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/ British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. — [Victoria, BC] : [Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General], 2018.
1 online resource (15; 51; 55; 59 pages) : colour illustrations, bibl., PDF.
The toolkit presents best practices for local government in British Columbia to improve the safety of roads and related features. It consists of an introduction and three modules. The modules also list additional resources for improving road safety.
"Module 1: Protecting People Walking and Cycling" focuses on safety measures to protect pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users. It covers physical separations, temporal separations, increasing the visibility of pedestrians and cyclists, and improving safety through green transportation.
"Module 2: Safe Roadway Designs to Protect All Road Users" provides rationales and implementation considerations for the traffic corridor and intersection designs and features geared to making intersections and corridors safer. Topics include narrowed vehicle lanes, speed humps, control enhancements, street signage and lighting.
"Module 3: Implementation Tools and Strategies" outlines techniques and funding resources for planning road system changes. It covers strategic planning and evaluation, safety audits, communication and engagement, funding and cost-savings, and promoting active transport.
/ Centre d'expertise et de recherche en infrastructures urbaines. — Montréal, QC : Centre d'expertise et de recherche en infrastructures urbaines, 2018.
1 online resource (IV, 46 pages) : illustrations en couleur, tableaux, bibl., PDF.
The guide explains various aspects of asset management for small municipalities in Québec. The first part covers the definition of asset management; the benefits of implementing an asset management approach; the associated costs; the differences between an asset management policy, strategy and plan; the three decision-making levels of the asset management system; and winning conditions for implementing asset management. The second part focuses on the asset management process following the identification of priority services. The last part discusses the success factors for implementing asset management for the entire organization.
/ Prince Edward Island Department of Communities, Land and Environment, Municipal Affairs and Provincial Planning, Municipal Affairs. — [Charlottetown, PE] : Department of Communities, Land and Environment, 2018.
1 online resource (24 pages) : PDF.
The guide provides information about the general considerations and internal procedures for municipalities with official plans (i.e., planning authorities) in Prince Edward Island to make development decisions. The document covers why and how a development application may trigger different requirements, factors that internal procedures for a development application review must consider, common land use technical considerations, contacts for inter-agency consultation on land use matters, completing an application review, making a development decision, and requirements for reporting or coordination with provincial departments on development decisions.
/ Hollander, Justin B., Graves, Erin M. Renski, Henry, Foster-Karim, Cara, Wiley, Andrew, & Das, Dibyendu. — London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
xi, 97 pages : maps, tables, index, bibl.
The book explores the use of social media data for content analysis in urban studies. It summarizes the history of social media (i.e., microblogging) data use for sentiment analysis. Three case studies demonstrate and test the data analysis method: (1) an analysis of Twitter data in New Bedford, MA, on urban policy topics using sentiment analysis (a custom-designed approach and IBM SPSS Modeler); (2) an evaluation of the happiness and attitudes of Portuguese-speaking residents and English-speaking residents in gateway cities in Massachusetts using sentiment analysis of microblogging data compared with traditional quantitative indicators of well-being; and (3) a comparison of the use of microblogging data to analyze US resident perceptions of neighbourhood quality of life with data from the American Housing Survey. Finally, it discusses the limitations to using social media data for urban research, offers recommendations for improvement and outlines a methodological guide for the study of microblogging data. The Appendix provides an overview of the Urban Attitudes data mining and text analysis software used in the studies.
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