#350 Wednesday, February 12, 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.

----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 - Program Update
----- Safe Streets Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate: Speak Up!
----- 25 Yrs of Healthy Communities Movement, Part 1
----- Sneckdowns: Snow Reveals Unused Space to Reclaim
----- Take the Walking Advocacy Survey
----- Register National Bike to School Day Events
----- My Friend, John Williams, CenterLines’ 1st Editor

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Knoxville (TN) Citizens’ Guide to Bike- & Ped-Friendly Communities
----- Philadelphia Complete Streets Design Handbook
----- Minneapolis (MN) $600 Protected Bike Lane Demo
----- New York State: $50 Million for Active Transportation
----- South Providence (RI) Walking School Bus Improves Absenteeism
----- 1897 Black Soldiers Bike from Missoula (MT) to St. Louis (MO)

----- Civil Rights Guidance & Equity Analysis in MPO Plans
----- TX Study Begins: Health Benefits of Walking to Transit
----- New Toolkit: Measuring Success of Open Streets

----- CDC Healthy Community Design Toolkit: Website & Resources
----- Walkable & Bikeable Neighborhoods Thru Zoning & Subdivision Codes
----- Protected Bike Lanes Benefit Business’ Bottom Lines
----- LAB Releases How to Plan State Bike Summit Guide
----- 7 Ways Technology Transforms Bike Commuting

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by Mark Plotz

-> We had a bumper crop of proposals this year--just over 300--with plenty of gems in the lot. I've read them all, and the proposals are now in the hands of our reviewers, who will complete their work by the end of February. Connect and Change proved to be the most popular tracks for submissions, followed by Sustain and Prosper. The new 60-minute panel format was slightly more popular than the 90-minute panel; poster displays/Pecha Kucha and 90-minute moderated discussion were third and fourth, respectively. Here's the mind-blowing stat: two-thirds, or 220 proposals were submitted in the final 24 hours.

Registration will open in late February, and you can expect that rates, benefits and deadlines will be similar to the 2012 conference. If you need specifics about costs, sponsor/exhibition opportunities, or want to discuss ideas for plenary sessions, send me a note: mark@bikewalk.org. For the latest conference news, including the mobile workshop program, visit http://www.prowalkprobike.org or follow us @WalkBikePlaces.


-> According to a Feb. 7th The Hill article, "Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) introduced a bill Thursday (S. 2004: Safe Streets Act of 2014: http://1.usa.gov/1bLPhge) that would require federally funded road projects to be ‘complete streets,’ meaning states would have to consider adding sidewalks and bike lanes. Complete-street policies ensure sidewalk, crosswalks and safe transit access are taken into consideration as roadway plans are developed. Schatz and Begich said this would improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists...

"S. 2004, the Safe Streets Act would require all states and Metropolitan Planning Organizations to adopt complete-street policies for federally funded projects within two years, and consider the safety of all users when designing new roads or improving existing roads. The bill would also allow the Secretary of Transportation to provide grants to transportation agencies across the country with best practices for implementing complete streets principles...

"Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and David Joyce (R-Ohio) have introduced a companion measure in the House. (HR 2468: Safe Streets Act of 2013: http://1.usa.gov/1gpaqBb)" 

Source: http://bit.ly/1eqbujS
Title & Author: "Bill calls for sidewalks, bike lanes on federal funded roads" by Ramsey Cox

[Editor’s Note: Urge your members of Congress to sign on. Here are 3 ways to get started:
http://bit.ly/1aTYR5I (Via Smart Growth America)
http://bit.ly/MKsprc (Via Safe Routes to School National Partnership)
http://bit.ly/MKsGdK (Via League of American Bicyclists)]


-> According to a Feb. 11th Kaiser Permanente article, "Where we live impacts how we live. Twenty-five years ago, it was a simple, yet revolutionary idea: where we live influences everything — from opportunities for physical activity and healthier eating, to urban design, to youth empowerment and equitable economic development. This idea that ‘place matters’ has given rise to the Healthy Communities movement, a movement to design healthier, more vibrant communities in cities, counties and states across the country...

"As part of Kaiser Permanente’s longstanding commitment to building healthy communities, the organization is sponsoring two special editions of the National Civic Review, the flagship publication of the 120-year-old National Civic League. These editions chronicle the past, present and future of the Healthy Communities movement in the United States...The first edition of National Civic Review’s Healthy Communities anniversary issues is available online and in print (See the full table of contents and access individual articles for Part I of the two-part series: http://bit.ly/1haGkoq)...

"Additionally, the Community Commons — a web platform that connects diverse civic leaders and provides tools for assessing the health of their communities — is partnering with National Civic League to celebrate this anniversary by lifting up case stories and curating dialogue with authors throughout 2014. We encourage you to visit the Community Commons website and get engaged (http://bit.ly/1epHdkY)."

Source: http://bit.ly/1iNOvnZ
Title & Author: "Celebrating 25 Years of Healthy Communities in the United States" by Staff


-> According to a Feb. 3rd This Old City Article, "After record amounts of snow this year in Philadelphia, you could be excused for not wanting to see any more of it. But today's snow actually brought us some pretty cool ideas for public spaces and traffic safety improvements along E. Passyunk Avenue in South Philly. If you haven't heard of a ‘sneckdown’ yet, it's a clever combination of ‘snow’ and ‘neckdown’ - another name for a curb expansion - that uses snow formations on the street to reveal the space cars don't use. Advocates can then use these sneckdown photos to make the case to local transportation officials that traffic calming interventions like curb bumpouts and traffic islands can be installed without any loss to car drivers.

"One of the areas of Philadelphia with the best opportunities for pedestrian plazas is E. Passyunk Avenue, which crosses the street grid at a diagonal, creating lots of triangular intersections. I thought the snow would provide some good examples to help you visualize what I'm talking about, so I headed over there this afternoon to take some sneckdown photos. And to my delight, the snow revealed some awesome traffic calming ideas I hadn't considered..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1eSTHq0
Title & Author: "Photos: What Snow Tells Us About Creating Better Public Spaces on E. Passyunk Avenue" by Jon Geeting

[Editor’s Note: See full article for extensive photographed examples of sneckdowns enhanced with highlights]


-> According to a Feb. 11th America Walks release, "EveryBody! Walk Collaborative Partners and America Walks are working to develop a national picture of local community organizations and statewide efforts engaged in actions to increase the number of people regularly walking... we want to know who you are, what you have accomplished and, most importantly, how can our national partnership help you. Take the survey: http://conta.cc/NADQmr.

"We need your help. The purpose of this quick survey is to begin cataloging the type and amount of local walking advocacy and programming activity being implemented in your community by your organization. We are interested in both walking programs and the developments of environments that make walking safe, routine and enjoyable. We will ask a few questions about your organizations and a few others about your walking programs and advocacy efforts. Thank you for participating in this important count of our walking movement.

"Don't worry about others from your organization who may also take the survey, we'll combine responses. We're happy to have as much information as we can gather from all advocates..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1kAfBSH
Title & Author: None provided


-> According to a Feb. 11th National Center for Safe Routes to School release, "Join tens of thousands of children, parents, school officials, and many other supporters for the third annual Bike to School Day on May 7, 2014... The National Center for Safe Routes to School announces National Bike to School Day registration is now open: http://bit.ly/15PtJyo. The momentum for this event keeps building and last year a total of 1,705 schools across the country participated, an 80 percent increase since the inaugural event in 2012...

"Bike to School Day is a national event that gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together in bicycling to school on the same day. It is part of the movement for year-round safe routes to school and encourages bicycling to school as a healthy way for kids and families to make their school commute..."

Source: http://bit.ly/NABLHc
Title & Author: "National Bike to School Day 2014 Registration Now Open" by Colleen Vasu

By Bill Wilkinson
(former National Center for Bicycling and Walking Executive Director)

-> My friend, John Williams, is gradually fading away: it is what Early Onset Alzheimer’s does to a spirit. It sucks the essence out of him. It sucks.

Last month, Gary MacFadden (former Adventure Cycling Executive Director) and I spent a few days in Missoula, Montana, and we got to spend some "quality time" with our friend, John. He took us to one of his favorite brew pubs, his favorite coffee joint, and what passes for an Irish pub... a long ways from Ireland. We drank beer and coffee together, we told stories, we tried (all three of us!) to remember names, and we laughed a lot. It was good ... and it was bittersweet.

I’ve known John for over 40 years. We’ve ridden some miles (about 1,000 of them together in Ireland in 1978). We’ve sipped Jamison’s in pubs and in barns and by the side of the road. We’ve laughed over Flann O’Brien tales to the point that we only need the punch lines. We’ve traded photographs and cartoons and books (John is the only person I know who reads more than I do... and he reads better stuff, too... mostly). John taught me how to overhaul my bike... and how to ride it efficiently. We’ve played music together (John could have been a professional musician... on the harmonica).

Quiet to a fault. Brilliant in so many ways. Gentle. Funny and playful. A genius with dogs... and never more than a gentle word to them. And, a great friend.

Jan and I were there when John and Linda were married. Boy oh boy, was the boy happy! They make a great couple... and they make a great team. For the past few years, Linda first helped John, and later as his disease progressed, produced CenterLines. He no longer believes his role warrants the title, "Editor." John is like that... So, "Editor Emeritus and Founding Editor" it will be. And, the spirit he brought to it will carry on.

Safe travels, my friend: may the wind be at your back and the road rise up to meet you.

"Is it about a bicycle?" [From the Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien]

[Editor’s Note: In the early 1970s John self-produced and distributed his first newsletter to advance bicycling, Cyclateral Thinking. By 1981 he had taken over as Editor of Bicycle Forum, a quarterly journal of the growing bicycle field. As editor he also wrote a lot of the copy, recruited leaders in the field to contribute articles, and illustrated, typeset and laid out each issue. John began as the Editor of CenterLines from issue #1, gathering and sharing the news on bicycle and pedestrian programs every two weeks for most of the past 13 ½ years. John can be reached at john@montana.com.]



-> According to a Feb. 7th email announcement from Kelley Segars of the Knoxville, TN Regional Bicycle Program, "NEW! Citizens Guide to Promoting Bicycle- and Pedestrian-Friendly Communities (http://bit.ly/1aU1Afx). This guide is a resource for individuals, local organizations, community coalitions, neighborhood groups, the faith community and others interested in promoting and creating bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and communities." 


-> According to a Jan. 27th State Smart Transportation Initiative post, "The Philadelphia Complete Streets Design Handbook (http://bit.ly/1lt7aqk) has ideas to make local streets accommodate all users. It includes checklists at the end for different components of the street. The city intends to update it as comments come in and the document is used by planners and city staff."

Source: http://bit.ly/1kxv71E
Title & Author: "Philadelphia Complete Streets Design Handbook (Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, 2013)" by Staff


-> According to a Jan. 24th People for Bikes article, "Sometimes the best ways to spread the idea of protected bike lanes are the simplest. In Minneapolis, where a new community coalition has set a target to build 30 miles of new protected bike lanes by 2020, fans of protected bike lanes hit on a cheap and easy way to reach the heart of their target market — people who like to ride bikes but feel uncomfortable mixing with auto traffic. They got together to construct 15 plywood planters and then set them up at each of the city's four summertime Open Streets events. (See article for video showing how it looked at the event)...

"Andrew Kuncel, who organized the demonstration, called the one-block demo a ‘gold mine’ for building the new coalition's list of public supporters... Kuncel said the whole operation cost about $600 for materials, though he suggested that other groups should try something lighter than plywood. The assembly took 10 people in a three-hour build session..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1faKENH
Title & Author: "Steal this Idea: A $600 Protected Bike Lane Demo at an Open Streets Event" by Michael Andersen

[Editor’s Note: See Protected Bike Lanes Benefit Business’ Bottom Lines report in Resources section.]


-> According to a Feb. 10th The New York Observer article, "Applications for $50 million in federal funding, provided by the Federal Highway Administration via the New York State Department of Transportation, for an array of alternative transportation projects are now available, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today. Meant to complement the $67 million allocated last month to ‘help modernize and enhance’ the state’s transportation infrastructure with 63 bicycle and pedestrian path enhancement initiatives, the newly-announced funding will support ‘recreational and tourism opportunities across the state,’ Mr. Cuomo said in a release. ‘We are looking for projects that can grow local economies and create jobs, while also contributing to cleaner and more resilient communities for years to come.’

"Eligible projects will include both on and off-road facilities for pedestrians and cyclists; systems meant to safely address the daily needs of children, the non-driving elderly and the disabled; and ‘environmental mitigation’ including pollution prevention and erosion control. Approved projects can expect to have up to 80 percent of costs covered by the new funding; project sponsors will be responsible for marshaling the remaining financing themselves..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1eTdCFp
Title & Author: "Governor Cuomo Announces $50 M in Funding for Alternative Transportation Projects" by Chris Pomorski


-> According to a February Safe Route to School National Partnership e-News article, "Fogarty Elementary School in the low-income community of South Providence, Rhode Island struggled with chronic absenteeism. Then they started a walking school bus - and now kids are getting to school AND getting active every day. Since its start in 2012, the program has expanded to two schools, four routes, and 30 kids who walk to and from school every day. Remarkably, 100 percent of participating students have improved their attendance at school. Read more about how walking school buses have improved absenteeism rates on our blog: http://bit.ly/1jvaaUP."

Source: http://bit.ly/1epdqcj
Title & Author: "Active Kids are Doing Better at this Rhode Island School" by Staff


-> According to a Jan. 22nd UM News article, "During February, the Mansfield Library at the University of Montana will feature an exhibit celebrating African-American History Month, which focuses on the achievements of African-Americans and the integral role they played in U.S. history. Exhibit displays, located throughout the main level of the library, will focus specifically on the African-American history of Missoula and UM.

"The theme of the exhibit is the 1897 Great Bicycle Ride of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps from Missoula to St. Louis, which took 41 days and covered 1,900 miles. In 1974, members of the UM Black Studies Program re-created the ride. The Army’s 25th Infantry, a black regiment also known as the Buffalo Soldiers, was stationed at Fort Missoula and their Bicycle Corps was the first of its kind in the country..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fFrEZw
Title & Author: "UM Mansfield Library Celebrates African-American History Month" by Staff

[Editor’s Note: See photographs from this incredible 1897 ride: http://bit.ly/1ojLpLP.]



-> According to a Feb. 10th State Smart Transportation Initiative post, "Metropolitan planning organizations typically undertake an analysis of regional transportation plan equity to comply with federal anti-discrimination law, most prominently Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In this critical review (Civil Rights Guidance and Equity Analysis Methods for Regional Transportation Plans: A Critical Review of Literature and Practice: http://bit.ly/1ekFBZZ), the authors examine the law, regulatory guidance, academic research, and agency practice pertinent to equity analysis. They find that recommendations are extensive but generally lack specificity and are rarely enforceable. Current methodology is based in the spatial analysis of environmental exposures and the neighborhood effects literature. This method is not appropriate for the analysis of transportation investment benefits, in part because target populations must be defined a priori based on demographic thresholds for areal units rather than on the basis of exposure. Newer travel demand modeling paradigms are capable of sidestepping methodological problems, and legacy models can be adapted and improved."

Source: http://bit.ly/1deN558
Title & Author: "Civil rights guidance and equity analysis methods for regional transportation plans: a critical review of literature and practice (Journal of Transportation Geography, 2013)" by Staff


-> According to a Feb. 3rd KUHF article, "With two new light rail lines set to open in Houston later this year, health and transportation researchers are teaming up for a long-term study on the benefits of walking to transit stops. They want to know if a couple of brisk walks a day can lead to major changes in well-being... With the help of a grant from the National Institutes of Health, UT Health and the Texas Transportation Institute are teaming up for a first-of-its-kind study. The five-year effort focuses on people who live near Metro's new light rail lines...

"Researchers will study the travel patterns of people who start using the trains and measure changes in their level of physical activity. ‘This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.’ UT Health researcher Harold Kohl says Houston's situation is unique, since they can look at behavior before and after the trains start rolling. ‘We call it a natural experiment in that the study really couldn't be done, asking these particular questions, if the rail lines weren't being extended.’..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1cuWeT0
Title & Author: "New Study Looks At Health Benefits Of Walking To Transit Stops" by Gail Delaughter


-> According to a recent Active Living Research web page, "The Open Streets Initiatives: Measuring Success Toolkit (http://bit.ly/MKlaQ2) provides cities, bicycle/pedestrian agencies, academics, and others interested in measuring the success of Open Streets initiatives a framework for capturing physical activity, participant counts, business buy-in, and other relevant measures... Included in this toolkit are measures for communication, reach, activity hubs, participant counts, physical activity type and level, cost-benefit analysis, and local business evaluation. There are also examples of collected data, policy briefs and references to published work..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1epSbHl
Title & Author: "Open Streets Initiatives: Measuring Success Toolkit" by Staff



"By improving the health status of all Americans, we have an unprecedented opportunity to take the moral high ground, set the stage for a more robust economic future, and revitalize the processes of civic engagement necessary for a healthy democracy. In so doing, we can invest in a health-producing society where people are not treated as mere consumers of services but rather are engaged as coproducers of health, serving as leaders for a healthier culture and healthier environments.

"At a time when the public debate seeks consensus on strategies for budget cutting and investments that will build the future, the stories and strategies of this movement and the local-level strategies they have helped generate point to solutions that are creating measurable results and are appealing to persons across political and other lines. This approach increases resilience, reduces long-term risk, and lays the foundation for a vibrant third American century."

Tyler Norris in the National Civic Review essay, "Healthy Communities at Twenty-Five: Participatory Democracy and the Prospect for American Renewal"



"Road rage, careless driving, swerving cars: these may all be things you encounter during your normal commute. And the thought ‘This state has got to have the worst drivers!’ may cross your mind from time to time. It’s time to update our findings with the latest driving statistics and ask once again, ‘Which state has the worst drivers?’. Keep in mind that not only are bad drivers aggravating and dangerous, but they contribute to increased auto insurance premiums in your State!"

See the interactive map and state-by-state chart of fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, failure to obey: traffic signals & seat belts, drunk driving, tickets, and careless driving: http://bit.ly/1diwsFG


WEBINAR "Accessible Pedestrian Signals"

Date: February 13, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Instructors: Daniel Carter (UNC Highway Safety Research Center) & Janet Barlow (Accessible Design for the Blind)
Host: Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1iNWvWc

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 "What to Know Before You Go [to the National Bike Summit]"

Date: February 13, 2014, 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: League of American Bicyclists
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1eSLXnZ

WEBINAR "Discovering State Spending on Bicycling and Walking"

Date: February 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Advocacy Advance
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/LUbiT6

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 "Reshaping Rural Highways for Livability"

Date: February 20, 2014, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET (new date)
Presenters: Susan Van Wagner (Route 50 Corridor Coalition), Ian Lockwood (Livable Transportation), Jan Vaughan (VDOT) & James Zeller (VDOT)
Host: ContextSensitiveSolutions.org
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/1ePvVvb

WEBINAR "Managing User Conflicts ~ Part 3 of 3"

Date: February 20, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Steve Sherwood (Chinook Associates LLC)
Host: American Trails
Cost: $35 members / $55 nonmembers (0.10 CEUs: $20 additional fee)
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/NB06g2

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 "Using Crosswalk Laws as a Framework for Pedestrian Safety"

Date: February 25, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Ray Thomas (Attorney, Portland, OR)
Host: America Walks
Cost: Free, limited to 65 people
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1lAJDDV

WEBINAR "Walking School Bus Sustainability, both dollars and dedication!"

Date: February 25, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (repeated on February 26)
Presenter: Evan Yoder (Hillsboro, KS) & Cristina McKenney (Phoenix, AZ)
Host: PedNetConsulting
Cost: Free, registration limited to 60
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1ePxOYG (note webinar & date in message)

WEBINAR "Walking School Bus Sustainability, both dollars and dedication!"

Date: February 26, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET (repeated from February 25)
Presenter: Evan Yoder (Hillsboro, KS) & Cristina McKenney (Phoenix, AZ)
Host: PedNetConsulting
Cost: Free, registration limited to 60
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1ePxOYG (note webinar & date in message)

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

SITE-BASED TRAINING: "National Bike Summit Media Training"

Date: March 2, 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, Washington, DC
Presenter: Tanya Snyder (StreetsBlog USA), Nadia Pflaum (WUSA9), Kate Ryan (WTOP News) & Aaron Wiener (Washington City Paper)
Host: League of American Bicyclists, Streetsblog & Streetfilms
Cost: Free, registration required
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1epjPnW

WEBINAR "Streets as Places Part II: Making It Happen!"

Date: March 4, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Presenter: TBA
Host: National Highway Institute
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/NBRoy9

WEBINAR "Open Questions and Answers"

Date: March 6, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Marsha K. Mazz, Rex Pace, Melissa Andersen & Tim Creagan (all from US Access Board)
Host: US Access Board
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1bGyEYp

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

ON-SITE COURSE "Bicycle & Pedestrian-Friendly Site Design"

Date: March 31, 2014, 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT, Portland, OR
Instructor: Lynn Weigand (Portland State University)
Host: Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation
Cost: $295, register by March 17, 2014
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1dj58ap

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 February Safe Route to School National Partnership e-News article, "The free online toolkit (Healthy Community Design Toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1oi1fqz) provides a variety of resources that are easy to read, understand, and use. They include:

-A checklist of questions for individuals, to help them consider and understand healthy community design elements.
-A customizable PowerPoint presentation on healthy community design that explains to individuals how the physical makeup of their neighborhood affects their health.
-A guide to CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network and other online resources to find health data on a community.
-A resource guide listing other audit tools, websites, checklists and pamphlets that can help residents, planners, public health and local officials create vibrant healthy neighborhoods. 

Source: http://bit.ly/1epdqcj
Title & Author: "CDC Releases Healthy Community Design Toolkit" by Staff


-> According to a recent ChangeLab Solutions article, "...ChangeLab Solutions developed Move This Way: Making Neighborhoods More Walkable and Bikeable (http://bit.ly/1kB1dJR) to explain how to use one set of tools – zoning and subdivision codes — to make your community more walkable and bikeable. It was designed to assist public health department professionals and advocates in their efforts to revise their local codes, but it may also be useful to other stakeholders routinely involved with updating and revising zoning and subdivision codes, including elected officials, planners, and local advocates.

"Zoning and subdivision codes specify requirements for the design of future development, so language requiring bike and pedestrian facilities can create a major shift in the way roads are built and maintained in your community. The sample codes presented in this toolkit are meant to complement and implement other policies that may be needed to improve bicycle and pedestrian conditions in your community, such as comprehensive plans (also known as general plans), bicycle and pedestrian master plans, and complete streets policies."

Source: http://bit.ly/1cvhmbU
Title & Author: "Move This Way: Making Neighborhoods More Walkable and Bikeable" by Staff


-> According to a Jan. 15th Alliance for Biking and Walking article, "...The economy is slowly bouncing back after the biggest slowdown since the Great Depression. For the first time in two generations, Americans are moving to cities in record numbers. And during all this, more and more people are expressing a preference for living in places where bicycling is easy and comfortable. City leaders and business leaders alike are taking note. And, in responding to these trends, they have discovered an unexpected tool to create opportunities in growing downtown economies: the protected bike lane.

"In a new report (Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business: How 21st Century Transportation Networks Help New Urban Economies Bloom: http://bit.ly/1bLnE7c) from PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking, 15 entrepreneurs and business leaders from major U.S. cities explain how protected bike lanes — on-street lanes that are physically separated from automobile traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts — has meant big benefits for their companies. The report combines this original reporting with an overview of the latest academic and technical research to find changes associated with four mega-trends.

1. "Americans — especially young people — are driving less and biking more...
2. Americans are flocking to urban areas, congesting city streets and creating market demand for solutions that increase street flow without adding gridlock...
3. With health care costs at an all-time high, companies are scrambling to get more employees exercising regularly...
4. In shopping districts, the most valuable customers are those who stop by often..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1bnS5pr
Title & Author: "Four Reasons Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business" by Mary Lauran Hall

[Editor’s Note: See Minneapolis (MN) $600 Protected Bike Lane Demo item in Regional section]


According to a Feb. 3rd League of American Bicyclists article, "...What you may not know is that each year at least 27 states hold statewide bike and/or walking summits or conferences. These events bring together advocates and the region’s other key players to focus on the needs of the individual state, and they can be a critical part of moving a state’s bicycling and walking agenda forward.

"To help advocates launch or continue state bike summits, we’ve updated our step-by-step guide (Guide to State Bike Summits: The Comprehensive Manual on How to Plan, Create and Market Your Next Gathering of Bike Advocates: http://bit.ly/1iNTKEd). It is full of useful, real world recommendations and includes tools like a sample timelines, press releases, and media guidelines. It also shares the experience of advocates who’ve already done it..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1aTGwFM
Title & Author: "Report: State Bike Summit Guide" by Darren


-> According to a Feb. 7th Co.Labs article, "...Bicycles, with their gears and pedal power may seem like the Luddites of the transportation family, but the technology available to improve your ride is out there, it’s growing, and it’s helping more Americans consider bikes as a method of transportation than ever before.

"If you're a cyclist, or have friends who prefer two wheels to four, you are aware of how passionate people can be about bicycles, and specifically their enthusiasm for bike evangelism. Tyler Doornbos, of Bike Friendly Goods in Grand Rapids, Michigan, chatted with me about some of the ‘barriers to entry’ for getting more people on bikes, and how new technologies are addressing some of those issues. I've taken his advice and put together this short guide to digitizing your bike commute..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1ffFUWU
Title & Author: "Seven Ways Technology Is Transforming Your Bike Commute" by Alli Rense


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 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 PROPOSALS - Tennessee Bike Summit, May 14-17, 2014, Nashville, TN.
DEADLINE: March 1, 2014

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference, July 10-11, 2014, Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia.
DEADLINE: March 3, 2014

-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - 7th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, October 7-8, 2014, Dubuque, IA.
DEADLINE: March 11, 2014

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Walk 21, October 21-13, 2014, Sydney, Australia.
DEADLINE: March 31, 2014

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


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

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

-> February 16, 2014, Los Angeles Commuter Festival and Bicycle Summit, Los Angeles, CA.

-> 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 24-26, 2014, Start Pedaling Indiana! – spIN 2014 Indiana Bike Summit, Bloomington, IN.

-> April 26-30, 2014, American Planning Association 2014 National Planning Conference, Atlanta, GA.

-> May 1-2, 2014, Streets as Places, New York, NY.

-> 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 14-17, 2014, Tennessee Bike Summit, Nashville, TN.

-> 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 10-11, 2014, 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference, Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia.

-> 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.

-> August 19-20, 2014, California Adaptation Forum, Sacramento, CA.

-> 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 7-8, 2014, 7th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, IA.

-> 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.


Rapid Response Grants enable state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations to win, increase, and preserve public funding in their communities for biking and walking. Thanks to support from SRAM Cycling Fund, Advocacy Advance is pleased to award $100,000 in grants in 2014 to organizations that are a member of the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking. The Advocacy Advance team provides necessary resources, technical assistance, coaching, and training to supplement the grants. These grants, accepted on a rolling basis, are for short-term campaigns that will increase or preserve investments in active transportation in communities where program choices are being made on how to spend federal, state, and local funding.

Deadline: No deadline. Applications responded to within 2 weeks, upon approval, funding available within a month.


Are you an experienced project leader with a keen interest in walking and cycling? Do you want to help lead upcoming active transportation projects? The Active Transportation Branch at the City of Vancouver BC has a temporary full-time vacancy for a Senior Transportation Engineer (CE II) until December 31, 2015. This position is responsible for managing projects and related studies dealing with the City's active transportation network, including separated bike lanes, local street bikeways, public realm design, pedestrian accessibility improvements, and the promotion and enabling of active transportation modes. This position will assist in the implementation of active transportation corridors and ongoing prioritization of projects emerging from the City’s Transportation 2040 plan. The successful candidate will analyze and implement projects, prepare technical and Council reports and present results, assist in public processes, and effectively liaise with other City Departments, municipalities and outside agencies.

Deadline: February 19, 2014


Bicycle sharing is a sustainable, healthy, and community-based transportation option that enhances urban livability and mobility. Toronto Bike Share will operate with 1,000 bikes and 100 stations in the City of Toronto.  Through contracts with the City of Toronto, Alta Bicycle Share is responsible for all "on the ground" aspects of Toronto Bike Share, including but not limited to: station and bike building and deployment, station and bike repair and maintenance, and bicycle redistribution. Alta Bicycle Share, operator of the Toronto Bike Share system, is seeking a General Manager to oversee all aspects of ongoing operations.

Deadline: None provided, job posted January 30, 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


Alta Planning + Design Portland office is seeking a junior-level Designer or Landscape Architect to join our team. This position will be responsible for assisting the design group with field investigation and site analysis, research, planning, design, graphics production, AutoCAD drafting, and public outreach. The ideal candidate will possess an interest for and dedication to multi-modal transportation planning and design. Key aspects of this position include working in an inter-disciplinary team on a broad range of projects including Complete Streets, Safe Routes to School, greenway planning, and multi-modal transportation studies; generating high quality project graphics, including visual simulations, maps, cross sections, outreach materials; and performing site inventories and project research among others.

Deadline: None provided


The Planner, Entry Level, Programs Focus, will provide support for Alta’s Programs Team in providing coordination, education, encouragement, and marketing services to clients with the ultimate goal of increasing walking, bicycling, carpooling and transit use. This position is located in Alta’s Berkeley (CA) office. Duties will include outreach to the public and clients about bicycling, walking and Safe Routes to Schools; coordinating and attending meetings and events; and transportation research and analysis among others.

Deadline: None provided


-> Technical Assistance: Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service

Have an idea for a trail, river, or park in your community? The National Park Service can help! The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation.

Our national network of conservation and recreation planning professionals partners with community groups, nonprofits, tribes, and state and local governments design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities. Contact us. Together, we help you get your conservation and outdoor recreation ideas on the ground.

Deadline: August 1, 2014



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