#368 Wednesday, October 22, 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
-> Presentations from the conference are now available online (http://slidesha.re/1w7mDVg). If you don't know what you're looking for, you can find the most viewed presentations here (http://slidesha.re/1yVnYiY). And don't click your own presentation just to increase its ranking.
There was a lot to experience at PWPBPP 2014. Here are some sessions you might have missed:
"Level of Service F for Grade A Streets." Mike Sallaberry (SFMTA) and Jeffrey Rosenblum (City of Cambridge, MA) present two case studies on how great streets were the outcome of level of service trade-offs. Their presentations are (http://slidesha.re/1rpQyAi) and (http://slidesha.re/1oqC8VV), respectively.
"How Placemaking Can Transform Transit Facilities into Vibrant Destinations." Cynthia Nikitin and David Nelson of Project for Public Spaces, and Jennifer Flynn (Center for Urban Transportation Research) present techniques for transforming transit stops into places that build social capital, anchor neighborhoods, increase ridership and spur economic development. Their presentations are (http://slidesha.re/1t4dTNq), (http://slidesha.re/1oqNqJJ), and (http://slidesha.re/1tb8kwv), respectively.
"Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling and Walking: Tackling Winter Maintenance Issues." If the news of another polar vortex has you down, you might want to tune into what Salt Lake City (Becka Roolf), the University of Minnesota (Steve Sanders), and Toole Design (Ciara Schlichting) recommend for best practices in cold climate cities. Fun fact: the U of MN campus is the third largest trip generator in the state and has 1,000 bikes on campus on even the coldest of days. Their presentations are (http://slidesha.re/1yVlnWj), (http://slidesha.re/1zjodW9), and (http://slidesha.re/1yVoQ7g), respectively. Alta Design + Planning has also published a white paper on winter maintenance best practices (http://bit.ly/1254HxU).
-> In early October the League of American Bicyclists released "The New Movement: Bike Equity Today," as part of a series of reports issued by its Equity Initiative. You should read it (http://bit.ly/1rqlvUU). Findings: we are a diverse movement, but we—myself included—may not realize that because we have yet to get it right when it comes to equity. The 60+ page report is mostly profiles of people and organization that have made serving marginalized communities their mission. Some wisdom from the report: many communities want change, but they don’t know how to plug into "the process" (Bike Easy, p. 17); the difference between equality and equity (Anthony Taylor, p. 20); teach people to ride because they will ride and will preach with the zeal of the newly converted (Cycles for Change, p. 34); and helpful rules for adults working with youth (Devlynn Chen, p. 38) which, if they were to be reduced to one golden rule it would be to stop talking so much, because if you are talking, you are not learning.
For more about the Equity Initiative and this report go to http://bikeleague.org/content/new-report-bike-equity-today.
-> According to a Sept. 29th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA 1990) was enacted to ensure equal participation for people of all abilities. These are evolving standards that provide guidance for making transportation facilities, such as sidewalks and transit, fully accessible, the same facilities that receive attention in Complete Streets (CS) policies and guides. As CS gains greater influence in street design, there is a clear opportunity to develop complementary efforts to address the accessibility of our transportation system, weaving ADA standards into CS policies and implementation that will benefit the entire community.
"At the recent Rail-Volution conference in Minneapolis, the interaction between implementing a CS policy and complying with federal ADA regulations was discussed in some detail. As states and municipalities implement CS policies with increasing frequency, communities can use these projects in a way that accelerates compliance with ADA. CS policies seek to provide streets that address the needs of all users of the transportation system, and this should include removal of accessibility barriers as identified by ADA guidance. This is a compatible goal that will make a street truly complete. As America Walks discusses, designing accessible street crossings and sidewalks benefits all users of transportation infrastructure, regardless of a person’s ability..."
-> According to an Oct. 14th Real Iran article, "The opening ceremony of the Iran’s largest pedestrian bridge called ‘Tabiat Bridge’ (Nature Bridge) was held in Tehran attended by Tehran’s Mayor Mohammed-Baqer Qalibaf. The 2,000-ton structure for the three-level pedestrian bridge has been completed in less than two years.
"Tabiat Bridge, linking Ab-o-Atash and Taleghani parks, has a unique structure designed by Leila Araghian The design of this three-level pedestrian bridge is inspired by ancient Iranian architecture in which, bridge was not just a crossing path, linking 2 sides of a river or valley, but it was a place to stay, relax and enjoy beautiful views... The first level has a café gallery and a coffee shop. The second level is mainly designed for people who are crossing from one park to the other, they may be walking, biking, skating or riding on a horse carriage. Finally, level three, or the stay zone, is a place to stay and sightsee..."
-> According to an Oct. 10th Springwise.com article, "The major problem with the modern food industry is how much it relies on oil. Consumers demand food from all around the world, even when they can get seasonal fruit and veg from their local neighborhood. Startups such as FreshRealm have already aimed to reduce the number of trips produce makes by delivering it straight from farms to consumers by mail. Now Amsterdam-based FOODLOGICA is using sustainable e-trikes powered by the sun for ‘last mile’ food transport from city farmers’ markets to local catering businesses.
"According to Cities magazine, which developed the initiative, enterprises such as cafés, bars, shops and restaurants in Amsterdam average 6.5 food deliveries every week. Considering there are nearly 5,000 such businesses in the Dutch city alone, that’s a lot of diesel being burned. The FOODLOGICA system aims to provide food producers with a zero-carbon transport option when dealing with catering businesses. It uses e-trikes equipped with a storage trailer for food that doubles up as a self-sufficient charging station with solar panels on top. The bikes can carry food from urban farms or farmers’ markets to any address within a 100km (62 mi) range. FOODLOGICA is working with local producers and businesses to encourage them to take up the scheme, which offers food box deliveries from EUR 15 ($19). In order to incentivize green behavior, businesses pay more for greater distances or multiple stops along each courier’s route..."
[See full article for video on impact of food transport to restaurants within Amsterdam]
-> According to an Oct. 20th Streetsblog article, "The amount that the average American drives each year has been declining for nearly a decade, yet most transportation agencies are still making decisions based on the notion that a new era of ceaseless traffic growth is right around the corner.
"The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, for example, has overestimated traffic on its roads by an average of 73 percent, according to a recent study. And Dallas-area planners recently produced traffic projections that predicted a much larger increase in driving than the state DOT was even predicting.
"That’s why a new traffic forecast from the Washington State Office of Fiscal Management is so interesting: It actually acknowledges how travel habits are changing. Seattle-based environmental think tank Sightline spotted the above traffic projection in a new government report. In its most recent financial forecast, the agency has abandoned the assumption of never-ending traffic growth that it employed as recently as last year. Instead, the agency has responded to recent trends, even projecting that total traffic will start to decline within the next ten years..."
-> According to an October CTS Catalyst article, "As part of the Minnesota Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting Initiative, researchers from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs are continuing to work with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to count and monitor bike and pedestrian traffic in Minnesota...
"As part of the project, the team selected several locations in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Eagan, Rochester, Duluth, and Grand Marais to install permanent and semi-permanent automated bicycle and pedestrian counters that give the team continuous counts of nonmotorized traffic. In addition, the project includes lending portable counting equipment to cities and counties to assist them with nonmotorized projects.
"The goal is to measure bicycle and pedestrian traffic on a variety of facilities in both urban and rural locations. At the same time, the project is testing and evaluating the use of five different counting technologies, including inductive loop, passive infrared, microwave, and pneumatic tube counters..."
-> According to an Oct.15th U.S. DOT release, "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Deputy Administrator David Friedman joined Pennsylvania officials today to kick-off the City of Philadelphia’s new pedestrian safety education and enforcement strategy aimed at reducing deaths and injuries. Philadelphia’s initiative is supported by a $525,000 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) grant initiative to help address a three year trend of increased pedestrian fatalities...
"Philadelphia will use the funds to address pedestrian safety in downtown areas by increasing police visibility and ticketing during high risk hours in 20 high-crash locations. The grant will also be used for marketing to reach pedestrians in these areas and to train officers on pedestrian safety..."
-> According to the October Bike Walk Tennessee newsletter, "The draft 2014 Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (http://bit.ly/1rq3syb) is ready for review. A lot has changed in regards to walking and biking in the Memphis area since 2011, when the MPO's most recent Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan was adopted. Demand for more and improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities like bike lanes, greenways, and sidewalks has grown. Memphis area residents are more often looking towards these active forms of transportation as a means to get around. Innovative projects are breaking ground or in the works throughout the region. To better reflect these new conditions and positive developments, the MPO has commenced an update to the Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan."
-> According to an Oct. 6th Green Lane Project News article, "The capital of the New South is working on its latest highway network. This one is going to smell a lot nicer. The massive Beltline and an impressive grid of protected lanes that will connect the trail system to key urban destinations are poised to remake transportation in the city that anchors the country's ninth-largest metro area. Following Mayor Kasim Reed's target of making Atlanta one of the country's top ten cities for biking, Atlantans have shown their enthusiasm with their feet: an estimated 95,000 to 106,000 people attended the open-streets event Atlanta Streets Alive on Sept. 28 — shattering the previous record by at least 12,000 people."
-> According to an Oct. MarinIJ.com article, "Plans to charge a toll to pedestrians and bicyclists will be examined once again by Golden Gate Bridge officials as the agency looks to keep itself in the black. On Monday the district released a 45-point plan to keep the agency solvent in the next five to 10 years as it grapples with a five-year, $33 million deficit... Among the initiatives: ‘Evaluate sidewalk access fees’ for bikes and pedestrians, which could be implemented in 2017... From May 1937 to December 1970, a pedestrian toll was charged and collected via a coin turnstile. The district estimates roughly 6,000 bike riders and 10,000 pedestrians use the span daily during peak summer periods..."
-> According to an Oct. 17th Washingtonian article, "Mayor Vince Gray is brandishing his giant novelty scissors today to cut the ribbon on the District’s 200th Capital Bikeshare station, a milestone that coincides with the fourth anniversary of the ever-expanding bicycle-sharing network. The newest location, at McKinley Street and Connecticut Avenue, Northwest, in Chevy Chase, is the 340th overall for the system spanning the District, Arlington, Alexandria, and Montgomery County, with plans to enter Prince George’s County in 2015.
"[S]tatistics from Bikeshare’s fourth year show it continuing to grow in popularity. According to region-wide statistics recently published by Arlington County, Bikeshare ended its 2014 fiscal year on June 30 with 2,671 bikes in the system, a 34 percent increase from 2013. Membership at all levels increased, too, with single-day passes increasing 18 percent to 163,559, and yearly memberships jumping by 25 percent to 25,748.
"But the Arlington report also details the tangible effects of bike sharing. The 2,769,266 million trips taken last year had significant impacts on Washington’s air pollution and physical fitness. The 4,332,724 miles traveled on Bikeshare instead of motor vehicles reduced carbon dioxide output by 2,930,600 million pounds. Perhaps even more astounding is that Bikeshare users burned an estimated 186,306,987 calories over all those miles, a 75 percent increase from the 2013 total..."
-> According to the abstract of the 2014 Montana Summer Transportation Institute Final Report, "The Summer Transportation Institute (STI) hosted by the Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University (MSU) aims to heighten student interest in transportation careers at the precollege level. The program recruits high school students to participate in a two-week educational program on the MSU campus. The residential program introduces participants to all modes of transportation, seeks to build creative problem-solving skills, and supports college and career planning activities. The 2014 STI program was comprised of rising tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students from 7 different counties in Montana and 3 additional states. Students lived on the MSU campus while participating in a multidisciplinary academic curriculum, which included guest speaker presentations, hands-on laboratories, and field trips. Students gained leadership skills while working on team design-build projects..."
-> According to the executive summary of the 2014 Peterborough City and County Transportation and Health Indicators Report released on Oct. 2nd, "The transportation decisions individuals make are complex. They’re informed not only by personal considerations, but also by the patterns and policies that shape one’s social landscape, and the built and natural forms that shape one’s physical landscape...it is first necessary to understand the local determinants of travel; to consider how local policy, infrastructure, and programming interventions influence levels of use; and, to evaluate the impact active transportation has on the health of individuals and the environment.
"To this end, this report seeks to achieve the following objectives:
(For a briefer overview and infographics, see the 2014 Peterborough City and County Transportation and Health Indicators Report – Media Package (http://bit.ly/1sis022)
-> According to an Oct. 6th American Bicyclist Update article, "Last week, we released our ‘Where We Ride’ report, analyzing U.S. Census Bureau data on national bike commuting trends. Shortly following our release of the report, we became aware of more comprehensive data that should be included in our analysis.
"Today, we're releasing our revised ‘Where We Ride’ report, with more communities and data points included. Download it here (http://bit.ly/1rq5U7R).
"We've also put together a short tutorial on how YOU can work with American Community Survey data at home..."
-> According to an Oct. 20th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "Recently published research in the Journal of the American Planning Association (Impact of the Safe Routes to School Program on Walking and Bicycling: http://bit.ly/1tdljxw) provides strong support for the Safe Routes to School program’s ability to increase rates of walking and biking among students. The authors analyzed changes in the number of students walking and biking to school at 801 schools in District of Columbia, Florida, Oregon, and Texas, roughly split between those that had implemented SRTS projects and those that had not. They modeled the impacts of SRTS participation in general, as well as the impacts of specific types of SRTS measures—infrastructure improvements to bolster cyclist and pedestrian safety, education and encouragement to promote biking and walking among students, and enforcement of school zone traffic safety laws.
"After controlling for neighborhood characteristics and other factors, the researchers found that schools deciding to participate in SRTS can expect to increase the rate of walking and biking to school among their students by about 31 percent over the next five years. For example, a school where 18 percent of students bike and walk to school could expect 23.5 percent of students to bike or walk to school after five years of participation..."
-> According to an Oct. 13th City Lab article, "How you feel about parklets—street-parking spaces converted into temporary gathering spots—depends in large part on how you get around the city... So the real tiebreaking question, at least in terms of public opinion, is how businesses themselves feel about repurposing their storefront parking spots for pedestrians. If Chicago retailers are any indication, get ready for the parklets. Chicago started allowing businesses to create parklets called People Spots a few years ago. Nine emerged across the city... This past summer, the local Metropolitan Planning Council evaluated the business impact of these spots by recording a full day's activity at each and interviewing parklet users and retailer owners alike.
"MPC concluded that People Spots ‘can be a powerful economic tool for neighborhood businesses.’ Here are three reasons why.
"1. More Foot Traffic. About 80 percent of the businesses near a People Spot experienced more foot traffic, according to the observations and interviews...
"2. More Attention. People Spots also generated some unexpected word-of-mouth advertising for retailers...
"3. More Spending. And then there's the bottom line. About a third of the visitors said they made ‘unplanned food or beverage purchases,’ according to MPC. Some of the businesses themselves reported an increase in sales between 10 and 20 percent...
"[T]he MPC findings enhance a broader appreciation some retailers have acquired toward non-driver spending habits. While conventional wisdom holds that businesses need free parking spaces to thrive, recent studies have shown that walkers and cyclists actually outspend drivers on occasion. At the very least, swapping a parking spot for a bike lane or a pedestrian plaza seems to do no harm to business while providing a great deal of balance to urban mobility."
-> According to an FHWA Accelerating Innovation EDC-3 Initiatives article, "Data-driven safety analysis builds on decades of past work and current collaborative efforts to promote the science of safety in the transportation community, with the ultimate goal of saving lives. Quantitatively estimating location-specific safety performance on an agency's road network is challenging. Recent advances in highway safety analysis can provide transportation agencies with the reliable information they need to make effective investments in maintaining the nation's roads. The EDC-3 effort focuses on broadening implementation of two advances — predictive approaches and systemic approaches — into safety management processes and project development decision-making.
"Predictive approaches combine crash, roadway inventory and traffic volume data to provide more reliable estimates of an existing or proposed roadway's expected safety performance, such as crash frequency and severity. These methods can help state and local agencies quantify the safety impacts of transportation decisions, similar to the way agencies quantify traffic growth, construction costs, environmental impacts, pavement life and traffic operations... Systemic approaches use system-wide screening of a roadway network for high-risk features correlated with severe crash types rather than high-crash locations..."
[See November 13 Web Conference on this topic in the Webinar section.]
-> According to a recent Institute of Transportation Studies Berkeley article, "Three UC Berkeley graduate students, Jesus Barajas, Frank Proulx and Lisa Rayle, have won coveted 2014 Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships for their research in transportation planning. The Eisenhower Fellowship is a competitive program administered by the Federal Highway Administration for the Department of Transportation...
"Barajas described his research as understanding what influences the way immigrants travel. He is studying how preferences and attitudes toward transit, bicycling, neighborhoods, and safety issues inform transportation choices of this population. Proulx's research focuses on estimating bicycle flows to better understand bicycle safety in terms of volume and exposure on city streets. Rayle's primary research interest is the role of flexible and informal mobility, such as carsharing and bikesharing, in cities. ..."
-> "Not only does [a regional transportation and health indicators report] help to illustrate the connection between our transportation decisions and the health of our natural environment, but it also offers an example of how cross-sectoral partnerships can move beyond external advocacy and toward integrated collaboration in an effort to realize shared goals related to walking, cycling, and transit use."
-> "For either initiative to truly succeed, Complete Streets and ADA implementation need to be integrated into all aspects of work in the public right-of way. By explicitly addressing ADA as part of a Complete Streets approach, a community can move towards a more accessible transportation system that better meets the intention of Complete Streets and ADA. Achieving this goal improves livability for everyone, regardless of mode or ability."
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
"LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS" ON PBS
Trapped, hunted, and harassed by humans to near extinction, fortune is now turning in favor of the lowly beaver thanks to conservationists and scientists who are now understanding beavers' important contribution to the aquatic ecosystem. Fun facts: they're housebroken (they don't use their lodge as a commode); their teeth are orange; and these exceptionally industrious creates will immediately set to work at the sound of running water which indicates a breach in dams.
Watch the documentary on PBS: http://to.pbs.org/1taGscR
WEBINAR "Complete Streets Design Practicum"
Date: October 29, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 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 "The Nation's requirements for an intermodal transportation system - a 20 year perspective"
Date: October 30, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Designing and Planning for Healthy Cities - A Conversation With Richard Jackson, Tim Beatley and Georges Benjamin"
Date: October 30, 2014, 12:45 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 "Case Studies in Complete Streets Webinar"
Date: November 5, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Next Generation Street Design Principles for Central Business Districts and Town Centers"
Date: November 5, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Implementing Complete Streets Projects Using New and Existing Funding"
Date: November 6, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
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 "Designing Bicycle Facilities"
Date: November 13, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Innovation Session: Data-Driven Safety Analysis"
Date: November 13, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 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 "Complete Streets Design"
Date: December 8, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
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 an Oct. 20th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "Performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) has become a focus in the transportation community, as transportation agencies around the country work to ensure that scarce resources are used effectively and transparently to achieve desired agency, regional, state, and national goals. PBPP refers to the application of performance management principles within the planning and programming processes of transportation agencies. PBPP is a data-driven, strategic approach, providing for public and stakeholder involvement and accountability, in order to make investment and policy decisions to attain desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system.
"A performance-based plan sets the foundation of goals, objectives, performance measures, and targets that support decisions for long-range investments and policies, and guides programming, as well as shorter-range decisions that move toward achievement of desired system performance outcomes. This document identifies key components present in a ‘model’ transportation plan, as well as process elements that are necessary to reflect the priorities of the community and support attainment of desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system
"This Guidebook (Model Long Range Transportation Plans: A Guide for Incorporating Performance-Based Planning: http://1.usa.gov/1DzG0Hg) informs state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and regional transportation planning organizations, as well as their planning partners such as transit agencies, local governments, and Federal agencies, about effective practices for incorporating performance-based planning into the development of a long range transportation plan."
-> According to the executive summary of the "Millennials in Motion" report released this month, "[S]everal indicators—including continued decreases in per-capita driving across the whole U.S. population, the continued shift away from the use of cars for commuting by Millennials, and the consistency of Millennials’ stated preferences for housing and transportation—suggest that it is unlikely that the trend toward less driving among Millennials during the 2000s has reversed thus far in the current decade.
"Moreover, many of the factors that have contributed to the recent decline in driving among young Americans appear likely to last. Now is the time for the nation’s transportation policies to acknowledge, accommodate and support Millennials’ demands for a greater array of transportation choices..."
-> According to an Oct. 13th email from Teresa Mullins, Public Health Online Communications & Outreach Manager, "PublicHealthOnline.org has created an in-depth guidebook for anyone seeking detailed information and data on careers in public health (A Guide to Public Health Careers: Industries and Sectors that Attract Public Health Professionals: http://bit.ly/1t75clg). This new resource includes a detailed breakdown of the public health career landscape, as well as common specializations, industries and companies that attract public health professionals, and interviews with people currently working in the field.
-> According to an Oct. 18th Transportation Research Board blurb, "The National Research Council and the National Academy of Engineering have released a summary of a workshop that took place on April 24, 2013 that explored emerging research, career pathways, and outcomes for women who have received bachelor's degrees in engineering (Career Choices of Female Engineers: A Summary of a Workshop: http://bit.ly/1tal7QV) ..."
-> According to the October FHWA's Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter, "AARP Livable Communities has partnered with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute to create the AARP Livability Fact Sheet series, a package of comprehensive, easy-to-read livability resources (http://bit.ly/1vTfVSE). The fact sheets can be used by community leaders, policy makers, transportation planners, citizen activists, and others to learn what makes a city, town, or neighborhood a great place for people of all ages...
"Each fact sheet in the 11-part series is a four-page PDF document that can be read online or printed and distributed... Each fact sheet follows the same structure: introduce the subject; address and resolve any myths and misconceptions; and then provide relevant advice, tips, and success stories...
"The series covers the following topics: Bicycling, Density, Economic Development, Form-Based Code, Modern Roundabouts, Parking, Revitalization Without, Road Diets, Sidewalks, Street Trees, Traffic Calming."
-> According to a recent National Center and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership media release, "Many roads, schools, and neighborhoods in communities across the country have developed in ways that make it difficult or unsafe for children to get to school by foot or bicycle. One key way that communities go about determining how they want to change and develop in the future is through a process known as comprehensive planning. This informational brief (Integrating Safe Walking and Bicycling to School into Comprehensive Planning: http://bit.ly/1wtbGvK) describes how integrating Safe Routes to School considerations into comprehensive planning can help define the local government’s role in supporting safe walking and bicycling to school..."
[See also October 29th webinar on this topic in the Webinar section]
-> Couldn’t get to Sidney, Australia for the Walk 21 conference this week? Check out the abstracts for the sessions: October 21 (http://bit.ly/1FAlpVm), October 22 (http://bit.ly/1yX0KZR), and October 23 (http://bit.ly/1tcBnQ1). Follow the action on Twitter: @w21conferences, #walk21sydney.
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-> Call for Papers – Velo City, June 2-5, 2015, Nantes, France.
-> Call for Big Ideas /Presentations – 2015 National Bike Summit, March 10-12, 2015, Washington, DC.
-> Call for Contributions – Winter Cycling Congress, February 10-12, 2015, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
-> Call for Presentations – CTS Annual Research Conference, May 20-21, 2015, Saint Paul RiverCentre, MN.
-> Call for Proposals – 4th World Bicycle Forum "Cities for All," February 26- March 1, Medellín, Colombia.
-> Call for Presentations –American Trails International Trails Symposium, May 17-20, 2015, Portland, OR.
-> October 29-31, 2014, 2 Walk and Cycle Conference: Nelson, New Zealand.
-> October 30-31, 2014, Trail Design, Portland, OR.
-> November 4, 2014, Ohio DOT Bike Ped Summit, Columbus, OH.
-> November 4-5, 2014, 8-80 Cities Urban Legacy Academy, Toronto, Canada.
-> November 5-8, 2014, National Bicycle Tourism Conference, San Diego, CA.
-> November 5, 2014, Urban Street Design Guide Application Workshop, Washington, DC.
-> 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 12-13, 2014, Transportation Innovations in Bicycling and Parking, Washington, DC.
-> 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, International Cycling Safety Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden.
-> November 18-20, 2014, Smart City Expo World Congress, Barcelona, Spain.
-> November 21-24, 2014, American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
-> November 27-28, 2014, Ageing and Safe Mobility, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany.
-> December 3-5, 2014, National Rural Transportation Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
-> 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.
-> February 26-March 1, 2015, 4th World Bicycle Forum "Cities for All," Medellín, Colombia.
-> 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.
-> April 23-24, 2015, Tennessee Bike Summit, Knoxville, TN.
-> 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 29, 2015, Miami Valley Cycling Summit, Piqua, OH.
-> May 31- June 2, 2015, 2015 TRB’s 5th International Conference on Transportation Systems Performance Measurement and Data, Denver, CO.
-> May 31 – June 5, 2015, Community Transportation EXPO 2015,Tampa, FL.
-> 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 6-7, 2015, 8th Making Cities Liveable Conference, Melbourne, Australia.http://bit.ly/R70XW5
-> 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.
Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks!
See previous issues of CenterLines for Jobs, Grants and RFPs that may still be current at http://bit.ly/ZHi0NE.
-> RFP- CONNECTING SENIORS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, NATIONAL CENTER ON SENIOR TRANSPORTATION
The National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST) is inviting applications for a new Ladders of Opportunity Grant Program entitled, Connecting Seniors to Public Transportation. This competitive grant program will provide funding to communities to develop and test interventions designed to encourage and facilitate increased access and usage of public transportation and mobility options by older adults to support successful aging. The grant program is intended to support community efforts to develop accessible, safe and less costly transportation options that enable seniors to live and thrive in their communities, build on and connect to the local transit-human services coordinated transportation plan, and offer a unique opportunity to cross-walk public transportation with programs that support aging in place at the community level.
Deadline: November 7, 2014
-> RFP: CAPTURING AND LEARNING ESSENTIAL CONSULTANT-DEVELOPED KNOWLEDGE WITHIN DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION
TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop guidance for state departments of transportation on how to capture, learn, and maintain essential, mission-critical knowledge from the work of external consultants and contractors.
Deadline: December 16, 2014
-> JOB – PLANNER M-15, ALBUQUERQUE, NM
The City of Albuquerque has a job opening for a planner position with a focus on on-street bicycle work to perform professional and technical planning work involving the gathering, analysis and presentation of data in written, graphic or oral reports. Other duties include organizing and conducting meetings for community participation in planning and policy development; promoting alternatives to single occupancy driving and identifying improvement and enhancements to proposed and existing on-street bicycle facilities and provide highly responsible and complex staff assistance to higher level staff.
Deadline: October 23, 2014, by 11:50 pm MT
-> JOB – ASSISTANT TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR, CITY OF PORTLAND, OR
The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) Assistant Director oversees three program groups, including: Policy, Planning & Projects; Development Permitting & Transit; and Transportation System Management. Through these groups, the Assistant Director oversees a $73M budget and a staff of over 200 employees. The primary programs within these three groups include: policy development, capital projects, active transportation, planning, development review, streetcar, tram, parking enforcement, parking garages, parking operations, and traffic design.
Deadline: October 24, 2014, 4:30 pm PT
-> JOB – EVENT & OUTREACH COORDINATOR, ADVENTURE CYCLING ASSN, MISSOULA, MT
Adventure Cycling Association seeks a well-organized, detail-oriented person to fill the role of Event and Outreach Coordinator to implement Adventure Cycling’s plan for their 40th anniversary (in 2016). This is a unique opportunity for a self-starter with initiative to join Adventure Cycling Association. The ideal candidate will be a team player who works well in a fast-paced environment, meets deadlines and works well under pressure. The candidate will ideally have experience in event planning and logistical management as well as enthusiasm for cycling and bicycle travel.
Deadline: Open until filled, review begins October 27, 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.
Deadline: October 28, 2014, 4:00 pm PT
-> JOB – BIKE-SHARE PLANNER, METROBIKE, WASHOINGTON, 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 to conduct 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
-> FELLOWSHIP – PLACES FELLOWSHIP, FUNDERS’ NETWORK FOR SMART GROWTH AND LIVABLE COMMUNITIES, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Work done in vulnerable and distressed communities often falls short of intended outcomes or doesn't translate into lasting impact. Because the needs and perspectives of low-income communities, often comprised of people of color, have been systematically disregarded in decisionmaking about growth and development, the Funders' Network developed the PLACES Fellowship. The PLACES Fellowship (Professionals Learning About Community, Equity & Smart Growth) develops tools and provides resources to help funders understand and eliminate the disproportionate impact of these decisions. We are now accepting applications for the sixth class of PLACES Fellows.
Deadline: December 5, 2014, by midnight ET
-> JOB – TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, JOHNSON, MIRMIRAN & THOMPSON, SPARKS, MD
JMT is seeking a Transportation Planner to participate on a multi-disciplined team addressing a variety of transportation planning and engineering projects. Multi-modal projects including roadways, transit, pedestrians, and bicycles. Assignments could include identifying the transportation problems, research, analysis of travel patterns and transportation conditions, evaluation of transportation alternatives and impacts, land use considerations, GIS, mapping and displays, technical reports, as well as, developing and attending public meetings. Activities will include interaction with clients, agencies, and project teams.
Deadline: None provided
-> 6 JOBS – ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is an international consulting firm with a mission to create active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities. We specialize in bicycle, pedestrian, trail, park, greenway, and roadway planning, design, and implementation in addition to outreach and education programs.
Deadline: No deadlines provided
* Designer II, Portland, OR: http://bit.ly/1wnN5GH * Level I Planner, Vancouver, BC: http://bit.ly/1wtoJxd * Level I Engineer, Oakland or San Jose, CA: http://bit.ly/1uDXR9x * Level II Engineer, Oakland or San Jose, CA: http://bit.ly/1ot8O0Z * Planning Associate, Los Angeles, CA: http://bit.ly/1wtoZfA * CAD Technician/Design Assistant, Portland, OR: http://bit.ly/1FBsBjS
-> 9 JOBS – TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Toole Design Group is the nation's leading planning, engineering and landscape architecture firm specializing in bicycle and pedestrian transportation. Our focus is developing creative yet practical solutions that move people more efficiently, while improving the quality of life of the community.
Deadline: No deadlines provided
* Civil Engineer, Seattle, WA: http://bit.ly/10mrB3k * Civil Engineer, Spartanburg, SC: http://bit.ly/1wnQ7uz * Landscape Architect, Boston, MA: http://bit.ly/1uE2cJH * Landscape Architect, Spartanburg, SC: http://bit.ly/1recRtn * Regional Engineering Director, Seattle, WA: http://bit.ly/ZNzfTs * Traffic/Civil Engineer, Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1t4Jajj * Transportation Engineer, Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1w8jftd * Transportation Planner, Boston, MA: http://bit.ly/10msQ2u * Transportation Planner, Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1tbakGg
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