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first_imgFacebook Student organization hosts haunted house for Halloween printThe city of Fort Worth is waiting on the arrival of their application in becoming a qualified bicyclist-friendly community in acknowledgment of the small improvements the city has made to make roads more accessible for bicyclists.Earlier this year, Julia Ryan, the senior planner of planning and development for Fort Worth, submitted to the League of American Bicyclists an application to determine whether or not their actions qualified them to become a bicyclist-friendly city. These actions were the Bike Fort Worth Plan and the Master Thoroughfare Plan.The Bike Fort Worth Plan was proposed to the Fort Worth City Council in 2009 and adopted in 2010. Ryan said the bike plan had three specific goals that the city wanted to accomplish: First, to increase the number of bicyclists. Second, reduce the number of injuries and fatalities involving bicyclists. And lastly, to become a bicyclist-friendly community, which they hope to accomplish through their application to the League of American Bicyclists, an advocacy group for the biking community in the U.SThe numbers have slightly improved since 2010, but not to the degree that Ryan hoped. Ryan said what makes it difficult for being determined a bicyclist-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists is that there are no set guidelines that define what makes a city qualify because the qualifications vary between cities.“There’s not a cookie-cutter answer that says these are the items that we have to have in order to reach this designation,” Ryan said. “It really depends on the community, so it varies.”Randy Sullivan, a sales team member at Mellow Johnny’s, a local bike shop and social gathering spot for bicyclists, said there has been some progress in the changes being made.“The progression has been slow but moving in the right direction for cyclists,” said Randy Sullivan, sales manager at Mellow Johnny’s, a local bike shop and social gathering spot for bicyclists.Sullivan said that Fort Worth has improved in their development of becoming a bicyclist-friendly community in the past 15 years.“As compared to 15 years ago, this town is way more bicyclist-friendly,” Sullivan said. “I think the Trinity Trail has helped a lot as well as the advancement of local shops, thriving local economy and our recent mayor’s support of the local cycling scene.”The Master Thoroughfare Plan (MTP), which was adopted by Fort Worth this May, is an updated version of the bike plan adopted six years ago, Ryan said. The MTP is said to “provide a complete and connected, context-sensitive transportation system for all users that supports mobility, healthy living and economic benefit,” according to the city’s website.The MTP is based on a “complete streets philosophy,” which creates roadways to accommodate most, if not all, transportation methods: driving, biking, walking, and using public transportation.“It’s a really big departure from where we were,” Ryan said. “We had three cross sections that really only served motor vehicle traffic: wide lanes, narrow sidewalks.”The mileage of accessible bike lanes in Fort Worth has increased almost eightfold in the past six years; however, only an additional 5.1 miles have been added to all bike routes (shared lanes).Bike: On-street ImplementationCreate bar chartsThrough these plans, Ryan said that Fort Worth is looking to update their street design and manual, which hasn’t been updated since 1987.One of the design updates that will be first implemented is with intersections because they experience the most conflict in urban areas. Ryan said one design idea would turn them into protected intersections.Protected intersections, sometimes referred to as “Dutch intersections,” are intersections that allow vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists to safely travel on streets without causing conflict or injury. The idea was first sought out when American roadmakers saw how the Netherlands made their intersections safer for all road users.What makes protected intersections so safe is that they allow all road users to see each other clearly so they do not unintentionally drive, bike or walk into moving traffic. Some of the first U.S. cities to use protected intersections are Davis, California; Austin, Texas; and, Salt Lake City, Utah.“The thing about [a protected intersection] is that it’s nice and that it’s going to be safer for vehicles too because you’re slowing the speed down because of something new,” Ryan said. “And, when you see something new, you’re not going to learn from [it] at 40 mph. You’re going to have to slow down because there are things going on in your mind that you’ll need to be aware of.”With these plans, Ryan said taking elements from each of them would create an active transportation plan, which will help promote healthier ways of transportation, such as biking and walking. And, when it comes to safety, Ryan said for everyone to be alert at all times.“My personal recommendation is that everybody really needs to pay attention to what is going on, whether it is driving or biking or walking, that distracted driving or distracted walking, these are big issues that cause a lot of issues,” Ryan said. “Slow down, be friendly, these are things that in other communities have come by little easier than in Texas.”Ryan said the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has developed a road safety education campaign called Look Out Texans that can help Fort Worth residents know their rights and responsibilities as road users.“I think the city of Fort Worth is definitely headed in the right direction with the addition of new river trail activity stops and locations along the Trinity as well as the addition of bike paths and specific bike lanes on city streets,” Sullivan said.Fort Worth will hear from the League of American Bicyclists on their application submission in November. 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first_img Buses are far more than a way of getting from A to B. They are a crucial tool in the fight against loneliness and it is good to see the industry taking steps to tackle isolation. This government is doing more than ever before to reduce emissions across all modes of transport and I’m delighted to see the bus industry putting itself at the forefront of this. Communities across the UK will benefit from greener journeys thanks to 263 new low emission buses, Minister Nusrat Ghani will announce today (Wednesday 6 February 2019). A £48 million investment from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles will fund new green vehicles and infrastructure to drive forward government plans to clean up the air in towns and cities. 263 new ultra-low emission buses will double numbers in the UK fleet Industry pledge to tackle loneliness through new community initiatives and innovative vehicle design funding for new buses and charging infrastructure will help meet low emission targets in the government’s Clean Air Strategy Speaking at the UK Bus Summit this morning, the minister will also announce a new partnership with Greener Journeys to reflect the pivotal role played by the bus industry in tackling loneliness and social isolation.The partnership will see companies across the sector pledge to do all they can to tackle loneliness, including through innovative vehicle design and initiatives to encourage bus passengers to talk to each other.Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani said: News desk enquiries Visit the Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme winning bidders interactive map. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021center_img Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 Nineteen successful bidders across England and Wales will receive funding to purchase new low emission buses and supporting infrastructure, such as charge points.Benefits of Ultra Low emission busesThis is the latest funding in a long line of investment designed to drive the uptake of zero emission vehicles, following the government’s £1.5 billion Road to Zero strategy published last year.In line with the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge – set out in the government’s modern Industrial Strategy – these measures chart a path for Britain to become a world leader in the zero-emission revolution, ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a stronger economy.But buses are not just about cleaning up the air in our towns and cities. As a key mode of transport for older and vulnerable people, buses play a vital role in facilitating social connections.The government also supports bus travel through a £250 million investment every year, as well as a further £1 billion for the free bus pass scheme, paving the way to a more sustainable future.On top of this, there have already been several promising schemes launched by the bus sector, including Go Ahead Group’s ‘Chatty Bus’ campaign, encouraging conversations between passengers, and ‘Hattie,’ a community bus from Stagecoach specifically designed to provide a friendly environment where people can chat to others.Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, Greener Journeys, said: The Prime Minister launched the government’s first loneliness strategy in October 2018, as a vital first step in a national mission to end loneliness in our lifetimes. Loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time and the strategy, which responds to the findings of the Jo Cox Commission, sets out a range of initiatives to help all age groups build connections. We’re delighted to be partnering with the government to tackle the epidemic of loneliness affecting millions of people in the UK. Research from Greener Journeys shows that a third of people in Britain go at least a day a week without speaking to anyone – not a friend, colleague or family member. Buses play a vital role in facilitating social connections among the most vulnerable people, who rely on them to take them to visit friends and family. It’s fantastic to see the industry come together to launch such a brilliant range of initiatives to address the problem of loneliness. Switchboard 0300 330 3000last_img read more

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first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — During the Angels’ 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night, Brad Ausmus noticed something that he hadn’t seen in a few days.“Today was probably the first day when there was an occasional smile, but it’s still going to take time,” the Angels manager said. “This isn’t the type of thing that goes away quickly.”Obviously, the Angels are going to be grieving Tyler Skaggs for much longer, but after they won for the second time in two games since returning to action, they said they are slowly beginning to feel normal again. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Barría, who was recalled from Triple-A on Wednesday to, at least temporarily, fill the tragic void in the rotation, said the game was emotional for him.“This game was totally dedicated to Tyler because he opened his arms when I got here,” Barría said through an interpreter. “He chose a Carlos Santana song that he played every time I was on the mound. He’s a great person, a great guy, and I’m going to miss him.”While it’s possible the Angels will now option Barría – his next turn would fall during the All-Star break – he has made a strong case to remain in the rotation.“He’s certainly done his part recently,” Ausmus said.Ausmus pulled Barría with a four-run lead after 87 pitches, handing the game to a bullpen that was dominant. Justin Anderson, Ty Buttrey, Cam Bedrosian and Hansel Robles combined for four hitless innings, striking out eight.They had a cushion thanks to an offense led by Trout, Kole Calhoun (three hits), Shohei Ohtani (two doubles) and Justin Upton (RBI single)The only negative on the night was that Upton left soon after his hit, with tightness in his left quad. Upton said he felt it as he was running off the field after trying to break up a double play in the sixth.“We’ll see how it feels tomorrow,” Upton said. “I’m sure they will probably be pretty cautious tomorrow, but I’ll come in with the idea that depending (on) how it feels, I’ll go with a normal day and hope it feels fine.”Talking about a nagging quad injury was certainly the type of mundane baseball question the Angels would prefer to be dealing with than the type of real-life tragedy they face in their hours away from the ballpark.They have nonetheless managed two victories in the time they’ve shared on the field since losing Skaggs.“We’ve just stuck together,” Upton said. “That’s the only thing we can do, be there for each other when we step on the field. We all know how tough it is to go back out there after what happened. As long as we have each other’s back, we can get through this thing.” “A lot better today than yesterday,” said Mike Trout, who hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs in the second game since losing one of his best friends. “Just to be out there and play the game he loves. Yesterday was probably one of the toughest games I’ve played in a while.”The Angels wore a more permanent version of the “Skaggs 45” patch than the ones quickly sewn onto their uniforms on Tuesday night. Many players still had the pitcher’s initials etched on their caps.Otherwise, though, the scene was more like a routine baseball game, and in this case, one in which the Angels put together a textbook effort to beat one of the teams they are chasing for a playoff spot.Trout provided most of the offense with his 17th multi-homer game, his second in the past two weeks. His three-run homer in the third extended the Angels’ lead to 4-0.Jaime Barría pitched five innings and gave up two runs, his second straight strong outing. He had allowed one run in five innings in a start last week, as he appears to be regaining the form of his breakthrough rookie season. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousAngels shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws to first after bobbling a hit by the Rangers’ Asdrubal Cabrera during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game in Arlington, Texas. Cabrera reached first on the error by Simmons. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss watches his double during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Thaiss made his debut in the majors in the game. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Matt Thaiss stands on second with a double in the third inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The hit was the first for Thaiss in his Major League debut. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers starting pitcher Ariel Jurado throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, left, celebrates with Mike Trout, right, after Trout’s three-run home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout, right, jog to the dugout after Trout’s three-run home run during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Jaime Barria works against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)CORRECTS TO SECOND INNING, INSTEAD OF FIRST – Texas Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman flips the ball to starting pitcher Ariel Jurado at first for the out, after fielding a grounder by Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Bour during the second inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches his foul ball as Texas Rangers’ Tim Federowicz gets a new ball during the third inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Ohtani grounded out in the at-bat. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani walks to the dugout after striking out against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria (51) stands on the mound as Texas Rangers’ Tim Federowicz rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers’ Tony Beasley (37) and Tim Federowicz, right, celbrate Federowiz’ solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus throws to first for the double play after forcing out Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton (8) at second during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Justin Bour was out at first. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout smiles toward the dugout as he rounds third on his way home after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The homer was Trout’s second of the night. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels third base coach Mike Gallego (86) sends Shohei Ohtani (17) home, as he scores on a Justin Upton single during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton (8) and Mike Trout (27) celebrate Trout’s solo home run during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The homer was Trout’s second of the night. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)The Angels’ Mike Trout (27) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (2) throws to first after bobbling a hit by Texas Rangers’ Asdrubal Cabrera in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Cabrera reached first on the error by Simmons. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws to first after bobbling a ball hit by Texas Rangers’ Asdrubal Cabrera during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Cabrera reached first on the error by Simmons. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws to first after bobbling a hit by the Rangers’ Asdrubal Cabrera during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game in Arlington, Texas. Cabrera reached first on the error by Simmons. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)NextShow Caption1 of 20Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons throws to first after bobbling a hit by the Rangers’ Asdrubal Cabrera during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game in Arlington, Texas. Cabrera reached first on the error by Simmons. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Expand Related Articleslast_img read more

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