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VISION ZERO: EQUITY STRATEGIES FOR PARTNERS
-> A Vision Zero Network case study considered two questions: 1) how do we ensure that the processes, strategies, and outcomes of Vision Zero serve all, particularly vulnerable and traditionally underserved populations? and 2) how do we analyze for and then mitigate or ameliorate unintended consequences of Vision Zero that may exacerbate other challenges within those communities? (Vision Zero: Equity Strategies for Partners: http://bit.ly/2QgnBQy) This case study highlights context-sensitive equity strategies to achieve traffic safety.

NACTO GUIDELINES FOR REGULATING SHARED MICROMOBILITY
-> NACTO released updated city-developed comprehensive guidance to help cities regulate and manage shared micromobility (shared bikes and scooter) companies. Developed by a steering committee of NACTO's 81 member cities and transit agencies, the updated NACTO Guidelines for Regulating Shared Micromobility (http://bit.ly/2QwstBh) takes lessons learned from the first full year of shared scooters operating on city streets across the US, as well as city experience with dockless pedal bike and dockless e-bike programs. It describes the current state of the practice and includes best practice recommendations. http://bit.ly/2AufXXO

NACTO BLUEPRINT FOR AUTONOMOUS URBANISM, 2ND EDITION
-> NACTO released the second edition of the Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism (http://bit.ly/2QgVWPu), focusing on the near-term policies and decisions that are necessary for autonomous technologies to improve transportation outcomes, rather than lead to an overall increase in driving, greenhouse gas emissions, and diminished public space in cities. It includes concrete steps that need to be taken to ensure an equitable, people-first city such as updated transit, pricing, data and urban freight policies. http://bit.ly/2QiQdI

PBIC AUTOMATED VEHICLES UNIVERSITY COURSE MODULES
-> A new automated vehicle (AV) university course from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center provides an introduction to AV development and technology, AV interaction between pedestrians and bicyclists, and current and future planning needs. The seven-module course series can be adapted for different lesson plans, supplements existing undergraduate engineering courses, and is also relevant to planning, public health, and public policy. http://bit.ly/2K0OAsP

EVALUATION OF WALK & BICYCLE DEMAND MODELING PRACTICE
-> FHWA's Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP) released the recording of a recent webinar that provided an overview of the recent report "Evaluation of Walk and Bicycle Demand Modeling Practice," written by RSG and RAND for NCHRP and AASHTO (http://bit.ly/2QfwIkp). The topics covered in the report, and summarized in the webinar include (a) a review of state-of-the art research, (b) results from an on-line survey of DOT and MPO modelers into the current and desired state-of-the-practice, (c) identification of key gaps between standard practice and the newest modeling approaches, (d) specific examples of recommended modeling approaches, and (e) key directions for future research. The presenter was Mark Bradley (RSG). https://bit.ly/2lTiQh4 (Need to download Adobe Connect app to view.)

HOW COMMUNITIES ARE USING HIAS
-> The Health Impact Project described the updated, cross-sector, interactive toolkit that shows who is using health impact assessments (HIAs)--and how they're doing it. (HIAs and Other Resources to Advance Health-Informed Decisions: http://bit.ly/2Ap1Inn) The toolkit offers a searchable collection of health impact assessments, guides, and other research to support policymakers' efforts to consider health when making decisions across sectors, such as housing, planning, and education. http://bit.ly/2Ar0Bn3

MULTI-USE PATH LEVEL OF COMFORT TOOL EXPANDS LOS CALCULATOR
-> Alta Planning + Design reported that they developed a multi-use path Level of Comfort (LOC) evaluation tool that builds on the existing FHWA Level of Service (LOS) Calculator, while incorporating additional factors that affect trail comfort and overall user experience. The LOC Tool expands conversations around Path Level of Service (LOS), which is primarily about the user demand vs. path width relationship from a bicyclist's perspective. Alta's additional LOC factors are related to user experience and can have a dramatic effect on the success or failure of a path project. In addition, the tool addresses the unique and sometimes divergent perspectives of different user groups including pedestrians, runners, slow cyclists, and fast cyclists, inclusive of additional modes such as scooters, skaters, strollers, and wheelchairs. http://bit.ly/2QiRGii

GUIDANCE FOR MANAGING INFORMAL TRAILS
-> A detailed American Trails article provides guidance for developing educational programs and plans for managing, maintaining, and improving informal trails. (i.e. those created by visitors) Management experience reveals that informal trail systems are frequently poorly designed, including "shortest distance" routing with steep grades and alignments parallel to the slope. Such routes are rarely sustainable under heavy traffic and subsequent resource degradation is often severe. Creation of multiple routes to common destinations is another frequent problem, resulting in "avoidable" impacts such as unnecessary vegetation/soil loss and fragmentation of flora/fauna habitats. This guidance helps evaluate the acceptability of informal trail impacts and the selection of the most appropriate and effective management responses. http://bit.ly/2QewbPz See the related slide presentation, "Managing Informal Trail Impacts:" http://bit.ly/2Qiqwbe.