#374 Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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.
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
-> According to a Jan. 12th European Cyclists' Federation General Newsletter article, "'On a typical day, which mode of transport do you use most often?’ 8% of the some 27,000 people in the 28 EU (European Union) Member States answered 'bicycle’ when being asked this question.
"According to the Eurobarometer, the top 5 cycling countries are the Netherlands (36%) followed by Denmark (23%), Hungary (22%), Sweden (17%) and Finland (14%). At the bottom rank Malta (0%), Cyprus (1%), Greece and Ireland (2%).
"Among the 6 big EU Member States, only Germany (12%) scores better than the EU average; Poland (7%) and Italy (6%) are slightly below average, France (4%), Spain and UK (each 3%) lag far behind. Read more at http://bit.ly/1z9K8i8."
[Note: See Top 25 Bike-to-Work Cities Map at: http://bit.ly/14vOz9d]
-> According to a Jan. 11th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "Last year, after nearly a decade of declining automobile use, several key agencies revised their forecasts of future travel demand. The DOTs in Colorado and Washington produced new long-range VMT forecasts, recognizing new emerging trends, and FHWA produced lower forecasts in two separate reports.
"FHWA’s annual Conditions & Performance ("C&P") report to Congress has grossly overestimated future growth in vehicle travel demand since as early as 1999, according to a prior analysis by SSTI (http://bit.ly/17GpSZZ). However, in its 2013 report released last February (http://bit.ly/1KIpk4V), FHWA included a low-end scenario in which the annual growth rate was reduced from 1.85 to 1.36 percent. Soon after, the agency released a separate report (http://1.usa.gov/1u3qHGC) containing even lower annual growth rates of 1.04 percent through 2032 and 0.75 percent through 2042. That report, released last May, was uncovered recently by U.S. PIRG..."
-> According to a Jan. 7th Fast Lane blog, "See how our Federal Highway Administration and its partners collaborate to make biking and walking safer, affordable, more accessible, and an integral part of livable communities across America." (Video 4:24)
-> According to a Jan. 12th Next City article, "In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed in the United States, up 6 percent from the previous year. Rep. Rick Larsen, of Washington, has a sneaking suspicion that road design — specifically designs that make things safer for cars — are a big part of the problem.
"To find out for sure, Larsen along with Reps. Eleanor Holmes Norton (of D.C.) and Peter DeFazio (of Oregon) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office in late December asking for an investigation into trends and causes of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians and recommendations for improving safety. The request centers on the question of whether or not road designs that make driving safer are putting bicyclists and pedestrians at greater risk..."
-> According to a Jan. 7th McLeish Orlando article, "In Davies v. Elston, 2014 BCSC 2435 (CanLII) the defendant motorist overheard two passing cyclists commenting on the danger presented by the outstretched mirrors of his truck, which was parked to the right of a designated bike lane. Annoyed, he got in his truck and chased the cyclists. A verbal altercation broke out and the cyclist fell and broke his hip.
"Despite the fact that there was no contact between the car and the cyclists, the motorist was found to be entirely at fault for the cyclist’s injuries. Justice Griffin wisely states in the decision: 'No matter how aggravating a cyclist’s behavior might be, and I find there was nothing aggravating about the Davies’ conduct, a driver of a motor vehicle can never be justified in deliberately using a motor vehicle to confront a cyclist who is riding a bike..."
-> According to a Dec. 18th Dissent article, "...Today’s suburban poor lack that scant protection. The full weight of ninety years of car-first engineering bears down as they make their way to and from decaying apartment complexes and aging tract houses. Long walks to the main road, unprotected dashes across wide highways, and perilous waits at bus stops on unpaved shoulders are a daily routine. A landscape created for affluent motorists becomes an oppressive burden in its decline...
"[I]n poorer suburbs, the automobile still rules the road. Beneath a veneer of scientific neutrality, traffic engineering operates to the prejudice of anyone on foot. The objective is to move motor vehicles; those who walk, whether they do so by choice or by necessity, are little more than obstacles. Dissidents within the traffic engineering profession have begun to challenge this philosophy, but innovation, even when it revives the practices of a century ago, encounters fierce resistance from highway traditionalists..."
-> According to a Jan. 7th StreetsBlog Chicago article, "...For a host of reasons, many Black Chicagoans have little interest in cycling. Like I once did, they view biking as something for children and White people on the Northside. Very few of them consider biking to be a viable form of transportation. Some of this disconnection is cultural. Bikes have not been considered cool in Black neighborhoods and we haven’t explored ways to express our own style through our bikes...
"In this profoundly segregated city, the bicycle advocacy community has been largely White, affluent, and focused on the Northside. Meanwhile, violence prevention and job creation are the top priorities in predominantly Black, Brown, and low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, which means bicycling has not been a primary concern. We all have work to do in order to build a diverse, equitable bike culture...
"I have great faith in the transformative power of bicycles on individuals and on communities. I urgently want Black communities on the Southside and Westside to enjoy the same health, safety, and economic benefits of biking that Northside neighborhoods do. Bicycling saved my life, and I know that it can improve the lives of countless other Black people."
-> According to a Nelson\Nygaard webpage, "In Los Angeles, students often face personal and traffic safety issues. These issues present barriers to walking or biking to school, impacting student health, school performance, and contributing to traffic congestion. By focusing its Vision Zero strategic planning efforts on the implementation of the Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan, the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation is planning to improve school communities by focusing on pedestrian and bicyclist safety, improving public health, and tackling congestion and pollution.
"In 2014, Nelson\Nygaard led the department’s encouragement efforts, recruiting schools to host Walk to School events citywide. We supported 66 Walk to School Days in October, and strengthened partnerships among the event hosts and supporters – including school administrators and teachers, Council District offices, parents and families, community based organizations, and Los Angeles and LA Unified Police departments...
"Outcomes: More than 85 schools participated in Walk to School Day events in October 2014, 66 in the City of LA. Walk to School Day events strengthened the partnership among police, councilmembers, LA Unified School District and LADOT. In October, more than 19,000 students experienced a healthy and active way to get to school..."
-> According to the abstract of the recently released Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Transportation Planning For Megaregions report, "Planning transportation across jurisdictions is a challenge faced in geographic areas throughout the U.S. Researchers identify megaregions as the subset of major regions, often multistate, with the most significant transportation challenges, opportunities, and resultant needs based on forecasts of shifts in demographic and economic trends, freight flows, and passenger demand. These areas present major opportunities for transportation to contribute to national, regional, and local areas thru improved global trade and competitiveness and economic development.
"This report explores innovative ways that metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are working with partners to begin to conduct planning to address the transportation issues of megaregions. The research includes a focus on how MPOs are working within their planning agency roles identified in Federal regulations to explore needs outside of their boundaries. This report explores the benefits that MPOs and their partners receive from participating in megaregions planning, as well as the institutional and technical challenges. The report provides insights on successful planning approaches for peer MPOs, their partners, and policymakers with an interest in advancing similar planning initiatives."
-> According to a Jan. 9th CityLab article, "In mid-2013, a mile-long stretch of 8th Avenue in Gainesville, Florida, went on a road diet. Four vehicle lanes became two for cars and two for cyclists (as shown in the rendering above). Pedestrians on adjacent sidewalks gained a bit more separation from moving traffic. A painted median reserved road space for a pleasantly landscaped version to come. The hope was that the design trial would convince local officials to adopt a permanent two-lane multimodal street. Those hopes ended in December 2014.
"After a lengthy public hearing, the city commission voted 4-to-3 to reverse the road diet and revert 8th Avenue to its original form..."
[Note additional background detail and rider experience in reader comments.]
-> According the 2014 City of Saint Paul Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Report released Dec. 31st, "In September of 2014 the City of Saint Paul Department of Public Works conducted a bicycle and pedestrian count. With the help of 45 volunteers, bicycle and pedestrian data was manually tabulated for 88 screen lines at 43 count sites throughout the city. The counts were performed mid-week from 4:00 - 6:00 pm during the second week of September. To analyze changes in annual rates of walking and bicycling, 33 count locations measured in 2013 were measured again in 2014..."
[See report for methodology, count form, and results.]
-> According to a call for registrations for the Boulder, CO Winter Bike to Work and School Day on January 28, "For 300 beautiful days a year, the sun shines down on Boulder’s more than 150 miles of well-maintained bikeways, making winter bike commuting a viable alternative to driving for adults and school-children alike. Try it for yourself during Boulder’s 7th annual Winter Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Free breakfast at 12 locations and cool prizes, but you have to register! By registering, you show support for Boulder’s cycling community and help us gain valuable information to promote and encourage biking."
-> According to the January Summary of Federal Highway Administration Pedestrian and Bicycle Research and Program Activities Prepared for TRB 2015, "This document describes recent, ongoing, and upcoming pedestrian and bicycle research efforts and related activities for the following Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Offices...:
-> According to a Dec. 23rd Better Cities & Towns blogpost, "The evidence keeps piling up to support reform in street design and traffic engineering. Recent research adds to volumes of studies that say walkable streets will make us safer, healthier, and improve the economy and communities.
"As BCT reported last month (http://bit.ly/14yzHXL), research by Chester Harvey at the University of Vermont examined the spatial characteristics of more than 7,400 miles of streetscapes in Boston, Baltimore, and New York City. Computer modeling determined the width of the streetscape, the street width to building height ratio, and tree canopy. Enclosed streets designed like 'outdoor rooms’ are more visually appealing and safer. 'Crashes on smaller, more enclosed streetscapes were less likely to result in injury and death compared with larger, more open streetscapes,’ Harvey reports in a paper to be presented to the Transportation Research Board in January of 2015.
"A few weeks ago Richard Florida summarized a raft of new research showing that walkable places 'not only raise housing prices but reduce crime, improve health, spur creativity, and encourage more civic engagement in our communities.’ (http://bit.ly/1507ERn)...
-> According to a Jan. 9th StreetsBlog USA article, "When a cyclist is killed or seriously injured, the responses you hear often pin the blame squarely on the victim. 'Why wasn’t she wearing a helmet?’ Or, 'Why was he wearing dark clothing?’
"Going without bright, reflective gear did not have an impact on cyclist injury severity, according to a new study. But according to a new study by a team of Canadian university researchers, those factors don’t seem to have much impact on the overall severity of injury when cyclists are hurt in collisions. (Severity of urban cycling injuries and the relationship with personal, trip, route and crash characteristics: analyses using four severity metrics: http://bmj.co/1DFd4QM)
"The report looked at injury severity among about 700 adults in Toronto and Vancouver who were hospitalized after a bike collision or fall. Researchers teased out which factors had the biggest impact on the extent of people’s injuries. Here’s what they found..."
-> According to a Jan. 5th Atlantalarry blog,"... This morning I read an article, posted on Science Daily in late December, about an interesting use of geolocalized tweets to extract information about existing use of land in urban areas. (What you tweet when you go party can be useful for improving urban planning: http://bit.ly/1wYCdyr) This data is useful in urban planning, because it gives a good sense of what large groups of people are doing from hour to hour in a specific city or region..."
-> According to a Dec. 19th People for Bikes blog, "Nothing firms up an argument like a stiff shot of truth. Here on the Green Lane Project blog, we try to combine anecdotes with data — like the story of a San Francisco bookseller who removed auto parking in front of his store because he realized, intuitively, that occupied bike parking is three times more profitable per square foot than occupied car parking. Or the Atlanta advocate who rarely gets people under 30 to come to her bike education classes because it turns out that most growth in biking is coming from people older than 40.
"And if you ever find yourself trying to convince someone of something, that's our advice, too: don't share an important number without telling a story that shows how it works in real life. But sometimes, you just need some numbers. That's where our newly updated statistics page comes in (http://bit.ly/1zauq6p, see data from Economic benefits; Good for everyone; If you build it, people will ride; Safety benefits; and What people want categories)..."
USDOT DEVELOPING 30 YEAR TRANSPORTATION PLAN
-> "The challenges facing transportation in America cannot be dealt with piecemeal. They’re tightly connected, and they must be managed as a whole...One of the fundamental jobs this Department has is helping decision-makers understand the magnitude of the choices they make. So beginning last year, I put my team to work. I asked them to join with me in crafting a framework for how we can ask – and begin to answer – the most important questions about transportation that we’ll need to answer over the next 30 years." (http://1.usa.gov/1z9nHts)
"What people are viewing as this cute, cuddly bike and pedestrian movement could be a real game-changer." (http://wapo.st/1DERmfC)~ US DOT Secty. Antony Foxx on beginning to outline Beyond Traffic, a 30-year framework for transportation.
ONE WAY TO MAKE THE US HEALTHIER IN 2015
-> "6. Collaborate with others outside our (Public Health’s) field. Collaboration is the centerpiece of a health-in-all-policies framework. We should continue to work with our traditional partners to advance our work. We can, however, maximize our success by working and collaborating with 'non-traditional’ partners such as engineers, city planners, transportation officials, private sector businesses, community organizations and others. Such collaborations should work to make healthy communities as well as better individual health an essential business goal."
~ APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, listing 10 things we should do this year to make the U.S. a healthier nation in 2015http://bit.ly/1Kps1Iv
TRANSPORTATION IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE
-> "Research increasingly indicates that transportation investments can have a profound impact on the public's health including the poor, elderly, people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. These impacts may include increased risk of obesity, cancer, mental health disorders, asthma and heart disease. The public health community is strongly supports transportation investments that support the growth and establishment of health and equity in all communities."
~ From the text of Transportation is a Public Health Issue, an APHA sign-on message to representative and senators urging them to promote health, safety, and equity, and to advocate for strong public health provisions in the reauthorization of the federal transportation lawhttp://bit.ly/1BPJtQ7
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
Check out the two-minute video diary from a day on the various pedal-powered rides at a Japanese bicycle theme park, including a rollercoaster.
WEBINAR "Sustainability in the Mile High City"
Date: January 15, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
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)
WEBINAR "The Innovative DOT 2015: An updated handbook for transportation officials"
Date: January 27, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Love to Ride"
Date: January 28, 2015, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Exploring Pedestrian Responsive Traffic Signal Timing Strategies in Urban Areas"
Date: January 29, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
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)
WEBINAR "Focus on Pedestrians: Sidewalks and Crosswalks Webinar"
Date: February 3, 2015, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
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)
WEBINAR "What's Happening in Health Care?"
Date: February 20, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Lessons from the Experts: 10 First Steps to Walkability"
Date: March 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Bicycle Friendly Communities"
Date: March 17, 2015, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
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)
-> According to a Jan. 12th email message from Smart Growth America Vice-President Roger Millar, "When we first released The Innovative DOT back in 2012, we collected the best ideas from state departments of transportation across the country and put them all together into one invaluable resource. Now, three years and many successes later, we’re proud to announce the release of the third edition of The Innovative DOT (http://bit.ly/VkitBQ).
"Co-authored once again with the State Smart Transportation Initiative, this new version includes 34 strategies that transportation officials can use to position their agencies for success in a new era of constrained budgets. Originally released in 2012 and developed with input from top transportation professionals and agency staff from around the nation, the handbook documents many of the innovative approaches state leaders are using to make systems more efficient, government more effective, and constituents better satisfied. The second edition was released in January 2014 and provided three additional tools and 20 new case studies."
[See related webinar listing on January 27 in Webinar section.]
-> According to a Winter MAP-21 Research Quarterly Newsletter article, "The Briefing Book provides government officials, transportation decision-makers, planning board members, and transportation service providers with an overview of transportation planning. It contains a basic understanding of key concepts in statewide and metropolitan transportation planning, along with references for additional information (The Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues: A Briefing Notebook for Transportation Decision-Makers Officials and Staff: http://1.usa.gov/1AehTKm)..."
-> According to a Jan. 7th email from FHWA’s Transportation Planning Capacity Building Website, "The Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program (TPCB) website offers the latest resources and updates for transportation planning agencies: http://1.usa.gov/1DEUk3Y.
"The Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Peer Program is a free resource for agencies in need of transportation planning assistance. The program pays for travel and accommodations associated with on-site peer exchanges and offers workshops, roundtables, and webinars to participants free of charge. Interested agencies are encouraged to apply for assistance to help solve transportation planning problems. Recent peer exchanges have focused on a range of topics, including: cross-modal project prioritization, asset management, megaregions freight movement, and performance-based planning.
"Visit the TPCB Peer Program website to learn more and apply: http://1.usa.gov/14ZcqyC."
-> According to a Jan. 12th European Cyclists' Federation General Newsletter article, "Fast cycling routes are one of the latest measures taken by cities who want to get more people cycling more often: Many Dutch cities and regions already have them, Copenhagen is building an extensive network, and so does London!
"In a concise factsheet, ECF provides general information about definition, usage, locations, cost-benefit (FACTSHEET: Fast Cycling Routes: towards barrier-free commuting: http://bit.ly/1xYxyk3)... In addition, a dedicated webpage on ECF website collects some of the best examples from Europe: http://bit.ly/1wY5WHC."
-> According to a Winter MAP-21 Research Quarterly Newsletter article, "A multi-disciplinary team from the Office of Planning, Environment and Realty, with participation from FTA's Office of Planning and Environment, is developing a Health in Transportation Corridor Planning Framework (Framework) to help State DOTs, MPOs, and local transportation agencies incorporate health considerations into their corridor planning processes.
"The Framework is based on information found in two FHWA reports on Planning for Healthy Communities. The first report looks at how MPO's are incorporating Health into the Metropolitan Planning process (Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities: http://bit.ly/HealthTrans)and the second, on how State DOT's are incorporating health in the statewide planning process (Statewide Transportation Planning For Healthy Communities: http://1.usa.gov/1ieXJ9o). Both reports include best practices and case studies including health outcomes that support the federal planning process.
"The Framework will offer a step-by-step process for agencies to follow and encourage them to think holistically about the health impacts of decisions made in the corridor planning process. The FHWA is currently conducting focus groups of knowledgeable practitioners to further develop the draft Framework and provide feedback to make it more useful for agencies conducting corridor studies. This month the FHWA will announce the selection of five agencies to test the Framework, beginning in early 2015 and use it during an upcoming corridor study. A Health and Transportation online tool is also being developed by FHWA in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and DOT that will be available sometime next year. Additional details can be found in the on-line Factsheet (Health and Transportation Corridor Planning Framework Fact Sheet: http://1.usa.gov/1tYQBZi)..."
-> According to a January Human Environment Digest article, "The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) hosted the Creating Access to Opportunity Webinar (http://bit.ly/1IIYTrZ) on December 9, 2014. A corresponding fact sheet highlights AmeriCorps and other Youth Service and Conservation Corps best practices and includes information regarding implementation of MAP-21 section 1524 (Strengthening Transportation Career Pathways & Youth Workforce Development Partnerships Through Service: http://1.usa.gov/1ybRoZo)."
-> According to a Jan. 6th League of American Bicyclists article, "Last month we hosted a webinar featuring the work of Liz Jose and Casey Ashenhurst of WE Bike NYC... [T]o conduct more effective outreach to Spanish speaking participants, WE Bike NYC Founder Liz Jose and 2014 Women Bike Mini Grant recipient set out to create a toolkit that provides beginning Spanish language resources for bike clubs...
"Watch a recording of the Webinar here that goes in depth on their entire MUJERES EN MOVIMIENTO program... download the bilingual toolkit: MUJERES EN MOVIMIENTO: Una referencia para la participación de principiantes de tu club en español/A Guide for Beginning Spanish-Language Outreach for Your Bike Club: http://bit.ly/1C5KPq1"
-> According to a January Safe Routes to school National Partnership article, "Over the past year, the National Partnership has collaborated with the Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL)... As national and local conversations continue over the complexities of obesity, physical activity, and access in underserved and communities of color, the National Partnership has developed four new tools to help Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian communities use street scale and shared use initiatives to address community needs. [2 of these tools are related to shared use of facilities]
1. Making Our Communities Healthy Through Bicycling and Walking to School
2. Safety and Health for All Ages: Safe Routes to School in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities (http://bit.ly/14xZXS6)..."
-> According to a Jan. 8th Kansas Cyclist article, "With winter now in full force... it’s a good time to revisit the topic of bicycling through winter...Before I detail my own strategies, I wanted to share an article, published in the March 3, 1897 edition of the Coffeyville Daily Journal, which shows that people have been riding bicycles in winter as long as there have been bikes...
"'A heavy chest protector, covering the back as well as the chest, is almost indispensable, particularly on windy days. A newspaper buttoned under the vest will be found very comfortable but not heavy and will keep the wind away from one’s person, at the same time retaining the natural heat of the body.’...
"Here’s what I wear, top to bottom...
"There are lots of winter bicycling guides and tip collections — just try a few web searches, and you’ll turn up plenty of opinions — but here are a few guides I’ve found particularly helpful..."
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-> Call for Abstracts – 1st International Conference on Transport and Health, July 6-8, 2015, London, England.
-> Call for Presentations – American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and Expo, November 6-9, 2015, 2015, Chicago, IL.
-> Call for Posters –Transportation for Sustainability–An International Conference, May 7-8, 2015, Washington, DC.
-> Call for Abstracts- International Conference on Ecology & Transportation, September 20-24, 2015, Raleigh, NC.
-> Call for Abstracts - Walk 21, October 20-23, 2015, Vienna, Austria.
-> Call for Abstracts: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo, October 31 - Nov. 4, 2015, Chicago, IL.
-> Call for Presentations - 8th Making Cities Liveable Conference, July 6-7, 2015, Melbourne, Australia.
-> Call for Abstracts – Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, November 18-22, 2015, Orlando, FL.
-> Call for Abstracts - 8th International Urban Design Conference, November 16-18, 2015, Brisbane, Australia.
-> January 15-16, 2015, Transforming Transportation 2015, Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity, Washington, DC.
-> January 29-31, 2015, New Partners for Smart Growth, Baltimore, MD.
-> January 29-31, 2015, National Rural Transportation Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
-> February 8-10, 2015, 2015 National Conference of Regions, Washington, DC.
-> February 9-10, 2015, Colorado Bicycle Summit, Denver, CO
-> February 10-12, 2015, Winter Cycling Congress, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
-> February 13-15, 2015, Youth Bike Summit, Seattle, WA.
-> February 22-25, 2015, Active Living Research, San Diego. CA.
-> February 23-24, 2015, National Physical Activity Plan Congress, Washington, DC.
-> February 26-March 1, 2015, 4th World Bicycle Forum "Cities for All," Medellín, Colombia.
-> March 2-3, 2015, Montana Bike Walk Summit, Helena, MT.
-> March 3-5, 2015, Minnesota’s Transportation Conference, Bloomington, MN.
-> March 10, 2015, National Forum on Women & Bicycling, Washington, DC.
-> March 10-12, 2015, 2015 National Bike Summit, Washington, DC.
-> March 30-31, 2015, Oregon Active Transportation Summit, Portland, OR.
-> March 30-April 2, 2015, National Main Streets Conference, Atlanta, GA.
-> April 2, 2015, Walkable Washington Annual Symposium Awards, Redmond, WA.
-> April 13-14, 2015, Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts, Washington, DC.
-> April 18-21, 2015, American Planning Association National Conference, Seattle, WA.
-> April 21-23, 2015, 2015 International Highway Technology Summit, Shanghai, China.
-> April 22, 2015, 2nd Annual OBF Ohio Bicycling Summit, Columbus, OH.
-> April 23-24, 2015, Tennessee Bike Summit, Knoxville, TN.
-> April 29 - May 2: CNU, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.
-> May 4-5, 2015, 2015 PedalMN Bicycle Conference: "Building the Bike Friendly State," Minneapolis, MN.
-> May 7-8, 2015, Transportation for Sustainability–An International Conference, Washington, DC.
-> May 17-20, 2015, American Trails International Trails Symposium, Portland, OR.
-> May 17-21, 2015, 15th TRB National Transportation Planning Applications Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.
-> May 20-21, 2015, CTS Annual Research Conference, Saint Paul RiverCentre, MN.
-> May 27-31: American Society of Highway Engineers National Conference, Baltimore, MD.
-> May 29, 2015, Miami Valley Cycling Summit, Piqua, OH.
-> May 31- June 2, 2015, 2015 TRB’s 5th International Conference on Transportation Systems Performance Measurement and Data, Denver, CO.
-> May 31 – June 5, 2015, Community Transportation EXPO 2015,Tampa, FL.
-> June 2-5, 2015, Velo City, Nantes, France.
-> June 7-10: National Assn of Regional Councils Annual Conference & Exhibition, Raleigh, NC.
-> June 16-18, 2015, National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, Washington, DC.
-> June 22-24, 2015, 5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, Vancouver, BC.
-> July 6-7, 2015, 8th Making Cities Liveable Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
-> 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.
-> July 15-19: National Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting, Bellevue, WA.
-> August 9-14, 2015, 2015 TRAFINZ Annual Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.
-> August 10 - Sept. 2: American Public Works Assn Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, AZ.
-> September 16-18, 2015, International Conference on Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events, Washington, DC.
-> September 20-24, 2015, International Conference on Ecology & Transportation, Raleigh, NC.
-> September 28 –October 1, 2015, APBP Professional Development Seminar, St. Louis, MO.
-> October 1-31, 2015, Second EcoMobility World Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa.
-> October 4-7: APTA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
-> October 11-14: ASCE Convention, New York, NY.
-> October 20-23, AMPO Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
-> October 20-23, 2015, Walk 21, Vienna, Austria.
-> October 25-28: Rail~Volution, Dallas, TX.
-> October 28-30: National Walking Summit, Washington, DC.
-> October 31 - Nov. 4, 2015, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo, Chicago, IL.
-> November 6-9, 2015, 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and Expo, Chicago, IL.
-> November 13-14, 2015, 2015 Oklahoma Bike Summit, Stillwater, OK.
-> November 16-18, 2015, 8th International Urban Design Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
-> November 18-22, 2015, Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.
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Deadline: None provided, Fellowships posted January 6, 2015 and begin February 1, 2015
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDING ASSISTANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTION INSTITUTE FOR INCREASING WALKING AND WALKABILITY FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY STATE TEAMS
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) seeks applications from State Health Departments (SHD) and US Territory Chronic Disease Directors for competitive funding assistance that will support selection and attendance to a new physical activity applied learning institute entitled "Action Institute for Increasing Walking and Walkability for Interdisciplinary State Teams". The primary goal of this new action institute is to prepare state-based and/or intra-state regionally-based interdisciplinary teams to pursue policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes and interventions to increase population levels of physical activity, with a focus on walking, leading to commensurate reductions in chronic disease risk and burden.
NACDD has funding for up to 10 multi-disciplinary teams representing states or large intra-state regions of five people each that will participate with the CDC, NACDD, and faculty in pre- and post-action institute virtual meetings, attend the in-person action institute, implement evidence-based strategies from a menu of options, and assist in the overall evaluation of the institute.
Deadline: January 30, 2015, 11:59 p.m. ET
-> APPLY OR NOMINATE - 1 YEAR MSC IN URBAN MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (UMD) AT IHS, THE NETHERLANDS
The Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is offering a 1 year MSc in Urban Management and Development (UMD12) 2015 with 6 different specializations: Managing and Financing Urban Infrastructure (MFUI); Urban Housing and Livelihoods (UHL); Urban Environmental Management and Climate Change (UECC); Integrated Planning and Strategies (IPS); Urban Land Development (ULD); Urban Competitiveness and Resilience (UCR). For information on course modules, tuition fees etc, email Shalaka Rathod at firstname.lastname@example.org on which specialization you would like to receive information.
-> JOB – 5277 PLANNER I, SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY, CA
On November 4, 2014 San Francisco voters approved a $500 million General Obligation bond to invest in San Francisco’s transportation system, to be financed by local property taxes. In addition, voters approved a Charter amendment providing additional General Fund funding to transportation system improvements. Funds from both programs will be applied to a variety of transportation system improvements, including improved transit and safer streets. Under general supervision, the Planner I performs entry level planning work in the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of city planning data in one of a variety of phases of plan development and implementation.
Deadline: January 20, 2015, 5:00 p.m. PT
-> JOB – BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER (ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR), PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
This position is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing Penn State University’s Alternative Transportation Program in line with Transportation Services’ strategic planning. As a key member of the University’s Intermodal Transportation Committee, this position collaborates with a broad array of University and community leaders to promote alternative transportation on campus and in the local community. Primary duties for this position are related to the design and coordination of a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program, which will focus on reducing single occupancy travel demands and parking requirements on the University by promoting use of alternatives, such as public transit, carpool, vanpool, bicycles, walking and flextime time work schedules. Other required duties include managing program budgets, and providing results monitoring, data analysis, technical support and performance reporting for various department programs and services. Duties also include research of available TDM and related grants, and active engagement with University faculty, staff and students, community members and government and higher education officials to promote all alternative and sustainable transportation programs and initiatives. This includes developing marketing strategies and materials and participating in outreach events.
Deadline: Until filled, posted on December 17, 2014
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