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Current Issue:

April 2024

  • USDOT Announces Thriving Communities Award Recipients
  • NHTSA Reports Increases in Pedestrian and Bicyclist Deaths in 2022
  • FRA Grant for Projects with Pedestrian Trespasser Fatalities Focus
  • FHWA Announces Opportunities in Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Management
  • FHWA Carbon Reduction Program
  • Cities and Communities Showcase Creative Solutions for Improving Safety for Youth Walking and Biking

Past Issues:

March 2024

  • Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP)
  • USDOT Launches New Active Transportation Webpage
  • FHWA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Highway Safety Improvement Program
  • USDOT Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Grant Funds Local Projects
  • FHWA Offers Proven Safety Countermeasures in Rural Communities
  • FHWA Announces Call to Apply to the Congestion Relief Program
  • FHWA "Equity in Roadway Safety" Webinar Series Kicks Off Today
  • New PBIC Info Brief on Creating Accessible, Equitable, Safe, and Complete Networks for Young Pedestrians
  • National Bike & Roll to School Day Opens May 2024 Registration

February 2024

  • Apply for a USDOT Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant
  • USDOT Announces Updated Equity Action Plan and Transportation Data and Equity Hub
  • DOT Navigator Offers New and Updated Grant Application Resources
  • USDOT Launches $15 Million Complete Streets AI Initiative
  • USDOT Releases National Roadway Safety Strategy Progress Report
  • FHWA Announces Call to Apply to the Vision Zero Community Pairing Program
  • Intelligent Transportation System Technologies for Pedestrian Safety
  • National Program Offers Federal Grant Application Bootcamps

January 2024

  • Safe System Roadway Design Hierarchy Tool
  • Vulnerable Road User Research Plan
  • NHTSA Releases New Edition of MMUCC
  • Updated Countermeasures Guide for Highway Safety
  • USDOT Progress Report: 2021-2023
  • Reactions to and Recommendations for the Updated MUTCD
  • Winners of the USDOT Intersection Safety Challenge
  • Flexible Federal Share for Transportation Alternatives and Highway Safety Funds

December 2023

  • $1.5 Billion Available through 2024 RAISE Grant Program
  • New Edition of the MUTCD for Streets and Highways Now Available
  • Final Rule Establishes Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure
  • Safe System Approach for the Urban Core Report
  • FHWA Publishes Two New Trail Resources
  • FHWA Offers New Micromobility Webpage
  • TRB Workshop: International Innovations to Improve Pedestrian Safety on Urban Arterials

November 2023

  • Safe Streets and Roads for All Grants Awarded to 235 Communities
  • FHWA and Bureau of Transportation Statistics Release New Resources to Help State DOTs with ADA Transition Plans and Inventories
  • FHWA Updates Pedestrian and Bicycle Funding Opportunities Table
  • FHWA Design Standards Provisions
  • Vision Zero for Youth US Leadership Award Open for Applications through December 16
  • NHTSA Releases 2021 Summary of Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes
  • Two Sets of Articles Offer Ideas and Resources for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

October 2023

  • White House Technical Assistance Funding Guide Includes USDOT Opportunities
  • Learning from Australasia to Improve Pedestrian Safety Webinar Series Continues with New Supporting Resources
  • 2021 Crash Statistics for People 65 and Older
  • FHWA and FTA Virtual Peer Exchange on Integrating Asset Management Into Planning and Programming
  • New Case Study Documents Quick-Build Projects to Engage Community and Improve Safety for Youth
  • Lusaka, Zambia Receives Vision Zero for Youth International Leadership Award, US Leadership Award Now Open for Applications
  • Historic Joint European Cycling Declaration: Strategies to Unlock Cycling's Full Potential

September 2023

  • US Access Board: Notable Changes in Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines Final Rule
  • Thriving Communities Program Now Open for Applications
  • FHWA Launches Website for New Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Grant Program
  • States’ Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessments Will Be Complete by November 15
  • 2024 Environmental Excellence Award Nominations Due November 3
  • FTA Issues Advisory to Improve Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists Around Buses
  • Applications for Transit-Oriented Development Planning Funding Opportunity Due October 10
  • New E-Scooter Safety Toolbox Provides Evidence-Based Guidelines
  • October Is National Pedestrian Safety Month
  • National Walk & Roll to School Day Is October 4

August 2023

  • US Access Board Issues Final Rule on Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines
  • USDOT Appoints Members of the Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity
  • Upcoming Webinar Series on Improving Pedestrian Safety on Urban Arterials: Learning from Australasia
  • New Resources to Engage Youth and Help with Walk & Roll to School Day
  • NHTSA Pedestrian Safety Month
  • State-by-State Implementation of Transportation Alternatives Program
  • Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning Applications Due October 10

July 2023

  • New Pedestrian Safety Zone Resources Support Systemic, Low-Cost Improvements
  • New Report Covers Comparative Study on Communities with High Rates of Pedestrian Injuries
  • Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Grant Program Deadline September 28
  • $2.2 Billion RAISE Program Grants Awarded
  • $20.9 Million Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund Grants Awarded
  • ITDP Launches Cycling Cities Campaign to Promote Benefits of Bicycling
  • FHWA E-Bike Resources
  • Free Small Community and Tribal Government Webinars

June 2023

  • International Study Focuses on Pedestrian Safety on Urban Arterials in Australasia
  • New Resource Shows How Quick-Build Safety Projects Can Improve Connections for Young Commuters
  • Upcoming Webinar on Using Sidewalk Inventories as a Tool for Equity and ADA Compliance
  • Upcoming Webinar on Youth-Engaged Design and Quick-Build Installation
  • Help NCHRP Researchers Evaluate Safety Culture and Perceptions
  • NHTSA Seeks Comments on Proposed Update and Rule That Aim to Protect Pedestrians
  • FHWA Launches IRA Implementation Website
  • Community Connectors Grants for Communities Harmed by Transportation Infrastructure
  • FRA Awards Over $570M in Railroad Crossing Elimination Grants

May 2023

  • FHWA Highlights Efforts to Improve Safety for People Walking, Bicycling, and Rolling Made Possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
  • FHWA Compiles Technical Assistance Resources
  • FHWA Details Recent National Roadway Safety Strategy Efforts
  • FHWA Awards $21.8 Million to 33 National Scenic Byways Projects
  • Apply for PROTECT Grant by August 18, 2023
  • New Interactive Tool Explores Impacts of Underinvestment in Transportation
  • NHTSA Issues Request for Comments on New Crashworthiness Pedestrian Protection Testing Program
  • Lusaka, Zambia Receives 2023 Vision Zero for Youth International Leadership Award
  • PBIC Remembers Public Health and Road Safety Champion and Collaborator, David Ragland

April 2023

  • Apply for a USDOT Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant by July 10
  • NHTSA Reports Increases in Pedestrian and Bicyclist Deaths in 2021
  • Case Study Features City of Seattle Strategies for Equitably Advancing Safe Walking and Biking for Youth
  • Bike & Roll to School Day Is One Week Away
  • Sarah Debbink Langenkamp Active Transportation Act Proposed
  • E-BIKE Act Revised, Reintroduced

March 2023

  • USDOT Reconnecting Communities Program Responds to Historic Injustices
  • Using RRR Projects to Expand Multimodal Networks
  • FHWA ‘Equity in Roadway Safety’ Webinar Series Launches April 17
  • Bike & Roll to School Day May 3: Registration Now Open
  • ITE Foundational Equity Glossary Draft
  • Transportation Alternatives Program State-by-State Quarterly Review
  • Intersections Initiative Helps Communities Apply for Active Transportation Funding

February 2023

  • USDOT Responds to Roadway Safety Crisis
  • USDOT and FHWA Award Funding for Projects to Improve Walking, Biking, and Rolling
  • Request for Information: Improving Road Safety for All Users on Federal-Aid Projects
  • The DOT Navigator: One-Stop Shop for Federal Grant Funding
  • Request for Comment: Draft MMUCC Guideline, Sixth Edition

January 2023

  • U.S. Blueprint to Remove All Emissions from the Transportation Sector by 2050
  • Screening Tool for Equity Analysis of Projects
  • 2022 Roadway Fatalities Overall Seem to Level Off, But More Bicyclists and Pedestrians Die
  • Paper on Predictive Safety Analysis in Montgomery County Receives TRB Award
  • Reminder: 2023 RAISE Grant Program Deadline in February

December 2022

  • Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting Sessions to Attend
  • “Arterial Roads and Pedestrian Safety” Presentation Slides
  • Talking Points for Children and Youth Active Travel
  • $1.5B Available through 2023 RAISE Grant Program

November 2022

  • UNC Highway Safety Research Center to lead national Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
  • Youth Active Travel Celebrated in October
  • ICYMI: Advancing Trails to Support Multimodal Networks Info Brief
  • Summary: USDOT Resources Prioritize Safety for People Who Walk, Bike, and Roll

March 2022

  • PBIC Messenger to Pause Newsletter Delivery
  • New FHWA Complete Streets Report to Congress
  • Bike and Roll to School Day May 4: Registration Now Open
  • The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Resources

February 2022

  • New USDOT National Roadway Safety Strategy and FHWA Update to Highway Safety Improvement Program
  • FHWA Active Transportation Funding and Financing Toolkit
  • PBIC Vision Zero for Youth Philadelphia Demonstration Project
  • FHWA Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Reports
  • America Walks Walking College
  • 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grant

January 2022

  • AASHTO Issues Revised Pedestrian Facilities Guide
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool, Version 3
  • Federally Funded Bridge Repair/Replacement Includes Accommodations for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

December 2021

  • USDOT Awards Nearly $1B in RAISE Grants
  • Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting Sessions to Attend
  • USDOT Invites Comments to Inform Strategic Framework

November 2021

  • Road Fatalities Spiked in First Half of 2021 and Speeding Still Higher than Pre-COVID
  • Call for Case Studies on Pandemic Era Street Redesigns Due November 24
  • 2022 Environmental Excellence Award Nominations Due December 15

October 2021

  • October is National Pedestrian Safety Month
  • Call for Nominations: 2022 NHTSA Public Service Awards
  • Apply for National Recreation Trail Designation

September 2021

  • Getting Back to School Together
  • New Edition of Countermeasures That Work
  • Walk to School Day 2021

August 2021

  • Sharing Spaces with Robots: The Basics of Personal Delivery Devices
  • Active Transportation Research Roadmap
  • Walk to School Day 2021
  • PBIC Remembers Esteemed Colleague, Janet Barlow

July 2021

  • "Understanding Crashes and Safe Behaviors to Help Prevent Them" Video Series
  • Rails-with-Trails Best Practices and Lessons Learned
  • 2020 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report
  • Safe Systems Summer Learning Series
  • US House Passes its Version of INVEST in America Act
  • Four New Livability Fact Sheets

June 2021

  • Request for Information on Transportation Equity Data by June 24
  • New USDOT Guidance for Transit-Oriented Development Project Loans
  • GAO to DOT: Recommendations to Improve Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
  • Illinois to Ax Local Match for Walk/Bike Infrastructure

May 2021

  • Federal RAISE Grants to Modernize and Create New Infrastructure - Due July 12
  • National UTC Selects New Projects Focusing on Active Transportation
  • New Walk Friendly Communities Recognized
  • Call for Case Studies: Integrating Public Health in Public Land Transportation Planning
  • Call for Examples: Good Practices for Transportation to School

April 2021

  • Case Studies for FHWA Pedestrian and Bicycle Focus States and Cities
  • Micromobility: A Travel Mode Innovation
  • NHTSA Announces New Projects on Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
  • NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements
  • Milwaukee Receives Vision Zero for Youth Innovation Award
  • Reminder: Comments on the Updated MUTCD Due May 14
  • Proposed American Jobs Plan Provisions for Active Road Users

March 2021

  • Dangerous by Design 2021: Pedestrian Deaths Up 45%
  • Transportation and Health Researcher Call to Action
  • MUTCD Comment Period Extended to May 14, 2021, Webinars of Proposed Changes
  • Share Community Practices and Research Needs on E-Scooter Safety
  • Bike to School Day May 5: Registration Now Open

February 2021

  • New Journal Paper Shares Findings and Analysis of Shifting Streets Dataset
  • Preventing Pedestrian Injuries and Deaths Among School Bus Riders
  • FHWA Releases New Resources on Bikeway Selection
  • APBP 2021 Webinar Series
  • Book: Rethinking Streets During COVID-19
  • Book: Cycling for Sustainable Cities

January 2021

  • Proposed MUTCD Update Open for Public Comment Through March 15
  • USDOT Releases First Strategic Plan on Accessible Transportation, Extends Comment Period for Reference Hub on AV Accessibility
  • Create More Space for Children and Families Around Schools
  • PedPal App Makes Signalized Intersections Safer for Pedestrians with Disabilities

December 2020

  • PBIC Searchable Upcoming and Archived Webinar Database
  • Active Transportation Sessions at 2021 TRB Annual Meeting
  • USDOT Releases First Ped Safety Action Plan
  • PeopleForBikes Launches Advocacy Academy
  • Streetsmart Launches Beta Healthy Transportation Platform
  • Walk/Bike/Places Proposals: Crowdsourced Voting Open Dec. 14-21

November 2020

  • Dutch Reduce Default Speed Limit Nationwide
  • Cruise to Offer Driverless Passenger Service in San Francisco, CA
  • ICYMI: Health and Transportation Webinar Series Materials
  • Evaluation of Aesthetically Treated Crosswalks
  • Applications for Safe Routes to Parks Grants Due Dec. 18

October 2020

  • Ten Actions Needed by Developers Before Deployment of Automated Driving Systems Around Schools
  • New Guidance for Conducting Pedestrian and Bicyclist Road Safety Audits
  • FTA Announces $6.2 Million for Transit Planning in Communities Nationwide
  • NHTSA Releases 2020 Pedestrian Safety Month Playbook and Holds Webinar
  • New Injury Reporting Codes for Micromobility Modes
  • Safe Steps to the School Bus Stop
  • US Department of Interior Rulemaking on E-Bikes Finalized
  • Comment Now: Revised Policies for E-Bike Use in National Forests

September 2020

  • "Shifting Streets" COVID-19 Mobility Dataset
  • PBIC Health and Transportation Webinar Series
  • Shared Micromobility in the U.S.: 2019
  • NHTSA and FHWA Launch First National Pedestrian Safety Month
  • Walk to School Day October 7: Registration Now Open

August 2020

  • Walk to School Day 2020
  • City Limits: Setting Safe Speed Limits on Urban Streets
  • Designing Streets for Kids
  • Back to School Student Active Transportation Guidance and Resources

July 2020

  • PBIC: Toward a Shared Understanding of Pedestrian Safety: An Exploration of Context, Patterns, and Impacts
  • PBIC and National Center for Safe Routes to School: Planning Considerations for Walking and Rolling to School in Fall 2020
  • PBIC: Safety-Based Prioritization for Youth Pedestrian Travel Planning: Applying Systemic Pedestrian Safety Analysis to Youth Travel
  • USDOT Summit on Pedestrian Safety
  • FHWA: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian
  • Update on FHWA Bikeway Selection Guide
  • Free Assistance Still Available for Scalable Risk Assessment Methodology

June 2020

  • New Resources on Transportation and Public Health
  • Considerations for Deploying Automated Driving Systems Around Schools
  • What Makes a "Biking" School? How Some Schools Have Pulled Ahead in Cycling Rates
  • NHTSA Early Estimate of 2019 Vehicle Traffic Fatalities
  • FHWA Publishes TPM/PBPP Implementation Workshop Interim Report

Spring 2020

  • PBIC CenterLines Partnership
  • PBIC Walking and Biking While Social Distancing Dataset
  • COVID-19 Resources and Tracking for Walking and Biking
  • National Highway Institute Bicycle Facility Design Training Course
  • Submit Comments for Federal Rulemaking on E-Bikes

Winter 2020

  • PBIC Researchers Contribute to Two TRB Award-Winning Papers
  • New Info Briefs Focus on Vision Zero for Youth
  • New Studies use 2017 National Household Travel Survey to Analyze Trends in Walking and Biking
  • City of Fremont Receives Vision Zero for Youth USA Leadership Award
  • Help Researchers Locate Signage and Bike Lanes to Assess Safety Performance

Fall 2019

  • New Micromobility Resources Provide Overview and Document Applied Practices
  • New University Course Materials Focus on Pedestrian and Bicyclist Topics
  • New Info Briefs on Student and Youth Travel Data
  • NTSB Meets to Adopt Findings and Recommendations of Recent Report
  • 2018 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes Overview

Summer 2019

  • New PBIC Automated Vehicles University Course Modules
  • New PBIC and PeopleForBikes Info Brief on Connectivity Measures to Evaluate and Build Bicycle Networks
  • Walk to School Day
  • NHTSA Early Estimate of 2018 Vehicle Traffic Fatalities
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works: America's Transportation Infrastructure Act

Spring 2019

  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Launches New Website with New Data Resource Tool
  • Communities Across the United States Celebrate Bike to School Day, Focus on Health and Safety
  • Darren Buck Joins Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as New Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Coordinator
  • Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Report on Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State
  • National Transportation Safety Board's Testimony on Every Life Counts: Improving the Safety of Our Nation's Roadways
  • National Safety Council: 2019 Road to Zero (RTZ) Safe Systems Innovation Grants
  • Recently Published Article Takes a New Look at Bicycle Crash Types
  • Rails to Trails Conservancy Unveils Great American Rail-Trail

Winter 2019

  • Summaries of Pedestrian and Bicycle Research and Program Activities from US Department of Transportation (USDOT)
  • New Guidance for Bicycle Facility Selection from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Data Visualizations for Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
  • Learn How to Develop Scalable Risk Values and Assess Exposure to Risk
  • Upcoming Webinars from PBIC
  • Dangerous by Design 2019
  • Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge
  • TRB Best Paper Awards Granted to Pedestrian and Bicycle Topics
  • Research Reconstructs Pedestrian Fatalities by Replacing Drivers with Automated Vehicles

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 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

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