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Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center launches redesigned Web site for walking information

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), in its continued effort to disseminate information and technical assistance on pedestrian and bicycle safety, has launched its redesigned pedestrian Web site at www.walkinginfo.org.
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CHAPEL HILL, NC — The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), in its continued effort to disseminate information and technical assistance on pedestrian and bicycle safety, has launched its redesigned pedestrian Web site at www.walkinginfo.org.

New features of the site include:

• A centralized, Web-based Library of pedestrian and bicycling-related materials and documents compiled by practitioners and researchers.

• A searchable database of Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to walking and pedestrian safety. If users do not find their answer within the database, there is a mechanism for them to submit a question to the PBIC.

• A searchable database of upcoming pedestrian events and training opportunities

• A News Room with PBIC press releases, resources for the media and recent news articles. Users can also sign up to received email updates and news from the Center.

The new site was developed with input from site users and PBIC stakeholders. Revised and new content on the site was developed in conjunction with pedestrian safety experts from across the country. New and updated content includes more detailed discussion of plans and policies that support walking, information on overcoming barriers to walking, information on how to find pedestrian data and statistics, detailed education and enforcement messages and strategies as well as guidance to assist communities in making pedestrian improvements.

PBIC staff conducted usability testing of the existing Web site, revealing the need for a searchable resource of research and other information on pedestrian safety.

"We had a wealth of information on our old site, but it was scattered throughout individual sections," said Charlie Zegeer, director of the PBIC. "We are now able to offer a searchable database of resources and research in one centralized location."

The redesign of the site is funded through $1.6 million in renewal funding the Center received from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from FHWA.

For more information regarding the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center or walkinginfo.org, please contact Jennifer Bonchak at 919-843-4859

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