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#362 Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, a program of Project for Public Spaces. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- PWPBPP 2014: Gil Penalosa Keynote & Mobile Workshop Sign-up
----- Walk Friendly Communities Named, Next Applications open Nov 1
----- Australia Reports Progress on National Cycling Strategy
----- Why don't more African-Americans ride bicycles?
----- Legislation: Use Pre-Tax Commuter Benefit on Bike Share Programs

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- 1st Bike-Ped Access to Kansas River Levee System Opens
----- TN DOT Reinvents How It Interacts w/ Communities
----- Minneapolis/St. Paul (MN) Bike Share Pilot to Create/Support New Cyclists
----- Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Trailer & Bike Lending Library

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----- Changes in Transit, Walk and Bike Commute Shares
----- Bike Share as Public Transit
----- Living Near Bike-Ped Paths = More Exercise
----- Older Adults Desire for Walkable Communities
----- OR DOT Research: Ped-Bike-Specific Data Collection Methods

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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----- Technical Guide for Conducting Pedestrian Safety Assessments
----- Technical Guide for Conducting Bicycle Safety Assessments
----- FHWA Q & A: Design Flexibility for Pedestrian & Bicycle Facilities
----- Regional Planning Organizations: Transportation Planning Across Boundaries
----- Workplace Walking Program Resources & Toolkit

N-E-W-S--S-E-C-T-I-O-N-S
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- The National & International Scene
- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
- Resources
- Calendar
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PWPBPP 2014: GIL PENALOSA KEYNOTE & MOBILE WORKSHOP SIGN-UP
by Mark Plotz

-> We are excited to announce that Gil Penalosa of 8-80 Cities will be the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place closing conference keynote! The final plenary will address the theme of Sustain. Gil will be helping us connect our solutions--walking, bicycling, Placemaking, participatory planning—to the biggest challenges of our day: energy, global warming, and wealth inequality. Gil will be with us for the entire conference and you are encouraged to approach him to share your thoughts on these challenges. Get to know Gil and 8-80 Cities: http://bit.ly/1tUUwEv

Other conference items:

  • Mobile Workshop registration will open Monday, August 4. Set your bookmarks to the page: http://bit.ly/1l71XmK. The majority of workshops are free of charge. Don't worry if the workshop you want fills: we will be setting aside some slots for onsite signup.
  • Arrive early and stay late. We have lots of trainings and meetings happening before and after the conference http://bit.ly/1pWT5Df. There are some new additions to the list, including a training on writing winning grants that is happening on Friday, September 12. See something you like? Email <prowalkprobike@ce.uoregon.edu> to add a training to your registration.
  • Staying in Pittsburgh. Due to a fantastic registration response we are reserving additional hotel rooms in Pittsburgh. For updated hotel information: http://www.pps.org/pwpb2014/#venue
  • Community Open House. On Tuesday evening, from 5-7 pm we will invite the Pittsburgh community into the conference. Stay for Pittsburgh-centric sessions and a special edition of Streetfilms University. http://bit.ly/1q4qQ5h

Be a part of the action and register today: http://bit.ly/1hZtY0z. The Standard Registration period ends on Friday, August 15. Check our registration page because you may be eligible for a discount.

Start planning your Pittsburgh conference schedule now: http://bit.ly/1lz8fdB.

WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES NAMED, NEXT APPLICATIONS OPEN NOV 1

-> According to a Summer The PBIC Messenger article, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center named three new Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) and one new designation. Boulder, CO; Charlottesville, VA; and Denver, CO each earned Gold-Level designations while Lakeland, FL earned a Bronze designation. Charlottesville was previously named a Silver-level community in the program's first round...

"The Walk Friendly Community designation is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. The program evaluates conditions for walking and provides feedback and ideas for promoting pedestrian safety and activity. There are now 47 Walk Friendly Communities across the nation. To date, Seattle, WA remains the only Platinum-level Walk Friendly Community.

"The program will begin accepting applications for the ninth round on November 1, 2014, with the deadline for submission on December 15, 2014. Interested communities are encouraged to visit http://bit.ly/10SYBZU to learn more about the program and review the community assessment tool."

Source: http://bit.ly/1nCzwBz
Title & Author: "PBIC names three new Walk Friendly Communities, promotes Charlottesville to Gold" by Staff

AUSTRALIA REPORTS PROGRESS ON NATIONAL CYCLING STRATEGY

-> According to a recent Austroads article, "In July 2014 the Australian Bicycle Council published a report [National Cycling Strategy: Implementation Report 2013: http://bit.ly/1s0KqS9] that outlines the progress made on the National Cycling Strategy in 2013. 

"In this third year of the National Cycling Strategy 2011-16:

  • Australian states and territories invested $112.8 million in cycling related infrastructure, education and promotion.
  • Bicycles outsold cars for the 14th year running with almost 1.4 million bicycles sold.
  • National cycling participation rates decreased slightly from 2011.
  • Cycling is being integrated in broader transport planning and land use planning.
  • '20-Minute Neighbourhoods' are being developed to increase short trips and improve livability.
  • Bicycle facilities are increasingly being designed with separation from motor vehicles.
  • Street design and speed limits are being used to facilitate street purpose.
  • A 'Safe Systems' approach is being adopted to improve bicycle safety."

Source: http://bit.ly/1s0KqS9
Title & Author: "National Cycling Strategy: Implementation Report 2013" by Staff

WHY DON'T MORE AFRICAN-AMERICANS RIDE BICYCLES?

-> According to a July 11th People for Bikes article, "It took a week in Copenhagen for Albus Brooks to start thinking seriously about bicycling. The Denver city councilman, 35, had never owned a bike. By the time he headed home from a study tour in Denmark last month, he knew those days were over. 'We biked every day, so I found myself, on a personal point, increasingly happy,' Brooks said... So Brooks came home and bought his first bicycle, a Danish-style city bike. When he rode it to a meeting of other African-American community leaders, eager to spread his conclusion that bike transportation could be as important as mass transit to improving central Denver, he got a first-hand lesson in the size of the task he had decided to tackle. 'I came in in a suit and a bike helmet,' he recalled. 'These were all middle-class African-Americans that do not ride bikes. And they looked at me as if I was an alien.'...

"Here at Green Lane Project HQ, we're kicking off a project that we hope can be part of the solution. For the next three months, we'll be building on the inspiring work of our friends at the League of American Bicyclists to create a report that looks squarely at the wedges between marginalized Americans, the African-American community included, and the protected bicycle infrastructure we support... Do you have a perspective that should inform our report? Can you share a story that helps our country understand the complicated connections between class, race, income and transportation? We want to hear them. I'm michael@peopleforbikes.org. Let's talk."

Source: http://bit.ly/1qIu17u
Title & Author: "Why don't more African-Americans ride bicycles?" by Michael Andersen

LEGISLATION: USE PRE-TAX COMMUTER BENEFIT ON BIKE SHARE PROGRAMS

-> According to a July 21st article on Congressman Joseph Crowley's website, "Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, was joined by NYS Senator Toby Stavisky, NYS Assemblyman Francisco Moya, officials from the New York City Department of Transportation and advocacy groups at a press conference to announce The Bike to Work Act of 2014, legislation that would allow workers to use their pre-tax commuter benefits for bike share programs, just as they already can for other forms of transportation...

"Crowley's legislation amends the Internal Revenue Code by including bike sharing systems as a means of public transportation, clearing the way for workers to use their commuter benefits for the program. Given how inexpensive bike sharing is, commuters will have the option to pair bike share with other forms of transit, greatly expanding mobility and improving access to existing transit systems..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1nCkLip
Title & Author: "Crowley Announces New Legislation Encouraging Citi Bike Usage and Helping the Program Expand to Queens" by Staff


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

1ST BIKE-PED ACCESS TO KANSAS RIVER LEVEE SYSTEM OPENS

-> According to the BikeWalk KC July newsletter, "For the first time in the KC region, part of the Kansas River levee system is now accessible for walking and biking! Thanks to the hard work of advocates, community leaders, and Mayor Mark Holland, a small section of the Kaw Valley levee in the Armourdale neighborhood is now open to the public."

-> According to a recent BikeWalk KC article, "Wyandotte County advocates and community leaders are making great strides in opening the community's Kansas River levees for trail development. The Kaw Valley Drainage District recently opened a 1.3 mile section of levee for a test run. If this trial run goes well, the Unified Government hopes to add amenities, improve access, and ultimately extend the trail up to Kaw Point or further. BikeWalkKC is supporting the efforts of the UG, Mayor Mark Holland, and Healthy Communities Wyandotte to make this trial a success and grow KCK's trail system."

Source: http://bit.ly/1o8BGUV and http://bit.ly/1tm5h5e
Title & Author: "Levee trail now open in Wyandotte County" and "First KCK Levee Trail Is Now Open" by Staff

TN DOT REINVENTS HOW IT INTERACTS W/ COMMUNITIES

-> According to a July 17th Smart Growth America article, "Many state DOTs select transportation projects without much coordination with their local jurisdictions. Recently officials in Tennessee decided to do better. Now, key officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) have reinvented how the department interacts with local communities to create better outcomes for projects across the state while saving taxpayer money at the same time... state planners... work more proactively with local communities in the early planning and design phases of transportation projects...

"[TDOT Toks Omishakin, Deputy Commissioner of Environment and Planning] explains that TDOT staff proactively seek to make presentations and answer questions about upcoming projects at existing community meetings (like Kiwanis and Rotary clubs) rather than scheduling a separate meeting hosted by TDOT, which might be harder to promote. TDOT also implemented a new tool on their website to make interaction with department planners easier for local communities. The 'Book-A-Planner' feature is an online form local officials can fill out to request a TDOT official from the Community Relations division to speak at a community meeting about a particular project or concern...

"Tanisha Hall, Director of Long Range Planning... established the Office of Community Transportation (OCT), which aims to better coordinate land use and transportation decisions by strengthening outreach to local communities. 'We work together with communities to identify their long-term goals, and then provide solid, data-driven resources to ensure we make the best transportation investments,' says Hall. 'Basically, if you work with the department on the front-end, we can potentially save your community some heartache on the back end.' As an example, Hall points to TDOT's new involvement in school siting, in which OCT planners offer advice on transportation cost implications to communities building new schools...One way that the OCT is already helping local communities realize their vision while also saving taxpayer money is through the concept of 'right-sizing' state projects. Right-sizing means that transportation projects are tailored to maximize return on investment — to have the lowest cost for the biggest benefit..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1mY4242
Title & Author: "Improved community outreach pays off for Tennessee Department of Transportation" by Craig Chester

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (MN) BIKE SHARE PILOT TO CREATE/SUPPORT NEW CYCLISTS

-> According to a July 21st Nice Ride Minnesota article, "Nice Ride Minnesota is pleased to announce the launch of its newest initiative: the Nice Ride Neighborhood Program. Utilizing the same orange bikes that hit the streets in Bemidji last month, this pilot program will be working to provide a resource for creating 140 new cyclists in the neighborhoods of North Minneapolis and Frogtown/East St. Paul. All of the orange Neighborhood bikes have been committed to participants for 2014 and we'll have more opportunities to participate in the program next year.

"By partnering with local organizations in each neighborhood, Nice Ride will offer program participants a four-month cycling experience. This begins with an orientation, an opportunity to get a group of people together that are excited about trying something new and making a positive change to a more active lifestyle. There, participants learn about the program, the bikes, some basic safety tips, and take a short, fun ride before heading home with their bikes..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1rMu4Pm
Title & Author: "Orange: A New Outreach Effort from Nice Ride Minnesota" by Paul Stucker

SONOMA COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION TRAILER & BIKE LENDING LIBRARY

-> According to a recent Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition article, "The Bicycle Coalition maintains a fleet of trailers and bicycles that Coalition members can borrow for free for a week at a time. First priority goes to Coalition volunteers. Current members can reserve one of these trailers with our handy reservation form that is at the bottom of this page."

Source: http://bit.ly/1qIuOFF
Title & Author: "Bicycle Lending Library" by Staff


THE RESEARCH BEAT

CHANGES TRANSIT, WALK AND BIKE COMMUTE SHARES

-> According to a July 16 FHWA posting titled 2000 to 2007-2009 to 2010-2012: Changes in Transit, Walk and Bike Commute Shares, "Because the ACS [American Community Survey] is a different survey, compared to the Census 2000 "long form," the results are not exactly comparable. Because trend analysis is important, we have developed these spreadsheets to give transportation planners a handy way to examine trends by  looking at the differences between Census 2000 results, and the 2007-2009 and the 2010-2012 ACS."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/WKWtJ5
Title & Author: "2000 to 2007-2009 to 2010-2012: Changes in Transit, Walk and Bike Commute Shares" by Staff

BIKE SHARE AS PUBLIC TRANSIT

-> According to a July 28th CityLab article, "A spokesman for [New York City] Mayor Bill de Blasio told the Wall Street Journal that bike-share 'has become part of our public transportation system, and there is a lot riding on its success.' Those words come at the same time as a new research study... [Evaluating public transit modal shift dynamics in response to bikesharing: a tale of two U.S. cities: http://bit.ly/1l9b3PS] offers the most persuasive evidence yet that bike-share serves as a genuine form of public transportation.

"Past work has found that bike-share members decrease their car use considerably: According to one survey, 52 percent did so in Minneapolis, and 41 percent in Washington, D.C. The new, more fine-grained analysis of bike-share use in these cities reveals that its role in the transit system varies based on the character of the host city. In larger cities with dense cores like D.C., bike-share may replace shorter transit trips; in smaller, more dispersed cities like Minneapolis, it may expand the entire public transport network..."

Source: http://bit.ly/UHWlIb
Title & Author: "The Most Persuasive Evidence Yet that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit" by Eric Jaffe

LIVING NEAR BIKE-PED PATHS = MORE EXERCISE

-> According to a July 21st Streetsblog USA article, "People who live near safe, high-quality biking and walking infrastructure tend to get more exercise than people who don't, according to a study published last week in the American Journal of Public Health. [New Walking and Cycling Routes and Increased Physical Activity: One- and 2-Year Findings From the UK iConnect Study: http://bit.ly/1mXjvRU]

"Researchers surveyed randomly selected adults before and after new bike/ped infrastructure was built in three communities in the U.K... Over two years, about 1,500 people responded to annual surveys about their walking and biking habits as well as other exercise behavior. During the first year of the survey — before the bike/ped improvements had been completed — there was no difference in biking and walking levels between people living close to the project areas and people living farther away. But by the final survey year, after the new infrastructure had been built, a disparity began to emerge. Researchers found that people living within 0.6 miles of a protected bikeway got about 45 minutes more exercise biking and walking per week than people living 2.5 miles away..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1k53D4L
Title & Author: "Study: People Living Near Biking and Walking Paths Get More Exercise" by Angie Schmitt

OLDER ADULTS DESIRE FOR WALKABLE COMMUNITIES

-> According to June 25th AARP Blog post, "... the recently released AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) 'What Is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults' report (http://bit.ly/1l94pcg)... based on polls about community preferences of older adults, shows that 8 in 10 people 65 and older want to remain in their communities as they age. Older renters, for example, rank affordable housing as their top priority for local investment. Our investigation found that older adults in general rank the creation of pedestrian-friendly streets as the third most important community investment (after increasing police presence and improving schools). Both older drivers and nondrivers rank local investment in public transportation as one of the top five priorities for their communities. Older adults want amenities close to home. Between 42 and 50 percent of older adults said they want bus stops, grocery stores, pharmacies and parks within a mile of where they live..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1sqaY1z
Title & Author: "Different Generations, Similar Desire for Walkable Communities" by Shannon Guzman

OR DOT RESEARCH: PED-BIKE-SPECIFIC DATA COLLECTION METHODS

-> According to the abstract of an Oregon DOT report published in June for FHWA, "Although there is a growing need to access accurate and reliable pedestrian and bicycle data, there is no statewide system to collect data or plan future data collection efforts in the state of Oregon. To address these issues this research conducted a comprehensive review of pedestrian and bicycle data collection methods and counting technologies. Oregon data sources were also compiled and AADT estimation techniques were reviewed and applied to Oregon data. A pilot study was conducted to test bicycle and pedestrian counting methods at signalized intersections with 2070 controllers. The report also provides a summary of recommendations regarding factoring methods and the implementation of a statewide non-motorized data collection system."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1zHKJ8O
Title & Author: "Design and Implementation Strategies of Pedestrian and Bicycle-Specific Data Collection Methods" by Miguel Figliozzi, Chris Monsere, Krista Nordback, et al.


QUOTES R US

"More people biking to work means less stress on our public transportation system, less pollution, and better health for our commuters. Allowing pre-tax commuter benefits to be used for bike sharing programs is a common-sense way to improve the health and wellness of our community. The Bike to Work Act would rightly ensure that bicyclists are treated just like other types of commuters."

-- New York State Assemblyman Francisco Moya commenting on Congressman Joseph Crowley's announcement of the The Bike to Work Act of 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1nCkLip

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

COMING SOON: RADAR FOR YOUR BIKE

The Backtracker light uses radar to alert motorists to the cyclist's presence, flashing more frequently as cars get closer. Then a handlebar-mounted display gives a read-out to riders. Its red bars illuminate as cars come nearby... the handlebar display isn't really a danger signal. It's more about giving riders extra intelligence. The back scanner, which detects cars that are 400 feet away, forces drivers to appreciate their proximity to the back wheel.

http://bit.ly/1yymecL

In the meantime, for many years CenterLines Editor Emeritus John Williams has used inexpensive See Behind You Sunglasses from Archie McPhee. Their mirrored inside lenses allow him to see anyone coming from behind as he bicycled on the street or walked on shared use paths. Check it out!

http://bit.ly/1ruMtxB


WEBINARS, CONFERENCE CALLS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Women Bike Toolkit: Girl Scouts on Wheels"

Date: August 6, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Katie Monroe (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia) 
Host: League of American Bicyclists
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/WLmeZy

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 "Estimating Demand for Non-Motorized Travel"

Date: August 18, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Rich Kuzmyak & Alex Bell (Renaissance Planning Group), Mark Bradley (Resource Systems Group), Kara Kockelman (University of Texas at Austin)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: Free for employees of TRB Sponsors or TRB Sustaining Affiliates, otherwise $89/site
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1nCMfo1

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

WEBINAR "Don't Let Your Guard Down: Strategies to keep Your School Crossing Guard Program Healthy and Strong"

Date: August 27, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Don Cross, (City of Phoenix, AZ) & Catherine Bull (NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Ctr.)
Host: National Center for Safe Routes to School
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1mXT2DN

WEBINAR "Optimize Signals for Pedestrians and Bicyclists"

Date: September 17, 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/VeyH77


RESOURCES

TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR CONDUCTING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ASSESSMENTS

-> According to a recent Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center article, "During the past 10 years, California has averaged over 620 pedestrian fatalities per year, reflecting a downward trend since the first publication of this guidebook. [A Technical Guide for Conducting Pedestrian Safety Assessments for California Communities: http://bit.ly/1rAnMij] Nonetheless, pedestrian safety continues to be a challenge to many California communities, and improvement is a top priority... the Technology Transfer Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (Tech Transfer) has been offering free Pedestrian Safety Assessments (PSAs) to California communities since 2008. The first edition of this guidebook was based on material contained in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) report, Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists (July 2007). The award-winning California PSA Program updated this second edition to incorporate current best practices and the collective experience of our team of evaluators who have conducted 78 PSAs in California over the past five years."

Source: http://bit.ly/1qIpUbP
Title & Author: "A Technical Guide for Conducting Pedestrian Safety Assessments for California Communities" by Staff

TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR CONDUCTING BICYCLE SAFETY ASSESSMENTS

-> According to a recent Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center article, "... the Technology Transfer Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (Tech Transfer) began offering free Bicycle Safety Assessments (BSA) to California communities in 2013. A BSA helps identify safety concerns and offers suggestions for improvement. This document [A Technical Guide for Conducting Bicycle Safety Assessments for California Communities: http://bit.ly/1AtgJOy] describes the California BSA process and provides guidelines for BSA evaluators to conduct BSAs. It synthesizes current best practices and research on bicycling safety and provides guidelines for bicycling safety applications tailored to meet the needs of local communities in California... the methods described are applicable outside California. Users of this guidebook outside of California should substitute national or locally adopted standards, practices, or references as needed..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1pnUgws
Title & Author: "A Technical Guide for Conducting Bicycle Safety Assessments for California Communities" by Staff

FHWA Q & A: DESIGN FLEXIBILITY FOR PEDESTRIAN & BICYCLE FACILITIES

-> According to a July 25th FHWA update, "The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Offices of Planning, Environment, and Realty; Infrastructure; Safety; and Operations jointly developed the following Qs & As [related to the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide] as a follow-up to FHWA's Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Design Flexibility memorandum (http://1.usa.gov/1fXLjTi) published on August 20, 2013. The questions and answers are intended to clarify issues regarding design flexibility. FHWA does not intend to release separate design flexibility memoranda addressing individual guides or applications of flexibility. The August 20, 2013 memorandum reflects our support for flexibility in the design of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in order to encourage the development of connected and context-sensitive pedestrian and bicycle networks..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1tV5xph
Title & Author: "Questions & Answers about Design Flexibility for Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities" by Staff

REGIONAL PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS: TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ACROSS BOUNDARIES

-> According to the abstract of a July 16th FHWA report, "The Volpe Center conducted research for the Federal Highway Administration Office of Planning that explores the implications of Regional Planning Organizations (RPO) engaging in transportation planning partnerships and projects of megaregions significance. The research assesses the benefits of this participation to rural areas and to their State and metropolitan partners, specifically in the areas of economic development, freight, and natural resources. Considering the limited resources of RPO staff, the research describes the institutional barriers to entry for RPOs in cross-regional transportation planning and considers partnerships that may lead to greater involvement in megaregions initiatives. Through three case studies, the paper outlines the benefits for rural areas, including economic and transportation benefits, and suggests recommendations and best practices for RPOs to consider in partnering with metropolitan planning organizations and State Departments of Transportation. The recommendations also demonstrate how transportation planning can be the mechanism to support rural participation in plans and projects at a megaregions."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1zpz1yG
Title & Author: "Role of Regional Planning Organizations in Transportation Planning Across Boundaries" by Haley Peckett, David Daddio, and William Lyons

WORKPLACE WALKING PROGRAM RESOURCES & TOOLKIT

-> According to the Every Body Walk! website, "Starting a walking program at your business can help reduce the impact of inactivity on your bottom line. And with this customizable toolkit, creating a walk-friendly workspace is easier than you think. The kit is packed with the resources you need to get your employees moving and run an effective program. There's no special equipment required, and it's easy on your budget." [See website for promotional walking materials, planning healthy meetings, workplace walking toolkit, and workplace toolkit videos.]

Source: http://bit.ly/1uCYVzV
Title & Author: "Every Body Walk! Collaborative Toolkit" by Staff


CALENDAR

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

HEY, YOU! SEND US YOUR CALENDAR ITEMS -- PRONTO!

-> CALL FOR PAPERS – World Town Planning Day, November 5 -7, 2014, Online
Deadline: July 31, 2014
http://bit.ly/1qGv8Ao

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

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Active Living Research, February 22 - 25, 2015, San Diego, CA.
Deadline: August 18, 2014 by 4 :00 pm PT
http://bit.ly/1mJ91Fm

CONFERENCES

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

-> August 10-13, 2014, ITE Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
http://bit.ly/ZN5GPt

-> August 16-19, 2014, The National Youth Bike Ride, Virtual Event.
http://bit.ly/1uD5cLT

-> August 17-20, 2014, American Public Works Association Public Works Congress & Exposition, Toronto, Ontario. 
http://bit.ly/1rKMgcJ

-> August 19-20, 2014, California Adaptation Forum, Sacramento, CA.
http://bit.ly/1goBvED

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

-> September 1-3, 2014, Future of Places International, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
http://bit.ly/1lr07yX

-> September 5-8, 2014, Alliance for Biking and Walking Leadership Retreat, Bolivar, PA.
http://bit.ly/1hwDGUQ

-> September 7-10, 2014, Governors Highway Safety Association, Grand Rapids, MI.
http://bit.ly/1gJDlir

-> September 8, 2014, Complete Streets Design Implementation for Professionals, Pittsburgh, PA.
http://bit.ly/UyRpFV

-> September 8-11, 2014, Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, Pittsburgh, PA.
http://bit.ly/1bcYxs9

-> September 10, 2014, Safe Routes to School National Partnership Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA (during Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place)
http://bit.ly/1rAat1f

-> September 11, 2014, Future Bike: At The Intersection of Mobility and Identity, Pittsburgh, PA. (Immediately following the adjournment of Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place)
http://bit.ly/1rAC3LU

-> September 15, 2014, Oregon Transportation Summit, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/1jxhMaR

-> September 15-17, 2014, Transportation and Federal Land Partnership Enhancing Access, Mobility, Sustainability, and Connections to the American Great Outdoors, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/18l5es5

-> September 16-19, 2014, IENE 2014 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, Malmo, Sweden.
http://bit.ly/1bLdPLB

-> September 21-24, 2014, Rail~Volution, Minneapolis, MN.
http://bit.ly/1dvfJA1

-> September 24-26, 2014, EcoDistricts Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1rWOqEd

-> October 7-8, 2014, 7th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, IA.
http://bit.ly/1bU4HCh

-> October 8, 2014, Walk to School Day
http://bit.ly/15PtJyo

-> October 14-17, 2014, National Recreation and Park Association and Exposition, Charlotte, NC.
http://bit.ly/1cDd73b

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

-> October 16-18, 2014, 2014 Washington State Trails Conference, Bellingham, WA.
http://bit.ly/1cOmMCf

-> October 17-19, 2014, Winning Campaigns Training, Santa Barbara, CA.
http://bit.ly/1gDfSjf

-> October 21-23, 2014, Walk 21, Sydney, Australia.
http://bit.ly/1anKBfO

-> October 21-24, 2014, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
http://bit.ly/1lhQtSb

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

-> November 6-7, 2014, Connecting to Transform Communities: Stakeholders in Health & Wellness 2014, Minneapolis, MN.
http://bit.ly/1tVH4Ai

-> November 6-8, 2014, ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2014, Long Beach, CA.
http://bit.ly/1gEhrAV

-> November 15-19, 2014, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
http://bit.ly/1bVOE6N

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

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

-> January 11-15, 2015, Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/RTQEWw

-> January 29-31, 2015, New Partners for Smart Growth, Baltimore, MD.
http://bit.ly/1mjA2VC

-> February 10-12, 2015, Winter Cycling Congress, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
http://bit.ly/1pIZA0E

-> February 22-25, 2015, Active Living Research, San Diego. CA.
http://bit.ly/1mJ91Fm

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

-> June 16-18, 2015, National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1kd8hbx

-> June 22-24, 2015, 5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, Vancouver, BC.
http://bit.ly/1niIq5O


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks!

See previous issues of CenterLines for Jobs, Grants and RFPs that may still be current at http://bit.ly/ZHi0NE.

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR TRAINEES – NATIONAL COMPLETE STREETS COALITION

Due to increasing demand for its Complete Streets Workshop Program, the National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC), in cooperation with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), will train an additional 5 to 7 nationally recognized professionals to co-instruct these workshops. Since 2007, these policy- and implementation-oriented workshops have helped states and communities across the country change policies and practices to better balance the needs of all users. Successful applicants will be team players with at least 8 years of progressively responsible active transportation experience. They will be recognized national experts with essential engineering or planning experience, be experienced in effectively working in or with government agencies, and strong, effective educators with proven teaching, facilitation, and listening skills in professional workshops, among other qualifications. Workshop instructors commit to teaching a minimum of three workshops a year.

Deadline: August 20, 2014, 5:00 pm PT
Request application from Linda Tracy: linda@apbp.org

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENTS LEAD BY LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS

Through support from CDC's Healthy Community Design Initiative, NACCHO is currently accepting applications for HIAs led by local Health Departments. Selected LHDs will receive funding and support to complete an HIA on a transportation, land use, community design, parks and recreation, or energy policy, project, plan, or program. Approximately 3 awards of up to $15,000 each will be awarded to LHDs to engage in activities that will lead to the completion of an HIA during the project period, September 2014 - June 2015. Selected LHDs may have access to an HIA mentor for additional support and technical assistance. Informational call: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 1:00 - 2:00 EDT. 

Deadline: August 22, 2014, 5:00 EDT.
http://bit.ly/HFuvXF

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – BICYCLE FIRENDLY UNIVERSITIES

The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. The BFU program provides the roadmap and technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling. The Bicycle Friendly University program evaluates applicants' efforts to promote bicycling in five primary areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation/planning, known as the Five E's. Applications must be submitted online.

Deadline: August 6, 2014

http://bit.ly/15tnkZq

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

The Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling and the guidance to make your distinct vision for a better, bikeable community a reality. A community recognized by the League as Bicycle Friendly welcomes bicyclists by providing safe accommodation for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. Encouraging bicycling is a simple way towards improving public health. With more people bicycling, communities experience reduced traffic demands, improved air quality and greater physical fitness. Building such a community can translate into a more connected, physically active, and environmentally sustainable community that enjoys increased property values, business growth, increased tourism, and more transportation choices for citizens.

Deadline: August 14, 2014
http://bit.ly/1rg322k

-> 2 JOBS –NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CITY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS, NEW YORK, NY

PROJECT DIRECTOR – DESIGNING CITIES INITIATIVE

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is seeking a new Project Director for its Designing Cities initiative, a multi-year initiative that aims to dramatically transform how cities around the United States design streets and public spaces. Desired applicants should have experience and a strong knowledge base in public street design, with general knowledge of transportation, land use, urban development, and other city issues.  For this position, NACTO is looking for a strong communicator with a keen eye for understanding the design of city streets at a fine-grained scale. The Project Director for the Designing Cities initiative is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations, content development, and strategic vision of the initiative. 

Deadline: July 31, 2014, 5:00 pm ET
http://bit.ly/13VnUBl

PROJECT DIRECTOR – BIKE SHARE INITIATIVE

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is seeking a Project Director for its Bike Share initiative, a multi-year project that aims to strengthen bike sharing programs and especially their social equity impact. This position will work with NACTO member cities and other project partners to document best practices and implement local strategies for planning, fundraising, designing, implementing and managing bike share systems so that they provide a reliable, low-cost and accessible transportation option, among other activities.

Deadline: August 14, 2014, 5:00 pm ET
http://bit.ly/13VnUBl

-> JOB – PUBLIC SPACE COORDINATOR, CITY OF CHATTANOOGA, TN

The City of Chattanooga Public Space Coordinator will be responsible for managing and providing logistical oversight of the review and approval process for all events and projects which are held on city streets. Duties include organizing and presiding over the Special Events Coordinating Committee; supervising the management, design and development of the special events permitting process; coordinating the appropriate personnel to assist in facilitating traffic control for special events and other related street closures; manages the work zone traffic control program for the city; serves as the coordinator and primary instigator for the development of a new city public space initiative. Additionally, duties include consolidating all public space functions of the Transportation department, such as but not necessarily limited to Temporary Use applications, Right-of-Way abandonment, Franchise agreements, and other functions of our public space transportation network that does not directly involve mobility/traffic. Work is performed with limited supervision. The City, under this position's leadership, will craft an initiative, modeled after similar initiatives in other cities, with names as varied as Open Streets, Cyclovia, Sunday Streets or others. The initiative will enhance multi-use public spaces for all people by taking a proactive community-benefit role in the administration of public space events.

Deadline: August 1, 2014, 4:30 pm ET
http://bit.ly/UyU2Yb

-> JOB – ADVOCACY COORDINATOR – CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB, SEATTLE, WA

The Cascade Bicycle Club, a strong, respected and successful organization working on bicycling advocacy, education and events in the Puget Sound Region, is hiring an Advocacy Director. The new Advocacy Director will be a charismatic team player able to mentor and lead a successful, independent staff team of five. Bicycling is at an inflection point in the region, and the United States. They want someone who has a vision for bicycling's transformative power, and understands how Cascade's 16,000 members and history of successful advocacy can make the most of a bold commitment to bicycling from Seattle's current mayor, city council and elected officials from around the region; a bold new Bicycle Master Plan in Seattle; and Cascade's own new strategic plan.

Deadline: Open until filled
http://bit.ly/1rMh9wU

-> JOB - COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, SILICON VALLEY BICYCLE COALITION, SAN JOSE, CA

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) is a non-profit membership-based organization that seeks to create a healthy community, environment, and economy through bicycling for people who live, work, or play in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. SVBC is hiring a Communications Coordinator to lead their communications and media efforts and assist with other outreach and communications activities to support their development, advocacy, and programs. This is a newly created position. The Communications Coordinator will create and maintain an active and effective marketing, communications, and public relations program for the organization.

Deadline: Open until the position is filled. Interviews scheduled starting August 8,2014
http://bit.ly/1zpgK4s

-> JOB – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TRAIL NET, ST. LOUIS, MO

Trailnet is seeking a strategic and visionary Executive Director who will carry the organization forward in fulfilling its mission at the highest level of excellence, keeping Trailnet at the leading edge of making St. Louis a livable and walkable community. For more than 25 years, Trailnet has brought the St. Louis community together to create positive change by encouraging healthy, active living. Their mission is to foster healthy, active and vibrant communities where walking, bicycling and the use of public transit are a way of life. They are a forerunner in leading policy change, transportation planning efforts, and programs to improve their community's quality of life.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/1zpi8UG

-> JOB – TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, CITY OF SOMERVILLE, MA

The City of Somerville Transportation Planner manages consultants working for the city and supervises planning, design, redevelopment, ensuring that private development and investment aid in achieving the city's transportation goals to become the most walkable, bikeable, transit accessible City in the nation. Through analysis of data and identification of city and community goals, the planner aids the city and various communities within Somerville in identifying strategies to reach these desired objectives to include duties associated with the implementation of neighborhood infrastructure goals as outlined in the City of Somerville's Five Year and Annual Action plan consistent with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program.

Deadline: August 10, 2014
http://bit.ly/1tlGSgd

-> FELLOW - COMMUNICATIONS AND POLICY FELLOW, SMART GROWTH AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC

Smart Growth America seeks a Communications and Policy Fellow to support LOCUS, a national network of smart growth real estate developers and investors. The Fellow will be a core member of the LOCUS team and provide direct support to the LOCUS network of real estate developers and investors advocating for smart growth policies at the federal and regional levels.

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


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