Photo from the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse
Mineral Wells to Weatherford Rail-Trail, Mineral Wells, TX.
Opening day and dedication of the Mineral Wells to Weatherford Rail Trail.
(Photo: Texas DOT).
Revised May 14, 2012
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Picture source: Claes Tingvall, Director of Road Safety for the Swedish Road Administration. http://www.slidefinder.net/t/swedish_model_vision/zero/modele_suedois/1896950 (slide 18).
Photo circulated by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Then it was the DOT traffic engineer's turn....and I quote: "Since the bicyclists are always in the way of traffic, we need to figure out how to get them off the road." (or something very close to that :-]). I couldn't ignore the comment. I tried. Really I did. But I had to share: "Bicyclists and pedestrians are also traffic." The poor man didn't say one more word the rest of the meeting.
- A planner from the Heartland
See: Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding: www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/funding/bipedfund.cfm. Funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) raise funding to over $1 billion for FY 2009 and 2010.
Number of trips:
Bicycling and walking economics:
Bicycling and walking economics and health: www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/index.php/site/memberservices/2012_benchmarking_report/
Health focus: www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/
Trails can be part of the overall transportation solution.
School info: How Children Get to School: School Travel Patterns from 1969 to 2009, National Center for Safe Routes to School. http://saferoutesinfo.org/program-tools/NHTS-school-travel-1969-2009. Personal vehicles taking K-12th grade students to school accounted for 5 to 7 percent of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and 10 to 14 percent of all personal vehicle trips made during the morning peak period in 2009.
United States Department of Transportation
The DOT policy is to incorporate safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities into transportation projects. Every transportation agency, including DOT, has the responsibility to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and bicycling and to integrate walking and bicycling into their transportation systems. Because of the numerous individual and community benefits that walking and bicycling provide - including health, safety, environmental, transportation, and quality of life - transportation agencies are encouraged to go beyond minimum standards to provide safe and convenient facilities for these modes.
"The Department views all transportation improvements as opportunities to improve safety, access, and mobility for all travelers in California and recognizes bicycle, pedestrian, and transit modes as integral elements of the transportation system." Providing safe mobility for all users, including motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders, contributes to the Department's mission/vision: "Improving Mobility Across California".
Successful long-term implementation of this policy is intended to result in:
Conference photo: Available on many websites.
Search for "conference bike photo".
Livability means "being able to take your kids to school, go to work, see a doctor, drop by the grocery or post office, go out to dinner and a movie, and play with your kids at the park, all without having to get into your car."
- Secretary of Transportation - Ray LaHood
Specific requirements for the TIPs/STIPs include:
Photo from the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse.
Graph: Gabe Rousseau, Federal Highway Administration Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager.
Data: FHWA Fiscal Management Information System (FMIS).
See more information, including State-by-State information, at www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/funding/bipedfund.cfm.
Note: The Federal Fiscal Year is from October 1 through September 30. FY 2012 began October 1, 2011, and continues until September 30, 2012.
TE: Transportation Enhancement Activities
SRTS: Safe Routes to School Program
NTPP: Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program
ARRA: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provided 2 years of supplemental funding for economic stimulus purposes.
TE projects must relate to surface transportation and be eligible under one or more of 12 Eligible Categories:
|1) Pedestrian and bicycle facilities
2) Pedestrian and bicycle safety and education
3) Scenic or historic easements and sites
4) Scenic or historic highway programs
5) Landscaping and scenic beautification
6) Historic preservation
|7) Historic transportation buildings, structures, or facilities
8) Rail-trail conversions
9) Inventory, control, and removal of outdoor advertising
10) Archaeological planning and research
11) Mitigate highway water pollution and wildlife mortality
12) Transportation museums
Source: National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse.
This pie chart (through FY 2008) was presented during the training.
See the latest figures at www.enhancements.org/publications.asp.
Are pedestrians and bicyclists comfortable on your highway system?
Can bicycles use Interstate Highways or other freeways?
It depends on State law.
Most western States allow bicycles, with some exceptions in urban areas..
Major bridges often have separate facilities...
Photo Credit: Rebecca Hayworth, FHWA Tennessee Division
(now FHWA Mississippi Division bridge engineer)