NH Department of Transportation Creates Transit Map

The Bureau of Rail and Transit recently posted this great transit map, with clickable links to local and regional transit providers, including intercity bus service and passenger rail stations. With this map, transit users can quickly determine which services are available at their origin and destination.

Consider posting this on your own website!

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Safer Streets for Everyone

diabetes chartOur doctors and public health officials are telling us to walk more to reduce the incidence of chronic disease, including diabetes. A report by the Centers for Disease Control estimates that the number of Americans with diabetes will range from 1 in 3 to 1 in 5 by 2050.

 

 

dangerousBut in many places, it’s just not safe to walk.  As more people take to their feet, we’ve seen an increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities.  More than 47,000 pedestrians were killed in the decade from 2003 through 2012, which is 16 times the number who died in natural disasters.  Smart Growth America highlights the growing trend in their report, Dangerous by Design.

What can be done about it?  We can design our streets with the safety of all users in mind, for a start.

At the local level, many communities are building more sidewalks and crosswalks.  Better still, some are adopting a policy of keeping all users in mind when designing or rebuilding their streets.

Examples can be found in Concord, Keene, Dover and especially Portsmouth. Check out Portsmouth’s Walk Friendly Community Policy.

There are plenty of resources available to help your community get started. healnh

HEAL New Hampshire has a comprehensive guide.

 

 You can also get support from Bike Walk Alliance of NHScreen Shot 2014-06-17 at 11.08.37 AM

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Another great resource is Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission’s
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In Congress, a bipartisan group of representatives introduced the Safe Streets Act, H.R.2468, requiring all federally-funded transportation projects, with certain exceptions, to accommodate the safety and convenience of all users. Representatives Kuster and Shea-Porter are co-sponsors. A similar Senate bill, S.2004 was introduced in February. Neither of our senators are listed as co-sponsors—yet!

What can you do, as an individual?

  1. Get informed. Follow the links above and learn more about the issue.
  2. Talk to your local officials about pedestrian—and bicycle—safety in your town.
  3. Talk to others who have made progress and ask them to show you how they did it.
  4. Talk to your regional planning commission (RPC). Many of them are working on this issue already, and would love to hear from you.   Check here to find your RPC and learn how to contact them.
  5. Ask Senators Ayotte and Shaheen to co-sponsor S.2004, the Safe Streets Act of 2014. 500px-Laptop_icon.svgHere’s a template you can use. Prefer telephoning? There’s a script available here.

Let your representatives know that you are concerned about the rising number of pedestrians and bicyclists being killed on our streets. Tell them that you want everyone who uses our streets to travel safely.

 

Bike-friendly cities are also tech business-friendly cities

A recent article in the Houston Business Journal, Sprawling Houston sees increase in commuter cyclists, discussed the 7.1 percent increase in bicycle commuting in Houston from 1990 to 2012, and the city’s $100 million investment in bicycle infrastructure.  Brian Stallings of Bike Texas theorized about the motivation for this investment:

“Companies like Samsung and Google are looking at the bicycle facility infrastructure before they decide what city they’re going to locate in,” Stallings told NPR. “So this is really being driven by economics in Texas. It’s not all about people seeing themselves on a bicycle, but seeing what it does for the quality of life in a city.”

Bike Houston and Mayor Annise Parker recently announced the  Zero Fatalities Bike Safety Campaign, including $50,000 for a bicycle master plan to guide bicycle-related investment decisions in Houston.

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TransportationCamp New England 2014

Open spots are still available for the 1st Annual TransportationCamp New England to be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Following on the success of previous Transportation Camps, TransportationCamp New England ’14 will continue to examine ways to build connections between disparate innovators in public administration, transportation planning, transportation operations, information design, and software engineering.

You can register here. Share your session ideas on the collaborative ideas site. Follow on Twitter for the latest updates, @TranspoCampNE.

Hosted by MIT and the MIT Transportation Club at the Stata Center, Main Floor, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139.

More information at Transportation Camp New England 2014.

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design funding opportunity

The CIRD program offers rural communities the following:CIRD RFP

  • An annual competitive opportunity to host an intensive, two-and-a-half day community workshop, supported through a $7,000 cash award and in-kind technical assistance and design expertise valued at $35,000;
  • Informational conference calls and webinars on key design and planning topics for rural communities that are open and freely available to communities nationwide; and
  • Web-based access to a wide range of rural design resources.

CIRD will select as many as four communities to host CIRD workshops in the fall of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.

Application Timeline: 

RFP Issued March 11, 2014
Application Assistance:

  • Application Preparation Webinar
  • Q&A Call with CIRD Staff
April 2, 2014 3PM EDT
April 24, 2014 3PM EDT
Applications Due May 6, 2014 9PM EDT
Finalists Notified Early June 2014
Phone Interview with Finalists Early June 2014
Host Communities Notified Mid June 2014
Public Announcement Late June 2014

Request for proposals can be found here.