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WHAT CALIFORNIA GAINS FROM REDUCING CAR DEPENDENCE
-> The National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC Davis released a white paper that considers a range of potential household- and community-level benefits from reducing the need for driving in CA. (What California Gains from Reducing Car Dependence: https://bit.ly/35dZJ3L) These include physical and mental health benefits; decreased air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; savings on car operation and maintenance and highway maintenance expenses; and greater equity, especially for those who cannot drive.

[See the Webinar section for a May 7 webinar on this topic.]

NEW YORK CITY PROGRAM MATCHES BIKE DONATIONS W/ ESSENTIAL WORKERS
-> New York City-based Transportation Alternatives reported what started off with a single bike donation from their art director has gained momentum across the world. They have now topped 100 matches, with participants in 67 zip codes. Their work is now supported by BikeRent and Specialized, whose generous donations will get hundreds of additional bikes to essential workers. In open sourcing (https://bit.ly/3bPGH66) their #BikeMatch model, they have helped launch five other #BikeMatch programs around the world from Macon, Georgia to Tel Aviv, and are actively supporting 10 additional cities. https://bit.ly/2VKB3wK

VA ROAD DIET PERFORMANCE REPORT
-> The VA DOT released a report of a study that compiled an inventory of road diets in the state, and analyzed those completed in Fairfax County in the last 5 years to determine if they are working as intended. (How's That Diet Working: Performance of Virginia Road Diets: https://bit.ly/2VLx2Ip) The study found that road diets have been incorporated into broader concepts and initiatives such as complete streets, bikeway selection, bicycle networks, context-sensitive design, and tactical urbanism. Virginia localities reported generally positive views about their road diet projects.

MOBILITY & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SOLUTIONS NOW & FOR THE FUTURE
-> A Safe Routes Partnership blog reported any campaign to urge local leaders to create more space on streets for people walking, biking or rolling must be approached thoughtfully, with an understanding of the local community's specific needs. They include some questions that advocates should consider when pursuing a campaign to create space on streets for recreation. Many of these questions are ultimately about solutions your local government should implement, but before launching a public push, they hope you will consider talking with your local agencies to better understand if a healthy streets effort is feasible in your community. The questions relate to equity, necessity and basic needs before recreation. resources, and enforcement. https://bit.ly/3f4XCE6

CREATING A MORE EQUITABLE PUBLIC REALM AMID COVID-19
-> 8 80 Cities listed four things cities can do to better manage streets and public space equitably amidst the pandemic and beyond: 1) Eliminate the pedestrian crossing button; 2) Expand street space for walking and cycling by reallocating vehicle lanes to people lanes, creating "slow streets or "shared streets," and opening streets; 3) Keep parks and outdoor public spaces open for equitable access to the mental and physical health benefits; and 4) Lead with clear intention, monitor, then iterate. https://bit.ly/2W5PnyU

FREE COURSE: THE FUTURE OF CITIES AFTER COVID-19
-> Planetizen Courses offers a free 62-minute course that features a virtual panel discussion focused on the potential for the COVID-19 pandemic to influence future trends in development, demographics, and the environment. Speakers: Allison Arieff, William Fulton, Scott Frazier, and Mariela Alfonzo. Moderator: James Brasuell. https://bit.ly/2W2BJfO (Also see other course listings)

FREE ONLINE CARTOGRAPHY COURSE
-> esri is offering a free MOOC (massive open online course) in Cartography between April 22 and June 3, 2020. Over six weeks, participants will learn essential mapping techniques, pick up expert tips and tricks, and get lots of hands-on practice applying those techniques using ArcGIS Pro software. https://bit.ly/2Sgg8iO