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Human Environment Digest

June 19, 2014

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Welcome to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Human Environment weekly email digest. This digest shares the latest information from a range of Federal and non-Federal sources, addressing transportation and its relationship to the human environment.  Through this information exchange, FHWA hopes to foster dialogue at all levels and continue to further the state of the practice on these important topics.

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Recordings Available for "Talking Freight: Freight Movements in Complete Street Settings" Webinar

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has posted presentations, recordings, and transcripts from the "Talking Freight: Freight Movements in Complete Street Settings" webinar, held on May 21, 2014.

AARP Publishes Spring 2014 Livability Fact Sheets on Bicycling and Road Diets

AARP and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute published a bicycling fact sheet that offers tips for making communities more bicycle-friendly and a road diet fact sheet that provides information on how to make roads safer for all users, including both pedestrians and drivers.

Community Impact Assessment

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TRB Committee on the Social and Economic Factors of Transportation Announces Call for Papers

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on the Social and Economic Factors of Transportation (ADD20) and its Subcommittee on Community Impact Assessment (CIA) (ADD20(1)) encourage all transportation researchers and practitioners to submit papers for presentation at TRB's 2015 Annual Meeting. Papers on a broad range of topics related to the direct, indirect, and/or cumulative socio-cultural and economic effects of transportation systems are welcomed. Papers must be submitted in PDF format by August 1, 2014.


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NPS Publishes "Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide"

The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) published the first eGuide in a digital series that will chronicle and share information on the development of "Healthy Parks Healthy People" programs in parks and communities nationwide. The first edition shares how parks and partners are engaging diverse audiences and new partners to promote parks as places for healthy living.


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President Obama Announces National Disaster Resilience Competition

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide nearly $1 billion in competitive grants to communities that have experienced natural disasters and need funding to both rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters. The competition will support innovative resilience projects at the local level and encourage communities to adopt policy changes and activities that plan for impacts of extreme weather and climate change.

Report: "Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros"

The report identifies "regionally significant walkable urban places" (WalkUPs) in the Nation's 30 largest metropolitan areas and ranks them based on their current and future commercial real estate metrics. The report, which was produced by LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors and The George Washington University Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, is an updated version of a 2007 Brookings Institution survey that compared economic performance of metro areas' walkable places to their drivable, suburban counterparts.

 Pew Survey Finds "Liberals Want Walkable Communities, Conservatives Prefer More Room"

"Politcal Polarization in the American Public," an extensive survey from the Pew Research Center, finds that 75 percent of "consistent conservatives" say they would opt to live in a community where “the houses are larger and farther apart, but schools, stores, and restaurants are several miles away.” Seventy-seven percent of respondents who consider themselves "consistent liberals" prefer a smaller house that is closer to amenities.

Public Involvement

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USFS Seeks Comment on Over-Snow Vehicle Use

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend an agency requirement to designate National Forest System (NFS) roads, trails, and areas on NFS lands where over-snow vehicle use is allowed, restricted or prohibited. The deadline to submit comments on the proposed amendment is August 4, 2014.

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