#365 Wednesday, September 17, 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.
We apologize for the one-week delay in getting this issue to you. We pulled out all the stops for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place last week in Pittsburgh. In waiting a week we now have some great items to share from the conference. We will resume our bi-weekly schedule next week with Issue #366.
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-> We are looking forward to bringing the next Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference to Vancouver BC in September 2016. It is a city with outstanding active transportation bona fides: a goal of a 50 percent walking, biking, transit mode share by 2020 and a two-thirds mode split by 2040; an all ages and abilities approach to street design; a 265 kilometer bicycling network; and (of course) a strong local advocacy organization in HUB (https://bikehub.ca). The conference has long benefited from Vancouver’s experience in advocating for, planning, designing, and operating a world class active transportation system. Our 2014 program in Pittsburgh featured a number of representatives from Vancouver’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Stay tuned to CenterLines as we get to know our new host city.
-> According to a Sept. 15th League of American Bicyclists article, "Last week in Pittsburgh, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, announced a groundbreaking agenda by US DOT (U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces New Initiative to Enhance Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety: http://1.usa.gov/1wB3N8T) to address the safety of people who bike and walk in all 50 states.
"'Safety is our highest priority and that commitment is the same regardless of which form of transportation people choose, including walking and biking,' Foxx told the more than 1,000 attendees at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference. 'This initiative is aimed at reversing the recent rise in deaths and injuries among the growing number of Americans who bicycle or walk to work, to reach public transportation and to other important destinations.'
"Rolling out over the next 18 months, the 'Safer People, Safer Streets' Action Plan (http://1.usa.gov/1tMPtJa) commits the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to identify the causes of bicycle and pedestrian crashes and to work with practitioners, elected officials and advocates to find solutions to reduce injuries and fatalities..."
-> According to a Sept. 15th Streetsblog post, "After a week at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference in Pittsburgh, it was all I could talk about — and luckily, Jeff was an eager audience. In this podcast, Jeff and I talk about the relative utility of a character like Isabella, the new character People for Bikes created to make the case for safe, low-stress bikeways. We dig into the announcement that U.S. DOT is going to take on bike and pedestrian safety as one of its top issues. And we debate the pros and cons of holding the next Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place in Vancouver.
"There were hundreds of workshops, panels, presentations, and tours — not to mention countless side conversations, power lunches, and informal caucuses that were probably at least as energizing as the formal sessions — so my impressions are just one tiny slice of the pie. If you attended this year, we'd love to hear your thoughts on the conference, the host city, and your experience in the comments."
-> (The Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference last week: http://bit.ly/1ARvCri)
"Miss @SecretaryFoxx's speech at #walkbikeplaces last week? (Or just want to re-watch?) Here it is, thx to @jzwetmore -http://bit.ly/XxYk3F--From @completestreets
"No one's asked a pol to justify a bridge by how many people are swimming across a river" @Penalosa_G #WalkBikePlaces - http://bit.ly/1yfEYRH —From @PPS_Placemaking
"Someone put ponytails on Pittsburgh sharrows. They're calling them 'sheryls.'" http://bit.ly/1s5x9uR-- From @BikeWalk
-> According to a Sept. 10th Streetsblog article, "...What if every new bicycle facility were built with the intent of being useful to a young girl? If it were, wouldn't it be good enough for the rest of us, too? That's why, at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference this week, we're launching a new concept to help guide our work. Build it for Isabella (http://bit.ly/1ujWIan).
"Isabella ... is 12. She likes cartwheels, Instagram photos with her best friend, and ice cream cones. Sometimes she even likes school. But without someone to drive her around, she can't enjoy those things, because of the way her neighborhood's busier streets are built. The ultimate goal of the Green Lane Project — and, we'd argue, of all modern bicycle infrastructure — is to let Isabella go where she wants. Not every bike project will be able to serve Isabella. Some streets are just too narrow. Some budgets are just too thin.
"But if any new bike project isn't good enough for Isabella, we would argue that it should have a pretty clear reason why not. As Green Lane Project Director Martha Roskowski wrote in January, it's time to stop building black diamond bike lanes..."
-> According to a Sept. 16th email message from Christy Kwan of the Advocacy Advance Partnership, "I'm just sending a friendly note to all of the advocates out there that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has released its Notice of Funding Availability for their Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning Pilot Program. Read the announcement on the FTA website (http://1.usa.gov/ZorAer) or download a PDF of the full Notice (http://1.usa.gov/XdL8Az). [Applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on November 3, 2015.] Please note that sometimes the FTA site has problems loading in Google Chrome – so try another web browser if you receive web errors.
"What do all of these words mean?: There's money available from FTA that will support biking and walking improvements and your local transit agency may be considering applying for those funds. The Notice for Funding Opportunity explicitly says that applications must address 6 aspects, including how the project 'increases access to transit hubs for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.' Please check in with your local transit agency if they are thinking about applying to the TOD Planning Pilot Grant Program, and if they are, here's your opportunity to help them scoring additional points on their application by addressing how the TOD project will increase access by walking and biking to transit.
"You can learn about biking and walking improvements associated with transit with the latest Advocacy Advance report called "First Mile, Last Mile: How federal funds help people who walk and bike access transit." You can read the report and watch a webinar recording at: http://bit.ly/1tZhT2U. Lastly, for more additional information on this funding opportunity, please see this blog post from our friends at Transportation for America (http://bit.ly/1o16I2y).
[Editor's Note: FTA's Joanne Waszczak announced at Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Place that FTA funds can be used for pedestrian projects within a half mile of transit, and for bicycle projects within 3 miles of transit.]
[Editor's Note: See also Webinar section below for Winning Strategies: Succeeding in FTA's New TOD Planning Grant Program on September 26.]
-> According to a Sept. 15th CityLab article, "'Bikelash' is a snappy little word that names a condition quite familiar to anyone who's been following the politics of city streets in the United States over the past few years. It describes the resistance and hostility that the increasing presence of bikes on city streets sometimes produces in people who don't ride bikes... Now Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms has made a video interviewing bike advocates from around the country at this year's Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference (5:25 http://bit.ly/1t8XHtw), held earlier this month in Pittsburgh, about their response to bikelash. The consensus seems to be that bikelash is an inevitable part of the evolution of bicycle transportation in North America, a phase that most be gotten through with patience and positivity..."
-> According to a September European Cyclist Federation newsletter article, "ECF's aim, to get 'more people cycling more often', is a win-win situation for meeting both the target of a 40% emissions reduction by 2030 and the EU's energy security goals. Making up a fifth of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions, reducing emissions from the transport sector is key to meeting the 40% targets.
"Our 2011 'Cycling More Often 2 Cool Down the Planet: Quantifying CO2 Savings of Cycling' study (http://bit.ly/1qZ2A6x) showed that if the EU-27 were to cycle as much as Denmark, this could meet up to 26% of the 2050 transport sector targets and would reduce the EU's oil imports by 9%. This is in addition to benefits of active mobility such as better health, lowered road congestion and the unlocking of new public spaces..."
-> According to a Sept. 5th CityLab article, "A big reason for opposition to bike lanes is that, according to the rules of traffic engineering, they lead to car congestion. The metric determining this outcome (known as "level of service") is quite complicated, but its underlying logic is simple: less road space for automobiles means more delay at intersections. But the general wisdom doesn't tell the whole story here. On the contrary, smart street design can eliminate many of the traffic problems anticipated by alternative mode elements like bike lanes. A new report on protected bike lanes (Protected Bike Lanes in NYC: http://on.nyc.gov/1r7xuLv) released by the New York City Department of Transportation by the New York City Department of Transportation offers a great example of how rider safety can be increased even while car speed is maintained.
"To see what we mean, let's take a look at the bike lanes installed on Columbus Avenue from 96th to 77th streets... Rather than increase delay for cars, the protected bike lanes on Columbus actually improved travel times in the corridor. According to city figures, the average car took about four-and-a-half minutes to go from 96th to 77th before the bike lanes were installed, and three minutes afterward—a 35 percent decrease in travel time..."
-> According to a September CTS Catalyst newsletter article, "Navigating sidewalks and intersections affected by road construction can be challenging for all pedestrians, but it's especially difficult for those who are blind or visually impaired. To help these pedestrians find their way safely, University of Minnesota researchers have developed a smartphone app that can detect upcoming work zones and provide routing instructions. The project, funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)...
"The app builds on a previously developed smartphone-based system that was designed to provide visually impaired pedestrians with geometric and signal timing information at signalized intersections... The app uses Bluetooth beacons—which can be attached to signs, posts, or construction barriers in a work zone—that communicate with the GPS receiver on a user's smartphone. When a beacon is detected, the phone vibrates and provides an audio message. The message includes the pedestrian's current location, the location of the work zone, and suggested routing instructions. The user can tap the smartphone to have the message repeated...
"In addition, the research team has received funding from the Roadway Safety Institute (RSI) to expand the project by creating a 'condition aware' infrastructure that can be integrated with the smartphone app. The goal is a system that can self-monitor and keep the information it broadcasts to app users as up-to-date as possible... The team expects the app to be available to the public following the completion of the RSI-funded project."
-> According to a Sept. 12 Transportation for America article, "The latest (sixth, if you're counting) round of TIGER grants has been released — $584 million worth going to 72 projects in every corner of the country.
"TIGER grants, you'll recall, can go to any mode or combination thereof, and often go directly to local governments or transportation agencies – unlike most other federal dollars, which are targeted to specific modes and flow through the state department of transportation via funding formula. Given their flexibility and ability to support innovative proposals, TIGER dollars are intensely sought-after. This year was no exception. The U.S. DOT says it received '797 eligible applications from 49 states ... an increase from the 585 applications received in 2013. Overall, applicants requested 15 times the $600 million available for the program, or $9 billion for needed transportation projects.'...
"Here some highlights of the kinds of projects funded:
-> According to a Sept. 12th StreetFilms article, "The Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place 2014 conference took place this week in Pittsburgh. Even though the Andy Warhol Bridge already has a nice shared bike-ped path on it, for one week the city decided to put bike lanes on its roadway (http://bit.ly/1uG1jTA). It's the simplest design you can imagine, just two rows of small traffic barriers and a little bit of signage. I compiled a few moments of footage while walking to an event one night..."
-> According to a September Rails-to-Trails Conservancy enews article, "For many, government agencies represent a land of endless bureaucracy, where dreams of new trails wither, bogged down by mountains of paperwork and red tape. Not so at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), which has played a key role in creating new trails for over two decades. To date, Pennsylvania has more than 1,700 miles of trails. So what makes Pennsylvania a leader in the trail community? While most states rely heavily on federal funding for trails, the additional state-generated funding for trails—Pennsylvania is one of the few states that allocate such funds—allows DCNR to complete numerous trail projects each year. This historical commitment originated with voters in the 1980s, who wanted more access to the outdoors and a higher quality of life. Funding for trails has continued ever since, most notably in the form of the 1993 Keystone Fund for outdoor recreation..."
-> According to a Sept. 15th post on the APBP member listserve from Brian Graham, Boulder County Flood Recovery Coordinator, "As many of you may recall, Boulder County was hit with an epic storm last September, causing flooding and a federally declared disaster. Several of you happened to be in town as we were hosting the APBP Professional Development Seminar... Attendees split cabs to the airport and took back roads to DIA after the Denver-Boulder Turnpike was closed due to flooding... The extent of the damage was unimaginable during those first few days. It has been a long year and our recovery efforts to rebuild county roadways are really just beginning, and are expected to last at least through 2016."
-> According to a Sept. 16th Transportation Research Board blurb, "TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 168: Travel Training for Older Adults, Part I: A Handbook (http://bit.ly/1BKhLoT) presents a comprehensive roadmap for designing a travel training program to meet the mobility needs of older persons. The Handbook, Part I, addresses the primary components of an effective travel training program and provides an extensive set of guidelines for transit agencies and human services providers on how to build and implement training programs to help older adults who are able to use fixed-route public transit.
"The supplemental research report, Part II (Travel Training for Older Adults Travel Training for Older Adults, Part II: Research Report and Case Studies: http://bit.ly/1uG3czu), reviews the research plan that produced this report as well as the case studies used to formulate the overall strategic program. An Executive Summary (http://bit.ly/YQbPwG) brochure summarizes the highlights of TCRP Report 168, Parts I and II."
-> According to a Sept. 8th Transportation Research Board blurb, "The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released a report that provides a review of research and current practices of integrating economic development goals in metropolitan area transportation planning. (A Multi-Modal Approach to Economic Development in the Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning Process: http://1.usa.gov/1qVTWH3"
-> According to a Sept. 14th CityLab article, "New research concludes that an active commute may be as important to well-being as marriage or a pay raise.
"Our study shows that the longer people spend commuting in cars, the worse their psychological well-being," says Adam Martin from the University of East Anglia. The study (Does active commuting improve psychological wellbeing? Longitudinal evidence from eighteen waves of the British Household Panel Survey: http://bit.ly/1uS4B56), just published in the journal Preventative Medicine, concludes that commuters with 'active travel modes' are associated with higher rates of well-being than those who drive or use public transportation...
-> According to a Sept. 5th The Columbus Dispatch article, "While U.S. childhood-obesity rates appear to be stabilizing, the rate among adults remains stubbornly high, reaching new peaks in several states during the past year. That's according to the latest annual report on obesity in America published yesterday by Trust for America's Health, a health-advocacy and research group, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic group focused on public-health issues. The report stressed that geography and social factors, such as income and race, continue to play a significant role in obesity. The result is that more Americans face a higher risk for health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancers and premature death..."
-> According to a Sept. 16th Public Health Newswire article, "Where you live has a lot to do with factors that influence your health, such as exposure to air pollution. According to new research (Race/Ethnicity, Residential Segregation, and Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis: http://bit.ly/1tb1O8C) from the American Journal of Public Health, Hispanic neighborhoods experience the most air pollution, while white neighborhoods face the least. The study, led by researcher Miranda Jones, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, investigated household-level fine particulate matter and nitrogen oxides and compared it against neighborhood racial composition estimates for study participants. Jones and team reviewed the air pollution exposure levels among white, black, Hispanic and Chinese participants. Results revealed that the ethnic and racial make-up of a neighborhood is correlated with air pollution levels. Minority neighborhoods, on a whole, faced the largest exposures, with Hispanic communities experiencing the most..."
-> "If you are walking or bicycling, you should know that your safety is every bit as important --and just as much of a concern to the U.S. Department of Transportation-- as the safety of an airplane passenger, a transit rider, or someone in a motor vehicle."
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WEBINAR "Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations"
Date: September 17, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET (rescheduled from September 4)
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)
WEBINAR "The Role of Parks and Recreation in Planning for Health"
Date: September 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "How to Access and Use Data for Planning Complete Streets Projects"
Date: September 19, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET (1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, 1 nursing contact hour, 1 Category 1 CHES or MCHES contact education credit)
WEBINAR "Moneyball for Bike Advocacy: Identifying Bike Voters"
Date: September 19, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Creating a Fit Nation: Tips and Tools from the Authors of New York's Active Design Guidelines"
Date: September 23, 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Public-Private Partnerships"
Date: September 23, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "re:Streets: re:Imagining re:Purposing and re:Constructing Our Most Valuable Public Spaces"
Date: September 24, 2014, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET (follow-up discussion forum from September 17 webinar)
WEBINAR "Latina Women on Wheels"
Date: September 24, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Winning Strategies: Succeeding in FTA's New TOD Planning Grant Program"
Date: September 26, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Shared Use: Tools You Can Use!"
Date: September 29, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
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
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)
WEBINAR "The State of Advocacy Organizations in the US: The Scale and Scope of the Walking Movement"
Date: October 9, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
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)
WEBINAR "MAP-21 2.0"
Date: October 21, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Rewriting the book: Context sensitivity design in roadway design and project development"
Date: October 21, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Health Funding"
Date: November 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
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)
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)
WEBINAR "Maintenance Funding"
Date: December 16, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
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)
-> According to a Sept. 7th State Smart Transportation Initiatives article, "At the May 2013 SSTI Community of Practice, participants requested guidance on performance measures for biking and walking projects. After surveying state DOTs, city and MPO staff, national organizations, and the research literature, this draft report (Draft-Performance Measures for Bicycle and Pedestrian Investments: http://bit.ly/1BLlDpG) outlines strategies used to assess the success of state and local projects. The narrative document examines metrics currently being used as well as the drawbacks or challenges to using each one. A matrix also summarizes the pros and cons and expense or difficulty of gathering the data needed (http://bit.ly/1yfymTp)."
-> According to an FHWA web page updated in August, "The Federal Highway Administration receives occasional inquiries about what bicycle facilities, signals, and markings are permitted in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) (http://1.usa.gov/1BJuKHp). The table below lists various bicycle-related signs, markings, signals, and other treatments and identifies their status (e.g., can be implemented, currently experimental) in the 2009 version of the MUTCD..."
-> The late summer VTPI News sent via email included these 3 resources,
-> According to a Sept. 16th email message from Nancy Smith Lea of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, "Today, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) releases its 12th and final video from the It's Your Move series, featuring Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner and the Executive Director of the City of Toronto's Planning Department.
("Each video in this series features a leader living in Halton, York, Peel, Durham, Hamilton or Toronto and shares personal and professional stories about the benefits of active transportation. By promoting how these leaders and residents use walking and cycling to enrich their lives and their communities, each video in turn builds recognition for the importance of walking and cycling networks as we expand regional transportation to move the GTHA: http://bit.ly/1lPwGcb)
-> According to a Sept. 11th Springwise.com article, "Most cities were never designed to cater for the huge numbers of bikes seen on their roads every day, and as the number of cyclists grows, so do the fatality statistics thanks to limited investment in safe cycle paths. While Berlin already crowdsources bikers' favorite cycle routes and maps them through the Dynamic Connections platform, a new app called WeCycle (http://bit.ly/1m9R7m2) lets cyclists track their journeys, pooling their data to create heat maps for city planners.
"Created by the UK's TravelAI transport startup, WeCycle taps into the current consumer trend for quantifying every aspect of life, including journey times. By downloading the free iOS app, London cyclists can seamlessly create stats each time they get on their bike. The app runs in the background and uses the device's accelerometer to smartly distinguish walking or running from cycling. They can then see how far they've traveled, how fast they cycle and every route they've taken. Additionally, the app also tracks bus and car travel. Anyone that downloads the app agrees that their data can be anonymously sent to TravelAI, creating an accurate and real-time information resource. It aims to create tools such as heat maps and behavior monitoring for cities and local authorities to learn more about how citizens are using roads to better inform their transport policies..."
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-> Call for Abstracts - Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts, April 13-14, 2015, Washington, DC.
-> Call for Papers – Velo City, June 2-5, 2015, Nantes, France.
-> Call for Presentations – CTS Annual Research Conference, May 20-21, 2015, Saint Paul RiverCentre, MN.
-> September 21-24, 2014, Rail~Volution, Minneapolis, MN.
-> September 24-26, 2014, EcoDistricts Summit, Washington, DC.
-> October 6, 2014, 2014 Complete Streets Forum, Toronto, Canada.
-> 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.
-> March 10-12, 2015, 2015 National Bike Summit, Washington, DC.
-> 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.
-> May 20-12, 2015, CTS Annual Research Conference, Saint Paul RiverCentre, MN.
-> June 2-5, 2015, Velo City, Nantes, France.
-> 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you are working to make streets safer or to increase access to playgrounds and parks so that children and families in your community can have more opportunities for physical activity – we can help! The Safe Routes to School National Partnership can assist your efforts to make your community a place where kids can easily be active and healthy. We are offering free technical assistance to successful applicants working in underserved communities on campaigns to obtain shared use agreements, Complete Streets policies, or other policies in support of walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School. Technical assistance can range from providing resources, to assisting with the creation of campaign plans and platforms, to developing communications strategies and coaching to ensure a successful campaign.
Deadline: September 26, 2014 by 5 pm ET
-> $1,000 MINI-GRANTS, NATIONAL CENTER FOR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL AND SCHWINN'S HELMETS ON HEADS PROGRAM
The National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn's Helmets on Heads program are teaming up to provide 25 $1,000 mini-grants to 25 schools across the country. These mini-grants support a common goal of both organizations: to support educators, communities and families in encouraging children to safely bike to school. These funds can be used to fund activities ranging from the nuts and bolts to help start or sustain bicycling programs, to new, inspiring ideas that explore the range of benefits of safe bicycling.
Deadline: October 22, 2014
-> APPLICATION, ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEST COMMUNITY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, NEW MOBILITY WEST
New Mobility West will provide four rounds of direct technical assistance to communities across the Rocky Mountain West to address specific challenges or opportunities at the nexus of transportation and community development. Community Assistance must be related to the following common challenges: state highways as main streets; local capital improvement planning and investment; and reshaping commercial corridors.
Deadline: December 5, 2014. Recommended, though not required, to contact Jillian Sutherland (http://bit.ly/1BL7F7k) or call 970.928.3411before submitting an application.
-> JOB - COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC AFFAIRS MANAGER, AMERICA WALKS, WASHINGTON, DC
America Walks is seeking a dynamic professional to serve as the daily manager of communications for America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative. The position will manage all elements of communications, work to improve messaging to increase walking and improve walkability, and manage the Communication and Marketing work group of the Collaborative. This person will also serve as our liaison in Washington DC, attending key partnership and lobby meetings. This person will work from their home office, but must be a strong team player in order to collaborate with staff and organizational partners to grow the national walking movement and build awareness about the importance of walking and walkability among individuals and organizations. This staff person will also help promote Office of the Surgeon General's proposed Call to Action on Walking and Walkability.
Deadline: Applications considered on a rolling basis until September 21, 2014
-> JOB – COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, SAFE TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER (SAFETREC), BERKELEY, CA
SafeTREC at UC Berkeley is one of the oldest and largest traffic safety centers in the US... and is partnership involving the School of Public Health and the Institute of Transportation Studies in the College of Engineering at UCB. SafeTREC's mission is to reduce injury and death caused by traffic crashes through education, research and programing... The communications program at SafeTREC uses a wide variety of media (website, e-newsletters, e-alerts, social media, printed flyers, news stories) to communicate our work to a wide-ranging audience. SafeTREC also conducts online seminars. The communications manager requires a leader who is self-motivated, willing to work directly with members of the public, as well as directly with SafeTREC researchers and staff, to keep current on research programs within the organization, along with tracking the leading sources of California and national information (e.g., TRB APHA, Caltrans, SHSP, various blogs, websites, Twitter feeds, etc.) and sharing it as appropriate with SafeTREC staff, networking with the overall traffic safety community and posting items on websites, in newsletters and various social media outlets.
Deadline: September 23, 2014
-> JOB - COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, PORTLAND (OR) BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION
The Portland Bureau of Transportation's Public Information Manager (PIM) is responsible for managing all internal and external messaging. This includes managing all communications staff, public relations, media relations and coordinating community relations team members to ensure appropriate messaging that builds and sustains the bureau's reputation for quality, reliability and customer satisfaction. The PIM is also responsible for developing communications plans and strategies that align with internal short- and long-term plans that effectively demonstrate the bureau's progress against established performance metrics, and showcase the bureau's role in enhancing the economic well-being and quality of life in the City. The PIM works closely with top executives and elected officials to ensure messaging is consistent and tailored to targeted audiences. The PIM may act as a principal spokesperson for the bureau in responding to inquiries from the media and the public and is expected to exercise considerable discretion in carrying out responsibilities independently and with awareness of intergovernmental and community issues and sensitivities.
Deadline: Applications accepted, on-line, until 75 applications have been received or 4:30 pm, on Friday, September 26, 2014
-> JOB – TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANT PLANNER, CAMBRIDGE, MA
The Transportation Assistant Planner will assist with and manage a variety of multi-modal transportation community/school outreach, planning, and infrastructure projects that further the City's transportation goals through innovative ideas and best practices in sustainable transportation planning, design and community engagement. This person will be a member of an eleven person team within the Environmental and Transportation Planning division of the Community Development Department, doing innovative and collaborative work with other City departments with a focus on schools and also including regional, state and federal transportation agencies, institutions and community members. Primary responsibilities will be in three main areas: Safe Routes to School, the Parking and Transportation Demand Management Ordinance, and the Bicycle Parking Program.
Deadline: October 2, 2014
-> COMPLETE STREETS FELLOW - SMART GROWTH AMERICA, CHICAGO, IL
The Complete Streets Fellow will support the work of Smart Growth America's National Complete Streets Coalition, a diverse coalition of prominent national organizations working for the adoption and implementation of Complete Streets policies across the country. The Fellow will be an integral part of the team. Core responsibilities include: researching and drafting new resources and case studies; supporting the development and planning of events and workshops; and producing compelling content for our blog, newsletter, and social media.
Deadline: None provided (position posted on September 5)
-> ECONOMIC ANALYSIS FELLOW – SMART GROWTH AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC
Smart Growth America seeks an Economic Analysis Fellow to assist with in-depth studies and technical assistance on local government fiscal and economic development issues related to smart growth and land use. The Fellow will also work with the George Washington University Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis on a variety of projects in the areas of economic and fiscal analysis and walkable urbanism, performing technically-oriented public policy research. The primary responsibilities involve: Assembling data and preparing in form suitable for analysis; working with spreadsheets, GIS, statistical packages, or other modeling tools; and assisting in the drafting of reports, briefs, and memoranda related to the research program.
Deadline: Applications are open immediately and will be accepted on a rolling basis. The position is available for an immediate start.
-> JOB – DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES, NEW YORK, NY
Transportation Alternatives is a nationally renowned non-profit focused on transportation issues in New York City. T.A.'s work is supported by more than 12,000 dues-paying members and a network of 100,000 supporters. T.A. is committed to reclaiming New York City's streets for people by ensuring that every New Yorker has safe space to walk and bike and access to public transportation. T.A. is a fast-growing and dynamic organization, with an annual budget of approximately $3.6 million raised from individual, foundation and corporate donors and from fundraising events. To help lead these efforts, T.A. is seeking and experienced fundraising professional to become its next Development Director. The Development Director will lead and direct all of T.A.'s fundraising efforts, with direct responsibility for major gifts, foundation grants, and gala events, and oversight responsibility for corporate sponsorship, membership, and T.A.'s annual bike tours.
Deadline: None Provided
-> 11 JOBS, ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
If you have a passion for creating healthy communities and want to be surrounded by others who are dedicated to the same cause, Alta may be the place for you. Use the links below to apply for a position. If you are having problems, contact HR@altaplanning.com. There are currently 11 jobs open.
-> 6 JOBS, TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
We are always interested in hearing from talented, qualified candidates and students in planning, engineering, and landscape architecture who are passionate about multimodal transportation. For those interested in future positions or internships please send letters of interest and qualifications to email@example.com. There are currently 6 jobs open.
-> 2 JOBS + INTERNSHIPS, SAM SCHWARTZ ENGINEERING, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
SSE continues to experience tremendous growth, even when other engineering firms are downsizing. How do we do it? By hiring exceptional people. Our employees come from the best programs. They are bright, creative and extremely talented. They love what they do and are excited about being a part of some the best traffic and transportation projects in the world. There are currently 2 jobs and internships open.
-> 18 JOBS + 1 INTERNSHIP, FEHR & PEERS, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
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