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HOW TO USE THE TRANSPORTATION HEALTH TOOL
-> Check out the USDOT one pager on how to use the new Transportation Health Tool. This tool provides easy access to state and metropolitan area data that describe how the transportation environment affects safety, active transportation, air quality, and connectivity to destinations. It also provides information and resources about the links between transportation and health, and strategies to improve public health through transportation planning and policy. http://1.usa.gov/1j6Rs7M
GUIDE TO LINKING TRANSIT AGENCIES AND LAND USE DECISION-MAKING
-> A new guidebook (Linking Transit Agencies and Land Use Decision-making: An Effective Interactions Guidebook for Transit Agencies: http://bit.ly/1MWTXro) addresses the connections among transit, land use planning, and development decision-making by answering the following questions: 1) What can transit agencies do to become more meaningful participants in land use decision-making? and 2) When and how is it worthwhile for transit agencies to get involved? Through literature reviews, an inventory of existing land use and transit practices and tools, outreach to stakeholders through surveys and interviews, and case studies of effective transit agencies, it has determined five necessary preconditions for success to enhance a transit agencyís involvement in land use decisions.
WALK21 CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND MORE
-> Check out the 2015 Walk21 conference shared presentations (http://bit.ly/1HYfQ1V), visionaries submissions (http://bit.ly/1b585x8), all the walking stories (http://bit.ly/2126nSO), and links to the image database (http://bit.ly/1NbjL2Z).
OPEN-SOURCE APP COLLECTS MORE ROBUST TRAVEL BEHAVIOR DATA
-> The Daynamica open-source smart phone app makes it easier and less costly to collect travel behavior data and provides richer, more accurate data than traditional methods. It combines smart phone GPS sensing with advanced statistical and machine learning techniques to detect, identify, and summarize attributes of daily activity and travel. The app then allows users to view and annotate information at their convenience. http://bit.ly/1NaZmeh
INNOVATIVE BICYCLE PARKING OPTIONS
-> Check out examples of innovative bicycle parking options from around the world. For example, the German-designed Radhaus bike tower is 10.5 meters (34 feet) high but occupies only 55 square meters (592 square feet) of surface area. Able to hold up to 120 bikes, it features individual parking boxes accessible by a chip card. The tower, which can be accessed by 12 cyclists at the same time, has three stories and is a modular design that can be assembled within 2-3 weeks... http://bit.ly/1QLItXk
SAM SCHWARTZ: STREET SMART: THE RISE OF CITIES AND THE FALL OF CARS
-> Sam Schwartz spent two decades as New York Cityís Traffic Commissioner and its Department of Transportationís Chief Engineer and, since 1995, running the world-renowned engineering firm, Sam Schwartz Engineering. His new book, "Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars," praises urban spaces and multimodal transportation. It also recognizes the impacts of millennials choosing to live in denser, more walkable areas and choosing to drive less. Check out an interview with Sam Schwartz: http://bit.ly/1kDSdXE
FREE QUALITY PHOTOS OF EVERDAY BIKING FOR NON-COMMERCIAL USE
-> Check out the quality photos PeopleForBikes released of ordinary people biking and great bike infrastructure you can use free under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. Please credit the photographer where noted and PeopleForBikes. http://bit.ly/1QtIwrt
COMING SOON: SMARTCROSS PEDESTRIAN APP
-> The SmartCross smart phone app will interface with traffic lights and will receive information about the pedestrian signal. Sending signals between the pedestrianís phone and the nearest traffic signal box, the app will send an alert to notify pedestrians when they have the signal to cross. In addition to providing an alert when it's safe to walk, the application also will give users the ability to request the pedestrian signal. It will provide audio, visual and haptic (typically vibration) feedback so pedestrians approaching a crosswalk with their heads down will know to stop at the curb. SmartCross is currently under further development but will soon be available to iPhone and Android users. http://1.usa.gov/1LkCNwg
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