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#382 Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - Happy National Bike to School Day!

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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. Subscribe to the web’s most complete calendar of walking, biking, and placemaking events, trainings, and webinars at http://bit.ly/centerlines.

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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----- May is National Bike Month
----- APBP 2015 Professional Development Seminar: Registration Open
----- Most Bike-Friendly US Cities by Commuters, Fatalities & Fed $
----- Walkable Station Spacing Key to Successful Bike Share
----- [Chicago's Divvy Bikeshare Soon to Have Most Stations]
----- Segregated and Unequal
----- Roads Depend on Bus Rider, Cyclist & Pedestrian Handouts
----- [4 of 10 Highways: Not Enough Traffic to Pay for Themselves]
----- Survey: Purposes of Different Walking Types
----- LAB: 161 New & Renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses
----- 2016: Adventure Cycling (nee Bikecentennial) To Celebrate 40th

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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----- Mid-sized Cities: Apply for Support to Better Use Data & Evidence
----- [Compare Extensive Open License Data from 741 Cities Worldwide]
----- Arlington County, VA: Public School Faculty/Staff TDM Program
----- New York City: New Vision Zero Campaign Focus
----- Minneapolis, MN Plan Update: Add 30+ Protected Bikeway Miles
----- WI Active Trans Alliance Fights for Budget
----- Case Study: Walkable Town on the Prairie

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----- Research Synthesis: Making the Case for Designing Active Cities
----- Bike/Ped Investments Near Schools Reduce Transport Costs
----- More Biking w/ No Bike Lanes Makes Congestion Worse
----- Polluted Air Can Lead to Smaller Brains & Cognitive Losses
----- [American Lung Assn "State of the Air" Report]
----- Global Road Traffic Fatalities Infographic
----- Call for Additions to Bike/ Ped Research List

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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----- CarFreeAtoZ App Considers Money, Time, Health, Environment
----- APA Award: Boston Complete Streets Design Guidelines
----- Bicycling to School Together, A Bike Train Planning Guide
----- Every Body Walk! Message Toolkit
----- Liability Aspects of Pedestrian Facilities
----- What's Your Livability Score?
----- Responsive Street Furniture to Customize Walking Experience
----- SSTI Webinar Recordings Available

N-E-W-S--S-E-C-T-I-O-N-S
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- The National Scene
- Regional Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Webinars and Seminars
- Resources
- Share What You Know
- Conferences
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH
-> Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month (http://bit.ly/1aR3jCS) is a 31-day celebration of travel by two wheels. Communities big and small are hosting bike-centered events, teaching bike education classes, voting on resolutions to deem May Bike Month in their towns and much more.

APBP 2015 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR: REGISTRATION OPEN
-> Join bicycle and pedestrian professionals and advocates in St. Louis September 28 - October 1, 2015 to explore the theme of Flexibility at APBP's 2015 Professional Development Seminar. Tracks include Innovation and Experimentation; Integration and Shared Use; Getting to Yes; and Tools to Advance Health in Transportation Policy. PDS offers nearly 30 in-depth classroom and mobile sessions that explore how flexible, adaptive thinking and planning around active transportation can help build strong communities.
[http://bit.ly/11TDXiS]

MOST BIKE-FRIENDLY US CITIES BY COMMUTERS, FATALITIES & FED $
-> BetterDoctor used the following criteria to determine which cities are the best and safest for people riding bikes. (Top 5: Portland, OR; Washington, DC; Minneapolis, MN; Oakland, CA and Sacramento, CA)

  1. Are there other bicyclists? The percentage of commuters who commute to work by bicycle was weighted at 40% of the overall score.
  2. Can bicyclists travel safely? The number of fatalities per 10,000 bikers was weighted at 30% of the overall score.
  3. Are there ongoing infrastructure improvements to support bicyclists? Federal spending on bike and pedestrian projects was weighted at 30% of the overall score.

[http://bit.ly/1KHvCjZ]

WALKABLE STATION SPACING KEY TO SUCCESSFUL BIKE SHARE
-> Bike share use increases exponentially with station density, according to a new NACTO analysis of U.S. bike share system data, released today (Walkable Station Spacing is Key to Successful, Equitable Bike Share: http://bit.ly/1GYI8KE). Systems that are designed with stations a five minute walk apart provide more convenient, reliable service and are used much more frequently than systems with more far-flung stations. To increase ridership among low-income populations, bike share systems must be designed to offer a meaningful transportation option. As cities seek to build successful, equitable bike share systems, NACTO finds that high station density - approximately 28 stations per square mile - and even station spacing is key.
[Source: http://bit.ly/1KLlHtJ]

[By June, Chicago's Divvy bikeshare can boast of being the home of the most bike-share stations and the largest service area of any single system in North America: http://bit.ly/1QaB7uC]

SEGREGATED AND UNEQUAL
by Mark Plotz
-> Watching the unrest in Baltimore I can't help but wonder whether we in the biking movement are entering the equity conversation at the wrong level. Maybe the problem isn't a lack of bike share kiosks in Black neighborhoods, but that we still have Black neighborhoods and White neighborhoods 50 years after the end of Jim Crow.

Baltimore isn't unique: the segregation found in Freddie Gray's neighborhood can be found in Michael Brown's Ferguson and in the Twin Cities area where I grew up. In 1960, 37.1% of African Americans in the Twin Cities were living in majority-minority census tracts; as of 2010, the percentage had risen to 41.8. (1) Segregated neighborhoods beget segregated schools. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of schools in the Twin Cities that were at least 90% non-White leapt from 11 to 83--this despite district wide open enrollment. By way of comparison, Seattle's numbers were 14 and 25, respectively. (2)

Segregation matters because segregated communities are governed, policed, and educated differently. Policing and education matter because contact with the criminal justice system and educational attainment are so strongly correlated with household income. (3)

A year from now we will be extolling the virtues of Vancouver, British Columbia to lure you to Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place (September 12-15, 2016). Vancouver is one of the most livable cities in the world; it is also one of the least affordable when it comes to housing. Stay tuned as we tell both stories.

References and additional reading on the impacts of segregation and inequality:
1) http://bit.ly/1ILGbnc
2) Ibid
3) http://huff.to/1zLrK0K
4) http://nyti.ms/1ADmvLn
5) http://bit.ly/1EeWFOe
6) http://theatln.tc/1bwEA76

ROADS DEPEND ON BUS RIDER, CYCLIST & PEDESTRIAN HANDOUTS
-> The road system used to be largely funded by the gas tax. Gas taxes, tolls, and other fees on driving account for only about half the money spent on the U.S. road system, according to a new report (Who Pays for Roads? How the "Users Pay" Myth Gets in the Way of Solving America's Transportation Problems: http://bit.ly/1E7nXa2). [http://bit.ly/1EWCcCs]

[See also: A financial analysis by the Center for American Progress found that about four out of 10 U.S. highways don't carry enough traffic to generate sufficient revenue to pay for their maintenance - let alone construction. (Advancing a Multimodal Transportation System by Eliminating Funding Restrictions: http://ampr.gs/1zLF9Wn).]

SURVEY: PURPOSES OF DIFFERENT WALKING TYPES
-> Paradigm21Planning is conducting research on the types and purposes of walking, to better understand how, why, and where people walk. They believe there are about a dozen different types of walking, ranging from purposeful to aimless. They ask that you take a short, anonymous survey (http://bit.ly/1c3uTha) to rate walking types two dimensions: purpose driven and experience driven walking. They will share results on their website.

LAB: 161 NEW & RENEWING BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESSES
-> League of American Bicyclists has awarded 161 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses in 31 states and Washington, D.C (http://bit.ly/1IMv90Y). The program has grown to include more than 950 visionary local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies from across the country (http://bit.ly/1zLX8vV).

2016: ADVENTURE CYCLING (NEE BIKECENTENNIAL) TO CELEBRATE 40TH
-> Join the year-long celebration: [http://bit.ly/1Poh7CC]


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

MID-SIZED CITIES: APPLY FOR SUPPORT TO BETTER USE DATA & EVIDENCE
-> Bloomberg Philanthropies and its partners have launched the What Works Cities initiative, a $42 million program to help 100 mid-sized cities better use data and evidence to engage the public, make government more effective and improve people's lives. What Works Cities will provide mayors with robust technical assistance, expertise, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities that will help them enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services to solve problems for communities. U.S. cities with populations between 100,000 and 1 million people are invited to apply by June 1. (What Works Cities: http://bloombg.org/1E74CpI)
[http://bloombg.org/1zLxnvI]

[See the new UN-Habitat web portal, Urban Data (http://bit.ly/1ILWwIx), which allows users to explore data from 741 cities in 220 countries around the world and compare 103 indicators such as slum prevalence and city prosperity. The data is available under an open license agreement.]

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ARLINGTON COUNTY, VA: PUBLIC SCHOOL FACULTY/STAFF TDM PROGRAM
-> The only transportation demand management (TDM) program for public school faculty and staff in the U.S. has been created in Arlington County, Virginia. The program, "ATP Schools," aims to reduce traffic by reducing the drive-alone rate of the more than 5,000 employees of Arlington Public Schools. According to research by Toole Design Group, the drive-alone rate for school employees is a surprisingly high 88 percent, compared to 53 percent for the county overall.[http://conta.cc/1PeQik5]

NEW YORK CITY: NEW VISION ZERO CAMPAIGN FOCUS
-> New York City's Vision Zero program targets reckless driving with a pair of jarring new public service campaigns. The public-service spot is only 30 seconds long, but it will stay in your mind long after it's over… It is the latest entry in the city's Vision Zero street-safety campaign, and it is blunt in its emphasis on motorist responsibility. The tagline: "Slow down. Your choices matter." The message of driver accountability is also at the core of "Drive Like Your Family Lives Here," a 15-minute video that tells the stories of five families who lost loved ones in crashes where they were on foot or on bicycle and hit by drivers who committed traffic violations.[http://bit.ly/1E77u5O]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN PLAN UPDATE: ADD 30+ PROTECTED BIKEWAY MILES
-> Minneapolis is getting noticed for drafting one of the boldest short-term bike proposals in the country: 30 or more miles of newly protected bikeways as soon as 2020. (See Protected Bikeway Update to the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan: http://bit.ly/1Rca7fH)[http://bit.ly/1FP7JXO]

WI ACTIVE TRANS ALLIANCE FIGHTS FOR BUDGET
-> The Wisconsin Bike Fed is now part of a new coalition called the Wisconsin Active Transportation Alliance. This includes public health, aging, disability, outdoor recreation and other groups. The alliance is working on radio ads and other materials designed to educate the public on the value of Complete Streets and the Transportation Alternatives Program. (Governor Scott Walker's two-year 2015-2017 budget would repeal the Complete Streets law, cut Transportation Alternatives Program funding by $2 million or 14%, and freeze purchases under the Stewardship Fund, which is used in part to improve state trails.) [http://bit.ly/1zLvy1U]

CASE STUDY: WALKABLE TOWN ON THE PRAIRIE
-> Read how a small city, Albert Lea, MN (population 18,000), is embracing healthy lifestyles including walking. They have been working toward the goal of healthy living since 2009 when they adopted a community-wide approach to wellness. (Walkable Town on the Prairie: http://bit.ly/1E7Fsao)


THE RESEARCH BEAT

RESEARCH SYNTHESIS: MAKING THE CASE FOR DESIGNING ACTIVE
-> If you ever spent hours digging for the scientific research supporting livable communities, Active Living Research has synthesized 418 findings from high-quality journal articles and other sources to document the features that are related to physical activity, mental health, social, and environmental benefits. (Making the Case for Designing Active Cities: http://bit.ly/1F53J6I) The findings are organized into five general sections (parks/open space/trails, urban design, transportation, schools, and workplaces/buildings) and include a section on disparities.
[Source: http://bit.ly/1Ifdm3k]

BIKE/PED INVESTMENTS NEAR SCHOOLS REDUCE TRANSPORT COSTS
-> Costs of School Transportation: Quantifying the Fiscal Impacts of Encouraging Walking and Bicycling for School Travel: assesses the potential economic benefits of Safe Routes to School programs in the US context by estimating the annual costs of using motorized transport for short trips to schools, examining real-world examples of the costs savings of SRTS programs, and evaluating land use impacts on school transportation costs using a simulation analysis of school bus routes. Authors found there is potential for school districts and families to reduce transport expenditures through public sector investments in walking and biking infrastructure near schools. We also find that land use context matters and the most cost-effective investments would benefit schools where large numbers of children live within walking distance.
[http://bit.ly/1zzuuxL]

MORE BIKING W/ NO BIKE LANES MAKES CONGESTION WORSE
-> More bicycle trips mean fewer car trips, which can mean less congestion for people in cars and buses. But a recent study shows that when bicycle use rises but cities don't add bike lanes, traffic congestion actually gets worse. (Quantifying the Total Cost of Infrastructure to Enable Environmentally Preferable Decisions: The Case of Urban Roadway Design: (http://bit.ly/1JPrhO2)[http://bit.ly/1ckQQc9]

POLLUTED AIR CAN LEAD TO SMALLER BRAINS & COGNITIVE LOSSES
-> A new study carried out at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine reveals that the polluted air we inhale can affect our brain and lead to cognitive loss. (Long-Term Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter, Residential Proximity to Major Roads and Measures of Brain Structure: http://bit.ly/1IMBych) Experts say that our brain could decrease in size and people who are most exposed are more likely to suffer from strokes or dementia. [http://bit.ly/1OZW1zw]

[4 in 10 Americans live in counties where ozone or particle pollution levels make the air unhealthy to breathe. See the American Lung Association's 16th annual "State of the Air" report: http://bit.ly/1EPQ6Fl]

GLOBAL ROAD TRAFFIC FATALITIES INFOGRAPHIC
-> At a global scale, road crashes are projected to be the number 5 cause of death by 2030 because of the large number of vehicles being added to road environments where most people still walk, bike, or use two-wheel vehicles. (See the Mapping Global Road Traffic Fatalities infographic: () [http://bit.ly/1PeSp7q]

CALL FOR ADDITIONS TO BIKE/ PED RESEARCH LIST
-> Researchers at Portland State University need help in identifying ongoing and planned pedestrian and bicycle research. As part of an FHWA sponsored project to establish a Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation, Portland State is conducting an assessment of ongoing and planned pedestrian and bicycle research. They created a working list of pedestrian and bicycle research projects that are either in progress or planned. Please review it and provide feedback on research that is missing, planned for future funding, or has already been completed:

[Source: http://bit.ly/1DRUuQb]


QUOTES R US
"Health equity has got to be something more than access to quality care, it also includes income equality, racial discrimination and other non-health sector determinants. The pathways include using transportation as a health improvement tool, housing as a health improvement tool, and environmental quality as a health improvement tool."
-American Public Health Association Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD on panel considering how to spend $300 billion to create health equity "I'm not sure I'd spend any of it on health care, not until we addressed the social determinants of health."
[http://bit.ly/1QP7rnX]

"We've got it all wrong, by providing free housing for cars, and expensive housing for people."
- Donald Shoup in the most retweeted topic at this year's American Planning Association Conference, http://bit.ly/1Pok06mM

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

COME EARLY TO PRO WALK/PRO BIKE/PRO PLACE 2016: CHECK OUT VANCOUVER'S CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE
Hike through a captivating, verdant Pacific Northwest rainforest from 230 feet up on the 460-foot-long Capilano Suspension Bridge. Walk other attractions, like the Treetop Adventure Bridges which gives visitors a squirrel's eye view of the park with seven wooden suspension bridges, and the Cliff Walk, a narrow, U-shaped bridge that suspends the brave and willing off of a granite cliff. See photos and video: [http://bit.ly/1Eukipk]


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 "CDC's Community Guide: Improving the Science of Built Environment and Public Health for Physical Activity"
Date: May 6, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Greg Heath (Univ. of TN), David Hopkins (CDC) & Katherine Hebert (Creating Community Change Consulting)
Host: American Public Health Association
Details: http://b.gatech.edu/1E7uHF4, 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 "Online Public Involvement Tools for Transportation Agencies: Rationale, Best Practices, and Case Studies"
Date: May 7, 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Dave Biggs (MetroQuest), Jessica Clark (PennDOT), Lynn Merenda (Hillsborough, FL MPO)
Host: Federal Highway Administration & Federal Transit Agency
Details: http://1.usa.gov/1Efnu4V, Registration full, join wait list

WEBINAR "Crowdsourcing Cyclist & Pedestrian Activity Data Web Seminar"
Date: May 12, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH)
Presenters: Amy Smith (Fehr & Peers), Sean Wiedel (Chicago DOT) & Brian Riordan (StravaMetro)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/1cl26p8, $125

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
Details: http://bit.ly/1O73MQ5

WEBINAR "Cities Reaching for the Stars: Creating More Sustainable Communities with the STAR Communities Framework"
Date: May 13, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters:
Host: Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
Details: http://bit.ly/1F5aPrP, free

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.)
Host: FHWA
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) 
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 "Mayors' Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets"
Date: May 22, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Barbara McCann (USDOT), Mayor Zachary Vruwink (Wisconsin Rapids, WI), Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. & Kyle Wagenschutz (Memphis, TN), Mayor Chip Johnson (Hernando, MS), Mayor Ralph Becker (Salt Lake City, UT)
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/1FGYGIg, free

WEBINAR "Advancing A Sustainable Highway System: Access and Affordability"
Date: May 28, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET
Presenters: Candace Groudine (FHWA)
Host: Federal Highway Administration
Details: http://bit.ly/1zLCQmo, Registration not required, but webinar room limited to first 100 participants

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
Presenters: TBA
Host: Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse, American Public Health Association & American Planning Association
Details: http://bit.ly/19bZB6I

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
Details: http://bit.ly/1yJ7hsu

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) 
Presenters: TBA
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 "Linking Planning and Asset Management"
Date: June 25, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Federal Highway Administration
Details: http://bit.ly/1zLCQmo, Registration not required, but webinar room limited to first 100 participants

WEBINAR "Health in All Policies"
Date: July 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/1GdQOzg, $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts (Site Fee)

WEBINAR "Sustainable Pavements"
Date: July 29, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Federal Highway Administration
Details: http://bit.ly/1zLCQmo, Registration not required, but webinar limited to first 100 participants

WEBINAR "Let's Talk Performance: Telling the Performance Story"
Date: September 8, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Federal Highway Administration
Details: http://bit.ly/1DRNsLa, free


RESOURCES

CARFREEATOZ APP CONSIDERS MONEY, TIME, HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT
-> A new app is trying to get traffic-weary Washington DC-area travelers to think more holistically about their trips. It's called CarFreeAtoZ.com (http://bit.ly/1dMRe3C), the creation of Arlington County Commuter Services, Mobility Lab, and the transit-tech firm Conveyal. The idea behind the website is that saving time and money are only two pieces of a successful commute. What about the effect on your health? On the environment? (Listen to a related 1:11 WAMU news feature: http://bit.ly/1QlNeFc) [http://bit.ly/1znB1LY]

APA AWARD: BOSTON COMPLETE STREETS DESIGN GUIDELINES
-> The American Planning Association's National Planning Excellence Award for a Communications Initiative (http://bit.ly/1EPmDLG) was awarded to Boston Complete Streets Design Guidelines (http://bit.ly/1hileV1). The Guidelines were recognized for the "fully imagined", easy-to-understand infographics and illustrations and the accompanying interactive website that reflect truly Bostonian streetscapes and spaces. [http://bit.ly/1Ifdm3k]

BICYCLING TO SCHOOL TOGETHER, A BIKE TRAIN PLANNING GUIDE
-> The National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn's Helmets on Heads program have published "Bicycling to School Together, A Bike Train Planning Guide" (http://bit.ly/1Kgb4hB). It provides how-to information and tips on planning a bike train: picking a route, setting a schedule, equipment, bicycling safety skills and more. [http://bit.ly/1KgbdBD]

EVERY BODY WALK! MESSAGE TOOLKIT
-> Every Body Walk! is collaborating to develop an engaging consumer message to motivate more people to walk. We identified audience priorities based on health disparities, as well as these audiences' need for more information: low-income White, low-income Latino, low-income Black and people ages 60+. (Also see related PowerPoint presentation: http://bit.ly/1ziBiQh) [http://bit.ly/1KyGVer]

LIABILITY ASPECTS OF PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES
-> Liability Aspects of Pedestrian Facilities (http://bit.ly/1Kgu3IU) addresses legal claims that relate to pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks and crosswalks, and focuses on allegations of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and lawsuits alleging that a government agency has been negligent in maintaining its facilities. [http://bit.ly/1GOoYEK]

WHAT'S YOUR LIVABILITY SCORE?
-> Find the Livability Score (http://bit.ly/1KLi7zG) of any U.S. address, zip code, town or city name in the AARP Livability Index, a new online tool that calculates a score based on the latest data and indicators about an area's housing, economy, transportation, community services and more. The index is customizable so users can find scores based on the features that matter to them most. [http://bit.ly/1zA2CcJ]

RESPONSIVE STREET FURNITURE TO CUSTOMIZE WALKING EXPERIENCE
-> For the 285 million people with visual impairments or 1 in 8 American teens and adults with hearing loss, crossing the street isn't as simple as looking both ways-but responsive design could help. The prototype for Responsive Street Furniture (http://bit.ly/1bx10VV) aims to deliver a customized experience on demand. Users log on to a website and select from a range of potential accommodations, including additional spots to sit, brighter street lights, audio cues, and more time to cross. The site stores users' data, and when they pass an intersection equipped with the technology, the environment adapts to fit the preselected preferences. [See video demo: http://bit.ly/1OZv9Qb]

SSTI WEBINAR RECORDINGS AVAILABLE
-> State Smart Transportation Initiative makes its recordings nearly all of their webinars since June 2011 available on their website (http://bit.ly/1PnYm1Z) and YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/1EfcHrt). Most viewed topics include:


SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW

-> -> Call for Papers - Building Bridges between Public Health and Civic/Community Planning Project. Accepted papers to be published on the Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse website (http://b.gatech.edu/1iWQOrO), with links on the American Planning Association and American Public Health Association websites.
Deadline: May 21, 2015, http://bit.ly/1DRMIWB

-> 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.

-> May 6-8, 2015, Placemaking: Making it Happen, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/1CFKcaT
-> May 7, 2015, 2015 Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit, Dover, DE.
http://bit.ly/1IIw93F
-> 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 12, 2015, NACTO Designing Main Streets, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
http://bit.ly/1KLlnLq
-> 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 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 27 – October 3, 2015, 2015 Active Aging Week
http://bit.ly/1IaZ8gp
-> September 28-30, 2015, International Bicycle Urbanism Symposium, Richmond, VA.
http://b.gatech.edu/1JaFK75
-> 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
-> January 10-14, 2016, Transportation Research Board (TRB) 95th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1DiAYRh
-> January 31 - February 3, 2016, Active Living Research 2016, Clearwater Beach, FL.
http://bit.ly/1C9RQb1
-> February 11-13, 2016, New Partners for Smart Growth, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/17MHVGv
-> March 20-24, 2016, Aging in America Conference, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1CTsOgT
-> April 5-7, 2016, Safe Routes to School National Conference, Columbus, OH.
http://bit.ly/YE6ocN
-> May 4, 2016, Bike to School Day
http://bit.ly/X7UOex
-> June 3-5, 2016, National Bike travel Weekend
http://bit.ly/1Rc41ff
-> June 28-July 1, 2016, World Congress on Active Ageing 2016, Melbourne, Australia.
http://bit.ly/16QW2Ri
-> September 24, 2016, Bike to Your National Park Day
http://bit.ly/1OZPrJe


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.

-> JOB - SCARBOROUGH CYCLES PROJECT COORDINATOR, TORONTO CENTRE FOR ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION, CANADA
The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), in partnership with Cycle Toronto, Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, and CultureLink, has launched an exciting new project called Scarborough Cycles: Building Bike Culture Beyond Downtown. They are hiring a Project Coordinator to administer the program in Scarborough, conduct outreach, and organize events.
Deadline: May 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET, http://bit.ly/1Ifxsue

-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION SUSTAINABILITY SENIOR PLANNER, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
The Transportation Sustainability Senior Planner is responsible for developing, supporting and implementing projects, programs, and initiatives to achieve SFMTA's Strategic Plan Objective 3.1: Reduce the Agency's and the transportation system's resource consumption, emissions, waste, and noise. As part of the Sustainability Team at SFMTA, this position provides the opportunity to take part in developing the agency's approach and priorities to sustainability and climate adaptation.
Deadline: May 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. PT, http://bit.ly/1Perw3D

-> JOB - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR, BOSTON, MA
The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is seeking an experienced, hands-on, impactful and highly motivated Active Transportation Director who wants to be a part of transforming how people experience and move about the city of Boston. The selected candidate will understand the pressing need for action and have the patience and persistence required to catalyze change in an environment where needs, resources and opportunities vary enormously. The selected candidate will have the ability to propose new ideas and to advance them in collaboration with multiple, diverse constituencies and public agencies. Ideal candidate must have an outstanding track record of proven results championing walking and bicycling.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/1bxfJjw

-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNER I OR II- BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN PLANNING, ARLINGTON, TX
The Transportation Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments is seeking an entry- or mid-level Transportation Planner to support the Sustainable Development program, specifically in the area of Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordination. This position will conduct activities related to multi-modal corridor studies, bicycle/pedestrian planning and studies, demographic analysis, bicycle and pedestrian counts, safety education, data collection, healthy communities, mapping, grant administration, Context Sensitive Design/Complete Streets, and urban design/landscaping.
Deadline: None provided.
Entry-level Transportation Planner I position: http://bit.ly/1Kgt1MZ
Mid-level Transportation Planner II position: http://bit.ly/1AE1K28

See also:
-> 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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