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Going deep with regional leaders on using performance measurement

Biking ElsewhereVia Transportation for America

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“Transportation works as a network and fails as a network,” she said. “So why do people think we can fix the network project by project by project? I’m most interested in what is the best suite of projects.” She went on to describe why data matters, but only if you measure the right things. “You should be asking people what matters to them and measure that. If you don’t, you are telling your customers that what matters to them is unimportant. …Data is only useful if it helps you tell a story or make better decisions.”
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http://t4america.org/2016/10/14/going-deep-with-regional-leaders-on-using-performance-measurement/
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Why Self-Driving Cars Don’t Solve the Capacity Problem

Biking ElsewhereBy Emil Seidel, Edgy Labs

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“The problem with this approach to self-driving cars is that it repeats the same mistake of the 20th century: seeing the problem of passenger transportation and the problem of car traffic as the same thing, and failing to recognize that older modes can do things that newer modes can’t.”
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http://edgylabs.com/2016/10/05/self-driving-cars-dont-solve-capacity-problem/
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Rethinking Traffic Safety

Biking ElsewhereBy Todd Litman, Planetizen

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A recent CDC report, "Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention — United States and 19 Comparison Countries," and Economist Magazine analysis, "America’s Road-safety Record is the Worst in the Rich World," indicate that, despite huge investments in traffic safety programs and safety engineering, the United States has, by far, the highest per capita traffic fatality rate among peer countries.
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http://www.planetizen.com/node/88561/rethinking-traffic-safety
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Why 12-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Disastrous for Safety and Must Be Replaced Now

Biking ElsewhereBy JEFF SPECK, City Lab

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"What's the number one most important thing that we have to fight for?" I said. "You mean, besides corporations being people and money being speech?"

"Besides that."

"Well that's easy: 10-foot lanes instead of 12-foot lanes."
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The classic American residential street has a 12-foot lane that handles traffic in two directions. And many busy streets in my hometown of Washington, D.C., have eight-foot lanes that function wonderfully. These are as safe and efficient as they are illegal in most of the United States, and we New Urbanists have written about them plenty before, and built more than a few.
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States and counties believe that wider lanes are safer. And in this belief, they are dead wrong.
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Here, the takeaway is clear: AASHTO says that 10-foot lanes are just fine—for what it's worth.
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http://www.citylab.com/design/2014/10/why-12-foot-traffic-lanes-are-disastrous-for-safety-and-must-be-replaced-now/381117/
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VOLPE: TRUCK SIDE GUARD RESEARCH & RECOMMENDATIONS

Biking Elsewhere-> A recent Volpe report summarizes their research and recommendations supporting San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency efforts to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety through truck-based strategies. Specifically, this initial report focuses on side guards, which are vehicle-based safety devices designed to prevent pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists from being run over by a large truck’s rear wheels in a side-impact collision. "Vision Zero San Francisco Truck Side Guard Initiative: Technical Assessment and Recommendations" http://bit.ly/2dt7MQc
(See also Volpe’s recommended standard Truck Side Guard Specifications: http://bit.ly/2dPTrMZ)

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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US: HIGHEST PER CAPITA TRAFFIC FATALITY RATE AMONG PEERS

Biking Elsewhere-> A recent CDC report, "Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention — United States and 19 Comparison Countries" (http://bit.ly/2dQoyIa), and Economist Magazine analysis, "America’s Road-safety Record is the Worst in the Rich World" (http://econ.st/2dCvCuh), indicate that, despite huge investments in traffic safety programs and safety engineering, the United States has, by far, the highest per capita traffic fatality rate among peer countries. The United States has high traffic causality rates despite huge investments in safer roads, safer vehicles, and traffic safety programs. These efforts did reduce the U.S. traffic deaths rate by 31 percent between 2000 and 2013, but during that period peer countries reduced their crash rate a much more impressive 55.1 percent. These very high traffic casualty rates (several times higher than peer countries) can be explained by high (about double) per capita annual vehicle mileage and automobile-oriented community design. http://bit.ly/2d8o66V
Investing in high quality public transit and creating more transit-oriented development can provide many economic, social and environmental benefits, including large, community-wide reductions in traffic casualties. See The "Hidden Traffic Safety Solution: Public Transportation" noted in our last issue for details: http://bit.ly/2d54b9m.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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EUROPEAN BUSES TO DETECT POTENTIAL COLLISIONS W/ PEDS/BIKES

Biking Elsewhere-> Autocar reports Volvo has developed an advanced driver assist program for its bus models that can detect and help prevent collisions with pedestrians and cyclists. The system, which uses a camera mounted on the vehicle’s exterior, will be rolled out from the start of next year on European buses. The camera processes images through complex algorithms to detect potential hazards, with its primary focus being to spot pedestrians and cyclists who could come into contact with the bus. To alert the driver of a hazard or potential impact, lights and sound signals are projected in the cabin. If an impact is imminent, the pedestrian or cyclist is also warned with the automatic sounding of the bus’s horn. http://bit.ly/2dHTrgT

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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REPORTERS 4 BIGGEST SINS COMMITTED IN COVERING PED DEATHS

Biking Elsewhere-> StreetsBlogUSA lists four common problems with how pedestrian deaths are covered in American media and why reporters need to change their approach to traffic violence. 1) The default stance of most coverage is to blame victims for their own deaths, 2) Most local news reports entirely ignore the design of the street where the collision happened. But the epidemic of pedestrian deaths can’t be separated from street conditions... http://bit.ly/2dpV48y

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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MAKING THE CASE FOR STATEWIDE COMPLETE STREETS IMPLEMENTATION

Biking Elsewhere-> Surveying the mounds of evidence connecting Complete Streets with improved physical activity and health, law student Samantha Chapman makes a strong case for state-level implementation in Indiana. Her article, published in the Indiana Health Law Review (Vol. 12, No. 1), should be reference for folks working in other states, too. (Combating Obesity One Step at a Time: Why Indiana Should Implement Statewide Complete Streets Legislation http://bit.ly/1IJ3akX)

[B' Spokes: If Maryland has this kind of legislation then we should sue the various DOTs that have failed. If not we should work on getting this kind of legislation.]

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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8 80 CITIES: HEALTHIEST PRACTICE OPEN STREETS WEBSITE

Biking Elsewhere-> 8 80 Cities recently launched its Healthiest Practice Open Streets website (http://bit.ly/1KygWnK). ‘Open Streets’ are community-based programs that temporarily open selected streets to people, by closing them to cars. By doing this the streets become places where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can come out and improve their health. The Healthiest Practice Open Streets program is a tried and tested best practice model. This new website features: 1) A toolkit to help plan a new Healthiest Practice Open Streets program or improve an existing program, 2) A video describing the Healthiest Practice Open Streets concept to share with others, among other resources.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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