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WOMEN & BICYCLES TOOLKIT

-> According to the Women & Bicycles Toolkit, "As in many communities, biking is growing in Washington, D.C. but hasn't been growing equitably. Women accounted for less than 24% of the people biking on D.C.'s streets in 2012. This is a problem for our local bike movement and our region. Women should be equal contributors and experience equal benefits of a bike-friendly lifestyle. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association designed the Women & Bicycles program to help close this gender gap.

"Our program is designed to get more women on bikes by creating a community of women committed to skillsharing and encouragement to become safer bicyclists, better informed, and more involved in the bike movement. We bring together women throughout the region to participate in rides, workshops, and meetups. Skillsharing and mentorship are interwoven throughout these activities..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1lDWZys
Title & Author: Women & Bicycles Toolkit: Launch a Women's Bicycling Initiative in Your Community by Washington Area Bicyclist Association

FHWA TOOLS AND PRACTICES FOR LAND USE INTEGRATION

-> According to the April 15th FHWA Tools and Practices for Land Use Integration web page, "This page includes brief descriptions of a wide array of approaches and tools practitioners employ to integrate transportation and land use: transportation planning activities and programs, project development and programming, stakeholder engagement and visioning, analytical tools, and coordination with other disciplines. Each item includes short implementation examples and sources for additional information.

"Resources include:
-- ROADWAY DESIGN GUIDELINES AND STANDARDS: Access Management; Complete Streets/Routine Accommodation; Context Sensitive Design/Solutions; Urban Freight Guidelines and Intermodal Freight Centers; Local Road Design Guidelines; Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Design Guidelines/Programs; Road Diets; Road Swaps and Transfers: http://1.usa.gov/1jIQ9GG
-- PROJECT PRIORITIZATION AND FUNDING STRATEGIES: State and Regional Capital Grants and Technical Assistance Programs; State and Regional Project Prioritization/Selection Criteria; State Fiscal and Regulatory Incentives; Transit Corridor and Station Area Development Programs; Parking Benefits Districts: http://1.usa.gov/QDRaar
-- LINKING PLANNING AND PUBLIC HEALTH: Coordination between Planning and Health Departments; Health Impact Assessment Tools; Statewide Healthy Transportation Planning and Coordination: http://1.usa.gov/1gQbjAN"

Download the entire Tools and Practices for Land Use Integration pdf file: http://1.usa.gov/1lCWTan (missing cover and first page of table of contents)

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1t7Q9qk
Title & Author: Tools and Practices for Land Use Integration by Staff

FHWA: STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

-> According to an abstract of a report posted on April 22nd to the FHWA website, "This white paper (Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities: http://1.usa.gov/1rlJ4yL) presents insights and a flexible model for State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) that choose to integrate public health considerations into their transportation planning and decision-making. It draws from five case studies of innovative DOTs and their partners, and builds on the project team's previous white paper in this series, Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities (2012).

"The study tests and adapts the project team's 'holistic' approach to health in transportation planning and develops a framework for considering health in the statewide transportation planning process. It includes a summary of relevant policies and resources, five innovative practice case studies, and a synthesis of findings and observations of use to DOTs and their health partners. The white paper shows how DOTs can consider health across their wide range of activities, which includes transportation planning, programs, and interagency initiatives."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1ieXJ9o
Title & Author: Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities by Staff

US ACCESS BOARD: ONLINE ADA AND ABA STANDARDS GUIDE

-> According to a March/April US Access Currents article, "The [US Access] Board has launched new online guides on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. This web-based material features illustrated technical guides that explain and clarify requirements of the ADA and ABA standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations. It also includes a series of animations on various subjects covered by the standards.

"The initial installment of the guide covers the first three chapters of the standards, including application and use of the standards (Chapter 1), scoping in new construction, alterations, and additions (Chapter 2), and basic 'building block' technical provisions (Chapter 3). Guides covering other sections of the standards will be released at a later date. The supplementary animations, which range in length from 6 to 10 minutes, address wheelchair maneuvering, doors and entrances, and accessible toilet and bathing facilities.

"The Guide to the ADA Standards (http://1.usa.gov/1lDQgZX) covers design requirements that apply to places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities subject to the ADA in new construction, alterations, and additions...

"Future installments to the guides will be published as they become available. Users can sign-up (http://bit.ly/1jJ2FGa) to receive email updates on the release of new technical guides in the series."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1lDPQTd
Title & Author: Board Launches Online Guide to the ADA and ABA Standards by Staff

REPORT: TRANSPORTATION AND HEALTH VIA SRTS APPROACHES

-> According to an April 21st State Smart Transportation Initiatives article, "Safe transportation and the health benefits of active travel are at the core of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program. This report (Advancing Transportation and Health: Approaches from the Federal Safe Routes to School Program that Offer Broad Application: http://bit.ly/1lE6uhl) reflects the approaches that the SRTS Program has used to advance transportation and health. It documents what was examined by the National Center for Safe Routes to School (National Center), which serves as the clearinghouse for the Federal SRTS Program, combined with input from State SRTS Coordinators and participants in the SRTS Roundtable on Transportation and Health.

"Lessons learned from the SRTS program could be useful to other agencies, both government and private, that are working to address how we travel in ways that are health promoting. State, regional and local organizations may also find these recommendations worthy of consideration. The National Center invited transportation and health professionals to examine the contributions that SRTS has made, and can continue to make, to transportation and health programs, regardless of SRTS' place within transportation legislation and funding programs."

Source: http://bit.ly/1iKh1s5
Title & Author: Advancing Transportation and Health by Staff

SGA LAUNCHES URBANFUL WEBSITE CELEBRATES CITIES

-> According to an April 15th email message from Geoff Anderson of Smart Growth America, "As one of Smart Growth America's supporters, I know you care about what's happening in America's cities and want to help them prosper and flourish. A big part of that is supporting the people working to make cities better places to live and work. That's why I'm excited to announce a new project to do just that Urbanful (http://bit.ly/RKCOX4)...

"Urbanful was created to celebrate America's evolving cities and the people, organizations, and businesses reinventing them. The site will showcase entrepreneurial people from the heart of America's urban neighborhoods who are making cities great places to live, work and play... we're inviting you to join Urbanful (http://bit.ly/1jJIM1R). This is first and foremost a community project, and we want your recommendations about the people and businesses transforming your city..."

MAP & PHOTOS OF 43 SAN FRANCISCO (CA) PARKLETS

-> According to an April 15th SF Curbed article, "Parklets began appearing in former San Francisco parking spaces back in 2011, and since then more than 40 have appeared all over the city from Bayview to North Beach. Some are simple, while others are designed to perfection. All offer passersby a place to sit and relax for a moment. Although many parklets are hosted and maintained by adjacent cafes or restaurants, they all must be public spaces and open to everyone, not just restaurant patrons. San Francisco's parklet program has led to imitations in cities from LA to Pittsburgh. Although new parklets are popping up all the time, here are the city's 43 public parklets in pretty map form." [Also see photos of each and descriptions]

Source: http://bit.ly/1rljGt5
Title & Author: Mapping All 43 Awesome San Francisco Public Parklets by Tracy Elsen

2 PARKLET MANUALS: SAN FRANCISCO (CA) & GRAND RAPIDS (MI)

-> Both the San Francisco Parklet Manual (http://bit.ly/1hnl7Sa) and the Grand Rapids Parket Manual (http://bit.ly/1ieuNyy) are comprehensive overviews of the goals, policies, process, procedures and guidelines for creating parklets. Both manuals note the city values and appreciates your willingness to devote your time, creativity, and resources to creating a parklet in your downtown. We look forward to collaborating with you on your parklet.

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