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BIKEWAY SELECTION GUIDE
-> FHWA released a resource to help transportation practitioners make informed decisions and consider trade-offs to accelerate the delivery of bicycle networks. This guide highlights linkages between the bikeway selection process and the transportation planning process. It presents these factors and considerations in a practical process oriented way. It draws on research where available and emphasizes engineering judgment, design flexibility, documentation, and experimentation. "Bikeway Selection Guide" http://bit.ly/2HzuQNq
[See the Webinar section for a March 26 webinar on this guide.]
UNBLOCK THE BIKE LANE CAMPAIGN REPORT
-> In 2016, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition launched a crowd-sourcing campaign to track the number of vehicles blocking bike lanes. Through the campaign, people uploaded photos to a map, which showed the date, time and location of offenders. In just over a year, users reported 692 such incidents; 82% from streets in downtown Atlanta. (Unblock the Lane: Reporting on Illegal Parking in the Bike Lane and Clearing the Way for Better Biking in Atlanta: http://bit.ly/2TU9QaN) Each car and delivery truck in a bike lane is a strike against bikeway network safety, represents a spike in the level of user stress, and negatively impacts Atlanta's entire bicycle network.
[See Regional and Local Actions for Atlanta, GA: Drivers in Bike Lanes to Get Stiffer Fines item.]
VIRTUAL PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
-> EDC News reported virtual public involvement tools and strategies use digital technology to engage stakeholders for transportation planning and project development. (http://bit.ly/2NVSdVP) Virtual strategies enhance face-to-face information sharing by engaging wider, more diverse audiences and addressing barriers such as potential participants' busy schedules. Tools such as mobile applications, project visualizations, and virtual town halls offer convenient, low-cost methods to inform the public, boost participation, illustrate projects and plans, and get feedback. View an Innovation Spotlight video for a quick look at the benefits of virtual public involvement. (http://bit.ly/2HpW9dV, 3:18) Watch the EDC-5 virtual public involvement orientation webinar for an overview and examples of how agencies use the innovation to enhance transportation planning and project development. (requires Adobe Connect: https://bit.ly/2Y4zo4j) http://bit.ly/2HxaxkH
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS INNOVATIONS HANDBOOK
-> FHWA released a report that provides strategies for advancing Community Connections in transportation planning, development, and design. (Community Connections Innovations Handbook: http://bit.ly/2TIXmU3) It includes a description of the existing analytical tools, public involvement strategies, planning and design techniques, and operational improvements. The report also includes 16 case studies featuring projects in urban, suburban, and rural communities that have successfully applied the Community Connections strategies.
MODEL STATE LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING COMPLETE STREETS
-> ChangeLab Solutions released model legislation that states can use to adopt an equity-forward complete streets policy, or to update their existing policy. (Model State Legislation Establishing Complete Streets: http://bit.ly/2VXM8HO, download from report cover) It includes a focus on areas of high need for complete streets; an outline for engaging communities as part of the implementation process; performance metrics for tracking successful outcomes; and how to establish a complete streets advisory board. This document also includes details and citations about the ways complete streets contribute to improvements in health, economic, environmental, and equity outcomes.
INFOGRAPHIC: DRIVER & PED CRASH LIABILITY BY STATE
-> Mobility Labs reported in the United States, determining who is at fault in a crash - and who has to pay the damages - depends on state laws. In most states, people pay damages proportional to the damages they cause. This is called comparative negligence. But in 4 states, people walking and biking are often held responsible for causing crashes with cars: MD, VA, NC and AL. See the infographic: http://bit.ly/2JyyFVU