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Archive for the ‘Public Parks & Recreation’ Category

The 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
walking report card grades

NATIONAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PLAN ALLIANCE Objective of the 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities The primary goal of the 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities (the Report Card) is to assess the extent to which the U.S. population and U.S. communities meet selected standards for participating in […]

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Streetfilms: NYC — Cyclists Become “Human Bollards” to Protect 2nd Ave Bike Lane

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Streetfilms: NYC — Cyclists Become “Human Bollards” to Protect 2nd Ave Bike Lane

Earlier this summer, DOT filled an 18-block gap in the Second Avenue bike lane in Midtown. But there’s a big problem with the project: On most of those blocks, the new bike lane isn’t protected at rush hour, when the number of cyclists is highest and car traffic is most intense.So this morning, Transportation Alternatives volunteers took safety in their own hands, lining up between 45th Street and 44th Street to form a “human-protected bike lane” during the 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. rush.

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Contracting opportunities more abundant now at the local levels of government…a trend to watch!

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Rail Trail - New York State

Major cities throughout the U.S. are focused on urban redesign to create vibrant communities in downtown areas. Parks, trails, green spaces and community gathering places are all being constructed. Green infrastructure is also a high priority. Engineering design firms, construction contractors, landscaping companies and playground equipment suppliers are in high demand. Cities are also enhancing Wi-Fi access, moving to IoT (Internet of Things) technology and launching renewable energy projects. Funds for these types of projects are coming from various sources and as a result, lots of attention is now focused on what’s happening at the local levels of government.

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The Rise and Fall of the Pontiac Silverdome

Friday, August 25th, 2017
The Rise and Fall of the Pontiac Silverdome

Just outside of Detroit, in Pontiac Michigan, sits one of the most famous and iconic abandoned structures in the country. At one time the largest NFL stadium and host to SuperBowl 16. This is the Pontiac Silverdome.

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What Skewed Rail Crossings Do to Bicyclists

Monday, August 21st, 2017
What Skewed Rail Crossings Do to Bicyclists

This video is the result of a research effort by faculty and students at the University of Tennessee to document and study the hazards associated with railway grade crossings on bicycle safety (published in the Journal of Transport & Health). Most video was captured in August and September, 2014 on Neyland Drive, in Knoxville TN. The City of Knoxville has since realigned both rail crossings largely solving the safety problem.

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Economic Impacts of Active Transportation in Utah

Monday, August 7th, 2017
Table	8:	Job and	Income	Multiplier Adjustments	for	Active	Trans.	Facility	Construction,	Maintenance

Despite the increasing popularity of walking, biking, and running in Utah, little has been done to quantify and monetize the benefits that result from active transportation facilities and active travel. Understanding the direct and induced impacts of active transportation helps elevate active travel in funding decisions and priorities. It can help governments and non-profits plan investments in healthy community infrastructure and programs. In response to this need, the Utah Transit Authority and 11 agency collaborators initiated this study to estimate the health and economic benefits of active transportation to inform policy and planning decisions.

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The Next Generation Mobility

Friday, August 4th, 2017
The Next Generation Mobility

Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants unveil the next generation mobility: the iPed. It’s sustainable, affordable and anyone can operate it.

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Massachusetts DOT: Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
Massachusetts DOT: Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet

With the number of motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists on the rise, MassDOT has launched a campaign to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. We all play an important role in keeping our roads safe, please do your part and “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet.”

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California: South Coast Bike Share Feasibility Report

Friday, July 7th, 2017
Hub A: UCSB, Isla Vista (Santa Barbara County), and Goleta

This report is intended to be a starting point for further discussion and outreach among the public, stakeholders, local businesses, and local agencies to evaluate the efficacy of a local bikeshare system, ensure that the system is planned correctly and that all concerns are addressed adequately. The South Coast Bike Share Initiative conducted this feasibility study process over the course of 2016, thanks to generous support by the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, Santa Barbara City College, and the University of California – Santa Barbara.

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Washington State DOT: Bike-Friendly Washington

Friday, June 30th, 2017
Washington State DOT: Bike-Friendly Washington

Washington state offers great biking! Whether you like scenic or sensible—or a bit of both—when you bike the Evergreen State you can experience dramatic mountain vistas, serene lakes and islands, rolling hills, rushing rivers, friendly small towns and exciting big cities, beautiful trails and protected bike lanes, with transit and ferries to extend your range. Washington State Dept. of Transportation and local/regional government partners are working together to create a network of connections that let you choose healthy, active transportation. Whether you ride for utility, health, travel, or recreation, we invite you to pedal Washington.

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