NACTO Offers Guidelines for the Regulation and Management of Shared Active Transportation

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), an organization that represents 62 cities and 11 transit agencies across North America, recently released city-developed comprehensive guidance to help cities regulate and manage new shared active transportation companies, from dockless bike share bikes to electric scooters. This guidance, funded by the Better Bike Share Partnership, is designed to show how cities can effectively manage shared active transportation companies in the public right-of-way and, at the same time, allow for flexibility and experimentation to welcome new mobility choices on city streets.

NACTO’s Guidelines for the Regulation and Management of Shared Active Transportation provide standards for cities to manage companies that are not otherwise overseen or selected through competitive procurement processes or contract. The guidelines also set minimum standards for managing this new industry on city streets, including:

  • permitting frameworks,
  • city/company communication mechanisms,
  • standards for communicating with the public,
  • data requirements,
  • minimum equipment safety standards, and
  • customer privacy standards.

In addition to policy areas, the NACTO guidelines detail where cities and policy makers should evaluate conditions at a local level, including parking options – from lock-to requirements to dedicated street space for Shared Active Transportation – and community engagement programs. The guidelines identify incentive-based permitting mechanisms that cities are using to encourage companies to provide service that meets their mobility and equity goals.

The guidelines also include an overview of the state-of-practice from cities across the U.S. that are currently regulating Shared Active Transportation providers, from fleet size and service area restrictions to permit fees and equitable distribution requirements. Examples include minimum numbers of rides per bike per day before companies are permitted to expand and distribution requirements that ensure that new mobility options equitably reach diverse communities in cities.

To access a copy of the guidelines, please visit:

National Association of City Transportation Officials:  Guidelines for the Regulation and Management of Shared Active Transportation (2018)

Background information:

National Association of City Transportation Officials

Better Bike Share Partnership

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Planning and Development Idea Starter: Discover Community Program

The Town of Barnstable, MA, sponsors a Discover Barnstable program in which various town departments collaborate in developing fun, free interactive talks and activities each week at the Town Welcome Center. Families are invited to participate in a wide variety of organized and educational activities designed to explore services and programs which enhances the quality of life and supports the needs of the community.

For more information about this year’s programs, please visit:

Discover Barnstable 2018 Outreach Programs

Background information:

Town of Barnstable: Bismore Welcome Center

Town of Barnstable

Wikipedia: Barnstable, Massachusetts

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Reflection Starter from Mary Kay Ash

“Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless.” – Mary Kay Ash

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New England Municipal Government News Headlines

Recent news stories related to municipal government in New England (and issues being faced on the local level) include these articles:

CT: Eyesore no more – Danbury’s dirt mountains to move (Connecticut Post)

ME: Bangor’s parking enforcement to go digital (Bangor Daily News)

MA: Dune erosion, Mobi-Mats assessed on Plum Island (The Daily News of Newburyport)

NH: Concord’s tax relief law has a lengthy history downtown (Concord Monitor)

RI: Losing battle at Cedar Swamp (The Valley Breeze)

VT: State Education Board Sets Up Ground Rules For Upcoming Act 46 Meetings (Vermont Public Radio)

National: Increasing suicide rates among first responders spark concern (Fire Rescue 1)

Background information:

City of Danbury, CT

City of Bangor, ME

City of Newburyport, MA

City of Concord, NH

Town of North Smithfield, RI

Vermont State Board of Education

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Public Safety Idea Starter: Community Policing Coins

The Buxton, ME, Police Department presents special coins to citizens and employees who commit acts of extraordinary kindness or unselfishly give of themselves to help others. These coins were specially minted for the department and are carried by all on-duty police personnel.

For more information related to this initiative, please visit:

Town of Buxton: Community Policing Coins

Background information:

Buxton Police Department

Town of Buxton

Wikipedia: Buxton, Maine

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Reflection Starter from Robert Kennedy

“It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.” – Robert F. Kennedy

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National Parks and Recreation Month

Since 1985, July has been observed as Park and Recreation Month. During this July, communities are being encouraged to share what they love about parks and recreation, including the many benefits parks bring to their neighborhoods (including health and wellness, nature, community spirit, and social equity).

Background information:

National Recreation and Park Association

Facebook: National Recreation and Park Association

Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association

Maine Recreation & Park Association

Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association

New Hampshire Recreation and Park Association

Rhode Island Recreation and Parks Association

Vermont Recreation and Parks Association

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