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#348 Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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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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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014: Call for Proposals Ends Soon
----- McCann Directs USDOT Office of Safety, Energy & Environment
----- Calgary (Canada) Disappointing Snow & Ice Policy Compliance
----- Promote National Bike Summit: Come to DC March 3-5
----- LAB 2013 League Programs Infographic
----- Video Charts Growth & Impact of Open Streets
----- 2 New Categorical Exclusions Amend NEPA Implementation

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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----- Twin Cities (MN) Targets Underserved Access to Public Lands
----- New York City Safe Streets for Senior Pedestrians Program
----- Walking & Biking Renaissance in Los Angeles
----- Ishpeming & Negaunee (MI) Snow Bike Trails Open

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----- FHWA Summary of Ped & Bike Research & Programs
----- Paper Bike Helmet Out Performs Polystyrene

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----- Real Time Maps Show 100+ Cities' Bike Share Station Availability
----- Bikenomics: The Economic Case for Bicycles
----- IBPI Announces Professional Development Courses
----- 3 Winter Maintenance Resources for Complete Streets
----- New Walk Boston Brochures On Health & Business
----- New Tool: Objectives & Metrics for Successful TOD Projects

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

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE/PRO PLACE 2014: CALL FOR PROPOSALS ENDS SOON
by Mark Plotz

-> We are just over two weeks away from our January 31, 11:59 pm Eastern Time deadline for submitting proposals for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014. Of course we are looking for the best practices in the planning, design, and operation of walking and bicycling facilities. We are looking for the latest research on how changes in the built environment can improve health. And, we want proposals that help our delegates keep pace with the latest technology and apps that can help with, among other things, creating the seamless transportation experience.

If you are looking for inspiration, don't be afraid to reach into the past for it. Believe it or not, recalcitrant bureaucrats were an obstacle as far back as 1988. See Michael Carr's "Helping Bureaucrats See It Your Way." Also, in that same year, before the invention of the cat tumblr, there were plenty of time-sucks in the daily operations of an office. See Gary MacFadden's advice on time management "Time Management: Getting Things Done."

For more information on the Call for Proposal requirements and conference tracks go to: http://www.pps.org/pwpb2014/call-for-proposals/

Direct conference inquires to Mark Plotz, Conference Director, mark@bikewalk.org or (202)-223-3621.

MCCANN DIRECTS USDOT OFFICE OF SAFETY, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

-> According to a Jan. 8th DC.StreetsBlog article, "The loss of Polly Trottenberg and John Porcari from U.S. DOT was a blow for livability advocates. But into the void has slipped Barbara McCann, an architect of the Complete Streets movement. McCann starts Monday as the new director of the Office of Safety, Energy and Environment in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.

"'That's a mouthful,' she said in an email to colleagues, 'but I'll be responsible for overseeing the Department's strategic planning process and will help set Departmental policies, plans and guidelines relating to safety and environmental sustainability (and much more).'

"McCann helped popularize the term 'complete streets' while working at America Bikes in 2003, and with several other organizations, started the National Complete Streets Coalition in 2005. She left the coalition in June 2012 to write a book about building political and community support for complete streets. The book, Completing Our Streets: The Transition to Safe and Inclusive Transportation Networks (http://bit.ly/1bGjJxj), came out this fall..."

Source: http:// bit.ly/1gASMJL
Title & Author: "Silver Lining to the U.S. DOT Shakeup: Barbara McCann Joins the Team" by Tanya Snyder

[Editor's Note: Brava! Brava! Brava, for your many complete streets legacies touching communities large and small throughout the US and Canada, Barbara! Encore in your new position!]

CALGARY (CANADA) DISAPPOINTING SNOW & ICE POLICY COMPLIANCE

-> According to a Jan. 14th Bike Calgary article, "Leading into the winter of 2012/2013, it was widely publicized in the local media that all bicycle lanes would be elevated to Priority 1 for snow and ice control ("SNIC"). This was greeted with enthusiasm by the cycling community, who saw the policy change as offering the possibility of safer and more convenient cycle travel. It was also viewed as an opportunity to positively impact all roadway users by harmonizing traffic flow.

"We soon began to hear feedback from our members and volunteers that the change in SNIC policy was not living up to expectations. In order to better understand the situation, Bike Calgary created an online survey(http://bit.ly/1iTwa8Y) and monitored comments in our forums. Based on this, we submitted a letter and opened up a dialogue with the City outlining our concerns. We were hopeful this would result in improvements to the program in the winter of 2013/2014. This winter it became clear that the expected Priority 1 SNIC for bicycle lanes was still not being achieved..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1dvaznD
Title & Author: "Bike Lane Snow Clearing" by Staff

[Editor's Note: See also the 1-page infographic City's Snow Plan for Cycle Tracks and On-street, Marked Bike Lanes: http://bit.ly/1anY0rx]

PROMOTE NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT: COME TO DC MARCH 3-5

-> According to a Jan. 7th email message from Carolyn Szczepanski, "We're gearing up for the next National Bike Summit (http://bit.ly/I0uHQX), which, thanks to your support, has continued to grow in size and impact each and every year. This year's theme is United Spokes: Moving Beyond Gridlock - with a focus on funding, safety and equity for bicyclists and active transportation. The event is March 3-5, in Washington, D.C. and we would love your help getting the word out. We've compiled a handy Promo Kit that has plug-and-play resources, including links, photos, E-news blurb, blog post, social media and more (http://bit.ly/1kBgwDf). If you're able to help circulate to your networks we'd very much appreciate it. And please keep ME in mind when you have announcements or an event to promote. We're always looking for ways to promote our partners in our E-news, as well! (carolyn@bikeleague.org)"

LAB 2013 LEAGUE PROGRAMS INFOGRAPHIC

-> According to a Jan. 1st League of American Bicyclists article, "Why am I excited for 2014? Because I take away one simple message from our 2013 successes: League members and supporters are engaged. You are on the ball, ready and willing to act, whether that means writing to Congress, sharing your love of cycling through teaching, or challenging your work colleagues to ride further and more often. Thanks for your support in 2013, and let's keep it building in 2014 as we create a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone."

Source: http://bit.ly/1anNDRj (See infographic)
Title & Author: "Infographic: League 2013 Highlights League Programs" by Andy

VIDEO CHARTS GROWTH & IMPACT OF OPEN STREETS

-> According to a Jan. 7th Alliance for Biking and Walking article, "... [I]n 1965, a curious thing happened in Washington state. Seattle started a new weekly event called Bicycle Sunday. For one day a week, the city closed a major street to automotive traffic so that residents could enjoy the whole street for bicycling...

"Bicycle Sunday was the first documented Open Streets initiative in the world. The idea spread slowly across North America and beyond. Bogotá began their massive, monthly Ciclovía in 1976. Los Angeles followed with CicLAvia in 2010. Last year, new Open Streets popped up in San Diego, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, and Buffalo. There are now over 100 Open Streets initiatives in cities and towns of all sizes in North America. To celebrate the success of Open Streets we've teamed up with Streetfilms to create a video (9:12) charting The Rise of Open Streets. Check it out..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1dqZS3Z
Title & Author: "Video: The Rise of Open Streets" by Mary Lauran Hall

2 NEW CATEGORICAL EXCLUSIONS AMEND NEPA IMPLEMENTATION

-> According to a Jan. 14th email message from FHWA's Gerald Solomonforwarded by Christopher B. Douwes, "...the FHWA/FTA Final Rule adding two new categorical exclusions (CEs) is being published on Monday, January 13, 2014, in the Federal Register. The first CE is for any project located within an existing operational right-of-way and the second CE is for any project that receives less than $5 million of Federal funds or with a total estimated cost of not more than $30 million and Federal funds comprising less than 15 percent of the total estimated cost, respectively. Please note that these new CEs are effective on 02/12/2014. The link to the Final Rule is at: http://1.usa.gov/1hpjLt1."

Christopher notes "... the final rule amends the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) joint procedures that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by adding new categorical exclusions (CE) for projects within an existing operational right-of-way and projects receiving limited Federal funding, as described in sections 1316 and 1317, respectively, of... MAP-21."


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

TWIN CITIES (MN) TARGETS UNDERSERVED ACCESS TO PUBLIC LANDS

-> According to an article in FHWA's Fostering Livable Communities January Newsletter, "Across the country, public lands like National Parks are looking for ways to improve walking, bicycling, and transit access to recreational opportunities for underserved populations, including minority and low-income neighborhoods. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MISS) partnered with Nice Ride Minnesota, the Twin Cities' bicycle share system, to expand the system and provide a means for minority and low-income populations in north Minneapolis to access the MISS and its many destinations without the use of a car...

"The bicycle share system is part of the overall effort by the MISS to implement an Alternative Transportation System (ATS) to enhance the visitor experience and improve access without adding congestion or pollution. Since the MISS is in the middle of a major urban area, one challenge is that no single transportation system serves all visitors or connects area residents to the River and its major destinations. In part to address this issue, the ATS includes an expansion of Nice Ride within and near the MISS, including minority and low-income neighborhoods..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1d3k62y
Title & Author: "Improving Access to a National Park for Low-Income and Minority Populations through Bicycle Sharing" by Jared Fijalkowski

NEW YORK CITY SAFE STREETS FOR SENIOR PEDESTRIANS PROGRAM

-> According to a New York City DOT article, "...The Safe Streets for Seniors program studies crash data, and then develops and implements mitigation measures to improve the safety of seniors and other pedestrians, as well as all road users in New York City. Since launching the program in 2008, DOT has addressed senior pedestrian safety issues in 25 Senior Pedestrian Focus Areas (SPFAs) in the five boroughs. The SPFAs were selected based on the density of senior pedestrian (age 65+) crashes resulting in fatalities or severe injuries in a five-year period. Since the program began, annual senior pedestrian fatalities have decreased 19 percent citywide, from 58 senior fatalities in 2008 to 48 in 2012.

"In 2012-2013, DOT expanded the program to include 12 new areas. They were identified using a similar methodology as the original areas, but also involved new variables such as senior trip generators, concentrations of senior centers, and senior housing locations. DOT is evaluating pedestrian conditions in these neighborhoods from a senior's perspective and plans to make changes, such as extending pedestrian crossing times at crosswalks to accommodate slower walking speeds, constructing pedestrian safety islands, widening curbs and medians, narrowing roadways, and installing new stop controls and signals. Download a presentation about the program: http://on.nyc.gov/K17SO5."

Source: http://on.nyc.gov/1eCPILF
Title & Author: "Pedestrians: Safe Streets for Seniors" by Staff

WALKING & BIKING RENAISSANCE IN LOS ANGELES

-> According to a Jan. 11th Salon article, "...Here's another piece of Los Angeles mythology that can be laid to rest: The city is not just for cars. It's not quite the pristine, skyscraping Los Angeles of 'Her' - whose protagonist never enters an automobile - but it is equally far from the sticky stereotype of the Missing Persons lyric, 'Nobody walks in L.A.' In fact, if that song, 'Walking in L.A.,' maintains a curious cultural relevance here, it is precisely as a foil for planners, journalists and politicians defending the city's peripatetic appeal. 'Don't listen to the Missing Persons,' Mayor Garcetti said in October. 'People do walk in L.A.!'

"Indeed, the city is in the midst of a renaissance of walking, biking and public space. Since 2010, eight CicLAvia events have shut down miles of road for cyclists, walkers and joggers - the latest drawing over 100,000 people. Two weeks ago, the city drew 25,000 revelers to its inaugural New Year's Eve gathering in newly created Grand Park. WalkScore gives L.A. a higher rating than Portland, Pittsburgh and New Orleans. And sometime over the course of the next month, Garcetti will announce the candidates for his 'Great Streets' program, intended to remodel dozens of L.A.'s thoroughfares as pedestrian destinations..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1m6oMXm
Title & Author: "L.A. ditches traffic jams: A Hollywood renaissance for walking and biking" Henry Grabar

ISHPEMING & NEGAUNEE (MI) SNOW BIKE TRAILS OPEN

-> According to a Jan. 5th The Mining Journal article, "The Range Mountain Bike Club's Snow Bike Trail in Ishpeming and Negaunee is now open for 'fat tire' bicycle riders, as well as snowshoers and cross-country skiers, willing to brave the elements. This winter is the first the 5.5-mile trail - 6.2 miles if you opt for an extra jog between New York Street in Ishpeming and Malton Road - is open, and along with Marquette's Snow Bike Route is one of few of its kind. 'We're probably the only two actual snow bike trails in the nation right now,' said Dan Hill, president of the Range Mountain Bike Club. 'To make it official, it's signed and it's mapped now, so it's a legitimate trail...'"

Source: http://bit.ly/1eCNlIN
Title & Author: "Range's Snow Bike Trail Ready for Riders" by Zach Jay


THE RESEARCH BEAT

FHWA SUMMARY OF PED & BIKE RESEARCH & PROGRAMS

-> According to a Jan. 13th FHWA article, "This document describes recent, ongoing, and upcoming efforts for the following Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Offices: the Office of Human Environment, the Office of Safety Technologies, and the Office of Safety Research and Development..." (Editor's Note: See this page for an extensive list of links to FHWA research and resources)

Source: http://1.usa.gov/KieKWT
Title & Author: "Summary of Federal Highway Administration Pedestrian and Bicycle Research and Program ActivitiesPrepared for TRB 2014" by Staff

PAPER BIKE HELMET OUT PERFORMS POLYSTYRENE

-> According to a Jan. 11th BBC Heath Check article, "...The basic idea behind cycle helmets is to create a mini crumple zone... that absorbs some of the energy and gives your skull and brain more time to slow down before coming to a stop... At the moment, the material used to protect us in a crash is polystyrene. But Anirudha Surabhi isn't convinced that it's the best choice for the job. Instead, he decided to look to the natural world for inspiration. 'The animal that stood out was the woodpecker...

"In order to mimic the woodpecker's crumple zone, Anirudha turned to a cheap and easily accessible source - paper. He engineered it into a double-layer of honeycomb that could then be cut and constructed into a functioning helmet...The paper design has been tested to European standards, and when compared to a standard polystyrene helmet, the results are impressive. 'If you crash at 15 miles per hour in a normal helmet, your head will be subjected to around 220G [G-force], whereas the new design absorbs more of the impact and means you experience around 70G instead,' says Surabhi..."

Source: http://bbc.in/JWVQFl
Title & Author: "The secret ingredient for a safer bike helmet: paper" by Anna Lacey


QUOTES R US

FLASHBACK FROM 26 YEARS AGO...

"Just as an aside, how far we've come in electronic communication even since 1980: from my portable laptop upstairs, using the hotel room phone, I sent a fax to Washington last night through MCI electronic mail!"

--Tedson J. Meyers, President of the Bicycle Federation of America Board of Directors during his Pro Bike 1988 Conference Keynote in Tucson, AZ

ANOTHER RETROSPECTIVE

"Eisenhower himself didn't realize the Interstate Highway System would cut through American cities until a few years after construction began. Ike had wanted a national road network like the one he'd seen in Germany during World War II. But he'd also wanted these roads to stop at the doorsteps of cities, not push right past... [O]fficials and opinion leaders generally failed to anticipate the negative impacts of running highways through cities. Few realized the system would destroy the character and cohesion of urban neighborhoods, for instance, or that it would breed an intransigent car-first engineering mindset. To be sure, the Interstate Highway System did an enormous amount of good for the United States, but in retrospect the decision to thread it through cities was a great mistake."

--Eric Jaffe in "What the Interstate Highway System Should Have Looked Like" in a Jan. 14th The Atlantic Cities article: http://bit.ly/1dP7oSI

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

What Niagara Falls Looks Like Without Water

"This week, we were treated to some beautiful images of Niagara Falls mostly iced over, thanks to the Polar Vortex (http://bit.ly/19tt5vC). This happens somewhat regularly, but it's gorgeous nonetheless. What you see in this post is a much rare occurrence: the de-watering of one part of Niagara Falls, which occurred in the summer of 1969 and continued into the late fall..."
http://bit.ly/Ki5eD6

Ice Truck Starts, Moves and Melts
http://nyti.ms/19tBM9e (Also see video: http://bit.ly/1b22scj)


WEBINARS, CONFERENCE CALLS AND SEMINARS

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 "Liability 201: Thinking Through Your Community's Safe Routes to School Liability Concerns"

Date: January 16, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Sara Zimmerman (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), Ben Winig (ChangeLab Solutions), &Dave Cowan (Safe Routes to School National Partnership)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1dvhMEe

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 "Countermeasure Costs: Putting a Price on Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure"

Date: January 22, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Mike Griffith (FHWA), Shari Schaftlein (FHWA), Deborah Lou (Active Living University of California), Charlie Zegeer (UNC Highway Safety Research Center) & Bryan Poole (UNC Highway Safety Research Center)
Host: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1ajnQwO

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 "Re-thinking the Urban Freeway"

Date: February 20, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Joan McDonald (New York State DOT), and Billy Fields (Texas State University)
Host: State Smart Transportation Initiative
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/19lsff2

WEBINAR "We Are Traffic: Creating Robust Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Programs"

Date: February 27, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET
Presenter: Krista Nordback (Portland State University)
Host: Initiative for Bicycle & Pedestrian Innovation
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1dLF2sq

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

WEBINAR "Design for Cyclist and Pedestrian Comfort"

Date: March 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/1c8ke08

WEBINAR "Public Health Benefits of Active Transportation"

Date: April 18, 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/1kJS1S1


RESOURCES

REAL TIME MAPS SHOW 100+ CITIES' BIKE SHARE STATION AVAILABILITY

-> According to a Suprageography article, "The Bike Share Map shows the locations of docking stations associated with bicycle sharing systems from 100+ cities around the world. Each docking station is represented by a circle, its size and colour depending on the size and number of bicycles currently in it. The maps generally update every few minutes. There is a version that replays the last 24 hours of colour and size changes. In many cities, an ebb and flow of cycle commuters can be seen...

"The data is normally collected, and the visualisation updated, every two minutes. Some systems, which require requesting the status of each docking station individually, or appear to be on servers that struggle with repeated requests, are collected every ten minutes or even less frequently than that.

"Bike usage numbers, where quoted, are simultaneous usage and normally include cycle redistribution. Actual total usage across the day will be much higher. Total bikes available doesn't include bikes in use (obviously) but also doesn't include bikes that are broken (if this information is available) or are being repaired or being redistributed. This is why the number showing is often lower - sometimes much lower - that the operator's official statistic on the size of the system..."

Source: http:// bit.ly/1h9dzrr
Title & Author: "Bike Share Map" by Oliver O'Brien

BIKENOMICS: THE ECONOMIC CASE FOR BICYCLES

-> According to a Jan. 12th Salon article, "...[B]icycling's recent rise to the spotlight isn't just a passing fad, argues writer and bike activist Elly Blue. Instead, she says, growing numbers of people are beginning to recognize the tangible benefits - to themselves and to their cities - of trading in cars for self-powered transportation. And the research is backing up their experiences. Blue's new book, "Bikenomics" (http://amzn.to/L3jIHE), draws on a growing body of academic work, along with her own involvement with the country's bicycle movement, to make the economic case for bicycles. As for the people who insist, in the face of such evidence, that bike commuters are a scourge on humanity? Blue maintains they're just bitter from spending so much time stuck in traffic.

"Blue spoke with Salon about the bike movement's recent rise to prominence and the way in which old stereotypes no longer pass muster. This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1d3oPBa
Title & Author: "The unstoppable rise of bikes" by Lindsay Abrams

IBPI ANNOUNCES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES

-> According to a recent Initiative for Bicycle & Pedestrian Innovation article, "With the arrival of the new year we are unveiling a full calendar of professional development courses. Some highlights are IBPI's first webinar and the addition of an advance-level version of our summer week-long Bicycle Design and Engineering workshop. Full descriptions of each offering are available on http://bit.ly/1a3qskO, and more to come later in the year!..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1ftmbZW
Title & Author: "2014 Professional Development courses announced!" by Staff

3 WINTER MAINTENANCE RESOURCES FOR COMPLETE STREETS

According to a Jan. 7th Smart Growth America article, "... In climates where snowfall is expected, Complete Streets mean thoughtful roadway design and appropriate plans and policies for snow and ice management for all users. Three recent resources can keep your community on track for the next snowstorm.

"Focusing on clear and accessible pathways and transit stops for people with disabilities, a booklet from Easter Seals Project ACTION (Effective Snow Removal for Pathways and Transit Stops: http://bit.ly/1dLNGHs) describes the ways snow and ice present significant barriers to travel, innovative practices and design solutions to clear the way, and the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for sidewalk maintenance. Some of this material was covered in a recent webinar, (Developing Effective Practices for Snow Removal: Why is it Worth all the Effort? Archive available at http://bit.ly/H1Idmu)...

"Seasonal maintenance is also a topic in the October 2013 Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety(http://1.usa.gov/1hlcVoh) from the Federal Highway Administration. 'Removing snow and ice should be thought of as a community responsibility that covers the entire public right-of-way,' say the authors, who provide national and international examples for snow removal best practices and recommendations.

"Finally, if you're looking for guidance on maintaining bike facilities in the winter Alta Planning + Design... put together a useful white paper on design and maintenance strategies (Winter Bike Lane Maintenance: A Review of National and International Best Practices: http://bit.ly/1iLJoV0) to keep those bike lanes clear and safe..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1gD6Ylz
Title & Author: "New Resources for Maintaining Complete Streets in Snowy Weather" by Stefanie Seskin

[Editor's Note: See the Webinar section above: January 15 Strategies to Enable Winter Cycling and Walking webinar for more resources, practices and policies. Missed the live broadcast? You can purchase the archived webinar.]

[Editor's Note 2: February 14 is Winter Bike to Work Day. Add your events & take the survey at http://bit.ly/1kBqLaO]

NEW WALK BOSTON BROCHURES ON HEALTH & BUSINESS

-> According to two recent Walk Boston articles, "...At WalkBoston, we're dedicated to promoting walking for health, transportation, and recreation in all cities across Massachusetts. Our Walk Your Way to Health brochure (http://bit.ly/1m417tA) provides data and statistics on the benefits of walking for your health..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1m6yrgF (See also extensive list of links to walking-related articles and studies)
Title & Author: "For Health" by Staff

"... WalkBoston's Good Walking is Good Business brochure (http://bit.ly/L3JKuy) provides data and statistics on the important connection between walkability and economic prosperity. The numbers are astounding and prove this is a wise investment. Dollar for dollar, the returns of a walkable neighborhood are impressive, from more customers to healthier, more productive employees..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1eIIM1R (See also extensive list of links to walking-related articles and studies)
Title & Author: "For Businesses" by Staff

NEW TOOL: OBJECTIVES & METRICS FOR SUCCESSFUL TOD PROJECTS

According to a January Nelson/Nygaard enewsletter article, "The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) has released The TOD Standard: Version 2.0 (http://bit.ly/1cgXfwM), a scorecard for cities. It codifies eight principles, which distill the fundamental elements that lead to successful transit-oriented development projects. Nelson\Nygaard has been working closely with ITDP over the past three years, performing research and development, writing drafts, and testing the principles at workshops. The TOD Standard can be used by communities and practitioners to evaluate potential TOD sites, and by cities and developers to steer design..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1akwxnx
Title & Author: "The New TOD Standard" by Staff


CALENDAR

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

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

CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Vermont Walk/Bike Summit, March 29, 2014, Burlington, VT.
DEADLINE: January 24, 2014
http://bit.ly/1a64Vb6

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, September 8-11, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA.
DEADLINE: January 31, 2014, 11:59 pm EST
http://bit.ly/IU8xjM

-> 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
http://bit.ly/18SuQA1

-> CALL FOR SPEAKERS - PedsCount! Summit, May 14-16, 2014, Sacramento, CA.
DEADLINE: February 28, 2014
http://bit.ly/19bTCO4

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Walk 21, October 21-13, 2014, Sydney, Australia.
DEADLINE: March 41, 2014
http://bit.ly/1dvgCsv

CONFERENCES

-> 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

-> January 24-27, 2014, 8-80 Open Streets Study Tour, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
http://bit.ly/1hjRxPU

-> February 8, 2014, New Jersey Bike & walk Summit, New Brunswick, NJ.
http://bit.ly/IGwMSg

-> February 10-11, 2014, Colorado Bike Summit, Denver, CO.
http://bit.ly/19rSvdj

-> February 10-12, 2014, Forward Thinking on the Front Range: A Smart Growth Tour, Denver area, CO.
http://bit.ly/18n0cRw

-> February 11, 2014, Maryland Bicycle Symposium, Annapolis, MD.
http://bit.ly/Lc4HUx

-> February 12-14, 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

-> February 14-16, 2014, Youth Bike Summit, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/1cVbedT

-> 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

-> March 9-12, 2014, Active Living Research Conference, San Diego, CA.
http://bit.ly/1caS8yI

-> March 11-15, 2014, Aging in America, San Diego, CA.
http://bit.ly/1caFYv0

-> March 21, 2014, Heels & Wheels Delaware Walk/Bike Summit 2014, Newark, NJ.
http://bit.ly/1cNLimy

-> March 21-23, 2014, Winning Campaign Training, Oakland, CA.
http://bit.ly/1gDfSjf

-> March 27-29, 2014, Montana Bike Walk Summit, Billings, MT.
http://bit.ly/1bfC8h4

-> March 29, 2014, Vermont Walk/Bike Summit, Burlington, VT.
http://bit.ly/1j6Le5w

-> April 8-10, 2014, Bicycle Leadership Conference, Monterey, CA.
http://bit.ly/XI78gx

-> April 8-10, 2014, California Trails and Greenways Conference, Palm Springs, CA.
http://bit.ly/K7ovr9

-> April 9-11, 2014, Fifth International Transportation and Economic Development Conference, Dallas, TX.
http://bit.ly/1k92iEm

-> April 11-12, 2014, Georgia Trail Summit, Athens, GA.
http://on.fb.me/K7pbN8

-> April 11-13, 2014, Winning Campaign Training, Baltimore, MD.
http://bit.ly/1gDfSjf

-> 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.
http://bit.ly/VVsDMh

-> April 21, 2014, Oregon Active Transportation Summit, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/ZI251V

-> 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 7, 2014, Bike to School Day
http://bit.ly/X7UOex

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

-> May 14-16, 2014, PedsCount! Summit, Sacramento, CA.
http://bit.ly/19bTCO4

-> 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

-> June 8-12, 2014, International Making Cities Livable, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/1hWJHyG

-> July 9-11, 2013, TRB 5th International Conference on Surface Transportation Financing: Innovation, Experimentation, and Exploration, Irvine, CA.
http://bit.ly/IrsSg8

-> July 20-23, 2014, 2014 Alternative Intersection & Interchange Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT.
http://bit.ly/1890ECt

-> 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

-> July 25-27, 2014, Winning Campaign Training, Indianapolis, IN.
http://bit.ly/1gDfSjf

-> August 10-13, 2014, ITE Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
http://bit.ly/ZN5GPt

-> September 7-10, 2014, Governors Highway Safety Association, Grand Rapids, MI.
http://bit.ly/1gJDlir

-> September 8-11, 2013, Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, Pittsburgh, PA.
http://bit.ly/1bcYxs9

-> September 15-17, 2014, Transportation and Federal Land Partnership Enhancing Access, Mobility, Sustainability, and Connections to the American Great Outdoors, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/18l5es5

-> September 21-24, 2014, Rail~Volution, Minneapolis, MN.
http://bit.ly/1dvfJA1

-> October 8, 2014, Walk to School Day
http://bit.ly/1hq9blg

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

-> October 17-19, 2014, Winning Campaigns Training, Santa Barbara, CA.
http://bit.ly/1gDfSjf

-> October 21-23, 2014, Walk 21, Sydney, Australia.
http://bit.ly/1anKBfO

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

-> November 15-19, 2014, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
http://bit.ly/1bVOE6N


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks!

See previous issues of CenterLines for Jobs, Grants and RFPs that may still be current at http://bit.ly/ZHi0NE.

-> CALL FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS - ADVOCACY ADVANCE

In 2014, Advocacy Advance will award $100,000 in Rapid Response Grants to Alliance for Biking & Walking member organizations to support urgent campaigns to win, increase, or preserve public funding for biking and walking projects.

Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
http://bit.ly/1kB8uKF

-> CALL FOR WORKSHOP HOST APPLICATIONS - ADVOCACY ADVANCE

Applications are now available to host a Navigating MAP-21 Workshop in 2014. This year, in addition to learning how to use all available federal funding programs to pay for biking and walking infrastructure, local hosts will be able to customize workshop content to learn about health or transit funding for bike/ped, sources of state and local funding, and funding innovative infrastructure. Partner with an agency staff person to apply.

Deadline: February 10, 12 pm ET
http://bit.ly/1amSe6i


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We apologize for incorrectly listing the contributors to our last issue. We very much appreciate those who contribute to each issue and value acknowledging our sources.

Issue #347 Contributors: America Walks; Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals list serve; David Boyd; Mary Anne Koos; Linked in APA Transportation Planning Division group; Roger Millar; State Smart Transportation Initiative; TRB Transportation Research E Newsletter; Bill Wilkinson; Christina Yoshimura.

Issue #348 Contributors: Charles Bingham; Joshua DeBruyn; FHWA Office of Planning, Environment & Realty; Brighid O'Keane; Kit Keller; Safe Routes to School National Partnership eNews; Yolanda Savage-Narva;Smart Growth Online Newsletter; Sustainable City News; John Whetmore; Bill Wiles; Bill Wilkinson


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