#322 Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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-> We are now less than 2 months away from the 2013 National Bike Summit (March 4-6) in Washington DC. This year's summit is cleverly titled "Bicycling Means Business" which can be read either as a statement about the connection between economic vitality and bicycle friendliness, or as an affirmation of our movement's growing political clout. Whatever your interpretation, the Summit will have something for you: http://bit.ly/WqfDLH. Those who register by January 21 can take advantage of the Early Bird rate: http://bit.ly/XbauIy.
Prior to the National Bike Summit, the League will convene the National Women's Bicycling Forum on Monday, March 4. You must register separately for this event. For program details, confirmed speakers, and registration visit http://bit.ly/ZkgGon.
"Georgena Terry, founder of Terry Bicycles, will be a Women's Bicycling Forum keynote. Whether or not you plan to attend the Summit, you should check out her interview in the January/February 2013 issue of American Bicyclist: http://bit.ly/108fYKd."
-> According to a Jan. 14th Science Daily article, "The national Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program was funded by Congress in 2005 in an effort to create safe environments for American children to walk or bike to school. Has the program been effective? In New York City, most definitely, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health that evaluated the program here. Researchers found that the annual rate of injury to school-age pedestrians ages 5-19 fell 44% during the peak times for walking to school, in neighborhoods where the program was implemented. Significantly, the injury rate did not drop in parts of the city where the SRTS safety program was not in place..."
-> According to a Jan. 9th U.S. News article, "When reading about what's going on in Washington, D.C., our eyes are usually on the 'big story' -- we're looking for the Grand Bargain, a healthcare system overhaul, or at the very least, an Act of Congress. But sometimes, it's the little things that matter, such as the recently announced changes to the Federal Transit Administration's New Starts program."
"New Starts is a federal program that provides grants for new public transit lines and extensions of existing transit lines. Because demand for New Starts funds greatly exceeds the supply of available federal funding, the grants are awarded by competition, encouraging project proposals to be as effective and efficient as possible. Among other things, the new rules modify the criteria used to award New Starts grants, providing incentives for applicants to partner with local housing agencies to preserve and expand the availability of affordable homes near planned transit stations. This change was an important focus of advocacy for the National Housing Conference and others across the housing, transportation, and civil rights communities..."
-> According to a Jan. 8th Atlantic Cities article, "One of most persistent canards about American communities is the idea that they've been built entirely by demand. People live in the suburbs because they want to. Drivers commute on highways by choice. The market long demanded single-family homes and strip malls, and so that's what the invisible hand delivered."
"Of course, plenty of people do want to live in single-family suburban homes, and they happily choose to get from there to the office, the grocery store and the kids' school by car. But in the aggregate, the built environment we've created in American cities, suburbs and rural towns owes much more to the federal government than it does the free market. Not buying it? Here's a price tag: According to a new report released this morning by Smart Growth America(Federal Involvement in Real Estate: A Call for Examination, http://bit.ly/11yNv0O), the federalgovernment influences our real estate sector - with tax credits here, loan guarantees there, grantsand other programs - to a tune of more than $450 billion a year..."
"Smart Growth America's report counted 50 federal programs that lean on the real estate scales in some way, whether through tax credits like the home mortgage interest deduction, loan guarantees through the Small Business Administration or Federal Housing Administration, or grants for low income housing..."
-> According to a Jan. 9th Inter Press Service article, "U.S. citizens suffer from poorer health than nearly all other industrialised [sic] countries, according to the first comprehensive government analysis on the subject, released Wednesday."
"Of 17 high-income countries looked at by a committee of experts sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the United States is at or near the bottom in at least nine indicators. These include infant mortality, heart and lung disease, sexually transmitted infections, and adolescent pregnancies, as well as more systemic issues such as injuries, homicides, and rates of disability..."
"Sky-high obesity rates, for instance, are undergirded by findings that people in the U.S. on average consume more calories per person than in other countries, as well as analysis that suggest that the U.S. physical environment in recent decades has been built around the automobile rather than the pedestrian..."
-> According to an FHWA website article, "This white paper by the USDOT's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Planning develops a framework for metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to use to successfully consider health throughout the transportation planning process. The report is a resource for transportation planners, their transportation partners, and new partners in the health field. "
"The report explores how health can effectively be incorporated in metropolitan transportation planning through four case studies:
-> According to a Dec. 31st Yes! Article, "'Biking is definitely part of our strategy to attract and retain businesses in order to compete in a mobile world,' says Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, as we glide across the Mississippi River on one of two bike and pedestrian bridges that connect downtown to the University of Minnesota. 'We want young talent to come here and stay. And good biking is one of the least expensive ways to send that message.'"
"As we turn onto to a riverside bike path to inspect another span, the mayor recounts a recent conversation. 'I was having dinner with a creative director that a local firm was eager to hire for a key post. He was an American living in Europe, and we spent most of the evening talking about the importance of biking and walking to the life of a city,' Rybak says, smiling. 'He took the job. Five years ago, I don't think businesspeople were even thinking about bikes as a part ofbusiness.'..."
-> According to a recent League of American Bicyclists blogpost, "You know the rules of the road when you're out riding. Maybe you even teach bike skills as a League Cycling Instructor. But do you know all the bicycling laws in your state? Since coming to the League in August, I've reviewed more than 2,000 laws related to bicycling. From planning and taxation to funding and traffic, I dusted off and dug in to statutes and administrative codes in each and every state. By researching those primary sources and tapping into great resources compiled by bicycling organizations and agencies, I was able to pull together a comprehensive database of laws."
"The first product of this research: State-specific Highlights of Traffic Laws that Affect Bicyclists. (http://bit.ly/13BLeRG)"
"There are plenty of laws shared by all states; and plenty of laws that are intuitive for both bicyclists and other road users. Our highlights focus on eleven categories of laws that most states have, but differ in ways that can have important impacts on bicyclists and other road users..."
-> According to a Jan. 3rd NPR story, "Pedestrian and cyclist fatalities are increasing nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Los Angeles and New York City have the highest rates of those deaths. In Los Angeles, where the car is the major mode of transportation, hit and runs involving pedestrians occur almost daily. But these crimes can be the most difficult for law enforcement to investigate and solve."
"The flowers of a makeshift memorial along a busy street in south Los Angeles are wilting within a jagged circle of candles. A stuffed animal leans against a cardboard cross. And taped to poster board are family pictures of a disabled teen killed by a hit-and-run driver while he was crossing the street. 'After he was struck, the vehicle slowed down momentarily, and then proceeded south and never stopped, never came back,' says Los Angeles police officer Carol Mitchell, the lead officer on the case. 'As long as I've been doing it, it still doesn't, you know, get easier. I mean, each one of these fatalities affects me.'..."
-> According to a Jan, 13th news release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announces the creation of a new white paper series to expand access to the latest pedestrian -- and bicycle-related research, resources and tools. The white paper series is intended to provide a broad array of information about some of the most commonly requested topics of interest among engineers, public health officials, planners and advocates. The papers feature the most up-to-date research, resources and tools on a variety of topics. PBIC already has completed the first two papers in the series:"
Search the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Library for white
-> According to a Dec. 17th Commonwealth Conversations Transportation article, "Secretary and CEO Richard Davey in October announced MassDOTs mode shift goal to triple the distance traveled by our customers through bicycling, transit and walking. That goal now joins other goals incorporated into MassDOT's GreenDOT Implementation Plan (http://bit.ly/WbOttF) with tasks and indicators."
"MassDOT established the goal to build a more efficient transportation system where fewer of our customers depend on driving alone to get where they are going. We want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation system and support better public health outcomes by working to give our customers more healthy travel options. "
"MassDOT will measure our progress on this ambitious mode shift goal using Personal Miles Traveled-distances traveled by all our customers for bicycling, driving, transit and walking in a one year period. It also measures all the trips taken by our customers, not just work trips which are often the focus in transportation planning..."
Via American Bicyclist: http://conta.cc/VjuA5F
-> According to a Jan. RTC eNews article, "The communities of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle are one giant step closer to connecting to the thriving trail activity of western Maryland and Pennsylvania, thanks to a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant. On Monday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced $80,000 in RTP funds to support the development of the North Berkeley Rail Trail, utilizing a disused section of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line. Though still in the early stages of planning, when complete the trail will run between Berkeley Springs and the U.S. 522 Potomac River bridge, and connect to the C&O Canal towpath, the Western Maryland Rail Trail, and the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), an internationally renowned rail-trail that attracts many thousands of riders every year from throughout America and around the world."
"This trails tourism traffic is worth an estimated $50 million a year to the communities along the GAP, and in recent years has breathed new life and commerce into towns and small cities suffering the decline of traditional primary industries. The North Berkley Rail Trail would allow the businesses and main streets of northeast West Virginia to connect to this booming market..."
-> According to a Dec. 28th Smart Growth America posting, "Hawaii state agencies can leverage transit-oriented development to help deliver on many of Governor Abercrombie's economic development, quality of life and environmental protection goals, according to a new analysis from the state's Office of Planning and Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute. (Leveraging State Agency Involvement in Transit-Oriented Development to Strengthen Hawaii's Economy, http://bit.ly/W5RVGp)..."
"Governor Abercrombie's New Day Plan, announced in 2010, specifically addresses the state's need to 'increase transportation options and address transportation issues on all islands to improve the business climate and quality of life for our residents.' Moreover, the Governor seeks to support community design that fosters 'alternative modes of transportation including walking, biking, and mass transit.'..."
-> According to a Jan. 14th Boston Cyclists Union Action Alert, "Innovative architect and developer Sebastian Mariscal has designed a green, extremely bike friendly (88 bike parking spots and a bike shop for 44 units!), mixed use development project to be located at 37 N. Beacon St in Allston. Neighbors are concerned about his intent to limit parking to 6 car-share (Zipcar, Relay Ride) parking spaces. The building will be marketed specifically to people who don't own cars-and thus create less traffic in Allston's future! It has a number of other green and community-oriented features as well, including a central public/social plaza, a storm water retention system, rooftop gardens and photovoltaic panels..."
-> According to a Jan. 9th ithacajournal.com article, "The city and town of Ithaca have received federal grants to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety near a number of schools. The city grant of $297,950 and the town grant of $41,600 are aimed at Boynton and DeWitt middle schools and Beverly J. Martin, Fall Creek and Northeast elementary schools, the state Department of Transportation announced. The grant is among $26.5 million in federal Safe Routes to School funding for 64 locations across New York. The town will install radar signs to inform drivers of their speed near the schools, where drivers have ignored the school-zone speed limits and crossing-guard directions. The stated installation target is by the start of the next school year, said Highway Superintendent Jim Weber."
"The city's grant is to go toward pedestrian improvements near schools and safety education for students conducted by the Ithaca City School District. It is separate from a lowering of the speed limit along Cayuga Street near Ithaca High School that was put in place last summer. 'The school zone signs will be brought up to current standards around the participating schools,' said Kent Johnson, a city transportation engineer. 'That probably would involve installing more signs. There are not enough signs installed everywhere, and there are higher-visibility signs that are available now than have been up previously.'..."
-> According to a Jan. 7th Slate article, "If you had been handed, a decade ago, a map of the U.S. and asked to predict where the novel idea of bike sharing-then limited to a few small-scale projects in a handful of European cities, might first find its firmest footing, you probably would have laid your money on a progressive hub like Portland or Seattle or the regional poles of walkable urbanism, New York or San Francisco-all of which were scoring higher, those days, in surveys likeBicycling magazine's list of most bikeable cities. But today, the nation's largest, most successful bike-share program-in terms of size, ridership, and financial viability-is in Washington, D.C. How did D.C. accomplish this unlikely task?..."
-> According to a Jan. 4th Switchboard blogpost, "A terrific street redesign is assisting economic development in a southern California community that has suffered from changing economic conditions but is nevertheless seeing significant population growth. This is a story of municipal foresight, excellent recent planning, and green ambition."
"Lancaster is a fast-growing city of a little over 150,000 in far northern Los Angeles County, about 70 miles from downtown LA...This is a great example of how the right legal framework and the right design at the right time can help make a difference. It is also a great example of how our suburban communities can be improved. Is Lancaster Boulevard the best or most walkable district in America? Not by a long shot. But the change is tangible, giving the city something to build upon and setting an example for similarly situated communities. All while re-using infrastructure and reducing emissions from car travel by taking advantage of a central location that shortens driving distances and encourages walking..."
-> According to an abstract published in the December 2012 edition of the American Journal of Public Health of a study entitled, Formative Process Evaluation for Implementing a Social Marketing Intervention to Increase Walking Among African Americans in the Positive Action for Today's Health Trial, "...We applied evaluation methods based on an ecological framework in 2 community-based police-patrolled walking programs targeting access and safety in underserved African American communities. One program also targeted social connectedness and motivation to walk using a social marketing approach. Process data were systematically collected from baseline to 12 months."
"Results: Adequate implementation dose was achieved, with fidelity achieved but less stable in both programs. Monthly walkers increased to 424 in the walking-plus-social marketing program, indicating expanding program reach, in contrast to no increase in the walking-only program. Increased reach was correlated with peer-led Pride Strides (r=.92; P<.001), a key social marketing component, and program social interaction was the primary reason for which walkers reported participating."
"Conclusions: Formative process evaluation demonstrated that the walking programs were effectively implemented and that social marketing increased walking and perceived social connectedness in African American communities"
Via Transportation and Public Health eNewsletter: http://bit.ly/SIfkAY
-> According to a Jan. 4th Sightline Daily article, "Fascinating, but not unexpected. A new analysis by University of Washington masters' student Jill Schulte reveals that in urban King County, lower-income folks, as well as people of color, are more likely to live close to busy roads. And presumably, they're more likely to suffer from poor air quality and other environmental harms as a result."
"The findings about income and traffic density were exactly what I'd expect. Given a choice, most folks would rather not live along a major thoroughfare. But folks of limited means may not have the money to make a different choice -- so I'm not surprised at all to find that low-income folks live in high-traffic places."
"Yet what I found most troubling was that, even after controlling for incomes, race all by itself served as an independent predictor of living in dense traffic. That is, if you have two census tracts with the same income profiles, and with the same level of English proficiency, the one with a higher share of people of color will typically have heavier traffic..."
-> "Our communities are places for people and what we have done is build an environment and culture that doesn't allow people to function."
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
SLIDESHOW: How the trains made Ames (IA)
VIDEO: Giant Rubber Duck in Sydney Harbor (Australia)
WEBINAR "Communities Creating Healthy, Active Environments"
Date: January 17, 2013 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST
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 "Navigating MAP-21: Tracking Data on Bicycling and Walking Investments""
Date: January 29, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
CONFERENCE CALL "Public Health and Walking: Turning Programs and Policy into Action!"
Date: January 30, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Toward Zero Deaths: Strategies for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals"
Date: January 31, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 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 "What to Know Before You Go: Process"
Date: February 13, 2013, 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 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 "What to Know Before You Go: Policy"
Date: February 21, 2013, 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Bike and pedestrian street improvements and economic activity in NYC"
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 2:00 p.m. (EST)
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
WEBINAR "Stepping It Up: Reversing the Trend in Active Transportation"
Date: May 1, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET
ONLINE COURSE "TechniCity"
Date: Four weeks beginning May 4, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
-> "WHERE DO CYCLISTS RIDE? A ROUTE CHOICE MODEL DEVELOPED..."
Via CMAP Weekly Update: http://bit.ly/WXgR19
-> "THE OHIO COUNTIES BIKE ROUTE GUIDE"
-> "THE CICLOVIA AND CICLORUTA PROGRAMS: PROMISING... "
-> "NEW URBANISM: BEST PRACTICES GUIDE,4th Ed."
-> "TRANSPORT BEYOND OIL: POLICY CHOICES FOR A MULTIMODAL..."
-> "STREETS AS PLACES AND 19 OTHER WEBINAR RECORDINGS"
-> "TRANSPORTATION RIGHT OF WAY USE BY PEDESTRIANS"
Additional training opportunities are available on the National Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Add your own items to the on-line calendar...it's quick and easy. Please be sure your calendar items pertain to training and workshops in the bicycle, pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:
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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 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 1, 2013, Ontario Cycle Tourism Forum 2013: Bikes Mean Business, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
-> 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 16 - 18, 2013, Bicycle Leadership Conference, Monterey, CA.
-> 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!
-> 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
-> 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
-> 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 -- CAMPAIGN OUTREACH MANAGER, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE, CHICAGO, IL
The Campaign Outreach Manager recruits and mobilizes supporters to advance advocacy campaigns in the city and suburbs, with a focus on the Neighborhood Bikeways Campaign while also supporting Riders for Better Transit and Friends of the Lakefront Trail. The position manages volunteers to support fieldwork while also implementing online strategies to expand Active Trans' reach.
Deadline: January 31, 2013
-> JOB -SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP OPERATIONS MANAGER- FLEXIBLE LOCATION
The Operations Manager is responsible for ensuring the smooth operations of many aspects of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership), which has a $3 million budget and 25 staff. This position carries out a number of human resources, financial and event planning tasks and spearheads the organization's technical support on Salesforce, Google Apps, Dropbox and Microsoft Office. Responsibilities also include assisting the organization's leadership with tracking of deliverables and relations with the Steering Committee.Flexible location in your home office, with additional consideration given to candidates located near San Francisco, CA or Washington, DC.
Deadline: February 1, 2013
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES PLACEMAKING LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
For those of us who are passionate about the public spaces in our communities, this is an extraordinary time. The general awareness of the importance of a strong sense of place-to the economy, to our social fabric, to human health-is growing stronger every day...After almost four decades of working in this field, we are reaching out to peers new and old to form a Placemaking Leadership Council to consolidate and strengthen Placemaking as an international movement. The goal of the Leadership Council is to build a culture of mutual support amongst the doers and deep thinkers at the forefront of the Placemaking movement, creating a community of practice around this important work.
Deadline: March 1, 2013
-> RPF - RURAL COMMUNITIES FACING DESIGN CHALLENGES
The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) issued a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops in 2013. Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 grant and in-kind design expertiseand technical assistance valued at $35,000. CIRD works to help rural communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer enhance their quality of life and economic vitality through facilitated design workshops. The program brings together local leaders, non-profits, and community organizations with a team of specialists in design, planning, and creative placemaking to address challenges like strengthening economies, enhancing rural character, leveraging cultural assets, and designing efficient housing and transportation systems.
Deadline: March 5, 2013, 5 pm ET
-> 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
-> 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 - 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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