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Issue Number 6, November 2012


Designing Cities - Leading the Way to World Class Streets

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On October 24 – 26, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and its President, New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, held the first ever three-day Designing Cities: Leading the Way to World Class Streets Conference in New York City. Over 400 urban transportation thinkers and practitioners from across the U.S. and around the world gathered to forge a common vision for more sustainable and economically competitive cities. In kicking off the groundbreaking conference, Sadik-Khan said “Our nation’s strength lies in our cities, which are proving grounds for innovation and bold ideas from the curbline to the skyline.”

NYC Transportation Commissioner and NACTO President Janette Sadik-Khan
NYC Transportation Commissioner and NACTO President Janette Sadik-Khan (Credit: Alex Engel, NYC DOT)

At a time when the global urban population is growing exponentially, streets serve a more crucial and central purpose than ever before in human history. Under these new and unprecedented circumstances, America’s large cities have begun to take bold steps to remake themselves and their streets to better serve existing and growing populations.

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg spoke to New York's transformation as a framework for the future of city streets, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the compelling case that world-class cities need world-class transportation (see Secretary LaHood's blog post below), and Brookings Institution Vice President and Director of Metropolitan Policy Program Bruce Katz called on a metropolitan revolution through transportation reforms. Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s “UP w/Chris Hayes,” and Tom Vanderbilt, Journalist and Author of the best‐selling book, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) joined them.

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New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (Credit: NYC Mayors Office)

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray Hood
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (Credit: Jonathan Maus, Bike Portland)

Brookings Institution Vice President and Director of Metropolitan Policy Program Bruce Katz
Brookings Institution Vice President and Director of Metropolitan Policy Program Bruce Katz (Credit: Jonathan Maus, Bike Portland)
At the conference, Sadik-Khan released an overview of the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide which documents the design principles and strategies that the nation’s cities are adopting to confront new and growing demands on their streets. From Bus Rapid Transit to bikeways and public seating, the overview of the Guide showcases a new model for streets that work better for people, bikes, transit and cities. The release came as new data by New York City Department of Transportation showed the economic benefits of innovative and sustainable street design for small businesses, with redesigned corridors significantly outperforming other areas in retail revenue. Summaries of both reports are available below.

Designing Cities Panels, Workshops and WalkShops
Through panels and workshops, city transportation, planning and sustainability experts hammered out the next generation of transportation policies, urban designs and best practices to lead the country into a new era of transportation innovation. Participants reimagined streets and cities within a broad envelope ranging from car and bike sharing to food trucks to financing city transportation infrastructure. Copies of the conference presentations are available at NACTO’s website. 

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Financing City Transportation Infrastructure: (L-R) Senior Strategic Advisor and Independent Consultant for Government Affairs Practice with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and Former Washington, DC Mayor Anthony Williams, Assistant Secretary and CFO with the USDOT Chris Bertram, President of Roy Kientiz LLC, Senior Advisor at Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Former Under Secretary for Policy with the USDOT Roy Kienitz, Associate Principal for McKinsey & Company and Former Acting Under Secretary for Policy and Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the USDOT Tyler Duvall, and LADOT General Manager Jaime de la Vega. (Credit: Alex Engel, NYC DOT) 

The lunch plenary on October 25 focused on how large-scale special events provide an impetus and an opportunity for cities to invest in transportation infrastructure and reimagine cityscapes. Moderated by Tom Vanderbilt, Journalist and Author of the Best‐Selling Book, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), Andrew Altman, former Chief Executive with the London Legacy Corporation and the 2012 Olympics, and Jay L. Kriegel, former Executive Director of NYC2012, presented parallel efforts in New York City and London to invest in transportation infrastructure for the 2012 Olympics.
(L-R) Former Chief Executive with London Legacy Corporation 2012 Olympics Andrew Altman, Journalist and Author of the best‐selling book, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) Tom Vanderbilt, and Former Executive Director NYC2012 Jay L. Kriegel.
(L-R) Former Chief Executive with London Legacy Corporation 2012 Olympics Andrew Altman,Journalist and Author of the best‐selling book, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) Tom Vanderbilt, and Former Executive Director NYC2012 Jay L. Kriegel. (Credit: Alex Engel, NYC DOT)

Bringing the conference to an exciting close and setting the stage for continued discussions on Designing Cities was Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s “UP w/Chris Hayes.” Hayes moderated a panel discussion on what cities are doing to become sustainable with New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Director Ed Reiskin, and Boston Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom Tinlin.

Commissioners' Panel
(L-R) SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin, NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, MSNBC’s UP w/Chris Hayes host Chris Hayes, Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler, and Boston Transportation Commissioner Tom Tinlin. (Credit: Jonathan Maus, Bike Portland)

The conference also featured walkshops and site visits to major transportation and urban design projects throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Popular tours included Green Light for Midtown, a signature project which created a string of pedestrian plazas along Broadway through Times and Herald Squares; the High Line, a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side; the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway bicycle tour from Greenpoint to Red Hook; the Dutch Kills Green a desolated commuter parking lot transformed into an inviting green space; and a transportation infrastructure tour of the World Trade Center led by officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 

Picture of participants on World Trade Center Walking Tour
(L – R) World Trade Center Transportation Infrastructure Tour: Philadelphia Deputy Commissioner for Transportation and Utilities Stephen Buckley, Chicago Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Luann Hamilton, SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin, and Tom Grassi with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (Credit: Alex Engel, NYC DOT)

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Thank You to Designing Cities Funders and Sponsors

NACTO's Designing Cities: Leading the Way to World Class Streets Conference was made possible with the support from New York University Rudin Center for Transportation and funding from the Surdna Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the University Transportation Research Center. Title sponsorship support came from Parsons Brinckerhoff and STV Group. Plenary sponsorship was provided by Verizon and the Commissioners' Panel was sponsored by IBM. Opening reception support was provided by HAKS and car2go, and promotional item support was provided by Nelson/Nygaard and Sam Schwartz Engineering. NACTO extends its deep appreciation to these institutions. Together, we will forge a common vision for healthier, sustainable, equitable and efficient cities of tomorrow.

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Urban Street Design Guide Preview
An overview of the Designing Cities Urban Street Design Guide, scheduled for publication in 2013, was released by New York City Department of Transportation Secretary and NACTO President Janette Sadik-Khan at the Designing Cities Conference. The Guide reflects growing national and international best practices and research in mobility, urban design, planning and engineering. Spearheaded by transportation professionals and designers with the input of public and private sector practitioners working in America's cities, the Guide will serve as a blueprint for 21st century street design. San Francisco-based Nelson\Nygaard Associates is working with NACTO to develop the Urban Street Design Guide. They are joined by web designer BlinkTag and a panel of street design experts from around the country. The Rockefeller Foundation and the Summit Foundation are the primary funders of the Urban Street Design Guide.

NACTO Urban Street Design Guide
NACTO Urban Street Design Guide

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Measuring the Street: New Metrics for 21st Century Streets
New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan released a report that discusses key approaches to street design projects and how results can be measured against goals for safety, serving all users and creating great public spaces while also maintaining the flow of traffic. The report, Measuring the Street: New Metrics for 21st Century Streets, is adding to a growing amount of evidence that investments in more sustainable, safer streets that accommodate all users stimulates the local economy. Key findings include: 
  • Retail sales went up by 71% on Fordham Road in the Bronx following the introduction of more reliable Select Bus Service in 2008, three times the borough‐wide growth rate
  • Retail sales increased by as much as 49% on portions of Ninth Avenue in Manhattan after the installation of parking‐protected bike lanes, or 16 times the borough‐wide retail sales growth
  • In Brooklyn on the streets adjacent to Pearl Street Plaza, retail sales went up by 172%, nine times the borough‐wide rate. 
This growth comes on top of other demonstrated economic growth, including Times Square, where retail rents doubled following the 2009 Green Light for Midtown project and new flagship stores have opened and which now generates a staggering 
$110 billion in economic activity. Times Square last year was listed for the first time as one of the top 10 retail locations on the planet. Meanwhile, there were 49% fewer commercial vacancies in the Union Square North area, where new plazas, simplified intersections and a protected bike lane were installed, while there were 47% fewer commercial vacancies on First and Second avenues after SBS and bike lanes were installed. 

Measuring the Street Report
Measuring the Street Report

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Blog Entry from Fast Lane: 
The Official Blog of Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
World-class cities rely on world-class transportation
October 24, 2012

Transportation leaders from across the country are gathered in New York City this week to talk about what they are doing to make America's cities vibrant, attractive centers of activity. It's all part of the National Association of City Transportation Officials' conference, "Designing Cities: Leading the Way to World-Class Streets." And I was happy to help get things started for them this morning.
Between all that this Administration has done for transportation in our nation's cities--large and small--and all that the new transportation bill that President Obama signed this summer allows us to continue doing, there was plenty to talk about.
What does transportation have to do with making cities vibrant and attractive? Quite a lot.
A few weeks ago, I was in Los Angeles to announce DOT support for a new light rail transit line that will connect downtown L.A., nearby cities in L.A. County, and the free shuttle to LAX. Through this TIFIA loan, we're helping hard-working families gain a safe, affordable alternative to driving. In Denver, the old Union Station is becoming a regional transportation hub and a focal point for commercial development, including new housing. And in Dubuque, Iowa, the historic Millwork District has a chance to thrive as part of an initiative that is converting old buildings into housing, offices, and retail connected by sidewalks and streets that work for motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders.
I could go on--about the transit-oriented development that’s helping cities like Phoenix and Mesa create strong economic growth, or the streetcars connecting people, businesses, services, and activities in Fort Lauderdale, Portland, and New Orleans. I could point to the bike paths and bike-share systems popping up in cities across the country—from Minneapolis to Miami. I could point to New York where the Sustainable Streets plan is making it safer for kids to walk to school, ensuring that seniors can get around, and creating popular public spaces. There are dozens of other projects that demonstrate the astonishing new vitality that transportation has helped bring to our nation's cities. And every step of the way, the Obama Administration has supported the effort to create the world-class streets Americans deserve.
During this week's conference one topic on everyone's mind will be NACTO's just-released Urban Street Design Guide, which documents the design principles and strategies that the nation’s largest cities are adopting to confront new and growing demands on their streets. From Bus Rapid Transit to bikeways and public seating, the guide showcases a new model for streets that work better for cities and the people who live, work, and own businesses in them. And not just better in terms of livability--as the data that accompanied today's release indicates, this model is better in terms of business income, jobs and economic growth.
Look, when President Obama first asked me to do this job, we had a lot of work ahead of us. We were facing the greatest economic crisis in over a generation, and our infrastructure was in desperate need of repair. Since then, this Administration has made unprecedented investments in our nation’s transportation system. We’ve put people to work on our roads, bridges and rails—in cities big and small. Across the country, we’ve made it easier to ride a bike, walk to work, or catch a bus. And this week, when city transportation leaders meet to talk about designing the world-class streets of the 21st century, we will be there still, continuing to support their efforts.
The new transportation bill that President Obama signed into law this summer, MAP-21, allows DOT to continue our commitment to improving the quality of life in communities nationwide. And I know that the transportation leaders gathered in New York this week share that commitment and will take the tools MAP-21 provides and use them to continue transforming America's cities.

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NACTO's New First Vice President
NACTO is pleased to announce the election of Edward D. Reiskin, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Director as the First Vice President and Secretary. In accepting the leadership role, Reiskin said “I chose to pursue the first Vice President position with NACTO to support a great organization that is giving deserved voice to cities across the country that are on the front lines of transportation policy and operations and who by sharing information and best practices and by developing advocacy strategy can help shape urban transportation in ways that are needed for cities, regions, and the country to thrive.” Reiskin replaced outgoing Portland Mayor, Sam Adams. NACTO thanks Mayor Adams for his work with NACTO. He will be leaving office at the end of the year. 
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Ed Reiskin, new NACTO First Vice President and Secretary

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Washington Update

Key Transportation Program on Fiscal Cliff
According to Larry Ehl of Transportation Issues Daily, preliminary estimates released by the White House indicated funding for highways, transit and rail programs in 2013 will be cut by about $1.5 billion on January 2 if automatic budget cuts take place as scheduled. Transportation programs paid out of general fund transfers to the Highway Trust Fund, rather than gas tax receipts in the Highway Trust Fund, will be cut as part of the fiscal cliff. These programs include Amtrak, New Starts, and TIGER. 

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Measure People, Not Just Traffic 

NACTO, with over 30 other national groups including Transportation for America and American Public Health Association, sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on October 26, 2012 urging him to include in the new transportation law (MAP-21) measurement of congestion that evaluate the system’s ability to effectively move people rather than solely traffic. 

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GAO Report: Flexible Funding Continues to Play a Role in Supporting State and Local Transportation Priorities
A new report released on November 15 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, entitled Flexible Funding Continues to Play a Role in Supporting State and Local Transportation Priorities, found that from 2007 to 2011, FHWA apportioned about $53 billion in flexible funding to states, which is about 29 percent of total federal-aid highway funding apportioned to the states during that time. States transferred about $5 billion, or 10 percent of their apportioned flexible funding, to FTA for transit projects. Four states -- California, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia -- accounted for the majority of flexible funding transferred to FTA for transit projects. Urbanized areas over 1 million in population received most (more than 75 percent) of the transferred flexible funding. 

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City Corner

Atlanta BeltLine – A Successful Public-Private Partnership Project
The new 2.25-mile section of the Atlanta BeltLine has opened. The trail contains a 14-foot wide concrete trail and 30 acres of landscaped greenspace, including spaces for both public art and naturalistically designed exercise station. Connecting Piedmont Park to Freedom Park and Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skatepark, the path extends the PATH Foundation trail that runs from Stone Mountain to downtown. This completes a nearly six mile corridor and is the first phase of Atlanta BeltLine vision – a pedestrian-friendly transit, a multi-use trail, greenspace and connectivity with surrounding developments and neighborhoods. 

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New Zoning Code 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore City Department of Planning introduced the first rewrite of Baltimore’s zoning code in over 40 years. Known as TransForm Baltimore, the goal is to update and simplify the city’s outdated zoning code while promoting economic growth and protecting the unique character of Baltimore’s neighborhoods. The new code provides a framework to help achieve the goal of growing the city by 10,000 families over the next decade. Baltimore’s future growth will be dependent upon creating new mixed-use redevelopment Downtown and at Transit Oriented Development sites while accommodating a modern mix of uses and enhancements to the city’s urban design quality throughout the city. 

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Plan to Replace Reviled Legacy 

State officials are developing a $70 million plan to replace the reviled legacy of 1950s urban designed McCarthy Overpass – where the goal was to prioritize automotive transport. The new plan will replace the overpass with landscaped streets and sidewalks, crosswalks and intersections for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit and cars. In the meantime, urgent short-term repairs are being made to stabilize structurally deficient sections of the overpass.

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Chicago River Walk

Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein has submitted a letter of interest to the TIFIA program for build-out of the Chicago Riverwalk. The TIFIA request includes funds to complete the design work from LaSalle Street to Lake Street, and the construction of the entire length of the build-out, which is estimated at $90-100 million. Upon completion the Chicago Riverwalk (along the main branch of the Chicago River) there would be a continuous walkway and recreational amenity connecting the lakefront with the heart of downtown. For futher information, click here

Children's Safety Zones 
The Chicago Department of Transportation has unveiled newly installed safety treatments in one of the 1,500 Children’s Safety Zones, demonstrating the various tools the city will install to increase the safety of children around schools and parks. The Department has also recently published the Chicago Pedestrian Plan, which identifies new citywide programs and policies to improve pedestrian safety through education, engineering and enforcement.  

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Text My Bus – Real-time Bus Information
The City of Detroit has launched an innovative text message service that will provide real-time arrival information for its buses. The “Text My Bus” program allows riders to text their nearest street address or intersection and receive messages indicating nearby bus routes, the closest bus stop and the arrival time for the next bus. 
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First Municipal Electric Vehicle Car Sharing Program
The City of Houston has launched Houston Fleet Share, a new municipal electric vehicle (EV) green fleet sharing program. The program will outfit 50 city-owned fleet vehicles – including 25 Nissan Leaf EVs and other plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles – with Zipcar’s proprietary car sharing technology for use by city employees. The program is the first of its kind to utilize electric vehicles and is designed to help the City of Houston improve efficiency, promote sustainability and save money - all without sacrificing employee mobility.  The program is Funded by the State Energy Conservation Office American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Transportation Program. The City of Houston selected Zipcar as its fleet technology provider for three years with options for extension through a competitive bidding process. 

Los Angeles 

Bicycle-Friendly Community Award
The City of Los Angeles has gained national designation from the League of American Bicyclists. The City received a Bronze “Bicycle Friendly Community Award” for its significant progress during the past five years in promoting bicycling, education programs, bike infrastructure and the success of the 2010 Bicycle Master Plan. The Plan has led to the expansion of the bicycling network and the addition of 75 miles of bikeways last year. The City has also increased bicycle parking, incorporated bicycle-friendly streets and has tried out innovation such as the green bike lanes and bicycle corrals.  

Mayor Villaraigosa Celebrates Groundbreaking of Westside Subway Extension
On November 13, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa announced the official start of utility relocation work for the Westside Subway Extension. The advancement of this nine-mile subway extension will support thousands of local jobs and improve transit access along one of the region’s most heavily traveled corridors. Once completed, riders will be able to travel between downtown Los Angeles and the Westwood/UCLA Station in about 25 minutes. The total project is forecast to cost $6.3 billion based on a three-phase construction schedule. Major construction of subway stations and tunnels for the first segment between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega is expected to begin in 2014, with planned completion in 2023. The second construction phase would add another 2.6 miles of subway service and would include new Wilshire/Rodeo and Century City Stations, and has a planned opening date for 2026. The last remaining construction phase of the project would add another 2.9 miles to the service, include two new stations at Westwood/UCLA and Westwood/VA Hospital, and open in 2036. 

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Busy Roads Restriped to Protect Bicyclists
The City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County recently completed a project to enhance the bicycling experience along two busy streets, Park Avenue and Portland Avenue. Both streets were restriped to better serve the changing needs of residents and commuters, including around 200,000 bike trips annually and 6,000 to 12,000 vehicles per day. The new layout reduces the vehicle driving section to two lanes and provides 5’ buffers on either side of a 6’ bike lane. 
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New York City

LOOK! Safety Campaign
New York City Department of Transportation launched the new LOOK! safety campaign to highlight the critical need for motorists and pedestrians to pay attention when driving and crossing the street. As part of the campaign, pavements at locations with histories of crashes resulting in serious injuries and fatalities are marked with “LOOK. “Eyes” are drawn within the O’s mimicking eyes looking in the direction of oncoming traffic. The curbside markings are currently installed in crosswalks at 110 intersections citywide and are complemented by ads on nearby bus shelter, phone kiosks and other outdoor placements to reinforce the message to look before crossing the street. The pedestrian-focused ads also feature photographs of eyes and text calling on New Yorkers to “Walk safe/Cross smart.” Ads tailored to drivers feature eyes and appear on MTA/NYC buses’ rear advertising panels. These ads remind motorists to “Drive smart/LOOK!” The campaign also includes ads to combat the dangers of “dooring” — crashes caused when a car door is opened into the path of a bike rider. Taxis will have eye-catching decals affixed to taxi passenger windows and a new Taxi TV video calls on passengers to look out for bike riders when opening a cab door.

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Crowdfunding – Citizens Funding Civic Projects
The City of Philadelphia piloted a new crowdfunding platform, Citizinvestor to raise funds for the TreePhilly Fall Planting Campaign. Citizinvestor, allows citizens to micro-fund selected city projects by pledging an investment to meet the project’s fundraising goal. Citizinvestor’s crowdfunding model requires the full goal to be reached before money is exchanged. Projects have 30-90 days to reach their funding goal. 
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SW Moody Ave. Reconstruction Ahead of Schedule and On Budget
Over the past 21 months the City of Portland have worked to rebuild SW Moody Ave. with streetcar tracks, large sidewalks, a two-way cycle track, and track crossings for the Portland-Milwaukie light rail line. Construction on the project reached 'substantial completion' in March, on-budget and nearly three months ahead of schedule.The track crossings for MAX are currently under construction, with the new light rail line scheduled to open in 2015. The new street is also 14 feet higher than the old one, making it less susceptible to damage in the event of a future Willamette River flood. For before and after photos, click here
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San Francisco

State of Cycling Report
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has released the 2012 State of Cycling Report. Key findings include:
  • Cycling has grown 71 percent since 2006
  • Two statistically significant random surveys showed about
    3.5 percent of all trips in the city are taken by bicycle
  • San Francisco has a high share of residents who bicycle at least occasionally
  • Unsafe bicycle riding behaviors remain infrequent overall
  • Residents bike to exercise, to improve the environment and to enjoy outdoors
  • The most common trip purpose for frequent riders is the work trip
  • People believe that existing bikeways are well-marked and are easy to access.
Light Up the Night
To increase the visibility and safety of cyclists at night, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency together with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are distributing and installing bicycle lights. By law, bicyclists must have a white front light and red rear reflector (or light) when riding at night.  However, compliance is low, raising concerns about traffic accidents and injuries. The program encourages cyclists to be visible and safe on city streets. 

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Proposed Budget Prioritize Funding for Transit Options
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn recognized the importance of public transportation and has proposed in the 2013-14 Proposed Budget to prioritize funding support to expand transit options. Proposed public transportation investments include:

$6 million to expand high-capacity transit lines identified in the Seattle Transit Master Plan
  • $2 million to fund a corridor analysis of a future downtown to University District high-capacity transit line via Eastlake. If approved by the City Council, this work would begin next year
  • Funding a $1 million corridor analysis of a Madison Street BRT line
  • Funding a $500,000 study of a pedestrian, bike and transit crossing of the Ship Canal. A north/south crossing of the Ship Canal, addressing one of the most constrained choke points in Seattle
  • Funding a $2.5 million TMP Investment Reserve to fund the local match for the next phase of design work on this top corridor, starting in 2014.
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Washington, DC 

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to Connect the District of Columbia and Maryland
Elected officials from the District of Columbia (D.C.), Maryland and key U.S. federal agencies recently unveiled the design of a four-mile section of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail which will connect D.C. and Maryland. The trail project, know as the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens segment, is part of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative’s efforts to create a healthy, green, equitable and prosperous city. By connecting Benning Road in the District with Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, Maryland, this segment creates new connections between communities, the river and its natural resources while enhancing recreational and educational opportunities for trail users. The trail also increases accessibility to transit stations and reduces bicycle commute time by as much as 30 minutes. The trail will include both paved 10 to 12-foot-wide asphalt and concrete boardwalk sections that meander around trees and wetlands in the Aquatic Gardens and other National Park Service lands, sidewalks, raised walkways, and five bridges over Anacostia River tributaries. The trail will be maintained and operated by the District, National Park Service and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.  

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City Solution

City of Phoenix Bikeshare RFI
The City of Phoenix is soliciting responses to this Request for Information from qualified contractors or organizations interested in providing services for a highly successful and financially self-sustaining automated on-demand bicycle sharing system. The purpose of this request is to gauge interest and feasibility for a bike sharing program in the Phoenix market. This is a request for information, not a solicitation for products or services. Responses are due by 10am on December 31, 2012.

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In Case You Missed It

Urban Bikeway Design Guide – Second Edition & Webinar
In September, NACTO released the second edition of the Urban Bikeway Design Guide. The Guide, which has set a new national standard for designing safe streets for cyclists since its initial release in 2011, has been updated to include an additional chapter on bicycle boulevards, new dynamic graphics and renderings, and information on best practices for installation of green color in bikeways. 
Following the guide’s release, NACTO and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) co-hosted a webinar on the second edition of the Urban Bikeway Design Guide. The webinar featured NACTO Sustainable Initiatives Program Manager David Vega-Barachowitz, Portland Bicycle Coordinator Roger Geller and Alta Planning + Design Principal Joe Gilpin.The Guide is an interactive document and available at To purchase printed copies, go to

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Note: 2013 NACTO Annual Meeting will not be held in conjunction with Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in January. A date will be scheduled once an announcement is made regarding the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary and the rosters for the transportation committees of the 113th Congress.

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