NCBW Newsroom - Regional and Local Actions
-> According to an Apr. 3rd Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition article, "As you may have heard, SVBC is sponsoring something called Bike to Shop Day (http://bit.ly/1fQmNDM). We were approached by our super volunteer... Janet Lafleur with this wonderful idea. Bike to Work Day is great, she said, but why limit it to work commutes?...
"Well, Janet’s idea was... show people how easy it is to shop by bike, let businesses know that people are headed their way by bike, and throw some discounts and goodies into the mix to make it fun. Voilà! Bike to Shop Day was born. I hope you’ll join me for a little car-free consumerism on May 17. It’s easy! We have tutorials (http://bit.ly/1jHTeZP), a map of all the participating businesses, and a drawing you can enter when you show us how you shop by bike..."
-> According to an April 1st news release, "This week, Metro Transit and the (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) region’s Transportation Management Organizations (TMOs) launched Switch My Trip, a campaign that encourages Twin Cities workers and residents who typically drive alone to try getting around in a new way.
"Participants pledge to replace at least one drive-alone trip between now and June 30 with a trip by bus, train, bicycle, car- or vanpool, walking or by teleworking. Those who sign up at http://bit.ly/R2xgXv, text PLEDGE to 37619 or pledge in person are entered into prize drawings. Metro Transit and TMO staff members will promote Switch My Trip and provide commuter information at dozens of workplaces and other events throughout the spring... Throughout the campaign, Switch My Trip participants are encouraged to share their story on social media using the hashtag #SwitchMyTrip."
-> According to an April 1st TribLive article, "Pittsburgh officials plan a major study of Downtown transportation this month that could produce dedicated bicycle lanes and alter car and bus traffic in the heart of the city, Mayor Bill Peduto said on Tuesday. Peduto said it will be the city's closest look at Downtown transportation since the 1950s. ‘What we do in the next 10 years will define what the city looks like for the next 100 years,’ Peduto said...
"Workers will install the first Downtown bike lane — separated from vehicle traffic by a physical barrier — as a demonstration project by late summer, before the city hosts the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in September, Peduto said. Another protected lane will be installed elsewhere in the city..."
-> According to a Mar. 25th San Francisco Examiner article, "...The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency supports Vision Zero, a plan to eliminate traffic deaths in San Francisco within 10 years. We can work toward this goal by supporting best practices in enforcement and education as well as increasing funding to engineer and build safer streets for all.
"Enforcement will continue to be key and the dangerous behaviors we need to change are clear, including speeding and failure to yield to pedestrians. The Police Department has initiated an immediate crackdown on these violations, increasing their motorcycle force by 12 percent and deploying them at 50 intersections identified citywide as areas of concern. Citations have already increased by 50 percent.
"Beyond enforcement, better street design is at the core of a safer, more walkable city. Since 2011, we’ve installed 12 miles of streetscape improvements, increased pedestrian crossing times at 390 intersections, and have installed more than 200 traffic-calming devices such as speed bumps and traffic islands citywide. We have reduced speed limits to 15 miles per hour at 181 San Francisco schools and increased our agency’s school crossing guard program to a total of 195 guards. This year will also be the sixth year that we champion Sunday Streets, a celebratory event that plays a large part in reminding us all that the streets of San Francisco should be safe for everyone..."
-> According to a Mar. 25th Oakland Tribune article, "Abusive drivers who take aim at cyclists and pedestrians might soon face retribution far more severe than a middle finger. Councilwoman Libby Schaaf introduced legislation Tuesday that would make Oakland the nation's fourth city to allow aggrieved cyclists and pedestrians to take their vehicular tormentors to civil court. If victorious, Oakland law would let cyclists, pedestrians sue abusive drivers--plaintiffs would be entitled to at least $1,000 and attorneys fees...
"The law would prohibit motorists from assaulting or intentionally inflicting emotional distress against cyclists or pedestrians -- and provides the victims with an opportunity to seek civil damages. Motorists also would not be allowed to intentionally pass cyclists and pedestrians in an unsafe manner. Both motorists and cyclists would be prohibited from intentionally failing to yield to a pedestrian..."
Source: http:// bit.ly/1dMkJBg
-> According to a Mar. 31st Sun Sentinel article, "Taking a high-speed train is one way to travel between Miami and Orlando... As All Aboard Florida prepares to provide passenger service on the Florida East Coast Railroad, there's a growing push to include a walking and biking trail along with the new rail... bike and pedestrian advocates contend a greenway within or next to the FEC railroad corridor would have a number of benefits: Improving safety by giving pedestrians who already stroll along the tracks a designated, safe place to do that. Connecting communities that have FEC tracks running through their downtowns and neighborhoods. Providing access, other than by car, to All Aboard...
"All Aboard Florida hasn't warmed to the trail idea. The railroad would have to give permission for the trail to be built on its property. ‘The Florida East Coast Railway corridor is used for freight today. With the addition of intercity passenger rail service and possibly the Tri-Rail Coastal Link commuter rail system, there is not enough capacity for any additional transportation uses,’ All Aboard Florida said in a statement.
"Still, Rails-to-Trails has requested that the Federal Railroad Administration identify the proposed trail as a way to lessen the impact of the new passenger service to local communities...There isn't any inherent danger in putting a path next to an active rail line, [Ken Bryan, the Florida director of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy] said. There are already 188 active so-called rails with trails in the United States..."
Source: http:// bit.ly/1fieSCu
[CenterLines issue #342 described the September 2013-released America's Rails-with-Trails Report: A Resource for Planners, Agencies and Advocates on Trails Along Active Railroad Corridors: http://bit.ly/1cVn2xS]
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