#336 Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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-> According to a July 29th email message from Debra Goeks of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, “For practitioners eager to learn more about planning for active transportation, APBP designed a slate of intensive half- and full-day workshops for Monday, September 9 in Boulder, CO (http://bit.ly/17RrI4N). These pre-conference workshops are just before the start of our biennial Professional Development Seminar. Conference registration is not required, but the deadline to register is August 23: http://bit.ly/14BMKjL.
“These in-depth sessions focus on best practices for bike parking, complete streets design and counting bicycles; or offer biking or walking tours of Denver, Fort Collins and Boulder. The full-day Urban Mountain Bike Park session is a unique opportunity to learn how to plan, fund and build an urban mountain bike park. The morning classroom segment focuses on planning and design considerations, site selection, user access, building public support, and engaging the community in an iterative and interactive design process. The session wraps up with an afternoon visit to Boulder's world-class Valmont Bike Park.
“APBP’s Professional Development Seminar begins Tuesday, September 10 through September 12 in Boulder. Choose from 25 classroom and mobile sessions, organized into tracks related to Return on Investment for Active Transportation, Integrated Corridor Planning and Design, or Guidelines, Standards and Decision Making. For the complete schedule and session descriptions, go to: http://bit.ly/VdB97X.”
-> According to the July American Trails newsletter, “The story of the South Platte River Greenway in the Denver metro area covers the challenges of design in a constricted river corridor to creating a nonprofit foundation to manage the trail. Four Colorado experts discuss:
View the 156-slide presentation from the American Trails International Trails Symposium: http://bit.ly/165S9CB.”
-> According to a July 25th Forbes article, “Cities are using microradar to count bicyclists, and they may soon be detecting pedestrians, too, as America’s transportation agencies follow a public migration away from the automobile and toward alternate modes of transportation.
“‘We want to be able to measure bikes, pedestrians, transit users, everybody. We’re no longer just going to measure cars,’ said Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein at the Complete Streets Symposium in Chicago Thursday...But as people get out of their cars, they abandon the metrics that transportation agencies have typically used to measure street use, leaving agencies looking for ways to count bicycles and pedestrians.
“The data collected on all modes of transportation will be put to real-time use ‘in the cloud,’ Klein said, to ensure safety, connectivity, and access for every user of the public way...”
-> According to a July 12th European Cyclists Federation Article, “The Mayor of London’s Roads Task Force [RTF] has acknowledged the importance of speed limits in London and surrounding Boroughs... [and] recognized that ‘speed limits play an important role where "movement" and "place" need to be better balanced, where there are high levels of pedestrian activity and where safety issues have been identified’...
“This recognition of speed limits’ significance in cities led the RTF to suggest that the Central Activities Zones ...[and] inner London Boroughs, especially residential areas and town centers should have a 20mph speed limit...”
-> According to a July 23rd M Live article, “City leaders ... accepted a $485,321 grant that will fund much of a planned 3-year bicycle safety education project envisioned by the Michigan Department of Transportation as a model for the state...
“The concept for the project calls for research on how best to educate people about bicycle safety, then development and implementation of a campaign that could include billboards, flyers or bus stop advertisements, for example. The project's goals include education and training on how to ride a bike in traffic, increased awareness of the responsibilities of bicyclists and motorists and promotion of a ‘share the road culture.’..."
-> According to a July 24th The Atlantic Cities article, “A new stretch of bike lanes debuted in Brooklyn this week, but this time they're not being met with outrage or protests. The physical distance between a famously contested Prospect Park West bike lane in Brooklyn's upscale Park Slope neighborhood and the city's newest lane, on Brownsville’s Mother Gaston Boulevard, is only about three and a half miles. But the economic gap is huge. Brownsville remains one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City, with a stubbornly high crime rate...”
-> According to a June 19th STL Beacon article, “The Trestle, an ambitious project aimed at transforming the old Iron Horse Trestle into an elevated park, showcased its new development plans to the public June 18 at an open house...
“‘St. Louis will join Paris and New York as the only three cities in the world converting old railway trestles into elevated parkways,’ said Susan Trautman, executive director of Great Rivers Greenway... The 1.5 mile track, running from 14th Street to Branch Street (see map at the end of the article), aims to be a community gathering area for all St. Louisians and out-of-towners, organizers said. They envision pedestrians and cyclists experiencing vibrant views of downtown, relaxing as the river barges chug by or sitting and talking with friends and family...”
-> According to a recent Directions article, “The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center recently announced that three new communities have earned Walk Friendly Community (WFC) recognition--this brings the total number of communities with 'Walk Friendly' status to three dozen since the program was launched in 2010. Each of these cities or towns is recognized for success in improving a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. Congratulations to Bend, Ore. (silver level), Louisville, Ky. (bronze level) and Indiana, Pa. (bronze level)!...”
-> According to a July 24th CBS Los Angeles article, “Shared, or so-called ‘sharrow’, lanes meant to make traveling safer for cyclists and motorists are causing confusion on the road. Wes Hijh ... was driving his bike in West Hollywood Tuesday morning when he was approached by an L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy. The 30-year-old was wearing a helmet camera at the time and posted a video of the encounter on YouTube. “He just pulled up alongside me and started talking to me and told me I needed to be farther to the right...”
Source: http://cbsloc.al/19wtdcq (article + 2 video clips)
-> According to an abstract cited in a July 24th news release, “Cognitive performance of adolescent girls who walk to school is better than that of girls who travel by bus or car. Moreover, cognitive performance is also better in girls who take more than 15 minutes than in those who live closer and have a shorter walk to school.
“These are some of the conclusions of a study published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The results come from findings of the nationwide AVENA (Food and Assessment of the Nutritional Status of Spanish Adolescents) study, in which the University of Granada has participated together with the Autonomous University of Madrid, University of Zaragoza and the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid. They constitute the first international study that associates mode of commuting to school and cognitive performance...”
-> “This (Measuring the Performance of Livability Programs) report analyzes the performance measurement processes adopted by five large ‘livability’ programs throughout the United States. It compares and contrasts these programs by examining existing research in performance measurement methods. The 'best practices' of the examined performance measurement methods for each program are explored and analyzed with respect to their key characteristics. The report entails an appropriately comprehensive literature review of the current research on performance measurement methods from the perspective of various stakeholders including the public and government agencies. Additionally, the results of this literature review are used to examine the actual performance measures of the target programs from the perspective of different stakeholders. The goal of the report is to determine what did and did not work in these programs and their measurement methods, while making recommendations based on the results of the analysis for potential future programs.”
-> According to a July 25th Quartz article, “The future of making neighborhoods safer might lie in simply making them look safer. That’s what researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Austrian Institute of Technology concluded from results gathered on this website (http://bit.ly/14B7EiU) which allows visitors to rate pictures of urban areas...The researchers directed nearly 8,000 online participants from 91 countries to rate pairs of geotagged photos in terms of which looked ‘safer’ and ‘more upper-class.’...
“[T]he perception of disorder and violence in a neighborhood causes a feedback loop of more disorder and violence. The significance of the new tool is that it makes it easier to quantify these perceptions, and to draw correlations from them. Those data should in theory encourage urban planners and city officials to act on the results, which could have a big impact on public works and crime prevention policies. ‘One of the things that would be the most interesting in the long run,’ head researcher César Hidalgo said, ‘is to overlay these maps with expenditures of government, narrowly defined by the things that affect how places look, such as repaving roads, building parks, or putting cables underground.’...”
“We are prioritizing pedestrians first as the indicator species of a healthy, safe, and let’s face it, a fun city.”
- Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein at the Complete Streets Symposium in Chicago
“Transportation is around us every day and influences everything we do, which makes it integral to creating the conditions for great health. ... health and transportation are intertwined...community indicators for health and quality of life, including access to recreation, access to healthy foods, access to medical services, and access to public transit--all ... have clear ties to transportation... Transportation is in the midst of transformational change ... This is our opportunity to reshape the transportation system and create the infrastructure we need while also improving our health and quality of life."
- Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger in the keynote address at the 24th Annual Center for Transportation Studies Transportation Research Conference
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
“A new series of maps (http://bit.ly/13lXUxi) from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation illustrate, to great effect, the vast discrepancies in life expectancy that exist between different socio-economic classes in America. This fact should come as no surprise to people--the richer you are, the longer you’re likely to live, and vice versa--but what’s shocking is how you can see the years drop away just by comparing neighborhoods. In 2012, the foundation also sponsored an interactive map that ranked the counties in each state based on health metrics like medical care, smoking rates, education level, and so on.
“‘Just a few metro stops can mean the difference between an extra five to ten years added to your lifespan,” says the foundation. “Where we live, learn, work and play can have a greater impact on our health than we realize.” Take, for instance, the 20-year difference between those who live in the French Quarter of New Orleans and the residents of the much more gentrified Lower Garden District a few miles away...”
WEBINAR "Accessible Transportation Facilities"
Date: August 1, 2013, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (.15 UI CEU credits)
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 "High to Low Speed Transition Zone Design & Mitigation [for Rural Highways]"
Date: August 8, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET (1.5 Professional Development Hours)
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 "Open ADA Question & Answer Session"
Date: September 5, 2013, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (1.5 AIA CES, AICP CES, or LA CES credits; .15 UI CEU credits)
WEBINAR "Integrating Spatial Data to Develop Community Priorities"
Date: September 18, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "2014 TRB 93rd Annual Meeting -- How to Survive and Thrive"
Date: September 24, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (to be repeated live on November 19, December 17, 2013)
WEBINAR "Using Photo-enforcement to Improve Pedestrian Safety"
Date: October 16, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (.1 CEU, 1 AICP CM)
WEBINAR "Is there Safety in Numbers for Cyclists and Pedestrians"
Date: November 20, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (.1 CEU, 1 AICP CM)
NEW ADVOCATES’ GUIDE TO WORKING W/ MPOS
-> According to a July 29th League of American Bicyclists news release, "[E]specially under the new federal transportation law, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) make big behind-the-scenes decisions about how transportation dollars are spent in cities and their surrounding regions. For advocates who want to make sure that available dollars help create great places to bike, walk and live, it’s important to work with the MPOs...
“So Advocacy Advance, a partnership of the League and Alliance for Biking & Walking, ... [released] a new report that will give you action-oriented advice on how to make sure bicyclists are involved in these behind-the-scenes decisions: 'Working with Metropolitan Planning Organizations: 5 Lessons for Advocates,' (http://bit.ly/15a6QYD) . [These] five key principles are:
[Ed. Note: See also A Citizen’s Guide to Better Streets: How to Engage Your Transportation Agency, published by Project for Public Spaces in 2008. It focuses on the role of local transportation agencies in street design and also outlines effective ways of interacting with them: http://bit.ly/19wSfYX]
NEW MA RURAL WALKING TOOL KIT FOR MUNICIPALITIES
-> "This (Rural Walking in Massachusetts: A Tool Kit for Municipalities) report provides an introduction to different types of walking facilities that can be constructed in rural areas. It includes case studies of a number of communities building creative and cost-effective walking facilities. These communities have faced many challenges in the process of planning and constructing their walking facilities. Although each community is unique, these case study examples may help other communities identify opportunities to provide better walking infrastructure and the tools to implement such improvements...”
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 PAPERS: Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2014, Washington, DC.
See Information for Authors: A Guide for Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts for Presentation at the TRB Annual Meeting and for Publications in the TRB 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.
-> CALL FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF PROPOSALS – American Planning Association 2014 National Planning Conference, April 26-30, 2014, Atlanta, GA.
-> 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 ABSTRACTS –Active Living Research Annual Conference, March 9-12, 2014, San Diego, CA.
-> CALL FOR POSTERS – TRB Task Force on Understanding New Directions for the National Household Travel Survey, for presentation at the Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2014, Washington, DC.
-> 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.
-> 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 20-21, 2013, Roadway Safety Culture Summit, Washington, DC.
-> 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, Urban Mountain Bicycle Parks full-day workshop, Boulder, CO.
-> September 9, 2013, Fort Collins on Foot and by Bike full-day workshop, Fort Collins, CO.
-> September 9, 2013, Denver on Foot and By Bike full-day workshop, Denver, CO.
-> September 9, 2013, Boulder by Bike half-day workshop, Boulder, CO.
-> September 9, 2013, APBP Bike Parking half-day workshop, Boulder, CO.
-> September 9, 2013, Complete Streets Design Implementation for Professionals Half-day Workshop, Boulder, CO.
-> SSeptember 9, 2013, Bicycle Counting 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 16, 2013, 5th Annual Oregon Transportation Summit, Portland, OR.
-> 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 3-6, 2013, Bike!Bike!2013, New Orleans, LA.
-> 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.
-> October 25, 2013, Wisconsin Bike Summit, Madison, WI.
-> October 25-27, 2013, Share the Road Celebration of Cycling, DeLand, FL.
-> 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
-> March 9-12, 2014, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
-> April 16-18, 2014, 4th International Conference on Roundabouts, Seattle, WA. Info: Gene Russell, TRB ANB75 Committee chair, (firstname.lastname@example.org);
-> April 16-18, 2014, 4th International Conference on Roundabouts, Seattle, WA. Info: Gene Russell, TRB ANB75 Committee chair, (email@example.com);
-> April 26-30, 2014, American Planning Association 2014 National Planning Conference, Atlanta, GA.
-> 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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See previous issues of CenterLines for Jobs, Grants and RFPs that may still be current at http://bit.ly/ZHi0NE.
The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. The BFU program provides the roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling. The Bicycle Friendly University program evaluates applicants’ efforts to promote bicycling in five primary areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation/planning, known as the Five E's.
Deadline: August 13, 2013
The Commute Programs Manager develops, oversees and implements Cascade’s commute programs in partnership with the Policy, Planning and Government Affairs team and other Cascade staff. The Commute Programs Manager is expected to further our goal of getting more people riding bikes, with specific focus on the Puget Sound region. The Manager will advocate for and mobilize allies to support bicycle friendly policies and infrastructure related to commuting, with a particular focus on workplace support.
Deadline: August 4, 2013
The Legislative Affairs Manager informs, develops and implements Cascade’s state advocacy efforts. The Legislative Affairs Manager is expected to influence major non-motorized policy and funding decisions at state legislative and agency levels. The Manager will serve as the main voice of Cascade in Olympia. Ideally, the Manager will spend several nights a week in Olympia during the session. The Manager will have expertise in legislative policy and strategy and use that expertise to mobilize others to support bicycle friendly policies, infrastructure and funding decisions. Some local, regional and federal advocacy work is also included, as is electoral work.
Deadline: August 12, 2013
The Bicycle Program Specialist works in the Active Transposition Branch to advance bicycle and pedestrian programs throughout the District of Columbia. Assists with the management of the Capital Bikeshare Program. Plans, designs, and implements bicycle transportation facilities. Conducts public outreach concerning bicycle plans and programs. Develops budgets, procures goods and services, and manages contracts for the District's bicycle programs. The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process.
Deadline: First screening date: August 1, 2013. Closing date: August 22, 2013
We are seeking a Research Associate to join a team of seven investigators and two other RAs in a cross departmental study involving transport studies and the built environment, epidemiology and public health, for a three year study into street mobility and accessibility: developing tools for overcoming older people’s barriers to walking research project to develop tools to measure and model community severance and its impacts. This researcher will be required to develop robust and replicable measures of community severance (CS), drawing on both quantitative and qualitative data, and to obtain monetary values for investments designed to reduce CS. The empirical research will focus on two London and two non-London case studies, working under the direction of the investigators and with the other RAs to collect spatial and transport data. This appointment is available from January 2, 2014 and is funded for three years in the first instance.
Deadline: August 26, 2013
Smart Growth America seeks a Policy Fellow to support the Local Leaders Council, a national network of elected and appointed leaders in cities across the nation. The Policy Fellow will be a core member of the Local Leaders team and will help develop tools and resources especially designed to support top municipal decision makers around the nation. Main responsibilities will include: research on best policies and practices; interviewing city leaders and staff regarding implementation lessons and effectiveness of initiatives; drafting of briefs and presentations; editing video interviews of experts discussing smart growth innovations; and supporting events related to the Local Leaders project.
Deadline: Rolling until filled (Job posted on July 17, 2013)
The Smart Growth America LOCUS program of responsible real estate developers and investors is seeking a talented and motivated individual to organize smart growth real estate developers in Massachusetts. LOCUS, Latin for “place,” is a national coalition of real estate developers and investors that promotes market-sensitive, walkable urban, environmentally friendly, economically vibrant and socially inclusive communities. The mission of LOCUS is to demonstrate that the pent-up demand for sustainable, walkable urban development is being hampered by current federal, state and local policies and subsidies and create a national network and voice of real estate developers and investors who advocate for policies to support the development of sustainable, walkable urban development in our towns and cities. The Massachusetts Coordinator will play a key role in building LOCUS’ membership in the Commonwealth; mobilizing members; and engaging in state and local policy debates to support the development of sustainable, walkable places.
Deadline: Rolling until filled (Job posted on July 24, 2013)
Smart Growth America seeks a Policy and Outreach Fellow to support LOCUS, a national network of smart growth real estate developers. The Fellow will be a core member of the LOCUS team and provide direct support to the LOCUS network of real estate developers and investors advocating for smart growth policies at the federal and regional levels. Main responsibilities include: drafting legislative summaries for network members, organizing Hill briefings and meetings, drafting advocacy materials on core network issues, managing correspondence with network members, following up with and providing materials to potential recruits, and assisting the President of LOCUS with scheduling and general administrative tasks as needed.
Deadline: Rolling until filled (Job posted on July 24, 2013)
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