It’s cold. And I dislike snow. So I’m spending the day inside. Getting lots done!
Here’s some news from the CenterLines newsletter:
-> From now until the start of the National Bike Summit in early March, you will be hearing a lot about Federal transportation legislation. The Senate, House, and Executive Branch are all signaling that they will be introducing their own bills, of varying size and intent. The Executive Branch is hinting at a transformative bill; the Senate and House are both indicating that a new bill, and not simply a continuing resolution, will be forthcoming. Currently, we can no more than guess at the contents of these respective bills.
You will hear a lot of negative rhetoric about Federal funding of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects. Some of it will be bluster; some of it will be serious and require that supporters of sustainable and healthy transportation stand up to be counted. Stay tuned to CenterLines for the latest updates.
Streetsblog Capitol Hill has been following the latest developments in the Senate: http://tinyurl.com/4t5zhxv. Its reporters have also been interviewing the newest members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. There are some surprises. See http://tinyurl.com/4v2rqyd
The Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation writes about what is happening on the House side:http://tinyurl.com/4w7ymth
For those of you who are ready to get involved, we suggest you turn to the League of American Bicyclists, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, or your state or local bicycle/pedestrian advocacy organization for the latest legislative action alerts. In the meantime, take another look at the recently released bike-infrastructure-produces-jobs study: http://tinyurl.com/6j7ptes.
And this re: Walk Score:
-> The folks behind Walk Score are beta-testing a brand new algorithm — they call it “Street Smart Walk Score.” They are reporting that this will take pedestrian-friendliness rankings to a whole new level. Read more http://tinyurl.com/4ofabtb