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ALTERNATIVE INTERSECTIONS & INTERCHANGES: PED & CYCLIST SAFETY
-> The Transportation Research Board provided an overview of research underway to develop a guide for transportation practitioners to improve and integrate pedestrian and bicycle safety considerations at alternative intersections and interchanges (AII) through planning, design, and operational treatments that (1) identify and evaluate current practices and emerging technologies and trends in the U.S. and internationally; (2) describe current best practices for measuring the effectiveness of such AII treatments; (3) evaluate the safety and operational outcomes of specific AII treatments; and (4) identify and rank treatments for typical types of projects. The primary focus of the research is roadway functional classifications of collector and above. Guide for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety at Alternative Intersections and Interchanges: http://bit.ly/2XD2fzV
[See the Webinar section for a July 26 Improving Intersection Safety for All Road Users webinar for an update on this research.]
INTERACTIVE TOOL: TRANSPORTATION DATA INTEGRATION & ANALYTICS
-> Missouri DOT released a report that discusses its web-based platform to utilize big data. MoDOT regularly collects and stores various types of large datasets containing treasure troves of information that could be fused and mined, but the size and complexity of data mining requires the use of advanced tools. TITAN is an initial prototype of an interactive web-based platform developed to demonstrate the possibilities of using big data software. Titan – An Interactive Web-Based Platform for Transportation Data Integration and Analytics: http://bit.ly/2JwQ3Hi
HOW E-BIKES CAN IMPROVE SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION
-> Portland State University provides several resources to consider how e-bikes can improve sustainable transportation and their untapped potential to attract new bicyclists (http://bit.ly/2JLAn35), including two recently released white papers: (Both papers are free after registration).
- E-BIKES, PERSON MILES TRAVELLED & GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
-> This white paper explores the potential e-bike effect on person miles traveled (PMT) and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in terms of CO2 for varying levels of e-bike mode share replacement. Authors created a model for PMT shift and GHG reduction potential for Portland, OR. Total transportation emissions in Portland can be significantly reduced as e-bike mode share increases: a reduction in CO2 emissions of over 900 metric tons per day for a 15%-point e-bike mode share by trips case (13.9% in mode share by miles traveled), down 11% from Portland's current CO2 emissions of 8,000 metric tons per day. Estimating the Effect of E-bikes On Person Miles Travelled and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: http://bit.ly/2KJufdq
- E-BIKE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS TO EXPAND THE MARKET
-> This white paper compares traditional bike incentive programs to electric bike incentive programs to identify best practices and lessons learned. It provides techniques to develop and structure e-bike incentive programs to help meet single occupancy vehicle and vehicle miles travelled reduction objectives. Of the e-bike programs the authors explored, none appeared to apply equity considerations in determining eligibility or rebate amount. How E-Bike Incentive Programs are Used to Expand the Market: http://bit.ly/2KCQQZk
PRACTICES FOR ONLINE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
-> The Transportation Research Board released a report that summarizes current practices regarding online public participation strategies state departments of transportation use, and the effectiveness of using these strategies and tools. (Practices for Online Public Involvement: A Synthesis of Highway Practice: http://bit.ly/2XBQOZv) Online public participation methods offer agencies the potential for expanded participation and also present new challenges and demand new thinking about the appropriate mix of techniques in a public participation program, communication protocols, staffing and skill requirements, and how best to integrate emerging online engagement tools with traditional face-to-face methods such as public meetings.
HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL: WALKING FOR HEALTH
-> A Harvard Medical School HEALTHbeat article reported five surprising benefits of walking, which: counteracts the effects of weight-promoting genes; helps tame a sweet tooth; reduces the risk of developing breast cancer; eases joint pain; and boosts immune function. See the article for details: http://bit.ly/2XznTQX. Learn more in Walking for Health, a booklet created by the experts at Harvard Medical School (http://bit.ly/2XCVN73, $29). It describes why walking may be the most perfect exercise, to how to get started on a walking program, to specific walking workouts. It even has a special section on walking for weight loss.
PHOTOS: SOME OF WORLD'S BEST & WORST CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE
-> The Guardian published photo examples of "the good, the bad and the ugly" cycling infrastructure from around the world. http://bit.ly/2XzRPw3