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#370 Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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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.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- Bicycle Friendly Communities in All 50 States
----- New Zealand: Adds US$78.5 Million More for Urban Cycleways
----- Protected Bike Lanes Also Increase Walking Safety
----- Money Saved by Going Carfree Freed to Spend in Local Economy
----- Do Bike Lanes Gentrify Neighborhoods?
----- Denmark: Comprehensive, Effective Program Treats Childhood Obesity
----- Bicycle Touring Promotion, News & Resources
----- Take the New Bicycle Safety Survey

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- OK City (OK): 10-Yr Program to Engineer Greater Activity into People’s Lives
----- Boston (MA) 1st to Mandate Truck Safety Measures for Cyclists & Peds
----- Advocacy Advance Awards $30,000 in "Big Idea" Grants
----- San Francisco & Alameda County (CA) Voters Approve Active Trans Funding
----- Pushback on CA Law to Remove LOS as Environmental Impact Measure
----- Demographics of Bicycling in Memphis (TN)
----- Lakewood (OH): No School Buses, Almost All Walk to School
----- Philadelphia County (PA) Regional Transit Plans Bike Infrastructure
----- New York City Considers Texting-While-Biking Ban

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----- Aging Road User Studies of Intersection Safety
----- Easy-to-Walk Communities can Blunt Cognitive Decline
----- Declining Walkability: Big Role in China's Obesity Problem
----- Advice: Navigating Your First TRB Annual Meeting

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----- FHWA Performance Management Guidebook Literature Review
----- Livability Solutions: Free Community Technical Assistance
----- Report: Walking is Going Places
----- Report: TIGER Grant Evaluation
----- New Zealand Traffic Institute Annual Conference Presentations
----- Transportation in Tribal Lands
----- Book: Cures for Ailing Organizations
----- Oakland (CA) Buffered Bike Lane Video

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- The National & International Scene
- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
- Resources
- Calendar
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES IN ALL 50 STATES

-> According to a Nov.18th League of American Bicyclists release, "Today the League of American Bicyclists announced 55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). With this new round, 69 million people live in a Bicycle Friendly Community as the program extends to all 50 states. These new awardees join a leading group of more than 325 communities in all 50 states that are improving health, safety and quality of life in cities and towns nationwide... See the list of all Bicycle Friendly Communities: http://bit.ly/11i4dDZ...

"The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more than 800 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze — provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve."

Source: http://bit.ly/1qoDT74
Title & Author: "Bicycle Friendly Communities in All 50 States" by Liz Murphy

[Note: The next Bicycle Friendly Community application deadline is February 11, 2015. See http://bit.ly/1uGVzL1 for details.]

NEW ZEALAND: ADDS US$78.5 MILLION MORE FOR URBAN CYCLEWAYS

-> According to an article in the October issue of TrafinNZ (New Zealand Traffic Institute) Newsletter, "In August during the run up to the election, the Prime Minister John Key announced NZ$100 million (US$78.5 million) in new funding will be made available over the next four years to accelerate cycleways in urban centres. Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee said that National recognises that commuting by bike has health benefits and takes pressure off other transport networks, but cycleways in our largest centres are fragmented and offer varied levels of service. "This funding builds on significant investments the government is already making..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1xUm7Jw
Title & Author: "Extra $100 million for urban cycleways announced" by Staff

PROTECTED BIKE LANES ALSO INCREASE WALKING SAFETY

-> According to a Nov. 14th People for Bikes article, "Protected bike lanes are good at making it safer to bike. But they are great at making it safer to walk. As dozens of thought leaders on street safety gather in New York City this morning for the Vision Zero for Cities Symposium, some of them will be discussing this little-known fact: on New York streets that received protected bike lanes from 2007 to 2011, total traffic injury rates – most of which, in New York, injure people walking – fell by 12 to 52 percent...

"Why would bike infrastructure be so good for people walking? It comes down mostly to four factors.
1) Protected bike lanes shorten crossing distances...
2) Protected bike lanes make it easier to know which direction cars are coming from...
3) Dedicated signal phases prevent turning conflicts with people walking...
4) Protected bike lanes reduce traffic weaving..."

Source: http://bit.ly/14LfFKo
Title & Author: "It Turns Out That Protected Bike Lanes are Fantastic For Walking Safety, Too" by Michael Andersen

MONEY SAVED BY GOING CARFREE FREED TO SPEND IN LOCAL ECONOMY

-> According to a Nov.18th City Clock Magazine article, "If urban car ownership levels in the U.S. were the same as Paris, American consumers would have over $450 billion to spend annually on other things.  That’s enough to pay for a state of the art city-wide light-rail transit network in 100 cities.  All in just one year.  In the U.S., car ownership levels are at 809 vehicles per 1,000 people but generally range between 650 and 750 in urban areas.  In Paris, it’s 450, Copenhagen – 225, and Hong Kong – 73.  Of all the G20 countries, the U.S. is way out in front when it comes to car ownership... Going car free can add $7,000 a year to your discretionary spending...

"Of the more than $9,000 spent annually per person on car ownership, $7,095 leaves the local economy according to AAA... So where does all of that car money go if it’s not leaving the city?  One study found that pedestrians and cyclists spend more than drivers through more frequent (but smaller) purchases (Examining Consumer Behavior and Travel Choices: http://bit.ly/1tbQPb0)..." 

Source: http://bit.ly/1F1qNPS
Title & Author: "How to add $1 Billion to local economy: get 140,000 to go car free" by @urban_future

DO BIKE LANES GENTRIFY NEIGHBORHOODS?

-> According to a Nov.17th Urbanful article, "Bike lanes are meant to create a safe division between vehicular traffic and cycling traffic. But in many U.S. cities bike lanes may as well be a sign of socio-economic divisions: in some communities, they’re seen simply as a pathway for gentrification. Though cycling advocates are quick to point to the benefits of alternative transit for low-income populations, cities are slow to engage communities about biking (and for that matter, often don’t work to break down some of the cultural and economic barriers that stand in the way). What should municipalities be addressing? Here’s a look..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1yRAEE7
Title & Author: "Do bike lanes gentrify neighborhoods?" by Shaun Courtney

DENMARK: COMPREHENSIVE, EFFECTIVE PROGRAM TREATS CHILDHOOD OBESITY

-> According to a Nov. 8th BBC News article, "Childhood obesity has become a global epidemic, but it is not easy to treat. Now a scheme proven to help children shed pounds by asking them and their families to make numerous lifestyle changes has been adopted across Denmark.

"A Danish pediatrician claims his pilot project has made a significant breakthrough in the battle against childhood obesity. The scheme, in the town of Holbaek, has treated 1,900 patients and helped 70% of them to maintain normal weight by adjusting about 20 elements of their lifestyles. The way it tackles all aspects of the children's lives - and those of their families - sets it apart from traditional 'small steps' approaches to losing weight...

"At the beginning of the programme, children are admitted to hospital for 24 hours for extensive testing, including body scans to measure their body fat. They also answer a detailed questionnaire about their eating habits and behaviour patterns... The programme requires wholesale changes in lifestyle to defeat the body's natural resistance to losing fat, and each child has a personalised treatment plan which targets 15-20 daily habits [including bicycling or walking to school]..."

Source: http://bbc.in/1xCDL5Y
Title & Author: "Have the Danes cracked childhood obesity?" by Malcolm Brabant

BICYCLE TOURING PROMOTION, NEWS & RESOURCES

-> In a Nov. 13th email message, Jim Sayer, Adventure Cycling Association Executive Director wrote, "Last week, the Bicycle Tour Network held its annual conference in San Diego... there were 26 states who sent people from their tourism bureaus. This is fantastic because, as many of you know, these agencies have a lot of spare coin to promote types of tourism -- and wouldn't it be nice if bike travel were prominently featured?

"Here are a couple of articles that ran in Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, and one of the takeaways was that the bike industry needs to figure out how to do a better job recognizing, supporting, and capitalizing on bike tourism.
-- Suppliers pay scant attention to tourism, event rides, industry executive says: http://bit.ly/1xCSb5X
-- Bicycle tourism industry is changing to suit consumer demand: http://bit.ly/1uvK8UR

"Also, Adventure Cycling put out a news release on '10 Indicators' that bike tourism is booming and changing -- lots of links to great studies and stories about the positive impacts of bike travel (10 Indicators that Bicycle Travel and Tourism are Booming — and Changing: http://bit.ly/1F3kX0E). I encourage you to check it out and share it with economic development officials..."

TAKE THE NEW BICYCLE SAFETY SURVEY
By Mark Plotz

-> Last week I received an email from a doctoral student at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health in Brooklyn. For his dissertation he is conducting research on the connection between specific bicycling practices and traffic crash risk. He needs some cyclists to fill out his survey. It only takes 10 minutes.

http://survey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eXRDaDI9sn3TrrT


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

OK CITY (OK): 10-YR PROGRAM TO ENGINEER GREATER ACTIVITY INTO PEOPLE'S LIVES

-> According to a Nov. 10th Urbanful article, "Cities are working to un-do the damage of car-centric design by making the streets (and sidewalks and public spaces) a more welcoming place for residents. This approach is not just happening in places like New York, recognized for its Active Design Guidelines (http://on.nyc.gov/1teq6dL) developed under then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration. Oklahoma City is in the midst of its own $777 million MAPS 3 initiative to redesign its streets and create new public spaces that encourage more activity from residents.

"Oklahoma City joined the ranks for healthy design cities following a city-wide weight-loss campaign...Oklahoma City is now undertaking a variety of efforts to engineer greater activity back into people's lives. MAPS 3—funded by a limited term, one-cent sales tax initiative that began in April 2010 and ends in December 2017—is a 10-year program created to finance eight projects, from convention centers and public parks to more modern transit, trails and sidewalks. It will raise an estimated $777 million over its lifetime..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1uQjI1o
Title & Author: "How Oklahoma City's diet sparked more active urban spaces" by Shaun Courtney

BOSTON (MA) 1ST TO MANDATE TRUCK SAFETY MEASURES FOR CYCLISTS & PEDS

-> According to an Oct. 29th City of Boston media release, "Today the Boston City Council voted unanimously to pass a Truck Side Guard Ordinance,... [mandating] all large city-contracted vehicles to be equipped with enhanced safety measures designed to prevent fatalities and further reduce the risks of a collision with pedestrians and cyclists.

"The Truck Side Guard Ordinance is the first of its kind in the country. The ordinance requires vehicles over 10,000 pounds (for tractor-trailers a combined weight over 26,000 pounds) and awarded a contract with the City of Boston to have side guards, convex mirrors, cross-over mirrors, and blind-spot awareness decals. Vehicles associated with an awarded City contract will be inspected for side guards by the Inspectional Services Department and issued a permit, certifying the vehicle for 2-years. For those vehicles not in compliance, businesses will face a fine, escalating from $100 for the first offense, to potential termination of the contract...

"In 2013, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics and the Public Works Department undertook the largest municipal pilot of truck side guards in the nation. The Truck Side Guard Ordinance is a result of this pilot, which included more than a year of testing three different types of side guards on 16 large vehicles, reviewing data from external studies, and from field observations. In the City of Boston pilot, each vehicle cost about $1,800 to outfit and will last the lifetime of the vehicle."

Source: http://bit.ly/1qWmAot
Title & Author: "City Council Passes Truck Side Guard Ordinance: First in the nation, will increase safety measures to protect cyclists" by Staff

ADVOCACY ADVANCE AWARDS $30,000 IN "BIG IDEA" GRANTS

-> According to a Nov. 10th Advocacy Alliance article, "Last month Advocacy Advance held an open call for applications from bicycling and walking advocacy organizations for innovative campaigns to address the most pressing issues in bicycling and walking advocacy investments. Today, we're excited to announce the three campaigns receiving our 'Big Idea' Grants,... intended to help seize unforeseen opportunities, support short-term campaigns, or push campaigns into the end zone to win funding for biking and walking infrastructure and programs...The three campaigns are:

-- Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, in collaboration with other community development and environmental organizations, will work on the Better Mobility Philadelphia campaign to elevate Vision Zero and safer mobility as a campaign issue for the 2015 election in the City of Philadelphia...

-- Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) and Oregon Walks will leverage a strong partnership to build a broad coalition demanding a Vision Zero approach to transportation planning, policy, and funding to all levels of Oregon government; advocate for a progressive, equitable structure to a proposed local fee package to provide crucial funding for priority safety projects... [and] build a regional coalition based on shared goals for injury prevention, safety, and livability...

-- Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) will work with five cities in southeastern Los Angeles County to develop a model for inclusive and equitable active transportation planning processes... [to] boost communities' capacity to compete for funding from California's Active Transportation Program..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1BM9BQc
Title & Author: "Advocacy Advance awards $30,000 in 'Big Idea' grants for innovative active transportation campaigns" by Christy Kwan

[Note: Check out Rapid Response Grants (http://bit.ly/1dGWWMJ) which enable state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations to win, increase, and preserve public funding in their communities. The Advocacy Advance team provides resources, technical assistance, coaching, and training to supplement the grants. Requests are considered throughout the year and receive a speedy response within two weeks.]

SAN FRANCISCO & ALAMEDA COUNTY (CA) VOTERS APPROVE ACTIVE TRANS FUNDING

-> According to a Nov. 5th SFGate article, "Voters in San Francisco and Alameda County put their support — and money — behind transportation improvements that continue to steer the region away from a reliance on cars and toward transit, biking and walking.

"In San Francisco, voters passed Prop. A, a $500 million bond measure to be used for redesigned streets, more bike and transit-only lanes, updated traffic signals, improved maintenance facilities, and new elevators and escalators at Metro stations. It passed with support from 71.21 percent of voters, surpassing the two-thirds requirement.

"Across the bay, Alameda County voters approved the $8 billion Measure BB, which continues a half-cent sales tax and adds another half cent for 30 years. It captured 69.56 percent of the vote, squeezing past the 66.67 percent requirement. Two years ago, a nearly identical measure failed by just 700 votes. Measure BB devotes most of its money — nearly $5 billion — to transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, including $400 million toward a Livermore BART extension and $1.5 billion to boost AC Transit service. Roughly $3 billion would go to streets and highways — mostly for maintenance but also for new interchanges on Interstate 80, including the infamous Gilman Street interchange in Berkeley and carpool/toll lanes on Interstate 680..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1Hk7G5N
Title & Author: "Voters back transit: Prop. A in SF, Measure BB in Alameda County By Michael Cabanatuan

PUSHBACK ON CA LAW TO REMOVE LOS AS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT MEASURE

-> According to a Nov. 10th California Bicycle Coalition article, "A new law changes a perverse aspect of the California Environmental Quality Act that required local agencies to consider delays to motor vehicles worse for the environment than negative impacts on bicycle safety. The Governor's Office of Planning & Research is writing new guidelines to comply with the law, eliminating 'automobile level of service' as a measurement of a project's environmental impact. Pushback from some local agency leaders more concerned with congestion than safety threatens to weaken the proposal...

"Last year, the Governor signed SB 743 (http://bit.ly/1HjGAMh) by Darryl Steinberg to eliminate the use of 'automobile level of service' (LOS) as a measurement of a project's environmental impact for purposes of compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1wWXDLK
Title & Author: "Stop caring about auto congestion in environmental analysis, says OPR" by Staff

DEMOGRAPHICS OF BICYCLING IN MEMPHIS (TN)

-> According to a Nov. 4th Bike/Ped Memphis article, "Bicycle use in Memphis is increasing at the fastest rate of growth compared to any other city in Tennessee. A recent report released by the League of American Bicyclists titled 'Where We Ride: Analysis of Bicycle Commuting in American Cities' (http://bit.ly/11i6S0j) identified Memphis as one of the 14th fastest growing cities for bicycle commuting in the United States between 1990 and 2013. The City's own research, released last March in the '2014 State of Bicycling' report http://bit.ly/1yS62Cc) indicates this trend is directly correlated to the increase in dedicated bicycle infrastructure, especially pronounced in the city since 2008. Furthermore, the city's report indicates that if the growth trend continues to rise as new infrastructure is developed, that bicycle use will continue to rise as well.

"Last week, the academic journal Urban Studies published an article titled 'Behind a Bicycling Boom: Governance, Cultural Change and Place Character in Memphis, Tennessee' (http://bit.ly/1xo3EF2)... review[s] the recent social movement and potential implications to improve and invest in bicycle infrastructure in Memphis with a focused analysis on who benefits from this kind of investment in the community..."

Source: http://bit.ly/11sysaZ
Title & Author: "The Demographics of Bicycling in Memphis" by ibikememphis

LAKEWOOD (OH): NO SCHOOL BUSES, ALMOST ALL WALK TO SCHOOL

-> According to an article in the November issue of Governing, "In a nation where few students still walk to school, how has Lakewood, Ohio, gone without school buses for so long? Lakewood doesn't have any school buses—and it never has.

"There are a few reasons why Lakewood may be the nation's unofficial walk-to-school capital. Density, for one... the city of 52,000 has 9,000 residents per square mile.... As Lakewood grew, the city opted against setting up a school bus system, focusing instead on building schools to fit within the community. Most of the schools are multistory buildings on relatively small lots, making them easier to incorporate into residential neighborhoods. As the facilities aged over the years, officials chose to restore and upgrade the existing structures, rather than build sprawling new single-story campuses.

"In Lakewood, there's another benefit to having everyone walk: The city saves a fortune on school buses. When Lakewood does need to provide transportation for students -- for field trips, out-of-town games and so on -- it contracts with the nearby town of Olmsted Falls. But all told, the Lakewood school district spends about $500,000 a year on transportation, about $1 million less than comparable school districts..."

Source: http://bit.ly/11ByuhU
Title & Author: "The Town Where Everyone Still Walks to School" by Daniel Luzer

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY (PA) REGIONAL TRANSIT PLANS BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE

-> According to a Nov. 16th CBS Philly article, "As more people use bicycles to get around town, SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) is working on long range plans to incorporate them into transit system updates at its stations. And the first bike cages could go in the South Broad concourse.

"SEPTA is considering how and where to place secure, sheltered bike cages inside transit stops, rather than having bikes locked outside on public sidewalks, and in the elements..."

Source: http://cbsloc.al/1uHqxmm
Title & Author: "SEPTA Working On Plan To Integrate Bicycle Infrastructure Into Current Stations" by Steve Tawa

NEW YORK CITY CONSIDERS TEXTING-WHILE-BIKING BAN

-> According to a Nov. 11th Wall Street Journal article, "Bicyclists would be banned from texting or talking on a cellphone while riding under legislation set to be introduced in the City Council on Thursday. A bill sponsored by New York City Councilman Mark Treyger, a Brooklyn Democrat, would fine cyclists $50 for a first offense if they cause injuries or property damage while using their phone.

"Another bill, also sponsored by Mr. Treyger, would create a bike-safety course for the city. Riders caught using hand-held cellphones who don't injure anyone or cause property damage would be required to take the bike-safety course, but wouldn't have to pay a fine... Chicago has a similar law on the books, as does Flagstaff, Ariz."

Source: http://on.wsj.com/1votjxZ
Title & Author: "New York City Considers Texting-While-Biking Ban" by Mara Gay


THE RESEARCH BEAT

AGING ROAD USER STUDIES OF INTERSECTION SAFETY

-> According to a Nov.14th Transportation Research Board blurb, "The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that assesses younger, middle-aged, and older drivers' ability to quickly perceive the presence of marked and unmarked crosswalks and pedestrians within these crosswalks. (Aging Road User Studies of Intersection Safety: http://bit.ly/1wWhxXc)"

Source: http://bit.ly/1voaURT
Title & Author: "Aging Road User Studies of Intersection Safety" by Staff

[Ed. note: The study revealed that drivers were more aware of the special emphasis crosswalks, but they were no better at noticing pedestrians in those same crosswalks. Also, as we age it takes us longer to react: older drivers needed an extra 0.8 seconds to perceive and respond to the yellow signal.]

EASY-TO-WALK COMMUNITIES CAN BLUNT COGNITIVE DECLINE

-> According to a Nov.7th University of Kansas release, "New study results from the University of Kansas to be presented this weekend at the Gerontological Society of America's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.,... [show] neighborhoods that motivate walking can stave off cognitive decline in older adults...

"[Amber Watts, assistant professor of clinical psychology] judged walkability using geographic information systems -- essentially maps that measure and analyze spatial data. 'GIS data can tell us about roads, sidewalks, elevation, terrain, distances between locations and a variety of other pieces of information,' Watts said. 'We then use a process called Space Syntax to measure these features, including the number of intersections, distances between places or connections between a person's home and other possible destinations they might walk to. We're also interested in how complicated a route is to get from one place to another... 

"Watts said easy-to-walk communities resulted in better outcomes both for physical health -- such as lower body mass and blood pressure -- and cognition (such as better memory) in the 25 people with mild Alzheimer's disease and 39 older adults without cognitive impairment she tracked...The KU researcher and her colleagues used the space syntax data to estimate a 'walkability score' for subjects' home addresses. Then they estimated the relationship between people's neighborhood scores and their performance on cognitive tests over two years, factoring in issues like age, gender, education and wealth, that might influence people's cognitive scores independently of neighborhood characteristics..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1vnWPVr
Title & Author: "Research shows easy-to-walk communities can blunt cognitive decline" by Brendan M Lynch

DECLINING WALKABILITY: BIG ROLE IN CHINA'S OBESITY PROBLEM

-> According to a Nov.17th CityLab article, "In China's rapidly changing urban landscape, the Chinese middle class may be bearing the greatest burden when it comes to the connection between the way their cities are being built and rates of obesity, a new study suggests.

"A paper recently published in the journal Preventive Medicine (Walking, Obesity and Urban Design in Chinese Neighborhoods: http://bit.ly/1xmYmcW) examines the connections between obesity, income, and the built environment in two of China's major cities, Shanghai and Hangzhou. The research team is headed up by Mariela Alfonzo, an assistant research professor at the NYU School of Engineering and a Fulbright scholar who has spent years developing measures of walkability in the United States and is now expanding that work to China.

"Alfonzo and her colleagues found that, as in other countries, there is a link between neighborhood design—their walkability—and levels of physical activity among residents. They also found, however, that the relationship between income, obesity, and physical activity is not a linear one in China. There, the poorest and the most affluent were both less likely to be obese than the middle class..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1EYEg9n
Title & Author: "Declining Walkability Plays a Big Role in China's Obesity Problem" by Sarah Goodyear

ADVICE: NAVIGATING YOUR FIRST TRB ANNUAL MEETING

-> According to a Nov.13th Transportation Research Board blurb, "The September–October 2014 edition of the TR News features an article that provides advice to first-time Annual Meeting attendees on navigating the meeting (Navigating Your First TRB Annual Meeting: http://bit.ly/1ymxfgv). The 2015 TRB 94th Annual Meeting, January 11-15, 2015, in Washington, D.C., covers all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in more than 750 sessions. The Annual Meeting, which draws some 12,000+ attendees from throughout the United States and from 70 countries, is the single largest gathering of transportation practitioners and researchers in the world..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1qp1mFe
Title & Author: "2015 TRB 94th Annual Meeting: Navigating Your First TRB Annual Meeting" by Staff


QUOTES R US

-> "Those roads were always part of the park's problem. The bodies of Leakin Park belonged not to unlucky cyclists, but to West Baltimoreans on the wrong side of drug deals, lover's quarrels, accidents, or unspeakable deeds that happened, often, not in the park but near it. Lots of little access points made disposal easy; cutting off those routes and constructing a well-trafficked bike trail around the wilderness has made dumping less attractive."-- Roba Kobell writing in Slate about how automobile access contributed to Leakin Park's dark past."
http://slate.me/1xpLQJJ

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

LUMINESCENT DUTCH BIKE PATH HOMAGE TO VAN GOGH'S "THE STARRY NIGHT."

The Dutch have just unveiled a dreamy bike path that makes it seem like you're riding atop the Milky Way. The "Van Gogh-Roosegaarde" cycle avenue debuted this week just outside of Eindhoven, the design capital of the southern Netherlands. It's a collaboration between construction firm Heijmans and Daan Roosegaarde, the same duo who built a nearby glow-in-the-dark highway. The path's swirling, spectral patterns are meant to recall "The Starry Night," the delirious masterpiece that Dutch native son Vincent van Gogh painted while locked in an asylum. (See photos at: http://bit.ly/1xC9JPK. Bonus: also see photos of luminescent edge stripes and other pavement markings, temperature dynamic paint markings, and wind activated road level lights.)
http://bit.ly/14K0gKn and further background details: http://cnet.co/1tdpVzs

See also details about the world's first solar bike lane is soon to be available for use in the Netherlands that connects the Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer: http://bit.ly/1F09wEZ.


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Designing for Older Road Users"

Date: November 20, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Becky Crowe & Gene Amparano (FHWA) & Jesse Mintz-Roth (New York City DOT)
Host: Federal Highway Administration & Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1xcbhfv

WEBINAR "A Glimpse of How Data, Tools and Technology Are Used in the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Planning Process"

Date: November 20, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET 
Presenters: Kyung-Hwa Kim, David D'Onofrio, and Melissa Roberts (Atlanta Regional Commission)
Host: Federal Highway Administration
Cost: Free (Participants do not need to preregister to attend the webinar.)
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1td7iLR

WEBINAR "The Evolution of Hot Spot Mapping of Crashes: Past, Present, and Future"

Date: November 20, 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET 
Presenters: William Schneider (Univ. of Akron)
Host: Roadway Safety Institute
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1uvBVA3

WEBINAR "EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities - Livability Solutions Webinar"

Date: November 21, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET 
Presenters: TBA
Host: US EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1ySEYTo

WEBINAR "Collective Impact: From Theory to Practical Action"

Date: November 25, 2014, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Insightformation
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1rmKxZp

WEBINAR "Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations"

Date: December 3, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET
Presenters: Marc Schlossberg (Univ. of Oregon)
Host: Initiative for Bicycle & Pedestrian Innovation
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1xp3E7V

WEBINAR "Using Pilot Projects to Implement Protected Bike Lanes"

Date: December 3, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (.1 CEU, 1 AICP CM)
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts (Site Fee)
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1oJ2nzU

WEBINAR "Accessibility: Towards a New Multimodal System Performance Metric"

Date: December 3, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Andrew Owen (Univ of MN Accessibility Observatory), Richard Kuzmyak (Renaissance Planning Group) & Kate Sylvester (MD DOT)
Host: State Smart Transportation Initiative
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/10UyuJg

WEBINAR "Complete Streets Design"

Date: December 8, 2014, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Marshall Elizer
Host: American Society of Civil Engineers
Cost: Members $299.00, Non-Members $349.00
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1te0Atz

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 
Presenters: TBA
Host: Advocacy Advance
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/VlgvYX

WEBINAR "Maintenance Funding for Bicycling and Pedestrian Facilities"

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

WEBINAR "Getting to Better Outcomes from Public Engagement"

Date: December 17, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (.1 CEU, 1 AICP CM)
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts (Site Fee)
Details & Registration: : http://bit.ly/1mIPFRV


RESOURCES

FHWA PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT GUIDEBOOK LITERATURE REVIEW

-> According to a Nov. 12th FHWA update, "The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is developing a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Performance Management Guidebook. The Guidebook will provide sample performance objectives and measures that States, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and project sponsors may consider as they administer, implement, and evaluate the TAP and program outcomes. The Guidebook should align with the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) national goals and FHWA's Transportation Performance Management measures. The Guidebook will promote voluntary best practices to ensure program transparency and accountability. The Guidebook will not establish requirements or standards. FHWA expects to complete this Guidebook in summer 2015.

"The first product for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Performance Management Guidebook is a literature review of performance management resources (http://1.usa.gov/1F2EcXW). The literature review is intended to catalog and briefly summarize the relevance of literature that may be useful in developing the TAP Guidebook.

"The literature review summarized relevant publications in a matrix format that includes the reference title, author/source, year, a brief description, relevance to TAP performance management, and a web link or additional bibliographic information (http://1.usa.gov/1uPIrmw)... The literature review uncovered a wealth of resources on transportation performance management principles and concepts..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1t4ijA2
Title & Author: "Performance Management Guidebook" by Staff

LIVABILITY SOLUTIONS: FREE COMMUNITY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

-> In a Nov. 12 email, Cathy Costakis, Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Senior Consultant-Built Environment wrote, "I wanted to let you know about new free technical assistance that PPS [Project for Public Spaces] is offering with its Livability Solutions partners to help communities implement sustainable and smart growth development and programs. This program is made possible by a grant from US EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

"Livability Solutions is now accepting applications (http://bit.ly/1vpttW0) through Friday, January 9, 2015 for the third year of this program from communities interested in receiving this technical assistance...Working with our partners to lead one to two-day workshops, the Livability Solutions team will train communities on how to use our tools and workshop approaches (http://bit.ly/1xp6OIQ) – including walkability audits, green infrastructure valuation guides, shared use agreements, and community image surveys – to help achieve goals of enhancing livability, creating lasting economic and environmental improvements, and improving public and social health of their residents. Eight to ten communities will be selected to receive this technical assistance."If you have questions, or are interested in sponsoring additional technical assistance outside the scope of this program, please email livabilitysolutions@pps.org."

(See Webinar section above for Livability Solutions webinar on Friday, November 21st to further discuss this technical assistance opportunity, the available tools, and the process.)

REPORT: WALKING IS GOING PLACES

-> According to a Nov.18th email announcement from America Walks titled, "New Report: 'Walking is Going Places,' The unexpected rise of foot power as a social trend, transportation innovation and path to happiness, "Walking is going places. Humans' most common pastime--forsaken for decades as too slow and too much effort--is now recognized as a health breakthrough, an economic catalyst and a route to happiness. This flurry of attention about walking is more than a flash-in-the-pan. Evidence that millions of Americans' are now rediscovering walking for transportation, fitness and fun is as solid as the sidewalk beneath our feet. As America Walks continues its commitment to promoting safe, convenient and accessible walking conditions, we see firsthand the trend to walking as part of developing physically and economically fit communities.

"America Walks is pleased to once again partner with Jay Walljasper, author and speaker, to be able to offer access to his latest report 'Walking is Going Places' on our website: http://bit.ly/1Agdo6W."

REPORT: TIGER GRANT EVALUATION

-> According to a Nov. 5th Transportation Research Board blurb, "The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a report that evaluates the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT's) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program for surface transportation. Specifically, GAO examined USDOT's progress in implementing program improvements and the extent to which it leveraged non-federal funds for TIGER grants. (Review of U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER Discretionary Grant Program for Surface Transportation: http://1.usa.gov/1xUxEIM)"

Source: http://bit.ly/1EZR27s
Title & Author: "Review of U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER Discretionary Grant Program for Surface Transportation" by Staff

NEW ZEALAND TRAFFIC INSTITUTE ANNUAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

-> See the full list of presentations available to download from the 2014 TRAFINZ (New Zealand Traffic Institute) Annual Conference at http://bit.ly/1uadNiJ. Including:
-- Dr Dinesh Mohan, "International Experience on the Success and Failures of Bus Rapid Transit Systems" and "Emerging Issues in Urban Traffic Safety"
-- Ludo Campbell-Reid, "Creating Places out of Spaces"
-- Jude Munro, "Active Transport links to Public Health"
-- Richard Leggat, "Cycle Safety Panel - developing recommendations to make on-road cycling safer in NZ"
-- Jacqueline Dawson, "School Transport Programme – Travelwise."

TRANSPORTATION IN TRIBAL LANDS

-> According to a Nov. 13th Human Environment Digest article, "The latest edition of TR News (TR News: Transportation in Tribal Lands: Challenges and Initiatives: http://1.usa.gov/14KzVMc) is dedicated to 'Transportation in Tribal Lands: Challenges and Initiatives.' The unique transportation needs of the 566 Indian tribes across the U.S. present interesting challenges that require innovative solutions. The articles explore accomplishments of and lessons learned from the various programs serving tribal transportation."

Source: http://bit.ly/11sEloH
Title & Author: "TR News September-October 2014 Issue" by Staff

BOOK: CURES FOR AILING ORGANIZATIONS

-> According to Nov. 12th media release, "Published this week through One Street Press, Cures for Ailing Organizations guides struggling nonprofits out of common problems that hinder their work. Unlike other books that avoid unpleasant group digressions, this book takes them head-on. Readers will not find quick fixes or isolated exercises. Instead, they will gain skills to reconnect warring factions and attract many types of people to engage in their work. By learning these proven processes, readers will realize that restoring health to important organizations is worth the effort..."

Source: http://bit.ly/14LuaOd
Title & Author: "Cures for Ailing Organizations" by Sue Knaup

OAKLAND (CA) BUFFERED BIKE LANE VIDEO

-> According to a recently posted Vimeo introduction, "This is a Hyperlapse video of the newly paved and striped Broadway in North Oakland, including buffered bike lanes, heading south from Broadway Terrace to 38th Street. (00:40)"

Source: http://bit.ly/1qVukqP
Title & Author: "Broadway buffered bike lane in Oakland" by BikeEastBay


CALENDAR

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:
http://www.bikewalk.org/calendar.php

HEY, YOU! SEND US YOUR CALENDAR ITEMS -- PRONTO!

-> Call for Contributions – Winter Cycling Congress, February 10-12, 2015, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
Deadline: November 20, 2014
http://bit.ly/1taQue8

-> Call for Proposals – 4th World Bicycle Forum "Cities for All," February 26- March 1, Medellín, Colombia.
Deadline: November 30, 2014
http://bit.ly/1tdigWe

-> Call for Presenters, Montana Bike Walk Summit, Helena, MT.
Deadline: December 13, 2014
http://bit.ly/11trsL1

-> Call for Abstracts – 2015 International Highway Technology Summit, April 21-23, 2015, Shanghai, China.
Deadline: December 25, 2014 (Yes, this is the correct date.)
http://bit.ly/1zCOniZ

-> Call for Presentations –American Trails International Trails Symposium, May 17-20, 2015, Portland, OR.
Deadline: January 9, 2015
http://bit.ly/1nyHi1g

-> Call for Abstracts – Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, November 18-22, 2015, Orlando, FL.
Deadline: March 15, 2015
http://bit.ly/1qowzbF

CONFERENCES

-> November 21-24, 2014, American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
http://bit.ly/1yXPWL0

-> November 27-28, 2014, Ageing and Safe Mobility, Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany.
http://bit.ly/1iLF7Ax

-> December 3-5, 2014, National Rural Transportation Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
http://bit.ly/Y4tujp

-> January 11, 2015, TRB Specialty Workshop: Crowd and Pedestrian Modeling, Simulation, and Data, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1tCyiIL

-> January 11, 2015, TRB Specialty Workshop: HF-B Look right! Look left! Where? Accommodating Pedestrians at Alternative Intersections, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1C1YYXo

-> 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.
http://bit.ly/1tCyOqa

-> January 11-15, 2015, Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/RTQEWw

-> January 29-31, 2015, New Partners for Smart Growth, Baltimore, MD.
http://bit.ly/1mjA2VC

-> January 29-31, 2015, National Rural Transportation Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
http://bit.ly/Y4tujp

-> February 10-12, 2015, Winter Cycling Congress, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
http://bit.ly/1pIZA0E

-> February 22-25, 2015, Active Living Research, San Diego. CA.
http://bit.ly/1mJ91Fm

-> February 23-24, 2015, National Physical Activity Plan Congress, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/10Mrn5x

-> February 26-March 1, 2015, 4th World Bicycle Forum "Cities for All," Medellín, Colombia.
http://bit.ly/ZG3FGF

-> March 2-3, 2015, Montana Bike Walk Summit, Helena, MT.
http://bit.ly/1F3nBn8

-> March 3-5, 2015, Minnesota’s Transportation Conference, Bloomington, MN.
http://bit.ly/1mHFa18

-> March 10-12, 2015, 2015 National Bike Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1shH4b1

-> April 2, 2015, Walkable Washington Annual Symposium Awards, Redmond, WA.
http://bit.ly/1ta7aMU

-> April 13-14, 2015, Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1oIe9KV

-> April 21-23, 2015, 2015 International Highway Technology Summit, Shanghai, China.
http://bit.ly/1zCOniZ

-> April 23-24, 2015, Tennessee Bike Summit, Knoxville, TN.
http://bit.ly/1vL2Nh5

-> May 7-8, 2015, Transportation for Sustainability–An International Conference, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1veVFaf

-> May 17-20, 2015, American Trails International Trails Symposium, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/1lD37qJ

-> May 17-21, 2015, 15th TRB National Transportation Planning Applications Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.
http://bit.ly/1wB4tft

-> May 20-21, 2015, CTS Annual Research Conference, Saint Paul RiverCentre, MN.
http://bit.ly/1o0DfWn

-> May 29, 2015, Miami Valley Cycling Summit, Piqua, OH.
http://bit.ly/1CU0j01

-> May 31- June 2, 2015, 2015 TRB’s 5th International Conference on Transportation Systems Performance Measurement and Data, Denver, CO.
http://bit.ly/XZfUgT

-> May 31 – June 5, 2015, Community Transportation EXPO 2015,Tampa, FL.
http://bit.ly/10lnp3L

-> June 2-5, 2015, Velo City, Nantes, France.
http://bit.ly/1tZsgju

-> June 16-18, 2015, National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1kd8hbx

-> June 22-24, 2015, 5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, Vancouver, BC.
http://bit.ly/1niIq5O

-> 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: j.mindell@ucl.ac.uk

-> August 9-14, 2015, 2015 TRAFINZ Annual Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.
http://bit.ly/1uI3hVe

-> September 28 –October 1, 2015, APBP Professional Development Seminar, St. Louis, MO.
http://bit.ly/VdB97X

-> November 18-22, 2015, Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.
http://bit.ly/1vnWPVr


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

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- ENGAGING LOCAL AND REGIONAL LEADERS IN ADVANCING AN EQUITY-DRIVEN FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION AGENDA

PolicyLink and The Leadership Conference Education Fund (The Education Fund) are co-chairs of the Transportation Equity Caucus. They 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.

Deadline: November 21, 2014, by 5:00 p.m. ET
http://bit.ly/1p1hhIG

-> RFP – BICYCLIST FACILITY PREFERENCES AND EFFECTS ON INCREASING BICYCLE TRIPS

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to provide guidance for predicting the relative preference of current and potential bicycle users for bicycle facilities in community environments. To better inform decisions related to the location of bicycle facilities as well as what types of bicycle facilities to build, install, or modify, bicycle facility infrastructure should be studied relative to its effects on ridership, on the operation of the bicycle network, and on the way it can engage broad segments of the general population in bicycling. While a significant amount of research has been completed that assesses bicycle user preferences for bicycle facility types, it is lacking for several reasons. Research is needed to better inform decision making on the selection of bicycle facilities. It should analyze bicycle facilities in the context of community types ranging from a dense urban core, to suburban neighborhoods, to small towns served by one or only a few major roadways (often where a state highway is the main street), and rural areas.

Deadline: January 7, 2015, by 4:30 p.m. ET
http://bit.ly/1wWdjiq

-> JOB – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP, FROM A HOME OFFICE. EAST COAST PREFERRED

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) was launched in 2005 and is a fast-growing network of more than 700 hundred organizations, government agencies, schools and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, leverage infrastructure and program funding and advance policy change to help agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs and policies. The organization is excited to seek a new Executive Director as the Founder, Deb Hubsmith, transitions to a Board role following a medical leave of absence. This is a compelling opportunity to lead an award winning advocacy organization and the only national nonprofit organization with the capacity, depth of knowledge, network and strategic influence that connects transportation with safe, healthy community design to benefit kids, families and schools everywhere.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/1ySeQbi


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