#381 Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Happy Earth Day!!!
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----- May is National Bike Month: Resources to Help Plan Events
----- National Vision Zero Network Gets to Work
----- 10 Most Pedestrian-Friendly Cities In America
----- Project for Public Spaces Launches Great Streets!
----- Survey: Informing Health & Planning Interest Group’s Focus
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Caltrans: Triple Biking, Double Walking & Transit by 2020
----- New York City Ped Injuries Down 61% After Road Diet
----- CA: Changing Analysis of New Development Transportation Impacts
----- Tampa, FL Police Issue 79% of Tickets to Black Cyclists
----- St. Louis, MO Response to Ped Deaths & Injuries Surge
----- Ohio Health & Transportation Collaborative Efforts
----- Overland Park, KS Approves $27M Bike Plan
----- Billings, MT: Connecting Bike & Ped Networks
----- Hot Springs, AR Revamps, Adopts Complete Streets Policy
----- Birmingham, AL to Open Electric-Assist Bike Share this Fall
----- Chicago, IL Shared Street—No Curbs, Lane Markings, Signage
----- Annual State of Bicycling in Boulder, CO—Riders’ Perspective
----- Which Matters More—Bike Network’s Connectivity or Density?
----- FHWA Pilot to Gather Better Walking & Biking Data
----- Drivers Over 30 mph More Likely to Ignore Crosswalks
----- Analysis & Costs of Household Chauffeuring
----- Built Environment and Obesity by Urbanicity in the U.S.
----- Long-term Air Pollution Exposure & Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
----- 2015 TRB Meeting: Slides and Posters Available Online
----- Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change
----- Tech Hackers Plot Radius Ride Data to ID Actual Ride Times
----- Invisible Spray Paint Makes Cyclists Glow in the Dark
----- ActiveTrans Priority Tool Ranks Ped & Bike Improvements
----- Complete Streets Toolkit
----- Health in Transportation Working Group: 2014 Annual Report
----- Book: South Korean Neighborhood—One Month, No Cars
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH: RESOURCES TO HELP PLAN EVENTS
-> May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. The 2015 National Bike to Work Week is May 11-15. Bike to Work Day is May 15. (http://bit.ly/1iK2Lzn) Add your event to the interactive map at http://bit.ly/1aR5aYm. Check out in-depth bike commuting data at http://bit.ly/1DAbI4J.
As a national Bike Month sponsor, the League provides extensive resources to help you plan an event in your area:
- Getting Started: National Bike Month Guide - To get things rolling in your community, the League created a step-by-step guide will help you in creating a successful Bike Month event in your organization, workplace, city, or state. (http://bit.ly/1Fdj9nU)
- Social Media Toolkit - Sample stats, tweets, Facebook posts, infographics and more to promote biking through your channels. (http://bit.ly/1GhRJyD) including memes for social media posts (http://bit.ly/1IGkq5Z)
- Other Promotional Materials - National Bike Month logo, posters, web banners & button, workplace poster, PSA and more (http://bit.ly/1K3Qa5R). [http://bit.ly/1aR3jCS]
NATIONAL VISION ZERO NETWORK GETS TO WORK
-> Vision Zero — the idea that we should no longer accept traffic deaths and serious injuries — is gaining momentum as a framework for thinking about city streets and transportation, as more American cities adopt the goal of ending traffic fatalities. But what actually constitutes a Vision Zero policy? What are the best strategies to dramatically reduce traffic violence? Which cities are doing it right, and which are talking the talk without walking the walk? A new organization, the Vision Zero Network (http://bit.ly/1E9UU9s), seeks to help American cities adopt the most effective street safety policies. The organization launched last week under the leadership of Leah Shahum, former executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, with support from Kaiser Permanente. [http://bit.ly/1JqF2z0]
(See also a We the People “Save 33,000 lives annually with Vision Zero policies” petition to the Obama Administration. It needs 100,000 signatures by May 16, 2015 to require the Administration to review and respond to the petition: http://1.usa.gov/1Gg2UYB)
10 MOST PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY CITIES IN AMERICA
-> For many of us, cities that are easier to traverse on foot are better places to live. If you’re one of those people, you might be curious to know which of America’s cities actually are the most walkable. A new study by the real estate and brokerage website Redfin (WalkScore) breaks it down. (http://redf.in/1DcukXY)
For each of the 3,000 largest cities in the United States, Canada and Australia, Redfin scored every individual block based on how easy it is to do all sorts of daily tasks—getting your groceries, taking your kid to school, etc. Redfin then weighed each block score by the number of people living on that block and calculated a weighted average “walk score” for the entire city. The top 5 walkable cities are New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and Miami. [http://bit.ly/1OwEiKy]
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES LAUNCHES GREAT STREETS!
-> Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces, but they are also one of the most contested and overlooked. When streets are great places, they encourage people to linger, to socialize, and to truly experience the unique culture and character of a particular street.
To get us started, we’ve included 16 examples of streets that function as well-loved places around the world. From Denmark to Malaysia, these examples show how streets can also be destinations for people – places for play, commerce, and multiple modes of transportation.
Is there a street in your community that deserves notice? Have you just returned from a trip, impressed by the great streets of a faraway city? We want to know about it! (Nominate your favorite great streets: http://bit.ly/1K3ETCN) [http://bit.ly/1J9vJH0]
SURVEY: INFORMING HEALTH & PLANNING INTEREST GROUP’S FOCUS
-> In a post to the H + T—Friends list serve, Arielle Fleisher writes: I'm working with some folks at the American Planning Association (APA) to start a Healthy Communities Interest Group to create a formal space for people working at the intersection of health and planning. To figure out what this group should look like, we are asking folks to please take a short survey (7 questions). (http://svy.mk/1Fd1IE1) You do not have to be a member of APA to be a part of the group or to help shape it.
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
CALTRANS: TRIPLE BIKING, DOUBLE WALKING & TRANSIT BY 2020
-> Caltrans released its new Strategic Management Plan (http://bit.ly/1FcTc7V), and it includes priorities and performance targets that show the department is serious about reforming itself. The new plan includes active transportation and Vision Zero, within its priority number one, “Safety and Health.” It also cites a goal of tripling bicycle mode share and doubling walking and transit mode share by 2020–that means not just the number of trips, but the percentage of total trips in California. [http://bit.ly/1DAaWoh]
NEW YORK CITY PED INJURIES DOWN 61% AFTER ROAD DIET
-> As in Sunset Park, the Fourth Avenue road diet has yielded impressive street safety dividends for Park Slope, including a 61 percent drop in pedestrian injuries. Now, DOT is moving forward with plans to cast its changes in concrete. Between Atlantic Avenue and 15th Street, the road diet widened medians, shortened crossing distances, and trimmed the number of car lanes from three in each direction to two along most of the street (the northernmost blocks retained the same number of lanes). The changes were implemented using paint and flexible bollards.
After the redesign, pedestrian injuries on this stretch of Fourth Avenue fell 61 percent, total crashes dropped 20 percent, and crashes with injuries were reduced by 16 percent, according to DOT, which compared one year of post-implementation crash data to the prior three-year average (See PowerPoint project report with before and after photos, cross-sections, outcomes: http://on.nyc.gov/1DgRJZD). The improvements were especially dramatic at 3rd Street, where crashes fell 41 percent, and at 9th Street, where they fell 59 percent. [http://bit.ly/1QfyLvp]
CA: CHANGING ANALYSIS OF NEW DEVELOPMENT TRANSPORTATION IMPACTS
-> In California, changes are coming to the way cities and developers analyze transportation impacts for new development under the California Environmental Quality Act. This is great news. It will help cities get a more accurate picture of development’s real effects on roads, transit systems, and bicycle and pedestrian conditions and puts an end to level of service (LOS), a metric requiring costly and misleading analysis. The California Office of Planning and Research is recommending per capita vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which is simpler to calculate and measures regional impacts instead of just local impacts. (http://bit.ly/1Qi9bWH) Using VMT as your metric will lead to decisions that are good for all forms of transportation and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [http://bit.ly/1yRf6gd]
TAMPA, FL POLICE ISSUE 79% OF TICKETS TO BLACK CYCLISTS
-> For the past decade, Tampa police have enforced a “stop and frisk”-style policy that aggressively and disproportionately targets the city’s poor, black residents who ride bicycles, according to a Tampa Bay Times investigation. Cyclists can be stopped and ticketed for having a missing tail light, baggy clothing, pedaling through a high-crime neighborhood or not having their hands on the handlebars, which is no longer illegal, according to the Tampa newspaper. Of the 10,000 bicycle tickets issued by Tampa police in the past dozen years, the newspaper found that black cyclists received 79 percent of those citations, despite making up less than a quarter of the city’s population. [http://wapo.st/1yJ9VOX]
ST. LOUIS, MO RESPONSE TO PED DEATHS & INJURIES SURGE
-> The recent surge of pedestrian deaths and injuries in St. Louis deserved the front-page placement on the April 10 issue (“City’s Walk of Peril”: http://bit.ly/1Eak9by). We can no longer wait to improve conditions for people walking. The high rate of pedestrian deaths and serious injuries in St. Louis led the Federal Highway Administration to designate the city of St. Louis a “focus city” in 2011; the designation remains today. The good news is there are changes afoot.
Trailnet is the leading pedestrian and bicycling advocacy organization in the St. Louis region. Through informal meetings, policy change and educational workshops, Trailnet has been working with city, county and state elected officials, transportation engineers and planners to improve pedestrian safety. The strategy is to implement Complete Streets policies and designs, and employ the 5 E’s...on Sept. 28, Trailnet will host a Walk Summit to bring all of these ideas together to catalyze further action. The summit is happening in conjunction with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals conference in St. Louis, Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. These two events will bring hundreds of advocates, planners, engineers and elected officials together who are passionate about creating safe streets for people walking. [http://bit.ly/1OCt5rT]
OHIO HEALTH & TRANSPORTATION COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS
-> Ohio's efforts to integrate health and transportation are well underway. The Ohio Departments of Health (ODH) and Transportation (ODOT) and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (SRTSNP) have been working together to integrate health and transportation by helping communities develop strategies and implement projects and policies that improve Ohioans' access to bicycling, walking, and public transportation...One strategy is to increase the number of communities involved with Safe Routes to School. Each of the nearly 200 school travel plans developed in Ohio since 2013 included input from a health representative... In another strategy Columbus Public Health conducted a Health Impact Assessment to determine which of the 90 schools in Columbus would benefit most from improved infrastructure and targeted programming such as safer crossings, education, and "road diets" to make room for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, while improving safety for all... [ http://1.usa.gov/1DLPMH0]
[Ed. Note: Columbus will host the Safe Routes to School National Conference, April 5-7, 2016 http://bit.ly/YE6ocN. For more about what is happening in Columbus, OH see their presentation from Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014 http://bit.ly/1buaKkB.]
OVERLAND PARK, KS APPROVES $27M BIKE PLAN
-> An extensive bike network has been approved for Overland Park. The city council approved a much-anticipated bike plan, which would likely create 165 miles of bicycle lanes throughout the city. It also calls for buffered bicycle lanes, shared use paths, shared lane markings and signed bike routes. The $27 million project will be implemented gradually and will take several years to complete, spreading out the cost. New lanes and signage will be constructed simultaneously with street resurfacing and reconstruction projects already in the works. [http://bit.ly/1DgI717]
BILLINGS, MT: CONNECTING BIKE & PED NETWORKS
-> Over the past several decades, the City of Billings, MT, has used a range of funding sources to develop an extensive bicycling network. By 2011, the city had built 35 miles of multi-use trails, 8 miles of narrower "Connector" trails, and 11.5 miles of on-street bicycle lanes, and hosted a variety of events and programs to encourage bicycling and walking, including bicycle education courses and Safe Routes to School programs. The public started asking for bicycle facilities to fill gaps between neighborhoods, schools, and other destinations. To reflect this need, the 2011 Billings Trails and Bikeway Master Plan adopted the vision that "Billings will have one of the most comprehensive bicycle and trail networks in the State of Montana, and will be rated a 'Gold Bicycle Friendly Community' by the League of American Bicyclists by the year 2020." To meet this goal, the city set out to eliminate gaps in the existing network through data tracking, stakeholder engagement, and efficient funding mechanisms. [http://1.usa.gov/1Od6F5z]
HOT SPRINGS, AR REVAMPS, ADOPTS COMPLETE STREETS POLICY
-> The City of Hot Springs hosted a Complete Streets workshop and public education meeting to discuss their draft Complete Streets Policy with a diverse group of citizens and community leaders, including representatives from the National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America, EPA, FHWA Arkansas Division, and Metroplan, central Arkansas' metropolitan planning organization (MPO). The workshop focused on both policy development and implementation. Participants critiqued the draft Complete Streets policy and suggested several solution-oriented revisions to strengthen its language. They focused on the connectivity, design, context, and implementation components of the proposed policy. The resulting Technical Assistance Report and Suggested Next Steps presented several policy recommendations...The City Board unanimously adopted the proposed Complete Streets Policy on February 17, 2015. This policy dedicates 20 percent of the street department's paving budget to Complete Streets projects and elements. [http://1.usa.gov/1DLPMH0]
BIRMINGHAM, AL TO OPEN ELECTRIC-ASSIST BIKE SHARE THIS FALL
-> A new transportation option coming to Birmingham features added technology that planners say puts it among few of its kind worldwide and will make Alabama a base for similar programs in the future. This fall, the city's first public bike sharing program will go into operation using vendor Bewegen Technologies, Inc., officials with REV Birmingham, the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, the city and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham announced Monday afternoon at Railroad Park. Birmingham's program will make it the first city in the Western Hemisphere to use "electric-assist" bikes, or those that use electricity to help with pedaling in hilly terrain, according to REV Birmingham. [http://bit.ly/1aPfGzk]
CHICAGO, IL SHARED STREET—NO CURBS, LANE MARKINGS, SIGNAGE
-> To create a safer, more inviting environment for walkers and bicyclists, Chicago is constructing its first “shared street” project. Shared streets, also known as woonerfs or living streets, erase boundaries between uses and question the hard and fast rules that govern driver behavior. The goal is to create a pedestrian and bike-friendly environment by forcing drivers to slow down and pay closer attention to other road users. Rather than using curbs to separate pedestrians from cars, shared streets may use planters, trees, benches, or bollards to reserve portions of the street for pedestrian use. [http://bit.ly/1K3wAGT]
ANNUAL STATE OF BICYCLING IN BOULDER, CO—RIDERS’ PERSPECTIVE
-> The Community Cycles’ Advocacy Committee just released its Annual Report “The State of Bicycling in Boulder” (http://bit.ly/1HU3Hha). The report reviews bicycle infrastructure and policy within the city of Boulder from the viewpoint of everyday bike riders. [http://bit.ly/1aRpbxR]
THE RESEARCH BEAT
WHICH MATTERS MORE—BIKE NETWORK’S CONNECTIVITY OR DENSITY?
-> A pair of researchers at the University of Minnesota recently set out to test the theory that a connected bike network — where bike lanes provide continuous routes between many possible destinations — is a major determinant of how many people bike. What they actually found was a little unexpected. Connected bike infrastructure matters, according to the study, but not as much as the density of bike infrastructure. (The Missing Link: Bicycle Infrastructure Networks and Ridership in 74 US Cities: http://nexus.umn.edu/papers/MissingLink.pdf) “These findings suggest that cities hoping to maximize the impacts of their bicycle infrastructure investments should first consider densifying their bicycle network before expanding its breadth,” the authors concluded. [http://bit.ly/1E7302A]
FHWA PILOT TO GATHER BETTER WALKING & BIKING DATA
-> The lack of good data on walking and biking is a big problem. Advocates say current metrics yield a spotty and incomplete picture of how much, where, and why Americans walk and bike. Without a good sense of people’s active transportation habits, it’s hard to draw confident conclusions not only about walking and biking rates, but also about safety and other critical indicators that can guide successful policy at the local level. A new program from the Federal Highway Administration aims to help fill the gap. Via its new “Bicycle-Pedestrian Count Technology Pilot Program” (http://1.usa.gov/1OEQXeh), FHWA will help local transportation planners gather more sophisticated data on walking and biking in 10 MPOs — Providence, Buffalo, Richmond, Puerto Rico, Palm Beach, Fresno, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Memphis. FHWA will provide funding for equipment to measure biking and walking trips. [http://bit.ly/1HriijR]
DRIVERS OVER 30 MPH MORE LIKELY TO IGNORE CROSSWALKS
-> A new study (Driver Approach Speed and Its Impact on Driver Yielding to Pedestrian Behavior at Unsignalized Crosswalks: http://bit.ly/1bsCvtO) published by TRB, reveals that drivers are nearly four times more likely to yield for pedestrians at travel speeds around 20 miles per hour than at 40 mph. These findings bolster the case for more stringent speed enforcement. However, Tom Bertulis, the study’s lead author, says this work can also improve the way designers deal with unsafe crossings. [http://bit.ly/1GgL2Ko]
ANALYSIS & COSTS OF HOUSEHOLD CHAUFFEURING
-> Household chauffeuring refers to personal vehicle travel specifically made to transport non-drivers. This additional vehicle travel imposes various direct and indirect costs. This paper (Evaluating Household Chauffeuring Burdens: Understanding Direct and Indirect Costs of Transporting Non-Drivers: http://bit.ly/1JaqzdU) develops a Chauffeuring Burden Index which quantifies chauffeuring costs and the benefits of transport improvements that reduce chauffeuring burdens. This analysis indicates that in automobile dependent communities chauffeuring costs often exceed congestion costs. [http://bit.ly/10aj4Mz]
BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND OBESITY BY URBANICITY IN THE U.S.
-> Based on the data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2012, this study examines the association of neighborhood built environments with individual physical inactivity and obesity in the U.S. Multilevel modeling is used to control for the effects of individual socio-demographic characteristics. Neighborhood variables include built environment, poverty level and urbanicity at the county level. Among the built environment variables, a poorer street connectivity and a more prominent presence of fast-food restaurants are associated with a higher obesity risk (especially for areas of certain urbanicity levels). Analysis of data subsets divided by areas of different urbanicity levels and by gender reveals the variability of effects of independent variables, more so for the neighborhood variables than individual variables. This implies that some obesity risk factors are geographically specific and vary between men and women. The results lend support to the role of built environment in influencing people?s health behavior and outcome, and promote public policies that need to be geographically adaptable and sensitive to the diversity of demographic groups. [http://1.usa.gov/1Pgr8mW]
LONG-TERM AIR POLLUTION EXPOSURE & RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
-> Several studies with animal research associate air pollution in Alzheimer's disease (AD) neuropathology, but the actual impact of air pollution on the risk of AD is unknown. Here, this study (Ozone, Particulate matter, and Newly Diagnosed Alzheimer's Disease: A Population-based Cohort Study in Taiwan) investigates the association between long-term exposure to ozone (O3) and particulate matter (PM) with an aerodynamic diameter equal to or less than 2.5 µm (PM2.5), and newly diagnosed AD in Taiwan. We conducted a cohort study of 95,690 individuals' age >= 65 during 2001-2010... These findings suggest long-term exposure to O3 and PM2.5 above the current US EPA standards are associated with increased the risk of AD. [http://1.usa.gov/1HjSzLG]
(See also Wearable Sensors Will Measure How Much Air Pollution City Cyclists Inhale: http://bit.ly/1GhdHSD)
2015 TRB MEETING: SLIDES AND POSTERS AVAILABLE ONLINE
-> The TRB Annual Meeting Online (AMOnline) portal offers searchable access to the slides and posters of more than 5,000 program presentations and 2,700 technical papers from the 2015 TRB 94th Annual Meeting. The portal still includes papers from the 2011 to 2014 Annual Meetings. Annual Meeting registrants, and employees of TRB sponsors and patrons have free access. Others may purchase access to the entire collection or individual items. [http://bit.ly/1aQp6L1]
QUOTES R US
“For too long, in too many communities, our transportation systems have been out of sync with our priorities for improved health, sustainability, equity and economic well-being. Local leaders recognize that we can and must do more to ensure our citizens’ right to safe mobility. We are uniting around Vision Zero to reorient our priorities and policies to ensure that safety really is first on our streets and sidewalks.”
—Leah Shahum, Director of the Vision Zero Network on the rationale for its launch [http://bit.ly/1E9UU9s]
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
CRAIGSLIST RV AD: SLIGHTLY USED IMPERIAL II CLASS STAR DESTROYER
Previously (slightly) owned by a navigator of a spice freighter, this vessel has been sitting on my moisture farm and needs to be removed before next year’s harvest. I just haven’t had time to give this classic the attention it deserves and my loss is someone else’s gain! 1600 meters in length this bad boy has a maximum atmospheric speed of 975 km/h and an acceleration of >2,300 g. It’s got a Class 2 hyperdrive system still in working order with a backup Class 8. SFS I-a2b solar ionization reactor is in good to excellent shape. KDY Destroyer-I ion engine turns over on the first try but may need a new serpentine belt... [http://bit.ly/1btrloO]
SATELLITE MAPS SHOW WHEN SPRING WILL REALLY ARRIVE IN YOUR AREA
Using data from NASA and the USDA, the U.S. Forest Service created a series of gorgeous maps that track that seasonal change around the U.S. using satellite data. They use different colors to indicate the median start date of “greenup” for vegetation around the U.S. between 2000 and 2013... [http://wapo.st/1H13rMz]
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 “Impacts of Roadway and Traffic Characteristics on Air Pollution Risks for Bicyclists”
Date: April 23, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Alex Bigazzi, (Portland State University)
Host: Initiative for Bicycle & Pedestrian Innovation
Details: http://bit.ly/1GgVIvv, free
SEMINAR or WEBINAR "Protecting Pedestrians and Bicyclists, One Safer Truck at a Time"
Date: April 23, 2015, 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm ET
Presenter: Alex Epstein (Volpe)
Host: Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center
Details: http://1.usa.gov/1IqCwvE, free
WEBINAR "Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA)"
Date: April 23, 2015, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: U.S. Department of Transportation
Details: http://bit.ly/1yc4JDc, free
WEBINAR "Lighter, Quicker Cheaper - And Healthier"
Date: April 23, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Kate Rube (Project for Public Spaces)
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/1G9tD7B, free
WEBINAR "How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants"
Date: April 28, 2015, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: U.S. Department of Transportation
Details: http://bit.ly/1ClPAKP, free
WEBINAR "Designing Wayfinding Systems that Extend Your Civic Brand"
Date: April 30, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Grant Hayzlett (National Sign Plazas)
Host: U.S. Department of Transportation
Details: http://bit.ly/1H3ekhl, free
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
Host: American Public Health Association
Details: http://bit.ly/1aLVoax, free
WEBINAR "Tools for Analysis of Capacity and Efficient Flow for Roundabout Design: Part I"
Date: May 6, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Howard McCulloch (NE Roundabouts) & Karen Giese (PTV Group)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/1c72HKr, free for TRB employees, sponsors, and sustaining affiliates, $99 for others
WEBINAR "U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Briefing”
Date: May 12, 2015, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Caron Whitaker (League of American Bicyclists)
Host: League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking & Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
WEBINAR "Scalable, Data Driven Analysis, Session 3 of 3" (See also April 9)
Date: May 14, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: John Davis & Zev Winkelman (RAND Corp.)
Details: http://bit.ly/1FDuUoq, free
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)
WEBINAR "20 Years of Advancements in Roundabout Design, Roundabout Construction Sequencing and the Case for Illumination of Roundabouts”
Date: June 1, 2015, 1:00 p.n. to 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Mark Lenters (GHD Inc.), Kevin House (Parametrix), & Franklin Gbologah (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/1G9tL5R, free for TRB employees, sponsors, and sustaining affiliates, $99 for others
WEBINAR "Building Bridges Toward Healthy Transportation"
Date: June 3, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Host: Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse, American Public Health Association & American Planning Association
WEBINAR "Let’s Talk Performance: Fundamentals of Transportation Data Analysis and Usability”
Date: June 9, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: FHWA Office of Transportation Performance Management
Host: Federal Highway Administration
Details: http://bit.ly/1cOdnhE, free
WEBINAR "Case Studies in Performance Based Analysis of Geometric Design"
Date: June 17, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (Continuing education credits available)
Presenters: Mike Colety (Kimley Horn), Andy Wolpert (CH2M Hill), April Renard (LA Dept. of Transportation and Development) & Howard Lubliner (KS Dept. of Transportation)
Host: Transportation Research Board
WEBINAR "First Mile / Last Mile Connections to Transit"
Date: June 17, 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/1IIG3Ce, $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts (Site Fee)
WEBINAR "Health in All Policies"
Date: July 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/1GdQOzg, $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts (Site Fee)
TACTICAL URBANISM: SHORT-TERM ACTION FOR LONG-TERM CHANGE
-> Check out Next City’s excerpt from the new book, “Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action for Long-Term Change” by Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia (http://bit.ly/1bhEoJ0). “Vacant lots. Empty storefronts. Run down buildings, and scantly used parking lots. Overly wide streets for driving... in Dallas, a group of artists and activists have shown us that you don’t need to wait for an angel investor or benevolent government agency to play the role of savior. Instead, the people that live in a neighborhood can jumpstart its revitalization in a single weekend, armed with nothing more than their energy, ideas and donated materials...” [Source: http://bit.ly/1QhxPXq]
(See related article: Former NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says a nimble, tactical-urbanism-style approach was key to her success: http://bit.ly/1yNTYXU)
TECH HACKERS PLOT RADIUS RIDE DATA TO ID ACTUAL RIDE TIMES
-> Radius Rides are organized events in which a group of cyclists starting from the same location, like a high-school parking lot, library, or shopping center take routes away from there. This actual ride data is then valuable for showing the local public how far one can get on a bike in five, 10, or 15-minute intervals from the selected starting point. The rides are relaxed-speed group rides – not races – for the purpose of recording data to plot on maps.
In Alexandria, Virginia, we chose the high school’s main campus as the start of our first Radius Ride because it is central to the city and generates a lot of car and school bus traffic. Starting from the high-school parking lot, we traced out routes along the roads and paths that led to the edge of the school’s boundaries. Next, we recruited experienced riders who could face our inconsistently bike-friendly roads. We asked them to bring a cell phone loaded with an app, like Strava, that could collect and export the route data in the commonly-used GPX file format. When all the rides were completed, we sent the GPX files to Mobility Lab’s tech guru Michael Schade. He spent several long nights compiling the data and creating a way to display the information in a very informative full-motion graphic of the entire event. [http://bit.ly/1HjmdAz]
INVISIBLE SPRAY PAINT MAKES CYCLISTS GLOW IN THE DARK
-> Volvo LifePaint is a highly reflective temporary spray which is invisible in the daytime but becomes illuminous at night, by reflecting the light from headlights. Volvo LifePaint can be sprayed onto bikes, clothing and bags to help make cyclists much more visible in the dark. The particles in the paint cannot be seen in the daytime but glow brightly under headlights, illuminating the bike and rider. The paint lasts for about a week, can be washed off anytime and will not have any lasting effect on the surface material. It is currently available in bike shops around London. [http://bit.ly/1Oka79d]
ACTIVETRANS PRIORITY TOOL RANKS PED & BIKE IMPROVEMENTS
-> TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 803: Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Along Existing Roads—ActiveTrans Priority Tool Guidebook (http://bit.ly/1HsqlNb) presents a tool and guidance to help prioritize improvements to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, either separately or together as part of a “complete streets” evaluation approach. Download a CD-ROM with a programmed spreadsheet to use the ActiveTrans Priority Tool, and a final report documenting the research approach, findings, and conclusions. [http://bit.ly/1aQrd1o]
COMPLETE STREETS TOOLKIT
-> CMAP (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning), in collaboration with the National Complete Streets Coalition and Active Transportation Alliance, has produced a Complete Streets Toolkit. (http://1.usa.gov/1DgbK2B) Complete Streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient, and comfortable travel and access for all anticipated roadway users, regardless of their age, abilities, or mode of travel. The Toolkit is intended to serve as a guide for incorporating a Complete Streets approach into local planning, design, and construction processes and documents. [http://1.usa.gov/1GgUrle]
HEALTH IN TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP: 2014 ANNUAL REPORT
-> The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Health in Transportation Working Group examines the agency's policies and programs and their impacts on health-related issues such as air quality, active transportation, environmental review, noise, safety, livable communities, and access to health-related facilities. Working Group members lead and participate in many initiatives that aim to encourage the consideration of health in all aspects of transportation. This report provides an overview of the Working Group's activities and accomplishments in 2014, summarizes other DOT health-related accomplishments, documents its progress toward the recommendations included in the 2013 Annual Report, and offers recommendations for 2015 based on several themes that the Working Group discussed in 2014. [http://1.usa.gov/1JstlYG]
BOOK: SOUTH KOREAN NEIGHBORHOOD—ONE MONTH, NO CARS
-> The book “Neighborhood in Motion” shows how a one-month car-free festival in a neighborhood affects the urban spaces and the mindsets and lifestyles of the residents. In September 2013 a conference and a festival on EcoMobility were organized in Haenggung-dong, a neighborhood of Suwon, in which 1,500 registered cars were blocked from the neighborhood for 30 days. The district’s 4,300 residents were forced to switch over to alternative modes of transport, or ‘EcoMobility’ — walking, cycling, ‘wheeling’, public transport and car-sharing. The idea behind this urban experiment was to prepare the citizens of Suwon for urban life in an era of dwindling fossil resources and therefore make them aware of low-carbon energy supply and how this could look like in real life. [http://bit.ly/1DAa7Me]
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> Call for Student Research – APBP Ken Cross Student Research Poster Scholarship for presentation at the Professional Development Seminar (PDS) in St. Louis Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2015. Grand prize – paid registration and a travel stipend to Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2016 in Vancouver, BC.
Deadline: May 31, 2015, http://bit.ly/1HAu4Gg
-> Call for Proposals - Aging in America Conference, March 20-24, 2016, Washington, DC.
Deadline: June 1, 2015, http://bit.ly/1E3dKzg
-> 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.
-> April 23-24, 2015, Tennessee Bike Summit, Knoxville, TN.
-> April 24, 2015, Connecticut Bike Walk Summit, Wethersfield, CT.
-> April 29 - May 2: CNU, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.
-> May 1 2015: : Massachusetts Transportation Summit, Worcester, MA.
-> 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 5-6, 2015, Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit, Henderson, NV.
-> May 6, 2015, National Bike to School Day
-> May 6-8, 2015, Placemaking: Making it Happen, New York, NY.
-> May 7, 2015, 2015 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit, Dover, DE.
-> 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 18-19, 2015, Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses, Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, Portland, OR.
-> 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 18 - August 7, 2015, Planning the Cycling City Course, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
-> July 26-30, 2015, Comprehensive Bikeway Design 1.0, Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, Portland, OR.
-> 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 17-21, 2015, Comprehensive Bikeway Design 2.0, Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, Portland, OR.
-> 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 25-27, 2015, 2015 National Open Streets Summit, Atlanta, GA.
-> September 27 – October 3, 2015, 2015 Active Aging Week
-> September 28-30, 2015, International Bicycle Urbanism Symposium, Richmond, VA.
-> 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 11-13, 2015, Disrupting Mobility: A Global Summit Investigating Sustainable Futures, Cambridge, MA.
-> 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.
-> January 10-14, 2016, Transportation Research Board (TRB) 95th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
-> January 31 - February 3, 2016, Active Living Research 2016, Clearwater Beach, FL.
-> March 20-24, 2016, Aging in America Conference, Washington, DC.
-> April 5-7, 2016, Safe Routes to School National Conference, Columbus, OH.
-> 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.
-> CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - WALKING VISIONARIES AWARDS
The Walking Visionaries Awards highlight new ideas, big and small, for fulfilling the potentials of walking for livable communities. The program supports individuals and organizations from across the globe, from different professional backgrounds and cultural contexts alike. Participants in the Walking Visionaries Awards are united by one thought: that walking is an integral element of a good, just and sustainable city. Share your ideas and projects to win a Walking Visionary Award and participate in the global discourse on walking and livable communities!
Deadline: April 30, 2015, http://bit.ly/1b585x8
-> FELLOWSHIPS - 24 K880 EMERGING CITY CHAMPIONS FELLOWS
If you are between the ages of 19 and 35; if you have the innovative ideas to make cities more livable, walkable and bikable for people from 8 to 80 years old; if you’re willing to try and fail and learn; if you have the drive and passion. 880 Cities and Knight Foundation will select 3 Emerging City Champions from each o the following communities: Akron, OH; Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI; Macon, GA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Saint Paul, MN; or San Jose, CA. K880 Emerging City Champions will each receive a $5,000 grant to implement their ideas for their city. Champions will also receive the skills, knowledge, and support they need to bring their vision for healthier communities to life.
Deadline: May 8, 2015 by 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/1zJ92Rx
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WALK/BIKE NASHVILLE, TN
Walk/Bike Nashville seeks a leader with strong development skills and management background. As the key spokesperson for Walk/Bike Nashville, the E.D. is charged with developing and maintaining relationships with donors and stakeholders. He or she must be skilled in effective communications, consensus building, event planning and management, and community outreach. Reporting to and working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will implement, manage, and as needed revise the long-term strategic plan for the organization. Key responsibilities of the E.D. include daily operations, financial health of the organization, staff management, advocacy, event planning, media relations and image.
Deadline: Application review began April 15, 2015. Applications accepted until position filled, http://bit.ly/1Hy4dBp
-> JOB - TRAVEL DEMAND MANAGEMENT (TDM) COORDINATOR, GUELPH, ONTARIO (CANADA)
The City of Guelph is accepting resumes for a temporary position of Travel Demand Management (TDM) Coordinator in the Engineering Services Department of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise. The TDM Coordinator will be responsible for leading and managing projects, activities and initiatives that further the City of Guelph’s goals to reduce energy consumption in transportation by 30% by 2031, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance community health and wellness.
Deadline: May 3, 2015, http://bit.ly/1HteIFV
-> INTERNSHIP - BICYCLE FRIENDLY AMERICA SUMMER INTERNSHIP, LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS, WASHINGTON, DC
The League of American Bicyclists, a Washington DC-based advocacy organization representing the interests of the nation's 57 million cyclists, is seeking a summer intern to assist with the Bicycle Friendly America program. Each year, through its Bicycle Friendly America program the League evaluates hundreds of applications from across the country, and designates Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly States, Communities, Businesses, and Universities. The BFA Intern will gain firsthand knowledge of the League’s Bicycle Friendly America programs, and best practices in helping communities, businesses, universities and states become great places for people of all ages and abilities to bicycle. Work includes production of promotional materials, data entry, organization, analysis and maintenance, writing, website updates and general administration.
Deadline: May 3, 2015, http://bit.ly/1FdGYfv
-> 2 JOBS - TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES, NEW YORK, NY
POLICY AND RESEARCH MANAGER
The Policy and Research Manager plays a critical role in this effort by providing meaningful policy analysis, research, public communications and advocacy. Specifically, the Policy and Research Manager oversees T.A’s data analysis and research agenda to put forth compelling statistics and best practices to support our campaigns for safer walking and biking and stronger traffic enforcement. This position also works with government agencies to develop and implement smart policy solutions.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/1yOLkZh
Transportation Alternatives seeks a self-motivated and energetic person to coordinate campaigns that will make Queens’ streets safer and more accessible for people to walk, ride bikes and take public transportation. Applicants should be familiar with current local politics, have experience in political and/or community organizing and have a strong affinity for the mission of Transportation Alternatives.
Deadlines: Hiring immediately. Applications evaluated on a rolling basis, http://bit.ly/1yOLkZh
-> JOB - LIFELONG COMMUNITIES ACTIVE LIVING COORDINATOR - SR. PROGRAM SPECIALIST, ATLANTA, GA
This position will work closely with county, county school district, select municipalities, consultants, and other ARC staff and their partners to facilitate and provide technical assistance, training and resources on policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change strategies to promote increased physical activity and health through implementation of complete streets, promotion of bike share, training for school district health and physical education teachers and other key partners.
Deadline: None provided (listing revised April 20, 2015), http://bit.ly/1DMJxmm
-> NACTO Careers, http://bit.ly/13VnUBl
-> Alliance for Biking and Walking Job Board, http://bit.ly/1IQlOaf
-> American Planning Association Jobs Online, http://bit.ly/1FUbQ3U
-> Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Career Center: http://bit.ly/1DhwE41
-> Alta Planning + Design, http://bit.ly/1jbgjF9
-> Burgess & Niple, http://bit.ly/1DWNrf3
-> Sam Schwartz Engineering, http://bit.ly/PsktvP
-> Toole Design Group, http://bit.ly/1k7DPRg
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