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Issue: 9                                       Government Services                            November 2014

 


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Welcome to Cross County Connection's Newsletter for Municipal and County Leaders! These newsletters will provide updates on recent transportation-related projects and accomplishments, regional transportation news, and major construction activity in southern New Jersey. Feel free to share with your staff, residents and local businesses. We hope you enjoy!

 

 

FHWA Introduces a New Tool to Assist in Making Streets Safer for Bicyclists


In September's newsletter, we briefly discussed Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's unveiling of a new USDOT initiative, Safer People, Safer Streets, aimed at addressing the growing number of pedestrians and bicyclists injured or killed on American streets. An early result of this initiative is the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) recent release of BIKESAFE, a tool that provides the latest in best practices available to transportation professionals to better accommodate bicyclists.

BIKESAFE is an interactive website that provides a range of engineering, education, and enforcement measures that have been proven effective at improving bicyclists' safety and mobility. It consists of two general components - the Bicycle Safety Guide and the Countermeasure Selection System.

 

The guide provides an overview of bicycling, its most common safety concerns, and its important planning considerations. A highlight of the guide is the primer on the effects of a community's land use decisions on bicycling's accessibility, safety, and attractiveness. Too often, land use is not given enough consideration when addressing a community's bicycling environment. The guide points out that the average bicycle trip is 3.9 miles and 58% of total bicycle trips are less than 2 miles. Land use patterns that separate their residents from attractive destinations (parks, schools, jobs, shopping, etc.) at greater distances discourage bicycle usage, especially if connecting roads are designed for high speeds and traffic volumes.

 

The Countermeasure Selection System is the centerpiece of BIKESAFE. It provides a list of 46 engineering, education and enforcement countermeasures that "have been in place for an extended period of time and/or have proven effective." Users can identify appropriate countermeasures to address specific concerns in one of two ways - through the use of the Countermeasure Selection Tool or the Interactive Selection Matrices. The Countermeasure Selection Tool takes the user through a three-step process where they input location-specific variables and performance objectives to identify the most appropriate countermeasures. The Interactive Selection Matrices allow the user to see the relationship between countermeasures and specific crash types or performance objectives.

    

It is notable that BIKESAFE has included  relatively new types of bikeway facilities, such as cycle tracks and bicycle signal heads, as proven and effective countermeasures. Many of these facilities are contained in the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide. It was only a year ago that FHWA endorsed the NACTO Guide as acceptable bikeway design guidance, alongside the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities. The facilities contained in the NACTO Guide are seen as some of the most advanced being used within the United States. FHWA's further endorsement of these types of facilities is indicative of the forward direction national bicycle planning and engineering has taken in last few years. 

 

BIKESAFE can be found at: http://www.pedbikesafe.org/BIKESAFE/. For more information regarding the NACTO guide visit: http://nacto.org/cities-for-cycling/design-guide/. For general questions related to bicycle planning, bikeway design, and safety contact Patrick Farley, Land Use & Transportation Specialist at farley@driveless.com.

 

 

 

Upcominig Webinars (free!)


Designing for Older Road Users
UNC Highway Safety Research Center
Thursday, November 20 | 1:00PM - 2:30PM

 

 

South Jersey News Flash


New Commissioner calls for transportation tax, new tunnel, expanded light rail
October 20, 2014 | NJ Spotlight

Ceremonial lane opening signals impending end of infamous NJ Turnpike bottle neck
October 24, 2014 | NJ.com

Salem County Walk N' Talk program readies for November walks
October 28, 2014 | South Jersey Times

Haddon Ave. roadwork begins in Camden
October 30, 2014 | Courier Post

Egg Harbor Township's airport traffic circle becomes campaign issue
November 1, 2014 | Press of Atlantic City

Wenonah says 'no' to Glassboro-Camden light rail line stop
November 4, 2014 | South Jersey Times

N.J. bans guardrail piece allegedly tied to deaths, joins 30 other states
November 5, 2014 | NJ.com

N.J. likely to shut down red-light cameras
November 7, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Paratransit cuts jeopardize South Jersey service
November 9, 2014 | Courier-Post

State grants to cover repairs, replacements of South Jersey bridges
November 10, 2014 | Press of Atlantic City

 

Cross County Connection's Mission: To improve the quality of life in southern New Jersey through transportation solutions.

 

About Us: Cross County Connection, a nonprofit organization, partners with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), NJ TRANSIT, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO), member organizations and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, to provide solutions to complex transportation problems for counties, municipalities and employers in the southern New Jersey region encompassing Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties. 

 

 

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