New Micromobility Resources Provide Overview and Document Applied Practices
Two new resources from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) offer contextual and applied insight into micromobility, including e-scooters. The Basics of Micromobility and Related Motorized Devices for Personal Transport provides an overview of powered forms of micromobility and compares features of micromobility with a spectrum of other traditional and emerging forms of transportation. With a surge of new personal transportation devices coming to market, some integrated into shared ride systems (such as bikeshare programs), there is a need to establish a common vocabulary for these options and provide basic information about how these devices are classified and regulated.
The second resource, E-Scooter Management in Midsized Cities in the United States, documents practices related to micromobility, specifically e-scooters, in nine midsized US cities. The scan packages feedback from city staff about challenges and opportunities that emerged with e-scooter adoption including permitting and regulatory issues, potential safety concerns, and infrastructure design observations. It documents anecdotal evidence and noteworthy practices and identifies issues for future discussion.
New University Course Materials Focus on Pedestrian and Bicyclist Topics
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation University Course is designed to help educators inspire the next generation of practitioners to support safe, vibrant, and multimodal transportation systems. Through this course, students will recognize the legitimacy of the bicycle and pedestrian modes; understand how policy, planning, and engineering practices can be improved to create a more balanced transportation system; and become familiar with basic policies, practices, tools, and design principles that can be used to create bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities. The course materials include 21 PowerPoint slideshows with speaker notes and complementary materials including assignments, readings, and videos and are intended for use in graduate or undergraduate courses in civil engineering, or urban and regional planning programs. They can also be incorporated into public health, public policy and administration, and landscape architecture curricula.
New Info Briefs on Student and Youth Travel Data
Two new resources from PBIC explore school transportation mode share data and the factors associated with active travel to school. Who is Walking or Biking to School? puts data from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey into context and identifies considerations for evaluating travel to school on a smaller scale. School Travel Data: Innovative Collection Methods and Uses shares the stories of four different agencies and reflects on the value of understanding school travel patterns.
NTSB Meets to Adopt Findings and Recommendations of Recent Report
A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) meeting in November focused on findings and recommendations from “Bicyclist Safety on US Roadways: Crash Risks and Countermeasures.” The report is the first NTSB analysis of bicyclist safety in 47 years and updates the agency’s understanding of bicyclist safety in the US by examining the prevalence and risk factors of bicycle crashes involving motor vehicles and assessing the most applicable countermeasures. Recommendations from report investigators focused on improving infrastructure, enhancing conspicuity, and mitigating head injuries.
2018 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes Overview
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released fatal traffic crash data for all road users for the 2018 calendar year. According to the data, 36,560 lives were lost on U.S. roads, a 2.4% decrease from the previous year. Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities both increased, however, in comparison to the previous year; when combined, they represent 20% of all traffic deaths. The number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities are the highest since 1990.
FHWA: Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning, Program, and Project Development Guidance
On September 26, 2019, FHWA updated its bicycle and pedestrian guidance. It identifies references to certain Federal legislation, as well as other relevant guidance and reference materials, related to bicycling and walking safety and accommodation. On October 8, 2019, FHWA repealed its obsolete regulation on Pedestrian and Bicycle Accommodations and Projects (23 CFR 652).
FHWA: 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards
Recognizes projects and processes that protect and enhance the environment while meeting the transportation needs of expanding and evolving communities. Awardees include projects that focus on multimodal transportation planning, alternative transportation systems within a recreational area, and an all-electric bus rapid transit system, among others.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: Active Transportation Transforms America
Demonstrates that investment in trails for walking and biking can help shift short car trips to nonmotorized, active travel, and in doing so, can deliver potential economic benefits of $73 billion annually.
National Transportation Safety Board: Collision Between Vehicle Controlled by Developmental Automated Driving System and Pedestrian Investigation Report Abstract
Summarizes forthcoming report on the fatal collision between an Uber automated test vehicle and a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, on March 18, 2018. The abstract includes findings and recommendations and calls upon Federal regulators to create a review process of safety plans before allowing automated test vehicles to operate on public roads.
International Transport Forum: Road Safety Annual Report
Provides an overview of road safety performance for 41 countries and details road safety by road user mode.
World Road Association: Sustainable Multimodality in Urban Regions
Explores strategies promoting sustainable multimodal travel in existing urban transportation systems and considers impacts of shared economy and emerging technologies.
World Resources Institute: New Sustainable Mobility Database
Tracks and maps shared mobility regulations, including those for bike sharing programs, in Brazil, India, China, and Mexico, to identify similarities and features that can help peer cities and decision makers pursue mobility for all in their areas.
The Guardian: Why Are Cars Killing More and More Pedestrians?
Explores increase in pedestrian fatalities and how technology-oriented solutions may (or may not) be sufficient for reversing the trend.
America Walks and Highway Safety Research Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Safe Systems for Safer Streets
Focuses on creating local and regional capacities to plan and prioritize pedestrian safety countermeasures and increase a community's sense of urgency for changing built environment decisions. Learn more about three communities improving safety and walkability.
Transportation for America: Principles for Infrastructure Investment
Proposes three guiding principles for any comprehensive transportation investment, including prioritizing maintenance, designing for safety over speed, and connecting people to jobs and services.
Project for Public Spaces and Main Street America: Navigating Main Street as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit
Provides guidance to evaluate streets and transportation through the lens of placemaking; balance the needs of mobility and other street activities; and build relationships between decision makers and the community.
Safe Routes Partnership: Metropolitan Planning Organizations & Health 201: Best Practices & Promising Opportunities for Health
Provides an overview of beneficial approaches taken by MPOs to advance health, support walking and biking, and create more equitable communities. Examples include how MPOs provide for active transportation and describes ways that MPO staff and advocates can work together to advance health and equity.
AARP Livable Communities: Livable Community Posters
Promotes livable communities as safe and comfortable places to walk and bike without reliance on cars and are available in multiple languages.
Center for Environmental Excellence, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO): Using Social Media to Reach Environmental Justice Communities
Outlines social media strategies for State DOTs and MPOs to engage communities for sharing information and public outreach.
FHWA: Virtual Public Involvement: A Collection of Tools, Techniques, and Examples
Covers eight types of virtual public involvement in transportation planning and project development and describes commonly used digital tools and techniques to enhance and broaden public involvement.
Louisiana Transportation Research Center: Pedestrian and Bicyclists Count: Developing a Statewide Multimodal Count Program
Shares best practices and available methods and technologies for measuring active transportation activity to support an efficient and cost-effective bicycle and pedestrian count program.
San Jose State University: Mineta Transportation Institute: Evaluating Alternative Measures of Bicycling Level of Traffic Stress Using Crowdsourced Route Satisfaction Data
Examines the relationship between level of stress data and bicyclist satisfaction for a sample of street segments in Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas.
Berkeley SafeTREC: Why Don’t Women Cycle? A Case Study of Women’s Perceptions of Cycling in San Francisco
Summarizes key issues found in study of women’s perceptions of safety.
Metro Los Angeles: Understanding How Women Travel
Shares detailed data on the specific concerns of women using transit and how the improve service and safety.
Portland State University: Transportation Research and Education Center: Advancing Transportation Equity through Inclusive Travel Survey Data Methods
Assesses the accuracy of travel survey data on the mobility patterns of low-income, minority, and transit-dependent populations in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.
American Planning Association: Measuring the Local Economic Impacts of Replacing On-Street Parking With Bike Lanes
Measures the local economic impacts of replacing on-street parking with bike lanes in Toronto, Canada.
American Psychological Association: The Socioecological Psychology of Upward Social Mobility
Identifies the “walkability” of a city as a key factor in determining the upward social mobility of its residents, and finds that the walkability of a child's neighborhood has a direct correlation to increased adult earnings.
Journal of Transport Geography: Social (In)Equity in Access to Cycling Infrastructure
Examines bike lanes and area-level sociodemographic characteristics in 22 cities.
Portland State University: Transportation Research and Education Center: Improving Integration of Transit Operations and Bicycle Infrastructure at the Stop Level
Focuses on the impact of bus stop location and bicycle facility on the type and frequency of bicycle-bus conflicts and bus delay, and is the first study in the U.S. to look at bicycle-bus interactions.
Journal of Transport Geography: How Transit Service Closures Influence Bikesharing Demand
Examines changes in bikeshare ridership due to rail transit closures in the Washington, D.C. area and investigates how promoting bikeshare systems in large metropolitan areas could be beneficial in cases of transit disruptions.
Portland State University: Transportation Research and Education Center: If Bikes Could Talk: Would Connected Vehicle Tech Get More People Riding?
Explores how connected vehicle technology systems can benefit bicyclists.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics: Bikeshare and E-Scooter Map
Documents rapid growth of bikeshare (docked and dockless) and e-scooter systems across the country from 2015-2019. The total number of these systems has reached almost 300 serving more than 200 cities as of July 2019.
INRIX: Micromobility Potential in the US, UK and Germany
Identifies the top American, British, and German cities where micromobility services would have the most potential to reduce vehicle trips. For the U.S., the study finds that shared bikes and scooters could replace nearly 50% of vehicle trips that are less than three miles.
National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO): Guidelines for Regulating Shared Micromobility
Outlines best practices for cities and public entities regulating and managing shared micromobility services on their streets.
San Jose State University: Mineta Transportation Institute: How and Where Should I Ride This Thing? “Rules of the Road” for Personal Transportation Devices
Identifies existing personal transportation device regulations across 176 jurisdictions and presents recommendations for rules of the road to balance safety for all road users.
Mountain-Plains Consortium: Redefining the Child Pedestrian Safety Paradigm
Finds that traffic risks for children around parks deserve further attention, and demonstrates a methodology to identify roadways with high levels of suppressed trips so as to proactively address traffic safety issues on roadways.
Illinois Center for Transportation: Current Policies throughout the Nation for Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) Installation
Reviews current policies throughout the US for Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon installations and standards, practices, and transportation department concerns regarding PHBs in each state.
- PBIC: Improving Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety in Work Zones
December 4, 2019
- American Trails: The Future of Transportation and Recreation Trail Projects Utilizing Youth and Conservation Corps
December 5, 2019
- America Walks: Places for People: Highlights from the National Walking Summit-Columbus
December 11, 2019
- Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP): Education and Encouragement: Bringing the Right People Together
December 18, 2019
- FHWA: Extending Our Reach Public Involvement Tools- Emerging Visualization Techniques and Virtual Meetings
- American Trails: Connect with Visitors Where they are Via Mobile Devices
January 23, 2020
- American Trails: Solutions for Managing Conflict on Shared-Use Trails
February 20, 2020
From the Archives
- American Trails: Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI): Part 1
September 18, 2019
- FHWA: Extending Our Reach Public Involvement Tools- Story Maps and Virtual Meetings
September 26, 2019
- Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), Portland State University: Contextual Guidance at Intersections for Protected Bicycle Lanes
October 8, 2019
- APBP: Can We Talk About the Street? Building Support for Controversial Projects
September 18, 2019
- APBP: If We Build it Will They Come? Estimating Demand for Biking and Walking
October 16, 2019
- American Trails: The Nature of Trail Aesthetics
October 24, 2019
- American Trails: Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI): Part 2
November 5, 2019
- TREC: Evaluating Urban Arterial Reliability Performance Metrics
November 19, 2019
- America Walks: Beyond the Physical: Mental and Social Benefits of Walkable Communities
November 20, 2019
- APBP: Aging in Place: Designing Communities to Support Mobility
November 20, 2019
- TREC: Letting Bike Riders Catch the Green Wave
December 3, 2019
- Transportation Research Board (TRB): Conference on Health and Active Transportation
Washington, District of Columbia, December 11-12, 2019
- TRB: Annual Meeting
Washington, District of Columbia, January 12-16, 2020
- Active Living Conference 2020
Orlando, Florida, February 2-5, 2020
- Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety 2020
Stockholm, Sweden, February 19-20, 2020
- Meeting of the Minds 2020 Annual Summit
Phoenix, Arizona, February 19-21, 2020
- America Walks National Walking Summit
St. Louis, Missouri, March 10-11, 2020
- National League of Cities Congressional City Conference
Washington DC, March 10-13, 2020
- 2020 Lifesavers Conference
Tampa, Florida, March 15-17, 2020
- 21st Annual National Bike Summit
Arlington, Virginia and Washington, District of Columbia, March 15-17, 2020
- 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit
Chicago, Illinois, March 17-19, 2020
- World Traffic Safety Symposium
New York City, New York, April 18, 2020
- National Planning Conference
Houston, Texas, April 25-28, 2020
- Safer Roads 2020
Richmond, Virginia, May 12-14, 2020
- NaTMEC 2020
Raleigh, North Carolina, June 1-4, 2020
- 6th Annual Urban Street Symposium
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 28-July 1, 2020
Indianapolis, Indiana, August 4-7, 2020