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#343 Wednesday, November 6, 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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----- Costs of Bike & Ped Facilities by Type
----- The More a European Country Rides, the Happier it is
----- App Helps People of all Abilities Use Transit
----- Algorithms, Math Models Improve Bike Share Performance
----- Federal $ for Small Town & Rural Livability Via Transportation
----- 8 More Walk Friendly Communities Recognized
----- Respond to Survey: Continuing Education Topics

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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----- New TN Multimodal Access Fund
----- Los Angeles Tolls to Fund Active Transportation
----- Billings (MT) Livability Partnership-Making a Place
----- NM Mobile Public Outreach, Feedback Process
----- Boston (MA) Releases Complete Streets Guidelines

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----- Realtors Report: Americans Prefer Mixed Use, Walkable Communities
----- Study: How Placemaking Builds Places and Community
----- Bike & Ped Counting Methodology in CO
----- Bike-Specific Traffic Signal Guidance

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----- Guide to Creating Bike-Friendly Communities/Policies
----- Archive Available: FHWA Bike Ped Design Guidance Webinar
----- Leaders' Predictions for Walking in Next 5 Yrs
----- On the Horizon: Watch for Two FHWA Resources
----- Pedestrian Fatalities Infographic

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

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

COSTS OF BIKE & PED FACILITIES BY TYPE

-> According to the executive summary of the recently released PBIC report titled "Costs for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Infrastructure Improvements: A Resource for Researchers, Engineers, Planners, and the General Public," "Costs for pedestrian and bicycle safety infrastructure often vary greatly from city to city and state to state. This document (and associated database) is intended to provide meaningful estimates of infrastructure costs by collecting up-to-date cost information for pedestrian and bicycle treatments from states and cities across the country. Using this information, researchers, engineers, planners, and the general public can better understand the cost of pedestrian and bicycle treatments in their communities and make informed decisions about which infrastructure enhancements are best suited for implementation. By collecting countrywide cost information, this database should contain useful information for any state or city, even if costs from that particular state or city are not included for a given treatment...

"The tables provided in this document provide general estimates and cost ranges for 77 pedestrian and bicycle facilities using more than 1,700 cost observations, and are presented with a median and average price, the minimum and maximum cost, and the number of sources..."

Read the full report: http://bit.ly/17MEsMg
Title & Author: "Costs for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Infrastructure Improvements: A Resource for Researchers, Engineers, Planners, and the General Public" by Max A. Bushell, Bryan W. Poole, Charles V. Zegeer, & Daniel A. Rodriguez

THE MORE A EUROPEAN COUNTRY RIDES, THE HAPPIER IT IS

-> According to an Oct. 23rd European Cyclists Federation article, "The 'World Happiness Report' (http://bit.ly/1fiNF0x) is a study by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Solutions Network, aiming to determine the levels of perceived happiness in the countries according to a set of criteria ranging from average income to mental wellness to freedom of movement and action... John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard and Jeffrey D. Sachs, editors of this massive study, are convinced that measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations and tailor policies accordingly.

"At the ECF, we also have opinions on how certain policies (namely: pro-cycling measures) can improve the people's well being, thus their productivity and the economy as a whole. Therefore it came as little surprise to us discovering that the world's happiest countries rank at the very first places also in the ECF Cycling Barometer (http://bit.ly/17Elytg). In other words: the more a country rides, the happier it is....The correlation between the countries' scores in the two classifications doesn't seem to be a series of coincidences..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1b7tPTn
Title & Author: "A Bike Trip Towards Happiness" by Alessio Punzi

APP HELPS PEOPLE OF ALL ABILITIES USE TRANSIT

-> According to a Nov. 3rd The Tartan (Carnegie Mellon student newspaper) article, "When most people hear 'Tiramisu,' they think of the delicious, coffee-flavored pastry. But... tiramisu is actually Italian for 'pick-me-up,' which is why Carnegie Mellon's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Accessible Public Transportation developed a bus rider information app called Tiramisu Transit with a $4.6 million, five-year grant... Tiramisu Transit... is a good example of this mixture of computer science and universal design. The app utilizes crowdsourcing to gather information such as when and where buses are and how full they are. 'Most of the people who use it don't realize that the design of Tiramisu and the information we're attempting to gather with it is information that is really critical for people with disabilities,' [Aaron Steinfeld, the principal investigator of the accessible transportation RERC and associate research professor in the Robotics Institute] said.

"This is the basis of universal design. 'By packaging it in a way that makes the information appealing and valuable to everybody, we lead to more people using it and greater opportunities for the system to sustain itself beyond research and development,' he said. While all riders are interested in knowing when a bus will come or how full it will be, this type of information is particularly important for riders with disabilities..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1cDnrs4
Title & Author: "App that helps disabled use sidewalks and transportation" by Brooke Keui

ALGORITHMS, MATH MODELS IMPROVE BIKE SHARE PERFORMANCE

-> According to an Oct. 24th Salon article, "The mathematician and the mayor have little in common, but each would like to bridge the gap. Mayors are absorbed by the idea that data can anticipate traffic jams and crowded trains. Mathematicians are enticed by the challenge of the city. Just as the Fibonacci sequence arises in flower petals and the Golden Ratio structures the nautilus shell, so fractals can model suburban development patterns and power laws predict a city's infrastructure-to-population ratio.

"Bike share systems provide a particularly appealing meeting point. For researchers working from travel data, a bike share system is a unique record of how people move in the city. For mathematicians, bike share is a riddle with real-world implications. Between data mining and mathematical models, analysts hope the complexities of designing and managing a bike share system can be reduced to numbers and algorithms, or even solved..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1dMHukW
Title & Author: "Bike shares can be perfect! Solving the commuting algorithm: Mathematicians and urban planners are working together to make sure there's a bicycle exactly where you need it" by Henry Grabar

FEDERAL $ FOR SMALL TOWN & RURAL LIVABILITY VIA TRANSPORTATION

-> According to a Nov. 1st Montana State University article, "The federal government has once again chosen the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University as a lead institution for its prestigious University Transportation Center program... WTI will create and lead the Small Urban and Rural Livability Center in partnership with the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University. Based at WTI headquarters at MSU, the SURLC will focus on transportation issues that improve the 'livability' of small towns and rural regions, including: Expanding public transportation options; creating safe routes for bicyclists and pedestrians; improving access to key regional transportation hubs and destinations; and integrating all available modes of transportation..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1ar36hR
Title & Author: "MSU's Western Transportation Institute lands major new federal grants" by Steve Albert

8 MORE WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES RECOGNIZED

-> According to an Oct. 29th PBIC release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is excited to announce eight new Walk Friendly Communities. The 'Walk Friendly' title means a city or town is being recognized for its success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort...

* Silver Level: Asheville, NC; Burlington, VT; Montclair, NJ; and Tallahassee, FL.
* Bronze Level: Atlanta, GA; Bloomington, IN; La Crosse, WS and Sitka, AK...

"There are now 44 Walk Friendly Communities across the nation. To date, Seattle, Wash., is the only Platinum-level Walk Friendly Community..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1b8hHBz
Title & Author: "Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center names eight new Walk Friendly Communities" by James Gallagher

RESPOND TO SURVEY: CONTINUING EDUCATION TOPICS

-> According to an Oct. 29th email message from Sophie Goss of the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, "[IBPI] is working on planning our course offerings for the upcoming year and would like to get your feedback on what courses you feel will help fulfill your continuing education needs as a bicycle and pedestrian professional. We are looking to offer a combination of multi-day classroom instruction and on-line webinars. Please take 5 minutes of your time to fill out our 7 question survey by November 8th. Click here to take a survey: http://bit.ly/1a7dCOE"


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

NEW TN MULTIMODAL ACCESS FUND

-> According to an Oct. 23rd Timesfreepress.com article, "Tennessee transportation officials today announced the startup of a new funding program to help support local construction of sidewalks, bus shelters, park-and-ride facilities as well as bicycle lanes.

"'This fund is designed to help communities provide transportation choices for people across Tennessee,' Transportation Commissioner John Schroer said in a news release. 'Improving the facilities for walking, biking and transit is essential to the continued growth and success of our towns and cities.'

"The Multimodal Access Fund will receive 95 percent of its money from the state with local matching funds accounting for the remaining five percent..."

Source: http://bit.ly/17Egh4Q
Title & Author: "TDOT announces new multimodal access fund" by Andy Sher

LOS ANGELES TOLLS TO FUND ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

-> According to an Oct. 24th Safe Routes to School in California article, "The Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition have been working together with community based organizations, cities and public agencies, school districts, business leaders and elected officials over the past year and a half to raise awareness on transportation financing for active transportation in Los Angeles County... Today Metro Board Directors took a promising step forward to begin addressing increased funds for active transportation by approving a Toll Road Revenue Allocation Plan (http://bit.ly/1b7X5Jq) that targets 40% of revenues generated to be invested in active transportation projects within 3 miles of the I-110 and I-10 corridors..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1a76nGy
Title & Author: "Metro Adopts Policy: 40% of Toll Road Revenue to fund active transportation projects" by Jessica Meaney

BILLINGS (MT) LIVABILITY PARTNERSHIP-MAKING A PLACE

-> According to an FHWA Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter article, "Modeled after the Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities, Big Sky Economic Development helped to form the Billings Livability Partnership (http://bit.ly/1hicFt7) in 2010... 'Their goal was to anchor the six livability principles in local ground, remove any artificial or bureaucratic barriers preventing same, and collapse silos among key agencies that address housing, transportation, economic development, land use, public health, environment and schools.' Recently, the 33-member Partnership adopted a strategic plan (http://bit.ly/HyY9gK) to ensure continued effort and resources devoted to making Billings a livable community...

"The Billings Livability Partnership exists to promote and support projects that embrace the six livability principles. Over the past three years, the group has supported a Brownfields Assessment Project; Exposition Gateway Master Plan; Downtown Circulator Feasibility Study; ArtSpace project, North Park Children's Center; Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program; the Infill Policy; and a number of East Billings Urban Renewal District projects, including form-based code development and a two-way street conversion..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1b7psYm
Title & Author: "The Billings Livability Partnership-Making a Place" by Candis Millar

NM MOBILE PUBLIC OUTREACH, FEEDBACK PROCESS

-> According to an FHWA Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter article, "An ongoing challenge in the transportation community is how to engage the public, obtain feedback, and incorporate responses into planning documents. Dona Ana County, located in southern New Mexico, has an innovative method for educating the public about livability principles and soliciting feedback from residents who are not typically involved in the planning process. Through a series of mobile workshops, the Viva Dona Ana team met with approximately 250 people to discuss issues such as jobs, housing, education, and transportation...

"On March 1-2, 2013, the Viva Dona Ana team set up mobile workshops in 10 different sites around the county... The list of locations included three restaurants, four grocery stores, two downtown plaza areas, and a local flea market..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1b7psYm
Title & Author: "Unique Method for Public Outreach in Dona Ana County, New Mexico" by Jolene Herrera

BOSTON (MA) RELEASES COMPLETE STREETS GUIDELINES

-> According to the introduction to Boston's new Complete Streets Guidelines, "...[T]hey establish new standards for street design and reconstruction projects...[T]hey are driven by the following imperatives:

* Multimodal: Streets are designed for pedestrians of all ages and abilities, bicyclists, transit users and motor vehicle drivers. Multimodal designs ensure Boston's streets are safe and shared comfortably by all users.
* Green: Streets are energy efficient, easy to maintain, and include healthy trees, plants and permeable surfaces to manage storm water. Design features encourage healthy, environmentally friendly, and sustainable use of Boston's street network.
* Smart: Streets are equipped with the digital and physical information infrastructure required to move all modes of transportation efficiently, support alternatives such as car and bicycle share, and provide real-time data to facilitate trip planning, parking and transfers between modes of transportation."

Source: http://bit.ly/1hileV1
Title & Author: Boston Complete Streets Guidelines


THE RESEARCH BEAT

REALTORS REPORT: AMERICANS PREFER MIXED USE, WALKABLE COMMUNITIES

-> According to an Oct 31st National Association of Realtors release, "Choosing a community is one of the most important factors for consumers as they consider buying a home, and research by the National Association of Realtors has consistently revealed that Americans prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods and shorter commutes. According to NAR's 2013 Community Preference Survey (Analysis and slides: http://bit.ly/177aI9i), 60 percent of respondents favor a neighborhood with a mix of houses and stores and other businesses that are easy to walk to, rather than neighborhoods that require more driving between home, work and recreation.

"The survey findings indicate that while the size of the property does matter to consumers, they are willing to compromise size for a preferred neighborhood and less commuting. For example, although 52 percent of those surveyed prefer a single-family detached house with a large yard, 78 percent responded that the neighborhood is more important to them than the size of the house. Fifty-seven percent would forego a home with a larger yard if it meant a shorter commute to work, and 55 percent of respondents were willing to forego a home with larger yard if it meant they could live within walking distance of schools, stores and restaurants as opposed to having larger yard and needing to drive to get to schools, stores and restaurants..."

Source: http://bit.ly/18YeT72
Title & Author: "Realtors® Report Americans Prefer to Live in Mixed-Use, Walkable Communities " by Michelle Wardlaw

STUDY: HOW PLACEMAKING BUILDS PLACES AND COMMUNITY

-> According to a report released recently by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology titled "Places in the Making: How Placemaking Builds Places and Community," "... The research team reviewed existing scholarly work on placemaking theory and practice, efforts to measure progress toward goals and establish indicators of success and the ongoing conversations of placemaking leaders. The team conducted over 100 interviews with thought leaders and practitioners across the United States and scanned dozens of potential case studies in addition to reviewing public programs and fund sources for placemaking. Ten placemaking initiatives were examined for this paper..."

Source: http://bit.ly/17acU52
Title & Author: "Places in the Making: How Placemaking Builds Places and Community" by MIT

BIKE & PED COUNTING METHODOLOGY IN CO

-> According to the executive summary of a recently released CDOT report, "The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) adopted the Bicycle and Pedestrian Policy directive in 2009 stating that "...the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians shall be included in the planning, design, and operation of transportation facilities, as a matter of routine..." While well intentioned, this policy directive remained difficult to fulfill without sufficiently accurate estimates of bicycle and pedestrian volume on CDOT facilities. This research project enables CDOT to answer the question of whether or not these road users are being adequately accommodated by establishing Colorado-specific methodologies for estimating bicycle and pedestrian volumes via a limited sample of existing counts. Because it is not economically realistic to collect continuous count data throughout the entire CDOT system, there is a need to establish procedures for handling bicycle and pedestrian data and calculations as well as methods for estimating annual bicycle and pedestrian use from short-term counts. This work will facilitate improved use of CDOT's existing investments in collecting continuous and short-term bicycle and pedestrian count data. It will also enable CDOT to better understand the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians as well as best allocate limited resources in order to properly meet those needs..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1dMhSVc
Title & Author: "Development of Estimation Methodology for Bicycle and Pedestrian Volumes Based on Existing Counts" by Krista Nordback, Wesley Marshall, & Bruce Janson

BIKE-SPECIFIC TRAFFIC SIGNAL GUIDANCE

-> According to the abstract of a recently released report titled, "Operational Guidance for Bicycle-Specific Traffic Signals in the United States," "The research consisted of two phases: 1) a synthesis of practice, and 2) analysis of cyclist performance characteristics. The synthesis of current practice reviewed the literature, current engineering design, and operational guidance documents, and surveyed the jurisdictions about their deployments of bicycle-specific signals. This report summarizes research of cyclist behavior at signalized intersections in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Beaverton, and Clackamas County, OR. These signals had both bicycle-specific indications and vehicle-only signals. A total of 4,673 cyclists were observed. For each cyclist observed arriving on red, a set of descriptive details was collected (e.g., age, sex, helmet use, presence of cargo, arrival in a group). Time-based data were collected to establish reaction times, crossing times, waiting time, gap acceptance, and saturation flow rates. Compliance behavior was also established for these cyclists."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/17LwvHc
Title & Author: "Operational Guidance for Bicycle-Specific Traffic Signals in the United States" by Chris Monsere, Miguel Figliozzi, Sam Thompson, & Kirk Paulsen


QUOTES R US

"The New Hampshire Department of Transportation recognizes bicycles as a valid form of transportation. We're working to make sure bicyclists and pedestrians are considered when we design new roads and bridges...Everyone using New Hampshire roads has a right to expect to arrive safely at their destination. Showing respect and courtesy, and sharing the roads safely and responsibly is in everyone's interest."

- NH Department of Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement in an Oct. 28th blog following the deaths of two bicyclists that resulted in the driver being charged with multiple felony charges, including two charges of negligent homicide.
http://1.usa.gov/1aEbiBF

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

DUTCH FLOATING CYCLISTS' BRIDGE SOARS, INSPIRES

-> According to an Oct. 28th Bike Rumor post, "If you weren't already aware, the Netherlands is one of the best places in the world to be an urban cyclist. Take this floating bridge, which was recently erected in Eindhoven above a busy highway roundabout (Watch the 1:18 minute video). The Hovenring was not a cheap piece of infrastructure but it's a beautiful addition to the city landscape. The 236 ft diameter structure sees over a thousand cyclist circumnavigate its track each weekend."

Source: http://bit.ly/1a6WlVV
Title & Author: "Move to the Netherlands to Experience this Beautiful Floating Cycling Bridge" by Saris


WEBINARS, CONFERENCE CALLS AND SEMINARS

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 "Recreational Trails to Health"

Date: November 13 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Beth Shumate
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1cDOyDm

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


RESOURCES

GUIDE TO CREATING BIKE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES/POLICIES

-> According to a recent Change Lab Solutions article, "Getting the Wheels Rolling: A Guide to Using Policy to Create Bicycle Friendly Communities ("http://bit.ly/1dM0lN8) provides a roadmap to making all types of communities bicycle friendly... One of the most powerful ways to increase the amount of bicycle travel is the adoption of bicycle friendly laws and policies. Policies can remove obstacles to bicycling, create incentives for bicycling infrastructure, and make it easier and safer to bicycle. This guide helps policymakers figure out where to start, and spells out how to effectively use policy to promote bicycling..."

Source: http://bit.ly/HIo0SS
Title & Author: "Getting the Wheels Rolling: A Guide to Using Policy to Create Bicycle Friendly Communities" by Staff

ARCHIVE AVAILABLE: FHWA BIKE PED DESIGN GUIDANCE WEBINAR

-> According to a recent FHWA article, "On September 13, 2013, FHWA hosted a webinar to discuss new guidance 'expressing support for taking a flexible approach to bicycle and pedestrian facility design.' Over 200 people joined the multi-office Workgroup webinar to learn about the latest resources available including two AASHTO Guides: Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities (http://bit.ly/1aBi0ZL), Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities (http://bit.ly/179xZg5). Two additional publications: the Institute of Transportation Engineers', Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach (http://bit.ly/1cDqxMB) and the National Association of City Transportation Officials', Urban Bikeway Design Guide (http://bit.ly/152jfer), were also highlighted. The Workgroup is implementing several initiatives to improve safety and accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists. The memorandum, webinar recording and transcript are all posted at http://1.usa.gov/17EhbhM.

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1bXbkAV
Title & Author: "FHWA Hosts Bicycle and Pedestrian Design Guidance National Webinar" by Staff

LEADERS' PREDICTIONS FOR WALKING IN NEXT 5 YRS

-> According to an Oct. 28th email message from Andrew Stuck of Rethinking Cities, "'What's your prediction for walking in the next five years?" is the question we have put to a dozen thought leaders from the around the world of walking. We are publishing their responses each Wednesday from now to Christmas as free to download podcasts on the Talking Walking website (http://bit.ly/1bah5d3).We asked respondents to leave a voice mail message so we could record and publish their forecasts.

"Our third forecast will be published on Wednesday 30 October and comes from Jacky Kennedy, Founding Director of Canada Walks at Green Communities Canada (http://bit.ly/186IvzI)."

ON THE HORIZON: WATCH FOR TWO FHWA RESOURCES

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TRANSPORTATION SCAN AND PRIMER - State of the practice in incorporating economic development plans and goals into transportation plans and processes plus best practices to create a primer highlighting basic principles in economic development and how they intersect with transportation plans and programs. Contact: Stefan Natzke (stefan.natzke@dot.gov), 202-366-5010.

CYCLE TRACK PLANNING AND DESIGN RESOURCE - a cycle track planning and design resource including a detailed safety and mode share analysis plus cycle track planning and design considerations. FHWA expects to complete the research in fall 2014. HEP Staff Contact: Christopher B. Douwes (christopher.douwes@dot.gov), 202-366-5013.

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1bXbkAV
Title & Author: "MAP-21 Research Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2013" by Staff

PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES INFOGRAPHIC

-> On Oct. 9th Future Cities released a pedestrian fatalities infographic.

Source: http://bit.ly/16FgWjy
Title & Author: "US Cities Pose Risk to Pedestrians" by Staff


CALENDAR

Additional training opportunities are available on the National Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Add your own items to the on-line calendar...it's quick and easy. Please be sure your calendar items pertain to training and workshops in the bicycle, pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/calendar.php

HEY, YOU! SEND US YOUR CALENDAR ITEMS -- PRONTO!

CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS

-> CALL FOR PAPERS - ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2014, November 6-8, 2014, Long Beach, CA.
DEADLINE: November 8, 2013
http://bit.ly/1afnaYz

-> CALL FOR THE 2014 TRB YOUNG MEMBER COUNCIL'S SIX MINUTE PITCH: A TRANSPORTATION STARTUP CHALLENGE, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2014, in Washington, DC.
DEADLINE: Extended to November 15, 2013
http://bit.ly/1ejad3I

-> CALL FOR SESSIONS PROPOSALS - National Recreation and Park Association and Exposition, October 14-17, 2014, Charlotte, NC.
DEADLINE: November 15, 2013
http://bit.ly/1aDKrFz

-> CALL FOR SPEAKERS - For 2nd International Winter Cycling Congress, February 12-13, 2014, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
DEADLINE: November 15, 2013
http://bit.ly/1aewnR0

-> CALL FOR PAPERS - National Outdoor Recreation Conference, May 13-16, 2014, 2014, San Francisco, CA.
DEADLINE: November 25, 2013
http://bit.ly/1belYTH

-> CALL FOR BIDS - Velo-City 2017 (yes 2017), date and location TBA
DEADLINE: August 31, 2014
http://bit.ly/1fiMTk9

CONFERENCES

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

-> November 11-12, 2013, Streets as Places, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/128oycA

-> November 11-13, 2013, NACTO Cities for Cycling Road Show, Austin, TX.
http://bit.ly/16wLyUH

-> November 15, 2013, Opening our Streets for Health: Open Streets Training Session, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
http://bit.ly/1id4cCU

-> 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 21, 2013, Smart and Sustainable Cities ANSI Workshop, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1hBuBtQ

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

-> December 12, 2013, Winter Public Space Training, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
http://bit.ly/16uB84C

-> January 8-10, 2014, NCUTCD Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA
http://bit.ly/16stT2i

-> January 11, 2014, TransportationCamp DC ’14, Arlington, VA.
http://bit.ly/19Uryhf

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

-> January 24, 2014, Iowa Bike Summit, Des Moines, IA
http://bit.ly/19BOVuz

-> February 12-13, 2014, 2nd International Winter Cycling Congress, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
http://bit.ly/19ZNm5g

-> 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 14-16, 2013, 5th International Conference on Women's Issues in Transportation - Bridging the Gap, Paris, France.
http://bit.ly/GMkSWu

-> 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

-> May 4-7, 2014, 2014 North American Snow Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
http://bit.ly/1bGsJTc

-> May 13-16, 2014, 2014 National Outdoor Recreation Conference San Francisco, CA.
http://bit.ly/18JSZIy

-> May 27-30, 2014, Velo-City Global 2014 Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
http://bit.ly/Hh4kW4

-> June 4-7, 2014, Congress for the New Urbanism 22, Buffalo, NY.
http://bit.ly/1fipS0M

-> 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

-> October 14-17, 2014, National Recreation and Park Association and Exposition, Charlotte, NC.
http://bit.ly/1cDd73b

-> November 6-8, 2014, ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2014, Long Beach, CA.
http://bit.ly/1gEhrAV


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.

-> CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR BIKE EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR, LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS

To honor and thank those educators who have gone above and beyond in the past year, the League of American Bicyclists putting out a call for nominations for the 2013 Educator of the Year Award. They are looking for educators who are current LCIs, active in teaching classes in the past year and have shown innovation in their education work. A team of League staff, board members and education committee members will review the nominations and announce the winner later this year. Tell them: How did the educator change the students' lives? How well did the educator serve their diverse community? What did the educator do that was new, different and effective?

Deadline: December 6, 2013
http://bit.ly/1871v0Q

-> RFA FOR HIA TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO BE RELEASED SOON

NACCHO seeks to advance the practice of HIA (Health Impact Assessments) among local health departments. Through support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Designing and Building Healthy Places Initiative (http://1.usa.gov/17LliGP), two to three selected awardees will be provided technical assistance and funding to complete an HIA related to a transportation, land use planning, or housing project, plan, or proposal between January and June 2014. The RFA for this opportunity will be published and made available in early November. An informational call will be held Tuesday, November 19th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET. This call will provide an opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions about the RFA process, including eligibility, project benefits, and requirements. Please register for the informational call (http://bit.ly/HFuvXF)..."

Deadline: TBA
http://bit.ly/HFuvXF

-> JOB - CITY PLANNER, CONCORD, NH

The City Planner performs work of considerable difficulty, managing the daily operations of the Planning Division. Plans, schedules, organizes, and evaluates work activities and projects to ensure quality standards and timely completion of work. Interacts with the public and representatives of the media, and collaborates with management staff and elected officials.

Deadline: November 22 2013
http://bit.ly/1bXH2xY

-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNING MANAGER, METRO, LOS ANGELES, CA

The Transportation Planning Manager for Los Angeles County's Metro oversees, manages, and executes all work activities associated with plan development, systemwide planning, multi-modal project and program implementation, joint development and transit oriented development projects, capital management, and technical analysis as they relate to Active Transportation and the Bicycle Program as well as coordinate the work of other staff on related projects in a major transportation mode or program.

Deadline: Open until filled
http://bit.ly/18Xk72O

-> JOB - ASSOCIATE TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST, CITY OF SAN JOSE, CA

TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND PROJECT DELIVERY DIVISION
The primary responsibility for the Associate Transportation Specialist position will be to help develop and implement the multimodal policies of the General Plan Envision 2040. Under the general direction of the Senior Transportation Specialist and Deputy Director this position will coordinate the implementation of the City's multimodal policies, coordination within the Department of Transportation and other City Departments, writing grant applications, and administering and managing grant funded projects. The successful candidate will work closely with the Senior Transportation Specialist to lead Division activities, prepare technical report and memorandum, participate in public outreach effort, and manage projects including project schedules and budgets.

Deadline: Open until filled, applications received by November 5, 2013 will receive first consideration
http://bit.ly/179ZfLp (Search by position name)


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