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CASE STUDIES: MPOS FUNDING SRTS VIA TAP
-> A new information brief (The Role of MPOs in Advancing Safe Routes to School through the Transportation Alternatives Program: http://bit.ly/1OXra5x) demonstrates how regional transportation planning authorities (or MPOs) can advance Safe Routes to School priorities using the relatively new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The brief profiles four MPOs, each of which used a thoughtful and innovative approach to TAP that was ultimately beneficial to the safety of children and families on the trip to and from school.
NEW ZEALAND SPEED MANAGEMENT GUIDE & IMPLEMENTATION TOOLKIT
-> The New Zealand Transport Agency has released its two-volume final working draft "Speed Management Guide." Their objectives are to 1) ensure a consistent sector-wide approach to manage speeds appropriate for road function, design, safety, use and the surrounding environment (land use), and 2) help Road Controlling Authorities and other system designers identify and prioritize the parts of their networks where better speed management will contribute most to reducing deaths and serious injuries, while supporting overall economic productivity. (Volume 1: The Speed Management Framework: http://bit.ly/1QVN1bj)
"Volume 2: Toolbox - How to Implement Treatments and Activities" (http://bit.ly/1hnmqrj) includes specific engineering and infrastructure improvements, enforcement methods, education and vehicle technology.
FHWA ROAD DIET DESK REFERENCE
-> The "FHWA Road Diet Desk Reference" (http://1.usa.gov/1jcx4Tz) provides a snapshot of what the Road Diet configuration looks like, describes how it decreases potential vehicle conflicts, explains why Road Diets are an important tool for improving safety and mobility on roadways, and gives examples of localities that have seen safety benefits from applying the Road Diet configuration.
[See also "Boost Safety by Going on a Road Diet" (http://1.usa.gov/1V9u3iA) article describing how communities can use a cost-effective road diet to increase safety and mobility on streets. It also includes implementation success stories and several road diet reference resources.]
ITE DESIGN GUIDE: ACCOMMODATING PEDS & BIKES AT INTERCHANGES
-> The Institute for Transportation Engineers (ITE) has released a guide of best practices on interchange designs that accommodate pedestrians and cyclists in the United States and Canada. It identifies precise dimensions, safety features, signage, pavement markings, and design geometries as best practices that may provide insight into future updates of statewide or federal highway design manuals. (Recommended Design Guidelines to Accommodate Pedestrians and Bicycles at Interchanges: http://bit.ly/1LhAuyH)
AARP REPORT: LIVABILITY ECONOMY
-> "The Livability Economy: People, Places, and Prosperity" (http://bit.ly/1GuSeRS) can help local leaders understand how Livable Communities initiatives contribute to improved communitywide economic performance and guide staff discussions to take steps toward addressing livability issues. It includes specific examples of how livability strategies have contributed to economic vitality in communities across the country.
PRESCRIPTION TO MOVE (#RX2MOVE) CAMPAIGN
-> "A Prescription to Move" (#Rx2Move) is a new thought leadership campaign from the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy and the American College of Sports Medicine. It includes resources to change how medical professionals and health care leaders encourage physical activity including a policy brief (How Health Care Providers Can Encourage Physical Activity for Patients and Communities: http://bit.ly/1FWhKo8), webinar series, and social media campaign. http://bit.ly/1KZ8Nt8
LAB: ANALYSIS OF BICYCLING & WALKING IN AMERICAN CITIES
-> The League of American Bicyclists released its third edition of "Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities" (http://bit.ly/1L5Ben4) which tracks the growth of bicycle commuters throughout the country. It ranks each state’s bicycle commuters as a share of all commuters; compares cities with a high percentage of bicycle commuters to other cities; and compares cities by multimodal commuters who also use walking or transit. For the first time this year, this report includes the rate of growth among walk commuters. http://bit.ly/1Nly4BB
WOMEN BIKE, WOMEN LEAD TOOLKIT
-> The Women Bike, Women Lead toolkit (http://bit.ly/1hpN2Io) is a template for replicating the Women Bike, Women Lead series, created and piloted in Los Angeles, as a foundation for engaging women with bicycle advocacy at an organization or with a local movement. This guide serves as a model for a three-part event series: organizing community bike rides as a recruitment tool to attend the Women Bike, Women Lead summit; planning a summit focused on bicycling and women; marketing and branding a local Women Bike, Women Lead program; and continuing a program with limited resources. Watch a recorded Women Bike, Women Lead webinar or view its slides: http://bit.ly/1JReuW4.
US FWS ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS & EQUITY ACCESS
-> National Alternative Transportation Evaluation (NATE): Overview of Data and Trends for Alternative Transportation in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (http://1.usa.gov/1j4yoau). Questionnaires and site visits with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service station and regional staff 1) evaluated alternative transportation system options defined as anything other than use of personal vehicles for accessing and travel within wildlife refuges and hatcheries, and 2) considered access by underserved populations as defined by median household income, household car ownership, and/or percentage of non-white population. Alternative transportation is a way for the FWS to offer access to these groups and help them learn about stations. While transportation is not the only barrier to visits by these groups, new alternative transportation systems and mapping of existing systems can open stations to people who could not otherwise reach them.
RURAL COMMUNITY PROFILES: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
-> In this ChangeLab Solutions case study read about how three rural communities have increased physical activity while reaping other benefits. http://bit.ly/1L4HawC [Download tools for building "complete streets" for all users, making it easier to walk and bike, and creating safe routes to school: http://bit.ly/1QWJcT4]
CONNECTED VEHICLES: VEHICLE-TO-PEDESTRIAN COMMUNICATIONS
-> The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) published the fact sheet "Connected Vehicles: Vehicle-to-Pedestrian Communications" (http://1.usa.gov/1jcDHFA), which provides an update on the USDOT research in the areas of connected and automated vehicle research, particularly with regard to their interactions with pedestrians. The fact sheet provides details on vehicle-to-pedestrian devices and applications that USDOT has tested or plans to test as part of its connected and automated vehicles program. http://1.usa.gov/1hq7Hft
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