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EXTENSIVE LIST OF TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

-> According to an FHWA Livability Initiatives article updated on Aug. 1st, "The Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC) (http://bit.ly/Viia1v) has compiled the following list of tools to help communities assess, plan, and design sustainable communities. These tools cover a broad range of topics, including community design and planning, transportation and housing, and the environment. The list includes tools developed by the PSC partner agencies - the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - as well as other Federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations. For information purposes, it also includes several tools that are under development. The Partnership will evaluate and update the list periodically. Note that inclusion of nongovernmental tools on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities or any of its individual agencies."

[Tools listed under Government and Non-government sections: Community Design and Planning, Transportation, Transportation and Housing, Environment, Health, Food Access, Demographic/Economic Data, and Scenario Planning]

Source: http://1.usa.gov/VihMQO
Title & Author: "Tools for Sustainable Communities" by Staff

PLANNERS & ONLINE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PLATFORMS

-> According to a July 24th Planetizen article, "The increasing use of online civic engagement platforms offers a chance for planners to improve the planning process—that is, if they take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the new technology to showcase their expertise... Over the last 30 years, planners have seen their role as the brokers of facts for implementing new initiatives diminish. Their expertise takes a backseat to time spent organizing and facilitating evening meetings. The growth of civic engagement platforms, where residents weigh in with ideas and opinions about urban development plans, could continue this trend unless planners utilize the benefits of this technology as a platform for their expertise... Here are four practical ways online engagement helps planners drive more informed discussions about projects..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1v7sERU
Title & Author: "How Civic Engagement Platforms Can Bring Back the Expertise of Urban Planners" by Karin Brandt

[Check out the Shareabouts: Using Online Crowdsourcing Maps peer problem solving session at Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place to see a demonstration of one of these civic engagement and input tools: http://bit.ly/1pra3M3.]

LONDON: NEW PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ACTION PLAN

-> According to an August PACTS Newsletter article, "Transport for London has published the final Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (http://bit.ly/1sUIko7) following a public review period. The plan proposes action to cut pedestrian death and serious injury, including

  • A trial of Intelligent Speed Adaptation on London Buses;
  • London Pedestrian Design Guidance and
  • A new ‘gold standard’ for all new and upgraded pedestrian crossings, including Pedestrian Countdown and tactile cones and/or audible guidance..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1p54W3J
Title & Author: "London" by Staff

REVIEW OF ADVANCING TRANSPORTATION AND HEALTH REPORT

-> According to a Spring-Summer Highway Safety Research Center Directions article, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School recently released the report Advancing Transportation and Health: Approaches from the Federal Safe Routes to School Program that Offer Broad Application (http://bit.ly/ViJcpI), which describes how communities are finding innovate ways to embrace the health and safety concepts at the core of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. We spoke with Lauren Marchetti, HSRC senior program manager and director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, about the report and its important takeaways..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1q88S0m
Title & Author: "Advancing Transportation and Health: Six questions with Lauren Marchetti" by Staff

LAB NEW SMART CYCLING QUICK GUIDES AVAILABLE

-> According to an Aug. 4th American Bicyclist Update sent via email, "Our brand-new, full-color, 24-page Quick Guide (http://bit.ly/1ouapT3) covers just about everything you need to know to ride a bike safely and confidently, providing an easy-to-understand resource that appeals to all demographics: prospective bicyclists, novice riders, and even seasoned pros. With new illustrations and language, this pocket-sized guide will allow education instructors, advocacy organizations and others to share bike education knowledge more easily. How can you use the Quick Guide in your community?"

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