders, pedestrians, and drivers safe." Cuomo had recently vetoed a bill to legalize electric bikes and scooters statewide, despite overwhelming support from the state legislature stating it did not include safety measures. The New York Times reported that the New York Police Department had issued more than 1,100 summonses for the illegal operation of e-bikes and e-scooters in 2019. Despite sustained illegality, it is unlikely that e-bike use will decrease as workers depend on quick transportation in order to earn tips and make a living. http://bit.ly/38v01Ul

FL BILL PROPOSES MORE ACCESS FOR E-BIKES W/ LOCAL OPT OUT
-> Government Technology reported fast electric bicycles and e-bikes that propel without pedaling would be allowed the same access to sidewalks and bike paths as traditional bicycles and pedal-assist electric versions under a proposed new Florida law. (SB 1148: Electric Bicycles: http://bit.ly/2skqbco) But cities and counties would have the right to prohibit the fast and no-pedal versions from shared rights-of-way if deemed too dangerous to pedestrians, joggers and traditional bicyclists. Current Florida law considers electric bicycles as no different than traditional bicycles as long as they require riders to pedal them before the electric motor kicks in to help propel the bike. Also, to be regulated the same as a bicycle, the electric motor must stop operating when the bicycle achieves a speed of 20 mph. http://bit.ly/2TNLSO6

BOULDER, CO SNOW REMOVAL POLICY & INTERACTIVE ROUTE MAP
-> The City of Boulder, CO provides an interactive map on its website to help people plan their travel during a snow event by car, bus and multi-use paths. (Snow and Ice Control Route Map: http://bit.ly/2RyRYis) Like many Front Range communities, the City of Boulder does not plow all streets, because often the sun and warmer temperatures will melt the snow soon after a storm ends. The City of Boulder clears all multi-use paths for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. Snow crews begin plowing on-street bike lanes on primary and secondary streets, as well as the city's major multi-use paths, at the same time as the streets. On-street bike lanes may require an extra pass with the snowplow, resulting in a potential delay in being completely cleared. Of the multi-use paths, the Boulder Creek and Broadway paths are plowed first, followed by the Foothills Parkway path and other Greenways paths. [Check out details of Boulder's Winter Walk & Bike Week February 10-16, 2020: http://bit.ly/2n5pGh2, http://bit.ly/2NOxfWJ.]

MOST CHICAGO, IL BIKE SHARE USERS HEADED TO TRANSIT
-> Block Club Chicago reported Lime, 1 of 10 companies that participated in Chicago, IL's bike share pilot, shared newly analyzed ridership data from nearly 675,000 rides during the four-month pilot program June 15 to October 15. The highest number of Lime scooters' trip destinations were at CTA stops to access public transportation. In a survey of riders, Lime found that 65.5% of riders used scooters to get to and from public transportation in the first month of the program. In another survey, 30% of Lime riders said they had replaced what would have been a car trip with a scooter trip. The city has not yet announced whether the scooters will be allowed to return to Chicago in 2020. http://bit.ly/37h60f3

GREATER BOSTON, MA BIKE SHARE STUDY: FIRST 18 MONTHS OF SERVICE
-> The Boston Globe reported that new data from more than 300,000 Lime bike-share trips originating in more than a dozen Greater Boston communities, traveling an estimated 380,000 miles, shows a strong demand for service, but also a need for improvements to the cycling infrastructure. (First Miles: Examining 18 Months of Dockless Bikeshare in Metro Boston: http://bit.ly/2pVRpFL) With permission from Lime, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council used GPS data from the bikes to map the trips, track patterns, and pinpoint the busiest routes between April 2018 and September 2019. Respondents reported 18% of miles traveled were on "very-high-stress" roadways, with high traffic volumes, multiple lanes in each direction, and no protected bicycle facility. The average trip is about 1.3 miles and takes about 16 minutes on one of the electric-assist bikes that make up most of the Lime bike fleet. Two-fifths of all trips start in town centers and commercial districts, and many of those fan out into outlying neighborhoods that are beyond an easy walking distance or inaccessible by transit. Approximately one-quarter of all trips terminate in a predominantly residential neighborhood. Thirty percent of all trips ended in a different municipality than where they started. http://bit.ly/2Ge0I8s

MADE TO MOVE GRANTS TO DEVELOP MODEL REDESIGNS FOR ACTIVE LIFE
-> Meeting of the Minds reported in summer 2019, the Made to Move Grant program (http://bit.ly/2VksjtK) awarded $100,000 to each of 5 cities to redesign their neighborhoods and city-centers for active, healthy lives. The program, a partnership between Degree and Blue Zones, aims to create model practices and projects that gain the attention of other cities and inspire evolutionary changes to once again focus on places for people, and design accordingly. The awardees of the inaugural grant opportunity are Chattanooga, TN for a public space activation and street modification; Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Improve trail access for recreation and active transportation; Hartford, CT to build the state's first bike boulevards; Jersey City, NJ for a pavement-to-park project; and Richardson, TX for a road diet. Grant funding will support planning efforts such as blueprint development, charrettes, training, and community engagement as well as project implementation. http://bit.ly/2TMX1OQ

EAST COAST GREENWAY SECURES 1,000 OF ENTIRE 3,000-MILE ROUTE
-> The East Coast Greenway reported it and its partners added 30 miles of safe, off-road segments in 2019, bringing the total length of protected pathways to nearly 1,000 miles--one-third of the entire 3,000-mile route. Last year, they added 28 segments in 11 states and Washington, DC, to the Greenway. See the full list and map of 2019 East Coast Greenway designations, north to south at http://bit.ly/30HD2Tr