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FHWA PUBLISHES ROAD DIET INFORMATIONAL GUIDE

-> According to the abstract of FHWA's Road Diet Informational Guide published last month, "A classic Road Diet converts an existing four-lane undivided roadway segment to a three-lane segment consisting of two through lanes and a center two-way left turn lane (TWLTL). A Road Diet improves safety by including a protected left-turn lane for mid-block left-turning motorists, reducing crossing distance for pedestrians, and reducing travel speeds that decrease crash severity. Additionally, the Road Diet provides an opportunity to allocate excess roadway width to other purposes, including bicycle lanes, on-street parking, or transit stops. This Informational Guide includes safety, operational, and quality of life considerations from research and practice, and guides readers through the decision-making process to determine if Road Diets are a good fit for a certain corridor. It also provides design guidance and encourages post-implementation evaluation."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1zuGXyZ
Title & Author: "Road Diet Informational Guide" by Staff

THREE RESOURCES FOR MAINTAINING COMPLETE STREETS IN WINTER

-> According to a January 2014 Smart Growth America, "A large swath of the country is still digging out from the most recent round of winter snow storms, deploying plows, snow blowers, shovels, sand, salt and even cheese to keep people moving. Many of these strategies focus on keeping roads clear for drivers. What about for people who walk, bicycle or rely on transit?... Three recent resources can your community on track for the next snowstorm.

"Focusing on clear and accessible pathways and transit stops for people with disabilities, a booklet from Easter Seals Project ACTION describes the ways snow and ice present significant barriers to travel, innovative practices and design solutions to clear the way, and the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for sidewalk maintenance. (Effective Snow Removal for Pathways and Transit Stops: http://bit.ly/1sDnCMG)...

"Seasonal maintenance is also a topic in the October 2013 'Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety' from the Federal Highway Administration (http://1.usa.gov/1hlcVoh). 'Removing snow and ice should be thought of as a community responsibility that covers the entire public right-of-way,' say the authors, who provide national and international examples for snow removal best practices and recommendations.

Finally, if you're looking for guidance on maintaining bike facilities in the winter Alta Planning + Design (a National Complete Streets Coalition Silver Partner) put together a useful white paper on design and maintenance strategies to keep those bike lanes clear and safe (Winter Bike Lane Maintenance: A Review of National and International Best Practices (Updated 2/14): http://bit.ly/12q1rwA)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1gD6Ylz
Title & Author: "How do you shovel a bike lane? New resources for maintaining Complete Streets in snowy weather" by Stefanie Seskin

[Bonus: Watch the brief video of Copenhagen's two-step bike lane snow removal process: http://bit.ly/1vlYFj4]

WINTER CYCLING BASICS

-> According to an undated St. Paul Smart Trips article, "... Winter biking isn't for everyone, but if you are looking to give it a try, a little prep work can go a long way. Here are a few tips to get you out the door...First: be seen... Next: dress the part [Watch the video of a female cyclist's informative full transformation from professional dress to protected winter cycling attire and back again in just under 9 minutes.], Then: get your bike ready... Last: start riding..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1AgoGoN
Title & Author: "Get geared up for winter riding" by Staff

MORE WINTER BICYCLING GEAR & PRACTICAL TIPS

-> According to a Dec. 15th Urbanful article, "The Nickel Tour: All the gear, practical tips and motivation you need to survive on your bike until the spring....Winter cycling might seem like an extreme sport, but it doesn't need to be if you're prepared... Here are some things to keep in mind:

"Don't wait for the first snowfall. While you're dreading the impending slush and sleet, transform your worry into proactive purchases. First, you'll want to make sure your tires have enough traction. If you don't have rim brakes and you're feeling adventurous, you might try assembling zip ties between your spokes, as this inventive Seattle manufacturer Dutch Bike Co. demonstrates. ['The zip ties dig nicely into the hardest packed surfaces, but they're thin enough not to bounce the bike around at low speed or on short pavement sections. I've cunningly positioned the tie heads to dig in as soon as the bike goes into a corner while staying up and off the ground in a straight line.' http://bit.ly/1Gs2ATE]..."

Source: http://bit.ly/12Wuetd
Title & Author: "How to be a Winter Bicycle Warrior" by Rebecca Huval

9 SIMPLE TIPS FOR BIKING IN THE RAIN

-> According to a Dec. 15th San Francisco Bicycle Coalition article, "We know that riding in the rain can be a little tricky, so our staff here at the SF Bicycle Coalition thought we'd share our tips for making a wet commute a little more enjoyable and comfortable. What to Wear... Your Bike... How to Ride..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1qZdrRh
Title & Author: "9 Simple Tips for Biking in the Rain" by Eric Tuvel

[See the two 5-minute videos for wet weather riding and safety techniques, what to wear, and outfitting your bike.]

COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITY: HOSPITAL COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENTS

-> According to a Dec. 15th This Week @ APBP article, "Have you tapped your local hospital's 'community benefit' to help you advance walking and bicycling? In the U.S., the IRS requires non-profit hospitals to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments which have included bike walk audits. Hospitals have funded Walk to School Day activities, youth wellness programs, nutrition education, cooking classes and even established parks on hospital grounds available to neighbors. It's all part of a prevention strategy to move from sick care to health care in four years. The Health Policy Institute of Ohio values the annual community benefit at $183 per capita.

"Learn more about how this program may work for you: http://bit.ly/13bhChH."

Source: http://bit.ly/1zruzB2
Title & Author: "RX for Healthy Communities" by Staff

STRENGTHENING MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION IN RURAL & SMALL URBAN AREAS

-> According to the abstract of a MN DOT report, "This paper (Rural and Small Urban Multimodal Alternatives for Minnesota ) looks at alternatives for promoting and strengthening multimodal transportation in rural and small urban areas. It outlines 65 different innovative activities around the United States that have been undertaken to promote multimodalism in rural areas and smaller towns. These activities are grouped into six categories: improving transit options; accommodating alternative vehicles; supporting pedestrian and bicycle travel; multimodal land use planning; the use of financial incentives to promote multimodal land use development; and other alternatives that do not fit in these five categories. [See pages 13-18 for Strategy 2: Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements.]

"From this, six case studies have been developed. These case studies include retrofitting sidewalks in Olympia Washington: the network of interurban transit options in North Dakota; providing mileage reimbursement for seniors arranging their own rides in Mesa Arizona; the State of Oregon's 'Main Street as a Highway' guidance for integrating highways into the fabric of smaller towns; the use to transportation impact fees to fund transportation infrastructure, including concurrency fees, development fees and special district fees; and a 'Complete Streets' project in Clinton, Iowa."

Source: http://bit.ly/1BRPzQN
Title & Author: "Rural and Small Urban Multimodal Alternatives for Minnesota" by Carol Becker

GUIDE: THE INNOVATIVE MPO

-> According to a recent Transportation for America article, "America today is a metropolitan nation: More than 85 percent of us live in metro areas large and small, and that makes planning for metropolitan areas more critical than ever. Metropolitan planning organizations, or MPOs, are the organizations responsible for this planning, and if done well their work can help a region thrive. Fortunately, the last several years have seen a surge in innovative thinking and practice among MPOs, and their work has inspired a new guidebook out today from Transportation for America.

"The Innovative MPO (http://bit.ly/1uYne6C) is designed to give MPO staff, policymakers, technical and advisory committees, and other interested stakeholders innovative ways to achieve goals on behalf of their communities. It offers a range of recommended actions in planning, programming, technical analysis and community partnership, from those that cost little in staff time or dollars to more complex and expensive undertakings.

"Not familiar with MPOs? The guidebook also offers a section called 'MPO 101,' which offers a brief history of relevant federal statutes and regulations and an overview of the various ways MPOs are structured, funded and administered..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1yXWcxy
Title & Author: "Who's leading on transportation planning? Find out in The Innovative MPO" by James Corless

10 COMMANDMENTS OF DEALING WITH ANGRY CITIZENS

-> According to a Dec. 9th Saint Consulting article, "What can you do when some or many tactics of strategic opposition are staring you in the face? We can offer two suggestions: for starters, Mike Saint cited first steps from what some might consider an unlikely source - the writings of Prussian soldier Carl von Clausewitz - commit resources, get good info, build your own crowd.

"In addition, we offer these 10 Commandments Of Dealing With Angry Citizens:..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1szpsbD
Title & Author: "Strategic Opposition Part 5: 10 Commandments to deal with angry citizens" by Saint Consulting Staff

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