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SSTI: PERFORMANCE MEASURES FOR NONMOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION

-> According to a Sept. 7th State Smart Transportation Initiatives article, "At the May 2013 SSTI Community of Practice, participants requested guidance on performance measures for biking and walking projects. After surveying state DOTs, city and MPO staff, national organizations, and the research literature, this draft report (Draft-Performance Measures for Bicycle and Pedestrian Investments: http://bit.ly/1BLlDpG) outlines strategies used to assess the success of state and local projects. The narrative document examines metrics currently being used as well as the drawbacks or challenges to using each one. A matrix also summarizes the pros and cons and expense or difficulty of gathering the data needed (http://bit.ly/1yfymTp)."

Source: http://bit.ly/1oZxska
Title & Author: "Performance Measures for Nonmotorized Transportation (SSTI, 2014)" by Staff

TABLE OF PERMITTED & EXPERIMENTAL MUTCD BIKE FACILITIES

-> According to an FHWA web page updated in August, "The Federal Highway Administration receives occasional inquiries about what bicycle facilities, signals, and markings are permitted in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) (http://1.usa.gov/1BJuKHp). The table below lists various bicycle-related signs, markings, signals, and other treatments and identifies their status (e.g., can be implemented, currently experimental) in the 2009 version of the MUTCD..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1oW7iyJ
Title & Author: "Bicycle Facilities and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices" by Staff

MULTI-MODAL SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING: PART 1 AND PART 2
TOWARD MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
MULTIMODAL SYSTEM DESIGN GUIDELINES

-> The late summer VTPI News sent via email included these 3 resources,

  • "Multi-Modal School Transportation Planning: Part 1 and Part 2 (http://bit.ly/1kwVQLa), American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities, by Todd Litman. These interactive lesson plans explore why and how to improve school walking and cycling access, and how to evaluate these benefits and communicate them to school decision-makers."
  • "Toward More Comprehensive and Multimodal Transportation Performance Evaluation (http://bit.ly/UCcBEY). This presentation (at the North American Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference) described ways to make transportation planning evaluation more comprehensive and multi-modal. Conventional transport planning is mobility-based, it assumes that the planning objective is to maximize travel speed, and evaluates transport system performance based primarily on motor vehicle travel conditions. A new paradigm recognizes that the ultimate goal of most transport activity is accessibility, which refers to people's overall ability to reach desired services and activities. This new paradigm applies more comprehensive and multi-modal evaluation which expands the range of modes, objectives, impacts and options considered in the planning process."
  • "Multimodal System Design Guidelines (http://1.usa.gov/1r0i6z3). This new resource by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation provides guidance on Multimodal System Planning and identifies various design practices that help create corridors, neighborhoods and regions with diverse transport options."

TORONTO (CANADA) ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION LEADERS' VIDEO SERIES

-> According to a Sept. 16th email message from Nancy Smith Lea of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, "Today, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) releases its 12th and final video from the It's Your Move series, featuring Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner and the Executive Director of the City of Toronto's Planning Department.

("Each video in this series features a leader living in Halton, York, Peel, Durham, Hamilton or Toronto and shares personal and professional stories about the benefits of active transportation. By promoting how these leaders and residents use walking and cycling to enrich their lives and their communities, each video in turn builds recognition for the importance of walking and cycling networks as we expand regional transportation to move the GTHA: http://bit.ly/1lPwGcb)

WECYCLE APP TRACKS CYCLISTS' JOURNEYS + POOLS DATA

-> According to a Sept. 11th Springwise.com article, "Most cities were never designed to cater for the huge numbers of bikes seen on their roads every day, and as the number of cyclists grows, so do the fatality statistics thanks to limited investment in safe cycle paths. While Berlin already crowdsources bikers' favorite cycle routes and maps them through the Dynamic Connections platform, a new app called WeCycle (http://bit.ly/1m9R7m2) lets cyclists track their journeys, pooling their data to create heat maps for city planners.

"Created by the UK's TravelAI transport startup, WeCycle taps into the current consumer trend for quantifying every aspect of life, including journey times. By downloading the free iOS app, London cyclists can seamlessly create stats each time they get on their bike. The app runs in the background and uses the device's accelerometer to smartly distinguish walking or running from cycling. They can then see how far they've traveled, how fast they cycle and every route they've taken. Additionally, the app also tracks bus and car travel. Anyone that downloads the app agrees that their data can be anonymously sent to TravelAI, creating an accurate and real-time information resource. It aims to create tools such as heat maps and behavior monitoring for cities and local authorities to learn more about how citizens are using roads to better inform their transport policies..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1qevBYa
Title & Author: "Journey tracking app will use cyclist data to make cities safer for bikes"

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