#342 Wednesday, October 23, 2013


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.

----- Motor Vehicle Pollution: More Deaths Than Traffic Deaths
----- Video: Cycling City Groningen (The Netherlands)
----- Why the ‘Sit-able City’ is the Next Big Idea
----- Video: New Walking Revolution Documentary
----- Signing Dead End Streets that Continue for Peds or Bikes
----- Suburban Bicycle Friendly Communities
----- Pimp Your Block Online Tool
----- Shop Latest Transportation Books 50-70% Off by Oct. 28

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- San Diego County (CA) OKs $200 Million in Bike Projects
----- MassDOT Healthy Transportation Policy Initiative
----- State Legislator Holds Walking Office Hours
----- 20 Yr Wait for Champaign & Vermilion Counties (IL) Rail Trail
----- Arlington (VA) Residential Parking Garages Not Full

----- New Active Rail Corridor Trails Study Released
----- No Evidence NYC Traffic Calming Measures Reduce Crashes
----- Transportation Capacity & Economic Systems Link
----- Assessing Wider Economic Benefits of Transportation

----- Guide to Performance-based Planning & Programming
----- Transportation Agency Involvement in Health Impact Assessments
----- Report: Transportation Apps Give Options, Reduce Driving

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-> According to an Oct. 14th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, “...A new study (Air pollution and early deaths in the United States. Part I: Quantifying the impact of major sectors in 2005: http://bit.ly/17HXjoc) from MIT concluded that vehicle emissions contributed to 53,000 premature deaths in 2005 (12 years premature, on average), exceeding the number of traffic fatalities by 30 percent and bringing the total deaths from traffic causes close to 100,000 annually. The researchers modeled emissions of fine particulate matter... Although motor vehicles account for only 7 percent of those emissions, they affect the greatest number of people because they are concentrated primarily in large metropolitan areas...

“While the MIT study highlights major metropolitan areas where emissions pose a serious risk, an unrelated study (A census of the US near-roadway population: Public health and environmental justice considerations: http://bit.ly/1h7nKLe) from the University of New Mexico reveals the impacts are actually more widespread. By analyzing census data, Professor Gregory Rowangould found that roughly one-fifth of the U.S. population lives close enough to major roadways to be exposed to harmful emissions, including those in less urbanized areas. As he explained to the Los Angeles Times, this means there is potential for air quality violations in areas that aren’t currently being monitored. The study also shows that non-white and low-income households are affected at higher rates in all regions.”

Source: http://bit.ly/18afCBD
Title & Author: “Motor vehicle pollution a major contributor to American deaths” by Chris McCahill


-> According to a recent Streetfilms post, “It's no secret that just about anywhere you go in the Netherlands is an incredible place to bicycle. And in Groningen, a northern city with a population of 190,000 and a bike mode share of 50 percent, the cycling is as comfortable as in any city on Earth. The sheer number of people riding at any one time will astound you, as will the absence of automobiles in the city center, where cars seem extinct. It is remarkable just how quiet the city is. People go about their business running errands by bike, going to work by bike, and even holding hands by bike.

“The story of how they got there is a mix of great transportation policy, location and chance. You'll learn quite a bit of history in the film, but essentially Groningen decided in the 1970s to enact policies to make it easier to walk and bike, and discourage the use of cars in the city center. By pedestrianizing some streets, building cycle tracks everywhere, and creating a unique transportation circulation pattern that prohibits vehicles from cutting through the city, Groningen actually made the bicycle -- in most cases -- the fastest and most preferred choice of transportation...” (15:35)

Source: http://bit.ly/1a7Y9ws
Title & Author: “Groningen: The World's Cycling City” by Staff


-> According to an Oct. 9th Myurbanist article, “At TEDCity2.0 in New York City the week before last, urban redefinition, reinvention and reimagination ruled. Among the presentations: that urbanist stand-by, the most walkable cities in the world. Mind you, I don’t want to upset the gurus and nabobs of urbanism. But I’m just back from southern France and Corsica, with contrasting images galore, and a new point of view. Simply stated. walkable is good, but sit-able is better. And it’s time for the next big focal point and the next big idea, The Sit-able City.

“Why would this shift lead to an enhanced understanding of place? The sit-able realm is a place of human universals, broader than the walking that transports us there or passes through. And the sit-able is about far more than street furniture and sidewalk dining, pop-up urbanism and Parking Day. Rather, sit-able places are key, interdisciplinary focal points where the delight of ‘placemaking’ and cultural traditions of ‘watching the world go by’ merge with the sometimes conflicting domains of law and politics, economic development, public safety, gentrification and the homeless...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1bdJmk6
Title & Author: “Why the ‘sit-able city’ is the next big idea” by Chuck (NLN)


-> According to an Oct. 17th Kaiser Permanente release, “The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other has significant health and environmental benefits that are explored in ‘The Walking Revolution,’ (http://bit.ly/1fUG5fn) a documentary film released today by Every Body Walk! Powered by Kaiser Permanente, Every Body Walk! is a campaign and collaborative effort aimed at getting Americans up and moving...

“‘The film is sure to encourage people to get back on their feet, walking whenever and wherever they can — at work, at school, and in the community, all while getting involved in making their communities more walkable overall.’

“‘The Walking Revolution’ is a 30-minute documentary that details the health benefits of walking, what makes communities walkable, and how walking and walkability supports a healthier environment, strong local economies and a vibrant community life. Organized in five chapters that are roughly six minutes each in length...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1afc5XE
Title & Author: “The Powerful Untold Story of Walking Revealed in New Documentary Film” by Staff


-> According to an Oct. 17th email posted on PedNet by Ellen Vanderslice, “The International Federation of Pedestrians has a project called Living End Streets that adds to ‘DEAD END’ signs when the way goes through for pedestrians or bicyclists (http://bit.ly/1cd62WX) They have had some success with changes to the standard Vienna convention signs in parts of Europe, and are now interested in tackling the U.S. DEAD END signs as enshrined in the MUTCD.

“Is anyone on PedNet aware of communities in the U.S. that have addressed this issue of how to let folks know a so-called “dead end” is really a ‘living end’ for people on foot?” Contact Ellen Vanderslice: ellenv@hevanet.com.


-> According to an Oct. 15th League of American Bicyclists release, “The national boom in biking has officially found a pedal-hold in a previously unlikely place: the suburbs. The League of American Bicyclists today announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) -- and suburban towns, like Menlo Park, Calif.; Elmhurst, Ill.,; and Ferguson, Mo. are showing large urban centers aren't the only areas making biking better for millions of Americans.

“In the largest round of applications since the program's inception in 2003, the League welcomes 32 new BFCs, (see list: http://bit.ly/1aFBLJK) growing the overall number to 291 BFCs in 48 states. The BFC program provides cities and towns with a roadmap and know-how to make effective investments and take meaningful steps to increase bicycling in their communities...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1cWqJ6n
Title & Author: Suburbs Join the Rise of Bicycle Friendly Communities” by Liz (NLN)


-> According to an Oct. 15th Gizmodo article, “Bike lanes are cool and all, but haven't you always thought that what your neighborhood really needs is some bedazzled water fountains? You can pimp your block with Blockee (http://bit.ly/1af9M6U), a tool designed by several Code for America fellows...

“Blockee is really easy to use. Just type in an address to generate a Google Street View image (or upload your own photo), and using the blissfully simple editor, drag and drop everything from vegetable gardens to food trucks to bike share kiosks into the street. Once you share your creation, the site even offers tips for how to make your vision a reality. You can see plenty more examples from other cities on Blockee's Tumblr (http://bit.ly/1cW9nqr).

“Blockee also has been proven to work, according to creators Jesse Bounds, Serena Wales, Nick Doiron and Tamara Shopsin. Jason Hibbets of Raleigh, North Carolina created the image you see above and included it a See Click Fix (http://bit.ly/1cd9AIM) report about adding crosswalks to his street. The City of Raleigh responded with a work order...”

Source: http://bit.ly/Ha9zr3
Title & Author: “This Awesome App Helps You Add "Civic Bling" to Your Street” by Alissa Walker


-> According to an Oct. 22nd NACTO post, “NACTO's publisher, Island Press, is running a 'Simply Everything' book event this week. From October 21-28, all print books are on sale for 50-70% off at their website, http://bit.ly/1dhabZs. Their entire catalog of hardcover and paperback books is covered, including our landmark publications: the Urban Street Design Guide and Urban Bikeway Design Guide. [Included in the sale: Completing Our Streets: The Transition to Safe and Inclusive Transportation Networks by Barbara McCann]

“Take advantage of this great opportunity to discover resources offering solutions that inspire change...”

Source: http://bit.ly/19tGsZa
Title & Author: “50% off the Urban Street Design Guide” by Staff



-> According to an Oct. 2nd U-T San Diego article, “San Diego County is poised to become much more bike-friendly following the recent approval of $200 million for regional bicycle projects. The San Diego Association of Governments OK’d the spending last week in what advocates called ‘a historic moment’ for the area’s bicycling community. Officially called the ‘Regional Bike Plan Early Action Program,’ the initiative includes 42 projects totaling about 77 miles of bikeways, according to SANDAG, which helps plan and finance the region’s transportation network...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1bUJBl7
Title & Author: “SANDAG OKs $200M for bike projects” by Chris Nichols


-> According to an Oct. 14th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, “In support of its goal to triple walking, biking and transit travel by 2030, the Massachusetts DOT has issued a Healthy Transportation Policy Initiative (http://bit.ly/162zFW6) with several implementation steps. Among the actions required by the document:

  • All MassDOT-funded projects must seek to increase pedestrian, bicycle, and transit trips. Levels of service for these modes should improve but must not be degraded by projects.
  • All highway, transit, and aeronautic projects that are not yet under way must be reviewed by Jan. 1 and potentially redesigned to ensure non-auto modes are adequately addressed.
  • Where land uses suggest high non-auto travel demand, MassDOT projects should include features such as wider sidewalks, street trees, landscaped buffers, benches, lighting, frequent crossing opportunities, and strong intermodal connectivity to transit.
  • Staff designing bikeways may refer to standards and concepts in the NACTO guide, as well as the AASHTO bicycle guide and MassDOT’s own engineering guidance.

“The Health Transportation Policy Initiative and mode-shift goals are part of MassDOT’s GreenDOT initiative (http://bit.ly/16utPd2), an even wider policy initiative aimed at providing sustainable transport.”

Source: http://bit.ly/1eIhzuI
Title & Author: “MassDOT implements policies to increase walk, bike, and transit travel” by Eric Sundquist


-> According to an Oct. 16th Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, “Democrat State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, who represents the city's south side, will hold walking office hours this weekend -- a chance to get some exercise and discuss issues of concern, she says. The ‘office hours’ will take place along the newly opened Kinnickinnic River Trail.

"‘I look forward to spending time this weekend walking the newly opened Kinnickinnic River Trail and talking with constituents of the 8th Assembly District about state issues that are important to them,’ she said in a news release.

"‘Our Latino community, in particular, is struggling with high diabetes and obesity and I recently resolved to get active for my own health. Hosting walking office hours is a great way to encourage my constituents to get active with me and let me know about the issues of concern to them at the state level,’ she said...”

Source: http://bit.ly/17fbyq2
Title & Author: “Zamarripa's walk and talk this weekend” by Georgia Pabst


-> According to an Oct. 22nd The Daily Illini, “An initiative to reconstruct an abandoned rail line into a recreational trail from eastern Urbana to Kickapoo State Park is finally seeing results after the Champaign County Forest Preserve District purchased a portion of the rail line in early October.

“In the mid-1990s, the Champaign County Design and Conservation Foundation began working on negotiations with Norfolk Southern Corp. to acquire the railroad... ‘(We) worked with the then-owner of the rail line ... right to the point where they were prepared to donate the property to us without cost,’ he said. However... the rail company went out of business. The new company, CSX Corp., initially didn’t consider the rail-to-trail project to be ‘very high on the priority list,’ [Steve] Rugg, executive director of the foundation] said. Now, about 20 years later, CSX has finally agreed to sell part of the railroad for $600,000. The price is below the appraised value, an action Rugg called ‘philanthropic’...”

Source: http://bit.ly/17HPNtp
Title & Author: “Rail line becomes trail after 20-year abandonment” by Zila Renfro


-> According to an Oct. 10th Mobility Lab Express article, “A new study (Residential Building Transportation Performance Monitoring Study: http://bit.ly/1eIwnJR) by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) examines the travel and parking behaviors of residents by looking at a sample of residential site plan buildings...

“One of the more intriguing results of the study: Most parking garages neither filled nor emptied over the course of a week. Most fluctuated between 20 and 80 percent full. Several garages never dropped below 40 percent full. The maximum occupancy suggests parking supply may be too high, while the minimum occupancy, particularly in Metrorail corridors, suggests that many cars in these Arlington residential buildings are not used for commuting, and in fact may be rarely used at all...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1id8LwP
Title & Author: “Arlington Residential Parking Garages Not Full” by Paul Goddin



-> According to a recent Rails to Trails article, “Rails-with-trails are safe, common, and growing. These are the standout findings of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's defining new study on the development of multi-use trails alongside active freight, passenger and tourist rail lines.

“The report ‘America's Rails-with-Trails: A Resource for Planners, Agencies and Advocates on Trails Along Active Railroad Corridors’ (http://bit.ly/1eI0jWt) examines the characteristics of 88 rails-with-trails in 33 states, based on a survey of trail managers and the results of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's ongoing study over the past 20 years. It also provides a collection of data, examples and practical tools to assist trail planners and advocates in increasing awareness of the rail-with-trail concept...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1cVn2xS
Title & Author: “America's Rails-with-Trails Report: A Resource for Planners, Agencies and Advocates on Trails Along Active Railroad Corridors” by Staff


-> According to an Oct. 15th TRB abstract of a report titled Quasi-Experimental Study of Traffic Calming Measures in New York City, “This paper provides a large-scale, rigorous evaluation of traffic calming projects in one U. S. city. The study area is New York City, which treated 391 streets with speed tables between 1996 and 2003. On the basis of crash frequencies for 5 years before treatment and 5 years after for treated streets and well-matched comparison streets, no evidence emerged that New York City's ambitious traffic calming program has led to a reduction in total crashes, pedestrian crashes, or injury crashes. This is in contrast to earlier, less carefully controlled evaluations that have reported significant reductions in crashes with traffic calming.” [Access to full report requires purchase]

Source: http://bit.ly/HgMjHj
Title & Author: “Quasi-Experimental Study of Traffic Calming Measures in New York City” by Staff


-> According to a Mar. 13th TRB blurb, “TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Report S2-C03-RR-1: Interactions Between Transportation Capacity, Economic Systems, and Land Use (http://bit.ly/189X4Sb) provides information on the development of a large database of case studies and a web-based T-PICS (Transportation Project Impact Case Studies) tool that allow for more rapid assessment of the long-term economic impacts of highway capacity projects.

“SHRP 2 Report S2-C03-RR-1 and the accompanying T-PICS web-based tool (http://bit.ly/1dh0g6g) are intended to serve as a resource for transportation planners and others who are interested in better understanding the long-term economic impacts of highway capacity projects. The T-PICS web-based tool provides transportation planners with a way to search for relevant case studies by type of project and setting. The case studies include details of the projects, their impacts, and factors affecting the impacts. The web tool also provides users with an option to specify the type of proposed project and see the range of likely impacts based on the studies...”

Source: http://bit.ly/16rLCXz
Title & Author: “Interactions Between Transportation Capacity, Economic Systems, and Land Use” by Staff

[Editor’s Note: See details below on the November 19 TRB webinar on this report.]


-> According to a Sept. 26th TRB blurb, “TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Capacity Project C11 has released a prepublication, non-edited version of a report titled Development of Tools for Assessing Wider Economic Benefits of Transportation (http://bit.ly/1ccTcIa) that describes spreadsheet-based tools (http://bit.ly/1bUXEY2) designed to help calculate a transportation projects impact on travel time reliability, market access, and intermodal connectivity. The report includes an accounting system designed to incorporate the three metrics into economic benefit and economic impact analyses.”

Source: http://bit.ly/1a70Dv1
Title & Author: “Development of Tools for Assessing Wider Economic Benefits of Transportation” by Staff

[Editor’s Note: See details below on the November 19 TRB webinar on this report.]


"Now frankly it's always been possible to do a complete street in the city of Houston, but the default has always been, let's get those cars moving. Now we want the default to be a complete street and anything different from that to be something that has to be an exception."

-- Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveiling a new initiative designed to make streets accessible to everyone



-> According to a recent Slate.com article, “This map (Map of California Roads for Cyclists: http://slate.me/1bV1mkq) was sold as a folded-in illustration in an 1896 Cycler’s Guide and Road Book of California, which also included seven smaller sectional maps, a list of hoteliers prepared to offer cyclists’ rates, and a directory of ‘agents and repairers’ who might furnish up-to-date information on road conditions. The advertisements around the border of the map show how many San Francisco businesses had sprung up around cycling by 1896...

“The red lines on this map represent potentially cycleworthy roads. At first glance, it seems impressive that a cyclist could transverse almost the entire large state of California before the turn of the 20th century...But the notation system, with initials indicating road condition, shows that many of the roads were ‘Poor’ or ‘Very Poor,’ not to mention ‘Hilly’ or ‘Mountainous.’...”

Source: http://slate.me/1bV1mkq
Title & Author: “A Lovely 1896 Cyclists' Map of California Offered Advice to Intrepid Riders” by Rebecca Onion


WEBINAR "Natural Surface Trail Tread Maintenance"

Date: October 24 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Kim Frederick (Chinook Associates LLC)
Host: American Trails
Cost: $45 members / $75 nonmembers
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/19uats1

WEBINAR "Highway Capacity Manual 2010: New Urban Streets Methodology - Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transit Modes"

Date: October 31 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Kamala Parks (Kittelson & Associates, Inc.) & Aaron Elias (Kittelson & Associates, Inc. )
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: $99, no fee for employees of TRB sponsors
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1al37pp

WEBINAR "NACTO's New Release: Urban Street Design Guide"

Date: November 6, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1ccXGOY

WEBINAR "NHI Innovations: Geospatial Data Collaboration in Practice"

Date: November 6, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Frank DeSendi (PA DOT) & Erika Bowen (ID Transportation Dept)
Host: FHWA
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/1gOAtCb

WEBINAR "The NACTO Urban Design Guide: State of the Practice Solutions for City Streets"

Date: November 7 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH/.2 IACET CEU)
Presenters: David Vega-Barachowitz (NACTO; Robert Burchfield, P.E. (City of Portland, OR); Michael Sallaberry (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency); Nathan Roseberry (T.Y. Lin International)
Host: ITE
Cost: Rate varies between $75 & $150
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1aFk4tz

WEBINAR "Shared Use: Is It In You? Engaging School Administrators in the Shared Use of School Facilities to Increase Physical Activity Opportunities for Kids"

Date: November 7, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Mikaela Randolph (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), Teresa Dahl (People for Parks) & Tracy Bartley (People for Parks)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1fUPEuW

WEBINAR "FINAL RULE - Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards for Trails, Picnic and Camping Facilities, and Beach Access Routes"

Date: November 8 2013, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Bill R. Botten (US Access Board) & Peggy H. Greenwell (US Access Board)
Host: US Access Board
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1bGyEYp

WEBINAR "The NACTO Urban Design Guide: Changing the DNA of City Streets"

Date: November 14 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH/.2 IACET CEU)
Presenters: David Vega-Barachowitz (NACTO); Ryan Russo (New York City DOT; Jamie Parks (City of Oakland, CA); Gary Schatz (City of Austin, TX)
Host: ITE
Cost: Rate varies between $75 & $150
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1aFk4tz

WEBINAR "The Future of City Streets: NACTO Urban Design Guide"

Date: November 19, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: State Smart Transportation Initiative
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1cVLpeT

WEBINAR "SHRP 2 Economic Impact Tools: Interactions Between Transportation Capacity, Economic Systems, and Land Use & Development of Tools for Assessing Wider Economic Benefits of Transportation"

Date: November 19, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Stefan Natzke (FHWA), Matt Hardy (AASHTO) & Glen Weisbrod (Economic Development Research Group, Inc.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/HgKPN7

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 "Highway Capacity Manual 2010: What’s New with Unsignalized Intersection Methodologies"

Date: November 20, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Lee Rodegerdts (Kittelson & Associates, Inc.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: $99, no fee for employees of TRB sponsors
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1bXRyXl

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 "Empowering Lower-income Communities to Take Advantage of MAP-21 Funds"

Date: November 21, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1fUSdNz

WEBINAR "Developing Effective Practices for Snow Removal: Why is it Worth all the Effort?"

Date: December 4, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Russ Decker (Roaring Fork Transportation Authority), Roger Millar (Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute and National Complete Streets Coalition) & Donna Smith (Easter Seals Project ACTION)
Host: Easter Seals Project Action
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/H1Idmu

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



-> According to the executive summary of FHWA’s Performance Based Planning and Programming Guidebook released Oct. 10th, “Over the past two decades, transportation agencies have increasingly been applying "performance management" — a strategic approach that uses performance data to support decisions to help achieve desired performance outcomes. Performance management is credited with improving project and program delivery, informing investment decision-making, focusing staff on leadership priorities, and providing greater transparency and accountability to the public.

Performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) refers to the application of performance management within the planning and programming processes of transportation agencies to achieve desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system. This includes a range of activities and products undertaken by a transportation agency together with other agencies, stakeholders, and the public as part of a 3C (cooperative, continuing, and comprehensive) process. It includes development of: long range transportation plans (LRTPs), other plans and processes (including those Federally-required, such as Strategic Highway Safety Plans, Asset Management Plans, the Congestion Management Process, Transit Agency Asset Management Plans, and Transit Agency Safety Plans, as well as others that are not required), and programming documents, including State and metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs (STIPs and TIPs)...

Source: http://1.usa.gov/H3LQJl
Title & Author: “Performance Based Planning and Programming Guidebook” by FHWA


-> According to a recent Health Impact Project post related to the Sept. 25th 2nd National Health Impact Assessment Conference, “This session will explore the application of HIA to transportation projects. Strategies for engaging transportation planners and agencies will be discussed...

“Use of HIA Transportation Planning: Importance of Involving Transportation Agencies in Process” by Andrew L. Dannenberg: http://bit.ly/H9xJlF (24 slide-PowerPoint presentation)...”

Source: http://bit.ly/17eSnwD
Title & Author: “National HIA Meeting 2013 (Day Two) General Session -- HIA and Transportation” by Staff


-> According to an Oct. 14th State Smart Transportation Initiative article on a new USPIRG report titled A New Way To Go: The Transportation Apps and Vehicle-Sharing Tools that Are Giving More Americans the Freedom to Drive Less (http://bit.ly/1h7iKpS), “Over the last 15 years, the Internet and mobile communications technologies have transformed the way Americans live and work. During that same period, growth in vehicle travel slowed and then stopped, with Americans today driving about as much on average as we did in 1996.

“Early evidence suggests that new innovations in technology and social networking are beginning to change America’s transportation landscape. New transportation services are providing people with an abundance of new options, helping to overcome barriers to the use of non-driving forms of transportation, and shifting the economics behind individuals’ travel choices. Collectively, they are also opening up the opportunity for more Americans to adopt ‘car-free’ and ‘car-light’ lifestyles with dramatically less driving.”

Source: http://bit.ly/162xIIZ
Title & Author: “A New Way To Go: The Transportation Apps and Vehicle-Sharing Tools that Are Giving More Americans the Freedom to Drive Less (USPIRG, 2013)” by Staff


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:



-> 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

-> CALL FOR PAPERS –ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2014, November 6-8, 2014, Long Beach, CA.
DEADLINE: November 8, 2013

-> CALL FOR SPEAKERS – For 2nd International Winter Cycling Congress, February 12-13, 2014, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
DEADLINE: November 15, 2013

-> CALL FOR PAPERS - National Outdoor Recreation Conference, May 13-16, 2014, 2014, San Francisco, CA.
DEADLINE: November 25, 2013


-> October 25, 2013, Wisconsin Bike Summit, Madison, WI.

-> October 25-27, 2013, Share the Road Celebration of Cycling, DeLand, FL.

-> October 27-29, 2013, NACTO Designing Cities Workshop, Phoenix, AZ. Info: nacto@nacto.org

-> October 27-30, 2013, Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference, Matteson, IL.

-> November 2-6, 2013, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

-> November 6-9, 2013, National Bicycle Tourism Conference, Iowa City/Coralville, IA.

-> November 7 -11, 2013, California by Bike Summit, Oakland, CA.

-> November 11-12, 2013, Streets as Places, New York, NY.

-> November 11-13, 2013, NACTO Cities for Cycling Road Show, Austin, TX.

-> November 15, 2013, Opening our Streets for Health: Open Streets Training Session, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

-> November 15-18, 2013, American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

-> November 20-21, 2013, International Cycling Safety Conference, Helmond, The Netherlands.

-> November 21, 2013, Smart and Sustainable Cities ANSI Workshop, Washington, DC.

-> November 25-28, 2013, Building Sustainable Communities, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

-> December 12, 2013, Winter Public Space Training, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

-> January 8-10, 2014, NCUTCD Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA

-> January 11, 2014, TransportationCamp DC ’14, Arlington, VA.

-> January 17-18, 2014, Oklahoma Bike Summit, Tulsa, OK.

-> February 12-13, 2014, 2nd International Winter Cycling Congress, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

-> February 13-15, 2014, New Partners for Smart Growth, Denver, CO

-> March 3-4, 2014, 2014 Transportation, Land Use and Air Quality Conference, Charlotte, NC.

-> March 9-12, ITE Technical Conference, Miami, FL.

-> March 9-12, 2014, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

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

-> April 14-16, 2013, 5th International Conference on Women's Issues in Transportation - Bridging the Gap, Paris, France.

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

-> April 26-30, 2014, American Planning Association 2014 National Planning Conference, Atlanta, GA.

-> May 4-7, 2014, 2014 North American Snow Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

-> May 13-16, 2014, 2014 National Outdoor Recreation Conference San Francisco, CA.

-> May 27-30, 2014, Velo-City Global 2014 Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

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

-> August 10-13, 2014, ITE Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

-> November 6-8, 2014, ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2014, Long Beach, CA.


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Transportation Planner specializing in Health and the Built Environment: Urban Health Partnerships is seeking qualified candidates to serve as a Transportation and Health Planner. Successful candidates will have a background in creating walkable, livable communities and a comprehensive understanding of how transportation planning influences the health and safety of all ages and populations.

Deadline: October 25, 2013


The Program Manager will report to the Executive Director (ED) and will help develop and run transportation demand management programs for both visitors and employees of Washington Park. This is an extraordinary opportunity to help develop one of the only Transportation Management Associations in the country that operates within the boundaries of a city park. The successful candidate will lead programs, partner with the ED, and work collaboratively with high-performance partners. The Washington Parking Transportation Management Association (WP-TMA) was created to provide comprehensive access management programs and services to Washington Park. Unlike other TMA’s (locally and nationally), and because of its relationship to an urban park and its venues, the WP-TMA has a strong focus on visitor (rather than commuter) trips, requiring an entrepreneurial and multifaceted approach to program delivery and communications.

Deadline: November 4, 2013, 5 p.m. PT


BikeHouston, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to promote safe bicycling and to improve the quality of life in the Houston area, is seeking a full-time executive director. BikeHouston's efforts shall include securing equitable access to regional facilities, lands and roads; educating the public about rights and responsibilities of bicyclists; and promoting public awareness of the personal and community benefits of cycling. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the overall affairs of BikeHouston including the implementation of board approved projects, programs, policies and procedures to meet the objectives of the BikeHouston mission.

Deadline: Until filled—posted October 10, 2013



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