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#351 Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, a program of Project for Public Spaces. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.

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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014: Registration Opens!
----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2016: Request for Letters of Interest
----- Bike & Ped Spending in STIPs: Analysis of Problems & Priorities
----- 9th Straight Year of VMT Drops; DOTs Taking Notice
----- Public Health-Active Transportation Policy Platform
----- Protected Intersection Design for Bicyclists
----- Comparing Public Spaces for Pedestrians in NYC and Paris
----- Interactive Map of Carbon Footprint for All US Zip Codes
----- Reporting Platform for Local Climate Initiatives

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----- New York City Releases Vision Zero Action Plan
----- Los Angeles’ 1st Bike Friendly Business District
----- MN Releases K-6 Walking & Biking Curriculum
----- Florida’s Ped Crash Patterns and Contributing Factors

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----- Report: Cycling’s Societal Health Benefits Outweigh Negative Factors
----- Safe Routes to School Effectiveness in Reducing Ped Injuries
----- Toronto Study: Urban Neighborhood Walkability Features
----- Obesity Rates Significantly Drop for 2-5 Year Olds

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----- Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013
----- New Planning/Economics Book: Bikenomics
----- Report: Business Performance in Walkable Shopping Areas
----- New Sustainable Cities Institute Website

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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE/PRO PLACE 2014: REGISTRATION OPENS!
By Mark Plotz

-> Registration is now open for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA, September 8-11. Register now http://bit.ly/1kih90L.

Outcomes are the theme of this year's conference: Change, Connect, Prosper, and Sustain. Each focuses on a particular step along the way to community transformation: Change is about advocacy to change minds, policies, and priorities; Connect is about making the physical and professional connections needed to complete our transportation system; Prosper is about the health and economic rewards reaped by changing policy and connecting people; and Sustain is about how we connect walking, biking, and Placemaking to bigger, more diverse audiences to solve larger challenges.

Our Conference Review Committee has nearly completed its task, and within weeks we will start notifying presenters. Proposals are being evaluated according to how the work in question contributes to the advancement of our field; how the work addresses existing social, environmental, economic, and/or health inequalities; and what lessons--good and bad--were learned. We will be emphasizing solutions that are scalable and replicable.

In the coming days we will announce some of the first mobile workshops. That will soon be followed by details about the People for Bikes Green Lanes sessions. In early April we will begin announcing our breakout sessions. Lots to look forward to!

For 2014, our Early Registration full conference rates are:

  • $515 for Presenters;
  • $535 for Members of APBP and the Alliance for Biking & Walking; and
  • $630 for Conference Delegates.

Note: these rates are all-inclusive and will expire on May 15, 2014. Register today: http://bit.ly/1kih90L.

Please direct registration, program, and sponsorship inquires to Mark Plotz, Conference Director, (202) 223-3621 or <mark@bikewalk.org>.

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE/PRO PLACE 2016: REQUEST FOR LETTERS OF INTEREST

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking and Project for Public Spaces are pleased to announce the search has started for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2016 host city! Prospective hosts can begin the process for consideration by submitting a Letter of Interest (LOI) to us by March 31, 2014, 8pm Eastern Time.

Guidelines for the LOI can be downloaded at <http://www.bikewalk.org/conference/2016LOI.pdf>.

Prospective hosts of Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2016 will be notified by April 14, 2014 as to whether they will be invited to submit a full application. For questions, please contact Mark Plotz, Conference Director, at (202) 223-3621 or <mark@bikewalk.org>.

BIKE & PED SPENDING IN STIPS: ANALYSIS OF PROBLEMS & PRIORITIES

-> According to a recent article describing their new report, Lifting the Veil on Bicycle & Pedestrian Spending (report + scored cards for each state: http://bit.ly/1hdRNRR), "Advocacy Advance benchmarked planned bicycling and walking project spending in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and breaks down how state Departments of Transportation can become more transparent and responsive to community needs.

"We examined the STIP from every state to determine the types of facilities that are planned for people who walk and bike. We looked if planned projects will serve bicyclists-only, pedestrians-only, or both through a shared facility and whether they will occur as part of other roadwork or as standalone projects... We also evaluated each STIP for 10 specific data transparency criteria. The criteria were developed to address how states can improve their STIP reporting so citizens can better find, understand and evaluate planned transportation investments..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1jyVdyN
Title & Author: "Lifting the Veil on Bicycle & Pedestrian Spending: An Analysis of Problems and Priorities in Transportation Planning and What to Do About It" By Staff

9TH STRAIGHT YEAR OF VMT DROPS; DOTS TAKING NOTICE

-> According to a Feb. 24th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "Estimates released by FHWA on Friday (Traffic Volume Trends: http://1.usa.gov/1k6iaJz) suggest that per capita vehicle miles of travel dropped again in 2013, making it the ninth consecutive year of decline (see Figure 1 in article). Total VMT in the United States increased by 0.6 percent from 2012, hovering just below 3 trillion, and per capita VMT dropped to 9,402 (the prior year’s initial estimate was revised to 9,412).

"Unlike other past dips in driving, this recent downward shift has had no clear, lasting connection to economic trends or gas prices. Evidence suggests that the decline is likely due to changing demographics, saturated highways, and a rising preference for compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, which reduce the need for driving. Some key factors that pushed VMT upward for decades – including a growing workforce and rising automobile ownership – have also slowed considerably. SSTI released a report last September outlining the many contributing factors, with references to supporting literature (VMT Inflection Point: Factors Affecting 21st Century Travel: http://bit.ly/1hnrI24).

"By now, some DOTs have acknowledged the downward trends in their states and begun to question what it means for their agencies—particularly when it translates into falling revenues, as in Oregon. It appears this has not affected investment priorities significantly in most states, but it has changed the way some DOTs now view future travel needs. Several recently updated long-range transportation plans reflect this shift..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fSvKvE
Title & Author: "Per Capita VMT Drops for Ninth Straight Year; DOTs Taking Notice" By Chris McCahill

[Scroll to the bottom of the page to check out an interactive map of Average Vehicle Miles Traveled by Zip Code: http://bit.ly/1heuBCV]

PUBLIC HEALTH-ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION POLICY PLATFORM

-> According to a Feb. 12th Public Health News Wire article, "The cost of inactivity in the U.S. is high, from chronic conditions such as obesity to rising health care costs. However statistics show that investments in active transportation, such as walking and biking, make for a safer, more accessible, cleaner and healthier America.

"On Capitol Hill yesterday, public health advocates including APHA called upon Congress to place more focus on active transportation. Their report, ‘Safe Routes to Everywhere,’ (http://bit.ly/N1r5kc) calls for four major policy interventions:

- building a structured active transportation system with increased federal investments, and creation and maintenance of trails, biking and walking networks;
- creating a new innovative loan program to encourage investments in smaller active transportation projects;
- installing a health impact assessment pilot program to take data into transportation policymaking, along with preserving the Prevention and Public Health Fund; and
- developing goals and metrics for transportation projects that incentivize balanced, healthy and safe mobility options..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1eiJ00h
Title & Author: "APHA, Partners Share Active Transportation Mission with Congress" By Dan (No last name provided)

PROTECTED INTERSECTION DESIGN FOR BICYCLISTS

-> According to a Feb. 21st Fast Company article, "...even on streets with protected bike lanes, the barriers between cyclists and cars usually melt away at intersections. Here's an idea for a better way: a protected bike intersection that increases drivers' ability to see bikes and minimizes the chance that a car will turn on top of a cyclist.

"Nick Falbo, a Portland-based urban planner, proposed this protected intersection design for a transportation challenge organized this winter by George Mason University's School of Public Policy... It consists of a corner refuge island, a raised island that forces traffic to turn farther into the intersection, protecting right-turning bikes and giving bikes crossing the street lead time before cars start turning. It's much like the concept of ‘leading pedestrian intervals,’ a technique in programming traffic signals to give pedestrians a few seconds head start to get into the crosswalk before traffic moves. The crosswalk and bike crossing would be set back from moving traffic by at least the length of one car, so that by the time a vehicle encounters the crossing, the car has already turned 90 degrees, again increasing the chances that drivers will see cyclists and pedestrians..."

Source: http://bit.ly/MsPnTh
Title & Author: "This Intersection Could Save Cyclists' Lives: Protected Bike Lanes Shouldn’t Stop Just Before an Intersection" by Shaunacy Ferro

[See a video, its annotated transcript and other protected intersection details: http://bit.ly/1o593sP]

COMPARING PUBLIC SPACES FOR PEDESTRIANS IN NYC AND PARIS

-> According to a Feb. 24th Projects for Public Spaces article, "Everyday, high-density global cities are home to millions of pedestrians in their streets. Paradoxically though, many streets and transportation policies continue to place more space and importance on cars rather than people.

"In Paris, where I hail from, almost 60% of journeys are exclusively pedestrian (this is without any consideration of walking as a part of a multimodal trip). New York City, which is more than four times larger than Paris with relatively low-density & little public transit in outer boroughs compared to Paris, still has a pedestrian mode share of 34% for all trips citywide ahead of car (33%) and transit (30%). Furthermore, 53% of Manhattan workers who live in Manhattan use no car, bus, subway or train in their everyday trips but instead walk, ride a bicycle or motorcycle, take a taxicab, or work at home. Having experienced this for myself in both cities, I decided to compare the two: How do they support this large pedestrian population and decrease auto-dominance in public space?..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1k8ndvT
Title & Author: "Shared Spaces and Slow Zones: Comparing Public Space in Paris and New York" By Clemence Morlet

INTERACTIVE MAP OF CARBON FOOTPRINT FOR ALL US ZIP CODES

-> According to a Jan. 15th Fast Company article, "Which households contribute most to climate change? To find out, take a look at this interactive map (Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint by Zip Code: http://bit.ly/1heuBCV) created by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. It provides estimates for all 31,000 ZIP codes, based on everything people consume in a single year, including energy, travel, goods, and services.

"A major finding of the research: suburbs account for more greenhouse gas emissions than other areas. In total, suburbs produce about 50% of household emissions, despite housing only 143 million people in total from a U.S. population of 313 million. Inner city residents tend to have lower carbon footprints, because they live in smaller homes and use more public transit. Some urban households produce 50% of the national average, while some suburban households emit double the national average..."

Source: http://bit.ly/MGkhrW
Title & Author: "A Map Of The Carbon Footprint Of All 31,000 ZIP Codes In The U.S.: This Massive Interactive Tool Shows Why Cities Rule, and Suburbs are Big Emissions Belchers." By Ben Schiller

REPORTING PLATFORM FOR LOCAL CLIMATE INITIATIVES

-> According to a Feb. 20th EcoMobility article, "The carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) (http://bit.ly/1prO8n2) is the leading global reporting platform of local climate action enabling cities and Local Governments to demonstrate their power and potential to reduce climate risks and move towards global low-emissions and climate resilient development through the reporting of energy and climate commitments, greenhouse gas emissions as well as mitigation and adaptation actions.

"Developed by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting, the cCCR was launched at the World Mayors Summit on Climate in Mexico City on 21 November 2010 as a reporting mechanism of the Mexico City Pact, the response of local governments to the creation of a global framework for measurable, reportable and verifiable climate action under the Bali Action Plan. In this context, the cCCR promotes transparency, accountability and comparability of local and subnational governments to improve access to global climate finance..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1c70KwE
Title & Author: "cCCR: Become a Driver of Local Climate Action!" By Staff


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

NEW YORK CITY RELEASES VISION ZERO ACTION PLAN

-> According to a Feb. 18th NYC release, "Mayor Bill de Blasio today released his administration's Vision Zero Action Plan (http://on.nyc.gov/1jOXDc2), laying out a comprehensive roadmap to drastically reduce traffic-related deaths on New York City streets. An interagency task force has spent the past month developing new strategies to make streets safer, ranging from lowering the citywide speed limit to increasing enforcement against speeding and failure to yield to pedestrians. The unprecedented effort comprises new legislation, changes to city policies, public education, and community outreach...

"[The] Plan commits to ramped up enforcement of speeding and failure to yield, borough-by-borough campaigns to redesign dangerous corridors, improving taxi safety. [The] City will work with state leaders to reduce citywide speed limit and expand use of speed and red light enforcement cameras..."

Source: http://on.nyc.gov/1bQEVBq
Title & Author: "Mayor de Blasio Releases 'Vision Zero' Action Plan, Launching Citywide Effort to Prevent Traffic Fatalities" by Staff

LOS ANGELES’ 1ST BIKE FRIENDLY BUSINESS DISTRICT

-> According to a Feb. 12th LADOT Bike Blog post, "We are happy to announce that the City of Los Angeles is working on establishing its first Bicycle Friendly Business District in Northeast Los Angeles.  For the past year, the Bike Program has been developing a Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD) program to foster a broad and engaging range of bicycle friendly features in business districts or corridors. The program aims to provide districts with adequate bicycle facilities including bicycle parking and repair stations, bikeways, creating maps of the bikeway network, installing signage, and facilitating bicycle wayfinding.  By cultivating bicycle friendly business practices in local businesses and developing local business districts to welcome patrons on bicycles, these districts seek to build community, increase physical activity, and make streets less congested while supporting Los Angeles neighborhood businesses..."

Source: http://bit.ly/OyMbaB
Title & Author: "LA’s First Bicycle Friendly Business District is Coming to Northeast Los Angeles" by Elizabeth Gallardo

MN RELEASES K-6 WALKING & BIKING CURRICULUM

-> According to a Feb. 20th Minnesota Active Living News article, "Check out the new ‘Minnesota Walk! Bike! Fun!’ K-6 curriculum (http://bit.ly/1mxyCqS) developed by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota through a federal Safe Routes to School grant provided by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and in collaboration with the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota."

Source: http://bit.ly/MGDolS
Title & Author: "Safe Routes to School: Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum" by Staff

FLORIDA’S PED CRASH PATTERNS AND CONTRIBUTING FACTORS

-> According to the abstract of the Comprehensive Study to Reduce Pedestrian Crashes in Florida released in December, "Pedestrian crashes are a major traffic safety concern in Florida. This project aims to improve pedestrian safety on Florida’s state roads by identifying crash patterns and contributing factors at both the statewide and site-specific level and proposing potential countermeasures to reduce pedestrian crashes. The specific project objectives include: (1) perform a comprehensive review of existing pedestrian safety studies; (2) identify statewide pedestrian crash patterns and causes; (3) identify factors contributing to pedestrian injury severity; and (4) identify and analyze pedestrian high crash locations at both signalized and non-signalized locations for crash causes and propose the potential countermeasures for these crash causes..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1gAWxOR
Title & Author: "Comprehensive Study to Reduce Pedestrian Crashes in Florida" By Priyanka Alluri, Kirolos Haleem, Albert Gan et al.


THE RESEARCH BEAT

REPORT: CYCLING’S SOCIETAL HEALTH BENEFITS OUTWEIGH NEGATIVE FACTORS

-> According to an International Transport Forum article, "The health benefits to society from cycling outweigh negative impacts by up to a factor of 20, according to the final research report ‘Cycling, Health and Safety’ (http://bit.ly/N1Lt4E) from the ITF Working Group on Cycling Safety. The report, published at a time when many cities are seeking to increase the share of cycling amidst concerns for safety, shows that the key to delivering overall benefits from cycling is creating a safe system through government policy and city action.

"Among the recommendations for policy makers is the moderation of some urban road speeds to 30km/h or less, and the use of separated cycling infrastructure to increase the number of new cyclists, hence reaping the greatest health benefits through increased physical activity, including reducing risks linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity and Type-2 diabetes..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1prURxo
Title & Author: "Cycling, Health and Safety" By Staff

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS IN REDUCING PED INJURIES

-> According to a Feb. 24th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "This study (Effectiveness of a Safe Routes to School Program in Preventing School-Aged Pedestrian Injury: http://bit.ly/1clHW7s) provides important evidence to support the effectiveness of Safe Routes to School programs in New York City. The program is intended to ‘improve safety on walking and bicycling routes to school and to encourage children and families to travel between home and school using these modes.’ While studies have looked at behaviors and attitudes toward journey to school transportation, few have examined whether SRTS programs are effective in reducing pedestrian injury."

Source: http://bit.ly/1jyQ61i
Title & Author: "Effectiveness of a Safe Routes to School Program in Preventing School-Aged Pedestrian Injury (DiMaggio and Li, PEDIATRICS, 2014)" By Staff

TORONTO STUDY: URBAN NEIGHBORHOOD WALKABILITY FEATURES

-> According to a Feb. 6th StreetsBlog USA article, "A lot of research has shown a link between living in a walkable community, active transportation habits, and better health outcomes. But what aspects of ‘walkability’ are tied to better health?... Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto set out to determine what features of urban neighborhoods lead to more activity and thus better health outcomes. Their study of Toronto-area residents (Density, Destinations or Both? A Comparison of Measures of Walkability in Relation to Transportation Behaviors, Obesity and Diabetes in Toronto, Canada: http://bit.ly/1lkXyjJ), published in the peer-reviewed science and medical journal PLOS-ONE, examined the link between four built environment factors and people’s health records and transportation habits.

"Researchers started by looking at street connectivity, population density, residential density (which measures occupied housing units), and ‘availability of walkable destinations’ (a measure of non-residential uses). They found that street connectivity was not an especially strong predictor of active transportation habits, but the other three factors were. Basically, if you live in a dense area, you are more likely to walk and bike often, and you’re even more likely to get physical activity if there are a lot of destinations close to your house..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1ej8vys
Title & Author: "What Sets Apart the Places Where People Walk More?" By Angie Schmitt

OBESITY RATES SIGNIFICANTLY DROP FOR 2-5 YEAR OLDS

-> According to a Feb. 25th CNN article, "Obesity rates of children ages 2 to 5 years old have decreased significantly over the past decade, according to a new study published Tuesday. While there were no significant changes in obesity rates for most ages between 2003-2004 and 2011-2012, researchers saw a sharp decrease in the obesity rates of 2- to 5-year-olds -- from 13.9% to 8.4%, according to the study published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association (Prevalence of Childhood and Adult Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012: http://bit.ly/1jyASJX).

"A big part of a child's obesity risk is already established by age 5, according to a study published in January (Incidence of Childhood Obesity in the United States: http://bit.ly/1clpLP8)..."

Source: http://cnn.it/1cloSX3
Title & Author: "Obesity rates drop sharply for 2- to 5-year-olds: Study" By Jacque Wilson


QUOTES R US

VISION ZERO

"The fundamental message of Vision Zero is that death and injury on city streets is not acceptable, and that we will no longer regard serious crashes as inevitable... They happen to people who drive and to those who bike, but overwhelmingly, the deadly toll is highest for pedestrians—especially our children and seniors. We won’t accept this any longer. I make that pledge as a parent, and as your mayor... We will save lives. And that work begins in earnest today."
-- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
http://on.nyc.gov/1d87nJN

[See the Vision Zero Action Plan: http://on.nyc.gov/1jOXDc2]

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

HOW TO MAKE CROSSWALKS ARTISTICALLY DELIGHTFUL

Canadian artist Roadsworth believes street crossings should be more than asphalt safety keyboards. So for years he's traveled around his native Montreal, as well as the world, transforming these pedestrian passages into eye-grabbing spectacles: a school of colorful fish, a skein of yarn, a skeleton, a row of large-caliber bullets...These artworks have frequently slipped out from the rigid confines of crosswalks and invaded the larger streetscape. Drivers in Montreal had the pleasure of sharing the road with a V of Canadian geese painted on the pavement. Strange things have happened to double-yellow dividing lines, like when they got sucked down a sink drain in the street or sprouted electric plugs and a fish hook. Once, a traffic arrow moonlighted as a blue whale.

See full article & photos: http://bit.ly/1o59wuV


WEBINARS, CONFERENCE CALLS AND SEMINARS

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 "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/OBJoOa

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 "Accessible Pedestrian Signals"

Date: March 11, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET (rescheduled from February 13)
Presenters: Daniel Carter (UNC Highway Safety Research Center) & Janet Barlow, (Accessible Design for the Blind)
Host: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1gzCcti

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


RESOURCES

BEST COMPLETE STREETS POLICIES OF 2013

-> According to a Feb. 18th Smart Growth America article, "A total of 83 communities adopted Complete Streets policies in the United States in 2013. These laws, resolutions and planning and design documents encourage and provide for the safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel.

"The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013 (http://bit.ly/1he4dsI) released today by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition examines and scores each Complete Streets policy enacted in 2013. The report outlines ten ideal elements of a Complete Streets policy and scores individual policies based on these ideals. Policy elements refine a community’s vision for transportation, provide for many types of users, complement community needs and establish a flexible approach necessary for an effective Complete Streets process and outcome..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1cOiKKg
Title & Author: "Announcing the Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013" By Staff

NEW PLANNING/ECONOMICS BOOK: BIKENOMICS

-> According to a Feb. 13th Panethos blog, "...In... Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy (http://amzn.to/1hksY6b),... author Elly Blue has written ‘the’ definitive book on bicycle planning that clearly identifies the societal, physical, environmental, and economic benefits of bicycling, while also completely debunking the myths, fables, urban legends, half-truths, and outright lies spread by naysayers and automotive apologists...Ms. Blue lays down the gauntlet with factual truths about bicycling and how a vibrant cycling culture can go a long way to curing many of our nation’s ills...

"Believe me when I say this is a book that every planning professional must read and own. It will single-handedly serve as your go-to resource on the benefits of bicycle planning in your community... "

Source: http://bit.ly/1bHMTMK
Title & Author: "‘Bikenomics’ – a landmark planning book!" by Rick Brown

REPORT: BUSINESS PERFORMANCE IN WALKABLE SHOPPING AREAS

-> According to a February 8-80 Cities newsletter article, "Active Living Research conducted a meta-analyses of 15 walkable shopping areas to analyze whether there were economic benefits implicated in their existence, as shown in ‘Business Performance in Walkable Shopping Areas’ (http://bit.ly/1czomI7). While walking promotes exercise, weight loss and decreases your likelihood of heart disease, it can also increase business when conducted in the right location: shopping areas! The study demonstrated that walkable retail is on the upswing, and with 45% of daily trips being shopping-related it appears that businesses can greatly benefit from this due to greater masses, diverse needs, while also being located in high density areas that are more walkable but may come with a higher rent tag."

Source: http://bit.ly/1nUCWfk
Title & Author: "Nearly 50% of Daily Trips are Shopping Trips: Let’s Get Walking!" by Staff

NEW SUSTAINABLE CITIES INSTITUTE WEBSITE

-> According to a recently launched National League of Cities Sustainable Cities Institute website, "The National League of Cities' Sustainable Cities Institute provides cities and sustainability professionals with timely, vetted, and practical resources to identify and implement solutions to advance their goals and strengthen their communities. Whether your city is just getting started or has an experienced history and commitment to sustainability, the robust collections of city profiles, case studies, model policies, and communication tools found here will provide elected leaders, staff, and engaged stakeholders with a set of resources to guide and catalyze action across a range of topics such as: Transit- Oriented Development (TOD), Complete Streets, and Green Infrastructure 101 [among others]..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1lUtwBd
Title & Author: "Welcome to the Sustainable Cities Institute!" by Staff


CALENDAR

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

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CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Tennessee Bike Summit, May 14-17, 2014, Nashville, TN.
DEADLINE: March 1, 2014
http://bit.ly/1bLHBKX

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference, July 10-11, 2014, Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia.
DEADLINE: March 3, 2014
http://bit.ly/1aT6Vnk

-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - 7th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, October 7-8, 2014, Dubuque, IA.
DEADLINE: March 11, 2014
http://bit.ly/1cunO2O

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Walk 21, October 21-23, 2014, Sidney, Australia
DEADLINE: March 14, 2014
http://bit.ly/1dvgCsv

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND PROPOSALS - IENE 2014 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, September 16-19, 2014, Malmo, Sweden.
DEADLINE: April 22, 2014
http://bit.ly/1bLecG8

-> CALL FOR PAPERS -5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, June 22-24, 2015, Vancouver, BC.
DEADLINE: April 30, 2014
http://bit.ly/1mWFqcq

CONFERENCES

-> March 2-3, 2014, Bike Share Industry Forum, Arlington, VA.
http://bit.ly/NwgJsq

-> March 3, 2014, The National Women's Bicycling Forum, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/I0uHQX

-> March 3-4, 2014, 2014 Transportation, Land Use and Air Quality Conference, Charlotte, NC.
http://bit.ly/16hZH9a

-> March 3-5, 2014, Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Loma Linda, CA.
http://bit.ly/MeCMmY

-> March 3-5, 2014, National Bike Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/I0uHQX

-> March 9-12, ITE Technical Conference, Miami, FL.
http://bit.ly/ZN5GPt

-> March 9-12, 2014, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
http://bit.ly/157jNCo

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

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

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

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

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

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

-> April 4-6, 2014, Open Streets National Summit, Los Angeles, CA.
http://bit.ly/1nhYSDv

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

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

-> April 9-11, 2014, Placemaking: Making It Happen, New York, NY
http://bit.ly/T88wvv

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

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

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

-> April 14-16, 2013, 5th International Conference on Women's Issues in Transportation - Bridging the Gap, Paris, France.
http://bit.ly/GMkSWu

-> April 16-18, 2014, 4th International Conference on Roundabouts, Seattle, WA.
http://bit.ly/VVsDMh

-> April 21-22, 2014, Oregon Active Transportation Summit, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/ZI251V

-> April 24-26, 2014, Start Pedaling Indiana! – spIN 2014 Indiana Bike Summit, Bloomington, IN.
http://bit.ly/LTNH4Q

-> April 26-30, 2014, American Planning Association 2014 National Planning Conference, Atlanta, GA.
http://bit.ly/17SD20j

-> April 27-30, 2014, Innovations in Travel Demand Forecasting, Baltimore, MD.
http://bit.ly/1hdsVJY

-> May 1-2, 2014, Streets as Places, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/1crptWX

-> May 4-7, 2014, 2014 North American Snow Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
http://bit.ly/1bGsJTc

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

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

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

-> May 14-17, 2014, Tennessee Bike Summit, Nashville, TN.
http://bit.ly/1gsBez5

-> May 27-30, 2014, Velo-City Global 2014 Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
http://bit.ly/Hh4kW4

-> June 4-7, 2014, Congress for the New Urbanism 22, Buffalo, NY.
http://bit.ly/1fipS0M

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

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

-> July 10-11, 2014, 7th Making Cities Liveable Conference, Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia.
http://bit.ly/1goazoz

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

-> July 21-23, 2014, 14th National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities: Tools of the Trade, Burlington, VT.
http://bit.ly/11YmmnR

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

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

-> August 19-20, 2014, California Adaptation Forum, Sacramento, CA.
http://bit.ly/1goBvED

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

-> September 8, 2014, Complete Streets Design Implementation for Professionals, Pittsburgh, PA.
http://bit.ly/1bcYxs9

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

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

-> September 16-19, 2014, IENE 2014 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, Malmo, Sweden.
http://bit.ly/1bLdPLB

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

-> October 7-8, 2014, 7th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, IA.
http://bit.ly/1bU4HCh

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

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

-> October 16-18, 2014, 2014 Washington State Trails Conference, Bellingham, WA.
http://bit.ly/1cOmMCf

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

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

-> October 21-24, 2014, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
http://bit.ly/1lhQtSb

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

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

-> June 22-24, 2015, 5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, Vancouver, BC.
http://bit.ly/1niIq5O


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

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

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

-> JOB – PEDESTRIAN PROGRAM MANAGER – CITY OF CHARLOTTE, NC

The Pedestrian Program Manager plays a key role in advancing Charlotte’s nationally-recognized "complete streets" philosophy and helping to make Charlotte a more walkable city. This position manages the City of Charlotte’s Sidewalk and Pedestrian Safety Program for the Charlotte Department of Transportation. The Sidewalk and Pedestrian Safety Program consists of an annual capital program that is used for construction of all types of pedestrian facilities, including new sidewalks, mid-block crossings, accessible ramps and pedestrian safety improvements. Historically, $7.5M has been allocated annually for sidewalks and pedestrian safety projects through City transportation bonds. This highly responsible position coordinates pedestrian activities and represents the interests of pedestrians for transportation projects and land development strategies. This position requires the ability to work closely with citizens, design teams, elected officials and upper level City management. The City of Charlotte is nationally known for its multi-modal planning initiatives and the Pedestrian Program Manager position serves a critical role in promoting quality pedestrian facilities and creating a more livable, walkable city.

Deadline: March 21, 2014
http://bit.ly/1k7sKQ9

-> JOB – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHARLESTON MOVES, CHARLESTON, SC

Charleston Moves, in Charleston, South Carolina, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that promotes healthy, vibrant communities by advancing policies that encourage safe bicycling and walking. The board of Charleston Moves now seeks a dynamic, committed, professional Executive Director to lead our next phase of growth and development. The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of Charleston Moves. S/he will report to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for adhering to our policy of constructive engagement with public officials and the public and to further advance the organization's consistent record of achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director serves not only as leader for Charleston Moves, but as public spokesperson and community visionary for bicycle and pedestrian advocacy. The ED should be knowledgeable of and an effective communicator of current bicycle infrastructure design (NACTO standards, etc) and a persuasive presence with public officials.

Deadline: March 15, 2014. Interviews can be arranged at the National Bike Summit.
http://bit.ly/1fG0dkk

-> JOB - PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION COORDINATOR, DELAWARE VALLEY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION, PHILADELPHIA, PA

This is a technical/professional position providing direct assistance to local government and non-profit agencies in implementing various non-traditional, federally funded transportation projects in the Delaware Valley region. The incumbent will coordinate and facilitate the implementation process (beginning at project concept through construction) of numerous projects that are sponsored by a local government, other public agency, or by a private non-profit organization, in addition to program management work. The types of projects include: bicycle facility construction (both on and off roadway); reconstruction/restoration of historic transportation buildings; provision of pedestrian facilities and streetscape improvements; and other such projects eligible under federal funding programs. The federal funding sources are generally Transportation Alternatives (TA), Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality (CMAQ) and Surface Transportation Program (STP/STU). PennDOT has asked DVRPC to coordinate and facilitate the implementation of these non-traditional projects. DVRPC also provides project management support for the four Counties in New Jersey.

Deadline: Open until filled
http://bit.ly/1c6oQaU

-> FELLOWSHIP – ECONOMIC ANALYSIS FELLOW, SMART GROWTH AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC

Smart Growth America seeks an Economic Analysis Fellow to assist with in-depth studies and technical assistance on local government fiscal and economic development issues related to smart growth and land use. The Fellow will work closely with Smart Growth America’s professional staff leads in the area of economic and fiscal analysis, performing technically-oriented public policy research. The primary responsibilities involve: Assembling data and preparing in form suitable for analysis; working with spreadsheets, GIS, statistical packages, or other modeling tools; and assisting in the drafting of reports, briefs, and memoranda related to the research program.

Deadline: Open now, available for immediate start.
http://bit.ly/OBaoNM

4 JOBS – TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Toole Design Group’s work includes a wide variety of projects at the local, state and national level – including roadway, trail, bikeway and pedestrian facility design; expert consultation with state DOTs on non-motorized transportation issues, federal research, and a wide variety of master planning projects for local and regional governments throughout North America.

-> TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

The person hired for this position will participate in all stages of plan development including presentations, public participation, client meetings, research, fieldwork, mapping, and writing. This person will have strong organizational skills, will be service-oriented, and will able to apply creativity and energy to innovative and unique projects nationwide. This position has the opportunity for travel and advancement.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/1c3jYTX

-> PROPOSAL COORDINATOR, WASHINGTON, DC

The Proposal Coordinator’s primary function is to prepare proposal responses and develop all non-scope related content; cover letters, firm introduction, references, staff cameos, and resumes. Because each proposal needs to be tailored to the specific topic of that RFP, the Proposal Coordinator must exhibit excellent attention to detail, layout, writing and organizational skills. Proposals are typically prepared in InDesign, so excellent layout skills are a requirement. The Coordinator’s secondary functions include assisting in updating and maintaining electronic versions of resumes, qualifications and references using MS Word formats and InDesign; and in preparing occasional updates to the company website.

Deadline: None Provided
http://bit.ly/Mqo5gk

-> LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PRACTICE LEADER, WASHINGTON, DC

Toole Design Group is hiring a Landscape Architecture Practice Leader to lead their team of landscape architects in the Washington, DC office, and collaborate and mentor landscape architects in branch offices among other duties. Their work includes a wide variety of multimodal transportation planning and design projects at the local, state and national level – including complete streets, multi-use trails, streetscapes, multimodal traffic analysis and signal design, and other similar types of projects.

Deadline: None Provided
http://bit.ly/1dsbIYl

-> CIVIL ENGINEER, MADISON, WI

The person hired for this position will participate in all stages of project development including presentations and client meetings, fieldwork, conducting engineering analyses, and the preparation of construction documents and technical reports. The person will also be involved in bicycle and pedestrian planning projects especially those that will lead directly into engineering work. This position has the opportunity for travel and advancement. This person will have strong communication, management and organizational skills; will be oriented to providing excellent customer service, and will be able to apply creativity and energy to innovative and unique projects nationwide.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/1fAxoWx

5 INTERNSHIPS – TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

-> TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING INTERN, WASHINGTON, DC

A Transportation Engineering Intern in the Silver Spring office will participate in all stages of project development including: client meetings, research, fieldwork, mapping, preparation of transportation construction documents and technical reports. This position provides opportunities for hands-on skills development and work experience in a fast-paced environment. This person will have strong organizational skills, provide excellent customer service, and will apply creativity and energy to innovative and unique projects nationwide.

Deadline: March 14, 2014
http://bit.ly/1hN5cTq

-> 4 TRANSPORTATION PLANNING INTERNS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Transportation Planning Interns will participate in a range of project support activities such as: conducting data analysis and research, developing outreach materials for various projects, writing and editing reports and other documents, managing office logistics, conducting fieldwork, and creating graphics. This position provides opportunities for hands-on skill development and work experience in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must have strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and a positive attitude.

Deadline for all internships: March 14, 2014
Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1fPmRDb
Minneapolis, MN: http://bit.ly/1ds4m7n
Denver, CO: http://bit.ly/OwvKf1
Seattle, WA: http://bit.ly/1ds598n


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