In this installment of Stories From the Field, Nikita Sinha of Walk San José shares her experiences advocating for the safety of people in the city who walk, bike, and roll through partnership and community engagement centered in equity. Read more below!
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Everyone starts their trip as a pedestrian, whether by walking to their car, heading to a transit station, an e-bike corral, or pushing a stroller down the sidewalk. Some folks, either out of choice or pure necessity, complete entire trips by walking, while others might walk for exercise or to de-stress. The benefits of walking (or rolling) are manifold: reduced air pollution, decreased risk of chronic health conditions, stronger ties to the community, and boosts to the local economy. Simply put, when we plan and design healthy, safe, livable walking communities everybody benefits.
Stay up to date with the latest road safety trends and best practices in active transportation with webinars happening in March 2019!
This month, learn about methods to improve the safety for people walking and rolling for transportation with webinars from the Federal Highway Safety Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Department of Transportation, America Walks, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and Portland State University’s Transportation Research and Education Center.
The Active Transportation Resource Center (ATRC), along with Caltrans, is hosting two trainings next month intended to guide practitioners in the planning and design of bicycle routes along roadways in California. These free, day-long introductory courses are designed for architects, planners, engineers from local, regional and state agencies to “explore the tools used to assess and evaluate the suitability of a transportation route and facilitate its use by all types of cyclists.” Larry Moore, a retired Caltrans engineer, will teach both courses.
From coast to coast, a number of cities have commited to Vision Zero, an approach to road safety that aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while working to ensure safety for all. To help city leaders focus commitments and actions on the most significant and proven areas of change to advance safe mobility, the Vision Zero Network has released a new resource, "Core Elements for Vision Zero Communities."