#346 Wednesday, December 18, 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.

----- Call for Proposals: Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014!
----- 4,300 in S Korean Neighborhood Go Car-free for a Month
----- Policies/Plans Make Cities More Walkable
----- More to Learn About Public Health-Urban Planning Link
----- Wonder drug: Walking

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MN: $1 Million to Active Living
----- CO DOT & U of CO Create Ways to Measure Bike & Ped Volume
----- Fayetteville (AR) Trail Parallels Active Rail Corridor
----- Social Life of CitiBike Stations
----- San Francisco FD Opposes Bike-Ped Safety Projects

----- Ped Safety Countermeasures Lit Review
----- Process to Estimate Infill Development Trip Generation Rates

----- APBP Announces 2014 Webinar Lineup
----- New WHO Report: Health in the Green Economy
----- New Toolkit: Measuring Economic Benefits of Safer Streets
----- Before-and-After Guide to Safer Streets
----- New ITDP Bike-share Planning Guide
----- New Guide: Smart Growth Strategies for Resilient Communities
----- 50 States' Ped Yield Laws
----- Updated Bike Law Resources

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-> We are now accepting proposals for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, in Pittsburgh, September 8-11 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Proposals must be submitted by January 31, 2014, 11:59 pm Eastern to receive consideration for the program. Start your proposal here: http://bit.ly/IU8xjM

Tracks. For 2014, the conference program will be organized by the outcomes we are trying to achieve with our work. They are: Change, Connect, Prosper, and Sustain. The Change track will focus on work that organizes and mobilizes people to change minds, policies, and systems. The Connect track will focus on making our infrastructure and transportation networks supportive of walking and bicycling for people of all abilities and ages. The Prosper track will focus on the economic and health benefits that flow from more and better walking, bicycling, and places. The Sustain track will focus on work that broadens our audience, that shifts our transportation/land use paradigm, and that protects our environment.

Topics. We encourage a broad array of topics for proposals including: Safe Routes to School, public health/transportation planning, complete streets, recreational trails, federal legislation and policy, Placemaking, public bike share, innovative bicycling infrastructure, family bicycling, walking/bicycling/transit networks, smart growth, traffic calming/right-sizing, and walkable/transit-oriented development. These topics and more will be examined from a variety of aspects including: advocacy, planning, engineering, commercial development, research, data collection, education, and technology/apps. Use the Keywords field on our form to define your topic and approach.

Formats. For 2014, we will have 90-minute and 60-minute breakout periods available for traditional panel sessions, and moderated discussions. Presenters opting for poster sessions will have the opportunity to make Pecha Kucha style presentations during our poster display periods. Finally, subject matter experts may apply to lead a small group Peer-to-Peer coaching session on a topic of their choosing. Introduced in 2012, Peer-to-Peer coaching sessions allow conference delegates the opportunity to talk through challenges they are experiencing in their communities.

Selection. The Conference Program Review Committee will review and evaluate proposals based on five criteria: (1) problem definition; (2) approach; (3) lessons learned-successes and failures; (4) contribution to the advancement of our field; and (5) how the work considers and resolves existing economic, health, environmental, and social inequities. Up to 50 points are possible, evenly distributed across the five criteria. The CFP form provides additional details.

Timeline. Proposals are due by January 31, 2014, 11:59 pm Eastern. Conference registration will open in early spring. We will notify presenters of their status in sufficient time to take advantage of early registration rates.

Please visit the conference webpage for the latest updates: http://bit.ly/1bcYxs9. Conference inquires should be directed to Mark Plotz, Conference Director, mark@bikewalk.org or (202)-223-3621.


-> According to a Dec. 11th ICLEI release, "Can we imagine a life without cars? This call to action sets the tone of the newly released EcoMobility World Festival 2013 Report (http://bit.ly/JzSI1M) which documents the experience of Suwon City, South Korea in hosting the first ever month-long car-free initiative.

"The EcoMobility World Festival 2013 Report was released today giving an insight into the month-long car-free neighborhood project initiated by ICLEI, co-organized by UN-Habitat and hosted by Suwon City, South Korea in September 2013. Instead of using cars, the 4,300 residents of Haenggung-dong neighborhood made their daily commute, shopping trips and journeys to leisure activities on foot, with pedal power and with light electric vehicles.

"While shifting people out of cars and onto sustainable transport modes in the long term was the central aim of the Festival, residents have begun to notice additional lasting benefits in their community. 'What inspired me was seeing not just how the physical neighborhood was altered, but how the residents' mindsets changed and they came on board,' commented Kyeong-ah Ko, Community Director for Suwon City. She added: 'As well as supporting each other during the month, the residents developed new imaginative ideas for public space and a strong social structure which will benefit their community long after the Festival has ended.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1bOqXss
Title & Author: "EcoMobility World Festival 2013 Report presents legacy of car-free neighborhood" by Staff


-> According to a Dec. 13th Governing article, "Densely populated neighborhoods, commercial district city squares and multiple public transit lines all span the city of Cambridge, Mass., creating an environment ideal for walking. The most recent Census counts estimate nearly a quarter of the city's residents walk to work, far more than any other larger U.S. city.

"Many localities across the country are continuing to push policies and planning initiatives aimed at making communities more walkable. Recent census figures depict a wide variation in commuting habits among the nation's urban centers, showing some have done much more than others. Nationally, only a small fraction of people primarily walk to work-the measure the Census Bureau estimates in its annual American Communities Survey. In a select group of cities, though, recent data illustrates the extent to which walking has emerged as an everyday means of commuting...

"A [Cambridge] city ordinance requires owners of commercial properties who add parking to monitor employee or patron commuting habits and meet targets for those commuting via walking and other sustainable modes of transportation..."

[See the interactive Most Walkable Cities Map: http://bit.ly/1bcO53W]

Source: http://bit.ly/1kTuw6o
Title & Author: "The Most Walkable Cities and How Some Are Making Strides" by Mike Maciag


-> According to a Dec. 17th The Atlantic Cities article, "In the mid-1800s, how we lived had a lot to do with how we caught disease. That's when we first discovered the connection between overcrowded, unsanitary housing and the spread of cholera, tuberculosis, and yellow fever. Back then, the fields of public health and urban planning were practically one and the same.

"The two have long since moved in different directions. But there's growing concern that the communities we've built-full of highways, where few people walk, where whole neighborhoods lack food access-may be pushing us towards obesity, heart disease, and asthma. By this thinking, good architecture and urban planning could encourage us to walk more. It could mitigate pollution. It could illuminate the targeted need for amenities like parks and bike lanes in neighborhoods with the worst health outcomes.

"An ambitious new decade-long project from the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism and the American Institute of Architects is built on this premise. As Robert Ivy, the CEO of the AIA, wrote in an introduction to a thick new report on "the state of health + urbanism" from MIT: 'When Americans think of health, we instinctively see in our mind's eye the medical profession and the hospitals and clinics in which they treat illness. We usually do not think of architects and other design professionals. But what if we invited designers to help us reinvent aspects of preventive medicine? What if we adopted design strategies that lead to less sedentary lifestyles?'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1enuHcl
Title & Author: "We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do" by Emily Badger


-> According to a Dec. 9th Better Cities & Towns article, "Researchers have discovered a 'wonder drug' for many of today's most common medical problems, says Dr. Bob Sallis, a family practitioner at a Kaiser Permanente clinic in Fontana, California. It's been proven to help treat or prevent diabetes, depression, breast and colon cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, anxiety and osteoporosis, Sallis told leaders at the 2013 Walking Summit in Washington, D.C.

"'The drug is called walking,' Sallis announced. 'Its generic name is physical activity.' Recommended dosage is 30 minutes a day, five days a week, but children should double that to 60 minutes a day, seven days a week. Side effects may include weight loss, improved mood, improved sleep and bowel habits, stronger muscles and bones as well as looking and feeling better..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1kUnCh9
Title & Author: "Wonder drug: Walking" by Jay Walljasper



-> According to a Dec. 10th PRNewswire article, "Safe and convenient places to be active make communities more vibrant, healthy and strong. To support the work of community organizations in creating safe places for physical activity in Minnesota, the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) is committing more than $1 million in Active Living for All funding. This funding will assist communities as they engage residents and improve places with more walking and biking for everyone, young and old.

"The nine organizations that have been awarded Active Living for All funding and technical assistance include:
* City of Minneapolis to support preliminary planning and neighborhood engagement to design a greenway through north Minneapolis.
* St. Paul Smart Trips and Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center Frogtown Initiative to implement a youth-led outreach program to engage local residents to identify opportunities to make it safer to walk and bike in Frogtown.
* Live Healthy Red Wing to strengthen city transportation policies and educate residents to make active transportation and connectivity for bikers and pedestrians an integral part of Red Wing..."

Source: http://prn.to/1bPkrFy
Title & Author: "Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Commits more than $1 Million to Advance Active Living" by Staff


-> According to a Dec. 16th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "As bicycling and walking have become more popular methods of transportation, cities and states are searching for better techniques for estimating traffic from these non-motorized modes. Both on individual corridors and throughout transportation systems, traffic volumes are essential for planning and performance measures. But measuring non-motorized traffic can be more difficult than counting cars and trucks, so new techniques are needed to estimate traffic patterns.

"Colorado DOT worked with researchers at the University of Colorado-Denver to establish Colorado-specific methodologies for estimating bicycle and pedestrian volumes via a limited sample of existing counts. The research surveyed existing practices and findings from other jurisdictions-in both the U.S. and other countries-and then tested counting techniques in several locations in Colorado. Based on the research, the authors made recommendations for best practices for estimating bicycle and pedestrian volumes in Colorado...

"The research team surveyed methods used for counting bicyclists and pedestrians and suggested improvements that would estimate both commute and recreational trips in different areas of the state..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1czWGPd
Title & Author: "CDOT study tests methodology for systematic bicycle traffic measurement" by Robbie Webber


-> According to a December rail-trail e-News article, "Although only a relatively short rail-trail at 1.3 miles, the Frisco Trail in Fayetteville, Arkansas, has had an oversized impact on its city. Since the entire length was opened in 2010, the Frisco Trail has provided a convenient connection right into the vibrant entertainment center of Fayetteville, and along with the Scull Creek Trail forms the spine of Fayetteville's extensive trail network.

"Interestingly, the Frisco Trail parallels, at various stages, both an active and a disused rail corridor. The northern end of the trail... runs adjacent to an active Arkansas & Missouri Railroad line, which carries freight and excursion rail traffic. This sharing of rail corridors for both motorized and non-motorized travel is a growing trend in the American rail-trail scene-today, almost 10 percent of rail-trails are actually rails-with-trails-adjacent to or within an active rail corridor right-of-way..."

Source: http://bit.ly/18QfUPK
Title & Author: "The Frisco Trail - Fayetteville, Arkansas" by Staff


-> According to a Dec. 3rd Project for Public Spaces blog entry by David Nelson, "Bike share stations are ideal triangulators. They're natural conversation-starters, attract a stream of diverse users at all times of day & night, and act as casual landmarks that concentrate activity. Presented with this entirely new element of public infrastructure, resourceful citizens are re-purposing stations for convenience and fun.

"Take New York City's CitiBike, which became the United States' largest and fastest growing bike share program. New York's bikeshare system has attracted its fair share of political backlash, lawsuits, and humorous skewerings. Yet, the public discourse unfortunately has been dominated by formal issues of usage, traffic safety, placement and aesthetics, rather than the benefits to the city's public places and the people in them.

"PPS, with our historical grounding in the observational methods of William Holly Whyte, decided to head out into the city to document and better understand those place-based benefits. Our research question was simple: Are bikeshare stations adding to the sociability and amenability of the places they occupy? To that question, the answer was a clear and resounding 'Yes!' People-not just bikeshare users, but everyone passing by station docks-are adopting the bikeshare system as part of the social infrastructure of the city..."

Source: http://bit.ly/JztaSn
Title & Author: "The Social Life of CitiBike Stations" by David M. Nelson and David Leyzerovsky


-> According to a Dec. 12th San Francisco Examiner article "The Fire Department is pushing for modifications to major traffic redesign projects intended to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, as it opposes widened bike lanes and bulb-outs at crosswalks because they reportedly slow down emergency vehicles.

"Long opposed to roadway changes that it feels could affect response times, the Fire Department last summer tried to quietly remove a provision in San Francisco's fire code that gave city planners greater freedom to widen sidewalks, according to Supervisor Scott Wiener. The ploy was discovered and the provision was reinserted, but the Fire Department and pedestrian-safety advocates like Wiener remain at odds over how to best fix streets to make them safer. Some 948 pedestrians were hit by cars in 2012. Those kinds of medical emergency calls are 75 percent of the Fire Department's workload, and The City has put itself on notice to reduce serious pedestrian-auto accidents by half over the next decade..."

Source: http://bit.ly/18VBNQW
Title & Author: "SF Fire Department remains concerned about pedestrian, cycling improvement projects" by Chris Roberts



-> According to a Fall/Winter The PBIC Messenger article, "The PBIC has released a comprehensive review of research on the effects of pedestrian safety countermeasures discussed in PEDSAFE: Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (http://bit.ly/1fUlPIp).

"Evaluation of Pedestrian-Related Roadway Measures: A Summary of Available Research" (http://bit.ly/1flWnea) offers a review of research performed on the more than 60 countermeasures cited in PEDSAFE. The literature review is intended to serve as a companion to PEDSAFE, which was released in September."

Source: http://bit.ly/1hjMQWh
Title & Author: "PBIC augments PEDSAFE with pedestrian safety research summary" by Staff


-> According to the forward of a recently released TRB report, "NCHRP Report 758: Trip Generation Rates for Transportation Impact Analyses of Infill Developments provides an easy-to-apply process for use by transportation professionals when estimating vehicular trip generation in built-up urban areas, incorporating the effects of site-specific, local, and area-wide land use and transportation characteristics on estimates of vehicular trip generation for proposed infill development. This process is based on the development and application of mode share and vehicle occupancy adjustment factors applied to conventional trip generation estimates using rates published by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The study details two ways of deriving the adjustment factors: (1) collecting empirical data from proxy sites located in environments that represent the future context of the project being analyzed, and (2) extracting factors from household travel surveys..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1kTHkts
Title & Author: "Trip Generation Rates for Transportation Impact Analyses of Infill Developments" by James M. Daisa, Michael Schmitt, Peter Reinhofer, et al.


"Street projects that improve safety and design and that welcome pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders see higher retail sales. For example, Brooklyn's Vanderbilt Avenue saw a doubling in retail sales in the three years following installation of bicycle lanes and a tree-lined median, significantly outperforming borough wide and city-wide trends."

-NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in the Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets



According to a Dec. 16th Christian Science Monitor article,"...The Copenhagen Wheel started as a concept by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) SENSEable City Lab in 2009 when the city of Copenhagen asked the lab to come up with a way to make biking more accessible to people in urban areas. MIT's idea? Put a lightweight motor on a wheel that gleans energy from braking and coasting....

"As opposed to an e-bike, the Copenhagen Wheel is an e-wheel - meaning you can add the technology to any bike you choose. The device is powered by regenerative braking, transforming the kinetic energy used to slow a rider's speed into stored power. In other words, when you brake or go downhill, the battery recharges, allowing you to rely on the bike's power for up to 30 miles at up to 20 m.p.h. It operates on a 350-watt electric motor with a 48-volt lithium-ion battery, which can offer an energy output of more than four times the average bike rider.

"The Wheel can be controlled by an app that lets you decide how much you want to work. Pedal options range from Turbo, which uses the most energy, to Flatten Cities, which kicks in on an incline, to Eco, which adds a small push when your natural pedaling seems to slow. The app measures distance traveled, calories burned, and elevation climbed, which are all shareable on social media..."

[See video demonstration & $699 pre-ordering opportunity: http://bit.ly/J3UlUJ]

Source: http://bit.ly/1casXBJ

Title & Author: "Copenhagen Wheel zooms toward e-bike future" by Karl Hustad




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 "Transportation Planning in Transportation Management Areas"

Date: January 8, 2014, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Federal Highway Administration
Cost: Free (Limited # of connections)
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/18w65LY

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 "Accessible Alterations"

Date: January 9, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
(1.5 Credits IA CES, AICP CES, LA CES, & 0.15 UI CEU)
Presenters: Jim Pecht (US Access Board) & Dave Yanchulis (US Access Board)
Host: US Access Board
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1bGyEYp

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 "Strategies to Enable Winter Cycling and Walking"

Date: January 15, 2014, 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/1fixjVo

WEBINAR "Reshaping Rural Highways for Livability"

Date: January 21, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: National Highway Institute
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/1bLNM02

WEBINAR "Directions in Federal, State and Local Transportation Funding"

Date: January 22, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Jim Charlier
Host: Community Builders
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/18SEQt7

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

Date: January 28, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 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: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Cost: Individual & Group, Member & Non-member Rates from $75 - $150
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/19OUXEV

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

Date: January 29, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH/.2 IACET CEU)
Presenters: David Vega-Barachowitz (NACTO), Robert Burchfield (City of Portland, OR), Michael Sallaberry (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency), & Nathan Roseberry (T.Y. Lin International)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Cost: Individual & Group, Member & Non-member Rates from $75 - $150
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1jdrMFn

WEBINAR "The Innovative DOT, 2014: An updated handbook for transportation officials"

Date: January 29, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: State Smart Transportation Initiative
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1dlWrJm

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 "Let's Talk Planning Webinar on Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues"

Date: February 13, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Federal Highway Administration
Cost: Free (Limited # of connections)
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/1bLO7jo

WEBINAR "Design for Cyclist and Pedestrian Comfort"

Date: February 19, 2014, 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/19uqiAq

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

WEBINAR "How has Stockholm's congestion pricing experiment turned out and what can we learn from it?"

Date: March 11, 2014, no time provided
Presenters: Jonas Eliasson (Royal Institute of Technology & Centre for Transport Studies, Stockholm, Sweden)
Host: Tools of Change
Cost: Free to the first 25 registrants, $50 thereafter
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1i03b5i



-> According to a recent APBP web article, "Regular participants at APBP's monthly webinars know that they're a great way to bring stakeholders, colleagues and clients together to explore bicycle and pedestrian issues and build support for active transportation. Plus, the webinars offer training credits that may meet your professional accreditation requirements. (APBP applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credits for each webinar. We also provide a certificate of attendance for people who track their professional development hours.)...

"The 2014 schedule includes these topics:
* January 15 - Strategies to Enable Winter Cycling and Walking
* February 19 - Design for Cyclist and Pedestrian Comfort
* March 19 - All In: The Value of Investing in Complete and Green Streets
* April 16 - Public Health Benefits of Active Transportation
* May 21 - Best Planning and Engineering Practices for School Zones
* June 18 - Calming Arterial Streets for Safer Walking and Cycling
* July 16 - From Fast to Safer: Best Practices Where Road Speeds Change
* August 20 - Transform Bicycling and Walking Outside the Urban Context
* September 17 - Optimize Signals for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
* October 15 - Design Treatments to Transition from Trails to Roadways
* November 19 - E-bikes, Electric Assist Bikes and Transportation Policy
* December 17 - Getting to Better Outcomes from Public Engagement..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1bMhhSJ
Title & Author: "2014 Monthly Webinar Series - Bundle of 12" by staff


-> According to a Dec. 17th email post by Eloisa Raynault to the H+T--Friends mailing list, "The World Health Organization just released a new health benefits report entitled Health in the Green Economy - Transport Sector (http://bit.ly/1dMcVuO). The cost is $36. 'This report makes an important contribution to the transport, planning, health and climate change literature by sign-posting the need to assess co-benefits and co-costs of transport and land use planning interventions. With reference to the IPPC work, many of the implications of a technology-linked transport sector emissions mitigation agenda for public health-considered very broadly-were identified.' - Ryan Falconer, Agitator for better transport outcomes, ARUP.

"Cycling, walking and rapid transit systems are associated with a wide range of health benefits that need to be reflected more systematically in transport and development policies. Health benefits may include: reduced risk of heart disease, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, and some obesity-related risks from more physical activity; reduced health risks from urban air pollution; reduced traffic injury risks and less noise stress. Rapid transit, walking and cycling systems also improve access to vital jobs, services and opportunities and ease the mobility of vulnerable groups, such as children, people with disabilities, and older adults, enhancing health equity.

"This report, part of the Health in the Green Economy series, considers evidence regarding health co-benefits, and risks, of climate change mitigation strategies for transport, as reviewed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change."


-> According to a Dec. 13th New York City release, "New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today released 'The Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets,' (http://on.nyc.gov/1jgNo3L) demonstrating the nation's first set of metrics for assessing the local economic impact of complete street projects, including protected bike lanes, pedestrian plazas, Select Bus Service routes and other safety enhancements implemented in New York City over the last seven years. The innovative report outlines a methodology designed to be easily replicable in other cities, states and municipalities, including the benefits of using aggregated, local business retail sales data to track neighborhood impacts; the choice of viable comparison areas to study, providing for a rigorous analysis; and tools for interpreting results to account for specific concerns such as highly-seasonal shopping patterns and business turnover, among numerous other technical factors..."

Source: http://on.nyc.gov/1kU58ND
Title & Author: "NYC DOT Publishes First-Ever Metric for Measuring Economic Benefits of Safer, More Sustainable Streets, Providing Innovative Planning and Outreach Toolkit for Cities Worldwide" by Staff


According to a Dec. 16th The Atlantic Cities article, "In the past decade or so, New York has seen a considerable decline in traffic fatalities (30 percent since 2001) and an even more dramatic decrease in the risk of serious injury among cyclists (72 percent since 2000). At the heart of these public safety achievements is better street design...Last month, the New York City Department of Transportation released a brief-but-handy guide (Making Streets Safer: http://on.nyc.gov/1kg2bcZ) that uses before-and-after design renderings to illustrate five basic rules for street safety...

1. Make the street easy to use... reduce the complexity of a given intersection in the eyes of all travelers...
2. Create safety in numbers... more pedestrians and bike riders actually make streets less dangerous.
3. Make the invisible visible... Clear sight lines can improve a street's safety significantly...
4. Quality over quantity... removing lanes to reduce the complexity of an intersection can actually improve traffic flow...
5. Look beyond the problem. Expanding the area of traffic analysis can unlock solutions across a wider wedge of the street system. ..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1hjneZI
Title & Author: "A Before-and-After Guide to Safer Streets" by Eric Jaffe


-> According to a State Smart Transportation Initiatives post, "Cities around the world are developing bike sharing programs. This guide (The Bike-share Planning Guide: http://bit.ly/18VEDFz) evaluates international best practice in bike-share, helps to bridge the divide between developing and developed countries' experiences to provide guidance on planning and implementing a successful bike-share system regardless of the location, size, or density of your city.

"Amid the droves of information on history, bike share's benefits, business models, planning, implementation, and best practices, the document answers two important questions. First, what makes a bike share program 'world-class'? Second, what programs are 'world class'?"

Source: http://bit.ly/1dMBHuG
Title & Author: "The Bike-share Planning Guide (ITDP, 2013)" by Staff

[Editor's Note: See APBP January 8, February 5 & March 5 Bikeshare webinar series.]


-> According to a November report published by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Climate change is having, and is expected to continue to have, an impact on communities' economies, environment, and quality of life. Many local governments recognize the need to plan for long-term solutions to prepare for and adapt to the local impacts of climate change. But how do communities prepare for projected impacts across multiple sectors? How can they balance the long-term priority of preparing for climate change with the many competing short-term priorities and resource constraints? Which strategies can effectively use local government resources to bring multiple benefits?

"This guidebook presents approaches that cities, suburbs, and rural areas in the Washington, D.C., region can use to prepare for future climate risks while also meeting other environmental, economic, and community goals. These approaches respond to current and projected risks to the land use, transportation, water, and building sectors and can help make these sectors more resilient, meaning the sectors would be better able to prepare for and recover from threats. The approaches are also intended to encourage compact development that offers a range of transportation options, uses resources more efficiently, and creates attractive and thriving neighborhoods-in other words, to bring additional short- and long-term benefits that improve the community regardless of the extent of climate change that actually occurs. Many of these approaches include smart growth strategies that some local governments in the region already use but that could be tweaked to help communities better adapt to climate change..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1jguN7S
Title & Author: "Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington, D.C., Region" by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


-> According to a Fall/Winter The PBIC Messenger article, "The PBIC and America Walks completed a comprehensive listing of all pedestrian yield laws in all 50 states (http://bit.ly/1caRrur). This new resource includes the language of the law, when the law was last amended and whether the state requires motorists to stop or yield to pedestrians."

Source: http://bit.ly/1hjMQWh
Title & Author: "PBIC and America Walks compile pedestrian yielding laws by state" by Staff


-> According to a Dec. 16th League of American Bicyclists article, "It's been a little less than a year since Bike Law University was launched last January. In that time the series has covered 10 categories of law that may affect cyclists and motorists as they share the road. To cap off the year we are updating the sections on Safe Passing laws, Share the Road license plates, Bicycling Under the Influence, Mandatory Helmet laws, and Where to Ride laws. For each section I used the excellent Open States tool provided by the Sunlight Foundation to check for any changes since the category was published. Each category has been updated in our State Bike Law resources (http://bit.ly/1flUlL3) and maps that make it easy to see the legal landscape for those categories are now available..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1jh2YMJ
Title & Author: "Updated Bike Law Maps, Resources" by Ken


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 - Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, September 8-11, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA.
DEADLINE: January 31, 2014, 11:59 pm EST

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 15-19, 2014, New Orleans, LA.
DEADLINE: Varies by tract, February 10-14, 2014

-> CALL FOR SPEAKERS - PedsCount! Summit, May 14-16, 2014, Sacramento, CA.
DEADLINE: February 28, 2014


-> 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

-> January 24-27, 2014, 8-80 Open Streets Study Tour, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

-> 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 11-15, 2014, Aging in America, San Diego, CA.

-> March 21, 2014, Heels & Wheels Delaware Walk/Bike Summit 2014, Newark, NJ.

-> 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 14-16, 2014, PedsCount! Summit, Sacramento, 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 8-11, 2013, Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, Pittsburgh, PA.

-> 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.

-> November 15-19, 2014, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, LA.


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.


The Transportation Planning Division (TPD) is looking for outstanding student papers on current transportation planning or policy issues. Their purpose is to recognize and reward work completed for courses in accredited masters and undergraduate planning programs. Please nominate and encourage students to participate in APA's student paper contest. Winners will be announced at the APA National Conference in Atlanta on April 26-30, 2014.

Deadline: February 17, 2014


The Eno Center for Transportation is accepting applications for a 6-month Policy Fellow. The Fellow will be involved with Eno's transportation policy and research department. The work will involve conducting research for Eno transportation policy projects; assisting with writing Eno policy papers and reports; working with Eno staff to plan and present policy events; and engaging the transportation community in Washington, DC.

Deadline: Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until candidate is selected.


The mission of Hennepin County Public Works' Strategic Planning and Resources (SPR) Department is to provide expertise and serve as a resource to coordinate and facilitate cross-functional collaboration and communication for the realization of Public Works initiatives and to support county efforts. SPR is seeking a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator to join their team. This position represents Hennepin County on bicycle and pedestrian needs for planning, designing and constructing infrastructure relating to Active Living walking and biking. This position will coordinate and/or facilitate the county's bicycle and pedestrian planning and infrastructure and serve as the primary contact for residents and communities for bicycle and pedestrian issues and opportunities supporting bicycling and walking in the county.

Deadline: December 27, 2013



The Cascade Bicycle Club is looking for a talented Program Coordinator, someone who will support the Club's Education Department to deliver and support a variety of programming in schools and in the community. They are seeking an organized and experienced educator who thrives on working with youth and would like to be surrounded by colleagues who are passionate about Cascade's mission--building a better community through bicycling. - See more at: http://www.cascade.org/jobs#sthash.Wj48Ytoj.dpuf

Deadline: December 21, 2013


The Cascade Bicycle Club is looking for a talented Classes and Camps Coordinator, someone who will support the Club's Education Department organizing, scheduling, and managing a variety of classes and programs for adults, youth, and families. We are seeking an experienced and energetic team member who would like to be surrounded by colleagues who are passionate about Cascade's mission--building a better community through bicycling.

Deadline: December 21, 2013


The Safe Routes to School National Partnership was founded in 2005 and is a network of more than 600 organizations. Its mission is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America's children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.


The federal policy manager plays a critical role in representing the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies. The federal policy manager will regularly meet with Congressional offices and key federal agencies to convey the needs and importance of having Safe Routes to School and to advocate for policies and funding levels that are supportive of Safe Routes to School, active transportation and multi-modal transportation options. This position is also responsible for tracking the implementation of the recent MAP-21 transportation bill, researching and writing policy reports and papers on Safe Routes to School and related topics and producing blog posts and web content. The federal policy manager will collaborate closely with national and state coalition partners to advance active transportation policy and funding. The federal policy manager reports to the deputy director.

Deadline: January 6, 2014, apply as soon as possible as there will be rolling interviews


The southern states coordinator plays a critical role supporting the successful execution of the Safe Routes to School state network project, in partnership with the state network manager and state advocacy organizers. The primary goal of the southern states coordinator is to maximize the effectiveness of the state network project in four southern states (Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee) in collaboration with field staff already located in those states. In addition to supporting the policy work in four states, the southern states coordinator will facilitate opportunities for multi-state collaboration leading to regional policy victories, increasing the profile of the National Partnership in southern states and cultivating new funding partners.

Deadline: January 6, 2014, apply as soon as possible as there will be rolling interviews


APA is accepting applications for the 2014 AICP Advanced Specialty Certification examination in transportation planning. This new exam replaces the one that has been in use for the past three years. It will accurately measure expertise in the field of transportation planning. Individuals who pass will be entitled to use the AICP CTP credential conferring well-earned professional recognition. Do you know anyone who is an expert transportation planner with at least 8 years of experience in the field? Please send us his or her name and we will follow up with them to provide information about the AICP CTP credential at: fbraunstein@planning.org. The AICP Certified Transportation Planner webpage has all the information you need about the credential and the exam: eligibility criteria, application instructions, an Exam Candidate Bulletin, suggested readings to help you study, and Q&As with some of the experts who helped APA develop the credential: http://bit.ly/1gFwbyT.




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