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#340 Wednesday, September 25, 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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----- NACTO Releases New Urban Street Design Guide
----- Bike Commuting Up 10% from 2011-2012
----- Advocates Deliver Bike/Ped Strategies/Metrics to US DOT
----- Hungarian Transport Minister Signs National Cycling Charter
----- FHWA Announces Transportation & Health Tool Development
----- Call for Input by 9/30 for The Innovative DOT, 2nd Edition
----- Four Ways Protected Bike Lanes Benefit Businesses

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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----- Kansas City (MO-KS) & Nashville (TN) MPO Livability Project Selection Criteria
----- Topeka (KS) Adds Bike & Ped Counts to Nat'l Database
----- NYC Sustainable Streets Index Released
----- CA Gov Signs 3 Ft Law Requiring Drivers Give Cyclists Space
----- U WI-Madison Police Use Bait Bikes to Curb Thefts
----- Lessons from Mississippi's New 44 Mile Tanglefoot Trail

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----- FL DOT Releases Bicycling Sign Effectiveness Study
----- 13 Papers Explore Travel Demand Forecasting
----- Early Estimate 2013 1st Qtr Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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----- How to Track Community Biking Comfort & Quality
----- Mobile Walkability Checklist
----- NYC Bike Buddy App Checks CitiBike Availability & More
----- State Transportation Statistics 2012
----- Strategies for Land Use & Development of State Routes

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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
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- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

NACTO RELEASES NEW URBAN STREET DESIGN GUIDE

-> According to a Sept. 23rd release, "The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) unveiled a new design manual for city streets today. A blueprint for the 21st century streetscape, the Urban Street Design Guide demonstrates how streets of every size can be reimagined and reoriented as safe, sustainable public spaces for people walking, driving, biking, and taking transit. In cities, streets must serve multiple purposes, from storefront or doorstep to throughway. The Guide emphasizes the core principles for making urban streets great public places with an instrumental role in building communities...

"The guide is a follow-up to NACTO's successful Urban Bikeway Design Guide, released in 2011. The Urban Street Design Guide provides a holistic view of the street that includes all of the designs from the Bikeway Guide within a plan for the entire street.

"NACTO's Urban Street Design Guide is a toolkit for cities to create safe, multi-modal streets that meet the needs of all users, providing an alternative to existing design books that treat city streets as mini-expressways," said Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Transportation Commissioner and President of NACTO. "The innovative strategies outlined in the Guide are transforming the streets of New York, advancing a people-oriented approach to transportation policies...

"The NACTO Guide can be adopted by individual cities, counties, or states as either a stand-alone document or as a supplement to other roadway guidance documents. The Urban Street Design Guide is available for purchase from Island Press (http://bit.ly/1bbhvpz) and as an interactive document that can be found online at http://bit.ly/19yoNOr..."

Source: http://bit.ly/18VrxcF
Title & Author: "Cities Release New Guide on World-Class Street Design" by Staff

BIKE COMMUTING UP 10% FROM 2011-2012

-> According to a Sept. 23rd American Bicyclist Update article, "New 2012 data released last week from the American Community Survey (ACS) (http://1.usa.gov/1gYEb9y) confirmed what many people are seeing on the streets: More people are commuting by bike. According to the ACS, there was an almost 10% increase in bike commuting from 2011 to 2012. This is the largest year-on-year increase since 2007-2008, showing that people are choosing to use their bicycles for transportation not just in response to economic crisis, but because bicycles are leading the way to recovery. In total, there were 864,883 bike commuters in 2012. Since 2000, ACS data shows a 61.6% increase in bicycle commuting."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fAP57Q
Title & Author: "ACS Bike Commuting Up 10% from 2011-2012" by Ken McLeod

ADVOCATES DELIVER BIKE/PED STRATEGIES/METRICS TO US DOT

-> According to a Sept. 11th Alliance for Biking and Walking article, "Last week, the US Department of Transportation released their draft strategic plan, a document that will determine how the DOT will manage the United States' transportation over the next five years. But there was a slight problem: the plan lacked vision for bicycling and walking...So state and local biking and walking advocacy organizations in the United States kicked into high gear. With help and policy recommendations from our friends at the League of American Bicyclists and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, state and local advocates joined onto a letter asking the US DOT to incorporate real strategic reforms for better biking and walking in the U.S. (http://bit.ly/18XWiHV). In a resounding show of support, over 80 organizations signed on...

"Here's what we told the US DOT:
* Don't just pay lip service to safety. We urged the Department to set a hard goal to reduce bicyclist and pedestrian roadway fatalities by 50 percent by 2020.
* Build livable communities by building spaces where people have the option to walk and bike. We encouraged the Department to set a goal to increase bicycle mode share nationally to 5% by 2025 and pedestrian mode share nationally to 25% by 2025.
* Help create new projects that incorporate the needs of all people, not only people in cars. We urged regulators to implement a Complete Streets approach when designing safety measures..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fB0N2d
Title & Author: "The Department of Transportation Didn't Have a Vision for Biking & Walking, So We suggested One." By Mary Lauran Hall

HUNGARIAN TRANSPORT MINISTER SIGNS NATIONAL CYCLING CHARTER

-> According to a Sept. 18th release, "Hungarian transport minister Volner Pal has officially declared support for the National cycling charter that seven Hungarian cycling NGOs have produced in close cooperation with ECF. (European Cyclists' Federation)

"Volner Pal, the Hungarian minister for transport and infrastructure, has officially signed the Hungarian cycling charter (http://bit.ly/18VnBZn) on Tuesday, 17 September. The charter has been developed by the national cycling round table, a cooperation of seven Hungarian cycling NGOs and ECF that has been recognized by the national government.

"The Charter proposes to the government to ask for 200 million Euro (US$269.6 million) in direct EU funding for cycling and another 200 million Euro in indirect funding. The cycling roundtable hopes to increase the share of cycling in Hungary from 19% to 22% or more, and make Hungary one of the most cycling-friendly countries in Europe. Hungary already has one of the highest modal shares of cycling..."

Source: http://bit.ly/16Zkhdc
Title & Author: "Hungarian Transport Minister Recognizes Hungarian National Cycling Charter" by Staff

FHWA ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION & HEALTH TOOL DEVELOPMENT

-> According to Sept. 24th FHWA web post, "...For a long time, public health impacts and benefits were too often overlooked in transportation policy, program and funding decisions. That has begun to change. Many state officials and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) have begun including public health goals and health criteria in transportation planning and policies as well as within the transportation project selection process. And the public health community has begun to partner with the transportation sector to integrate health considerations in transportation work.

"Transportation decision-makers face enormous budget pressure, so investments that pay off in public health can bring additional community benefits. That means understanding all the issues in play, and then determining what is working well and what needs improvement in a world of limited resources. To this end, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) are partnering to develop a simple-to-use transportation and health tool (THT). "

"Now, for the first time, it is possible for transportation decision-makers to understand how their community or state compares to their peers in terms of key health and transportation indicators. Through a rigorous process, including extensive work with an expert panel, several transportation and health indicators have been selected for use in the THT. (See list of indicators: http://1.usa.gov/18YuCmh) This tool is designed to be a useful resource for transportation decision-makers around the country, providing an overview and a key perspective on how their decisions impact the health of the communities they serve...

"The THT is under development with an anticipated online launch in fall 2014. For more information, contact Lilly Shoup at lilly.shoup@dot.gov."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/18YuCmh
Title & Author: "Transportation and Health Tool" by Staff

CALL FOR INPUT BY 9/30 FOR THE INNOVATIVE DOT, 2ND EDITION

-> According to a Sept. 18th National Complete Streets Coalition newsletter article, "Last year, Smart Growth America partnered with the State Smart Transportation Initiative to publish The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (http://bit.ly/VkitBQ), a resource for state transportation officials. The Innovative DOT provides 31 recommendations and documents many of the innovative approaches, covering a range of topics, including project selection, improving system efficiency, integrating transportation and land use, supporting and integrating different modes of transportation and providing efficient and safe freight access.

We are now preparing the second edition of The Innovative DOT, and we need your advice on new material -- new topics we should cover, or new case studies that illustrate existing topics, or both. If you know of any outdated or erroneous material in the first edition, we would like to hear about that too. Please e-mail Rayla Bellis (rbellis@smartgrowthamerica.org) with your thoughts or questions by Sept 30."

Source: http://bit.ly/15rR3Qv
Title & Author: "Your Input Needed: The Innovative DOT" By Staff

FOUR WAYS PROTECTED BIKE LANES BENEFIT BUSINESSES

-> According to a Sept. 19th StreetsBlog article, "The question isn't whether your city can afford to build high-quality bike infrastructure anymore, say our friends at the Green Lane Project. It's whether your city can afford not to. The Green Lane Project has been working with the Alliance for Biking and Walking on a study examining the different ways protected bike lanes help local businesses. Blogger Michael Andersen classifies the economic benefits into four basic categories:

  1. Protected bike lanes increase retail visibility and volume...
  2. Protected bike lanes make workers healthier and more productive...
  3. Protected bike lanes make real estate more desirable...
  4. Protected bike lanes help companies score talented workers..."

Source: http://bit.ly/19CZEkx
Title & Author: "Four Ways Protected Bike Lanes Benefit Businesses" by Angie Schmitt


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

KANSAS CITY (MO-KS) & NASHVILLE (TN) MPO LIVABILITY PROJECT SELECTION CRITERIA

-> According to Sept. 24th FHWA web post, "Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) help urban areas develop, analyze, and implement shared regional transportation visions and goals through the metropolitan transportation planning process. These goals, expressed in long range transportation plans (LRTPs), often incorporate livability, which is about tying the quality and location of transportation facilities to broader opportunities such as access to good jobs, affordable housing, quality schools, and safer streets and roads. To implement goals on the ground, MPOs develop short-term project priority lists in Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs)...

"Traditionally, MPOs focus on improving traffic and congestion when selecting which transportation projects to prioritize and fund. In addition to those important concerns, MPOs are increasingly looking for ways to incorporate livability goals such as quality of life, health, equity, economic competitiveness, and environmental concerns into decision-making about projects and funding... In an effort to identify projects in a more comprehensive and objective way, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and the Nashville Area MPO incorporate livability principles into the scoring systems that guide LRTP project selection...

"For both MARC and the Nashville Area MPO, using a comprehensive set of project selection criteria provides an additional level of detail and objectivity to the project evaluation and selection process. By enabling MPOs to consider livability goals articulated by stakeholders in long range transportation planning processes, such criteria help reduce internal conflict associated with project selection. The result is a metropolitan transportation planning process in which decision-makers and planners consider projects holistically and account for a broad set of stakeholder priorities."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1dIsAvA
Title & Author: "Kansas City, MO-KS and Nashville, TN -- Incorporating Livability into the Metropolitan Planning Organization Project Prioritization Process" by Staff

TOPEKA (KS) ADDS BIKE & PED COUNTS TO NAT'L DATABASE

-> According to a Sept. 12th cjonline.com article, "A motorist stopped to express her support Thursday as Jeff Klun stood near Washburn University keeping a tally of the number of bicyclists and pedestrians who passed through one intersection... Klun was among volunteers who carried clipboards and wore yellow vests as they helped carry out the city of Topeka's first-ever count of bicyclists and pedestrians... The count represents Topeka's first foray into the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project (http://bit.ly/19y789F), which city of Topeka bikeways coordinator Julie Anderson said was initiated in 2002 by Alta Planning and Design and the pedestrian and bicycle council of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Other Kansas cities taking part include Manhattan and Lawrence, which is in its fifth year with the project..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fkc9Kh
Title & Author: "City takes count of cyclists, pedestrians: Volunteers take tallies at 14 locations throughout Topeka" by Tim Hrenchir

NYC SUSTAINABLE STREETS INDEX RELEASED

-> According to a Sept. 18th National Complete Streets Coalition newsletter article, "New York City released its annual Sustainable Streets Index (http://on.nyc.gov/1dI25ql) this month, benchmarking the city's major transportation projects and outcomes for the year. Overall, New Yorkers are driving less and using transit more, while auto traffic has been able to move 7% faster since 2007. New sidewalk space and reduced vehicle conflict areas in Downtown Flushing, Queens, have resulted in a 10% decrease in crashes with injuries declined and a 37% improvement in travel times. At Seventh Avenue and West 23rd St in Manhattan, pedestrian islands and improved traffic patterns resulted in a 61% decrease in crashes with injuries and average delays have been reduced by 25% at the intersection."

Source: http://bit.ly/15rR3Qv
Title & Author: "Policy Action " By Staff

CA GOV SIGNS 3 FT LAW REQUIRING DRIVERS GIVE CYCLISTS SPACE

-> According to a Sept. 23rd Sacramento Bee article, "Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring motorists to give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing on a California roadway, after vetoing similar legislation during the last two years. Assembly Bill 1371, by Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, requires motorists to slow down if they can't give room and makes failing to comply an infraction punishable by a fine of $35. Brown vetoed similar legislation in 2011 and 2012. Last year, the Democratic governor objected to language that would have permitted a motorist to cross a double yellow line to make room for a bicyclist. Brown objected in 2011 to language he said would have required drivers unable to move over to slow to a certain speed, regardless of the speed limit..."

Source: http://bit.ly/18oMIl1
Title & Author: "Jerry Brown signs law requiring cars to give bicyclists space" by David Siders

U WI-MADISON POLICE USE BAIT BIKES TO CURB THEFTS

-> According to a Sept. 6th The Bicycle Blog of Wisconsin, "Bike thefts are an unfortunate problem in any community. There are some good ways you can prevent your bike from becoming a target, but luckily UW Madison Police are continuing their efforts to bust bike thieves this fall:

"'Police at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are renewing a program designed to track down bicycle thieves by planting "bait bikes" around campus. University authorities have run the program since 2008. They outfit bicycles with GPS tracking devices and leave the bikes at various spots around campus. Police say they've upgraded their systems this year to enhance their ability to track thieves. They plan to discuss the upgrades on Thursday. They're also launching a new bike-theft campaign aimed at educating students on how to keep their bikes safe on campus.

"'Madison police credit the bait-bike program with helping reduce the number of bike thefts. The year before the program launched, about 500 bike thefts were reported citywide. The number fell to 425 in 2008 and to 350 the year after that. (Press release via Kristin Radke at UW Police Department)'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/18Y430l
Title & Author: "UW Madison police renew 'bait bike' program" by Tom Klein

LESSONS FROM MISSISSIPPI'S NEW 44-MILE TANGLEFOOT TRAIL

-> According to a recent Bike Walk Mississippi article, "Congratulations to all the GM&O Rails to Trails Recreation District of North Mississippi, its Board of Directors and all the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to see the opening of the Tanglefoot Trail! The Trail, opening officially on Saturday, September 21st begins at Houston, MS and ends at New Albany, MS and runs just over 44 miles!

"Bike Walk Mississippi caught up with Betsey Hamilton, President of the GM&O Board to learn what advice she would give to other communities looking to build trails in their own communities...

"Bike Walk Mississippi (BWM): Walk us through the basic steps you took toward getting the Tanglefoot built? For example, how did you work with others to set up the multi-county board and how does that work?

"Betsey Hamilton (BH): Based on the same organizational structure Longleaf Trace uses (MS Code of 1972, As Amended, SEC. 55-25), the Tanglefoot Trail established a 'Recreational District', which sets up a process for selecting board of directors and puts into place a 1/4 mill tax from each governmental entity along the trail..."

Source: http://bit.ly/14FQKnZ
Title & Author: "The story of the Tanglefoot Trail" by Staff


THE RESEARCH BEAT

FL DOT RELEASES BICYCLING SIGN EFFECTIVENESS STUDY

-> According to the executive summary of a recently released FL DOT report (Aging Road User, Bicyclist, and Pedestrian Safety: Human Factors Studies Phase 3, Effective Bicycling Signs and Preventing Left-turn Crashes), this report investigated the effectiveness of safety countermeasures designed to protect two types of vulnerable road users: 1) Bicyclists..., and 2) Older adults... The FL DOT will use study results to support the implementation of the Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan (http://bit.ly/19CGKua).

"In order for signs and pavement markings indicating the presence of bicyclists to be effective, bicyclists and older adults must accurately and quickly recognize and comprehend them as well as understand how a driver should modify his or her behavior in response to the presence of bicyclists. Task 1 focused on bicyclist (and pedestrian) related signs and pavement markings, and how quickly [people of various ages]... could understand their meaning and recognize them at [various distances... Task 2 studied the impact of three different bicycle warning signs on driver passing distance from bicyclists in a driving simulator task...Task 3 examined a countermeasure that has been designed and implemented to reduce left-turn crashes..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1b46RNE
Title & Author: "Aging Road User, Bicyclist, and Pedestrian Safety: Human Factors Studies Phase 3, Effective Bicycling Signs and Preventing Left-turn Crashes" by Walter Boot, Neil Charness, Cary Stothart, et al.

13 PAPERS EXPLORE TRAVEL DEMAND FORECASTING

-> According to a Sept. 24th TRB E-Newsletter article, "TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2343 consists of 13 papers that explore tour-based models of public transport use; out-of-home leisure activity choices; automated inference of linked transit journeys; service-related traffic demand; and the value of business travel time savings.

This issue of the TRR also examines origin-destination matrices; day-to-day origin-destination tuples; nested logit models with censored data; multiagent transport simulations; reliable short-term traffic flow forecasting; household vehicle type choice models; daily activity generation and time use models; and user preferences for toll pricing."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fAJ0s2
Title & Author: "Travel Demand Forecasting 2013, Volume 1" by Transportation Research Board of the National Academies

EARLY ESTIMATE 2013 1ST QTR MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC FATALITIES

-> According to NHTSA's Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Quarter of 2013 released in August, "A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2013 shows that an estimated 7,200 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents a decrease of about 4.4 percent as compared to the 7,530 fatalities that were projected to have occurred in 2012, as shown in Table 1.

"Preliminary data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the first three months of 2013 decreased by about 5.6 billion miles, or about a 0.8-percent decrease. Also shown in Table 1 are the fatality rates per 100 million VMT, by quarter. The fatality rate for the first three months of 2013 decreased to 1.04 fatalities per 100 million VMT down from 1.08 fatalities per 100 million VMT in the first quarter of 2012..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/14GaIPB
Title & Author: "Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Quarter of 2013" by Staff


QUOTES R US

"There can be no question whatsoever that the key to getting more women on bikes is providing safer, more convenient, and more comfortable-feeling cycling facilities. And virtually all studies show that that requires more protected bike facilities that separate cyclists from motor vehicle traffic. Bicycling infrastructure and programs should focus much more on the needs of women than they currently do. And it's not just a matter of getting more women on bikes. Cycling facilities protected from motor vehicle traffic are also crucial to getting any vulnerable or risk-averse people on bikes, but especially children, seniors, and anyone who is not yet an experienced cyclist. So protected bike lanes are also crucial to increasing the overall level of cycling in a city."

--John Pucher, a professor at Rutgers University, commenting in the Sept. 18th philly.com article, ""Fewer women than men ride bikes in Phila."
http://bit.ly/16pTNUF

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

For fascinating look at bicyclist and pedestrian travel patterns (and obstacles) more than 100 years ago, here's a film from a camera mounted on the front of a trolley traveling through downtown Victoria, BC in 1907 (http://bit.ly/1gZFmFS). See also film from San Francisco in 1906 (http://bit.ly/15svNtY) and from Barcelona, Spain in 1908 (http://bit.ly/1dIuTPs).

(With thanks to VTPI News: http://bit.ly/10aj4Mz)


WEBINARS, CONFERENCE CALLS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Bicycle RSA: How to Conduct Road Safety Audits and How to Use Them to Promote Bicyclist Safety"

Date: September 26, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Dan Nabors (VHB) & Bill Desantis (VHB)
Host: Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1fBlkDK

WEBINAR "Voices for Healthy Kids: Active Places Letís 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 "Making a Plan: Partnerships for transforming community health through city planning"

Date: September 27, 2013, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Philip Huang (Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department), Carol Haywood (City of Austin), Oxiris Barbot, (Baltimore City Health Department),Thomas Stosur (Baltimore City Department of Planning)
Host: American Planning Association & American Public Health Association
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/14HnJIF

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

WEBINAR "Women Mean Business: Trends and Opportunities in the Women's Specific Bike Business"

Date: October 4, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Tom Jones (Leisure Trends) & Carolyn Szczepanski (League of American Bicyclists)
Host: League of American Bicyclists
Cost: Free, space limited
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1fk8E6G

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 "Highway Capacity Manual 2010: New Signalized Intersection Methodology Applications"

Date: October 16, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH)
Presenters: Dennis Strong (Strong Concepts)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: $99, no fee for employees of TRB sponsors
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1an4dS8

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 "2014 TRB 93rd Annual Meeting -- How to Survive and Thrive"

Date: November 19, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (to be repeated live December 17, 2013)
Presenters: TBA
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/16Cl1Cq

WEBINAR "When Main Street is a State Highway"

Date: November 20, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Jim Charlier (Charlier Associates)
Host: Community Builders
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1fkzKus

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

WEBINAR "Integrating Equity in Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning"

Date: December 18, 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/15scOFc


RESOURCES

HOW TO TRACK COMMUNITY BIKING COMFORT & QUALITY

-> According to a Sept. 19th League of American Bicyclists article, "...Since the mid-1990s, Copenhagen has been using the Bicycle Account to reach a higher standard and hold themselves publicly accountable for the comfort and quality of their bike program. The account tracks the key metrics for success like rider comfort, safety, quality and comprehensiveness or the bike network and ease of connecting bike and public transportation. What makes the Bicycle Account so special is the public survey component. This is what world-class biking cities do.

"We think your community can get we a lot if value from doing a Bicycle Account as well, so with the help from our friends in Copenhagen and at Urban Systems we have created this how-to, 'The Bicycle Account Guidelines: Measuring, tracking and reporting progress to inspire better biking in your community. (http://bit.ly/14FvmPy)'"

Source: http://bit.ly/1fAMYAR
Title & Author: "Bicycle Account Guideline Provides Tools to Monitor Biking in Your Community" by Bill

MOBILE WALKABILITY CHECKLIST

-> According to a Sept. 17th Taking Steps E-News, "Green Communities Canada has created a mobile Walkability Checklist as an easy to use audit tool that can be part of local walkability campaigns that engage residents in an assessment of the walking routes in their neighbourhoods. Information collected goes into a database that can be used to create a walkability profile in health unit regions in Ontario. Check out the tool: http://bit.ly/1bbaCo9"

Source: http://bit.ly/16pOJzx
Title & Author: "Walkability Audit Mobile App" By Staff

NYC BIKE BUDDY APP CHECKS CITIBIKE AVAILABILITY & MORE

-> According to a Sept. 18th email from Joanna Virello "Just wanted to let you know about my friend's new app, NYC Bike Buddy for iPhone -- the ultimate companion for all riders in New York City. With it you can easily locate nearby points of interest like bike racks, water fountains and bike shops. Additionally you can check up-to-the-minute CitiBike station availability. Also get bike-friendly directions to any address or business and with one tap, track your rides to map your progress and share that info with your friends...To watch a live demo of NYC Bike Buddy given its developer, Brian Papa, at the New York Tech Meetup this past month go here: http://atmlb.com/1andvxN. He is the first presenter beginning at 4:00 minutes into the video..."

STATE TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS 2012

-> According to a Sept. 16th TRB article, "The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), has released its annual reference guide to transportation data by state.

The annual report (State Transportation Statistics 2012: http://1.usa.gov/1dIodRb) consists of over 100 tables of state data on infrastructure, safety, freight transportation, passenger travel, registered vehicles and vehicle-miles traveled, economy and finance, and energy and environment."

Source: http://bit.ly/181MjV2
Title & Author: "State Transportation Statistics 2012" by Staff

STRATEGIES FOR LAND USE & DEVELOPMENT OF STATE ROUTES

-> According to the abstract of a recently release WSDOT report, "Land development that is not coordinated with transportation planning can compromise the performance of Washington's state routes. Identifying land at risk for development along state routes can provide opportunities for proactive, collaborative planning to improve access, mobility, and safety while supporting economic development. This project, described in two parts, provides tools to help turn adverse risks of land development into opportunities to make route improvements.

"In part one, systems for identifying land at risk for development were developed for the state and local levels from relevant literature and expert input. Risk factors for land development at the state level include historic population and job growth, population and job forecasts, and traffic conditions. Additional risk factors at the local level include regulatory constraints, critical areas, vacant and undeveloped lands, recent sales history, building permit history, and sewer and water utilities. The local level system was applied to three case study areas. Results generally agreed with local knowledge, yet the method offered an objective and systematic means for comparing corridors across the state fairly.

"In part two, a menu of strategies for responsibly developing state routes was developed from current WSDOT practices, literature on standard approaches, and reports of novel solutions. Strategies were classified as planning and coordination activities, non-engineering and engineering strategies, and funding/enforcement strategies."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/15rM0oF
Title & Author: "Land Development Risks Along State Transportation Corridors" by Anne Vernez Moudon, Amir Sheikh, Andy Kraus and Orion Stewart


CALENDAR

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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 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

-> September 30 October 1, 2013, Pedal Minnesota Bicycle Summit, Crosby, MN.
http://bit.ly/1anaAoB

-> 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, 2013, Moving Together 2013, Boston, MA.
http://bit.ly/16yNFCQ

-> 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 6-9, 2013, National Bicycle Tourism Conference, Iowa City/Coralville, IA.
http://bit.ly/15rQXhe

-> November 7 -11, 2013, California by Bike Summit, Oakland, CA.
http://bit.ly/18XO3LY

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

-> November 20-21, 2013, International Cycling Safety Conference, Helmond, The Netherlands.
http://bit.ly/18oWxNW

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

-> January 17-18, 2014, Oklahoma Bike Summit, Tulsa, OK.
http://bit.ly/1b4kSLm

-> 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.

-> JOB - MPO TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, SANTE, FE, NM

The MPO Transportation Planner performs professional technical duties in transportation planning often working on multiple projects simultaneously. The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification: 1) Performs technical tasks involving transportation related planning activities including the gathering, analysis, and presentation of data, 2) Compiles statistical traffic data and related demographic, land use, and trail usage data needed in developing transportation plans and studies, 3) Assists in transportation planning research/studies identified in the MPO Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) related to all modes of transportation: pedestrian, bicycle, motor vehicle, transit, rail and freight, 4) Assists in preparation, monitoring, updating, and implementation of the long range Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and 5) Assists in maintenance of the MPO travel demand model and the traffic count program.

Deadline: October 3, 2013
http://bit.ly/181Dx9A

-> JOB - DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, FRIENDS OF PATHWAYS, JACKSON HOLE, WY

Founded in 1994, Friends of Pathways supports a vibrant community by advocating the completion of a safe and sustainable pathways system for healthy recreation and transportation opportunities in Jackson Hole. They partner with local and state government and many other community organizations to bring Advocacy, Education & Inspiration, and Stewardship through programs and projects that support pathways, trails, and safer streets in our community. The successful Development Director candidate will join a full-time office staff of three who work with several other part-time and seasonal staff members on FOP goals and objectives in addition to supporting an engaged and active board in advancing the annual fundraising plan. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director (ED), the Development Director will spearhead development efforts as Friends of Pathways (FOP) continues to grow and build a culture of philanthropy within the organization. A new position in the organization, the Development Director will have the opportunity to build upon well-established ongoing fundraising efforts, along with leading the development and implementation of annual, capital, and major donor campaigns.

Deadline: October 15, 2013
http://bit.ly/1gZex4L

-> JOB - DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM COORDINATOR, TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD, WASHINGTON, DC

The Transportation Research Board Distance Learning Program Coordinator is responsible for producing all aspects of its webinar series. Also responsible for organizing TRB's virtual conferences, live-streaming video sessions, and distance learning elements of a new TRB training program for managers of transportation research programs. Serves as editor to webinar suggestions and is responsible for posting webinar registration information to the web. Serves as an expert in webinar and other distance learning software and acts as a liaison between staff and volunteers. Presents information to attendees of training courses on a regular basis. Analyzes data to provide status reports to staff and provide improvements to future webinars and other distance learning events. Works with outside vendors and partners to provide specifications for, develop, and deliver webinars and distance learning events. Ensures that participants of TRB virtual events have the ability to receive professional credits for their participation. Responsible for working with staff and volunteers to augment face-to-face conferences with live-streaming video for those who cannot attend events in person.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/1an3AYM

-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING INTERN OR CO-OP, TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, WASHINGTON, DC

The person hired for this position will participate in all stages of project development including: client meetings, research, fieldwork, mapping, preparation of transportation construction documents and technical reports. This position provides opportunities for hands-on skills development and work experience in a fast-paced environment.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/181F3IK

-> JOB - CIVIL ENGINEER, TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, MINNEAPOLIS, MN OR MADISON, WI OFFICE

The person hired for this position will participate in all stages of project development including presentations and client meetings, fieldwork, conducting engineering analyses, and the preparation of construction documents and technical reports. The person will also be involved in bicycle and pedestrian planning projects especially those that will lead directly into engineering work. This position has the opportunity for travel and advancement.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/14G3zyG

-> JOB - REGIONAL ENGINEERING DIRECTOR, TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, SEATTLE, WA

Toole Design Group is hiring a Regional Engineering Director for its Seattle office. Their work includes a wide variety of multi-modal transportation planning and design projects at the local, state and national level -- including complete streets, multi-use trails, streetscapes, multi-modal traffic analysis and signal design, and other similar types of projects. The person hired for this position will be responsible for leading Toole Design Group's engineering work in the Northwest U.S.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/18VxINI

-> JOB - CIVIL ENGINEER, TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, SEATTLE, WA

The person hired for this position will participate in all stages of project development including presentations and client meetings, fieldwork, conducting engineering analyses, and the preparation of construction documents and technical reports. This position has the opportunity for travel and advancement.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/181FO4t

-> JOB - SENIOR ENGINEER, TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, BOSTON, MA

The person hired for this position will manage all stages of project development including presentations and client meetings, fieldwork, and the preparation of transportation construction documents and technical reports. This position has the opportunity for travel and advancement.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/1bFaMn4

-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LOCAL MOTION, GREATER BURLINGTON VT

Local Motion, a Greater Burlington non-profit, promotes people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities throughout Chittenden County (pop. 158,000). Founded in 1999, this member-supported organization is expanding its initiatives such as Bicycle Recycle Vermont, complete streets and trails advocacy, Bike Ferry service, Trailside Center, the Safe Streets Collaborative and outreach activities. Local Motion describes its staff is a tight-knit and fast-paced team. They value everyone's opinion, which is reflected in their decision-making processes. They are active transportation and recreation enthusiasts, and are exploring creative ways to welcome and include culturally diverse communities in their outreach strategies. Their ideal candidate is someone who shares these values and who's ready to join an evolving and highly collaborative group.

Deadline: Review of applications ongoing; interviews in mid-October.
http://bit.ly/141mD7j


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