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SAFER STREETS, STRONGER ECONOMIES: COMPLETE STREETS OUTCOMES
-> What do communities get for their investments in Complete Streets? In this study of 37 projects, Smart Growth America found that Complete Streets projects tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal. Compared to conventional transportation projects, these projects were remarkably affordable, and were an inexpensive way to achieve transportation goals. In terms of economic returns, the limited data available suggests Complete Streets projects were related to broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values.
"Safer Streets, Stronger Economies: Complete Streets Project Outcomes from across the Country" (http://bit.ly/1NeaOjS) analyzes data and explores the outcomes communities get for their investments in Complete Streets. [Source: http://bit.ly/1FU86iS]
VTPI STUDY: HIGH COST OF SPRAWL
-> Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than US$1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy (Analysis of Public Policies That Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Urban Sprawl: http://bit.ly/1CX7KsP). It estimates that Americans living in sprawled communities bear at least $625 billion in direct incremental costs and impose an extra $400 billion in external costs on governments, businesses and other households. It identifies planning and market distortions that foster sprawl, and describes policy reforms that can help correct these distortions. These smart growth policies can lead to healthier, safer and wealthier communities in both developed and developing countries. [Source: http://bit.ly/1C9AOd1]
TRB RESEARCH REPORT: PEDESTRIANS 2014
-> TRB Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2464 (http://bit.ly/18Wn7UO) consists of 18 papers that address a wide range of pedestrian issues: safety performance study of shared pedestrian and vehicle space; impacts of alternative yield sign placement on pedestrian safety; mitigation of pedestrian-vehicle conflicts at stop-controlled t-intersections; development of a low-cost methodology for evaluating pedestrian safety in support of complete streets policy implementation... [Source: http://bit.ly/19kcTxp]
TRB RESEARCH REPORT: BICYCLES AND MOTORCYCLES 2014
-> TRBís Transportation Research Record (TRR): Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2468 (http://bit.ly/1Cp2gov) consists of 16 articles on a broad range of bicycle and motorcycle topics: summarize computer vision techniques to collect helmet-wearing data on cyclists; an evaluation of interactions between buses and bicycles at stops; a visual survey tool for determining factors that make a street attractive for bicycling... [Source: http://bit.ly/1CO3Uk4]
ACTIVE KIDS LEARN BETTER INFOGRAPHIC
-> The new Active Kids Learn Better infographic (http://bit.ly/1E3yR1c) highlights evidence on how physical activity and fitness may help school-aged children maximize their academic performance and impact the developing brain. Findings presented in this infographic come from a related ALR research brief (Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance: http://bit.ly/1N797qa). The infographic can be downloaded for free for print or electronic dissemination. [Source: http://bit.ly/1DXTvE1]
CALL FOR RESEARCH PROBLEM STATEMENTS - TLC POOLED-FUND RESEARCH PROGRAM
-> The National Institute for Transportation & Communities has opened a second round of funding for the Transportation for Livable Communities Pooled-Fund Research program (http://bit.ly/1HAU1pm). This program gives regional and local agencies more opportunity to be invested in research with a national impact. Through the program, cities, counties, MPOs and other regional or local agencies can pool research dollars to leverage NITC funds for a single project. They are seeking partners to identify research needs. In the second round of Pooled-Fund Research, partnering agencies will work with NITC staff to develop a clear problem statement.
Deadline: April 15, 2015, http://bit.ly/1BLzlpO
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