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NEW YORK CITY DA’S RARELY BRING CHARGES IN PED OR BIKE COLLISIONS
->As elected officials with extensive prosecutorial discretion and a prominent position, New York City’s district attorneys could establish a powerful deterrent against dangerous driving and change the culture on our streets. Unfortunately, the City’s D.A.s rarely bring charges after collisions caused by reckless, negligent and careless behavior, according to Transportation Alternatives’ report "Justice Denied: New York City’s District Attorneys Plead Out of Vision Zero" (http://bit.ly/1SfcEZ0)

After consulting with all five D.A.s’ offices over the course of six months, TransAlt researchers found that at least 10,000 motorists were prosecuted for driving while intoxicated in the past year, while fewer than 40 drivers were prosecuted for failing to yield to a pedestrian or bicyclist – even though failure to yield led to more than six times as many crashes as DWI. The City’s new Right of Way Law (Section 19-190) was used in only 3% of the 1,157 cases where it could have been applied. In 2015 about 4,000 New Yorkers had been killed or injured in hit-and-run crashes, but less than 1% of the drivers involved had been prosecuted. http://bit.ly/1T6bGgD

FACT SHEET: USING TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM
-> "Using the Transportation Alternatives Program to Improve Safety and Health in Your Community" (http://bit.ly/1Pke5Sd) helps communities understand how to use the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to support healthy community design and active transportation. This fact sheet explains how TAP funding is allocated, how much money your state is expected to receive, and types of eligible projects that can be funded by TAP.

WALKING AS A PRACTICE FOR OTHER THAN TRANSPORTATION REPORT
-> "The Walking as a Practice: Walking for Health, Connection, Community or a Cause" report (http://bit.ly/1XhFwPu) outlines four categories that identify how individuals and organizations across the United States of America are engaging in the practice of walking for reasons other than transportation, and provides case study illustrations of each:

  • Personal Health and Connection
  • Motivational Campaigns and Workplace Wellness
  • Inward and Outward Journey
  • Causes and Social Justice. http://bit.ly/1o0ofii

STREETS AS PLACES RESOURCES
-> Check out Project for Public Spaces Streets as Places action items, case studies, suggestions, and ideas for individuals, communities, and governments to create better streets. http://bit.ly/1W3oBOC

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL WORKSHOP & TRAINING CATALOG
-> Check out the Safe Routes to School National Partnership catalog of workshops and trainings on Safe Routes to School, shared use, active transportation, transportation finance, and community engagement. (2016 Safe Routes Learning Center: Workshop and Training Catalog: http://bit.ly/1V2Lgv9) They offer the workshops and trainings to organizations and communities through grant-funded programs and on a consulting services basis. http://bit.ly/23W9sWe