#345 Wednesday, December 4, 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.

----- What College Towns Can Teach Planners About Biking
----- What Your Street Grid Reveals About Your City
----- Messaging for Walking Advocacy
----- Photo Proof: Black Friday Parking Supply Far Exceeds Demand
----- Census App: IDs Possible New Hometowns
----- Italian Bike Theft Conference
----- Respond to Annual Bicyclists’ Survey

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Interview w/ Outgoing Chicago Transportation Comm. Klein
----- TN Dad on Foot Arrested Trying to Pick Up Kids from School
----- Kalispell (MT) Survey Shows Disjointed Sidewalk Network
----- $191K for Sonoma Valley (CA) Bike Trail Feasibility Study
----- Guided Group Bike Commuting Supports Newbies in Los Angeles

----- Research for New Guide to Ped Facility Maintenance
----- Study: Efficacy of Warm Wetted Sand on Icy Swedish Streets
----- Study Reveals More K-9 Children Walking to School
----- Studies Observe, Report on Driver Cell Phone Use in MA & CA

----- New Ped Facilities Maintenance Guide
----- Community Strategies Maximize Active Living for Health Equity
----- TRB: Critical Issues in Transportation 2013
----- Engaging Biking Youth & Rules for Adults Working w/ Kids
----- Infographic: Why Women Ride
----- Case Study: TDM Strategies at Major Buffalo (NY) Medical Complex

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-> According to a Nov. 20th BikePortland.org article, “Here's a secret you won't hear often: The United States has many cities where biking is far more popular than in Portland... They're called college towns. And it's time for urban planners to stop ignoring how well they work and start learning from them...

“Here's why colleges are terrific at encouraging biking, and what Portland and other cities should be learning from them:
* Universities breed 20-minute neighborhoods...
* Universities create car-free spaces...
* Universities use public spaces to enable density...
* Universities charge for auto parking...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1bfBr7z
Title & Author: “4 things U.S. college towns could teach planners about biking” by Michael Andersen


-> According to a Dec. 2nd The Atlantic Cities article, “...New York, of course, is not the only city built on a grid. Similar schemes could be found as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. But Manhattan's design was the exemplar for what became the default pattern of American cities. Still, not all grids are created equal. Some shape a walking-friendly streetscape. Others, not so much. Over at the Strong Towns blog, Andrew Price, a software developer by day who blogs about urbanism, has been writing about the math of the grid and what it reveals about a city's economic productivity and walkability.

“Price has created a "street area calculator," that allows you to plug in a street width and block size. Using this tool, you can come up with some basic figures to compare different grids and how they apportion a city's land...”

Source: http://bit.ly/IMSkNx
Title & Author: “What Your Street Grid Reveals About Your City” by Sarah Goodyear


-> According to a Dec. 2nd article, “Walking advocacy carries its own set of needs around communications and marketing. What works for messaging bike-friendliness may not work for messaging walkability. From touting vibrant main streets to elevating the health benefits of regular exercise, a unique set of messages can be best for effective walking advocacy.

“On a recent Alliance Mutual Aid Call, leading walking advocates discussed their hardest-learned lessons about effective messages to communicate the urgent need to boost walkability. Check out the below notes for an overview of all we discussed...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1bgmCxW
Title & Author: “Call Summary & Recording: Messaging for Walking Advocacy” [Notes available to all. Call recording available only to members.]


-> According to a Dec. 2nd Strong Towns article, “First, let me thank all of those people who participated in our #BlackFridayParking event. (We have all heard how our massive parking lots are sized for ‘the day after Thanksgiving.’ We want to show just how ridiculous that is. We invited Strong Towns advocates from all over the country to take pictures of parking lots last Friday and then post them to Twitter.) Absolutely amazing. We tracked pictures of unused parking lots from all over the country and shared them worldwide. The response was incredible. This needs to be an annual event until these ridiculous parking policies are rescinded...

“So why did we do this event? Michael Roden succinctly stated one of the main reasons. ‘Let's hope #BlackFridayParking convinces policy makers to start filling in overbuilt parking lots with useful, income generating development.’

“We literally can't afford all of this unproductive space. When you look at the Big K and Jimmy's Pizza we featured in last week's post (http://bit.ly/IGAWcT), the major difference in the financial productivity of the properties is the amount of land devoted to parking. Storing cars is very expensive. The only thing more expensive is building parking spaces to store cars and then have them never be used. What a waste! Can you imagine Wal-Mart building an entire row of their store and then leaving the shelves empty?...”

Source: http://bit.ly/IDGpRi
Title & Author: “The meaning of #BlackFridayParking” by Charles Marohn


-> According to a Nov. 26th Washington Post article, “One in 10 Americans move every year, and the Census Bureau thinks it can make it a little easier for them to decide where to land. On Tuesday it debuted Dwellr (http://1.usa.gov/1bfu4gd), a mobile app that sifts through census data to come up with a list of 25 places that could be a user’s dream location. It starts by asking 11 questions. By the sea or near the mountains? Big city or small town? Prefer to walk around or drive? Neighbors who are retirement age or millennials with college educations? And what kind of climate is ideal?

“Ultimately, it comes up with 25 places that most closely fit the user’s preferences, based on data that the census has collected through the annual American Community Survey. With each city come statistics on its demographics, socioeconomic conditions and housing stock...”

Source: http://wapo.st/1gDIzfT
Title & Author: “Want to find your dream city? There’s a Census app for that.” by Carol Morello


-> According to a Nov. 27th European Cyclists’ Federation article, “Last year in Italy the number of stolen bikes reached 320,000 and the fear of having their bike pinched ranks second among the causes preventing Italians from choosing cycling as a means of commuting, coming just after that of getting run over by motorized vehicles. These are some of the findings of a survey conducted in 2013 by FIAB, Italy’s ECF-affiliated cycling lobby group, the results of which have been presented last week.

“Following the surge in the popularity of bicycle commuting in Italy..., FIAB organized a conference on bike theft for the 65th anniversary of the film Bicycle Thieves (Italian: Ladri di Biciclette), one of the masterpieces of Italian neorealist cinema.

“Among the data (mostly national) presented, it is interesting to note that the number of bicycles stolen accounts for 8% of the 4m bicycles currently circulating in the country. Raising awareness on the issue was one of the objectives of FIAB – an objective that has certainly been accomplished. The aim is to have municipalities adopt plans to deter bike theft.

“Some solutions FIAB came up with in the conference included:
* Campaigning to convince people having suffered a bike theft to always report it to the police;
* Engraving the owner’s tax payer number on the bike frame (see France’s Bicycode);
* Conducting bike censuses;
* Lobbying municipalities to obtain bike-friendly measures for condominiums;
* Improving bike-parking infrastructure...”

Source: http://bit.ly/IMYaP5
Title & Author: “In Italy, a Conference on Bike Theft” by Alessio Punzi


-> According to the Dec. 2nd American Bicyclist Update emailed e-newsletter, “The League of American Bicyclists' Annual Survey helps us understand the needs and priorities of America's bicyclists, and whether we are effectively meeting those needs. This survey is open to both members and non-members, whether you are familiar with the League and its programs, or not.

“As an incentive for you to fill out our survey, one person will be chosen at random to receive $150...”

Source: http://conta.cc/1ckYrmS
Title & Author: “We need your input: League Annual Survey” by Staff
[No deadline provided, but why wait?]



-> According to a Nov. 21st Politics & City Life article, “In 2011, Gabe Klein came into town after a short stint as D.C.’s transportation head, with an unusual background for a transportation commissioner in Chicago... A couple years later he’s stepping down...Despite his short tenure, though, Klein rolled out a lot of high-profile projects, borrowing liberally from approaches used in other cities in America and around the world. As Streetsblog Chicago’s John Greenfield details, his list of changes include speed cameras, bike share, an ambitious network of bike lanes, bus rapid-transit, “people spots,” the planned Chicago river walk, and the 606 elevated trail, as well as the more typical, less exotic duties of a CDOT commissioner.

“Klein leaves Chicago having accelerated the city’s shift, which began more slowly under Mayor Daley’s tenure, towards an embrace of new-urbanist transit principles: one that drives slower and walks and bikes more, reorienting towards an expected future of high density and high gas prices. Klein sat down with me [author Whet Moser] on Monday to talk about what that future looks like in Chicago and the rest of the country...”

Source: http://chi.mg/1bf22Ct
Title & Author: “The Future of Cities, as Gabe Klein Sees It” by Whet Moser


-> According to a Nov. 20th Switchboard blog, “It’s a tragedy of wrong decisions and insecure personality, with a ridiculous result:  In Cumberland County, Tennessee, a school district tried to deal with post-school traffic madness by imposing a rule that parents had to line up in their cars, stretching a half-mile, outside the school to pick up their kids in a presumably orderly fashion. They didn’t consider the possibility that any parent might want to bypass the line and pick up their kids on foot, basically because it is so rare.

“So, when dad Jim Howe showed up on foot to retrieve his kids after school was out but before the line of cars had done its thing, he was told he had to wait in line like everybody else; never mind that he wasn’t driving a car. When Howe asked for his kids to be released to him, the deputy sheriff apparently took it as a challenge to his authority and, to make a long story short, handcuffed Howe and put him in the back of a law enforcement vehicle...” (See full video of incident within article)

Source: http://bit.ly/1bh5OqI
Title & Author: “Tennessee Dad Arrested for Attempting to Pick up Kids After School on Foot” by Kaid Benefiled


-> According to a Nov. 28th Flathead Beacon article, “Sidewalks, once disregarded as unimportant and unnecessary infrastructure, are making a comeback in communities across the U.S. That includes Kalispell, where the city council and staff are rallying resources and support for improving the disjointed network of cement walkways...

“At a work session on Nov. 25, councilors discussed the absence of sidewalks in various locations throughout the city. Staff from the planning and building departments presented an inventory of Kalispell’s pathways and their respective conditions (see graphic in article), painting a murky picture for several neighborhoods beyond the core area. As the latest inventory shows, only a small percentage of streets in downtown have sidewalks considered in good condition. Extending outward, the next closest neighborhoods, which are dense residential, have sidewalks in ‘fair’ condition, or none at all...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1cl8fNv
Title & Author: “Kalispell Survey Shows Disjointed Sidewalk Network” by Dillon Tabish


-> According to a Nov. 14th Global Site Plans article, “How incredible would it be to explore Sonoma Valley and its hundreds of wineries without spending a dime on gas or expensive tours?  Apparently it would be pretty incredible, judging by a recent state-funded grant to develop the Sonoma Valley Bike Trail (http://bit.ly/1eOgYrl), which will connect the regions wineries and parks. The $191,000 Community-Based Transportation Grant was awarded in September by the California Department of Transportation (Cal Trans) to Sonoma Regional Parks, which is tasked with conducting a feasibility study of the trail...

”... the Sonoma Valley Trail is envisioned as a thirteen-mile bikeway connecting the cities of Santa Rosa and Sonoma. The trail’s Class I status will insulate users from State Highway 12, and provide connections between the valley’s small towns, state and regional parks, and a plethora of wineries. Upon terminating just north of Sonoma, the trail will link up with the existing city bikeways, which in turn are planned to dovetail with the proposed Sonoma section of the San Francisco Bay Trail south of the city...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1dPce8p
Title & Author: “State Transportation Grant Bolsters Long-Awaited Sonoma Valley Bike Trail” by Nick Danty


-> According to a Dec. 1st NPR story, “One of the largest obstacles in getting people to bike to work is their fear of getting hit by a car. A new grass-roots project in Los Angeles is helping folks navigate the ins and outs of traffic.

“It's 6:45 a.m. and Barbara Insua is busy packing a bag. She will ride seven miles from her home in Pasadena to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, where she works as a graphic designer. She only started doing this ride a few months ago. ‘It was kind of daunting,’ she says, ‘because seven miles to the lab — I didn't know how to do it. I'm not an avid cyclist.’

“Enter L.A. Bike Trains (http://bit.ly/1bI41Bg) — an organization that arranges commutes by bike in groups. Each Bike Train route has an experienced conductor who serves as a guide. Insua especially likes that these volunteer conductors offer new riders door-to-door service from their homes to the train...”

Source: http://n.pr/1bI47IX
Title & Author: “Shifting Gears: Commuting Aboard The L.A. Bike Trains” by Alex Smith



-> According to the forward a FHWA research report released in October, “The objective of this report (Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety Research Report) is to document common and effective approaches and practices for pedestrian facility maintenance, as well as identify and support those topic areas where additional guidance would be valuable for agencies engaged in pedestrian facility maintenance. The information in this report will be used to inform the development of a comprehensive pedestrian facility maintenance guide that addresses a wide range of topic areas regarding maintenance policies, programs, and practices. (See Resources section for details on this Guide)

“This report consists of two chapters. Chapter 1 presents a summary of relevant literature, e.g. design and maintenance manuals, documented policies and practices, and related reports and research, which were reviewed to identify existing guidance available at the federal, state, and local levels. Chapter 1 also includes a summary of discussions that were conducted with over 40 agencies as a means to understand and document common and successful practices and challenges to pedestrian facility maintenance.

“Chapter 2 provides an expanded discussion of routine and successful practices and provides detailed examples of the latter. Topics covered include state laws and local ordinances, enforcement or compliance efforts, inventory and inspection of facilities, funding, repair techniques, seasonal maintenance, maintenance of crosswalk markings and pedestrian signals, low maintenance design and maintenance equipment. Findings presented in this research report will be used to inform the development of the Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety, the final product of this research effort.”

Source: http://1.usa.gov/190ns5Y
Title & Author: “Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety Research Report” by Tom Huber, Kevin Luecke, Michael Hintze, et al.

[See Webinar section for December 6 webinar on this research and Guide. See Resources section for the Guide.]


-> According to the English version abstract of the Swedish research study entitled “Warm Wetted Sand for Skid Control of Walkways and Bike Paths. Benefits and Drawbacks of the Method Evaluated in Umea,” “Considering the safety of cyclists and pedestrians the winter maintenance service level needs to be improved and there is a need for skid control measures that are effective and, at the same time, reduce the amount of grit spread during the wintertime. Warm wetted sand, a method were the sanding material is mixed with hot water while spreading and were the sand adheres to a cold surface through a process of melting and freezing, could be the solution. In this study, the applicability of using warm wetted sand on walkways and bike paths has been evaluated in Umea municipality during the winters of 2010/11 and 2011/12.

“Comparing measurements of friction clearly showed higher levels of friction improvements and with a longer duration when using warm wetted sand for skid control on walkways and bike paths compared to traditional dry sand. The study also showed that the number of actions can be reduced when using warm wetted sand instead of traditional dry, and it is therefore possible to reduce the amount of grit spread. The method was most effective on sections with on-street-cycling were the road condition more often is thick ice. The apprehension that the method might create an uneven surface uncomfortable for cyclists was not perceived. The maintenance operators had, on the other hand, noticed that when spreading warm wetted sand on soft packed snow an uneven surface might occur, if the warm sand melts through the top layer of the snow surface. The main problem with the method is the freezing of the sand material in the hopper and the spreader, due to the high amount of fine graded particles in the sand mixture.

“The results are not promising enough to motivate an investment in equipment for skid control on walkways and bike paths only, but with a multi-purpose use it gets more cost effective.”

Source: http://bit.ly/18C8u8l
Title & Author: “Warm Wetted Sand for Skid Control of Walkways and Bike Paths. Benefits and Drawbacks of the Method Evaluated in Umea” by Anna Niska


-> According to a Dec. 2nd release, “New research from the National Center for Safe Routes to School... shows that more K-8 students are walking to and from school across the country... the percentage of K-8 children who walked to school in the morning increased from 12.4 percent to 15.7 percent (representing a 27 percent increase). Similarly, the percentage of K-8 children who walked from school in the afternoon increased from 15.8 percent to 19.7 percent (representing a 24 percent increase)... Another significant finding of this research was that the percentage of parents who reported that their child’s school supporting walking and bicycling for the school commute rose from 24.9 percent to 33 percent...

“The full report, ‘Trends in Walking and Bicycling to School from 2007 to 2012’ (http://bit.ly/IMhBrj), analyzed parent survey data collected by nearly 4,700 schools located in all states and DC from 2007 through 2012. The surveys represent more than 525,000 K-8 school children across the country. Parent surveys are not considered representative of all households, instead they give insight into communities where walking to school was slightly more feasible than average.”

Source: http://bit.ly/1iymNi0
Title & Author: “Study Reveals More K-9 Children Are Walking to School” by Doug Nicholas


-> According to the abstracts of two Nov. 28th Transportation Research Record articles on observational studies of driver cell phone use in Massachusetts and California,

* “This report (Large-Scale Observational Study of Drivers' Cell Phone Use) details the 2012 observational study used to determine drivers' cell phone use in Massachusetts; the study was completed as a component of the annual seat belt observation... The apparent cell phone use of 17,677 drivers was observed at 145 locations, with a finding of an average cell phone use of 7.0%... Notable variations in cell phone use were identified across various driver demographics, road types, and times of observation and furthered the understanding of drivers' cell phone use and providing an opportunity for targeted countermeasures.”

Source: http://bit.ly/1k95y2h
Title & Author: “Large-Scale Observational Study of Drivers' Cell Phone Use” by Keith E. Wenners, Michael A. Knodler, Jennifer R. Kennedy, Cole D. Fitzpatrick

* “This methodological report describes survey research and data collection methods used for the second Observational Survey of Cell Phone and Texting Use Among California Drivers study conducted in 2012... The goal of the survey was to obtain a statewide statistically representative observational sample of California's cell phone use behaviors... Vehicle drivers were observed at controlled intersections... The sample frame included a total of 5,664 vehicle observations from 129 sites. The total percentage of drivers distracted by electronic devices (holding a phone to the ear, manipulating a handheld electronic device while driving, or talking on a handheld device) increased to 6.2% in 2012 from 4.2% in 2011...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1ixXEEo
Title & Author: “Observational Study of Use of Cell Phone and Texting Among Drivers in California” by Jill F. Cooper, David R. Ragland, Katrin Ewald, et al.


"As we extend the gas tax, we must also think about how to replace it with something more sustainable. The best candidate would be the vehicle mile traveled fee being explored by pilot projects in Oregon and implemented there on a voluntary basis next year."

- US Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) on re-introducing legislation requiring the government to study the most practical ways of taxing drivers based on how far they drive, in order to help fund federal highway programs.



“Milwaukee's latest antidote to icy streets: Cheese brine. Substance would be mixed with traditional rock salt.

“... The Milwaukee Department of Public Works will go ahead this winter with a pilot program to determine whether cheese brine — a liquid waste product left over from cheesemaking — can be added to rock salt and applied directly to the street. There is one downside: The city says cheese brine has a distinctive odor...

“Tiny Polk County, in the northwest part of the state, has been using cheese brine since 2009. According to the city report, Polk County saved approximately $40,000 in the first year by using cheese brine as a pre-wet agent to salt or a combination of salt/sand.

“Milwaukee has experimented before with alternatives or supplements to rock salt. Since 2005, crews have used salt brine as an anti-icing agent on bridge decks. And from 1999 to 2001, the city tried a molasses-type product as a de-icer. That didn't work out so well. City residents complained that the product smelled. Worse, people were tracking the stuff — which got stuck on the bottom of their shoes — into their homes. In December 2009, city crews tried using beet juice and sprayed it onto rock salt. That didn't work out so well, either. The beet juice/salt mix turned into something resembling oatmeal in city trucks...”


[More cheese, Gromit? (http://bit.ly/1eUOjl2)]


WEBINAR "Pedestrian Facility Maintenance Webinar"

Date: December 6, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Tom Huber (Toole Design Group), Dan Bauer (City of Minneapolis) & Aaron (Ari) O. Lavine (City of Ithaca)
Host: FHWA & Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1jkBjb6
[See Resources section for related report and Research section for its basis]

SEMINAR "Peak Pedaling: Has Portland Bicycling Reached the Top of the Logistic Curve?"

Date: December 6, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT
Location:Portland (OR) State University Urban Center Building, SW 6th and Mill, Room 204 or webcast live
Presenter: Robert McCullough (McCullough Research)
Host: Portland State University
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/18ha4d2

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 "U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Briefing”

Date: December 10, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Caron Whitaker (League of American Bicyclists)
Host: League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1bHupeD

WEBINAR "Partnering and Paying for Alternative Transportation Systems”

Date: December 10, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: David Kack (Western Transportation Institute), Katherine Chesson (National Park Foundation), Tom Ulrich (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore), Martha Moran (White River National Forest)
Host: Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center 
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://conta.cc/1bg59ub

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

Date: December 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Transportation Research Board 
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/IrsazD

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 "Trails and the New Federal Accessibility Guidelines"

Date: January 9, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Staff
Host: American Trails and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1dPyY8l

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



-> According to the abstract of an FHWA report released in October, “A Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety provides guidance for maintaining pedestrian facilities with the primary goal of increasing safety and mobility. The Guide addresses the needs for pedestrian facility maintenance; common maintenance issues; inspection, accessibility, and compliance; maintenance measurers; funding; and construction techniques to reduce future maintenance.”

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1caNYXs
Title & Author: “Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety” by Tom Huber, Kevin Luecke, Michael Hintze, et al.

[See Webinar section for December 6 webinar highlighting this resource & Research section for report on the research that forms the basis for the Guide]


-> According to an Oct. 25th Centers For Disease Control article, “A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health (http://1.usa.gov/1ayprL1i) s a resource for public health practitioners working to advance health equity through community health interventions. While health disparities can be addressed at multiple levels, this guide focuses on policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play...

“Not all communities have equal access to physical activity resources or environments that support an active lifestyle. This section of the guide focuses on how to design active living strategies that address the needs of populations experiencing health inequities, such as residents in low-income communities and communities of color. Strategies Include:
* Joint Use Agreements
* Safe and Accessible Streets for All Users
* Trails and Pathways to Enhance Recreation and Active Transportation
* Physical Activity in School, Afterschool, and Early Care and Education Settings
* Neighborhood Development that Connects Community Resources to Transit
* Preventing Violence...”

(Download Section 4: Maximizing Active Living Strategies to Advance Health Equity http://1.usa.gov/IrTk9j)

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1bfXKea
Title & Author: “A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease” by Staff


-> According to a recent publication, “...The Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) has compiled a list of critical issues in transportation for 2013 to stimulate awareness and debate and to focus research on the most pressing transportation issues facing the nation... The following discussion highlights information developed in recent reports by TRB and other divisions of the National Research Council...”

Source: http://bit.ly/188Zp6k
Title & Author: “Critical Issues in Transportation 2013” by Transportation Research Board


According to a Dec. 2nd League of American Bicyclist article, “... the energy and momentum behind the annual Youth Bike Summit and organizations like Recycle-A-Bicycle have continued to grow — and, as the League convened our Equity Advisory Council (EAC) this time last year, we recognized the critical need to include the voices of youth. We were honored that another Youth Bike Summit keynote and stand-out, Devlynn Chen (pictured), a New York City native and now a freshman at Dickinson College, joined the EAC.

“... over the summer, Chen worked with the League on a project-based, six-week, paid internship to help us better understand what motivates youth to ride and how to engage them in advocacy. The result? A new report, authored by Chen, on ‘Engaging Youth in Bicycle Advocacy: A case study on why youth ride and 10 rules for adults working effectively with teens.’ (http://bit.ly/1gDwWWl)...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1catDlf
Title & Author: “New Equity Report: Engaging Youth” by Carolyn Szczepanski


-> According to a Nov. 26th League of American Bicyclist article, “...In August, we released our first report — Women on a Roll (http://bit.ly/1jk0U40) — which included a wealth of information on the power and potential of female bicyclists. But we wanted to take it a step further; see how we could present this knowledge in innovative ways. So we hosted our first Women Bike Infographic Contest, calling on bicycling creatives to make the information visually compelling... Congratulations to Paul Halupka and Alex Helbach from Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance for pulling together this beautiful take on why women ride (http://bit.ly/19gmFdr)...”

Source: http://bit.ly/1bflOwY
Title & Author: “Infographic Winner Announced” by Carolyn Szczepanski


-> According to a recently published final report, “Beginning in late March of 2012, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) entered into an agreement with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for the establishment and first year activities of a BNMC Transportation Management Association (TMA). The TMA was to be a membership organization that worked towards the development of a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) toolkit – or a set of strategies, policies, and programs designed to reduce the number of single occupant vehicles (SOV’s) and to promote the use of alternative transportation modes among workers at the BNMC.”

Source: http://bit.ly/1ckV5jy
Title & Author: “Advancing Transportation Demand Management Strategies at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus” by William B. Smith and Jamie Hamann-Burney


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 PROPOSALS - National Bike Summit and The National Women's Bicycling Forum, March 3-5, 2104, Washington, DC.
DEADLINE: December 5, 2013

-> Call for Proposals - Montana Bike Walk Summit, March 27-29, 2014, Billings, MT.
DEADLINE: December 13, 2013

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Youth Bike Summit, February 14-16, 2014, New York, NY.
DEADLINE: December 15, 2013


-> 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 12-16, 2014, Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

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

-> January 24, 2014, Iowa Bike Summit, Des Moines, IA

-> February 8, 2014, New Jersey Bike & walk Summit, New Brunswick, NJ.

-> February 10-12, 2014, Forward Thinking on the Front Range: A Smart Growth Tour, Denver area, CO

-> February 12-14, 2014, 2nd International Winter Cycling Congress, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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

-> February 14-16, 2014, Youth Bike Summit, New York, NY.

-> March 3, 2014, The National Women's Bicycling Forum, Washington, DC.

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

-> March 3-5, 2014, National Bike Summit, Washington, DC.

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

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

-> March 9-14, 2014, Active Living Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

-> March 21-23, 2014, Winning Campaign Training, Oakland, CA.

-> March 27-29, 2014, Montana Bike Walk Summit, Billings, MT.

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

-> April 11-13, 2014, Winning Campaign Training, Baltimore, MD.

-> 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.

-> June 4-7, 2014, Congress for the New Urbanism 22, Buffalo, NY.

-> July 9-11, 2013, TRB 5th International Conference on Surface Transportation Financing: Innovation, Experimentation, and Exploration, Irvine, CA.

-> July 20-23, 2014, 2014 Alternative Intersection & Interchange Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT.

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

-> July 25-27, 2014, Winning Campaign Training, Indianapolis, IN.

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

-> September 15-17, 2014, Transportation and Federal Land Partnership Enhancing Access, Mobility, Sustainability, and Connections to the American Great Outdoors, Washington, DC.

-> October 14-17, 2014, National Recreation and Park Association and Exposition, Charlotte, NC.

-> October 17-19, 2014, Winning Campaigns Training, Santa Barbara, CA.

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


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Community Cycles is a vibrant, dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to building a better Boulder by bicycle. We have been serving the Boulder community for over eight years, getting more people on bikes, and making biking better and safer in our community.

We are seeking an experienced Managing Director to join our organization and help us grow, thrive, and maximize our opportunities. The Managing Director will report to the Board of Directors, and will lead the organization in cooperation with the Advocacy Director, ensuring that the organization consistently achieves its mission, and its programmatic, administrative, and financial objectives. We work collaboratively to realize the goals of the organization.

Deadline: December 10, 2013

The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, training, placing, scheduling, recognizing, supervising, evaluating and retaining a highly connected and devoted volunteer corps that includes diverse and inclusive segments of the Boulder community. S/he coordinates and supervises volunteers working in the Community Cycles shop, and coordinates volunteers working with other staff members out of the shop, providing support for the needs of the community bikes shop and CC programs. S/he represents, and trains volunteers to represent, Community Cycles at public events that could include farmer’s markets, bicycle racing events, charity rides, bike valet, and various opportunities to advocate for the organization’s mission. S/he works with all Community Cycles staff to identify and provide for their volunteer needs.

Deadline: None provided


Smart Growth America (SGA) is seeking three Fellows for its core programs to engage with Congress, the Administration, state leaders and allies on the benefits of smart growth policies. These opportunities feature a great deal of responsibility, direct collaboration with organizations and valuable hands-on experience.

The Government Affairs and Outreach Fellow’s primary responsibilities include: aggregating news and writing newsletters about smart growth issues; researching and writing policy briefs and case studies on smart growth policies; developing supporting materials for Capitol Hill; tracking federal legislation and attending Capitol Hill hearings and briefings; organizing and preparing for SGA’s multiple coalition meetings and Hill days; and writing original content for our blog about local, state, and federal policy on smart growth.

The Communications Fellow is primarily responsible for SGA’s social media channels, and contributes to their blog and press efforts. Responsibilities include: creating content and campaigns for social media; collecting and sharing news about smart growth issues; writing and editing original content for the blog; tracking web analytics; writing, formatting and sending HTML emails; assisting with outreach to reporters and bloggers; and providing more general communications support for the organization and our allies. The ideal Communications Fellow is a self-starter and exceptional writer who is media-savvy and tapped in to news about Washington politics and smart growth development. The ideal Fellow uses all these skills to create engaging content that promotes and enhances the organization’s ongoing work.

The LOCUS Policy and Outreach Fellow will support SGA’s national network of smart growth real estate developers. The Fellow will be a core member of the LOCUS team and provide direct support to the LOCUS network of real estate developers and investors advocating for smart growth policies at the federal and regional levels. Main responsibilities will include: drafting legislative summaries for network members, organizing Hill briefings and meetings, drafting advocacy materials on core network issues, managing correspondence with network members, following up with and providing materials to potential recruits, and assisting the President of LOCUS with scheduling and general administrative tasks as needed.

Deadline: None provided



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