#357 Wednesday, May 21, 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.

----- Dangerous by Design: Walking Worst in Sunbelt
----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place – Early Summer Registration
----- 7-Hr Better Block Temporary Placemaking
----- Hwy Trust Fund Ticker Projects $ Gone by Late August
----- Collaborative Planning: Significantly Better Outcomes
----- Health Impact Assessments Improve Decision Making Process
----- Bike Commuting Up 60% in 10 Yrs, Walking Static Since 2000

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- State DOT Planning for Healthy Communities
----- 18 New Bicycle Friendly Communities Announced
----- Census: 10 Cities Where the Most People Walk to Work
----- San Francisco (CA) Fire Department Concerns & Good Street Design

----- Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks
----- Bike Infrastructure & Policy Impact on Commuter Choice (Spain)
----- Designing Safe Travel for Women (India)
----- Uncontrolled Crossings Task Force Survey Released

----- Videos: Demonstration of Online Engagement in Planning
----- Streets as Public Spaces, Prosperity Drivers
----- 2 Week-Long Bike Design & Engineering Courses
----- Improving Health By Design in Toronto-Hamilton Area, Canada
----- Capturing Economic Value to Fund Transportation
----- Solar-Powered Bike Lock Opens Up Bike-Sharing

- The National & International Scene
- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
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-> According to a May 20th Streetsblog USA article, "Walking should be the healthiest, most natural activity in the world. It is, after all, one of the first things humans learn to do. But in far too many places, walking can be fatal, thanks to roads designed for speeding cars. In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic collisions in the U.S., and over the last decade, nearly 50,000 people have been killed while walking — that’s 16 times more Americans than were killed by natural disasters. Another 670,000 pedestrian were injured over that period, one every eight minutes.

"Not all streets are equally dangerous. In a new update of its Dangerous by Design report (http://bit.ly/1k4qE61) released today, Smart Growth America catalogs the most perilous places in the U.S. to walk. By looking at the places that are especially hazardous, we can determine the factors that are putting people at risk and figure out how to fix them. Here’s a look at what America’s most dangerous streets for walking tend to have in common. They’re in the Sunbelt..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1mWvmn0
Title & Author: "The Most Dangerous Places to Walk in America" by Angie Schmitt


-> We have now entered the Early Summer registration period for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014. Our full registration rates are as follows: Presenters are $550; Member Organizations are $585; Delegates are $655; and Single Day is $385. Note to APBP student members: be on the lookout for an announcement of a special conference rate.

It will be a busy week in Pittsburgh. Project for Public Spaces will be convening its second Placemaking Leadership Council (http://www.pps.org/about/pittsburgh/) for a 1.5 day meeting starting on Sunday, Sept 7; NACTO will hold a daylong cycletrack design workshop on Monday, Sept 8; and the National Complete Streets Coalition will host a half day workshop on Complete Streets Design Implementation, 1-5 pm on Monday, Sept 8. You can register for the Complete Streets workshop on our conference registration page (http://www.prowalkprobike.org) by clicking ‘Register Now.’


-> According to a May 18th Streetsfilms article, "Streetfilms has wanted to profile Jason Roberts and the amazing work of The Better Block for a long time. So it felt like destiny when, a few weeks ago, we were able to sync up and chronicle the fourth anniversary of The Better Block in Oak Cliff, Texas. This temporary pedestrian plaza is right next to the original site where Roberts and the team at The Better Block first showed how you can completely transform a street using temporary materials and your imagination.

"In this Streetfilm you’ll see some of the behind-the-scenes set-up and preparation. You’ll see how, in short order, they transform a dangerous intersection into a safe street with a barebones budget — including an incredibly inventive application of decals to create temporary crosswalks."

Source: http://bit.ly/1i2OoTe
Title & Author: "'The Better Block' Celebrates Four Years of Re-imagining Streets" by Clarence Eckerson, Jr.

[Come to Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 in Pittsburgh to learn from Clarence Eckerson, the Director of Streetfilms. He'll show you how to make your own effective videos to promote walking, bicycling, and street transformation. http://bit.ly/1j6XQ7W]


-> According to a May 16 AASHTO Journal article, "The U.S. Department of Transportation this week updated its online Highway Trust Fund Ticker (http://1.usa.gov/1lE3aRC), showing the HTF is continuing its trend to be out of money by late August and drop below a $4 billion balance around July 25. The monthly numbers continue to show an HTF balance in the red before the end of the federal fiscal year. These numbers reiterate what was projected last month, though now one month closer to the red line..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1no77wp
Title & Author: "USDOT Updates Highway Trust Fund Ticker, Continues to Blow Whistle for July Balance Issues" by Staff


-> According to a May 20th LinkedIn Planetizen group post by James Brasuell, "Via Planetizen, the Journal of Planning Education and Research has provided free access until May 31 to an article finding that collaborative planning processes have statistically significant impacts on planning outcomes. This is the type of research you can cite to make the case for inclusive planning processes in your community or business." [Collaborative Planning by Metropolitan Planning Organizations: A Test of Causal Theory: http://bit.ly/RSVGmc] [See a more detailed Planetizen article at http://bit.ly/1gN8ciM]

[See Resources section for Videos: Demonstration of Online Engagement in Planning]


-> According to a May 12th Robert Wood Johnson Foundation article, "Health impact assessments (HIAs) are evidence-based analyses that estimate future health benefits and risks of proposed laws, regulations, programs and projects. They provide decision makers with an opportunity to minimize health risks and enhance health benefits. HIA practitioners say the tool allows for more informed—and potentially healthier—decisions related to land use, transportation, housing, education, energy and agriculture...

"The new study (Do Health Impact Assessments Make a Difference?: http://bit.ly/1nnHX0H and its supplement: http://bit.ly/RTl3nU) outlines how HIAs change decision making and highlights evidence that HIAs can also lead to stronger cross-sector relationships, greater attention to community voices and longer-term changes beyond the initial decision the HIA is focused on.

"Key findings of the Center's evaluation include:
- HIAs can contribute directly to the decision-making process and help achieve policy outcomes that are better for health.
- There are opportunities to advance the HIA field in the areas of stakeholder and decision-maker engagement, dissemination and follow-up..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1sSN2zz
Title & Author: "Center for Community Health and Evaluation Releases First National Evaluation of HIAs: Q&A with Tatiana Lin" by Staff

[See Planning for Healthy Places with Health Impact Assessments, a free, six-hour online course developed by the American Planning Association and the National Association of County & City Health Officials, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This online course will explain the value of conducting an HIA and the steps involved in conducting an HIA. It qualifies for six AICP Certification Maintenance credits. http://bit.ly/1vEs1gk]


-> According to a May 8th Census.gov release, "Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today [Modes Less Traveled — Bicycling and Walking to Work in the United States: 2008-2012: http://1.usa.gov/1o4eyfP].

Nationwide, the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60 percent over the last decade... the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey... The report also looks at the number of people who walk to work. After steadily decreasing since 1980, the percent of people who walk to work has stabilized since 2000. 

"Today the Census Bureau also released a new commuting edition of the interactive map Census Explorer [http://1.usa.gov/1o4eRXZ], which gives Web visitors easy click-and-zoom access to commuting statistics for every neighborhood in the U.S..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/QxMpPi
Title & Author: "Biking to Work Increases 60 Percent Over Last Decade, Census Bureau Reports" by Staff

[See League of American Bicyclists infographic The Growth of Bike Commuting: http://bit.ly/TtofIm]

[See Regional and Local Actions section for Census: 10 Cities Where the Most People Walk to Work article.]



-> According to the abstract of an April FHWA article, "This white paper (Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities) 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 (CA, IA, MA, MN, & NC) 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/1i2Z5p3
Title & Author: "Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities" by Staff


-> According to a May 15th League of American Bicyclists article, "As we continue to celebrate National Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists today announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there's growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a healthy, livable community.

"With this impressive round of 18 new BFCs (see list: http://bit.ly/1oRhTir), there are now 303 BFCs in 48 states. The BFC program is helping transform the way communities evaluate quality of life by assessing investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and municipal policies."

Source: http://bit.ly/1sTrfYA
Title & Author: "Bicycle Friendly Communities Released" by Liz (No Last Name)


-> According to a May 16th Wall Street Journal article, "Just 2.9% of American workers walked to work as of 2012, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. However, the Census Bureau notes that there were massive regional differences in the proportion of people who chose to walk to a work. Different factors influence commuters' preferences, including a city's layout, climate, and infrastructure.

"[S]ee the 10 cities where the most people walk to work: http://bit.ly/Ttrnnr. [List includes percent who walk to work, city WalkScore, percent of households with no car, and population density]

"Boston residents were the most likely Americans to walk to work, with 15.1% doing so as of 2012....While commuters choose walking for various reasons — ranging from lack of resources to simply residing near their place of business — many of the cities reviewed were also pleasant places to walk. The publicly accessible walkability index generated by Walk Score gave seven of the 10 cities a score of at least 70, a rating described as ‘very walkable,' as measured by residents' proximity to amenities as well as friendliness to pedestrians. New York City, where more than 10% of residents walked to work, had a Walk Score of 87.6, the highest in the nation..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1pch15w
Title & Author: "Ten Cities Where the Most People Walk to Work" by Alexander E.M. Hess


-> According to a May 20th CityLab article, "...The San Francisco Fire Department has recently fought streetscape improvements and other efforts to make roads safer and more walkable. Even more problematic, the fire department has insisted that in new developments in San Francisco – and we have quite a few of them planned – all roads, including residential side streets, be 30 percent wider than the code minimum of 20 feet of street clearance (typically two 10-foot lanes). This type of expansion, in addition to narrowing sidewalks, would result in neighborhood side streets either having 13-foot freeway-size lanes, or having cement barriers in the middle of the street. Either option is the exact opposite of good urban design and neighborhood walkability and livability...

"In San Francisco, we are attempting to ensure strong fire safety while also promoting compact, walkable, well-designed streets. We are looking at the size and turning radius of fire trucks to see if our fire department is purchasing the best equipment for our city, as opposed to insisting that our city be re-designed for large fire trucks. I recently authored an amendment to our fire code to clarify that pedestrian bulb-outs are permissible, and I'm moving forward with additional legislation to ensure that our fire code is not an obstacle to improving the safety and livability of our streets. Street design matters. Street safety matters. Fire safety matters. We have to get each of these priorities right. With smart choices, we can."

Source: http://bit.ly/1k4huGB
Title & Author: "Fire Departments Are Standing in the Way of Good Street Design" by Scott Wiener



-> According the abstract of a recently published study, Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks, "Racial minorities are disproportionately represented in pedestrian traffic fatalities, indicating a significant public health and safety issue. Psychological and social identity-related factors have previously been shown to influence drivers' behaviors toward pedestrians. If drivers' behavior reflects racial bias and results in differential behavior toward Black and White pedestrians, this may lead to disparate pedestrian crossing experiences based on race and potentially contribute to disproportionate safety outcomes. We tested this hypothesis in a controlled field experiment at an unsignalized midblock marked crosswalk in downtown Portland, Oregon. Six trained male research team confederates (3 White, 3 Black) simulated an individual pedestrian crossing, while trained observers cataloged the number of cars that passed and the time until a driver yielded.

"Results (90 pedestrian trials, 168 driver-subjects) revealed that Black pedestrians were passed by twice as many cars and experienced wait times that were 32% longer than White pedestrians. Results support the hypothesis that minority pedestrians experience discriminatory treatment by drivers."

Source: http://bit.ly/1pbDVtJ
Title & Author: "Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks" by Tara Goddarda, Kimberly Barsamian Kahnb, & Arlie Adkins


-> According to a June ASCE Library article, "This paper [Modeling the Effects of Pro Bicycle Infrastructure and Policies Toward Sustainable Urban Mobility] aims to determine the potential of the bicycle as a sustainable mode of transport in a medium-sized Spanish city (Santander, in northern Spain) with strong inclines and relatively inclement weather.

"For this purpose, a general methodology has been designed that could serve as an example for other areas. First, potential bicycle users in the city are characterized and identified through a household survey, which included a complete travel diary. Then they were asked to participate in a stated preference survey designed to find out the relative importance of certain key variables, previously identified, associated with making bicycle journeys...

"The results indicate that the most important variables among potential users are the cost and the climate, followed by the availability of infrastructure such as cycle paths and an extensive network of both public and private bicycle docking stations. Finally, the willingness to change from traditional modes of transport, such as car and bus, to bicycle has been examined according to various policies designed to encourage more sustainable mobility (such as bicycle and bus lanes and a city center congestion charge for private cars). The main finding of this research has been the identification of the conditions under which the bicycle could increase its market share from its current 0.30% up to 5.52% in a city with the characteristics of Santander (i.e., not in principle conducive to expect high bicycle use)."

Source: http://bit.ly/Sh7T4I
Title & Author: "Modeling the Effects of Pro Bicycle Infrastructure and Policies Toward Sustainable Urban Mobility" by Luigi dell'Olio, Angel Ibeas, Maria Bordagaray, & Juan de Dios Ortúzar


-> According to the introduction in an April International Transport Forum report, Planning and Designing Transport Systems to Ensure Safe Travel for Women, "...Safe travel options for women in general, and specifically low income women, are important for addressing livelihood and poverty issues for a significant proportion of urban populations in low income countries like India. In this paper we present data from two Indian cities- Vishakhapattanam (a city in south India with a population of 1.7 million persons) and Delhi the capital city of India having 16.4 million residents to compare the travel patterns of women and men. The household survey in Delhi focused on low income settlements since poverty adds another dimension to gender bias.

"The survey, repeated after ten years, shows that the travel patterns remain unchanged. Women travel shorter distances, are dependent on lower cost modes-walking and public transport- and perform multi-purpose linked trips. In view of the sustainability requirements, lower mobility of women must be addressed by ensuring safe accessibility to employment opportunities by walking, bicycles and public transport. The paper concludes with possible interventions required to ensure safe and secure travel of women at the land use planning level and street design level..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1fKm9xt
Title & Author: "Planning and Designing Transport Systems to Ensure Safe Travel for Women " by Geetam Tiwari


-> According to a spring America Walks E-newsletter article, "There is no uniform approach to evaluating or providing crossing opportunities on uncontrolled locations along major streets, according to the recently released Uncontrolled Crossings National Task Force Current Practices Survey (http://bit.ly/1h7GKa7). The survey was conducted to gather more information about current local crosswalk implementation practices with a goal of making recommendations for national guidelines. The March 2014 report covered data collected from 105 sites during an April 2013 survey.

"About half of respondents agreed there is a need for greater guidance in evaluating crosswalk placements and treatments. The Task Force next will be working to identify and summarize best practices amongst U.S. jurisdictions and recommending best practices approaches."

Source: http://bit.ly/RTOGFM
Title & Author: "Uncontrolled Crossings Task Force Survey Released" by Staff


"In our recent California Household Travel Survey we found that 23% of all the trips families take are by foot, bike or transit. That's more than double the amount from 2000."

"We can only make a safe, sustainable, effective and efficient transportation system if we work to improve all modes of travel. All projects need to balance the needs of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and the physically challenged... Ultimately we want to link communities, promote smart growth, and provide multi-modal, sustainable transportation options for all."
--Malcolm Dougherty, Caltrans Director in a Bike to Work Week promotional video



  • "Cyclists use the term 'salmoning' to describe a biker going against the stream on a one-way bike lane... it can bring on an unwelcome game of chicken when a wrong-way cyclist heads toward cyclists going the proper way. Salmoning also creates a potential hazard for motorists crossing a bike lane via a legal cut-through. They'd assume they only need to scan in one direction for incoming pedalers. Some cities discourage salmoning with clever signage, like this in London: 'If you can read this you are biking the wrong way.'
  • "Ninja: That's a night rider who wears dark clothes and eschews bike lights. Not only a bad idea, but against the law in every state — a white front light and rear reflector or light are required.
  • "Shoaling: A shoal is a school of fish. Or a collection of cyclists at a red light. That's where shoaling happens. A cyclist comes up to the light, eyeballs a cyclist already there, thinks, 'I'm faster than that person,' and moves ahead. But who can truly judge a cyclist's speed potential? Maybe the person you've shoaled is faster than you and will want to pass you once the light changes. To avoid triggering such unnecessary passes (not to mention road rage), 'it's safer for people to wait at the light with everybody else and make the pass in the lane...'

--From an NPR article, "Don't Salmon, Don't Shoal: Learning The Lingo Of Safe Cycling"


6-WEEK ONLINE COURSE: "Fundamentals of Travel Training Administration"

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
Presenters: Kristina Currans (Portland State University)
Host: Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1iX8H9Z

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)
Presenters: Bastian Schroeder (NC State University), Janet Barlow (Accessible Design for the Blind), Jeff Shaw (FHWA) & Scott Windley (U.S. Access Board)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: No fee for employees of TRB Sponsors or TRB Sustaining Affiliates
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1g7lkcN

WEBINAR "Walk Audits to Boost Safety and Improve Health"

Date: May 28, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Alliance for Biking & Walking
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1iWzkf8

WEBINAR "Making a Compelling Case: Performance-Driven Investments in the MAP-21 Era"

Date: May 30, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: David Vautin (Metropolitan Transportation Commission)
Host: State Smart Transportation Initiative
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1lE41BN

WEBINAR "Comparing Systemic Safety Analysis Approaches"

Date: June 3, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Reg Souleyrette (University of Kentucky) & Doug Harwood (MRI Global)
Host: Federal Highway Administration
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/1ilkz3T

WEBINAR "Complete Streets: From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey"

Date: June 12, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET 
Presenters: Charles Brown (Rutgers University), Jerry Fried (Former Mayor, Montclair, NJ), Karen Alexander (NJ Travel Independence Program), Michael Lysicatos (Passaic County, NJ) & Jack Nata, (City of Newark, NJ)
Host: America Walks
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1uXGTWI

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 "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
Presenters: TBA
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1lYkZOQ

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 "From Fast to Safer: Best Practices Where Road Speeds Change"

Date: July 16, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (.1 CEU, 1 AICP CM)
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts (Site Fee)
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1g2sbcD

WEBINAR "Improving Pedestrian Crossing Safety at Uncontrolled Locations"

Date: July 17, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Nazir Lalani
Host: American Society of Civil Engineers
Cost: Member $299, Non-Member $349 (Site Fee)
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/Sh6VW6

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

WEBINAR "Transform Bicycling and Walking Outside the Urban Context"

Date: August 20, 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 (Site Fee)
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1lDSimN



-> According to a recent MetroQuest blog post, "By popular request from our friends and partners who couldn't make it to the American Planning Association national conference in Atlanta, here is a recording of my (25-minute) presentation during the session, 'Online Engagement in Planning.' The first half is an overview of best practices for online engagement from our perspective. Jump ahead to 12:00 for a demonstration of various MetroQuest case studies...

"The session was moderated and kicked-off by Victor Dover of Dover Kohl & Partners, who was followed by one of his partners, Jason King. Both did a great job describing the innovative outreach in the Seven50 project. The full video (55 minutes) including all three presentations is available below."

Source: http://bit.ly/1tiZRpa
Title & Author: "'Online Engagement in Planning' at APA2014 in Atlanta" by Dave Biggs


-> According to a UN Habitat for a Better Future article, "A key finding of this report [Streets As Public Spaces and Drivers of Urban Prosperity: http://bit.ly/1uXDBmx] is 'the expansion of cities has been accompanied by changes in land use, both in terms of form as well as structure. Streets, as public spaces, have lost their importance in terms of their share of land, as well as their prominent role in shaping the culture and history of cities.'

Another key finding of this report is 'prosperous cities are those that recognize the relevance of public spaces (with proper layouts) and those which have allocated sufficient land to street development, including sufficient crossings along an appropriate lengthy network. Those cities that have failed to integrate the multi-functionality of streets tend to have lesser infrastructure development, lower productivity and a poorer quality of life.'"

Source: http://bit.ly/1uXDBmx
Title & Author: "Streets As Public Spaces and Drivers of Urban Prosperity" by Staff


-> According to a May 20th email message from Sophie Goss of Portland State University, "The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) is offering its popular week-long Comprehensive Bike Design & Engineering 1.0 course (http://bit.ly/1l358xf)... which best serves people from communities who are working to implement their first major bicycle master plan.

"Our new course, Comprehensive Bike Design & Engineering 2.0 (http://bit.ly/1duyODO), is aimed at those continuing to work on implementing bicycle facilities and moving their community into the next phase of bicycle friendliness. It has an implementation focus and content that includes in-depth engineering and planning examples of bikeway design and innovation... 

"Each course will provide approximately 32 hours of training which equals 32 CMs (AICP) or 32 PDHs and a limited number of scholarships are available (http://bit.ly/1m2wDYw)!"


-> According to the May 8-80 Cities Newsletter, "How we live and move impacts our health. Over a period of decades, we have removed physical activity from people's lives including designing communities that require the use of cars. Currently, obesity and physical inactivity cost the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area (GTHA) $4 billion a year. Diabetes-related medical costs attributable to inactivity are over $550 million each year with over 12,500 new cases of diabetes occurring annually due to inactivity. Over the next 20 years, the population in the GTHA is projected to grow by another 2.2 million people. This is equivalent to adding the populations of the cities of Montreal and Vancouver into the GTHA.

"A great report from the Medical Officers of Health in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area: 'Improving Health by Design in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area': (http://bit.ly/1k4JoSV)"

Source: http://bit.ly/1m3th7w
Title & Author: "We have a BIG PROBLEM. One Solution: Improving Health By Design: CAPTURING ECONOMIC VALUE TO FUND TRANSPORTATION" by Staff


-> According to a May 19th TRB blurb, "Using the Economic Value Created by Transportation to Fund Transportation (http://bit.ly/1i2HhKA) presents information on financing mechanisms used by transportation agencies to capture a portion of the economic value created by public investment in transportation infrastructure to fund transportation improvements. 

"The report provides an overview of ten types of 'value capture' mechanisms and presents case examples of how transportation agencies have used these mechanisms to help fund specific highway projects."

Source: http://bit.ly/1vDZcRe
Title & Author: "Using the Economic Value Created by Transportation to Fund Transportation" by Staff


-> According to a May 15th NPR post, "The Skylock can let you share your bike with others — and it'll send you a text if it thinks a thief has his hands on it. A San Francisco startup is launching an online funding campaign for the lock, which is planned for release in 2015. The company says it will begin 'the age of connected cycling.'

"The lock's connection comes via Bluetooth, which a bicycle owner can use to unlock the bike. The lock can also connect via Wi-Fi; it has the ability to send for help if the device believes you've suffered a bad crash. And the lock is powered by built-in solar panels... 'The solar panel is constantly trickle-charging the battery.' Skylock owners can share the lock's pass code with other riders — and set a time limit on their access..."

Source: http://n.pr/1i37x7P
Title & Author: "Solar-Powered Bike Lock Aims To Be The Airbnb Of Bike-Sharing" by Bill Chappell


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:




-> 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 9, 2014, Planning for New and Expanding Bikeshare Systems, Washington, DC.

-> 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 1-3, 2014, Future of Places International, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

-> 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.

-> January 11-5, 2015, Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

-> May 17-20, 2015, American Trails International Trails Symposium, Portland, OR.

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


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American Trails presents the National & International Trails Awards Program to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working to create a system of trails nationally and internationally. Nominations should be made for actions that took place during the period between October 1, 2012 – June 30, 2014.

Deadline: September 15, 2014


The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, a non-profit advocacy and education organization, manages the youth education program Safe Routes Philly (SRP) that introduces cycling and walking as fun, healthy and environmentally friendly activities for all children to enjoy. Since its inception in 2010, SRP has trained over 200 teachers and our pedestrian and bicycle safety lessons have been taught in 132 public and charter schools, reaching 60,000 students. SRP has assisted 18 schools with walkability audits, facilitated the installation of 253 bike racks at 45 public schools, and continues to work with schools to implement encouragement activities, such as bike rodeos, walk to school days, and bike to school days. SRP was recently awarded the 21st Century grant from NBC10 to expand Walking School Bus programs in Philadelphia. The Safe Routes Philly Coordinator will be responsible for continuing this successful program by fulfilling our goals for two City of Philadelphia funding contracts, as well as expanding Walking School Buses.

Deadline: None provided (Job posted May 20,2014)


LiveWell Colorado (LWC) has engaged Witt/Kieffer to conduct a national search for a Chief Executive Officer. As a nonprofit organization LWC is committed to preventing and reducing obesity in Colorado by promoting healthy eating and active living. In addition to educating and inspiring people to make healthy choices, LiveWell Colorado focuses on policy, environmental and lifestyle changes that remove barriers and increase access to healthy behaviors. Working in partnership with obesity prevention initiatives across the state, LWC aims to provide every Coloradan with access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity in the places they live, work, learn and play. We seek a Chief Executive Officer who can solidify LWC's position as the "top of mind" organization for any initiatives relative to healthy eating and active living. With a highly engaged coalition across the state, LiveWell Colorado has the opportunity to become a national model for the prevention of obesity and a national reputation for achievements in collective impact and convergence.

Deadline: None provided



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