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CURBSIDE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR BETTER TRANSIT RELIABILITY
-> Next City reports according to a new report releases by NACTO, if commercial corridors in US cities want to attract a more reliable customer base, they may want to rethink the amount of street space they dedicate to metered parking for private vehicles. "Curb Appeal: Curbside Management Strategies for Improving Transit Reliability" (http://bit.ly/2AkrpEM) notes in many cases, businesses are better served when cities focus on improving the reliability of bus transit. And while redesigning streets to prioritize transit over parking is an uphill battle politically, cities that have taken the plunge have seen improvements in safety, travel times and business activity on shopping corridors. http://bit.ly/2yfHdFV

[See Webinar section for December 15 webinar on this topic.]

MULTIMODAL LOS ACCESSIBILITY RATING & MAPPING SYSTEMS
-> A Center for Sustainable Infrastructure blog describes how to determine whether a transportation system is multimodal and so can serve diverse users, including people who cannot, should not or prefer not to drive. New multimodal level-of-service ratings (http://bit.ly/2yk0MNs) can be used to evaluate walking, cycling and public transit service quality, to identify barriers to their use, and to set targets for improvement. New accessibility mapping systems calculate the time required to reach various destinations by different modes. http://bit.ly/2ykWBRv

COMPLETE STREETS CASE STUDIES
-> Public Square provides 7 case studies for complete streets. Here are streets that are more than just conduits for cars—they are places that support social and economic life, walking, bicycling, and transit. The accompanying video covers examples from around the US of busy, automobile-oriented thoroughfares that were transformed into complete streets using design that responds to urban context. http://bit.ly/2ykBSxh CNU wrote the case studies for a new book by the Institute for Transportation Engineers called "Implementing Context Sensitive Design on Multimodal Thoroughfares, a Pracitioner's Handbook"—see item below.

CONTEXT SENSITIVE DESIGN FOR MULTIMODAL THOROUGHFARES
-> The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) published a new report focusing on implementing context sensitive design along multimodal corridors in urban and suburban areas, with particular focus on areas such as freight accommodations and speed management. "Implementing Context Sensitive Design for Multimodal Thoroughfares: An ITE Informational Report" http://bit.ly/2AzGl56

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES KNOWLEDGE BASE
-> To help address the lack of comprehensive autonomous vehicles resources for planners, the American Planning Association crowdsourced resources into its AV Knowledge Base from its co-hosts, panelists, and attendees at its recent symposium, "Automated Vehicles: Planning for the Impacts on Regions and Cities." http://bit.ly/2AzxRLq

RICHMOND, VA PED & BIKE IMPROVEMENT STUDY & CASE STUDY
-> HEP Research Quarterly Newsletter reports The Office of Human Environment recently completed two reports on new bicycle-pedestrian research conducted in partnership with the City of Richmond, VA. The first report, "The City of Richmond Pedestrian and Bicycle Network Improvement Study" (http://bit.ly/2AymjYO), provides recommendations, which will improve bicycle and pedestrian access to 7 new Bus Rapid Transit stations along a 7-mile corridor in downtown Richmond.

The second report, "Incorporating Qualitative Data in the Planning Process: Improving Project Delivery and Outcomes" (http://bit.ly/2Ay9VrI), uses Richmond as a case study to highlight emerging tools, techniques, and resources for gathering public and stakeholder input to inform the planning process, improve project outcomes, and contribute to streamlining project delivery.

SAMPLE PROJECTS THAT BENEFIT PEOPLE OF ALL AGES
-> Via CityLab, AARP profiles 14 extraordinary projects benefitting people of all ages that could make your town more livable. They include a child cyclist traffic garden for practicing traffic cycling skills, customized orientation training to help people living with disabilities navigate the transit system, and open streets/ciclovia events. http://bit.ly/2AuyvKd

THE SURPRISING FUTURE OF BICYCLING IN AMERICA
-> A new report, by Jay Walljasper, shakes up some misconceptions about biking: more people of color, older people and low-income people bike than commonly assumed. And women play a bigger role in the biking world than folks think. The report lays out 12 reasons why the phenomenal growth in biking over the past 20 years will continue. "The Surprising Future of Bicycling in America" http://bit.ly/2yjAye6

ALL COMPOSITE CANTILEVERED BRIDGE SIDEWALK
-> The New IDEAs for Highway Systems: Annual Progress Report to be published next month includes a report and photo of a project that developed and tested a lightweight cantilevered, fiber-reinforced composite sidewalk for roadway bridges. The system has a single molded 11-foot component for cantilevered support made of carbon fabric and epoxy resin. The width of the walkway portion of the sidewalk system is 6 ft. (page 64) http://bit.ly/2BZ6K8J

PHOTOS: INTERSTATE HIGHWAY BRIDGES W/ BIKE-PED PATHS
-> John Wetmore, Producer of "Perils For Pedestrians" Television put together a gallery of photos of interstate highway bridges with bike-ped paths: http://bit.ly/2Az0vfC

IAMTHEWALKER.COM WEB FEED FOR WALKING BLOGS
-> A new web feed for blogs about walking—called iamthewalker.com—welcomes blogs about walking from practitioners and writers as well as contributions from walking artists. It is a really simple process to submit a blog: http://bit.ly/2ykVcdJ. Its creators hope Iamthewalker.com can become a valuable resource for inspiration and practical advice on walks and walking. They have also just published their latest podcast episode of talkingwalking.net: http://bit.ly/2ykVb9F

NEW TERMS IN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH THESAURUS
-> The Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT) is a tool to improve the indexing and retrieval of transportation information. New terms are added to the TRT quarterly to reflect current and common transportation-related concepts. Terms added this quarter include: Smart Growth, Helmet Usage, Bicycle Counts, and Livability. These terms are highlighted in the "Newest Terms" box on the TRT webpage: http://bit.ly/1U4HG4R