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#371 Wednesday, December 3, 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.

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----- Vision Zero: Collectively Drafted Statement of Principles
----- McKinsey Report: Overcoming Obesity: An Initial Economic Analysis
----- Secret History of Cars Begins With Bicycles
----- Four Factors Overcome Opposition to Vancouver (BC) Bike Lane
----- Canadian Winter Walk (to School) Day: February 5
----- What Snow Tells Us About Creating Better Public Spaces
----- Waste of Half-Empty Black Friday Parking Lots
----- Multi-Lingual & Cultural Resources for Bike & Ped Advocacy
----- Designing Diverse Communities
----- Walking & Walkable Communities Movement Grows
----- Why US Bike Share Systems Aren’t Living Up to Their Potential
----- Governing Names FL DOT’s Billy Hattaway Public Official of the Year

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----- Innovative Communities’ Walkability Case Studies
----- Sea Changes in Twin Cities (MN) Public Works Departments
----- Montgomery County (MD): Capital Crescent Trail Snow Removal Plan
----- San Francisco (CA) Commuting Law Helps Companies & Employees
----- Pittsburgh (PA) Safety Campaign Goes National
----- Seattle Example Makes the Case for Vision Zero

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----- MT DOT: Speed Limits Set Lower Than Engineering Recommendation

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----- Leveraging Health Funding for Active Transportation
----- FHWA Bike & Ped Webpage Updates
----- US DOT Secty. Foxx on How Citizens Can Improve Bike & Ped Safety
----- Infographic: Walkable Urbanism on the Rise
----- CDC Releases Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

VISION ZERO: COLLECTIVELY DRAFTED STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

-> According to a Nov. 19th article, "On Friday, November 14th, 2014, more than 300 urban leaders, policymakers and authorities on traffic enforcement, engineering and public health met with advocates in New York City at the first-ever Vision Zero for Cities Symposium. The historic event brought together representatives from 12 states, 15 cities, more than 20 national organizations and a handful of other countries for expert panels, interactive workshops and breakout sessions focused on tackling the challenges of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The day’s conversations culminated in a collectively drafted and affirmed statement of principles intended to guide Vision Zero implementation in cities around the world.

"The Vision Zero Statement of Principles is as follows..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1vJSfyY
Title & Author: "Wrap up: Vision Zero for Cities" by Staff

MCKINSEY REPORT: OVERCOMING OBESITY: AN INITIAL ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

-> According to a November McKinsey Global Institute discussion paper, "Obesity is a complex, systemic issue with no single or simple solution. The global discord surrounding how to move forward underscores the need for integrated assessments of potential solutions. Lack of progress on these fronts is obstructing efforts to address rising rates of obesity.

"A new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) discussion paper, 'Overcoming obesity: An initial Economic Analysis' (Executive Summary: http://bit.ly/1vlFMBB, Full Report: http://bit.ly/12msrgr) seeks to overcome these hurdles by offering an independent view on the components of a potential strategy. MGI has studied 74 interventions (in 18 areas) that are being discussed or piloted somewhere around the world to address obesity... We found sufficient data on 44 of these interventions, in 16 areas...

"The evidence base on the clinical and behavioral interventions to reduce obesity is far from complete, and ongoing investment in research is an imperative. However, in many cases this requirement is proving a barrier to action. It need not be so. Rather than wait for perfect proof of what works, we should experiment with solutions, especially in the many areas where interventions are low risk. We have enough knowledge to do more."

Source: http://bit.ly/1tDdYEc
Title & Author: "How the world could better fight obesity" by Richard Dobbs, Corinne Sawers, Fraser Thompson, et al.

[Note: Three of the interventions MGI studied relate to Active Transport: Government authorities redesign urban planning to facilitate and encourage 1) walking and 2) bicycling, and 3) redesign tariffs, pedestrianization, and parking laws, and improve the quality of public transport to disincentivize driving. See the Executive Summary or Full Report for more details.]

SECRET HISTORY OF CARS BEGINS WITH BICYCLES

-> According to a Dec.1st CityLab article, "When Carlton Reid set out to write his book about the history of how bicyclists led the late-19th-century push for better roads—and later became the vanguard of the motoring movement—he thought it might be of interest to a relatively select few. He posted the project, titled 'Roads Were Not Built for Cars' (http://bit.ly/1yjCuj9), on Kickstarter, and hoped for the best... and when he published the book this fall, the first print edition immediately sold out. Fortunately, Reid’s meticulously researched and handsome work is available for the iPad, where it comes with 10 videos and more than 500 fascinating historical illustrations. (A second printing is in the works.)

"The book, which is engaging and anything but dry, tells a story that has been mostly lost to time and politics: how cycling pioneers in the late 19th century, many from the powerful ruling classes, lobbied successfully for the improvement of the road networks in the United States and Europe, and how many of those same leading cyclists then went on to become leaders in the fledgling automobile industry. In so doing, they steered the future of transportation away from rails and onto roads.

"Reid recently talked with me over Skype from the U.K. about the complicated class implications of cycling and driving, the way bicycles provided the technological foundation for the automobile, why the history of cycling was suppressed, and why Hitler disliked bicycles so much..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1vMVLaB
Title & Author: "The Secret History of Cars Begins With Bicycles" by Sarah Goodyear

FOUR FACTORS OVERCOME OPPOSITION TO VANCOUVER (CANADA) BIKE LANE

-> According to a Dec.1st CityLab article, "In 1996, Vancouver temporarily converted a car lane on the Burrard Street Bridge into a separated bicycle lane. The six-month trial was a spectacular failure: it lasted a week. In 2005, the city revisited the idea, only to have it shot down for fear of reprising the previous debacle. Then, in 2009, the Burrard bike lane got one more chance—only to work out beautifully and become a permanent fixture.

"So why was the third time the charm? University of Toronto planning scholars Matti Siemiatycki, Matt Smith, and Alan Walks reviewed the history of Burrard and found four factors that finally tipped the scale: seizing a political window, designing a great trial, shaping media coverage, and exerting strong leadership. In a new journal article, they hold Burrard as a bike-lane blueprint for other cities to follow against strong opposition from drivers, retail groups, and others..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1yhhi9N
Title & Author: "After a Series of Failures, This Is How Vancouver Finally Built a Controversial Bike Lane" by Eric Jaffe

CANADIAN WINTER WALK (TO SCHOOL) DAY: FEBRUARY 5

-> According to a recent Active & Safe Routes to School article, "Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 is Winter Walk Day across Canada. Walk to school or at school for daily physical activity, a healthier environment, safer streets, making friends and ... having fun! Can’t walk to school? Hold a Winter Walk Day during school. Walk to the local skating rink for a skate or hold a Winter carnival in the school yard at lunch...

"Below -25°C (-13° F) is considered too cold for walking so move your walk in-doors or select another day for outdoor activities or walking to school..."

Source: http://bit.ly/12sHBlq
Title & Author: "It’s Winter! Don’t Hibernate – Walk to School and Celebrate" by Staff

[Note: Safe Routes to School Vermont will also celebrate Winter Walk to School Day on February 5: http://bit.ly/1vmgjZ0. The East Central Wisconsin Safe Routes to School Program is designating the entire month of February, 2015 as Winter Walk to School Month: http://bit.ly/1vN5qxS.]

WHAT SNOW TELLS US ABOUT CREATING BETTER PUBLIC SPACES

-> According to a Nov. 22nd This Old City article, "After record amounts of snow this year in Philadelphia, you could be excused for not wanting to see any more of it. But today's snow actually brought us some pretty cool ideas for public spaces and traffic safety improvements along E. Passyunk Avenue in South Philly.

"If you haven't heard of a ‘sneckdown’ yet, it's a clever combination of ‘snow’ and ‘neckdown’ - another name for a curb expansion - that uses snow formations on the street to reveal the space cars don't use. Advocates can then use these sneckdown photos to make the case to local transportation officials that traffic calming interventions like curb bumpouts and traffic islands can be installed without any loss to car drivers.

"One of the areas of Philadelphia with the best opportunities for pedestrian plazas is E. Passyunk Avenue, which crosses the street grid at a diagonal, creating lots of triangular intersections. I thought the snow would provide some good examples to help you visualize what I'm talking about, so I headed over there this afternoon to take some sneckdown photos. And to my delight, the snow revealed some awesome traffic calming ideas I hadn't considered..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1vAVvxZ
Title & Author: "PHOTOS: What Snow Tells Us About Creating Better Public Spaces on E. Passyunk Avenue" by Jon Geeting

WASTE OF HALF-EMPTY BLACK FRIDAY PARKING LOTS

-> According to a Dec. 1st Streetsblog USA article, "Chuck Marohn at Strong Towns started an ingenious, crowd-sourced photo collection to show how absurd the obsession with parking construction has become: pictures of retail parking lots on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. We’ve built so much parking that a lot of spaces remain unused even when demand is at its peak. For the last two years, Marohn has urged people to take photos of half-empty Black Friday parking lots and tag them on Twitter with the hashtag #blackfridayparking. Here’s what they turned up last week..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1AeANmc
Title & Author: "The Spectacular Waste of Half-Empty Black Friday Parking Lots" by Angie Schmitt

MULTI-LINGUAL & CULTURAL RESOURCES FOR BIKE & PED ADVOCACY

-> According to a November Streetside article, "As bicycle and pedestrian organizations work to expand the reach and diversity of their impact, it is important to use accessible communication with non-native English speakers. On a recent webinar, leading advocates shared advice on conducting outreach, education, and advocacy across language barriers.

"See how advocates are diversifying their approaches to reach more walkers and bikers (Mutual Aid Call Recap: Multilingual Resources article & audio recording: http://bit.ly/11RvIoe)."

Source: http://bit.ly/1wo9Mym
Title & Author: "Multi-Lingual Resources" by Staff

DESIGNING DIVERSE COMMUNITIES

-> According to a Nov. 24th CityLab article, "Scientists have proved that the way our brains are wired plays into how we engage with the physical spaces around us. But so, surely, do our life experiences—where we come from, and our cultural values make a difference in how we perceive space and utilize it.

"That's certainly what James Rojas believes. In his 20-year career as a city and transportation planner, Rojas has seen members of local Latino communities across the U.S.—particularly immigrants—carry over ideas about public space uses from the countries they've left behind. He's become a prominent proponent of what he calls Latino Urbanism, the idea that including more Latino ideas and voices in design processes is key to planning more inclusive urban and suburban communities...

"Observing what [some cultures] do with their front and back yards, how much they walk and bike, or how street vendors operate nearby can help determine things like whether wider sidewalks or bike lanes are needed, or where to put benches..."

Source: http://bit.ly/11SfwTy
Title & Author: "Wanted: More (and Better) Discourse on Designing Diverse Communities" by Tanvi Misra

WALKING & WALKABLE COMMUNITIES MOVEMENT GROWS

-> According to a Nov. 15th On the Commons article, "There are few things more basic to human life than walking. We lost sight of this fact over recent decades, building new communities all over the world where moving on foot is dangerous or unappealing, if not downright impossible. That’s beginning to change now as research shows the simple of act of walking offers surprising benefits for our health, our prosperity and the vitality of our communities.

"Indeed, a movement is being launched across America to encourage more people to walk and to make our communities more walkable, and there are clear signs that more people are walking. While the challenges are very real, a flurry of new initiatives, ideas, programs and policies instill the walking movement with high hopes. Here are some of the promising new developments to get Americans back on their feet..." [See the list of 13 developments and their links for a comprehensive review of the walking movement.]

Source: http://bit.ly/1vMwJsh
Title & Author: "Birth of A Movement for Healthier & Happier Lives" by Jay Walljasper

[On a Related Note: See the video of the America Walks webinar: The State of Walking Advocacy Organizations in the US (41:31) http://bit.ly/1yKdCjM]

WHY US BIKE SHARE SYSTEMS AREN’T LIVING UP TO THEIR POTENTIAL

-> According to a Nov. 24th Streetsblog USA article, "As policy director at the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007 to June, 2014, Jon Orcutt shepherded the nation’s largest bike-share system through the earliest stages of planning, a wide-ranging public engagement process, and, last year, the rollout of hundreds of Citi Bike stations. In a recent exchange about what some cities are passing off as bike-share, Orcutt told he has some concerns about how bike-share systems are being rolled out in cities around the U.S...

"The main obstacle to doing this stuff really well is whether or not the city is serious about bike transportation. Is there a strategic plan to increase bicycling, not just public bikes but people’s own bikes? And how does bike-share fit into that?..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1vJJxk8
Title & Author: "Why Aren’t American Bike-Share Systems Living Up to Their Potential?" by Angie Schmitt

GOVERNING NAMES FL DOT’S BILLY HATTAWAY PUBLIC OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

-> According to a recent Governing article, "When Billy Hattaway took a 10-day trip out to the West Coast in 1996, it triggered a ‘conversion experience’ for the then-state roadway design engineer at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). He toured cities with roundabouts and other pedestrian-friendly infrastructure features -- rare sights in the Sunshine State. After returning, he began pushing Florida to adopt some of the walkable ideas he’d seen. He got nowhere. Frustrated by his state’s lack of action, he later left to become a private consultant, assisting other states instead.

"Nearly two decades later, Hattaway is back. Thanks to changes in leadership and evolving attitudes about transportation planning, Hattaway has found himself leading a sweeping effort to turn around pedestrian safety in Florida, a state notorious for having some of the highest pedestrian death tallies year after year. FDOT hired him back in 2011 as a district secretary to lead its pedestrian and bike safety initiative..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1vgNHuZ
Title & Author: "Public Officials of the Year, Billy Hattaway 2014 Honoree" by Michael Maciag


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

INNOVATIVE COMMUNITIES’ WALKABILITY CASE STUDIES

-> According to a Nov. 24th America Walks article, "America Walks is excited to launch its newest publication on the innovative approaches local leaders are taking to address the issue of walkability. Recognizing the importance that local leaders play in making meaningful community change, America Walks has produced case studies showcasing four local elected officials and their personal campaigns to improve walkability and increase walking in their home towns.

"The two Mayors, one City Councilwoman, and one County Board member represent very different types and sizes of communities – ranging from a small town of 10,000 to a major city of well over half a million. There is also variety in the specific public policy issues they tackled, which include reducing speed limits in neighborhoods, updating street design policies to emphasize the people on foot, and revitalizing Main Street..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1vJlHoN
Title & Author: "America Walks Launches New Case Studies" by Staff

SEA CHANGES IN TWIN CITIES (MN) PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENTS

-> According to a Nov. 24th MinnPost article, "They say, ‘All politics is local.’ If that’s true, then you’ll find most politics in your city’s public works department because in both Minneapolis and St. Paul those departments have the most budget money and the most employees. Their staffs manage everything from sewer maintenance to recycling to parking lots. But their biggest job is building, designing and maintaining the miles of roads, traffic lights and sidewalks running through all corners of the city.

"These days, big changes are happening under the surface of public works’ streets and snowplows, as both Minneapolis and St. Paul are rethinking how public works departments operate in response to changing public demands and financial constraints. Most public works departments grew up during the booming automobile years, when traffic counts kept climbing year after year like an ocean tide. As a result, most cities’ public works officials have spent their lives planning for increasing traffic: widening streets, adding more car lanes, or redesigning intersections to increase traffic flow. But over the last decade, in cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul the growth in traffic has tapered off while people have increasingly begun demanding streets better designed for walking and bicycling..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1pR5Pjc
Title & Author: "Sea changes afoot in Twin Cities public works departments" by Bill Lindeke

MONTGOMERY COUNTY (MD): CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL SNOW REMOVAL PLAN

-> According to a Nov. 21st Georgetown Patch article, "Snowy conditions can mean a rough commute for everyone on the road--but especially for the hundreds of cyclists who ride along the Capital Crescent Trail each day to work. That’s why Montgomery Parks is launching a snow removal program in Bethesda that promises commuters a smooth ride on their portion of the trail (http://bit.ly/1zio4hH)...

"According to this program, Montgomery Parks staff will begin clearing snow on the 3.5 miles between the Bethesda Avenue trailhead to the Montgomery County/DC line, as well as the path’s 12 feeder trails, within 24 hours after snowfall ceases. The park staff will also provide regular updates on the trail’s conditions on their website, and encourage community members who use the trail to verify current conditions on Twitter using the hashtag #CCTSnow..."

Source: http://aol.it/1vN0SaT
Title & Author: "Plan Hatched for Winter Commute on Capital Crescent Trail" by Allie Aylward

SAN FRANCISCO (CA) COMMUTING LAW HELPS COMPANIES & EMPLOYEES

-> According to a Nov. 19th Mobility Lab article, "Over the past few months, Washington D.C. and New York City have each passed laws for employee commuter benefits, and Honolulu and Kansas City are considering it. So why the growing interest? Probably partly because these cities have seen how, in San Francisco, there has been an increase in the use of sustainable commuting modes and a reduction in employee commuting costs.

"The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Commuter Benefits Ordinance in 2009 with support from the business community. As part of the San Francisco Environment Code, the goal of the ordinance is to help the city achieve its air pollution and greenhouse gas reduction goals by reducing drive-alone commuting rates through increased use of walking, biking, transit, carpooling, and vanpooling. The ordinance also supports the Transit First Policy which gives priority to people movement over vehicles... A similar law is now in place for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1tLNZcM
Title & Author: "San Francisco Law Helps Companies and Their Employees Ease Their Commutes" by Krute Singa and Sue-Ellen Atkinson

PITTSBURGH (PA) SAFETY CAMPAIGN GOES NATIONAL

-> According to a recent Bike Pittsburgh article, "Thanks to your support of our Indigogo campaign, we were able to get our Drive With Care message out across the city of Pittsburgh, reminding drivers that there are people on those bikes; and that those people just want to get home safely. Now, People for Bikes has picked up the campaign and is taking it nationwide as Travel With Care and we could not be more thrilled. Bicycling.com has covered the story.

"‘One of the most seductively destructive things we do as humans is to categorize other people. It’s an easy way to turn a group into an other... A new public service campaign from national advocacy group People for Bikes is pushing back against that tendency. Called Travel With Care, it’s designed to help people see cyclists as friends, neighbors, or family members rather than one-dimensional caricatures...’"

Source: http://bit.ly/1zilkkp
Title & Author: "Bicycling: New People for Bikes Campaign Emphasizes the People" by Staff

SEATTLE EXAMPLE MAKES THE CASE FOR VISION ZERO

-> According to a Nov. 22nd Seattle Neighborhood Greenways blog, "This is a story of how community activism, police, courts, the press, and engineering have worked together to make our streets safer. Jake Vanderplas... lives in West Seattle, and as a student decided the best thing for his health, wallet, community, and environment would be to bike commute daily between West Seattle and the UW... Jake and Stu Hennessey... formed West Seattle Greenways and started leading scouting and policy bike rides around neighborhood streets trying to map out the most connected, least hilly routes through some pretty challenging geography... Jake also is a regular participant and organizer of Memorial Walks and Bike Rides...So it was particularly ironic when Jake was attacked by a woman speeding on the Delridge Greenway.

"Because it was a hit and run assault, Jake used a letter to the Seattle Bike Blog as one way to help the police identify and track down his assailant. The police found and charged the assailant, King County Superior Court took the case to trial, and yesterday, the jury upheld the charges of second-degree assault. Sentencing will happen early next year. Jake is back on his bike.

"We need the police and courts to reliably do their jobs and to be a deterrent to traffic violence as they have in Jake’s case. We also need our streets engineered to not allow deadly mistakes. Intersections where ‘the sun was in my eyes,’ ‘it was too dark,’ and ‘it was confusing and I didn’t see her’ are places where different modes must be separated, slowed, and signaled. All of our systems, police, courts, engineering, health and education, and the press need to work together with the community to make our streets safer. In short, we need Vision Zero."

Source: http://bit.ly/1FN1qBR
Title & Author: "Jake Makes the Case for Vision Zero" by Cathy Tuttle


THE RESEARCH BEAT

MT DOT: SPEED LIMITS SET LOWER THAN ENGINEERING RECOMMENDATION

-> According to a Nov. 20th Transportation Research Board blurb, "The Montana Department of Transportation has released a report that considers the relationship between vehicle speed and safety performance on roadways with posted speed limits set lower than engineering recommendations. (Speed Limits Set Lower Than Engineering Recommendation: http://1.usa.gov/1HXoujw)"

Source: http://bit.ly/1vgbtr6
Title & Author: "Speed Limits Set Lower Than Engineering Recommendation" by Staff


QUOTES R US

-> "The largest resistance we got to the idea about Vision Zero was from those political economists that have built their whole career on cost-benefit analysis. For them it is very difficult to buy into ‘zero.’ The other group that had trouble with Vision Zero was our friends, our expert friends. Because most of the people in the safety community had invested in the idea that safety work is about changing human behavior. Vision Zero says instead that people make mistakes, they have a certain tolerance for external violence, let’s create a system for the humans instead of trying to adjust the humans to the system...

"So it’s not just to stop the traffic. You can actually allow traffic. But if you have places in your system where you have unprotected road users and protected road users, according to Vision Zero you can’t allow a higher speed than 30 kilometers per hour [18.6 mph]. Clearly we have seen it is not enough to, for example, change the speed limit. You maybe have to put in speed bumps. You have to think through all the conflict spots that you have in your traffic system. And do things about it [sic]."

-- Matts-Ake Belin, Swedish Transport Administration Traffic Safety Strategist and one of the key architects of the original Vision Zero
http://bit.ly/1vie8Ao

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WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Practical Techniques for Successfully Communicating Technical Topics"

Date: December 4, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET 
Presenters: Shelley Row (Shelley Row Associates LLC)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: Free for TRB staff, sponsors & affiliated organizations, $49 for others
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/11Su85f

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 "The Innovative MPO"

Date: December 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET 
Presenters: TBD
Host: Transportation for Americas
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1yjQZUn

WEBINAR "Safe Routes to School as a Tool to Address Chronic Absenteeism"

Date: December 15, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET 
Presenters: Hedy Chang (Attendance Works), Sara Zimmerman (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), John Gioia (Contra Costa County), Jane Ogilive (Erie 1 BOCES) & Allyson Trenteseaux (Providence Children's Initiative)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1yIPTAh

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

WEBINAR "Level of Service for Pedestrians and Cyclists"

Date: January 21, 2015, 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/11TsEru


RESOURCES

LEVERAGING HEALTH FUNDING FOR ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

-> According to a recently released League of American Bicyclist report, "This report (Leveraging Health Funding for Active Transportation Investments) takes a deeper look into the recent funding awards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for active transportation, and provides examples of how transportation and public health have worked together...

"Transportation advocates and agency staff have traditionally focused on using transportation dollars for biking and walking, but there’s another set of funds out there from health agencies focused on reducing chronic diseases and obesity. This report will review the recent funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and provide examples of partnerships where transportation and health have worked together. This report is primarily meant for transportation agency staff and bicycling and walking advocates to learn about the different federal health funding opportunities; however, it may also be useful to health agency staff and advocates to learn more about the connections between health and active transportation..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1FLMAtB
Title & Author: "Leveraging Health Funding for Active Transportation Investments" by Advocacy Advance

FHWA BIKE & PED WEBPAGE UPDATES

-> According to a Nov. 24th CMAP article, "The Federal Highway Administration recently updated two important webpages in the agency's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

"The first web page covers funding opportunities for bicycle and pedestrian projects under federal transit and highway programs (http://1.usa.gov/1pQWubk). It features a table indicating potential eligibility of common bicycle and pedestrian project and facility types, treatments, programs, and activities under 12 federal transit and highway programs. Individual programs have specific requirements, and eligibility must be determined on a case-by-case basis. This table was updated to incorporate programs authorized under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

"The second web page covers bicycle facilities and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and is intended to assist practitioners with the design of bicycle facilities and traffic control devices as they relate to Part 9 (Bicycle Facilities) of the MUTCD (http://1.usa.gov/12qtIny). The updated webpage introduces basic graphics and a new layout to clarify the content and to emphasize official rulings on experimentation, interim approvals, and interpretations. Please note the change in guidance covering the use of green-colored pavement in the background of shared-lane markings. This treatment can now be used by agencies through the experimentation process..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1vMvut9
Title & Author: "FHWA updates to Bicycle and Pedestrian Program webpages" by Staff

US DOT SECTY. FOXX ON HOW CITIZENS CAN IMPROVE BIKE & PED SAFETY

-> According to a recent AARP interview with US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, AARP’s Melissa Stanton asks "How would you suggest a local leader, organization or even a bicyclist or concerned citizen go about improving bicycle and pedestrian safety in his or her own community?

"Secty. Foxx: 'The role of local leaders and community members can’t be underestimated in promoting bicycle and pedestrian safety. One of the first things to do is to learn what transportation projects are being planned for your community. DOT has a "Guide to Transportation Decision Making," available on our website, which is a great resource to understand how the plans and decisions that affect your area are being made. (http://1.usa.gov/12qjGTz).

"'The transportation planning process includes time for public outreach and is responsive to public needs and concerns, but this means that individuals also have to be engaged. If you know there are certain problems in your neighborhood that you’d like to fix, we also have the "Resident’s Guide for Creating Safe Walking Communities," which discusses the types of roadway solutions that can help improve safety for pedestrians (http://1.usa.gov/1tCdXjV)...'"

Source: http://bit.ly/1w1tUqn
Title & Author: "5 Questions for Anthony Foxx" by Melissa Stanton

INFOGRAPHIC: WALKABLE URBANISM ON THE RISE

-> According to an Oct. 20th, "Turning a metro space into a more walkable urban space, though costly, can reap benefits from economic growth to an increase in development. Walkable urban spaces have a higher amount of wealth and a larger number of college graduates than less walkable areas. From an increase in money spent per week to decreased crime rates—the benefits of walkability are beneficial to all. Learn about walkable urbanism and how it helps drive the economy."

Source: http://bit.ly/1AdSq5O
Title & Author: "Walkable Urbanism on the Rise" by CustomMade

CDC RELEASES PARKS AND TRAILS HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT

-> According to a Nov. 12th Centers for Disease Control and Prevention release, "To encourage outdoor activity today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed a parks and trails toolkit that will help communities create parks with expanded health benefits... Being physically active is one of the most important steps Americans of all ages can take to improve their health.

"The Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Toolkit (http://1.usa.gov/1zOfwPC) has six components to empower individuals and help community planners address health when designing parks and trails. This framework allows public health departments, city planners, project managers, community groups, and other stakeholders work together to create healthier environments.

"The toolkit includes:
* Resources that provide data about health issues in an area, for example, childhood obesity rates, mortality rates, or percent of low birth weight babies
* Recommendations from existing HIAs, including ways to improve access by evaluating park entry points and support physical activity that can help improve cardiovascular health
* Citations that support the recommendations..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1HZfc6m
Title & Author: "CDC Releases New Tools to Improve Community Health Through Parks and Trails" by Staff


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 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 – 1st International Conference on Transport and Health, July 6-8, 2015, London, England.
Deadline: January 19, 2015
http://bit.ly/1vN1VaQ

-> Call for Abstracts- International Conference on Ecology & Transportation, September 20-24, 2015, Raleigh, NC.
Deadline: January 30, 2015
http://bit.ly/1pRxCQO

-> Call for Abstracts - Walk 21, October 20-23, 2015, Vienna, Austria.
Deadline: January 30, 2015
http://bit.ly/1yJJrJp

-> 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

-> December 11-12, 2014, Safe Roads Safe Kids Global Road Safety Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/15OzLDX

-> 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/1yhT7fi

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

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

-> September 20-24, 2015, International Conference on Ecology & Transportation, Raleigh, NC.
http://bit.ly/1rSWR6B

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

-> October 20-23, 2015, Walk 21, Vienna, Austria.
http://bit.ly/1zPlfom

-> 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.

-> REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS – ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM, US EPA

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help eligible non-profit organizations and Tribal communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks at the local level. EPA recognizes the critical role of helping communities with localized strategies to avoid, lessen, or delay the risks and impacts associated with our changing climate. As a result, this year's EJSG program will have a special emphasis on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and resilience efforts (community climate resiliency). In an effort to ensure that support reaches new areas, the Agency also is prioritizing funding to organizations that have not recently received an award under the EJSG Program. The total estimated amount of funding available for awards under this solicitation for fiscal year 2015 is approximately $1,200,000. EPA anticipates awarding up to four grants per EPA region in amounts of up to $30,000 per award for a one-year project period.

Deadline: January 9, 2015
http://1.usa.gov/1tCkxqy

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – FREE LIVABLE COMMUNITY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES

Is your community working to become more livable and sustainable? Are you running into barriers in achieving these goals? Project for Public Spaces is excited to announce that you can now apply for free technical assistance to address these challenges. We will be offering technical assistance with our partners at Livability Solutions to lead one- and two-day targeted workshops in communities around the U.S. Communities will learn how to use one of our tools or workshop approaches, such as walkability audits, green infrastructure valuation guides, shared use agreements, and community image surveys, that can help achieve goals of enhancing livability, creating lasting economic and environmental improvements, and improving residents’ public and social health.

Deadline: January 9, 2015
http://bit.ly/1vpttW0

-> JOB – BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR, DAVIS, CA

The City of Davis seeks a Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator to coordinate the development and implementation of a City?wide pedestrian and bicycle program; promote bicycle/pedestrian mobility and safety; review projects for compliance with City plans for non?motorized transportation; and plan, design, and assess facilities; review and recommend policies and Programs, among other duties. They require candidates to have knowledge of the principles and practices of planning and design related to bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Deadline: December 12, 2014, 5:00 pm PT
http://bit.ly/12rOSSt

-> JOB – T4AMERICA POLICY DIRECTOR, WASHINGTON, DC

Transportation for America (T4America) – a program of Smart Growth America – is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual with deep knowledge, experience and interest in transportation policy development and state or local level implementation to help lead the organization’s policy work. The winning candidate will oversee T4America’s ongoing work helping to develop, analyze and engage in federal transportation policy, but will also lead their emerging work in state-level policy and local implementation.

Deadline: None provided (Job posted 11/6/14, available to start immediately)
http://bit.ly/1yhgJgf

-> 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.

DESIGNER - LEVEL II, BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS
Deadline: None provided (Job posted 11/14/14)
http://bit.ly/1pRFB0e

ASSOCIATE/SENIOR ASSOCIATE, DALLAS, TX
Deadline: None provided (Job posted 11/25/14)
http://bit.ly/1vlfory

PLANNER LEVEL 1, SAN DIEGO, CA
Deadline: None provided (Job posted 11/26/14)
http://bit.ly/1tCTmvY

BIKE SHARE SYSTEM ARCHITECT, NEW YORK, NY
Deadline: None provided (Job posted 11/19/14)
http://bit.ly/12rqwIy

TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGER, NEW YORK, NY
Deadline: None provided (Job posted 11/19/14)
http://bit.ly/1yepOLC

LAUNCH PROJECT MANAGER, NEW YORK, NY
Deadline: None provided (Job posted 11/20/14)
http://bit.ly/1FMW9dI


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