Complete streets’ bill ensures road design includes needs of bicyclists, pedestrians of all ages

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin has signed into law legislation that ensures Vermont’s roads are safe for all users, requiring transportation policy to take into account the needs of motorists, bicyclists, public transportation users and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. ‘This law will guarantee that we’re designing roads that work for the future ‘ for older Vermonters, for those who choose to take public transportation, for people who opt to walk to their jobs and errands, and for motorists,’ the governor said. Among those on-hand for the bill signing were representatives for AARP Vermont and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Those organizations and other advocates supported the legislation and worked for its passage at the State House earlier this year. The law amends current transportation statutes and covers state and municipal roads, with a few exemptions (dirt and gravel roads, for example). The policy would apply when new roads are being constructed and in the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of paved roads. It would not be a mandate to retrofit existing roads. Local and state transportation agencies would have to design to safely accommodate all users. Examples of design changes to improve safety would include:· Retiming crossing signals to allow for slower walking speeds· Adding/maintaining sidewalks that are connected to services· Installing curb ramps, sidewalk seating and bus shelters with seating· Improving lighting, signage with larger fonts, and reflective signs and pavement markings· Protecting left turn lanes with green arrows (this can cut left turn crashes in half). Complete Streets legislation or policies have been passed in Hawaii, Connecticut and New Jersey. In Vermont, Montpelier and Burlington are already considering policies. Source: Governor’s office. 5.17.2011last_img read more

Croatia – full of Champions, a campaign that should start today!

first_imgEveryone is surprised that Croatia, such a small country, is in the finals of the most popular sporting event in the world, the World Cup.We got attention and we got the world interested, Bleacher Report which are read by millions of people yesterday announced that we are the smallest country in terms of population that has reached the finals since the 1930 World Cup.According to the research MediaToolkita after the match with England, more texts about Croatia were published on the Internet than have been published in its entire history since its establishment. After the victory over Russia, a graph was published where it can be seen that it was 20.000 posts half an hour after the game on the web. After meeting with Russia 118.482 times we mentioned, after the victory over England nearly 300.000. What will be after the final?Everyone is exploring CroatiaCNTB records an increase in site visits of even 250% compared to last year, on the cover is a shortened version of the video of our footballers who will be in the finals of the World Cup. The markets that record the growth of site visits are:thallium, USA, Russia, India, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France and the UK.During yesterday’s campaign from the CNTB, they used it  microtargeting, according to the principle of geolocation – in the area of ​​Luzhniki Stadium, and after that in the whole of Moscow.The eye narrowed 250.000 views on YouTube and 74.000 views on Facebook.And yet…I honestly think that we were all a little surprised by the success of our national team and that everyone, as ugly as it may sound, was unprepared for this final.As far as I know, we don’t have any campaign on the field around the stadium, no guerrilla promotion, and we are in the finals and the focus is on us. We haven’t put together any stories and links to the countries we play with. We were able to put together stories and links with Russia, England and France, for example, and target their fans.Although we are perceived as a sports nation because of these things, unfortunately we have never used sports in the right way in the promotion of Croatia. There were nice ideas and sporadic attempts, but without strategy and innovation.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Full of ChampionsThe slogan of the CNTB, Full of life, is arranged so that it can be easily changed and adapted to various campaigns. For example, instead of life you can add: nature, islands, culture, sun…I suggest that now, immediately after the World Cup, launch a campaign with the slogan: Croatia – Full of Champions!Why? I have already mentioned how sport brings us a lot of publicity and how people know about us through sports. We have great athletes such as: Goran Ivanišević, Borna Ćorić, Mirko Filipović, Stipe Drvis, Stipe MioÄ iÄ ‡, Blanka Vlasic, Janica Kostelić, Ivica Kostelić, Sandra Perković, Barbara Matić, Sara Kolak, Tin Srbić, Robert Seligman, sisters Zaninović, brothers Sinkovic, Duje Draganja, Filip Hrgović, Mihovil Španja… There are also our football, handball and water polo teams.All these successes were achieved by the state, which has about 4 million inhabitants, all these athletes are responsible for our recognition and they are all champions.With a campaign like this and athletes who would support it on all social networks, and on the wave of this success of our national football team, we would achieve great results!Targeting by marketsA great thing could be done with targeting certain markets, according to the popularity of sports.In countries where water polo is popular, promotion can go through our water polo team, in countries where skiing is popular, promotion can go with Janica and Ivica Kostelic, in England there can be promotion through Goran Ivanisevic, in Japan there can be promotion through Mirko Filipovic…CNTB has statistics in which city and county most guests come from certain countries… and you can go there with targeted creative campaigns.If ever there was a time to invest money in promotion, it is today!The hardest thing is to motivate people to take an interest in you – and we have that right now. We need to increase our presence now that everyone already knows about us, it will be very difficult for us to get this opportunity again.Where does the money for that make you wonder? Our tourism grew by 14% in the first three months, so why not invest that money in promotion, which would continue to grow next year. Instead of spending it on patching up the budget and then expecting growth next year on its own.Published by: Marijan Palić, expert in digital marketing and new technologies, CEO @ Eclectic.Digital If you want to think out loud, get in touch Only through argumentative and constructive discussion can we grow and develop as a society, a profession and as individuals.,If you want to think out loud, get in touch Only through argumentative and constructive discussion can we grow and develop as a society, a profession and as individuals.last_img read more

MUI: ‘Mudik’ from virus-affected areas ‘haram’

first_imgAnwar Abbas said the declaration was not a fatwa (religious order by a Muslim leader), but instead his personal opinion after consulting the Quran, the hadith, and other fatwas issued by the MUI.Annually, some 20 million people from Greater Jakarta travel to their hometowns to celebrate Idul Fitri.Despite the fact that Greater Jakarta is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has decided not to impose a ban on mudik for economic reasons.“[The President] underlines that there is no official ban on people going mudik during the 2020 Idul Fitri holiday period. The travelers, however, must self-isolate for 14 days, will be treated as people under monitoring [ODP], as per the World Health Organization protocol and will be observed by their respective local administrations,” presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman said in a statement on Thursday, shortly after a speech by the President on the matter. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has announced that mudik (mass exodus) from areas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is haram – forbidden under Islamic law.”Mudik from one COVID-19-free city to another is OK, but mudik from areas affected by COVID-19 could cause the mudik travelers to spread the disease to other people. Since [the virus] is very contagious and dangerous, it means people who insist on going on mudik will have done something haram,” MUI secretary-general Anwar Abbas said in a statement on Friday.”There’s a hadith that says going to pandemic-affected areas or leaving them is forbidden. Breaking religious rules and medical protocols is clearly dangerous and could endanger one’s own life as well as other people,” he said. Thousands of people from Greater Jakarta have already gone on mudik as they have been deprived of their livelihood due to large-scale physical distancing policies.Several regional leaders have discouraged mudik from Greater Jakarta due to concerns about a possible explosion of coronavirus cases throughout the country in the wake of the exodus.On Thursday, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil posted on Facebook a news story about a 72-year-old stroke patient from Ciamis who tested positive for COVID-19 after having contact with his child, who had come from virus-stricken Jakarta.“This story is one of many cases of parents in West Java who become COVID-19 positive after being visited by their children or relatives who are unaware that they are carrying the virus to their hometowns,” he said. “Restrain yourselves and love your parents. Don’t go home now.”Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has urged residents working in Jakarta not to return home and has demanded residents of the province not to go to the capital city.“Stay at home unless it’s very urgent. And please end the stigma against COVID-19 patients. They need our prayers and support,” he said.Topics :last_img read more