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CITY HEALTH DASHBOARD: 36 MEASURES IN 500 US CITIES
-> The Health Impact Project reports the new City Health Dashboard, courtesy of NYU and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows 36 measures of health, the factors that shape health, and drivers of health equity to guide local solutions for 500 U.S. cities. For instance, each city's walkability measure is calculated by Walk Score. Users can click on an interactive map to see scores by Census tracts or zip codes. The site also includes best practices and successful strategies for improving health. http://bit.ly/2JaGFa4
ACCESS ACROSS AMERICA: JOB ACCESSIBILITY BY TRANSIT REPORT
-> The Accessibility Observatory Update reports the 2017 edition of Access Across America: Transit (https://bit.ly/2L50pxn) reports that 42 of the 49 largest metros showed increases in job accessibility by transit. Though rankings of the top 10 metro areas for job accessibility by transit only changed slightly from the previous year, new data comparing changes within each of the 49 largest U.S. metros over one year helped researchers identify the places with the greatest increases in access to jobs by transit. The report presents detailed accessibility values for each of the 49 metropolitan areas, as well as detailed block-level color maps that illustrate the spatial patterns of accessibility within each area. The research was sponsored by the National Accessibility Evaluation Pooled-Fund Study, a multi-year effort led by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and supported by partners including the Federal Highway Administration and 10 additional state DOTs. http://bit.ly/2NHFzpO
TRANSIT FIRST & LAST MILE CHALLENGES + ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION HEALTH COST SAVINGS TOOL
-> The Mountain-Plains Consortium, a USDOT-sponsored University Transportation Center, published a report that develops a methodological framework for analyzing first mile last mile (FMLM) transit access challenges. FMLM, the accessibility of the first leg to transit and the last leg from public transit, can be a critical barrier to public transit accessibility. This report determines causes of poor FMLM accessibility, identifies areas for improvement, and reports on an analysis on the impacts of reduced automobile use on personal and environmental health.
The report includes a spreadsheet sketch-planning tool to estimate health cost savings as a result of mode shifts from private automobiles to active transportation options. (pages 30-37 ) The first part is a quick guide for using the spreadsheet tool, describing its inputs and outputs and some general guidelines for interpreting estimates. The second part describes the modeling methodology demonstrated in the spreadsheet tool. First and Last Mile Assessment for Transit Systems: http://bit.ly/2L7hffh
FHWA SAFE TRANSPORTATION FOR EVERY PEDESTRIAN RESOURCES
-> FHWA reports with the help of the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP: http://bit.ly/2J9z5fP) deployment team, State and local agencies are learning about and implementing strategies to enhance safety at uncontrolled crossing locations, where about 72% of pedestrian fatalities occur. The team is available to lead workshops, conduct action plan working meetings, facilitate peer exchanges, and make presentations at transportation conferences to help agencies implement the cost-effective STEP countermeasures. For information and technical assistance, including workshops and peer exchanges on the STEP countermeasures contact Becky Crowe of the FHWA Office of Safety (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peter Eun of the FHWA Resource Center (email@example.com).
CONTRACTORS GUIDE FOR CONSTRUCTION ON/NEAR BIKE ROUTES
-> The City of North Vancouver, Canada created a reference guide for private contractors and traffic control contractors working with/for the City during construction on or near bike lanes. (Information for Contractors: Bike Route Construction: https://bit.ly/2L2Pis2) It includes details on specific cycling-related signage, requirements for detours, and site clean up requirements.
FHWA ROUNDABOUT RESEARCH FINAL REPORT
-> FHWA published a report on the effects of the FHWA's investment in roundabout research and related activities. This report also evaluates the adoption of roundabouts in the US and the impacts of those roundabouts on safety, operational, and environmental performance on the US. transportation system. FHWA laid the foundation for national adoption of roundabouts by providing empirical evidence of their safety and operational benefits, increasing awareness of and confidence in them among stakeholders, and contributing to the development of the design standards for implementation. Roundabout Research Final Report: http://bit.ly/2NIjMht
MODULAR MINI-ROUNDABOUTS MADE OF RECYCLED PLASTIC
-> FHWA R&T Now features information about mini-roundabout implementation. A modular approach of constructing mini-roundabouts was developed and field demonstrated at an intersection in VA. The components needed for the roundabout were prefabricated elsewhere and shipped to the site for assembly. This mini-roundabout design will preserve the capacity on the major road, provide safe gaps to minor road traffic, and cut the pedestrian crossing distance from 60 feet to 12 feet with two-stage crossing. The mini-roundabout will be environmentally friendly. The raised islands are made of engineered plastic boards that were developed from recycled plastic bottles. http://bit.ly/2NIyfdq
NPS ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION GUIDEBOOK
-> The Fostering Multimodal Connectivity Newsletter reports the National Park Service (NPS) recently published a new guidebook to assist and inspire parks and their partners to identify and pursue opportunities to support walking and biking in national parks and surrounding communities. It includes planning and deploying infrastructure such as pedestrian pathways and bike lanes, evaluating and improving safety for active transportation modes, and offering activities and programs that provide park visitors the opportunity to bike or walk. The Guidebook provides examples and best practices from parks, communities, and partners that have worked to implement active transportation projects and programs. It also provides links to resources where readers can learn more about a particular topic. National Park Service Active Transportation Guidebook: http://bit.ly/2NFcPOt
50 PLANNING TERMS & CONCEPTS ALL ARCHITECTS SHOULD KNOW
-> Arch Daily published 50 urban planning terms and concepts all architects should know to help make future collaboration easier. Check out abutter, boomburg, conurbation, PLVI, strollology, and urbicide. http://bit.ly/2JcZwRK