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#352 Wednesday, March 12, 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 News
----- USDOT Traffic Safety Goal: No Targets for Reducing Bike or Ped Deaths
----- Cyclists’ Crashes More Likely in the South
----- Top US Cities – Protected Green Bike Lane Mileage
----- Cyclists Like Everybody Else Want Safe, Direct Routes to Destinations
----- Most Rail-Trails Not Affected by Supreme Court Ruling

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----- Report of 2013 Bike & Ped State Legislative Action
----- Cycle Stillwater (OK) App Collects Cyclists’ Data
----- Triple Bottom Line Report Released: Illinois Prairie Path
----- Los Angeles Announces 180-mi Family-Friendly Bikeways Network

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----- Human Factors in Pedestrian Roadway Crossing
----- Report: Preliminary 2013 Ped Traffic Fatalities by State
----- Complete Streets Implementation Best Practices
----- Significantly More Students in SRTS Program Schools Walk and Bike

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----- HUD & USDOT: Calculate Housing & Transportation Costs
----- FHWA Health in Transportation 2013 Annual Report
----- New Health Impact Assessment Resources
----- Picking the Right Bike Safety Education Curriculum

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- The National & International Scene
- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
- Resources
- Calendar
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE/PRO PLACE 2014 NEWS
by Mark Plotz

-> Registration is now open for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, which will convene in Pittsburgh, September 8-11. Thanks to PeopleForBikes for supplying yet another reason to be in Pittsburgh this fall: the city was selected as one of six cities for the second round of the Green Lane Project. Way to go Pittsburgh! We take the selection of Pittsburgh as validation of the potential we see: a great bike culture, enlightened political leadership, and a symbiotic relationship between City staff and advocates. And then there are the intangibles such as Scott Bricker's (East) winning smile and the Flashdance bike tour.

This conference will see the return of the Green Lanes track, which in combination with the City's realtime application of low stress design strategies, should make for a rich learning experience. Project for Public Spaces will also be working with local stakeholders to develop Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Placemaking projects in time for the conference. 

For the latest conference news, including a preview of mobile workshops, and a link to registration please visit http://bit.ly/MJzfgC. The Early Registration rates expire on May 16.

Bonus: Meet Pittsburgh's Mayor Peduto, catch Bricker's winning smile, and relive the highlights of last week’s National Bike Summit here: http://bit.ly/1iaIZMY

p.s. Interested in bringing the 2016 conference to your city or 'burg? We are accepting letters of interest through March 31, 2014. Our guidelines can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/1cvzwzT

USDOT TRAFFIC SAFETY GOAL: NO TARGETS FOR REDUCING BIKE OR PED DEATHS

-> According to a Mar. 11 League of American Bicyclists Action Alert, "...The DOT just issued a proposed national traffic safety goal that doesn't include a specific target or goal for reducing the number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed on our roadways. We know that without a specific target to focus the attention of state DOTs and USDOT on reducing bicyclist and pedestrian deaths within the overall number -- we get lost in the shuffle. At a time when cities like New York and San Francisco are adopting bold targets like Vision Zero, we believe the federal government should be expecting the same thing of themselves and state transportation agencies. 

"Please ask your members of Congress to sign on to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act: HR 3494 / S 1708. Next week, we'll ask for your help in responding directly to the DOT's proposed safety target. Today, please join us in making sure your member of Congress supports a national goal to reduce the number of bicyclists and pedestrians injured and killed on our roads..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1dOWqRh
Title & Author: "Take Action: Bicyclist Safety MUST Be a Priority" by Andy Clarke

CYCLISTS’ CRASHES MORE LIKELY IN THE SOUTH

-> According a Mar. 7th The Atlantic Cities article, "...According to a benchmark study (2012 Benchmarking Report: http://bit.ly/1hbbyXR), released last year by the National Alliance for Biking and Walking, the states of the southern U.S. are the most dangerous per biker, and per bike mile traveled, by a wide margin. If you bike in South Carolina you are 10 times likelier to be hit and killed by a car than if you bike in Oregon, one of America’s safer states for cyclists. In North Carolina, eight times more likely. In Louisiana, seven. If you bike in Mississippi, that number is close to 13...

"Warm, flat, and scenic, the south should be a bike rider's dream. But its palm trees and hanging moss stand watch over roadways badly in need of dedicated bike lanes, generous road shoulders, and more navigable urban centers... A report on transportation spending (Lifting the Veil on Bicycle & Pedestrian Spending: An Analysis of Problems & Priorities in Transportation Planning and What to Do About It: http://bit.ly/1gjCcjl) by Advocacy Advance, a partner of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, found that the southern states spend the least on biking and walking safety infrastructure as a percentage of their total spending. Over the last few years, Massachusetts directed more than 5 percent of its transportation spending to bicycle and pedestrian facilities. In that same time period Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi each devoted one half of one percent..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1quL61R
Title & Author: "Braving the Deep, Deadly South on a Bicycle" by Aaron Reuben

TOP US CITIES – PROTECTED GREEN BIKE LANE MILEAGE

-> According to a Mar. 10th Panethos article, "Below is a list of the twelve American cities with the most protected green bike lane mileage either completed or currently under construction as compiled by the Green Lane Project through February 28, 2014. The list does not include proposed or planned green bike lanes. With the exception of the Southeast, all geographic regions of the country are represented in this list...

1. New York City, NY = 45.51 miles
2. Chicago-Evanston, IL = 29.00 miles
3. Austin, TX = 13.50 miles
4. San Francisco, CA = 12.94 miles
5. Indianapolis, IN = 9.00 miles..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1goU5JX
Title & Author: "Top US cities – protected green bike lane mileage" by Rick Brown

CYCLISTS LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE WANT SAFE, DIRECT ROUTES TO DESTINATIONS

-> According to a Mar. 5th Copenhagenize.com article, "... One of the primary challenges that remains is the perception of who infrastructure is for. I meet many politicians and planners around the world who clearly think that they are expected to provide safe infrastructure for the few people riding bicycles in their city right now. They fail to understand that they should be building infrastructure for all the citizens who COULD be riding a bicycle if they felt safe on a complete network of infrastructure...

"In many other cities, bits and pieces of infrastructure are put in where it won't bother the motorised traffic too much. Here in 2014, after seven or eight years since the bicycle returned to the public consciousness, there are only 370 km of protected bicycle infrastructure in all of the United States, compared to 1000 km in Greater Copenhagen alone...

"What I often see around the world is attempts by cities to put cyclists where they want them to ride, based on false assumptions that this is want cyclists also want... Citizen Cyclists are sent out of the way of basically everywhere that city-dwellers want to go. Shops, businesses, restaurants, cafés, cinemas, workplaces. The existing, historical Desire Lines of a city - aka roads - remain the domain of automobiles... A2Bism will dictate that people want to travel along the most direct Desire Line, regardless of transport form..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1khk4au
Title & Author: "Where Do You Want to Go?" by Mikael Colville-Andersen

MOST RAIL-TRAILS NOT AFFECTED BY SUPREME COURT RULING

-> According to Mar. 11th Rails to Trails Conservancy article, "Yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision was undoubtedly disappointing for supporters of rail-trails. But after examining the Court’s decision, it is clear that its reach is much narrower than has been reported in the press...

"... the vast majority of current and planned rail-trails will not be affected. The ruling does not affect trails that have been ‘railbanked’ (the federal process of preserving former railway corridors for potential future railway service by converting them to multi-use trails in the interim). Potentially affected corridors are predominantly west of the Mississippi and were originally acquired by railroads after 1875 through federal land to aid in westward expansion. 

"Existing rail-trails or trail projects ARE NOT affected by this decision if ANY of the following conditions are met:
1. The rail corridor is "railbanked." 
2. The rail corridor was originally acquired by the railroad by a federally granted right-of-way (FGROW) through federal lands before 1875. 
3. The railroad originally acquired the corridor from a private land owner. 
4. The trail manager owns the land adjacent to the rail corridor.
5. The trail manager owns full title (fee simple) to the corridor.
6. The railroad corridor falls within the original 13 colonies..." 

Source: http://bit.ly/1gjaTWp (also see explanatory infographic)
Title & Author: "The Supreme Court Decision: How Does It Affect Rail-Trails?" by Kevin Mills


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

REPORT OF 2013 BIKE & PED STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION

-> According to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety section of a report released in February by the National Conference of State Legislatures, "After a few years of declining traffic deaths among bicyclists and pedestrians, the past few years have witnessed an increase in deaths for these groups. In 2012, pedestrian deaths rose from 4,457 deaths in 2011 to 4,743 deaths in 2012 (an increase of 6.4 percent), while bicyclist deaths increased from 682 to 726 (an increase of 6.5 percent). Injuries increased as well, by 10 percent for pedestrians, to around 76,000, and by 2.1 percent, to about 49,000 for bicyclists. Alcohol use continues to increase the risk of injury or death for pedestrians and cyclists; 37 percent of pedestrians killed in 2011 (the year with the most recent data), had blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal driving limit of .08, although that has declined from 44 percent of pedestrians in the early ‘80s.

"Due largely to the success in decreasing vehicle deaths, the proportion of bicyclist and pedestrian traffic deaths has increased significantly; according to the newest data from the NHTSA passenger vehicle deaths now account for 65 percent of traffic deaths, down from 75 percent in 2003, while the proportion of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities increased from 13 percent of deaths to 17 percent.

"Common legislative strategies to enhance traffic safety for pedestrians and bicyclists include vulnerable user laws, complete streets, safe bicycling passing laws, and yield to pedestrian laws..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1iySicl
Title & Author: "Traffic Safety Trends: State Legislative Action 2013" by Anne Teigen and Douglas Shinkle

CYCLE STILLWATER (OK) APP COLLECTS CYCLISTS’ DATA

-> According to a Feb. 12th Stillwater News Press, "Cycle Stillwater (http://bit.ly/1dO0Qb5), a new app that allows cyclists to share information with fellow cyclists and the city, was featured as one of ‘The Best Things Oklahoma Towns Did in 2013...’

"The app collects data from cyclists, including bike routes, areas needing improvement and other helpful information for riders. Cyclists can post any particular notes along the ride, [Sharla Lovern, transportation engineer for the city of Stillwater] said. ‘People are reporting parking for bikes, rest stops, water fountains, that sort of thing,’ Lovern said.

"So far, six out of nine traffic signals have been improved, pavement and potholes were patched at multiple locations and improvements were made to a drain grate on a bridge. Plans are being drawn up to fix several other problem spots around town and bike lane requests are being considered for popular bike routes...

"The Cycle Stillwater app differs from other bicycle apps in several ways. Users have the option to view a satellite picture or standard street view. The app goes even further than just cyclists posting suggestions about where improvements need to be made. Submissions are then posted to a website and updated when they are fixed. The site sometimes indicates how the problem was fixed..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fsqlRj
Title & Author: "Cycle Stillwater recognized as top 10 ‘Best Things’" by Merrick Eagleton

TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE REPORT RELEASED: ILLINOIS PRAIRIE PATH

-> According to Mar. 11th Trails for Illinois release, "A new report released March 7 by a trail advocacy group shows that segments of the 50-year old Illinois Prairie Path in western Cook and Dupage County are hosting from 33,000 to over 190,000 visits annually from runners, walkers and cyclists who spend money, enjoy time in nature, and are using outdoor physical activity to maintain or improve their health.

"The report, Making Trails Count: Illinois Prairie Path (http://bit.ly/14WkxJZ), was funded by the Illinois Prairie Path Not-for-Profit Corporation to measure the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ benefits of the trail’s use—economic impact, environmental stewardship, and health and wellness. The report describes the findings of a 10-week study of trail use by the non-profit Trails for Illinois and its partners Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the University of Illinois Office of Recreation & Park Resources..." 

Source: http://bit.ly/1kgCxnz
Title & Author: "Study finds Illinois Prairie Path drives local spending, nature appreciation & health" by Steve Buchtel

LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES 180-MI FAMILY-FRIENDLY BIKEWAYS NETWORK

-> According to a Feb. 13th Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition article, "Today the City of Los Angeles released two draft documents for 90 days of public comment that will prioritize safety and health in the City’s General Plan: the Mobility Element and the Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles. LACBC, Los Angeles Walks and other stakeholders were involved in the development of both plans to ensure that the needs of LA’s bicyclists and pedestrians were considered. The plans call for a layered network of complete streets that serve all people who travel on them, with special focus on vulnerable road users, including children, the elderly, pedestrians and bicyclists.

"LACBC worked with the Department of City Planning to develop a 180-mile network of protected bikeways and high-quality neighborhood streets that will "provide safe, convenient, and comfortable local and regional facilities for cyclists of all types and abilities..." 

Source: http://bit.ly/1g7TCek
Title & Author: "City of Los Angeles Announces 180-mile Network of Family-Friendly Bikeways" by Staff


THE RESEARCH BEAT

HUMAN FACTORS IN PEDESTRIAN ROADWAY CROSSING

-> According to the abstract of FHWA’s Human Factors Assessment of Pedestrian Roadway Crossing Behavior report released in January, "Pedestrian–vehicle crashes are both common and deadly. The majority of pedestrian fatalities occur outside marked intersection crosswalks. The influences of pedestrian and environmental factors on crossing location choice were examined. A literature review covering factors intrinsic to pedestrians is provided.

"In addition, pedestrian crossings at 20 different locations were recorded and analyzed. The vast majority of crossings (89 percent of the total observed) took place in the marked intersection crosswalks. Drivers are likely to yield to pedestrians. However, while drivers are more likely to yield to pedestrians in the marked crosswalk, pedestrians and vehicles are equally as likely to yield to one another outside the marked crosswalk. The data also suggest that measures that reduce the perceived affordances to cross the roadway (e.g., flowerbeds that separate the sidewalk from the roadway) also reduce the proportion of crossings outside the marked crosswalks. It also appears that pedestrians cross when perceived control of the crossing is greatest. Measures to increase perceived control have the potential to increase (e.g., visible countdown clocks) or decrease (e.g., large medians) crossings in the marked crosswalk. A model to predict pedestrian crossing location is provided. The model uses various environmental variables as predicting factors and was shown to successfully predict an average of 90 percent of the crossings."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1fSRlcN
Title & Author: "Human Factors Assessment of Pedestrian Roadway Crossing Behavior" by Stacy A. Balk, Mary Anne Bertola, Jim Shurbutt, & Ann Do

REPORT: PRELIMINARY 2013 PED TRAFFIC FATALITIES BY STATE

-> According to the Summary of a recently released Governor’s Highway Safety Association report, "Pedestrian fatalities in the United States decreased in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, but increased in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The 15% increase in pedestrian deaths from 2009 to 2012 compares with a 3% decrease in all other motor vehicle deaths during the same time period. Based on preliminary data for the first six months of 2013 supplied by all states and the District of Columbia, there were 1,985 pedestrian deaths. This compares with 2,175 recorded in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for the same time period in 2012—a decrease of 8.7 percent. If the second half of 2013 conforms to this pattern, the recent yearly increases in pedestrian deaths will have halted. Overall, in the first half of 2013, pedestrian fatalities decreased in 25 states, increased in 20 states and the District of Columbia, and stayed the same in five. Nine states reported decreases of ten or more deaths, compared with two that had increases of this magnitude.

"There is an uneven distribution of pedestrian deaths among the states, with three (California, Texas and Florida) accounting for one-third of the 4,743 deaths in 2012. In nine states there were fewer than ten pedestrian deaths in 2012. Pedestrian deaths are largely an urban phenomenon, frequently occurring at night and often involving alcohol consumption by pedestrians. People age 70 and older have the highest per capita pedestrian death rate; very few children are involved, a change from earlier years..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1lUtKLe
Title & Author: "Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2013 Preliminary Data" by Allan Williams

COMPLETE STREETS IMPLEMENTATION BEST PRACTICES

-> According the abstract of a University of Minnesota report released in December, "Complete streets is emerging as an influential movement in transportation planning, design, and engineering. This guidebook (Complete Streets from Policy to Project: The Planning and Implementation of Complete Streets at Multiple Scales: http://bit.ly/N5haJL), with accompanying case studies, explores the variety of ways in which complete streets is conceptualized and institutionalized by various jurisdictions. It offers practical and applicable insights for jurisdictions in Minnesota and elsewhere.

"The research focused on best practices in 11 locations across the nation: Albert Lea, Minnesota; Arlington County, Virginia; Boulder, Colorado; Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Dubuque, Iowa; Fargo-Moorhead, North Dakota/Minnesota; Hennepin County, Minnesota; Madison, Wisconsin; New Haven, Connecticut; and Rochester, Minnesota. The guidebook is informed by an analysis of multiple data sources from each jurisdiction. The authors conducted a review of key documents (e.g., plans, policies, design guidelines), site visits, photo documentation, and in-depth interviews with more than 100 key informants.

"Six best practice areas emerged through the analysis: (1) framing and positioning, (2) institutionalizing complete streets, (3) analysis and evaluation, (4) project delivery and construction, (5) promotion and education, and (6) funding. The six best practice areas are described in detail and illustrated by examples from the case locations. The guidebook concludes with an appendix of complete streets case reports that offer additional details about each of the 11 case jurisdictions."

Source: http://bit.ly/1quL61R
Title & Author: "Complete Streets from Policy to Project The Planning and Implementation of Complete Streets at Multiple Scales" by Carissa Schively Slotterback, Cindy Zerger

SIGNIFICANTLY MORE STUDENTS IN SRTS PROGRAM SCHOOLS WALK AND BIKE

-> According to a March Safe Routes to School National Partnership eNews article, "Bridging the Gap just released a new research brief (Elementary School Participation in Safe Routes to School Programming is Associated with Higher Rates of Student Active Travel to School: http://bit.ly/1fT2JoY) that examines U.S. elementary school administrators’ reports of participation in Safe Routes to School initiatives and estimated rates of students’ walking or biking to school.

"Researchers found that participation in Safe Routes to School programs grew steadily over the past seven years in elementary schools nationwide and that students’ active travel was significantly higher in schools participating in Safe Route to School initiatives. The brief also highlights that, not surprisingly, the highest prevalence of Safe Routes programs is in western states and the lowest is in southern states. They concluded that increased support for Safe Routes to School through sufficient financial investment, technical assistance programs and strategies, and supportive policies may help to increase rates of active travel at schools where walking and biking is rare as well as at schools already participating in Safe Routes to School..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1eqKv95
Title & Author: "Bridging the Gap Study Shows Safe Routes to School Participation Increasing" by Staff


QUOTES R US

"Our vision... is one where people of any age and any comfort level can use a bicycle to meet their daily transportation needs. Whether it’s riding to work, to the corner store, or simply going out for a recreational ride on the weekend, we need safe and accessible facilities in every community, in every neighborhood, and on every street in the region."
--from Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s Blueprint Vision
http://bit.ly/1fRdlVw

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

CRAZY WAYS TO REUSE POTHOLES ON CITY STREETS

"Crumbling urban infrastructure doesn't have to be annoying. You can turn a pothole into something much more exciting--like a place for a giant bowl of spaghetti... The scenes in ‘MyPotholes,’ (http://bit.ly/1ni8Zuz) shot in streets in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Montreal, are wildly imaginative takes on what a bump in the road might be: A dog wash, a baptism, or a drowning swimmer being rescued on Baywatch. In all, the photographers created 18 different detailed scenes, brainstorming concepts as they drove and noticed potholes..."

http://bit.ly/1nfQd3v

[Note: Before this issue of CenterLines reaches you, Smart Growth America plans to have released its 2014 edition of Repair Priorities (http://bit.ly/1cSro7o), a report that looks at road conditions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as how much states are investing in repair and how much they would need to spend to get all their roads into good condition.]


WEBINARS, CONFERENCE CALLS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Design for Cyclist and Pedestrian Comfort"

Date: March 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (.1 CEU, 1 AICP CM)
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1c8ke08

WEBINAR "Build Your Own School District Policy to Advance Safe Routes to School"

Date: March 20, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Dave Cowan (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), Ben Winig (ChangeLab Solutions), Sara Zimmerman (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), Marie Pickney (Merced County Department of Public Health)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/NZHtlU

WEBINAR "Walking Shouldn’t Be Hazardous to Your Health, Part 1: Keeping Pedestrians Safe in Urban and Suburban Settings"

Date: March 20, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Noah Budnick (Transportation Alternatives NYC) & Michael King (Nelson Nygaard)
Host: America Walks
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1cPwxmg

WEBINAR "Women Cycling Webinar"

Date: March 26, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Kathryn Kortum (TRB), Anna Ricklin (APA), Tiffany Robinson of (The RBA Group) & Leah Treat-invited (Portland DOT)
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1dPhHtY

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

WEBINAR "Best Planning and Engineering Practices for School Zones"

Date: May 21, 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/Ps31Zk


RESOURCES

HUD & USDOT: CALCULATE HOUSING & TRANSPORTATION COSTS

-> According to the USDOT and HUD Location Affordability Portal, "Housing and transportation costs combine to take up almost half of the average household’s budget. While housing expenditures are usually easy to determine, transportation costs are much less transparent. The Location Affordability Portal seeks to bridge that information gap in order to help consumers, researchers, and policymakers better understand the impact of transportation costs on affordability.

"My Transportation Cost Calculator generates transportation cost estimates based on user-entered information, providing households, real estate professionals, and housing counselors customized, apples-to-apples comparisons of housing and transportation costs in different communities. (My Transportation Cost Calculator allows you to customize data from the Location Affordability Index by entering basic information about your family's income, housing, cars, and travel patterns: http://bit.ly/1cLKVMa)

"Developers, planners and policymakers can use the Location Affordability Index to make data-driven decisions about local and regional planning and investment. They can also use maps and data tools to help communicate with the public about different development scenarios. (The Location Affordability Index gives estimates of the percentage of a family's income dedicated to the combined cost of housing and transportation in a given location: http://bit.ly/1epT044)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1kILw3F
Title & Author: "Location Affordability Portal: Understanding the Combined Cost of Housing and Transportation" by Staff

FHWA HEALTH IN TRANSPORTATION 2013 ANNUAL REPORT

-> According to the Introduction of the FHWA Health in Transportation Working Group - 2013 Annual Report posted on Mar. 7th, "In 2012, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) established the Health in Transportation Working Group to examine the agency's existing policies and programs and their impacts on health-related issues such as air quality, active transportation, environmental review, noise, safety, livable communities, and access to health-related facilities. After the first year, FHWA produced an internal report that summarized the accomplishments to date, identified related research and outreach activities, and provided direction for future Working Group products.

"This report provides an overview of the Working Group's activities and accomplishments in 2013, summarizes other U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) health-related accomplishments, documents its progress toward the recommendations laid out in the 2012 Annual Report, and offers findings and recommendations based on themes that the Working Group discussed in 2013..."

[See also: Moving Healthy: Linking FHWA Programs and Health brochure: http://1.usa.gov/19hYcGa; and Health in Transportation FAQs: http://1.usa.gov/1gojXWl]

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1cS2N2A
Title & Author: "Health in Transportation Working Group - 2013 Annual Report" by Staff

NEW HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT RESOURCES

-> According to a Mar. 6th email message from Aaron Wernham citing 2 new health impact assessment resources, "...The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an HIA review synthesis report, A Review of Health Impact Assessments in the U.S.: Current State-of-Science, Best Practices, and Areas for Improvement (http://1.usa.gov/1kL9taE). A systematic review of U.S. HIAs was conducted to give a clear picture of how HIAs are being implemented and to identify potential areas for improving the HIA community of practice. 

"Health Resources in Action released a policy and practice report, Leveraging Multi-Sector Investments: New Opportunities to Improve the Health and Vitality of Communities (http://bit.ly/1hbii81). The report explores how economic and community-development sectors as well as the public health and medical care sectors identify opportunities to collaborate to enhance the health and vitality of distressed communities..." 

[See Job, Grants, RFPs section for the Health Impact Project’s Call for Proposals for HIA demonstration and HIA implementation grants.]

PICKING THE RIGHT BIKE SAFETY EDUCATION CURRICULUM

-> According to a March Safe Routes to School National Partnership eNews article, "Bicycle safety education has developed into its own field over the past decade with a variety of implementation options depending primarily on the amount of time and resources available. Choosing the right curriculum is not easy, and as educators, we must make informed compromises. Not sure where to start? Here are two integral resources when considering what to teach during valuable class time.

"First, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Curricula Guide (http://bit.ly/1hbkWuC), released in 2011, catalogs the curricula available throughout the country. This resource is pure gold for the educator who has not yet chosen a curriculum for the classroom and its individual constraints. Second, and perhaps most relevant, is a new study that was released by National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration entitled ‘Bicycle Safety Education for Children From a Developmental and Learning Perspective’ (http://bit.ly/1iyA3zl) that closely analyzes bicycle education content and its actual effect on student behavior.

"Ready for more? Keep reading about tips for choosing the right bicycle safety education program for your community (http://bit.ly/1ibvYCF)."

Source: http://bit.ly/1eqKv95
Title & Author: "Bicycle Safety Education: Beyond the Bike Rodeo" by Staff


CALENDAR

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

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

CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS

-> CALL FOR 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 18-19, 2014, Pedestrian Facility Design Course, Boise, ID.
http://1.usa.gov/1cSusAe

-> 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 7-13, 2014, National Public Health Week
http://bit.ly/1i0xas1

-> 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 12, 2014, New Mexico Bicycle Education Summit, Albuquerque, NM.
http://bit.ly/1hqmRNI

-> 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, Alaska Trails Conference, Anchorage, AK
http://bit.ly/1kd5z7Q

-> 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.

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS – RURAL COMMUNITIES FACING DESIGN CHALLENGES

It’s been a big year for rural design since Project for Public Spaces partnered with the Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) in 2013 to help improve rural communities across the United States. Last year, the pilot program was a complete success, with workshops in four rural communities ripe for design change and placemaking guidance. This year, we are happy to announce the call for proposals for the next round of rural design workshops! Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 stipend and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. The Request for Proposals, application guidelines, and more information on the program are posted on the CIRD website: http://bit.ly/1dPixqJ.

Deadline: May 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm ET
http://bit.ly/1dPi6fX

-> CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS - EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY, AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION SUSTAINABILITY DIVISION

The American Planning Association Sustainable Communities Division (APA-SCD) proudly announces the first annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability. The application process is brief; awards will be announced at the National Planning conference. The Division will accept applications in seven categories:
• Sustainable Development Project
• Sustainable Building Project 
• Sustainable Park, Recreation or Open Space Project 
• Green Infrastructure Project 
• Sustainable Policy, Law or Plan
• Leadership in Sustainability 
• Emerging Leader’s Sustainability Plan or Project 

Deadline: March 31, 2014
http://bit.ly/1iyKzXc

-> CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS – LOCUS LEADERSHIP AWARDS, SMART GROWTH AMERICA

Do you know a real estate developer or investor who is creating great, walkable places and has displayed exemplary public leadership to advance smart growth development? If so, nominate her or him for the 2014 LOCUS Leadership Awards. These awards recognize real estate developers or investors who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to public leadership and development for walkable, sustainable development. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase and reward a game-changing developer who is influencing the future of real estate. To be eligible, nominees must: be the owner or principal of a private for-profit company; have a history of development near major centers of employment, public transit and/or transportation hubs; conduct his or her business in a way that exemplifies the LOCUS mission.

Deadline: May 1, 2014
http://bit.ly/NZUrjm

-> CALL FOR GRANT PROPOSALS – 1) HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT PROJECTS AND 2) HIA PROGRAM INTEGRATION

The Health Impact Project is issuing its fourth call for proposals to support two types of initiatives: 1) health impact assessment, or HIA, demonstration projects that inform a specific decision; and 2) HIA program grants that enable organizations with experience with HIAs to develop sustainable HIA programs that integrate the assessments and related approaches in policymaking at the local, state, or tribal levels. There are two stages to the application process. First, applicants submit a brief proposal that describes the project and includes an estimated budget. If invited, select applicants then submit a full proposal, budget, budget narrative, and other documentation.

Brief Application Deadline: April 2, 2014
http://bit.ly/1i4UVza

-> JOB - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF COMMUTERCHOICE, TDM & SUSTAINABILITY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Job duties include directing the day-to-day operations of the program, setting goals, reviewing performance and ensuring that the team’s work is of the highest quality and administered fairly, consistently and accurately. Identifying and responding to transportation-related issues, concerns and problems of the faculty, staff and students as they relate to Harvard’s commuter services, TDM and transit sustainability programs. Providing strategic advice to the Director of Parking & CommuterChoice and the Managing Director of Transportation Services for changes in operations, programs and services for all faculty, staff and students regarding commuter services, TDM and new sustainability objectives and programs.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/1lznGF3

-> JOB - BETTER MARKET STREET PROJECT MANAGER, CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

The Better Market Street Project Manager II is responsible for coordinating necessary multi-modal street elements specific to the SFMTA, particularly the surface transit system’s right-of-way element (trackwork, platforms, signals, and overhead systems and the general street right-of-way (traffic, bicycle and walking), overseeing the capital elements of Market Street improvements as well as preparing and monitoring the project budget. The Project Manager II will work extensively with the DPW led project team to ensure that all aspects of SFMTA’s project responsibilities are carried out. This includes obtaining funding; planning, organizing, directing and managing the projects from preliminary, through conceptual, design and construction, to final closeout; coordinating work of a multidisciplinary technical staff across organizational boundaries; working extensively with the public, private contractors, special interest groups, governmental funding and regulatory agencies, and City and County departments; coordinating EIS/EIR processes and/or obtaining permits; controlling project cost and schedule; reviewing change orders; serving as primary contact for all parties involved in the project; and other duties as required.

Deadline: None provided (Re-opened)
http://bit.ly/1izvl8V


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