PBIC Messenger

The PBIC Messenger is the free quarterly eNewsletter from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. The PBIC Messenger features latest news, resources, webinars, upcoming events, and more. Subscribe to receive the next issue.

Current Issue:

September 2021

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

Past Issues:

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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