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US REPORT CARD ON KIDS’ PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: 21% MEET GUIDELINES
-> The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance has released the "2016 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth" (http://bit.ly/2fPIGwJ). Only 21% of American children are meeting current Physical Activity guidelines. The report card discusses how the U.S. is performing on 10 key indicators and what can be done to improve these outcomes in the future. http://bit.ly/2gwl2DR

WALK WITH A FUTURE DOC WALKING MEETINGS + EXERCISE
-> America Walks reports CUNY medical students have put their own twist on the popular Walk With a Doc program (http://bit.ly/2gwKZ6s). As part of Walk with a Future Doc, aspiring MDs get together each month for a walk. The walks are attended by medical students and faculty and other members of the campus community, offering a chance for disseminating health-related information while getting in some exercise, exploring Harlem, and spurring interaction among people who might not otherwise talk to one another. On a recent Saturday, law enforcement, college public safety officers, and members of an NYPD youth explorers and CUNY School of Medicine high school health professionals pipeline program joined in for the first time in what is expected to be the beginning of a continued partnership. http://bit.ly/2gwMvp2

PLAYA VISTA, CA ABILITY2CHANGE PROGRAM: 3.5% DROP IN SOVS
-> Tools for Change released a case study on the Playa Vista Ability2Change program. It is a targeted, strategic approach to transport behavior change. It features careful market segmentation and barrier removal, with different initiatives for different people. In just seven months it yielded a 3.5% decrease in peak time drive alone mode share across the entire community, with corresponding increases in carpool, cycling and transit trips. http://bit.ly/2fPWqYB

[Save the date for a February 24, 2017 webinar on this case study: http://bit.ly/2gwmYfw.]

ON-CALL DRONES TO LIGHT YOUR WALK OR BIKE HOME
-> If you have to walk or bike down dark streets at night, a U.K. insurance company wants you to be able to call up a small fleet of drones to accompany you—acting as lights that fly with you to illuminate your path home. Fleetlights, a prototype service, is designed to be summoned with a mobile app, and uses someone's phone to go wherever they go. One drone flies ahead, and two fly to the side, each equipped with lightweight, high-powered lights. The service isn't available yet as there are still legal, commercial, and technical details to sort out. The code for the system is available open-source, so others can work on developing the technology. http://bit.ly/2fQEMRK

FOLDABLE, LIGHTWEIGHT, RECYCLABLE BIKE HELMET
-> Spring wise reports on Eco Helmet’s biodegradable helmet (http://bit.ly/2gwMq4z) aimed at bike share users. It is made of a paper honeycomb structure, and is foldable, lightweight, and recyclable. The developers are aiming to have the helmets available at bike stations in 2017 for as little cost as possible to encourage casual pickup. When users complete their journey, they can then also deposit the helmets for recycling at bike share stations. The helmets are also coated in a biodegradable, waterproof substance to maintain their structure even in rainy conditions. Before they can put it on the market EcoHelmet has to pass the tests necessary to be CPSC certified. http://bit.ly/2fQwr0J

CASE STUDY: BIKEABILITY SAFETY TRAINING IN THE UK
-> Tools for Change released a case study on Bikeability Safety Training in the UK (http://bit.ly/2fQ1o7x). This large scale bicycle safety training program from the UK has been particularly well evaluated and shows impressive results, adding to the evidence of the value of such trainings. In 2015, 40 % of children in the UK had participated in Bikeability by their twelfth birthday. The immediate goal of the Bikeability scheme is to give children the skills and confidence to cycle safely on the road. Longer term goals are to reduce cycling injuries and increase cycling frequency.

BICYCLE LICENSING ISSUES
-> CityLab provides an overview of bicycle licensing issues and links to resources prompted by recent calls for bike licensing. Past unsuccessful attempts have often concluded it would be too expensive to run the required bureaucratic machinery. A handful of US cities currently have some form of bicycle licensing. Check out this VTPI study on how bicyclists are already paying more than their fair share to use roads: "Whose Roads? Evaluating Bicyclists’ and Pedestrians’ Right to Use Public Roadways" http://bit.ly/2fJvKoP. Read a case study of the City of Toronto bike licensing program from 1935 to 1957: http://bit.ly/2fJxrms

SAFE ROUTES TO PARKS ACTION FRAMEWORK
-> A new Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework (http://bit.ly/2gwnAC8) developed by the National Recreation and Park Association in collaboration with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership provides evidence- and practice-based guidance to help local park and recreation agencies implement policies and practices that create safe and equitable access to parks for all people. http://bit.ly/2gwl2DR

PERILS FOR PEDESTRIANS EPISODE 238
-> The latest Perils For Pedestrians Episode (#238) features Students look at their walk to school at Lanier Middle School in Fairfax City, VA; Residents of Senior Housing hold a protest march for sidewalks and crosswalks in Silver Spring, MD; and Traffic safety in Seoul, South Korea. http://bit.ly/2ghgjbt

SIGN EFFECTIVENESS GUIDE
-> The Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University has released a report that compiles information on sign effectiveness and impacts, and includes guidance on the installation, maintenance, and removal of signs to aid in decision-making. Sign Effectiveness Guide: http://bit.ly/2fPufcf