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VIRTUAL-REALITY VISION OF FUTURE PROJECTS VIA PHONE
-> According to PeopleForBikes, Los Angeles is testing a new tool that helps residents see what a proposed changes may look like. To see the outcome of a possible left-side protected bike lane at 6th and Spring, stand on that corner, call up a website, hold up your smartphone and turn left or any direction. The 360-degree 3D rendering (http://bit.ly/2pABavE) of Los Angeles's Spring and Main protected bike lane project (which, of course, doesn't work the same way on a desktop browser) resembles services used in the architecture world for years. But in this case, the building is a street and the client is the public -- so the service is being opened to anyone who can pull up the website. http://bit.ly/2pAnOzl

TRANSPORTATION FIELD GUIDE FOR CITY LEADERS
-> TransitCenter has released its "All Transportation is Local: A Field Guide for City Leaders" (http://bit.ly/2pAxdaj). This handbook outlines practical steps that local elected officials can take right away to improve their transportation systems and make their cities better places to live, work, and visit. This how-to guide has four sections. "How to Make the Most of Your Time in Office" and "Alliances That Get Results" deal with the human dimensions of leadership, and "Make the Most of Your Infrastructure" and "Rewrite the Rules to Boost Growth, Not Traffic" deal with the physical and policy dimensions.

INTRO TO HIAS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
-> The PEW Charitable Trusts notes in an online briefing that conducting health impact assessments (HIAs) can help build collaboration across different organizations within the same community in order to improve public health. They provide case studies about three HIAs and draws from a review conducted by the Georgia Health Policy Center that summarized the HIA process and findings. They also provide an introduction to HIA for community developers and policymakers and explain how developers can incorporate health considerations into their decisions. "Health Impact Assessment Can Inform Community Development Decisions" http://bit.ly/2pAJw6g

DOWNLOAD HIGH RESOLUTION WORLD CITY MAPS FOR CAD
-> Mapacad (http://bit.ly/2pz7Vcg) is a website that offers downloads of .dwgs of 200 metropolises in their database. The founders have shared a set of their most-downloaded cities. The files contain closed polyline layers for buildings, streets, highways, city limits, and geographical data--all ready for use in CAD programs like Autocad, Rhino, BricsCad and SketchUp. See this Arch Daily article for instructions for free downloads: http://bit.ly/2pbHpWk

A PERFORMANCE-BASED HIGHWAY GEOMETRIC DESIGN PROCESS
-> The Transportation Research Board has released a report reviews the evolution of highway design, presents several key principles for today’s design challenges, provides suggestions for a new highway geometric design process, and demonstrates the value of the process through six case studies. The new process focuses on the transportation performance of the design rather than the selection of values from tables of dimensions applied across the range of facility types. http://bit.ly/2oLB2GA

MI DOT GATEWAY PEDESTRIAN TREATMENT GUIDE
-> MI DOT released its "User Guide for R1-6 Gateway Treatment for Pedestrian Crossings." The R1-6 Gateway Treatment consists of In-Street Pedestrians signs used across an entire roadway – lane lines, center lines, bike lane lines, medians, etc. to highlight a marked pedestrian crosswalk. The perceived narrowing of the road is one factor influencing the treatments efficacy. Research data show that when appropriately used, the gateway treatment increases driver yielding compliance from 0-10% to 60-100%. Data also show that driving speeds are reduced around these devices, regardless of pedestrian presence. These results have been sustained over time and suggestions are included in the guide to increase survivability for maintenance. http://bit.ly/2oLVjfb

GUIDEBOOK TO PLANNING & MANAGING TRANSIT PARK-AND-RIDE FACILITIES
-> The Transportation Research Board has released "Decision-Making Toolbox to Plan and Manage Park-and-Ride Facilities for Public Transportation: Guidebook on Planning and Managing Park-and-Ride." It provides approaches to managing park-and-ride facilities, from developing the park-and-ride concept for a community to day-to-day management. Key themes include design, implementation, operations, and maintenance of these facilities. http://bit.ly/2oLDLA2

NASHVILLE, TN BICYCLE PARKING GUIDE
-> Walk Bike Nashville and Dero have released the "Nashville Bicycle Parking Guide" (http://bit.ly/2pAoPHS). It includes sections on basic bike parking guidance, installation, and bike parking requirements in Nashville.

PREPARING FOR AGING POPULATIONS IN CITIES
-> AARP and the U.S. Conference of Mayors released a report on how cities are preparing for their aging populations. The report summarizes the results of a survey of city leaders that tried to identify the resources, infrastructure, and policy changes that are needed to make cities more livable so that residents can choose to age in place. "Preparing for Aging Populations in America’s Cities: A report on Priorities for America’s Mayors:" http://bit.ly/2pzSRvd

HOW TO CREATE A PARKLET
-> AARP Livable Communities Newsletter article provides guidance on how to create a parklet. Just like any other park, a parklet is a public space for sitting, reading and relaxing in a parking spot. AARP and Alta Planning + Design teamed up to build a temporary, sample parklet for older adults. It included a bench for sitting and several low-impact exercise stations such as a step, resistance bands and yoga mats. A trainer popped by to lead a few fitness sessions. They added a fragrance garden to stimulate the senses and a little library stocked with books that were free for the taking. http://bit.ly/2pAvu4M

ISLAND PRESS E-BOOK SALE THRU MONDAY
-> From now until Monday, April 24 all 1,300+ Island Press e-books are $4.99. This includes the Global Street Design Guide, Transit Street Design Guide, Urban Bikeway Design Guide, Cities for People, Tactical Urbanism, among scores of others. http://bit.ly/2pzAir5