#331 Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
-> According to a May 21st Smart Growth America article, "Local governments across the country have compared development strategies to understand their impact on municipal finances. These studies generally compare two or more different development scenarios...Many municipalities have found that a smart growth approach would improve their financial bottom line...community after community has found that smart growth development would benefit their overall financial health. Many of these findings have been made publicly available.
"No national survey has examined these savings as a whole until now. Building Better Budgets: A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of Smart Growth Development (http://bit.ly/1934xWZ) is the first report to aggregate those comparisons and determine a national average of how much other communities can expect to save by using smart growth strategies. It surveys 17 studies that compare different development scenarios and looks at the costs associated with smart growth development and conventional suburban development, as well as each strategy's revenue potential..."
-> According to a May 14th The Atlantic Cities article, "It is unquestionably true that Americans are driving less today than we did just a few years ago. Sometime around 2004, our addiction to driving -- expressed on a graph in the decades-long steep expansion of 'vehicle miles traveled' -- took a turn in the opposite direction. Per capita, we began to drive fewer miles each year than we had the year before. As the U.S. population has continued to grow, our collective miles traveled by car has begun to stagnate.
"It's not entirely clear, though, exactly why this has happened or whether the downturn will continue, two questions intimately tied to the behavior of Millennials as they age. Twenty-something Americans drive about 20 percent less today than their parents did in their 20s. But is that because of the recession? High gas prices? A lasting shift in consumer demand? What will happen to today's 20-year-olds as they enter their 30s, raise families, and consider moving to the suburbs?..."
-> According to a May 21st news release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is excited to announce three new Walk Friendly Communities (WFC). The 'Walk Friendly' title means a city or town is being recognized for its success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. PBIC recognizes these communities for their commitment to improving walkability and pedestrian safety: Bend, OR (Silver), Louisville, KY (Bronze), and Indiana, PA (Bronze)...
"There are now 36 Walk Friendly Communities across the nation...The program began accepting applications for the sixth round on May 1, 2013, with the deadline for submission on June 15, 2013... Learn more about the program and review the community assessment tool: http://bit.ly/10SYBZU..."
-> According to a the KCET (Burbank, CA) website, "City Walk is a unique six-part series that reveals the way walking is transforming cities across America, and in the process, re-connecting us to our bodies, our civic values and public space. Season one of City Walk features 30-minute episodes exploring various aspects of pedestrian life in cities including: Los Angeles, Portland, Boston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and New York. As the show explores the 'walkability' of these communities, viewers will earn about American history by exploring culturally rich neighborhoods, stunning architecture, monuments and beautiful parks that have helped define the character of each city."
Source: http://bit.ly/YYBHD0 [More information and watch full episodes]
-> According to a recent League of American Bicyclists article, "Kicking off National Bike to Work Week, the League has announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC), including a new Platinum-level community. Fort Collins, Colo., moved from Gold to Platinum this round, joining the ranks of Portland, Ore.; Boulder, Colo.; and Davis, Calif., as the country's very best for bicycling.
"With this impressive round of 17 new BFCs, there are now 259 BFCs in 47 states (http://bit.ly/11aBHCm). The BFC program is helping transform the way communities evaluate quality of life by assessing investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and municipal policies."
-> According to a May 15th Bikocity article, "Several years ago, I was the director of an organization in the Charlottesville, Virginia region that got Charlottesville designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFA). There were great guiding documents that the League of American Bicyclists supplied as part of the application process, but it certainly would have been nice to have this infographic (The Building Blocks of a Bicycle Friendly Community: http://bit.ly/10LLXir) that the League just created to delineate the differences between Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum awardees. Check it out.
"'To make it clear that this isn't a strict tool for measuring which category a community falls into,' the League's Carolyn Szczepanski adds, 'Now, the beauty of the BFA program is the fact that it's not one-size-fits-all. We're able to take into account the unique characteristics of each community -- so it's not a rigid rubric. But we love the way this distills some of the key benchmarks and metrics in an interesting and engaging way.'"
Via Linked in APA Transportation Planning Division (free registration required): http://linkd.in/12J3Zlx
-> According to a recent FHWA web article, "The Livable Communities Discussion Board is an online public forum for users to participate in discussion threads and engage with colleagues on questions and ideas related to livable communities. The site is an online community of practitioners in public, private, and non-profit agencies and organizations at the local, State, and Federal levels, who are interested in helping communities provide more transportation choices, encourage access to good jobs and affordable housing, support quality schools, and promote safer streets and roads. Participants come from a range of fields, including transportation, land use, housing, environment, and economic development..."
-> According to a May 8th AARP Blog, "As part of Global Road Safety Week (May 6-12), AARP joins many other organizations, governments and individuals working to raise awareness about the dangers facing pedestrians.Walking is good for your health and it doesn't cost a dime. Unfortunately, it isn't always safe. A pedestrian in America is three times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than in Germany, and six times more likely to die than in the Netherlands...
"People aged 65+ accounted for 20% of all pedestrian fatalities in 2011, despite comprising only 13% of the U.S. population. The fatality rate for older pedestrians is higher than the rate for all other ages. With advanced age, bone density declines, making serious injury or death more likely if one is hit by a car. And older pedestrians are more likely than people of other ages to be killed in crosswalks: not jaywalking or walking along the side of the road..."
-> According to the FHWA Spring 2013 Pedestrian Forum, "FHWA just completed revising the popular 'Safer Journey' resource (http://bit.ly/12HNCpv) that is geared towards school aged children. FHWA first developed Safer Journey 13 years ago. It was designed as an interactive CD that takes the user through various pedestrian safety scenarios encountered every day. The target audience was middle school-aged kids, and Safer Journey proved to be a very popular resource with over 100,000 copies given out over the years...
"The revised 'Safer Journey' is now only available on the web and it is updated to reflect current times and technology. There are versions for kids ages 5-9, 10-14, and 15-18. Each version was tested and tweaked with children in those age groups, as well as educators and others who will be using the tools. Three videos -- one for each of three age groups - accompanied by a quiz or discussion and an educator's resource library can be used as an introduction to pedestrian safety skills or to augment a comprehensive curriculum. 'Safer Journey' helps educators, parents and others who care about pedestrian safety get the conversation started with children and youth."
-> According to a May 21st Project for Public Spaces article, "...Not every street needs a bike lane; not every congested road needs to be widened; some streets are successful places despite failing our definition of a complete street. Some streets just work.
"Next month, PPS will host a two-day 'Streets as Places'training in New York City (http://bit.ly/128oycA). Through seminars, field exercises, and expert coaching, we will be working with participants to identify the streets in their communities that are working, those that are not working, and what tweaks are needed to make their streets functional again. In advance of the 'Streets as Places' training I asked a few friends and colleagues for their nominations of streets that work. These aren't necessarily Complete Streets, Green Streets, Living Streets, Green Lanes, Open Streets, Destination Streets, or Play Streets; these are just streets that work..."
-> According to a May 13th The Atlantic Cities article, "The other day, something happened in Chicago that made bicycling a little more boring. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced an ordinance that would double the fine for 'dooring' a cyclist. Motorists who open their doors into the path of a person riding a bicycle, one of the most dangerous hazards that bike riders face, would have to pay $1,000. This is good. Dooring kills people, like Neill Townshend. At the same time, Emanuel proposed increased fines for cyclists who break the law, bringing them from $25 up to $50-$200. This is also good."
"It was a move that the Chicago Sun-Times referred to as 'even-handed.' And at least one major element of the bicycling community perceived it the same way. 'Too often we see people on foot, on bikes and driving cars traveling recklessly,' wrote Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago's largest and oldest cycling and pedestrian advocacy group. 'Active Trans supports increased traffic fines as an important way to improve safety (along with better education and infrastructure).'..."
-> According to a May 11th Philly.com article, "...You can now find cheap, on-street bike rentals in more than 135 places around the world, many of them with worse weather and hillier streets than Philadelphia. Yet the city has remained strangely ambivalent toward the concept... But the sight of Mayor Nutter tooling around Rittenhouse Square last week on a canary-yellow cruiser suggests Philadelphia is finally ready to commit..."
"The mayor is promising $3 million toward the project, which would cost $8 million to $11 million to launch...The initial phase calls for building a network of up to 120 docking stations with 1,500 bikes in the densest part of the city... Despite bike-sharing's growing popularity in American cities, there is still deep concern about how it will work in Philadelphia. With its colonial-era street grid and skimpy sidewalks, we already have a fierce competition for primacy among pedestrians, motorists, and regular bicyclists..."
"Fortunately, the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities has already begun to formulate ground rules specific to Philadelphia. In contrast to other cities, they've excluded sidewalks as potential locations, Andrew Stober, the project's point person, told me. Ditto for sites inside Center City's four main squares. Meanwhile, to avoid antagonizing motorists and business owners, Stober says the city has decided not to place docking stations in parking spaces during Phase 1, except as a last resort..."
-> According to a May 10th email message from Jonathan Hawkins, "Here in New Jersey (and in my experience, nationally as well) we have heard more and more in recent years that policy-makers want to see an economic case for making certain investments. I thought I would share with you a study that we published this week here at the Voorhees Transportation Center on 'The Economic Impacts of Active Transportation in New Jersey' (http://bit.ly/14HxvrQ)"
"I know everyone on this group has come across those who think good bike/ped infrastructure is a nice thing to have but not worth investing limited funding in. This research is in part a response to that to remind that these investments are not just a black hole that money disappears into never to return."
Via Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals listserve (posting & access requires membership): http://bit.ly/11TDXiS
-> According to a May 8th Oregon Live article, "Cycling's not just hip and healthy; it's becoming big business in Oregon, a new study shows. Recreational bicycle travel accounts for $400 million of Oregon's annual $9 billion tourism industry, according to the Oregon Bicycle Travel Survey (http://bit.ly/10cf6Al) released Wednesday by the state's tourism agency, Travel Oregon..."
"It's the first time the state has quantified spending on organized bike rides, races and other non-commuting trips. Additionally, their survey broke cycling activity down by region, and showed where the spinoff spending goes..."
-> According to a May 14th U.S. PIRG new release, "As the average number of miles driven by Americans heads into its eighth year of decline, a new report from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund finds that the slowdown in driving is likely to continue. Baby Boomers are moving out of the phase in their life when they do the most commuting, while driving-averse Millennials move into that phase. These demographic changes and other factors will likely keep driving down for decades, according to the report, "A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America's Future" (http://bit.ly/1160r8L)..."
"Yet, government forecasts of future vehicle travel continue to assume steady increases in driving, despite the changing trends seen over the past decade. Those forecasts are used to justify spending vast sums on new and expanded highways, even as repairs to existing roads and bridges remain neglected, and even as public transit systems with growing ridership face cutbacks..."
"The report examines a number of high-profile official transportation forecasts and finds a consistent pattern of overestimating how much Americans will drive. The official forecasts examined all fall above even the most conservative scenarios forecast in the report and all seem to be based on the assumption that the ongoing driving growth of the Driving Boom will last forever..."
See an infographic that describes this report's chief findings: http://bit.ly/13F6aI5
-> According to a recent CHEO Research Institute abstract posting, "This longitudinal pilot-study (Associations Between Neighbourhood Walkability, Active School Transport and Physical Activity Levels in Primary and Secondary School Students: A Pilot-Study http://bit.ly/17WIkuC) examined the associations of neighbourhood walkability with active school transport (AST) and pedometer-determined physical activity (PA) immediately before and after the transition from primary to secondary school..."
"Fifty-five grade 6 students were recruited from 4 primary schools in Ottawa in May/June 2012. They were asked to complete a diary indicating their mode of transport to/from school for 1 week and wear a SC-StepMX pedometer for 8 consecutive days. 48 study packages were returned at baseline and 29 at follow-up (September/October 2012). The Walk Score application was used as a proxy for walkability around the home and around the school. The associations of walkability with AST and average daily step counts at both time points were respectively examined with binary logistic regression and linear regression models adjusted for gender..."
"At baseline, only walkability around the school was positively associated with AST (OR = 1.04). At follow-up, higher Walk Score ratings around the home and the school were both associated with greater odds of AST (OR = 1.12 and 1.29 respectively). Furthermore, walkability around the home was associated with higher step counts with a large effect size (?2 = 0.19)... "In this longitudinal pilot-study, the association between neighbourhood walkability (as assessed by the Walk Score application) and measures of AST and PA was stronger in secondary school compared to primary school. This suggests that neighbourhood walkability may be more important for supporting adolescents' AST and PA levels. However, given the small sample size, future prospective studies are needed to confirm these findings."
-> According to a May 16th Science Daily article, "Bicycle engineering guidelines often used by state regulators to design bicycle facilities need to be overhauled to reflect current cyclists' preferences and safety data, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers (Bicycle Guidelines and Crash Rates on Cycle Tracks in the United States: http://bit.ly/13DwTBn). They say that U.S. guidelines should be expanded to offer cyclists more riding options and call for endorsing cycle tracks -- physically separated, bicycle-exclusive paths adjacent to sidewalks -- to encourage more people of all ages to ride bicycles..."
"Standards set by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in its Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities generally serve vehicles well but overlook most bicyclists' needs, according to lead author Anne Lusk, research scientist in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH, who has been studying bicycling patterns in the U.S. and abroad for many years. "In the U.S., the default remains the painted bike lane on the road," she said, which is problematic since research has shown that women, seniors, and children prefer not to ride on roads with traffic."
"According to the researchers, the AASHTO guidelines discouraged or did not include cycle tracks due to alleged safety concerns and did not cite research about crash rates on cycle tracks. This study analyzed five state-adopted U.S. bicycle guidelines published between 1972 and 1999 to understand how the guidelines have directed the building of bicycle facilities in the U.S. They also wanted to find out how crash rates on the cycle tracks that had been built compared with bicycle crash rates on roadways in the U.S. They identified 19 cycle tracks in 14 cities in the U.S. and found these cycle tracks had an overall crash rate of 2.3 per one million bicycle kilometers ridden, which is similar to crash rates found on Canadian cycle tracks and lower than published crash rates from cities in North America for bicycling in the road without any bicycle facilities..."
Via Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals listserve (posting & access requires membership): http://bit.ly/11TDXiS
-> According to a May 15th TRB post, "TRB has released the latest version of its information for authors guide (Information for Authors: A Guide for Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts for Presentation at the TRB Annual Meeting and for Publications in the TRB's Journal: http://bit.ly/10kGI6i). The guide is designed to help both new and veteran TRB paper authors navigate the paper submission process for TRB's upcoming Annual Meeting and for TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board."
"All authors should review all information in this guide before submitting papers for consideration for presentation or publication.The guide covers the organization and formatting of manuscripts for peer review and for publication, as well as instructions for submission. Papers that do not follow the guidelines may not be considered for presentation or publication..."
"On June 1, TRB will begin accepting papers for consideration as part of the program for the TRB 93rd Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2014, in Washington, D.C, and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR)."
"All papers must be submitted via TRB's Paper Submission website (http://bit.ly/12Le5lU) by August 1, 2013."
"The promise of bike-sharing is that it could reduce the need for a car in the city. All the infrastructure needed to accommodate and store cars consumes vast amounts of real estate that could be put to livelier uses. Compared with housing our cars, finding sites for 120 [bike-sharing] docking stations should be nothing."
- Inga Saffron, on finding the space for bike-sharing infrastructure in densely developed historic Philadelphia
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
VIDEO - WEIRD BIKES
-> Might see something new if you don't already know what a pedal pub, row bike, monowheel, hyper bike or skate bike look like. (2:33)
WEBINAR "Bike Signals"
Date: May 15, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool"
Date: May 28, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide Webinar Series: Bikeway Design at Intersections" 1st of 3
Date: May 29, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. (2nd & 3rd of 3 on June 5 & June 26)
WEBINAR "NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide Webinar Series:Bikeway Design in Context " 2nd of 3
Date: June 5, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (3rd of 3 on June 26)
WEBINAR "Model Pedestrian Safety Programs"
Date: June 6, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Local Air Quality and Children's Mobility"
Date: June 19, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "What's in There for Me: Mining National Data for Information on Walking and Bicycling"
Date: June 19, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Maximizing City Involvement in Safe Routes to School: Educating Municipal Transportation Departments and Practitioners"
Date: June 20, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide Webinar Series: Next Generation Bikeway Design: Raised Cycle Tracks" 3rd of 3
Date: June 26, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Harnessing the Power of GIS for Safe Routes to School"
Date: July 11, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "From Paint to Preform: Getting the Most from Pavement Markings"
Date: July 17, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "How Highway Safety Funds Can Boost Safe Routes to School: Tapping into the Highway Safety Improvement Program"
Date: August 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Getting Better Data for Better Decisions: Improving Performance Measures and Outcomes"
Date: August 21, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Integrating Spatial Data to Develop Community Priorities"
Date: September 18, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
-> "TOOLBOX OF COUNTERMEASURES AND THEIR POTENTIAL..."
-> "HOW TO INCREASE BICYCLING FOR DAILY TRAVEL,"
-> "AN EVALUATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF VOICE-TO-TEXT..."
-> "2011 FATALITY ANALYSIS REPORTING SYSTEM AND GENERAL..."
-> "TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS 2011: A COMPILATION OF MOTOR...""...Vehicle Crash Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and General Estimates System," U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2013. (217 pages)
-> "MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC-RELATED PEDESTRIAN DEATHS -...""... United States, 2001-2010," Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 19, 2013 / 62(15);277-282.
-> "PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST WARNING DEVICES AND SIGNS...""... at Highway-Rail and Pathway-Rail Grade Crossing," Illinois Center for Transportation, University of Illinois, April 2103. (77 pages + appendices)
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
-> Call for Abstracts: The APBP Ken Cross Scholarship for Student Research -- 2013 Poster Contest, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Professional Development Seminar, September 9-12, 2013, Boulder, CO. Open to APBP student members only ($30 student membership).
-> Call for Proposals: National Walking Summit, October 1 - 3, 2013, Washington, D.C.
-> May 27, 2013, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation 6th Annual Complete Streets Forum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
-> May 28-29, 2013; 2013 Ontario Bike Summit, Toronto (ON)
-> May 29-June 1, 2013, CNU21, Annual Congress for the New Urbanism, Salt Lake City, UT.
-> May 31-June 1, 2013, How to Create Successful Markets, Project for Public Spaces, New York, NY.
-> June 1, 2013, 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 10-14, 2013, Walk-UPs (Walkable Urban Places): Certificate in Emerging Regionally Significant Walkable Urban Places Executive Education Course, Washington, DC.
-> June 11-14, 2013, "The Sound of Cycling": Velo-city Conference, Vienna, Austria.
-> June 13-14, 2013, Streets as Places, Project for Public Spaces, New York, NY.
-> June 17-19, 2013, The 6th Making Cities Livable Conference & Sustainable Transformation Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
-> June 18-19, 2013, Sustainable Trails for All - With Trail Accessibility Guidelines, Greenfield, NH.
-> June 19-20, 2013, Mobility and Road Safety in an Aging Society, Vienna, Austria
-> June 19-22, 2013, International Bicycle Urbanism Symposium, Seattle, WA.
-> June 20-22, 2013, Annual WHO Healthy Cities, Izmir, Turkey.
-> June 23-26, 2013, 2013 Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference, Atlanta, GA.
-> June 23-27, 2013, 2013 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation - Scottsdale, AZ.
-> June 23-27, 2013, 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference, Portland, OR.
-> June 24-26, 2013, The Future of Places, first of three linked conferences, Stockholm, Sweden.
-> July 6-9, 2013, Canadian Institute of Planners Infuse Vancouver 2013, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
-> July 10 - 12, 2013, National Association of County and City Health Officials Annual 2013, Dallas, TX.
-> July 17 - 19, 2013, 20th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Info: Delft University of Technology
-> July 21-24, 2013, TRB Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, Nashville, TN.
-> July 22-23, 2013, State Smart Transportation Initiative Community of Practice Meeting, Detroit, MI.
-> July 22-23, 2013, Conference and Midyear Meeting of the TRB Policy, and Social and Economic Factors Sections, Washington, DC.
-> July 27-31, 2013, Association for Commuter Transportation 2013 International Conference, San Antonio, TX.
-> 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 12, 2013, Safe Routes to School National Partnership Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA.
-> August 13-15, 2013, Safe Routes to School National Conference, Sacramento, CA.
-> August 25-28, 2013, American Public Works Association International Public Works Congress & Exposition, Chicago, IL.
-> August 25-28, 2013, Governors' Highway Safety Association, San Diego, CA.
-> August 25-28, 2013, T2013 International Conference, Bisbane, Queensland, Australia.
-> August 25-29, 2013*, Comprehensive Bicycle Planning & Design Course, Portland, OR. [*New date]
-> September 9-11, 2013, 6th International Urban Design Conference, Sidney, New South Wales, Australia.
-> 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 24-25, 2013, 6th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference - Midwestern Region, Dubuque, IA.
-> September 24-26, 2013, Second Annual National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, Washington, DC.
-> September 29-October 2, 2013, American Public Transportation Association, Chicago, IL.
-> October 1-3, 2013, Every Body Walk! 2013 Walking Summit, Washington, DC. Questions:
-> October 2, 2013, Mississippi Bike Summit, Jackson, MS.
-> October 2-4, 2013, International Conference on Health Impact Assessment, Geneva, Switzerland.
-> October 4, 2013, New England Bike-Walk Summit, Providence, RI.
-> October 9, 2013, International Walk to School Day
-> October 9-12, 2013, American Society of Civil Engineers 142nd Annual Civil Engineering Conference, Charlotte, NC.
-> 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 15-18, 2013, American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
-> November 25-28, 2013, Building Sustainable Communities, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
-> April 16-18, 2014, 4th International Conference on Roundabouts, Seattle, WA. Info: Gene Russell, TRB ANB75 Committee chair, (firstname.lastname@example.org);
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The employee serves as a Transportation Specialist in the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Planning, Environment and Realty, Office of Human Environment (Livability Team). The Office of Human Environment is responsible for the development and implementation of national policies, regulations, guidelines, standards, procedures, techniques, and initiatives to comply with the planning and project development human environment provisions of federal laws, regulations, and Executive Orders. The Livability Team is responsible for supporting planning and project development programs nationally. The Team provides leadership and direction for bicyclist and pedestrian initiatives and funding programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Recreation Trails Program (RTP), Safe Routes to School (SRTS), and Transportation Enhancements (TE).
Deadline: May 24, 2013
The Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail Coordinator will coordinate efforts in the planning, acquisition and development of the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail Plan (RRRVP). The RRRVT plan is a 750 mile system of trails and complete streets in Jefferson County (Birmingham), Alabama.
Deadline: May 31, 2013
In partnership with the Policy, Planning and Government Affairs team, the Policy and Government Affairs Manager informs, develops and implements Cascade's policy and advocacy programs. The Policy and Government Affairs Manager is expected to influence major policy and infrastructure to further our goal of getting more people riding bikes, with specific focus on Seattle and the Puget Sound region. The Manager will advocate for and mobilize allies to support bicycle friendly policies, infrastructure and funding at the local and regional levels.
Deadline: June 4, 2013
Smart Growth America is preparing to launch a new venture and is looking for an experienced entrepreneur to co-found a startup opportunity. The new venture will create a social community for those living an urban, car-lite lifestyle by providing news, events, and local resources, an easy connection to urban goods and services and bring people together on and offline. Candidates must have previous experience running or playing a senior role in a startup as well as have an understanding of and passion for the urban lifestyle. Experience in a startup with a significant web/mobile presence and successfully promoting brand affinity preferred. Experience with market segmentation, customer discovery and validation, taking a product through launch, and scaling to multiple cities are all core to the position. They are looking for someone to take their concept, develop a business plan, test the offerings, and help bring it to fruition. While they don't expect this person to do it all, she/he will need to manage projects across a number of divergent disciplines including financial modeling, affinity branding, marketing, operations, mobile and web development, hiring and managing appropriate staff as well as market testing and product launches.
Deadline: Applications accepted immediately until position filled
Reporting to the Senior VP of Policy and Trail Development and acting as a member of the senior leadership team, this position will oversee the development and implementation of new programs and the improvement of existing programs to deepen the impact and reach of RTC's trail development work.With responsibility for managing and successfully delivering results on 3-5 major programs, the Vice President will supervise a team of highly capable and experienced professionals, including five direct reports. This individual will join the senior leadership team of an entrepreneurial and ambitious organization at a critical and exciting point in our history. This is an amazing opportunity for a strategic, creative, and results-oriented professional with exceptional management, program development, and implementation skills to join a successful organization in a leadership position.
Deadline: None provided
The Content Strategy Manager reports directly to the Vice President of Development and Communications and is responsible for helping create and implement a strategic vision for content creation and distribution, while serving as Managing Editor of the organization's magazine. The Content Strategy Manager is a key member of the communications team. As a part of the team, she/he helps set the communications strategy and works closely with all RTC departments to write and edit brochures, reports, promotional materials, online copy and select publications and align content with the appropriate communications tools. The Content Strategy Manager has primary responsibility of building and expanding RTC's content strategy. The role requires part editor, copywriter, online trend tracker, planner and creative storyteller. Whether finding creative, new ways to tell stories on their websites, social networks or in direct communications, the position involves working across departments to develop and implement content plans and generate the content needed to engage RTC's donors, supporters, advocates, as well as, key decision makers. The Content Strategy Manager also functions as the Managing Editor of RTC's member magazine, Rails to Trails, leading the staff, and consultants in the development of four issues each year.
Deadline: None provided
The Online Media Manager is responsible for managing the development and implementation of RTC's Internet strategy. The position is responsible for planning, coordinating and leading the development, maintenance and enhancement of railstotrails.org. The position participates in the development of RTC's online communications and campaigns.
Deadline: None provided
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