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#339 Wednesday, September 11, 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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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 Gets Started in PGH
----- FHWA Takes Flexible Approach to Bike & Ped Facility Design
----- USDOT Announces TIGER Grants
----- Bike Share Systems Infographic
----- Bike Lanes Don’t Hurt Retail Business
----- Ontario Releases 20-Yr Cycling Vision & Goals
----- Economic Benefits of Cycling in the EU-27

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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----- Billings (MT) Complete Streets Benchmarks
----- Response to Chicago’s (IL) New Bike Share System: Divvy
----- Minneapolis (MN) Public Health Perspective on Active Transportation
----- Knox County (TN) Intra-Office Bike Share

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----- McKinsey Report: How to Make a Great City
----- High to Low Speed Transition Techniques--Not Just for Rural Roads
----- Synthesis of Road Diet Safety Improvement Research
----- Evaluating Active Transport Benefits and Costs
----- High-Visibility Crosswalk Marking Effectiveness
----- Interviews: How MPOs Are Handling TAP and SRTS

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----- New Online FHWA Ped Safety & Countermeasure Tool
----- Sample Regional TAP Applications & MPO Advocates’ Guide
----- Resources to Plan Walk to School Day Events
----- Download SRTS National Conference Presentations
----- Documentary Film: Winter Bicycle Commuters

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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

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE/PRO PLACE 2014 GETS STARTED IN PITTSBURGH
by Mark Plotz

-> The countdown begins for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, in Pittsburgh, September 8-11, 2014. Next week, Pittsburgh will kickoff its march towards the big event by hosting a daylong local/regional active transportation summit, Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2013, on September 19 at Carnegie Mellon University. The free daylong event is designed to inspire, inform, and move people to action on projects and programs that will improve walking, bicycling, and create place in Pittsburgh. We are excited to report that 150 non-profits, for-profits, municipal governments, and foundations will be at the September 19 event. By the time of the 2014 conference rolls around you will be able to see the fruits of that day through mobile workshops and breakout sessions, hearing from the people who made the good stuff happen.

Pittsburgh has already impressed us--which is why we selected it as the 2014 host city--and we think its aspiration to become a world-class city for cycling and walking is within reach. Consider some of the ingredients in the mix: engaged political leadership; strong local advocacy (Bike Pittsburgh); supportive local planning and engineering staff (City of Pittsburgh); bike share on the horizon; strong planning and engineering programs at the myriad local colleges and universities (Traffic 21 and the Remaking Cities Institute); a rich tapestry of neighborhoods and places; ingrained bicycle culture (Dirt Rag and Urban Velo); supportive local philanthropy (RK Mellon Foundation and Colcom Foundation); and in early September 2014, we will stir into this mix the thousand or so bicycle and pedestrian professionals who will be coming to town. Expect great things from Pittsburgh.

Get to know Pittsburgh a little better with these features from Project for Public Spaces:

* The 5 Reasons Pittsburgh is a Must-Visit City for Walkers & Bikers: http://bit.ly/15j1ULb
* Pittsburgh’s Ready to Roll: A Bike Tour Preview for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2013: http://bit.ly/15iE9b0
** Join us in Pittsburgh on September 19. Registration is free: http://bit.ly/15iEj1V. Space is limited so don’t delay!

FHWA TAKES FLEXIBLE APPROACH TO BIKE & PED FACILITY DESIGN

-> On Sept. 10th FHWA’s Dan Goodwin announced at APBP’s Professional Development Seminar in Boulder, CO the USDOT has released a memo signed by all FHWA Associate Administrators and sent to all Division Administrators and Directors of Field Services. "This memorandum (Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design Flexibility: http://1.usa.gov/1fXLjTi) expresses the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) support for taking a flexible approach to bicycle and pedestrian facility design.

"The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) bicycle and pedestrian design guides are the primary national resources for planning, designing, and operating bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Designing Urban Walkable Thoroughfares guide builds upon the flexibilities provided in the AASHTO guides, which can help communities plan and design safe and convenient facilities for pedestrian and bicyclists. FHWA supports the use of these resources to further develop nonmotorized transportation networks, particularly in urban areas...

* AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities, July 2004: http://bit.ly/18Olpi7
* AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities 2012: http://bit.ly/1aBi0ZL
* NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide: http://bit.ly/152jfer
* ITE Designing Urban Walkable Thoroughfares: http://bit.ly/18aDZEM..."

[Editor’s Note: See FHWA Design Guidance posted as of Sept. 9th (http://1.usa.gov/1apjkLL), and Sept. 13th related webinar listing below.]

USDOT ANNOUNCES TIGER GRANTS

-> According to a Sept. 5th USDOT release, "U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that 52 transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of approximately $474 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2013 discretionary grant program... The highly competitive TIGER program offers one of the only federal funding possibilities for large, multi-modal projects that often are not suitable for other federal funding sources...

"A good example of a project connecting people to jobs and economic opportunities is the Atlanta Beltline Corridor, a 33-mile system of trails, transit and parks circling downtown Atlanta and connecting more than 45 communities throughout the city and region.  A total of $18 million in TIGER funds will be used to build two miles of the [greenway].  This project will provide connections for residents in primarily low-income and minority communities to bus routes, rail stations, schools, parks, and other recreational activities..." See list of all TIGER grants: http://1.usa.gov/14EMmrw

Source: http://1.usa.gov/14ELumC
Title & Author: "U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $474 Million for 52 TIGER 2013 Projects in 37 States’ by Staff

BIKE SHARE SYSTEMS INFOGRAPHIC

-> According to an Aug. 29th People for Bikes article, "The rise of bike sharing is a development we're jazzed about here at PeopleForBikes. Back in 2008, our organization helping bring 1,000 short-term rental bikes to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, planting the seeds for Denver B-cycle, the first bike sharing program in a major U.S. city. This summer, we rode the new systems in New York and Chicago and watched how bike sharing--particularly when paired with a safe, lowstress bike network--can transform a city's bicycling experience and culture. Today, San Francisco is opening its bike sharing system, with 700 bikes and 70 stations around the Bay Area...more on the way. We captured these exciting developments in the infographic below. Check it out and share with your friends!"

Source: http://bit.ly/170TmJD
Title & Author: "Infographic: Bike sharing sweeps the U.S." by Staff

[Editor’s Note: See item about Chicago’s early response to its bike share system, Divvy on the Regional section below. Also see the item about APBP’s new Bike Share System Workshop and Call for Instructor Applications in Jobs section below.]

BIKE LANES DON’T HURT RETAIL BUSINESS

-> According to a Sept. 10th The Atlantic Cities article, "City retailers tend to overestimate the importance of parking to their business. They fail to see the many downsides of free parking (congestion and low shopper turnover, among them). They believe more people arrive at the store by car than actually do. They may not even realize that while driving customers spend more per visit, non-drivers spend as much or more in the long term.

"And yet whenever a city considers installing a bike lane, rest assured some retailers will protest the perceived loss of automobile access. Take the bike lane that stole a dozen parking spaces from 65th Street in Seattle a couple years back (for reasons that will seem far less arbitrary in a moment). The typical comment from a bike lane opponent to the city's department of transportation went something like this:

"'Please do not take away the 65th St. traffic lanes for bicycle lanes. Traffic is congested already and eliminating street parking for cars will [be] detrimental for all small businesses located on 65th.’..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fZ1EHs
Title & Author: "No, Bike Lanes Don't Hurt Retail Business" by Eric Jaffe

ONTARIO RELEASES 20-YR CYCLING VISION & GOALS

-> According to a Sept. 9th APBP Listserve post by Mike Canzi, "...[T]he Ontario Ministry of Transportation has released #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy (http://bit.ly/1fXI1Q3). The Strategy was developed with input from municipalities, non-governmental organizations and others and presents a twenty-year Vision and five Aspirational Goals for cycling in Ontario. Its wide-ranging, high-level Strategic Directions are to be implemented through a series of multi-year action plans, which have yet to be developed..."

ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF CYCLING IN THE EU-27

-> According to a Sept. 4th European Cycling Federation release, "German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Europe’s biggest bike trade fair Eurobike last Wednesday, signaling a huge step forward for the cycling advocacy movement. At the same time ECF released its analysis of the 'Economic Benefits of Cycling in the EU-27’ (http://bit.ly/18PgfCG) making it clear that such high level interest in cycling is set to continue. Senior politicians are beginning to realize that daily cycling not only changes the face of our cities for the better, it also makes much sense in economic terms.

"Calculating all internal and external benefits of cycling together and adding the turnover of related industries, ECF estimates the number to be well above € 200 billion (US $265B) annually, or more than € 400 (US $530) for every person that lives in the EU. By far the biggest single chunk is on the health side, with over € 110 billion (US $146B) annually. ECF calculated this figure by using the Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) for Cycling (http://bit.ly/18bvBF6), developed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Source: http://bit.ly/1eDjQZ5
Title & Author: "Bigger than Denmark: Economic benefits of cycling in the EU-27" by Staff


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

BILLINGS (MT) COMPLETE STREETS BENCHMARKS

-> According to a Sept. 5th email message from Laura Holmlund, "I am excited to share with you the just-released 2013 Billings Complete Streets Benchmark Report (http://bit.ly/14EmdZK). It is our local response to the oft-asked question: 'We have a complete streets policy. Now what?’ This benchmark report which will direct how we measure policy implementation and the progress made in creating a transportation network that works for all roadway users. This initial edition provides baseline data to measure against going forward."

RESPONSE TO CHICAGO’S (IL) NEW BIKE SHARE SYSTEM: DIVVY

-> According to an Aug. 19th Chicago Tribune article in the Cars section, "Chicago's budding bicycle-sharing program has attracted thousands of tourists, biking enthusiasts and the just-plain curious this summer, city transportation officials say. But preliminary data obtained by the Tribune suggest the new service also is beginning to catch on with the primary target markets -- public transit commuters and drivers.

"There are also early indications that the Divvy bike-share program is clicking beyond the central business district, and is attracting customers in neighborhoods who are opting to pick up a bike, pedal a short distance and drop it off to run errands or go to appointments, then climb back on a Divvy bike for the trip home, officials said...

"More than 458,000 total miles have been logged on individual trips since the service was introduced June 28, and the trips have averaged roughly 18 minutes each in recent days as more docking stations have opened, according to city transportation data..."

Source: http://trib.in/17PFRB4
Title & Author: "Getting Around: Divvy bike-sharing program catching on in Chicago" by Jon Hilkevitch

MINNEAPOLIANS (MN) REVIEW ECONOMICS OF BICYCLING

-> According to an August 28th Transit for Livable Communities article, "This summer, TLC member and allies gathered in Minneapolis to take a closer look at the economics of bicycling. Over 40 people attended the Transportation on Tap event, which featured presentations and discussion from TLC’s Joan Pasiuk and Steve Clark...

"As we discussed at Transportation on Tap, it is hard to dispute the fact that bicycling is good for you -- it’s good for your health, and easy on your pocketbook. It is also getting harder and harder to dispute the fact that bicycling is good for the community at large. The economics of bicycling tell us a few key things: bicycles are cheaper to own than cars, bicyclists tend to spend more money in their local communities, property values rise with increased bicycling infrastructure, and more bicycling leads to more health savings..."

[Editor’s Note: This article contains brief sections and links related to Health Savings, Personal Savings, Benefits for Business, and Comparing Costs.]

Source: http://bit.ly/12P4BaC
Title & Author: "The Economics of Bicycling" by Whitney Lawrence

KNOX COUNTY (TN) INTRA-OFFICE BIKE SHARE

-> According to a summer Change Lab Solutions newsletter article, "Ben Epperson’s fellow employees at the Knox County (TN) Health Department had developed a bad case of jealousy. Epperson, the department’s manager for the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program, and his boss both lived close enough to work that they could bike to the office -- that meant they could also ride those bikes to meetings and lunch appointments close by. Meanwhile, other employees were stuck using department vehicles or their own cars to get to their appointments.

"Using some extra grant money, Epperson and his boss launched a bike-share program for the office. They came to ChangeLab Solutions for help implementing this program so it would be safe and legal for everyone. Participants have to sign a user agreement/waiver, and take a one-hour bike skills and maintenance course. About 10 percent of the department’s 300 employees have already taken advantage of the program, which was launched in 2012.

"'In nice weather, tons of people are using the bikes who would never be able to ride their bikes to work,’ Epperson said. 'People who otherwise would go to meetings in their own cars or company cars are picking up a bike.’..."

Source: http://bit.ly/16jBcGU
Title & Author: "SPOTLIGHT: Opportunities to Bike at Work" by Staff


THE RESEARCH BEAT

MCKINSEY REPORT: HOW TO MAKE A GREAT CITY

-> According to a September McKinsey & Company article, "What makes a great city? It is a pressing question because by 2030, 5 billion people -- 60 percent of the world’s population -- will live in cities, compared with 3.6 billion today, turbocharging the world’s economic growth. Leaders in developing nations must cope with urbanization on an unprecedented scale, while those in developed ones wrestle with aging infrastructures and stretched budgets. All are fighting to secure or maintain the competitiveness of their cities and the livelihoods of the people who live in them. And all are aware of the environmental legacy they will leave if they fail to find more sustainable, resource-efficient ways of managing these cities.

"To understand the core processes and benchmarks that can transform cities into superior places to live and work, McKinsey developed and analyzed a comprehensive database of urban economic, social, and environmental performance indicators. The research included interviewing 30 mayors and other leaders in city governments on four continents and synthesizing the findings from more than 80 case studies that sought to understand what city leaders did to improve processes and services from urban planning to financial management and social housing.

"The result is How to make a city great (http://bit.ly/17VoP2n: PDF–2.1MB), a new report arguing that leaders who make important strides in improving their cities do three things really well: They achieve smart growth...; They do more with less...; They win support for change..." [See also 6 case study slideshow: http://bit.ly/17p97xt]

Source: http://bit.ly/18aLNqd
Title & Author: "How to Make a City Great" by Staff

HIGH TO LOW SPEED TRANSITION TECHNIQUES—NOT JUST FOR RURAL ROADS

-> According to the summary of a 2012 NCHRP report, "This report (Design Guidance for High-Speed to Low-Speed Transition Zones for Rural Highways) presents the results of a study undertaken to develop improved design guidance for high-speed to low-speed transition zones on rural highways... [The boundary between high-speed design and low-speed design is in the range of 45 to 50 mph.] Several important or fundamental findings from the observation field studies are as follows:

* Roundabouts and transverse pavement markings (TPMs) increase the rate of compliance of vehicles traveling at or below the speed limit at the end of a transition zone by 15 and 20 percent, respectively, compared to no treatment.
* Roundabouts increase the rate of compliance of vehicles traveling within 5 mph of the speed limit at the end of a transition zone by 11 percent, compared to no treatment...

"This report also provides design guidance for selecting geometric design, traffic control device, pavement surface, and roadside treatments for transitioning from high- to low-speed roadways on rural highways. The design guidance covers a wide range of issues to be considered in the design of high- to low-speed transition zones..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1aBmi3d
Title & Author: "Design Guidance for High-Speed to Low-Speed Transition Zones for Rural Highways" by Darren J. Torbic, David K. Gilmore, Karin M. Bauer, et al.

[Editor’s Note: FL DOT’s Mary Anne Koos recommends, "It's titled rural roads but is really high to low speed transition techniques."]

SYNTHESIS OF ROAD DIET SAFETY IMPROVEMENT RESEARCH

-> According to a summer The PBIC Messenger article, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has completed a review of the effectiveness of road diets in improving safety. 'Road Diet Conversions: A Synthesis of Safety Research’ (http://bit.ly/14KJfJq) assesses the available evidence regarding the safety effectiveness of reducing the number of motorized traffic lanes, commonly referred to as road diets. Road diets have been used since the 1970s, but little work has been done to evaluate how much the lane reductions improve safety. This paper examines six controlled safety evaluation studies conducted since 2002. Road diets are one of nine Proven Safety Countermeasures promoted by the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Safety (http://1.usa.gov/17YBIH1)."

Source: http://bit.ly/1d5ah3E
Title & Author: "New white paper focuses on the effectiveness of road diets" by Staff

EVALUATING ACTIVE TRANSPORT BENEFITS AND COSTS

-> According to the summer VTPI News, "This report (Evaluating Active Transport Benefits and Costs: Guide to Valuing Walking and Cycling Improvements and Encouragement Programs: http://bit.ly/18TNjbm) describes methods for evaluating the benefits and costs of active transport (walking, cycling, and their variants). It describes various types of benefits and costs and methods for measuring them. These include direct benefits to users from improved active transport conditions, and various benefits to society from increased walking and cycling activity, reduced motor vehicle travel, and more compact and multi-modal community development. It discusses active transport demands and ways to increase walking and cycling activity. This analysis indicates that many active transport benefits tend to be overlooked or undervalued in conventional transport economic evaluation."

Source: http://bit.ly/10aj4Mz
Title & Author: "Evaluating Active Transport Benefits and Costs: Guide to Valuing Walking and Cycling Improvements and Encouragement Programs" by Todd Litman

HIGH-VISIBILITY CROSSWALK MARKING EFFECTIVENESS

-> According to another summer The PBIC Messenger article, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center offers a new research assessment of the effectiveness of high-visibility crosswalk markings. 'An Overview and Recommendations of High-Visibility Crosswalk Marking Styles’ (http://bit.ly/1eCMSs3) provides a review of past and current research on crosswalk marking design, a review of the debate between marked and unmarked crosswalks, and a discussion of the effectiveness of various marking patterns. This paper expands on the basic crosswalk guidelines provided by the Uniform Vehicle Code and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices by offering specific recommendations for when high-visibility crosswalks should be used to reduce pedestrian-vehicle crashes and improve driver compliance with pedestrian yield/stop laws."

Source: http://bit.ly/1d5ah3E
Title & Author: "PBIC releases white paper on high-visibility crosswalks" by Staff

INTERVIEWS: HOW MPOS ARE HANDLING TAP AND SRTS

-> According to a recent National Center for Safe Route to School website 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/17VGgQo) 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/14KKSGP
Title & Author: "National Center Releases Report on How MPOs Are Handling TAP and SRTS" by Staff


QUOTES R US

"DOT encourages transportation agencies to go beyond the minimum requirements, and proactively provide convenient, safe, and context-sensitive facilities that foster increased use by bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities, and utilize universal design characteristics when appropriate."

--USDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design Flexibility Memorandum
http://1.usa.gov/1fXLjTi

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

"During his two terms (1995-97 and 2001-03) as Mayor of Bogatá [Columbia], Anatas Mockus sought 'change without violence’ using theatrical measures to educate and engage citizens in civic reforms... Famously, [he] hired 420 mimes to make fun of traffic violators; this entertaining public ridicule reduced traffic fatalities by >50%..."

--From a slideshow of examples from the McKinsey report How to Make a Great City http://bit.ly/17p97xt
[See the full 6 case study slideshow: http://bit.ly/17p97xt]
[See also photo at: http://hvrd.me/18TmofG]


WEBINARS, CONFERENCE CALLS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Guidance on Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design Flexibility"

Date: September 13, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET – Space limited.
Presenters: TBA
Host: FHWA
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/14Kyzug

WEBINAR "Fire Up Your Feet Basics"

Date: September 17, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET + 15-30 minutes for Q&A
Presenters: TBA
Host: Fire Up Your Feet!
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/18aYBNt

WEBINAR "Ready - Get Set - Go - Keep Going!"

Date: September 17, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET Presenter: TBA
Host: Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/17Yt23m

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

CONFERENCE CALL "Forming Complete Streets Coalitions"

Date: September 25, 2013, 1:59 p.m. to 2:59 p.m. ET
Presenters: Stefanie Seskin (National Complete Streets Coalition) & Zia Brucaya (Indiana Complete Streets Campaign)
Host: Alliance for Biking and Walking
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/17Pytp7 by 2:59 pm ET on September 24

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 "Advances in Travel Demand Forecasting"

Date: October 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET ( 2 PDH, 2 AICP CM))
Presenters: Tom Rossi (Cambridge Systematics, Inc.), Stephen Lawe (Marin Outwater), Joe Castiglione (Resource Systems Group, Inc.), Robert Donnelly, (Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.), Brian Gardner (FHWA), Matt Hardy (AASHTO)
Host: TRB SHRP2 
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1egjqds

CONFERENCE CALL "Working with Police for Smarter Enforcement"

Date: October 9, 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/18OZJ5n

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

NEW ONLINE FHWA PED SAFETY & COUNTERMEASURE TOOL

-> According to September 10th APBP Listserve post by Tamara Redmon, "...the FHWA Safety Office released an updated version of Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (PEDSAFE 2013: http://bit.ly/18T6HFe)... to provide the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk, particularly as it pertains to roadway design and physical roadway features.

"PEDSAFE 2013 is comprised of four sections: a Guide of basis information, specific Countermeasure details, Case studies, and an expert system tool for countermeasure selection. The Guide section helps practitioners better understand the issues facing pedestrians, how to analyze crashes and how to implement new treatments. The Countermeasure section includes a comprehensive list of 67 engineering countermeasure options, as well as details of each countermeasure, in terms of its description, purpose, considerations, safety effect, and cost.  There are also 85 success stories, or case studies. Each case study documents one or more of the countermeasures which have been featured, along with the background of the problem, pedestrian safety solution selected, and the results of the treatment. Finally, the expert system software (tool) allows the user to input the basic safety problem and site conditions of a location  and the expert system will propose a 'short list’ of candidate treatment options to address the specific pedestrian safety problem for that situation...."

SAMPLE REGIONAL TAP APPLICATIONS & MPO ADVOCATES’ GUIDE

-> According to a Sept. 10th APBP Listserve post by Darren Flusche, "I wanted to let everyone know about the two newest resources from Advocacy Advance (a partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking), both about MPOs. The first talks about working MPOs (part 1) and Frequently Asked Questions (part II). Geared more toward advocates. The second report provides examples of Transportation Alternatives Program project applications for the regional level. This one is geared more toward MPO staff who are looking for ideas for how to create applications that meet their regional priorities.

* Working with Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Lessons and Answers for Advocates -- http://bit.ly/17Pm4l2
* Transportation Alternatives Program Competitive Grant Processes: Examples of Regional Applications -- http://bit.ly/16hfAL6..."

RESOURCES TO PLAN WALK TO SCHOOL DAY EVENTS

-> According to the Sept. Safe Routes to School National Partnership enews, "It’s time to fire up your feet for International Walk to School Day! (October 9, 2013) If you’re looking for resources to start or enhance an event at your school, make Fire Up Your Feet (http://bit.ly/Zy9IYT) your first stop for tips, information, and support for joining the movement for healthy, active schools. You can register to track activity during the month October, sign up for one of our free webinars (http://bit.ly/WpdCAI)or watch our short instructional videos (http://bit.ly/15QyMSN) to learn the basics of encouraging your family and school to be healthy and physically active with Fire Up Your Feet. Don’t forget to register your school’s event on the official Walk to School Day website (http://bit.ly/15PtJyo)."

Source: http://bit.ly/1apn3J4
Title & Author: "Time to Get Fired Up for International Walk to School Day" by Staff

DOWNLOAD SRTS NATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

-> According to a July/August Safe Routes Matters article, "For those who could not attend the Safe Routes to School National Conference [August 13-15, 2013], you can still benefit from the collected SRTS wisdom shared at the conference. Most of the presentations made at the conference -- 135 at the moment -- are available on the conference website (http://bit.ly/1eCU7A7) Presentations covered every possible gamut, from rural to urban; from elementary school to middle school to high school to college; from Los Angeles to Chicago to New York City; from apps and maps to the Five E’s; from working with school boards to working with MPOs to working statewide to working with tribal nations."

Source: http://bit.ly/17VK3x3
Title & Author: "SRTS National Conference Sets Record, Makes Presentations Available Online" by Staff

DOCUMENTARY FILM: WINTER BICYCLE COMMUTERS

-> According to a Sept. 5th email from Mike Prendergast, "I recently completed and released the documentary A Winter of Cyclists (see trailer: http://bit.ly/1aBL0AA), the story of a group of 12 Colorado cyclists who challenged each other to commute by bike, at least 52 times, during the cold, dark, and snowy months. The film might be a useful tool for communities interested in increasing the number of bicycle commuters. If people see what it takes to commute in the winter month’s, perhaps they’ll consider commuting in the warmer months a no-brainer, or, at the very least, far easier and very doable!

"About the Film: The documentary A Winter of Cyclists (64 min) captures the inaugural Icy Bike Winter Commuting Challenge. The film follows twelve cyclists as they attempt to bicycle commute during the winter months. Watch as they challenge each other during the cold, dark and snowy Colorado winter and experience the surprising comradery that forms as nearly 200 like-minded riders from across the USA, Canada, and other countries join in the Challenge. For those who cycle in the winter now, this film is a tribute to you. And for those who are considering it, catch a memorable glimpse of what could await you."


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--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 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 23-25, 2013, 7th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization for Big Data, Irvine, CA.
http://bit.ly/15fWAzk

-> 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, ITE Technical Conference, Miami, FL.
http://bit.ly/ZN5GPt

-> 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

-> August 10-13, 2014, ITE Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
http://bit.ly/ZN5GPt


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.

-> 2 JOBS – SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP

The League of American Bicyclists seeks two new members of the Bicycle Friendly America Program Team: a Bicycle Friendly Community Specialist, and a Bicycle Friendly America Program Specialist.

BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY SPECIALIST

The Bicycle Friendly Community Specialist provides direct, hands-on assessments and assistance to 100 communities nationwide annually by traveling across the Country and spreading biking goodwill. The BFC Specialist will work collaboratively with the BFA Program Team, membership and Trek retailers to lead hands-on workshops across the country. Successful candidates will have a connection to bicycling, experience facilitating groups, knowledge of nonprofit organizations, be resourceful and solutions-oriented and demonstrate effective leadership with diverse stakeholders. Possess a demonstrated history of success working both independently and as part of a team. Proven ability to collaborate and work successfully with multiple constituents to deliver and improve programs and initiatives. Urban planning, design or engineering experience is a plus.

Deadline: September 16, 2013
http://bit.ly/17XGODe

BICYCLE FRIENDLY AMERICA PROGRAM SPECIALIST

The Bicycle Friendly America Program Specialist is a primary contact for communities, business, universities and states looking to be great places for bicycling. The program specialist provides information on how these places can improve conditions for bicyclists in the areas of engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation/planning and researches the latest programs and projects available within these categories. The program specialist works in a team to produce written reports and multimedia presentations making the case for the Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) program, assists in developing BFA educational and outreach materials, reviews BFA applications, contributes to listserves and publications on behalf of the BFA program and provides in-person technical assistance through workshops and meetings.

Deadline: September 16, 2013
http://bit.ly/1e0wXVE

-> 2 JOBS – SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP

PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGIONAL POLICY MANAGER, PORTLAND, OR (FROM YOUR HOME OFFICE)

The Pacific Northwest Regional Policy Manager will work in the Willamette Valley area, with an initial focus on the greater Portland Metro region, in collaboration with America Walks and Oregon Walks. The Pacific Northwest Regional Policy Manager will build a network and partnerships of diverse organizations and individuals to advocate for improved transportation funding allocations and policies for Safe Routes to School, walking and bicycling at the Metro regional government (Portland, Oregon area), the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (Salem, Oregon area) and the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council (Vancouver, Washington area). Specific attention will be on improving policies for walking and bicycling for children and families, especially lower-income communities most vulnerable to childhood obesity. In addition to regional policy work, the Pacific Northwest Regional Policy Manager will provide technical assistance at the local level to select communities receiving Kaiser Permanente community investments. Funding for this position is through 2015, and the Pacific Northwest Regional Policy Manager will work with the National Partnership to secure continued funding for the project.

Deadline: September 18, 2013, 5:00 pm PT
http://bit.ly/18TzxFN

FIRE UP YOUR FEET COORDINATOR, S. CA (FROM YOUR HOME OFFICE)

The Fire Up Your Feet Coordinator will assist with implementation of a new national initiative, Fire Up Your Feet (http://bit.ly/Zy9IYT. See also September 17th webinar above). This position will focus on achieving school engagement goals nationwide, with a particular focus in the seven-county Southern California region and on reaching school fundraising objectives of the program nationwide. "At will" employment status; Part-time, temporary through June 2014; Averaging 20 hours per week.

Deadline: September 18, 2013, 5:00 pm PT
http://bit.ly/18ONxle

-> CALL FOR BIKE SHARE SYSTEM WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR APPLICATIONS

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announces the opportunity for APBP members to join the instructor corps for APBP’s new Bike Share System workshop. Two instructors are needed to present each workshop. One instructor offers a big-picture perspective on bike share (policy/funding/planning). The other instructor will offer hands-on experience with the operational side of bike share. APBP plans to conduct the first instructor training in Chicago in December, 2013...Instructor qualifications include: recognized expert in the planning, development, and implementation of bike share systems; experience working with government and transit agencies, business improvement districts, employment centers and developers to make bike sharing functional, attractive and responsive to community needs; engaging, interactive teaching style; and commitment to present at least two workshops a year.

Deadline: Application details available September 18, 2013. Applications due October 4, 2013.
http://bit.ly/15QJsuQ

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: SHARED USE AND STREET SCALE CAMPAIGNS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s Voices for Healthy Kids: Active Places initiative is seeking applications from organizations and communities in need of technical assistance to support campaign efforts related to shared use agreements and street scale improvements. Campaign efforts may include passing Complete Streets policies, securing funding for shared use agreements, and ensuring that MAP-21 funding at the state and regional levels supports walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School. Technical assistance comes in the form of our staff time and can range from providing resources, to assisting with the creation of campaign plans and platforms, to providing communications strategies and coaching to ensure a successful campaign.

Deadline: October 18, 2013
http://bit.ly/18OHqxe


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