#356 Wednesday, May 7, 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
-> According to a May 5th Streetsblog USA article, "Rep. Jim Oberstar died peacefully in his sleep early Saturday morning at the age of 79. He represented Minnesota’s 8th Congressional district for 18 terms, from 1975 to 2011. Oberstar served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee the entire time, and as its chair for the last four years. He was known for his passion for bicycling as much as anything, and we have him to thank for the addition of biking and walking programs to the federal transportation program.
"We’ve collected some memories of Oberstar from a few people who worked closely with him..."
Note: The James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award honors his dedication to American schoolchildren as the pioneer of the federal Safe Routes to School Program. Rep. Oberstar sponsored the Safe Routes to School legislation that strives to create safe settings to enable more children and parents to walk and bicycle to school. The National Center for Safe Routes to School awards the James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award: http://bit.ly/1o4ZC0O
-> The 18th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference program is taking shape. Early registration will be ending on Friday, May 16, so act now for the best rates http://www.pps.org/pwpb2014/
-> According to an April 29th League of American Bicyclists article, "With the Highway Trust Fund going bankrupt this summer and the current transportation bill set to expire in September, the Obama administration sent the GROW AMERICA Act to Congress today (http://1.usa.gov/1kK2ytg).
"The 4-year, $302 billion proposal is an encouraging starting point for a new transportation law. Addressing equity, connectivity and local control, the bill takes promising steps toward the League’s four federal priorities for bicycling (http://bit.ly/1iq24ai). Here’s our preliminary analysis of the 350-page bill as it relates to bicycling..."
-> According to an April 30th Governors Highway Safety Association news release, "GHSA is very pleased that the Obama Administration has submitted legislation to reauthorize the current transportation law known as MAP-21. The legislation sends a clear signal that the Administration is serious about addressing the Highway Trust Fund shortfall and providing some needed consistency for states. While GHSA continues to review the legislation, there are a few aspects that have immediately drawn the organization's attention...
"We are troubled by the call for prescriptive pedestrian and bicycle program spending. Like the Administration, GHSA wants to ensure the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. In fact, effective this July, states will now include a bicycle performance measure in their annual state highway safety plans. We are, however, surprised that the Administration wants to require states to spend portions of certain funding on pedestrian and bicycle programs. These requirements go against the long-standing and very successful performance-based approach to state highway safety programs. States should continue to be encouraged to fund programs based on their fatality data and research and not be burdened by additional inflexible requirements. GHSA is very concerned that this would set a dangerous precedent..."
-> According to May 6th email from Stefanie Seskin of the National Complete Streets Coalition, "I need your help in responding to the U.S. Department of Transportation's proposed rulemaking on national safety performance measures (http://1.usa.gov/1dpbmrc)...
"In current federal transportation law, MAP-21, Congress required states, for the first time, to set performance targets in a number of areas, including safety. In regards to the safety of the country’s roadways, Congress was clear: we need to show results in reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries. Unfortunately, USDOT’s proposed rule on how the federal government will implement the safety performance measure lets states off the hook too easily (http://bit.ly/PZ9XgO).
"I need you to submit comments--and to ask your friends, members, partners, and chapters to take action too... to the Federal Register by June 9 (http://1.usa.gov/1hwGBNp). You can also use or link to our general public comment tool and view a sample comment letter (http://bit.ly/1mBpbHc).
"We're hosting a conference call to review the rule and our ask in greater detail, as well as to answer questions: May 8 at 4 PM ET: http://bit.ly/1iWCHCI..."
-> According to a May 2nd AASHTO Journal article, "Two Congressional members this week introduced legislation they hope will reduce pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and injuries by requiring states to ‘focus federal resources’ in areas that are experiencing upticks in these incidents.
"Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) on Wednesday introduced their co-sponsored H.R. 4507, or the Pedestrian Fatalities Reduction Act of 2014 (http://1.usa.gov/1g7WZU6), which would require Strategic Highway Safety Plans, currently required by all states in order to receive federal highway safety funds, to include statistics on pedestrian deaths and injuries and also discuss how they will address any increases both at the state and county level... Additionally, the measure would update the federal handbook that is used in collecting highway safety data to include elements that promote safety for pedestrians and bicyclists..."
-> According to Chapter 5, Accessible Bus Stops and Pedestrian Infrastructure, from the recently released TCRP Report 163: Strategy Guide to Enable and Promote the Use of Fixed-Route Transit by People with Disabilities, "...[A]ccessibility gaps remain, particularly regarding access to and from fixed-route transit service. Incomplete sidewalks, difficult street crossings, lack of curb ramps, and obstacles in the pathway such as utility poles create barriers for riders with disabilities, limiting or preventing access to fixed-route transit service...
"Recognizing the importance of improving access to fixed-route transit service for people with disabilities, FTA’s Section 5310 Program, as amended by MAP-21, adds a new eligible activity for funding—‘public transportation projects that improve access to fixed-route transit service and decrease reliance by people with disabilities on complementary paratransit.’ The objective of this is removal of barriers, including improving access to public rights-of-way as well as installing elevators in rail stations not required by the ADA to have elevators, so people with disabilities have better access to bus stops and rail stations..."
-> According to a May 1st post to the APBP Member Listserve by Darren Flusche of the League of American Bicyclists, "... [Today] the day the League announced the 2014 Bicycle Friendly States results (http://bit.ly/1qdYn1k). There are a couple of new things this year.
-> According to a May 6th Streetsblog NYC article, "New Yorkers who have lost loved ones to traffic violence are in Albany today to demand that lawmakers pass legislation to lower NYC’s default speed limit to 20 miles per hour. About 150 residents, led by members of Families for Safe Streets, gathered for a press conference outside the capitol this morning amid a day of meetings with state representatives...
"Bills from Assembly Member Dan O’Donnell and State Senator Dilan would set the maximum legal speed on NYC streets at 20 miles per hour, except on streets ‘where the City Council determines a different speed limit is appropriate.’ The bills were introduced in January and February, respectively, after motorists killed seven city pedestrians in the first 11 days of 2014..."
*Note: Register for Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place 2014 and learn how New York City and San Francisco are pursuing zero fatalities in an inspiring approach that combines innovative safety research and analysis methods, multi-agency partnerships with some unusual suspects, and development of comprehensive roadmaps to significantly reduce severe crashes: http://bit.ly/1uzfMRy.
-> According to a May 7th San Francisco Examiner article, "San Francisco’s police and public health departments didn’t wait to formally adopt Vision Zero resolutions before taking measures to eliminate pedestrian traffic fatalities, but have the opportunity to make their commitment official. In a joint Police Commission and Board of Supervisors committee meeting in January, Police Chief Greg Suhr vowed support for Vision Zero, but the formal resolution will come before the commission for the first time Wednesday.
"At the meeting, police Commander Mikail Ali, who works with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, will present new data on the first quarter of the year, during which officers began ramping up traffic enforcement. In March, the police department announced it issued 10,530 traffic citations in January of this year, a 43 percent increase since January 2013, and 11,123 citations in February, a 54 percent increase since January 2013. On Wednesday, Ali will report to the commission that March saw even more citations -– 12,444 -– and that April had 11,655, a 6 percent decrease from that number..."
-> According to a May 2nd New York Times article, "... One of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s great accomplishments was bringing down traffic fatalities in the city by close to 30 percent. There were 286 traffic deaths in the city in 2013, compared with 701 in 1990...These statistics have been much on my mind lately. Even though pedestrian vehicular deaths are down, there has recently been a spate of awful accidents in the region... Mayor Bill de Blasio has made reducing these traffic accidents one of his first major priorities. In February, the mayor announced Vision Zero, a major street safety plan that treats all traffic deaths and major accidents as inherently preventable.
"Though it happens fairly frequently, the experiences of those who are in pedestrian accidents and live are rarely told. It is natural and right that the worst (and fatal) cases attract the headlines and public horror. But being hit by a vehicle changes the way a pedestrian experiences the city, even years after recovery. Still, though we have all mostly recovered, we travel around our city with a sense of permanent vulnerability..."
-> According to May 5th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "In April, the Illinois DOT released its first statewide bike plan (http://bit.ly/1ir7eCN), marking an important milestone both in ramping up its comprehensive planning efforts and in becoming a more multimodal transportation agency. The bike plan was released as a supplemental chapter to the state’s long-range plan. Both documents provide guidance for the agency in achieving its newly adopted strategic vision...That vision calls for ‘all modes [to] be integrated, coordinated, planned, and built with the idea that present and future travel options are user focused, economically supportive, ecologically sensitive, and information centric.’
"The bike plan was a major undertaking led by a steering committee and involving consultants from Alta Planning + Design along with outreach specialists. Over a period of 16 months, IDOT sought and incorporated input from 29 Advisory Group Member Organizations and other local agencies, 19 public meetings, and more than 4,000 public survey responses. That input helped the agency focus the plan on key stakeholder issues, such as local network connections, bicycle facility design, and safety, in addition to building a statewide bicycle network map.
"As a policy document, the plan offers 29 specific recommendations and a matrix of action items... The plan also includes a total of 26 performance measures, grouped by category, to guide decision-making and track progress toward achieving the desired outcomes."
-> According to a May 4th Florida Bicycle Association blog post, "Senate Bill 2514, funding the Coast to Coast Bike Trail (http://bit.ly/RqUlCV), was approved on Friday, closing day of the 2014 legislative session. Special thanks to Senator Andy Gardiner and many others for their support of this bill. This trail, traversing the state from Titusville to St. Petersburg, will be great for cyclists, pedestrians, and a tremendous economic boost for the areas near the trail."
-> According to a May 1st email message from Liz at the League of American Bicyclists, "In 2013 and 2014 the Austin, Texas, City Council proclaimed the first seven days of May as Bike-To-Eat Week. Hosted by The Ghisallo Foundation, with some help from their friends at B-cycle bike sharing and Bicycle Sport Shop (a League Bicycle Friendly Business!), this delicious idea doles out discounts of 10% for diners who arrive by bicycle. With a tagline of ‘Reward yourself for being awesome’ this Bike Month treat is now in its third year -- and growing. Learn more about Bike-To-Eat Week (http://bit.ly/1irvuoD) -- and take advantage if you live and ride in the Lone Star State."
-> According to the March FHWA Playing it Safe newsletter, "FHWA recently began offering support to state and local transportation agencies through its new Safety Data & Analysis Technical Assistance Program. This program provides technical assistance, training, and resources to help agencies develop analyses that integrate crash, road inventory, and traffic data to pinpoint vital safety improvements in a holistic way.
"This program is designed to provide answers to agencies on nearly any safety related question-from general questions, such as how to review and improve roadway data inventories, to more specific questions, such as which statistical models are best to address crashes at a complicated intersection. Agencies can receive either formal or informal technical analysis support in a flexible format, including through one-on-one sessions with experts. Quarterly webinars are open to all interested agency representatives and cover broader data topics to supplement the individualized sessions.
"Apply for Data and Analysis Technical Assistance at http://1.usa.gov/1ope29s or contact Bob Pollack at email@example.com for more information."
-> According to the 2012 Traffic Safety Facts: Children report, "There were a total of 4,743 pedestrian fatalities in 2012; the 14-and-younger age group accounted for 255 (5%) of those fatalities. More than one-fifth (22%) of the traffic fatalities in the 14-and-younger age group were pedestrians...From 2003 to 2012, the number of pedestrian fatalities in this age group decreased by 34 percent, with the 8 to 14 year-old age group showing the largest percentage decrease (43%)...In 2012, an estimated 76,000 pedestrians were injured, 11,000 of those injured were 14 and younger..."
"A total of 726 pedalcyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2012. The 14-and-younger age group accounted for 8 percent (58) of those fatalities, and males accounted for 81 percent (47) of the fatalities among pedalcyclists 14 and younger. The 58 pedalcyclist fatalities in 2012 for the 14-and-younger age group represent a decrease of 55 percent from the 130 killed in 2003, with the 8- to 14-year-old age group showing the largest decrease (55%)..."
-> According to a recent call for submissions from the Journal of Transport and Health, "The increasing emphasis on active forms of transport as a result of health threats and environmental concerns is slowly finding its way into policy initiatives. Yet, the modal shift from motorised [sic] to active transport is slower than expected and for some cities and countries it is stagnating. Clearly, more needs to be done to encourage walking and cycling, in recognition of the potential health and environmental benefits, but the evidence base for interventions is still relatively weak.
"Why and where do people choose to walk or travel and what constraints are facing those who do not?... For this special issue we seek submissions encompassing transport and health research on walking and/or cycling, with an emphasis on geographical and spatial perspectives. Much of the interest on active transport comes from outside of geography, with public health and built environment professionals and researchers exploring the role of non-motorised [sic] modes on health outcomes. We invite researchers and professionals from the fields of transport or health to consider a geographical perspective on active transport. We also invite colleagues from the fields of transport / social / health geography and spatial sciences to consider how we can influence public policy and more theoretically the role of geography..."
"All contributions will be peer reviewed according to the usual standards of the journal." Deadline: May 18, 2014
From "Remembering Jim Oberstar, Architect of Federal Bike Funding Programs," Streesblog USA (http://bit.ly/1fN7Eck):
"He brought biking into the mainstream of Congress and the nation with his insistence that it be integrated into the federal [transportation bill] package..."
"In 1991 Congressman Oberstar played a critical role in ensuring that the ISTEA transportation bill included money for the first time for walking and bicycling, and he set up a structure requiring each state to hire a bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, and to create a statewide bicycle plan... There are now more than 14,000 schools in all 50 states nationwide benefitting from the federal Safe Routes to School program, and we have the late Congressman Oberstar to thank and honor..."
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This three-and-a-half minute video reveals Hungarian digital artist Zsolt Ekho Farkas re-creation of a 19th-century painting (Benczúr Gyula's Budavár Visszavétele) with CGI, and it's an 8-million-polygon, 3-D tour de force.
6-WEEK ONLINE COURSE: "Fundamentals of Travel Training Administration"
CONFERENCE CALL "Call to Action on National Safety Performance Measures"
Date: May 8, 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
Date: May 12 - June 20, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "US Federal Transportation Policy Update"
Date: May 13, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Integrating Habitat & Trails"
Date: May 15, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET (.10 CEUs $20)
WEBINAR "Recruiting and Training Volunteers for Long Term Success!" Part 1 of 2 – See June 19
Date: May 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Roadside Landscaping and Safety"
Date: May 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
CONFERENCE CALL "Release of Dangerous by Design 2014"
Date: May 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ETvv
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 "Advances in Estimating the Transportation Impact of Development for Urban Locations"
Date: May 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Roundabout Accessibility – What Designers Should Know About National Research and Policy"
Date: May 28, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (2 AICP CMs)
WEBINAR "Walk Audits to Boost Safety and Improve Health"
Date: May 28, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Comparing Systemic Safety Analysis Approaches"
Date: June 3, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
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 "Managing and Retaining Volunteers for Long Term Success!" Part 2 of 2 (Part 1 on May 15)
Date: June 19, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
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)
WEBINAR "Accessible Routes-Advanced Session"
Date: August 7, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
-> According to a May 5th email from Teresa Mullins of Public Health Online, "Our organization is chartered with providing community resources for public health careers and education... Our site goes deep into specialty public health careers and provides actionable information through salary tools, career path timelines, and job resources. The program search tool allows users to find accredited Not-for-Profit colleges offering campus and online based public health programs... Below, I am listing those resources that you might find relevant to your audience:
- Public Health Online - Degrees & Career Paths: http://bit.ly/1s1Ys3H
-> According to a May 2nd email message from Eloisa Raynault of the American Public Health Association, "This new clearinghouse may also be of interest: The Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse (http://b.gatech.edu/1iWQOrO) has been in planning and coding for several months... The Built Environment and Pubic Health Clearinghouse is home to training at the university and professional levels and as a source for relevant news at this critical intersection of health and place. Training, news and other resources are available for planning, architecture, transportation engineering and health impact assessment.
- University training resources offer a full academic semester or individual modules instruction for planning and public health, architecture and public health and health impact assessment
-> According to an April 25th Streetsblog USA article, "If you ever want to show someone that it’s possible to change streets and cities for the better, Google Street View can now help you do it. Google recently made it possible to view archived Street View images. This means it’s easier than ever to show what streets looked like before and after a redesign. (Thanks to the Institute for Quality Communities at the University of Oklahoma for bringing our attention to this new feature.) We were able to animate a few street transformations from around the country with the new Street View feature..."
-> According to the conclusion of Why Smart Growth: A Primer, "This primer has shown how market imperfections and public policies increase expansion into the undeveloped fringes of regions, encouraging investment in as-yet-unbuilt communities over existing ones. But as we’ve also shown, existing communities can better capture the benefits of growth once they under-stand the old patterns and begin changing them. These changes can lead to smart growth that engages all the stakeholders in development to add value to existing communities while also rewarding those who invest in growth..."
-> According to an April American Trails e-Newsletter article, "Our newest gallery of photos (http://bit.ly/1jAliyu) shows signs indicating directions and routes to help trail users stay oriented. On urban trails, just as in the backcountry, visitors want to be sure they are on the right route. Many trails have discontinuous sections where users must take what seems like a detour, or jog out of the expected direction. Trails along canals, rivers, and abandoned railroads often have few access points as well as segments where the trail must leave the corridor."
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 PAPERS - Smart City Expo World Congress, November 18-20, 2014, Barcelona, Spain.
-> May 10, 2014, KC Women’s Bike Summit, Kansas City, MO.
-> May 11, 2014, CycloFemme (Global Women's Cycling Day)
-> May 11-14, 2014, North American Conference on Elderly Mobility, Detroit, MI.
-> May 12-13, 2014, Design Thinking for Mobility, Atlanta, GA.
-> May 12-14, 2014, 2014 Traffic Safety Conference, San Antonio, TX.
-> May 12-16, 2014, Bike to Work Week
-> 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 16, 2014, Bike to Work Day
-> May 21, 2014, Ride of Silence
-> May 27-30, 2014, Velo-City Global 2014 Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
-> June 2-3, 2014, Bike Lab Montréal, Montréal, Canada. (Program in English)
-> June 2-4, 2014, Vélo Québec: Bike Lab Montréal, Montréal, Canada.
-> June 4, 2014, National Complete Streets Coalition Design Implementation for Professionals Workshop, Buffalo, NY.
-> 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 16-18, 2014, The 8-80 Cities Doable City Forum, Chicago, IL.
-> 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 14-17, 2014, Health Impact Assessment Practitioners' Training, Oakland, CA.
-> 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, 2014, National Complete Streets Coalition Design Implementation for Professionals Workshop, Seattle, WA.
-> 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 5-8, 2014, Alliance for Biking and walking Leadership Retreat, Bolivar, PA.
-> 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.
-> May 17-20, 2015, American Trails International Trails Symposium, Portland, OR.
-> 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.
-> RFP - PROVISION OF CONTRACTED PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR DELIVERY OF CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, CITY OF TORONTO, CANADA
The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is for the City of Toronto (City) to select and retain a professional services firm (engineering, planning, landscape architecture) to assist Toronto Transportation Services, Cycling Infrastructure and Programs (CIP) staff with the project management, planning, design and implementation of cycling infrastructure projects on an "as and when required" basis for the period of two (2) years from the date of award with the option to renew for one additional two (2) year period. The City, at its sole discretion reserves the right from time to time, to issue other RFPs and/or RFQs for the procurement of professional services to assist the Cycling Infrastructure and Programs with the delivery of cycling infrastructure projects during the duration of the service contract.
Deadline: May 14, 2014, 12:00 p.m. ET
-> JOB - POLICY & CAMPAIGN MANAGER (STEPS COALITION), CALIFORNIA WALKS, SAN JOSE, CA
This 50% FTE dynamic and exciting position will build and manage Cal Walks’ ongoing local work in San Jose. This position will oversee Cal Walks’ Senior Safety Zone Campaign to win implementation of reduced speed 25 MPH zones near and around senior facilities. Primary responsibilities and functions include community organizing, engagement, empowerment, education, and mobilization; Coalition building; cultivating relationships with local elected officials, City/County agency staff, and community partners; and participating in City/County hearings, meetings, and workshops. The Policy & Campaign Manager will work closely with the Executive and Deputy Directors.
Deadline: May 9, 2014
-> JOB – DIRECTOR, DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION, CITY OF SEATTLE, WA
The Director of Seattle's Department of Transportation is responsible for realizing the department's mission of delivering a safe, reliable, efficient and socially equitable multi-modal transportation system that enhances Seattle's environment and economic vitality. The Director also provides oversight and strategic guidance on major transportation construction projects. The next director will lead the effort to expand and deepen Seattle’s transportation choices and will oversee the development and implementation of a citywide comprehensive prioritized transportation strategy that integrates and harmonizes the department’s pedestrian, bicycle, transit and freight plans with a clearly articulated vision and goals for transportation over the next few years. The director must bring innovative ideas of how best to deliver this multi-modal vision.
Deadline: May 13, 2014
-> JOB - TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT MANAGER, SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is seeking a motivated and committed professional with excellent research, writing, and business skills to be our new technical assistance project manager. The technical assistance project manager will assist in building the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s emerging consulting program, identifying a business strategy, exploring opportunities, and developing proposals. The technical assistance project manager will also develop national reports and analyses, and will provide technical assistance to local communities around the country that are seeking to improve their built environment and Safe Routes to School initiatives. Qualifications include strong business skills, excellent research and writing abilities, and knowledge of active transportation.
Deadline: May 21, 2014
-> 2 JOBS – RTC OF SOUTHERN NEVADA, LAS VEGAS, NV
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is both the transit authority and the transportation-planning agency for Southern Nevada.
PRINCIPAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNER
The Principal Transportation Planner plans, directs and reviews the work of assigned staff on a project or team. Performs complex and advanced professional level planning duties in support of transportation plans, programs and studies. Sample duties include managing a project and/or team in the accomplishment of planning initiatives; managing assigned consulting contracts; ensuring compliance, timeliness and quality of deliverables and developing and overseeing transportation programs and plans.
Deadline: May 28, 2014
SENIOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNER
The Senior Transportation Planner performs complex and advanced professional level planning duties in support of transportation plans, programs and studies. Sample duties include researching, extracts, and compiling data for complex reports, events, plans and presentations; assisting in production of reports, documents, events, plans and presentations, recommending new approaches to effect continual improvements in services performed; and providing socio-economic inputs for travel demand forecast models.
Deadline: May 28, 2014
-> 2 JOBS – ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is an international consulting firm that creates active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities. We specialize in bicycle, pedestrian, trail, park, greenway, and roadway planning, design, and implementation in addition to outreach and education programs. See http://bit.ly/1jbgjF9 for other jobs still open that were listed in previous CenterLines’ issues.
These positions are responsible for contributing to the production of high-quality materials, reports and other deliverables in support of project objectives. They require an understanding of the field of urban planning, and the ability to collaborate across discipline boundaries to support the delivery of solutions to meet client expectations. No application deadlines provided for these positions.
PLANNER/DESIGNER/ENGINEER, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
PLANNER, CA REGION: OAKLAND, LOS ANGELES, SAN DIEGO
-> INTERN – ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN, SAN DIEGO
The selected candidate should be a current graduate-level student in Landscape Architecture, Planning, Engineering, or related discipline who has excellent writing and organizational skills, and has an interest in the non-motorized transportation field. Experience with GIS a plus. The work will include map/graphics production, assisting with research, document writing, fieldwork, data entry and data management, and other duties as needed.
Deadline: Position is open until filled
-> 2 JOBS – TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES, NEW YORK, NY
Transportation Alternatives is New York City’s leading transportation advocacy organization, with a citywide network of 100,000 active supporters committed to reclaiming New York City’s streets for people. T.A. works to ensure that every New Yorker has access to public transportation and safe space to walk and bike.
Deadline: None provided
Transportation Alternatives seeks a highly motivated and accomplished public policy and transportation expert to contribute to our campaigns to win more bicyclist- and pedestrian-friendly policies and advance Vision Zero in New York City. Through legislation, legal action, lobbying and other words that start with the letter "L," this staff member will work with our team to educate elected officials, government agency staff, business and civic leaders and the public about our policy goals and related work. The focus will primarily be directed at New York City, though it could include Albany and Washington D.C. as well.
Transportation Alternatives seeks an outgoing, team-oriented community organizer to join the organization as a Campaigns Director. The Campaigns Director is responsible for overseeing volunteer activists and Campaigns and Organizing staff to conceive, plan and execute 13-15 livable streets campaigns in all five boroughs. This includes overseeing campaign strategy, developing ambitious campaign plans, meeting with elected officials, speaking to the media and supervising three field organizers on a day-to-day basis. The Director also serves as Lead Organizer for T.A.’s Brooklyn-based field organizing and Brooklyn Activist Committee.
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