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TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR CONDUCTING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ASSESSMENTS

-> According to a recent Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center article, "During the past 10 years, California has averaged over 620 pedestrian fatalities per year, reflecting a downward trend since the first publication of this guidebook. [A Technical Guide for Conducting Pedestrian Safety Assessments for California Communities: http://bit.ly/1rAnMij] Nonetheless, pedestrian safety continues to be a challenge to many California communities, and improvement is a top priority... the Technology Transfer Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (Tech Transfer) has been offering free Pedestrian Safety Assessments (PSAs) to California communities since 2008. The first edition of this guidebook was based on material contained in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) report, Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists (July 2007). The award-winning California PSA Program updated this second edition to incorporate current best practices and the collective experience of our team of evaluators who have conducted 78 PSAs in California over the past five years."

Source: http://bit.ly/1qIpUbP
Title & Author: "A Technical Guide for Conducting Pedestrian Safety Assessments for California Communities" by Staff

TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR CONDUCTING BICYCLE SAFETY ASSESSMENTS

-> According to a recent Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center article, "... the Technology Transfer Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (Tech Transfer) began offering free Bicycle Safety Assessments (BSA) to California communities in 2013. A BSA helps identify safety concerns and offers suggestions for improvement. This document [A Technical Guide for Conducting Bicycle Safety Assessments for California Communities: http://bit.ly/1AtgJOy] describes the California BSA process and provides guidelines for BSA evaluators to conduct BSAs. It synthesizes current best practices and research on bicycling safety and provides guidelines for bicycling safety applications tailored to meet the needs of local communities in California... the methods described are applicable outside California. Users of this guidebook outside of California should substitute national or locally adopted standards, practices, or references as needed..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1pnUgws
Title & Author: "A Technical Guide for Conducting Bicycle Safety Assessments for California Communities" by Staff

FHWA Q & A: DESIGN FLEXIBILITY FOR PEDESTRIAN & BICYCLE FACILITIES

-> According to a July 25th FHWA update, "The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Offices of Planning, Environment, and Realty; Infrastructure; Safety; and Operations jointly developed the following Qs & As [related to the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide] as a follow-up to FHWA's Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design Flexibility memorandum (http://1.usa.gov/1fXLjTi) published on August 20, 2013. The questions and answers are intended to clarify issues regarding design flexibility. FHWA does not intend to release separate design flexibility memoranda addressing individual guides or applications of flexibility. The August 20, 2013 memorandum reflects our support for flexibility in the design of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in order to encourage the development of connected and context-sensitive pedestrian and bicycle networks..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1tV5xph
Title & Author: "Questions & Answers about Design Flexibility for Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities" by Staff

REGIONAL PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS: TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ACROSS BOUNDARIES

-> According to the abstract of a July 16th FHWA report, "The Volpe Center conducted research for the Federal Highway Administration Office of Planning that explores the implications of Regional Planning Organizations (RPO) engaging in transportation planning partnerships and projects of megaregions significance. The research assesses the benefits of this participation to rural areas and to their State and metropolitan partners, specifically in the areas of economic development, freight, and natural resources. Considering the limited resources of RPO staff, the research describes the institutional barriers to entry for RPOs in cross-regional transportation planning and considers partnerships that may lead to greater involvement in megaregions initiatives. Through three case studies, the paper outlines the benefits for rural areas, including economic and transportation benefits, and suggests recommendations and best practices for RPOs to consider in partnering with metropolitan planning organizations and State Departments of Transportation. The recommendations also demonstrate how transportation planning can be the mechanism to support rural participation in plans and projects at a megaregions."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1zpz1yG
Title & Author: "Role of Regional Planning Organizations in Transportation Planning Across Boundaries" by Haley Peckett, David Daddio, and William Lyons

WORKPLACE WALKING PROGRAM RESOURCES & TOOLKIT

-> According to the Every Body Walk! website, "Starting a walking program at your business can help reduce the impact of inactivity on your bottom line. And with this customizable toolkit, creating a walk-friendly workspace is easier than you think. The kit is packed with the resources you need to get your employees moving and run an effective program. There's no special equipment required, and it's easy on your budget." [See website for promotional walking materials, planning healthy meetings, workplace walking toolkit, and workplace toolkit videos.]

Source: http://bit.ly/1uCYVzV
Title & Author: "Every Body Walk! Collaborative Toolkit" by Staff

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