#377 Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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----- 85 Mayors Commit to Safer People & Safer Streets so far
----- Auto-centric Approaches make Walking Harder
----- LAB Report: How to Engage More Women in Cycling
----- Stockholm, Sweden: Dedicated Garage for 700 Bikes + Cyclist Amenities
----- Distinction between Public Space and Place
----- Using 'Active Lifestyle Cameras' in Planning
----- Limited Scholarships Available for National Health Impact Assessment Meeting
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Columbus, OH: Girls in Gear Training for Ages 9 -15
----- Report Ranks 70 Cities' Tech Transportation Options
----- Controversial Vancouver, BC Bike Lane Now 1 of Busiest Routes
----- Naples, FL: Cyclists Work to Change How State Trains Officers, Enforces Laws
----- WalkBoston: How to Improve Sidewalk Snow & Ice Clearance
----- Boulder County, CO Bus-then-Bike Program Free Bike Shelters
----- San José, CA: Neighborhood to Test Temporary Road Diet
----- San Francisco, CA: Interactive Transit Maps Show Distance Possible in a Given Time
----- Lessons from Denver’s Crowdfunded Bike Lane Success
----- Life and Death of the Highway Trust Fund
----- Cyclist Traffic-Related Air Pollution Exposure by Facility Type
----- DOT-Multi-State MPO Coordination: State of the Practice
----- MO DOT Surveys Perceptions of Projects’ Safety, Convenience, Ease of Driving
----- Transportation Planning to Support Economic Development
----- Capital Ideas: Winning State Funding for Transportation
----- Online Australasian Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool
----- New Urban Cycling Guide for Even the Most Skittish Riders
----- LAB Quick Guide Released in Spanish
----- PeopleForBikes 2014 Digital Yearbook
----- Handbook for Transportation-Efficient Growth in Small Communities & Rural Areas
----- AARP Slideshow: In a Livable Community
----- How to Host a Ciclovia or Open Streets Program
----- Elementary & Middle School Bike Smarts PE Program
----- Stickers Shame Vehicles Parked in Bike Lane
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
85 MAYORS COMMIT TO SAFER PEOPLE & SAFER STREETS SO FAR
-> U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced on February 24 that more than 85 cities have signed up so far to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets.” Mayors and team leaders from each city will attend a Safer People, Safer Streets Summit in March and then take significant action over the next year to improve pedestrian and bicycle transportation safety in their communities.
While overall highway fatalities have been declining, pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities have been on the rise in recent years and now represent nearly 17 percent of total fatalities. The Mayors’ Challenge aims to reduce this trend through seven Challenge activities that are based on the latest pedestrian and bicyclist safety innovations. Check the list for your city or urge your Mayor to commit to the safety of people walking and riding. [Source: http://bit.ly/1EPzImX]
AUTO-CENTRIC APPROACHES MAKE WALKING HARDER
-> What makes it hard to walk in your city? Is it the quality of sidewalks, buckled by tree roots and submerged in puddles, appearing and vanishing like a disused deer trail? The foreboding urban-renewal landscapes? How about the zoning requirements that set storefronts behind tremendous fields of permanently vacant parking spaces, or ban shops and cafes from residential areas? Is crossing the street a prohibitive inconvenience, a near-death experience? Or is it simply illegal? Such is the legacy of a century of planning for automobiles. Enshrined in laws and codes. American urban design has made driving easy. As a consequence, it made walking hard.
Today, most cities have begun to chip away at the design errors of the automobile era, with bus lanes, bike lanes, zoning updates, parklets and plazas. This is happening both in big cities with low levels of car ownership, like San Francisco and Chicago, and in small towns and suburbs where pedestrianism is a choice. [Source: http://bit.ly/1vrmAo1]
LAB REPORT: HOW TO ENGAGE MORE WOMEN IN CYCLING
-> In 2013, the League of American Bicyclists awarded Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) $15,000 to help establish Women & Bicycles. A new report, "Engaging More Women in Bicycling" (http://bit.ly/1DSFmYk), is designed for advocates interested in creating a successful women’s outreach and encouragement initiative in their community. In addition to some practical advice on how to design programs that are inclusive, culturally relevant and financially sustainable, we define some of the philosophical underpinnings of women-specific bike advocacy to help you make your case. [Source: http://bit.ly/1zeqbkF]
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: DEDICATED GARAGE FOR 700 BIKES + CYCLIST AMENITIES
-> When it's built, the newest parking garage in Stockholm won't hold any cars at all. It's designed to hold 700 bikes instead. The garage, near a major train station, is being designed from the ground up for cyclists. Instead of doors with handles, entrances will automatically slide open, so cyclists can ride in directly from the adjacent bike path or street. The designers also plan to include a bike repair shop and changing rooms where commuters can shower, dress for work, and leave their helmets in lockers. [Source: http://bit.ly/1zOZ4wu]
DISTINCTION BETWEEN PUBLIC SPACE AND PLACE
-> With all this talk about "public space" and "place," though, is there really much difference between the two concepts? This is a discussion that is very important to our work here at Project for Public Spaces, and the ever-evolving debate is one that goes well beyond semantics. So what is the distinction between these concepts, and why does it matter?
At the most basic level public space can be defined as publicly owned land that, in theory, is open and accessible to all members of a given community—regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, or socio-economic level.
Places, on the other hand, are environments in which people have invested meaning over time. A place has its own history—a unique cultural and social identity that is defined by the way it is used and the people who use it. It is not necessarily through public space, then, but through the creation of places that the physical, social, environmental, and economic health of urban and rural communities can be nurtured. [Source: http://bit.ly/18jD3AN]
USING 'ACTIVE LIFESTYLE CAMERAS' IN PLANNING
-> In her recent blog, Jennifer Evans-Cowley said "I wanted to experiment with using active lifestyle cameras (such as GoPro, Lorex, and Drift) for planning purposes and decided to put these cameras to the test to capture bicycle commutes. I knew from my own bicycle commutes that motorists and pedestrians don't always follow the rules of the road, and neither did I. Working on a university campus I would hear my colleagues complaining about the horrible behavior of the bicyclists on campus—you’ve probably heard the same thing in your own community. I wanted to understand: Is it really just the bicyclist, or is it everyone on the road? And how bad is the problem? How often are vehicles passing within three feet of a bicyclist? How often do pedestrians jaywalk? How often do bicyclists fail to stop at a stop sign? [Source: http://bit.ly/1E8iaEh]
LIMITED SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR NATIONAL HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT MEETING
-> Additional scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2015 National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, to be held June 16 to 18, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Limited scholarships for registration and travel expenses are available to support individuals or agencies that would be unable to attend this conference without financial support. Preference will be given to full-time students; postdoctoral scholars; individuals from non-governmental organizations; local, state and tribal health departments; or other local, state and tribal agencies. Scholarship applications are being accepted now through 5 p.m. PST on March 27. [Source: http://bit.ly/1JLLIwr]
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
COLUMBUS, OH: GIRLS IN GEAR TRAINING FOR AGES 9 -15
-> A formidable group of young women travels the streets of Columbus, OH. Helmet clad, they roll through town on their bikes, searching for sidewalks and bike lanes and assessing street lighting. They know the names of the city council members who represent them, and you may find them behind a microphone at a town hall meeting advocating for the local bicycling movement. They also help cyclists themselves; they can fix a flat bike tire without giving it a second thought. These young women are graduates of Girls in Gear, an eight-week bicycle training and empowerment program for females ages 9 to 15. The curriculum focuses on bike safety, bike mechanics, urban design, nutrition education and public speaking. [Source: http://bit.ly/1Bbzgk0]
REPORT RANKS 70 CITIES' TECH TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
-> The U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group released "The Innovative Transportation Index: The Cities Where New Technologies and Tools Can Reduce Your Need to Own a Car" (http://bit.ly/1EssYNV). The report shows how well American cities are using technology-enabled services and tools for their transportation needs. It ranks major American cities on the number of different types of new transportation technology options available in each city, including: car-sharing, ride-sharing, ride-sourcing, taxi-hailing, bike-sharing, public transit navigation apps, and virtual transit ticketing. [Source: http://1.usa.gov/18ld9N4]
CONTROVERSIAL VANCOUVER, BC BIKE LANE NOW 1 OF BUSIEST ROUTES
-> There were protests in the streets, and allegations of class warfare and political favours. Even by Vancouver standards, the debate over the city’s latest bike lane grew especially heated. But nearly one year after a stretch of Point Grey Road closed to vehicles, the city says the bike route that was later installed is often the busiest in Vancouver and the plan to shift traffic to major arterial roads has worked. Before construction a mid-week sample showed 600 cyclists travelled the route. In June, a mid-week sample found 1,500 cyclists. By August, the sample was at 2,700. On an August weekend, the number of cyclists reached 3,300. [Source: http://bit.ly/17WY2Z3. See also Quote section.]
NAPLES, FL: CYCLISTS WORK TO CHANGE HOW STATE TRAINS OFFICERS, ENFORCES LAWS
-> Naples Pathway Coalition’s Advocacy Committee has achieved huge gains at the State's Attorney's Office! Last November, they met with the State’s Attorney’s Office to express concern about stricter punishment of car drivers who injure cyclists, and discussed how laws regarding cyclists rights should be enforced.
Earlier this month, they got notice that the State’s Attorney’s Office is adding cyclists’ rights and the laws that relate to cycling crashes to classes for new FHP and CCSO officers. AND they have established a "Module" at the State’s Attorney’s office wherein a specific attorney will consistently be the attorney assigned to any cycling crash issue that comes to their attention that appears to be a crime. So NPC will keep track of crashes that occur and the Advocacy Committee will follow up if they believe the car driver has committed a crime. The State’s Attorney’s Office stated that they will keep NPC "in the loop" on these cases, and also reported that FHP is fully on board and had requested a warrant for the arrest of the woman who committed the hit and run on Vanderbilt Beach Road last November leaving the 26 year old cyclist in the road. That car driver has just been charged with a Third Degree Felony, which is a great victory for cyclists! In the past, these incidents haven’t been taken as seriously as we wanted! [Source: http://on.fb.me/1DaEEjS]
WALKBOSTON: HOW TO IMPROVE SIDEWALK SNOW & ICE CLEARANCE
-> Snow and ice can present challenges to walkers. Safe passage along sidewalks is critical for the safety of pedestrians. Every winter there is a dramatic spike in fractures in Massachusetts, especially of the hip and forearm, due to slip on icy sidewalks.
In response to many comments from Massachusetts pedestrians and observations by our members and staff, WalkBoston has developed seven basic recommendations to improve sidewalk snow and ice clearance, as well as comprehensive Sidewalk Snow Clearance Recommendations. [Source: http://bit.ly/1E6mFwW]
[See And Now for Something Completely Different section below for creative ways to use all that snow.]
BOULDER COUNTY, CO BUS-THEN-BIKE PROGRAM FREE BIKE SHELTERS
-> The Boulder County Bus-then-Bike program was created to encourage individuals to use bus transit in combination with bike travel to complete trips to work, school or general visits. Users receive a FREE key card for access to the four bike shelters. The crown jewel of the system—the 140-capacity station at 14th and Walnut—opened on Jan. 28, also Winter Bike to Work & School Day. This station includes a bike vending machine operated by Community Cycles (with items like tubes, patch kits, tools, etc.) and a fix-it stand where bicyclists can do repairs. [Source: http://bit.ly/1AKepT8]
SAN JOSÉ, CA: NEIGHBORHOOD TO TEST TEMPORARY ROAD DIET
-> A major thoroughfare/quaint business district main street in San Jose is going on a diet – temporarily, at least. Lincoln Avenue in the Willow Glen neighborhood will begin a trial road diet at the end of this month. San Jose District 6 Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio has been working with the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association, the Willow Glen Business Association and the City’s Department of Transportation to plan and implement a temporary three-month re-striping of the neighborhood’s main drag. [Source: http://bit.ly/1DT84Xw]
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: INTERACTIVE TRANSIT MAPS SHOW DISTANCE POSSIBLE IN A GIVEN TIME
-> San Francisco straphangers now have a phenomenal interactive access map at their disposal thanks to the work transportation planner Chris Pangilinandid at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency with then-UC Berkeley grad student Dan Howard. The guide shows transit riders just how much of the city they can reach on trains and buses in a given time window. Though primarily meant for internal agency use—and therefore not yet as user-friendly as it might be—the result is still a transit tool far more useful than most trip planners or apps out there. [Source: http://bit.ly/1EmNoFL]
LESSONS FROM DENVER’S CROWDFUNDED BIKE LANE SUCCESS
-> From Memphis to Portland to Kansas City to Denver, crowdfunded bike infrastructure has been gathering momentum. But the point of a crowdfunding campaign isn't actually to raise money. It's to raise a movement. That's the lesson from Aylene McCallum of the Downtown Denver Partnership, the business association that led a successful charge this winter to raise $36,000 for a protected bike lane on Arapahoe Street through the middle of Denver.
But even more important, Arapahoe's crowdfunding campaign was the lead-up to what would be the first crown jewel of Denver's central-city biking network: a protected lane on Broadway, whose important route crossing diagonally through the grid and into the neighborhoods south of Downtown could create a transformative biking highway like San Francisco's Market Street or Chicago's Milwaukee Avenue. [Source: http://bit.ly/1wnwBU4]
THE RESEARCH BEAT
LIFE AND DEATH OF THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND
-> With so much of our funding for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, including trails, dependent on federal fuel tax, it is worth looking closer at how the system works. The non-partisan Eno Center for Transportation maintains that dependence on fuel tax no longer works. The study (The Life and Death of the Highway Trust Fund: http://bit.ly/1FsyDBn) looks at alternatives to the current Highway Trust Fund. [Source: http://bit.ly/1E6MFKM]
CYCLIST TRAFFIC-RELATED AIR POLLUTION EXPOSURE BY FACILITY TYPE
-> Transportation Research And Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University has released a draft final report (Evaluation of Bicyclists Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution along Distinct Facility Types: http://bit.ly/1A5opm3) that analyzes change to bicycle facility networks, such as bicycle lanes along heavily trafficked arterials, fully separated bicycle paths, and low motorized vehicle traffic bicycle boulevards. [Source: http://bit.ly/1FrmoVS]
DOT-MULTI-STATE MPO COORDINATION: STATE OF THE PRACTICE
-> The report "Coordination Between State Transportation Agencies in Multi-State Metropolitan Planning Areas: A Survey of State Practice" provides findings in 5 topic areas: Formal agreements with other states, Distribution of federal funds, Differences in planning and reporting requirements, Areas of concern in coordinating multi-state MPO activities, and Best practices for coordinating multi-state MPO activities. [Source: http://bit.ly/1DnH2GF]
MO DOT SURVEYS PERCEPTIONS OF PROJECTS’ SAFETY, CONVENIENCE, EASE OF DRIVING
-> The Missouri Department of Transportation has released a report (Assessing MoDOT’s Efforts to Provide the Right Transportation Solution: http://on.mo.gov/1DSTgZ7) that discusses residents’ perceptions about the extent to which recently-completed transportation projects increased safety, convenience, and ease of driving. [Source: http://bit.ly/1DSTyir]
TRANSPORTATION PLANNING TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
-> The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released a report (Transportation Planning to Support Economic Development: An Exploratory Study of Competitive Industry Clusters and Transportation in Minnesota: http://bit.ly/1FXJQhf) that explains the relationship between transportation and economic development by investigating how firms in competitive industry clusters use transportation networks. [Source: http://bit.ly/17XDOOP]
In describing the evolution of the less than year old, new Point Grey Road greenway in Vancouver, BC:
"First, the controversy, the outrage, the promises of reversal. Then the accommodation to change, followed by recognition, often begrudgingly, that the bad things predicted did not happen. Then, increasingly, a celebration of its popularity, where it becomes a symbol of the city, its way of life and its people. Finally, full acceptance and a wonderment that there was ever a controversy in the first place (and a difficulty in finding anyone who says they were adamantly opposed). And eventually, a heritage plaque." --From a Pricetags blog, http://bit.ly/17WY2Z3. [See video and photos.]
[Come ride or walk Point Grey Road for yourself when you come to Vancouver for the next Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place in September 2016.]
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
BOSTON CYCLISTS BUILD DYI 40-FOOT-LONG SNOW TUNNEL FOR BIKE PATH
Ari Goldberger temporarily solved a commuting nightmare by living out a child's snow-day dream. The 29-year-old guitar technician in the Boston area, was bicycling from work on the night of Feb. 11 when he noticed that the bike path ahead was blocked by what he later described as a "15-foot mountain of snow," presumably the result of ploughs piling up the city's ceaseless snowfall... [http://on.mash.to/1LzgTbJ, photos and video]
SWEDISH PLAYGROUND MADE ENTIRELY OF SNOW AND ICE
Kiruna, Sweden, knows how to deal with snow: build a playground out of it. For the city's annual Snow Festival in January, PinPin Studio teamed up with ICEHOTEL and other local partners to create this winter wonderland featuring a maze, ice slides, seating, and a "snow lantern" that glows at night. The entire playground took less than a week to build. [http://bit.ly/1DB4bYM]
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.
WEBINAR "The Best of Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place 2014"
- Vision Zero for Pedestrian Safety: New Thinking from San Francisco and New York [Oliver Gajda (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency) & Dana Weissman (Fehr & Peers)]
- Designing Intersections for Cycle Tracks: The Vancouver Experience [David Rawsthorne (City of Vancouver, BC)]
- Rethinking and Activating Public Space in Seattle and Boston [Jennifer Wieland (Seattle DOT) & Kris Carter (City of Boston)]"
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
WEBINAR "Driving in America: Emerging Trends and Policies"
Date: February 27, 2015, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Chris McCahill (State Smart Transportation Initiative), Norman Garrick (Univ. of CT) & Steven Cliff (Caltrans)
Host: State Smart Transportation Initiative
Details: http://bit.ly/1MQoiVw, 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 "Road Diets: Improving Safety for All Road Users"
Date: March 3, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Keith Knapp (Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program) & Brian Chandler (Leidos)
Details: http://bit.ly/1wcl4kO, 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 "Developing Effective Practices for Snow Removal: Why is it Worth all the Effort?"
Date: March 5, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Donna Smith & Kristi McLaughlin (Easter Seals Project Action Consulting) & Julie Dupree (Easter Seals Transportation Group)
Host: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
Details: http://bit.ly/1BSDKwY, 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 "Australasian Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool webinar"
Date: March 9, 2015, 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET (Yes, p.m.)
Host: Austroads (Australia)
Details: http://bit.ly/1vxENjY, 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 "Biking and Communities of Color: Friend or Foe?"
Date: March 18, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Lyna Truong (Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance), Adrian M. Lipscombe (Austin Transportation Dept.), Martha Roskowski (PeopleForBikes), Olatunji Oboi Reed (Slow Roll Chicago) & Keith Benjamin (Safe Routes to School National Partnership)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/1GshU2u, free
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 "Trail Wayfinding Systems: A Practical Guide to Principles, Best Practices, and Deployment"
Date: March 18, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Jenny Rigby (The Acorn Group), Karen Vitkay (Alta Planning + Design), Mark Vanderklipp & Jeff Frank (Corbin Design, Inc.) &Bob Searns (The Greenway Team)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/1Esjrq1, $35 members / $55 nonmembers (CEUs $20 additional 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)
WEBINAR "Law Enforcement Strategies to Improve Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety"
Date: May 20, 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/1Fr96bV, $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts (Site Fee)
CAPITAL IDEAS: WINNING STATE FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION
-> Transportation for America has closely followed efforts in legislatures across the country to put transportation funding on sound footing. The Capital Ideas: Winning State Funding for Transportation report (http://bit.ly/1FrD27D) highlights critical factors common to many of the campaigns and closely examines several successful campaigns. Learning successful strategies and tactics from other states can be a valuable way for advocates, legislators, and local leaders to build winning campaigns in their own states. [Source: http://bit.ly/1DotHh9]
ONLINE AUSTRALASIAN PEDESTRIAN FACILITY SELECTION TOOL
-> Austroads has developed an online Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool (Download tool free after registration. Users’ Guide: http://bit.ly/1AIPgYT), designed to help Australian and New Zealand practitioners select the most appropriate type of pedestrian crossing based on walkability, safety and economic outcomes.
The report "Development of the Australasian Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool" (http://bit.ly/17wJbV4) details the research that informed the development of the tool.
[See Webinar section for March 9 webinar on this resource.]
NEW URBAN CYCLING GUIDE FOR EVEN THE MOST SKITTISH RIDERS
-> We all know the old saying that you never forget how to ride a bicycle—and there’s even science to prove that it’s true. That doesn’t mean, however, that we're all going to feel comfortable riding a bike in traffic in any given urban setting.
"I think getting started on the bike in an urban environment is very daunting," says Yvonne Bambrick, author of the new book "The Urban Cycling Survival Guide: Need-to-Know Skills and Strategies for Biking the City" (http://bit.ly/1DUdL98), out March 1 from ECW Press, and available for pre-order now. Bambrick’s book is a compact, comprehensive, generously illustrated volume that covers every aspect of biking in North American cities. She writes about how to choose a bike that suits you and your budget; how to safely navigate different types of roadways and bike lanes; "cyclist-on-cyclist etiquette"; what to wear; what to do if you are pulled over by police; and much more. [Source: http://bit.ly/1AJuE5Z]
LAB QUICK GUIDE RELEASED IN SPANISH
-> We are excited to announce that our Quick Guide is now available in Spanish! (http://bit.ly/1DUhVOr) The Quick Guide is an easy-to-read booklet that outlines the basic rules of the road, components of a bicycle, and all of the information you need to ride a bike safely and confidently. Many thanks to the folks at Multicultural Communities for Mobility for translating the text of the Quick Guide, which has quickly become our most popular bike education resource. The design and message have not been altered -- and you still get the same great illustrations. [Source: American Bicyclist Update, URL unavailable]
PEOPLEFORBIKES 2014 DIGITAL YEARBOOK [Source: http://bit.ly/1D9Dmpl]
[Fresh, engaging presentation of impressive achievements and future goals.]
HANDBOOK FOR TRANSPORTATION-EFFICIENT GROWTH IN SMALL COMMUNITIES & RURAL AREAS
-> TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Web-Only Document 211: Close To Home: A Handbook for Transportation-Efficient Growth in Small Communities and Rural Areas (http://bit.ly/1FrjrV6) provides a vocabulary of land use characteristics in small communities and rural areas. It also estimates the per person change in daily driving after hypothetical growth occurs according to different development visions or scenarios. [Source: http://bit.ly/1AJaA0j]
AARP SLIDESHOW: IN A LIVABLE COMMUNITY
-> People of all ages can go for a walk, shop for healthy food and find the services they need. Look and learn from our latest livability slideshow. When you get to the end, check out the downloadable graphic we created to help you "show and tell" others how a livable community can be a lifelong home. [Source: http://bit.ly/1DoBN9y]
HOW TO HOST A CICLOVIA OR OPEN STREETS PROGRAM
-> The open streets program in Brownsville, TX, called CycloBia Brownsville, is a quarterly event. The first CycloBia was held in the fall of 2012. Since then, several additional CycloBias have been held, including some CycloBia Nights programs, each of which attracted more than 10,000 people. Each CycloBia is four hours long. Read the step-by-step process to organize a ciclovia. [Source: http://bit.ly/1Da98m7]
ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL BIKE SMARTS PE PROGRAM
-> Incorporating bike skills into the elementary- and middle-school physical education curriculum encourages students to be physically active in a fun way while also learning bike safety skills. Winston-Salem's (NC) Safe Routes to School program demonstrates how collaboration with the public schools' health and physical education program can strengthen the physical education curriculum while teaching students important skills for lifelong physical activity. This article (Bike Skills Training in PE Is Fun, Keeps Kids Safe: fee to download) describes how the Bike Smarts program started and how it has grown since its inception in 2010. Also included are recommended resources and questions for consideration for those interested in starting a similar program. [Source: http://bit.ly/1BbhYU9]
STICKERS SHAME VEHICLES PARKED IN BIKE LANE
-> On a recent ride down a bike lane in Oakland at rush hour, I counted the obstacles: Two parked cars, one idling charter bus, and a FedEx delivery van. When drivers use a bike lane as extra parking, it's a violation few cities enforce—and in places like New York, cop cars are often among the offenders. Two Toronto cyclists decided to empower fellow riders to fight back. Their bright green sticker is meant to be slapped on the windshield of an illegally parked car. The message on them is simple: "I parked in a bike lane." "We were out of the first 1,000 in less than a week," the cyclist says. "I think there's been such a big response because it's a small way to make your voice heard. [Source: http://bit.ly/17jJwKV]
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> 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 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 19-20, 2015, Indiana Bike Summit, Indianapolis, IN.
-> March 25-27, 2015, Smart City Expo Montréal, Canada.
-> March 26, 2015, The Walking Evolution and Revolution Conference, Boston, MA.
-> 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 12-16, 2015, National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Annapolis, MD
-> April 13-14, 2015, Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts, Washington, DC.
-> April 15-17, 2015, Tennessee Greenways and Trails Forum, Burns, TN.
-> 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 22-24, 2015, California Trails and Greenways Conference, Yosemite, CA.
-> 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 14, 2015, The 8th Annual UCLA Downtown L.A. Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment: Complete Streets, Completing Priorities, Los Angeles, CA.
-> 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 19, 2015, KC Women’s Bike Summit, Kansas City, MO.
-> 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 - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN, TULARE, COUNTY, CA
The Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) invites the submission of proposals by qualified consultants to prepare the Tulare County Active Transportation Plan. The selected consultant shall prepare a planning document that guides and influences policies, programs, and development standards to make walking and bicycling more safe, comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable for the residents of Tulare County.
Deadline: March 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. PT, http://bit.ly/1zGuOFj
-> RFP: BICYCLE WAY FINDING PLAN, DANE COUNTY, WI
Dane County is requesting proposals from qualified consultants for a county wide way finding plan to ensure consistency across local jurisdictions while still providing opportunities to maintain a unique identity. The implementation of this plan is intended to allow cyclists, regardless of their familiarity with the area, to navigate the path network and streets with enhanced ease due to increased information.
Deadline: March 24, 2015, by 2:00 p.m. CT, http://bit.ly/1FWzP3Q
-> CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - NATIONAL ROADWAY SAFETY AWARDS
The National Roadway Safety Awards is a biennial competition sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the Roadway Safety Foundation to recognize roadway safety achievements that move the United States towards zero deaths and serious injuries. The competition acknowledges successful engineering solutions that agencies have integrated into their roadway safety programs. Awards are given for Infrastructure and Operational Improvements; and Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation.
Deadline: May 15, 2015, http://bit.ly/1DosQgw
-> CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – COALITION FOR RECREATIONAL TRAILS 2015 ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations, is pleased to announce its 2015 achievement awards to recognize outstanding trail projects funded by the national Recreational Trails Program (RTP).
Deadline: April 1, 2015, http://bit.ly/1fvIEB6
-> JOB - PROJECT MANAGER II, LIVABLE STREETS; SFMTA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
This position will be managing the WalkFirst program of projects for Livable Streets. WalkFirst established a pedestrian safety capital improvement program, a set of projects and programs that the city will implement over the next five years. These projects address pedestrian safety issues on the city’s high injury network, to address streets and intersections with severe and fatal injuries.
Deadline: February 27, 2015, 5:00 p.m. PT, http://bit.ly/17x2Kga
-> JOB - CALIFORNIA WALKS, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA POLICY MANAGER, LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA
This is a dynamic and exciting position to build and manage Cal Walks’ regional policy advocacy and community engagement work in Southern California. This position will lead advocacy efforts to inform the development of local and regional transportation policies that further health, equity, and active transportation throughout the Southern California region. Additionally, the Policy Manager will oversee Cal Walks’ collaboration with local communities along the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to evaluate, develop, and prioritize project recommendations for implementation to improve the safety of all users of the PCH, as well as lead technical assistance and community engagement efforts throughout the region.
Deadline: February 27, 2015, 5:00 p.m. PT, http://bit.ly/1kGO5iX
-> JOB – PROGRAM OFFICER, SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTS, SURDNA FOUNDATION, NEW YORK, NY
The Sustainable Environments program work is grounded in an understanding of the interplay between the environment, the economy, and social equity, and it is dedicated to shifting to a just and less consumption intense society. To this end, the program team has recently refined its grant making strategy to focus on overhauling the country’s under-performing and obsolete infrastructure. It is dedicated to addressing the urgent need for innovation around the renewal and development of what will be "next generation" infrastructure and to delivering basic services that tie together metropolitan areas, communities, and neighborhoods.
Deadline: March 2, 2015, http://bit.ly/1Esg4zr
-> JOB – SENIOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNER/PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE COORDINATOR, ADA COUNTY HIGHWAY DISTRICT, ID
The Ada County Highway District Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator is responsible for outreach to area agencies, pedestrian/bicycle interest groups, and the general public; and for the District's Community Programs, including the programming of up to $7 million annually in pedestrian/bicycle projects, integration of transportation and land use planning, neighborhood planning, and coordination with area agencies on other planning initiatives including Comprehensive Plans and prioritization.
Deadline: March 11, 2015, 4:30 pm MT, http://bit.ly/17WGegD
-> JOB – BUREAU CHIEF - TRANSPORTATION, TRAFFIC & PARKING, STAMFORD, CT
The City of Stamford is seeking a highly motivated and experienced professional to manage and direct all matters pertaining to the traffic functions of the City in accordance with the City Charter. The Bureau Chief will be the head of the Transportation, Traffic and Parking Bureau and will be responsible for the analysis, planning, execution and administration of plans and programs for the City's transportation functions.
Deadline: March 13,2015, http://bit.ly/1DoMEAm
-> 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
-> Alta Planning + Design, http://bit.ly/1jbgjF9
-> Sam Schwartz Engineering, http://bit.ly/PsktvP
-> Toole Design Group, http://bit.ly/1k7DPRg
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