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ASSESSING THE IMPACTS OF NEW MOBILITY ON MID-SIZED CITIES
-> The National Institute for Transportation and Communities released a report on city-university partnerships to help the cities of Gresham and Eugene, OR understand the potential impacts of new mobility technologies and to prepare a policy and programmatic response. (Emerging Technologies and Cities: Assessing the Impacts of New Mobility on Cities: http://bit.ly/2TNa1Es) While Gresham and Eugene were case studies for this research, the report provides useful information for any mid-sized community on how new mobility services could impact their communities and what they can do about it. This work focused on the new mobility and goods delivery services that currently exist, but the framework is also applicable to emerging technologies that haven't yet been introduced, such as autonomous vehicles. http://bit.ly/2RJqvKU To see the high-level policy recommendations for city staff, download the guidebook Navigating New Mobility: Policy Approaches for Cities: http://bit.ly/2RI9PTZ.
[See Webinar section for the January 22 Assessing the Impacts of New Mobility on Cities webinar.]
GREATER BOSTON, MA PEDESTRIAN REPORT CARD ASSESSMENT TOOL
-> MAPC Matters reported the MPO's new interactive Pedestrian Report Card Assessment tool (http://bit.ly/2TGNqt4) allows you to rate the pedestrian environment throughout the Boston, MA region. Layers for various transportation equity factors (such as minority, low-income population, zero-vehicle households) illustrate the level of priority for the creation of safe and comfortable pedestrian facilities. As users contribute to the tool, the data can help communities prioritize improvements for specific locations. Data on specific pedestrian segments includes various factors related to safety, sidewalk condition, capacity management and mobility, economic vitality, and transportation equity priorities.
BOOK: TRANSPORT AND CHILDREN'S WELLBEING
-> A book recently published by Elsevier applies an ecological approach to the social, psychological and physical impacts transport has on children at the individual and community level. (Transport and Children's Wellbeing: http://bit.ly/38t82ZN) Drawing on the latest multidisciplinary research in transport, behavior, policy, the built environment and sustainability, the book explains the pathways and mechanisms by which transport affects the different domains of children's travel. The book also identifies the influences of transportation on several domains of wellbeing, highlighting the influences of residential location on travel by different modes and its impact on the long-term choices families make. The book concludes with proposed evidence-based solutions using real-world examples that support positive influences on wellbeing and eliminate or reduce negative ones.
REPORT: UNDERSTANDING SMART GROWTH SAVINGS
-> VTPI News described a report that examines the many direct and indirect impacts of smart growth policies. (Understanding Smart Growth Savings: Evaluating Economic Savings and Benefits of Compact Development: http://bit.ly/2Rgu10o) These policies create more compact, multi-modal development, which reduces per capita land consumption and the distances between destinations. This, in turn, reduces the costs of providing public infrastructure and services, improves accessibility, and reduces motor vehicle travel, which provides many economic, social and environmental benefits. The report defines Smart Growth and its alternative, sprawl, summarizes current research concerning their costs and benefits, investigates consumer preferences, and evaluates Smart Growth criticisms.
REPORT: INTEGRATING HEALTH AND TRANSPORTATION IN CANADA
-> The Transportation Association of Canada released a report that identifies the state of the practice, gaps, recommendations, and resources for strengthening the integration between health, transportation, and land use in Canada. (Integrating Health and Transportation in Canada: http://bit.ly/2RfkTce) The authors conducted a literature and best practices review, a practitioner-focused survey, targeted stakeholder interviews, and interactive webinars. They organized the review by 7 key areas where health and transportation intersect, including safe multi-modal systems; travel mode choice and active transportation; health equity; and monetizing health outcomes related to travel behavior.
US DOT 2020 POCKET GUIDE TO TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS
-> The USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics released the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2020 (https://go.aws/2TP7s4z), a quick reference guide to transportation statistics. This pocket reference provides data on various aspects of transportation including trends in infrastructure, moving people and goods, safety, system use and performance, the economy, and the environment. View the latest Pocket Guide data on your computer screen or download the mobile app now on your electronic device to access all the features of the classic Pocket Guide. The mobile app has enhanced navigation, sharable graphics to social media and email, and dynamic data updates to highlight the most recent up-to-date statistics.