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LESSONS FROM DUTCH BICYCLE NETWORK PLANNING & FACILITY DESIGN
-> A new FHWA report (Bicycle Network Planning & Facility Design Approaches in the Netherlands and the United States: http://1.usa.gov/1Zb1uUN) explores similarities and differences in the approach to bicycle network planning and facility design in the Netherlands and the United States. It includes a brief historical overview as context for a discussion about bicycle planning and design approaches and physical infrastructure. Following a high level discussion of respective design approaches, this report highlights four themes observed in practice in Holland that are applicable to the U.S.:
1. Prioritize Seamless and Efficient Bicycle Movement
2. Trust in Users and in the Adaptability of the Transportation System
3. Design for the Behavior You Want to See
4. Prioritize Network Connectivity...
#SAVEKIDSLIVES 2020 ACTION AGENDA
-> Over a million people signed the international Child Declaration for Road Safety. The #SaveKidsLives 2020 Action Agenda outlines five key priorities cut road deaths worldwide in half in the next five years:
1. A safe journey to school for every child including safe roads and speed management around every school.
2. Safe school transport including seatbelts on all school buses.
3. Motorcycle helmets for all children where two-wheelers are the main family transport.
4. Vehicles safe for children and action to promote child restraints.
5. Enforcement and action against drink-driving.
NEW NACTO BIKE SHARE SITING GUIDE
-> The new "NACTO Bike Share Siting Guide" (http://bit.ly/1W80F1H) highlights best practices in station placement and design. Well-planned bike share stations can improve the pedestrian experience, help reduce traffic fatalities, and reduce inequity in cities’ transportation networks. Getting station placement right is integral to the success of a bike share system. Planners and community groups can use this new guidance to help design and advocate for better, easy-to-access bike share station locations and safer streets.
NEW ULI REPORT: ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION AND REAL ESTATE
-> The Urban Land Institute has released "Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier" (http://on.uli.org/1TKxKga), a report exploring the interconnections between walking, bicycling, and real estate. Check out the examples of real estate developments that designed for active transportation, and examples of "catalytic bike and ped infrastructure projects" that had positive economic impacts, supported or spurred real estate development, increased property values, and helped achieve public health and the environmental goals.
INTERACTIVE SLIDE PRESENTATION: DANGEROUSLY INCOMPLETE STREETS
-> AARP has created Dangerously Incomplete Streets, a 15-slide presentation that asks viewers to look at photos and read about what they see. Then prompts them to think about the roadways near them. http://bit.ly/1SJb6Va
FILM CONTRASTS JAPANESE & U.S. APPROACHES TO CHILDREN’S TRAVEL
-> "The Slow Way Home" is a documentary film about walking and biking to school in Japan and in one US community in Oregon that has been airing in some U.S. PBS markets recently. The way children travel to school structures daily life for families around the world--but the means differs dramatically. In Japan 98 percent of children walk to school every day, unaccompanied by a parent. In the United States just 13 percent of children walk or bike to school, and most are driven to school by a parent. "The Slow Way Home" explores this divergence, examining how American families have largely given up on keeping our streets and public spaces safe enough for children, while Japanese communities have mobilized to keep their streets safe and walkable, not only for children but for everyone in society. Seen through both a historical and contemporary framing, "The Slow Way Home" is an uplifting examination of differences in culture that provides both insight into a distressing trend in American society and simultaneously offers hope for change. http://bit.ly/1TtCfc8
VANCOUVER, BC DOORINGS CAUTION-ZONES MAP
-> BikeMaps.org helps to make cycling safer by providing municipalities, the Province and other stakeholders with a supplementary database on cycling incidents reported by citizens. In addition to assisting municipalities with planning safer streets, BikeMaps.org can provide cyclists with the latest information on safety hot-spots. They compiled collision data to develop a list of dooring caution zones in the City of Vancouver. Doorings were the most prevalent type of cycling collision reported through official reports. http://bit.ly/1NND0Ls
NEW GUIDE: THE FUTURE OF HEALTH IS LOCAL
-> A new guide (The Future of Health is Local: A Field Guide for Health Sector Leadership: http://bit.ly/24xu46j) gives health care providers and others gives health care providers actionable tools and examples on how to align the non-clinical assets of their organizations — such as procurement, employment, and investment — with local economic development strategies that can improve human health and revitalize local communities. The tools that are working to build strong local economies are the same as what is working to improve health in people and communities.
CREATIVE FINANCE FOR SMALLER COMMUNITIES
-> A new Urban Land Institute (ULI) report (Reaching for the Future: Creative Finance for Smaller Communities) explores the ability of smaller communities to leverage their strengths; position themselves as attractive places to live, work and invest; and use innovative partnerships and financing to gain a competitive edge. http://on.uli.org/1rPNiq5
REFLECTIONS RE INTRODUCTION OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
-> In a recently released video interview, John Wetmore interviews Barry Wellar about his reflections related to the introduction of autonomous vehicles and vulnerable pedestrians. "Autonomous Vehicles" Episode 233 of Perils for Pedestrians: http://bit.ly/1TtsF99