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#373 Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, a program of Project for Public Spaces. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- League of American Bicyclists: 2014 Recap of Biking & Federal Policy + 2015 Plans
----- State DOTs Face New FHWA Mandate for Bike, Pedestrian Safety Measures
----- How New Postgraduate Programs are Revolutionizing the Way We Create Cities
----- Jan Gehl & Making Cities Liveable
----- Respond to League of American Bicyclists' Annual Needs & Priorities Survey
----- 2014 in Placemaking: A Quiet Movement Takes Root

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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----- Report: How Communities Pay to Maintain Trails, Bike Lanes, and Sidewalks
----- Portland (OR) & Seattle (WA) Lower Speed Limits to 20 MPH
----- The Chart That Toppled San Diego's Long-Term Transportation Plan
----- Wichita (KS) Adopts Multi-Modal Policy & Street Design Guidelines
----- OK City (OK) Considers Requiring Passing Cyclists to Give Motorists 3 Feet
----- MT DOT Institute Introduces Teens to All Modes & Transportation Careers

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----- Highlights of Some TRB Ped-Bike Sessions
----- Trip Generation Manual: Overestimating Traffic Impacts
----- Trip Generation for Smart Growth Projects
----- Effect of Smart Growth Policies on Travel Demand

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----- Two Dozen + Online Smart Growth Image/Photo Collections
----- Comprehensive List: Planning Apps for 2015
----- Transportation for Older Adults Report Calls for Coordinated Measured Outcomes
----- Case Studies: Workplace Cycling & Bike Friendly Communities Programs
----- TOD Report: Quality of Life, (e)Quality of Place
----- Searchable Designed Landscape Database: What’s Out There
----- Book: Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities

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

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS: 2014 RECAP OF BIKING & FEDERAL POLICY + 2015 PLANS

-> According to a Dec. 18th League of American Bicyclists article, "We're ending 2014 with a big win for bicycling: This month, Congress signaled its support for a national goal to reduce bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities -- an effort we've been championing for two years, and one that many of you spoke with your legislators about at the 2014 National Bike Summit. It’s even more impressive when you consider that the current Congress is now considered the least productive in recent history..."

[See milestones and what the League will do or advocate for in Bike/Ped Safety, Transportation Alternatives Program, Funding, Amtrak, and the Congressional Bike Caucus.]

Source: http://bit.ly/1Am3r6G
Title & Author: "2014 Recap: Biking & Federal Policy" by Caron Whitaker

STATE DOTS FACE NEW FHWA MANDATE FOR BIKE, PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MEASURES

-> According to a Dec. 19th AASHTO Journal article, "A provision Congress included in its fiscal 2015 government-wide spending measure on new safety performance measures for bicycle and pedestrian travel is triggering celebration among bike groups while leaving states waiting to see what federal regulators will require...

"The new law directs the Federal Highway Administration ‘to establish separate, non-motorized safety performance measures for the highway safety improvement program, define performance measures for fatalities and serious injuries from pedestrian and bicycle crashes’ and publish a final rule on those measures no later than Sept. 30, 2015...

"Those actions come as a new survey of state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations -- by the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning -- shows the overwhelming majority include bike and pedestrian use considerations into their project planning, while many have adopted targeted bike/ped safety programs or built performance measures (http://bit.ly/1BGW0W5).

"In addition, states currently analyze fatalities of pedestrians under their Strategic Highway Safety Plans required by federal law, and in this fiscal year will also be required to include bicyclists’ fatalities as a new ‘core outcome measure.’..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1By2KI2
Title & Author: "State DOTs Face New FHWA Mandate for Bike, Pedestrian Safety Measures" by Staff

HOW NEW POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS ARE REVOLUTIONIZING THE WAY WE CREATE CITIES

-> According to a Nov.17th ThisBigCity article, "Today’s realm of urban possibilities has never been so expansive. Where once city enthusiasts might have explored passions for pedestrian-friendly streets and progressive zoning regulations, we now see previously marginal urban trends rising to the forefront of planning and design agendas. Placemaking, solar-powered post-impressionist bike paths, even embracing anarchy in the world of smart cities—it’s hard to have a conversation about what’s exciting in cities today without touching on some fascinating and innovative urban projects.

"For students interested in becoming professional urban practitioners, postgraduate options have expanded similarly, perhaps in response to the changing landscape of urbanism. Educational options for would-be urban world-changers were once comprised of architecture, planning, design, and urban studies. Today, prospective students have the opportunity to pursue an MA or MSc in everything from Sustainable Environmental Systems to City Design and Social Science or Urban Strategies and Design..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1woc0cq
Title & Author: "Upending Urbanism: How New Postgraduate Programs are Revolutionizing the Way We Create Cities" by Sophie Silkes

JAN GEHL & MAKING CITIES LIVEABLE

-> According to a Dec. 8th The Guardian article, "Jan Gehl had just graduated as an architect; it was 1960 and he had been schooled in how to ‘do modern cities, with high-rises and a lot of lawns and good open space – good windy spaces’. About to put those years of study into practice, he met his future wife, psychologist Ingrid Mundt, and everything changed. In the years that followed, he would develop the thinking that has made him a pioneer of so-called ‘liveable cities’ around the world.

"Meeting Ingrid, someone who had studied ‘people rather than bricks’, says Gehl over the phone from Copenhagen, catalysed a host of discussions between young architects and young psychologists questioning why architects were not really interested in people, how architecture can ‘influence people’s lives’, and ‘how cities are used by people’. Ultimately the idea was to think up ways to make cities ‘that people would be happier using’... Gehl, bolstered by psychological thinking, spent the next 40 years developing principles based on how the shape of cities can impact on the human lives lived within them, rather than on traffic efficiency and parking spaces. He developed a data-driven approach..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1xDeBDy
Title & Author: "Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?" by Ellie Violet Bramley

RESPOND TO LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS' ANNUAL NEEDS & PRIORITIES SURVEY

-> According to its introduction, "[The] League of American Bicyclists' Annual Survey helps us understand the needs and priorities of America's bicyclists, and whether we are effectively meeting those needs. This survey is open to both members and non-members, whether you are familiar with the League and its programs, or not..."

Source: http://conta.cc/140xqV5
Title & Author: [Untitled] by Staff

2014 IN PLACEMAKING: A QUIET MOVEMENT TAKES ROOT

-> 2014 was a remarkable year for Placemaking, and as PPS prepares to enter its 40th year at the helm of this growing movement, we are energized and humbled by the incredible forward motion we helped to generate throughout the past year. In communities all over the world, we are seeing a new focus on Place Governance (http://bit.ly/1yB9vsO), as Placemaking has emerged as a way to address and bring together multiple causes (http://bit.ly/1yBa9Xx)—from transportation and local economies (http://bit.ly/1KmactR), to public health (http://bit.ly/17j2u4o) and sustainability (http://bit.ly/1w16NG4). Over the last four decades, PPS has worked with leaders in each of these areas to show them how approaching these agendas through the lens of Placemaking (http://bit.ly/1yBbddH) can open the door to a whole host of creative solutions, untapped resources, and new partnerships. This year, the idea of Placemaking has truly emerged as a cause unto itself.

Source: http://bit.ly/1As0wem
Title & Author: by Staff


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

REPORT: HOW COMMUNITIES PAY TO MAINTAIN TRAILS, BIKE LANES, AND SIDEWALKS

-> According to a Dec. 18th Alliance for Biking and Walking article, "...Our [Advocacy Advance’s] new report, ‘How Communities Are Paying to Maintain Trails, Bike Lanes, and Sidewalks’ (PDF: http://bit.ly/1xQlWhz), addresses both the technical and political challenges. It examines agency maintenance policies and procedures for bike/ped maintenance, and it provides several examples of communities who’ve successfully made these facilities a sufficient priority to overcome the challenge of paying for maintenance. We share examples related to sidewalks, trails, and protected bikeways.

"Read the full report for:

  • Madison, WI’s detailed winter maintenance policies
  • How the Miami Valley, OH, Metropolitan Planning Organization uses an economic impact study showing an annual $15 million economic impact of the trail system, which cost a total of $50 million over 30 years, to justify the on-gong maintenance cost
  • A list of state and federal funding sources used to pay for maintenance of recreational trails ..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1zSLmJB
Title & Author: "New Report: How Communities Are Paying to Maintain Trails, Bike Lanes, and Sidewalks" by Christy Kwan

PORTLAND (OR) & SEATTLE (WA) LOWER SPEED LIMITS TO 20 MPH

-> According to a Dec. 29th Sightline Daily article, "... [C]ities that are getting serious about pedestrian safety and creating family-friendly cities are lowering speed limits in residential neighborhoods to 20 mph. And thanks to recent changes in Washington and Oregon state law that made it easier for cities to do so, a handful of Northwest cities are beginning to explore or implement the change.

"Next year, for instance, Seattle plans to pilot ‘20 mph neighborhood zones’ in five to ten areas of the city where collision data, pedestrian and bike traffic, and community input indicate lower speed limits spanning a few blocks could improve safety.

"London did it in specific residential areas decades ago, and has seen a 40 percent reduction in road casualties there. Whom did the change most protect? Small children..."

Source: http://bit.ly/14maaRE
Title & Author: "Why 20 Is Plenty on Neighborhood Streets: New state laws have allowed Portland and Seattle to lower speed limits." by Jennifer Langston

THE CHART THAT TOPPLED SAN DIEGO'S LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION PLAN

-> According to a Dec. 18th CityLab article, "Late last month, a California appeals court upheld an earlier decision that undermined San Diego's massive, $214 billion plan for regional mobility through the year 2050. The ruling is expected to be appealed, but if it holds, the metro area's entire highway and transit network might be transformed as a result. And as if that weren't enough, the precedent would also strengthen climate policy in California cities for years to come... the gist can be boiled down into this one rather ordinary-looking chart.

"What you're looking at, broadly speaking, are emissions trends from 1990 to 2050. The purple line, rising through 2010 then falling dramatically, represents California's preferred outlook. By 2050, the state hopes to cut greenhouse gas levels by 80 percent of their 1990 levels... Contrast that with the emissions trends forecasted in San Diego's long-term transportation plan... After a brief dip..., emissions from new land-use (in orange) and transportation (in blue) patterns steadily creep back up over time, such that by 2050 they're either at or above current levels. It's the complete opposite of everything the state hopes to achieve..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1DwrM9T
Title & Author: "The Chart That Toppled San Diego's Long-Term Transportation Plan: And could strengthen climate policies in California cities for years to come." by Eric Jaffe

WICHITA (KS) ADOPTS MULTI-MODAL POLICY & STREET DESIGN GUIDELINES

-> According to a Dec. 11th Wichita Bicycling & Walking article, "On December 2, 2014, the Wichita City Council approved resolution 14-341 endorsing the Multi-modal Policy and Street Design Guidance (http://bit.ly/1wU2cpi). The Multi-Modal Policy directs staff to consider multiple forms of transportation during construction and maintenance activities. The Street Design Guidelines provide design guidance for public streets. The document includes descriptions of Wichita best practices and guidance for implementation of the Multi-Modal Policy. The policy and guidelines help to implement the Wichita Bicycle Master Plan (Strategy 20) and the Wichita Pedestrian Master Plan (Strategy 1)."

Source: http://bit.ly/1Aqq5w6
Title & Author: "Multi-Modal Policy and Street Design Guidelines Success!" by Staff

OK CITY (OK) CONSIDERS REQUIRING PASSING CYCLISTS TO GIVE MOTORISTS 3 FEET

-> According to a Jan. 6th Streetsblog Network article, "Lots of places have three-foot passing laws requiring motorists to give cyclists a safe buffer while overtaking them. Now one Oklahoma City legislator, Eighth Ward City Council Member Pat Ryan, has come up with a new, passive-aggressive spin on the passing law. Local elected officials will soon consider a piece of ‘safety’ legislation that would require cyclists to give three feet when passing motorists..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1wo3HNw
Title & Author: "Oklahoma City Weighs 3-Foot Passing Rule — For Cyclists, Not Drivers" by Angie Schmitt

MT DOT INSTITUTE INTRODUCES TEENS TO ALL MODES & TRANSPORTATION CAREERS

-> According to the Fall 2014 Solutions newsletter, "The Western Transportation Institute (WTI) at Montana State University (MSU) in cooperation with MDT hosted the 2014 Summer Transportation Institute (STI). STI (http://1.usa.gov/1xCr9v5) is intended to spark interest in transportation careers; aid in the development of the next generation of engineers, scientists, planners, and designers; and address the nation’s need for a diverse pool of transportation professionals. The STI recruited rising tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students from a mix of backgrounds and hometowns and was free to all selected participants with program expenses paid by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and in kind contributions from MDT, WTI and MSU... Students learned about all modes of transportation and gained leadership skills while working on team design-build projects..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1xCpRAc
Title & Author: "Summer Transportation Institute 2014" by Staff


THE RESEARCH BEAT

HIGHLIGHTS OF SOME TRB PED-BIKE SESSIONS

-> The SafeTREC at TRB 2015 flier lists upcoming pedestrian- and bicycle-related sessions at TRB,

  • "January 12, 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ‘COMPLETE STREETS: FROM POLICY TO PRACTICE IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA,’... The Metropolitan Transportation Commission... developed a funding approach called the OneBayArea Grant (OBAG) for the allocation of funds for the 2012-2016 ... CMAQ and STP funds across the Bay Area. All jurisdictions... were required to demonstrate compliance with Complete Streets... This analysis examines the extent and form of this compliance...
  • January 14, 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. ‘A DATABASE FOR ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE AND VOLUME,"... This study designed and developed a relational database for pedestrian infrastructure and volume, and comprises two core components (node table and approach table) and several sub-components (tables for crosswalks, sidewalks, buffers, signs, transits, bikeways, bicycle parking, and volumes)... To prove the feasibility of the database, an infrastructure data collection pilot was conducted across 100 miles of California highways using computer imagery, and across seven miles of highways using field inventory... This study demonstrates that the database is easy to maintain, flexible to update, and feasible for data collection both via computer imagery and in the field. Although most of the data in the database is related to pedestrian, basic bicyclist related information is also included to demonstrate the transferability of the database to store bicyclist infrastructure and volume in the future.
  • January 14, 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. ‘EVALUATION OF SAFE ROUTES TO TRANSIT PROGRAM IN CALIFORNIA,"... This paper elaborates on findings from an evaluation of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Safe Routes to Transit (SR2T) program, which funded enhancements to increase walking and cycling to regional transit stations. To understand how the program influenced travel choices, behavior, and perceptions of safety and local air quality, researchers surveyed transit users and observed driver, pedestrian, and bicyclist behavior in the periods before and after the enhancements were made at multiple transit stations...
  • January 14, 2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ‘DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING-BASED PEDESTRIAN HOT SPOT IDENTIFICATION APPROACH,’... [A] dynamic programming-based hotspot identification approach is proposed which provides efficient hotspot definitions for pedestrian crashes. The proposed approach is compared with the sliding window method and the results reveal that the dynamic programming method generates more hotspots with a higher number of crashes, while covering fewer miles."

Source: http://bit.ly/1wn7FG9
Title & Author: "SafeTREC at TRB 2015" by Staff

[Note: TRB 2015 technical papers are now available on the TRB Annual Meeting Online (AMOnline) searchable portal. Access is free to TRB Annual Meeting registrants and sponsors. There are fees for others. http://bit.ly/1jt5P2e]

TRIP GENERATION MANUAL: OVERESTIMATING TRAFFIC IMPACTS

-> According to a Dec. 16th CityLab article, "Some of the most trusted planning tools used to manage vehicular traffic have shown themselves to be pretty harmful to city life in certain ways... It might be time to add one more established tool to the questionable list: the Trip Generation Manual from the Institute for Transportation Engineers (http://bit.ly/17ibqqN), a common guide that tells traffic planners how many car trips will be generated by a new commercial or residential development project.

"That's the argument made by environmental scholar Adam Millard-Ball of UC-Santa Cruz, who challenges the merits of the Trip Generation Manual in an upcoming research paper (Phantom Trips: Overestimating the Traffic Impacts of New Development: http://bit.ly/1w0VEoI) (nicely summarized in ACCESS magazine: http://bit.ly/1Bydiqo). Millard-Ball reports that the ITE manual may overestimate the number of trips generated from a new development by as much as 55 percent—‘phantom trips,’ he calls them. The result is that cities may build way more roads than necessary, perpetuating sprawl and leaving less street space for non-drivers in the process..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1v0EFnc
Title & Author: "A Widely Used Planning Manual Tends to Recommend Building Far More Roads Than Necessary" by Eric Jaffe

TRIP GENERATION FOR SMART GROWTH PROJECTS

-> According to a Fall 2014 ACCESS article, "California encourages developers to pursue urban infill projects in order to achieve a variety of infrastructure efficiency and environmental goals. Since they are already surrounded by established developments, infill projects provide better opportunities for walking, bicycling, and public transit, and they encourage fewer automobile trips than new suburban developments...developers must complete a transportation impact assessment (TIA), required by federal, state, and local laws. If an assessment predicts that an infill project will generate more automobile trips than local streets can handle, local officials may require the developer to build or pay for wider roads, additional turning lanes, or larger parking lots.

"The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) asked our UC Davis research team to delve into TIA trip generation practices, and in response we created an adjustment tool that improves the accuracy of estimating automobile trips in urban areas and should make it easier for developers to get infill projects approved..."

Source: http://bit.ly/17irYz8
Title & Author: "Trip Generation for Smart Growth Projects" by Robert J. Schneider, Susan L. Handy & Kevan Shafizadeh

EFFECT OF SMART GROWTH POLICIES ON TRAVEL DEMAND

-> According to the Executive Summary of TRB’s recently released Effect of Smart Growth Policies on Travel Demand report, "... This report documents the findings of a major project to help practitioners understand how smart growth development effects travel activity. It includes a user-friendly software tool that can be used to evaluate the impact of smart growth policies on regional travel demand.

"The Smart Growth Area Planning (SmartGAP) tool was developed for regional decision makers of transportation and land use policies to conduct scenario planning of smart growth policies and determine their impact on travel demand. This tool was designed to address as many of the limitations identified in the research as possible and to provide a tool that filled a gap in the set of available tools. SmartGAP evaluates regional scenarios based on changes in the built environment, travel demand, transportation supply, and transportation policies being considered. SmartGAP is a robust statistical package that tracks the characteristics of individual households and firms in a region and determines the travel demand from these characteristics..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1BHyQyJ
Title & Author: "Effect of Smart Growth Policies on Travel Demand: Explores the Underlying Relationships Among Households, Firms, and Travel Demand" by Maren Outwater, Colin Smith, Jerry Walters, et al.


QUOTES R US

-> "If you are a motorist who curses every passing bicyclist, you might be surprised to learn that The Nation’s modern road network began as a product of the bicycle craze of the 1880s and 1890s."
--From How the Uncommon Became the Commonplace by Richard Weingroff in the January/February 2015 issue of Public Roads [print edition, not yet available online]

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

AGE-ADJUSTABLE KIDS’ BIKE IS MADE FROM 100% RECYCLED CARPET

Wishbone Design Studio has created a bike that’s made entirely of recycled carpet. Designed with the cradle-to-cradle philosophy in mind, the Wishbone Bike Recycled Edition is suitable for kids aged between 12 months up to 6 years. It can be set up as one of three modes — a three-wheel pushbike without pedals for younger kids, a two-wheel balance bike for toddlers, and a larger-frame balance bike for young kids. For more adventurous kids, there’s also the option to add pedals and gears so they can start learning to ride a bike early. The entire frame is made of carpet material that’s been pre-owned and salvaged. The recycling process adds glass fiber to the mix that strengthens the plastic and makes it suitable for molding into a frame.

http://bit.ly/1Ah2z3v


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "TELUS Tools for Performance-based Transportation Planning and Programming"

Date: January 8, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Branislav Dimitrijevic (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Host: TMIP (FHWA)
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1td7iLR (No pre-registration, limited to first 100 connections)

WEBINAR "Implementing Complete Streets Public Awareness Campaigns"

Date: January 13, 2015, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Jamie Konkoski (North Country Healthy Heart Network, Inc) & Melissa Gaetano (Glens Falls Hospital Community Health Center)
Host: School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1GVBe6N

WEBINAR "ioby Secrets to Crowdfunding Success (of Local Biking Projects)"

Date: January 13, 2015, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: League of American Bicyclists & ioby
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1BKJiWH

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 "Love to Ride"

Date: January 28, 2015, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Thomas Stokell (Challenge for Change)
Host: Tools of Change
Cost: $70 (Limited number of free registrations available)
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1FlQgHu

WEBINAR "Tools for Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection"

Date: January 29, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (2 PDH for individual registrants)
Presenters: Paul Ryus (Kittelson & Associates, Inc.), Robert Schneider (Univ. of WI, Milwaukee), Tony Hull (Toole Design Group) & Frank Proulx (Univ. of CA, Berkeley)v
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: Free for TRB affiliates, $89 for others
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1Bx1btR

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

WEBINAR "New Tools for Estimating Walking and Bicycling Demand"

Date: February 18, 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/1ywwCj0

WEBINAR "Bicycle Friendly Communities"

Date: March 17, 2015, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET 
Presenters: Justin Jones (Share the Road Cycling Coalition) & Bill Nesper (League of American Bicyclists)
Host: Tools of Change
Cost: $70 (Limited number of free registrations available)
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1wU8iWL

WEBINAR "Pedestrian and Bicycle Counting Programs"

Date: March 18, 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/1s4X5HC


RESOURCES

TWO DOZEN + ONLINE SMART GROWTH IMAGE/PHOTO COLLECTIONS

-> According to a Smart Growth Online webpage, "This compilation (Smart Growth Image Libraries ) contains links to more than two dozen online collections with thousands of images that illustrate smart growth principles. If you're preparing a report or presentation on smart growth, you're likely to find the perfect image in one of these collections to illustrate your work.

"The libraries are grouped into five broad categories: General/Overview Collections; Transportation; Active Living, Bicycling, and Walking; Brownfield Redevelopment; Urban Agriculture, Community Gardens, and Green Roofs. (Note: Some of these images may have restricted use according to their copyright—check the image library websites to clarify allowable use.)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1yzw6pT
Title & Author: "Smart Growth Image Libraries:" by Staff

COMPREHENSIVE LIST: PLANNING APPS FOR 2015

-> According to a Dec. 28th Planetizen article, "Each year I provide an update on mobile applications (i.e., software designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers, and other mobile devices). Mobile applications (apps) can enhance public participation in local governance and planning as well as improve efficiency and data collection for planners. Every year, I survey a cross-section of planners to develop a comprehensive list of the most effective mobile apps for planners..."

Source: http://bit.ly/14uAwBR
Title & Author: "The Best Planning Apps for 2015" by Jennifer Evans-Cowley

TRANSPORTATION FOR OLDER ADULTS REPORT CALLS FOR COORDINATED MEASURED OUTCOMES

-> According to a Jan.1st Human Environment Digest article, "The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report looking at the Federal programs that provide funding for transportation services for older adults. Specifically, the report examines whether or not coordinating these efforts could improve mobility. The report finds that while Federal agencies do coordinate efforts, this coordination would benefit from better defined desired outcomes and measures. (Transportation for Older Adults: Measuring Results Could Help Determine If Coordination Efforts Improve Mobility: http://1.usa.gov/1s4grMY)

"From the report:

"’Two key federal programs and several other programs identified by GAO provide funding for transportation services for older adults. The Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides funding for supportive services—including transportation—to state and local agencies exclusively for older adults. Within the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program is focused on improving the mobility of older adults as one of its two primary populations. Other federal agency programs, including some within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), can fund access to transportation services for eligible older adults, among other beneficiaries. The Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (Coordinating Council) is responsible for leading federal efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of human service transportation by coordinating related programs.

"’GAO recommends that DOT define and report on desired outcomes and collect related data to track and measure progress in achieving results, including the extent of coordination efforts under way. DOT partially concurred with the recommendation and plans to consider what information may be needed to measure and evaluate ongoing coordination efforts...’"

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1yzCfCi
Title & Author: "Review of Transportation Services for Older Adults" by Staff

CASE STUDIES: WORKPLACE CYCLING & BIKE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES PROGRAMS

-> According to the descriptions of two new Landmark Case Studies being developed by Tools of Change, "[The] Love to Ride... workplace cycling program uses 'stage of change' to segment participants and cost-effectively tailor communications with them... participants are moved along a personal journey of change... mobile platforms like cell phones and tablets reach the right people with the right information at the right time. Originally developed in New Zealand, this program has now been replicated in continental Europe, the UK, US and Australia. In 2015, the Love to Ride programme will be expanded further across the US, UK and into Continental Europe... [See related January 28 Webinar listing.]

"[The]Bicycle Friendly Communities Program is a positive, upstream, results-oriented program designed to get municipal decision makers thinking about how all of their programs around cycling work complementary to one another, and ... be synergistically improved. It provides recognition for the hard work done by municipal staff, the leadership displayed by municipal politicians and the partnerships developed with local cycling organizations. It gives communities that apply both a measure of where they are and a roadmap into the future, using a feedback system that has been developed and refined with input from stakeholders from all areas of transportation issues... [See related March 17 Webinar listing.]"

Source: http://bit.ly/1AqL6nc
Title & Author: "Most Recent Transportation Case Studies" by Staff

TOD REPORT: QUALITY OF LIFE, (E)QUALITY OF PLACE

-> According to the recently published "Quality of Life, (e)Quality of Place" report, "...As this report makes clear, communities can meet the challenges of the 21st century and grow their local economies by providing fair access to housing, a balance of housing units, and an amenity-rich environment within their TODs (transit-oriented developments)... This report lays out tools and policies that communities can utilize to meet these [state and federal] requirements by growing equitably around their transit assets..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1xCDoHW
Title & Author: "Quality of Life, (e)Quality of Place: Growing Local Economies through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development" by Open Communities and the Center for Neighborhood Technology

SEARCHABLE DESIGNED LANDSCAPE DATABASE: WHAT’S OUT THERE

-> According to a Jan. 5th Smart Growth Network Newsletter, "The Cultural Landscape Foundation has created a database that raises public awareness of the rich diversity and interconnectedness of our shared designed landscape heritage. Spanning over two centuries of American landscape design, the What's Out There® database is searchable by landscape name, locale, designer, type, and style (http://bit.ly/1Fl7zsl)."

Source: http://bit.ly/1DwsWC9
Title & Author: "What's Out There" by Staff

BOOK: BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT IN BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

-> According to the summary of a recently published book, "Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities is the summary of a workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Population Health Improvement in July 2014 to consider the role of business in improving population health beyond the usual worksite wellness and health promotion activities. The workshop followed previous roundtable discussions on the importance of applying a health lens to decision making in non-health sectors and the need for cross-sector collaborations to advance population health. Invited speakers included representatives from several businesses that have taken action to improve the health of their communities and representatives of business coalitions on health. The workshop was designed to discuss why engaging in population health improvement is good for business; explore how businesses can be effective key leaders in improving the health of communities; and discuss ways in which businesses can engage in population health improvement. This report is a record of the presentations and discussion of the event."

Source: http://bit.ly/13IfvST
Title & Author: "Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities: Workshop Summary" by Theresa Wizemann


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 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: Extended to January 26, 2015 at 23.59 GMT
http://bit.ly/1vN1VaQ

-> Call for Posters –Transportation for Sustainability–An International Conference, May 7-8, 2015, Washington, DC.
Deadline: January 30, 2015
http://bit.ly/1xEvSfj

-> 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 15-16, 2015, Transforming Transportation 2015, Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1ACYXJj

-> 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 8-10, 2015, 2015 National Conference of Regions, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1s49iMy

-> 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 18-21, 2015, American Planning Association National Conference, Seattle, WA.
http://bit.ly/1Fm9Rar

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

-> April 22, 2015, 2nd Annual OBF Ohio Bicycling Summit, Columbus, OH.
http://bit.ly/1Dx0SP2

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

-> April 29 - May 2: CNU, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.
http://bit.ly/1wjMC7z

-> 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 27-31: American Society of Highway Engineers National Conference, Baltimore, MD.
http://bit.ly/1s1HRTH

-> 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  7-10: National Assn of Regional Councils Annual Conference & Exhibition, Raleigh, NC.
http://bit.ly/1xA8csN

-> 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/1ywDemV

-> July 6-8, 2015, 1st International Conference on Transport & Health, London, England. http://bit.ly/1rSFXRI

-> July 10-13: National Assn of Counties Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC.
http://bit.ly/1rSFXRI

-> July 15-19: National Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting, Bellevue, WA.
http://bit.ly/14ibh53

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

-> August 10 - Sept. 2: American Public Works Assn Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, AZ.
http://bit.ly/1AB0BuW

-> September 16-18, 2015, International Conference on Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1tIcgSl

-> 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 4-7: APTA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
http://bit.ly/1BE9t0N

-> October 11-14: ASCE Convention, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/1AqpYy5

-> October 20-23, AMPO Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
http://bit.ly/14ihEFk

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

-> October 25-28: Rail~Volution, Dallas, TX.
http://bit.ly/S0xyxe

-> October 28-30: National Walking Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1HGvJv0

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

-> November 13-14, 2015, 2015 Oklahoma Bike Summit, Stillwater, OK.
http://bit.ly/140AQHk

-> 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 SUBMISSIONS - CNU CHARTER AWARDS

The CNU Charter Awards recognizes exemplary work in architectural, landscape, urban, and regional design, as defined by the Charter of the New Urbanism. The Charter defines the essential qualities of walkable, sustainable places from the scale of the region down to the block and building. The categories for this year's awards are: 1) the region: metropolis, city & town; 2) neighborhood, district & corridor; and 3) the block, street & building.

Deadline: January 14, 2015
http://bit.ly/13ZSpHv

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESS PROGRAM

Bikes are good for businesses and their employees. Through our Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB?) program, employers are recognized for their efforts to encourage a more welcoming atmosphere for employees, customers, and the community. Deserving businesses are recognized at the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels and all applicants receive valuable feedback and assistance in becoming more welcoming to bicycling. Preview the application: http://bit.ly/1yA4HnE

Deadline: January 15, 2015
http://bit.ly/1xEja04

-> CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – ALLIANCE FOR BIKING & WALKING 2015 ADVOCACY AWARDS

Nominate your favorite advocate, organization, or business for an Advocacy Award today! Since 2009, the Alliance for Biking & Walking has held the Advocacy Awards to recognize excellence in the bicycle and pedestrian movement across North America. This year, they are awarding Advocacy Awards in seven categories: Advocate of the Year; Bicycling Magazine People’s Choice Award; Innovation Award; Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award; Advocacy Organization of the Year; Winning Campaign of the Year; and Business Advocate of the Year.

Deadline: January 16, 2015
http://bit.ly/1yyXpR4

-> 3 SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS - CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, ATLANTA, GA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) offer paid 10-week summer internship programs for students who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked. During the course of the internship, students are introduced to environmental health at the federal level through collaborative projects, experiential learning opportunities, environmental health presentations, journal clubs, field trips, brown bag lunches, and mentoring relationships at NCEH/ATSDR. 

COLLEGIATE LEADERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH for Undergraduate rising Juniors or Seniors
Deadline: January 28, 2015
http://1.usa.gov/1BKEssk

SUMMER PROGRAM IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH for rising Juniors, Seniors, or Graduate Students in accredited Environmental Health programs
Deadline: February 11, 2015
http://1.usa.gov/1wpxwxh

GRADUATE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM for Graduate Students

Deadline: February 25, 2014
http://1.usa.gov/140HTQ5

-> JOB – COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, ALLIANCE FOR BIKING & WALKING, WASHINGTON, DC (PREFERED)

The Alliance for Biking & Walking seeks a talented Communications Manager responsible for raising the profile of the grassroots state and local biking and walking advocacy movement. The selected candidate will manage and implement the Alliance’s organizational communications, including website, email, print, social media, and press relations work. This person will be a storyteller for the active transportation movement, for their member organizations, and for people who walk and bike in North America. The Communications Manager will also oversee the Benchmarking Project, a biennial data collection project and report.

Deadline: Applications reviewed on rolling basis –all encouraged to apply by January 16, 2015
http://bit.ly/1ApinlZ

-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BIKE AUSTIN, AUSTIN, TX

Bike Austin seeks a compelling leader with outstanding organization-building skills and a solid general management background. The Executive Director will be responsible for the general management of Bike Austin and will provide leadership in financial development, planning, and program implementation.

Deadline: January 16, 2015
http://bit.ly/14lv43k

-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BIKE EASY, NEW ORLEANS, LA

Bike Easy is seeking an Executive Director. Current responsibilities include advocating for trail and on-road facilities in New Orleans and the surrounding Parishes, pursuing policies that advance the cause of bicycling, conducting numerous special events, and extending the reach of bicycle education across the region.

Deadline: Applications accepted until position filled
http://bit.ly/1IoeNrI

-> JOB – COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE COALITION, CA

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is looking for an experienced, savvy communications professional to advance their work promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. The Communications Director will lead their communications strategy to support efforts outlined in their Strategic Plan while maintaining and strengthening the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition brand. This position is a highly strategic one, leading online, social media, print, PR, media and brand management initiatives in a fast-paced environment. Qualified candidates will have extensive experience leading successful communications strategies for a variety of dynamic teams.

Deadline: Applications reviewed on rolling basis
http://bit.ly/1BJxaoQ

-> JOB – COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, PREVENTION INSTITUTE, OAKLAND, CA

Prevention Institute (PI) seeks a seasoned Communications Manager to support communications strategies across the Institute’s primary areas of focus and for the organization overall. The Communications Manager will report to a member of PI’s senior leadership team and work under the direction of the senior leadership team and Executive Director to implement a multifaceted communications strategy that advances the momentum for effective primary prevention practice and raises the visibility and reach of the organization’s tools, resources, materials and expertise.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/1xErWv7


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