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#355 Wednesday, April 23, 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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----- PWPBPP 2014: Early Registration Ends May 16
----- Alliance Releases 2014 Bike/Ped Benchmark Report
----- Partnership for Active Trans: Safe Routes to Everywhere Platform
----- May 11 CycloFemme: Global Women's Cycling Day
----- Bike Lanes on Right Streets & Motor Vehicle Congestion
----- LAB: 80 New & Renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses
----- Seoul: Linear Park Replaces Highway
----- Repurposing Former Parking Lot Space

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----- 1st Oklahoma City (OK) Open Streets Draws 20,000
----- New Complete Streets Tool Kit for Southeastern States
----- Mass DOT & Caltrans Endorse NACTO Urban Street Design Guide
----- Seattle (WA) Approves Bike Master Plan Update
----- Florida Bike/Ped Safety Funding Disproportionate to Fatalities
----- Florida Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Drivers to Stay at Crash Scene
----- Boston (MA) Doctors Prescribe-a-Bike

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----- Environmental Influences: Where Pedestrians Cross the Road
----- Lifetime Cost of Childhood Obesity: $19K/Child
----- Traffic Fatalities Involving Older Adults 2003 to 2012
----- NHTSA Report: Distracted Driving 2012

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----- Women & Bicycles Toolkit
----- FHWA Tools and Practices for Land Use Integration
----- FHWA: Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities
----- US Access Board: Online ADA and ABA Standards Guide
----- Report: Transportation and Health via SRTS Approaches
----- SGA Launches Urbanful Website Celebrates Cities
----- Map & Photos of 43 San Francisco (CA) Parklets
----- 2 Parklet Manuals: San Francisco (CA) & Grand Rapids (MI)

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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

PWPBPP 2014: EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 16
by Mark Plotz

-> Just over three weeks remain to take advantage of Early Registration rates for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, to be held in Pittsburgh September 8-11. Rates through May 16th will be: $515 for Presenters; $535 for Alliance, APBP, and other member organizations; and $630 for conference delegates. Register at http://bit.ly/1hZtY0z

Check out the conference blog for more details on the first slate of conference sessions: http://bit.ly/1i25jIW. Get the latest conference news at http://www.prowalkprobike.org.

ALLIANCE RELEASES 2014 BIKE/PED BENCHMARK REPORT

-> According to an April 16th email from Mary Lauran Hall of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, "How does your state stack up on bicycling and walking? Today, we are releasing Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2014 Benchmarking Report (http://bit.ly/1f4zKz0), a massive compendium of data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states, the 52 largest U.S. cities, and a select number of midsized cities.

"The Alliance produces the Benchmarking Report every two years in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Community Design Initiative. The report comprehensively examines bicycling and walking transportation across the U.S. and how these trends relate to public health, safety, and social and economic well being...

"For a sneak peek, check out four of the most fascinating facts from the report below.
1. We're seeing small but steady increases in the number of people biking and walking to work...
2. There are lower bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities where there are more people are biking and walking...
3. More people tend to bike or walk to work when a city has strong biking and walking advocacy...
4. A large percentage of commuters bike and walk to work in Alaska, Oregon, Montana, New York, and Vermont..." [Note: All are in Snow Country!]

PARTNERSHIP FOR ACTIVE TRANS: SAFE ROUTES TO EVERYWHERE PLATFORM

-> According to an April Transportation and Public Health Newsletter article, "Trails, walking and biking help to advance many societal goals such as mobility, economic development, health, livable communities and equity. Now there is a national voice for trails, walking and biking - or active transportation - that reflects this diversity of affected interests. The Partnership for Active Transportation (http://bit.ly/1f4GyNl) is a national network of nonprofit, for-profit and public-sector entities working together to build healthy places for healthy people by advancing active transportation networks.

"We invite you to join us. Sign on your organization to endorse Safe Routes to Everywhere, the federal policy platform from the Partnership for Active Transportation (http://bit.ly/1jKgR1T). (Download the Safe Routes to Everywhere platform: http://bit.ly/PsHfDS.) The partnership has launched a campaign to drive changes in federal policy that encourage investments in active transportation as critical elements of our nation's transportation system.

"The lead organizations responsible for developing the platform were Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, APHA, LOCUS (a division of Smart Growth America representing real estate developers), the American Academy of Pediatrics and America Walks..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1hnCdPR
Title & Author: Join our new policy platform: Safe Routes to Everywhere by Staff

MAY 11 CYCLOFEMME: GLOBAL WOMEN'S CYCLING DAY

-> According to the CycleFemme website, "This May 11, unite with riders around the world & share in the joy of cycling. CycloFemme is a Global Women's Cycling Day created:

"-- TO HONOR THE PAST and the emancipation of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, for the freedom to choose and the chance to wear pants.
-- TO CELEBRATE THE PRESENT and the riders who keep it rolling, bringing women's racing to the forefront, pushing the limits, breaking down barriers and sharing the love of the bike with everyone along the way.
-- TO EMPOWER THE FUTURE of women in cycling and the opportunity for positive social change. Encourage women to ride and they will change the world.

"This May 11, we're aiming for 500 rides, in 50 countries, and all 50 states. Find a ride near you or start your own! http://bit.ly/1iK1DMl..." [At press time, there were 170 rides listed in 147 cities, in 40 states and 18 countries.]

Source: http://bit.ly/1lDQWtW

BIKE LANES ON RIGHT STREETS & MOTOR VEHICLE CONGESTION

-> According to an April 11th FiveThrityEight article, "These days, road construction isn't just benefiting drivers. As cities re-design streets, they're making a concerted effort to create more bike lanes. This is happening not only in large metropolises like New York City, San Francisco and Chicago. Bike lanes are in the planning or construction phases in Louisville, Ky., Raleigh, N.C... New bike lanes certainly make life better for cyclists, but how do they affect drivers? This question is hotly debated, especially when a new bike lane replaces a lane used by vehicular traffic. It seems that unless a ton of people start commuting by bicycle, giving away a lane would cause increased car traffic. But is this really the case?...

"Bike lanes don't cause a lot more congestion if you put them on the right streets. If you cut down the size of streets that are already near capacity, you'll create severe congestion. But if you start with roads that are well under capacity, you'll only increase the congestion a little bit. And it may not even be noticeable..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fo8E0K
Title & Author: Bike Lanes Don't Cause Traffic Jams If You're Smart About Where You Build Them by Gretchen Johnson & Aaron Johnson

LAB: 80 NEW & RENEWING BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESSES

-> According to an April 22nd email League of American Bicyclists news release entitled Innovators Use Bicycling to Build Better Businesses, "Top business innovators, ranging from retail to tech, have invested in bicycling as a way to boost morale, increase energy efficiency and encourage healthy living -- and they're reaping the benefits of being a Bicycle Friendly Business.

"Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced 80 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) in 29 states and Washington, D.C. These new awardees join a trendsetting group of almost 700 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in 46 states and D.C. that are transforming the American workplace..." (See full list of these Bicycle Friendly Businesses: http://bit.ly/1jzVvmw)

SEOUL: LINEAR PARK REPLACES HIGHWAY

-> According to an April 21st Atlantic Cities article, "I'm standing in the middle of a five-mile linear park in downtown Seoul called Cheonggyecheon. Around me, children play and laugh beside a man-made gurgling stream, which includes remnants of the natural one that used to run here. This is the new reality created in the mid-2000s, when Seoul tore down an elevated, interstate-style highway built in the late 1960s through the heart of downtown.

"The highway removal and park creation were part of a series of changes that widened sidewalks at the expense of car lanes, turned a huge traffic circle into a circular green park, instituted a public bicycle system, reorganized bus lines, and improved and expanded an already excellent subway system (including retrofitting lines with glass platform screening doors and linking it to buses with a unified payment system). Now visitors to Seoul experience a very different city, one focused on walking, biking, and public transportation rather than cars..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1pn0EXs
Title & Author: Tearing Down an Urban Highway Can Give Rise to a Whole New City by Alex Marshall

REPURPOSING FORMER PARKING LOT SPACE

-> According to an April 10th Business Week article, "After decades of copying sprawling suburbs by accommodating the automobile, U.S. cities are starting to tear up their slabs of asphalt. In Philadelphia, construction will begin by July on a 700-room hotel on a plot near City Hall where vehicles have parked since 1991. In Baltimore, an apartment tower may rise on a parking lot along the Inner Harbor. Offering developers tax incentives and zoning changes, officials are seeking to remove parking facilities in favor of projects that will draw more revenue, while making their communities friendlier to pedestrians as people eschew cars...

"Communities are targeting parking facilities for transformation because they're a 'lazy asset,' said Gabe Klein, a senior visiting fellow at the Urban Land Institute in Washington. 'From an economic standpoint, the cities are not getting the taxes that they should be,' said Klein..."

Source: http://buswk.co/1rlidTB
Title & Author: Parking Lots Demolished in Cities' Revenue Bid as Driving Wanes by Romy Varghese


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

1ST OKLAHOMA CITY (OK) OPEN STREETS DRAWS 20,000

-> According to a March 31st News OK article, "When Matt Ralls bought a house near the historic Uptown District with his wife more than seven years ago, those close to the couple questioned the decision... The once booming post-WWII marketplace had become a breeding ground for crime that provided little incentive for business or community interaction. Buildings sat vacant while surrounding areas thrived... But under a sunny, blue sky Sunday, it was difficult to envision the despair that once plagued the area. An estimated 20,000 people flocked to Uptown for Open Streets OKC, an inaugural block-party- themed street festival that brought together food, music and exercise. Vehicle traffic on NW 23 from N Robinson to N Western was cut off from noon to 4 p.m. to make way for 75 vendors and a community hoping to breathe continued life into a once proud district on the comeback...."

Source: http://bit.ly/1n70MbC
Title & Author: Open Streets festival in Oklahoma City brings thousands to Uptown by Kyle Fredrickson

NEW COMPLETE STREETS TOOL KIT FOR SOUTHEASTERN STATES

-> According to an April National Complete Streets Coalition News article, "The new Complete Streets in the Southeast Tool Kit shares information about Complete Streets in cities across the southeast and provides tools for practitioners in the region and beyond who are developing or implementing Complete Streets policies. The toolkit offers regional perspectives on how to most effectively discuss and promote Complete Streets, case studies of successful local implementations, and fact sheets for every state in the region. Other resources include links to videos and presentations based in or tailored to the southeast, sample editorials and letters to the editor, a template Complete Streets audit and implementation plan, and worksheets for local residents examining local documents and procedures. Download the full toolkit: http://bit.ly/1fo8E0K"

Source: http://bit.ly/1fo8E0K
Title & Author: AARP and the Coalition release Complete Streets in the Southeast tool kit by Staff

MASSDOT & CALTRANS ENDORSE NACTO URBAN STREET DESIGN GUIDE

-> According to an April National Complete Streets Coalition News article, "In an exciting step forward, the Massachusetts and California Departments of Transportation have joined the Washington State DOT in endorsing the Urban Street Design Guide (http://bit.ly/1hnxspm) developed by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).

"MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey announced the agency's endorsement in early April, noting that the guide provides 'essential design principles for safe, multi-modal urban streets and attractive public spaces' that support the department's mission. MassDOT has long been a leader in Complete Streets policy and practices, and the new guide will be help it achieve the vision for the state's transportation system embodied in its 2013 Healthy Transportation directive.

"Just a few days after MassDOT, Caltrans director Malcolm Dougherty announced his agency's endorsement. Caltrans has been working to implement its 2008 Complete Streets policy; endorsing the NACTO guidance will provide needed design flexibility across the state."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fo8E0K
Title & Author: NACTO Urban Street Design Guide endorsed by Massachusetts, California DOTs by Staff

SEATTLE (WA) APPROVES BIKE MASTER PLAN UPDATE

-> According to an April 15th Sustainable Cities article, "Following a year-long discussion about safe and comfortable bicycling in Seattle, the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Update (http://bit.ly/1nFXp8T) was passed by Full Council with a vote of 9-0. Resolution 31515, which officially approves the BMP, emphasizes the transformational new way of thinking about bicycle projects within Seattle. The Plan makes safety a top priority for all roadway users, including cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicle drivers. The Plan also makes recommendations for 238 new miles of neighborhood greenways that will create safe, healthy streets in our neighborhoods. The Plan additionally incorporates new and improved bicycle project design standards developed by National Association of City Transportation Officials for intersections, signs and markings, and protected bicycle lanes...The Plan requires an annual implementation progress report be submitted to Council and reviewed and endorsed by SBAB; and, will be updated every 5-7 years."

Source: http://bit.ly/1f4rqzr
Title & Author: Council Approves Bicycle Master Plan Update by Staff

FLORIDA BIKE/PED SAFETY FUNDING DISPROPORTIONATE TO FATALITIES

-> According to an April 16th Orlando Sentinel article, "In 2012, the most recent year for which data are available, 69 pedestrians and cyclists were killed in the Orlando metropolitan area lives cut tragically short because we have failed to make common-sense, low-cost investments in safety... Twenty-four percent of all traffic fatalities in Florida are pedestrians and cyclists; yet the state spends only 4 percent of its federal safety funding on pedestrian-safety projects, according to federal figures. This is particularly troubling since the most recent national transportation bill significantly increased federal safety funding in Florida from $86 million to $117 million annually. Improving pedestrian safety does not have to come at the expense of other projects.

"The solution is three-fold. First, the state should increase pedestrian-safety expenditures to match the size of the problem. Pedestrians deserve their fair share of available resources. Second, local communities and the state Department of Transportation should implement complete-streets roadway-design standards. A complete street is one that provides dedicated space and safety features such as sidewalks, well-marked intersections, and signage for all roadway users. The benefit of complete streets is they safely accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, children, elderly people, individuals with disabilities and drivers. Third, Congress must pass a new transportation bill later this year..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1rlqzur
Title & Author: 'Complete streets' allow for safety of all who use roadways by Kevin DeGood

FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL REQUIRING DRIVERS TO STAY AT CRASH SCENE

-> According to an April 22nd email update from the Florida Bicycle Association, "Aaron Cohen Bill Passes. The Aaron Cohen bill (SB 102 and HB 183: Drivers Leaving the Scene of a Crash: Creating the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act: http://bit.ly/1lEytSv) passed the House today and was officially enrolled. It had passed the Senate last week. Thanks to a great team that was instrumental in making this happen. For more information about this bill and the history behind it, visit http://bit.ly/1myetO9 and http://on.fb.me/1hnU753."

BOSTON (MA) DOCTORS PRESCRIBE-A-BIKE

-> According to an April 3rd The Atlantic Cities article, "If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, how much health can riding a bicycle deliver? A program just launched by Boston is betting it's a significant amount. Prescribe-a-Bike (http://bit.ly/1rlobUh), as it's being called, will allow doctors at Boston Medical Center to write low-income patients prescriptions for a one-year membership to Hubway, the city's bike-sharing system, for just $5. That's $80 less than the usual charge for an annual subscription to the service. In order to qualify, you have to be a Boston resident over 16-years-old receiving some sort of public assistance or who has a household income no more than four times the poverty level. A free helmet is part of the deal..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1h9UNj1
Title & Author: Want a Healthier City? Prescribe Biking by Sarah Goodyear


THE RESEARCH BEAT

ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES: WHERE PEDESTRIANS CROSS

-> According to a December FHWA Tech Brief, "This TechBrief describes research on the environmental influences on where and when pedestrians cross the roadway across 20 different sites... In 2010, 13 percent of all crash fatalities were pedestrians. Of these, 68.1 percent occurred outside of intersections. As a result of the large proportion of pedestrian fatalities that occur at non-intersection locations, it is important to investigate the causal factors of these collisions...

"The present study sought to better understand the environmental influences on both where and when pedestrians elect to cross the road. The study team observed, coded, and analyzed the circumstances surrounding when and where crashes took place at more than 70,000 crossings. The study team created a model to predict crossing behaviors. These data have the potential to guide roadway design. Furthermore, this approach may aid in the selection and location of pedestrian crossing interventions (e.g., new pedestrian activation crossing beacons), ultimately increasing pedestrian safety in shared use environments. Researchers coded pedestrian roadway crossings at 20 different locations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1jzuRKt
Title & Author: Where Pedestrians Cross the Roadway by Staff

[This document is a technical summary of the FHWA report Human Factors Assessment of Pedestrian Roadway Crossing Behavior: http://1.usa.gov/1fSRlcN]

LIFETIME COST OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY: $19K/CHILD

-> According to an April 7th USA Today article, "Over a lifetime, the medical costs associated with childhood obesity total about $19,000 per child compared with those for a child of normal weight, a new analysis shows. The costs are about $12,900 per person for children of normal weight who become overweight or obese in adulthood, according to the analysis by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore and published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics (Lifetime Direct Medical Costs of Childhood Obesity: http://bit.ly/RKlb9J)..."

Source: http://usat.ly/1eqQa4p
Title & Author: Price tag for childhood obesity: $19,000 per kid by Michelle Healy

TRAFFIC FATALITIES INVOLVING OLDER ADULTS 2003 TO 2012

-> According to a March NHTSA publication, "In 2012, there were 5,560 people 65 and older killed and 214,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. These older people made up 17 percent of all traffic fatalities and 9 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes during the year. Compared to 2011, fatalities among people 65 and older and injured people in this age group increased by 16 percent...

"... [A]mong the 65-and-older age group from 2003 to 2012, pedalcyclist fatalities increased by 80 percent (males increased by 83% and females by 50%)... [In this age group, total pedestrian fatalities decreased by 5 percent during this time, however male pedestrian fatalities increased by 6 percent while female fatalities decreased by 16 percent.]"

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1f44iks
Title & Author: Traffic Safety Facts 2012 Data: Older Population by Staff

NHTSA REPORT: DISTRACTED DRIVING 2012

-> According to the April NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts Research Note, "The Department of Transportation works to reduce the occurrence of distracted driving and raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. This risky behavior poses a danger to vehicle occupants as well as nonoccupants such as pedestrians and bicyclists. Driver distraction is a specific type of driver inattention. Distraction occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity. Oftentimes, discussions regarding distracted driving center around cell phone use and texting, but distracted driving also includes other activities such as eating, talking to other passengers, or adjusting the radio or climate controls, to name but a few...

"In 2012, 3,050 fatal crashes occurred on U.S. roadways that involved distraction (10% of all fatal crashes). These crashes involved 3,119 distracted drivers, as some crashes involved more than one distracted driver..." [Of those killed in distraction-affected crashes, 13 percent had been pedestrians, and 2 percent had been bicyclists.]

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1mCSqIH
Title & Author: Distracted Driving 2012 by Staff


QUOTES R US

"Balanced transportation systems are fundamental to healthy communities. A strong economy and high quality of life depend on safe and easy access for all residents to jobs, schools, transit, shops, services, places of worship, parks and playgrounds, and friends and family. Public health is improved by providing a built environment that facilitates routine physical activity. Investing in networks of infrastructure that enable walking and bicycling or active transportation is critical to providing transportation systems that meet everyone's needs, regardless of whether they drive, and to increase mobility, improve access for people with disabilities, spur economic development and promote healthy practices."

- From the Executive Summary of the Safe Routes to Everywhere platform
http://bit.ly/PsHfDS

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

TAKE AN ACTIVE BREAK: LEARN HOW TO MOONWALK IN 5 EASY STEPS, BECAUSE IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN

The supreme lean in Smooth Criminal required patented trick shoes, but Michael Jackson's Moonwalk needs nothing fancier than a pair of jersey knit socks and a bit of patience. Using this wonderful little gifographic by Jacob O'Neal, you can duplicate Jackson's moves in just five easy steps. The catch? The unofficial sixth step is a whole lot of practice. [Good luck! Let us know how you do: news@bikewalk.org]

http://bit.ly/1ootypO


WEBINARS, CONFERENCE CALLS AND SEMINARS

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

WEBINAR "Performance measures for non-motorized transportation"

Date: May 2, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Paula Reeves (WSDOT), Jeff Olson (Alta Planning and Design) & Robbie Webber (SSTI)
Host: State Smart Transportation Initiative
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/RL1vmi

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

WEBINAR "Accessible Routes-Advanced Session"

Date: August 7, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: US Access Board staff Jim Pecht & David Yanchulis
Host: Accessibility Online
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1bGyEYp


RESOURCES

WOMEN & BICYCLES TOOLKIT

-> According to the Women & Bicycles Toolkit, "As in many communities, biking is growing in Washington, D.C. but hasn't been growing equitably. Women accounted for less than 24% of the people biking on D.C.'s streets in 2012. This is a problem for our local bike movement and our region. Women should be equal contributors and experience equal benefits of a bike-friendly lifestyle. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association designed the Women & Bicycles program to help close this gender gap.

"Our program is designed to get more women on bikes by creating a community of women committed to skillsharing and encouragement to become safer bicyclists, better informed, and more involved in the bike movement. We bring together women throughout the region to participate in rides, workshops, and meetups. Skillsharing and mentorship are interwoven throughout these activities..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1lDWZys
Title & Author: Women & Bicycles Toolkit: Launch a Women's Bicycling Initiative in Your Community by Washington Area Bicyclist Association

FHWA TOOLS AND PRACTICES FOR LAND USE INTEGRATION

-> According to the April 15th FHWA Tools and Practices for Land Use Integration web page, "This page includes brief descriptions of a wide array of approaches and tools practitioners employ to integrate transportation and land use: transportation planning activities and programs, project development and programming, stakeholder engagement and visioning, analytical tools, and coordination with other disciplines. Each item includes short implementation examples and sources for additional information.

"Resources include:
-- ROADWAY DESIGN GUIDELINES AND STANDARDS: Access Management; Complete Streets/Routine Accommodation; Context Sensitive Design/Solutions; Urban Freight Guidelines and Intermodal Freight Centers; Local Road Design Guidelines; Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Design Guidelines/Programs; Road Diets; Road Swaps and Transfers: http://1.usa.gov/1jIQ9GG
-- PROJECT PRIORITIZATION AND FUNDING STRATEGIES: State and Regional Capital Grants and Technical Assistance Programs; State and Regional Project Prioritization/Selection Criteria; State Fiscal and Regulatory Incentives; Transit Corridor and Station Area Development Programs; Parking Benefits Districts: http://1.usa.gov/QDRaar
-- LINKING PLANNING AND PUBLIC HEALTH: Coordination between Planning and Health Departments; Health Impact Assessment Tools; Statewide Healthy Transportation Planning and Coordination: http://1.usa.gov/1gQbjAN"

Download the entire Tools and Practices for Land Use Integration pdf file: http://1.usa.gov/1lCWTan (missing cover and first page of table of contents)

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1t7Q9qk
Title & Author: Tools and Practices for Land Use Integration by Staff

FHWA: STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

-> According to an abstract of a report posted on April 22nd to the FHWA website, "This white paper (Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities: http://1.usa.gov/1rlJ4yL) presents insights and a flexible model for State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) that choose to integrate public health considerations into their transportation planning and decision-making. It draws from five case studies of innovative DOTs and their partners, and builds on the project team's previous white paper in this series, Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities (2012).

"The study tests and adapts the project team's 'holistic' approach to health in transportation planning and develops a framework for considering health in the statewide transportation planning process. It includes a summary of relevant policies and resources, five innovative practice case studies, and a synthesis of findings and observations of use to DOTs and their health partners. The white paper shows how DOTs can consider health across their wide range of activities, which includes transportation planning, programs, and interagency initiatives."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1ieXJ9o
Title & Author: Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities by Staff

US ACCESS BOARD: ONLINE ADA AND ABA STANDARDS GUIDE

-> According to a March/April US Access Currents article, "The [US Access] Board has launched new online guides on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. This web-based material features illustrated technical guides that explain and clarify requirements of the ADA and ABA standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations. It also includes a series of animations on various subjects covered by the standards.

"The initial installment of the guide covers the first three chapters of the standards, including application and use of the standards (Chapter 1), scoping in new construction, alterations, and additions (Chapter 2), and basic 'building block' technical provisions (Chapter 3). Guides covering other sections of the standards will be released at a later date. The supplementary animations, which range in length from 6 to 10 minutes, address wheelchair maneuvering, doors and entrances, and accessible toilet and bathing facilities.

"The Guide to the ADA Standards (http://1.usa.gov/1lDQgZX) covers design requirements that apply to places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities subject to the ADA in new construction, alterations, and additions...

"Future installments to the guides will be published as they become available. Users can sign-up (http://bit.ly/1jJ2FGa) to receive email updates on the release of new technical guides in the series."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1lDPQTd
Title & Author: Board Launches Online Guide to the ADA and ABA Standards by Staff

REPORT: TRANSPORTATION AND HEALTH VIA SRTS APPROACHES

-> According to an April 21st State Smart Transportation Initiatives article, "Safe transportation and the health benefits of active travel are at the core of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program. This report (Advancing Transportation and Health: Approaches from the Federal Safe Routes to School Program that Offer Broad Application: http://bit.ly/1lE6uhl) reflects the approaches that the SRTS Program has used to advance transportation and health. It documents what was examined by the National Center for Safe Routes to School (National Center), which serves as the clearinghouse for the Federal SRTS Program, combined with input from State SRTS Coordinators and participants in the SRTS Roundtable on Transportation and Health.

"Lessons learned from the SRTS program could be useful to other agencies, both government and private, that are working to address how we travel in ways that are health promoting. State, regional and local organizations may also find these recommendations worthy of consideration. The National Center invited transportation and health professionals to examine the contributions that SRTS has made, and can continue to make, to transportation and health programs, regardless of SRTS' place within transportation legislation and funding programs."

Source: http://bit.ly/1iKh1s5
Title & Author: Advancing Transportation and Health by Staff

SGA LAUNCHES URBANFUL WEBSITE CELEBRATES CITIES

-> According to an April 15th email message from Geoff Anderson of Smart Growth America, "As one of Smart Growth America's supporters, I know you care about what's happening in America's cities and want to help them prosper and flourish. A big part of that is supporting the people working to make cities better places to live and work. That's why I'm excited to announce a new project to do just that Urbanful (http://bit.ly/RKCOX4)...

"Urbanful was created to celebrate America's evolving cities and the people, organizations, and businesses reinventing them. The site will showcase entrepreneurial people from the heart of America's urban neighborhoods who are making cities great places to live, work and play... we're inviting you to join Urbanful (http://bit.ly/1jJIM1R). This is first and foremost a community project, and we want your recommendations about the people and businesses transforming your city..."

MAP & PHOTOS OF 43 SAN FRANCISCO (CA) PARKLETS

-> According to an April 15th SF Curbed article, "Parklets began appearing in former San Francisco parking spaces back in 2011, and since then more than 40 have appeared all over the city from Bayview to North Beach. Some are simple, while others are designed to perfection. All offer passersby a place to sit and relax for a moment. Although many parklets are hosted and maintained by adjacent cafes or restaurants, they all must be public spaces and open to everyone, not just restaurant patrons. San Francisco's parklet program has led to imitations in cities from LA to Pittsburgh. Although new parklets are popping up all the time, here are the city's 43 public parklets in pretty map form." [Also see photos of each and descriptions]

Source: http://bit.ly/1rljGt5
Title & Author: Mapping All 43 Awesome San Francisco Public Parklets by Tracy Elsen

2 PARKLET MANUALS: SAN FRANCISCO (CA) & GRAND RAPIDS (MI)

-> "Both the San Francisco Parklet Manual (http://bit.ly/1hnl7Sa) and the Grand Rapids Parket Manual (http://bit.ly/1ieuNyy) are comprehensive overviews of the goals, policies, process, procedures and guidelines for creating parklets. Both manuals note the city values and appreciates your willingness to devote your time, creativity, and resources to creating a parklet in your downtown. We look forward to collaborating with you on your parklet."


CALENDAR

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

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CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS

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

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

CONFERENCES

-> 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 1-31, 2014, National Bike Month
http://bit.ly/1iK2Lzn

-> 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 10, 2014, KC Women’s Bike Summit, Kansas City, MO.
http://bit.ly/1lbzsZ0

-> May 11, 2014, CycloFemme (Global Women's Cycling Day)
http://bit.ly/1lDQWtW

-> May 11-14, 2014, North American Conference on Elderly Mobility, Detroit, MI.
http://bit.ly/1oICtz7

-> May 12-13, 2014, Design Thinking for Mobility, Atlanta, GA.
http://bit.ly/OJlPCv

-> May 12-14, 2014, 2014 Traffic Safety Conference, San Antonio, TX.
http://bit.ly/1ooovp7

-> May 12-16, 2014, Bike to Work Week
http://bit.ly/1iK2Lzn

-> 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 16, 2014, Bike to Work Day
http://bit.ly/1iK2Lzn

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

-> June 2-4, 2014, Vélo Québec: Bike Lab Montréal, Montréal, Canada.
http://bit.ly/OglIh8

-> June 4, 2014, National Complete Streets Coalition Design Implementation for Professionals Workshop, Buffalo, NY.
http://bit.ly/1f3zjFb

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

-> June 7, 2014, National Trails Day
http://bit.ly/10C0XAx

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

-> June 8-13, 2014, Community Transportation Association of America Expo, St. Paul, MN.
http://bit.ly/1fNIfs5

-> June 10-11, 2014, Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit 2014, Shared Use Mobility Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1dula3l

-> June 16-18, 2014, The 8-80 Cities Doable City Forum, Chicago, IL.
http://bit.ly/1rlnN8p

-> June 24-27, 2014, World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research, Delft, the Netherlands
http://bit.ly/1fYjsHC

-> June 25-26, 2014, Sustainable Trails for All Conference, Greenfield, NH. (Repeated October 16-17, 2014)
http://bit.ly/Y0dpYK

-> 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 11-12. 2014, Canadian Institute of Planners and Atlantic Planners Institute Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
http://bit.ly/NBHhIF

-> July 14-17, 2014, Health Impact Assessment Practitioners' Training, Oakland, CA.
http://bit.ly/1nG2lKV

-> 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

-> July 27-31, 2014, Comprehensive Bicycle Design & Engineering 1.0, Portland State University, OR.
http://bit.ly/1l358xf

-> August 10, 2014, National Complete Streets Coalition Design Implementation for Professionals Workshop, Seattle, WA.
http://bit.ly/ZN5GPt

-> 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

-> August 25-29, 2014, Comprehensive Bicycle Design and Engineering 2.0, Portland State University, OR.
http://bit.ly/1duyODO

-> 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 16-17, 2014, Sustainable Trails for All Conference, Greenfield, NH.
http://bit.ly/Y0dpYK

-> 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

-> October 22-25, 2014, NACTO Designing Cities 2014, San Francisco, CA.
http://bit.ly/1l3t57z

-> 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

-> November 18-20, 2014, Smart City Expo World Congress, Barcelona, Spain.
http://bit.ly/1mucsVC

-> November 27-28, 2014, Ageing and Safe Mobility, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany.
http://bit.ly/1iLF7Ax

-> May 17-20, 2015, American Trails International Trails Symposium, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/1lD37qJ

-> 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.

-> RFP - 3-YEAR BICYCLE SAFETY EDUCATION PROJECT, GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Professional consulting firms are invited to submit a written proposal for the Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a comprehensive Bicycle Safety Education Project over a three year period (2014-2016) in the greater Grand Rapids, MI area. The ultimate long-term goal for the Bicycle Safety Education Project is to reduce the total number of bicycle crashes, fatalities, and severity of injuries. The project's benefits will be multi-faceted. By broadening all citizens' knowledge about the rules of the road, it is desired that more cooperative and lawful behavior between cyclists and motorists will result. As more people ride confidently in traffic and feel safe, the numbers of bicyclists that commute on regular basis will increase and they will become more accepted as viable road users. The Bicycle Safety Education Project is meant to create a foundation for a long-term safety program that will continue beyond the 3-year duration of this project.

Deadline: May 7, 2014, 12 pm ET
http://bit.ly/1nFT8SY

-> GRANTS - WOMEN BIKE FUNDING, LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS

The League of American Bicyclists has opened a call for applications for its 2014 Women Bike Mini-Grants. One of the primary goals of the Women Bike program is to seed, support and spread the best campaigns and ideas that are getting more women on bikes. Their mini-grants aim to provide best practices on women's bicycling outreach and engagement to advocates and leaders nationwide, by sharing effective strategies, programs and materials to inform and be utilized by others. If you're working on a campaign or project aimed at engaging women or girls, apply for funding. To be eligible, you must be a member of the League and your organization must be a 501c3 (or be fiscally sponsored by a 501c3).

Deadline: April 28, 2014
http://bit.ly/1lEuaXb

-> JOB - WOMEN BIKE MANAGER, LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS, WASHINGTON, DC

In less than two years, the League of American Bicyclists' Women Bike initiative has grown at a rapid pace and evolved into one of its most visible and exciting programs. 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. The Women Bike Program Manager will work closely with the Equity Initiative Manager and other social programs staff at the League to coordinate our work with the public we serve.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/1qi2zJR

-> JOB - PRINCIPAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, CITY OF VANCOUVER, WA

The City of Vancouver is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Principal Transportation Planner (Planner-E). The purpose of this position is to facilitate transportation planning and development through the utilization of current and long-range planning, policies, zoning and programs involving land use, multi-modal transportation systems, and economic development initiatives. The person in this position will coordinate multi-disciplinary teams to analyze, model, develop and determine the effectiveness of plans, policies, zoning, and programs as they relate to transportation systems. In addition, this person will coordinate outreach strategies and present city transportation policy and code (both existing and recommended) to the planning commission, City Council, community meetings and stakeholder groups.

Deadline: April 30, 2014, 11:59 PM PT
http://bit.ly/1jELk1b

-> 3 JOBS - SAM SCHWARTZ ENGINEERING

DIRECTOR OF ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION, NEW YORK, NY
Sam Schwartz Engineering is seeking to hire a transportation planner or engineer to serve as Director of Active Transportation and lead bicycle and pedestrian planning and design projects in both urban and suburban locations. We are interested in motivated, dynamic individuals to represent SSE at a national level. Responsibilities will include managing projects and staff; attending and presenting at client and agency meetings; preparing proposals, analyses and reports; and leading business development and growth related to this practice area.

SENIOR TRANSPORTATION/TRAFFIC ENGINEER, NEW YORK, NY
Sam Schwartz Engineering is seeking an experienced Senior Transportation/Traffic Engineer for our Manhattan office. The position's responsibilities will include: serving as lead engineer or project manager on private and public sector projects, preparing and reviewing technical analyses and reports, attending client and agency meetings, and preparing proposals. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 8 years' experience in the field, a degree in Civil or Transportation Engineering, strong written and presentation skills, expert knowledge of the industry software (HCS, Synchro, etc) and methods, experience with CEQR transportation analyses, and a proven ability to multi-task successfully. A P.E. is required, and a New York P.E. is strongly preferred.

SENIOR DESIGNER - TAMPA
Sam Schwartz Engineering is seeking a Senior Roadway Designer for our Tampa Office. Job responsibilities include the design of DOT and Municipal roadways in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Maryland and Virginia. Candidates should also have experience multi-modal designs and with traffic operations design including signals, signing and marking and lighting. An engineering degree and professional engineering license is not necessarily required and may be substituted with over 10 years of roadway design experience.

Deadline:None provided
http://bit.ly/PsktvP


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