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Note: Where possible, we provide the DOI link
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(and associated database) is intended to provide meaningful estimates of
infrastructure costs by collecting up-to-date cost information for pedestrian
and bicycle treatments from states and cities across the country. Using this
information, researchers, engineers, planners, and the general public can
better understand the cost of pedestrian and bicycle treatments in their
communities and make informed decisions about which infrastructure enhancements
are best suited for implementation.
This guide provides
a roadmap to making all types of communities bicycle friendly... One of the
most powerful ways to increase the amount of bicycle travel is the adoption of
bicycle friendly laws and policies. Policies can remove obstacles to bicycling,
create incentives for bicycling infrastructure, and make it easier and safer to
bicycle. This guide helps policymakers figure out where to start, and spells
out how to effectively use policy to promote bicycling..."
At the ECF, we
also have opinions on how certain policies (namely: pro-cycling measures) can
improve the people's well being, thus their productivity and the economy as a
whole. Therefore it came as little surprise to us discovering that the world's
happiest countries rank at the very first places also in the ECF Cycling Barometer.
In other words: the more a country rides, the happier it is....
Journal of Pediatric Nursing Available online
31 October 2013
The study results support the findings
from other research regarding the high prevalence of overweight and low levels
of physical activity in rural children and higher levels of self-efficacy
associated with higher levels of physical activity, aerobic fitness, and
healthy body composition in youth.
A report from the Canadian Federation of
Municipalities. Municipalities of all sizes and in rural, urban and remote
settings will have increasing populations of senior citizens in the years
ahead. This reality has many implications for municipal policy and decision
makers. This FCM QOLRS report highlights demographic trends associated with an
aging population, and presents innovative municipal practices addressing them. (Includes a chapter on Active Aging).
North Western University researchers
note that the location of the phone can have a significant impact on how well
the app can pick up a person's movement. Therefore, they have created a
computer algorithm that can be used in conjunction with a physical activity app
that is able to "predict" the location of a mobile phone throughout
the day with "near perfect accuracy."
This new book by Barbara McCann provides
detailed information on complete streets, which are designed to be safe for
people of all ages and abilities, whether they are walking, driving, bicycling,
or taking the bus. The book describes how the complete streets movement united
bicycle riders, transportation practitioners and agencies, public health leaders,
older Americans, and smart growth advocates to reframe roadway design goals and
Public places play a key role in building
community and placemaking can empower local communities to create a sense of
"belonging" through place. A new report by a DUSP research team, led
by [#Susan Silberberg], examines the interactions between placemaking,
community participation, and the expanding ways communities are collaborating
to make great public places.
the National Association of Realtors has consistently revealed that Americans
prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and shorter commutes….. For detailed
information go to NAR's 2013 Community Preference Survey Analysis and slides: http://bit.ly/177aI9i.
note by Quebec’s National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy
introduces the 'road diet,' an engineering technique that redesigns arterial
roadways to control traffic speeds and better accommodate walking, cycling and