#334 Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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-> Pro Walk/Pro Bike won't return until 2014, when we will be in Pittsburgh, but there are still plenty of other conferences to choose from to network with other professionals, while learning the latest research and best practices in the field of active transportation. Here are three great events that should be on your calendar:
-> According to a July 1st National Public Radio story, "Flip open any cycling magazine and you might think only skinny, good-looking, white people ride bikes. But increasingly that doesn't reflect the reality. Communities of color are embracing cycling. And as a fast-growing segment of the cycling population, they're making themselves far more visible.
"There's a story that Veronica O. Davis likes to tell about why she started a cycling group for black women. She was pedaling past a public housing complex near her Washington, D.C., neighborhood one day when a young black girl shouted to her mother, 'Mommy, mommy, it's a black lady on a bike.'
"'At first I was like, 'Why is she so excited?' And I realized I'm probably the first cyclist that she saw who looked like her,' said Davis.
"That one small experience led to a Twitter message, which then led to a Facebook group. Two years later and now 800 women strong, Black Women Bike: DC is a full-blown cycling movement. And it's not alone..."
-> When we recite the liturgy of why we need to remake our communities to be more walkable and bicycle friendly, it is the public health incantation that often gets the loudest Amen! and Hallelujah!--especially when we're talking about childhood obesity.
Have you ever wondered how well that sermon has been sinking in? Thanks to a recent survey of 2,104 adults sponsored by Kaiser Permanente (Survey: Americans Expect Schools to Lead in Preventing Childhood Obesity: http://bit.ly/14LmBky), we have more insight into how Americans view the phenomenon of childhood obesity; what institutions they think should be responsible for interventions; and what interventions in health and nutrition they support. If you've ever used the childhood obesity argument to make your case, you should check out responses.
-> According to a recent APA Policy News article, "At a briefing yesterday on Capitol Hill, representatives of the National Complete Streets Coalition made the case for national standards for complete streets policies. This is one of the central proposals of the Safe Streets Act of 2013 (H.R. 2468: http://bit.ly/11YkfQI), also introduced yesterday by Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and David Joyce (R-Ohio).
"The Safe Streets Act would require that each state and metropolitan planning organization adopt a complete streets policy within two years that ensures all new federally funded transportation projects accommodate the safety and convenience of all users. The bill defines transportation projects as road construction and road modification projects, including design, planning, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, maintenance, and operations. The Secretary of Transportation would be tasked with certification of complete streets policies.
"In her statement at the briefing, Matsui said, 'We are changing our lifestyle. We also need to change our roads.' She added that her primary motivation for supporting a set of national complete streets policy standards is improving safety for all transportation system users..."
-> According to a June 17th State Smart Transportation Initiative posting, "The EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities Smart Growth Program offers this comprehensive review (see below) on how the built environment -- the way we build our cities and towns -- directly affects our environment and public health. It provides evidence that certain kinds of land use and transportation strategies -- where and how we build our communities -- can reduce the environmental and human health impacts of development."
"Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality," Second Edition (EPA, 2013): http://bit.ly/10xHHU8 (139 pages)
[Ed Note: See this issue's Webinar section for details of a July 24 webinar on this report.]
-> According to a June 8-80 Cities newsletter article, "When 90% of commuting trips in your city are taken by private cars...how do you start to make the shift toward a more balanced mobility system? This is just the question we've been working on answering in the City of Red Deer, Alberta. Since February 2012, 8-80 Cities, in collaboration with Gehl Architects, has been working with The City of Red Deer to develop a new framework for healthier and more sustainable mobility.
"With a focus on mentorship, training and capacity building, and community engagement throughout the project we are pleased to release the final document -- the Mobility Playbook (http://bit.ly/1azp5Zi) -- that takes its inspiration from a traditional sports playbook and sets out a series of 'plays' or strategies that The City should take in order to create a more integrated and balanced mobility network. We're also happy to announce the Playbook was recently approved by Red Deer City Council. Red Deer is a great example of how even a mid-sized city developed mostly around the private car can make the shift toward investing in a more balanced mix of public transit, walking, cycling and driving."
-> According to a June 20th New York Times article, "About 6:30 weekday mornings, throngs of bicycles, with a smattering of motor scooters and pedestrians, pour off the ferries that carry bikers and other passengers free of charge across the IJ (pronounced "eye") harbor, clogging the streets and causing traffic jams down behind Amsterdam's main train station...
"Willem van Heijningen, a railway official responsible for bikes around the station, said, 'It's not a war zone, but it's the next thing to it.'" This clogged stream of cyclists is just one of many in a city as renowned for bikes as Los Angeles is for automobiles or Venice for gondolas... Increasingly, some are saying what was simply unthinkable just a few years ago: There are too many bikes.
"While cities like New York struggle to get people onto bikes, Amsterdam is trying to keep its hordes of bikes under control. In a city of 800,000, there are 880,000 bicycles, the government estimates, four times the number of cars. In the past two decades, travel by bike has grown by 40 percent so that now about 32 percent of all trips within the city are by bike, compared with 22 percent by car..."
-> According to a July 1st Planetizen article, "Move over Amsterdam. A new study of London's road use patterns has found that bicycles account for 24 percent of all road traffic during the morning commute. At nearly a fifth of the areas monitored, bikes actually outnumbered other vehicles.
"'The biggest ever census of bike use in the city reveals one in four road users during the morning rush hour is a cyclist -- and on key routes such as river crossings and roundabouts bikes even outnumber all other vehicles,' reports Matthew Beard. 'Separate Transport for London figures already show that cyclists now make 570,000 trips in London every day compared with 290,000 trips in 2001.'..."
-> According to a June 28th email message, "The purpose of this message is to update the stakeholders committed to disability access in FHWA projects about the following technical assistance: Department of Justice/Department of Transportation Joint Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Requirements to Provide Curb Ramps 'When Streets, Roads, or Highways Are Altered through Resurfacing.'
"This new technical assistance has been jointly issued by the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Transportation, to provide clarity on ADA issues. This document is now available at the following FHWA web links:
-> According to a June 24th Planetizen blog post, "Many jurisdictions have smart growth policies that encourage more compact, mixed, multi-modal development...There are many justifications for smart growth policies...
"If you are involved in community planning you will probably encounter critics who cite various reports which claim that smart growth fails to achieve these benefits. Two years ago the National Association of Home Builders commissioned Portland State University Professor Eric Fruits to publish such research, which I subsequently refuted in an article and a more detailed report (http://bit.ly/12D4vm9). More recently, Wendell Cox posted a blog, The Transit-Density Disconnect (http://bit.ly/11Y1bC8), which also claims to prove that smart growth policies are ineffective at conserving energy and reducing air pollution, based on his analysis of professors Reid Ewing and Robert Cervero's recent article, Travel and the Built Environment, published in the Journal of the American Planning Association..."
-> According to a July 1st American Bicyclists Update article, "The League recently released 19 education videos (http://bit.ly/12bBXMe) that cover topics from fitting a bike to riding in traffic. They are free and available to the public on our website. They're a great tool for people wanting to learn more about riding in their communities, in addition to a resource for League Cycling Instructors looking for other ways to market their classes and teach new riders!"
-> According to a June 29th New York Times article, "President Obama's ambitious goals to curb the United States' greenhouse gas emissions, unveiled last week, will get a fortuitous assist from an incipient shift in American behavior: recent studies suggest that Americans are buying fewer cars, driving less and getting fewer licenses as each year goes by.
"That has left researchers pondering a fundamental question: Has America passed peak driving?... When adjusted for population growth, the number of miles driven in the United States peaked in 2005 and dropped steadily thereafter, according to an analysis by Doug Short of Advisor Perspectives, an investment research company. As of April 2013, the number of miles driven per person was nearly 9 percent below the peak and equal to where the country was in January 1995. Part of the explanation certainly lies in the recession, because cash-strapped Americans could not afford new cars, and the unemployed weren't going to work anyway. But by many measures the decrease in driving preceded the downturn and appears to be persisting now that recovery is under way. The next few years will be telling..."
-> According to a June 21st Urban Milwaukee article, "It looks like bike-sharing is coming to Walker's Point. At Wednesday's meeting of the Public Works Committee Dan Casanova, Senior Economic Development Specialist with the City of Milwaukee, explained that $100,000 will be allocated from TID 68 (Fifth Ward /The Point on the River condos) and TID 75 (Reed Street Yards) to fund bike-sharing installations in Walker's Point. This money had actually been allocated already for bike and pedestrians improvements, but this file now specifies the particular program it will fund. Erick Shambarger, Deputy Director Milwaukee Office of Environmental Sustainability, added that his department will add an additional $30,000 funding for bike-sharing...
"N. Edison St. along the Milwaukee River in downtown Milwaukee will soon be testing out sidewalks constructed with permeable pavement. A grant from The Fund for Lake Michigan will fund the pilot project to test the material's durability under a freeze and thaw cycle. Permeable pavement, although more expensive than traditional pavement, allows for stormwater to enter the ground instead of running off into sewers during storm events, which helps to reduce combined sewer overflows..."
-> According to a recent NCARE article, "The Nevada Complete Streets bill was designed to provide a local funding source for transportation improvements to make local streets 'Complete Streets' -- streets that are safe and inviting for people using all transportation modes -- walkers, baby strollers, people using canes, people using wheelchairs, bicyclist, buses, trolleys -- rather than just for cars and trucks.
"The bill would have provided an opt-out fee of $2 on all Nevada motor vehicle registrations, with the fee going directly to local transportation agencies to use only on complete streets projects -- projects like bike lanes, curb ramps for wheelchairs, safety improvements near schools, bike boulevards and more. The good news is that the bill passed. The bad news is that the bill won't be implemented until the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles finds some funding to make the changes to their computer system that would allow them to collect the fee..."
-> According to a June 19th Mobility Lab article, "What a way to kick off summer, with the Coalition for Smarter Growth launch today of Walkable Living Stories (http://bit.ly/11e9OKy). The campaign shares the stories of dozens of Washington D.C. residents who have chosen a walkable lifestyle. When you get to the site, you find yourself clicking on the interactive map to see where the 38 percent of the car-free or car-lite district households reside and how they do it.
"You can click on your community, an individual storyteller, or a neighborhood that interests you. You may even click on someone you know... You will, at the least, find that the people are easily recognizable and relatable. They may be your co-worker, friend, neighbor, fellow cyclist, walker, or someone you see daily on the metro on your way to yoga..."
-> According to a June 18th Sightline Daily article, "Cars have shaped much of the North American West, including Cascadia (OR), where drive-through restaurants, shopping centers, highway strip malls, and single-family neighborhoods miles from commercial services dominate much of the urban and suburban landscape. Less obvious to the casual observer is the impact that parking regulations have had on architectural forms.
"Cities have established parking regulations, often called off-street parking minimums, for each possible land use. When you build a new house or shop, or often when you simply remodel a building or change its use, you must provide a minimum number of off-street parking spaces. These regulations are meant to address demand for parking that cannot be met by nearby on-street spaces, but they have also led to increased development costs, less flexibility for adaptive reuse of existing buildings, and some pretty unattractive architecture.
"This photo essay looks at some of the ugly architecture in Cascadia that has resulted from parking minimums. Many of the photos were sent in by readers who responded to our request for examples from their communities..."
-> According to the abstract of the "Assessing the Extent and Determinates of Induced Growth" report released in June 2013, "Transportation improvements affect the accessibility of places, which in turn can result in changes in land use in combination with factors that support or discourage development (such as land prices, market demand, local land use regulations, and environmental constraints). Due to the uncertainty involved in forecasting the indirect effects of transportation projects on land use, transportation agencies nationally have struggled in identifying the appropriate level of analysis for this issue, in some cases resulting in litigation and project delays.
"The objective of this research was to identify a Montana-specific, consistent, legally defensible, and efficient process for assessing the indirect land use and environmental effects of transportation projects for the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT). Case law, guidance documents in other states, surveys, interviews, and reviews of existing MDT environmental documents were used to develop an Indirect Effects Desk Reference. The Desk Reference provides an overview of key definitions and regulatory requirements, and provides practitioners with a step-by-step screening process to determine if further analysis is warranted. The screening process relies on information of the characteristics and location of the project readily available early in the project development process. Where detailed analysis is necessary, a detailed analysis framework process is provided in the Desk Reference that includes recommendations on the analysis methodologies most applicable to the data available in different portions of Montana...
"The results of this research should be useful not only to Montana, but to other western states in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains regions of the U.S. that share similar land use, environmental, and growth trends."
"The key thing for us is... equity is not diversity and it is not equality... Equality is making sure everybody has shoes. Equity is making sure everybody has shoes that fit, or a bike that fits. So as we develop these [equity] partnerships, develop strategies, and as we organize, [what's important is] that we are... doing these initiatives so they genuinely are created by, owned by, and reflect the culture, and the philosophy, the mindset and vision of the communities we're working in."
-Anthony Taylor; Major Taylor Bicycling Club, The National Brotherhood of Cyclists & LAB Equity Council; in a video from a Google Hangout Bike Equity Discussion, Part 1
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
VIDEO - CYCLING IN THE US FROM A DUTCH PERSPECTIVEhttp://bit.ly/1cO3okY
VIDEO - HOW THE DUTCH GOT THEIR CYCLE PATHShttp://bit.ly/12Dvr58
WEBINAR "Right-of-Way Procedures, Tools and Techniques for Local Public Agencies"
Date: July 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Health and Environment - An Interdisciplinary Approach to Healthy Aging"
Date: July 9, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Adopting CSS: the Florida Greenbook"
Date: July 10, 2013, 2:30 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 "Green Infrastructure: Achieving Stormwater Management, Neighborhood Stabilization, and Complete Streets Using Formula Funds"
Date: July 16, 2013, 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Transportation Performance Measures"
Date: July 17, 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 "Building Your Trail Right the First Time!"
Date: July 18, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "One Year Later: Where We Are on Transportation Alternatives"
Date: July 22, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "How to Host a Successful Women's Bicycling Forum"
Date: July 23, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Our Built and Natural Environments" (Overview of "Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality" report)
Date: July 24, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 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
-> "FUNDING URBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT: 2013 CASE STUDY
-> "EVALUATION OF MITIGATION FOR SAFETY CONCERNS ON
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CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS
-> Call for Presentations: New England Bike-Walk Summit, October 4, 2013, Providence, RI.
-> Late Breaker Call for Abstracts: Injury Control and Emergency Services, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 2-6, 2013, Boston, MA.
-> Call for Session Proposals: 13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, February 13-15, 2014, Denver, CO.
-> Call for Papers: Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2014, Washington, D.C. (See 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)
-> Call for Posters on the Creative Use of Data in Transportation and Public Health Planning, Transportation Research Board 93rd AnnualMeeting, January 12-16, 2014, Washington, D.C.
-> Call for Papers: Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2014, Washington, D.C.
See 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.
Call for Research Papers on Health and Transportation: The Health and Transportation Subcommittee of the Transportation Research Board seeks research papers about using transportation and travel analysis/models in coordination with public health analysis/models to understand how transportation and land use systems affect public health outcomes: http://bit.ly/10vSGj2.DEADLINE: August 1, 2013
-> Call for Abstracts: 14th National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium–Sized Communities: Tools of the Trade, July 21-23, 2014, Burlington, VT.
-> Call for Posters on the Creative Use of Data in Transportation and Public Health Planning, Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2014, Washington, D.C.
-> 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 22-25, 2013, Transportation: Driving a Sustainable Urban Environment, New Brunswick, NJ.
-> 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, 2013, Complete Streets Design Implementation for Professionals Half-day Workshop, Boston, MA.
-> August 4-7, 2013, ITE 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibit, Boston, MA.
-> August 9-11, 2013, National Open Streets Training, Minneapolis, MN.
-> 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, 2013, APBP Bike Parking Workshop, Boulder, CO.
-> September 9, 2013, Complete Streets Design Implementation for Professionals Half-day Workshop, Boulder, CO.
-> 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);
-> July 21-23, 2014, 14th National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium–Sized Communities: Tools of the Trade, Burlington, VT.
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The Local Government Commission is looking for a rare leader who thinks globally and can be a catalyst for acting locally. They seek a new Executive Director who is a proven and passionate leader. Among the key qualifications are a "demonstrated commitment to improving local communities through innovative approaches to environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and social equity" and "experience in managing change in a high-performing organization." The LGC has been a pioneer in local government innovation in California and beyond, setting the pace in both policies and successful implementation of smart growth, recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, climate change response and building healthier communities.
Deadline: July 8, 2013
Have you considered serving on the APBP Board of Directors? It's a stimulating time to be an APBP member and a great moment to step into a leadership role with APBP by running for the 2014 Board of Directors. You can help APBP continue to move forward with its mission to provide expertise for sustainable transportation. With a fresh strategic plan and many new initiatives on the horizon, APBP needs and welcomes the enthusiastic participation of its members on the Board of Directors. Here's what APBP Board members do: oversee the direction and management of the association, take responsibility for specific projects and action teams, recruit new members, ensure a solid, balanced budget, contribute to the association's financial success, and represent APBP members at conferences and meetings. APBP's Board of Directors is an active board that makes a difference for our profession!
Deadline: July 31, 2013
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