#369 Wednesday, November 5, 2014
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-> According to the abstract of FHWA’s recently released “Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Handbook,” “This handbook is designed to help State departments of transportation (DOTs) develop or update State pedestrian and bicycle plans. Based on research including interviews with nine State DOTs and critical evaluations of documents from 15 States, this handbook covers statewide planning from plan inception and scoping to engaging stakeholders and the general public; developing goals, objectives and strategies; collecting and analyzing data; linking to the larger statewide transportation planning process; and implementation. For each stage of the planning process, this handbook uses recent experiences and noteworthy practices from DOTs around the country, helping inform a new generation of statewide nonmotorized planning and implementation.”
-> This article could have been titled: "Gains in Life Expectancy Slowed by Obesity, Shootings, and Overdoses." A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research examined preventable deaths for the period 1960-2010 and its conclusion is troubling: the longevity gained from our public health wins (safer cars, less smoking, less drinking) has been nearly cancelled out by the public health battles we are losing (obesity, shootings, and drug overdoses). The wins have given us an additional 1.82 years of good health; the losses have erased 1.77 years, leaving not much net gain. The study uses 'quality-adjusted life expectancy' as it is a more accurate measurement of years spent in good health. Read the working paper at http://bit.ly/1Ae7KDc or the summary at http://on.wsj.com/1sdkykg.
The decline in motor vehicle death rates is impressive, dropping from 20 per 100k in population (1960) to a little over 10 deaths per 100k (2010). The authors present the counterfactual scenario, which projects death rates if we had done nothing--freezing seat belt use, impaired driving, and vehicle safety at 1960 levels--and continued to drive at our current rate: we reach 78 deaths per 100k population by 2008 before the plunge in VMT brings deaths back down to 65 per 100k in 2010. The lesson seems to be it is remarkable what we can accomplish when government, the private sector, and the public agree on a public health threat and decide to act.
The trend is going the wrong way in Houston, where the voters told the City to turn off red light cameras in 2010. The result: more crashes--a lot more (http://bit.ly/1uqzPVc).
-> According to a Nov. 3rd CityLab article, “The Highway Trust Fund that pays for America's roads narrowly avoided bankruptcy this summer, but it's already in trouble again. In August, after the latest budget patch was approved, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the fund would run out of money again—next year. With that we turn to an exhaustive new menu of funding options presented by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)...
“[T]he top potential earner by far on the AASHTO list: A mileage-based driving fee. A penny a mile tax on typical passenger vehicles would generate $175.58 billion by 2020. Meanwhile, a four-cent-a-mile fee on trucks, which cause more damage to roads, would bring in another $70.73 billion over that same period. Altogether a mileage-based driving fee would produce an astonishing $246.31 billion by 2020.
“Here's AASHTO's infographic comparing the various options; a per-mile fee receives by far the best rating...”
-> According to an Oct. 24th CityLab article, “The rise of bike-share as a popular mode of city transportation has been swift and impressive... Unfortunately, it's been especially slow to arrive for poor residents. Bike-share has struggled to reach low-income riders despite considerable (and continuing) efforts by leading systems—Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., Hubway in Boston, and B-Cycle in Denver notable among them—and these struggles persist. Until bike-share resolves these income disparities, its development from niche amenity into legitimate form of public transit can't be complete. Data in the new bike-share report (Public Bikesharing in North America During a Period of Rapid Expansion: Understanding Business Models, Industry Trends and User Impacts: http://bit.ly/1seX9Pi) underscore just how systemic the equity problem is...”
-> According to a Nov. 3rd State Smart Transportation Initiative article, “Protected bicycle lanes, which physically separate cyclists from automobile traffic using objects such as bollards or parked cars, are becoming popular among municipal transportation agencies, bicycle advocates, and less experienced cyclists. According to the Green Lane Project, more than 53 cities in 24 states have installed these facilities. Until recently, however, cities often faced pushback from state transportation agencies. Now a growing number of state DOTs are warming up to protected bike lanes and some are even installing them on state routes...
“Soon, U.S. DOT is expected to release its own guidelines on protected bike lanes. States are gradually embracing these facilities, which in some cases requires a major shift. Until recently, buffered or protected bike lanes were prohibited in California, but the state’s Protected Bikeways Act of 2014 changes that regulation and requires Caltrans to develop specific design criteria for bike facilities...”
-> According to an Oct. 30th Alliance for Biking & Walking article, “...we’re creating the narrative for how bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations work with the private sector to build the political and financial support needed to transform cites... Many businesses find that bikes benefit their bottom line. In some cases, it’s about creating a more competitive city or improving environmental sustainability. Or maybe managers are focused on employee wellness, advertising to target markets, or making worthwhile charitable contributions.
“At the same time, biking and walking advocacy organizations have so many resources to offer companies. We can offer classes and resources to help employees ride confidently and safely and consultation on becoming more bike-friendly. And, of course, there so many ways businesses can help our missions. We can always benefit from funding, support on key campaigns, and member recruitment.
“Our job is to make that involvement easy. We have to package ‘bike friendliness’ as an easy solution to businesses’ problems, then have those offerings at the ready when potential business partners approach. Is your organization hoping to create or strengthen ties with the private sector? Consider emulating these examples from other state and local biking and walking advocacy organizations...”
-> According to a Nov. 3rd CityLab article, “Both the old and the young, according to surveys, want to live where they can walk, use transit, and enjoy public space. Millennials may embody this lifestyle in film and on television, but the elderly are exerting their influence behind the scenes. The AARP, which counts some 37 million members over 50, has quietly mounted a campaign for a built environment less oriented toward private automobiles... The organization has enrolled cities including Birmingham, Boston, and Washington, D.C., in its Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which entails commitments on issues like transportation and public space.
“Next year, the AARP will launch an online scoring tool to rate cities and suburbs on their senior livability characteristics...”
-> According to an Oct. 27th League of American Bicyclists article, “Electric bicycles are an amazing advancement... They’re undeniably part of the future of bicycling where bicycles are a common transportation solution for all types of people and an important solution to current environmental, health, and community development issues. But, before they can realize their potential, states must adopt appropriate rules for them... The state of electric bicycle laws must be addressed and we’re looking forward to those discussions.
“As we embark on these conversations and determine what policies are appropriate so that electric bicycles can contribute to a Bicycle Friendly America, we need to know what you think. As members of the League, or persons interested in bicycling, you have a wealth of bicycling experience that is important as we figure out how to integrate these new vehicles into our infrastructure and culture. Please help us by completing our survey and sharing your thoughts: http://svy.mk/1taSe1a.”
[See November 19 E-bikes, Electric Assist Bikes and Transportation Policy webinar in Webinar section below]
-> According to a Nov. 3rd Transportation Research Board blurb, “The Virginia Department of Transportation has released a report that determines the extent to which local governments’ road projects enable different funding and financing tools be used. (Local Government Funding and Financing of Roads: Virginia Case Studies and Examples from Other States: http://bit.ly/10svNht) In addition, the report identifies examples of locally-generated funding sources in other states that could be used for road projects in Virginia.”
-> According to an Oct. 24th AASHTO Journal article, “A well-crafted video presentation about the 36-mile Arkansas Razorback Greenway Trail project, now underway, won in AASHTO's 2014 ‘Faces of Transportation’ competition and is on display at the Transportation TV website...
“The video maps out the long Greenway route in northwest Arkansas, highlights schools or towns or entertainment venues it connects and shows various ways people use it. Responding to demand for routes that people can travel on without cars, the project lets joggers and bicyclists move along its trails for exercise while area residents and visitors can use it to walk or bike to places they want to visit. Once the project is completed in 2015, the scenic corridor will give residents a new transportation option to reach several cities and small communities along the trail. (Video 4:44)”
-> According to an Oct. 27th New York State media release, “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced approximately $70 million in awards to fund 68 bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use path transportation projects in New York. The projects, funded by the Federal Highway Administration and which leverage a total investment of $103.7 million, will promote walking and biking, and boost tourism and economic development opportunities in dozens of communities across the state...
“The projects include the addition of accessible sidewalks, improved pedestrian access to public transportation services, construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities and the preservation and conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trail use... The funds are made available to the State through the Federal Highway Administration and are administered by the State Department of Transportation. The program provides up to 80 percent of the cost of each projec
-> According to an Oct. 30th TLC News article, “If you currently bicycle in Hennepin County, or would like to someday, you will want to review the recently released Hennepin County 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan: Safety and Comfort for All Ages and Abilities (http://bit.ly/1pk1cyj). The draft plan has ambitious goals for increasing the percent of trips by bicycle, for getting more women riding, and for reducing crashes... The draft is out for public review and comment through December 5.
“The focus of the plan is roads and trails in Hennepin County and also the trail systems owned and operated by Three Rivers Park District. The plan proposes to increase bicycle facilities by 21 miles each year: from 651 today to 1,187 miles in 2040. This annual growth would be a four-fold increase over the current level of bikeway implementation!...”
-> According to a Nov. 3rd City Lab article, “...By February of this year, the mayor’s office had released a multipronged action plan to start moving toward the [Vision] Zero goal. Tactics include increased enforcement of traffic laws by NYPD officers and by cameras; redesign of streets to slow traffic create safer environments for pedestrians; and the reduction of the citywide speed limit to 25 miles per hour, a move which had been blocked by state lawmakers in Albany before. New legislation aims to stiffen penalties for drivers at fault in fatal accidents. Cooper’s Law, for instance, named for the son that Dana Lerner lost in January, will allow the city to pull the taxi licenses of cab drivers who kill or critically injure a pedestrian while breaking a traffic law. Public service announcements are aiming to explain the reasoning behind some of the new policies.
“Several elements in the Vision Zero plan have already been implemented, and others are soon to go into effect. Most recently, the mayor was able to sign the 25-mile-per-hour limit into law. And while it is in its early days yet, there has been a downtick in the number of pedestrians killed (although the number of bicyclists killed has gone up)...”
-> According to an Oct. 24th Houston Business Journal, “Developers of high-rise residential projects say the legions of Houstonians moving downtown are attracted to a certain kind of urban lifestyle. It's one where young professionals and empty nesters alike can walk to work, walk to eat and walk to play from their downtown apartments and condominiums. Yet, Houston has a long way to go before creating this walkable urban utopia, experts say...
“Enter Scenic Houston, a local nonprofit dedicated to creating better streets and therefore a more connected city. Scenic Houston worked with a team of city officials, developers, architects and engineers to create a set of guidelines on how to create better streets and communities (Streetscape Resource Guide: http://bit.ly/1wwBDLh)...”
-> According to an Oct. 9th KERA News article,” Bicyclists in car country just got some good news: Transportation planners took a $7 million dollar step toward a commuter bike and pedestrian trail reaching from downtown Fort Worth to downtown Dallas. The money approved Thursday will help build about 10 more miles of connecting trails... Urban planners and city agencies are calling it the ‘superhighway of bicycles.’ Sixty-four miles in all, the trail will run mostly along the Trinity River -- from existing bike paths in downtown Fort Worth through Arlington, then in a loop through Irving and Grand Prairie and finishing off on the new Trinity Skyline Trail in Downtown Dallas...”
-> According to an Oct. 24th AASHTO Journal article, “The District of Columbia's Department of Transportation adopted final rules requiring construction sites that block normal sidewalks and bicycle paths to provide equal accommodations for walkers and bikers around the blockage. Under the rule, the alternative passage must be clear of obstructions and hazards like loose gravel or uneven surfaces. If an original bike path that is blocked by construction was physically separated from vehicle traffic, contractors must make sure the alternative bike path is likewise protected. The rules also define ‘safe accommodation’ and require signage for the detour paths to contain messages specific to pedestrians or bicyclists...”
-> According to an Oct. 21st League of American Bicyclist article, “Today, on Campus Sustainability Day, the League of American Bicyclists announced 33 new (http://bit.ly/1s3K0Yp) and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) in 20 states With this new round, 9 of the to 10 colleges and universities in the country, according to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report ranking, are Bicycle Friendly Universities...There are now a total of 100 BFUs in 37 states and Washington, D.C. (http://bit.ly/1x5DzJF).”
-> According to an Oct. 27th Alliance for Biking and Walking article, “Just in time for Halloween, a recent bicycle safety report (Spotlight on Highway Safety: Bicyclist Safety: http://bit.ly/1wwu3QR) from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) came with a spooky press release (http://bit.ly/1AfIKeF). ‘The number of bicyclists killed on U.S. roadways is trending upward,’ the presser warned.
“Media outlets jumped to report the GHSA's conclusions: the LA Times led with the headline ‘Bicycle traffic deaths soar; California leads nation.’ But there are some fundamental issues with the analysis that leads to these spooky conclusions...
“The new GHSA report looks at pure fatality numbers: the number of people who died while biking on U.S. roads in 2010, 2011, and 2012. That number did indeed see a slight uptick in 2012, but has been trending downwards overall: bicyclist fatalities decreased 30% (965 to 677) from 1980 to 2011. But to understand bicycle safety, it is not enough to simply look at the number of fatalities. The level of bicycling in an area must also be taken into account to determine what the risk is. That's why, in our biennial Benchmarking Report (http://bit.ly/1tGNhCt), we pay closer attention to fatality rate...”
[See also responses from BikePortland.org: “National ‘Bicyclist Safety’ report out today gets actual safety trends backwards” by Michael Andersen (http://bit.ly/1ufKF06), and the League of American Bicyclists: “Govs Highway safety Assoc: You’re on Your Own” by Darren Flusche (http://bit.ly/10a35Sl)]
-> According to an Oct 27th Transportation Research Board blurb, “[The] Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide has released a report that examines the differences in pedestrian impacts between vehicles fitted with a frontal protection system that meets geometry-focused requirements for design and installation and a frontal protection system that does not meet these requirements. (Vehicle Frontal Protection System Geometry and Pedestrian Impacts: The Effect of Geometric Criteria: http://bit.ly/1y0QkV7)”
-> According to a Nov. 3rd Transportation Research Board blurb, “The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a report that quantifies and describes pedestrian fatalities on national and state interstate highways from 1993 through 2012. (Pedestrian Fatalities on Interstate Highways, United States, 1993-2012: http://bit.ly/10TwG3c)”
-> According to a Nov. 3rd Transportation Research Board blurb, “America Walks has released a report that summarizes results from its survey of walking advocacy organizations in the United States, and includes information such as the organizations’ administrative structure and accomplishments. (Local Walking Advocacy Organizations in the United States: 2014 Survey Report: http://bit.ly/1utoUcG)”
[See also America Walks The State of Walking Advocacy Organizations in the US webinar archive: http://bit.ly/1tyMn9n]
-> “What I hope to do is take the kids from architecture and tell them [urban development] is more than pretty images, and take the people from the politics class and tell them it’s more than just policy. Living in great places is about people who can cross these artificial boundaries that we create in our own minds.”
“The simple, cleanest thing you can say about the difference between this generation to previous generations is that my parents saw a car as freedom. But our children’s generation sees freedom from the car as freedom. That transforms everything about cities.”
-- R.T. Rybak, former three-term mayor of Minneapolis in comments about his "Mayor 101" University of Minnesota course
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ARCHITECTURE FOR BIKES – IN PICTURES
From Calgary’s space-age Peace bridge to Eindhoven’s floating roundabout and the Copenhagen apartments with a cycle path straight up to the 10th floor, Gavin Blyth’s Velo City highlights some of the world’s best cycling infrastructure.
WEBINAR "Promoting Health Through the Planning Process"
Date: November 6, 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 U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Update"
Date: November 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Workshop on Bringing Public Health into Urban Revitalization"
Date: November 10, 2014, 8:30a.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
WEB CONFERENCE "Innovation Session: Data-Driven Safety Analysis"
Date: November 13, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. ET
WEB CONFERENCE "Road Diets (Roadway Reconfiguration)"
Date: November 13, 2014, 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Health Funding for Bicycling and Walking"
Date: November 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Creating a Green Infrastructure Plan to Transform Your Community"
Date: November 18, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Practical approaches to youth engagement in Safe Routes to School"
Date: November 18, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Frequently Asked Questions on the ADA: Alternative Modes of Transportation"
Date:November 19, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 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 "Designing for Older Road Users"
Date: November 20, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
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 "Accessibility: Towards a New Multimodal System Performance Metric"
Date: December 3, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Complete Streets Design"
Date: December 8, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "How communities are Paying for Maintenance of Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities"
Date: December 16, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Maintenance Funding for Bicycling and Pedestrian Facilities"
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 World Health Organization webpage, “To facilitate evidence-based decision-making, WHO has developed, in collaboration with experts, an online tool to estimate the value of reduced mortality that results from regular walking or cycling. The health and economic assessment tool (HEAT) for cycling and walking:
“HEAT calculates the answer to the following question: if x people cycle or walk y distance on most days, what is the economic value of mortality rate improvements? A guidance book and summary address practitioners and experts, focusing on approaches to the economic valuation of positive health effects related to cycling and walking...”
-> According to an Oct. 15th Springwise.com article, “Japan’s governmental department GSI is creating software that will enable those with visual impairments to print out 3D versions of online maps...
“The official mapping body for Japan — much like the US Geological Survey — GSI already has paper maps for the blind, using embossed surfaces to mark out roads. It's now developing a program that is able to do the same thing for digital maps. The software first differentiates the highways, railway lines and walkways from the rest of the landscape. It then creates a 3D relief model that uses different textures to distinguish the features so that anyone running their finger along them will be able to determine what it is. The program also takes into account contour lines, creating accurate topographical representations of a particular area...”
-> According to the abstract of a recently published report, “The Comprehensive Alternative Transportation Plan for Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Oklahoma analyzes a range of transportation and resource management challenges and documents a holistic set of alternative transportation strategies that the refuge can implement in the short, medium, and long term. The Plan consists of four interrelated products: a traffic analysis study, a pedestrian and bicycle, a multi-modal network alternatives analysis, and a transit assessment.”
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 Big Ideas /Presentations – 2015 National Bike Summit, March 10-12, 2015, Washington, DC.
-> Call for Presentations – CTS Annual Research Conference, May 20-21, 2015, Saint Paul RiverCentre, MN.
-> Call for Contributions – Winter Cycling Congress, February 10-12, 2015, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
-> 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.
-> 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 2, 2015, Walkable Washington Annual Symposium Awards, Redmond, WA.
-> 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 20-21, 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, 2015, 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.
-> REQUEST FOR LETTERS OF INTEREST - BUILDING BLOCKS FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, U.S. EPA
Many communities around the country are asking for tools to help them achieve their desired development goals, improve quality of life, and become more economically and environmentally sustainable. In response to this demand, EPA developed the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities provides quick, targeted technical assistance to selected communities using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. The purpose of delivering these tools is to stimulate a discussion about growth and development and strengthen local capacity to implement sustainable approaches. Communities can apply for technical assistance on one or more of the following topics: bikeshare planning; equitable development; infill development for distressed cities; sustainable strategies for small cities and rural areas; and flood resilience for riverine and coastal communities.
Deadline: November 20, 2014, 5:00 p.m. ET
-> REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – ENGAGING LOCAL AND REGIONAL LEADERS IN ADVANCING AN EQUITY-DRIVEN FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION AGENDA
PolicyLink and The Leadership Conference Education Fund (The Education Fund), co-chairs of the Transportation Equity Caucus, invite local and regional organizations (including non-profit organizations and advocacy groups) to apply for awards to develop and implement activities to educate about and lift up the policy platform of the Transportation Equity Caucus, leveraging lessons learned from community based innovations that advance economic and social equity.
Maximum award amount is $25,000. The term of the awards is 9 months. The award is intended to support the organization’s capacity for two key activities: (1) one local convening, sponsored by the awardee to be held between January and March 2015, that is focused on connecting the Equity Caucus policy platform to local transportation equity issues, and (2) participation in a one-day conference organized by PolicyLink and The Leadership Conference Education Fund focused on peer sharing and educating policymakers regarding transportation equity. The conference will be held in Washington DC in April or May 2015.
Deadline: November 21, 2014
-> REQUEST FOR LETTERS OF INTEREST - HEALTH AND TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR PLANNING FRAMEWORK, FHWA & FTA
FHWA and FTA are seeking transportation agencies to test a new tool to assist agencies interested in incorporating public health into their transportation decisions at the corridor planning level. Up to five beta test teams will be selected based on submittal of a letter of interest that describes their proposed corridor and how incorporating public health considerations might improve their current process. Although FHWA and FTA are interested in as much diversity as possible in the selected test teams, there are some factors that will drive the selection process. The following information is provided to help potential beta test participants determine if this opportunity is right for them and help develop their letter of interest...
Deadline: Any time prior to November 26, 2014, Please contact your local FHWA Division Office by November 7th, to let them know of your interest.
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – OUR TOWN GRANTS, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Artswill provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas: 1) Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities, and 2) Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking.
Deadline: Two-Step Deadline: 1) December 15, 2014, by 11:59 p.m. ET for SF-424 form, 2) January 8 to January 15, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. ET dependent on type
-> 2 JOBS – LIVABLESTREETS, CAMBRIDGE, MA
LivableStreets seeks a highly motivated and experienced professional who will play a critical role in helping LivableStreets achieve its vision. In this newly established role, the Deputy Director will be instrumental in positioning the organization for continued success. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will have both internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from program management to volunteer coordination and external communications. The Deputy Director will partner closely with the Executive Director to chart LivableStreets future growth and strategic response to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services.
LivableStreets is looking for a detail-oriented individual with experience in an office setting to serve as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. In this newly established role, the Executive Assistant will play a key role, helping ensure day-to-day operations run efficiently and effectively to help achieve our strategic plan. The ideal candidate has experience with databases and office management. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Executive Assistant will play a critical internal role, with responsibilities ranging from database system administrator to managing production of external communications and office management. The Executive Assistant will work to maintain and improve LivableStreets internal systems to help with future growth and help be responsive to an ever-increasing demand for the organization’s services.
Deadline (both positions): Rolling until filled (Posted October 29, 2014)
-> JOB – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BIKE WALK NC, YOUR LOCATION IN NC
BikeWalk NC, North Carolina’s premier statewide bicycle and pedestrian nonprofit, is seeking an Executive Director to lead an active Board of Directors, represent the organization, grow our membership and partnerships, and build our social media presence. This position is an exciting opportunity to work with a passionate group of advocates and volunteers to improve bicycling and walking conditions across the state, and learn the ins and outs of nonprofit management.
Deadline: Initial round of resume reviews in late October 2014
-> JOB – COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, BIKE ALLIANCE OF MN, TWIN CITIES METRO AREA
The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is seeking an independent and responsible Communications
Manager that will lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy that will help further the organization’s mission and increase its capacity. The position will report primarily to the Executive Director, with certain project responsibilities being reported to the Deputy Director. The position will require close collaboration with other staff and committees.
Deadline: November 11, 2014
-> JOB – SCHOOLS & COMMUNUTY OUTREACH COORDINATOR, BIKE EASY, NEW ORLEANS, LA
Bike Easy is the leading bike advocacy group in Greater New Orleans with the mission to improve biking in and around the city by ensuring that it’s fun, safe and an accessible mode of transportation and recreation for all. Bike Easy is hiring a Schools and Community Outreach Coordinator to increase our capacity to do youth and community bicycle programs in New Orleans. Working as our Schools and Community Outreach Coordinator, you will support Bike Easy’s efforts to promote biking and walking to school, and work directly with students in Orleans Parish public schools to educate the next generation to be safe and confident bicyclists.
Deadline: November 12, 2014, 5:00 p.m. CT
-> JOB – PROGRAM MANAGER, NORTH AMERICA BIKE SHARE, CAN BE BASED IN A VARIETY OF CITIES
NABSA is a member association of bikeshare system owners, managers, operators and service vendors. The purpose is to provide collaboration, sharing of experiences and best practices, enhanced communication, and guidance to the new and fast growing industry of bikesharing. NABSA is seeking an experienced project manager to work on a contract basis to help oversee all bikeshare related projects of the newly formed North American Bike Share Association. The contractor will assist with fundraising, foster relationships with bike share professionals, participate in the coordination of member-driven initiatives, and provide administrative support to the board of directors, including completing the formation of the organization. The contractor will report to the president of the board of directors with accountability to board members on a project basis.
Deadline: Open until filled
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