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APBP Supports Safe Routes to School Expansion Act

Last month, Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) introduced the “Safe Routes to School Expansion Act” which would expand funding for infrastructure improvements critical to student safety. The legislation expands eligibility under the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to include projects under Safe Routes to School Programs such as sidewalks, crosswalks, signage and bus stop shelters.

"Safe Routes to School not only encourages kids to bike and walk to school, which improves their health and wellbeing, but these projects are also great for communities by encouraging active transportation for everyone. said Jessica Roberts, President of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. "This bill makes building sidewalks, crosswalks and bikeways more accessible for communities who want to make their streets safer."

Read the full press release here.

APBP Publishes Policy Statement on Performance Measures

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) recommends that transportation agencies and governments consider the needs and desires of all users of the transportation system in line with a commitment to complete streets. To accomplish this, APBP recommends the use of multimodal performance measures that reflect community goals.

A holistic set of performance measures should derive from the goals of the community as determined through robust public engagement. Goals should consider the following themes and recognize the ways in which they are interconnected:

  • Safety
  • Public Health
  • Access and Mobility
  • Environmental
  • Economic vitality
  • Equity
  • Livable places

Performance measures should leverage both quantitative and qualitative analyses. Data collection and analysis methods should recognize that community engagement and qualitative information are valuable. Both types of information help decision makers and the public to understand trade-offs between alternatives and guide decisions that best align with community goals. Furthermore, performance measures and transportation data should be accessible to the public.

Goals and performance measures should apply to a wide variety of project types and at multiple tasks and checkpoints throughout the project.

We recently published our Performance Measures Policy Statement. The full statement can be accessed here.

APBP and PPS to partner on Walk/Bike/Places 2020

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) are both pleased to announce a new joint venture for Walk/Bike/Places held next in Indianapolis, IN, August 4-7, 2020.

Walk/Bike/Places 2020 will feature 7 breakout tracks: Infrastructure, Planning, Place, Health, Advocacy, Transit and Excellence. As part of the partnership in 2020, APBP will manage the Infrastructure track to ensure that the content promotes best practices and that it meets the professional development needs of APBP members. For more about the conference tracks and formats visit the conference website. The full program will be revealed in early Spring 2020.

Under the joint venture PPS has contracted with APBP to manage the event’s exhibit space. The conference will continue the tradition of providing discounted registrations to APBP members. New for 2020: complimentary APBP student memberships for anyone who registers for Walk/Bike/Places as a Student/Recent Graduate.

“Formalizing a relationship with APBP has been a longstanding goal of the conference,” said Mark Plotz, Conference Director of Walk/Bike/Places. “APBP members represent the largest segment of our audience and they are important to the sustainability of our event. It is only right and long overdue that we go beyond our verbal support for the organization, and make a pledge to APBP’s future,” Plotz added.

Jessica Roberts, APBP President, noted "Walk/Bike/Places is the premiere gathering for active transportation professionals, and our members tell us how much they value its outstanding professional development and networking opportunities. We are thrilled to be working closely with PPS to make Indianapolis the best conference yet."

Early Registration is now open for Walk/Bike/Places 2020 until March 31, 2020, and this year’s sponsorship and exhibitor package can be found here.

Walk/Bike/Places 2020 will feature 60+ breakout sessions, peer coaching by subject matter experts, and poster displays. The 3-day conference will also feature mobile workshops that showcase the best placemaking and active transportation projects in the host city, all led by members of the local community.

We hope you will join APBP, PPS, and 1,500 other planners, placemakers, advocates, health professionals, designers, engineers and others in Indianapolis, this summer, to make Walk/Bike/Places 2020 a great success!

For more information please contact:
Rebecca Weiser
Project for Public Spaces
212-620-5660
[email protected] 

 

APBP Responds to Recommended Mandatory Helmet Laws from the National Transportation Safety Board

As an association of practitioners in a field that promotes and encourages safe bicycling, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and fifty of our partners from industry groups, the private sector, community and nonprofit organizations, and national associations recently sent a letter to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) expressing our grave concern with the recommendation on mandatory helmet laws in their latest bicycle safety report.

APBP agrees that improving the safety of people walking and biking is paramount. However, we believe mandatory helmet laws have the potential to not only reduce the number of people biking, but to actually make bicycling less safe rather than more safe.

Multiple studies across North America, Europe and Australia have shown that bicycling safety differs from other modes in one specific way. There is a safety in numbers effect to bicycling that not only reduces the rate of crashes and fatalities for people biking, but actually reduces the number of crashes, even as the number of bicycling trips increase.

In the letter, APBP stressed the importance of increasing the number of people of bicycling to ensuring bicycling is safe. Bike helmet laws are not the same as mandatory seat belt or motorcycle helmet laws. In contrast to these laws, there is clear evidence that the more people bicycling in a community, the safer bicycling becomes for everyone, and there is evidence that mandatory helmet laws can reduce bicycling rates, effecting the “safety in numbers’ argument. Mandatory helmet laws also make it harder for bikeshare, a service that increases bicycling rates and thus bicycling safety, to be successful.

In U.S. cities, the increase in bicycling trips has not only led to a reduction in crash and fatality rates, but even as the number of miles bicycled increased, actual numbers of crashes and fatalities have decreased.  APBP is also concerned about discriminatory enforcement of mandatory bicycle helmet laws, which is evidenced with the current mandatory helmet laws for minors, common across the U.S. 

Fifty organizational partners on both the national and regional level, including the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO, the North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA), People for Bikes, and Better Bike Share Partnership signed onto the letter.  APBP has requested a meeting with NTSB to discuss the matter further in person.

View the letter to NTSB here.

APBP Publishes Policy Statement on Shared Micromobility

APBP supports the development of shared micromobility programs and supporting policies as a key element of a community’s comprehensive transportation system. APBP believes that shared micromobility programs have the potential to improve access and reduce barriers to amenities, services, and jobs; increase transportation options; reduce congestion on city streets; act as a catalyst for infrastructure that increases safety for all vulnerable users; improve air quality; and support local economic development. To ensure an effective, equitable, and sustainable program, communities must take a proactive approach to managing shared micromobility.

We recently published our Shared Micromobility Programs Policy Statement. The full statement can be accessed here.

APBP Mentor Visit: Yvonne Mwangi and Kate Riordan

My mentor, Kate Riordan, planner with the City of Milwaukee Public Works Department's Multimodal Unit, had invited me to her office for the day. We were so happy to finally meet face to face, but since we had been talking for the better part of a year, we felt like old friends. Fun fact, as Kate and I got to chatting, we discovered that we happened to be reading the same book: Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. Throughout this year, we have read books together but this was a total coincidence. "Great minds…".  Kate introduced me to the team at the Multimodal Unit, which is housed in the Department of Public Works.

Read the full article here.