#358 Wednesday, June 4, 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.
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-> Recently, David Leyzerovsky of Project for Public Spaces spent some time with Gabriel McMorland of Pittsburgh to discuss how that city is addressing accessibility challenges for its residents. Gabriel is the co-founder of Pittsburgh’s Accessibility meetup group and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Urban Studies program. He will be presenting a workshop on accessibility at Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014.
David: "Help us understand the experience of a person with mobility impairments when it comes to accessing transportation, employment, social services, and being a member of the community.
Gabe: "I think we all share the goal that everyone in the city should have full independence and a full range of possibility and choices available to them. When we build places and pathways for people, they need to be accessible. When they are not, we are excluding people from participating in the social or economic activity that is going on in that space. People with disabilities do not just need to go to a few specific places, like the hospital – if you can think of something people like to do, then there is probably someone with a disability who likes it too...
David: "How do you make accessibility relevant to an able-bodied person? Do you have different messages for different audiences?
Gabe: "There are two audiences: people who make decisions and the general public. I think the shared message to both groups of people is about making places that are inclusive to all people and places that allow people to have the most choice and most independent experience that the city may offer.
"We want to make sure that people in wheelchairs and blind people can cross the street. The tragedy often is not that people have a disability, it's that we're not making the rest of the world accessible to that person. I am blind, that is an unfortunate situation, but when I do not feel safe because I need to cross a street, that is not unfortunate, that is poor design..."
For the rest of the interview visit: http://bit.ly/1p5PC5I
[Note: To register for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 go to http://bit.ly/Ss72xH.]
-> According to a June 2nd email message from Christy Kwan of the Alliance for Bicycling and Walking, "Advocacy Advance released a new resource today specifically focused on state revenue sources that can pay for biking and walking projects and programs. While we have been providing the tools and resources about federal funding, many of you have continually asked us if we had information on how can states do the same. Please check our new interactive tool on state revenue sources: http://bit.ly/1nc6OFS (A PDF version of this resource, State Revenue Sources that Fund Bicycling and Walking Projects, is also available on the website.)
"This new resource pulls together information primarily from the League's Bicycle Friendly State program and SSTI's State and Local Transportation Revenue Sources survey. You can learn about different revenue types (like development impact fees, license plates, lottery revenues, and vehicle registration fees) that may already exist in your state, as well as see how other states have implemented them. As a bonus, where applicable, we've included sample campaign plans from other advocates who have successfully won biking and walking dollars from that revenue type..."
-> According to the abstract of a May 30th FHWA post, "In 2005, the United States Congress directed the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to develop the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP). The program provided over $25 million in contract authority to four pilot communities (Columbia, Missouri; Marin County, California; Minneapolis area, Minnesota; and Sheboygan County, Wisconsin) for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and nonmotorized programs.
"This report (Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program: Continued Progress in Developing Walking and Bicycling Networks - May 2014 Report: http://1.usa.gov/1mQCu25) summarizes the progress and results of the NTPP from August 2005 through December 2013, updating and expanding upon the analysis from the Report to the U.S. Congress on the Outcomes of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, submitted by the Federal Highway Administration in April 2012. This report analyzes the results through December 2013 of the NTPP in terms of program implementation, transportation mode shift toward walking and bicycling and associated improvements pertaining to access and mobility, safety and public health, and the environment and energy. From 2007 to 2013, the pilot communities observed an estimated 22.8 percent increase in the number of walking trips and an estimated 48.3 percent increase in the number of bicycling trips. This report examines how the NTPP pilot communities provide examples to other communities interested in implementing and evaluating nonmotorized investments."
-> According to a June 2nd City Lab article, "Not all bike lanes are created equal. A line in the pavement dividing cars from cyclists is nice, but it doesn't provide nearly the comfort of a protected bike lane — a track separated from vehicle traffic by a row of parked cars, or a curb, or at least a line of flexible posts. Cyclists who use protected lanes say they feel safer, and some studies show they truly are safer, with their risk of injury cut in half...
"Today a study team led by Christopher Monsere of Portland State University released a thorough analysis of new protected bike lanes in five major U.S. cities (Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S.: http://bit.ly/1oVhig8). The researchers videotaped the new lanes, conducted local surveys, and gathered data on cycling trends to get a full picture of life in these new corridors — comparing what they found to rider habits before the protected lanes were installed. They found that ridership increased anywhere from 21 to 171 percent, with about 10 percent of new riders drawn from other modes..."
[Note: See June 19 webinar "Separated Bikeways: The New Norm in Bicycle Facilities."]
-> According to a May 22nd European Cyclist Federation News article, "Following the example of its northern neighbours, the French government is considering the introduction of tax incentives for home-work travel by bike. In order to study the potential of a tax-free cycling mileage allowance to increase the number of employees cycling to work, a pilot project comprising selected companies and running until December 2014 has been set up... The main aim of the project is to verify the results of a study published in July 2013 by the French Government's Cycling Coordination Group (Coordination interministérielle pour le développement de l'usage du vélo, CIDUV). The CIDUV came to the conclusion that an obligatory cycling mileage allowance of 0.25 Euro/km (US$0.34) to be paid free of taxes and contributions by all employers would lead to an increase of bike commuting by 50%..."
-> According to a June 3rd League of American Bicyclist release, "With $3,000 in mini-grants in 2014, the League will support new and growing programs to engage young women in bicycling, encourage more moms to ride and advance female leadership in the bike movement... We couldn't be more excited to help propel proven and promising initiatives from Bike Easy, West Town Bikes, Bike Works, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Multicultural Communities for Mobility that are providing job skills, advocacy training, youth engagement, and hands-on expos that are empowering more women, of all ages, to take advance of the many benefits of bicycling..."
-> According to a June 3rd National Center for Safe Routes to School release, "Registration is now open for the 18th Walk to School Day. This annual event in the United States is a part of an international effort to celebrate the many benefits of walking and bicycling to school. Walk to School Day 2014 will take place on Wednesday, October 8... Registering a Walk to School Day event provides organizers access to free, downloadable materials including stickers, certificates and customizable fliers. Registrants can also subscribe to a weekly e-newsletter for four weeks in September and October with tips and resources for organizing a Walk to School Day event..."
[Note: Attend Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place in Pittsburgh, September 8 -11: http://bit.ly/Ss72xH. Find out how South Carolina leads the nation in Walk to School Day participation in the "Walk to School Day Event Success – Growing Participation with a Multi-School Approach" session. Then learn how to extend one-day walk and bike to school events at the "Implementing Safe Routes to School through Innovative Funding and Policy" session by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.]
-> According to a May 29th FHWA post, "The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) added Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Case Studies to the TAP website (http://1.usa.gov/Ss7ImG). These case studies provide a variety of examples of how State DOTs and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) have set up their TAP competitive processes. Each case study covers: overall program descriptions, TAP implementation, challenges, lessons learned, critical factors for success, and contact information."
-> According to a June 2nd Greater Greater Washington article, "The latest draft of DDOT's citywide transportation plan, moveDC (http://bit.ly/1pQLg2c), calls for a massive expansion of transit and cycling facilities throughout the District, plus new tolls on car commuters. If it actually becomes the template for DC's transportation, the plan will be one of America's most progressive...
"MoveDC also includes a huge expansion of trails and bike lanes, especially cycletracks. Under the plan, DC would have a whopping 72 miles of cycletracks crisscrossing all over the city. From South Dakota Avenue to Arizona Avenue to Mississippi Avenue, everybody gets a cycletrack. Meanwhile, moveDC shows major new off-street trails along Massachusetts Avenue, New York Avenue, and the Anacostia Freeway, among others..."
-> According to a June 2nd CityLab article, "...Cooper's Law now exists, and it gives the city the power to suspend or revoke the license of a cabdriver who kills or maims a pedestrian with the right of way on a New York street. This may not sound like a radical idea, but as things stood before the council voted to pass the measure last week, taxi drivers who killed or grievously injured pedestrians faced relatively minor penalties and often could head back out on the streets again with little consequence...
"Cooper's Law is just one part of a significant package of street-safety legislation passed last week by the New York City Council, under the auspices of the ongoing Vision Zero effort. The idea behind Vision Zero, being promoted by Mayor Bill de Blasio, is to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024 through a comprehensive approach to street design, enforcement, and education. It was inspired by Swedish policies dating to the 1990s. De Blasio is expected to sign the package of bills into law. One of the 11 measures passed by New York's council would make it a misdemeanor for any motorist to hit a pedestrian or bicyclist who has the right of way (and yes, that means that it previously was not automatically a criminal offense)..."
[Note: "Vision Zero for Pedestrian Safety: New Thinking from San Francisco and New York" will be one of several safety and enforcement sessions at Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014.]
-> According to the April NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts: Bicyclists and Other Cyclists fact sheet, "In 2012, 726 pedalcyclists were killed and an additional 49,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Pedalcyclist deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities (Table 1), and made up 2 percent of the people injured in traffic crashes during the year...The number of pedalcyclists killed in 2012 is 6 percent higher than the 682 pedalcyclists killed in 2011..."
-> According to a May 29th Public Health Newswire article, "While exercise has long been promoted as the elixir of youth, a large clinical trial conducted partly at Tufts University finally provides strong proof for the claim: It found that elderly people who walked and did basic strengthening exercises on a daily basis were less likely to become physically disabled compared to those who did not exercise regularly. For the study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Effect of Structured Physical Activity on Prevention of Major Mobility Disability in Older Adults: http://bit.ly/1kGKRKy), researchers recruited sedentary people ages 70 to 89 years who had trouble walking more than a quarter-mile. Half of them were randomly assigned to participate in a daily exercise program, and after nearly three years, they had an 18 percent lower risk of losing their walking abilities compared with the others, who were instructed to take health education classes."
-> According to a recently released Austroads report, "This report (Assessment of the Effectiveness of On-Road Bicycle Lanes at Roundabouts in Australia and New Zealand) documents the research undertaken for Austroads on bicycle lanes at roundabouts. An extensive literature review informed empirical data gathering. The literature review revealed strong evidence that bicycle lanes on the approach and within roundabouts are associated with negative safety outcomes. Limited and inconclusive research was found on high-speed, multi-lane roundabouts. The dominant cyclist injury crash type involved a motorist entering a roundabout failing to give way to a circulating cyclist. Cyclists could maximise their safety by tracking closer towards the inscribed island...
"A key conclusion from the research is that new or modified roundabouts would ideally either have equitable speeds, or provide for cyclists so that they don't have to enter the circulating carriageway. The tangential roundabout design philosophy of English-speaking countries maximises capacity, whilst the radial design philosophy of continental European countries maximises safety of all users. Other useful geometric elements are vertical deflection, horizontal deflection, and tighter approach radii. Strong evidence was found that lane markings that encourage cyclists to ‘claim the lane' (for example sharrows) can be effective and are recommended where speeds are equitable..."
-> According to the Transportation Research Board's recently released Call for Papers for its 94th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC January 11-15, 2015, "The TRB Committee on Transportation Issues in Major U.S. Cities invites papers that further explore and seek the understand the gender gap in urban bicycling. Many cities in the United States have seen an exponential growth in bicycling over the last decade. That being said, most of the growth has occurred among men as the share of bicycle trips taken by women in the US fell from 33% to 24%, and bike mode share by women remained at 0.5%. For men, bike mode share rose from 1.2% to 1.6%. As cities and urban areas across the U.S. begin to focus their efforts on increasing bicycle mode share, it is important that they address the gender gap in bicycling, enabling the bicycle mode share growth to be present and accessible to a diverse population.
"We are seeking papers that investigate this issue, focusing on areas including, but not limited to:
Deadline: August 1, 2014
-> According to the Transportation Research Board's recently released Call for Papers for its 94th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC January 11-15, 2015, "The TRB Transportation and Sustainability Committee (ADD40) is soliciting papers that highlight international sustainable transportation best practices, with an emphasis on those practices that have a particular application to the transportation system in the United States. Papers addressing the transportation-related UN Sustainable Development Goals that came out of the Rio +20 conference are encouraged..."
Deadline: August 1, 2014
-> According to the Transportation Research Board's recently released Call for Papers for its 94th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC January 11-15, 2015, "Advances in data gathering technology have presented the opportunity to automatically collect data on non-motorized modes of travel. This presents data management opportunities and challenges. Although data collection programs for motorized travel have been operating for the last few decades, do they provide an adequate framework that is transferable to the field of non-motorized modes? What circumstances, such as the effect of weather, influence non-motorized travel and make it unique from the motorized side of travel? How can lessons learned from collecting and managing motorized data programs be leveraged in developing national, regional and local non-motorized data programs?..."
Deadline: August 1, 2014
[See also Calls for Papers on Research in School Transportation (http://bit.ly/1iTmDx1); Goods Movement in Active Urban Communities (http://bit.ly/1uhhK8m); Livable Arterials: An Oxymoron or Urban Elixir? (http://bit.ly/1ncWOfF); Design for Intermodal Transit Facilities (http://bit.ly/1uhisT2); and First and Last Mile Access of Rail Transit (http://bit.ly/1o8Ykk3) among other topics.]
-> According to a May 29th FHWA post, "TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis Program has issued a request for letters of interest (LOI) to synthesize pedestrian treatments (Traffic Control Device Application at Pedestrian Crossings, NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 46-10: http://bit.ly/1hygYBS). Doing so will enable engineers to make objective safety and operational design-decisions at intersections and crossings in a uniform and consistent manner. Letters of interest are due by August 15, 2014."
"Drive if you want and you must, but let's not make that necessarily the best and easiest way to get around.
"When I came into office, we were putting $50,000 a year into bikeways, and in our budget last year we had over $2 million a year going into bikeways, and this year it will be more. At the same time, our budgets have gone down. It's a matter of reprioritizing to give our community what they want. In one year bicycle use in our city went up 27%."
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VIDEOS: SNOWPLOW OPERATOR'S VIEW OF CLEARING YELLOWSTONE & GLACIER NATIONAL PARKS' ROADS
Visitors to places like Glacier or Yellowstone National Parks sometimes ask why it takes so long to get park roads open for the summer. The popular Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier, for example, may not open in some years until late June. If you've wondered about those schedules, a number of short videos that offer interviews with road crews and first-hand views from the cabs of snowplows will provide a bit of perspective.
If you're looking for an incredible springtime bike ride in the national parks, head to Yellowstone National Park, where you can pedal between West Yellowstone, Montana, and Mammoth Hot Springs in April without sharing the road with private vehicles: http://bit.ly/UaMUSf
Portions of Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road remain open all year and provide access to many locations and activities. The earliest the Going-to-the-Sun Road could be accessible for its entire length is June 20, 2014. Our plowing status page provides information on where plows are working: http://bit.ly/1hyxbH3. To see current hiker/biker access go to: http://bit.ly/S7Cfpm.
WEBINAR "Accessing the Census Transportation Planning Products"
Date: June 6, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (See related June 26 webinar)
WEBINAR "Safe States Pedestrian Injury Prevention Training and Mini-Grant Opportunity"
Date: June 11, 2014. Part 1: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. Part 2: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
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
LIVE-STREAM REPORT RELEASE "Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros"
Date: June 17, 2014, 2:00 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 "What's Walking Got to Do with It? A Look at the Economic and Social Impact of Walkability"
Date: June 19, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "The National Physical Activity Plan: How Cities, Towns and Counties Can Take Action to Increase Physical Activity"
Date: June 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Accessing the CTPP (Census Transportation Planning Products) Data"
Date: June 26, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Applying Foundations of Mountain Trail Sustainability to a Trail Network" (1st in series of 3: Part 2 to be scheduled in August, Part 3 to be scheduled in December)
Date: June 26, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
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)
WEBINAR "Active Transportation and Complete Streets Evaluation"
Date: July 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Improving Pedestrian Crossing Safety at Uncontrolled Locations"
Date: July 17, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Livability and Level of Service: Making the Connection"
Date: July 22, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Accessible Routes-Advanced Session"
Date: August 7, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
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)
-> According to a May 29th FHWA post, "The updated Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Land Use Toolkit (http://1.usa.gov/1hYGxXj) provides examples of a wide array of tools and approaches that practitioners employ to integrate transportation and land use, including: 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."
-> According to a late spring VTPI News article, "‘Multi-Modal School Transportation Planning: Part 1 and Part 2' (http://bit.ly/1kwVQLa), by Todd Litman for the American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities. These lesson plans explore why and how to improve school walking and cycling access, and how to evaluate these benefits and communicate them to school decision-makers.
"... Part I of the Multi-Modal School Transportation Planning Series... explores why and how to improve school walking and cycling access, and how to communicate these benefits to school decision-makers... The lesson describes ways to evaluate active transport conditions, identify barriers to walking and cycling, and practical ways to improve student safety.
"... Part II of the Multi-Modal School Transportation Planning series may be used to develop an integrated walking and cycling improvement program that may include facility improvements, parent coordination, safety education, and promotion campaigns. The various benefits from improving walking and cycling conditions are identified. Information is discussed to help school leaders use levels-of-service indicators, field surveys, and user questionnaires to evaluate sidewalks, crosswalks, paths and roadway conditions, plus support facilities such as bicycle parking."
-> According to the May 30th SafeTREC Newsletter, "The SafeTREC-UCTC Research Seminar/Webinar Series has ended for the Spring Semester. We have posted slides and recordings (where they are available) on the SafeTREC eScholarship site at the University of California Digital Library. Here are the presentations and the links where you can find related materials online. The entire archive of research seminar/webinars, dating back to 2012, is located on the SafeTREC Webinar page of the eScholarship site: http://bit.ly/1pQVQpZ.
- Eric Anderson. Bikeways in Berkeley.
-> According to a recent announcement, "The annual Faces of Transportation photography contest is marking its 10th year by adding a video category. Sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the national contest asks State DOT employees and private citizens to send in photographs and videos of people, projects, and personal experiences that demonstrate the benefits of transportation.
"This year's competition, themed ‘Transportation in America,' includes seven awards. Five will be presented in the photography section and two prizes will be awarded in the video portion of competition... All entries must be received by July 31, 2014..."
-> According to a May 7th NPR blog post, "English inventor Jeff Woolf came up with the idea of the first fold-flat bike helmet after noticing that many cyclists using European bike shares were going helmetless. He discovered that most who shunned helmets did so because they said they were too bulky to be conveniently stowed between rides... Woolf got nearly double his crowdfunding goal of $35,000 last year, and since then he's been trying to perfect a thin, light, safe model. His current design folds to the size of a textbook and is 1.4 inches thick — small enough to tuck away in a laptop bag or stack in a vending machine near bike shares. Before it can be sold in the U.S., it must meet safety standards set by the Consumer Products Safety Commission..."
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 PROPOSALS – 2014 Alliance for Biking and Walking Leadership Retreat, September 5-8, 2014, Antiochian Village Conference Center (about an hour outside Pittsburgh, PA).
-> CALL FOR PAPERS – Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, January 11-15, 2015, Washington, DC.
-> 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 18-21, 2014, 17th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium, Columbus, OH.
-> 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 17-20, 2014, American Public Works Association Public Works Congress & Exposition, Toronto, Ontario.
-> 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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-> 3-YEAR GRANT – PARTNERSHIPS TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY HEALTH, CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION
The Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) funding opportunity announcement supports implementation of evidenced- and practice-based strategies that address previously-identified community gaps and needs within a defined jurisdiction to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease and related risk factors. In order to reduce heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity, population-based strategies should have both broad reach and moderate to large effects on the following chronic disease risk factors: tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and lack of access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction and management opportunities. Applicants are required to target special efforts toward priority populations at disproportionate risk for chronic diseases or conditions.
Deadline for Letter of Intent: June 5, 2014, 5:00 pm ET
-> 3- YEAR GRANT - RACIAL AND ETHNIC APPROACHES TO COMMUNITY HEALTH, CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION
For 15 years, the CDC REACH program has empowered community members in priority population groups to seek better health, help change local healthcare practices, and mobilize communities to implement evidence-based public health programs to reduce health disparities across a broad range of health conditions. The REACH funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks to strengthen existing capacity to implement locally tailored evidence- and practice-based population-wide improvements in priority populations experiencing chronic disease disparities and associated risk factors and support implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of strategies. This FOA will support effective implementation of existing policy, systems and environmental improvements, and offers opportunities for communities to take comprehensive action to address risk factors contributing to the most common and debilitating chronic conditions. These risk factors include tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition, physical inactivity, and lack of access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction and management opportunities. Two levels of funding will be awarded: Basic Implementation and Comprehensive Implementation.
Deadline for Letter of Intent: June 6, 2014, 5:00 pm ET
-> JOB – COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, ADVENTURE CYCLING ASSOCIATION, MISSOULA, MT
Adventure Cycling Association seeks a creative, well organized, and detail-oriented person to fill the role of Communications Director. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a self-starter with initiative to boost the profile of Adventure Cycling and bike travel nationally and even globally. The ideal candidate will be a team player with outstanding project management skills who works well in a fast-paced environment, meets deadlines and works well under pressure. The candidate will also be creative in brand development and application, as well as public relations. We are looking for individuals who have experience in public relations, marketing, video production, and experience with strategy and management of websites, social-media channels, and e-communications, as well as an enthusiasm for cycling and bicycle travel.
Deadline: Open until filled. Begin reviewing resumes on June 12, 2014
-> JOB – BIYCLE PEDESTRIAN PLANNER, NORTH CENTRAL TX COG, DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TX
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is the MPO in the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area. They seek a Transportation Planner to support the Sustainable Development program, specifically in the area of Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordination. This position will conduct activities related to multi-modal corridor studies, bicycle/pedestrian planning and studies, parking and demographic analysis, bicycle counts, safety education, data collection, mapping, grant administration, Context Sensitive Design/Complete Streets, and urban design/landscaping.
-> JOB – BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PROGRAM CONSULTANT - CITY OF AUSTIN, TX
This position will lead the City of Austin's integrated bicycle and pedestrian program on behalf of the Austin Transportation Department. The preferred candidate should demonstrate experience in creating and leading significant bicycle and pedestrian programs, including setting the vision and developing strategic programs. The preferred candidate will also demonstrate experience in leading multidisciplinary technical teams of professionals including engineers, planners and public education professionals in the development of corridor and sub-regional multimodal plans, and associated development process negotiations specific to adherence with bicycle and pedestrian related plans, policies, and best practices.
Deadline: June 16, 2014
-> JOB - SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS SITE COORDINATOR, TRANSFORM, OAKLAND, CA
TransForm works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. At the state level, they lead efforts to increase funding for public transportation and to ensure that California's climate change laws also create more walkable communities, promote affordable homes and save open space. TransForm has also launched innovative programs that increase the number of children walking and biking safely to school and engage people in planning for great communities. TransForm seeks an experienced, highly organized individual with good communication skills to collaborate with our team in implementing our Safe Routes to Schools campaign in selected schools throughout Alameda County, with a strong concentration in the communities of Hayward, San Lorenzo, and San Leandro. (No deadline provided)
-> JOB – PROJECT MANAGER, RAILS-TO-TRAILS CONSERVANCY, PHILADELPHIA, PA REGION
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to create healthier places for healthier people. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) works and advocates at local, state and national levels for policies that support trails and greenways for transportation, recreation, conservation and as an integral part of livable communities. The Project Manager will be responsible for coordinating RTC's role with projects of national significance in the Northeast Region. Currently the main focus is the Circuit – Philadelphia's regional trail system. The Circuit is a 750-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. To date 250+ miles have been built. The Project Manager will serve on multiple Circuit committees and manage communication and tasks between RTC staff and members of the Circuit. (No deadline provided)
-> 12 JOBS – FEHR & PEERS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Fehr & Peers specializes in providing transportation planning and engineering services to public and private sector clients. They emphasize the development of creative, cost-effective, and results-oriented solutions to planning and design problems associated with all modes of transportation. Fehr & Peers has 12 openings for Design Engineers, Planners, and Engineer/Planners in its Denver, CO; Southern California; San Jose, CA; Oakland, CA; Walnut Creek, CA; and Roseville, CA offices.
-> 10 JOBS & 3 INTERNSHIPS – ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is an international consulting firm with a mission to create active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities. They specialize in bicycle, pedestrian, trail, park, greenway, and roadway planning, design, and implementation in addition to outreach and education programs.
Alta Planning + Design is seeking 5 designers for its Portland, OR; Oakland, CA; and St. Louis, MO offices. It seeks 3 planners for its California region (Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego); Portland, OR; and Oakland, CA offices plus a Planner/Designer/Engineer for its Saratoga Springs, NY office. Alta also seeks interns in San Diego, CA; Baltimore, MD; and St. Louis, MO. (No deadlines provided)
-> 5 JOBS – TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Toole Design Group is an exciting and growing consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC with a national reputation for excellence in urban planning and design. Their work includes a wide variety of multi-modal transportation planning and design projects at the local, state and national level – including complete streets, multi-use trails, streetscapes, multi-modal traffic analysis and signal design, and other similar types of projects. Their work also includes roadway, trail, bikeway and pedestrian facility design; expert consultation with state DOTs on non-motorized transportation issues, federal research, and a wide variety of master planning projects for local and regional governments throughout North America.
Toole Design Group is hiring 2 Planner positions in their Washington, DC and Seattle, WA offices. They are also hiring 2 Civil Engineers in their Washington, DC and Madison, WI offices plus a Regional Engineering Director in their Seattle, WA office. (No deadlines provided)
-> INTERNSHIP – TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND ENGINEERING INTERN CITY OF REDMOND, WA
This Transportation Planning and Engineering Division intern will assist City of Redmond staff to plan and deliver multimodal transportation projects and programs in this growing community and regional jobs center. Major projects underway include the Overlake Village transit-oriented development, the arrival of East Link light rail, and the development of Downtown into a mixed use urban center. The intern will collect data on transportation facilities and conditions and enter them into databases, interpret data to create maps and reports, conduct research on transportation policy and related issues, and support departmental planning efforts.
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