#321 Wednesday, January 2, 2013
CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, a program of Project for Public Spaces. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.
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-> A new year, and a new beginning for many people who are hoping to break with old habits. It's funny how most of those resolutions seem to relate to better health -- being more active, eating better, etc. Let's hope that some of those who are taking steps towards better health are also (literally) taking steps towards health by walking more. My resolution: to remember that yelling at drivers doesn't count towards advocacy.
For the first CenterLines of 2013, we revisit some of our most popular stories from 2012. I am also pulling the editor's prerogative card and including two of my favorites stories that didn't make the list.
"America Walks: Signalized Intersection Improvements That Benefit Pedestrians" from #298, February 1. http://bit.ly/zXq8v1 (0.8MB PDF)
"How the Dutch Got Their Bikes Paths" from #299, February 15. http://bit.ly/wCvhrk
"Bike Sharing in the United States: State of the Practice and Guide to Implementation" from #302, April 11. http://bit.ly/HvRC4f
"Why Bicyclists Are Better Customers Than Drivers for Local Business" from #301, March 28. http://bit.ly/GR9Xte
"Finally, a Cost Estimate for Building a Real Death Star" from #299, February 15. http://cnet.co/zMh06V
Starlings and Murmuration from #307, June 20. http://vimeo.com/31158841
2012 Fall Bicycle Friendly Communities from #316, October 24. http://bit.ly/TFvrcc
"How a Kid Masters His Neighborhood" from #319, December 5. http://bit.ly/QGonjR
And the best for last:
Happy New Year!
-> According to a Dec. 27th DC.StreetsBlog entry, "Happy Holidays, Streetsblog readers! I hope this missive finds you stuffed silly with sugar cookies. You know, you just can't wrap your head around what a bizarre year 2012 was for federal transportation policy until you put it all together in something like the Streetsies. So it's a good thing we have the Streetsies to lay it all out for us! And so, without further ado, we've got some awards to hand out...MAP-21's Fatal Flaw(s): There are some strong feelings out there about MAP-21, the two-year transportation bill Congress took three years to pass. The fact is, there are many downsides to this piece of legislation, and it's hard to choose the worst. Understandably, the votes were all over the map, ending with a three-way tie for this Streetsie award."
"To correct MAP-21's most grievous errors, the next transportation bill will have to, first, restore dedicated bike/ped funding at previous levels (of course, topping the previous levels would be better). Second, a complete streets provision should be included, which would lead more state DOTs to get used to building streets that work for all modes, and could be the chicken before the funding-restoration egg. (Or wait, the egg before the chicken?) But Streetsbloggers, you are a savvy bunch, and a little bit of federal-bureaucracy alphabet soup doesn't scare you. So, three: You want TIGER back - authorized and fully funded -- and you want it now. After all, with a program like TIGER turning innovative transportation ideas into reality, local agencies all over the country are competing to come up with projects that can land that federal money..."
[Ed. Note: Check out "the Rest of the story"* here: http://bit.ly/TxrSI8]
-> According to a Dec. 20th announcement from The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)...seeks your help with our research. To benchmark our emerging field, APBP surveys professionals every two years and it is time once again to ask you some questions. Please take a few minutes to take this year's survey, which will allow APBP to document your professional progress, needs and challenges. Your answers will enable APBP to report back to you, your employer, government and the public on the state of our profession. In exchange for your participation, you will receive an advance copy of the survey results."
"The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and confidentiality of individual survey responses will be respected. Survey results will be reported to participants after the New Year with a final report published shortly thereafter. Non-APBP members whose work involves bicycle and pedestrian issues are invited to complete the survey as well. Please forward as appropriate."
"Click here: http://svy.mk/Ywtfaa to begin the survey now. Your response by January 15 is requested...If you experience technical difficulties accessing or submitting the survey please contact Philip Pugliese, APBP Professional Development Action Team, at (423) 643-6887 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>."
-> According to a December U.S. Environmental Protection Agency web posting, "Smart growth development is compact and walkable and provides a diverse range of choices in land uses, building types, transportation, homes, workplace locations, and stores. Such development projects are attractive to private-sector interests because they can find a ready market and compete financially. They appeal to local governments because they can be the building blocks of a growing economy and high-quality, economically sustainable neighborhoods and communities while also helping to create a cleaner, healthier environment..."
"Smart Growth and Economic Success (http://1.usa.gov/Ts7Yzq)is the first in a series of reports from EPA's Smart Growth Program designed to inform developers, businesses, local government, and other groups about the benefits of smart growth development. This report incorporates feedback from a one-day workshop in December 2011 when business leaders, real estate developers, and economic development professionals came together to share their thoughts and make suggestions about how to expand on work in this area. Additional reports will build on this work, exploring how real estate developers and investors can overcome real and perceived barriers to benefit from infill opportunities, how decisions about where to locate will impact the bottom lines of businesses, and why smart growth strategies are good fiscal policy for local governments."
-> According to a Dec. 13th US News & World Report article, "From Tampa to Tulsa, U.S. cities are fighting to attract and retain new business, especially young, entrepreneurial talent. Urban planner Jeff Speck says it boils down to one factor: walkability. Speck has worked on about 75 plans for villages, towns, and cities across America. In his latest book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, (http://bit.ly/VArZTi)the former director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts outlines a 10-step strategy for making cities more walkable. Speck recently spoke to U.S. News about his vision to make American cities thrive again. Why do we need more walkable cities in America?"
"There are three fundamental reasons. About 15 years ago three distinct groups-the economists, the epidemiologists, and the environmentalists-started saying the same thing, each for their own reasons. The economists have shown us that people are more efficient in cities and more productive. The epidemiological argument has to do mostly with the obesity epidemic. Recent studies have shown that we've been focused for too long on diet and not enough on activity. That's what a walkable city gives us. Finally, there's the environmental angle: a fundamental rethinking of the way that Americans have always thought about environmentalism and this idea that countryside is good, cities are bad..."
-> According to a Dec. 11th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "Managing traffic flow at intersections presents challenges, regardless of mode. But as the popularity of transportation bicycling continues to grow, traffic engineers, planners, and lawmakers are recognizing the need to incorporate bicycle-specific infrastructure into intersection designs. Currently 16 cities in the U.S. use bicycle-specific traffic signals. The signals better accommodate the specific needs of bicyclists, for instance, by allowing cyclists more time to clear intersections safely..."
"The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) provides excellent guidance for installing bike signals... and guidance for appropriate locations to install bicycle signal heads <http://bit.ly/YGvSGr>. Currently, bicycle signal heads are not incorporated into the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), though the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices has formed a Task Force that is considering adding guidance to the MUTCD on the use of bicycle signals."
-> According to a Dec. 19th Atlantic Cities article, "The website Walk Score announced Tuesday the extension of its "Bike Score" rankings for neighborhoods and places to 25 cities. (See our initial coverage of the launch: http://bit.ly/VsLJHs.)"
"The cities are scored on a 100-point scale based on four factors: bike lanes, hills, destinations and road connectivity, and bike commuting mode share. It was developed in collaboration with researchers at Simon Fraser University and The University of British Columbia..."
"Here are the top 15: Boulder (CO), Minneapolis (MN, Fort Collins (CO), Ann Arbor (MI), Eugene (OR), Tempe (AZ), Portland (OR), San Francisco (CA), Boston (MA), Philadelphia (PA), Madison (WI), Washington (DC), Seattle (WA), Tucson (AZ) & New York (NY)..."
Via Livable Streets: http://bit.ly/VjcYVa
-> According to a Dec. 19th U-Pack Moving article, "When planning a big move, you may want to consider the ease of traveling around the new city. This can be a big help, especially if you don't plan on spending a large amount of gas money, or don't have a car. Getting your moving containers together and bringing them to one of these highly walkable cities may make you enjoy your stay even more. Walkability is determined by how easy it is to get to amenities around the city without using a vehicle. This is possible in many areas, but there are some destinations that offer a large amount of activities and shopping venues."
"Seattle: One of the most walkable cities in the country is Seattle. It is a large city by area, but also has plenty to do for those looking to get things done. If you like shopping and restaurants, the Belltown area of the city may be a good place to start. The Waterfront section of the city offers many shopping centers and attractions. One of these is the Seattle Aquarium, while ferry rides are also a popular choice..."
[Ed. Note: The rest are Flagstaff (AZ), Ann Arbor (MI), Santa Barbara (CA),& Decatur (GA).]
-> According to a Dec. 12th Arkansas Times article, "Two architects unveiled the city of Little Rock's master plan for a cultural corridor on Main Street today. Fayetteville's Marlon Blackwell, private architect and department head of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, and Steve Luoni, director of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, presented The Creative Corridor: A Main Street Revitalization to the public for the first time today at The Rep. The city retained Blackwell and Luoni to create the plan thanks to a $150,000 Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts."
"Their vision for the 300 block to 600 block of Main Street that they call The Creative Corridor was vivid and grandiose, full of all the sorts of things New Urbanists salivate over -- a pedestrian promenade, rain gardens, street furniture, LED lighting installations. If it was realized, Little Rock would be a beacon for urban design the world over (in fact, Mayor Stodola, in his introduction, said the plan was one of only two master plans to be shortlisted in an international master plan contest.) But, as the mayor acknowledged, whether it's implemented or not is largely up to private dollars..."
-> According to a Dec. 19th KPBS Radio story, "There was a light rain falling in Balboa Park where a small group of well-dressed people came to make an announcement. They found a dry place under a magnolia tree. One of them was county health officer Dean Sidelinger, who was there to talk about Bikes Count. 'With Bikes Count, San Diego now has the largest regional, interconnected automatic bicycle and pedestrian counting system in the country,' he said. "
"People who build and maintain freeways have lots of information about how many motorists use them. But we don't know much about bike riders on city streets. Bikes Count aims to change that. The bike-monitoring program began with a $16 million grant to the San Diego County Health Department. It paid for the installation of electronic sensors in 28 locations in San Diego County. There are monitors in 13 cities. Sixteen locations are in the City of San Diego. Muggs Stoll, the planning director for SANDAG, said when you're building roads or bike paths, you need a little info..."
-> According to a Dec. 26th UpNorthLive.com article "The snow accumulated from last week's snow storm is being blown away by volunteers cleaning up the Traverse Area Recreational Trails."
"Through partnerships with the City of Traverse City and volunteers, crews are working on keeping the trails safe and accessible to everyone. Once at least three inches of snow has accumulated on a trail, volunteers start working towards removing it..."
[Ed. Note: See details of this year-round active commute program in northwest Michigan at http://bit.ly/UAiOnZ]
-> According to a Dec.18th Sustainable City Network article, "Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially opened protected bike lanes on Dearborn Street through the Loop, the first two-way bike route with dedicated bicycle traffic signals in Chicago..."
"Since Mayor Emanuel took office in May 2011, CDOT has built more than 58 miles of new bikeways and refreshed another 20 miles of older bike lanes. More than 30 miles of the new bikeways are protected with barriers or buffers, keeping pace with the mayor's commitment to build 100 such miles in his first term in office..."
"Also, CDOT formally released the Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 (http://bit.ly/130r0QA, which calls for a 645-mile network of biking facilities to be in place by 2020 to provide a bicycle accommodation within half-mile of every Chicagoan..."
"The Plan's network was developed using three key principles: provide a bicycle accommodation within half-mile of every Chicagoan; provide more bikeways where more people live; and build more infrastructure where ridership is high, while establishing a strong backbone of infrastructure where ridership is currently lower..."
-> According to a Dec. 18th Press Democrat article, "Sebastopol became the first city in Sonoma County and one of few in the nation to pass an ordinance that makes it easier for bicyclists and pedestrians to sue drivers who threaten or harass them. 'It's a way to send a message that people who are not in cars have rights too,' said Councilman Patrick Slayter. 'Just because you are driving a 5,000-pound weapon doesn't mean might makes right.' The "vulnerable road users ordinance was passed on a unanimous vote, paving the way for it to become law when it comes back for a second reading at a future meeting."
"'Hate is hate, it doesn't matter what it's for, anything we can do to stop bullying,' said Vice Mayor Robert Jacob. The ordinance is being promoted countywide by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, which says it will stem the number of incidents just by being on the books..."
-> According to a Dec. 26th WestWord blog entry, "Based on safety concerns and the potential for crashes in a congested corridor, Longmont officials are considering a ban on biking downtown through a so-called 'dismount zone' that would require cyclists to get off their wheels and walk their bikes. And while cycling advocates aren't opposed to encouraging safer behaviors, some say they are worried about a new enforcement policy that could lead to unfair fines for those who choose not to drive. In a state where cycling is an increasingly popular mode of transportation, especially in urban centers, these kinds of debates are becoming more common across Colorado, especially with concerns about the growing number of collisions."
"While there is a lot of debate in Denver around crashes between cars and bikes as more cyclists use the city's streets, in Longmont, it seems that the discussion is centered on the potential for crashes between bikes and pedestrians. 'We occasionally get complaints from merchants or visitors...[who] say they were almost run over by a bike...or there's been some near-misses,' says Kimberlee McKee, executive director of the Longmont Downtown Development Authority, which is considering a possible dismount zone. 'One of our goals is to make downtown friendly for all kinds of modes of transportation.'..."
-> According to a Dec. 14th Wired article, "New research shows that male pedestrians who are struck by cars are more than twice as likely to die from their injuries as their female counterparts. That's after controlling for age and taking into account that male and female pedestrians tend to walk the same amounts each day. The study, conducted by Dr. Motao Zhu of the West Virginia University School of Public Health, analyzed traffic data from 2008 and 2009 and found that males pedestrians are 2.3 times more likely to die after being hit by a vehicle. We'll repeat: That doesn't mean men are more likely to be hit by a car. It means that, among pedestrians who have already been struck, men are more than twice as likely to succumb to their injuries."
"Though further study is necessary to pinpoint exact causes, Zhu already has a hypothesis: Though they're walking the same amount as female pedestrians, males are engaging in riskier behavior that leads them to receive more severe injuries with a greater risk of fatality. 'Relative to females, males are more likely to cross roads with a speed limit of 50 mph or over,' said Zhu. 'Therefore, males are hit by vehicles with a higher speed than females.' Higher-speed impacts mean there's a greater chance of death, which explains the disparity. In addition, there's a greater chance that male pedestrians are intoxicated while they're out walking. Unlike drunk drivers, inebriated pedestrians may not be piloting two tons of steel, but they still have impaired judgment and motor skills. Drunk pedestrians may be more likely to misjudge the speed of an oncoming vehicle, or stumble into traffic without looking. Drug and cellphone use may have similar effects, Zhu said, and will be the subject of further analysis..."
-> According to a Dec. 27th ABC story, "A recent study found that obesity rates have declined among two to four year olds in poor families across the United States, a finding which is one of the first hopeful indicators in the fight against the obesity epidemic in low-income communities."
"Conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), the study (Trends in the Prevalence of Extreme Obesity among U.S. Preschool-Aged Children Living in Low-Income Families, 1998-2010: http://1.usa.gov/Wf7Q3U) shows that the percentage of children between the ages of two and four who were obese fell to 14.9 percent in 2010 from 15.2 percent in 2003. This shift came after rates rapidly increased between 1998 and 2003. The study, published on Wednesday, also found that extreme obesity had declined within the same demographic, falling to 2.07 percent in 2010 from 2.22 percent in 2003. The findings were based on polling data from 30 states and spanned from 1998 to 2010..."
-> According to an 18th Sept. Medical News Today article, "Whether or not your neighborhood is good for walking around could influence your risk for diabetes. A new study published in Diabetes Care, defined a 'less walkable' neighborhood as having fewer places within a 10-minute walk, poorly connected streets, and lower residential density. New immigrants in these types of neighborhoods were 50 percent more likely to develop diabetes in contrast to long-term residents living in walkable areas. Immigrants in low-income neighborhoods were also at a greater risk."
"A previous study conducted in Ontario compared immigrants with long term residents and found diabetes to be more common in new residents. This may not only have to do with where they live but also where they immigrated from. Dr. Gillian Booth, an endocrinologist and researcher at St. Michael's, and lead author of the study said, 'Although diabetes can be prevented through physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss, we found the environment in which one lives is also an important indicator for determining risk.'..."
-> "Listening to mayor after mayor and how they explained their idea of a successful city, it became very clear that both the best measure of a thriving place and perhaps the best contributor to a thriving place was street life: walkability. Being successful in walkablity is really nothing less than providing street life. In our age of digital connectedness, I think for a while people forgot how important it was to have a public realm where we come to gather physically. That is still in our DNA. We need that..."
-> "The business of place-making -- part science, part art -- has had a long evolution, but American cities have never needed good urban design more urgently than at this moment. Changing demographics, energy savings and environmental concerns all mandate getting great urban neighborhoods just right. The evolution of town planning in the New World arguably began with the Laws of the West Indies, the basic layout for settlement provided by the Spanish crown -- essentially a grid, centered on a central square. With important figures from Raymond Unwin to Daniel Burnham to Ebenezer Howard, the art of town planning progressed up to World War II. Then it took a detour for urban renewal and got all but lost in the car-dependent, conventional suburban development of the past half-century..."
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
NEGLECT CATCHES UP TO RUSSIANS IN THREE-DAY TRAFFIC JAM
-> According to a Dec. 3rd NY Times article, "The snow came down hard on Friday, more than two feet in places, the first big storm of the year here. But in Russia, where the winters are long and hard, it was nothing out of the ordinary, it seemed. Then some localities apparently decided on their own to close the exits on the M10 highway between Moscow and St. Petersburg, a 400-mile stretch."
"The ensuing traffic jam -- 100 miles long by some estimates and involving 10,000 vehicles -- trapped some motorists for three days and forced senior Russian officials to go on television on Monday to mollify the thousands of angry drivers..."
Via StreetHeadlines: http://bit.ly/VjcYVa
WEBINAR SERIES "Sustainable Leadership and Decision Making"
Date: Tuesdays between January 8 and February 12, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "New Funding, New Partners, New Game 201: How to Build Safe Routes to School into Regional Governments"
Date: January 10, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Best Practices in Pedestrian Wayfinding"
Date: January 16, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Walk Talk (and bike, of course): The SRTS Call-in Show"
Date: January 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "PTOE Refresher Course Suite"
Date: Thursdays, January 31 to February 28, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Driving Deaths Down: Proven Countermeasures that Work"
Date: February 20, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Dynamics of Effective Advisory Committees"
Date: March 20, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Smart Trips Welcome"
Date: March 27, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Haliburton Communities in Action"
Date: April 10, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Economic Benefits of Walkable and Bike Friendly Communities"
Date: April 17, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
ONLINE COURSE "TechniCity"
Date: Four weeks beginning May 4, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
-> "MAKING THE MOST OF MAP-21 -- A GUIDE TO THE 2012..."
-> "LEANER AND GREENER: SUSTAINABILITY AT WORK IN..."
-> "COUNTER-FLOW CYCLING EVALUATION OF COUNTER-FLOW CYCLING IN ... "
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CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS
-> Mobility and Road Safety in an Aging Society, June 19 - 20, 2013, Vienna, Austria.
-> International Bicycle Urbanism Symposium, June 19 -22, 2013, Seattle, WA.
-> American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 2 - 6, 2013, Boston, MA
-> The 6th Making Cities Livable Conference & Sustainable Transformation Conference, June 17-19, 2013, Melbourne, Australia.
-> Safe Routes to School National Conference, August 13 - 15, 2013, Sacramento, CA.
-> 2013 Walk21, September 11 - 13, Munich, Germany
-> ICSUTE 2013 (International Conference on Sustainable Urban Transport and Environment), March 28 - 29, 2013, Madrid, Spain
-> National Rural Transportation Conference, April 24 - 26, 2013, Greenville, SC.
-> WTS Women's Transportation Seminar National Conference, May 15 - 17, 2013, Philadelphia, PA.
-> January 9 - 12, 2013, National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA.
-> January 13-17, 2013, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
-> January 21 - 22, 2013, Australian Cycling Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
-> January 25 - 26, 2013, Iowa Bike Summit, Des Moines, IA.
-> January 30 - 31, 2013, Community Builders Summit, Bozeman, MT
-> February 1 - 3, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training. Minneapolis, MN.
-> February 7-9, 2013, New Partners for Smart Growth, Kansas City, MO.
-> February 11 - 12, 2013, Colorado Bike Summit, Denver, CO
-> February 13 - 15, 2013, Sustainable Communities Conference, Windsor Essex, Ontario, Canada
-> February 15 - 17, 2013, Youth Bike Summit, New York, NY
-> February 26-28, 2013, Active Living Research Conference, San Diego, CA.
-> February 27 - March 1, 2013, AASHTO Washington Briefing, Washington, DC
-> March 3 - 6, 2013, 2013 ITE Technical Conference and Exhibit, San Diego, CA.
-> March 4 - 6, 2013, "Bicycling Means Business!" League of American Bicyclists National Bike Summit and Women Mean Business Event, Washington, DC.
-> March 6 - 8, 2013, Building a Healthier Future Summit, Partnership for a Healthier America, Washington, DC.
-> March 10 - 12, 2013, American Public Transportation Association Legislative Conference, Washington, DC.
-> March 11-12, 2013, Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment HIA of the Americas Workshop, Oakland CA.
-> March 15 - 17, 2013, The 22nd Annual Ahwahnee Conference for Local Elected Officials, Yosemite National Park, CA.
-> March 15 - 17, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, Cleveland, OH.
-> March 21 - 23, 2013, Transportation Research Forum, Annapolis, MD.
-> March 28 - 29, 2013, ICSUTE 2013 (International Conference on Sustainable Urban Transport and Environment), Madrid, Spain
-> April 5-7, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, Athens, GA.
-> April 13-17, 2013, American Planning Association National Planning Conference, Chicago, IL.
-> April 14-16, 2013, Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, Denver, CO.
-> April 14-17, 2013, International Trails Symposium, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Resort. AZ (near Scottsdale).
-> April 24 - 26, 2013, National Rural Transportation Conference Greenville, SC.
-> April 26 - 28, 2013, Bicycle Leadership Conference, Monterey, CA.
-> April 27 - May 4, 2013, International Police Mountain Bike Association, Baton Rouge, LA.
-> May 8, 2013, National Bike to School Day
-> May 8 - 10, 2013, California Trails and Greenways Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA.
-> May 13 - 17, 2013, National Bike to Work Week
-> May 15 - 17, 2013, WTS Women's Transportation Seminar National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
-> May 15 -17, 2013, Urban Land Institute Spring Meeting, San Diego, CA.
-> May 17, 2013, National Bike to Work Day
-> May 18 - 20, 2013, AASHTO Spring Meeting, Traverse City, MI.
-> May 19 - 23, 2013, National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Traverse City, MI.
-> May 29 - June 1, 2013, CNU21, Annual Congress for the New Urbanism, Salt Lake City, UT.
-> June 1, 2012, National Trails Day
-> June 2 - 7, 2013, CTAA Expo, Community Transportation Association, Albuquerque, NM.
-> June 10 - 12, 2013, Canadian Transportation Research Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
-> June 11 - 14, 2013, "The Sound of Cycling": Velo-city Conference, Vienna, Austria.
-> June 17 - 19, 2013, The 6th Making Cities Livable Conference & Sustainable Transformation Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
-> June 19 - 20, 2013, Mobility and Road Safety in an Aging Society, Vienna, Austria
-> June 20, 2013, Praxis Conference Pedestrian Protection, Bergisch, Gladbach, Germany.
-> June 19 - 22, 2013, International Bicycle Urbanism Symposium, Seattle, WA.
-> June 20 - 22, 2013, Annual WHO Healthy Cities, Izmir, Turkey.
-> June 23 - 27, 2013, 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference, Portland, OR.
-> June 26 - 28, 2013, National Committee on Uniform Traffic Devices Summer Meeting, Portland, ME.
-> July 17 - 19, 2013, 20th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Info: Delft University of Technology
-> July 30 - August 2, 2013, 17th International Conference Intergenerational Pathways for Strengthening Communities, Generations United, Washington, DC.
-> August 2 - 4, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, White Plains, NY.
-> August 4 - 7, 2013, ITE 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibit, Boston, MA.
-> August 13 - 15, 2013, Safe Routes to School National Conference, Sacramento, CA.
-> August 25 - 28, 2013, International Public Works Congress & Exposition, Chicago, IL.
-> August 25 - 28, 2013, Governors' Highway Safety Association, San Diego, CA.
-> September 9 - 13, 2013, APBP Professional Development Seminar, Boulder, CO.
-> September 11 - 13, 2013 Walk21, Munich, Germany
-> September 13 - 15, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, Helena, MT.
-> September 22 - 25, 2013, Transportation Association of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
-> September 24-26, 2013, Second Annual National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, Washington, DC.
-> October 2 - 4, 2013, International Conference on Health Impact Assessment, Geneva, Switzerland.
-> October 8 - 10, 2013, National Recreation and Park Association Conference and Exposition, Houston, TX.
-> October 9, 2013, International Walk to School Day
-> October 20 -23, 2013, Rail-volution, Seattle, WA.
-> October 22 - 25, 2013, Association of MPOs, Portland, OR.
-> November 2 - 6, 2013, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
-> November 5 - 8, 2013, Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting, Chicago, IL.
-> November 25 - 28, 2013, Building Sustainable Communities, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks!
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESS
What do iconic businesses like Apple, Facebook and William Sonoma have in common? They're all bicycle friendly! Apply for a Bicycle Friendly Business designation and join the growing number of workplaces big and small that support biking. The next deadline is January 11, 2013. It's free, fun and good for your business.
Deadline: January 11, 2013
-> CALL FOR ENTRIES - 2013 CNU CHARTER AWARDS
Regarded as one of the preeminent global awards for excellence in urban design, the CNU Charter Awards honors a select number of winners and honorable mentions -- including one grand professional prize, and one grand academic prize for students -- across multiple categories from a competitive field of entries.
Deadline: January 30, 2013
-> JOB -- INDIANA COMPLETE STREETS COALITION COORDINATOR
The Indiana Complete Streets Coalition Coordinator will be responsible for the ongoing development, management, administration, and evaluation of the Indiana Complete Streets Coalition (http://bit.ly/12yE8fk), per a contractual agreement between the Alliance for Health Promotion and the Indiana State Department of Health. The coordinator will: lead the strategic direction of the Indiana Complete Streets Coalition; develop and implement an Indiana Complete Streets Coalition communications plan; plan and implement Complete Streets training workshops; monitor, track and evaluate Indiana Complete Streets Coalition activities and impact; and be responsible for other duties, as assigned.
Deadline: December 26, 2012
-> JOB -- PROJECT MANAGER: EVERY BODY WALK, ACTIVE LIVING & ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVES, SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
The Project Manager will provide skilled project management for an array of walking, physical activity, active living and health-related projects that are part of Kaiser Permanente's Total Health programming. This includesthe Every Body Walk portfolio and campaign, active transportation and physical activity initiatives, as well as projects and policies related toworkforce wellness and community well-being. Keys to success include the ability to skillfully manage complex projects and cross-functional workteams, to communicate clearly, and to effectively engage partners. Success in the role will rely heavily on personal and organizational skills, proactive initiative, and the ability to engage and mobilize internal andexternal partners in developing joint strategies and implementing aligned work. KP's walking and related projects employ 'movement-building'approaches, and seek to leverage 'distributed leadership' as a primary means of advancing action and delivering impact. This one-year contract has good potential to be renewable for an additional year(s).
Deadline: None provided, position to be filled early this year
-> JOB -- TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER, CHICAGO, IL
APEX Consulting Engineers, LLC (APEX) is looking for a civil engineer to take an active role in significantly expanding the City of Chicago's on-street bicycle network. APEX is part of a team led by T.Y. Lin International to provide in-house engineering and planning staff to the City of Chicago's Department of Transportation (CDOT) Bicycle Program. You will report to T.Y. Lin International staff and work closely with CDOT staff. Prepare bicycle facility engineering design plans utilizing Bentley Microstation Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. Prepare and supervise engineering design plans for innovative bicycle facilities. Perform intersection capacity analyses using Synchro traffic modeling software. Collect data and perform field observations at project sites. Among other duties.
Deadline: None provided
-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- DETROIT EASTSIDE COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE
Manage the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative and direct the planning, design, construction, programming, and general operations of the Conner Creek Greenway and related greenways with a goal of developing a linked network of greenways to connect people and places on Detroit's Eastside.
Deadline: January 18, 2013
-> 2 JOBS -- RAILS TO TRAILS, WASHINGTON, DC
VICE PRESIDENT OF TRAIL DEVELOPMENT: Among this position's responsibilities are fundraising from foundations, corporations and major donors to support RTC's national and field trail development work; assisting the Senior Vice President of Policy and Trail Development in managing RTC's Program Department; working with staff to deliver high quality technical assistance for trail development; and assisting with communications and event management.
Deadline: None provided, in-person interviews to commence after January 1, 2013
MANAGER OF TRAIL DEVELOPMENT: This position is responsible for the delivery of all levels of trail development technical assistance including supporting the Director in the management and implementation of technical assistance contracts, products and services and working with the trail development team to coordinate and manage delivery of programmatic services. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's trail development program is designed to catalyze and assist local communities with trail planning and development.
Deadline: None provided, in-person interviews will commence in early to mid January 2013
-> JOB -- BIKEWAYS DESIGNER -- CITY OF AUSTIN (TX) BICYCLE PROGRAM
The City of Austin's Bicycle Program is hiring a full time bikeways designer. This Engineer Associate position will be in the design section of the Neighborhood Connectivity Division (NCD) of the Public Works Department. The Neighborhood Connectivity Division is comprised of the Bicycle, Urban Trails, Pedestrian, and Child Safety Programs. This position will work with a small team of designers that focus on bicycle and multi-use trail infrastructure design and implementation within the City of Austin including on-street facilities (cycle tracks and bicycle lanes) and off-street facilities (urban trails) with a focus on innovative design in a largely in retrofit environment.
Deadline: January 20, 2012
-> JOB - POLICY, GOV'T AFFAIRS & OUTREACH FELLOW, SMART GROWTH AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC
Smart Growth America is hiring for a Policy, Government Affairs and Outreach Fellow to contribute to our federal and local policy research and advocacy. This is an opportunity that features a great deal of responsibility, including work to move Smart Growth America's legislative priorities, direct work with our state and local coalition members as well as our coalition of smart growth real estate developers and investors, LOCUS, and a network of communities across the country doing comprehensive regional planning.
Deadline: None provided, fellowship to begin in January
-> 2 JOBS -- ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE, CHICAGO, IL
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COORDINATOR - SPANISH PROFICIENCY: With grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has launched a comprehensive initiative aimed at improving the health and well-being of Chicago's students. Active Transportation Alliance has been contracted to facilitate the Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) portion of this initiative. The SRTS program seeks to encourage and enable children to safely walk or bicycle to school.
Deadline: None provided, start date is February 1, 2013
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR/EVENTS ASSISTANT: The Active Transportation Alliance, a nonprofit bicycling, walking and public transit advocacy organization, seeks a Volunteer Coordinator/Event Assistant to generate and manage volunteers for three biking events: Bike the Drive, one of the largest bicycling events in the country, the Four Star Bike Tour and the Chicago Bike Swap. The qualified candidate will also assist with all aspects of event production. Qualified candidates should possess excellent writing, communication, time-management and organizational skills with an interest in working as a strong contributor to a team. Candidates should also have an interest in event management, volunteering recruitment/coordination, general nonprofit work and bicycling.
Deadline: January 4, 2013
-> JOB - TRANSPORATION PLANNER II - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Responsible for performing professional work related to the City's multi-modal transportation planning efforts in the implementation of Complete Streets, rail infrastructure, bus and trolley transit service and enhancements, as well as other City transportation and mobility initiatives. The position will assist in long range transportation planning and develop a financial plan for implementing selected projects and strategies.
Deadline: None provided
-> JOB -- CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR -- LIVABLESTREETS ALLIANCE, CAMBRIDGE, MA
LivableStreets is searching for a Campaign Coordinator to play a critical part in our growing non-profit organization. We challenge people, government, and businesses to think differently about the role of transportation in our daily lives. We're working to create a system that better balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles to make the Boston region more connected and livable. We inspire a vision, build partnerships, empower communities, and create change.
Deadline: None provided
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