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GVF Executive Director, Rob Henry, One of the First to Receive National Certification in TDM

The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) has established a national certification program for Transportation Demand Management (TDM) professionals. This program supports the continuing education and professional development that enhances the knowledge and performance of local, state, federal, private-sector and non-profit TDM professionals. GVF is excited to announce that Executive Director, Rob Henry recently achieved the certification as part of the inaugural class. Rob serves as ACT’s Public Policy Committee Chair and Immediate Past President. During his tenure as President of the Board of ACT the certification development was approved, and the creation of the Certification Board

Program pairs donated bikes with essential workers to make commute easier - Newsradio KYW 1060 AM

Essential workers who are in need of transportation to and from work now have a chance to get some new wheels. The Greater PHL Bike Match program pairs someone who has a bike with another who needs one. Those with a bike to spare and donate are connected with those in need, including health care workers, first responders and caregivers, who need a bike as a mode of transportation. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is facilitating the program. “A lot of people have expressed that they would like a bike right now,” said Betsy Mastaglio, manager of the DVRPC Office of Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning. “Either they don't have a car, they don't always have access to

POST-COVID: Safety Isn’t Only About Infrastructure - StreetsBlog

Yes, we need more bike lanes and sidewalks. But we can't stop there. It’s not too late for cities to prevent a total carmageddon as their COVID-19 lockdowns ease — and they need to think beyond simple infrastructure to get it done. Cities around the world are doing the right thing by expanding sidewalks to accommodate social distancing, slowing speed limits to keep an influx of new vulnerable road users safe, building pop-up (and permanent) bike lanes, instituting Slow Streets and Open Streets programs, and other common-sense changes to their street infrastructure. And American cities owe it to all residents to catch up to their international peers and do all of these things even more. But w

How Will Americans Commute After Lockdowns End? - CityLab

More than zero, fewer than 45, ideally 16: Those are the number of minutes that workers would prefer to spend commuting, according to various studies. Research on travel behavior has consistently shown that people value the time it takes to get from their homes to their jobs — for solitary thinking, catching up on email, or just putting some distance, in time and space, between work and home lives. Those preferences have been put to the test during the coronavirus pandemic, with millions of global office workers commuting between rooms or pieces of bedroom furniture rather than neighborhoods. Now, as coronavirus lockdowns loosen in parts of the world, a divergent picture of the post-pandemic

The League of American Bicyclist’s, Policy Director Shares Bike Advocacy Efforts - GVF

As we navigate this new world, GVF is always looking to provide its partners with the latest mobility programs and resources. If you would like to discuss your organizations future transportation options, contact us today. May is National Bike Month and GVF continues to celebrate virtually. Ken McLeod, Policy Director for the League of American Bicyclists joined us for our third Bike Month webinar to share an update on the League’s advocacy efforts during COVID-19. The League of American Bicyclists is a national nonprofit dedicated to representing bicyclists in the movement to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a Bicycle Friendly America. Through education, advocacy, and promotion

Working From Home During the Pandemic Has Environmental Benefits — But We Can Do Even Better - The R

For many Americans across the country, staying home to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) means adapting to long-term telework for the first time. We’re doing a lot more video conferencing and working out all the kinks that come along with it. While this particular situation is not ideal for many — for example, I’m currently writing this with an infant in a baby carrier on my chest and our almost-three-year-old belting “Let It Go” in the background — in many ways we’re playing out a real-time experiment on whether telecommuting is possible on a large scale. The coronavirus will pass, but it’s looking more and more like remote work will stick around. This time has demonstrate

The Pandemic Shows What Cars Have Done to Cities - The Atlantic

The New York City streetscape has become a strange, inverted mirror image of the normal world. Suddenly, if you have a car, and actually have someplace to go, driving seems weirdly pleasant, almost rational: Congestion is rare, gas is even cheaper than usual, and parking is abundant. This is the Hollywood version of getting around Brooklyn: No matter your destination, you can find a spot right out front. During the coronavirus-induced lockdown, not many people are driving to work, shuttling kids on the school run, or sharing Ubers home from a Lower East Side bar. Vehicle traffic moves smoothly, now that it largely seems to consist of what traffic on urban streets arguably should consist of:

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Talks to GVF About its Advocacy Efforts – Part 2

As we navigate this new world, GVF is always looking to provide its partners with the latest mobility programs and resources. If you would like to discuss your organizations future transportation options, contact us today. May is National Bike Month and GVF is continuing to celebrate virtually. Our second Wellness Wednesday webinar saw close to 40 attendees. This is the second part to the previous article “The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Talks to GVF About its Advocacy Efforts.” Lou Savastani, Chair, Bike Montgomery County and Adam Supplee, Landscape Architect/Planner at Traffic, Planning and Design are active members of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. They spoke

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Talks to GVF About its Advocacy Efforts

As we navigate this new world, GVF is always looking to provide its partners with the latest mobility programs and resources. If you would like to discuss your organizations future transportation options, contact us today. May is National Bike Month and GVF is continuing to celebrate virtually. Our second Wellness Wednesday webinar saw close to 40 attendees. Sarah Clark Stuart, Executive Director for the Bicycle Coalition for Greater Philadelphia kicked off the webinar with an overview of the Coalitions efforts at this time. Lou Savastani, Chair, Bike Montgomery County and Adam Supplee, Landscape Architect/Planner who are active members of the coalition also spoke on initiatives they are inv

Upper Dublin Township Shares Biking Initiatives with GVF

As we navigate this new world, GVF is always looking to provide its partners with the latest mobility programs and resources. If you would like to discuss your organizations future transportation options, contact us today. As a follow up to our previous article, GVF Kicks off Bike Month with First Wellness Wednesday Webinar, we are providing highlights from our second speaker Derek Dureka, Director of Parks and Recreations, Upper Dublin Township. May is National Bike Month. Since we cannot all come together to celebrate this year, GVF has planned a virtual month-long celebration to share biking resources and stories. Our first Wellness Wednesday webinar saw close to 40 attendees. DVRPC and U

GVF Kicks off Bike Month with First Wellness Wednesday Webinar!

As we navigate this new world, GVF is always looking to provide its partners with the latest mobility programs and resources. If you would like to discuss your organizations future transportation options, contact us today. May is National Bike Month. Since we cannot all come together to celebrate this year, GVF has planned a virtual month-long celebration to share biking resources and stories. We kicked off our celebration with the first in a series of Wellness Wednesday webinars. GVF was joined by speakers Jesse, Buerk, Manager, Capital Project Development, DVRPC and Derek Dureka, Director of Parks and Recreations, Upper Dublin Township, with close to 40 attendees. Below is an overview of

Cities have seen a cycling surge amid COVID-19. Will the trend stick? - SmartCities

A spike in biking has led some cities to close streets to vehicular traffic. At the pandemic's end, cycling advocates hope they will have effected real change. Social distancing appears to have sparked an explosion in cycling as city residents seek alternative transportation modes to stay mobile and active. Now, city leaders are exploring plans to make cycling safer in the short term, and maintain interest in the activity once the new coronavirus (COVID-19) subsides. Cities including Philadelphia and Washington, DC have closed streets to vehicular traffic, a move advocates say should be retained once the worst of the pandemic is over. Meanwhile, in a global first, New Zealand is funding citi

Study Finds Bike Lanes can Provide Positive Economic Impact in Cities - People for Bikes

According to a new study released by Portland State University’s Transportation Research and Education Center in Oregon, bicycle lanes and infrastructure can produce tangible economic benefits for cities. The National Street Improvements Study, conducted by PSU in conjunction with PeopleForBikes and consulting firm Bennett Midland and funded in part by The Summit Foundation, researched the economic effects of bicycle infrastructure on 14 corridors across six cities — Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Memphis, Minneapolis and Indianapolis. The study found that improvements such as bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure had either positive or non-significant impacts on the local economy as meas

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