#364 Wednesday, August 27, 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.

----- Countdown to Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014!
----- FHWA Studies Where & When Peds Cross Road + Safer Solutions
----- Singapore On-Demand Extra Ped Crossing Time
----- York (Ontario, Canada) Left Turn Bike Boxes
----- Protected Bike Lanes: 24 States, 53 Cities and Growing
----- States Leave $538M in Hwy Safety Grants Unspent 2006-12

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Southern Cities: Limit Sprawl or Risk Lower Quality of Life Later
----- Nashville (TN) Lack of Sidewalks Spark Campaign
----- Univ of KY Gives Students Free Bikes for a Year
----- Seattle (WA) Holds Onsite Public Hearing During Morning Rush Hours
----- Most Boston (MA) Ped Crashes Not Reported

----- Bigger Bike Investments Net Bigger Payoffs
----- TRB Report: Performance Management and Strategic Measurement
----- TRB Report: Various Travel Survey Methods
----- Research: Community Design, Street Networks, and Public Health
----- Barriers to Australian Bikeshare Programs

----- Applying Health in Non-Health Sector Decision Making
----- 2014 State Indicator Report on Physical Activity
----- TRB: Socio-Demographic Effects on Future Travel Demand
----- Report: EPA-DOT-HUD Community Livability Collaboration

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by Mark Plotz

-> We are counting down to the opening of the 18th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh, on Monday, September 8. Our registration desk will open at 3 pm, and you will want to show up early to catch our poster displays starting at 4:30 pm. The Opening Reception starts at 5:30 pm.

The full conference program is available at: http://bit.ly/1lz8fdB. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the choices, our conference partners have some suggestions for your itinerary:


  • Mobile Workshops are pre-registration this year: http://bit.ly/1l71XmK
  • If you are arriving early, consider taking a Placemaking bus tour, Sunday, 1-5 pm. RSVP by September 3 to <mbradley@pps.org> if you are interested. Space is limited!
  • If you are staying late, check out Future Bike immediately following the close of PWPBPP: http://bit.ly/1qQsZDa
  • Lastly, online registration will be open through Friday, September 5: http://bit.ly/1kih90L. We are looking forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!


-> According to a May/June FHWA Public Roads article, "The ability to predict where pedestrians cross roadways has the potential to improve travel safety. That information can be used to better design roadways with pedestrians in mind and to inform the placement of crossing interventions... Given the large proportion of pedestrian fatalities that take place away from intersections, investigating the causal factors of collisions at those unmarked locations is imperative. But in actuality, little research has been devoted to studying crossing behavior away from intersections.

"The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is undertaking a number of projects investigating the performance of various solutions for improving safety at pedestrian crossings. Understanding the factors that influence pedestrians to cross at unmarked locations is a crucial step.

"In 2012, FHWA conducted a study, which is described in the January 2014 report titled ‘Human Factors Assessment of Pedestrian Roadway Crossing Behavior (FHWA-HRT-13-098: http://1.usa.gov/1fSRlcN)’ The purpose of the study was to better understand environmental factors that influence both when and where pedestrians cross roadways. Some features appear to actually encourage people to cross in potentially risky ways..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1vlx5b1
Title & Author: "Why Did the Pedestrian Cross the Road?" by Ann H. Do, Stacy A. Balk & Jim W. Shurbutt


-> According to an Aug. 18th Urbanful blog post, "Pedestrian crosswalk counter lights are at times overly optimistic for even the most agile pedestrians, but for many senior citizens and people with disabilities, those counters provide a laughable amount of time to safely cross busy intersections. Instead of leaving elders and people with disabilities stuck mid-way through busy intersections as the counter reaches zero, Singapore’s city planners developed Green Man Plus – a system to give certain pedestrians more time to cross. (See a 2-minute video demonstration at http://bit.ly/1pfBiu8)

"The Green Man Plus system lets qualified individuals use a specially activated card to request additional time at pedestrian crossings. The card holder taps a card–one that generally also holds transit funds–on a special sensor on a light pole, located above the normal button to request a cross signal. The timing system recognizes the request and adds about 6 seconds to the crosswalk counter...The range of extra time is between 3 and 13 seconds, depending on the intersection..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1w2fwhs
Title & Author: "The smart crosswalk that knows how old you are" by Shaun Courtney


-> According to an Aug. 22nd post to the APBP Members’ Listserve by Shawn Smith of the Regional Municipality of York, "I want to share the progress York Region, Ontario has made with left turn bike boxes in the boulevard.  Earlier this year, our first ones were opened at three intersections on Highway 7 in Markham and Richmond Hill.  By the end of this year, we will have 13 intersections with this treatment... So far, the bike boxes have been well received.

"The bike boxes provide:

  • improved bicyclist ability to safely and comfortably make left turns across a major road
  • a formal queuing space for bicyclists making a two-stage left turn
  • reduced turning conflicts between bicyclists and motor vehicles
  • prevention of conflicts arising from bicyclists queuing in a bike lane or crosswalk.

"We’ve created... a[n informative] website (http://bit.ly/1szemDM) and [1:52 demonstration] video (http://bit.ly/1qtuMiI)."


-> According to an Aug. 19th Green Lane Project news article, "The American bike-lane design revolution keeps rolling. Seven years ago, protected bike lanes were one of two things in the United States: a relic of the pre-Watergate 70s or one of those crazy things they do in Northern Europe and Southern China (or maybe in Quebec — close enough). But by the middle of 2014, there's no question: protected bike lanes have become as American as the California roll, the chalupa and the deep-dish pizza. They're on the ground in 24 states and 53 cities, with 20 cities working on their first right now..."

[See the rest of the newsletter for the infographic, "The Rise of Protected Bike Lanes in The US"]

Source: http://bit.ly/1tbntPd
Title & Author: "24 states, 53 cities: Protected bike lanes have become as American as pizza" by Staff

[For the latest and most in-depth information on protected bike lanes, learn form the best in five 90-minute panels at Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place:


-> According to an Aug. 25th Detroit News article, "A new report says states have failed to spend more than $530 million in federal highway safety grants since 2006. (Enhanced Monitoring Tools Are Needed To Improve NHTSA’s Oversight of Highway Safety Grants: http://1.usa.gov/1quncEq) The Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General said in a report released Monday that states haven’t spent $538.8 million in grants awarded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration between 2006 and 2012...

"The grants are aimed at reducing the number of crashes and deaths. More than 33,500 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2012, up 3.3 percent, while 2.36 million were injured in 5.6 million crashes. ‘Unused safety grant funds represent delayed or lost opportunities to fund programs that help reduce fatalities, injuries, and property damage,’ the report said...

"The agency told the inspector general’s office that in September 2013 it created a new Office of Grants Management and Operations and plans to send new guidance to states on using highway safety grants and will conduct reviews by next year on state’s unused funds. NHTSA said it plans to develop a database by 2015 to track grant oversight findings. The agency is still considering which software system it will acquire. States have three years to spend traffic crash grants, but don’t always meet the deadlines."

Source: http://bit.ly/1tTUj3Y
Title & Author: "Report: States haven't spent $530M in highway safety grants" by David Shepardson



-> According to an Aug. 18th Charleston Post and Carrier article, "Imagine the horror of Atlanta and Charlotte merging into a single massive sprawl of suburbs and freeways. That's essentially the nightmare scenario put forth in a recent study by North Carolina State University and the U.S. Geological Survey. (The Southern Megalopolis: Using the Past to Predict the Future of Urban Sprawl in the Southeast U.S: http://bit.ly/1vlP8O0)

"The study points out that urban expansion in the south's major cities over the next 50 years could create traffic-plagued, virtually unlivable megalopolises if growth continues as it has in the past. The prescribed prevention is a concerted effort to move towards denser, more centralized growth. Specifically, the South needs to stop designing its cities around cars. That means regional planning to limit sprawl, including urban growth boundaries and better access to alternative modes of transportation..."

Source: http://bit.ly/VQsYUJ
Title & Author: "Southern Cities Must Limit Sprawl Now or Risk Lower Quality of Life Later" by Adam J. Terando, Jennifer Costanza, Curtis Belyea, et al.


-> According to an Aug. 24th The Tennessean article, "... For years, the city has lagged behind some other cities in sidewalk building. The city's 2003 strategic plan for sidewalks and bikeways found that for every three miles of road, there was roughly just a mile of sidewalks. That was about on par with Charlotte, N.C., but it lagged behind Portland, Ore., and Indianapolis. Since then, hundreds of miles of sidewalks have been built, and nowadays sidewalks can be found on just less than half of the county's total roads. But [blogger, advocate and pediatrician Stacy] Dorris said the city is still having a hard time catching up...

"Part of the problem, she said, is that it's cheaper for builders to pay a fee that waives the requirement to build a sidewalk than it is to construct one... The fee is now a flat rate, depending upon the size of the development, but the most a developer would pay for not building sidewalks is $500 to $1,500...The low fees also have a hard time amounting to enough to cover the cost of sidewalks projects. The city collected about $42,000 in fees in 2013. A recent estimate to create sidewalks along Bowling Avenue at West End Middle School put the project cost at $1.2 million, Dorris said..."

Source: http://tnne.ws/1ASxodp
Title & Author: "Nashville's lack of sidewalks sparks campaign" by Josh Brown


-> According to an Aug. 23rd WKYT article, "The University of Kentucky is launching a pilot program to help reduce traffic on campus by giving free bicycles to students for the year. The Big Blue Cycles program is the first of it's kind in Lexington. The program's goal is to simply reduce traffic congestion by reducing the amount of cars on campus. More than 400 students signed up to participate, but only 160 were selected. In order to qualify, students that live on-campus had to pledge to leave their car at home... Students were given an 8-speed bike with fenders and a bell, a helmet and a lock free of charge..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1pgnBeL
Title & Author: "UK program provides free bicycles to reduce traffic" by Mike Linden


-> According to an Aug. 25th Streetsblog USA blog post, "One part public outreach and one part PARK(ing) Day, Seattle DOT held a three-hour open house last Wednesday for a half-mile protected bike lane on Dexter Avenue. The outreach session took place on green plastic mats spread out to cover an empty parking space. Project manager Kyle Rowe ... said. ‘To capture all the people that use Dexter in a traditional open-house style, which would be 7 to 8 or 9 p.m., would mean flyering or sending a mailer out to most of North Seattle, and that didn’t make sense. I also wanted to accelerate this to meet the deadline of the state’s restoration work.’ So Rowe used a trick he said he’d seen on ‘Streetblog or CityLab’ and held his public meeting on the side of the street from 7 to 10 a.m. on a weekday. He brought eight easels, two tables, a few temporary bike racks, a comment box, sticky notes, a sign-in sheet and a bunch of hot coffee..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1qg8j7N
Title & Author: "Seattle DOT Hits the Street to Tell People About a New Bike Lane Proposal" by Michael Andersen


-> According to an Aug. 19th Boston Globe article, "Dart across Washington Street once or twice, and you probably would not pick Boston as the nation’s safest city for pedestrians. Study after study says it is, though: More people walk to work in Boston than just about anywhere, and the statistics showing that a dozen or so pedestrians are killed in the street every year compare favorably to figures for just about every large city in the country.

"So by the standards of the nation’s busiest metropolises, Boston is best. But are the city’s streets really safer than those in, say, Concord? The short answer is no. The state’s records on pedestrian accidents in Boston capture only a fraction of such accidents here. That is because the Boston Police Department has refused for years to report most crashes — pedestrians, bikes, cars, and everything else — to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Officers are needed on their beats, police say, not filling out extra paperwork for the state’s databases. But without a clear picture of crash figures, state Department of Transportation efforts to make roads safer for pedestrians do not reach the state’s largest, busiest city..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1tCx4gx
Title & Author: "Most Boston pedestrian accidents go unreported" by Nestor Ramos



-> According to an Aug. 18th Planetizen article, "You get what you pay for, goes the old saying, and a new study out of New Zealand makes the case that when it comes investing in bike infrastructure, it's best to invest in quality.

"'For every dollar spent to build new separated bike lanes, cities could save as much as $24 thanks to lower health care costs and less pollution and traffic, according to a new study from researchers in New Zealand,' according to Adele Peters. (The Societal Costs and Benefits of Commuter Bicycling: Simulating the Effects of Specific Policies Using System Dynamics Modeling: http://1.usa.gov/VQeOmq)

"However, small investments in bike infrastructure can actually be a setback for biking's mode share. According to Peters '[in] cities dominated by cars, a small increase in cycling tends to lead to more biking injuries and deaths, making other people more afraid to ride. The way to overcome that problem, the researchers found, is to make a bigger commitment to better bike lanes.'

"Peters briefly describes the ground this study breaks as it joins a growing body of research about the many benefits of bike infrastructure: 'this study may be the first to look at how different types of bike infrastructure investments pay cities back later.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/XQsL5Z
Title & Author: "Bike Infrastructure Study: Bigger Investments Return Bigger Payoff" by James Brasuell


-> According to an Aug. 21st Transportation Research Board blurb, "TRB's 'Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2420 (Performance Management and Strategic Measurement: http://bit.ly/1p84bma)' consists of six papers that examine multimodal street performance calculations; a total peak period travel time performance measure; a data- and performance-based congestion management approach for Maryland highways; performance measures for infrastructure investment decision makers; impacts of participatory strategic planning on advancing innovation at the U.S. Department of Transportation's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center; and organizational integration for Valley Metro, which serves the greater Phoenix metro area.

Source: http://bit.ly/1sA0jOr
Title & Author: "Performance Management and Strategic Measurement" by Staff


-> According to an Aug. 25th Transportation Research Board blurb, "TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2405 (http://bit.ly/1le3mxd) consists of 9 papers that examine route-recording technology for the Swiss Microcensus on Mobility and Transport 2010; adapting an online transit journey planner into a low-cost travel survey tool; trip purpose identification from GPS tracks; and impact of traffic images on route choice and the value of time estimates in stated preference surveys.

"This issue also investigates trip purpose in GPS-based household travel surveys; better pen-and-paper surveys for transportation research in developing countries; outliers in cell phone data; use of subway Smart Card transactions for the discovery and partial correction of travel survey bias; and establishing the links between online activity and car use."

Source: http://bit.ly/VN5OPq
Title & Author: "Travel Survey Methods" by Staff


-> According to the abstract of a Journal of Transport and Health article entitled "Community Design, Street Networks, and Public Health" published on Aug. 8th, "What is the influence of street network design on public health? While the literature linking the built environment to health outcomes is vast, it glosses over the role that specific street network characteristics play. The three fundamental elements of street networks are: street network density, connectivity, and configuration. Without sufficient attention being paid to these individual elements of street network design, building a community for health remains a guessing game. Our previous study found more compact and connected street networks highly correlated with increased walking, biking, and transit usage; while these trends suggest a health benefit, this study seeks to strengthen that connection.

"Using a multilevel, hierarchical statistical model, this research seeks to fill this gap in the literature through a more robust accounting of street network design. Specifically, we ask the following: what is the influence of the three fundamental measures of street networks on obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and asthma? We answer this question by examining 24 California cities exhibiting a range a street network typologies using health data from the California Health Interview Survey..."

Source: http://bit.ly/VQswWy
Title & Author: "Community Design, Street Networks, and Public Health" by Wesley E. Marshall, Daniel P. Piatkowski, & Norman W. Garrick


-> According to an Aug. 26th Institute for Sensible Transport article, "Bikeshare has not taken off in Australia in the same way as it has in Europe, Asia and North America. This new report, (Barriers to Bikesharing: An Analysis from Melbourne and Brisbane: http://bit.ly/1ooJlic) published today in the Journal of Transport Geography provides an analysis of why Australia's two bikeshare programs have not enjoyed the success of programs overseas.

"Quick summary

  • Barriers to bikeshare were assessed from a sample of members and non-members.
  • Bikeshare use in Australia is considerably lower than in other countries.
  • Car convenience is the main barrier to bikeshare, followed by safety concerns.
  • Non-members home and work are dispersed relative to members.
  • Bikeshare operators may increase ridership by addressing key barriers such as bicycle infrastructure and the attractiveness of cycling compared to car use."

Source: http://bit.ly/YX7ibx
Title & Author: "Barriers to bikesharing: an analysis from Melbourne and Brisbane" by Staff


-> "U.S. history shows that any time you make driving easier, there seems to be this inexhaustible desire to live further from things. The pattern we've seen for a century is people turn more speed into more travel, rather than maybe saying 'I'm going to use my reduced travel time by spending more time with my family.'"
-- Ken Laberteaux, Toyota, at the Automated Vehicles Symposium, 2014




According to an interactive New York Times article updated on Aug. 19th, "We charted how Americans have moved between states since 1900. See how your state has changed. Foreign immigration is a hot topic these days, but the movement of people from one state to another can have an even bigger influence on the United States' economy, politics and culture. Americans have already seen this with the Western expansion, the movement of Southern blacks to Northern cities and the migration from the Rust Belt. The patterns of migration continue to change... For every state, we've broken down the population in two ways...: where people who live in a state were born, or where people who were born in a state have moved to..."


WEBINAR "Why Women are Essential to the Future of Bicycling"

Date: August 28, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Gluskin Townley Group
Host: The League/Women Bike
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1wBcwbW

WEBINAR "Innovations to Promote Walking in Mid-Size Towns" Part 2 of 2

Date: August 28, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (Part 1 on August 21, 2014)
Presenters: Erica Abbruzzese (Montclair NJ Dept of Health & Human Services), Michael Hodges (Township of Bloomfield NJ Department of Health & Human Services), Tara Spinelli (Nutley, NJ Walks to School program) & Ian Thomas (America Walks)
Host: America Walks
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1yulzae

WEBINAR "Sustainability in the City of Austin, TX"

Date: September 4, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET Presenters: Lucia Athens (City of Austin)
Host: Sustainability City Network
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1legmmc

WEBINAR "Open Question and Answer Session" [with the US Access Board]

Date: September 4, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (To be repeated March 5, 2015)
Presenters: Marsha K. Mazz & Rex Pace (US Access Board)
Host: US Access Board
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/13YfYxd

WEBINAR "US Report Card on Physical Activity for Children, Youth"

Date: September 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Human Kinetics 
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1zCGDfp

WEBINAR "Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations"

Date: September 17, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET (rescheduled from September 4)
Presenters: Katherine Fiedler, Scott Stafford & Christine Brittle (Acclaro Research Solutions, Inc.)
Host: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1nBRMas

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

WEBINAR "How to Access and Use Data for Planning Complete Streets Projects"

Date: September 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, 1 nursing contact hour, 1 Category 1 CHES or MCHES contact education credit)
Presenters: Tony Hull (Toole Design Group), Michael Bauer (NYS Dept. of Health), Rob Limoges (NTS DOT)
Host: School of Public Health, University at Albany
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1pEf04E

WEBINAR "Public-Private Partnerships"

Date: September 23, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET 
Presenters: TBA
Host: Advocacy Advance
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/Xh3Fg6

WEBINAR "Latina Women on Wheels"

Date: September 24, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Marin Bicycle Coalition
Host: The League/Women Bike
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1rzotN2

WEBINAR "Mosaic Value and Cost Informed Planning: Oregon's new tool for least cost planning"

Date: September 30, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET 
Presenters: Sam Seskin (CH2MHILL) & Robert Maestre (ODOT Transportation)
Host: State Smart Transportation Initiative
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1pEJQtP

WEBINAR "Transit and Protected Bike Lanes"

Date: October 1, 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/1mIOEcu

WEBINAR "Design Treatments to Transition from Trails to Roadways"

Date: October 15, 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/1yWRPFh

WEBINAR "MAP-21 2.0"

Date: October 21, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET 
Presenters: TBA
Host: Advocacy Advance
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1r8K3YE

WEBINAR "Health Funding"

Date: November 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET 
Presenters: TBA
Host: Advocacy Advance
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1l2zSm9

WEBINAR "E-bikes, Electric Assist Bikes and Transportation Policy"

Date: November 19, 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/1prt9lp

WEBINAR "Using Pilot Projects to Implement Protected Bike Lanes"

Date: December 3, 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/1oJ2nzU

WEBINAR "Maintenance Funding"

Date: December 16, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET 
Presenters: TBA
Host: Advocacy Advance
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/VlgvYX

WEBINAR "Getting to Better Outcomes from Public Engagement"

Date: December 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/1mIPFRV



-> According to the description of Applying a Health Lens to Decision Making in Non-Health Sectors - Workshop Summary, an Institute of Medicine report issued in March, "Health is influenced by a variety of factors, many of which fall outside the health care delivery sector. These determinants of health include the characteristics of where people live, work, learn, and play. Decision and policy making in areas such as transportation, housing, and education at different levels of government, as well as in the private sector, can have far-reaching impacts on health. There has been increasing dialogue on incorporating a health perspective in policies, programs, and projects outside the health field, including a 2011 IOM report that calls for government and the private sector to adopt approaches that look for shared benefits.

"On September 9, 2013, the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a workshop to foster cross-sectoral dialogue and to consider the opportunities for and barriers to improving the conditions for health in the course of achieving other sectors' objectives, such as economic development and efficient public transit. This document summarizes the workshop."

Source: http://bit.ly/1tBX8s8
Title & Author: "Applying a Health Lens to Decision Making in Non-Health Sectors - Workshop Summary" by Institute of Medicine

[See also the Institute of Medicine's interactive infographic "Looking at Polices Through a Health Lens" http://bit.ly/1vPkl9P]


-> According to the introduction to a recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, "...The State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 2014, provides information for each state on state-level supports for the three environmental and policy strategies... for increasing physical activity and physical activity behaviors (1) Creating or enhancing access to safe places for physical activity; 2) Enhancing physical education and physical activity in schools and child care settings; and 3) Supporting street-scale and community-scale design policy.. This report, which can be used to inform decision makers throughout the state, shows that physical activity among adults and youth is higher in some states than others; and overall, most states have environmental supports such as sidewalks or walking paths in place that encourage physical activity..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1p7WU5U
Title & Author: "2014 State Indicator Report on Physical Activity" by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Source: http://bit.ly/1vlSu3A


-> According to an Aug. 19th Transportation Research Board blurb, "TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 750: Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volume 6: The Effects of Socio-Demographics on Future Travel Demand presents the results of research on how socio-demographic changes over the next 30 to 50 years may impact travel demand at the regional level. It is accompanied by a software tool, Impacts 2050, designed to support the long-term planning activities of transportation agencies.

"The print version of the report contains a CD-ROM that includes Impacts 2050, software user's guide (http://bit.ly/1nC9pXP), a PowerPoint presentation about the research (http://bit.ly/VNgZYm), and the research brief (http://bit.ly/1qvghe8). The CD-ROM is also available for download from TRB's website as an ISO image..." 

Source: http://bit.ly/1p8dClE
Title & Author: "Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volume 6: The Effects of Socio-Demographics on Future Travel Demand" by Staff


-> According to an Aug. 13th Transportation Research Board blurb, "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a report that summarizes its collaborative efforts with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These efforts have been aimed at improving the livability of communities, in part through improving access to public transportation and safe walkways. (Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments: http://1.usa.gov/1ooV0O7)"

Source: http://bit.ly/1qvj5rR
Title & Author: "Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments" by US Environmental Protection Agency


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 Posters - Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, January 11-15, 2015, Washington DC. Task Force on Understanding New Directions for the National Household Travel Survey. This call is outside the usual TRB website and paper review system. Proposals do not need to be submitted using the on-line system and no paper is required to participate in this poster session. For questions, email saphores@uci.edu
Deadline: September 5, 2014

-> Call for Abstracts - Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts, April 13-14, 2015, Washington, DC.
Deadline: October 1, 2014


-> 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 7-8, 2014, North American Bikeshare Association Annual Meeting & Vendor Expo, Pittsburgh, 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 10, 2014, Encouraging Cycling in the UK, London, England.

-> September 10, 2014, Safe Routes to School National Partnership Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA (during Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place)

-> 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)

-> September 14-17, 2014, Transport Connections for Livable Communities, Auckland, New Zealand.

-> September 15, 2014, Oregon Transportation Summit, Portland, OR.

-> 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.

-> September 24-26, 2014, EcoDistricts Summit, Washington, DC.

-> October 7-8, 2014, 7th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, IA.

-> October 8, 2014, Walk to School Day

-> October 8-10, 2014, Placemaking: Making It Happen, New York, NY.

-> October 9-10, 2014, Illinois DOT Fall Planning Conference, Bloomington, IL.

-> October 9-12, 2014, 3rd Annual North Carolina Bike Summit, Greensboro, NC.

-> October 10, 2014, Wisconsin Bike Summit, Madison, WI.

-> 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 5-8, 2014, National Bicycle Tourism Conference, San Diego, CA.

-> November 6-7, 2014, Connecting to Transform Communities: Stakeholders in Health & Wellness 2014, Minneapolis, MN.

-> 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, 2015, TRB Specialty Workshop: Crowd and Pedestrian Modeling, Simulation, and Data, Washington, DC.

-> January 11, 2015, TRB Specialty Workshop: HF-B Look right! Look left! Where? Accommodating Pedestrians at Alternative Intersections, Washington, DC.

-> January 11, 2015, TRB Specialty Workshop: Integrated Land-use, Travel Demand, Air Quality, and Exposure Modeling: Is This the Future of Regional Transportation Planning? , Washington, DC.

-> January 11-15, 2015, Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

-> January 29-31, 2015, New Partners for Smart Growth, Baltimore, MD.

-> February 10-12, 2015, Winter Cycling Congress, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

-> February 22-25, 2015, Active Living Research, San Diego. CA.

-> March 3-5, 2015, Minnesota’s Transportation Conference, Bloomington, MN.

-> April 13-14, 2015, Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts, Washington, DC.

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

-> May 17-21, 2015, 15th TRB National Transportation Planning Applications Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.

-> June 16-18, 2015, National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, Washington, DC.

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

-> July 6-8, 2014, 1st International Conference on Transport & Health, London, England. Contact Jennifer Mindell, BSc, MB BS, PhD, FFPH, FRCP: j.mindell@ucl.ac.uk


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The biennial Environmental Excellence Awards (EEA) Program recognizes outstanding transportation projects, processes, and partners that use FHWA funding sources to go beyond "business as usual" to achieve environmental excellence. The 2015 EEA Program includes a strong focus on both the natural and human environment, and will feature a range of categories under the topic areas of Natural Environment, Human Environment, and Organization and Process Innovation, with the goal of recognizing best practices occurring across the Nation.

For questions about the EEA Program, please contact Bill Ostrum of the Office of Project Development and Environmental Review at william.f.ostrum@dot.gov or (202) 366-4651, Connie Hill of the Office of Natural Environment at connie.hill@dot.gov or (804) 775-3378, or Brenda Kragh of the Office of Human Environment at brenda.kragh@dot.gov or (202) 366-2064. 

Deadline: September 30, 2014


TRB's Young Members Council is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Young Member Award. This award recognizes exceptional young member service to TRB and achievements in transportation research, policy, or practice. The award is given annually to a TRB volunteer who is 35 years of age or younger on April 15 in the year of the award. The award will be presented on January 12, 2015, as part of the Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecture and Presentation of Outstanding Paper Awards during the TRB 94th Annual Meeting, January 11-15, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The award will consist of a plaque and a $2,500 cash award.

Deadline: October 17, 2014, 5 pm ET


Adventure Cycling Association seeks an energetic, well-organized, and detail-oriented person to fill the role of Membership Marketing Coordinator in the Membership Department. This is a unique opportunity for a self-starter with initiative to join a growing membership program. They seek a team player, with a marketing background with an enthusiasm for cycling and bicycle travel. This position manages their growing corporate membership program, assists with and maintains new member promotions and manages the bike club and shop membership programs for the Membership Department. Duties include social media outreach, coordinating our free membership program, working with the marketing team, coordinating club and bike shop new member & renewal mailings and overseeing and implementing annual surveys.

Deadline: September 1, 2014


Are you interested in creating positive, long-term community change through policy, planning, and community engagement? Would you like to join an enthusiastic team of passionate advocates and social entrepreneurs? Do you think that all families regardless of their race, culture, or socioeconomic status have a right to better transportation options and access to physical activity? Do you think neighborhoods should be more accessible to those with disabilities? BikeWalkKC is looking for a person with technical expertise in community planning, active transportation, public and institutional policy, and geographic information systems. But more importantly we are seeking a person who shares our passion for transformational change toward a more walkable, bikeable and accessible built environment. We want a dynamic, highly skilled professional who wants to apply his or her planning expertise toward making Kansas City a better place for people to walk and bike. In particular your efforts will be focused on the Kansas City Public School District and all of its diverse neighborhoods.

Deadline: September 15, 2014. Applications reviewed as they arrive.


Acumen Building Enterprise, an Oakland-based professional consulting firm seeks a full-time, skilled assistant transportation planner to support transportation planning research, data collection, data analysis, report writing and meetings. This fast-paced, full-time assistant transportation planner position is conveniently located in the City Center in downtown Oakland, California. If you are interested in shaping the future of transportation, want to learn more and are curious about transportation planning, have the ability to manage your time well and want to work with and support a wide variety of people, this job is for you.

Deadline: None provided


Walt Disney Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of Disney's Parks and Resorts business segment. Representing more than 150 disciplines, its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation of Disney resorts, theme parks and attractions, hotels, water parks, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, cruise ships and new media technology projects. They are seeking a collaborative leader for the Land & Urban Planning studio. This studio has the charter to develop unique planning strategies which best articulate, preserve and realize the greatest potential for the land and built environment for each of our seven global destination resorts. Using the foundational principles of deliberate placement, sequence and connectivity, we produce plans which inspire and enrich the "story of place" — the authentic history, character and features that define an immersive, magical Disney destination resort in locations as diverse as Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Shanghai.

Deadline: None Provided



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