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-> According to a recent Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center article, "The Federal Highway Administration just released ‘A Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling’ (http://1.usa.gov/1uYDQkF), a free guide offering step-by-step instructions for residents and community groups looking to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, access, and comfort. This webinar offers an overview of the guide and will review how two communities used the principles outlined within it to make their communities more walkable and bikeable..."
-> According to the abstract of a recently published FHWA report (Performance-Based Planning for Small Metropolitan Areas), "This report provides insights on effective practices in performance based planning by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) that plan for Urbanized Areas with populations less than 200,000. It references existing best practices research on performance based planning for MPOs in general, and presents key themes from interviews with small MPOs and DOT partners across the country that are engaged with metropolitan performance based planning in varying ways. Finally, the report includes two case studies of small MPOs that are currently leaders in implementing performance based planning."
-> According to a January Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter article, "... StreetPlan (http://bit.ly/1z0Ymkn) is a web-based platform designed to foster dialogue between the public and community leaders. It facilitates communication by allowing users to quickly build, display, and compare street cross-section options. StreetPlan 2.0 is scheduled to be available in spring 2015 and will allow users to apply cross-sections to an aerial view in Google Earth. It will also incorporate recommendations from the Institute of Traffic Engineers. ..."
-> According to a January Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter article, "USDOT released BikeSafe, or the Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (http://bit.ly/1EOniw3), which is intended to provide practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who bike. The online tools provide the user with a list of possible engineering, education, or enforcement treatments to improve bicycle safety and/or mobility based on user input about a specific location."
[See Webinar section for related February 19 webinar.]
-> According to a Jan. 22nd Public Health Newswire, "A preventable epidemic. That’s how public health and safety leaders, including APHA, diagnosed the deadly toll of motor vehicle crashes during a news conference today while releasing the 2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws. The annual report assesses all 50 states on their progress toward adoption of 15 basic traffic safety laws. The 2015 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws: Lethal Loopholes (http://bit.ly/1Lgyzd0) assesses the progress of states and the District of Columbia in adopting 15 basic highway safety laws..."
-> According to a FlowingData page, "...With estimates from the United States Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey, we gain a little bit of an idea of what it's like across the country. The map above shows county-level data on how people get to work. You can look at one mode of transportation at a time, or you can compare multiple ones to see which is most common in your county." [Drive alone, public transportation, carpool, taxi or other, walk, bicycle, work from home]
-> According to a Jan. 23rd Urbanful article, "...Slowly but surely, a system is gaining traction that is creating more transparency in city government spending, while giving everyday people a say in how that money is spent. Founded in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989, Participatory Budgeting (PB: http://bit.ly/1zwJw79) is a way to allow citizens to decide how a portion of municipal funds are allocated. The process is fairly simple. People brainstorm projects that they’d like to see put in place, a group of volunteers develop proposals on the projects, votes are made on the proposals and the winning projects are implemented with the pre-determined funds.
"Today in Porto Alegre, more than 50,000 residents vote on 20 percent of the municipal budget. The successful model built there was first replicated across Brazil. It then spread throughout Latin America and continued to build momentum worldwide. Currently, PB is being used in more than 1,500 locations, on a variety of scales and for a wide range of projects..."
-> According to a Jan. 22nd City Lab article, "Whether you miss last year's Future of Transportation series or just plain missed it (for shame!), you're in luck. We've compiled a dozen of our favorite pieces into an e-book now available for download. (The Best of CityLab’s The Future of Transportation: http://theatln.tc/1wAktZ1) And thanks to the continued support of the Rockefeller Foundation, it's available for free... While it was impossible to choose every great piece, these pieces reflect both the geographic and multimodal reach of the series, taking readers across the country on roads, rails, and runways..."
-> According to a Jan. 22nd TRB blurb, "The Bureau of Transportation Statistics with in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration has published a reference guide to transportation data that provides key information and highlights major trends in the U.S. transportation system." (Pocket Guide to Transportation 2015 http://1.usa.gov/1DdykK7)
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