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DRAFT CALTRANS STATE BIKE & PED PLAN REVIEW
-> Caltrans released for public review its draft State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which lays out the policies and actions Caltrans and its partner agencies should take to achieve the department's ambitious statewide goals to double walking and triple bicycling trips by 2020. The draft 88-page plan, Toward an Active California, State Bicycle + Pedestrian Plan (http://bit.ly/2mleKsR), describes four objectives—safety, mobility, preservation and social equity—with corresponding strategies to bring the plan to reality. The Plan also highlights best practices from places around the world where active networks are increasingly popular. See http://bit.ly/2ml5dSx for a list of public review meetings and webinars around the state between February 23 and March 1. The comment period will close on March 10, 2017. http://bit.ly/2mldQMZ

WASHINGTON DC: MOBILITY PROJECT REPORT
-> The Government of the District of Columbia released a report on its District Mobility Project. It presents the state of multimodal congestion in the Washington DC using measures that matter for each travel mode (e.g. walking, transit, driving, bicycling) and at geographies (e.g., Ward-level or street-level) that are comparable between modes. From this baseline, this project proposes near-term strategies to help address congestion issues and defines a more permanent monitoring program to identify and respond to ongoing or future issues. http://bit.ly/2lt8qQX

WASHINGTON, DC CONSIDERS 20 & 15 MPH SPEED LIMITS
-> According to the Washington Post, a proposal by the D.C. Department of Transportation would lower the default 25 mph speed limit to 20 mph on some neighborhood streets and create 15 mph zones 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on roadways around schools, parks, senior and youth centers. The city had originally proposed making the zones 24/7. But after getting feedback, including criticism from drivers and advocates about the proposed measures, DDOT spent a year revising the plan. The "neighborhood slow zones" are part of the city's "Vision Zero" plan that aims to end traffic-related deaths by 2024. http://wapo.st/2kCiYQs

CYCLING TRENDS IN NEW YORK CITY, NY
-> Over the past two decades, New York City has seen tremendous growth in cycling, reflecting broad efforts to expand the city's bicycle infrastructure. A recent report from the city considers how frequently New Yorkers are using cycling as a mode of transportation, and how that frequency is changing over time. "Cycling in the City: Cycling Trends in NYC" http://on.nyc.gov/2kQcdd5

MN DOT: INSTITUTIONALIZING BIKE & PED COUNTING REPORT
-> A recent report summarizes institutionalizing bicycle and pedestrian monitoring in MN, which includes a statewide bicycle and pedestrian traffic monitoring network with 25 permanent monitoring locations; a district-based portable counting equipment loan program; a Bicycle and Pedestrian Annual Traffic Monitoring Report, a website for reporting annual and short-duration counts, and a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection Manual (http://bit.ly/1SzoqZk). "The Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Initiative: Institutionalizing Bicycle and Pedestrian Monitoring" http://bit.ly/2kQ43k9

MA: SIDEWALK SNOW & ICE REMOVAL RECOMMENDATIONS
-> WalkBoston developed basic recommendations to improve sidewalk snow and ice clearance, as well as comprehensive sidewalk snow clearance recommendations. (Keep It Clear: Recommendations for Sidewalk Snow and Ice Removal in Massachusetts: http://bit.ly/2lYsEVU) A comprehensive program following these recommendations would make a noticeable difference in sidewalk conditions including making uncleared sidewalks and curb ramps as unacceptable as litter. http://bit.ly/1E6mFwW

TEXAS A&M: PROTECTED INTERSECTION GLOWS IN THE DARK
-> Bicycling magazine reports Texas A&M University recently completed installation of the United States' first-ever illuminated protected intersection, or 'Dutch Junction.' The intersection keeps cyclists separate from four-way traffic, and with help from solar-reactive paint, its bike lanes glow in the dark. The glow-in-the-dark bike lanes illuminate commuters by combining post-consumer recycled glass and green paint infused with a luminescent mineral. The mineral stores solar energy during the day, and by night, gives off a bright glow by reflecting off of the glass. http://bit.ly/2lkaM4k

NEW YORK, NY: USERS REDISTRIBUTE BIKE SHARE BIKES
-> According to Slate's MoneyBox blog, New York City's Citi Bike has added another solution to the common bike share problem of a full dock at the end of a trip, or an empty dock at the start. They are paying members to redistribute bikes themselves. Now 2,000 people, called Bike Angels, account for more than 10 percent of rebalancing on busy days—between 350 and 600 of the 3,500 bikes that must be moved to make the system function smoothly. Bike Angels receive email messages asking them to drop their bikes off a block that way and get points toward prizes. Stations that need daily rebalancing are allotted between one and three points, and classified as either pick-ups or drop-offs. http://slate.me/2lYsDBl

WI: ONLINE BIKE WALK CIVICS WORKSHOP
-> The Wisconsin Bike Fed is offering a 5-session free online Bike Walk Civics workshop that teaches participants how to become powerful bike and walk advocates in their community. The session take place from 12:00 to 1:00 pm each Thursday in March. http://bit.ly/2lt1rri

EMPIRE STATE TRAIL: NYC - CANADA, ALBANY - BUFFALO TRAIL
-> Travel + Leisure reports by 2020 you could walk from New York City to Canada on a new trail connecting existing nature trails. New York State plans to invest $200 million to complete the 750-mile Empire State Trail that would run from Manhattan to the North Country and from Albany to Buffalo, with the goal of increasing tourism to those areas of the state. http://tandl.me/2lkj786

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