TRB Annual Meeting: Presentations and Impressions

 

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Poster with Jon Wergin about Bikeshare Routes in Washington, DC “Where do Capital Buikeshare Bikes Actually Go?”

Below are the poster and the video:

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Presentation at “TRB Workshop on Urban Form Impacts on Transport Energy Use”

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Electronic Version of Important Updates from TRB for 2017 Annual Meeting

  1. Emergency Procedures for the Marriott Marquis – Review and follow the instructions in this document if there is an emergency during your meeting .
  2. TR News Flyer – TRB invites you to submit articles to its bi-monthly magazine
  3. Research Pays Off Flyer –An announcement that TRB is looking for articles showcasing specific benefits of research
  4. Committee Communication Coordinators Update – An informational summary for you about the activities undertaken by the communications coordinators over the last year
  5. Committee Research Coordinators Council Update – An informational summary about the activities undertaken by the committee research coordinators council over the last year
  6. Practice Ready Papers – An announcement of the availability of our searchable Practice Ready Papers database
  7. Research Needs Database – An announcement of the availability of our searchable Research Needs Statements database
  8. Ideas Deserving Exploratory Analysis – Brochure of information about TRB’s IDEA program
  9. Cooperative Research Program Update – Listing of the most recent publications from TRB’s Cooperative Research Programs
  10. Special Reports – A listing of the most recent special projects or “policy studies” published by TRB
  11. Young Members Council Update – Briefing of the latest announcements and activities from TRB’s Young Members Council (the all-TRB one, not our Aviation Group one, who’s update is at the bottom of this email)

NHTSA update on pedestrian and bicycling research.

Preliminary Program and Lists of Delegates_S4C Colloquium Velo-City 2017

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Poster Presentation at 10th University Transportation Center (UTC) Spotlight Conference: Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

Last week I presented a poster at the 10th University Transportation Center (UTC) Spotlight Conference: Bicycles and Pedestrians. The poster was based on our forthcoming paper in the American Journal of Public Health:

Buehler, R., Pucher, J. forthcoming. “Have Walking and Cycling Become Safer? Recent Evidence from High-Income Countries, with a Focus on the United States and Germany,” American Journal of Public Health.

Here is a link to the poster presented at the University Transportation Center (UTC) Spotlight Conference: Bicycles and Pedestrians Safety.

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Several Recent Media Mentions

Our work was mentioned in several media outlets:

Planetizen.com: The critical importance of bicycle infrastructure for public health

Minneapolis Start Tribune: Minneapolis leads bike-friendly cities in cutting bike crashes, injury rates

Alexandria Gazette Packet and Virginia Connection Newspapers: Shifting Gears for Bikeshare

Streetsblog USA: Cycling is Getting Safer

Atlantic City Lab: Why Protected Bike Lanes Save Lives

Univision/City Lab Latino: Mientras los accidentes automovilísticos aumentan en EEUU, invertir en ciclovías está salvando vidas

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AJPH Editorial: Safer Cycling Through Improved Infrastruture

Today AJPH published our invited editorial:

Pucher, J., Buehler, R. 2016. “Safer Cycling Through Improved Infrastructure,” American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 116, No. 12, pp 2089-2090. (Note: Invited Editorial).

The editorial provides data on trends in cycling safety for New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington (DC), Cambridge (MA), San Francisco, Seattle, and Minneapolis.  It also reports the much greater safety of physically protected/separated on-road bikeways called “cycle tracks” in the cities of Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. The editorial also examines the application of Vision Zero to cycling safety.  Finally, the editorial introduces the two full-length research articles in the Dec 2016 issue of AJPH focusing on cycling safety.

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Vienna, Austria: Increasing Quality of Life and More Sustainable Transport

Quality of life in the City of Vienna, Austria is consistently ranked among the top cities worldwide by Mercer, Monocle, and just recently the Economist magazine.  One reason for Vienna’s high quality of life may be related to its transport policies that prioritize public transport, walking, and bicycling—and thus help reduce noise and air pollution from cars, fatalities and severe injuries from motor vehicle collisions, traffic congestion, and free up public space for activities other than parking or moving cars.  In a recent study, published in Transport Reviews, we compared trends in transport sustainability and transport policies in five European cities: Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich in Germany, Zurich in Switzerland, and Vienna in Austria.DSC01827.JPGEven though all cities have significantly reduced the car share of trips over the past 25 years, Vienna has been the most successful.  The key to success has been a coordinated package of mutually reinforcing transport and land-use policies that have made car use slower, less convenient, and more costly, while increasing the safety, convenience, and feasibility of walking, cycling, and public transport. The mix of policies implemented in each city has been somewhat different. The German cities have done far more to promote cycling, while Zurich and Vienna offer more public transport service per capita at lower fares. All five of the cities have implemented roughly the same policies to promote walking, foster compact mixed-use development, and discourage car use. Of the car-restrictive policies, parking management has been by far the most important. The five case study cities—and Vienna’s case in particular—demonstrate that it is possible to reduce car dependence even in affluent societies with high levels of car ownership and high expectations for quality of travel.

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City Cycling Book Mentioned in Financial Times

A Financial Times article about safety of urban cycling mentioned our book City Cycling.

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