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June 27, 2016  

Active Transportation Alliance accepting “Healthy HotSpot” applications

The Active Transportation Alliance announced the second round of the Healthy HotSpot planning assistance program, which provides assistance to suburban Cook County communities to develop active... Read More About Active Transportation Alliance accepting “Healthy HotSpot” applications
June 27, 2016  

CDC launches a Built Environment Assessment Tool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Community Health, as part of its "Making Healthy Living Easier" initiative, has produced the Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE... Read More About CDC launches a Built Environment Assessment Tool
June 20, 2016  

Studies examine the impact of walkability on heart health

Two studies in the American Heart Association's journal "Circulation" suggest that neighborhood walkability is related to heart health and underscore the built environment's capacity for... Read More About Studies examine the impact of walkability on heart health
June 20, 2016  

Study examines the risk of road crash mortality for wheelchair users

A study in the BMJ Open Journal presents the findings of Georgetown University researchers seeking to quantify and describe the risk of fatal pedestrian crashes among persons using wheelchairs... Read More About Study examines the risk of road crash mortality for wheelchair users
June 14, 2016  

Oregon DOT explores designs to increase the safety of right turns and bicycles

The Oregon Department of Transportation has released a report quantifying the safety performance of alternative traffic controls and design strategies to mitigate right-turning... Read More About Oregon DOT explores designs to increase the safety of right turns and bicycles
June 14, 2016  

US DOT releases Transportation and Health Tool

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have produced the Transportation and Health Tool , which was developed for planners, health... Read More About US DOT releases Transportation and Health Tool
June 6, 2016  

AARP publishes a livability index

AARP has produced a Livability Index , which scores addresses, neighborhoods, cities, and states across the U.S. for the services and amenities that can most impact livability. Each of... Read More About AARP publishes a livability index
June 6, 2016  

Massachusetts DOT releases separated bike lane guide

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has published planning and design guide for separated bike lanes , which  focuses on constructed, curb-separated lanes, also called cycle... Read More About Massachusetts DOT releases separated bike lane guide
May 31, 2016  

Salt Lake City completes protected intersection

According to Streetsblog USA , Salt Lake City has completed and opened the country's second (after one in Davis, CA) protected, or "Dutch-style," intersection.  The intersection uses green... Read More About Salt Lake City completes protected intersection
May 31, 2016  

New report analyzes a decade of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program

A new report from the National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) examines the accomplishments of the SRTS Program over the 10 year period since it was enacted under the Safe,... Read More About New report analyzes a decade of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program
May 23, 2016  

City of Chicago 2015 bikeways year-in-review report

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have published their annual bikeway report . The document highlights that in 2015 CDOT installed 42 miles of new and... Read More About City of Chicago 2015 bikeways year-in-review report
May 23, 2016  

U.S. DOT publishes factsheet on vehicle-to-pedestrian communications

The U.S. Department of Transportation describes in a factsheet research and tests of connected and automated vehicle research, as described in.  Along with other strategies and... Read More About U.S. DOT publishes factsheet on vehicle-to-pedestrian communications
May 23, 2016  

Study measures cyclists’ exposure to traffic-related particulate matter riding in different kinds of bicycle lanes

A Transportation Research Record article measures how two different types of bicycle lanes impact cyclists' exposure to exhaust pollution.  The research compares the amount of ultrafine... Read More About Study measures cyclists’ exposure to traffic-related particulate matter riding in different kinds of bicycle lanes
May 16, 2016  

Innovative protected intersection installed in Salt Lake City

The Boston NPR program, Here & Now , discussed the installation of a protected  intersection in Salt Lake City, Utah with the city's transportation director and the director of the... Read More About Innovative protected intersection installed in Salt Lake City
May 16, 2016  

Road Diet desk reference offers shortcut for transportation agencies

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published a " Road Diet Desk Reference ," which gives a broad overview of the treatment, discusses reasons to consider a road diet, how to... Read More About Road Diet desk reference offers shortcut for transportation agencies
May 16, 2016  

Study examines whether characteristics of walkable environments support bicycling

An article in The Journal of Transport and Land Use addresses the question of whether characteristics of walkable environments support bicycling. Despite the two often being combined into one... Read More About Study examines whether characteristics of walkable environments support bicycling
May 9, 2016  

Twin Cities considers canoe- and bike-sharing programs

Minneapolis' Star Tribune reports that the National Park Service is testing both bike and canoe sharing services in the 72-mile long Mississippi National River & Recreation Area southeast... Read More About Twin Cities considers canoe- and bike-sharing programs
May 9, 2016  

FHWA updates guidance on bicycle and walking

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has revised its web page for bicycle and pedestrian provisions in federal transportation legislation. The page describes resources related to... Read More About FHWA updates guidance on bicycle and walking
May 9, 2016  

Smartphone app crowdsources sidewalk data

A recently developed smart phone application called pathVu will collect data submitted by its users about the quality and condition of sidewalks, giving users the option to map their routes... Read More About Smartphone app crowdsources sidewalk data
May 2, 2016  

Study examines the effect walkability has on housing values, foreclosures, and crime

A study published in Cities: the International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, analyzes the characteristics of 170 census tracts in Louisville, KY to better understand what effect... Read More About Study examines the effect walkability has on housing values, foreclosures, and crime
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