#354 Wednesday, April 9, 2014
CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, a program of Project for Public Spaces. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
-> We’re notifying conference presenters and we've got some early acceptances for your first look at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 program:
Register before May 16 to get your discounted conference rate: http://bit.ly/1hZtY0z
-> According to an April 2nd Al Jazeera America article, "Living in sprawling metropolitan areas hurts a poor child’s chances of moving up the economic ladder as an adult, according to new research published on Wednesday (Measuring Sprawl 2014: http://bit.ly/1ea9SS5). Despite the fact that urban sprawl has been linked to many social ills —obesity, shorter life spans and more car accidents — many U.S. metropolitan areas continue to spread out, the figures reveal.
"Smart Growth America and the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Urban Center today released their second detailed sprawl ranking of metro areas and counties. Unlike an earlier 2002 report, this one factors in not just population density, transportation options and public health but also impact on income, life expectancy and housing and transportation costs.
"One of the most striking findings is that living in more compact and connected metro areas can help low-income children get ahead financially as adults..."
-> According to a Mar. 31st email from Nancy Smith Lea, "The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) is pleased to launch ‘It’s Your Move’ (http://bit.ly/1lPwGcb) a video series that’s part of a strategic partnership with Metrolinx. Each video features a leader living in Halton, York, Peel, Durham, Hamilton or Toronto and shares personal and professional stories about the benefits of active transportation. Our first video (http://bit.ly/1gUgB2T) showcases Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx and puts a spotlight on the economic imperative to devote funding for walking and cycling.
"It’s time to rally voices and share our experience about the importance of active transportation infrastructure in our local communities..."
-> According to an April 12th Streetsblog Network article, "Quick, what’s the neighborhood with the most going on in Seattle? No need to ask a local. Walk Score has introduced ChoiceMaps (http://bit.ly/15ox3mJ), a new tool to help people find which parts of a city have the greatest ‘depth of choice’ in terms of amenities like grocery stores. The tool uses Walk Score data to show the number of neighborhood amenities within 5-, 10-, or 20-minute walks of a location. In addition to restaurants, groceries, and coffee shops, it also lets you see the number of schools, transit stops, bike-share stations, and car-share locations within walking distance...
"Over at their blog, WalkScore developers used the tool to compare the number of restaurants available to residents of Midtown Manhattan versus Topeka, Kansas: ‘The average Midtown resident can walk to a staggering 1,251 restaurants in 20 minutes, but in Topeka you can only walk to an average of 7 restaurants in 20 minutes.’..."
-> According to an Apr. 3rd Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition article, "As you may have heard, SVBC is sponsoring something called Bike to Shop Day (http://bit.ly/1fQmNDM). We were approached by our super volunteer... Janet Lafleur with this wonderful idea. Bike to Work Day is great, she said, but why limit it to work commutes?...
"Well, Janet’s idea was... show people how easy it is to shop by bike, let businesses know that people are headed their way by bike, and throw some discounts and goodies into the mix to make it fun. Voilà! Bike to Shop Day was born. I hope you’ll join me for a little car-free consumerism on May 17. It’s easy! We have tutorials (http://bit.ly/1jHTeZP), a map of all the participating businesses, and a drawing you can enter when you show us how you shop by bike..."
-> According to an April 1st news release, "This week, Metro Transit and the (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN) region’s Transportation Management Organizations (TMOs) launched Switch My Trip, a campaign that encourages Twin Cities workers and residents who typically drive alone to try getting around in a new way.
"Participants pledge to replace at least one drive-alone trip between now and June 30 with a trip by bus, train, bicycle, car- or vanpool, walking or by teleworking. Those who sign up at http://bit.ly/R2xgXv, text PLEDGE to 37619 or pledge in person are entered into prize drawings. Metro Transit and TMO staff members will promote Switch My Trip and provide commuter information at dozens of workplaces and other events throughout the spring... Throughout the campaign, Switch My Trip participants are encouraged to share their story on social media using the hashtag #SwitchMyTrip."
-> According to an April 1st TribLive article, "Pittsburgh officials plan a major study of Downtown transportation this month that could produce dedicated bicycle lanes and alter car and bus traffic in the heart of the city, Mayor Bill Peduto said on Tuesday. Peduto said it will be the city's closest look at Downtown transportation since the 1950s. ‘What we do in the next 10 years will define what the city looks like for the next 100 years,’ Peduto said...
"Workers will install the first Downtown bike lane — separated from vehicle traffic by a physical barrier — as a demonstration project by late summer, before the city hosts the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in September, Peduto said. Another protected lane will be installed elsewhere in the city..."
-> According to a Mar. 25th San Francisco Examiner article, "...The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency supports Vision Zero, a plan to eliminate traffic deaths in San Francisco within 10 years. We can work toward this goal by supporting best practices in enforcement and education as well as increasing funding to engineer and build safer streets for all.
"Enforcement will continue to be key and the dangerous behaviors we need to change are clear, including speeding and failure to yield to pedestrians. The Police Department has initiated an immediate crackdown on these violations, increasing their motorcycle force by 12 percent and deploying them at 50 intersections identified citywide as areas of concern. Citations have already increased by 50 percent.
"Beyond enforcement, better street design is at the core of a safer, more walkable city. Since 2011, we’ve installed 12 miles of streetscape improvements, increased pedestrian crossing times at 390 intersections, and have installed more than 200 traffic-calming devices such as speed bumps and traffic islands citywide. We have reduced speed limits to 15 miles per hour at 181 San Francisco schools and increased our agency’s school crossing guard program to a total of 195 guards. This year will also be the sixth year that we champion Sunday Streets, a celebratory event that plays a large part in reminding us all that the streets of San Francisco should be safe for everyone..."
-> According to a Mar. 25th Oakland Tribune article, "Abusive drivers who take aim at cyclists and pedestrians might soon face retribution far more severe than a middle finger. Councilwoman Libby Schaaf introduced legislation Tuesday that would make Oakland the nation's fourth city to allow aggrieved cyclists and pedestrians to take their vehicular tormentors to civil court. If victorious, Oakland law would let cyclists, pedestrians sue abusive drivers--plaintiffs would be entitled to at least $1,000 and attorneys fees...
"The law would prohibit motorists from assaulting or intentionally inflicting emotional distress against cyclists or pedestrians -- and provides the victims with an opportunity to seek civil damages. Motorists also would not be allowed to intentionally pass cyclists and pedestrians in an unsafe manner. Both motorists and cyclists would be prohibited from intentionally failing to yield to a pedestrian..."
Source: http:// bit.ly/1dMkJBg
-> According to a Mar. 31st Sun Sentinel article, "Taking a high-speed train is one way to travel between Miami and Orlando... As All Aboard Florida prepares to provide passenger service on the Florida East Coast Railroad, there's a growing push to include a walking and biking trail along with the new rail... bike and pedestrian advocates contend a greenway within or next to the FEC railroad corridor would have a number of benefits: Improving safety by giving pedestrians who already stroll along the tracks a designated, safe place to do that. Connecting communities that have FEC tracks running through their downtowns and neighborhoods. Providing access, other than by car, to All Aboard...
"All Aboard Florida hasn't warmed to the trail idea. The railroad would have to give permission for the trail to be built on its property. ‘The Florida East Coast Railway corridor is used for freight today. With the addition of intercity passenger rail service and possibly the Tri-Rail Coastal Link commuter rail system, there is not enough capacity for any additional transportation uses,’ All Aboard Florida said in a statement.
"Still, Rails-to-Trails has requested that the Federal Railroad Administration identify the proposed trail as a way to lessen the impact of the new passenger service to local communities...There isn't any inherent danger in putting a path next to an active rail line, [Ken Bryan, the Florida director of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy] said. There are already 188 active so-called rails with trails in the United States..."
Source: http:// bit.ly/1fieSCu
[CenterLines issue #342 described the September 2013-released America's Rails-with-Trails Report: A Resource for Planners, Agencies and Advocates on Trails Along Active Railroad Corridors: http://bit.ly/1cVn2xS]
-> According to the recently posted Transportation Research Board article, "TRB Annual Meeting Online (AMOnline) portal now includes the papers and presentations from the 2014 TRB 93rd Annual Meeting which includes more than 2,900 technical papers and viewable slides and Posters of the more than 3,600 program presentations from the Annual Meeting. In one search, this portal allows users to quickly find all available papers and visual aids by session, presentation, author, subject area, and more... this site also includes the 2013, 2012, and 2011 Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers... more than 28,000 paper and presentation files are available for viewing and downloading.
"All employees of Year-Round TRB Sponsors, 2014 Annual Meeting Patrons, as well as 2014 Annual Meeting attendee registrants have access to this content in the TRB AMOnline portal at no additional charge..." [Others pay between $10 and $20 per paper or $250 to $500 for the entire collection]
-> According to the abstract of a recently published study entitled Statewide Multimodal Planning, "This paper summarizes the results of a national survey of state departments of transportation (DOTs) focusing on the extent to which they emphasized multimodal solutions in transportation planning. The results offer insights into the size, the scope, and the progress in multimodal planning that states have been making since the passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. The online survey instrument was distributed to all 50 state DOTs; 35 responses were collected.
"Some key challenges that apparently limited the adoption of multimodal planning approaches in earlier decades are still considered challenges today. The current snapshot of multimodal planning suggests that most state transportation agencies still do not use evaluation criteria to compare multiple modal options. Not surprisingly, constraints and limitations on project eligibility because of funding source restrictions were identified as the major limitation to advances in multimodal planning and program development, followed by the need to follow agency standard operating procedures and by an agency's history and culture of highway-dominated planning. However, changes were clearly taking place. It is a positive sign that many state officials (20 out of 35) concluded that real progress had been made in furthering multimodal planning objectives during the past 10 years."
-> According to a Spring VTPI News article, "‘Preliminary Evaluation of Alternative Methods of Transportation Analysis’ (http://bit.ly/1g7ewii) by the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research, discusses new ways to evaluate urban transportation system performance. This is part of the state’s efforts to develop more comprehensive and multi-modal indicators for transportation project evaluation. This issue is discussed in my Planetizen column, "Change Management: Do Planners Lead or Follow?" (http://bit.ly/1iwHzKF). VTPI submitted comments titled, ‘Beyond Roadway Level-of-Service: Improving Transport System Impact Evaluation’ (http://bit.ly/1i0PemF)."
-> According to a Mar. 10th CalTrans release, "Results from the California Household Travel Survey – the largest and most complex review of its kind – show that the percentage of California residents walking, biking, or using public transportation on a typical day has more than doubled since 2000... Nearly 23 percent of household trips were taken by walking, biking, and public transportation. In 2000, that share was only 11 percent. This increase includes a dramatic increase in walking trips, which nearly doubled from 8.4 percent to 16.6 percent of trips...
"The 2012 study provides a snapshot of the travel behavior of approximately 109,000 persons from more than 42,000 households in 58 California counties, this included parents driving to work or kids biking to school..."
-> According the abstract of a recently published study entitled "Do Residents of Smart Growth Neighborhoods in Los Angeles, California, Travel ‘Smarter’?," "With the individual trip diary from the recent 2009 National Household Travel Survey, a study was done on the effect of neighborhood-level smart growth patterns and socioeconomic diversity on commute mode choice, daily work travel mode choice, and nonwork travel mode choice for individuals living in neighborhoods in the Los Angeles, California, metropolitan statistical area.
"Model results consistently showed that nonauto transportation infrastructure diversity and quality were the most important aspects of smart growth patterns that affected the choice of nonauto travel modes. Moreover, housing mix in a neighborhood increased the likelihood of choosing walking and cycling for daily work trips and daily nonwork trips. The socioeconomic diversity of a neighborhood reduced the likelihood of choosing walking and cycling for daily nonwork trips. The remaining two factors—residential density and mixed use—insignificantly affected travel mode choice. Overall, people living in smart growth neighborhoods in Los Angeles do travel smarter, in that they use environmentally more sustainable (bus and train) and healthier (walking and cycling) travel modes."
-> According the abstract of a recently published study entitled "Causality Between Built Environment and Travel Behavior," "The goal of this study was to explore the causality between the built environment and three transportation modes (private vehicles, mass transit, and nonmotorized modes such as bicycling and walking) while accounting for sociodemographic characteristics for an understanding of what factors may foster transit and nonmotor use.
"Data from the 2009 National Household Transportation Survey combined with Los Angeles County, California, land use data were used to estimate a recursive structural equations model for an examination of causality direction and for a quantification of the built environment effect and residential self-selection effect. Results suggest that urban planning strategies that promote high population and employment density, land use mix, high four-way intersection density, and road density as well as good transit service can either significantly encourage transit use, bicycling, and walking or reduce vehicle miles traveled. However, the relatively small effect of the size of the built environment on travel behavior implies that achieving the above planning goals may cause considerable residential relocation, which contributes to the major part of observed travel behavior changes."
"Local governments have been able to attract and retain residents and strengthen their fiscal health with a variety of smart growth strategies... With these approaches, local governments are finding ways to address the problem of growing costs and shrinking revenues while achieving environmental and human health benefits."
--US EPA in Smart Growth and Economic Success: Strategies for Local Governments
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
BICYCLING W/BEARS, BISON, ELK, WOLVES, SNOW, ICE, TALL SNOWBANKS, SNOWPLOWS, SPARSE CELLPHONE COVERAGE, BUT NO CARS
Bicyclists can now travel 49 miles of road in Yellowstone National Park (Spring Bicycling information: http://1.usa.gov/1hrhe4b; see http://1.usa.gov/1iw7AtF for Park webcams) that is still closed to traffic. There is no bicycle access to Old Faithful or Canyon until the first interior park roads open to motorized vehicles April 18. Bicyclists should be prepared for snow and ice and tall snowbanks. They should also watch for bears, bison, elk, wolves and other wildlife. No services are available along the section of road, and all bicyclists should yield to snowplows or other motorized vehicles operated by park employees. Cell phone coverage throughout the park is sparse and unreliable for communicating emergencies.
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)
Discussion Forum Keeping Pedestrians Safe in Urban and Suburban Communities
Date: April 11, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Going Multimodal at the Ballot Box"
Date: April 15, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
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)
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
WEBINAR "Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper, Healthier"
Date: April 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Programs and Policies to Advance Livability"
Date: April 17, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
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)
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)
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
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
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
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)
WEBINAR "Funding Innovative Facilities"
Date: June 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
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)
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)
-> According to a recent Rethinking Streets.org article, "...This new book (Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations) uses evidence from completed street projects from around the United States in order to help communities imagine alternative futures for their streets. The book does not show hypothetical street re-designs, but actual examples from typical communities to show how they did what they did and see what resulted from the change."
[Request your free printed copy of this book: http://bit.ly/1g6WTPL. A PDF version will soon be available.]
-> According to League of American Bicyclists article, "To get things rolling in your community, the League created a step-by-step guide will help you in creating a successful Bike Month event in your organization, workplace, city, or state (Getting Started: National Bike Month Guide: http://bit.ly/1i0RhY6).
In this guide, we commonly refer to Bike to Work Day events, because they’re the most popular. But the tips and techniques in the following pages will help you plan any Bike Month event, from a citywide ride to a small gathering within your own company or organization..."
-> According to the executive summary of a report released in March by the US EPA entitled Smart Growth and Economic Success: Strategies for Local Governments, "... This paper reviews the latest evidence of the connection between smart growth approaches and the fiscal strength of local governments to help them make decisions about where and how to grow. Many local governments that have invested in their town centers and main streets to create compact, walkable, mixed-use communities have helped revitalize struggling areas and grow the local economy. Smart growth strategies like these can help local governments build on existing assets and maximize their return on investment while helping to protect the environment and human health...
"With smart growth strategies, local governments are finding ways to address the problem of growing costs and shrinking revenues. These approaches can strengthen the local economy and improve quality of life while also achieving environmental and human health benefits."
-> According to a Feb. 14th Tri-State Transportation Campaign article, "As state departments of transportation try to reduce the stubborn problem of pedestrian and cyclist deaths, one tactic they can use is to help local communities adopt complete street policies. In the tri-state region, few are doing as good a job on that front as the New Jersey Department of Transportation. On its complete streets website, NJDOT has published guides (http://bit.ly/1ejrHyh) not just for how to develop complete streets policies, but also how to come up with a plan to implement them.
"Included in both guides is a version of the checklist NJDOT itself uses when it’s developing a project (http://bit.ly/1jtvU1a, see pages 17-24). NJDOT requires that the project manager and designer fill out the checklist ‘during the earliest stages of the Concept Development or Preliminary Engineering Phase so that any pedestrian or bicycle considerations are included in the project budget.’ Among other things, the checklist reminds staff to
-> According to a March Minnesota LTAP Technology Exchange Express article, "To help Minnesota practitioners implement Complete Streets in their communities, researchers from the U of M’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs have published a guidebook filled with practical insights and best practices. The guidebook—Complete Streets from Policy to Project: The Planning and Implementation of Complete Streets at Multiple Scales (http://bit.ly/1qqsSfg) —explores what it takes to successfully move Complete Streets from concept to implementation.
"The guidebook is based on research funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the LRRB. As part of the study, researchers investigated Complete Streets projects in 11 locations across the nation, including Minnesota. Drawing on this information, the guidebook explores policy, process, design, maintenance, and funding approaches. It includes six best practice areas that range from project delivery to promotion and education. The guidebook also presents key examples in each best practice category..."
-> According to a Mar. 26th Transportation Research Board blurb, "The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a guide that explains the operational and safety features of using pedestrian hybrid beacons as a means to reduce pedestrian-vehicle crashes. (Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Guide: Recommendations and Case Study: http://1.usa.gov/1kqafuC)
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:
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CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND PROPOSALS - IENE 2014 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, September 16-19, 2014, Malmo, Sweden.
-> CALL FOR PAPERS -5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, June 22-24, 2015, Vancouver, BC.
-> CALL FOR PAPERS - Smart City Expo World Congress, November 18-20, 2014, Barcelona, Spain.
-> 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 12-13, 2014, Design Thinking for Mobility, Atlanta, GA.
-> May 12-14, 2014, 2014 Traffic Safety Conference, San Antonio, TX.
-> 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 2-4, 2014, Vélo Québec: Bike Lab Montréal, Montréal, Canada.
-> 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.
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – TIGER DISCRETIONARY GRANT PROGRAM
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced its call for applications for the $600 million TIGER Discretionary Grant program. To prepare advocates and agency staff for the application process, Advocacy Advance - the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s partnership with the League of American Bicyclists - held a webinar about the new round of grants and showcasing tips from successful past applicants. We heard lessons from successful projects from Sahar Shirazi from the USDOT’s Office of the Secretary, Darla Latourneau from Bike Walk Lee, and Erik Frisch from the City of Rochester, NY. Watch the video recording and see the presentation slides: http://bit.ly/1hrb9oq.
Deadline: April 28, 2014
-> JOB – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BIKESHARE HAWAII
Bikeshare Hawaii is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation to oversee the launch and administration of a public bikeshare system in Hawaii. Through a partnership with the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu and a number of private organizations, Bikeshare Hawaii is targeting an initial system launch of 140?180 stations with 1,400-1,700 bicycles in urban Honolulu by mid-2015, with plans to expand to other parts of Oahu and neighbor islands in subsequent years. Bikeshare Hawaii will be responsible for program administration and will contract with a turn-key operator to provide equipment and daily operations. Bikeshare Hawaii requires an Executive Director who can provide the leadership and initiative to start-up the organization, attract partnerships, funding, and oversee and ensure the development and implementation of a fiscally responsible business plan.
Deadline: None provided
-> JOB – WOMEN BIKE MANAGER, LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS, WASHINGTON, DC
In less than two years, LAB’s Women Bike initiative has grown at a rapid pace and evolved into one of the most visible and exciting programs at the League. To carry this momentum forward, they're seeking a national leader to serve as the program’s first full-time staffer. The new Women Bike Manager will lead the program through an exciting period of growth, becoming its first full-time staff member. As the energy and interest to get more women on bikes grows, Women Bike is working to share collective knowledge, build a network of diverse female leaders and advance targeted programs that put more women in the saddle and at the forefront of the movement. This position will be the program’s first full-time staff position and will continue to lay and implement a foundation that will build the program’s communication and outward-facing components, as well as organizational and policy efforts.
Deadline: None provided
-> JOB – SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COORDINATOR, HEALTH BY DESIGN, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
The Safe Routes to School Coordinator will be responsible for the ongoing development, management, administration and evaluation of Health by Design’s Safe Routes to School efforts. The coordinator will work with Health by Design staff and partners, City of Indianapolis staff, employees of schools and school districts, parents, youth and community stakeholders to educate on the benefits of walking and biking to school and to advocate for policies and projects that make it safer and easier for schoolchildren to walk and bike. The coordinator will initiate and manage the development of a formalized Indianapolis/Marion County Safe Routes to School Program, provide support to the Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership, develop and implement a Safe Routes to School communications plan, and monitor, track and evaluate Safe Routes to School activities and impact.
Deadline: April 13, 2014, 11:59 pm CT
-> SENIOR ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING ASSISTANT, VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA
The City of Vancouver’s Active Transportation Branch is a leader and partner in creating and promoting a world-class active transportation network in Vancouver. The Senior Engineering Assistant serves as the Branch’s senior technologist. Responsibilities include acting as a technical staff liaison with partner groups and agencies, participating in the planning, design and implementation of active transportation improvements, preparing technical reports, developing design guidelines, documenting best practice and conducting research on making walking and cycling safe, comfortable and convenient for people of all ages and abilities.
Deadline: April 18, 2014
-> 5 JOBS - ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Alta Planning + Design’s mission is to create active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities. We use the principles of transportation and recreation planning, landscape architecture and environmental awareness to design better places to bike, walk, play, and live.
-> 3 JOBS – TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Toole Design Group is an exciting and growing consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC with a national reputation for excellence in urban planning and design.
Position announcements do not cite application deadlines.
- REGIONAL ENGINEERING DIRECTOR, SEATTLE, WA
Toole Design Group is currently hiring a Regional Engineering Director for their Seattle office. Their work includes a wide variety of multi-modal transportation planning and design projects at the local, state and national level – including complete streets, multi-use trails, streetscapes, multi-modal traffic analysis and signal design, and other similar types of projects. The person hired for this position will be responsible for leading Toole Design Group’s engineering work in the Northwest U.S. This position will involve participating in all aspects of project management and delivery, proactively pursuing new business development opportunities, preparing proposals, and otherwise promoting the firm’s services, and providing guidance, oversight and mentoring to design and engineering staff among other responsibilities.
- 2 CIVIL ENGINEER POSITIONS, MADISON, WI & WASHINGTON, DC
Toole Design Group is currently hiring two Civil Engineers: one for their Madison, WI location and one for their Silver Spring, MD location. Their work includes a wide variety of projects at the local, state and national level – including roadway, trail, bikeway and pedestrian facility design; expert consultation with state DOTs on non-motorized transportation issues, federal research, and a wide variety of master planning projects for local and regional governments throughout North America. The people hired for these positions will participate in all stages of project development including presentations and client meetings, fieldwork, conducting engineering analyses, and the preparation of construction documents and technical reports. These people will also be involved in bicycle and pedestrian planning projects especially those that will lead directly into engineering work.
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