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#344 Wednesday, November 20, 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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----- Alliance Calls for Congressional Transportation Investment
----- Proposed Legislation: Require Bike/Ped Safety Performance Measures
----- New Version of Online Ped Safety Guide Released
----- Revamped Youth Ped Education & Safety Resources
----- Newly Named Bike-Friendly Businesses & Universities
----- 2014 Walkscore Index is Out
----- Few College Communities Earn Passing Walkscores
----- Need to Raise Awareness of Older Adults' Transportation Needs
----- Bike Lanes in African American Neighborhoods

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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----- OR DOT 12-Day Drive Less Challenge Exceeds Goals
----- TED Talk: NYC Transportation Comm. Janette Sadik-Khan
----- The Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Regeneration of Detroit
----- Tulsa (OK) Voters Approve $918.7 in Capital Improvements
----- Virginia Beach (VA) Success Prompts More Walkable Neighborhoods
----- Chicago's (IL) Bike Share to Grow to 475 Stations
----- Simplified Map of San Francisco's Bicycle Infrastructure

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----- Fatalities Increase in 2012: Peds by 6.4%, Bikes by 6.5%
----- Early 2013 Motor Vehicle Fatality & VMT Data Show Reductions
----- Study of 6 MPO STP, CMAQ & TAP $ Allocation Processes
----- Grid Pattern Most Walkable-Curvilinear, Least

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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----- US HUD & DOT Tool Calculates Housing & Transportation Costs
----- Handbook for Estimating Transportation Greenhouse Gases
----- New Book: Cyclists and Cycling Around the World
----- League Issues New Report: Where We Ride
----- Free Online Multimodal Benefit-Cost Analysis Tool
----- Free NACTO Urban Street Design Guide Webinar Recording
----- New Interactive SRTS District Policy Workbook

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

ALLIANCE CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT

-> According to a Nov. 19th Transportation for America article, "Kicking off a new push to rejuvenate the nation's investment in transportation, business and civic leaders from cities, towns and suburbs across the country came together Tuesday to urge Congress to help them innovate and build the infrastructure needed for today's economy.

"At the same time, event host Transportation for America released a proposal to raise an additional $30 billion a year for transportation, to plug the funding hole in the 2012 MAP-21 program while funding competitive grants to support innovative projects with strong economic impact. T4America announced the launch of a new campaign around the proposal..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1hWceFh
Title & Author: "Business, civic and elected leaders from across the country call on Congress to boost and refocus transportation funding" by Staff

PROPOSED LEGISLATION: REQUIRE BIKE/PED SAFETY PERFORMANCE MEASURES

-> According to a recent Safe Routes to School National Partnership article, "Bicyclists and pedestrians now represent 16.3 percent of all traffic deaths, yet states spend just 0.4% of their safety dollars on bicycle and pedestrian safety. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership applauds Sens. Merkley (D-OR), Ayotte (R-NH) and Schatz (D-HI) and Reps. Blumenauer (D-OR), Coble (R-NC), DeFazio (D-OR) and McCaul (R-TX) for introducing legislation (S. 1708: http://1.usa.gov/1hW9VSw/ H.R. 3494: http://1.usa.gov/1dVUQKZ) to require USDOT to set a non-motorized safety performance measure. This is absolutely critical to ensure that every state looks at their trends for bicycle and pedestrian safety and sets a target for reducing these fatalities and serious injuries--and then uses safety money to make it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1itpwqK
Title & Author: "Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Bill" by Staff

NEW VERSION OF ONLINE PED SAFETY GUIDE RELEASED

-> According to the Nov. 12th UNC HSRC Directions newsletter, "The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), through a contract with HSRC's Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), recently released a 2013 version of the Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (PEDSAFE), an online guide for implementing countermeasures to improve the safety and mobility of pedestrians. The information and tools available in PEDSAFE 2013 (http://bit.ly/1fUlPIp), enables practitioners to effectively select and review primarily engineering and roadway infrastructure improvements to improve the safety of the walking environment.

"'The safety and mobility of pedestrians needs to be considered when designing new construction or renovating existing roadways,' said Charlie Zegeer, one of the main PEDSAFE contributors and director of the PBIC. 'PEDSAFE helps practitioners learn from the latest safety research, updated guidelines and best practices, to identify treatments that might work in their local communities, all with the ultimate goal of helping reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries.' PEDSAFE is comprised of four sections: a guide of basic information, specific countermeasure details, case studies (success stories) and an expert system tool for countermeasure selection, as well as links to dozens of other helpful web resources..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1h25011
Title & Author: "PBIC updates PEDSAFE Guide and Countermeasure Selection System" by Staff

REVAMPED YOUTH PED EDUCATION & SAFETY RESOURCES

-> According to the Nov. 12th UNC HSRC Directions newsletter, "Everyone needs physical activity and options for getting around in their community, and learning basic pedestrian safety can help prevent injuries and prepare youth for a lifetime of safe walking. FHWA's Pedestrian Safer Journey, newly revamped by HSRC, provides resources to help educators, parents and others who care about pedestrian safety get the conversation started. The new Pedestrian Safer Journey tools are tailored to three specific age groups: 5-9, 10-14, and 15-18...

"The free resources available at http://bit.ly/12HNCpv consist of videos (in both English and Spanish), quizzes, discussions and an educator's resource library that can be used as an introduction to pedestrian safety skills or to augment a comprehensive curriculum. The program can be used in a classroom or one-on-one. It addresses topics such as picking the safest places to walk and to cross streets, and the importance of being alert."

Source: http://bit.ly/1bCluFI
Title & Author: "Pedestrian Safer Journey prepares youth for a lifetime of safe walking" by Staff

NEWLY NAMED BIKE-FRIENDLY BUSINESSES & UNIVERSITIES

-> According to Nov. 7th and 14th League of American Bicyclists articles, "...Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced 91 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) from across the country (http://bit.ly/186MO3T), extending the program to 43 states and Washington, D.C. These new awardees join a trendsetting group of more than 600 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace..."

"...Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced the designation of 17 new Bicycle Friendly Universities (http://bit.ly/1bZZo1L), including just the second Platinum-level BFU in the country: The University of California-Davis. Now, Stanford isn't alone at the top of the BFU podium. Shining on all fronts, the City of Davis became a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community in 2005 and the University also became a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business earlier this year. With this latest round of applications and awards, the program has expanded to a total of 75 colleges in 32 states and Washington, D.C..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1arjtiM
Title & Author: "Federal Agencies Becoming Bike Friendly" by Liz

Source: http://bit.ly/1dVk7oQ
Title & Author: "New 'Platinum' BFU Announced!" by Liz

2014 WALKSCORE INDEX IS OUT

-> According to a Nov. 9th Linked In APA Transportation Planning Division post by David Boyd entitled "2014 Walkscore Index is Out," "Make sure you drill down to the community level-lots of interesting materials on walking, biking, transit, and living in thousands of cities."

[Editor's Note: See lists of top 5 Walking Friendly Cities, Transit Friendly Cities and Bicycle Friendly Cities.]

Source: http://bit.ly/1eh77KV
Title & Author: "Cities & Neighborhoods" by Staff

FEW COLLEGE COMMUNITIES EARN PASSING WALKSCORES

-> According to a Nov. 12th Panethos article entitled "Do our college communities pass the walkability test?," "In a nutshell, the answer is largely a resounding NO. Below is a list of American college communities with their walkability score for 2014 as compiled by walkscore.com. The overall rating was used for each community as students tend to live, shop, eat, and play all over the community, not just on or near the campus. Here is a breakdown of what each city's average score represents:

* 90-100 = Walker's Paradise - daily errands do not require a car
* 70-89 = Very Walkable - most errands can be accomplished on foot
* 50-69 = Somewhat Walkable - some errands can be accomplished on foot
* 25-49 = Car Dependent - most errands require a car
* 0-24 = Car Dependent - most errands require a car

"What particularly surprised this urban planner is how few of our college communities scored mediocre to well (50 or above) given the pedestrian traffic generated by a major university..."

Source: http://bit.ly/17Li56w
Title & Author: "Do our college communities pass the walkability test?" by Rick Brown

NEED TO RAISE AWARENESS OF OLDER ADULTS' TRANSPORTATION NEEDS

-> According to a Nov. 7th Portland Press Herald article, "Katherine Freund is well aware of the complexity of the transportation problem confronting the nation-and particularly rural states such as Maine-as an estimated 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day in the U.S. Lack of public transit, limited pools of taxpayer dollars and senior citizens' reluctance to 'burden' anyone else are a few of the challenges communities face as they struggle to help older residents who either cannot or should not get behind the wheel...

"The Senate Special Committee on Aging heard a variety of ideas on Wednesday to a growing problem with no simple answer...Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said transportation is a 'daunting challenge' often overshadowed by the focus on health care, Social Security and seniors' financial security. Inadequate transportation has many impacts, she said.

'We talk a lot about doctor's appointments and grocery stores, but there is also the issue of social isolation, not being able to drive to go see your friends or to keep up with family members,' said Collins, who requested Wednesday's hearing..."

Source: http://bit.ly/IfJPJV
Title & Author: "For older citizens, lack of transportation a daily struggle: A Senate panel is told Wednesday that one solution would be to 'awaken' Americans to need." by Kevin Miller

[Editor's Note: See video of Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing: http://1.usa.gov/1aFC0an (1:38:21)]

BIKE LANES IN AFRICAN AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to a Nov. 5th Huffington Post article, "While African-Americans comprise the fastest growing demographic of bicyclists, doubling from 2001 and 2009 according to U.S. Department of Transportation data, bike lanes proposed for African-American neighborhoods in several cities have drawn controversy.

"There are widespread feelings in some African-American communities that bike lanes are the opening act of gentrification, says Adrian Lipscomb, a bicycle project coordinator for the city of Austin, Texas who is writing a Ph.D dissertation on African-Americans and biking. One woman in the historically African-American neighborhood of East Austin told Lipscomb, 'When the bikes came in, the blacks went out.' ...

"6 Ways to Broaden Support of Better Bike Lanes: Diverse participants identified common themes to create better bike lanes and better neighborhoods, especially in low-income and minority communities at the Bike Lanes & Equity Summit (http://bit.ly/1h2aCII) held in Austin earlier this year, which was sponsored by the Green Lane Project..."

Source: http://huff.to/1itYkrS
Title & Author: "Do Bike Lanes Promote Gentrification?" by Jay Walljasper


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

OR DOT 12-DAY DRIVE LESS CHALLENGE EXCEEDS GOALS

-> According to a Nov. 15th AASHTO Journal article, "The Oregon Department of Transportation's 12-day Drive Less Challenge, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting down on roadway congestion, resulted in an elimination of 652,960 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions while saving 33,608 gallons of gas and $223,479.

"The campaign, which ran from Oct. 21-Nov. 1, encouraged Oregon drivers to seek other forms of transportation for those 12 days, including walking, biking, taking public transportation, or carpooling. ODOT's goal was to eliminate 500,000 vehicle miles traveled by single drivers from the roadways. ODOT reports that thousands of participants cut more than 900,000 miles during that 12-day period, far exceeding its goals. Those vehicle miles were reduced in many ways, as participants logged 21,885 bike trips, 12,500 carpool occurrences, 9,902 bus rides, 2,561 light rail trips, 147 streetcar rides, 7,805 walking trips, 2,106 telework instances, and 990 vanpool trips..."

Additional information on the Oregon Drive Less Challenge: http://bit.ly/I2R08H.

Source: http://bit.ly/18OW6fp
Title & Author: "Oregon DOT Surpasses Goals in Drive Less Challenge" by Staff

TED TALK: NYC TRANSPORTATION COMM. JANETTE SADIK-KHAN

-> According to description of a TED Talk posted in October, "In this funny and thought-provoking talk, Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner of New York City, shares projects that have reshaped street life in the 5 boroughs, including pedestrian zones in Times Square, high-performance buses and a 6,000-cycle-strong bike share. Her mantra: Do bold experiments that are cheap to try out..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1aQv0UT
Title & Author: "Janette Sadik-Khan: New York's streets? Not so mean any more" by TED Talks (Video 14:03 minutes)

THE LIGHTER, QUICKER, CHEAPER REGENERATION OF DETROIT

-> According to a Nov. 10th Project for Public Spaces article, "It's hard to miss what's going on in Detroit right now. The city is still struggling, yes, with the recent bankruptcy announcement dominating headlines. But all across the city, Detroiters are seizing the opportunity that only hitting rock bottom can create: that of a total re-working, from root to leaf. Detroiters are taking action in Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper ways (http://bit.ly/I308tQ) as a first step in reversing decades of decline...

"At the same time, PPS has been involved in the planning and implementation of LQC initiatives (complementing the downtown initiative) to activate two of the city's prime waterfront spaces: the re-claimed Detroit RiverFront and the thousand-acre historic island park, Belle Isle . This expansive, multi-pronged effort has been, from our perspective, an historic attempt to drive the revitalization of a whole downtown area using the Placemaking process.

"Deb Dansby, a vice president at Rock Ventures, joined Gilbert's crusade to revive downtown after years of watching communities across Michigan use Placemaking strategies to pull themselves back from the brink through her work at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. 'The reason that we really focused on Placemaking in Detroit was its ability to have quick impacts,' Dansby explains. 'With cities that are as large as Detroit, a revitalization is like a ship dragging an anchor on the bottom of the ocean. It takes so long to transform such a massive space. We needed things that cause an immediate influx of people; the only way to do that was a Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper strategy.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1hWSMrW
Title & Author: "Detroiters Work: The Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Regeneration of a Great American City" by Staff

TULSA (OK) VOTERS APPROVE $918.7 IN CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

-> According to a Nov. 13th email message from Marisa New, "Tulsa's becoming a Community of Excellence in Physical Activity!... The [$918.7 million] capital improvement package [Tulsa voters overwhelmingly approved on November 12] focused on basic improvements such as safe streets, parks and public facilities-which will help to improve opportunities for active living (i.e. walking, biking and playing) and the overall quality of life in our community.

"Members of the Tulsa County Wellness Partnership (TCWP) and our community partner groups (i.e. BPAC, Accessible Transportation Coalition, Tulsa Health Department and others) participated... in many of the community and neighborhood meetings (over 50 were held last spring/summer!) held to solicit public comments and feedback.

TCWP advocates for the adoption of legal codes, ordinances, and Complete Streets Design Guides that ensure the equal consideration for the safety and mobility of all users of all transportation systems. Strategies we use include grassroots and media advocacy, public awareness and engagement campaigns and community organizing. We are supported by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) as part of their Community of Excellence in Physical Activity and Nutrition state-wide initiative."

[See more detail in a Nov. 13th Tulsa World article: http://bit.ly/1fUiTLV]

VIRGINIA BEACH (VA) SUCCESS PROMPTS MORE WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to a Nov. 14th Smart Growth America article, "Virginia Beach, VA... city leaders are working to attract more year-round businesses and residents, and they're using smart growth strategies to make it happen. Virginia Beach is beginning to implement its comprehensive plan, beginning with the city's Central Business District Core... Virginia Beach residents have said they want it to have 'a mix of urban uses, great streets, mobility and transit alternatives.' City leaders support the idea. 'It's about attracting businesses here, and attracting the bright young people who those business want to live here,' says Virginia Beach City Planner Ashby Moss.

"To make that happen, Moss and her colleagues are building on the success of Virginia Beach Town Center, a walkable area with a mix of retail, housing, and space for public events and art, to the blocks surrounding it. The success of Virginia Beach Town Center was instructive to some local business owners and developers, Moss explains, who had thought drivable suburban development was the only way to turn a profit. 'Our local businesses saw a very strong return on investment in the Town Center,' Moss explains, 'and now there's this understanding that we've been awfully inefficient with our land.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/187a8yw
Title & Author: "Virginia Beach, VA aims to attract new businesses and residents with more walkable neighborhoods" by Aidan O'Shea

CHICAGO'S (IL) BIKE SHARE TO GROW TO 475 STATIONS

-> According to a Nov. 6th WBEZ article, "Chicago's Divvy bike program is expanding, thanks to federal funding which officials say could make it the largest bike-share system in North America. There are currently 300 Divvy stations up and running around Chicago, with 100 more stations in the works to be installed by next spring. Officials from the Chicago Department of Transportation said Wednesday they've secured a $3 million federal grant to build 75 additional stations next year, bringing the total to 475 by next year. The grant comes from the US Department of Transportation's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. So far, the U.S. DOT has provided $25 million dollars in federal grant funding toward the Divvy bike share program..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1cG2hoz
Title & Author: "Chicago's Divvy bike program expanding, could become nation's largest bike share system" by Lauren Chooljian

SIMPLIFIED MAP OF SAN FRANCISCO'S BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE

-> According to a Nov. 12th The Atlantic Cities article, "Drivers who stop to ask Mat Kladney for directions are in for a frustrating day. Because Kladney bicycles all over San Francisco, the route he instinctively gives weaves through town like a madman's marathon-great for cyclists, unnatural and awful for motorists.

"'As a longtime cyclist, I recently realized that the mental map that exists in my mind of San Francisco is different from most (and importantly does not exist in print form),' Kladney writes at 'See-Through Maps,' a cartography symposium held earlier this month at UC Berkeley. To satisfy his personal curiosity, he sat down one recent day to translate the map in his head into one you can view online. The result is this wonderfully simplified version of San Francisco's bicycle infrastructure, with routes between popular destinations given as colorized tubes not unlike the city's metro map. The 'San Francisco Bicycle System' (http://bit.ly/Ig1nWj) is partly a critique of existing bike maps, which can be rather cluttered...."

Source: http://bit.ly/17L45Pq
Title & Author: "A Wonderfully Simplified Map of San Francisco's Bicycle Infrastructure" John Metcalfe


THE RESEARCH BEAT

FATALITIES INCREASE IN 2012: PEDS BY 6.4%, BIKES BY 6.5%

-> According to the NHTSA November Traffic Safety Facts, "Motor vehicle crashes and fatalities increased in 2012 after six consecutive years of declining fatalities on our nation's highways. The nation lost 33,561 people in crashes on roadways during 2012, compared to 32,479 in 2011. The increase in crashes, and the resulting fatalities and injuries, can be seen across many crash characteristics-vehicle type, alcohol impairment, location of crash, etc.-and does not seem to be associated with any one particular issue...

"Among nonoccupants, pedestrian fatalities increased by 6.4 percent while pedalcyclist fatalities increased by 6.5 percent from 2011 to 2012..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/187suzd
Title & Author: "2012 Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview" by Staff

EARLY 2013 MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITY & VMT DATA SHOW REDUCTIONS

-> According to a NHTSA report released in October, "A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first half of 2013 shows that an estimated 15,470 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents a decrease of about 4.2 percent as compared to the 16,150 fatalities that were projected to have occurred in the first half of 2012... Preliminary data reported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the first six months of 2013 decreased by about 1.4 billion miles, or about a 0.1-percent decrease..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/17mNhvR
Title & Author: "Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities for the First Half (Jan-Jun) of 2013" by Staff

STUDY OF 6 MPO STP, CMAQ & TAP $ ALLOCATION PROCESSES

-> According to a Nov. 11th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "As part of its Regional Solicitation Evaluation process, the Metropolitan Council of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area asked MZ Strategies, LLC to undertake a short research effort to identify processes and criteria used by peer Metropolitan Planning Organizations to allocate their federal Surface Transportation, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement, Program, and Transportation Alternatives Program funds. This research included including the extent to which federal highway funds are blended, how preservation and maintenance needs (particularly for transit) are met, and what type of alignment exists between selection criteria and regional policies or goals.

"In August 2013, MZ Strategies interviewed staff at the MPOs in Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Phoenix, Portland and Seattle and researched materials available online that further detail each region's long-range transportation policies, solicitation process and criteria. Met Council staff and consultants worked with MZ Strategies to develop a set of questions asked of each region. This report summarizes findings from this research: http://bit.ly/HYwhT6."

Source: http://bit.ly/1ehrmbw
Title & Author: "Regional Allocation of Federal Transportation Funds (MZ Strategies, LLC, 2013)" by Staff

GRID PATTERN MOST WALKABLE-CURVILINEAR, LEAST

-> According to a Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability abstract posted on Nov. 4th, "Neighbourhood block pattern has been hypothesized to be a major factor in providing residents with the potential for walking. However, without an accurate tool to measure walksheds, this was not verifiable. Recent research, a portion of the EcoEUFORIA (Economic Evaluation of Urban Form to Increase Activity) project, provided techniques for accurately measuring walksheds, and allowed statistical analysis of a large data-set representing all the neighbourhoods in Calgary, Canada. This research demonstrates that walkshed size varies among neighbourhood types, with the grid block pattern being the most walkable, and the curvilinear pattern the least. Despite the growing body of knowledge regarding walkability, the prevailing practice is to continue to develop the less walkable curvilinear forms. This research has the potential to influence the development of planning policies that promote more walkable neighbourhood design, in that it illustrates clearly, and using a large data-set, the relationships between neighbourhood form and walkability."

Source: http://bit.ly/I4b5vJ
Title & Author: "Neighbourhood type and walkshed size" by B.A. Sandalack, F.G. Alaniz Uribe, A. Eshghzadeh Zanjani, et al.


QUOTES R US

"Many of the 'thinkers and talkers' claim that there are far too many insuperable barriers. 'Our city is no Copenhagen or Paris, we don't have a bike culture', they say. Climates may be different, cultures may not be equal, but people are the same; we are all social animals. As for comparisons, we are not creating sim-cities on our computers - we cannot 'copy and paste' but we can and should 'adapt and improve'. Every city is different, with unique challenges and prospects, but all have the potential to be wonderful places to live in."

- Gill Peñalosa on the "The Benefits of Cycling - Global and Individual Well Being" chapter of the recently released book, "Cyclists and Cycling Around the World: Creating Livable and Bikeable Cities"
(http://bit.ly/1bC2nvE)
http://bit.ly/1bBZF9p

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

VIDEO: GERIATRIC TRAFFIC JAM

-> Watch some younger drivers get frustrated when they encounter a Geriatric Traffic Jam. The old folks are trying to cross the road in an orderly fashion to get to a corner store only to discover it's closed. At least a few of the motorists saw the humor in this geriatric traffic crossing. Another funny skit from the folks at Just For Laughs Gags. (1:48)

http://bit.ly/1b7BZ1O


WEBINARS, CONFERENCE CALLS AND SEMINARS

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 "Applying Evidence-based Practices to Improve the Participation of People with Disabilities and Older Adults in Coordinated Planning"

Date: November 22, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Judy Shanley (Easter Seals), Del Peterson (Small Urban & Rural Transit Center), Crystal Lyons (Crystal Fortune Lyons, LLC) & Jed Johnson (Easter Seals)
Host: United We Ride & Administration for Community Living
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1jlRpOR

WEBINAR "Transportation Equity: Issues and approaches to reduce disparities in access to pedestrian and bicycle facilities and programs"

Date: December 2, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Tab Combs (Unv. of NC at Chapel Hill), Dana Dickman (Alta Planning and Design), & Keith Holt (United Cycling Voices)
Host: Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1bPeTvj

WEBINAR "Lessons Learned From the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) System Expansion"

Date: December 3, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Michael Allegra (UTA), Joshua Schank (Eno), & Paul Lewis (Eno)
Host: Eno Center for Transportation
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/18n1j1n

WEBINAR "Bikeshare Transit Webinar Series #1 of 4: Introduction to Bikeshare Transit Systems"

Date: December 4, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET (See also January 8, February 5 & March 5)
Presenters: Lora Byala (Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning), Chris Eatough (BikeArlington) & Susan Shaheen (UC-Berkeley)
Host: Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals
Cost: Site license for complete series of 4 webinars: $100 APBP member rate/ $170 non-member rate. Individual webinar: $50 APBP member rate/$85 non-member rate.
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1b7zgFv

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 "Illuminating the Path: The Critical Role Federal Agencies Play in Creating Safe, Walkable Communities"

Date: December 9, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Kathy Sykes (US EPA), Jennifer Hughes (National Endowment for the Arts), Sunaree Marshall (US HUD), & Lilly Shoup (USDOT)
Host: America Walks
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/I2rL6z

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

WEBINAR "Bikeshare Transit Webinar Series #2 of 4: Funding Bikeshare Transit Systems"

Date: January 8, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals
Cost: Site license for complete series of 4 webinars: $100 APBP member rate/ $170 non-member rate. Individual webinar: $50 APBP member rate/$85 non-member rate.
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1h2k2E5

WEBINAR "Bikeshare Transit Webinar Series #3 of 4: Institutionalizing Bikeshare Transit Systems"

Date: February 5, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: Site license for complete series of 4 webinars: $100 APBP member rate/ $170 non-member rate. Individual webinar: $50 APBP member rate/$85 non-member rate
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1hWOXmN

WEBINAR "Bikeshare Transit Webinar Series #4 of 4: The Future of Bikeshare Transit Systems"

Date: March 5, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: Site license for complete series of 4 webinars: $100 APBP member rate/ $170 non-member rate. Individual webinar: $50 APBP member rate/$85 non-member rate
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1b7zgFv


RESOURCES

US HUD & DOT TOOL CALCULATES HOUSING & TRANSPORTATION COSTS

-> According to a Nov. 13th US DOT Fast Lane blog post, "Relocating can be one of the most exciting and important decisions a family or individual makes. When families relocate, they're choosing more than just a house or apartment... What's the bottom line? That housing and transportation are intimately linked. Together, they represent the two biggest expenses for most families... the average working family spends close to 50 percent of their income on both housing and transportation costs.

"Unfortunately, it's often difficult for families to accurately predict the combined cost of housing and transportation in advance of relocating or moving. This can make a big difference in a family's budget. That's why, HUD and DOT have launched the Location Affordability Portal, (http://bit.ly/18ngNT6) a user-friendly tool that helps consumers calculate the true cost of their combined housing and transportation expenses, helping them make more informed decisions about where to live and work..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1bPXLp5
Title & Author: "Learning the True Costs of Living in a Community" by Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. & Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

HANDBOOK FOR ESTIMATING TRANSPORTATION GREENHOUSE GASES

-> According to the Nov. 15th FHWA Transportation and Climate Change Newsletter, "The Handbook for Estimating Transportation Greenhouse Gases for Integration into the Planning Process (http://1.usa.gov/I4phol) provides approaches, resources, and step-by-step procedures for estimating greenhouse gas emissions at the statewide and metropolitan planning levels. The Handbook is intended to be user friendly, particularly for State DOTs and MPOs that have limited experience with emissions analysis. The handbook was developed with input from DOT and MPO practitioners throughout the country."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/18n9M4D
Title & Author: "FHWA Releases Handbook on Estimating GHG Emissions in Planning" by Staff

NEW BOOK: CYCLISTS AND CYCLING AROUND THE WORLD

-> According to a recent Cyclists World release, "Cyclists and Cycling Around the World is a visionary book of remarkable breadth, highlighting the increasingly valuable and fascinatingly complex role of the bicycle in contemporary urban life and experience. It contains 25 articles written by leading experts in such fields as, local planning, cycle advocacy and research and is divided into seven chapters on policies and topics relevant to increasing cycling in cities.

"These topics are as diverse as teaching very young children how to use a bicycle to how a cycle culture was revitalised in China, as well as how cycling affects green urban transportation, social mobility, public health, carbon emissions, urban space and gender equality. The articles detail good practices coming from many parts of the world - from India to Bogota, from Copenhagen to Lima by way of Amsterdam and Oregon, USA...

"The book will be published in English in November 2013 on the occasion of the III EIMUS Conference on Sustainable Mobility in Lima, Peru as well as in e-book and paper format in Copenhagen. It will be published in Spanish in Lima next year..."

[Editor's Note: Read the "The Benefits of Cycling - Global and Individual Well Being" chapter at http://bit.ly/1bBZF9p.]

Source: http://bit.ly/1bC2nvE
Title & Author: "Press Release" by Staff

LEAGUE ISSUES NEW REPORT: WHERE WE RIDE

According to a November 18th League of American Bicyclists article, "In 'Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities' (http://bit.ly/1aCI6Z6) we take a look at bicycle commuters throughout the nation, looking at broad trends (such as the three states that have had a more than 100% increase since 2005) and more particular analyses (such as top bike commuter rates in cities of various sizes).

"We have crunched the numbers so that they are easy to share and easy to find. In this report, we take a look at:
* The 25 cities in America with the most (estimated) bicycle commuters
* How all 50 states rank according to bicycle commuters as a share of all commuters
* How cities with a high percentage of bicycle commuters compare to other cities in their regions
* How cities compare based upon multimodal commuters, looking beyond just bikes to other forms of transportation that involve more physical activity, including walking and transit
* Cities where a majority of bicycle commuters are women..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1aCI6Z6V
Title & Author: "New Report: Where We Ride" by Ken

FREE ONLINE MULTIMODAL BENEFIT-COST ANALYSIS TOOL

-> According to a recent Tredis article, "Multimodal Benefit-Cost Analysis (MBCA) is a free, web-based calculation system for comparing the costs and user benefits of individual transportation projects. MBCA is unique in that it covers both passenger and freight transportation spanning all modes-road, rail, air and marine-and it also includes pedestrian and bicycle modes. It is designed to be consistent with USDOT guidelines, making it useful for multimodal project assessment, grant applications and education programs. MBCA is set up with standard US and Canadian values for user benefit, which are not tied to any specific study area. It is provided as a free public service by TREDIS Software. (View the August 19th press release: http://bit.ly/HYHIKD)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1cGayZA
Title & Author: "Multimodal Benefit-Cost Analysis Tool" by Staff

FREE NACTO URBAN STREET DESIGN GUIDE WEBINAR RECORDING

-> According to a Nov. 8th APBP release, "The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) provided a free webinar on the Urban Street Design Guide on November 6th. Over 1000 interested viewers registered and watched it live. APBP now has made the archival recording available to any interested viewer. Go to http://bit.ly/I4lAPF and click into the NACTO Screen to begin viewing.

"During the webinar the leading experts in street design who contributed to the guide's development addressed how this resource will change the face of our nation's streets, the ways you can use it in your community, and how specific topics and elements in the document differ from conventional practice..."

Source: http://bit.ly/18OJ0yF
Title & Author: "APBP /NACTO Urban Street Design Guide Webinar Now Available Online" by Karen Dredge

NEW INTERACTIVE SRTS DISTRICT POLICY WORKBOOK

-> According to a recent ChangeLabs Solutions article, "Welcome to the interactive Safe Routes to School Policy Workbook (http://bit.ly/IfwAc5)! It is designed to help school board members, administrators, families of students, and community members create and implement policies that support active transportation and Safe Routes to School programs. The workbook will walk you through a series of policy options to help you build your own customized Safe Routes to School policy, which you can download and use in your community..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1c0pEZX
Title & Author: "Safe Routes to School District Policy Workbook" by Staff


CALENDAR

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

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CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS

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

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - National Bike Summit and The National Women's Bicycling Forum, March 3-5, 2104, Washington, DC.
DEADLINE: December 5, 2013
http://bit.ly/1anVRM5

CONFERENCES

-> 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, 2014, The National Women's Bicycling Forum, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/I0uHQX

-> March 3-4, 2014, 2014 Transportation, Land Use and Air Quality Conference, Charlotte, NC.
http://bit.ly/16hZH9a

-> March 3-5, 2014, National Bike Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/I0uHQX

-> 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.

-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNER I, II OR III (DOQ), CITY OF SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Performs professional duties related to initiating and coordinating plans, studies and analysis of transportation conditions and needs in support of the City's transportation goals. This is a career ladder designed to increase professional responsibilities over time. Typical duties will include planning and analysis related to all modes of travel, but may also specialize in a specific mode of travel. Serves as liaison to other City Divisions and Departments, advisory boards, community groups, governmental agencies and others concerned with transportation planning issues; represents the City at public hearings; coordinates internal and external technical analyses, coordinates public outreach and input, and demonstration projects.

Deadline: November 24, 2013
http://bit.ly/18n34eQ

-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER I, II OR III (DOQ), CITY OF SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Performs professional duties related to initiating and coordinating technical analysis related to multi-modal transportation in support of the City's transportation goals. This is a career ladder designed to increase professional responsibilities over time. Typical duties will include performing studies and related to transportation system management and optimization. Serves as liaison to other City Divisions and Departments, advisory boards, community groups, governmental agencies and others concerned with transportation and traffic engineering issues; represents the City at public hearings; coordinates internal and external technical analysis, coordinates public outreach and input, and demonstration projects.

Deadline: November 24, 2013
http://bit.ly/1asvGDZ

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is now taking applications for the seventh round of the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program. So far, 44 communities have earned Walk Friendly status. To assist applicants in collecting and preparing their responses, PBIC has released an interactive version of the application. A text version of the application also is available and can be circulated among an application team to facilitate the internal review process prior to submission on Dec. 15. All applications must still be submitted through the online application system by creating an account. To download the text version of the application or to access the online application system: http://bit.ly/ZOVLZ7.

Deadline: December 15, 2013
http://bit.ly/1dWCXvC

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS: LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY MATCHING FUND

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities is pleased to announce the opening of Round Four of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund. The Fund is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, JPB Foundation, Kendeda Fund, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, New York Community Trust, Summit Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation. The purpose of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund is twofold: to catalyze partnerships between local government sustainability directors and local, place-based foundations, including community foundations, and to advance important community-based sustainability initiatives. The Fund will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

Information Conference Call: December 4, 2013, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET. Register: http://bit.ly/1dfIYav
Deadline: January 8, 2014
http://bit.ly/HY7kqN

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - GREEN LANE PROJECT PHASE 2

Applications are now being accepted for Green Lane Project Phase 2, a campaign to catalyze the installation of protected bike lanes (also called cycle tracks or separated lanes) on city streets. The two-year campaign will establish a close working partnership of six leading cities poised to pave the way to better streets. Six focus cities will be selected from across the U.S. to receive a suite of technical, financial and strategic resources, opportunities to network with peers on the development of protected lanes, and national recognition as a leader in the rapidly evolving practice of building better bike lanes. The winning cities will have a combination of political will, committed staff, community support and ambitious plans to implement protected bike lanes during the two-year campaign period of 2014-2015.

Deadline: January 14, 2014
http://bit.ly/1fguHuo


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