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PRESENTATIONS: TRB 2016 WINTER MAINTENANCE CONFERENCE
-> The 2016 Transportation Research Board's International Conference on Winter Maintenance and Surface Transportation Weather provided a forum on the state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice in research and technology in snow removal and ice control operations and other winter maintenance practices, procurement, and international research. Check out the presentations at http://bit.ly/2hRNTH6.
FOR MORE ON ALL THINGS WINTER:
-> Register or check out the program for the Winter Cycling Congress being held in Montréal, Canada on February 8-10, 2017. http://bit.ly/2hS0bPG. The conference will focus on infrastructure; education, promotion and communication; the transport, leisure, and tourism aspects of winter cycling; and the benefits, impacts and outcomes of winter cycling.
The second annual Winters Cities Shake-Up will gather urban planners, designers, entrepreneurs, business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and people who live in winter cities and want to take advantage of all winter has to offer. Edmonton, Canada will host this conference on February 16-18, 2017. http://bit.ly/2cQXrj8
INTERSECTION OF HEALTH CARE AND TRANSPORTATION
-> "Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health Care and Transportation: Proceedings of a Workshop" (http://bit.ly/2ib4t51) summarizes the presentations and discussions of a 2016 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop to explore partnerships, data, and measurement at the intersection of the health care and transportation sectors. ($80)
RESTRICTING HWY SAFETY DATA IN TORT LITIGATION
-> A recent legal digest from the Transportation Research Board explores the origins and provisions of 23 U.S.C. § 409, Discovery and Admission as Evidence of Certain Reports and Surveys. This law prohibits the use, in tort litigation, of highway safety data created for purposes related to safety improvements on roads qualifying for federal safety improvement funding. The digest explores the amendments to the law, development of caselaw interpreting and applying the law, a 2003 Supreme Court decision, and current interpretation and application issues. "Summary of Federal Law Restricting Use of Highway Safety Data in Tort Litigation" http://bit.ly/2hS7xme
MULTIMODAL CATALOG: TRANSPORTATION TO & WITHIN FEDERAL LANDS
-> A multi-agency collaboration developed the Multimodal Catalog, a central database with information on all multimodal transportation systems providing access to or within Federal lands (http://bit.ly/2j72bmU). It inventories and tracks condition information that can lead to the identification of high-priority multimodal systems and/or projects for each federal agency, state or region; identifies defensible program-level multimodal investment needs to help with long-term planning; and establishes baseline data for agencies to use in planning, performance management, and future reporting.
SAFE, COMFORTABLE & CONNECTED PED & BIKE NETWORKS VOL II
-> In its Case "Studies in Delivering Safe, Comfortable and Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks (Volume II)" (http://bit.ly/2ibYQn9), FHWA provides 93 new examples of network-enhancing projects. The report also provides a detailed breakdown of the types of projects that can be completed to improve network connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists. Within each project type, there are several examples from locations across the country. FHWA's 2015 "Case Studies in Delivering Safe, Comfortable, and Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks (Volume I)" (http://bit.ly/2ibYKvN) provided an overview of pedestrian and bicycle network principles and highlights examples from communities across the country.
STATE OF PRACTICE: APPLYING PED CROSSING IMPROVEMENTS
-> "Application of Pedestrian Crossing Treatments for Streets and Highways" compiles information on the state of existing practices regarding application of pedestrian crossing improvements, and does not produce new guidance. The report includes a survey of state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local transportation agencies, a synthesis of current recommended practice and policy guidance, and a literature review of safety evidence for more than 25 pedestrian crossing treatments. Transportation Research Board: http://bit.ly/2ipLSP4
PERILS FOR PEDESTRIANS: VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS FROM ASIA
-> Perils for Pedestrians has released video episodes related to various pedestrian infrastructure and experiences in Hong Kong (Episode #244: http://bit.ly/2j8Wm4O), the Hong Kong Walk21 conference (Episode #243: http://bit.ly/2j94Eda), and pedestrians and bicyclists in South Korea and Japan (Episode # 242: http://bit.ly/2j90xxG, and Episode #241: http://bit.ly/2j92iL3)
ROUNDABOUTS & LEFT TURN LANES FOR PEDS W/ VISION DISABILITIES
-> "Crossing Solutions at Roundabouts and Channelized Turn Lanes for Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities" explores information related to establishing safe crossings at roundabouts and channelized turn lanes for pedestrians with vision disabilities. Transportation Research Board http://bit.ly/2iYQ1dy.
LET'S MOVE! ACTIVE SCHOOLS TOOL IDS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RESOURCES
-> Let's Move! Active Schools released an interactive infographic to help schools and others find physical education and physical activity resources, programs, professional development technical assistance, and activation grants. It categorizes resources into 5 components of an active school: Physical education, physical activity before and after school, family and community engagement, staff involvement, and physical activity during school. http://bit.ly/2ibfVNK
VIDEO - ABSURD SCHOOL DROP OFF
-> Fast Company highlights a 3:30 minute video of Unionville Elementary, in a rural area outside Charlotte, North Carolina that illustrates the absurdity of the daily parental chauffeur system. In the video, the 700-student school is testing a new 2-lane curved path for cars in an attempt to clear traffic from the highway. http://bit.ly/2ibQNqw
PLANNING JARGON TO DELETE?
-> Read Next City's a list of eight commonly used planning words best left behind and their rationales for doing so: stroad, smart cities; livability, smart growth, road diet, cycle track, cyclists, pedestrian; and shared mobility. http://bit.ly/2ibtTzc