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ACTIVETRANS PED BIKE PRIORITY TOOL FOR EXISTING ROADS
-> The "Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Along Existing Roads—ActiveTrans Priority Tool Guidebook" (http://bit.ly/1HsqlNb) presents a tool and guidance to help prioritize improvements to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, either separately or together as part of a "complete streets" evaluation approach. It includes a CD with a programmed spreadsheet to facilitate implementation of the ActiveTrans methodology, as well as a final report that documents the research approach, findings, and conclusions.
[See Webinar section for an October 17 webinar on this tool.]
PED/BIKE FRIENDLY WORK ZONE ACCESS POLICIES
-> A recent APBP Member Listserv discussion focused on pedestrian and bicycle friendly work zone access policies. Thanks to Tom Millar for compiling all 12 cited in one place: http://bit.ly/2bLYkoT
FREE ONLINE URBANISM COURSES + SYLLABUS ON RACE & JUSTICE DESIGN
-> Check out CityLab’s listings of free online courses on urbanism. Some are self-paced, some are archived, and some are starting this fall. http://bit.ly/2bcK5ek. CityLab also has compiled and urban design syllabus with a focus on race and justice: http://bit.ly/2bMzEgz
POCKET GUIDE TO TRANSPORTATION STATS SMARTPHONE APP
-> If you need transportation statistics– for example, a list of the most congested urban areas or the busiest Amtrak stations – use the Bureau of Transportation Statistics Pocket Guide to Transportation smartphone app. The Guide is a compilation of statistics that provides key information and highlights major trends for the U.S. transportation system. http://bit.ly/2buJDZx
CITIES ALIVE: TOWARDS A WALKING WORLD
-> "Cities Alive: Towards a Walking World" (http://bit.ly/2bg21SB) highlights the social, economic, environmental and political benefits of walking. Informed by multidisciplinary expertise, this report highlights 50 benefits of walking, lists 40 actions that city leaders can consider to inform walking policy, strategy and design, and includes a catalogue of 80 international case studies.
NEW CONCRETE BENDS, DOESN’T CRACK
-> Scientists from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have created bendable concrete that could be easily applied in relatively thin, light paving slabs. Ordinarily, concrete is made from a mix of cement, gravel, sand and water. The new material, known as ConFlexPave, also contains polymer microfibers. These are thinner than the width of a human hair, and distribute loads evenly across the entire slab, instead of keeping them focused in one location. ConFlexPave is reportedly "tough as metal and at least twice as strong as conventional concrete under bending" plus it is more skid resistant. http://bit.ly/2bnyUQV