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#378 Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- Call for Speakers - 2015 APBP Professional Development Seminar
----- Congressmen Blumenauer & Buchanan Introduce Vision Zero Act
----- AASHTO Announces Toward Zero Deaths Safety Vision
----- US DOT Environmental Justice - 2014 Implementation Report
----- Edinburgh (Scotland) 20 mph Speed Limit Pilots Net Biking & Air Quality Gains
----- March: Women's Bike History Month
----- National Walking Day: April 1, 2015 + Search for a Walking Path
----- International CycleHack June 19-21, 2015
----- Dutch Cycle Path Solar Cells Create Power
----- Streets as Places
----- Cycle Track Modification Proposed to Manage Stormwater
----- Professional Sports Team Walk Score
----- Call for Stories About Walking

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- San Mateo, CA Passes Visionary Sustainable Streets Plan
----- San Luis Obispo, CA: Most Powerful Bike Funding Policy in the US
----- Seattle Area, WA Cascade Bicycle Club Launches She Bikes
----- Comprehensive Boston Metro Area Bike Facility & Trail Database
----- MN Statewide Map of Funded & Unfunded Ped & Bike Projects
----- Nashville, TN Walk Bike University Free Public Bike Classes
----- The Laws That Shape Washington, D.C.'s Sidewalks

T-H-E--R-E-S-E-A-R-C-H--B-E-A-T
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----- Since London (England) Congestion Charge, Crashes Down 40%
----- Building Understanding of Environmental Health
----- CA Survey Finds 49% Support 10¢ Gas Tax Increase
----- Revised Data: VMT Increased in 2013

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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----- Building Equity & Protected Bike Lanes: An Idea Book for Fairer Cities
----- Revamped LAB National Bike Month Guide
----- Planning in a 21st Century State DOT—Support Strategic Decisionmaking
----- Trip Generation for Smart Growth Projects
----- Performance-Based Planning for Small Metropolitan Areas
----- Bicycles for Freight
----- New National SRTS Partnership Resources Translated into Español

N-E-W-S--S-E-C-T-I-O-N-S
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- Regional Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Webinars and Seminars
- Resources
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

CALL FOR SPEAKERS - 2015 APBP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR
-> APBP invites your proposal to explore the theme of Flexibility at the 2015 Professional Development Seminar (PDS) in St. Louis. Through classroom sessions, mobile tours, and plenaries the PDS will explore how flexible, adaptive thinking and planning around active transportation can build connections and foster collaboration within a community. For more details or to submit proposals go to http://bit.ly/10DDwDZ. Proposal are due March 16.

CONGRESSMEN BLUMENAUER & BUCHANAN INTRODUCE VISION ZERO ACT
-> U.S. House Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) have introduced the Vision Zero Act of 2015 (H.R. 1274: http://1.usa.gov/1C6EVKe). The bill would set aside grants worth $30 million for cities to plan and implement road safety projects. The Vision Zero Act creates two new US Department of Transportation grant programs. One sets aside $5 million a year for communities to develop Vision Zero plans, the other grant will award five communities a share of $25 million to implement their plans. [Source: http://bit.ly/1D5sPAN]

AASHTO ANNOUNCES TOWARD ZERO DEATHS SAFETY VISION
-> USDOT Fast Lane blog announced: Today the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) joined the National Strategy on Highway Safety Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) effort, a vision for eliminating fatalities on the nation's roadways. Rather than accepting a certain number of crashes as unavoidable, a TZD approach commits us to work across sectors and use every tool available to systematically analyze and work toward eliminating traffic crashes among all who use the roadways. The National Strategy on Highway Safety provides a platform of options for state agencies, private industry, national organizations, and others to use in developing safety plans that prioritize traffic safety culture and promote the national TZD vision.

DOT embraces the National Strategy on Highway Safety Toward Zero Deaths vision as a significant step toward eliminating traffic fatalities. It's also an approach that echoes our own Strategic Plan, which states our goal of "working toward no fatalities across all modes of travel." [http://1.usa.gov/1C4Tuwe]

USDOT ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE - 2014 IMPLEMENTATION REPORT
-> The U.S. Department of Transportation integrates Environmental Justice (EJ) considerations into projects, policies, and programs across the Department, focusing on comprehensive implementation of the Department's revised EJ Strategy and Order.

This year, the Department has emphasized Ladders of Opportunity to create economic growth and spark community revitalization, particularly for disadvantaged groups: low-income, minority, older adults, or individuals with disabilities. The transportation system plays a critical role in connecting Americans to opportunity by providing people with reliable and affordable connections to employment, education, services and other opportunities, creating career pathways into transportation jobs, and revitalizing neighborhoods and regions. [Source: http://1.usa.gov/1NIXDKN]

EDINBURGH (SCOTLAND) 20 MPH SPEED LIMIT PILOTS NET BIKING & AIR QUALITY GAINS
-> As more U.S. cities embrace the Vision Zero approach to curtailing traffic and ensuring pedestrian safety, there's plenty of compelling data in favor of slow roads coming out of Edinburgh, Scotland. The numbers show how lower speed limits can change drivers' attitudes about bicyclists — and even let city-dwellers breathe a bit easier thanks to air quality improvement. The easy-to-love capital city is rolling out a plan (http://bit.ly/1EyWcvD) to cap the speed limit at 20 mph across 80 percent of its roads, including the entirety of its dense downtown. Key arterial roads will retain their speeds of 30 and 40 mph.

Pilot projects in Edinburgh revealed that the number of people who believed cycling to be unsafe fell from 26 percent to 18 percent. The number of young children riding bikes to school tripled, while, among older kids, the rate of bike riding to school went from 3 percent to 22 percent. [Source: http://bit.ly/1F9F5j4]

MARCH: WOMEN'S BIKE HISTORY MONTH
-> March is Women's History Month, and what better way to celebrate than to learn more about the women who forged a path toward gender equity in bicycling? In 2013, the league of American Bicyclists published a series of stories on these important and inspiring women. Here we've aggregated all these great stories into one post for you to read, share and discuss! [Source: http://bit.ly/1DVTuxJ]

NATIONAL WALKING DAY: APRIL 1, 2015 + SEARCH FOR A WALKING PATH
-> American Heart Association: These days, we're spending more time at work and sitting in front of a screen than ever before. We're becoming less active, which can increase our risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases. Take the first step to a healthier life by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Walking Day on the first Wednesday in April. On this day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. [Source: http://bit.ly/1M7UC39]

Search for your nearest American Heart Association Walking Path by state, zip code, type of path, difficulty, or path distance. Learn how to get a trail or path marked as an American Heart Association Walking Path: http://bit.ly/1Ei45p8.

INTERNATIONAL CYCLEHACK JUNE 19-21, 2015
-> After a successful first year and international exposure, Glasgow, Scotland will serve as headquarters again to CycleHack (http://bit.ly/1EzU3jB), a 48-hour event aiming to make cities cycle friendly through reducing the barriers to cycling and prototyping new ideas to improve the experience on the roads. Nearly 40 other cities around the world have signed up to host CycleHack events in their communities over the weekend of June 19-21, 2015 (in North America: Vancouver, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, Mexico City & Queretaro.) [Check out a video about CycleHack 2014 at bottom of this page: http://bit.ly/1EzU3jB, and the favorite ideas from last year on this page: http://bit.ly/1Br2ZFo]

DUTCH CYCLE PATH SOLAR CELLS CREATE POWER
-> SolaRoad is a unique road that converts sunlight reflecting on its surface into renewable power. Located along the N203 in the town of Krommenie in North Holland, the 100m-long pilot project is the world's first solar power-collecting roadway in the Netherlands. The road was opened for the public in November 2014. The solar power generated by the road is used for street lighting, traffic systems, households and power-electric vehicles. It is supplied to the local electric grid and is expected to meet the annual electricity requirements of two to three households of the region. [Source: http://bit.ly/1EbbEeS]

STREETS AS PLACES
-> Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested and overlooked. Today, and for most of the last century, we have taken for granted the idea that our streets are primarily zones for cars, parking, and the transporting of goods. This has not been the case, however, throughout most of history. Across many cultures and times – since the beginning of civilization, in fact – the street has held vast social, commercial, and political significance as a powerful symbol of the public realm.

Streets can once again become thriving, livable environments for people, not just cars. The growing Streets as Places movement is helping people begin to see streets in their entirety: not just their function in transporting people and goods, but the vital role they play in animating the social and economic life of communities. Here are 10 ways you can get involved:

  1. Make your own street a place. Think about ways you can improve the block where you live or work. Small measures, like planting a tree or flowers, putting out a Little Free Library in your front yard, or organizing a block party are great ways to start.
  2. Organize an Open Streets event (http://bit.ly/1Ahb3Dy). Dozens of cities across the country now regularly close their streets to cars for special events, allowing people to take advantage of the whole right-of-way.
  3. Consider "Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper' strategies (http://bit.ly/1F9Imiq) to improve and activate your streets... [See article for more steps and a history of how streets have evolved. Source: http://bit.ly/1NHS3bq]

CYCLE TRACK MODIFICATION PROPOSED TO MANAGE STORMWATER
-> Copenhagen already has a sprawling network of urban cycle tracks running along main streets throughout the city. The Copenhagenize Design team proposes a simple modification that would transform that existing space into high-volume rainwater trenches.

The Copenhagenize Current involves digging trenches under existing cycle tracks, inserting pre-cast concrete containers and then covering over the trenches with pre-fab concrete slabs to reimplement the bike lanes. Copenhagenize Design Co's architect Steve Montebello has worked on the designs and calculations and come up with a system that would lead high volumes of water away from vulnerable areas without the need to reallocate an inch of urban space towards drainage infrastructure. The design includes a maximum area of drainage grates to allow water to enter the trenches, and it can work with or independent of the existing sewer system depending on need. (See article for schematics) [Source: http://bit.ly/1D32pzE]

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAM WALK SCORE
-> The location of professional sports venues is often a hot topic, particularly in cities that are looking to develop new arenas and stadiums. Multi-modal access is highly desirable for these venues, the ability to arrive by automobile, transit, bicycle, or walking. Walk Score is used by the real estate profession to measure the number of nearby amenities to a particular location. This method of scoring has become a leading indicator of whether people walk. We decided to apply the algorithms developed by Walk Score to professional sports facilities for MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL and rank each team by their Walk Score (including transit and bicycle ranking where available). [Source: http://bit.ly/1MrVUb2]

[Funding has finally been pieced together for the Santa Clara Caltrain Tunnel under the tracks at the Santa Clara Caltrain station to give people on bike and on foot access between the station and Coleman Avenue, including the new Quakes stadium. Source: http://bit.ly/1FJNnMW]

CALL FOR STORIES ABOUT WALKING
-> Jay Walljasper is working with America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative to chronicle the progress and potential of the walking movement with a new series of articles focused on promoting walking and walkable communities. To contribute ideas and stories to the two projects currently being developed, contact jay@jaywalljasper.com.

  1. Creating More Walkable Suburban Communities: Good examples of walkable suburbs and how they got that way. Submit stories of community initiatives, policies and projects that have increased walking and removed barriers.
  2. Promoting Walking in Low-Income, Multi-Racial & Immigrant Communities: Are you or do you know citizens and thought leaders who work in communities with issues affecting walking that may be different than the issues facing white middle-class communities?


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

SAN MATEO, CA PASSES VISIONARY SUSTAINABLE STREETS PLAN
-> At Tuesday night's City Council meeting in San Mateo, the passage of the city's Sustainable Streets Plan (http://bit.ly/18AgiHM) was so inevitable that it wasn't even pulled from the consent calendar. The Council voted unanimously to pass this plan which includes many visionary plans and ideas, including: Vision Zero, Complete Streets, the prioritization of movement over vehicle storage, the goal to increase bicycle and pedestrian mode share to 30% by 2020, the adoption of the NACTO guidelines, and the elimination of Level of Service metrics in favor of Vehicle Miles Traveled metrics. [Source: http://bit.ly/1C4UNva]

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA: MOST POWERFUL BIKE FUNDING POLICY IN THE US
-> Eight years of careful planning -- and a bit of luck -- just paid off in a big way for the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Coalition. The central California city recently amended its transportation plan (known as the "Circulation Element" of the general plan) in three very innovative ways.

First, the city revised its transportation mode objectives, dramatically increasing the bike and pedestrian trip goals...Second, the city changed its roadway analysis from Level of Service to Multi-Modal Level of Service...Third (and most important!): The city created a policy that allocates general fund transportation spending by mode to match the mode share percentage goals desired... [Source: http://bit.ly/1HBPJ1v]

SEATTLE AREA, WA CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB LAUNCHES SHE BIKES
-> Seventy-one percent of bicycle commuters in Washington state are male, 65 percent of Cascade Bicycle Club's membership is male, and only one in four STP (Seattle to Portland) riders is female. We'd like to change that. With a vision of bicycling for all, Cascade wants everyone to discover the joys, the empowerment, the practicality and the community of bicycling. And that's why we're excited to introduce She Bikes Cascade, a series of inclusive rides, classes, clinics and social events to encourage more women to discover the joys and benefits of biking. She Bikes Cascade will roll out in the coming weeks with classes and rides, all led by women instructor and ride leaders. Our friends at Pronto Cycle Share are also highlighting women who bike by proclaiming March as Seattle's first Women's Bike Month. [Source: http://bit.ly/1wVWhSh]

COMPREHENSIVE BOSTON METRO AREA BIKE FACILITY & TRAIL DATABASE
-> In its first edition of its regional periodic newsletter, the (Boston) Metropolitan Area Planning Council suggests readers start with their comprehensive database of bicycle facilities and trails: [Source: http://bit.ly/1Hz6VEY]

MN STATEWIDE MAP OF FUNDED & UNFUNDED PED & BIKE PROJECTS
-> Check out the comprehensive (though not exhaustive) statewide map of funded and unfunded pedestrian and bicycle projects in Minnesota (http://bit.ly/1D3Ts9m). Use this interactive map to search by county or legislative district. The map also identifies Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects, where Complete Streets policies/plans exist, and the cities that have won national recognition as a Bicycle Friendly Community. It does not include those wholly funded by local resources as well as projects submitted to the Metro District ATP. [Source: http://bit.ly/1D3T0b1]

NASHVILLE, TN WALK BIKE UNIVERSITY FREE PUBLIC BIKE CLASSES
-> Walk/Bike Nashville's Walk Bike University (WBU) seeks to grow the number of Nashvillians biking and walking through education, raising awareness, and cultivating bicycle and pedestrian leaders. They host workshops on bicycle skills, bicycle maintenance, pedestrian advocacy, and various other bicycle and pedestrian issues. Classes are fun, informative, and open to the public: Adult Learn to Ride a Bike; Bicycling 123 refresher course; Basic Bike Skills on off-street (parking-lot) skills course; City Cycling. [Source: http://bit.ly/18AhpHJ]

THE LAWS THAT SHAPE WASHINGTON, D.C.'S SIDEWALKS
-> In this one-minute film from City Walk, Heather Deutsch of the District Department of Transportation explains how Washington, D.C.'s pedestrian-friendly sidewalk laws create safe, walkable spaces. [Source: http://bit.ly/1AgVtYG]


THE RESEARCH BEAT

SINCE LONDON (ENGLAND) CONGESTION CHARGE, CRASHES DOWN 40%
-> Hated by some, loved by others, the London congestion charge has been a divisive issue ever since it was introduced in 2003. Research to be presented at the Royal Economic Society's annual conference later this month found that traffic accidents have fallen in the capital by an astonishing 40% since 2003.

There had been concerns that the charge would lead to more people cycling into central London, with a corresponding increase in accidents. The report's authors found that this was the case initially. Accidents involving cyclists rose at a rate of roughly 1.5 per month until 2005. However, by the end of 2006 this had reversed, and cycling accidents and fatalities fell. [Source: http://bit.ly/1wXbcRM]

BUILDING UNDERSTANDING OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
-> The FrameWorks Institute recently completed a multi-year, multi-method inquiry into how the American public thinks and talks about environmental health. Sponsored by APHA and generously funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this research reveals effective strategies for talking with the public about environmental health work and the impacts of our environments on public health. APHA has just released an exciting new set of communications tools and resources based on these findings. (Building Understanding of Environmental Health: A Communications Toolkit: http://bit.ly/1AfxRVa) To introduce the findings' framing strategies, we are hosting a three-part webinar series this spring, conducted by the FrameWorks Institute. [See archived March 5 webinar: Navigating the Swamp of Environmental Health: Using Evidence to Craft More Effective Communications: http://bit.ly/1xcFY3N. See Webinar section below for April 7 and May 5 webinars][Source: http://bit.ly/1aLVoax]

CA SURVEY FINDS 49% SUPPORT 10¢ GAS TAX INCREASE
-> If there's a solid take-away from the California Field Poll, it is not to ask residents how they feel about raising gas taxes, or any one option for that matter. Rather, offer a menu of funding alternatives and the results become more meaningful. California residents overwhelmingly agree that "state and local officials should dedicate additional resources to existing roadways," writes Christopher Cadelago, political reporter in The Sacramento Bee's Capitol Bureau about the Field Poll telephone survey results (http://bit.ly/1EbmX6M) released Friday on state transportation funding options. A Field Poll asked California motorists about three funding options to pay for road infrastructure (10-cent increase in the gas tax: 49 percent support; Build more toll roads: 38 percent support; Pay by the mile traveled: 30 percent support)

When presented this way, gas tax increases are clearly more palatable than the other alternatives presented. Pie charts created by The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1KVT5BN) show the results more clearly and comprehensively.[Source: http://bit.ly/1M3ZLJp]

REVISED DATA: VMT INCREASED IN 2013
-> Peak VMT reportedly occurred in 2007, but that may not stand long according to updated DOT estimates of 2013 travel. According to the data, Americans drove nearly three trillion miles. Another finding is the large increase in number of vehicles.

"According to Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) 'Highway Statistics (http://1.usa.gov/1GEzjHU),' an annual compilation of data from state Departments of Transportation, drivers traveled 2.99 trillion miles in 2013, the highest annual total since 2007 and the fourth-highest since such record keeping began in 1936," states the press release (http://1.usa.gov/1HBxMQw). [Source: http://bit.ly/18LmPR8]


QUOTES R US
"Leaders in the public and private sector are realizing that being bike-friendly makes good business sense, boosting the bottom line and promoting community-wide economic development... In the minds of many business owners, though, there's still a direct correlation between cars and customers. Too often, the opposition to bicycle infrastructure is led by retailers who believe ample car parking space is critical to their customer base. But that belief could be depriving businesses of their best potential patrons: cyclists...a growing body of research shows that people who arrive on two wheels have a bigger impact on the bottom line, too."
--Carolyn Szczepanski in Cities and Businesses Discover that Cycling Pays, reposted in Urbanful from the original in Momentum Mag: http://bit.ly/1wV87MC.

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

WATER BRAND TURNS OLD COUCHES INTO CUSTOM RUNNING SHOES
The Vittel Couch Converter service is a marketing campaign aimed at curbing the amount of time Europeans spend lazing around on their couches — by transforming customers' old sofas into pairs of personalized running shoes.
http://bit.ly/1FWT0qI

12 UNCONVENTIONAL COMMUTES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Various animals, vehicles and contraptions.
http://bit.ly/1EgvIz6]


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 "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)
Presenters: TBA
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 "Safer Streets, Stronger Economies"
Date: March 24, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Smart Growth America
Details: http://bit.ly/1MsM2xR, free

WEBINAR "Tools for Building Bridges Toward Better Health"
Date: March 25, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Nisha Botchwey (Georgia Tech), Laura Jackson (U.S. EPA) & Sara Hammerschmidt (Urban Land Institute)
Host: Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse, American Public Health Association & American Planning Association
Details: http://bit.ly/1NJO8uI, free

WEBINAR "Evaluating Complete Streets Projects"
Date: March 31, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Smart Growth America
Details: http://bit.ly/1AfzxOs, free

WEBINAR "Framing with Values: Cuing Up Productive Conversations about Environmental Health Work"
Date: April 7, 2015, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. ET
Presenters: Jennifer Nichols (FrameWorks Institute)
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Details: http://bit.ly/1C4I3oh, free

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)
Presenters: TBA
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 "The Power of How: Using Tested Metaphors to Build Public Understanding about Environmental Health"
Date: May 5, 2015, 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: American Public Health Association
Details: http://bit.ly/1aLVoax, free

WEBINAR "Using CDC's Community Guide to Advance Planning for Public Health"
Date: May 6, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse, American Public Health Association & American Planning Association
Details: http://bit.ly/19bZB6I

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) 
Presenters: TBA
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)

WEBINAR "Building Bridges Toward Healthy Transportation"
Date: June 3, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse, American Public Health Association & American Planning Association
Details: http://bit.ly/19bZB6I


RESOURCES

BUILDING EQUITY & PROTECTED BIKE LANES: AN IDEA BOOK FOR FAIRER CITIES
-> Building Equity: Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Protected Bike Lanes: An Idea Book for Fairer Cities: We all want to make sure the process of lacing green bike lanes across city maps doesn't repeat the damage that redlining diverse communities once did.

To explore this issue, PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking interviewed organizers, planners, leaders and activists in communities of color around the country who are working to build connected, all-ages bike networks. The result is a diverse range of perspectives: some conflicting, but all united in the belief that done right, great infrastructure can help create great cities. This report provides background for new ways to think about these questions:

  1. How can protected bike lanes fit into efforts to make American cities less inequitable? In what ways are they failing?
  2. How can city staff and advocates better infuse transportation justice into bikeway planning?
  3. How should bike infrastructure investments combine with other issues to diminish inequities between communities?
[Source: http://bit.ly/1Ei4jg7]

REVAMPED LAB NATIONAL BIKE MONTH GUIDE
-> National Bike Month is so much more than 31 days in May. It's a celebration of bikes; an impetus to get rolling again; a gateway to riding more often; a time to evangelize the beauty of bikes; and much, much more. Since 1956, May has been recognized as National Bike Month, and the League has sponsored this celebration of bicycling for decades as we advance the movement to build a bicycle friendly America for everyone. This year, we've revamped our handy National Bike Month Guide (http://bit.ly/1wXD1JS), a resource for event organizers looking for ideas, strategies and resources to organize in your community. [Source: http://bit.ly/1C4O9os]

PLANNING IN A 21ST CENTURY STATE DOT—SUPPORT STRATEGIC DECISIONMAKING
-> TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 798: The Role of Planning in a 21st Century State Department of Transportation—Supporting Strategic Decisionmaking examines how the planning function in state departments of transportation can more effectively support strategic decisionmaking. [Source: http://bit.ly/1GpogyK]

TRIP GENERATION FOR SMART GROWTH PROJECTS
-> California encourages developers to pursue urban infill projects in order to achieve a variety of infrastructure efficiency and environmental goals. Since they are already surrounded by established developments, infill projects provide better opportunities for walking, bicycling, and public transit, and they encourage fewer automobile trips than new suburban developments.

Nevertheless, developers often meet resistance when proposing infill projects. To address these concerns, developers must complete a transportation impact assessment (TIA), required by federal, state, and local laws. A UC Davis research team created an adjustment tool that improves the accuracy of estimating automobile trips in urban areas and should make it easier for developers to get infill projects approved. [Source: http://bit.ly/17irYz8]

PERFORMANCE-BASED PLANNING FOR SMALL METROPOLITAN AREAS
-> This report provides insights on effective practices in performance based planning by MPOs that plan for Urbanized Areas with populations less than 200,000. It references existing best practices research on performance based planning for MPOs in general, and presents key themes from interviews with small MPOs and DOT partners across the country that are engaged with metropolitan performance based planning in varying ways. Finally, the report includes two case studies of small MPOs that are currently leaders in implementing performance based planning. [Source: http://1.usa.gov/1zN2T5N]

BICYCLES FOR FREIGHT
-> The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority released a report that discusses commodities and sectors served by cargo cycles and freight tricycle traffic performance in New York City. (Freight Tricycle Operations in New York City: http://on.ny.gov/1B3fpyo) The report argues that as cities become more congested and increasingly focused on sustainability, cargo cycles offer a potential alternative to motorized vehicles for local and last-mile goods delivery. [Source: http://1.usa.gov/1C5RUfb]

NEW NATIONAL SRTS PARTNERSHIP RESOURCES TRANSLATED INTO ESPAÑOL
-> The National Safe Routes to School Partnership released two publications they recently translated into Español:

  1. Superación de los Obstáculos en las Comunidades Marginadas (http://bit.ly/1BvFWrM /Overcoming Obstacles in Underserved Communities (http://bit.ly/1NIa0qm)
  2. Usando el Programa de Alternativas de Transporte de MAP-21 para Impactar a Su Comunidad Local (http://bit.ly/1E4TybS)/Using the Transportation Alternatives Program of MAP-21 to Impact Your Local Community (http://bit.ly/1E4TsRG).


SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW

-> 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, academic@futureofplaces.com

-> 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 Speakers - 2015 APBP Professional Development Seminar, September 28 – October 1, 2015, St. Louis, MO.
Deadline: March 16, 2015, http://bit.ly/10DDwDZ

-> Call for Presentations - 8th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, October 6-7, 2015, Dubuque, IA.
Deadline: March 17, 2015, http://bit.ly/1KTF6MN

-> Call for One Minute, One Slide Presentations - The Walking Evolution and Revolution Conference, March 26, 2015, Boston, MA.
Deadline: March 19, 2015, dloutzenheiser@mapc.org

-> 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 Nominations - Tools of Change Peer-Reviewed Landmark Case Studies Tools of Change is now soliciting nominations for its 2015 Landmark behavior change case studies in effective, innovative or impactful approaches for changing transportation behaviors.
Deadline: June 12, 2015, http://bit.ly/1EV3HM5

-> 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.

-> March 19-20, 2015, Indiana Bike Summit, Indianapolis, IN.
http://bit.ly/1AJssIk
-> March 25-27, 2015, Smart City Expo Montréal, Canada.
http://bit.ly/1zhjBcO
-> March 26, 2015, The Walking Evolution and Revolution Conference, Boston, MA.
http://bit.ly/1AJztcm
-> March 30-31, 2015, Oregon Active Transportation Summit, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/ZI251V
-> March 30-April 2, 2015, National Main Streets Conference, Atlanta, GA.
http://bit.ly/1CicHYy
-> April 2, 2015, Walkable Washington Annual Symposium Awards, Redmond, WA.
http://bit.ly/1ta7aMU
-> April 5-7, 2015, Safe Routes to School National Conference, Columbus, OH.
http://bit.ly/YE6ocN
-> April 12-16, 2015, National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Annapolis, MD
http://bit.ly/1DoV7nd
-> April 13-14, 2015, Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1yhT7fi
-> April 15-17, 2015, Tennessee Greenways and Trails Forum, Burns, TN.
Robert.richards@tn.gov
-> April 16-17, 2015, Streets as Places, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/1zJoH5q
-> April 18-21, 2015, American Planning Association National Conference, Seattle, WA.
http://bit.ly/1Fm9Rar
-> April 21-23, 2015, 2015 International Highway Technology Summit, Shanghai, China.
http://bit.ly/1zCOniZ
-> April 22, 2015, 2nd Annual OBF Ohio Bicycling Summit, Columbus, OH.
http://bit.ly/1Dx0SP2
-> April 22-24, 2015, California Trails and Greenways Conference, Yosemite, CA.
http://bit.ly/K7ovr9
-> April 23-24, 2015, Tennessee Bike Summit, Knoxville, TN.
http://bit.ly/1vL2Nh5
-> April 29 - May 2: CNU, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.
http://bit.ly/1wjMC7z
-> May 1 2015: 2015 Physical Activity Forum, Edmonton, Canada.
http://bit.ly/1Fxt1GL
-> May 4, 2015, 2015 Physical Activity Forum, Calgary, Canada.
http://bit.ly/1Fxt1GL
-> May 4-5, 2015, 2015 PedalMN Bicycle Conference: "Building the Bike Friendly State," Minneapolis, MN.
http://bit.ly/1wSOGn8
-> May 6, 2015, National Bike to School Day
http://bit.ly/15PtJyo
-> May 6-8, 2015, Placemaking: Making it Happen, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/1CFKcaT
-> May 7-8, 2015, Transportation for Sustainability–An International Conference, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1veVFaf
-> 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.
http://bit.ly/17xLoji
-> May 17-20, 2015, American Trails International Trails Symposium, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/1lD37qJ
-> May 17-21, 2015, 15th TRB National Transportation Planning Applications Conference, Atlantic City, NJ.
http://bit.ly/1wB4tft
-> May 20-21, 2015, CTS Annual Research Conference, Saint Paul RiverCentre, MN.
http://bit.ly/1o0DfWn
-> May 27-31: American Society of Highway Engineers National Conference, Baltimore, MD.
http://bit.ly/1s1HRTH
-> May 29, 2015, Miami Valley Cycling Summit, Piqua, OH.
http://bit.ly/1CU0j01
-> May 31- June 2, 2015, 2015 TRB’s 5th International Conference on Transportation Systems Performance Measurement and Data, Denver, CO.
http://bit.ly/XZfUgT
-> May 31-June 2, 2015, Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity & Public Health Training Course, Edinburgh, Scotland.
http://bit.ly/1CTZDw4
-> May 31 – June 5, 2015, Community Transportation EXPO 2015,Tampa, FL.
http://bit.ly/10lnp3L
-> June 1-3, 2015, Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting & Expo, Pittsburgh, PA.
http://bit.ly/1CULzTh
-> June 2-5, 2015, Velo City, Nantes, France.
http://bit.ly/1tZsgju
-> June 3-6, 2015, 14th International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland.
http://bit.ly/198iVl0
-> June 7-10: National Assn of Regional Councils Annual Conference & Exhibition, Raleigh, NC.
http://bit.ly/1xA8csN
-> June 13-20, 2015, Atlanta Cycling Festival, Atlanta, GA.
http://bit.ly/1D7f2Wp
-> June 16-18, 2015, National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1kd8hbx
-> June 18-19, 2015, Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses, Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/18aIjWx
-> June 22-24, 2015, 5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, Vancouver, BC.
http://bit.ly/1niIq5O
-> June 24, 2015, 2015 LOCUS Michigan Leadership Summit: Closing the Next [Smart Growth] Deal, Detroit, MI.
http://bit.ly/1K0NPqR
-> June 26-29, 2015, ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2016), Houston, TX.
http://bit.ly/1KLcBvx
-> June 29 – July 1, 2015, The Third Future of Places, Stockholm, Sweden.
http://bit.ly/1DZsIUa
-> July 6-7, 2015, 8th Making Cities Liveable Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
http://bit.ly/1ywDemV
-> July 6-8, 2015, 1st International Conference on Transport & Health, London, England. http://bit.ly/1rSFXRI
-> July 8, 2015 – Safe Cities Conference, Melbourne, Australia. http://bit.ly/1CTo0Kr
-> July 10-13: National Assn of Counties Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC.
http://bit.ly/1rSFXRI
-> July 15-19: National Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting, Bellevue, WA.
http://bit.ly/14ibh53
-> July 15-19: National Society of Professional Engineers Annual Meeting, Bellevue, WA.
http://bit.ly/14ibh53
-> July 18 - August 7, 2015, Planning the Cycling City Course, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
http://bit.ly/1xcBQAA
-> July 26-30, 2015, Comprehensive Bikeway Design 1.0, Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/1GDSWzR
-> August 2-5, 2015, Institute of Transportation Engineers 2015 International Annual Meeting and Exhibit, Hollywood, FL.
http://bit.ly/1CgQBnG
-> August 9-14, 2015, 2015 TRAFINZ Annual Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.
http://bit.ly/1uI3hVe
-> August 10 - Sept. 2: American Public Works Assn Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, AZ.
http://bit.ly/1AB0BuW
-> August 17-21, 2015, Comprehensive Bikeway Design 2.0, Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/18zI3jJ
-> August 30-September 2, 2015, American Public Works Association International Public Works Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, AZ.
http://bit.ly/1z7rx1n
-> September 16-18, 2015, International Conference on Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1tIcgSl
-> September 19, 2015, KC Women’s Bike Summit, Kansas City, MO.
http://bit.ly/1E4scqe
-> September 20-24, 2015, International Conference on Ecology & Transportation, Raleigh, NC.
http://bit.ly/1rSWR6B
-> September 25-27, 2015, 2015 National Open Streets Summit, Atlanta, GA.
http://bit.ly/1aKChxB
-> September 28 –October 1, 2015, APBP Professional Development Seminar, St. Louis, MO.
http://bit.ly/VdB97X
-> October 1-31, 2015, Second EcoMobility World Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa.
http://bit.ly/1uURQ91
-> October 4-7: APTA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
http://bit.ly/1BE9t0N
-> October 6-7, 2015, 8th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, IA.
http://bit.ly/1DfsQyk
-> October 11-14: ASCE Convention, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/1AqpYy5
-> October 20-23, AMPO Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
http://bit.ly/14ihEFk
-> October 20-23, 2015, Walk 21, Vienna, Austria.
http://bit.ly/1zPlfom
-> October 25-28: Rail~Volution, Dallas, TX.
http://bit.ly/S0xyxe
-> October 28-30: National Walking Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1HGvJv0
-> October 28-31, 2015, Designing Cities 2015, Austin, TX.
http://bit.ly/16RUTJI
-> October 31 - Nov. 4, 2015, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo, Chicago, IL.
http://bit.ly/1Aaaq2h
-> November 6-9, 2015, 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and Expo, Chicago, IL.
http://bit.ly/1wVHt4E
-> November 11-13, 2015, Disrupting Mobility: A Global Summit Investigating Sustainable Futures, Cambridge, MA.
http://bit.ly/1AeA1V7
-> November 13-14, 2015, 2015 Oklahoma Bike Summit, Stillwater, OK.
http://bit.ly/140AQHk
-> November 16-18, 2015, 8th International Urban Design Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
http://bit.ly/1wbKTQG
-> November 18-22, 2015, Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.
http://bit.ly/1vnWPVr
-> June 28-July 1, 2016, World Congress on Active Ageing 2016, Melbourne, Australia.
http://bit.ly/16QW2Ri


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: GUIDANCE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TOWARD ZERO DEATHS NATIONAL STRATEGY ON HIGHWAY SAFETY
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop guidance to implement the national highway safety strategy, "Toward Zero Deaths," for use by the safety community.
Deadline: May 5, 2015, http://bit.ly/1E4lYTm

-> JOB – APBP FELLOWSHIP, WORK REMOTELY FROM YOUR LOCATION
APBP seeks a Fellowship candidate who can begin work in March (ideal) or April (possible). APBP's Fellow works primarily on APBP Live! and APBP's new Local Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator program. Other duties include supporting APBP committees, chapters and the upcoming Professional Development Seminar (PDS) in St. Louis.
Deadline: March 23, 2015, http://bit.ly/1GrbSyn

See also:
-> 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

[Let us know if your firm or organization has a job or RFP to announce or typically has job openings: news@bikewalk.org.]


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