#376 Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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----- CenterLines Improvements
----- We’re Here to Help
----- US DOT Releases 30-Yr Vision: Beyond Traffic
----- $90 Trillion: Make All Cities More Walking & Transit Friendly
----- Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014
----- London, Eng Policy: Cycling is now mass transport
----- 10 Danish Bicycle Playgrounds Funded
----- 1960s Walk to School Video
----- How Germany Is Less Car-Reliant than the U.S.
----- Dutch Winter AM & PM Bicycle Rush Hours are in the Dark
----- Recreational Trails Program FY 2014 Annual Report
----- LAB: People, Places & Policy Accelerating Progress
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Ann Arbor, MI Neighborhood Pools Resources to Plow Sidewalks
----- Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, PA Strategic Plan
----- Portland, OR Bike & Ped Safety Ed Programs Taught in Spanish
----- Seattle, WA Shifts Bikelash Language
----- England: Quantifying Economic Benefits of More Biking
----- European Cycling & Urban Air Quality Study
----- Voters: Active Trans Very Important, Support Redirecting Funds
----- Research Based Infographic: Active Kids Learn Better
----- Smaller, Enclosed Streetscapes Reduce Crash Severity
----- US DOT Factsheets on 7 Activities to Improve Safety for People Riding & Walking
----- Chart: Federal Bike & Ped Funding Opportunities
----- Envision Infrastructure Sustainability Rating System
----- Health & Transportation Planning & Analysis Tools
----- ORcycle App Collects User Data
----- Report: Exploring Public Outreach with Social Media
----- LAB Smart Cycling Curriculum Update
----- Electric Bicycles: Public Perceptions & Policy
----- Spinlister: Peer-to-Peer Bike Rental Company
----- Tips for Effective Biking & Walking Advocacy Orgs
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
by Mark Plotz, Executive Editor
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WE'RE HERE TO HELP
by Mark Plotz
-> Kudos to organizers of and presenters at the 2015 New Partners for Smart Growth conference for making equity ubiquitous at so many sessions. Sitting in on discussions about community land trusts, blight remediation, zoning, and displacement (a more constructive term than gentrification), I was reminded that we are but a small part of the solution to improving quality of life. I say reminded, because this was a lesson I learned back in 2006-2007 when the National Center for Bicycling & Walking was implementing our urban Safe Routes to School program.
In the communities where we worked, we approached SRTS as if it was a neighborhood improvement strategy. Then we took the next step to make sure it was: representatives of Public Works, City Planning, Social Services, and the neighborhood beat cops were all in the room for the community meeting so they could hear about nuisance properties, busted street lights, and unsafe community parks. We connected people to their government, stuff got fixed, the neighborhood improved–all which made walking safer and better for everyone.
An oft-overlooked tool for neighborhood improvement is code enforcement. The City of Philadelphia is going after nuisance landlords using a local ordinance that requires vacant properties be covered with functioning doors and windows. The City focuses on blocks that are >80 percent occupied and fining landlords $300 per day per opening. The results are promising: compared to the control neighborhoods, home sale prices were up, some kinds of crime were down, and the City benefited both from costs avoided and tax revenue recovered.
This "Doors and Windows" neighborhood improvement strategy can be found on pages 36-38 of "Blight to Bright" (http://bit.ly/1KLHbFm), a publication of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania. The publication is intended for PA, however most of the tools are broadly applicable.
Look for more tools like this in upcoming CenterLines. We invite you to share your treasured resources that might not be so widely known in the bike ped world: email@example.com.
US DOT RELEASES 30-YR VISION: BEYOND TRAFFIC
-> CityLab: Anthony Foxx unveiled a public draft of Beyond Traffic (http://1.usa.gov/1vjqY38) —the DOT's much-hyped, 30-year vision of U.S. transportation policy that promises to nudge the country off its 20th-century, highway-first course. DOT has been compiling the 300-plus-page report over many months and public meetings. It's not an "action plan," so to speak; officials are calling it the start to a national dialogue about America's transportation needs through 2045, with a refined final report due out by year's end. But however you prefer to characterize Beyond Traffic, its thesis is clear: the United States needs to pivot away from car reliance toward the type of mobility system better suited to cities. [Source: http://bit.ly/1DBT5zf]
$90 TRILLION: MAKE ALL CITIES MORE WALKING & TRANSIT FRIENDLY
-> Cityscope: The $90 trillion plan to redesign every city on Earth: Introducing the most audacious urban redevelopment proposal since the dawn of cities. Jim Edwards reports for Business Insider (http://read.bi/198NS8H) that a serious plan discussed at last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos would make every city on Earth more dense — at a cost of $90 trillion.
The goal is to promote development that encourages public transit and walking while phasing out designs that facilitate automobiles. The visionary idea was crafted by former U.?S. Vice President Al Gore and former Mexico President Felipe Calderón, who oversees The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, the article says. They argue that cities must be reimagined to reduce dependency on cars if the world is to confront climate change. The $90 trillion pricetag reflects planned expenditures over the next several years to build and redesign cities across the globe. Gore and Calderón want to ensure that this vast sum is used "wisely" to eliminate the need for cars and fossil fuels. [Source: http://bit.ly/1KImfRr]
BEST COMPLETE STREETS POLICIES OF 2014
-> Smart Growth America: A total of 74 communities adopted Complete Streets policies in the United States in 2014. These laws, resolutions and planning and design documents encourage and provide for the safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel. The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014 (http://bit.ly/1McqPZK), released today by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition examines and scores each Complete Streets policy enacted in 2014. The report outlines ten ideal elements of a Complete Streets policy and scores individual policies based on these ideals. Policy elements refine a community’s vision for transportation, provide for many types of users, complement community needs and establish a flexible approach necessary for an effective Complete Streets process and outcome. (See the list of eleven jurisdictions that led the nation in creating the best comprehensive Complete Streets policies in 2014.) [Source: http://bit.ly/1ISp5FZ]
LONDON, ENG POLICY: CYCLING IS NOW MASS TRANSPORT
-> TreeHugger: Peter Murray of the London Mayor's Design Advisory Group notes: "TfL's (Transport for London) new London Cycling Design Standards starts with the words 'Cycling is now mass transport and must be treated as such'. Developments have to take this cultural shift on board and allow not just for immediate requirements but for future growth. [Source: http://bit.ly/16ARaR7]
The London Cycling Design Standards sets out requirements and guidance for the design of cycle-friendly streets and spaces. It should be used by all those who shape the street environment through planning and street design, as well as engineers designing cycle-specific infrastructure. It forms one part of TfL's Streetscape Toolkit, and should be read in conjunction with the other constituent documents, including the Streetscape Guidance. [Source: http://bit.ly/1CgIwzu]
10 DANISH BICYCLE PLAYGROUNDS FUNDED
-> Cycling Embassy of Denmark: Children learn best through play. This goes for cycling as well. So, the Danish Cyclists’ Federation is thrilled to announce that they have been granted funds to co-finance the construction of 10 permanent bicycle playgrounds around Denmark over the next three years. What is a bicycle playground? Have a look at this short film from the opening of the mobile bicycle playground in 2011. (2:53 minutes of exuberant kids, some as young as 18 months old, riding over obstacles and around each other: http://bit.ly/1z7eIo1) [Source: http://bit.ly/1DVOTKQ]
1960s WALK TO SCHOOL VIDEO
-> CityLab: It wasn't so long ago that nearly 50 percent of American children walked to and from school each day. In this short film from City Walk (2:04), we take a look back at 1960s educational films that encouraged young children to walk to school—a message that stands in stark contrast to the way most kids in the U.S. are growing up now. [Source: http://bit.ly/16tiH7a]
HOW GERMANY IS LESS CAR-RELIANT THAN THE U.S.
-> CityLab: All the Ways Germany Is Less Car-Reliant Than the U.S., in 1 Chart: Compared to Americans, Germans own fewer cars, drive them shorter distances and less frequently, and walk and cycle and ride transit more often. They have slimmer waistlines to show for their active transport habits and suffer fewer traffic deaths whether in a car or not. They spend less household income on getting around even as they pay much more in driving costs. They use less energy per person on ground transport, resulting in lower carbon emissions. (See the Sustainability Indicators for U.S. and German Transport Systems chart for a great list of performance measures) [Source: http://bit.ly/1D2knAr]
DUTCH WINTER AM & PM BICYCLE RUSH HOURS ARE IN THE DARK
-> Bicycle Dutch: We are past the darkest time of the year again, the days are already slowly getting longer. But it will take a long time before we notice that it really is getting lighter again. In winter it is more hazardous to cycle than in summer. That is not because of motor traffic. The separate cycling infrastructure reduces interaction between motor traffic and people cycling to an absolute minimum. Snow and ice are also not what comes to mind first in this country, because we sometimes have winters completely without any snow and ice. There is the cold and the wetness, but you can dress for that and that is also no different from any other season. What we do always have is the winter darkness. In a large period in winter both the morning rush hour, as well as the evening rush hour, take place in the dark.
The dangers, this time of the year, are hidden in cracks in the surface. And they come from bollards obscured in dark shadows, kerbs which are almost invisible due to the lack of contrast and all kinds of such obstructions that simply cannot be seen well enough in the darker environment. (Scroll down to watch a 15-minute video showing the evening bicycle rush hour in the dark at Smakkelaarsveld in Utrecht.) [Source: http://bit.ly/1M9MpOC]
RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM FY 2014 ANNUAL REPORT
-> FHWA: The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) FY 2014 Annual Report is now online (http://1.usa.gov/198LoHB). The purpose of the report is to provide information about the program and the projects funded in Federal fiscal year (FY) 2013. This report serves as a useful guide to the RTP for trail managers and the public. It highlights program funding and administration, the RTP database, and how States use funds for trail projects. It illustrates eligible project types along with award-winning examples from across the country and documents the many benefits of the program and national trends and issues affecting trails.
LAB: PEOPLE, PLACES & POLICY ACCELERATING PROGRESS
-> American Bicyclist: The Big Ideas: In a 20+page feature, the League of American Bicyclists looks at some of the people, places and policy poised to accelerate our progress, widen our perspectives and make biking accessible to all. [Source: http://bit.ly/16QGtJp]
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
ANN ARBOR, MI NEIGHBORHOOD POOLS RESOURCES TO PLOW SIDEWALKS
-> CityLab: In most places, sidewalk snow-clearing is left to individual homeowners. In Ann Arbor, one small neighborhood decided to pool its resources instead. SnowBuddy, a 32-horsepower tractor, outfitted with special attachments, clears the Water Hill neighborhood’s 12 miles of sidewalks after a big storm. Paid for by community-pooled donations and operated by a volunteer force, the little tractor represents a major step towards collectivizing what has traditionally been a private responsibility. It took only a couple of weeks to raise the $18,000 in startup funds that the board of the SnowBuddy (now registered as a formal nonprofit) had set as their first goal. It was enough to buy a $43,000 tractor on a four-year plan and still have some funds to cover their estimated expenses of $25,000 a year—including a $2 million liability insurance policy. [Source: http://bit.ly/1DmW1Sm]
BICYCLE COALITION OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA, PA STRATEGIC PLAN
-> Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia: Our Strategic Plan (http://bit.ly/1ycWCzy) lists all our current goals and objectives, means of engagement with the public, collaborations with diverse populations, telling more compelling stories, and lots more. Within those strategic goals and objectives, we’ve listed ways in which to measure our effect over three years. That will include a 33 percent increase in bike trips across the region, a 10 percent reduction in pedestrian and bicycle crashes, 60 new miles of Circuit trails, 30 new miles of bike lanes in Philadelphia, 45,000 new students receiving bicycle and safety instruction through Safe Routes Philly, and 20 sites hosting Cadence Youth Cycling teams. [Source: http://bit.ly/1z6APe0]
PORTLAND, OR BIKE & PED SAFETY ED PROGRAMS TAUGHT IN SPANISH
-> Bicycle Transportation Alliance: We are excited to share that the BTA’s Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education programs are now being taught in Spanish at select Portland (OR) public schools! Teachers have noted from an academic performance perspective that children from native Spanish-speaking families (especially at the 2nd grade level) are able to better digest and engage in the material when it is taught in Spanish.
These courses can serve as a bridge to the Latino community in particular, increasing the appeal of alternative modes of transportation by diversifying the image of those associated with the movement. We want all community members to feel welcome and involved in the process of creating a safer, more equitable and innovative walking and biking city. Teaching Pedestrian and Bike Safety in Spanish is one small step towards reexamining the stereotypes we as a society have towards alternative means of transportation and its relationship to race and class. [Source: http://bit.ly/16SeDgi. Scroll down to read article in Spanish]
SEATTLE, WA SHIFTS BIKELASH LANGUAGE
-> PeopleForBikes: It can come off as trivial word policing. But if you want proof that language shapes thoughts, look no further than Seattle — where one of the country's biggest bikelashes has turned decisively around in the last four years. Instead of "bikers" or "cyclists," they said people biking; instead of "drivers" or "cars," they said people driving. "Cycle track," an engineering term translated from Dutch, became the more intuitive protected bike lane. Instead of "accident," which implied that conscious choices like speeding aren't involved in traffic collisions, the group simply called them collisions. [Source: http://bit.ly/1KHwR0U]
THE RESEARCH BEAT
ENGLAND: QUANTIFYING ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF MORE BIKING
-> European Cycling Federation: "The Economic Cycle – Quantifying the benefits of getting England Cycling" (http://bit.ly/1KHxpWA), a new report published by ECF member organisation CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club) demonstrates the huge economic benefits of cycling. For England alone, the cumulative benefit of increasing cycling modal share to 25% in 2050 would amount to almost 250 billion pounds (ca. 335 billion euros or $381 billion). [Source: http://bit.ly/1ydBHwc]
EUROPEAN CYCLING & URBAN AIR QUALITY STUDY
-> European Cycling Federation: ECF's brand new study (Cycling and Urban Air Quality – A study of European Experiences: http://bit.ly/1yeIm9n) shows that an achievable and realistic way to cut air pollution from transport is by getting more people out of cars and on to bicycles. ( See Measures Aimed Directly at Increasing Cycling.) The study commissioned by ECF calculates the reduction in typical transport pollutants NOx, NO2 and PM10, focusing on 5 European cities: Antwerp, London, Nantes, Seville and Thessaloniki. [Source: http://bit.ly/1ydBHwc]
VOTERS: ACTIVE TRANS VERY IMPORTANT, SUPPORT REDIRECTING FUNDS
-> GlobalPANet: Public awareness of and support for infrastructure changes designed to increase walking and biking in Los Angeles County: The LA County Department of Public Health randomly surveyed 1,005 registered voters asking questions investigating attitudes and awareness of local walking and biking infrastructure, travel priorities and demographics. Voters view active transport policy and infrastructure of high importance and support the redirection of transport funding for active travel. These findings provide important insight and direction for future decision makers when allocating transportation funds. [Source: http://bit.ly/1zuoyz1]
RESEARCH BASED INFOGRAPHIC: ACTIVE KIDS LEARN BETTER
-> Active Living Research: Infographic: Active Kids Learn Better (http://bit.ly/1Cgo2t6) This infographic features evidence on how physical activity and fitness may help school-aged children maximize their academic performance, and provides an overview of the effects of physical activity on the developing brain. Findings presented in this infographic come from a related ALR research brief. (Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance Research Brief: http://bit.ly/1DEerya) [Source: http://bit.ly/1E3yR1c]
SMALLER, ENCLOSED STREETSCAPES REDUCE CRASH SEVERITY
-> Better Cities & Towns: Recent research adds to volumes of studies that say walkable streets will make us safer, healthier, and improve the economy and communities. 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." [Source: http://bit.ly/1y640CQ]
"Some new product could hit the market which would make the car redundant in the psychological sense. It is hard to imagine what this could be... Some computing product (probably portable) could maybe be produced which would cater for power, or freedom desires, although it does not seem at all likely at the moment."
—Stokes and Hallett, University of Oxford Transport Studies Unit in 1990, Attitudes to car ownership –the link with advertising. Predicting the displacement of driving by the smartphone 25 years ago. The quote is from an article about global driving trends.http://bit.ly/17e5Upn
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WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS
For a searchable calendar of webinars, webcasts and seminars in the bicycle, pedestrian, or livable community fields, go to: http://bit.ly/centerlines. To subscribe, look for the + Google Calendar button in the lower right corner. iCal users can subscribe automatically here: http://bit.ly/centerlines_ical. We will continue to list the new items here since the last issue.
SEMINAR (In person or live webcast) "Transportation System Impacts on Bicyclists' Air Pollution Risks: Considerations for System Design and Use"
Date: February 13, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Alex Bigazzi (Portland State University)
Details: http://bit.ly/1DOkv52, free
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)
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Details: http://bit.ly/1ywwCj0, $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts (Site Fee)
WEBINAR "Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (BIKESAFE)"
Date: February 19, 2015, 2-3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Tamara Redmon (FHWA), Carl Sundstrom (UNC Highway Safety Research Center), Dan Nabors (Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.) & Peter Lagerwey (Toole Design Group)
Host: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Details: http://bit.ly/1JXf4Tg, free
SEMINAR (In person or live webcast) "Crowdsourcing Cycling Safety and Route Data with the "ORcycle" Smartphone App"
Date: February 20, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Miguel Andres Figliozzi (Portland State University)
Details: http://bit.ly/1IkvlGc, free
WEBINAR "What's Happening in Health Care?"
Date: February 20, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: David Pauer (Cleveland Clinic) & Jennifer MacDougal (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation)
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/1AO3jyC, free
WEBINAR "Safe Routes to School Activities in Support of Ladders of Opportunity - MPO and State Program Approaches"
Date: February 25, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Wesley Blount (FHWA), Seth LaJeunesse, (National Center for Safe Routes to School), Cookie Leffler (MS DOT), Julie Walcoff (OH DOT) & Bill Swiatek (Wilmington Area Planning Council, DE)
Host: National Center for Safe Routes to School
Details: http://bit.ly/17ebEjd, free
WEBINAR "The Best of Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place 2014"
Date: February 25, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET (Continuing education credits available)
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals & Project for Public Spaces
Details: http://bit.ly/1986vtq, free to APBP members, $85 for non-members (site license) The Best of Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place 2014
WEBINAR "Livability Principles at Highway Interchanges"
Date: February 26, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Steve Nieman (Planning Consultant), André Luboff (HNTB Corp.) Caryn Champine (City and County of Denver, CO) & Rodney Vaughn (FHWA)
Host: ContextSensitiveSolutions.org, FHWA, Project for Public Spaces & Sevatec
Details: http://bit.ly/1zV6GkI, free
WEBINAR "Creating Smart Paths for Connected Cities Webinar"
Date: February 26, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Host: U.S. Department of Transportation
Details: http://bit.ly/1uEcNe1, free
WEBINAR "Speed Management for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety"
Date: February 26, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Details: http://1.usa.gov/1CgPvbw, free
SEMINAR (In person or live webcast) "Active Transportation Research at Northern Arizona University"
Date: February 27, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Edward J Smaglik (Northern Arizona University)
Details: http://bit.ly/16B1Uyx, free
WEBINAR "Building Equity: Race, Class and Protected Bike Lanes (Protected Lanes #1)"
Date: March 4, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (Continuing education credits available)
Presenters: Michael Anderson & Martha Roskowski (PeopleForBikes) & Chema Hernández Gil (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals & PeopleForBikes
Details: http://bit.ly/1zV7VQF, free
WEBINAR "Lessons from the Experts: 10 First Steps to Walkability"
Date: March 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Mark Fenton (Walkability Expert)
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/1tYvYPG, free
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
Details: http://bit.ly/1wU8iWL, $70 (Limited number of free registrations available)
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)
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Details: http://bit.ly/1s4X5HC, $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts (Site Fee)
WEBINAR "Legal Rights and Issues for Pedestrians and Cyclists"
Date: April 15, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (Continuing education credits available)
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Details: http://bit.ly/1DZJCSD, $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts (Site Fee)
US DOT FACTSHEETS ON 7 ACTIVITIES TO IMPROVE SAFETY FOR PEOPLE RIDING & WALKING
-> US DOT Mayors' Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets: Secretary Foxx is challenging mayors and local elected officials to take significant action to improve safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians of all ages and abilities over the next year via these 7 activities: (See the factsheets and resources for each activity) (Sign up for the Mayors’ Challenge: http://1.usa.gov/1Cx9G8C)
CHART: FEDERAL BIKE & PED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
-> FHWA: Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding Opportunities: US Department of Transportation, Federal Transit, and Federal Highway Funds. This table (of 13 funding sources) indicates potential eligibility for pedestrian and bicycle projects under Federal Transit and Federal Highway programs. Specific program requirements must be met, and eligibility must be determined, on a case-by-case basis. For example: transit funds must provide access to transit; CMAQ must benefit air quality; HSIP projects must be consistent with the State Strategic Highway Safety Plan and address a highway safety problem; NHPP must benefit National Highway System (NHS) corridors; RTP must benefit trails; the Federal Lands and Tribal Transportation Programs (FLTTP) must provide access to or within Federal or tribal lands. See more information about Bikes and Transit (http://1.usa.gov/1E8Jhgd) and Eligibility of Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements under Federal Transit Law (http://1.usa.gov/1z8xLNx). [Source: ]
ENVISION INFRASTRUCTURE SUSTAINABILITY RATING SYSTEM
-> Jennifer A.K. Rivers, Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure email: The Envision rating system (http://bit.ly/1DZVJPz) is a tool to help infrastructure owners and design teams assess several sustainability aspects of a project. You can download the Envision Guidance Manual of the Envision Checklist (a quicker version of the rating system) for free (after creating a free account) at http://bit.ly/1CgecHJ.
Examples from the Envision Guidance Manual: (See also levels of achievement, evaluation criteria and documentation for each sustainability rating)
QL2.4 Improve Community Mobility and Access (http://bit.ly/1EXxKUI)
- Intent: Locate, design and construct the project in a way that eases traffic congestion, improves mobility and access, does not promote urban sprawl, and otherwise improves community livability.
- Metric: Extent to which the project improves access and walkability, reductions in commute times, traverse times to existing facilities and transportation. Improved user safety considering all modes, e.g., personal vehicle, commercial vehicle, transit and bike/pedestrian.
QL2.5 Encourage Alternative Modes of Transportation (http://bit.ly/1Dh9Wcv)
- Intent: Improve accessibility to non-motorized transportation and public transit. Promote alternative transportation and reduce congestion.
- Metric: The degree to which the project has increased walkability, use of public transit, non-motorized transit.
HEALTH & TRANSPORTATION PLANNING & ANALYSIS TOOLS
-> Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting workshop description and links to resources: Tools to Support Health and Transportation Planning and Analysis: This workshop will focus on a variety of tools that the practitioner, researcher or analyst should find useful as they probe the intersection of health and transportation. At the heart will be a the Transportation Health Tool that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) have been working on accompanied by a process framework for incorporating health in the corridor planning process. Following this will be a "Lightning Round" where seven tools of topical interest will be featured. [Source: http://bit.ly/1EXANMJ]
ORCYCLE APP COLLECTS USER DATA
-> Transportation Insight for Vibrant Communities: "ORcycle is a new smartphone application (for both Android and iOS) developed by Transportation, Technology, and People (TTP) lab researchers at Portland State University as part of an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) research project. ORcycle collects user, route, infrastructure, crash, and safety data. ORcycle was successfully launched in early November 2013 and presents many improvements over existing or similar apps. (http://bit.ly/1DnNkaB) [Source: http://bit.ly/1IkvlGc]
[See Webinar section for February 20 session on ORcycle initial data findings, insights lessons learned, opportunities and challenges.]
REPORT: EXPLORING PUBLIC OUTREACH WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
-> Human Environment Digest: A new report published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government titled, "Participatory Budgeting: Ten Actions to Engage Citizens via Social Media" (http://bit.ly/1DZBnWs), examines ways local leaders can bring participatory budgeting to their communities. According to the study, social media platforms may increase the value of participatory budgeting for some cities.[Source: http://1.usa.gov/1IQBVEF]
LAB SMART CYCLING CURRICULUM UPDATE
-> American Bicyclist: LAB updated its Smart Cycling curriculum (http://bit.ly/1z6Mae9) with 30 new graphics that show simple steps, like how to fit a helmet or properly lock a bike, as well as trickier maneuvers, like riding through multi-lane intersections and navigating different types of protected bike lanes. They overhauled their student manual, too. [Source: http://bit.ly/16QGtJp]
ELECTRIC BICYCLES: PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS & POLICY
-> League of American Bicyclists: Last Fall we asked League members and others on social media for their thoughts about electric bicycles and received over 700 responses. In our new report, "Electric Bicycles: Public Perceptions & Policy" (http://bit.ly/1Dh2Cxk) we examine your responses and what they might mean for the League’s position on electric bicycles and the ways in which electric bicycles might impact our mission to create a bicycle-friendly America for everyone. [Source: http://bit.ly/1KLllBV]
SPINLISTER: PEER-TO-PEER BIKE RENTAL COMPANY
-> TreeHugger: Want to rent a bike? Have an extra ride gathering dust? Spinlister is the AirBnB of bikes. The peer-to-peer bike rental company aims to make it easy for riders to find bikes, and vice versa. Once it reaches critical mass, it can kind of create a virtual bike share program in cities that don't have one, or allow people to get a different type of bike in cities that do have one. [Source: http://bit.ly/1zSpZOK]
TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE BIKING & WALKING ADVOCACY ORGS
-> Alliance for Biking and Walking: Top 10 Tips for Developing Effective Biking & Walking Advocacy Organizations. These 10 recommendations come from the Alliance’s many years of experience developing bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations and avoiding typical problems. As an advocate, you can overcome common challenges by following these recommendations. [Source: http://bit.ly/17dSJoo]
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> 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 Abstracts – ICOET 2015 (International Conference on Ecology & Transportation), September 20-24, 2015, Raleigh, NC.
Deadline: February 15, 2015 (extended), http://bit.ly/1pRxCQO
-> Call for Proposals - 2nd National Walking Summit, October 28-30, 2015, Washington, DC.
Deadline: February 25, 2015, by 9:00 p.m. PT, http://bit.ly/15Mjzm3
-> Call for Abstracts - 8th Making Cities Liveable Conference, July 6-7, 2015, Melbourne, Australia.
Deadline: March 2, 2015, http://bit.ly/1aT6Vnk
-> Call for Abstracts – Safe Cities Conference, July 8, 2015, Melbourne, Australia.
Deadline: March 9, 2015, http://bit.ly/1CfVoIz
-> Call for Presentations- 8th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, October 6-7, 2015, Dubuque, IA.
Deadline: March 10, 2015, http://bit.ly/1Lg1C0d
-> Call for Webinars for scheduling from July 1 to December 31, 2015– Transportation Research Board.
Deadline: March 15, 2015, http://bit.ly/1zuK8U7
-> Call for Papers - The Third Future of Places Conference, June 29 - July 1, 2015, Stockholm, Sweden.
Deadline: March 15, 2015, firstname.lastname@example.org
-> Call for Abstracts – Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, November 18-22, 2015, Orlando, FL.
Deadline: March 15, 2015, http://bit.ly/1qowzbF
-> Call for Late Breaking Abstracts - 14th International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Meeting, June 3-6, 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Deadline: March 27, 2015, http://bit.ly/1ydWlwh
-> Call for Abstracts - ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2016), June 26-29, 2015, Houston, TX.
Deadline: April 12, 2015, http://bit.ly/1uD3jzy
-> Call for Abstracts - 8th International Urban Design Conference, November 16-18, 2015, Brisbane, Australia.
Deadline: August 7, 2015, http://bit.ly/17ef3to
CONFERENCES, TRAINING, & EVENTS
For a searchable calendar of conferences, training and events in the bicycle, pedestrian, or livable community fields, go to: http://bit.ly/centerlines. To subscribe, look for the + Google Calendar button in the lower right corner. iCal users can subscribe automatically here: http://bit.ly/centerlines_ical. We will continue to list the new items here since the last issue.
-> 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 25-27, 2015, Smart City Expo Montréal, Canada.
-> 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 5-7, 2015, Safe Routes to School National Conference, Columbus, OH.
-> April 13-14, 2015, Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts, Washington, DC.
-> April 16-17, 2015, Streets as Places, New York, NY.
-> 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 1 2015: 2015 Physical Activity Forum, Edmonton, Canada.
-> May 4, 2015, 2015 Physical Activity Forum, Calgary, Canada.
-> May 4-5, 2015, 2015 PedalMN Bicycle Conference: "Building the Bike Friendly State," Minneapolis, MN.
-> May 6, 2015, National Bike to School Day
-> May 6-8, 2015, Placemaking: Making it Happen, New York, NY.
-> 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 2, 2015, Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity & Public Health Training Course, Edinburgh, Scotland.
-> May 31 – June 5, 2015, Community Transportation EXPO 2015,Tampa, FL.
-> June 1-3, 2015, Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting & Expo, Pittsburgh, PA.
-> June 2-5, 2015, Velo City, Nantes, France.
-> June 3-6, 2015, 14th International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland.
-> June 7-10: National Assn of Regional Councils Annual Conference & Exhibition, Raleigh, NC.
-> June 13-20, 2015, Atlanta Cycling Festival, Atlanta, GA.
-> June 16-18, 2015, National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, Washington, DC.
-> June 22-24, 2015, 5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, Vancouver, BC.
-> June 24, 2015, 2015 LOCUS Michigan Leadership Summit: Closing the Next [Smart Growth] Deal, Detroit, MI.
-> June 26-29, 2015, ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2016), Houston, TX.
-> June 29 – July 1, 2015, The Third Future of Places, Stockholm, Sweden.
-> 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 8, 2015 – Safe Cities Conference, Melbourne, Australia. http://bit.ly/1CTo0Kr
-> July 10-13: National Assn of Counties Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC.
-> July 15-19: National Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting, Bellevue, WA.
-> July 15-19: National Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting, Bellevue, WA.
-> August 2-5, 2015, Institute of Transportation Engineers 2015 International Annual Meeting and Exhibit, Hollywood, FL.
-> August 9-14, 2015, 2015 TRAFINZ Annual Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.
-> August 10 - Sept. 2: American Public Works Assn Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, AZ.
-> August 30-September 2, 2015, American Public Works Association International Public Works 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 6-7, 2015, 8th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, IA.
-> 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 28-31, 2015, Designing Cities 2015, Austin, TX.
-> 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.
-> June 28-July 1, 2016, World Congress on Active Ageing 2016, Melbourne, Australia.
JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS
Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks! See previous issues of CenterLines for Jobs, Grants and RFPs that may still be current at http://bit.ly/ZHi0NE.
-> RFP - HEALTHCARE ACCESS MOBILITY DESIGN CHALLENGE,FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION
The Federal Transit Administration-funded National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) has launched its Healthcare Access Mobility Design Challenge, seeking eight community teams to design innovative solutions to common transportation challenges related to healthcare , including: 1) Access to preventive care, primary care, and/or health education opportunities, 2) Access to ongoing dialysis treatment for people with end stage renal disease, 3) Access to post-hospitalization doctor’s appointments, rehabilitation therapy, and other services to help people avoid rehospitalization, 4) Access to behavioral health treatment. Each multidisciplinary team, competitively selected to participate in the six-month Design Challenge, will receive grant funds of up to $25,000 and technical assistance to take potential solutions from concept to impact. Register to attend the February 13, 2:00 ET informational webinar.
Deadline: March 27, 2015, http://bit.ly/1ydcDWe
-> JOB – BICYCLE PROGRAM COORDINATOR (TRANSPORTATION PLANNER III), FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA
Directly responsible for managing and overseeing the county's comprehensive bicycle program, including both capital and non-capital program areas and projects. Serves as the senior technical resource on all Fairfax County bicycle issues; currently supervises one Transportation Planner II.
Deadline: February 27, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET, http://bit.ly/1EXfpqN
-> JOB - COMMUNICATION & DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR, LEAGUE OF MI BICYCLISTS, LANSING, MI
League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) seeks an energetic, well-organized, and detail-oriented person to fill the role of Communications & Development Coordinator (CDC). This is a full-time position based at LMB’s headquarters in Lansing, MI. The CDC will be responsible for building LMB’s visibility and financial resources to support efforts to promote bicycling and the safety of bicyclists; cultivating relationships with new and existing members/donors; seeking financial support from foundations and corporate sponsors; and public relations and generating media content for LMB communications.
Deadline: February 28, 2015, http://bit.ly/1uD5aEG
-> JOB - CITY TRANSPORTATION (TRAFFIC) ENGINEER, RICHMOND, VA
The purpose of the position is to oversee the City’s traffic engineering, administrative services (day-to-day and long term), and the transportation safety and mobility of the public surface users of the City of Richmond. The position is responsible for effectively planning and engineering the City's transportation facilities for all modes of travel, including vehicle, buses, rail, pedestrian, bicyclists, water, etc. This position will also be responsible for implementing, operating and maintaining vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian modes of transportation.
Deadline: None provided (posted on 2/1/15), http://bit.ly/1uCRdGF
-> JOB – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BIKEMORE, BALTIMORE, MD
Bikemore, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is the bicycle advocacy organization for the Greater Baltimore urbanized region. Bikemore increases and improves bicycle infrastructure, policies, and awareness to create a safer, healthier, and more livable cycling city. The Executive Director (ED) of Bikemore executes on the board-approved mission of Bikemore. The ED conducts the business of Bikemore, handling the day-to-day operations of Bikemore and ensuring its continued relevance and viability.
Deadline: March 1, 2015, http://bit.ly/1KL7hbu
-> NACTO Careers, http://bit.ly/13VnUBl
-> Alliance for Biking and Walking Job Board, http://bit.ly/1IQlOaf
-> Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Career Center: http://bit.ly/1DhwE41
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