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September 19, 2017  

New Bicycle Friendly Communities announced

  The League of American Bicyclists announced new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFCs), including renewing communities from our region: Chicago (Silver-level), Evanston... Read More About New Bicycle Friendly Communities announced
September 19, 2017  

NHTSA releases new, quiet-car standard to protect pedestrians

U.S. DOT's Fast Lane blog announced the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's issuance of a requirement for synthetic sound to be added to "quiet" cars (newly-manufactured... Read More About NHTSA releases new, quiet-car standard to protect pedestrians
September 12, 2017  

Active Trans Chicago River Trail Action Plan

The Active Transportation Alliance released the Chicago River Trail Action Plan .  The plan provides a vision and lays out key steps to create a continuous trail on the north and south... Read More About Active Trans Chicago River Trail Action Plan
September 12, 2017  

Study links bicycle infrastructure with safety and increased ridership

The American Journal of Public Health published the results of a study examining the relationship between the construction of bicycle infrastructure, crash and injury rates for cyclists, and... Read More About Study links bicycle infrastructure with safety and increased ridership
September 12, 2017  

Australia publishes guidelines for the design and installation of bicycle parking facilities

Austroads, Australia's national transportation agency, released a report that provides information for the design and installation of bicycle parking facilities and other end-of-trip bicycle... Read More About Australia publishes guidelines for the design and installation of bicycle parking facilities
September 5, 2017  

FHWA releases fact sheet on incorporating road diet into policies

The Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety has created a document on road diet policies . A road diet, also known as a lane reduction or road re-channelization, is a technique in... Read More About FHWA releases fact sheet on incorporating road diet into policies
September 5, 2017  

NACTO releases toolkit on carrying out bike share intercept surveys

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released a how-to guide for conducting bike-share user intercept surveys.  The guide gives detailed instructions and... Read More About NACTO releases toolkit on carrying out bike share intercept surveys
September 5, 2017  

Report looks at how transportation policy can advance goals for lower emission levels

The Frontier Group, in partnership with Environment America Research and Policy Center and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), released the report, " Fifty Steps Toward Carbon-Free... Read More About Report looks at how transportation policy can advance goals for lower emission levels
August 23, 2017  

Brazilian guide to including bicycling in transportation planning

Brazilian members of the World Cycling Alliance, supported by the Instituto Clima e Sociedade , have published the guide " How to Include Cycling in Urban Mobility Plans ."  The guide,... Read More About Brazilian guide to including bicycling in transportation planning
August 23, 2017  

United Nations report calls for greater investment in bicycling and walking

A report from UN Environment examines and documents the inclusion of non-motorized transportation in national or city policies in a sample of low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia,... Read More About United Nations report calls for greater investment in bicycling and walking
August 16, 2017  

SRTSNP produces toolkit for starting a walking school bus

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership (SRTSNP), in collaboration with the California Department of Health, has produced a toolkit designed to help parents, educators, and other... Read More About SRTSNP produces toolkit for starting a walking school bus
August 16, 2017  

Cities focused on making their residents more active

A recent article in Outside Magazine looks at how – and why – cities are working to promote active lifestyles for residents.  Among the primary strategies employed is that of... Read More About Cities focused on making their residents more active
August 16, 2017  

Article discusses push to achieve equity in bicycle infrastructure

An article in Momentum Magazine reports on the recent emergence of a movement led by bicycle advocates and advocacy organizations across the country to increase fairness, justice, and equity... Read More About Article discusses push to achieve equity in bicycle infrastructure
August 3, 2017  

Study of sidewalk continuity in low-income, minority neighborhoods

A study published in the Transportation Research Record entitled, "Environmental Justice and Pedestrianism: Sidewalk Continuity, Race, and Poverty in New Orleans, LA," addresses the relative... Read More About Study of sidewalk continuity in low-income, minority neighborhoods
August 3, 2017  

Report shows more children are walking to school

New research from the National Center for Safe Routes to School reveals that, nationwide, walking to and from school increased from less than 14 percent to more than 17 percent of all trips... Read More About Report shows more children are walking to school
August 3, 2017  

Article examines differences in spending by local trail users

The Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Inc., examined whether urban, multiuse trail users are more likely to spend money and support retail businesses in trail corridors. The study... Read More About Article examines differences in spending by local trail users
July 24, 2017  

Article explores gender and bicycling in Oregon

An article in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board examines the gender gap in bicycling in the state of Oregon, where (as in other areas of the U.S.) a greater percentage of men... Read More About Article explores gender and bicycling in Oregon
July 24, 2017  

Article looks at the cost-effectiveness of bike lanes in New York City

The Journal of Injury Prevention evaluated the cost-effectiveness of investments in bike lanes using New York City. The article included a generalizable model, that may help localities... Read More About Article looks at the cost-effectiveness of bike lanes in New York City
July 18, 2017  

Report outlines ways to improve and enhance public engagement

As part of its ongoing research program with the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) commissioned a report ... Read More About Report outlines ways to improve and enhance public engagement
July 18, 2017  

Well-being tied to active living

Research from Gallup and Healthways shows that active living environments -- those communities that invest in bike paths, parks, walkability, and public transit -- have residents with better... Read More About Well-being tied to active living
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