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FHWA: LOCAL COMMUNITIES WORKING TOWARDS ZERO DEATHS GUIDE
-> FHWA released a guide to assist local governments and transportation agencies in using a step-by-step safety planning process to work towards the zero deaths vision, including the development and implementation of a regional or local safety plan. Transportation Safety "Planning and the Zero Deaths Vision: A Guide for Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Local Communities" http://bit.ly/2RTU3nE

FHWA: PED COUNTERMEASURES & THEIR POTENTIAL EFFECTIVENESS
-> FHWA released an issue brief on the effectiveness of different strategies for reducing the incidence of pedestrian-involved crashes. The "Toolbox of Pedestrian Countermeasures and Their Potential Effectiveness" (http://bit.ly/2RVOMMv) estimates the expected crash reduction effects of specific countermeasures. Planners, traffic engineers, and other transportation professionals can use the toolbox to estimate the number of crashes that may be prevented by implementing specific countermeasures.

HOW DO WE MEASURE CYCLIST COMFORT AND SAFETY?
-> The University of CA Berkeley SafeTREC released a short educational video that highlights the research conducted by its scholars and researchers. "How do We Measure Cyclist Comfort and Safety?" (http://bit.ly/2RUii5b) considers people have different feelings of safety and comfort when cycling, which pose a challenge to transportation engineers and policy makers, who would prefer to have an objective measure of the roadway environment.

GUIDEBOOK FOR DEVELOPING A COMMUNITY AIR MONITORING NETWORK
-> The Public Health Institute reported with the growing availability of low-cost air sensors, communities are taking their health into their own hands by monitoring air quality to better understand and address health concerns at a local level. PHI's Tracking California, formerly the California Environmental Health Tracking Program, and their partners created a new guidebook to support organizations that want to plan and implement their own community air monitoring networks. "Guidebook for Developing a Community Air Monitoring Network" http://bit.ly/2RSml1J

[See The Research Beat for the Childhood Obesity Liked to Air Pollution from Vehicles item.]

5 TECH OPTIONS FOR EASIER, CHEAPER MULTIMODAL TRAVEL
-> A Forbes article described 5 tech solutions to make multimodal transportation easier and cheaper. Below are 2 of them.

  • Moovit: A phone app somewhere between individual-focused Waze and Reddit in user-interface but aims to solve the broad public policy problem of transportation unknowns in disconnected areas. Users can provide input as a community contributor showing who is moving where, in what mode and how fast, allow public agencies to craft better plans. Now in 2,500 cities across 83 countries and can be used in 44 languages.
  • Transit: A phone app that shows upcoming transit departures in the user's area before touching their screen updated in real time in most areas. It can also help plan car-share, bike-share, and Uber. Some services have integrated payment to allow users to pay for and unlock a bike. Now in 100 US regions.

Check out the article for details 3 others: Migo, Connectpoint SmartStop, and Remix: http://bit.ly/2DyTkoR

ITS & TECHNOLOGY CAN ACCELERATE MAKING CYCLING ABOUT PEOPLE
-> A Meeting of the Minds blog presents some ITS (intelligent transportation service) solutions from Denmark, which can easily be implemented elsewhere to achieve common goals. The potential for accelerating cycling through ITS and other intelligent solutions is huge. Cities and the private sector can work together to make sure the innovations and new technologies align with the needs of both public authorities and residents for mobility, better use of public space, freedom from congestion, better quality of life, improved public health, more vibrant urban life, and reduced noise, emissions and pollution. http://bit.ly/2RVR0eP

MODERNIZING MITIGATION: A DEMAND-CENTERED APPROACH
-> The State Smart Transportation Initiative released a report that proposes a new approach to assessing and responding to land use-driven transportation impacts, called "modern mitigation." (Modernizing Mitigation: A Demand-Centered Approach: http://bit.ly/2RRmliz) Instead of relying on auto capacity improvements as a first resort, this approach builds on practice around transportation demand management (TDM) to make traffic reduction the priority. Based on programs dating to the 1990s in several cities, a modern mitigation program requires certain new land uses to achieve TDM credits. http://bit.ly/2RVXLNH

CREATING & SUSTAINING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION FOR DOTS
-> The Transportation Research Board released a guide to assist DOTs in assessing their culture with respect to innovation, identifying ways to make the organization more adaptable and open to beneficial change, and sustaining the organization's adaptability to respond effectively to evolving technology, workforce, and public priorities. "Guide to Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation for Departments of Transportation" http://bit.ly/2DBWrwh

BIKE & PED TRIP MODELING IN CITIES TOOLBOX
-> The Harvard Graduate School of Design City Form Lab released a guide to tools for modeling pedestrian and bicycle trips in cities. (Urban Network Analysis Toolbox for Rhinoceros 3D: Tools for Modeling Pedestrian and Bicycle Trips in Cities: http://bit.ly/2RNN3IS) The Guide provides designers, planners, and others with the necessary tools to measure and predict flows of non-motorized transportation in cities. Achieving more walkable, bikeable and sustainable urban mobility requires a better understanding of existing pedestrian and bicycle trip patterns and an ability to predict how these patterns might change when the built environment is changed. By jointly representing urban form, land uses and mobility flows, the toolbox is part of a rise in urban modeling tools that reconcile the study of the physical layout of a city with an understanding of the ways in which it functions.

SAFE ROUTES TO PARKS ACTIVATING COMMUNITIES PROGRAM OUTCOMES
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership reported that their first cohort of communities in the Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program created colorful crosswalks, temporary bike lanes, playful paths, and new green space among other outcomes. The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program provides individualized consultation, group trainings, and grant funding to nonprofits to improve safe, equitable park access in their communities. It aims to remove barriers that make it hard for people to enjoy the physical, social, and mental health benefits that parks offer and proactively work toward making it easier and safer for people to walk, bike, and roll to their local park or green space. http://bit.ly/2RTbQv3. Communities can apply for the 2019 Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program through December 10, 2018: http://bit.ly/2DCPcUD

MESSAGING PROMOTING WALKING & BIKING: BEST PRACTICES & EQUITY FRAMING FACT SHEET
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership updated its guide to effectively communicating about walking and biking with a new section focused on equity language and framing. "Effective Messaging for Promoting Walking and Biking: Best Practices and Equity Framing" http://bit.ly/2RVO6qr

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL: SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY FACT SHEET
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership noted an important way to strengthen a Safe Routes to School program is by passing a Safe Routes to School district policy. A district policy demonstrates your school board's backing for Safe Routes to School, creates a permanent institutional commitment, establishes consistent roles and expectations within the district, and can eliminate obstacles to Safe Routes to School activities and efforts. A new fact sheet highlights how districts can pass simple or in-depth policies that set out a basic commitment to Safe Routes to School or go further and detail actions, roles, and principles that are strongly supportive of active travel to school. "School District Policies: Promoting Safe Routes to School Through Policy" http://bit.ly/2RUdRr3

ZWOLLE, THE NETHERLANDS 1ST RECYCLED PLASTIC BIKE PATH
-> PlasticRoad reports the first bike path made from recycled plastic opened in Zwolle, The Netherlands this fall. The PlasticRoad bike path is 30 meters (98.4 feet) long, and contains the equivalent of more than 218,000 recycled plastic cups or 500,000 plastic bottle caps. The prefab, modular elements are hollow, which offers a solution for improved water drainage in the case of heavy rainfall. The pilot is equipped with sensors to monitor the road's performance - including temperature, the number of bike passages and the durability of the road. Worldwide, 350 million tons of plastic are used every year. However, the largest portion of plastic reaching end-of-life is still landfilled or incinerated. In Europe, all plastic applications together contain only 7% recycled plastic. http://bit.ly/2DCWojL