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#372 Wednesday, December 17, 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.

CORRECTION: Winter Walk Day is Wednesday, February 4, 2015, not February 5. (Canada: http://bit.ly/1A8rZjx, Vermont: http://bit.ly/1vmgjZ0)

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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----- People for Bikes Tops 1 Million, Ready to Mobilize for Change
----- Winter Biking & Walking Highlights from Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014
----- Vancouver (Canada) Pilots Year-Long Collaborative Neighborhood Placemaking
----- European Enhanced Web Portal on Urban Mobility
----- 21 Mostly Easy, Quick, Inexpensive Measures for Pedestrian Safety
----- Low Cost way to Encourage Cycling: Australian & New Zealand Case Studies
----- Johannesburg (S. Africa) to Create Month-Long Car-Free District
----- Walkability, Quality Public Spaces possible in Any Size Community

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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----- Congratulations! US Bike Route System Tops 8,000 Miles
----- Model Walkable States Case Studies: IA, MA & OR
----- Chicago, IL Winter Maintenance Strategy for Protected Bike Lanes
----- Washington, DC Requires Multi-family Secure Bike Parking + Retrofits on Demand

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----- Cambridge, MA Open Challenge: Use Safety Data to Inform Policy
----- Exploring Synergy in Bicycle and Transit Use
----- Research: Driver Behavior at Crosswalks
----- Impacts of Rough Surfaces on Wheelchair Traffic

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----- FHWA Publishes Road Diet Informational Guide
----- Collaboration Opportunity: Hospital Community Health Needs Assessments
----- Three Resources for Maintaining Complete Streets in Winter
----- Winter Cycling Basics
----- More Winter Bicycling Gear & Practical Tips
----- 9 Simple Tips for Biking in the Rain
----- Strengthening Multimodal Transportation in Rural & Small Urban Areas
----- Guide: The Innovative MPO
----- 10 Commandments Of Dealing With Angry Citizens

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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PEOPLE FOR BIKES TOPS 1 MILLION, READY TO MOBILIZE FOR CHANGE

-> According to recent People for Bikes announcement, "This month, PeopleForBikes celebrates an important milestone: reaching one million individual supporters. It's a meaningful number that will help boost bicycling in a variety of ways, but it's just a start. We're still early on the journey of making bicycling safer and more appealing for everyone...

"When we launched the PeopleForBikes campaign in 2010, we recognized that tens of millions of Americans ride bikes and value the many benefits that bicycling brings to their communities and our nation. We also recognized that only a tiny percentage of them had ever expressed support for bicycling to the public officials who make crucial decisions that affect riding. We are now closing this gap.

"In the coming months, PeopleForBikes will increasingly mobilize our supporters to weigh in on local, state and federal issues and opportunities that shape the bicycling experience. We'll continue to make these calls-to-action clear and efficient. In cooperation with our many partners, we will succeed in getting elected officials to act because we've not only gathered compelling talking points but also an impressive number of supporters. We're gaining real clout..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1yjJyJ2
Title & Author: "What Comes after One Million?" by Tim Blumenthal

WINTER BIKING & WALKING HIGHLIGHTS FROM PRO WALK/PRO BIKE/PRO PLACE 2014

-> According to a Sept. 24th Winter Cycling Blog post, "[A]t Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Pittsburgh, attendees got an overview of the challenges associated with winter maintenance practices, good examples from snowy U.S. cities and an introduction to best practices established in the FHWA Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety. In this post, we are sharing highlights from the breakout session, which was titled 'Stepping Stones to Year-Round Bicycling & Walking: Tackling Winter Maintenance.'

"First it is important to understand the FHWA 'Guide to Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities' is significant in the realm of winter active transportation because it is one of the first national guides focusing exclusively on maintenance from the perspective of safety. The guide defines safety as the reduction of crashes between pedestrians and motorists and reduction of trips, slips and falls. The purpose of the guide is to "identify effective and exceptional practices, along with barriers for pedestrian and facility maintenance." Ciara Schlichting, AICP, Director/Senior Planner at Toole Design Group, presented an overview of challenges and best practices from the guide..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1Gs3wr9
Title & Author: "Enabling winter biking & walking in Snowy U.S. Cities, from Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place Pittsburgh" by Staff

[Bonus: See other Winter Cycling Blog winter maintenance posts at http://bit.ly/138KEyW. See more about winter walking and bicycling in the Regional and Resources sections below.]

VANCOUVER (CANADA) PILOTS YEAR-LONG COLLABORATIVE NEIGHBORHOOD PLACEMAKING

-> According to a Dec. 11th Project for Public spaces blog, "Davie Village, a lively and diverse neighborhood in Vancouver's West End, has a rich cultural history as the LGBTQ capital of the city. After area residents made clear to the City their desire for more public spaces in which to gather, meet friends, and hold events, VIVA Vancouver-a City of Vancouver program dedicated to transforming Vancouver's streets into vibrant pedestrian spaces-initiated a pilot project that would breathe new life into this treasured historical and cultural neighborhood.

"By closing down a city block from July 2013 to September 2014, VIVA, in partnership with their colleagues from the West End Community Planning Team, successfully transformed the area into a playful and functional pedestrian space called the Heart of Davie Village Plaza (also known as Bute Street Plaza)... Relying on a 'Lighter Quicker Cheaper' approach to creating this space, VIVA sourced some relatively low cost items like paint and street furniture and worked closely with local volunteers to help make the transformation a community affair...

"The Heart of Davie Village Plaza project is an important example of how community members, the City, and local businesses can work together in creating streets that benefit people. While the pilot project ended in September of this year, the VIVA Vancouver team is reviewing feedback from more than 500 residents, local businesses, visitors, and stakeholders about the impact of the project and the feasibility of long-term change..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1z1t8Ky
Title & Author: "The Heart of Davie Village Plaza: Colorfully Connecting People and Place" by Staff

EUROPEAN ENHANCED WEB PORTAL ON URBAN MOBILITY

-> According to a November Latest News from the Transport Research & Innovation Portal article, "On 7 November 2014, the European Commission officially launched the enhanced ELTIS website (http://bit.ly/13amjYZ), Europe's main observatory on urban mobility... The ELTIS web portal supports local and regional authorities to tackle urban mobility challenges, bringing together all the experiences and resources of EU-funded projects related to the development and implementation of urban mobility plans.

"ELTIS integrates all relevant information, publications and tools. It presents detailed case studies on urban mobility initiatives across Europe and provides a platform for users to exchange ideas and collaborate. It also includes an up-to-date overview of EU legislation and support programmes relevant to urban mobility. The Platform also supports the further development of SUMPs - Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (http://bit.ly/1wDYMM0) and the tools required for their successful application by local planning authorities. It provides in-depth information on how to develop and implement such plans, with relevant guidelines, resources and a database of cities already involved."

Source: http://bit.ly/13vRtey
Title & Author: "Commission Launches Enhanced Web Portal on Urban Mobility" by Staff

21 MOSTLY EASY, QUICK, INEXPENSIVE MEASURES FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

-> According to a Dec. 12th Community Architect blog, "There is hardly a city left in America that doesn't have a Complete Streets policy, and Baltimore is no exception. Unfortunately, while talk is universal, action is much harder to find... I sat down and made a list of items that should be done in a city that is truly pedestrian friendly. Many of these items could be implemented, well, like tomorrow or the day after, because they are neither expensive, nor rocket science.

1. No right on red anywhere in the central city or where pedestrian traffic is heavy...
2. No rush hour lanes directly abutting a sidewalk...
3. Well-marked and well-lit crosswalks everywhere, especially mid-block..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1J0B4ij
Title & Author: "21 Measures for Pedestrian Safety (in Baltimore or Anywhere)" by Klaus Philipsen

LOW COST WAY TO ENCOURAGE CYCLING: AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND CASE STUDIES

-> According to a recently published Austroads report, "This report contains 15 case studies showcasing low cost interventions that have successfully encouraged cycling in Australia and New Zealand. The National Cycling Strategy aims to double the number of Australians who ride a bicycle. Engineers and behaviour change specialists are implementing a range of innovative low-cost infrastructure treatments and encouragement strategies which aim to encourage more people to use active transport modes. The case studies were compiled with the intention of forming part of new resource on the Australian Bicycle Council website. The case studies project directly relates to priority six (guidance and best practice) of the National Cycling Strategy 2011-16 and aims to illustrate what is possible and provide inspiration to planners and practitioners."

Source: http://bit.ly/1AieoUS
Title & Author: "Low Cost Interventions to Encourage Cycling: Selected Case Studies" by Staff

JOHANNESBURG (S. AFRICA) TO CREATE MONTH-LONG CAR-FREE DISTRICT

-> According to an Oct. 23rd ICLEI release, "A unique event will take place in Johannesburg from 1-31 October 2015, during South Africa's Transport Month. The City will be organizing the world's second-ever 'EcoMobility World Festival 2015' (http://bit.ly/1uURQ91) - a month-long car-free city district event. The project will visualize an ecomobile future for residents and visitors in Johannesburg.

"'We want to close off certain streets in Sandton, our second largest Central Business District (CBD) to car traffic and instead use these lanes for public transport, walking, cycling and other forms of EcoMobility during the entire Transport Month in October next year (2015)', announced the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Parks Tau...

"The EcoMobility World Festival will mobilize and raise local and international support for ecomobile alternatives to fossil-fuel transport. The EcoMobility World Festival will showcase the new Rea Vaya bus rapid transport scheme and public transport, cycling and walking friendly infrastructure that the city is constructing in the Sandton CBD..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1uURQ91
Title & Author: "Johannesburg takes up the challenge of a car-free city" by Katrina Borromeo

WALKABILITY, QUALITY PUBLIC SPACES POSSIBLE IN ANY SIZE COMMUNITY

-> According to a Nov. 24th Project for Public Spaces article, "Communities of any size can create celebrated public spaces. I know it's true because I've seen it first hand - this month I had the pleasure of participating in the recent Smart Growth Tour put on by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. During this tour, I got to explore some of Colorado's Front Range communities that have made major investments to become more walkable and livable...

"After this tour, however, I've come away believing that any community, no matter the size, can make positive changes to become more comfortable, walkable places....Walkability isn't a rural versus urban issue - wherever vehicle speeds are high, wherever we don't see other people walking, wherever the buildings all look the same - there is a starkness that detracts from the community. This can happen anywhere. And no matter how small your community, you can afford to address the problem. In fact, you can't afford not to..."

Source: http://bit.ly/13xqP5d
Title & Author: "Walkability, Quality Public Spaces Can Be Created in Communities of Any Size" by Jillian Sutherland


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

CONGRATULATIONS! US BIKE ROUTE SYSTEM TOPS 8,000 MILES

-> According to a Dec. 16th release, "Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that AASHTO's Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved 1,253 miles of new U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBRs): USBR 1 in Massachusetts and Florida, USBR 10 in Michigan, USBR 11 in Maryland, and USBR 90 in Florida. Realignments were also approved for USBR 76 and USBR 1 in Virginia, which were originally designated in 1982. The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) now encompasses 8,042 miles of routes in 16 states and the District of Columbia...

"The U.S. Bicycle Route System is a developing national network of numbered and signed bicycle routes that connect people, communities, and the nation. Similar to emerging international networks, such as Europe's EuroVelo network and Quebec's La Route Verte, the U.S. Bicycle Route System provides important recreational and transportation options for the active traveler. Currently, more than 40 states are working to develop route corridors into official U.S. Bicycle Routes to be approved by AASHTO at their spring and fall meetings..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1xrbDmw
Title & Author: "U.S. Bicycle Route System grows to over 8,000 miles" by Ginny Sullivan

MODEL WALKABLE STATES CASE STUDIES: IA, MA & OR

-> According to a recent America Walks article, "America Walks is excited to release our new Case Studies that highlight how a number of states have been working successfully at the intersection of public health, transportation and commerce, specifically in ways that support walking for all ages and abilities and that foster walkable environments. The three states profiled in these case studies are at the vanguard of innovative thinking on this topic. They incorporate a variety of approaches, such as using health impact assessments (HIAs) and data sharing, or uniting disciplines and programs. (Download a summary of findings: http://bit.ly/1GPlEtm.)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1vYFEDy
Title & Author: "Iowa, Massachusetts and Oregon Serve As Models for Fostering Walkable Communities" by Staff

CHICAGO, IL WINTER MAINTENANCE FOR PROTECTED BIKE LANES

-> According to a Dec. 3rd Streetsblog Chicago article, "A few weeks ago, the flexible posts, also known as bollards, that delineated the Broadway protected bike lanes (PBL) mysteriously disappeared... At the time, the local aldermen said the bollards has been removed to facilitate snow plowing...During last year's Polar Vortex, several heavy snowfalls and inconsistent snow removal limited the usefulness the city's PBLs. On top of that, snowplow operators knocked out many of the PBLs' posts. By this spring, every single bollard on Milwaukee had been obliterated. To keep that from happening again, CDOT has removed posts from all protected lanes on streets where parking is banned in the event of two-inch snowfalls, as well as in PBL locations with no car parking..."

Source: http://bit.ly/12q1B7d
Title & Author: "CDOT's Winter Maintenance Strategy for Protected Bike Lanes" by John Greenfield

WASHINGTON, DC REQUIRES MULTI-FAMILY SECURE BIKE PARKING + RETROFITS ON DEMAND

-> According to a Dec. 12th APBP Member Listserve posting from Jessica Zdeb, "The Council in Washington, DC just passed a rule in follow up to the 2007 Bicycle Commuter and Parking Expansion Act that requires residential buildings of 8 units or more to provide secure bike parking at a 1 to 3 ratio. It might not sound that exciting, but tenants may request retrofitting of an existing building, and spaces must be provided within 30 days of the request. Retrofits require the lesser of the 1 to 3 ratio or enough to meet the requested demand.

"Note that all spaces required are preferably indoors, but if not feasible, shall be secure, covered and adjacent to the building. Some savvy developers are already exceeding this minimum here, but it is now the law of the District. See all associated documents of the rulemaking here: http://1.usa.gov/16rBWxA


THE RESEARCH BEAT

CAMBRIDGE, MA OPEN CHALLENGE: USE SAFETY DATA TO INFORM POLICY

-> According to a Dec. 12th Walk Boston E-Newsletter article, "Open Data Discourse invites the public to interact with open, public data portals, develop insights about the data, and create new content to inform policy. To accomplish this ODD will host a series of competitions with non-profit and government agencies, starting with a month-long Street Safety Challenge about accidents including pedestrian, cyclist, and motor vehicles in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts (http://bit.ly/1GP7AAb).

"Participants in the Street Safety Challenge are encouraged to engage with open, public data about street safety and use their talents and skills in data visualization, art, design, and storytelling to inform public policy making. Open, public data on traffic accidents involving cars, pedestrians, and cyclists that occurred in the City of Cambridge from 2010 to 2013 are made available by the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts on their Open Data Portal (http://bit.ly/1zviDNi).

"$2500 in cash prizes will be awarded for the most creative and policy-relevant submissions. Opportunities for art installations and fellowships to continue developing your project may also be available..." [Deadline: December 30, 2014, 11:59 a.m. ET]

Source: http://bit.ly/13bfRB7
Title & Author: "Open Data Discourse: Street Safety Challenge" by Staff

EXPLORING SYNERGY IN BICYCLE AND TRANSIT USE

-> According to the abstract of a Dec. 12th Journal of the Transportation Research Board article, "With cycling on the rise in many U.S. cities, it is important to consider how other travel modes-especially transit-interact with bicycling. Some transportation experts worry that new bicycle trips substitute more for travel by transit than for travel by automobile; however, bicycling and transit may be more complementary than supplementary. Most research on these connections focuses on multimodal integration: cycling to, on, or from transit. This body of knowledge misses another key component of bicycle-transit synergy: potential long-term complementarity made possible by short-term substitution. A solid transit system provides options and security for bicycle riders to optimize daily mode choices; shifting some peak passenger loads to cycling may make transit service more reliable and entice new users.

"This study investigated those unexplored synergistic relationships between bicycling and transit use. Exploratory analyses were performed at two scales. First, changes in bicycle commuting in large U.S. urbanized areas between 2000 and 2010 were related to transit levels. Second, logistic regression models used data from a household travel survey in Portland, Oregon, to estimate how transit use affected the odds of cycling by households and individuals and on trips. Results generally supported the research hypotheses: transit and cycling were short-term mode substitutes, but might be long-term complements. Increases in urban area bicycle commuting were positively associated with transit ridership. Although cycling individuals were more likely to live in transit-using households, residing in such a household decreased one's odds of cycling. More research is needed to examine causality and the policy implications of bicycle-transit synergy."

Source: http://bit.ly/1GqO8v6
Title & Author: "Exploring Synergy in Bicycle and Transit Use" by Patrick A. Singleton and Kelly J. Clifton

RESEARCH: DRIVER BEHAVIOR AT CROSSWALKS

-> According to a Dec. 10th CMAP article, "The Active Transportation Alliance surveyed driver behavior at 52 marked and unmarked crossing locations around Chicago and in neighboring suburbs to better understand the relationship between compliance with the state law requiring motorists to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and crosswalk type or design. (Illinois Drivers Must Stop for Pedestrians Law: Observational Study of Motorists' Compliance: http://bit.ly/1z2XL2j)

"The study involved crosswalks with no pavement markings, crosswalks delineated by traditional pavement markings (two striped lines defining the crosswalk), and crosswalks with additional safety features such as in-road "stop for pedestrians" signs, textured or colored surfaces, raised crosswalks, or flashing beacons. The survey found that compliance was lowest at unmarked crosswalks, where only 5 percent of motorists stopped for pedestrians. Eighteen percent of drivers stopped for pedestrians at traditional painted crosswalks. Compliance was highest at the crosswalks enhanced with other safety features, where 61 percent of motorists stopped for pedestrians."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1wEZU1Z
Title & Author: "Active Transportation Alliance surveys driver behavior at crosswalks" by Staff

IMPACTS OF ROUGH SURFACES ON WHEELCHAIR TRAFFIC

-> According to a Dec. 9th US Access Board article, "A study funded by the Board was recently completed on how the roughness of pathway surfaces impacts wheelchair travel. This research, which was conducted by the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh, assessed the impacts of bumpy and uneven surfaces on people who use wheelchairs, including power chairs, by measuring the resulting body vibrations. While there are ways to measure and analyze surface roughness for roadways, none are capable of being directly transferred to pedestrian pathways...

"Based on the test results, researchers recommend sidewalk roughness index thresholds for short and long distances (1.20 inch per foot for distances up to 10 feet and 0.60 inch per foot for distances above 100 feet). They also offer recommendations for a method and protocol to measure surface roughness, including the design of a measurement device. In addition, they provide suggestions for advancing development of an industry consensus standard for sidewalk surface roughness through ASTM International..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/139xKk3
Title & Author: "Board Sponsored Study Examines Impacts of Rough Surfaces on Wheelchair Traffic" by Staff


QUOTES R US

-> "A disproportionate number of people with disabilities rely on the use of public transportation and pedestrian pathways. This doesn't change just because it snows... People with disabilities are often disproportionately affected by lack of snow removal in their ability to travel independently."

Donna Smith, Director of Training, Easter Seals Project ACTION in a December 2013 webinar, "Developing Effective Practices for Snow Removal: Why is it Worth all the Effort?" View archived webinar recording: http://bit.ly/H1Idmu, see its presentation slides: http://bit.ly/1yWlX4N

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

5 INFOGRAPHICS THAT SHOW JUST HOW BIG TOKYO REALLY IS

It's difficult to grasp how big the city of Tokyo really is. This post aims to provide context through 5 infographics. Each covers some aspect of population, economic output, commuting, wealth, and energy consumption.
http://bit.ly/11UPJKC

And in contrast...

THE MODERN BEAUTY OF 19TH-CENTURY DATA VISUALIZATIONS

These high-quality poster reproductions from an 1870s statistical atlas are at once gorgeously designed and utterly antiquated.
http://bit.ly/1BhxePB

HOW TO BIKE HOME YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE IN 11 SIMPLE STEPS
http://bit.ly/1AErZ8Y


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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

WEBINAR "Focus on Pedestrians: Sidewalks and Crosswalks Webinar"

Date: February 3, 2015, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Matthew D. Weir, Dave Bergner, Kay Fitzpatrick
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Cost: Members: $100, Non-members: $125
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1DM2yYO


RESOURCES

FHWA PUBLISHES ROAD DIET INFORMATIONAL GUIDE

-> According to the abstract of FHWA's Road Diet Informational Guide published last month, "A classic Road Diet converts an existing four-lane undivided roadway segment to a three-lane segment consisting of two through lanes and a center two-way left turn lane (TWLTL). A Road Diet improves safety by including a protected left-turn lane for mid-block left-turning motorists, reducing crossing distance for pedestrians, and reducing travel speeds that decrease crash severity. Additionally, the Road Diet provides an opportunity to allocate excess roadway width to other purposes, including bicycle lanes, on-street parking, or transit stops. This Informational Guide includes safety, operational, and quality of life considerations from research and practice, and guides readers through the decision-making process to determine if Road Diets are a good fit for a certain corridor. It also provides design guidance and encourages post-implementation evaluation."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1zuGXyZ
Title & Author: "Road Diet Informational Guide" by Staff

THREE RESOURCES FOR MAINTAINING COMPLETE STREETS IN WINTER

-> According to a January 2014 Smart Growth America, "A large swath of the country is still digging out from the most recent round of winter snow storms, deploying plows, snow blowers, shovels, sand, salt and even cheese to keep people moving. Many of these strategies focus on keeping roads clear for drivers. What about for people who walk, bicycle or rely on transit?... Three recent resources can your community on track for the next snowstorm.

"Focusing on clear and accessible pathways and transit stops for people with disabilities, a booklet from Easter Seals Project ACTION describes the ways snow and ice present significant barriers to travel, innovative practices and design solutions to clear the way, and the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for sidewalk maintenance. (Effective Snow Removal for Pathways and Transit Stops: http://bit.ly/1sDnCMG)...

"Seasonal maintenance is also a topic in the October 2013 'Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety' from the Federal Highway Administration (http://1.usa.gov/1hlcVoh). 'Removing snow and ice should be thought of as a community responsibility that covers the entire public right-of-way,' say the authors, who provide national and international examples for snow removal best practices and recommendations.

Finally, if you're looking for guidance on maintaining bike facilities in the winter Alta Planning + Design (a National Complete Streets Coalition Silver Partner) put together a useful white paper on design and maintenance strategies to keep those bike lanes clear and safe (Winter Bike Lane Maintenance: A Review of National and International Best Practices (Updated 2/14): http://bit.ly/12q1rwA)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1gD6Ylz
Title & Author: "How do you shovel a bike lane? New resources for maintaining Complete Streets in snowy weather" by Stefanie Seskin

[Bonus: Watch the brief video of Copenhagen's two-step bike lane snow removal process: http://bit.ly/1vlYFj4]

WINTER CYCLING BASICS

-> According to an undated St. Paul Smart Trips article, "... Winter biking isn't for everyone, but if you are looking to give it a try, a little prep work can go a long way. Here are a few tips to get you out the door...First: be seen... Next: dress the part [Watch the video of a female cyclist's informative full transformation from professional dress to protected winter cycling attire and back again in just under 9 minutes.], Then: get your bike ready... Last: start riding..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1AgoGoN
Title & Author: "Get geared up for winter riding" by Staff

MORE WINTER BICYCLING GEAR & PRACTICAL TIPS

-> According to a Dec. 15th Urbanful article, "The Nickel Tour: All the gear, practical tips and motivation you need to survive on your bike until the spring....Winter cycling might seem like an extreme sport, but it doesn't need to be if you're prepared... Here are some things to keep in mind:

"Don't wait for the first snowfall. While you're dreading the impending slush and sleet, transform your worry into proactive purchases. First, you'll want to make sure your tires have enough traction. If you don't have rim brakes and you're feeling adventurous, you might try assembling zip ties between your spokes, as this inventive Seattle manufacturer Dutch Bike Co. demonstrates. ['The zip ties dig nicely into the hardest packed surfaces, but they're thin enough not to bounce the bike around at low speed or on short pavement sections. I've cunningly positioned the tie heads to dig in as soon as the bike goes into a corner while staying up and off the ground in a straight line.' http://bit.ly/1Gs2ATE]..."

Source: http://bit.ly/12Wuetd
Title & Author: "How to be a Winter Bicycle Warrior" by Rebecca Huval

9 SIMPLE TIPS FOR BIKING IN THE RAIN

-> According to a Dec. 15th San Francisco Bicycle Coalition article, "We know that riding in the rain can be a little tricky, so our staff here at the SF Bicycle Coalition thought we'd share our tips for making a wet commute a little more enjoyable and comfortable. What to Wear... Your Bike... How to Ride..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1qZdrRh
Title & Author: "9 Simple Tips for Biking in the Rain" by Eric Tuvel

[See the two 5-minute videos for wet weather riding and safety techniques, what to wear, and outfitting your bike.]

COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITY: HOSPITAL COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENTS

-> According to a Dec. 15th This Week @ APBP article, "Have you tapped your local hospital's 'community benefit' to help you advance walking and bicycling? In the U.S., the IRS requires non-profit hospitals to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments which have included bike walk audits. Hospitals have funded Walk to School Day activities, youth wellness programs, nutrition education, cooking classes and even established parks on hospital grounds available to neighbors. It's all part of a prevention strategy to move from sick care to health care in four years. The Health Policy Institute of Ohio values the annual community benefit at $183 per capita.

"Learn more about how this program may work for you: http://bit.ly/13bhChH."

Source: http://bit.ly/1zruzB2
Title & Author: "RX for Healthy Communities" by Staff

STRENGTHENING MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION IN RURAL & SMALL URBAN AREAS

-> According to the abstract of a MN DOT report, "This paper (Rural and Small Urban Multimodal Alternatives for Minnesota ) looks at alternatives for promoting and strengthening multimodal transportation in rural and small urban areas. It outlines 65 different innovative activities around the United States that have been undertaken to promote multimodalism in rural areas and smaller towns. These activities are grouped into six categories: improving transit options; accommodating alternative vehicles; supporting pedestrian and bicycle travel; multimodal land use planning; the use of financial incentives to promote multimodal land use development; and other alternatives that do not fit in these five categories. [See pages 13-18 for Strategy 2: Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements.]

"From this, six case studies have been developed. These case studies include retrofitting sidewalks in Olympia Washington: the network of interurban transit options in North Dakota; providing mileage reimbursement for seniors arranging their own rides in Mesa Arizona; the State of Oregon's 'Main Street as a Highway' guidance for integrating highways into the fabric of smaller towns; the use to transportation impact fees to fund transportation infrastructure, including concurrency fees, development fees and special district fees; and a 'Complete Streets' project in Clinton, Iowa."

Source: http://bit.ly/1BRPzQN
Title & Author: "Rural and Small Urban Multimodal Alternatives for Minnesota" by Carol Becker

GUIDE: THE INNOVATIVE MPO

-> According to a recent Transportation for America article, "America today is a metropolitan nation: More than 85 percent of us live in metro areas large and small, and that makes planning for metropolitan areas more critical than ever. Metropolitan planning organizations, or MPOs, are the organizations responsible for this planning, and if done well their work can help a region thrive. Fortunately, the last several years have seen a surge in innovative thinking and practice among MPOs, and their work has inspired a new guidebook out today from Transportation for America.

"The Innovative MPO (http://bit.ly/1uYne6C) is designed to give MPO staff, policymakers, technical and advisory committees, and other interested stakeholders innovative ways to achieve goals on behalf of their communities. It offers a range of recommended actions in planning, programming, technical analysis and community partnership, from those that cost little in staff time or dollars to more complex and expensive undertakings.

"Not familiar with MPOs? The guidebook also offers a section called 'MPO 101,' which offers a brief history of relevant federal statutes and regulations and an overview of the various ways MPOs are structured, funded and administered..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1yXWcxy
Title & Author: "Who's leading on transportation planning? Find out in The Innovative MPO" by James Corless

10 COMMANDMENTS OF DEALING WITH ANGRY CITIZENS

-> According to a Dec. 9th Saint Consulting article, "What can you do when some or many tactics of strategic opposition are staring you in the face? We can offer two suggestions: for starters, Mike Saint cited first steps from what some might consider an unlikely source - the writings of Prussian soldier Carl von Clausewitz - commit resources, get good info, build your own crowd.

"In addition, we offer these 10 Commandments Of Dealing With Angry Citizens:..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1szpsbD
Title & Author: "Strategic Opposition Part 5: 10 Commandments to deal with angry citizens" by Saint Consulting 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 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: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo, October 31 - Nov. 4, 2015, Chicago, IL.
Deadline: February 9 - 13, 2015 (Dependent on conference section)
http://bit.ly/1BWriZX

-> Call for Presentations - 8th Making Cities Liveable Conference, July 6-7, 2015, Melbourne, Australia.
Deadline: March 2, 2015
http://bit.ly/1aT6Vnk

-> 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

-> January 10, 2015, 4th Annual Transportation Camp, Washington DC.
http://bit.ly/13betyn

-> 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 9-10, 2015, Colorado Bicycle Summit, Denver, CO
http://bit.ly/1z37Tbd

-> 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, 2015, National Forum on Women & Bicycling, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/13x6rkE

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

-> March 30-31, 2015, Oregon Active Transportation Summit, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/ZI251V

-> 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 1-31, 2015, Second EcoMobility World Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa.
http://bit.ly/1uURQ91

-> October 31 - Nov. 4, 2015, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo, Chicago, IL.
http://bit.ly/1Aaaq2h

-> 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.

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT AND HEALTH SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, TRANSPORT, AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Features of the built environment have been studied for decades to understand relationships between land use and transportation investment impacts on travel patterns, vehicle emissions, and air quality. Respiratory effects of urbanization patterns remain a central focus of public policy globally and therefore a highly relevant issue for this special issue. For an equal length of time, the built environment has been studied for its relationship to travel mode choice, including walking, cycling, and transit use. However, since the late 1990s and early 2000s, the built environment has also been shown to have health impacts affecting levels of physical activity and obesity, diabetes, respiratory function, depression, coronary heart disease, certain cancers, and life expectancy. In roughly the same time frame, transportation and urban design features of the built environment have been implicated in traffic-related injuries and fatalities. Yet, much remains unknown. They encourage submittals that employ an ecological framework where physical features are measured and spatially linked directly with behaviors and exposures at a scale where observed relationships are arguably and ideally measurably a function of the environments where people spend their time. As well as full length papers, short technical notes and viewpoints will be considered for this special issue.

Deadline: January 11, 2015, 11:50 p.m. PT
http://bit.ly/1BXPsWA

-> CALL FOR MINNESOTA APPLICATIONS - ACTIVE PLACES DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is pleased to announce a new funding initiative to support the planning and execution of Active Places demonstration projects. Active Places demonstration projects are temporary, low-cost projects which aim to build momentum for future, long-term changes within a community. They must contribute to a long-term goal of making a community more amenable to walking, biking or other forms of physical activity. Examples of Active Places demonstration projects could include popup parks, Open Streets and temporary plaza/gathering spaces. An optional webinar will be held Friday, January 9, at 1 p.m. to offer a substantive overview of different types of demonstration projects that Blue Cross hopes to solicit.

Deadline: February 12, 2015, 1:00 p.m. CT
http://bit.ly/138W45I

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS- Partners for Places, Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities is pleased to announce the opening of Round Six of Partners for Places. Partners for Places is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, JPB Foundation, Kendeda Fund, New York Community Trust, Summit Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.

Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required.

Deadline: January 28, 2015
http://bit.ly/1xrcZgW

-> JOB - BICYCLE COALITION OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA, PA

Take alert policy wonks: The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is looking for a new Policy Coordinator. The person in this position will coordinate the Biking in Philly campaign and Better Mobility 2015, with a particular emphasis on communicating the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia's goals to members of Philadelphia City Council. This is a full-time position and offers benefits as such.

Deadline: Applications reviewed as received. Priority to those received by December 23, 2015.
http://bit.ly/1wXNLHC

-> JOB - BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR, PENN DOT, HARRISBURG, PA

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is looking to hire a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The individual will be responsible for managing the Department's statewide Bicycle/Pedestrian (BP) program and ensuring the BP projects at the local level meet statewide goals. This position will write policies and procedures, compose and implement the annual BP Plan, and represent the Department to outside agencies regarding BP matters.

Deadline: January 6, 2015, 11:59 pm
http://bit.ly/13ws7gC

-> INTERN - BICYCLE FRIENDLY AMERICA PROGRAM, LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS, WASHINGTON, DC

We are currently seeking a spring intern to assist with the Bicycle Friendly America program. Each year, through its Bicycle Friendly America program, the League evaluates hundreds of applications from across the country, and designates Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly States, Communities, Businesses, and Universities. The BFA Intern will gain firsthand knowledge of the League's Bicycle Friendly America programs, and best practices in helping communities, businesses, universities and states become great places for people of all ages and abilities to bicycle. Work includes production of promotional materials, data entry, organization, analysis and maintenance, writing, website updates and general administration.

This internship offers a flexible schedule with 12-20 hours/week commitment for up to 12 weeks, based in Washington, DC. We are happy to work with any academic requirements you may have to help you earn course credit for your efforts.

Deadline: December 19, 2014
http://bit.ly/139zfyG


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