#367 Wednesday, October 8, 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.
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
-> Waiting is one of the indignities visited upon those who get around on public transit. Waiting isn’t so bad if you can pass the time by doing something productive like catching up on your reading or finishing your breakfast. The problem is that the bus stop usually isn’t such a great place to wait. If your waiting room has a trashcan, a bench, and a route schedule then you’re practically a baller in the public transportation world. Now imagine a roof was added to that bus stop, along with some lighting, some brighter colors, a multimodal transportation map that was easy to understand, and one final ingredient: some art, a little music, or a history lesson. What would happen if we thought of transit stops as places where people wanted to spend time?
This summer, leading up to Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place in Pittsburgh, David Leyzerovsky and David Nelson of PPS began working with Pittsburgh City Planning and other stakeholders to identify transit stops for staging Placemaking interventions. The project’s goals were to improve the transit user experience and to encourage the community and public agencies to think of transit stops as potential community assets. Read the Davids’ report about what happened in Pittsburgh (http://bit.ly/1BRH6eN).
Our bus stop intervention in Pittsburgh follows a lighter, quicker, cheaper design philosophy; at the other end of the spectrum, but just as awesome and also in Pittsburgh, is a bus stop that Ikea and the Airport Corridor Transportation Association developed. Take a moment to make your some-assembly-required jokes, and then proceed to Streetsblog for pictures and the rest of the story (http://bit.ly/ZR1jWA0).
-> According to an Oct. 6th National Center for Safe Routes to School release, "On Wednesday, Oct. 8, thousands of students, parents and communities representing more than 4,300 schools across the United States will walk and bicycle to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day (http://bit.ly/15PtJyo).
"This one-day event in the U.S. is a part of an international effort in more than 40 countries to celebrate the many benefits of safely walking and bicycling to school and to encourage more families to consider getting out of the car and onto their feet on the way to school in October. Walk to School events will be held nationwide on Wednesday and throughout the month of October. To view the names and locations of registered U.S. schools participating in Walk to School Day 2014, visit http://bit.ly/1vMa9Qb..."
-> According to recently opened survey, "Nearly five years ago, the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP: http://bit.ly/1CTe7tl) was developed. This comprehensive strategic plan aims to increase physical activity in all segments of the U.S. population. To mark The Plan's 5 year anniversary, the NPAP will undergo revisions to update the existing document and prioritize strategies. During this revision process, public comment on the current version of the Plan will be solicited for 45 days (September 15 - October 31). The NPAP is comprised of 8 societal sectors, each with underlying strategies which are supported by tactics: Business and Industry; Education; Health Care; Mass Media; Parks, Recreation, Fitness, and Sports; Public Health; Transportation, Land use, and Community Design; and Volunteer and Non-Profit."
-> According to a Sept. 26th Co.Exist article, "New census data released last week shows that more Americans are commuting by bike than ever before--but that the total numbers, even in the biggest biking cities, are still a paltry percentage of total commuters. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 0.62% of commutes were made by bicycle in 2013, a small increase from the year before—'Modes Less Traveled—Bicycling and Walking to Work in the United States: 2008–2012’ (http://1.usa.gov/1o4eyfP). This percentage equated to an estimated total 882,000 people who considered themselves bike commuters. In the city that had the highest percentage of bike commuters--Portland, Oregon--only 5.9% of people got to work by bike. The list of cities with the higher percentage of bike commuters, compiled by the League of American Bicyclists based on the census data, shows some surprises..."
[New Census numbers show Pittsburgh has the nation’s largest bike commuter jump since Y2K. Pittsburgh breaks 2 percent and sees a 408% jump: http://bit.ly/1pO8V1T]
-> According to an Oct. 7th Wired article, "There are many ways cities can make their public spaces safer and more inviting for pedestrians... But there is one easy, cost-effective, and quick thing just about any city can do to make themselves more pedestrian-friendly: Use building and landscape details to make people feel welcome and comfortable.
"The idea comes from a report by the non-profit SPUR (originally called the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association), which laid out seven ways to make any city more pedestrian-friendly. (See summary at http://wrd.cm/1vNpr6j) Most of the ideas required big changes to existing infrastructure, but this one is dead simple...."
-> According to an Oct. 1st emailed CrowdSpot newsletter article, "The UniMelb (University of Melbourne, Australia) Bike Parking Map (http://bit.ly/1uzh1kx) launched last month and has so far received hundreds of contributions for new bike parking locations. The data collected will help plan for future bike parking locations at the Parkville Campus..."
-> According to an Oct. 1st Seattle Met article, "Last year 1,121 bicycles in Seattle were reported stolen. That’s roughly three purloined bikes a day. But the moment a ride is pinched is only the beginning. To the prepared thief, every bike rack is a buffet... The components, meanwhile—the lights, seats, handlebars, derailleurs, and brakes that turn a frame into a ridable bike—can go for hundreds of dollars each on the black market. With no serial numbers, these parts, unlike frames, are untraceable... Locks deter, but so long as there’s profit to be made, they won’t prevent a theft. Addicts whose bottom line is a fix ally with websites whose bottom line is clicks, while legit secondhand stores struggle to cull their wares..."
-> According to an Oct. 2nd post to the Safe Routes to School listserve by Margaux Mennesson of the SRTS National Partnership, "Here's a success story worth sharing about how a coalition of 40 groups in Minnesota came together to advance a comprehensive Safe Routes to School program for the state.
"The coalition was formed in 2012 to work to fund a MN-based Safe Routes to School program. Despite a budget shortfall in 2013, the state legislature approved coalition-backed legislation providing $500,000 for two years for the Safe Routes to School program. Then, with support from a Voices for Healthy Kids grant, the coalition was able to hire a legislative campaign coordinator and communications coordinator for the 2014 session. Despite competition for funding, and thanks to targeted communications campaign and strong coalition, the legislature approved $1 million for SRTS infrastructure funding. It also increased funding by $250,000 per year for non-infrastructure spending.
Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/1yLrkWL.
-> According to a Sept. 30th Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) article, "On September 17, the region’s Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) took a historic vote to include social equity considerations in its scoring of project funding applications. The new equity points, among points in a number of traditional transportation criteria (usage, age of facility, etc.), do two essential things. One, they give a slight preference to projects (roads, transit, and bicycle/pedestrian) benefitting people of color, people living in poverty, and especially people in racially concentrated areas of poverty. Second, they connect transportation and housing outcomes, by aligning points with efforts by cities and counties to increase the availability of affordable housing...
"TLC has long sought to direct a greater share of TAB funding to projects that provide greater access by transit, bicycling, and walking—particularly for those who can’t afford to, or choose not to, own a car. We have also advocated for road repair and retrofit projects rather than mostly building new and bigger facilities. Despite sustained advocacy and a new regional policy emphasis on social equity and sustainability as articulated by Thrive MSP, (the Met. Council’s long-range plan), changing transportation funding priorities was no easy task.
"Shifting priorities to leverage improved social equity could be achieved through one of two key policy changes: One, spending an increased share of funds in areas of concentrated poverty or racially concentrated areas of poverty. Or two, keeping the same geographic distribution of funds (which has been closely attended by TAB members for decades), but shifting a greater share of total funding to transit and bike/walk options, which low-income residents and people of color disproportionately rely upon. TLC has long been a champion of both strategies. Ultimately, the historic TAB vote followed the first path. A vote next spring, when specific projects are selected, will determine the split between road, transit, and bicycle/pedestrian investments... "
-> According to an Oct. 1st WTNH-TV article, "A new law is cracking down on reckless drivers. The Vulnerable User Law holds careless drivers accountable who injure or kill pedestrians and cyclists (Senate Bill No. 336, Public Act 14-31 An Act Concerning the Penalty for Causing Harm to a Vulnerable User of a Public Way: http://1.usa.gov/1s8ZUVU)... According to federal and state crash data from 2006 to 2012, 10,000 pedestrians and cyclists were killed or injured while using Connecticut roads...The law requires a fine to be imposed on reckless drivers who cause death or serious injury and they will be slapped with up to $1,000 fine..."
-> According to an Oct. 6th CityLab article, "...Now Kansas City, Missouri, has joined a small group of municipalities, Los Angeles among them, that have passed ordinances specifically addressing such harassment. The Kansas City ordinance [PDF] was carefully designed to avoid potential challenges based on the right to free speech under the First Amendment. It prohibits certain actions aimed at 'intimidating or injuring’ people on bikes, on foot, and in wheelchairs. Explicitly listed among those actions are throwing objects or swerving a vehicle toward such a person, threatening, and '[placing] such person in apprehension of immediate physical injury.’ Penalties could include fines up to $500 and as much as six months in jail. (Service animals are also covered by the ordinance.)...
"In California, where cities including Los Angeles and Berkeley have passed anti-harassment ordinances tailored to protect bicyclists in particular, advocates have argued that they are necessary because too often, overburdened prosecutors don’t do anything about reports of threatening and dangerous behavior unless serious injury results. The Los Angeles and Berkeley ordinances differ from Kansas City’s in that they make harassment of people on bikes a civil offense, allowing bicyclists to go directly to civil court in order to pursue their claims..."
-> According to a Sept. 24th Co.Exist article, "As America’s obesity problem has moved closer to crisis levels, public officials ranging from Michelle Obama to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have been alternately celebrated and mocked for their high-profile efforts to help citizens lose weight. Yet it’s likely that no politician has had more success at helping constituents on this very personal issue than Oklahoma City’s four-term Republican mayor, Mick Cornett, who used to run one of the most obese cities in the nation.
"On January 1, 2012, five years after he received national attention for challenging his city to go on a joint diet, he announced they’d hit their weight loss goal: A total of 47,000 residents had together achieved the mayor’s goal of shedding 1 million pounds...
"But it turns out hitting the weight loss goal was only the beginning. It won't do much good if the city just goes back to its old ways. To keep off the pounds, Cornett believes permanent, longer-term changes are needed, which is why Oklahoma City’s streets, sidewalks, and parks are now in the process of getting a makeover...
"Partly using proceeds from a one-penny sales tax passed in late 2009, it’s now in the process of making a slate of improvements, including a 70-acre park that will link the city’s downtown with the Oklahoma River, a new streetcar line and river kayaking facility, a senior wellness center, and hundreds of miles of jogging, walking, and biking trails. It’s also making sure there are gyms in all grade schools and is narrowing all the downtown streets to add trees to wider, more pedestrian-friendly sidewalks..."
-> According to an Oct. 3rd OR DOT release, "The second annual Oregon Drive Less Challenge, spearheaded by the Oregon Department of Transportation and its partners, kicks off next week with an ambitious goal: eliminating one million vehicle miles traveled in 14 days. Running Oct. 6 through Oct. 19, the challenge aims to connect Oregonians with green, healthy travel options. Participants are encouraged to pedal their way, walk, share the ride and tap into transit and train travel throughout the challenge...
"To join this year's Oregon Drive Less Challenge, sign up for free at DriveLessConnect.com. Then, from Oct. 6 through Oct. 19, simply log bus, train, bike, carpool, vanpool, walk, skateboard and/or carshare trips for work, errands or play, plus teleworking, for the chance to win prizes totaling more than $15,000 in value..."
-> According to a Sept. 9th Urbanful article, "Leaders in the District of Columbia need to do more to make the city friendly to older adults–not just the thousands of millennials flocking to the city each year–by focusing on age-friendly policies that create more inclusive mobility options for the increasing older population, according to a new report from the Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG).
"CSG’s report, Moving an Age-Friendly DC: Transportation for All Ages (http://bit.ly/1xlWZti), identifies both deficiencies and solutions in the existing infrastructure and service options for older adults in D.C. Three key areas for improvement are, 'the pedestrian environment; public transit; and coordinating paratransit, community transportation, and private transportation services.’..."
-> According to a Sept. 16th City of Seattle release, "Nearly 1,100 cyclists daily using new facility. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) today released data for the new Second Avenue Protected Bike Lane (http://bit.ly/ZsG1Ok) that shows bicycle ridership has tripled due to the new facility. With the conversion of the former one-way bike lane to a two-way, protected bike lane, an average of 1,099 bicyclists a day used the new lane on September 9, 10 and 11 according to electronic counters. This is three times the daily number of cyclists that had previously used the former one-way bike lane... Installed by SDOT, the facility opened Monday, September 8 with new pavement markings for two-way bike traffic, green pavement markings where turning cars cross the bike lane, separate traffic signals for bicyclists and motorists turning left, and plastic posts separating the bike lane from the left turn/parking lane..."
-> According to an Oct. 1st release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is pleased to announce its three new Walk Friendly Communities (WFC)... Silver Level: Bellevue, Wash., and Bronze Level: Portsmouth, Va. and Sisters, Ore... The 'Walk Friendly’ title means a city or town is being recognized for its success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort....
"The program will begin accepting applications for the ninth round on Nov. 3, 2014, with the deadline for submission on Dec. 15, 2014. Interested communities are encouraged to visit http://bit.ly/10SYBZU to learn more about the program and review the community assessment tool..."
-> According to a Sept. 24th article, "Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced 150 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) in 39 states and the District of Columbia (http://bit.ly/1xo22JD). The largest group of awardees in the program's history, this latest round grows the ranks of BFBs to more than 800 businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies in 46 states and the District of Columbia. (http://bit.ly/1EsDUKM)..."
-> According to a Sept. 25th League of American Bicyclists article, "A few years ago Advocacy Advance, a partnership of the League and the Alliance for Biking & Walking, recognized the rise of local ballot initiatives to boost funding for transportation as a key opportunity to raise new funding for biking and walking projects. This summer we had the opportunity to partner with Americans for Transit to invest in new research to identify voters who support funding for transit and biking infrastructure.
"For the League, we wanted to answer four basic questions
"The results are in, and it's really exciting! The webinar below [41:01 video archive] explains the research we did, the results and how to use it in local ballot initiatives..."
-> According to the abstract of an August US DOT report, "This white paper provides a review of research and current practices of integrating economic development goals in metropolitan area transportation planning. The information presented is intended to serve as a technical resource for transportation planners, clarifying essential economic development concepts and how peer practitioners can address these concepts in the metropolitan area transportation planning process. The first section summarizes research on essential economic development attributes and analytic methods drawn from a broad range of sources, including empirical and analytical research. This summary provides the context for the second section, which is a review of several best practice examples chosen to demonstrate how metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are successfully incorporating economic development goals in planning and decision-making."
-> According to an Oct. 6th CityLab article, "A friend of mine heads an office in the White House... he asked me a question. 'What's the number one most important thing that we have to fight for?’ I said. 'Well that's easy: 10-foot lanes instead of 12-foot lanes.’...
"I have steeled myself for the task of explaining here, in a manner that can never be disputed or ignored, why the single best thing we can do for the health, wealth, and integrity of this great nation is to forbid the construction, ever again, of any traffic lane wider than 10 feet..."
[Ed. note: The article is based on the paper "The Influence of Lane Widths on Safety and Capacity: A Summary of the Latest Findings," by Theodore Petritsch, P.E. PTOE, Sprinkle Consulting. For the engineering case against 12-foot lanes see http://bit.ly/ZR8Cxq.]
-> According to a Sept. 29th State Smart Transportation Initiatives post, "This study (Who’s on Board: The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey: http://bit.ly/1tzZQem) reveals that Americans from regions across the country think about and use public transit in remarkably similar ways. The report is the first to compare rider and non-rider attitudes by age, income, education, family status and ethnicity, and to examine both cities and suburban areas across various regions of the U.S. The work documents the unmet need for reliable, quality transit. This preference is true across age groups and geographic regions."
-> According to a Sept. 29th Business Insider article, "Walking may never become as trendy as CrossFit, as sexy as mud runs or as ego-boosting as Ironman races but for fitness experts who stress daily movement over workouts and an active lifestyle over weekends of warrior games, walking is a super star. For author and scientist Katy Bowman, walking is a biological imperative like eating. In her book, 'Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement,’ (http://amzn.to/1yLjWdH) she suggests there are movement nutrients, just like dietary nutrients, that the body needs...
"Researchers say emerging evidence suggests that combined physical activity and inactivity may be more important for chronic disease risk than physical activity alone. 'Actively sedentary is a new category of people who are fit for one hour but sitting around the rest of the day,’ Bowman said. 'You can’t offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.’"
-> According to the abstract of a July Journal of Physical Activity and Health article entitled "Designing Active Communities: A Coordinated Action Framework for Planners and Public Health Professionals," "...Planners and public health professionals working in Ontario, Canada were recruited to participate in a concept mapping process to identify ways they should work together to enhance the design of active communities.
"This process generated 72 actions that represent collaborative efforts planners and public health professionals should engage in when designing active communities. These actions were then organized by importance and feasibility. This resulted in a coordinated action framework that includes 19 proximal and 6 distal coordinated actions for planners and public health professionals.
"Implementation of the recommended actions has the potential to make a difference in community design as a way to enhance physical activity in community members. This Coordinated Action Framework (see slide #28 at http://bit.ly/1s9vv9U) provides a way to address physical inactivity from an environmental and policy standpoint."
-> According to a Sept. 23rd Bloomberg article, "New diabetes cases in the U.S. have leveled off after years of sharp increases in a surprising sign that health officials may be starting to get America’s obesity epidemic under control. Diabetes was diagnosed in 8.3 percent of Americans in 2012 compared with 7.9 percent in 2008, according to a study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The caseload had jumped dramatically from 1990 when just 3.5 percent of the U.S. population were newly diagnosed with diabetes.
"The finding fits with previous research that has showed the obesity epidemic in the U.S. is stabilizing as celebrities, governments and corporations have pushed to improve Americans’ diets and exercise. Obesity is a main cause of Type 2 diabetes, which usually develops in adults and is the most common form of the disease..."
-> "Every city out there is trying to recruit highly educated twentysomethings. That’s how you drive the economy in this digital age. These highly educated young people, they don’t want to live in a community that doesn’t value its health. They don’t want to be in a community that isn’t walkable."
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
DEPRESSION ERA PHOTOS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN
A new Yale project allows viewers to explore 175,000 images by county. Between 1935 and 1944, a group of photographers fanned out to document life across America. The initiative was a public relations move to bolster support for programs under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s contentious Farm Security Administration, which sought to help those hardest hit by the Great Depression. Now, a team from Yale University has made it much easier to explore the photos snapped by legends like Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans and Arthur Rothstein, using an interactive web-based map and archive called Photogrammar. The map allows you to view images county-by-county.
VIDEO OF VANCOUVER'S (CANADA) COMPLETED SEASIDE GREENWAY
Check out this video done showing the completion of the Seaside Greenway in Vancouver, showcasing people of all ages and abilities enjoying one of the City's latest active transportation corridors.
[Beautiful, enticing preview of Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2016 host city Vancouver, British Columbia!]
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 "FTA Pilot Program for TOD Planning Notice of Funding Availability"
Date: October 9, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Placemaking: Streets as Places"
Date: October 14, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Implementing Strategies to Promote Physical Activity: Business and Industry; and Transportation, Land Use, and Community Design Strategies"
Date: October 15, 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 "Computerized Crash Reports Usability and Design Investigation"
Date: October 16, 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "How to Create a Bicycle Safety Action Plan: On-Road Facilities" Part 2 of 3 (See also October 30)
Date: October 16, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET [Verify actual time; also stated as 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET]
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 "Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP) Webinar"
Date: October 22, 2014, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Integrating Safe Routes to School into the Fabric of Your Community: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan"
Date: October 29, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "How to Create a Bicycle Safety Action Plan: Off-Road Facilities" Part 3 of 3 (See also October 16)
Date: October 30, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET [Verify actual time; also stated as 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET]
WEBINAR "Transit and Protected Bike Lanes"
Date: November 5, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (.1 CEU, 1 AICP CM) (Rescheduled from October 1)
WEBINAR "Collective Impact for Community Health: Beyond SMART Goals and Static Logic Models"
Date: November 11, 2014, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 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 "Collective Impact: From Theory to Practical Action"
Date: November 25, 2014, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
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. 18th Alliance for Biking and Walking article, "The Alliance is a network of 200 amazing state and local biking and walking advocacy organizations. Most are nonprofits, and most are 501(c)(3) nonprofits – a legal designation that awards tax exemptions and allows supporters to deduct contributions from their own taxes. 501(c)(3) organizations can play an important role in political processes, but are legally barred from certain types of activities, particularly around elections.
"Some, though, have related 501(c)(4) organizations or are 501(c)(4)s themselves. 501(c)(4) nonprofits lack some tax benefits associated with 501(c)(3)s – like the capacity to accept tax deductible donations – but are permitted a wider array of activities around elections and political persuasion.
"The distinctions can get confusing pretty quickly, so we teamed up with the League of American Bicyclists on an infographic to help explain some of the similarities and differences between (c)(3) and (c)(4) organizations in legal activities around elections (http://bit.ly/1qfQySE). Thanks to Alliance for Justice for filling us in on the nuances around this issue..."
-> According to an Oct. 1st Transportation Research Board blurb, "TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 785: Performance-Based Analysis of Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (http://bit.ly/1vOoA4Y) presents an approach for understanding the desired outcomes of a project, selecting performance measures that align with those outcomes, evaluating the impact of alternative geometric design decisions on those performance measures, and arriving at solutions that achieve the overall desired project outcomes. This project has also produced a supplemental research materials report (http://bit.ly/1EpwiZz) and a PowerPoint presentation (http://bit.ly/1uxrsoB)."
-> According to a National Association of REALTORS® publication, "Placemaking for REALTOR® Associations: A Guide to Transform Public Spaces to Community Places," "... Placemaking can be undertaken by anyone in a community, but it may be a matter of getting someone like a REALTOR® Association or an individual REALTOR® to take the lead or initiative, to get the idea in motion, make a plan, and find partners and resources. REALTOR® Associations, and their members, can initiate a Placemaking activity not only to create a place in a neighborhood to enhance and improve it, but also to help increase the value of homes in the community. A Placemaking activity may even help to enhance the image of your REALTORS® association and members.
"Think of overlooked, unmanaged, underused and vacant spaces in your community. Beyond their discouraging appearance, many are associated with crime and depressed real estate values. How do these areas affect the value of homes around them? Are homes around these areas more difficult to sell? Placemaking can be a catalyst to revitalize a neighborhood and make that neighborhood more desirable. It could be a way to re-create a community and to breathe new life into a struggling real estate industry..."
[See October 14 Placemaking: Streets as Places webinar listing in Webinar section]
-> According to an Oct. 1st Safe Routes to School e-News article, "Our technical assistance team has released a few new resources to help you advance walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School:
"’Safety for All Ages: Safe Routes to School in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities’ (http://bit.ly/1pOtB9V): As the fastest-growing racial group in the U.S., Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have a key stake in the transformation of American streets. These communities are pioneering innovative, multilingual approaches to safe streets and healthier communities, with equity and intergenerational cooperation at the heart of the work.
"’Making Our Communities Healthy Through Bicycling and Walking’ (http://bit.ly/1vOEnD1): The number of children who bicycle or walk to school in the United States has plummeted, due to a combination of concerns about safety, access, and a lack of infrastructure. Meanwhile, childhood obesity has skyrocketed and school-related road traffic has dramatically worsened. Safe Routes to School addresses these problems by making it safer for more kids to walk and bicycle to and from schools."
-> According to a Sept. 29th email from Cathy Costakis of the Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, "I just wanted to let you know that we have a couple of new resources to share on the new NAPA (Nutrition And Physical Activity) website at DPHHS (http://1.usa.gov/ZsJAny). The link to the built environment section of the NAPA website is http://1.usa.gov/1EtekFm... If you want to link directly to the Montana Complete Streets Toolkit for Cities, Small Towns and Tribal Communities, please go to http://1.usa.gov/ZQSPyH...
"The two new resources are the:
* Building Active Communities Initiative Workbook: http://1.usa.gov/1scoAxT. The Workbook is designed to help community teams think through and make a plan for implementing standards that enable and encourage active living. The Workbook was created by Ben Brouwer and Karen Lane at Lewis and Clark City-County Health Department in collaboration with our BACI staff and our BACI Advisors.
"There is also a link to the BACI Webinar Series recordings which are on the Montana Rural Health Initiative website: http://bit.ly/1vTEWJw. (Please note that RHI puts on a variety of webinars and the BACI ones have Building Active Communities Initiative in the title)...."
Additional training opportunities are available on the National Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Add your own items to the on-line calendar...it's quick and easy. Please be sure your calendar items pertain to training and workshops in the bicycle, pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:
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-> 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 Presentations and Posters – Transportation for Sustainability–An International Conference, May 7-8, 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.
-> October 8-10, 2014, 2014 SHIFT Summit, Jackson Hole, WY
-> 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.
-> October 30-31, 2014, Trail Design, Portland, OR.
-> November 4-5, 2014, 8-80 Cities Urban Legacy Academy, Toronto, Canada.
-> 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 13-14, 2014, Capital Ideas: Raising Money for Transportation Through Innovative State Legislation, Denver, CO.
-> November 13-15, 2014, Vision Zero for Cities Symposium, New York City, NY.
-> 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.
-> January 29-31, 2015, National Rural Transportation Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
-> February 10-12, 2015, Winter Cycling Congress, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
-> February 22-25, 2015, Active Living Research, San Diego. CA.
-> February 23-24, 2015, National Physical Activity Plan Congress, Washington, DC.
-> 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 7-8, 2015, Transportation for Sustainability–An International Conference, 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.
-> May 31- June 2, 2015, 2015 TRB’s 5th International Conference on Transportation Systems Performance Measurement and Data, Denver, CO.
-> 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
-> September 28 –October 1, 2015, APBP Professional Development Seminar, St. Louis, MO.
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See previous issues of CenterLines for Jobs, Grants and RFPs that may still be current at http://bit.ly/ZHi0NE.
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – "BIG IDEAS" GRANTS, ADVOCACY ADVANCES
Advocacy Advance will award $30,000 total—3 grants of $10,000 each—to organizations that are pushing forward on some of the most important areas of bicycling and walking advocacy. "Big Ideas" Rapid Response Grants are intended to help with unforeseen opportunities, short-term campaigns or to push campaigns into the end zone to win funding for biking and walking infrastructure and programs. They are especially interested in funding campaigns in Equity, Safety / Vision Zero, Health / Walking, and Innovative local or state funding campaign.
Deadline: October 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m. ET
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL CONFERENCE HOST
The National Partnership is pleased to announce they are accepting applications to host the 2015-16 Safe Routes to School National Conference. Join past host cities like Sacramento, Minneapolis, Portland and Dearborn in showing off your city and state’s Safe Routes to School programs, bicycling and walking infrastructure, and healthy community design initiatives to conference attendees.
Deadline: November 12, 2014, 5:00 p.m. ET
-> JOB – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LOS ANGELES COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION, CA
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall management and administration of the organization. This includes advocacy, fundraising, education programs, contracting, finance, human resources, member relations, and external relations, e.g. with government and community partners. The ED performs these duties either directly or by appropriate delegation to staff. Being the Executive Director means that the buck stops with you: you’re the ultimate decision-maker for a staff of twelve. You also point the way: you have a strong vision for a better, more bikable Los Angeles and you work with staff, board, and members to get them there. You’re their main spokesperson, strategist, and facilitator.
Deadline: October 17, 2014
-> JOB – ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM MANAGER, SEATTLE, WA
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), a leader in progressive transportation, seeks a talented individual to develop, manage and champion a leading-edge active transportation program that benefits users of all ages and abilities. The program manager will steer a matrix-managed team to deliver projects, programs and encouragement strategies that increase the number of trips accomplished by walking, biking and transit; increase safety and efficient mobility for non-motorized users; create active public spaces; and advance the City’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. This position will report to the Mobility Programs Manager within the Policy and Planning (P&P) Division. The division shapes Seattle’s present and future transportation system to create healthy communities, support a thriving economy, improve our environment, and empower people by offering safe, efficient, and equitable choices for how and when to travel.
Deadline: October 28, 2014, 4:00 p.m. PT
-> JOB – BIKE-SHARE PLANNER, METROBIKE, WASHINGTON, DC
MetroBike, LLC is an internationally known bike-sharing consultancy and the first of its kind in North America. Established in 2004, MetroBike has a client list which includes local and federal governments, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and universities. MetroBike is hiring a full-time Bike-share Planner in the Washington, D.C. region. Responsibilities of the job include bike-share station site analysis; work with local government bureaus, public and private property owners, and civic associations to obtain input on proposed station sites; design station plans; coordinate station installation; and coordinate signage, markings, and delineator placement after installation.
Deadline: October 31, 2014
-> JOB - 21ST CENTURY TRANSPORTATION CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR, U.S. PIRG, BOSTON, MA
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group seeks to convince our leaders to stop building unnecessary highways and to provide better opportunities to travel by rail, bus, bicycle and walking. They are hiring a Transportation Campaign Director to lead their national transportation campaign to advocate against spending so many public dollars on unnecessary highway expansion and to advocate for better public transit, biking and walking infrastructure, and repairing the roads we already have. As a Transportation Campaign Director with U.S. PIRG you’ll tackle transportation problems by helping to develop policy solutions and implementing a variety of campaign strategies to mobilize the public and influence insiders. You’ll make use of leading transportation research that we’ve already developed. You’ll also work to shine a spotlight on the issue in the media, make our case directly to decision-makers, and organize the grassroots support it will take to win. And as you’re working to implement concrete transportation solutions, you’re raising the funds, making the connections and developing the member support that will build our organization for the long term.
Deadline: November 15, 2014
-> JOB – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE COALITION, CA
After 17 years with the organization, their current Executive Director is stepping down to pursue her next opportunity. SFBC is looking for a strong, passionate leader who can take our successful organization to the next level. The ideal person is a tenacious advocate, an effective leader, and a creative problem solver with a passion for our mission and an innate ability to connect personally with our diverse and active membership base. They are looking for a true executive leader — someone with a vision of where they need to go, the ability to build a plan for how to get there, and the inspiration to lead the team through the journey. The Executive Director will work with staff, board members, community partners and an active membership to implement a plan to achieve the long term strategic vision for the organization: 50% of San Franciscans biking occasionally and 25% of San Franciscans biking each week. The Executive Director will hire, inspire, coach, manage, and develop our amazing staff of 20 to execute against that plan. The ideal candidate will have significant experience and success doing relevant advocacy work in the areas of transportation, urban planning and/or land use.
Deadline: None provided
-> JOB – LIVABILITY PLANNER, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
This is mid-level professional work of more than average difficulty in city transportation planning. An employee in this class is responsible for performing professional work related to the City's multi-modal transportation planning efforts in the implementation of Complete Streets, rail infrastructure, bus and trolley transit service and enhancements, as well as other City transportation initiatives with a strong emphasis on sustainability and livability. This position will assist in long-range transportation planning and developing a financial plan for implementing selected projects and strategies. The employee will coordinate the alignment of transportation projects with livability goals in order to improve transportation system performance. The employee will also participate in tasks to activate the Complete Streets Projects through community outreach; coordination with multiple partners; programming of activities and special projects; neighborhood capacity building including but not limited to, Safe Routes to Schools, Open Street events and Safe Path activities.
Deadline: None provided
-> JOB – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BIKE MIAMI VALLEY, DAYTON, OH
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the general management of Bike Miami Valley and provides leadership in financial development, planning, and program implementation. Initiation and execution of the financial and administrative components of the Dayton Bike Share program is central to this position. We seek a highly motivated, goal-oriented candidate with excellent leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit. The successful candidate demonstrates clear and effective communication skills, comfort in outreach efforts, and has the ability to grow Bike Miami Valley into a self-sustaining organization.
Deadline: Until Filled
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