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BOOK: AN EVIDENCE-BASED GUIDE TO 25 COMPLETE STREET TRANSFORMATIONS

-> According to a recent Rethinking Streets.org article, "...This new book (Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations) uses evidence from completed street projects from around the United States in order to help communities imagine alternative futures for their streets. The book does not show hypothetical street re-designs, but actual examples from typical communities to show how they did what they did and see what resulted from the change."

[Request your free printed copy of this book: http://bit.ly/1g6WTPL. A PDF version will soon be available.]

Source: http://bit.ly/1ej9FfJ
Title & Author: "Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations" by Marc Schlossberg, John Rowell, Dave Amos, & Kelly Sanford

LAB GUIDE: PLAN A BIKE MONTH EVENT

-> According to League of American Bicyclists article, "To get things rolling in your community, the League created a step-by-step guide will help you in creating a successful Bike Month event in your organization, workplace, city, or state (Getting Started: National Bike Month Guide: http://bit.ly/1i0RhY6).

In this guide, we commonly refer to Bike to Work Day events, because they’re the most popular. But the tips and techniques in the following pages will help you plan any Bike Month event, from a citywide ride to a small gathering within your own company or organization..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1hrTWev
Title & Author: "Plan a Bike Month Event" by Staff

LOCAL GOVT STRATEGIES FOR ECONOMIC SUCCESS VIA SMART GROWTH

-> According to the executive summary of a report released in March by the US EPA entitled Smart Growth and Economic Success: Strategies for Local Governments, "... This paper reviews the latest evidence of the connection between smart growth approaches and the fiscal strength of local governments to help them make decisions about where and how to grow. Many local governments that have invested in their town centers and main streets to create compact, walkable, mixed-use communities have helped revitalize struggling areas and grow the local economy. Smart growth strategies like these can help local governments build on existing assets and maximize their return on investment while helping to protect the environment and human health...

"With smart growth strategies, local governments are finding ways to address the problem of growing costs and shrinking revenues. These approaches can strengthen the local economy and improve quality of life while also achieving environmental and human health benefits."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1eqk3wC
Title & Author: "Smart Growth and Economic Success: Strategies for Local Governments" by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities

CHECK OUT NJDOT COMPLETE STREETS CHECKLIST

-> According to a Feb. 14th Tri-State Transportation Campaign article, "As state departments of transportation try to reduce the stubborn problem of pedestrian and cyclist deaths, one tactic they can use is to help local communities adopt complete street policies. In the tri-state region, few are doing as good a job on that front as the New Jersey Department of Transportation. On its complete streets website, NJDOT has published guides (http://bit.ly/1ejrHyh) not just for how to develop complete streets policies, but also how to come up with a plan to implement them.

"Included in both guides is a version of the checklist NJDOT itself uses when it’s developing a project (http://bit.ly/1jtvU1a, see pages 17-24). NJDOT requires that the project manager and designer fill out the checklist ‘during the earliest stages of the Concept Development or Preliminary Engineering Phase so that any pedestrian or bicycle considerations are included in the project budget.’ Among other things, the checklist reminds staff to

  • examine existing pedestrian, bicycle and transit infrastructure
  • measure existing levels of non-motorized travel and identify missing infrastructure
  • coordinate with the local transit agency
  • and ensure that projects abide by pedestrian and bicycle design standards..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1g7bxGQ
Title & Author: "Steal This Complete Streets Checklist" by Steven Higashide

NEW MN COMPLETE STREETS IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE

-> According to a March Minnesota LTAP Technology Exchange Express article, "To help Minnesota practitioners implement Complete Streets in their communities, researchers from the U of M’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs have published a guidebook filled with practical insights and best practices. The guidebook—Complete Streets from Policy to Project: The Planning and Implementation of Complete Streets at Multiple Scales (http://bit.ly/1qqsSfg) —explores what it takes to successfully move Complete Streets from concept to implementation.

"The guidebook is based on research funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the LRRB. As part of the study, researchers investigated Complete Streets projects in 11 locations across the nation, including Minnesota. Drawing on this information, the guidebook explores policy, process, design, maintenance, and funding approaches. It includes six best practice areas that range from project delivery to promotion and education. The guidebook also presents key examples in each best practice category..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1i0TQcs
Title & Author: "Complete Streets guidebook offers insights for implementation" by Staff

PEDESTRIAN HYBRID BEACON GUIDE

-> According to a Mar. 26th Transportation Research Board blurb, "The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a guide that explains the operational and safety features of using pedestrian hybrid beacons as a means to reduce pedestrian-vehicle crashes. (Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Guide: Recommendations and Case Study: http://1.usa.gov/1kqafuC)

Source: http://bit.ly/1oLzIAm
Title & Author: "Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Guide: Recommendations and Case Study"

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