NCBW Newsroom - The Research Beat
-> According to an Aug. 7th Transportation Research Board blurb, "TRBís National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 770: Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development: A Guidebook (http://bit.ly/1nOAqGJ) contains methods and tools for practitioners to estimate bicycling and walking demand as part of regional-, corridor-, or project-level analyses.
"The products of the research include a guidebook for practitioners on a range of methods for estimating bicycling and walking activity and a CD-ROM containing a GIS Walk Accessibility Model, spreadsheets, and the contractorís final report, which documents the research and tools that operationalize the methods described in the guidebook. The CD-ROM is also available for download from TRBís website as an ISO image..."
-> According to a May 30 National Conference of State Legislatures article, "In 2012, pedestrian deaths rose to their highest level since 2006, increasing by 6.4 percent from 2011 to a total of 4,743 pedestrian fatalities. Injuries rose by 10†percent during the same time period. Furthermore, pedestrian deaths now make up 14 percent of the total traffic deaths in the U.S., up from 11 percent in 2011. This is partly the result of decreasing motorist deaths and increasing amounts of Americans walking for transportation and recreation.
"To combat the rise in pedestrian injuries and fatalities and create more walkable communities, state legislatures have been toughening laws regarding the circumstances when a motorist must stop or yield to a pedestrian crossing at an uncontrolled crosswalk.†An uncontrolled crosswalk typically means that a traffic control device is either not in place or operation to dictate pedestrian movement..."†
[See the article for a description of each stateís laws and listings of states with Must Stop or Must Yield legislation.]
-> According to an Aug. 6th Transportation Research Board blurb, "The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a report that explores the implications of transportation planning partnerships and projects in megaregions and the role of rural areas in supporting those efforts. (Role of Regional Planning Organizations in Transportation Planning Across Boundaries: http://1.usa.gov/Vl6RFC)"
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