#359 Wednesday, June 18, 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.

----- PWPBPP 2014 - Conference Week at-a-Glance
----- New Report: Ranking Walkable Urban Places
----- Brain Injury Rate Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing
----- Head Injuries Actually Fell in Bike-Share Cities
----- Sobering Cyclist Fatality Data Tracking Report
----- Cities & Counties Want More Fed $ & More Say in $ Decisions
----- Evaluation of Protected Bike Lanes (Cycle Tracks)
----- Urban Streets Design Guide Endorsements
----- Online Guides to ADA and ABA Standards

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Milwaukee (WI) Street Performances Raise Crossing Safety Awareness
----- New TXDOT Director Preaches Multi-modal
----- Fargo (ND) Great Rides Bikeshare
----- Kansas City (MO) Women’s Bike Summit Success
----- Sidewalk Replacement & Tree Loss in Minneapolis (MN)
----- Boston (MA): Seniors & Teens Working Together on Ped Safety
----- Wisconsin Trails Projects Funding in Jeopardy
----- Four Reasons Why Portland Became a Cyclists’ Utopia
----- Pittsburgh Transformed

----- FHWA Ped Bike Research Agenda Begins in June
----- Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes
----- Public Health - Transportation Policy Gap
----- Building Local Agency Capacity for Public Engagement

----- Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide
----- Regional Planning, Tea Party & Property Rights Activism
----- Techies Show Off What They Can Do with Bike Data
----- Applying GPS Data to Understand Travel Behavior
----- Transportation Planning To Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
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by Mark Plotz

-> Our next issue of CenterLines (July 2) will announce the full conference program. If you have already registered for the conference, be on the lookout for an email from us with a sneak peek at the full program. Our Early Summer registration period ends on July 11 so act now to get the best rate: http://www.prowalkprobike.org.

It will be a busy week in Pittsburgh. Here's a sampling of some of the meetings and trainings happening around the conference:

  • Alliance Leadership Retreat (Sept 5-8). http://bit.ly/1phs4vc
  • Public Bike Share Coordinators Meeting (Sept 7-8). North American Bike-Share Association. Contact Parry Burnap (parrywburnap@gmail.com) for more information.
  • Placemaking Leadership Council (Sept 7-8). Project for Public Spaces. http://www.pps.org/about/pittsburgh/
  • National Complete Streets Coalition Workshop on Implementation (Sept 8, 1-5 pm). See the conference registration form for a description. http://www.prowalkprobike.org
  • NACTO Bikeway Design Training (Sept 8, 8 am - 5 pm). See the conference registration form for a description. http://www.prowalkprobike.org
  • State Coordinators Meetings for state B/P, TAP, and SRTS coordinators (Sept 8, 8 am - 5 pm)
  • Safe Routes to School National Partnership lunch (Sept 10, noon). Please RSVP at http://goo.gl/ergc5c.

Finally, bicycles and youth empowerment in Pittsburgh: a profile of Positive Spin. http://bit.ly/1ng8qvf


-> According to a recent Smart Growth America article, "Across the country, U.S. metros are racing to dominate the walkable urban places (WalkUPs) market... This report, (Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros: http://bit.ly/1iiyaLE) conducted by LOCUS identifies each metro’s WalkUPs and ranks the top 30 U.S. metropolitan areas based on their current and future commercial real estate metrics. The report is an updated version of a 2007 survey by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, which compared the economic performance of metropolitan areas’ walkable urban places to their drivable sub-urban counterparts, based on selected commercial real estate metrics. This report will show who’s winning, who’s in transition, and who’s lagging behind in the race towards capturing the market demand for WalkUPs..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1jQq4nI
Title & Author: "Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros" by Staff


-> According to a June 12th NPR story, "... A group of Canadian and American researchers wondered what effect bike-share systems had on the frequency of brain injuries. And they came up with a way to look at the potential problem. (Public Bicycle Share Programs and Head Injuries: http://bit.ly/1pgoaTU) They analyzed data on the treatment of serious brain injuries at trauma centers in five cities before and after bike-sharing programs were started. The data were lumped together for Montreal, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Boston and Miami Beach, Fla. For comparison, the researchers also looked at five cities that didn't have bike-sharing during the study period, including Milwaukee and Seattle.

"The proportion of head injuries attributed to bike accidents increased in cities after they implemented bike-sharing programs. Overall, there was a 14 percent greater risk of bicycle-related head injuries in people admitted to trauma centers after sharing programs were implemented. There was no increase seen in the control cities..."

Source: http://n.pr/1qcb6OT
Title & Author: "Brain Injury Rate Rose In Cities After Bike-Sharing Rolled Out" by Scott Hensley


-> According to a June 16th CityLab article, "Late last week, several media outlets ran stories on a study published in the American Journal of Public Health that allegedly showed head injuries increasing in cities with bike-share programs. Kay Teschke, who studies city cycling at the University of British Columbia, read the news with great interest. Then she read the actual journal publication, and her interest changed to alarm. "When I actually looked at the data, I thought, oh my goodness, the injuries actually went down,' she says. 'In the bike-share cities, the total number of injuries went down, and the number of head injuries went down.'

"So what happened here?..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1vPKd5Z
Title & Author: "Head Injuries Didn't Rise in Bike-Share Cities. They Actually Fell. In fact, head injuries declined about 14 percent after cities started bike-sharing programs" by Eric Jaffe


-> According to a May 21st League of American Bicyclists article, "For a 12-month period, we set about the grim task of tracking and documenting every fatal traffic crash involving a bicyclist captured by relevant internet search terms. We also wanted to offer a place to remember the victims and raise the hope that their deaths would at least inform efforts to prevent such tragedies in the future. The result was the Every Bicyclist Counts initiative: http://bit.ly/1pHWHft... Over the course of the project we documented 628 fatal bike crashes, a high percentage of the official number of such fatalities recorded by federal authorities... (Bicyclist Safety Must be a Priority: Findings from a year of Fatality Tracking –and the Urgent Need for Better Data: http://bit.ly/ST2Gzy)

"We wanted to explore how and why these crashes were happening, how they were reported, what was done as a result of the crashes, if blame was assigned, how the motorists were treated, and whether or not there were any consequences for their actions if they were deemed to be at fault in any way. The results are sobering, eye-opening, and critically helpful in informing the current debate about the need for a non-motorized traffic safety performance measure..." 

Source: http://bit.ly/1jygHKe
Title & Author: "New Report: Every Bicyclist Counts" by Andy

[Note: See The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010 item in the Research Beat below.]


-> According to a June 16th Government Technology article, "Mayors and county officials have two tough missions as they lobby Congress on transportation. First, they want federal lawmakers to find an elusive source of new money so that federal highway and transit funding does not dry up. Second, they want Congress to revisit changes it made two years ago in how that money is divvied up. Local leaders say the changes, instituted under the law called MAP-21, disproportionately hit cities and counties. Under the law, Congress not only cut money available for local roads, it also gave local leaders less say in deciding how federal money should be spent by putting states in charge of more of those decisions.

"Now that the law is about to expire, localities hope Congress will require states to coordinate with local officials when deciding how to spend the money... The 2012 federal law put more money toward big highways and less toward local roads. It cut money for bridges and roads that are not part of the National Highway System by 30 percent. Local governments own more than half of those smaller roads. The law also gives states a greater role in determining how to spend federal money on everything from run-down bridges to bike lanes and sidewalks..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1nOnjsb
Title & Author: "Localities Want More Say in Transportation Spending" by Daniel C. Vock


-> According to the abstract of a June Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium report, Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S. "This report presents finding from research evaluating U.S. protected bicycle lanes (cycle tracks) in terms of their use, perception, benefits, and impacts. This research examines protected bicycle lanes in five cities: Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; and Washington, D.C., using video, surveys of intercepted bicyclists and nearby residents, and count data. A total of 168 hours were analyzed in this report where 16,393 bicyclists and 19,724 turning and merging vehicles were observed. These data were analyzed to assess actual behavior of bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers to determine how well each user type understands the design of the facility and to identify potential conflicts between bicyclists, motor vehicles and pedestrians...

"A measured increase was observed in ridership on all facilities after the installation of the protected cycling facilities, ranging from +21% to +171%. Survey data indicates that 10% of current riders switched from other modes, and 24% shifted from other bicycle routes... No collisions or near-collisions were observed over 144 hours of video review for safety at intersections, including 12,900 bicyclists..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1ndUD8S
Title & Author: "Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S." by Chris Monsere, Jennifer Dill, Nathan McNeil, Kelly Clifton, et al.

[At Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place, learn from the best in the "State of the Lane: Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S." session. You will hear the latest on best practices, designs, research, trends and lessons.]


-> According to a June 11th Urban Land Institute release, "The Urban Land Institute, a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and creating sustainable communities, is endorsing the Urban Street Design Guide (http://bit.ly/1hnxspm), published last year by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). The guide embraces the unique and complex challenge of designing urban streets, aiming to make streets safe for people whether they are walking, biking, using transit, or driving.

"The guide's emphasis on making alternative transportation modes accessible and safe reflects a trend toward making cities more people-friendly and less car-centric, according to ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. 'Great cities start with great streets,' he said. 'The Urban Street Design Guide upends long-held notions about how people get around in cities, and offers practical, well-thought recommendations on how to make streets more inviting. ULI is pleased to endorse the publication as a useful tool in the creation of cities that are economically prosperous, environmentally conscious and highly livable.'"

Source: http://on.uli.org/1snDx0C
Title & Author: "'Great Cities Start With Great Streets': ULI Endorses Urban Street Design Guide from National Association of City Transportation Officials" by Robert Krueger

[Note: A recent NACTO release (http://bit.ly/1oEE4K3) notes 6 states and nearly 40 large and mid-sized communities plus the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals have also endorsed the Urban Street Design Guide.]

[To learn more about how practitioners are transforming streets across the country, go to the "NACTO's Urban Street Design Guide: Changing the DNA of City Streets" session at Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place 2014.]


-> According to a May/June Access Currents newsletter article, "In April, the Board released the first installment of a series of online guides to the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards. The Guide to the ADA Standards (http://1.usa.gov/1lDQgZX) covers design requirements that apply to places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities subject to the ADA in new construction, alterations, and additions. The Guide to the ABA Standards (http://1.usa.gov/1r66nOr) addresses similar standards that apply under the ABA to facilities that are designed, constructed, altered, or leased with federal funds.

"The released guides cover the first three chapters of the standards, including application and use of the standards (Chapter 1), scoping in new construction, alterations, and additions (Chapter 2), and basic '"building block' technical provisions (Chapter 3). In addition, there is a series of animations that address wheelchair maneuvering, doors and entrances, and accessible toilet and bathing facilities. Future installments to the guides will be published as they become available. Users can sign-up to receive email updates on the release of new technical guides in the series."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/ULchdJ
Title & Author: "Online Guide to the ADA and ABA Standards Available" by Staff



-> According to a May 2nd JS Online article, "It's a familiar experience in Milwaukee: Bells clang, giant poles drop in front of cars to bring them to a halt, and bridges rise over rivers while boats pass through. Seeing ship sails on pavement crosswalks, however, is unexpected. But that was the sight at three south-side intersections Thursday and Friday as part of 'Crossings,' street performances staged in crosswalks during 20-second red lights to draw attention to pedestrian safety, especially for seniors.

"Artists dressed in rain slickers and captain's hats were joined by seniors, caregivers, volunteers, public officials and even passers-by to form a conceptual boat of sorts that crossed the street while participants sang sea shanties and held signs that read 'Thank you for seeing and stopping' and 'This performance will end in 20 seconds.' When the walk signal lighted up, performers pranced with knees high into the street, lowering giant poles made of PVC pipe like the bars of a drawbridge. Then other performers and participants processed through carrying flags and ship sails overhead...

"The performances were part of a larger, multiyear project called 'Islands of Milwaukee' that is designed to connect isolated seniors through artistic projects. Artists are embedded in existing programs for seniors, like meal delivery programs and adult day centers. The older adults were polled about dangerous intersections; the results helped the group identify the intersections for this week's street interventions..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1uCwvAR
Title & Author: "Street performances steer focus to pedestrian safety" by Mary Louise Schumacher 


-> According to a June 13th Community Impact Newsletter article, "Although he has only been on the job about a month and a half with the Texas Department of Transportation, [Executive Director] Joe Weber is already urging change for the future of transportation in Texas, including railway, transit integration and research into new technologies. 'I know that multi-modal, some people don't like to hear that, but there's a reason that our great legislature said in Austin in the 1990s, 'You're not the Texas Highway Department anymore. You're the department of transportation,'' Weber said. 'Because [in] transportation, we have to think multi-modal. That means a culture change.'...

"Although Weber praised the roadway projects currently ongoing across the state, he said he questioned whether adding more lanes to major thoroughfares, such as I-45, I-10 and I-35, would address the needs of the state 40-50 years in the future. Weber said integration of roads, rail, port and transit will be key to the future of transportation across the state. He urged attendees to envision the future in 40 years and what the transportation needs will be for a state that could double in population during that time..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1qboUZS
Title & Author: "Weber preaches 'multi-modal' for future of Texas transportation" by Matt Stephens


-> In a June 14th email message from Justin Kristan announces, "North Dakota State University in partnership with several private businesses and the City of Fargo have put together a private non-profit partnership to fund ten bike stations to be distributed on the campus of North Dakota State University and downtown Fargo. For more details: http://bit.ly/1lCw3S9"


-> According to a recent Bike Walk KC post, "Thank you to all the women that came to the KC Women's Bike Summit and made this event a huge success. We are humbled and honored that over 150 women (and a few men) filled the seats and halls of the Kauffman Foundation. More than half of you biked to the conference, and we had a great group of kids (future advocates) participate in the activities. We learned so much from you - we listened intentionally, because we are trying to solve a problem and can't do it without your input.

"We asked you about the barriers to biking in KC and the top two responses were:
1. A lack of confidence; and
2. The lack of a network..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1i9yigB
Title & Author: "Thanks to those who attended the KC Women's Bike Summit" by Staff


-> According to a June CTS Catalyst article, "Last June a windstorm toppled about 1,800 trees in Minneapolis. Many of the fallen trees were in boulevards (the area between sidewalks and streets) rather than in yards. This raised concerns that recent sidewalk replacement—and resulting severed tree roots—had been a factor. To better understand the higher-than- normal losses, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) turned to the U's Urban Forestry Outreach, Research and Extension lab...the lab studied damaged and undamaged trees along the storm's path. The data set included 3,076 trees, of which 367 were total failures (tipped or partially tipped) due to the storm.

"'The major finding is that replacing the sidewalk increased the odds of root failure by 2.24 times,' Johnson says...When combined with replacement work, tree species was also a significant factor. Linden trees were most likely to fail, followed by ash, maple, and elm... Boulevard width was a factor, but only if there was sidewalk replacement. For example, a linden in a four-foot-wide boulevard with damage to its root system from sidewalk replacement had a failure rate of 29.4 percent. The same tree in an eight-foot-wide boulevard had a failure rate of 14.6 percent. Likewise, increases in soil compaction were significantly related to tree failures only when sidewalk replacement work was involved..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1iFBj2S
Title & Author: "Sidewalk replacement contributes to Minneapolis tree loss" by Staff


-> According to a recent Walk Boston Facebook posting, "WalkBoston is working with an intergenerational group of seniors and teens in Brookline, MA on pedestrian safety measures. As detailed in Smart Growth America's Dangerous By Design Report, children under 16 and adults aged 65 or older are disproportionately at risk of traffic-related fatalities while walking. By bringing the two groups together we hope to forge a strong local voice for pedestrians and build new community connections.

"In addition to Brookline, WalkBoston has projects underway or beginning in Fall River, Gloucester and Weymouth to address safe walking for seniors."

Source: http://on.fb.me/U9h4VF
Title & Author: "Seniors & Teens Working Together on Ped Safety" by Staff


-> According to a June 17th Ledger Telegram article, "The cities of Altoona, Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire are in danger of losing grant funding for trail projects in each municipality. The state Department of Transportation notified municipalities on May 30 that they must move forward with 56 projects administered through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) or risk losing funds that were previously awarded for the projects...State law requires TAP projects to begin within four years of the grant award date, or by July 2, whichever is later. Projects that originally were approved as far back as 1998 through 2010 could be affected..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1vPnVkz
Title & Author: "State grant funds for trail projects in jeopardy" by Christina F. Obrien


-> According to a June 11th Grist article, "...While Portland has a reputation for being the most uber-millennial of millennial cities, it's not that different from your average American college town. Bicycling in cities has been on the rise for years now; what made Portland so ready for it, when bicyclists in other cities have had to struggle? I did some digging, and came up with a few theories.

  • Portland had a head start: In the early '60s, revolts against unwanted highway construction began to break out in cities all across the U.S. Portland was one of those cities, but it became especially noteworthy for taking federal funds that had been meant for highways and appropriating them for other things, like transit.
  • Portland's city structure made it easier for cyclists to gain political power: ... In the late '80s, the city's transportation commissioner and bicycle program manager set out to implement a master bike plan for the city and make it happen by actually enforcing the Bike Bill.
  • Portland has politicians who are also bikers...
  • Portlanders go to meetings..."

Source: http://bit.ly/T6AcCP
Title & Author: "Four reasons why Portland became a cyclists' utopia'" by Heather Smith


-> According to a May 22nd PopCity article, "With a culture of collaboration, a willingness to change and a focus on creating the kind of urban environment that attracts creative talent, the Steel City (Pittsburgh) has moved from gritty to green and is now poised for the next wave of growth...Over 30 years have passed since the city's iconic steel mills began to shut down, and the Pittsburgh of today has been that long in the making. A combination of factors, including collaboration across industries, a willingness to change and a keen awareness of creating a good quality of life for citizens, have turned a one-industry town into a city of opportunity.

"A culture of collaboration has sowed the seeds for renewal in Pittsburgh. A host of partners came together to turn the giant ship of the city's economy and steer it beyond steel and rust. 'Participatory leadership across all levels, civic, political and corporate, have combined to enable the city to focus on specific activities for improvement and get the job done,' says J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust...

"Newly elected Mayor Bill Peduto set a mandate to attract 20,000 new residents to move to Steel City proper in the next 10 years. These new residents will likely be younger, educated and ethnically diverse, thereby contributing to the rise of a stronger urban middle class..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1l1L9AJ
Title & Author: "What smart cities can learn from Pittsburgh" by Erin Keane Scott

[Also at this page see links to intriguing things to do and see in Pittsburgh, host of Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014.]



-> According to a June MAP-21 Research Quarterly Newsletter article, "...FHWA Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty's pedestrian and bicycle research agenda supports both Federal and State-level bicycle projects with new research slated to begin in early June. The efforts demonstrate FHWA's commitment to safety and the focus on pedestrian and bicycle networks in DOT's strategic plan. The research projects include:

  • Flexibility in Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Design will provide examples of appropriate facility design flexibility that FHWA called for in its Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design Flexibility memorandum (http://1.usa.gov/1fXLjTi). The report will emphasize how design flexibility can help meet other goals such as safety, pedestrian and bicycle network creation, community resiliency, economic development, Context Sensitive Solutions, Green Streets, and livability.
  • The Multimodal Conflict Points project will provide planning and design solutions needed in locations where various transportation modes come together...
  • The Strategic Action Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation will establish a framework for pedestrian and bicycle planning, design and research efforts in the next five years...
  • The Workbook on Building On-Road Bicycle Networks through Routine Resurfacing Programs will assist communities in jump starting on-road bicycle network creation by capturing opportunities as part of the routine resurfacing process...
  • The Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures will provide context for informed pedestrian and bicycle performance measure discussions at the local, regional, State, and national level..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1niUAK6
Title & Author: "Secretary Foxx Talks Bicycle Lanes" by Staff


-> According to the abstract of a May NHTSA report, The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010, "In 2010, there were 32,999 people killed, 3.9 million were injured, and 24 million vehicles were damaged in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The economic costs of these crashes totaled $277 billion. Included in these losses are lost productivity, medical costs, legal and court costs, emergency service costs (EMS), insurance administration costs, congestion costs, property damage, and workplace losses... These figures include both police-reported and unreported crashes. When quality of life valuations are considered, the total value of societal harm from motor vehicle crashes in 2010 was $871 billion. Public revenues paid for roughly 9 percent of all motor vehicle crash costs, costing tax payers $24 billion in 2010, the equivalent of over $200 in added taxes for every household in the United States...

"The report also includes data on the costs associated with motorcycle crashes, failure to wear motorcycle helmets, pedestrian crash, bicyclist crashes, and numerous different roadway designation crashes."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1vObwgT
Title & Author: "The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010" by Lawrence Blincoe, Ted R. Miller, Eduard Zaloshnja & Bruce A. Lawrence


-> According to a June 2nd UC Denver release, "A new study from the University of Colorado Denver (Community-Based Advocacy at the Intersection of Public Health and Transportation: The Challenges of Addressing Local Health Impacts within a Regional Policy Process: http://bit.ly/1lxSMQT) shows public health issues are often ignored in many transportation projects, especially when major roads are built through lower-income neighborhoods. Air pollution, crime and numerous traffic hazards, the study said, point to a serious and persistent gap between public health and planning. 'The public health effects of heavy traffic are broad,' said study author Carolyn McAndrews, PhD, assistant professor at the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning, one of the largest schools of its kind in the U.S.

"'Studies have found associations between high-traffic roads and high mortality rates, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, poor birth outcomes and traffic-related injuries.' McAndrews said that since many neighborhoods along these major roads tend to be non-white and poor, it was time to start viewing this as a social justice issue..."

Source: http://bit.ly/SsYxlK
Title & Author: "Study shows gap between public health and transportation policy: Major roads built in poorest areas" by David Kelly


-> According to the abstract of a June CTS Catalyst report, Building Local Agency Capacity for Public Engagement in Local Road Systems Planning and Decision Making (http://bit.ly/1oDxK5q), "Aging infrastructure, changing patterns in road demand, and persistently constrained revenues challenge the sustainability of local road systems. This research is a comparative analysis of public engagement methods for involving stakeholders in decision-making about these complex issues. It is the result of an engaged scholarship project conducted in three Minnesota counties: Beltrami, Dakota, and Jackson.

"This report analyzes qualitative and quantitative data collected from 91 study participants through observations of policy dialogues, media content analysis, interviews, focus groups, and surveys of attitudes about these policy issues and public engagement methods. In-depth case studies of three counties describe the local road policy issues, the public engagement approaches, and their effects. This research identifies convergences and divergences in information and perspectives among stakeholders. Tools developed for addressing the communication gaps are available at http://bit.ly/1nOvFjt. Some public engagement methods allowed study participants to change their perspectives on what road management options were achievable and acceptable. This occurred through active recruitment of diverse stakeholders, focus groups with individuals of similar backgrounds, and a facilitated policy roundtable among all the different stakeholders. An additional finding relates to evaluation measures for public participation, which scholars and practitioners acknowledge are poorly developed. This study documents a fresh perspective by identifying the likes and dislikes of participants in public participation processes about how they are organized."

Source: http://bit.ly/SShheO
Title & Author: "Building Local Agency Capacity for Public Engagement in Local Road Systems Planning and Decision Making" by Kathryn S. Quick, Guillermo Narvaez, Emily Saunoi-Sandgren & Zhirong Zhao


"#HTF: still going broke in August. @SecretaryFoxx: 'It means we could start bouncing checks for roadwork before our kids go back to school.'"
--US DOT Secretary Antony Foxx on the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund

"The nation's highways and byways continue to be under high-stress and bike pathways are one way to address the issue."
--US DOT Secretary Antony Foxx during the Indianapolis kick-off of "Green Lanes", an innovative program to bring dedicated bicycle lanes to six American cities 


How Would You Have Done On The First SAT Ever?

"... When the first SAT exam took place in 1926...the test consisted of nine subsections: definitions, classifications, artificial language, antonyms, analogies, logical inferences, paragraph reading, number series and arithmetical problems. So, how do you think you would have done? Take [The Huffington Post's] quiz to find out!


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 "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
Presenters: TBA
Host: National League of Cities in partnership with America Walks and Smart Growth America
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1x67F0f

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
Presenters: Russell R. Pate (University of South Carolina) & Jim Whitehead (American College of Sports Medicine)
Host: National League of Cities
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1oVob0K

WEBINAR "Accessing the CTPP (Census Transportation Planning Products) Data"

Date: June 26, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: National Highway Institute
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/1tGQIVK

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
Presenters: Hugh Duffy (National Park Service)
Host: American Trails
Cost: $35
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/UaPDLn

WEBINAR "Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in Transportation Planning: What to Expect From Planning and Public Health Stakeholders"

Date: July 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET
Presenters: Nicole Iroz-Elardo (Oregon Health Authority)
Host: Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1peOmMM

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 "Active Transportation and Complete Streets Evaluation"

Date: July 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Swati Pande (SafeTREC)
Host: TransForm and Safe Routes to School National Partnership Northern California
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1pQURpv

WEBINAR "Building Urban Trails in Difficult Places"

Date: July 17, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET (Extra charge for .10 CEU)
Presenters: Chuck Flink, FASLA (Greenways Incorporated), Bill Neumann, ASLA, (DHM Design) & Bob Searns
Host: American Trails
Cost: $35 American Trails members / $55 nonmembers
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1kMRLOQ

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 "Livability and Level of Service: Making the Connection"

Date: July 22, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: National Highway Institute
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://1.usa.gov/1ncsAcR

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



-> In a June 13th email message from Christopher Douwes of the FHWA Recreational Trails Program, "The Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide is posted on the Healthy Parks Healthy People webpage (http://1.usa.gov/1uCyTHJ). The eGuide is the first in a digital series to chronicle and share the development of Healthy Parks Healthy People programs in parks and communities across the country."


-> According to a Spring Berkeley Transportation Letter, "...Some might say formulating land use plans for the future, while balancing a variety of transportation and sustainability needs are praiseworthy goals. But as Karen Trapenberg Frick, an adjunct professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and Assistant Director of the University of California Transportation Center reports... praise for regional planners has been in short supply of late.

"In her paper, 'The Actions of Discontent: Tea Party and Property Rights Activists Pushing Back Against Regional Planning' (http://bit.ly/1niTpuh), she presents two case studies, one focused on the San Francisco Bay Area, the other on Atlanta, Georgia, to describe how and why the efforts of regional transportation planners have come under siege...

"Based on her research for this and another related paper, 'The politics of sustainable development opposition: State legislative efforts to stop the United Nation's Agenda 21 in the United States' (http://bit.ly/T6drim), Trapenberg Frick makes several suggestions for how planners can begin to overcome this great and growing divide..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1oDyQy7
Title & Author: "Regional Planning in the New Era of Tea Party and Property Rights Activism" by Staff


-> According to a May 28 Mobility Lab article, "The Transportation Techies Meetup group recently examined the possibilities. Five presentations at our first Bike Hack Night showed the range of what can be done with bike data.

"Ironman Tim Kelley (also a Mobility Lab contributor) showed us how he uses Strava to visualize his bike trips...Tim can use Strava to make a cycling heatmap showing just his own history of bike rides...

"For programmers interested in trail-counter data, Arlington is one of the first jurisdictions to offer an API to access data from its Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters...

"Another type of bike data is where the bike trails are. OpenStreetMap, the Wikipedia of maps, not only lets people access its data, it also lets people contribute trail data...

"Then there's GPS ride art. David Pomeroy showed us how he turns the street-grid into a canvas, by planning bike trips with the goal of making GPS tracks that when viewed are drawings. Below is a 70-mile bike ride in the shape of a tyrannosaurus rex...

"I presented a few of my own JavaScript apps that visualize bike data. The first problem was creating the perfect map of bike shops... But a manually 'curated' map like this is limited to a small region, and it quickly becomes outdated. So another approach is to use an API from a robust database, like Yelp or Google Places. But my Yelp Mapper and Places Mapper reveal the limits of this method: bad matches, missing businesses, and limits to how many shops can be displayed at a time...

"Know of any other cool bike-related apps or data visualizations? Let us know, and we'd love to see it at an upcoming Transportation Techies Meetup! (http://bit.ly/1l1ZZHB)"

Source: http://bit.ly/UKyNn9
Title & Author: "Transportation Techies Show What Can be Done with Bike Data" by Michael Schade

[At Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Walk, check out the "Downloads, Dashboards and Delimited Files: The ABC's of Open Bike Share Data Distribution" session plus poster sessions on techniques for facility data collection in Florida and North Carolina.]


-> According to a June 11th Transportation Research Board post, "TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 775: Applying GPS Data to Understand Travel Behavior, Volume I: Background, Methods, and Tests describes the research process that was used to develop guidelines on the use of multiple sources of Global Positioning System (GPS) data to understand travel behavior and activity..."

"TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 775: Applying GPS Data to Understand Travel Behavior, Volume II: Guidelines is designed to help in using of multiple sources of Global Positioning System (GPS) data to understand travel behavior and activity. The guidelines are intended to provide a jump-start for processing GPS data for travel behavior purposes and provide key information elements that practitioners should consider when using GPS data..."

Source: Volume I: http://bit.ly/1lxpYHX; Volume II: http://bit.ly/1lxqwh0
Title & Author: "Applying GPS Data to Understand Travel Behavior, Volume I: Background, Methods, and Tests" and "Applying GPS Data to Understand Travel Behavior, Volume II: Guidelines" by Staff


-> According to a May FHWA R&T Now article, "The publication, A Performance-Based Approach to Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Transportation Planning (http://1.usa.gov/1vOfoi2), is a practitioner handbook intended to serve as a resource for State departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations interested in addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through performance-based planning and programming (PBPP). Building on related resources addressing PBPP and mobile source emissions analysis, the handbook describes the use of GHG performance measures and other performance management techniques that support investment choices and decision making..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1oDoiis
Title & Author: "Report: A Performance-Based Approach to Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Transportation Planning" by Staff


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:


-> CALL FOR PAPERS – Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, January 11-15, 2015, Washington, DC.
Deadline: August 1, 2014 (Verify deadline for individual topics)


-> 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)

-> June 28-July 11, 2014, Portland State University Delft Summer Program, Sustainable Transportation in The Netherlands, The Netherlands.

-> 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, 2014, 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.


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.


Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant.

The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) joined together to launch Partners for Places. Now a project of the Funders' Network, the grant program was made possible by generous support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the JPB Foundation, Kendeda Fund, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, New York Community Trust, Summit Foundation, and Surdna Foundation.

Deadline: July 3, 2014


The Naples Pathways Coalition, Inc. (NPC) is a growing not-for-profit organization with a tax exempt 501(c)(3) designation. NPC advocates for a fully integrated and safe pedestrian, bicycle and other non-motorized transportation network throughout Naples and Collier County. NPC seeks a halftime executive director to lead and grow the organization, with the opportunity to expand the position to full-time as fundraising success permits. Responsibilities include office administration, advocacy, policy work, public education, regular contact with the media, marketing, fundraising, and outreach throughout the greater Collier County area. The position presents a great opportunity to play a critical role in transforming southwest Florida into a healthier more active region.

Deadline: August 1, 2014


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 a Senior Planner in their Boston, MA office, a Transportation Planner in their Denver office, a Civil Engineer in their Seattle, WA office and a Transportation Programs Coordinator in their Washington, DC office. (No deadlines provided)



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 several planners and design professionals in several of its offices. (No deadlines provided)




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