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CAPITAL IDEAS: WINNING STATE FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION
-> Transportation for America has closely followed efforts in legislatures across the country to put transportation funding on sound footing. The Capital Ideas: Winning State Funding for Transportation report (http://bit.ly/1FrD27D) highlights critical factors common to many of the campaigns and closely examines several successful campaigns. Learning successful strategies and tactics from other states can be a valuable way for advocates, legislators, and local leaders to build winning campaigns in their own states. [Source: http://bit.ly/1DotHh9]
ONLINE AUSTRALASIAN PEDESTRIAN FACILITY SELECTION TOOL
-> Austroads has developed an online Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool (Download tool free after registration. Users’ Guide: http://bit.ly/1AIPgYT), designed to help Australian and New Zealand practitioners select the most appropriate type of pedestrian crossing based on walkability, safety and economic outcomes.
The report "Development of the Australasian Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool" (http://bit.ly/17wJbV4) details the research that informed the development of the tool.
[See Webinar section for March 9 webinar on this resource.]
NEW URBAN CYCLING GUIDE FOR EVEN THE MOST SKITTISH RIDERS
-> We all know the old saying that you never forget how to ride a bicycle—and there’s even science to prove that it’s true. That doesn’t mean, however, that we're all going to feel comfortable riding a bike in traffic in any given urban setting.
"I think getting started on the bike in an urban environment is very daunting," says Yvonne Bambrick, author of the new book "The Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need-to-Know Skills and Strategies for Biking the City" (http://bit.ly/1DUdL98), out March 1 from ECW Press, and available for pre-order now. Bambrick’s book is a compact, comprehensive, generously illustrated volume that covers every aspect of biking in North American cities. She writes about how to choose a bike that suits you and your budget; how to safely navigate different types of roadways and bike lanes; "cyclist-on-cyclist etiquette"; what to wear; what to do if you are pulled over by police; and much more. [Source: http://bit.ly/1AJuE5Z]
LAB QUICK GUIDE RELEASED IN SPANISH
-> We are excited to announce that our Quick Guide is now available in Spanish! (http://bit.ly/1DUhVOr) The Quick Guide is an easy-to-read booklet that outlines the basic rules of the road, components of a bicycle, and all of the information you need to ride a bike safely and confidently. Many thanks to the folks at Multicultural Communities for Mobility for translating the text of the Quick Guide, which has quickly become our most popular bike education resource. The design and message have not been altered -- and you still get the same great illustrations. [Source: American Bicyclist Update, URL unavailable]
PEOPLEFORBIKES 2014 DIGITAL YEARBOOK [Source: http://bit.ly/1D9Dmpl]
[Fresh, engaging presentation of impressive achievements and future goals.]
HANDBOOK FOR TRANSPORTATION-EFFICIENT GROWTH IN SMALL COMMUNITIES & RURAL AREAS
-> TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Web-Only Document 211: Close To Home: A Handbook for Transportation-Efficient Growth in Small Communities and Rural Areas (http://bit.ly/1FrjrV6) provides a vocabulary of land use characteristics in small communities and rural areas. It also estimates the per person change in daily driving after hypothetical growth occurs according to different development visions or scenarios. [Source: http://bit.ly/1AJaA0j]
AARP SLIDESHOW: IN A LIVABLE COMMUNITY
-> People of all ages can go for a walk, shop for healthy food and find the services they need. Look and learn from our latest livability slideshow. When you get to the end, check out the downloadable graphic we created to help you "show and tell" others how a livable community can be a lifelong home. [Source: http://bit.ly/1DoBN9y]
HOW TO HOST A CICLOVIA OR OPEN STREETS PROGRAM
-> The open streets program in Brownsville, TX, called CycloBia Brownsville, is a quarterly event. The first CycloBia was held in the fall of 2012. Since then, several additional CycloBias have been held, including some CycloBia Nights programs, each of which attracted more than 10,000 people. Each CycloBia is four hours long. Read the step-by-step process to organize a ciclovia. [Source: http://bit.ly/1Da98m7]
ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL BIKE SMARTS PE PROGRAM
-> Incorporating bike skills into the elementary- and middle-school physical education curriculum encourages students to be physically active in a fun way while also learning bike safety skills. Winston-Salem's (NC) Safe Routes to School program demonstrates how collaboration with the public schools' health and physical education program can strengthen the physical education curriculum while teaching students important skills for lifelong physical activity. This article (Bike Skills Training in PE Is Fun, Keeps Kids Safe: fee to download) describes how the Bike Smarts program started and how it has grown since its inception in 2010. Also included are recommended resources and questions for consideration for those interested in starting a similar program. [Source: http://bit.ly/1BbhYU9]
STICKERS SHAME VEHICLES PARKED IN BIKE LANE
-> On a recent ride down a bike lane in Oakland at rush hour, I counted the obstacles: Two parked cars, one idling charter bus, and a FedEx delivery van. When drivers use a bike lane as extra parking, it's a violation few cities enforce—and in places like New York, cop cars are often among the offenders. Two Toronto cyclists decided to empower fellow riders to fight back. Their bright green sticker is meant to be slapped on the windshield of an illegally parked car. The message on them is simple: "I parked in a bike lane." "We were out of the first 1,000 in less than a week," the cyclist says. "I think there's been such a big response because it's a small way to make your voice heard. [Source: http://bit.ly/17jJwKV]
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