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#337 Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, a program of Project for Public Spaces. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- Australian Government Identifies Plan to Increase Active Transportation
----- New NHTSA Ped Safety Grants & Everyone is a Pedestrian Website
----- How MPOS are Handling TAP and SRTS
----- New Report Benchmarks US Women’s Bicycling
----- SkirtBike: Be Proud to Ride Like a Girl!
----- US Access Board Launches Redesigned Website
----- Revised Australian Planning Checklist for Cycling

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- Business Up 350-400% After New Bike Infrastructure in Seattle (WA)
----- 2013 Capital (Washington, DC) Bikeshare Travel Patterns & Use
----- Chattanooga (TN) Plans Bicycling Improvements
----- Outsider: 7 Ways Portland (OR) is Better than Other Cities

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----- Assessment of Intro & General Transportation Engineering Curricula
----- Tools for Estimating VMT Reductions from Built Environment Changes
----- Parent & Child Surveys of School Travel Experience, Safety
----- Sidewalk Data in King County’s Urban Growth Boundary (WA)

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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----- Online Planetizen Courses
----- Congress for the New Urbanism Podcast Series
----- Streetmix Website: Design Your Own Streets
----- NHTSA Reports 2011 Pedestrian Fatalities up 3%
----- State and Local Transportation Revenue Models & Sources
----- iTree Calculates Urban Canopy Economic Worth

N-E-W-S--S-E-C-T-I-O-N-S
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- The National & International Scene
- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
- Resources
- Calendar
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT IDENTIFIES PLAN TO INCREASE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

-> According to the executive summary of “Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport: Supporting Active Travel in Australian Communities: A Ministerial Statement,” "Walking, riding and public transport are important everyday modes of travel, and key parts of our urban transport systems. This statement sets out how the Australian Government will work to increase the proportion of people walking and riding for short trips, and accessing public transport, in our communities...

"All state and territory governments, and many local governments, have policies and programs in place to increase the share of walking, riding and public transport. This statement outlines a national approach, for the Australian Government to work with other levels of government, the community and business, to further support and encourage this work..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1a3LHBk
Title & Author: “Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport: Supporting Active Travel in Australian Communities: A Ministerial Statement” by Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Transport

NEW NHTSA PED SAFETY GRANTS & EVERYONE IS A PEDESTRIAN WEBSITE

-> According to an August 9th AASHTO Journal article, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week announced various tools to help states and communities deal with the rising number of pedestrian deaths across the country. (See NHTSA 2011 Pedestrian Traffic Safety Fact Sheet in Resources section) NHTSA said Monday it made $2 million in pedestrian safety grants available to 22 cities that have a higher pedestrian fatality count than the national average in an effort to reverse the trend of rising fatal incidents. States can apply for the grant funding through Aug. 30 at: http://bit.ly/17MvIBt. Only those 22 cities from 12 states, as well as the District of Columbia, are eligible for the funding (see application for eligibility)...

"Along with the grant announcement, NHTSA launched a new website (Everyone is a Pedestrian: http://1.usa.gov/13z4LQJ) containing safety tips and other resources for state and local officials to utilize in order to combat the number of individuals involved in fatal pedestrian incidents. Resources include material for parents to explain safe walking to their children, reports on successful pedestrian projects for state highway safety offices, and literature for pedestrian safety advocates in communities..."

Source: http://bit.ly/169QkG1
Title & Author: "New Grants, Website to Fight Pedestrian Deaths Announced by NHTSA" by Staff

HOW MPOS ARE HANDLING TAP AND SRTS

-> According to a recent National Center for Safe Routes to School web article, "Large Metropolitan Planning Organizations are taking on a new role in supporting bicycling, walking, and Safe Routes to School as they begin to administer a portion of the new federal Transportation Alternatives program.

"This white paper (How MPOS are Handling TAP and SRTS: Interview Findings: http://bit.ly/13ztc0j) from the National Center for Safe Routes to School is based on in-depth interviews with a selection of MPO managers and state SRTS coordinators, conducted as they were setting up and launching their programs. It summarizes three different approaches that MPOs are taking, and discusses six challenges they commonly face as they work to include Safe Routes to School projects. It also explores how the strengths of regional planning organizations could be directed into redefining and expanding Safe Routes to School."

Source: http://bit.ly/13jpNIj
Title & Author: "National Center Releases Report on How MPOs Are Handling TAP and SRTS" by Staff

NEW REPORT BENCHMARKS US WOMEN’S BICYCLING

-> According to an August 6th League of American Bicyclists release, "As the summer riding season peaks, the League has released a first-of-its-kind report showcasing a trend seen on streets nationwide: Women are changing the face of bicycling, and bicycling is transforming the lives of women.

"'Women on a Roll: Benchmarking Women’s Bicycling in the United States--and Five Keys to Get More Women on Wheels' (http://bit.ly/13zbxFZ)--a product of the League's Women Bike program--compiles more than 100 original and trusted sources of data to showcase the growth and potential of female bicyclists in the United States. It also suggests five key focus areas--the 5 Cs--to increase women's ridership: comfort, convenience, consumer products, confidence, and community."

Source: http://bit.ly/14JKUBJ
Title & Author: "New Report: Women on a Roll" by Carolyn Szczepanski

[Note: Learn more about the research behind women's health and bicycling, as well as hear firsthand stories from women whose lives have been changed by cycling on LAB’s live Google Hangout on Thursday, August 15, at 2 p.m. ET. Register at: http://bit.ly/14L3A74]

SKIRTBIKE: BE PROUD TO RIDE LIKE A GIRL!

-> According to an August 9th European Cyclist Federation interview of Andreea, founder of the skirt bike movement in Romania, "Inspired by the huge cycle chic wave that rapidly spreads from Copenhagen to New York and Tokyo, two sisters started in 2010 the SkirtBike project as an advocacy blog that promotes urban cycling to women in Bucharest, Romania. The goal was to encourage women to cycle and to increase the number of bicycles on the streets by promoting their use in everyday life, going to work, school, shopping or any other daily activities. Twice a year SkirtBike goes offline for a fun, stylish and friendly women bicycle parade. Since 2010, ten other Romanian cities have joined the SkirtBike movement, making it a national event, Almada from Portugal and Athens from Greece were inspired by [the] Romanian parade and made something similar in 2013 and more than 5 cities from Romania will join SkirtBike next year. I can say that SkirtBike (http://on.fb.me/19h3kuB) is now a community of women who ride, not just a simple cycle chic parade.

"It’s time to involve more women in this voluntary project... We plan to make a free cycling school for women, to find voluntary teachers for courses, to support a good cause at the next Bike Festival in Bucharest...We would like to create skirtbike.ro (http://bit.ly/123Nf9w) as a platform for all skirtbike events in Romania, to attract more contributors on the blog and women from different cities to write their cycling experiences because we believe that women are the best bicycle advocates. They are change makers, socially involved, financial decision makers, they can inspire other women to ride and not at last, they are mothers that pass on to their children the good habits. Our plan is to transform skirtbike.ro in a perfect place where all women can socialize with more experienced female riders, can find cycling tips and tricks, inspiring stories or best places to visit on two wheels in Romania and Europe etc..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1btMNUP
Title & Author: "The skirt that inspires more women to cycle" by Chloé Mispelon

US ACCESS BOARD LAUNCHES REDESIGNED WEBSITE

-> According to the July/August U.S. Access Currents, "The Board has redesigned its website, a leading resource on accessible design. The new site improves navigation so that the various resources available from the Board are easier to locate and search through. These include copies of all Board guidelines and standards and related information, such as companion guides and research reports. Site content is more clearly organized by subject matter across the different areas of accessibility addressed by the Board's work. The site also features enhanced search options and page layouts that improve usability and make related information easier to access. It also includes a new online form for submitting access complaints under the Architectural Barriers Act, which applies to federally, funded facilities.

"Check out the new site at http://1.usa.gov/19sfMet"

Source: http://bit.ly/19hn8hl
Title & Author: "Board Launches Redesigned Website" by Staff

REVISED AUSTRALIAN PLANNING CHECKLIST FOR CYCLING

-> According to an August 6th Bicycle Network article, "A new and improved version of the Planning Checklist for cycling is now available for those planning and designing new communities (in Victoria Australia). After consultation and feedback on the initial Checklist we've refined it so it better fits the requirements of the planning process and updated the references to reflect the latest research.

"We've broken the Checklist into three separate documents, one for each stage of planning and development:  New Community (http://bit.ly/1a3OB9m); New Neighbourhood (http://bit.ly/1buiGfZ); and New Streets and Parks (http://bit.ly/14aFbRX). This allows several subdivision plans (New Neighbourhoods) to be completed separately and submitted together to a single Precinct Structure Plan (New Community).  Each can be completed, saved and sent online."

"The associated Practice Note (http://bit.ly/16j7GCH) remains as a complete document. All four are designed to be used as part of the planning and development process to enable professionals to develop suburbs that encourage healthy lifestyles for all residents and visitors..."

Source: http://bit.ly/18efL9r
Title & Author: "Planning Checklist updated and relaunched" by Staff


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

BUSINESS UP 350-400% AFTER NEW BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE IN SEATTLE (WA)

-> According to an August 12th Seattle Bike Blog post, "[B]ike lanes are good for business. Or at the absolute very least, the removal of some car parking to improve biking and walking safety on commercial streets is certainly not harmful to business, as Seattle Transit Blog guest contributor Kyle Rowe found in his recent analysis of several bike lane projects in Seattle (Seattle Case Study: Economic Impacts of Bike Facilities: http://bit.ly/16OAscR)...

"The second bicycle project studied was the climbing lane installed on NE 65th St, from NE Ravenna Blvd to 1st Ave NE. Although this project only installed a climbing lane for the hilly portion and shared lane markings elsewhere, the real impact in question is the twelve parking spots removed adjacent to the business district... Leading up to the construction and just afterwards NE 65th St performed very similar to both controls, however two quarters after the project was finished NE 65th St experienced a 350% increase in sales index, followed by another jump to 400% sales index the following quarter."

"Studies reproduced in cities across the nation and world have coupled sales data with customer surveys to conclude that bike lanes do, indeed, bring more business to storefronts. Rowe’s study does not include survey data, so it’s not necessarily possible to say for sure that bike lanes are the cause of the increases. But we can say for sure that the elimination of a handful of parking spaces to accommodate the safer street did not hurt businesses..."

Source: http://bit.ly/14Jmybp
Title & Author: "Seattle Transit Blog: Business on NE 65th dramatically increased after bike lane was installed" by Tom Fucoloro

2013 CAPITAL (WASHINGTON, DC) BIKESHARE TRAVEL PATTERNS & USE

-> According to the introduction of the "2013 Capital Bikeshare Member Survey Report," "This report presents the results of the November 2012 Capital Bikeshare Customer Use and Satisfaction Survey conducted for the Capital Bikeshare program (Capital Bikeshare). Capital Bikeshare, a program jointly owned and sponsored by the District of Columbia, Arlington County, VA, and the City of Alexandria, VA, and operated by Alta Bicycle Share, Inc., offers short-term use of more than 1,650 bicycles to registered members and day-pass users at more than 175 stations in the District of Columbia, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria...

"Capital Bikeshare’s management was interested in users’ experience with the program and exploring bikeshare’s impact on users’ travel patterns. The survey was conducted for the following primary purposes; to examine:

  • Demographic characteristics of Capital Bikeshare users
  • Characteristics of Capital Bikeshare trips
  • Travel changes made in response to Capital Bikeshare availability
  • Users’ satisfaction with Capital Bikeshare features..."

Source: http://bit.ly/13zxapF
Title & Author: "2013 Capital Bikeshare Member Survey Report" by LDA Consulting

[Note: for highlights of the report's findings go to: http://bikewalk.org/news/?p=208]

CHATTANOOGA (TN) PLANS BICYCLING IMPROVEMENTS

-> According to an August 13th Times Free Press article, "Speed limits could be lowered, parking spaces added and more speed bumps installed in neighborhoods as part of Mayor Andy Berke's plan to improve transportation in Chattanooga. But with the city's rising reputation in the world of bicycling, the newly formed Department of Transportation is already studying where to add bike lanes...

"There are too many places where cyclists who want to bike to work or tourists trying to get around downtown have to share the road with trucks and cars. To avoid the traffic, some even bike on sidewalks, running the risk of hitting pedestrians...

"To that end, a Netherlands-based cycling group has been invited to Chattanooga to host a two-day workshop called Think Bike. The Dutch Cycling Embassy and the Royal Netherlands Embassy, which have studied how to improve cycling in Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Portland, Ore., will offer suggestions for the city's current projects that include a bike lane running the length of Cherokee Boulevard..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1d5kC0l
Title & Author: "Chattanooga cycles up plans to improve safety for bicycle transportation" by Joy Lukachick

OUTSIDER: 7 WAYS PORTLAND (OR) IS BETTER THAN OTHER CITIES

-> According to a July 27th UrbDeZine San Diego article, "Portland is widely acknowledged as an urban renewal success story. So much so that it has become somewhat of a mecca for planners and others interested in urban redevelopment, visiting the city for inspiration and understanding... Portland’ has come close to re-establishing a complete urban eco-system... The following observations are of the end-result rather than the policies, politics, or history that led to downtown Portland’s current condition. They are through the eyes of a visitor with his own city’s redevelopment efforts as a basis for comparison..."

Source: http://bit.ly/11AEkfr
Title & Author: "7 ways Portland is better than other cities--an outsider’s perspective" by Bill Adams


THE RESEARCH BEAT

ASSESSMENT OF INTRO & GENERAL TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING CURRICULA

-> According to the abstract for "Assessment of Introductory Transportation Engineering Course and General Transportation Engineering Curriculum" TRB Journal article, "Transportation engineering is a critical subdiscipline of the civil engineering profession... With increasing transportation workforce needs, low numbers of students entering the pipeline, and limited hours within undergraduate civil engineering programs, it is important to ensure that civil engineering students receive adequate preparation and exposure to career opportunities in the transportation engineering field. Thus, investigations into the status of transportation engineering within civil engineering programs and specifically the introductory transportation engineering course are essential for understanding implications to the profession.

"Relevant literature and findings from a new survey of civil engineering programs accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology is reviewed; that survey yielded 84 responses. The survey indicates that 88% of responding programs teach an introductory course in transportation engineering, and 79% require it in their undergraduate programs. Significant variation exists in the structure of the introductory course (number of credit hours, laboratory requirements, etc.).

"Common responses about improvements that could be made include adding laboratories, requiring a second course, and broadening course content. In addition, nearly 15% of instructors teaching the introductory course did not have a primary focus in transportation engineering. This finding should be investigated further, given that the course may be an undergraduate civil engineering student's only exposure to the profession."

Source: http://bit.ly/19gYj5g
Title & Author: "Assessment of Introductory Transportation Engineering Course and General Transportation Engineering Curriculum" by Rod E. Turochy, Jon Fricker, H. Gene Hawkins, et al.

TOOLS FOR ESTIMATING VMT REDUCTIONS FROM BUILT ENVIRONMENT CHANGES

-> According to the abstract of a June WA State DOT report, "Built environment characteristics are associated with walking, bicycling, transit use, and vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Developing built environments supportive of walking, bicycling, and transit use can help meet state VMT reduction goals. But tools are necessary to understand how changes to the built environment may translate into changes in travel. Such tools can help optimize land use and transportation investments for reduced VMT and communicate such changes to the public.

"This report (Tools for Estimating VMT Reductions from Built Environment Changes) reviews the built environment characteristics associated with travel and the tools available that utilize these built environment characteristics to estimate travel and related outcomes such as vehicle emissions and health co-benefits. Tools ranged from simple to complex, and a number of factors should be considered when applying a tool to a planning effort."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/15C7t7v
Title & Author: "Tools for Estimating VMT Reductions from Built Environment Changes" by Anne Vernez Moudon & Orion Stewart

PARENT & CHILD SURVEYS OF SCHOOL TRAVEL EXPERIENCE, SAFETY

-> According to the abstract for the "Safety and School Travel" TRB Journal article, "This study examines the relationship between safety, the built environment, and the mode of travel to and from school. The paper contributes to the literature by analyzing the actual route traveled through the use of objective traffic data within school neighborhoods.

"Parents and children completed a survey and mapping exercise to obtain travel routes to and from school, a methodological improvement over network shortest-path analysis. Manual traffic counts around the sampled schools (n = 17) were conducted. Logistic regression analysis confirmed a priori expectations about the effects of distance, gender, and the number of vehicles per licensed driver. New insights into safety were produced through inclusion of objective metrics designed to explore the safety of the pedestrian environment. A higher number of vehicles, a higher number of crossing streets, incomplete sidewalk networks, and the presence of parking facilities emerged as potentially important transport supply-, design-, and safety-related factors.

"If children perceived their neighborhood to be a safe area in which to walk alone, they were also more likely to walk. For parents, the perception that strangers were present and the presence of busy streets influenced the mode of travel. Different effects were produced across separately estimated home-to-school and school-to-home models."

Source: http://bit.ly/13YhGzn
Title & Author: "Safety and School Travel" by Kristian Larsen, Ron N. Buliung, & Guy E. J. Faulkner

SIDEWALK DATA IN KING COUNTY’S URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY (WA)

-> According to the abstract of a June WA State DOT report, "This report (Sidewalk Data in King County’s Urban Growth Boundary) describes the development of geospatial sidewalk data for the King County Urban Growth Area. Prior to the development of this data set, sidewalk data in King County were limited to select jurisdictions and existed in multiple, sometimes incompatible, formats.

"Existing sidewalk data were collected from 30 of 40 jurisdictions and standardized to a geographic information system (GIS) data format that stores sidewalk coverage as attributes of King County street network centerlines. For each street segment, each side was coded as full, no, or partial sidewalk coverage. An automated coding method was developed to standardize existing data when possible. Sidewalk coverage for jurisdictions with no existing sidewalk data or with data formats incompatible with automated coding were coded manually with the aid of internet mapping resources. A total of 27 jurisdictions, including unincorporated King County, were manually coded..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1btJcpP
Title & Author: "Sidewalk Data in King County’s Urban Growth Boundary" by Anne Vernez Moudon, Bumjoon Kang, Jason Scully & Orion Stewart


QUOTES R US

"Vanessa and I started Girl Trek because we wanted to walk to heal ourselves and it helped us. When we got outside away from computers and obligations, we realized there is a vibrant world out there... We wanted to connect with it and we wanted to bring as many sisters as possible. Walking for change is not anything new for black women. You think about Freedom Seekers and Harriet Tubman, and you think about women in the Montgomery bus boycotts. Black women have been walking for change for a long time. With the obesity crisis and all the other health crises facing us, we knew that walking was a good strategy."

- Morgan Dixon, on co?founding with Vanessa Garrison, Girl Trek; a national nonprofit health organization that inspires and supports Black women and girls to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives, simply by walking.
http://bit.ly/18bkOaw

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

TOKYO, AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT: THE SECOND LARGEST PHOTO EVER TAKEN – INTERACTIVE

To create this 360º 'Gigapixel Panorama' (http://bit.ly/1243weK) of the world's largest city, photographer Jeffrey Martin took over 10,000 photos from the Tokyo Tower, and combined them digitally to form an interactive image, the second largest photo ever taken.
http://bit.ly/120p1gg


WEBINARS, CONFERENCE CALLS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Roundabout Triage Improving Roundabout Safety and Operations"

Date: August 15, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH/.2 IACET CEU)
Presenters: Edward Myers, P.E( Kittelson & Associates, Inc.) & Chris Tiesler, P.E.,  ( Kittelson & Associates, Inc.)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Cost: Varies between $75 and $150
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/16OZOqU

WEBINAR "Sustainable Communities HotReport: How well is your community performing on transportation, housing, economic development, income, and equity?"

Date: August 21, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: U.S. EPA
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/17RUSoq

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
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/YE59Af

CONFERENCE CALL "Secrets of Successful Communities"

Date: August 22, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Ed McMahon (Urban Land Institute)
Host: CommunityMatters & Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/13jeEXO

CONFERENCE CALL "Creating Bike Friendly Business Districts"

Date: August 28, 2013, 1:59 p.m. to 2:59 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Alliance for Biking and Walking
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/11JVoQr

WEBINAR "Final TAP Guidance and Qs & As"

Date: August 28, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: National Highway Institute
Cost: $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/1cMB9Yl

WEBINAR "Outreach and Discussion on TAP Program Performance Information"

Date: August 29, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: National Highway Institute
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/13jdXh9

WEBINAR "From the Driveway to the Trailhead: The Missing Link"

Date: * NEW Date* August 30, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET (.1 CEU)
Presenters: Terry Whaley (Ozark Greenways Inc.)
Host: American Trails
Cost: $45 American Trails members/$75 non-members
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/14acvII

WEBINAR "Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (PEDSAFE) Webinar"

Date: September 4, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Charlie Zegeer (UNC Highway Safety Research Center), Dan Nabors (Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.) & Peter Lagerwey (Toole Design Group)
Host: FHWA & PBIC
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/16a8oj8

WEBINAR "Open ADA Question & Answer Session"

Date: *NEW Date* September 4, 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)
Presenters: Marsha K. Mazz, Rex Pace, & Tim Creagan (US Access Board)
Host: US Access Board
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/13YfYxd

WEBINAR "Authentic Middle School Youth Engagement in Safe Routes to School"

Date: September 5, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Arthur Orsini (Urbanthinkers), Leah Stender (WalkSanDiego), Alyssa Simon (The Food Trust), Dave Cowan (Safe Routes to School National Partnership)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/13jdhsb

CONFERENCE CALL "Boosting Advocacy with Health Impact Assessments"

Date: September 11, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Alliance for Biking and Walking
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/123VHFQ

WEBINAR "Smart Growth and Economic Success"

Date: September 18, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: From Lehigh Valley, PA, Champaign, IL, and Phoenix, AZ 
Host: U.S. EPA
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/17RUSoq

WEBINAR "Integrating Spatial Data to Develop Community Priorities"

Date: September 18, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/142mIIz

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)
Presenters: TBA
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/16Cl1Cq

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)
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/14at0cB

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)
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/17j6b4y


RESOURCES

ONLINE PLANETIZEN COURSES

-> A series of approximately one-hour courses available by monthly or annual subscription including: Google Maps for Planners; Legal Issues for Form Based Codes; Working with Census.gov; GIS Walkability Modeling; and Design in Planning: An Overview among several others. AICP credit available for some courses.

Source: http://bit.ly/1cRzSxJ
Title & Author: "Planetizen Courses" by Staff

CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM PODCAST SERIES

-> According to a recent Congress for the New Urbanism webpage, "Subscribe now to the Official CNU Podcast! Get connected to the latest news on CNU’s initiative progress, in-depth interviews with people we find intriguing, and news from the outside world relating to the built environment. Listeners at all levels of expertise will find something to chew on as we talk with the architects, planners, developers, authors and politicians making our towns and cities walkable and sustainable.

"Each episode we'll flip open Dhiru Thadani's visual dictionary of new urbanism 'The Language of Towns and Cities' (http://amzn.to/16KagOL) to consider a different concept each week, bringing an expert in to help us parse it out. In the first episode, CNU program director Heather Smith tackles the word ‘sprawl.’

"You can listen to the latest episode in the player on the website, or you can subscribe to the podcast and have it automatically delivered to you each month."

Source: http://bit.ly/1cMDfYk
Title & Author: "The Congress for the New Urbanism Official Podcast" by Staff

STREETMIX WEBSITE: DESIGN YOUR OWN STREETS

-> According to an August 12th Streetsblog.org article, "Last fall, Lou Huang was at a community meeting for the initiative to redesign Second Street in San Francisco. Planners handed out paper cutouts, allowing participants to mix and match to create their ideal street. Huang, an urban designer himself, thought the exercise would make for a great website. (Streetmix: http://bit.ly/1d1MBhe)...The principle behind Streetmix is simple: it brings drag-and-drop functionality to a basic street design template. Users select a road width and add or remove everything from light rail to wayfinding signs, adjusting the size of each feature meet their specifications...

"Streetmix is more than just a fun way for amateur street designers to spend an afternoon. ‘What we want to focus on is, how can this enable meaningful conversations around streets?’ [collaborator Marcin] Wichary said. ‘For many people it’s a kind of entry point.’...While the website can be a powerful tool for advocacy, its creators are clear that it has limitations. ‘It doesn’t look like a CAD drawing,’ Wichary said..."

Source: http://bit.ly/15xud8J
Title & Author: "Meet Streetmix, the Website Where You Can Design Your Own Street" by Stephen Miller

NHTSA REPORTS 2011 PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES UP 3%

-> According to an August NHTSA report, "[T]he 4,432 pedestrian fatalities in 2011 were an increase of 3 percent from 2010, but a decrease of 7 percent from 2002. In 2011, pedestrian deaths accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, and made up 3 percent of all the people injured in traffic crashes..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/13iRAZf
Title & Author: "Traffic Safety Fact Sheet 2011 Data: Pedestrians" by NHTSA

STATE AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION REVENUE MODELS & SOURCES

-> According to a January SSTI website posting, "This SSTI report (Report on State and Local Transportation Revenue Sources: http://bit.ly/16fFAbl) examines innovative, sustainable transportation funding models to assist decision-makers in identifying policies and practices to augment the current fuel tax revenue system. The report provides a broad account of these funding methods, where they have been implemented or proposed, and identifies state laws, policies, and practices that permit state DOTs and local governments to pursue a more sustainable funding model. The report, completed with the participation of North Carolina DOT, as well as Arizona, Illinois, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington DOTs, suggests ways multiple revenue sources might be packaged to support and maintain transportation systems.

"A summary spreadsheet of potential revenue sources available to states, with survey responses showing which states can or do use that source, is available for download here: http://bit.ly/13UwChZ.

"A webinar on this topic was offered in October 2012. A recording of the webinar, as well as the slides used can be found here: http://bit.ly/17KO34a."

Source: http://bit.ly/13wrCML
Title & Author: "SSTI Report on State and Local Transportation Revenue Sources (SSTI, 2013)" by Staff

iTREE CALCULATES URBAN CANOPY ECONOMIC WORTH

-> According to an August Governing States and Localities article, "With so many states and localities pruning money from parks and tree-planting programs to balance budgets, the free application from the U.S. Forest Service helps public officials put a monetary value on the benefits of growing them.

"If you happened to be strolling through Chapman Square in Portland, Ore., this past April, you might have come across a curious sight: big, colorful ‘price tags’ hanging from the park’s giant elm trees. Every tag said something different—one read, ‘This tree has given $20,000 worth of environmental & aesthetic benefits over its lifetime’—but all trumpeted the benefits of trees. Those tags were part of Portland’s first ever Arbor Month. The goal was to get Portlanders to look differently at trees, to see all the ways in which trees are good for the environment and people’s health, from decreasing stormwater runoff to reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide to improving air quality. The city declared that for every dollar spent on a tree, an estimated $3.80 worth of benefits are returned.

"So how did Portland come up with that figure, or the $20,000 figure for that matter? It used a modeling program called i-Tree, a suite of open-source software that allows cities, states and other users to ‘strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the environmental services that trees provide.’..."

Source: http://bit.ly/198Gg1c
Title & Author: iTree Calculates the Economic Worth of Urban Canopies Down to the Dollar" by Elizabeth Daigneau


CALENDAR

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:
http://www.bikewalk.org/calendar.php

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CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS

-> CALL FOR VARIOUS TYPES OF PROPOSALS – American Planning Association 2014 National Planning Conference, April 26-30, 2014, Atlanta, GA.
DEADLINE: August 20, 2013 for most proposals types
http://bit.ly/11tDWzm

-> 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.
DEADLINE: September 1, 2013
http://bit.ly/11epdKK

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS –Active Living Research Annual Conference, March 9-12, 2014, San Diego, CA.
DEADLINE: September 4, 2013
http://bit.ly/15uvEId

-> 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.
DEADLINE: September 4, 2013
http://1.usa.gov/159rjfW

-> 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.
DEADLINE: September 6, 2013
http://bit.ly/11Yo7km

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – for TRB Young Members Council session, "Emerging Professionals: Investing in our Future." Open to submissions by graduate student authors and members 35 years or younger, Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2014, Washington, D.C.
DEADLINE: September 10, 2013
http://bit.ly/16igbOq

CONFERENCES

-> August 20-21, 2013, Roadway Safety Culture Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/19RokYM

-> August 21-22, 2013, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s 3rd Annual Southeast Sustainability Summit, Knoxville, TN.
http://bit.ly/14x01dG

-> August 25-28, 2013, American Public Works Association International Public Works Congress & Exposition, Chicago, IL.
http://bit.ly/ROxP3l

-> August 25-28, 2013, Governors' Highway Safety Association, San Diego, CA.
http://bit.ly/YCV2FK

-> August 25-28, 2013, T2013 International Conference, Bisbane, Queensland, Australia.
http://bit.ly/YyYG2C

-> August 25-29, 2013*, Comprehensive Bicycle Planning & Design Course, Portland, OR. [*New date]
http://bit.ly/ZxQrJ8

-> September 9, 2013, Urban Mountain Bicycle Parks full-day workshop, Boulder, CO.
http://bit.ly/12vyQjH

-> September 9, 2013, Fort Collins on Foot and by Bike full-day workshop, Fort Collins, CO.
http://bit.ly/13iei1c

-> September 9, 2013, Denver on Foot and By Bike full-day workshop, Denver, CO.
http://bit.ly/13NUJ3L

-> September 9, 2013, Boulder by Bike half-day workshop, Boulder, CO.
http://bit.ly/13NUnKJ

-> September 9, 2013, APBP Bike Parking half-day workshop, Boulder, CO.
http://bit.ly/1aroyq1

-> September 9, 2013, Complete Streets Design Implementation for Professionals Half-day Workshop, Boulder, CO.
http://bit.ly/17lSjun

-> SSeptember 9, 2013, Bicycle Counting half-day workshop, Boulder, CO.
http://bit.ly/13ieEEU

-> September 9-11, 2013, 6th International Urban Design Conference, Sidney, New South Wales, Australia.
http://bit.ly/12hFcro

-> September 9-13, 2013, APBP Professional Development Seminar, Boulder, CO.
http://bit.ly/VdB97X

-> September 11-13, 2013 Walk21, Munich, Germany
http://bit.ly/Rp5TEQ

-> September 13-15, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, Helena, MT.
http://bit.ly/ofmNfM

-> September 16, 2013, 5th Annual Oregon Transportation Summit, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/15MdrqB

-> September 22-25, 2013, Transportation Association of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
http://bit.ly/12YHGrw

-> September 24-25, 2013, 6th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference - Midwestern Region, Dubuque, IA.
http://bit.ly/X741Pi

-> September 24-26, 2013, Second Annual National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/Ug4VI1

-> September 26, 2013, Navigating MAP-21, Charleston, WV.
http://bit.ly/16rUsjm

-> September 29-October 2, 2013, American Public Transportation Association, Chicago, IL.
http://bit.ly/WwPXkK

-> October 1-2, 2013, Mississippi Livable Communities Summit, Jackson, MS.
http://bit.ly/1budVDh

-> October 1-3, 2013, Every Body Walk! 2013 Walking Summit, Washington, DC. Questions:
walkingsummit@americawalks.org

-> October 2, 2013, Mississippi Bike Summit, Jackson, MS.
http://bit.ly/Yq15gE

-> October 2-4, 2013, International Conference on Health Impact Assessment, Geneva, Switzerland.
http://bit.ly/VkbJFm

-> October 3-6, 2013, Bike!Bike!2013, New Orleans, LA.
http://bit.ly/1aqnaUl

-> October 4, 2013, New England Bike-Walk Summit, Providence, RI.
http://bit.ly/12e6SwB

-> October 9, 2013, International Walk to School Day
http://bit.ly/Vs5ij8

-> October 9-12, 2013, American Society of Civil Engineers 142nd Annual Civil Engineering Conference, Charlotte, NC.
http://bit.ly/17pucZ8

-> October 17, 2013, Navigating MAP-21, Omaha, NE
http://bit.ly/16rUsjm

-> October 18-20, 2013, North Carolina Bicycle Summit, Carrboro, NC.
http://bit.ly/1a3L9eL

-> October 18-20, 2013, Georgia Bike summit, Roswell, GA.
http://bit.ly/1a3L9eL

-> October 20-23, 2013, Rail-volution, Seattle, WA.
http://bit.ly/S0xyxe

-> October 22-25, 2013, Association of MPOs, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/KMiif6

-> October 25, 2013, Wisconsin Bike Summit, Madison, WI.
http://bit.ly/15FgChy

-> October 25-27, 2013, Share the Road Celebration of Cycling, DeLand, FL.
http://bit.ly/15D4Bcu

-> October 27-29, 2013, NACTO Designing Cities Workshop, Phoenix, AZ. Info: nacto@nacto.org
http://bit.ly/10b7Wea

-> October 27-30, 2013, Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference, Matteson, IL.
http://bit.ly/1c5AT7v

-> November 2-6, 2013, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
http://bit.ly/TOX8k3

-> November 15-18, 2013, American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
http://bit.ly/ZlPzTF

-> November 25-28, 2013, Building Sustainable Communities, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
http://bit.ly/10CaIhZ

-> February 13-15, 2014, New Partners for Smart Growth, Denver, CO
http://bit.ly/17MHVGv

-> March 3-4, 2014, 2014 Transportation, Land Use and Air Quality Conference, Charlotte, NC.
http://bit.ly/16hZH9a

-> March 9-12, 2014, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
http://bit.ly/157jNCo

-> April 9-11, 2014, Fifth International Transportation and Economic Development Conference, Dallas, TX. Info: Martine Micozzi at MMicozzi@nas.edu.
http://bit.ly/13mMFSK

-> April 16-18, 2014, 4th International Conference on Roundabouts, Seattle, WA. Info: Gene Russell, TRB ANB75 Committee chair, (geno@ksu.edu);
http://bit.ly/VVsDMh

-> April 16-18, 2014, 4th International Conference on Roundabouts, Seattle, WA. Info: Gene Russell, TRB ANB75 Committee chair, (geno@ksu.edu);
http://bit.ly/VVsDMh

-> April 26-30, 2014, American Planning Association 2014 National Planning Conference, Atlanta, GA.
http://bit.ly/17SD20j

-> July 21-23, 2014, 14th National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities: Tools of the Trade, Burlington, VT.
http://bit.ly/11YmmnR


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

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!

See previous issues of CenterLines for Jobs, Grants and RFPs that may still be current at http://bit.ly/ZHi0NE.

-> RFP – SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL CONSULTANT SERVICES, CITY OF TUCSON, AZ

The City of Tucson (COT) seeks a qualified and motivated consultant team to provide the annual requirements for Safe Routes To School (SRTS) consultant services for the Department of Transportation - Bike and Pedestrian Program. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding will be utilized which requires compliance with federal requirements. The consultant is required to develop appropriate SRTS plans and activities that conform to the requirements of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), any subsequent federal regulations after MAP-21, and to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Program Guidance. Assistance will be provided citywide, as requested by school districts, localities and other entities eligible for SRTS grants.

Deadline: August 26, 2013
http://bit.ly/19L3Bc5

-> JOB – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FITNESS COUNCIL, JACKSON, MI

The Fitness Council of Jackson, MI is seeking applications for a new Executive Director. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in related field (Nonprofit Administration, Urban Planning, Public Health, etc.), excellent written and oral communications skills, leadership and fundraising experience in a nonprofit setting, and familiarity with concepts of active living community environments.

Deadline: Open until filled. Notice sent August 1, 2013
http://bit.ly/17uJzMR

-> JOB – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WISCONSIN BIKE FED, MADISON OR MILWAUKEE, WI

The Wisconsin Bike Fed seeks a compelling leader with outstanding organization building skills and solid general management background. The successful candidate will be the key spokesperson for the organization, and will be the person who develops and maintains relationships with donors and stakeholders. He or she must be a clear communicator, a skilled and effective consensus builder, and will be comfortable in community outreach. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and will work with the Board to develop the long-term strategic plan for the organization. The selected candidate will have ultimate responsibility for day-to-day operations, financial health of the organization, staff management, advocacy and education programs, and public image. The successful candidate will have the experience and track record to lead the organization to meet and exceed its goals.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/13iw8hJ

-> JOB - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST, UNIV. OF WA, SEATTLE, WA

The University of Washington Transportation Services has an outstanding opportunity for an Active Transportation Specialist. Working with the Commute Options Manager, the Deputy Director of Transportation Services, the Director of Transportation Services, and the rest of the Transportation Services team, the Active Transportation Specialist will play a creative and leadership role in supporting and promoting active transportation commuting to campus. The core of the duties of the Active Transportation Specialist is to provide overall stewardship of the University programs, products, and promotions to encourage use of walking and bicycling to commute to campus. This includes oversight and continuous improvement of existing programs and implementation of new projects. 

Deadline: Open until filled. Posted July 30. Review process began August 12, 2013
http://bit.ly/13zcAG9

-> JOB – YOUTH PROGRAMS MANAGER, CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB, SEATTLE, WA

The Youth Programs Manager develops and manages creative and fun youth bicycle programs with specific focus on building healthy habits in youth and getting kids excited about bicycling. Current programs serve more than 20,000 students per year. Youth Programs Manager works with Cascade staff, volunteers and community partners to further Cascade’s goal of getting more people riding bikes.

Deadline: September 5, 2013
http://bit.ly/14arS9D


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