Cal Walks footPRINTS
April 2014
News from Around the Network
Caltrans took a monumentous step forward last Friday in creating a more balanced, multimodal transportation system by formally endorsing the innovative NACTO Urban Streets Design Guide. 

Caltrans' endorsement makes California the third state in the nation to endorse a more flexible approach to the design of pedestrian and bicycle facilities on city streets and removes a barrier to local jurisdictions wishing to implement parklets, temporary curb extensions and pedestrian plazas, and buffered bike lanes.


Only 4 weeks left until PedsCount! hits the Capitol May 14-16, 2014.  Check out the Summit Program online and get registered today! 
 


We've added a Happy Hour on May 15--sponsored by New Belgium Brewery--for Summit attendees to mix, mingle and be merry. Join us at Sushi Oshima Tap House for discounted drink specials on New Belgium's seasonal brews--don't forget to bring your Summit name badge!
 
Discounted room rates are available at the Best Western Sutter House and the Embassy Suites through April 23, 2014Make your reservations today!

Cal Walks is seeking applicants for an exciting Policy & Campaign Manager position to lead and ramp up the work of the San José STEPS Coalition. Applications are due to info@californiawalks.org by Friday, May 9, 5 PM.

Keep californiawalks.org/legislation bookmarked for the latest info on legislation we're  following this session and what you can do to help out!
New Resources
Relation Between Higher Physical Activity and Public Transit Use
This new study found that 1) Transit users had more daily overall physical activity and more total walking than  nontransit users, but did not differ on either non-transit-related walking or nonwalking physical activity; 2) Most frequent transit users had more walking time than least frequent transit users. and 3) Higher physical activity levels for transit users were observed only on transit days, with 14.6 minutes (12.4 minutes when adjusted for demographics) of daily physical activity directly linked with transit use.

Multistate Evaluation of Safe Routes to School Programs
This study of Safe Routes to school programs in four states found statistically significant increases in active travel to school (via walking or biking) in all four states--with overall active school travel increasing from 12.9% to 17.6%; walking from 9.8% to 14.2%; and biking from 2.5% to 3.0%.  
FHWA Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Guide - Recommendations and Case Study

Transportation Research Circular E-C183: Monitoring Bicyclist and Pedestrian Travel and Behavior  This Transportation Research Board (TRB) circular identifies a selection of recent advancements in bicycle and pedestrian data monitoring pertaining to both traffic volumes and behavioral data.  

Transportation Research Record, No. 2393 / Pedestrians 2013 A compilation of 20 papers that examine an analysis of pedestrian performance in shared-space environments; using a smartphone application to support visually impaired pedestrians; pedestrian-vehicle traffic conflicts; automated classification of pedestrian gender and age; driver compliance with pedestrian yield right-of-way laws; and development of the Canadian Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide.

Statewide Multimodal Planning Current Practice at State Departments of Transportation
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Upcoming Events
April 15 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Hosted by the Center for Transportation Excellence

[Webinar] Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper, and Healthier
April 17 | 10:30AM-11:45AM | Hosted by America Walks

[Webinar] Public Health Benefits of Active Transportation
April 18 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Hosted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) | $50 for APBP members, $80 for non-members

April 22-23 | Sacramento, CA | Hosted by TransForm

[Mutual Aid Call] Integrating Access: Walking & Rolling in Bike Advocacy
April 23 | 11:00AM-12:00PM | Hosted by the Alliance for Biking & Walking

[Webinar] The Impact of Walking on the Environment & the Economy
April 30 | 11:00AM-12:00PM | Hosted by America Walks

May 14-16 | Sacramento, CA | Hosted by Cal WALKS

[Webinar] Best Planning & Engineering Practices for School Zones
May 21 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Hosted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) | $50 for APBP members, $80 for non-members
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