#353 Wednesday, March 26, 2013


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

----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 - Program Preview
----- USDOT Proposed Safety Rule: Needs Lots of Work
----- Tell US DOT: Bicyclists' & Pedestrians’ Safety Counts
----- LaHood Predicts Short-Term Extension of MAP-21
----- Defining & Documenting Ped and Bike Networks
----- Inner City Bicycle-Powered Swedish Moving Company: Faster than Trucks
----- 12 Ways to Make Cities More Child-Friendly
----- How to Design a City for Women
----- How Politics Changed the Parisian Landscape

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Sign the Petition for East Coast Greenway River Bike/Ped Crossings
----- Bike Sharing System Coming to Topeka (KS)
----- Memphis (TN) Releases State of Bicycling Report
----- Phoenix (AZ) Aims for More Ped-Friendly Downtown
----- More Walkable Opportunities for Butte (MT)
----- Kidical Mass DC Brings Pedal Power to Tots

----- TRB Release: Monitoring Bicyclist and Pedestrian Travel and Behavior
----- TRB Releases 20 Pedestrian Papers
----- Journal of Transport & Health Published First Issue
----- Caltrans Survey: 25% Fewer Auto Trips, 2X More Ped, Bike, Transit Trips

----- Smart Growth America Report: Repair Priorities 2014
----- GHSA Ped Fatals Report: Pedestrian Fatalities Dip in FL, CA, PA, OH...
----- Australian Report: Methods for Reducing Speeds on Rural Roads
----- New Report to be Released: Measuring Sprawl 2014 

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by Mark Plotz

-> Over the next two weeks notifications will be going out to all who proposed sessions for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014. Our next CenterLines will begin the reveal of confirmed breakout sessions. Stay tuned!

Project for Public Spaces has been working with America Walks and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC) to develop panels and moderated discussions that focus on walking, health, and other topics that were missed by our call for proposals or that are important but often under-represented.

Here's a preview:

  • The Affordable Care Act. Under the Act non profit health care providers are required to develop and implement community health improvement plans. Learn from health care stakeholders how biking and walking programs can tap into this funding stream.
  • State DOT and DOH partnerships. Participate in a moderated discussion with representatives from several states with DOT and DOH partnerships. Learn how common goals strategic goals were identified and get pointers on how to make this partnership happen in your state.
  • Finding the right engineer. We spend lots of time and energy convincing the local transportation engineer or director of public works that transportation infrastructure should support walking and biking trips. What if you were able to hire the right person from day 1? Join this session to learn about what skill set, experience, and traits you should be looking for the next time your city, MPO, or state DOT has a vacancy.

Interested? Registration is open now and Early Bird rates will expire May 16. Discounts are currently available for members of APBP and the Alliance for Biking and Walking.

If you are interested in hosting Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, our deadline for submitting a letter of interest is Monday, March 31, 2014. Special offer: the most creative proposal gets naming rights for 2016. The only condition is it must start with 'Pro'.


-> According to a Mar. 19th Smart Growth America article, "Get out your commenting pens, folks, because the U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposed rule for measuring progress on safety needs a lot of work. In the 2012 transportation law, MAP-21, Congress directed the DOT to set measures of progress in a number of areas that could be used to hold transportation agencies accountable. The first one out of this gate last week was safety. [See the full rule as published in the Federal Register: http://1.usa.gov/1dpbmrc.]

"It should have been a triumph for people concerned about the lives and well-being of all users of the road network. For the first time, Congress emphasized that state DOTs would need to significantly reduce the number and rate of deaths and injuries on our roadways. And the DOT’s rhetoric in the new rule suggests that as their intention. The reality, though, is that the proposed rule is toothless. It:

- Fails to set performance targets for reducing deaths among non-motorized users separate from motorized users
- Requires agencies to meet only half of the four targets
- Permits them to set "pass" levels that actually could allow deaths and injuries to increase

"Underlying several of these issues is the decision to judge progress according to trend lines that are granted a huge margin of area – and the trends themselves are based on projections of vehicle miles traveled that are notoriously unreliable. [For a more detailed, technical analysis: http://bit.ly/1izn55t.]..."

Source: http://bit.ly/PZ9XgO
Title & Author: "USDOT’s proposed safety rule gives agencies a pass on progress" by Stefanie Seskin


-> According to a recent League of American Wheelmen Action Alert, "There is only one acceptable number: 0. While cities like New York and San Francisco have set decisive ‘Vision Zero’ targets to dramatically reduce bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities, the U.S. Department of Transportation has just released proposed safety measures that have no goal, no accountability and no attempt to reduce the 16% of all fatal crashes that include people who walk and bike.

"Your comments count: Tell US DOT that we can’t turn a blind eye to the 45,000 bicyclists injured and 5,000 cyclists and pedestrians killed on our roadways each year — we must have a national goal to make biking and walking a safe transportation option... Now, they’re asking for comments —and they need to hear from you. Please use our Action Center (http://bit.ly/1iyzYNl) to endorse the League’s comments, included below, or submit your own..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1iyzYNl
Title & Author: "Tell US DOT: Bicyclists' Safety Counts" by Staff


-> According to a Mar. 24th National Journal article, "The transportation industry is growing anxious over the highway trust fund cliff that could hit as early as July. The fund is slowly running out of money, and if its coffers get too low, road and transit projects will be stalled. Congress is running out of time to draft and debate a full-blown surface transportation measure. They have to do something by Sept. 30, when the current law, MAP-21, expires. If they don't, the money stops cold, assuming there is any left to spend.

"What's going to happen? Here is former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's prophecy: ‘When September 30 comes and the highway trust fund is broke—it'll even be broke before the 30th, but [definitely] by the end of the fiscal year, it'll be broke—they'll pass an extension of MAP-21,’ he said in an interview for an upcoming National Journal Q&A. ‘They'll take some money out of the general fund. They'll limp through the election, and then I don't know what will happen after that.’..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1duQVcG
Title & Author: "LaHood Predicts Short-Term Extension of Transportation Law" by Fawn Johnson


-> According to the FHWA/FTA March Transportation Planning Update, "The draft USDOT Strategic Plan establishes as a goal the creation of connected pedestrian and bicycle networks. These multimodal networks will contribute to making walking and bicycling viable transportation choices in communities throughout the U.S., while also improving safety, health, and other outcomes. In the coming months, the Livability Team in the Office of Human Environment will be working to define and document the concept of pedestrian and bicycle ‘networks.’ This documentation process will serve as the first step to tracking progress in network creation and expansion over time. The Livability Team will be working closely with the FHWA Pedestrian and Bicycle Work Group and will also be reaching out to Division Office Pedestrian and Bicycle Points of Contact, State DOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinators, and others. If you have questions or would like to offer feedback, please feel free to contact Dan Goodman, daniel.goodman@dot.gov, or 202-366-9064."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1jteViN
Title & Author: "Documenting Ped and Bike Networks" by Staff


-> According to a Mar. 21st The Atlantic Cities article, "The idea of a bicycle giving a monster oil-tanker a run for its money might be laughable. But a Swedish start-up has proved transporting smaller amounts of goods on two wheels can be practical as well as green. Movebybike will transport anything up to around 660 pounds courtesy of a fleet of bike trailers. Initially a small project run by enthusiasts, the company expanded this year from its home base in Malmö to Stockholm and Gothenburg, thus covering Sweden's three largest cities. Not only is the company greener than the alternative, it's also faster and potentially cheaper.

"Movebybike director Johan Wedin explains: ‘Our service is aimed at the dense city. It’s quicker because we can use all kind of roads – bicycle tracks and short cuts as well – and we can bike all the way without having to park. Our biggest clients are actually delivering newspapers in bulk. They contacted us because they needed faster delivery. It’s not about the price or the environment or anything, it’s about the bottom line.’..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1gXf06t
Title & Author: "A Bicycle-Powered Moving Company's Sales Pitch: We're Just Faster" by Feargus O’Sullivan


-> According to a Mar. 3rd Spacing.ca article, "For far too long, many people have considered family life and urban life as being mutually exclusive. That trend is slowly reversing, as more and more parents choose to raise their kids in urban areas. However, city builders often fail to consider their smallest, most vulnerable users. As Enrique Penalosa famously said: ‘Children are a kind of indicator species. If we can build a successful city for children, we will have a successful city for all people.’

"The following slideshow describes twelve ways we can make our cities more amenable to kids. These are by no means a comprehensive list, but are designed as a conversation starter..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1hXkb8N
Title & Author: "12 ways to make cities more child-friendly" by Chris Bruntlett

[See "Kidical Mass DC Brings Pedal Power to Tots" in the Regional section below]


-> According to a Sept. 16th The Atlantic Cities article, "In 1999, officials in Vienna, Austria, asked residents of the city's ninth district how often and why they used public transportation. ‘Most of the men filled out the questionnaire in less than five minutes,’ says Ursula Bauer, one of the city administrators tasked with carrying out the survey. ‘But the women couldn't stop writing.’

"The majority of men reported using either a car or public transit twice a day -- to go to work in the morning and come home at night. Women, on the other hand, used the city’s network of sidewalks, bus routes, subway lines and streetcars more frequently and for a myriad reasons.

‘The women had a much more varied pattern of movement,’ Bauer recalls. ‘They were writing things like, 'I take my kids to the doctor some mornings, then bring them to school before I go to work. Later, I help my mother buy groceries and bring my kids home on the metro.'

"Women used public transit more often and made more trips on foot than men. They were also more likely to split their time between work and family commitments like taking care of children and elderly parents. Recognizing this, city planners drafted a plan to improve pedestrian mobility and access to public transit..."

Source: http://bit.ly/N6RoF7
Title & Author: "How to Design a City for Women" by Clare Foran


-> According to a Mar. 21st Project for Public Spaces article, "As Paris enters the final days of a hard-fought Mayoral race, one thing is clear. The terms of political debate permanently shifted during the administration of outgoing Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, and a remarkable consensus has emerged over environmental concerns. When Delanoë took office 13 years ago, he vowed that automobile interests would no longer dominate the city and he would focus on improving public spaces. And he made good on his promise.

"Paris is now a radically different place. Less than half of Parisian households own a car and those who do use them far less than the inhabitants of other cities. People have become attached to the quality of life that urban spaces designed as places, and not as conduits for traffic, allow...

"Delanoe focused on two primary issues in his historic 2001 campaign. The first was to establish transparency in the city government... But from the outset he also promoted a redistribution of public space. He saw Paris as having been subject to the "hegemony of the automobile" under Tiberi and his predecessor, Jacques Chirac, and he promised to reverse that policy..."

Source: http:// bit.ly/NBQKje
Title & Author: "Placemaking in Paris: How Politics Changed the Parisian Landscape" by Stephane Kirkland



-> According to a petition posted on Change.org by the East Coast Greenway Alliance, "The East Coast Greenway (ECG) is a 2,900-mile National Millennium Trail connecting 15 states and more than two dozen major cities throughout the Eastern seaboard... There are many challenges to building trail on the route, but one rises high above the rest: crossing the Susquehanna River. Did you know that in the state of Maryland there is no safe way to cross the Susquehanna on foot or by bike?  The closest safe crossing is in Pennsylvania, over 42 miles upstream from Havre de Grace.  With your help, we can change that...

"There are presently four crossings in the river’s southernmost stretch, two for autos and two for rail, and none permit bikes or peds. One of these (Amtrak’s Susquehanna River Bridge)...The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been awarded $22 million to design this bridge’s replacement, to increase capacity in the corridor. This is a great first step, but it doesn’t guarantee that bicycle and pedestrian access will be built across the Susquehanna River...

"Please join the East Coast Greenway Alliance as we urge MDOT to build bridges that will serve all modes, connecting communities by rail, bike, and foot... Visit http://bit.ly/1jFdWaX to learn more about the ECG...."

Source: http://chn.ge/NR0Mx2
Title & Author: "Ensure that the new Amtrak Susquehanna River Bridge will accommodate cyclists and walkers" by East Coast Greenway Alliance


-> According to a Mar. 17th WIBW.com article, "Topeka's push towards a bike friendly city continues to move forward with the approval of a new bicycle sharing system. Topeka Metro Transit Authority board members unanimously approved the purchase of 50 bicycles for $167,625 from Social Bicycles, a bikeshare technology company based out of New York."

Source: http://bit.ly/1g99B1R
Title & Author: "Bike Sharing System Coming to Topeka" by Justin Surrency


-> According to the March Bike Walk Tennessee newsletter sent via email on Mar. 17th, "Since 2010, Memphis officials have worked to improve conditions for persons using bicycles and have embarked on an ambitious process to create new bike infrastructure throughout the city. The result of 71 miles of new dedicated bike lanes and shared-use paths are the result of increased bicycle usage (double the usage in 2008) and improved safety (number of accidents reduced by thirty five percent since 2008).

"The release of this report (2014 State of Bicycling Memphis, TN: http://bit.ly/Ow9hhG) is coupled with an update to the website (http://bit.ly/1ecKuZB) including maps and locations of upcoming projects and a new section on the city's Green Lane program."


-> According to a Mar. 24th State Smart Transportation Initiatives article, "A new study of transportation options (Central Phoenix Transportation Framework Study: http://bit.ly/OYPZBM) in downtown Phoenix aims to improve walking, biking, and transit, as well as prioritize amenities for pedestrians, in order to revitalize the area and encourage people to spend time downtown instead of just getting in and out quickly. Although the process is just beginning, ideas are already being floated to reduce the number of lanes on major streets, slow traffic, change some one-way streets to two-way, and prioritize sustainable transportation modes. Other ideas are: establishing a street car system, reducing parking lots and garages, adding bike lanes, expanding the bike share program, and introducing more parallel parking.

"The Phoenix Comprehensive Downtown Transportation Study is part of the larger Building a Quality Arizona (http://bit.ly/OTjVzw) effort, a series of statewide transportation framework studies being sponsored by Councils of Governments and Metropolitan Planning Organizations working with the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Arizona State Legislature, the Governor’s Office, and the business community to talk about state infrastructure needs..."

Source: http://bit.ly/OYPx6w
Title & Author: "Phoenix aims for slower, more pedestrian-friendly downtown streets" by Robbie Webber


-> According to a Mar. 16th Missoulian article, "It might be the first time someone has praised Butte for stagnate growth in the past 50 years, but Jeff Speck is known for offering unconventional advice. A former director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts, Speck is an expert in urban planning... Speck sees assets in Butte where others see weaknesses. Empty buildings, not a ton of stoplights, wide roads without a lot of traffic.

"‘The best places in America didn’t get built up between 1950 and 2000,’ he said. ‘They can now grow properly. They’re not surrounded by sprawl that taxes and weakens the heart of the city. (Butte) has good bones to grow a city around.’ The trick, says Speck, is fostering neighborhoods that provide residents’ needs within a half-mile walk: groceries, retail, work places and exercise opportunities. The more ‘walkable’ a city, the more it can attract those coveted young professionals with families. Separating where people live from retail, business and recreational spaces has created a society that doesn’t walk anywhere because it can’t, he said. And there’s a correlation between weight gain and inactivity..."

Source: http:// bit.ly/PZXUzU
Title & Author: "Talking the walk: Is a more ‘walkable’ Butte the key for city’s future?" by Kelley Christensen


-> According to a Mar. 18th Elevation DC article, "This spring, expect to see more toddlers blazing D.C.’s most popular trails and safe streets—cycling independently or riding along behind their parents in a trailer.

"Since 2011, about 25 parents and children have been a part of Kidical Mass DC (http://bit.ly/1j26iJi), a kid-friendly bike movement with chapters in multiple cities across the country. Megan Odett, founder of Kidical Mass DC and a mother of two who tows her children to school and daycare everyday, hopes that Kidical Mass DC can be a catalyst to further push cycling infrastructure in the city, while providing a fun and safe family activities for the cycling season.

"Odett reveals how Kidical Mass is becoming the go-to source for kid-friendly cycling in the city..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1iBluwI
Title & Author: "Kidical Mass brings pedal power to tots" by Christina Sturdivant



-> According to a Mar. 23rd TRB post, "TRB’s Transportation Research Circular E-C183: Monitoring Bicyclist and Pedestrian Travel and Behavior (http://bit.ly/OT6tf1) is designed to chronicle the most recent advancements in techniques and technology of active transportation monitoring. The circular identifies a selection of recent advancements in bicycle and pedestrian data monitoring pertaining to both traffic volumes and behavioral data. The circular also introduces a selection of ongoing projects expected to contribute to the field of bicycle and pedestrian data."

[Chapters include Traffic Counting, Monitoring Travel Behavior, Archiving and Sharing Data, Ongoing Research on Data Collection Methods, and Ongoing Research on Archiving and Sharing Data.]

Source: http://bit.ly/1m5hvIS
Title & Author: "Monitoring Bicyclist and Pedestrian Travel and Behavior" by Staff


-> According to a Mar. 25th Transportation Research Board posting, "TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2393 (http://bit.ly/1gXmXZo) consists of 20 papers that examine an analysis of pedestrian performance in shared-space environments; using a smartphone application to support visually impaired pedestrians; pedestrian–vehicle traffic conflicts; automated classification of pedestrian gender and age; driver compliance with pedestrian yield right-of-way laws; and development of the Canadian Pedestrian Crossing Control Guide.

"This issue of the TRR also explores how social paths can improve pedestrian accessibility to light rail; evaluation of pedestrian weaving zones; pedestrian safety issues; improving cyclist and pedestrian environment while maintaining vehicle throughput; the effect of left-turn operational mode on pedestrian safety; pedestrian crash hot spots and risk factors for injury severity; and pedestrian red-time crossing behavior.

"In addition, issues covered in this TRR include integrating bicycling and walking facilities into urban infrastructure; the cost of complete streets; effect of advance yield markings and symbolic signs on vehicle–pedestrian conflicts; effectiveness of audible and tactile heading cues at complex intersections; results from roadway design survey of San Francisco Bay area pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and transit users; pedestrian crash risk on boundary roadways; and sight distance for disabled pedestrians at crossings."

Source: http://bit.ly/1d3fSGn
Title & Author: "Pedestrians 2013" by Staff


-> According to the introduction to the first issue of the Journal of Transport & Health (http://bit.ly/1jtWSZO), "The aims and scope of the journal... are to promote cross-disciplinary research into the many ways in which transport policy affects health and inequalities, how awareness of these links can affect transport policy decisions – and how poor health can affect transport options for individuals. We aim to make this journal relevant to academics, professionals and policy-makers in many fields, including transport (planning and engineering), public health, spatial planning, epidemiology, geography, sustainable development, sociology, and urban studies... Active travel – walking and cycling – is likely to be a recurring theme, as is public transport (transit)...

"We intend to give a speedy response to submissions, and to publish final proofs of accepted articles online as soon as they are available. Speed of acceptance or rejection also depends on having a sufficient pool of experts to review submitted manuscripts. To join our panel of peer-reviewers, register yourself as a new user on the journal website (click on ‘register’ at http://bit.ly/1dMNskk)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1o0fe6K
Title & Author: "Journal of Transport & Health" by Staff

[First issue articles include:
- Health on the Move 2. Policies for health-promoting transport
- The role of bicycle sharing systems in normalising the image of cycling: An observational study of London cyclists
- Why do teens abandon bicycling? A retrospective look at attitudes and behaviors]


-> According to a Mar. 10th State Smart Transportation Initiatives article, "Last year the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) released the findings from its decennial household travel survey (California Household Travel Survey: press release: http://bit.ly/1jGvvY3, report: http://bit.ly/1mu8kF9). The data are used mainly to update travel demand models and did not make major news. But the survey, which involved a huge sample of more than 42,000 households in 2012, depicts some interesting patterns in mode choice.

"The 2012 survey shows that the average California household made about 25 percent fewer trips by automobile than it did in 2001, and 65 to 75 percent more trips by walking, biking, and public transit. Those changes mean the shares of the three non-auto modes doubled..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1p3YNTO
Title & Author: "California travel surveys show big shift away from driving" by Chris McCahill


"The proposed safety performance measure rule would require coordinated statewide safety targets for (1) serious injuries per Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT); (2) fatalities per VMT; (3) number of serious injuries; and, (4) number of fatalities. Each of the four measures would be representative of a 5-year rolling average...The rule, as proposed, would allow states to fail in reaching half of their safety performance targets—that they themselves create based on historical trends—without consequence. Nor does it inspire states to create and achieve real goals in reducing the total number of fatalities and serious injuries.

"By failing to differentiate between motorized and non-motorized users and between urban areas, small cities, and rural areas, these deaths and serious injuries can be lost in the larger numbers of vehicular deaths and injuries; ignored by relying on rates based on VMT trends; or lumped into a single category that doesn’t account for the differences in deaths and injury rates in different types of cities and towns."

--Stefanie Seskin, National Complete Streets Deputy Director in her analysis of the USDOT proposed safety measures



"The GoPro camera has been strapped to eagles and pelicans; it's been worn by space-jumpers and firefighters; but it's never been worn by a superhero. Technically, it still hasn't--superheroes aren't real, nerd--but this video from YouTube production team Corridor Digital captures the next best thing. It's a 2:30 trip through Superman's rounds, all with mounted GoPro strapped to the Last Son of Krypton's forehead. Using drones helped along by DroneFly's Taylor Chien, we see the patrol rounds performed by Superman (played by comedian Will Sterling) as he soars over the cityscape. He flies around, fights bad guys, and rescues a damsel in distress--all to a kickin' dubstep soundtrack."



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 "Bicycling and Walking in TIGER 6 Applications"

Date: April 1, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Advocacy Advance
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1p3LR0p

WEBINAR "Complete Streets Implementation Case Studies"

Date: April 1, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH/.2 IACET CEU/1.5 CM)
Presenters: Sara E. Patterson (Michael Baker, Jr. Inc.), Brett Sears (MMM Group) & Nick Jackson (Toole Design Group)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Cost: Varies between $75 and $125
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1hpLTcJ

WEBINAR "The Public Health Impact of Community Speed Reduction"

Date: April 2, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Kathleen McCabe (HRiA), Greg Raisman (Portland, OR Bureau of Transportation), Barry Keppard (Metropolitan Area Planning Council, MA)
Host: Health Resources in Action
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1dhuTV7

WEBINAR "Bikesharing Research and Programs"

Date: April 2, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Allen Greenberg (FHWA), Susan Shaheen, (UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center), Darren Buck (DC Department of Transportation) & Nick Bohnenkamp (Denver B-Cycle)
Host: National Highway Safety Institute
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/OYCBNY

WEBINAR "Citizen-Led Sustainable Change April webinar - Vivre St. Michel en Sante (for a Healthy St. Michel)"

Date: April 3, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Brianne Peters & Jean Panet-Raymond
Host: Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://conta.cc/1gA6puA

WEBINAR "Complete Streets Implementation Case Studies"

Date: April 3, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH/.2 IACET CEU/1.5 CM)
Presenters: Jerome W. Hall (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Professor Emeritus)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Cost: Varies between $75 and $125
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1llbCKv

WEBINAR "Traffic Engineering for All Modes"

Date: April 10, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH/.2 IACET CEU/1.5 CM)
Presenters: John N. LaPlante (T.Y. Lin International)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Cost: Varies between $75 and $125
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1eNGEGH

Discussion Forum Keeping Pedestrians Safe in Urban and Suburban Communities

Date: April 11, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Noah Burdick (Transportation Alternatives NYC) & Michael King (Nelson Nygaard)
Host: America Walks
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1gHTyCf

WEBINAR "Going Multimodal at the Ballot Box"

Date: April 15, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: National Alliance for Public Transportation Advocates
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/OH0qKe

WEBINAR "Public Health Benefits of Active Transportation"

Date: April 16, 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

WEBINAR "Putting the Mettle to the Pedal: Ideas for Promoting Bicycling"

Date: April 16, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Nicole Brown (South Carolina Safe Routes to School Resource Center), Pattie Starnes (Ebenezer Avenue Elementary School), Michelle Sirounis, (Roosevelt Elementary School)
Host: National Center for Safe Routes to School
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1fSMszn

WEBINAR "Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper, Healthier"

Date: April 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Project for Public Spaces staff: Kate Rube, Kelly Verel & Philip Winn
Host: America Walks
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1hRVBWW

WEBINAR "Programs and Policies to Advance Livability"

Date: April 17, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: National Highway Institute
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/1goC8Q2

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

WEBINAR "Raising Awareness on Bicycle Safety"

Date: April 22, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH/.2 IACET CEU/1.5 CM)
Presenters: Xavier R. Falconi (City of Miami Beach, FL)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Cost: Varies between $75 and $125
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1iyUeOO

Discussion Forum The Impact of Walking on the Environment and on the Economy

Date: April 30, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Jackie Ostfeld (Sierra Club) & Christopher Coes (LOCUS)
Host: America Walks
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1kRBv1C

WEBINAR "Open Question and Answer Session: Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards for Trails, Camping and Picnic Facilities, Viewing Areas, and Beach Access Routes"

Date: May 1, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: US Access Board staff: Bill R. Botten, Peggy Greenwell, James J. Raggio
Host: Accessibility Online
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1bGyEYp

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

WEBINAR "Funding Innovative Facilities"

Date: June 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Advocacy Alliance
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/OYIhaT

WEBINAR "Calming Arterial Streets for Safer Walking and Cycling"

Date: June 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/NBTIEj

WEBINAR "Separated Bikeways: The New Norm in Bicycle Facilities"

Date: June 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH/.2 IACET CEU/1.5 CM)
Presenters: Rick Plenge (Fehr & Peers) & Brooke DuBose (Fehr & Peers)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Cost: Varies between $75 and $125
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1llcfUu



-> According to a recent Smart Growth America article, "State departments of transportation (DOTs) are spending more money building new roads than maintaining the ones they have—despite the fact that roads are crumbling, financial liabilities are mounting and conditions are not improving for America’s drivers. Between 2009 and 2011, the latest year with available data, states collectively spent $20.4 billion annually to build new roadways and add lanes to existing roads. America’s state-owned road network grew by 8,822 lane-miles of road during that time, accounting for less than 1 percent of the total in 2011.

"During that same time, states spent just $16.5 billion annually repairing and preserving the other 99 percent of the system, even while roads across the country were deteriorating. On a scale of good, fair or poor, 21 percent of America’s roads were in poor condition in 2011. Just 37 percent of roads were in good condition that year—down from 41 percent in 2008...

"Repair Priorities 2014: Transportation Spending Strategies to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Improve Roads (http://bit.ly/1j28rEE) is the latest report by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense analyzing road conditions and spending priorities in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. The update also assesses how these priorities have changed since the release of the first edition in 2011..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1iBluwI
Title & Author: "Repair Priorities 2014" by Staff


-> According to a Mar. 11th FastCompany.com article, "The number of pedestrians killed by cars in the United States dropped by nearly 9% in the first half of 2013, according to a new report (Governors Highway Safety Association, Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2013 Preliminary Data: http://bit.ly/1dpL1cA).

"This is good news, but it came as somewhat of a surprise: Pedestrian deaths had actually been increasing steadily over the last three years, though the number of motor vehicle crashes had declined. And while California, Texas, and Florida had ranked as the worst offenders since 2010 (together making up a third of national pedestrian fatalities), Florida also showed the most improvement in the first six months of 2013.

"Florida, however, has begun taking the design of its roads, and advocating for cyclists and pedestrians, more seriously. According to USA Today, the state has implemented some encouraging changes: ‘Florida's wide-ranging approach includes adding two full-time bike and pedestrian safety specialists to each of seven DOT district offices, plus two in central headquarters; one member of each team focuses on planning and design of roads and streets, the other on safety programs once infrastructure is built.’ The new design also features road ‘diets,’ which would narrow Florida's notoriously wide thoroughfares: ‘The state added enforcement and education components, is re-writing bike and pedestrian traffic laws for clarity, and is increasing the use of roundabouts and road diets. That means reducing unnecessary capacity on some roads to discourage speeding — cutting the number of lanes from four to three, for example.’..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1iVLSSe
Title & Author: "Fewer Cars Are Killing Pedestrians, Thanks--Apparently--To Florida" by Sydney Brownstone


-> According to a recent Austroads posting, "[Methods for Reducing Speeds on Rural Roads – Compendium of Good Practice] (http://bit.ly/1eQAUsg) presents information on speed as a contributor to rural road crashes. It provides information on treatments that can be used to address speed, either at key locations (curves, intersections or the approach to towns) or for routes in general. The main focus is on road-engineering-based treatments, but information is also provided on other approaches that may be used (e.g. enforcement and in-vehicle devices).

"Detailed information is provided on almost 30 road engineering treatments that may be used to reduce speeds at key locations on rural roads. Information is presented on the speed and crash reduction effectiveness of commonly used treatments. These include advance warning signs, chevron alignment markers, and advisory speed signs at curves; advance warning signs and roundabouts at intersections; and advance warning signs and buffer zones on the approach to towns..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1eQAUsg
Title & Author: "Methods for Reducing Speeds on Rural Roads – Compendium of Good Practice" by Staff


-> According to a Mar. 18th Smart Growth America article, "In 2001, Smart Growth America released the landmark study Measuring Sprawl and its Impact. On Wednesday, April 2, at 11 am EDT, we’ll release the next edition of this flagship report with new information about the state of development in the United States. (Register for this free online event at: http://bit.ly/1h86k1t)

"Measuring Sprawl 2014 will look at development patterns in 221 metropolitan areas and their counties, and evaluate which communities are the least and most sprawling in the country. The report will score and rank these metropolitan areas based on their development, using a four-factor system developed by researchers at the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Research Center. The report will also look at how development patterns are related to life in those communities, based on factors like economic mobility, life expectancy, household costs, health, safety and transportation options..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fZwyPb
Title & Author: "A new measure of sprawl in America" by Staff


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



-> CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS – 2014 AMPO Annual Conference, October 21-24, 2014, Atlanta, GA.
DEADLINE: April 1, 2014

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

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

-> CALL FOR PAPERS - Smart City Expo World Congress, November 18-20, 2014, Barcelona, Spain.
DEADLINE: May 18th 2014, 23:59:59 hrs (CET)


-> March 27-29, 2014, Montana Bike Walk Summit, Billings, MT.

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

-> April 3, 2014, MassBike and WalkBoston Bike Walk Summit, Boston, MA.

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

-> April 7-13, 2014, National Public Health Week

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

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

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

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

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

-> April 11-13, 2014, Winning Campaign Training, Baltimore, MD.

-> April 12, 2014, New Mexico Bicycle Education Summit, Albuquerque, NM.

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

-> April 15, 2014, Illinois Bike Summit, Champaign, IL.

-> April 16-18, 2014, 4th International Conference on Roundabouts, Seattle, WA.

-> April 17, 2014, Sustainability: Systems and Solutions, U Mass Lowell, MA.

-> April 21-22, 2014, Oregon Active Transportation Summit, Portland, OR.

-> April 24-26, 2014, Alaska Trails Conference, Anchorage, AK

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

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

-> April 27-30, 2014, Innovations in Travel Demand Forecasting, Baltimore, MD.

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

-> May 4-7, 2014, 2014 North American Snow Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

-> May 7, 2014, Bike to School Day

-> May 10, 2014, KC Women’s Bike Summit, Kansas City, MO.

-> May 11-14, 2014, North American Conference on Elderly Mobility, Detroit, MI.

-> May 12-13, 2014, Design Thinking for Mobility, Atlanta, GA.

-> May 13-16, 2014, 2014 National Outdoor Recreation Conference San Francisco, CA.

-> May 14-16, 2014, PedsCount! Summit, Sacramento, CA.

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

-> May 27-30, 2014, Velo-City Global 2014 Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

-> June 4-7, 2014, Congress for the New Urbanism 22, Buffalo, NY.

-> June 7, 2014, National Trails Day

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

-> June 8-13, 2014, Community Transportation Association of America Expo, St. Paul, MN.

-> June 10-11, 2014, Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit 2014, Shared Use Mobility Summit, Washington, DC.

-> June 24-27, 2014, World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research, Delft, the Netherlands

-> June 25-26, 2014, Sustainable Trails for All Conference, Greenfield, NH. (Repeated October 16-17, 2014)

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

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

-> July 11-12. 2014, Canadian Institute of Planners and Atlantic Planners Institute Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

-> July 20-23, 2014, 2014 Alternative Intersection & Interchange Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT.

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

-> July 25-27, 2014, Winning Campaign Training, Indianapolis, IN.

-> July 27-31, 2014, Comprehensive Bicycle Design & Engineering 1.0, Portland State University, OR.

-> August 10-13, 2014, ITE Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

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

-> August 25-29, 2014, Comprehensive Bicycle Design and Engineering 2.0, Portland State University, OR.

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

-> September 8, 2014, Complete Streets Design Implementation for Professionals, Pittsburgh, PA.

-> September 8-11, 2013, Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, Pittsburgh, PA.

-> September 15-17, 2014, Transportation and Federal Land Partnership Enhancing Access, Mobility, Sustainability, and Connections to the American Great Outdoors, Washington, DC.

-> September 16-19, 2014, IENE 2014 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, Malmo, Sweden.

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

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

-> October 8, 2014, Walk to School Day

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

-> October 16-17, 2014, Sustainable Trails for All Conference, Greenfield, NH.

-> October 16-18, 2014, 2014 Washington State Trails Conference, Bellingham, WA.

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

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

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

-> October 22-25, 2014, NACTO Designing Cities 2014, San Francisco, CA.

-> November 6-8, 2014, ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2014, Long Beach, CA.

-> November 15-19, 2014, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, LA.

-> November 18-20, 2014, Smart City Expo World Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

-> November 27-28, 2014, Ageing and Safe Mobility, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany.

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


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

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


The Active Transportation Division Manager directs the staff of a division within the Transportation System Management Group of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation.  The Active Transportation Division Manager reports to the Transportation System Management Group Manager and oversees professional and technical staff. PBOT’s Active Transportation Division is responsible for coordinating the pedestrian, bicycle, transit access, and traffic safety programs for the Bureau. The division is also responsible for ensuring the community has the tools and knowledge needed to achieve the goals adopted in the Portland Plan as well as the bicycle and pedestrian modal plans. The Division’s work includes a Safe Routes to School program, Sunday Parkways, bike share launch and operations, traffic safety project development and education, as well as development of bicycling and pedestrian friendly spaces and encouragement programs.

Deadline: April, 21, 2014, 4:30 PM Pacific Time


The RBA Group, an Engineering, Planning and Architectural Firm, is seeking a senior level Transportation Planner to work with our inter-disciplinary Planning Team in our Parsippany, New Jersey Office.  We offer a salary that commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package including a 4 day work week, medical/dental/vision plans, 401k, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Deadline: None provided


The Westwood Healthy Places Initiative is a three-year project that utilizes best practices to shape the built environment in the Westwood neighborhood in order to increase community physical activity. The Initiative utilizes inclusive approaches to engage diverse resident and organizational involvement, and it values and fosters resident leadership. Working closely with a Project Management Team, the Healthy Places Coordinator is responsible for the implementation of the Healthy Places Initiative, overseeing the community coalition and community engagement, managing projects and programs, and maintaining administration and reporting requirements. The Initiative’s objectives are: increasing pedestrian and bicycle access, improving parks and recreation, developing walkable main streets, converting alleys into neighborhood amenities, and celebrating the community’s unique culture. The Westwood Healthy Places Initiative is grant-funded by the Colorado Health Foundation.

Deadline: Applications submitted by 5PM MT, Monday March 31, 2014 will receive priority, position open until filled


The Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator is a non-exempt, temporary/part-time position (1060 hours per year), under the general supervision of the Planning and Community Development Department.  Employee is responsible for the development, implementation and advertisement of a program / campaign to encourage citizens to walk and bike for recreation and transportation. Employee will meet with community stakeholders including City and County, health and wellness organizations, neighborhood and downtown associations, the Police Department and other safety, community, or social service organizations to promote walking and biking for fun, fitness, transportation. 

Deadline: March 30, 2014, 11:59 PM Mountain Time


North Carolina State University, an urban Raleigh, NC campus with over 38,000 students and staff, has a 12-month graduate planning intern position available in its Transportation Department. The position is open to qualified students about to enter their second year of Master’s level graduate study in a professional program related to urban/regional studies, transportation policy, planning or engineering. This position supports a Planning and Operations unit engaged in a variety of tasks: university transit system design and management; pedestrian and bicycle safety; traffic and infrastructure studies; transportation demand management; customer surveys and performance data analysis—essentially all issues associated with providing effective multi-modal transportation mobility for the NC State students, faculty and administrative staff.

Deadline: April 22, 2014, 5 pm ET



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