#349 Wednesday, January 29, 2014


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.

----- PWPBPP 2014: CFP Deadline Friday, Jan 31!
----- 2nd Edition Released: The Innovative DOT
----- Wales Adopts National Active Travel Act
----- Space Syntax Predicts How People Walk Around in a City
----- Long Term Mental Health Benefits of Living near Green Spaces
----- New Maps Show Transportation Connections to Destinations
----- Calgary (Canada) Releases Bicycle Program Yearbook
----- Walking Summit Video Archives
----- AASHTO Transportation TV Covers TRB
----- Snow Tracks Trace Safer Street Designs for Peds

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- HI DOT Ped Master Plan Wins APA Award
----- Lakewood (OH) School District: 5,800 Students, No Buses
----- Washington (DC) Collective Serves 'Bike Shop Desert' Neighborhoods
----- Pittsburgh (PA) Women & Biking Zine 1st Edition
----- St. Paul (MN) Program Brings Active Transportation To Underserved
----- NYT Names Indianapolis (IN) Cultural Trail in Top 52 Places to Go

----- FHWA Traffic Volume Trends
----- Study: How People Choose Bike Share Stations, Use Systems ----- 2014 Roadmap of State Highway [Motor Vehicle] Safety Laws ----- Effects of Non-Motorized Facilities on Public Transit

----- Report: How Placemaking Transforms Blighted, Vacant Spaces
----- Porous, Flexible Sidewalk Saves Trees, Removes Trip Hazards
----- Tools to Assess Active Living in Rural Communities
----- Track Rail Corridor Abandonments for Future Trails
----- Recommendations for Bike-Friendly Access to Transit

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by Mark Plotz

-> Why do today what can be put off until tomorrow? Soon-11:59 pm Eastern, Friday, to be exact-the bell tolls for those whom live by the procrastinator's credo. You can start or complete your proposal here: http://bit.ly/1kYT3H2. If you have questions about the formats, the conference tracks, or you have an idea you want to talk through, give me a ring (202-223-3621) or send me an email (mark@bikewalk.org).

More information on the Call for Proposal requirements and conference tracks can be found on our conference page: http://www.pps.org/pwpb2014/call-for-proposals/

Conference registration will open mid February and our conference program will be announced in the Spring. The conference will take place in Pittsburgh, September 8-11, 2014.


-> According to a Jan. 13th Smart Growth America article, "State transportation officials across the country are facing the same challenges: Revenues are falling and budgets are shrinking but transportation demands are continuing to grow. Innovative approaches can help transportation officials overcome both these sets of challenges, and an updated resource from Smart Growth America and theState Smart Transportation Initiative(SSTI) outlines how.

"The second edition of The Innovative DOT(http://bit.ly/Ma5qWk), released today, provides 34 strategies transportation officials can use to position their agencies for success in a new era of constrained budgets. Originally released in 2012 and developed with input from top transportation professionals and agency staff from around the nation, the handbook documents many of the innovative approaches state leaders are using to make systems more efficient...

"In the two years since the handbook's initial release, state agencies have considered a variety of new funding opportunities, bolstered planning efforts, made better use of existing infrastructure, implemented new design standards and project delivery procedures, and drastically changed the way they do business. The 2014 edition reflects these changes by adding three new strategies for reform, 20 new case studies, and numerous updates..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1ftpHiw
Title & Author: "Could state DOTs provide better service for less money?" by Staff


-> According to a Jan. 14th European Cyclists' Federation article, "Will Wales become Europe's next active travel boom region? Solid foundations have now been laid by the Welsh national assembly who passed in November the 'Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013' (http://bit.ly/1ewSYHa) - the world's first active travel legislation, according to ECF member Sustrans... Under the act, all local authorities must prepare a map of existing routes within 1 year; in addition, each local authority has to prepare an integrated network map of new and improved active travel routes within 3 years. What's more, the authorities have to involve citizens and local stakeholders throughout the process. Both items - the existing route map as well as the integrated network maps - must be submitted to the Welsh Ministers who need to approve them. On the part of the central government, the Act requires Welsh ministers to produce an annual progress report on the state of play on active travel in Wales... The Act provides for a 5 year lead time to assess to what extent it has delivered. By then a review of the operation of the Act has to be carried out..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1k6CJFz
Title & Author: "Wales Passes Unique New Walking and Cycling Legislation" by Fabian Küster


-> According to a Jan. 27th Wired article, "... [S]pace syntax, the science of how cities work. In the late 1970s, British architects Bill Hillier and Julienne Hanson hit on the idea that any space within a city - or the entire city itself - could be analyzed in terms of connectivity and movement. They reasoned that a city's success depended largely on how easy it was for people to move about on foot. This wasn't a huge revelation. Studies reaching as far back as 1960s have shown walkable cities have higher property values, healthier residents, and lower crime. What set Hillier and Hanson's ideas apart was the notion that a city's geometry did more for movement than any other design factor. They argued that every other cog in a city's engineering depends on the walkable grid. Cars, buses, trains, and bikes play a role, too, but only as much as they transport people to places where they then proceed to walk around...

"Space syntax uses a grid of all the walkable paths in a city to predict how people would move in an idealized version of the city, then measures how other parts the city's texture attracts or repels people away from this prediction. For example, a wide-open park might get people to cross an otherwise forbidding traffic circle. Or, a dense, walkable shopping district might wither because it's too far from public transportation or lacks adequate parking..."

Source: http://wrd.cm/1b6vS9n
Title & Author: "There's a Science to Foot Traffic, and It Can Help Us Design Better Cities" by Nick Stockton


-> According to a Jan. 16th Smithsonian.com article, "...A new study published last week in Environmental Science & Technology (Longitudinal Effects on Mental Health of Moving to Greener and Less Green Urban Areas: http://bit.ly/MtAH7w) underscores just how important green spaces are for our long-term well-being. When a group of researchers from the UK's University of Exeter looked at five years' worth of mental health data for 1064 participants who moved their residence during the study period, they found that those who moved to urban areas with more surrounding green space showed higher overall mental health scores-meaning that they were happier and had lower levels of anxiety and depression-for the very first year after their relocation compared to the years prior to moving. Even more important, they found that these benefits lingered. Participants who'd moved to greener areas showed higher mental health scores for a full three years after their relocation, when the study stopped collecting data...

"[W]hen it comes to the level of nature and green space in our immediate surroundings, we can become happier in a long-term, durable way. If you move next to a park, the benefit for your mental health isn't a novelty that goes away, but something that sticks around for years. This is meaningful for people deciding where they might relocate next, but it's also significant on a much broader level too. 'These findings are important for urban planners thinking about introducing new green spaces to our towns and cities, suggesting they could provide long term and sustained benefits for local communities,' Ian Alcock, the study's lead author, said..."

Source: http://bit.ly/KERbb1
Title & Author: "A new study finds that the mental benefits of greenery are immediate and long-lasting" by Joseph Stromberg


-> According to a Jan. 28th The Atlantic Cities article, "Every year, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute releases an oft-cited (and oft-critiqued) Urban Mobility Report that measures congestion on American roads, famously ranking the metros with the most heinous traffic. The report homes in on a central cost of mobility: the price we pay to sit in gridlock. It does not, however, look much at the value we get for paying that cost: access to wherever we're trying to go.

"'When we think about this as economists, we know that every trip that is made is worth it - the value outweighs the cost of taking it - or it wouldn't have happened,' says Andrew Owen, the director of the recently created Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota. 'It's a little bit disingenuous to use metrics that only talk about the cost of travel.'

"Consider a metric - or a map - that captures value instead. Not: How long will it take me to reach my office? But: How many jobs can I reach in half an hour? How many grocery stores are accessible by car within five minutes? Which neighborhoods in town enable the greatest accessibility, by public transit, to really good restaurants? 'We're interested in looking at how well transportation systems connect people to the things they want to reach,' Owen says, 'not just how well they let people move around in space..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1csuEcK
Title & Author: "This Map Wants to Change How You Think About Your Commute" by Emily Badger


-> According to a Jan. 24th post on the APBP Member listserve from Tom Thivener, "The City of Calgary just released our first Bicycle Account: The City of Calgary Bicycle Program Yearbook (http://bit.ly/1e6XgKl). So far we think it is a great tool for our City Council, bike advocates, and community groups to see projects we've delivered, see the face of people who bicycle, and better understand all the data behind cycling."


-> According to a recent Every Body Walk! article, "Every Body Walk! captured footage from the Walking Summit's main event and compiled it into 33 short-running films (roughly four hours of content).All shorts are streaming live on YouTube in a playlist dedicated to the Walking Summit: http://bit.ly/1d770y7.

"A short film featuring highlights from the event already aired on public television to a national audience of 50 Million households in November: http://bit.ly/1mVtYOh.The Every Body Walk! 2013 Walking Summit was held October 1-3, 2013 in Washington, D.C.The audience included more than 400 participants from 41 states and Canada representing 235 organizations..."

Source: http://bit.ly/L7S4ZM
Title & Author: "D.C. Walking Summit Presentations Archive Now Live on YouTube" by Staff


-> According to a Jan. 25th Transportation Research Board article, "The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO's) Transportation TV has released a news update on TRB's recently completed 93rd Annual Meeting. The update highlights not only the goings on at the meeting, but also TRB's 2013 Critical Issues in Transportationpublication (http://bit.ly/1k4xdn6) andAASHTO's 2014 centennial celebration (http://bit.ly/1fuW5Br)."

Source: http://bit.ly/MdfC0e
Title & Author: "AASHTO Transportation TV Special Coverage of the 2014 TRB 93rd Annual Meeting" by Staff


-> According to a Jan. 21st BBC News Magazine article, "Massive snowfalls like the one that hit the US east coast this week usually spell trouble for traffic. But critics of America's car-centric transport network are using the snow - and Twitter - to demonstrate how roads should be redesigned to make them safer for pedestrians.Fast-falling snow can lead to unsafe driving conditions, massive pile-ups, delayed trains, cancelled flights and slippery sidewalks. But advocates for safer streets say the snow can also help illustrate how conditions can be improved.

"'The snow is almost like nature's tracing paper,' says Clarence EckersonJr, the director of StreetFilms, which documents pedestrian- and cycle-friendly streets across the globe. He says that snow can be helpful in pointing out traffic patterns and changing street composition for the better. 'When you dump some snow on this giant grid of streets, now you can see, visually, how people can better use the streets,' he says..."

Source: http://bbc.in/1dO0i08
Title & Author: "Sneckdown: Using snow to design safer streets" by Kate Dailey



-> According to a Jan. 24th AASHTO Journal article, "Hawaii Department of Transportation this week received recognition from the American Planning Association for its Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan, which helps to make pedestrians safer and provide a more connected, multi-modal transportation system in the state.

"HDOT'sPedestrian Master Plan (http://bit.ly/1b6yCDG) provides a comprehensive approach to improving pedestrian safety, evaluates ways to enhance mobility for pedestrians, and helps build a more multi-modal transportation system across Hawaii. HDOT's plan also prioritizes various pedestrian projects for improvement, identifies and promotes the Complete Streets vision for Hawaii, and meets federal requirements for multimodal planning.

"APA awarded HDOT with its 'National Planning Excellence Award for Transportation Planning' for the pedestrian plan. 'Hawaii's Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan prioritizes pedestrian safety, mobility, and accessibility, and is the first in the nation to have a statewide, pedestrian-only focus,' according to APA..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1bxepqM
Title & Author: "Hawaii DOT Wins Award from National Organization for Pedestrian Plan" by Staff


-> According to a Jan. 17th DC.StreetsBlog article, "Lakewood, Ohio, population 51,000, doesn't have any school buses. It never has. Because of the way its schools were designed and sited, this inner-ring Cleveland suburb doesn't need buses - every child in the district lives less than two miles from their classroom, and most are within one mile.

"Lakewood calls itself a 'walking school district.' It's one of just a small handful in the state of Ohio. 'Our community likes the walking,' said Lakewood City School District spokesperson Christine Gordillo. 'That's kind of one of our brands.'

"The school system runs a small transportation program for students with special needs - about 100 students use it, out of 5,800. The rest of the students are on their own, whether they walk, bike, or get a ride (Lakewood doesn't track how students travel). To transport students to sporting events, the district contracts with another school system. Gordilla estimates the policy saves the district about $1 million a year, and that allows it to devote more resources to the classroom..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1b3JZPY
Title & Author: "The Suburb Where Everybody Can Walk to School" by Angie Schmitt


-> According to a Jan. 21st elevationDC article, "The bicycling boom in the District is on a steady increase. D.C. is the number-three city for bike commuters... But while cyclists can be spotted throughout the entire city... There are no bike shops currently located in Wards 7 or 8.

"'The city is driven by economics,' says Brian Ward, Sales Manager at Capitol Hill Bikes. 'There may be a demand for bike shops in underserved communities, but those residents may not offer the finances to support them.'With his shop located just one mile away from Anacostia-one of the city's 'bike shop deserts'-Ward has recently accepted an opportunity to involve Capitol Hill Bikes in a group formed to address the needs of his neighbors.

"The Black Thumb Collective is a grassroots effort to provide free bike maintenance to commuters living in underserved communities. Formed of mechanics from partnering bike shops, as well as independent bike techs, the Collective will provide a necessary resource to keep residents in Wards 7 & 8 pedaling safely throughout the city..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1k68zm5
Title & Author: "Black Thumbs Collective keeps cyclists east of the river in gear" by Christina Sturdivant


-> According to a Jan. 25th Bike PGH The Messenger article, "Formed as a collaboration between the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main Zine Collection and Bike Pittsburgh, the first Women & Biking Zines Reading Hangout took place in November. This event was incredibly inspiring; it brought together women across generations to read, discuss, create, and contribute their perspectives on being women who enjoy riding bikes. Addressing the concerns of women who bike and creating an environment in which more women feel comfortable riding bicycles are key aspects of building livable cities, and this event provided a way to open the discussion.

"Our new zine series serves as a way to highlight the stories and ideas of Pittsburgh women who ride bikes or would like to bike. The title of Issue #1 Yet We Rise, We Ride...comes from the words of one of the contributors, and the zine contains works from 33 Pittsburgh Women! We are looking forward to hosting more events like the Zines Reading Hangout to build a supportive community and inspire women to ride..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Me8CQE
Title & Author: "Yet We Rise, We Ride...the first issue of the Pittsburgh Women & Biking zine is complete" by Jane


-> According to a Jan. 24th Transit for Livable Communities article, "There is a real need for infrastructure and policy to support transit and active transportation options-not just for those who can afford to choose transit, bicycling, and walking, but also for those who can't afford *not* to choose them...Couple the cost of getting to work, school, and appointments with increasing income inequality in the region, and it becomes clear that getting around is a constant challenge for working families just getting by. Because of this, transportation is a huge issue expressed by social service and economic empowerment organizations and yet it continues to be an unmet need among many clients. A contributing factor for why it is unmet is that transportation aid almost exclusively consists of loans or grants for buying a car-sometimes resulting in the purchase of older or less reliable cars with unsustainably high maintenance costs and inefficient mileage.

"Seeing this combination of need and opportunity, TLC developed Transportation Options, a first-of-its-kind program for empowering social service organizations and their clients with a better understanding of their transportation options, how to use them, and their financial impact. Despite a culture where driving is often the default, we found outright and latent interest in using and relying on transit, bicycling, walking, car sharing, and bike sharing in order to save money, be healthier, and still get around safely and efficiently.

"In partnership with the Saint Paul-based social service organization Neighborhood House, TLC conducted a series of community-based focus groups and surveys. Neighborhood House's 14,000 clients are immigrants, refugees, and long-time residents facing challenging situations. Over 90 percent are people of color, 75 percent speak a native language other than English, and most are living at or below poverty levels. TLC listened to these clients' first-hand experiences and needs in order to create a program that addresses their unique barriers and motivators in accessing and appreciating transit and active transportation..."

[Editor's Note: See the full article for informative infographics.]

Source: http://bit.ly/1iJQ5Ka
Title & Author: "Informed & Empowered: Challenging the High Cost of Getting Around" by Allison Osberg


-> According to a Jan. 22nd email message from Kevin Osburn, "For the first time in the city's history, Indianapolis was recently included in the The New York Times' annual list of 'Top 52 Places to Go in 2014' (http://nyti.ms/L89R2Y) due to the City's commitment to bicycling through the design and implementation of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail (http://bit.ly/1aH198v).

"Titled '34. Indianapolis: In the Land of Cars, Cycling (and Culture) Get the Limelight,' the $63 million, eight-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail is cited as an 'urban cycling model' that has attracted interest from planners 'from Cologne, Germany, to Portland, Oregon' who'have come to see how the city most famous for a 500-mile car race managed to swap auto for bike lanes and still keep everything rolling smoothly.'

"One of the major goals of the team that designed and developed the Cultural Trail was to help change the way the rest of the world views Indianapolis; this article, and the attention the project has received from other news outlets around the world, goes a long way towards accomplishing that goal. RundellErnstberger Associates, an Indianapolis-based urban design and landscape architecture firm, were the lead designers of the project, which was a public private partnership between the City of Indianapolis and the Central Indiana Community Foundation."



-> According to FHWA's recently published Traffic Volume Trends November 2013, "Travel on all roads and streets changed by -0.1% (-0.2 billion vehicle miles) for November 2013 as compared with November 2012. Travel for the month is estimated to be 239.5 billion vehicle miles."

[More details about the monthly Traffic Volume Trends report or to view archived reports: http://1.usa.gov/1k6iaJz]

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1ewdQhK
Title & Author: "Traffic Volume Trends November 2013" by FHWA


-> According to an article in the January CTS Catalyst, "Although bike share systems are becoming more popular across the United States, little is known about how people make decisions when integrating these systems into their daily travel. For example, when more than one bike share station is located nearby, how do users choose where to begin their trip, and what factors affect their decision?

"In a study funded by CTS, researchers from the U of M's civil engineering department sought to answer this question by investigating how people use the Nice Ride bike share system in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Professor David Levinson and graduate student Jessica Schoner examined how Nice Ride affects accessibility to jobs and developed a model to predict station choice..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fbK0Ca
Title & Author: "Exploring Nice Ride job accessibility and station choice" by Staff


-> According to the President's Message in a recently released Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety report, "...The 2014 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws provides a guide for state elected officials on what laws their states are lacking and where action is needed... The progress we have made in achieving a 26 percent fatality reduction from 1989 shows that when states take action to enact and enforce optimal traffic safety laws, lives are saved, injuries are reduced, and costs to society are contained. Despite the significant progress made over the past 25 years, there is still not a single state that has all of Advocates' 15 recommended safety laws..."

[Editor's Note: This report does not directly address pedestrian or bicyclist safety laws-it focuses on motor-vehicle laws that can address significant threats to pedestrians and bicyclists such as impaired or distracted driving. It also provides data you may find helpful.]

Source: http://bit.ly/1hL9IxJ
Title & Author: "2014 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws" by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety


-> According to the abstract of a TRB journal article published Jan. 20th, "Public transport is a very efficient way to handle large traffic flows in urban areas. At the same time, and especially in Europe, nonmotorized transport is being promoted as a further environmentally friendly and healthful way of urban mobility. This push includes the introduction and extension of separate lanes to increase safety and convenience of bikers and pedestrians. However, most cities have limited space for expanding streets and roads, and this limitation can lead to a conflict over the different uses. A clear understanding of the impacts of these changes on public transport is critical.

"A quick assessment model was developed to analyze the impact of changes to roadway design and policy that can affect public transport services. The model was developed to help public transport operator Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich in Zurich, Switzerland, assess changes quickly; these changes included the elimination of separate rights-of-way or the introduction of slow zones. The model will also help to explain the impacts of these changes to nontechnical audiences. The model uses a series of analytical calculations to analyze the main relationships between key public transport inputs and outputs. The model was validated with data from Zurich's tram and bus network. The case studies examined the influence of the reduction of separate rights-of-way, the expansion of 30 km/h zones, and the changes to stop distances on public transport operations."

Source: http://bit.ly/1csEcEG
Title & Author: "High-Quality Public Transport and Promotion of Nonmotorized Transport-Compromise or Complement?" by Lorenzo Naegeli, Hermann Orth, Ulrich Weidmann& Andrew Nash


"The innovation of Complete Streets is not in new designs, but in new ways of doing business and making decisions. Agencies with successful Complete Streets policies have reexamined their day-to-day procedures and changed them to ensure the needs of all users are taken into account as a matter of course. They have offered educational opportunities to personnel in how to achieve a balance for the mix of users on a particular street. They have usually made changes to design manuals, and they are coming up with new ways to measure the success of their transportation projects."

--From The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practices, 2nd Ed.


100 Famous Movie Quotes, Visualized

"In 2005, the American Film Institute polled a jury of 1,500 film artists, critics, and historians to come up with 100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes, a list of the most memorable movie quotes in Hollywood history… Those same quotes turned into 100 simple charts by designer Flowing Data's Nathan Yau… makes Hollywood's dusty old chestnuts seem awesome and fresh again. To convert cinematic sentiments into understandable diagrams, Yau has used every technique in the charting arsenal: pie charts, line graphs, bar charts, flow charts, and more."


WEBINAR "Effective Fundraising for Trails and Greenways"

Date: January 30, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Bob Searns(American Trails & The Greenway Team), Mark Ackelson, (Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation) & Marty Zeller (Conservation Partners)
Host: American Trails
Cost: $35 American Trails members / $55 nonmembers
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1ialJ0L

WEBINAR "Strategies to Bolster Economic Resilience: County Leadership in Action"

Date: January 30, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET
Presenters: Kathy Nothstine (National Association of Counties),Brett Schwartz (National Association of Development Organizations), Nate Kelly (Cuyahoga County, OH), Walter Sprouse (Augusta, GA Economic Development Authority), Mike Tumbarello (Garrett County, MD Information Enterprise Center)
Host: National Association of Counties
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1fca3sU

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 "NCMM Website Tour"

Date: February 6, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Carolyn Jeskey (Community Transportation Association of America), Rich Weaver (American Public Transportation Association) & Judy Shanley (Easter Seals)
Host: National Center for Mobility Management Webinars
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1hKEM0y

WEBINAR "Inclusive Planning and Design"

Date: February 12, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: National Center for Mobility Management Webinars
Cost: Site license for complete series of 4 webinars: $100 APBP member rate/ $170 non-member rate. Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1d6OrKw

WEBINAR "Measuring the Pedestrian Streetcape"

Date: February 13, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET
Presenters: James Sallis (University of California, San Diego) & Kelli Cain (University of California, San Diego)
Host: America Walks
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1jIdnAd

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 "Bicycle Safety Education: Implementing the Best Curriculum for your Community"

Date: February 20, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: LeeAnneFergason (Bicycle Transportation Alliance), Jenna Berman (Bicycle Colorado), &Dave Cowan(Safe Routes to School National Partnership)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1i9Foh5

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 "Potential Use of Social Media in the NEPA Process"

Date: March 12, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Eileen Barron (Parsons Brinckerhoff), Shane Peck (Parsons Brinckerhoff), &Marie Venner (Venner Consulting)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: Free for employees of TRB Sponsors or TRB Sustaining Affiliates, $49 for others
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1fbzAB8

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

6-WEEK ONLINE COURSE: "Fundamentals of Travel Training Administration"

Date: May 12 - June 20, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Kristi McLaughlin
Host: National Center for Mobility Management Webinars
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1goiDZo, direct questions to: 800/659-6428 or ftta@easterseals.com



-> According to a recent Center for Community Progress article, "Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices (http://bit.ly/1fcdP5K) explores how residents and leaders in Legacy Cities have used placemaking principles to transform blighted public spaces into revitalized community assets. The report, prepared for the Center for Community Progress by New Solutions Group, LLC, uses case studies to explore placemaking in four different Legacy City settings: downtowns, anchor districts, neighborhoods and corridors/trails. Featured placemaking sites are: Over the Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio; Midtown, the Georgia Street Community Collective, and Clark Park in Detroit, Michigan; Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, New York; and the waterfront development and associated trail system in Pittsburgh, PA.

"Legacy Cities are former industrial hubs, largely in the Northeast and Midwest, that experienced industrial and population declines during the latter half of the twentieth century. Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices examines how placemaking can be adapted to these settings, which often include high vacancy rates, a shrinking property tax base, and other challenges that differ from those of cities experiencing high growth rates and development pressures."

Source: http://bit.ly/LnhWlj
Title & Author: "Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices" by Staff


-> According to a Jan. 28th elevation DC article, "...DDOT (District of Columbia DOT) has been experimenting for several years with 'using rubberized materials to deal with tree and sidewalk conflicts, where the tree still has a long life ahead of it, but the root system and the sidewalk were no longer compatible for pedestrians, or ADA purposes,' says John Thomas, the Associate Director of the Urban Forest Administration for DDOT. In other words, as trees grow, they often push up the sidewalks, creating a broken mess that is easy to trip over. Keeping the sidewalks safe and usable without repeatedly re-paving often means cutting down a big beautiful tree...

"In a handful of tree boxes in Georgetown, and a few strategic problem areas, DDOT is testing Flexi-Pave to see if it will improve some of these problems.Flexi-Pave is a porous, flexible paving material made from ground-up pieces of recycled tire rubber, small pieces of gravel and (environmentally friendly) materials that help them stick together. The flexible, permeable texture reduces soil compaction, even with people stepping all over it, providing the tree with more air and water and space that allow it to grow to maturity. Flexi-Pave also doesn't trap trash or debris, so nothing is left to attract rodents. According to the manufacturer, it even filters out phosphates, nitrates and other contaminants..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1faNMdE
Title & Author: "What's all this stuff on the sidewalk? A tree peacekeeper" by Kaitlynn Hendricks


-> According to a January Active Living Research article, "Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) (http://bit.ly/1fbEb68) is a set of tools tailored for use in rural environments to assess the features and amenities, town characteristics, community programs, and policies that can affect physical activity. In the last couple of years, RALA has experienced an upsurge in interest in both the US and Canada. For example, the Centers for Disease Control asked David Hartley, who co-created RALA with an ALR grant, to consult with the CDC's Community Transformation Grant (CTG) recipients on using the tools. In result, Maine decided to use CTG money to assess every single community in the state over the next two years. Also, Maine's Bicycle Coalition is adding a bikeability component to RALA. And in Canada, CLASP (Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Promotion across Canada) is using RALA."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fmt2BW
Title & Author: "RALA Tools Benefiting More Rural Communities" by Staff


According to an article in the January RTC eNews, "Rail corridor abandonments could mean new trails that connect your community to great opportunities... Sign up to receive notices on railroad corridor abandonments for your area via RTC's Early Warning System: http://bit.ly/1d7jLc3.See a list of the latest abandonments: http://bit.ly/1iK6I8z"

Source: http://bit.ly/1ctwj1H
Title & Author: "Is There Trail Potential Near You?" by Staff


-> According to a Jan. 22nd Mineta Transportation Institute release, "How can transit planners accurately address the needs of those who combine bicycling with transit riding? Given that many bicyclists place a high value on the ability to blend these two modes, the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) has published a peer-reviewed report that provides policy recommendations to best address that need. Perceptions of Bicycle-Friendly Policy Impacts on Accessibility to Transit Services: The First and Last Mile Bridge is available for no-cost, no-registration download at http://bit.ly/1llw12B Authors are Bradley Flamm, PhD and Charles Rivasplata, PhD.

"In recent years, transit agencies have made it easier to combine bicycles and transit by installing bicycle racks on transit vehicles, implementing bicycles-on-trains policies, and developing other complementary programs. But is that effort really enlarging the geographic range of transit access? Further, do planners fully understand the profile of cycle-transit users (CTUs)?.."

Source: http://bit.ly/1dN6uFv


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

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Walk 21, October 21-13, 2014, Sydney, Australia.
DEADLINE: March 41, 2014

-> CALL FOR PAPERS -5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, June 22-24, 2015, Vancouver, BC.
Deadlines: April 30, 2014


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

-> February 10-11, 2014, Colorado Bike Summit, Denver, CO.

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

-> February 11, 2014, Maryland Bicycle Symposium, Annapolis, MD.

-> 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, Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Loma Linda, CA.

-> 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 9-12, 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.

-> March 29, 2014, Vermont Walk/Bike Summit, Burlington, VT.

-> April 4-6, 2014, Open Streets National Summit, Los Angeles, CA.

-> April 8-10, 2014, Bicycle Leadership Conference, Monterey, CA.

-> April 8-10, 2014, California Trails and Greenways Conference, Palm Springs, CA.

-> April 9-11, 2014, Placemaking: Making It Happen, New York, NY

-> April 9-11, 2014, Fifth International Transportation and Economic Development Conference, Dallas, TX.

-> April 11-12, 2014, Georgia Trail Summit, Athens, GA.

-> 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.

-> April 21, 2014, Oregon Active Transportation Summit, Portland, OR.

-> 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 7, 2014, Bike to School Day

-> 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.

-> June 8-12, 2014, International Making Cities Livable, Portland, OR.

-> 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 7-10, 2014, Governors Highway Safety Association, Grand Rapids, MI.

-> 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.

-> September 21-24, 2014, Rail~Volution, Minneapolis, MN.

-> October 8, 2014, Walk to School Day

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

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

-> October 21-23, 2014, Walk 21, Sydney, Australia.

-> October 21-24, 2014, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

-> 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.

-> June 22-24, 2015, 5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, Vancouver, BC.


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 North Carolina Community Transformation Grant Project is searching for an Active Living Coordinator. The position will provide technical assistance, create resources and build partnerships to increase physical activity through built environment initiatives. Emphasis is placed on efforts that support comprehensive planning and shared use of physical activity facilities. Duties include developing and maintaining statewide partnerships supporting comprehensive planning and shared use policies; identifying key contacts that can be introduced to funded communities as technical resources; informing state and local staff of technical advances, effective interventions and opportunities available for building capacity and expanding state and community-based physical activity programs in the area of comprehensive planning and shared use policies among others.

Deadline: January 31, 2014.
Contact: Sharon Nelson, Sharon.boss.nelson@dhhs.nc.gov or 919-707-5207


The City of Bloomington is seeking an individual to support the Public Health Division in the implementation of the grant funded active living strategies in the cities of Bloomington, Edina and Richfield. This is a part-time position working approximately 28 - 30 hours a week. Duties include coordinating and implementing active living initiatives in accordance with best practices and grant work plans; facilitating grassroots prevention efforts within each of the communities; working closely with various City departmental staff (transportation, planning, parks and recreation, public safety and public health) in each city; among others.

Deadline: January 31, 2014 by 4:30 PM Central Time


The West Central Initiative is seeking an Active Living/Transportation Planner for regional planning activities, including active living, active transportation and Safe Routes to School planning work. This is a grant-supported position that is currently funded through September 2016. This position requires either a) a bachelor's degree in planning; or b) a bachelor's degree in another field plus a minimum of one year related experience. Competitive salary and benefits package offered. Mail completed application along with resume and cover letter to Wayne Hurley, Planning Director, West Central Initiative, PO Box 318, Fergus Falls, MN 56538-0318, or email to wayne@wcif.org. Applications received after January 31, 2014 will not be guaranteed consideration.

Deadline: Applications received after January 31, 2014 not guaranteed consideration

-> Job - Active Transportation Planner II, City of Fort Wayne, IN

Working under the direction of the CD Administrator - Special Projects, the Active Transportation Planner II coordinates and contributes to projects relating to the Comprehensive Plan. Duties include coordinating implementation of the active transportation components of the Comprehensive Plan; serving as a Community Development Division liaison to various interagency and interdepartmental transportation committees and project teams; developing and maintaining GIS data to support planning and implementation of active transportation and other community development objectives of the Planning and Policy Department; and coordinating construction of pedestrian and cyclist facilities as part of the annual Capital Improvements Plan; among others.

Deadline: None provided. Position re-posted January 22, 2014


Multiple positions will be filled from this posting:The Community Planner II position is part of the Community Studies group. In this role the person must function as a key producer of reports assessing transportation-related effects on local communities and on land use and development as part of the project development and environmental assessment process. This person must be able to clearly understand, interpret and forecast the relationships between transportation and land use, and communicate the findings and recommendations to other planners, engineers, elected and appointed officials and the general public. The position involves review of work done by Community Planner I's and II's. The position will also manage contracts with private consulting firms and review work produced by them. Assistance with development of tools, processes and procedures is also involved, as well as other special projects.

Deadline: February 4, 2014, 5:00 p.m. ET


America Walks is seeking a dynamic professional to serve as the daily manager of communications for America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative. The position,starting at 25 - 30 hours/week with the opportunity for full-time employment, will manage all elements of communications, work to improve messaging to increase walking and improve walkability, and manage the Communication and Marketing work group of the Collaborative. This person will work from their home office, but must be a strong team player in order to collaborate with staff and organizational partners to grow the national walking movement and build awareness about the importance of walking and walkability among individuals and organizations. The Communication Manager will also help promote of Office of the Surgeon General's proposed Call to Action on Walking; and support America Walks in raising additional funds to grow the capacity of the organization, including the potential of moving this position to full time.

Deadline: Applications considered on a rolling basis, position open until filled. Apply by February 6, 2014.


The Coalition for Recreational Trails will be presenting its 16th annual Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Achievement Awards in June during Great Outdoors Week. This awards program has proven to be a great success, showcasing excellent projects made possible by RTP funding and enhancing awareness and appreciation of the RTP among Members of Congress and other key officials. We are once again encouraging those nominating RTP projects to solicit support for the nomination from their Congressional delegation. This effort has been very successful and increased the visibility of individual RTP projects, the CRT awards program, and the RTP itself. Please distribute this notice to your networks to help ensure that we have an impressive group of nominees from which to select this year's winners.

Deadline: March 28, 2014


Alta Planning + Design is seeking to hire an experienced planner, designer, or engineer to lead our Chicago office. This position would be responsible for managing staff, budgets, and workload. The ideal candidate will have consulting experience and be able to market Alta's services. This position is flexible in that, if the right candidate is found, the responsibilities of the position could expand to include management of other regional offices.

Deadline: None provided



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