Research in Action: Trends in How Municipalities Are Addressing Increased Demand for Safe Public Space (May 28, 2020 Webinar)
See the live webinar polling results here.
(654 total attendees, survey completion was about 55%)
This webinar will describe various strategies communities are implementing in response to increased demands for safe public space for walking and cycling during the COVID-19 crisis. Researchers at UNC’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center will present on an effort to collect and analyze data on these strategies in order to identify community-based factors related to their adoption, impacts, long-term viability, and potential unintended consequence. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.
Attendees will be invited via instant polling to contribute to this ongoing research by sharing observations and opinions about the changing demands on public space in your community. Are space considerations a significant issue in your community? What is your experience in sharing public space and social distancing? How safe are you feeling? What feedback are you hearing from others in your community about what’s working (or not working for them)?
Presenters will also share suggestions for creative approaches attendees can use to estimate the impacts of COVID-19 on walking conditions and pedestrian activity in their communities. Join us and become a citizen scientist for helping us all understand the many ways that COVID-19-induced stay-at-home orders and social distancing are changing the way we use public space.
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- Polling Results (654 total attendees, survey completion was about 55%)
- Transcript of the Recording
- Attendee / Panelist Q and A
- Tabitha Combs Presentation
- Heyden Black Walker Presentation
- Dan Gelinne Presentation
- Local Actions to Support Walking and Cycling During Social Distancing Dataset
- Five resources to assist cities and towns to create their own call for Slow Streets (Heyden Black Walker):
- Transportation-Related COVID-19 Measures Letter
- Walk Austin Press Release
- Walk Austin community petition with over 1,100 signatures (led by Walk Austin)
- Final City Council Resolution calling for the program
- City of Austin web page to share information and gather data
- NACTO: Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery
- Federal Highway Administration: Fact Sheets
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Programs Info Brief (PBIC)
- Guidebook on Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection (NCHRP Report 797)
- Collecting Network-Wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Data (Washington State DOT)
- Confirmed: Bicycle and Pedestrian Activity Surges During Safer at Home (City of Memphis’ Bikeway and Pedestrian Program)
- COVID-19 Traffic Volume Trends (ITE)
- Audit Tools (PBIC)
- Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists (FHWA)
- Bicycle Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists (FHWA)