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#338 Wednesday, August 28, 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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----- UK Commits Nearly $230 Million in Cycle Funding by 2015
----- Planetizen’s Top 10 2013 Planning, Design & Development Websites
----- 500+ Complete Streets Policies
----- New Undergrad Bike & Ped Teaching Modules
----- Spain: City Map Visualizes Distance & Walking Time
----- Edmonton (Canada) Bike Ed Videos w/ LEGOS & Humor
----- Engineers Communicate About Who They Are & What They Do
----- CenterLines Must Reads from 2013 (So Far) + Changes Coming

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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----- Pittsburgh (PA): a Must-Visit City for Walkers & Bikers
----- Indianapolis (IN) Cultural Trail: Next-Gen Bike Lanes
----- Milwaukee’s (WI) First Parklet
----- Alameda County (CA) Transit HIA: Access, Equity & Health Outcomes
----- NY State Preservation First Policy: Adds Extra Steps for New Sidewalks
----- What Happened When Hamburg (NY) Put People Before Cars

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----- Traffic Signal Timing Impact on Ped AIR Quality
----- SRTS Program Gets More Eugene (OR) Kids to Walk & Bike to School
----- Economic Impacts of Road Space Reallocation in New Zealand
----- SSTI Seeks Input on Bike-Ped Performance Measures
----- MN Study of Complete Streets Implementation Practices

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----- Robust Walkability Data includes Access and Proximity
----- Online Rural Livability Resource
----- New Comprehensive Website for Local & Regional Livability Planning
----- HUD-DOT-EPA Guide to Resources for Sustainable Communities

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- 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

UK COMMITS NEARLY $230 MILLION IN CYCLE FUNDING BY 2015

-> According to an August 12th UK.GOV release, "The Prime Minister announces the biggest ever single injection of cash for the country alongside plans to make roads safer for those on two wheels. £77 million (US$119.6 million) will be divided between Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Cambridge, Oxford and Norwich, while the New Forest, Peak District, South Downs and Dartmoor will each share a slice of £17 million (US $26.4 million) funding for national parks. With local contributions, the total new funding for cycling is £148 million (nearly US $230 million) between now and 2015.

"The announcement includes a commitment from the government to cut red tape that can stifle cycle-friendly road design and to encourage changes to the way roads are built or altered. Councils will be expected to up their game to deliver infrastructure that takes cycling into account from the design stage.

"Prime Minister David Cameron said: ‘This government wants to make it easier and safer for people who already cycle as well as encouraging far more people to take it up and business, local government, developers, road users and the transport sector all have a role to play in helping to achieve this.’..."

(For details, see Department of Transport’s Briefing on the Government's Ambition for Cycling: http://bit.ly/1fidXOx)

Source: http://bit.ly/1dOigDe
Title & Author: "Government shifts cycling up a gear" by Staff

PLANETIZEN’S TOP 10 2013 PLANNING, DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT WEBSITES

-> According to an August 12th Planetizen article, "Our annual list of the 10 best planning, design, and development websites represents some of the top online resources for news, information and research on the built environment.

"Every year, Planetizen recognizes ten websites as some of the best resources for urban planning, design and development... We've listed the websites alphabetically, not in a particular order of rank..."

Abandoned America: http://bit.ly/18AezNI
BlightStatus: http://bit.ly/13Fyh7k
The Global Urbanist: http://bit.ly/16QC0kR
MapBox: http://bit.ly/14Svvz4
NPR Cities: http://n.pr/1ddQrnK
ParkScore: http://bit.ly/145s6gF
Polis: http://bit.ly/14kTweI
2nd City Zoning: http://bit.ly/14kTQu0
Shareabouts: http://bit.ly/16tlz1j
Urban Observatory: http://bit.ly/13qUKKC

Source: http://bit.ly/1cKpWZq
Title & Author: "Top 10 Websites--2103" by Jonathan Nettler, Chris Steins, Abhijeet Chavan & Mike Newton-McLaughlin

500+ COMPLETE STREETS POLICIES

-> According to an August 16th DC.Streetsblog article, "This week, complete streets advocates came together in Washington, DC, to celebrate the passage of the 500th complete streets policy. That happened in Memphis more than seven months ago, but perhaps the delay in marking the occasion was fortuitous: There are now at least 25 more policies to celebrate.

"Each of these policies is really just the beginning of a process of making change in how streets are designed. Those policies need to be implemented, and the idea of accommodating all street users--cyclists, transit riders, pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, children--needs to become second nature to city planners and engineers. Still, the beginning of 525 processes signals a true shift away from road design that’s exclusively for automobiles..."

Source: http://bit.ly/16YC8ib
Title & Author: "500+ Complete Streets Policies in Place, But Not the Most Important One" by Tanya Snyder

NEW UNDERGRAD BIKE & PED TEACHING MODULES

-> According to an August 26th PBIC News Brief, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is pleased to announce the release of new bicycle and pedestrian planning teaching modules for undergraduate students.

"The Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Short Series (http://bit.ly/16NCgPc) is designed to augment undergraduate courses in basic civil engineering and/or transportation planning. The series consists of three lessons covering Planning for Pedestrians and Bicycles, Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Design, and Pedestrian and Bicycle Data and Performance. The modules are ideally suited to be integrated into an existing course, such as the first or introductory course in transportation engineering..."

Source: http://bit.ly/19XZcDz
Title & Author: "New ped/bike planning and design lessons available for course instructors" by Staff

SPAIN: CITY MAP VISUALIZES DISTANCE & WALKING TIME

-> According to a February 25th Polis article, "The city of Pontevedra in northwest Spain has become a leader in walker-friendly urban policy over the past 15 years... To further improve walkability, Pontevedra's city council produced a map that visualizes the distances and travel times between key places on foot at an average speed of five kilometers per hour. Known as Metrominuto (http://bit.ly/1fhJKPD), the map has color-coded lines that resemble those of a subway guide. The pink line from Peregrina Square shows that it takes about 14 minutes to walk from there to the train and bus stations... Metrominuto reminds residents and visitors that many automobile trips can be made in a more convenient, environmentally friendly and healthy way by walking..."

Source: http://bit.ly/XlvcpY
Title & Author: "Visualizing a Walkable City" by Eduardo Ares

EDMONTON (CANADA) BIKE ED VIDEOS W/ LEGOS & HUMOR

-> According to an August 27th LinkedIn ITE Pedestrian and Bicycle Council posting, "We've been working in Edmonton since 2006 to make our city more bike friendly...We've been collecting data on usage and holding focus groups and completing market research to understand our present and potential users. We've parlayed that into directed education and awareness campaigns about the infrastructure we are building, what they mean, and how people should be driving and biking on city streets. The most recent efforts on this are a series of stop-motion videos using LEGO to teach Edmontonians young and old about how to ride bikes and drive vehicles on city streets. [For instance, see Dial S for Sharrow: http://bit.ly/1dNZtIr]

"It is a continuation of our first video we did last year in support of a bike box installation which is now being used by a number of cities including Lima, Peru. You can find the [five] videos here: http://bit.ly/19Yc3Wu... we are more than happy if people elsewhere want to make use of them! Just acknowledge where the videos came from and let us know by emailing me: tyler.golly@edmonton.ca..."

Source: http://linkd.in/18Zv46j (May require free LinkedIn ITE Pedestrian and Bicycle Council membership)
Title & Author: "City of Edmonton produces Bike Education Videos using LEGO!" by Tyler Golly

ENGINEERS COMMUNICATE ABOUT WHO THEY ARE & WHAT THEY DO

-> According to an August 10th TRB blurb, "The National Academy of Engineering has released a report (Messaging for Engineering: From Research to Action free download: http://bit.ly/16PMZft) that supports efforts by the engineering community to communicate more effectively about the profession and those who practice it. The report builds on the 2008 NAE publication, Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering (CTC), which presented the results of a research-based effort to develop and test new, more effective messages about engineering.

"The new messages cast engineering as inherently creative and concerned with human welfare, as well as an emotionally satisfying calling. The report summarizes progress in implementing the CTC messages, but also recognizes that there is potential to galvanize additional action and thus suggests specific steps for major players in the engineering community to continue and build on progress to date..."

Source: http://bit.ly/17lh4Cy
Title & Author: "Messaging for Engineering: From Research to Action" by Staff

CENTERLINES MUST READS FROM 2013 (SO FAR) + CHANGES COMING
by Mark Plotz

-> Over the past few months the CenterLines team has been hard at work planning changes for the newsletter. You won't notice a change in content, but you will notice (I hope) that it is easier to find the information you want. We will also make it easier to find the information you need--like the five most popular resources from this year's CenterLines, and important trainings, conferences, and events. By clicking http://bit.ly/16Q5D6V you will be subscribing to the most complete bike/ped training calendar on the web. Never miss an event! Stay turned for more changes...

Understanding Bicyclist-Motorist Crashes in Minneapolis MN (#325)
The City of Minneapolis analyzes 10 years of bike crashes to reduce crash rates by 10 percent or more. Select findings: the safety in numbers phenomenon is validated; 81 percent of crashes happen at or proximate to intersections; and drugs and alcohol are rarely involved. And more... http://bit.ly/Y1oqYp

Mobility Playbook to Transform Car-Oriented Red Deer (CN) (#334)
An active transportation plan for a city of 100k with a >90% driving mode share, and a forecast for major population growth. The plan is clear, concise, and can be easily deciphered by elected officials, planning commissioners, and laypersons. http://bit.ly/1azp5Zi

Our Natural Environment: A Technical Review of the Interactions Among Land Use, Transportation & Environmental Quality (Second Edition) (#334)
A peer reviewed report on impacts on the built environment. Salient facts from this sobering report: in 1969 69% of households had 0-1 vehicles; by 2009 that number had fallen to 39%. From 1997 to 2005 household income grew faster than VMT, countering the oft-repeated claim that we can drive our way to prosperity. http://bit.ly/10xHHU8

Rural Walking in MA – A Toolkit for Municipalities (#336)
A snapshot of walking accommodations and travel behavior in MA’s rural communities. Includes 13 useful case studies of how communities population 1,500 to 50k–are improving walkability. http://bit.ly/12ySifp

Making Trails Count in IL (#328)
One of the best studies of recreational trails and their users. Short and succinct; full of useful data including: user motivation, spending habits, and user demographics. Select findings: nearly 70% of users learned of the trail through word-of-mouth, or happening by; and trails are underutilized by moderate and low-income populations. http://bit.ly/14Wl3rg


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

PITTSBURGH (PA): A MUST-VISIT CITY FOR WALKERS & BIKERS

-> According to an August 16th Project for Public Spaces blog post, "Today, the smokestacks and steel mills that made the great city of Pittsburgh famous are mostly long gone. The ‘City of Champions,’ as it is called, is now considered one of the most livable in the world, and many of the qualities that make it so also happen to make it a great city for biking and walking. (But then, is the link between active transportation and livability really a surprise to any of you?) Below, we’ve highlighted five distinctively Pittsburgh-y things that make this city a must-visit for anyone who gets around on two feet or two wheels. If you find your interest piqued, click http://bit.ly/13YRkPB to register for our free off-year gathering this September 19th to network and plan for the big Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference that will take place in Pittsburgh next fall..."

Source: http://bit.ly/15j1ULb
Title & Author: "5 Reasons Pittsburgh is a Must-Visit City for Walkers & Bikers" by Staff

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) CULTURAL TRAIL: NEXT-GEN BIKE LANES

-> According to the August 8-80 Cities Newsletter, "Check out Indianapolis’ new Cultural Trail! (See Streetfilms 8:08 minute video: http://bit.ly/16towwt) Funded as a ‘quality of life’ project instead of an infrastructure improvement, this 8-mile pedestrian and cycling trail connects different downtown districts and venues and has become a means of neighborhood revitalization. As the Cultural Trail was being built, abandoned buildings found tenants and existing businesses saw a major influx of business. A feeling of community from the added pedestrian and cycling traffic has also been inspired. The consequences of this great new facility are getting people out of their cars and participating in street life which overall are contributing to a downtown Indianapolis that is a more vibrant and people-friendly place."

Source: http://bit.ly/170oN98
Title & Author: "The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: The Next-Gen in U.S. Protected Bike Lanes" by Staff

MILWAUKEE’S (WI) FIRST PARKLET

-> According to an August 18th On Milwaukee.com article, "It's only existed for a short period of time, but the outdoor dining space on Murray Avenue between Divino Wine & Dine, 2315 N. Murray Ave., and Two Bucks, 2321 N. Murray Ave., has already been called a ‘patio,’ ‘the bump out’ and a ‘parklet.’...

"Jim Plaisted, the Executive Director of the East Side BID, presented the idea as a new option to the current restaurant owners and they worked for months to make it happen. ‘We approached the Department of Public Works with this idea,’ says [Andrea] Richards [of the East Side BID]. ‘The Murray Avenue location is far enough away from an intersection, on a side street where there was a loading zone and two metered parking spaces.’

"Getting permission to replace public, metered parking spaces with a private parklet posed a challenge, but Richards says that, because the East Side is one of the most walkable and bikeable neighborhoods in Milwaukee, they felt that this was a favorable trade-off..."

Source: http://bit.ly/17j9YR0
Title & Author: "Milwaukee's first "parklet" opens on East Side" by Molly Snyder

ALAMEDA COUNTY (CA) TRANSIT HIA: ACCESS, EQUITY & HEALTH OUTCOMES

-> According to an August 20th State Smart Transportation Initiative post, "This health impact assessment (Getting on Board for Health: A Health Impact Assessment of Bus Funding and Access: http://bit.ly/13YgCgH) informed the development of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Regional Transportation Plan. The assessment examined the equity impacts of the RTP within Alameda County, specifically focused on transit-dependent populations and the expected health outcomes that may result from changes to bus access as determined by RTP. Since transit-reliant communities are primarily low-income people of color, the HIA also determined the potential for differential impacts on these vulnerable groups. The HIA focused on the impacts that changes in public transportation could have on access to health and social services, basic amenities such as grocery and retail stores, and employment, and how these changes could impact health in bus-dependent communities."

Source: http://bit.ly/12JRyay
Title & Author: "Getting on Board for Health (Alameda County Public Health Department, 2013)" by Staff

NY STATE PRESERVATION FIRST POLICY: ADDS EXTRA STEPS FOR NEW SIDEWALKS

-> According to an August 15th Mobilizing the Region article, "The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) recently issued a draft plan of transportation projects it will be tackling from 2014-2017... Unfortunately for pedestrians and bicyclists, who jointly represent 27 percent of the total fatalities on New York’s roads, it doesn’t look like they are high on NYSDOT’s priority list.

"The core of the problem may lie with NYSDOT’s new "Preservation First" policy... [which] emphasizes fixing existing transportation infrastructure before building new or expanded infrastructure... a loophole in the policy appears to be preserving not just 1950s-era infrastructure, but also a 1950s-era mentality. In other words, cars first, with pedestrians and bicyclists fighting for scraps.

"It is widely recognized that one of the easiest and most efficient ways to incorporate more facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists is to add sidewalks and bike lanes to roads when they’re being repaired... the policy considers only repairs to existing sidewalks ‘preservation projects,’ but the addition of new sidewalks will be considered capital investments that go ‘beyond preservation.’ According to the STIP guide document, ‘beyond preservation’ projects must pass an additional review by NYSDOT’s central office in Albany..."

Source: http://bit.ly/16PxRyT
Title & Author: "Loophole in New NYSDOT Policy Undermines New York’s Complete Streets Law" by Nadine Lemmon

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HAMBURG (NY) PUT PEOPLE BEFORE CARS

-> According to an August 20th The Atlantic Cities article, "Nearly three years ago, a Minnesota man named Charles Marohn published a piece called 'Confessions of a Recovering Engineer'... (Editor’s Note: See Quotes Are Us Section later in this issue)...Marohn... now travels the country spreading the word that things can be done differently--that America’s towns and cities can build streets that are safe and operate at a human scale, the old-fashioned way, and that they can save money and bolster their economies in the process.

"That’s exactly what the village of Hamburg, in upstate New York, has done. According to an article in the New York Times, the leaders of this community of 10,000 rejected the proposed widening of U.S. Route 62, the local main street, back in 2001... Main Street was rebuilt not as a high-speed funnel for cars, but instead as a pleasant shopping street with narrower traffic lanes, trees, and ample sidewalks. Roundabouts replaced intersections, and in the two years after construction was completed in 2009, crashes were down by 66 percent and injuries fell by 60 percent. ‘Accidents in [the roundabouts] need a tow truck, not an ambulance,’ a transportation department official told the Times.

"Property values in the once-fading downtown have doubled and local business owners are investing millions in new projects. New residents have been attracted by the appeal of a village center where a simple walk up and down Main Street is a pleasure rather than something to be endured. Hamburg was, like many American towns and cities in the Rust Belt, in decline. Now it is thriving..."

Source: http://bit.ly/17f1rAx
Title & Author: "What Happens When a Town Puts People Before Cars?" by Sarah Goodyear

2012 TXDOT PED & BIKE CRASH DATA PROMPT SAFETY CAMPAIGN

-> According to an August 19th TxDOT release, "Back-to-school means back-to-traffic, and as students return to the classroom this fall, the Texas Department of Transportation calls on drivers to 'Drive Friendly. Drive Safe' to reduce crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

"In 2012, vehicles on Texas roads struck more than 5,000 pedestrians resulting in 2,962 serious injuries and 481 fatalities. Vehicles also struck more than 2,000 bicyclists resulting in 1,450 serious injuries and 56 fatalities. Compared with the previous year, 2012 saw a 13.2 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities and a 19.1 percent increase in bicyclist fatalities..."

Source: http://bit.ly/14RhA8n
Title & Author: "As Back-To-School Traffic Resumes, TxDOT Reminds Motorists to ‘Drive Friendly Drive Safe’ All Year Long" by Staff


THE RESEARCH BEAT

TRAFFIC SIGNAL TIMING IMPACT ON PED AIR QUALITY

-> According to an August 20th TRB Journal article abstract, "Improving the efficiency of urban traffic operations along arterials is a priority for many agencies because congestion affects the movement of people and goods in many cities. Advanced traffic management systems are being implemented to optimize traffic signal timing in congested corridors. Pedestrians and transit users are even more exposed to vehicle emissions than are drivers. However, pedestrian exposure to traffic emissions is typically not a consideration when traffic signal timing decisions are made.

"The relationship between exposure to air pollution and traffic signal timing has not yet been fully explored or modeled. This paper quantifies the factors that contribute to concentrations of sidewalk-level particulate matter (1.0 to 2.5 ?m in diameter) at a busy intersection along an urban arterial in Portland, Oregon. The study is the first research effort to combine real-world, detailed traffic signal timing data (at 5-s intervals) and air pollutant concentration data..."

Source: http://bit.ly/18ZEIG1
Title & Author: "Impact of Traffic Signal Timing on Sidewalk-Level Particulate Matter Concentrations" by Courtney Slavin and Miguel A. Figliozz

SRTS PROGRAM GETS MORE EUGENE (OR) KIDS TO WALK & BIKE TO SCHOOL

-> According to an August 21st email message from Shane MacRhodes, "A new study, (Impact of the Safe Routes to School Program on Walking and Biking: Eugene, Oregon Study: http://bit.ly/1dOAFQp), the first to use a control-group and peer-reviewed process, shows that our Eugene Safe Routes to School program is effective at getting more kids walking and biking. We knew that but it's nice when the science shows it.

"This study demonstrates that Eugene's Safe Routes to School program has increased walking and biking as school transport modes. Education and encouragement programs were associated with a five percentage point increase in biking. Walking and biking increased most when schools implemented multiple SRTS interventions. While these results are particular to Eugene, they provide evidence of the positive impacts of the SRTS program and identify elements of the Eugene SRTS program that could be replicated."

ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF ROAD SPACE REALLOCATION IN NEW ZEALAND

-> According to the Reallocation of Road Space research report published in New Zealand this month, "This research project investigated the economic impacts of transport and road space reallocation in shopping areas located in central cities and along major transport corridors in New Zealand. It focused on three research questions. The first being to understand the retail spending of transport users; resulting in data that provides an average $ spent per user and primary mode of transport. The second element focused on identifying the road space allocation and design elements important to retailers and shoppers. Finally, a case study compendium was developed.

"The data shows that sustainable transport users account for 40% of the total spend in the shopping areas and account for 37% of all shoppers who completed the survey. The data indicates the pedestrians and cyclists contribute a higher economic spend proportionately to the modal share and are important to the economic viability of local shopping areas. The study also identified that retailers generally overestimate the importance of on-street parking outside shops. Shoppers value high-quality pedestrian and urban design features in shopping areas more than they value parking and those who drive are willing to walk to the shopping precinct from other locally available parking areas."

Source: http://bit.ly/1dOigDe
Title & Author: "Reallocation of road space" by T. Fleming (Allatt), S. Turner & L. Tarjomi

SSTI SEEKS INPUT ON BIKE-PED PERFORMANCE MEASURES

-> According to an August 20th State Smart Transportation Initiative post, "... FHWA and many state DOTs, MPOs, and local jurisdictions are struggling with how to evaluate their TAP-funded and other active transportation projects...Many states and MPOs may have criteria for evaluating bicycle-pedestrian proposals for funding, but those criteria often don’t take into account system-level benefits and costs. And compared with highway measures, metrics for tracking ongoing performance are scarce. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic counts are being done in some cases, but these do not equal performance measures.

"[SSTI] will survey our transportation agencies and others, and review the published literature, to identify best practices and ideas... Please let us know if you are interested in participating [and your] recommendations about who is already working on this subject: rwebber@ssti.us..."

Source: http://bit.ly/147kXsN
Title & Author: "SSTI seeks input on bike-ped performance measures" by Robbie Webber

MN STUDY OF COMPLETE STREETS IMPLEMENTATION PRACTICES

-> According to an August CTS Catalyst article,"... [M]uch of the work surrounding Complete Streets to date has focused on creating policies and guidelines rather than investigating the processes and action steps needed to successfully implement projects. In an effort to fill this knowledge gap, researchers from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs have conducted a study [publication forthcoming] on the planning and implementation of successful Complete Streets projects. Associate professor Carissa Schively Slotterback and research fellow Cindy Zerger have examined projects from 11 locations across the nation ...

"‘The goal was to look at what it takes to move a community from Complete Streets concept to Complete Streets project,’ Slotterback says. ‘We wanted to identify the critical factors that need to be addressed to advance implementation while also acknowledging diverse contexts, goals, and constraints.’...

"One of the most important overall findings,’ Slotterback says, is that thinking strategically about context is essential for success. ‘There’s really no silver bullet or perfect recipe that works in all communities or all organizations,’ she says. ‘The unique characteristics of a place need to inform how we make decisions and implement Complete Streets.’

"Other key findings resulted in the following recommendations:
* Policy (if one exists) is just the start. Institutional and cultural changes that facilitate implementation are also necessary.
* Be rationally opportunistic. Communities should know what they would most like to do but also be willing to take advantage of other opportunities that may arise.
* Engage advocates. They can be especially important in education and outreach efforts.
* Make the most of project champions. Whether they are elected officials, advocates, or staff, champions often push the hardest to get projects done..."

Source: http://bit.ly/13XqrLG
Title & Author: "New Complete Streets materials highlight best practices, assist practitioners" by Staff


QUOTES R US

"Wider, faster, treeless roads not only ruin our public places, they kill people. Taking highway standards and applying them to urban and suburban streets, and even county roads, costs us thousands of lives every year. There is no earthly reason why an engineer would ever design a fourteen foot lane for a city block, yet we do it continuously. Why? The answer is utterly shameful: Because that is the standard."

- Charles Marohn describing his priorities that he learned in his training as an engineer
http://bit.ly/14CtzeA. Via The Atlantic Cities: http://bit.ly/17f1rAx

"The whole purpose of it is to just make the village realize that even though this is a state road, this is our Main Street. It’s fleeting, it’s three hours, but for three hours just let people own the road, do what they want, make it up. It’s your road."

- Mayor Brian J. Kulpa of Williamsville, NY where a longer-term effort is underway to 'take back Main Street,' but a short-term event is being held to give people a taste of the benefits of a walkable village core.
http://bit.ly/1dmgURI

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

HARDCOURT BIKE POLO PICKS UP SPEED

According to an August 21st NPR story, "Several vintage sports have seen resurgence among young people lately: roller derby, kickball and even bocce ball. But one century-old sport hasn't just found new fans; it's getting an urban makeover. Welcome to hardcourt bike polo... The game consists of teams of three riders who deftly maneuver around concrete courts on single-speed, fixed-gear bikes as they use mallets to whack a rubber ball toward each other's goal nets..."
http://n.pr/183dkpw


WEBINARS, CONFERENCE CALLS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Comfort + Convenience = More Women Biking"

Date: August 29, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Jennifer Dill (Portland State University) & Susan Handy (University of California-Davis)
Host: League of American Bicyclists
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/16Nwyg9

WEBINAR "Americans with Disabilities Act Resurfacing Technical Assistance" (Same content as previous webinars on August 20 & 21, archive available at http://bit.ly/12JqMyW)

Date: August 29, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters:
Host: FHWA
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/13Wq30e

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 "Lessons Learned from State DOT Activities Addressing Data for Decision Making and Performance Measures"

Date: September 23, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH)
Presenters: Johanna Zmud (RAND Corporation), Anita Vandervalk (Cambridge Systematics, Inc.) & Sreenath Gangula (WA DOT)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: Various, see link for details
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1dp5eyC

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 "Voices for Healthy Kids: Active Places Let’s Get Moving to Help Underserved Communities"

Date: September 26, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Deb Hubsmith, Mikaela Randolph & Keith Benjamin (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), & Chad Spoon (Active Living Research)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1doiQdh

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

ROBUST WALKABILITY DATA INCLUDES ACCESS AND PROXIMITY

-> According to an August 21st Fast Company article, "... Maponics provides mapping data--such as boundaries of neighborhoods, schools, ZIP codes, and subdivisions--to all sorts of map-hungry companies, including Twitter, Foursquare, Google, and Trulia. Now Maponics is expanding into providing walkability data with a new tool that measures factors that other tools often fail to consider: proximity to amenities and accessibility...

"More recently, the company has started adding more information to its database--whether a certain neighborhood is more or less likely to have foreclosed homes, for example. One Maponics tools can break down neighborhood demographics data into 300 granular points and 19 categories, including population, ethnicity, race, education, and age group.

"With its newest tool, Maponics measures walkability in three categories: overall walkability, proximity to amenities (i.e. shopping centers, dry cleaners), and proximity to leisure (i.e. social and cultural options). When considering walkability, the company runs simulations through the road network to figure out how walkers get where they want to go. ‘It's not just a matter of measuring proximity. It's accessibility. Can you get to places, or do you need to cross highway?’ says [CEO Darrin] Clement. ‘It's no good if there are multiple complex intersections.’

"In addition to walking, Maponics is also scoring other mobility options, including biking (elevation is taken into account), and public transportation (both how close various options are and where they go)..."

(See Maponics’ comparison of their Walkability data versus WalkScore: http://bit.ly/15iI1UF)

Source: http://bit.ly/1cfSg2b
Title & Author: "How Walkable Is Your Neighborhood? This Mapping Data Juggernaut Now Knows" by Ariel Schwartz

ONLINE RURAL LIVABILITY RESOURCE

-> According to an August ContextSensitiveSolutions.org newsletter article, "In our towns and villages, quality of life is critical to the well-being of residents and to the vitality of the economy. That’s why ContextSensitiveSolutions.org has added a new resource illustrating how CSS builds strong rural communities. The new Rural Livability Resource (http://bit.ly/17jR4HG) organizes case studies, policies, and reports into nine strategies that rural citizens and transportation professionals can implement:

  • Improving Roadway Safety
  • Fostering Downtown Revitalization
  • Expanding Transportation Options
  • Leveraging Resources
  • Building Partnerships
  • Enhancing Access To Natural Assets
  • Managing High-Speed Regional Traffic
  • Improving Goods Movement
  • Transforming Strip Development Corridors"

Source: http://bit.ly/1dMchir
Title & Author: "Announcing the Rural Livability Resource" by Staff

NEW COMPREHENSIVE WEBSITE FOR LOCAL & REGIONAL LIVABILITY PLANNING

-> According to an August 12th National Association of Regional Councils release, "NARC launched it’s online livability tool, a comprehensive livability portal (http://bit.ly/14X5pxz) that offers a variety of resources and tools for local governments and their regional planning organizations. This online resource is the result of a two-year partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The project yielded 13 outreach workshops, 15 case studies and a Guidebook that identifies funding and financing options, provides strategic communication templates, and helps further local and regional livability efforts (Creating Livable Communities: An Implementation Guidebook: description: http://bit.ly/1d1pYv7; download: http://bit.ly/17196Ah). These tools are designed to help regions and local governments implement their community livability vision, while coordinating transportation planning elements...

"Working with the National League of Cities (NLC), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the American Public Works Association (APWA), the U.S. FHWA and the FTA, NARC convened subject matter experts to investigate the challenges and opportunities in planning for and implementing livable communities. The partnership shared best practices to support the U.S. DOT’s strategic livability initiative and the work done through federal interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities..."

Source: http://bit.ly/14X8Vbn
Title & Author: "NARC Launches Online Livability Portal" by Staff

HUD-DOT-EPA GUIDE TO RESOURCES FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

-> According to a guide released on July 19th by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "This guide to federal programs (The Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Leveraging the Partnership) is intended to help communities identify resources available to support their efforts to promote livable and sustainable communities...

"The Partnership agencies administer grants, programs, and technical assistance available to communities to implement the principles of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. When these grants are offered, they will be announced on http://1.usa.gov/152nsfW. In addition, each agency maintains websites to track their own grant announcements...

* HUD offers funding opportunities to help communities realize their own visions for building more livable, walkable, and environmentally sustainable regions: http://1.usa.gov/1cfQZIr.
* DOT offers funding opportunities to support more livable walkable communities: http://1.usa.gov/15iGb68.
* EPA offers grants to support activities that improve the quality of development and protect human health and the environment: http://1.usa.gov/17fzEzI.

While the following funding and technical assistance programs are not a complete list of DOT, HUD, and EPA grant and technical assistance programs, communities, stakeholders, and the public can use this guide to identify opportunities to seek federal funding..."

Source: http://bit.ly/14CJFF9
Title & Author: "The Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Leveraging the Partnership" by Staff


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 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

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS--For TRB Operational Effects of Geometrics and Geometric Design Committees for the Alternative Intersections and Interchange Symposium, July 20-23, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT.
DEADLINE: October 31, 2013
http://bit.ly/12JwMaZ

CONFERENCES

-> September 8-9, 2013, NCATO Bikeshare Roundtable, Denver, CO.
http://bit.ly/17e3pBa

-> 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 19, 2013, Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2013: Moving People Forward Summit, Pittsburgh, PA.
http://bit.ly/13YRkPB

-> 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 17-18, 2013, How to Turn a Place Around, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/14r80vl

-> 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 23-25, 2013, Placemaking: Making It Happen, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/T88wvv

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

-> July 20-23, 2014, Alternative Intersections and Interchange Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT.
http://bit.ly/12JwMaZ

-> 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.

-> JOB - MULTI-MODAL Planner II, Gypsum, CO

The Multi-Modal Planner coordinates multi-modal transportation planning, marketing and outreach with a special focus on public transit, pedestrian and bicycle modes of travel. Assists with grant writing and administration through project completion while ensuring local, state and federal compliance.

Deadline: August 31, 2013, 11:59 PM Mountain Time (Saturday)
http://bit.ly/1cg7ZxX

-> JOB - BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR, NASHVILLE, TN

This position is located in the Metro Public Works department and will perform complex, specialized tasks, methods, procedures and computations in support of promoting and facilitating the increased use of non-motorized modes of transportation in support of Metro’s goals to be a greener and healthier city. Typical duties include serving as the department's technical expert interpreting, adapting, and applying complex technical principles and practices on matters relating to bicycles and pedestrians and other non-motorized modes of transportation among other duties.

Deadline: September 2, 2013 11:59 PM Central Time (Labor Day)
http://bit.ly/15fGi9x

-> JOB - ASSOCIATE PLANNER-TRANSPORTATION, BERKELEY, CA

The Associate Planner in the Public Works Department works on the City’s employee transportation benefits program, which includes the AC Transit Easy Pass, pre-tax commute benefits, car sharing, and bicycle pool. The position also works with transit providers, primarily AC Transit, on transit projects affecting Berkeley, including service planning and bus stop improvements. The position will also support several grant-funding transportation capital improvements projects, including efforts to upgrade the Downtown BART station and transit area, develop Complete Streets projects, and implement the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans. Additional duties may include assisting in grant applications, grant compliance, procurement of consultants, and consultant contract management.

Deadline: September 9, 2013, 5:00 PM Pacific Time
http://bit.ly/1dpIkHb


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