PBIC Messenger

The PBIC Messenger is the free quarterly eNewsletter of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. The PBIC Messenger features the latest news out of the PBIC, as well as a Featured Case Study, New Resources, announcements, Pedestrian and Bicycle Issues in the News, and Upcoming Events.

Current Issue:

Fall 2018

  • New Info Brief Provides Summary of Practice and Key Resources for Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Programs
  • Walk to School Day
  • New Workbook Outlines Strategies for Accelerating Multimodal Project Delivery
  • New Guide and Resources for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Risk Assessment
  • Guidance for Systemic Safety Analysis to Identify Sites for Improvements and Countermeasures
  • 2017 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes Overview
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Awards

Summer 2018

  • New Resource Available on Language of Highway Removals
  • National Park Service Active Transportation Guidebook: A Resource on Supporting Walking and Bicycling for National Parks and their Partners
  • Walk to School Day
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Releases Research Note on Pedestrian and Bicyclist Data Analysis
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards
  • NHTSA Releases Ninth Edition of Countermeasures Guide
  • Every Day Counts Continues the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) Program
  • Back-Up Cameras Are Now Required in All New Cars Sold in the United States

Spring 2018

  • Communities Nationwide Celebrate Bike to School Day
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Release Report on Pickup Truck Collision with Multiple Bicycles
  • New Communities Receive Walk Friendly Designations
  • Governors Highway Safety Report (GHSA) on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State
  • Crash Data Changes with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA)
  • National Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities
  • National Household Travel Survey 2017 Data Now Available
  • FHWA releases Guide for Measuring Multimodal Network Connectivity
  • Road to Zero (RTZ) 2018 Safe Systems Innovation Grants
  • RTZ Coalition and the NSC Release Report for Ending Roadway Deaths

Winter 2018

  • Automated Enforcement Systems Info Brief
  • Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian Program Improves Safety
  • Leading Pedestrian Interval is now a Proven Safety Countermeasure
  • Summaries of Pedestrian and Bicycle Research and Program Activities from USDOT
  • Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Information Search Tool
  • Federal Register Notice on Automated Driving Systems
  • Interim Approval Rescinded for Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons due to Patent Issue

Fall 2017

  • Contribute to the Open Access Ped Bike Image Library
  • Walk to School Day and Vision Zero for Youth
  • Updated Design Resource Index
  • 2016 Fatal Traffic Crash Data Now Available
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Awards
  • Eight Communities Receive Walk Friendly Designation

Summer 2017

  • New Resource Discusses Ped-Bike Safety and Mobility with the Rise of Automated Vehicles
  • New PBIC Homepage Section Features Popular Topics
  • Info Brief Defines Connected Bike Networks
  • Effective Evaluation of Pedestrian Safety Interventions
  • Teaching Computers to Drive Towards Vision Zero
  • Video Documentation Project Captures Near Miss Incidents

Spring 2017

  • New Communities Receive Walk Friendly Designations
  • Communities Nationwide Celebrate Bike to School Day
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Releases Annual Traffic Safety Facts for Bicyclists and Pedestrians
  • Governors Highway Safety Report Released on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State
  • Safe Routes to School National Partnership Toolkit to Address Street Harassment—an Overlooked Barrier to Walking, Biking, and Physical Activity
  • Data for the 2016 Biking and Walking Benchmarking Report Now Available

Winter 2017

  • Fostering innovation in pedestrian and bicycle transportation pooled fund study
  • PeopleForBikes launches Big Jump project to help communities invigorate biking infrastructure
  • NHTSA research will evaluate the enforcement of bicycle safety laws
  • APA's Planners4Health program to promote planner/public health professional collaboration
  • NHTSA supports demonstration grants for statewide pedestrian and bicyclist focus education and enforcement

Fall 2016

  • FHWA announces cooperative agreement for PBIC
  • New white paper highlights practices for accommodating pedestrians and bicyclists on existing bridges
  • Upcoming webinar to focus on improving multimodal outcomes
  • Communities renew Walk Friendly designations
  • PBIC staff participating in first ever Spotlight Conference on pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • NHTSA awards new bicycling and walking projects
  • USDOT employees recognized for commitment to bicycling and walking

Past Issues:

Summer 2016

  • PBIC announces new director
  • FHWA, PBIC release paper and webinar on equity issues in ped/bike planning
  • Krista Nordback joins PBIC
  • Six communities renew their Walk Friendly designation
  • Every Day Counts 4 includes Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian
  • FHWA releases Bike Map idea book
  • FHWA taking applications for 2017 Environmental Excellence Awards

Spring 2016

  • FHWA's new Safety Performance Measures include a focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • FHWA releases new performance measures guidebook
  • NHTSA releases "Advancing Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety: A Primer for Highway Safety Professionals"
  • NHTSA releases "Effect of Electronic Device Use on Pedestrian Safety"
  • FHWA published new workbook on incorporating bicycle networks into resurfacing projects
  • GHSA releases study on pedestrian traffic fatalities in 2015
  • Webinar explores how communities can become Walk Friendly

Winter 2016

  • USDOT extends Mayors' Challenge and announces Challenge Awards
  • New report highlights connected ped/bike networks in the U.S.
  • PBIC and FHWA to host course on creating great communities at New Partners conference
  • USDOT releases summary report on road safety assessments
  • New Tools Available for Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning
  • FAST Act sets transportation funding plans through 2020
  • Pedestrian and bicycle sessions at TRB

Fall 2015

  • FHWA clarifies bicycle and pedestrian funding, design, and environmental review misconceptions
  • FHWA supports design flexibility
  • Surgeon General announces call to action to promote walking and walkable communities
  • New report reviews international practices for ped/bike networks
  • Springfield, MO and Columbia, SC join Walk Friendly Communities
  • New webinar to discuss pedestrian and bicycle safety at college campuses
  • FHWA and PBIC offer new webinar series on pedestrian crash countermeasures
  • Updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Provisions of Federal Transportation Legislation

Summer 2015

  • PBIC updates its Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Short Series for undergraduate education
  • PBIC offers new resource for improving ped/bike safety on university campuses
  • New white paper explores pedestrian and bicycle forecasting methods
  • NHTSA releases tools for teaching youth about pedestrian-motorists and bicycle-motorists crashes
  • New study to create procedures for capturing pedestrian traffic

Spring 2015

  • FHWA releases new guide on separated bike lanes
  • FHWA kicks off Ped/Bike count program
  • PBIC offers Design Resource Index for selecting ped/bike facilities
  • NCDOT's Watch for Me Campaign grows in 2015
  • More than 210 cities join the Mayors' Challenge
  • Walk Friendly Communities seeks new applicants
  • New report offers insight into determining the economic impact from ped/bike facilities

Winter 2015

  • FHWA offers new guide to help residents make their communities more walkable and bikeable
  • PBIC offering webinar on updated BIKESAFE
  • New PBIC paper covers how to crowdsource data for ped/bike planning
  • FHWA releases new Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Handbook
  • FHWA offers new Road Diet guide
  • Strengthening Transportation Career Pathways Webinar and Fact Sheet
  • Join FHWA's Livable Communities Discussion Board
  • Sign up for weekly updates from FHWA's Office of Human Environment

Fall 2014

  • Secretary Foxx announces new plan to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • PBIC names 50th Walk Friendly Community
  • Livability Tools/Resources
  • FHWA to offer new guide on separated bike lanes
  • PBIC offers free webinar series on creating a bicycle safety action plan
  • HSRC and FHWA update BIKESAFE
  • Free webinar on Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program

Summer 2014

  • PBIC names three new Walk Friendly Communities, promotes Charlottesville to Gold
  • FHWA releases Bicycle Safer Journey
  • FHWA releases its 2014 Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program report

Spring 2014

  • PBIC's website gets a facelift
  • PBIC's next webinar to cover statewide Complete Streets efforts
  • PBIC to offer webiner series on Creating Livable Communities through Public Involvement
  • Get ready for Bike to School Day
  • New bicycle safety curriculum available for PE teachers

Winter 2013

  • PBIC offers new study on countermeasure costs
  • NACTO releases new Urban Street Design Guide
  • Walk Friendly Communities programs now up to 44 communities
  • HSRC leading new cycle track research project
  • PBIC and America Walks compile pedestrian yielding laws by state
  • PBIC augments PEDSAFE with pedestrian safety research summary

Summer 2013

  • PBIC releases updated PEDSAFE Guide
  • New white paper focuses on the effectiveness of road diets
  • PBIC releases white paper on high-visibility crosswalks
  • FHWA updates Pedestrian Safer Journey
  • PBIC crates new courses for undergraduate students

Spring 2013

  • PBIC unveils new white paper series
  • FHWA holds bicycle safety summits in Tampa, Minneapolis
  • PBIC updates its bike share website
  • HSRC hosts Complete Streets training across North Carolina
  • PBIC partners with Bike League for new webinar series
  • FHWA adds nonmotorized traffic to monitoring guide

Winter 2013

  • PBIC hosts NHTSA administrator for pedestrian enforcement event in North Carolina
  • APBP names Charlie Zegeer its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient
  • Walk Friendly Communities releases new guide book
  • PBIC releases summary report on annual activities
  • PBIC creates new YouTube Channel
  • Study links how public health can be used in transportation planning
  • Complete AASHTO Bike Guide webinar series available online

Summer 2012

  • Washington DC, Long Beach, Calif. among nine communities designated as Walk Friendly PBIC oofers webinar series on updated AASHTO Bike Guide
  • PBIC attendss to Pro Walk/Pro Bike in September
  • PBIC and APHA team up for webinar series on public health and bicycle and pedestrian issues
  • PBIC releases final results of its national Bike Share study
  • Featured Case Study: Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons in St. Petersburg

Spring 2012

  • PBIC begins fourth round of Walk Friendly Communities
  • FHWA issues new report on value of investing in bicycling and walking infrastructure
  • HSRC celebrates Bike to Work Month
  • PBIC and APHA collaborate to offer new webinar series
  • Featured Case Study: CycleTracks App and Cyclist Trip Modeling in San Francisco

Winter 2012

  • PBIC is kicking off a new national study on Bike Share Programs
  • PBIC Updates its graduate-level course materials
  • Gear up for the first-ever National Bike to School Day
  • Featured Case Study: Using Walk Score for Neighborhood Planning in Washington D.C.

Spring 2011

  • PBIC Announces Inaugural Walk Friendly Communities!
  • Join the Ride! Bike to Work Week 2011
  • Find Bicycle and Pedestrian Resources in Your State
  • May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • Featured Case Study: Complete Streets Implementation in Sacramento, California

Winter 2011

  • An Update on the Walk Friendly Communities Program
  • PBIC Unveils New Bike to Work Website
  • What's New with PBIC Webinars?
  • Featured Case Study: Strength in Numbers: The Central Florida Bike Bus

Fall 2010

  • Ready, Set, Go! — PBIC Launches Walk Friendly Communities
  • PBIC at Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2010
  • PBIC Introduces New Webinar Series — Designing for Pedestrian Safety
  • Featured Case Study: Improving Pedestrian Conditions on a High Traffic Arterial

Summer 2010

  • Profile: 15 Years Later — The State of Bicycling and Walking
  • PBIC Presents "Designing for Pedestrian Safety" Webinar Series
  • PBIC Calls for Pilot Applications for Walk Friendly Communities
  • Equal Footing Summit Launches at 2010 Pro Walk/Pro Bike®
  • Free PBIC Printed Resources Available
  • Featured Success Story: Safe Streets for Seniors NYC Case Study

Spring 2010

  • Profile: Pedestrian and Bicycle Video Library Launched
  • PBIC Featured in Bicycling Magazine
  • May Bike Month/Bike to Work Week
  • PBIC Co-hosts Online Conference on Pedestrian Access

Winter 2010

  • Connect with PBIC on Facebook
  • Graduate-Level Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Course now available
  • Annual TRB meeting connects ideas, research, people
  • PBIC releases Summary Report
  • Next PBIC Webinar to highlight community approaches to safety education
  • Featured Success Story: Comprehensive School-Age Pedestrian Safety Program, Orange County, Florida

Fall 2009

  • PBIC announces Livable Communities Webinar Series
  • Neighborhoods receive funding to improve pedestrian safety
  • Call for research ideas related to bicycles, pedestrians and health
  • PBIC developing Web-based Video Library
  • Featured Case Study: Sidewalk Planning: A GIS-Based Approach, Austin, Texas

Summer 2009

  • Profile: Updated PBIC Image Library launched
  • Neighborhoods receive funding to improve pedestrian safety
  • PBIC director participates in international scan of pedestrian and bicycle mobility
  • 6 "livability principles" to guide policy
  • Featured Case Study: Livable Streets Plan, Raleigh, NC

Spring 2009

  • Profile: Celebrate Bike Month in May!
  • DOT Secretary LaHood blogs about bikes
  • Updated Web resource for Accessible Pedestrian Signals
  • NCHRP Project: Use of Bicycle Lanes for Various Roadway Characteristics
  • Featured Case Study: Traffic Calming Guidelines in Sacramento

Winter 2009

  • Profile: Guide to Promoting Bicycling on Federal Lands
  • PBIC researchers receive award for outstanding transportation research
  • Updated case study compendium available
  • Featured Case Study: Sunday Parkways: Helping Minority Communities Connect to Bicycling and Walking

Fall 2008

  • Profile: PQN's International Pedestrian Audits
  • PBIC participates in WALK21 in Barcelona
  • PBIC participates in international research exchange agreement
  • Featured Case Study: Bike to Work Week in Victoria

Summer 2008

  • Profile: Pedestrian Safety Guide for Transit Agencies
  • PBIC and APBP develop new case studies and FAQs
  • PBIC increases outreach activities
  • Featured Training: Creating Great Communities through Public Involvement

Spring 2008

  • Profile: A Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities
  • PBIC contributes to Prevention Magazine's Best Walking
  • Improving Access to Transit for Bicyclists
  • Featured Training: National Highway Institute Bicycle Facility Design Course
  • Featured Case Study: Trail User Counts and Surveys, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin

Winter 2008

  • Profile: Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists
  • PBIC launches redesigned Web site for bicycling information
  • Featured Training: Pedestrian Planning and Design
  • Featured Case Study: University-based Pedestrian Safety Campaign "Cross Safely Drive Safely"

Fall 2007

  • Profile: Training Courses on Planning and Designing for Pedestrian Safety
  • PBIC launches redesigned Web site for walking information
  • Featured Case Study: Miami-Dade County, Florida, Walk Safe Program

Summer 2007

  • Profile: Pedestrian and Bicycle Intersection
  • Safety Indices
  • Featured Case Study: Agencies, Advocates Collaborate on State Bike/Ped Plan

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