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-> According to a Feb. 18th Smart Growth America article, "A total of 83 communities adopted Complete Streets policies in the United States in 2013. These laws, resolutions and planning and design documents encourage and provide for the safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel.
"The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013 (http://bit.ly/1he4dsI) released today by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition examines and scores each Complete Streets policy enacted in 2013. The report outlines ten ideal elements of a Complete Streets policy and scores individual policies based on these ideals. Policy elements refine a community’s vision for transportation, provide for many types of users, complement community needs and establish a flexible approach necessary for an effective Complete Streets process and outcome..."
-> According to a Feb. 13th Panethos blog, "...In... Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy (http://amzn.to/1hksY6b),... author Elly Blue has written ‘the’ definitive book on bicycle planning that clearly identifies the societal, physical, environmental, and economic benefits of bicycling, while also completely debunking the myths, fables, urban legends, half-truths, and outright lies spread by naysayers and automotive apologists...Ms. Blue lays down the gauntlet with factual truths about bicycling and how a vibrant cycling culture can go a long way to curing many of our nation’s ills...
"Believe me when I say this is a book that every planning professional must read and own. It will single-handedly serve as your go-to resource on the benefits of bicycle planning in your community... "
-> According to a February 8-80 Cities newsletter article, "Active Living Research conducted a meta-analyses of 15 walkable shopping areas to analyze whether there were economic benefits implicated in their existence, as shown in ‘Business Performance in Walkable Shopping Areas’ (http://bit.ly/1czomI7). While walking promotes exercise, weight loss and decreases your likelihood of heart disease, it can also increase business when conducted in the right location: shopping areas! The study demonstrated that walkable retail is on the upswing, and with 45% of daily trips being shopping-related it appears that businesses can greatly benefit from this due to greater masses, diverse needs, while also being located in high density areas that are more walkable but may come with a higher rent tag."
-> According to a recently launched National League of Cities Sustainable Cities Institute website, "The National League of Cities' Sustainable Cities Institute provides cities and sustainability professionals with timely, vetted, and practical resources to identify and implement solutions to advance their goals and strengthen their communities. Whether your city is just getting started or has an experienced history and commitment to sustainability, the robust collections of city profiles, case studies, model policies, and communication tools found here will provide elected leaders, staff, and engaged stakeholders with a set of resources to guide and catalyze action across a range of topics such as: Transit- Oriented Development (TOD), Complete Streets, and Green Infrastructure 101 [among others]..."
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