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This Week at APBP: May 17

Tuesday, May 17, 2016  
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Attention APBP members: the early bird registration rate expires Friday, May 20 for the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place on Sept. 12-15, 2015 in Vancouver, BC. Save some green and register today!
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Holds Pedestrian Safety Forum

“Pedestrian safety is an issue I care deeply about,” NTSB Vice Chairman T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH declared in her closing remarks at an all-day NTSB forum on pedestrian safety on May 10, 2016. Panelists included APBP members, long-time researchers, urban planners, highway engineers and well-known transportation policy advocates. They offered resources, stories, and calls for change. The forum was live-streamed and can be viewed for 90 days once it is posted. A transcript may also be available.

In closing the forum, NTSB Vice Chairman Dinh-Zarr observed: “We know that our work is just beginning as this forum is ending ... we shed light on a number of areas of pedestrian safety. We have gained some tools we need to prevent pedestrian deaths and injuries. But, as expected in any good forum, we have also learned that we need to support each other effectively and practically to implement in schools, neighborhoods, communities, towns and cities across the nation, and around the world, the lessons we are constantly learning … to make walking as safe as possible. …we should focus on the most vulnerable. In this case, it is pedestrians and cyclists. But even within the pedestrian field ...we should focus on the most vulnerable of those, the children, the elderly, people in wheelchairs. In that way, we can make things safer for everyone.”

Read more about the forum in the USDOT’s blog post written by APBP member Barbara McCann.

Photo credit: NYC DOT (2011) via Today, New York City’s city-wide speed limit is 25 mph – a clear signal to drivers that the safety of pedestrians (and bicyclists) is top priority under the city’s Vision Zero policy.
In case you missed it: May 10 Federal Policy Briefing slides on performance measures and the 2017 budget (potential rescissions and redirected funding).

Webinar on Equity

May 18 at 3pm ET

Transportation equity is in the news – is it in your toolbox? Register for APBP’s monthly webinar to learn what you need to know to make equity integral to your community’s policies, plans, and designs.

Three speakers offer insights and useful resources and tools you can use in your work:

- Ebony Adedayo, Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
- Ed Ewing, the Major Taylor Project
- Anita Hairston, PolicyLink

Take a moment to read PolicyLink’s Equity Manifesto.

Photo credit: Image supplied by Ebony Adedayo of the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability

Summer Reading

Attention APBP mentorship matches, chapters and members: Today is your last day to pick up some mighty juicy, useful and cheap summer reading – thanks to Island Press’s $4.99 e-book sale.

Among the titles you can pick up for a song:
-Cities for People by Jan Gehl
-Completing Our Streets by Barbara McCann
-Roads Were Not Built for Cars by Carlton Reid
-Start-Up City by Gabe Klein
-Tactical Urbanism by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia
-Transit Street Design Guide by NACTO
-Urban Bikeway Design Guide, Second Edition by NACTO
-Urban Street Design Guide by NACTO

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Active Street Tools

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Hats off to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration for cranking out bicycle and pedestrian publications like these (with more to come!):
- Bicycle Network Planning & Facility Design Approaches in the Netherlands and the United States
- Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures
- Incorporating On-Road Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects
- Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide

What week is it?
National Public Works Week, May 15-21, 2016
Infrastructure Week, May 16-23, 2016

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