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#383 Wednesday, May 20, 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. 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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----- Realtors: Walkable Communities 4X More Tax Revenue, 41% Higher GDP
----- Design Resource Index
----- Advances in & Recommendations for Disabilities Transportation
----- [Crowdsourced AXS Map App Creates City Guides for Wheelchair Users]
----- Funding a multimodal transportation system
----- Black Girls Do Bike!
----- Hospitals As Bike Friendly Businesses
----- Vigilante Russian Youth Shame Drivers on Sidewalks

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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----- LAB: Bicycle Friendly State Ranking
----- 5 New Walk Friendly Communities
----- Austin, TX: Motivational Interviewing Gets Drivers to Try Alternatives
----- San Francisco, CA: Reviews of Area Accessible Trails
----- New York City: Walkers Can Show Dangerous Intersections by Time
----- FLDOT: Changes Bike Lane Policy

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----- 7 Studies: Active Trans Satisfaction, Obesity, Diabetes & Chronic Disease Impacts
----- Census Undercounts Walking and Biking
----- Impact of SRTS Programs on Walking & Biking
----- Adding New Road Capacity Doesn’t Improve Congestion
----- Poll: Voters Want Federal Funding for Trails, Walking, & Biking

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----- New from FHWA: Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide
----- Rural Road Light Surface Treatment
----- Syllabus for Race, Justice & Design Course
----- Designing Accessible Pedestrian Facilities
----- Video: Path as Place Presentation
----- Survey: Views on Housing, Transportation & Community
----- Parklet Impact on Sidewalk Vitality & Local Businesses

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- Regional Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Webinars and Seminars
- Resources
- Share What You Know
- Conferences
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

REALTORS: WALKABLE COMMUNITIES 4X MORE TAX REVENUE, 41% HIGHER GDP
-> Realtors® from across the country gathered today to learn about the importance and benefits of walkable urban communities in real estate development during a panel organized by the REALTOR® University Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies. Residential walkable communities generate four times the tax revenue compared to regional and business malls, bringing more value to the area, according to panelists. “Walkable urban regions in the U.S. have a 41 percent higher Gross Domestic Product over non-walkable regions,” said Christopher Leinberger, professor at George Washington University School of Business and president of Locus, a national coalition of real estate developers and investors who advocate for sustainable, walkable urban development in metropolitan areas. [http://bit.ly/1Gluu5W]

DESIGN RESOURCE INDEX
-> The new FHWA Design Resource Index identifies the specific location of information in 22 key national design manuals and other resources for various pedestrian and bicycle design treatments. It includes three separate matrices: On-Street Bicycle Facilities, Shared Use Paths, and Pedestrian Facilities. The Design Resource Index is available in a navigable Excel version (http://bit.ly/1FlhMSy) or printable 11x17 version (http://bit.ly/1c1W2AO). [http://bit.ly/1dgN8kn]

ADVANCES IN & RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DISABILITIES TRANSPORTATION
-> The U.S. National Council on Disability (NCD) released "Transportation Update: Where We've Gone and What We've Learned" (http://1.usa.gov/1AeiEtC), a report that examines what has changed since NCD published The Current State of Transportation For People With Disabilities in the United States" in 2005. This update describes the last ten years' numerous advances in the field of transportation for people with disabilities and recommends public policy to address new and persistent problems. The focus of this report is surface transportation, and the findings address accessibility-related progress and problems associated with fixed route and deviation bus and rail transit, paratransit, public right of way, enforcement of existing laws, and other issues for all modes of public transit. [http://1.usa.gov/1L8Te0p]

[See also AXS Map, a free app, uses crowdsourced information to cover a wide range of places and venues to create city guides for users in wheelchairs — informing them which venues are accessible and which do not have disabled facilities: http://bit.ly/1E8YYTX]

FUNDING A MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
-> There is an increasing urgency to addressing the transportation funding crisis, not simply for highways but system-wide. As urban areas—where most of the country’s population lives—become increasingly multimodal, a shift in the funding paradigm is required for such a system to truly flourish. A recent report (Advancing a Multimodal Transportation System by Eliminating Funding Restrictions: http://ampr.gs/1EWBX6a) rebuts the assumption among the general public that roads are paid for through user fees. The report asserts “objective measures of transportation system needs should determine transportation priorities regardless of the source of funds.”

Some states, regions, and local governments are responding to new transportation preferences. States like Tennessee have created a Multimodal Access Fund to help support community driven, multimodal projects. Similarly, the Nashville MPO has prioritized funding projects that support multimodal and active transportation modes. [http://bit.ly/1PVqRnY]

BLACK GIRLS DO BIKE!
-> It's like a pep rally for black girls on bikes! Blackgirlsdobike.com's interest is in growing and supporting a community of women of color who share a passion for cycling. We champion efforts to introduce the joy of cycling to all women, but especially, black women and girls. We are establishing a comfortable place where female cyclists can support, advise, organize meet-ups/rides and promote skill-sharing. We look to share positive images of ladies and their bikes to affirm the truth that black girls do indeed bike! We support bike advocacy, education, volunteerism and safety in all communities and corners of the world. [http://bit.ly/1AUWPd4]

HOSPITALS AS BIKE FRIENDLY BUSINESSES
-> Several hospitals across the United States are providing patient care in new and innovative ways by bike -- and encouraging and supporting the health and wellness of their employees. Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business Seattle Children's Hospital pays a daily bonus to incentivize staff to leave their cars at home, provides one of only a few on-site staff bicycle service centers in the nation, offers staff access to free commuter bicycles and helped launch Seattle's bike share system by serving as its first business sponsor. [http://bit.ly/1PSAxzF]

VIGILANTE RUSSIAN YOUTH SHAME DRIVERS ON SIDEWALKS
-> Russia has a dangerous problem with people driving on the sidewalks. Well, it did, until vigilante YouTubers set out to shame them into stopping. Russia’s Stop a Douchebag movement—better translated, perhaps, as the less-catchy “stop a cad”—turns five years old this month. Its humor, international popularity (English-subtitled clips have been viewed millions of times), and earnest bravado draw viewers both in the post-Soviet cities of the former USSR and all around the world. [http://thebea.st/1SaPbX1]


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

LAB: BICYCLE FRIENDLY STATE RANKING
-> The League of American Bicyclists released its 2015 Bicycle Friendly State ranking. They considered Legislation & Enforcement; Policies & Programs; Infrastructure & Funding; Education & Encouragement; and Evaluation & Planning. The top 5 states are Washington, Minnesota, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Utah. See the overall ranking, state report cards and category maps. [http://bit.ly/1Fq8tlI]

5 NEW WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
-> The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announced five new Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) and recognized one community for jumping from Bronze to Silver. The "Walk Friendly" title means a city or town is being recognized for its success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. Gold: Evantson, IL & Somerville, MA; Silver: Lee’s Summit, MO (up from Bronze) & Sandpoint, ID; and Bronze: Arcata, CA & Saratoga Springs, NY. [http://bit.ly/1c43ATq]

AUSTIN, TX: MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING GETS DRIVERS TO TRY ALTERNATIVES
-> Movability Austin is a transportation management association that works with downtown employers and employees to promote alternative transportation. They’re in the midst of a unique pilot project that uses a decades-old counseling technique called motivational interviewing that’s helped people deal with overeating, cigarette and drug addiction, and other problems where will power or logic often isn’t enough to change behavior.

Motivational interviewing centers on the idea that every behavior comes with trade-offs. The interviewer asks leading questions to try and get the interviewee to think about and articulate what they’re doing now, think about the pluses and minuses of that choice, and consider alternatives. In a month and a half of interviews, Movability has gotten around 200 people to agree to try a different way of commuting— about 35 percent of the people who’ve stopped and talked to them. [http://bit.ly/1KheN1Y]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: REVIEWS OF AREA ACCESSIBLE TRAILS
-> Mark Hehir shares his reviews, experiences, photos and videos of accessible trails in the San Francisco Bay Area from a wheelchair user's perspective. (http://bit.ly/1cMhASv) [http://bit.ly/1LfO6s5]

NEW YORK CITY: WALKERS CAN SHOW DANGEROUS INTERSECTIONS BY TIME
-> The Ultimate Guide to Walking Safely in NYC, a new online interactive tool, allows walkers and runners in New York City to easily depict which intersections are busiest/most dangerous by time of day. The data is depicted visually using a heatmap, which outlines the most dangerous areas. [http://bit.ly/1AeloqI]

FLDOT: CHANGES BIKE LANE POLICY
-> The Florida Department of Transportation is beginning to implement a shift in how it designs bike lanes on state roads. In November, the state transportation department quietly shifted its policy, making buffered bike lanes its standard on all state roads. The state standard used to be just 4-foot bike lanes with just a line that indicated where cars belong and where bike lanes begin.

On new projects, the state will try to incorporate 4-or 5-foot bike lanes with about 2 feet of striped pavement between the bike lanes and traffic if there's enough space. To make room for that 6-to 7-feet of space, lanes for vehicles can shrink from 12 feet to 11 feet. But this will only happen as roads are resurfaced or widened; new roads also will have them. So it may take some time before buffered lanes can be found on most roads and streets throughout the Broward and Palm Beach Counties area. [http://bit.ly/1HrWkw7]


THE RESEARCH BEAT

7 STUDIES: ACTIVE TRANS SATISFACTION, OBESITY, DIABETES & CHRONIC DISEASE IMPACTS
-> It seems that not driving has all sorts of positive health benefits. A recent Canadian study (The Happy Commuter: A Comparison of Commuter Satisfaction across Modes: http://bit.ly/1EhfoIN) sorted people by mode of travel — walking, biking, driving, bus, intercity train, and intracity metro — and found that people who walk, bike, or take the intercity train are more satisfied with their commutes than others.

A 2010 study conducted in Hamilton, Ontario (Enjoyment of Commute: A Comparison of Different Transportation Modes: http://bit.ly/1JWV841), found that bikers and walkers were more satisfied with their commutes than anyone else, as did a nationwide Canadian survey (Commuting to Work: Results of the 2010 General Social Survey: http://bit.ly/1dhpqED) done the same year.

A British study (Associations between Active Commuting, Body Fat, and Body Mass Index: Population Based, Cross Sectional Study in the United Kingdom: http://bmj.co/1edalUD) found that people who walk, bike, or take any form of public transit have lower rates of obesity than people who drive, after controlling for other forms of exercise and socioeconomic factors.

People who walk or bike to work also have lower rates of diabetes (Active Travel to Work and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in the United Kingdom: http://bit.ly/1Jwnh3R) and cardiovascular disease (Active Commuting and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: http://bit.ly/1EhgF2o). [Biking or Walking to Work will Make you Happier and Healthier by Joseph Stromberg: http://bit.ly/1AiukLq]

Impact of Changes in Mode of Travel to Work on Changes in Body Mass Index Survey: evidence from the British Household Panel (http://bmj.co/1JwmIXS) found that workers who switched from driving to walking, bicycling or taking public transportation had a significant average reduction in body mass index equal to about 2.2 pounds per person. [http://bit.ly/1c2mRon]

CENSUS UNDERCOUNTS WALKING AND BIKING
-> The U.S. Census is the most widely cited source of data about how Americans get around, but it only asks about commute trips, and commuting only accounts for about 16 percent of total household travel. What happens when you measure the other 84 percent? Researchers at the University of Minnesota set out to design a better way to track how people move around the Twin Cities region.

The UMN team found that driving decreased in the region between 2000 and 2010, while biking and walking grew. Cycling rose over that period from 1.4 to 2.2 percent of trips. That’s about 190,000 daily trips, or a 58 percent increase. Meanwhile, walking grew from 4.5 to 6.6 percent of trips, a 44 percent increase, or almost three quarters of a million daily trips. Residents of the Twin Cities region typically make about 12 million total daily trips. What’s especially interesting is that the share of biking and walking trips in the UMN survey is much bigger than what the Census indicates — about two to three times larger. [http://bit.ly/1rW2snN]

IMPACT OF SRTS PROGRAMS ON WALKING & BIKING
-> The Impact of Safe Routes to School Programs on Walking and Biking (http://bit.ly/1cOiXQL) research review highlights findings from studies conducted in several states and cities that have examined walking or biking rates, safety, and economic issues associated with Safe Routes to School. Key finding and recommendations:

  • Actively commuting to and from school could improve mental and physical health.
  • SRTS has increased the number of students who walk or bike to and from school.
  • Unsafe routes make it harder for students to walk or bike to and from school. SRTS has made it safer for students to walk or bike to or from school.
  • SRTS can lower health care and transportation costs for school districts and families.
  • Communities can take action on SRTS through subdivision regulations that require sidewalks, education facility plans that ensure access to school by foot and bicycle, school wellness policies that include Safe Routs to School, and capital improvement plans that prioritize engineering improvements near schools. [http://bit.ly/1Hg9idC]

ADDING NEW ROAD CAPACITY DOESN’T IMPROVE CONGESTION
-> Decades of traffic data across the United States shows that adding new road capacity doesn't actually improve congestion. The latest example of this is the widening of Los Angeles' I-405 freeway, which was completed last May after five years of construction and a cost of over $1 billion. "The data shows that traffic is moving slightly slower now on 405 than before the widening (405 Commutes Now a Minute Worse Than Before Carpool Lane: http://bit.ly/1AcBVLL),” says Matthew Turner, a Brown University economist.

The main reason, Turner has found, is simple — adding road capacity spurs people to drive more miles, either by taking more trips by car or taking longer trips than they otherwise would have. He and University of Pennsylvania economist Gilles Duranton call this the "fundamental rule" of road congestion (The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion: Evidence from US cities: http://bit.ly/1Hevghc): adding road capacity just increases the total number of miles traveled by all vehicles.

In an influential 2011 paper, they looked at the total capacity of highways in each metropolitan area in the US and compared it with the total number of vehicle miles traveled. They found a one-to-one correlation: the more highway capacity a metro area had, the more miles its vehicles traveled on them. A 10 percent increase in capacity, for instance, meant a 10 percent increase in vehicle miles, on average. [http://bit.ly/1S6NEBa]

POLL: VOTERS WANT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR TRAILS, WALKING, & BIKING
-> A recent Rails-to-Trails Conservancy poll (American Voters Expect Federal Investment in Walking and Bicycling: http://bit.ly/1QZ6KaT) found that four times as many voters favor increasing or maintaining current levels of federal investment in walking and biking paths. The survey found that support was strongest among Democrats, but an overwhelming majority of Republicans also supported the federal role in building infrastructure for biking and walking. The message that active transportation is affordable and produces a strong return on investment seems to resonate strongly with voters. [http://bit.ly/1LfO6s5]


QUOTES R US
"Public health has learned over a long period of time that in order to really change someone’s behavior... you need to help them attach emotions and internal rewards to the behavior they’re going to change."
--Glenn Gadbois, Executive Director of Movability Austin on using motivational interviewing to help drivers try a different means of commuting. http://bit.ly/1KheN1Y

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

OUT OF THIS WORLD PEDESTRIANS: WALKING ON THE MOON & IN SPACE
The 200th Episode of "Perils For Pedestrians" includes interviews with Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean about walking on the moon and Space Shuttle astronaut Rick Mastracchio about walking in space. [See also the favorite interviews from the first 199 episodes: http://bit.ly/1QZ1Vyt]

Bravo, John Wetmore, on your first 200 episodes! Encore!

WASH CYCLE LAUNDRY: BIKE DELIVERY
Only in Austin, Philadelphia and Washington, DC for now: Wash Cycle Laundry will pick up your dirty laundry and dry cleaning on a bike and bring it back clean tomorrow. Their delivery trikes can hold up to 300 pounds. [http://bit.ly/1Jq8wQ6]

FLOORPLAN: FOOD FOR THOUGHT
If we designed our houses the way we designed our downtowns. [http://bit.ly/1cmLFbh]


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 "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 "Washington SRTS Resources & State Survey Results Webinar"
Date: May 27, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Charlotte Claybrooke & Ed Spilker (WA State DOT) & Mandy Stahre (WA State Dept. of Health)
Host: Washington State Safe Routes to School Action Network
Details: http://bit.ly/1SaBg39, 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 "U.S. EPA: EJSCREEN Presentation and Demonstration" [Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool]
Date: May 28, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET (Repeats on June 3)
Presenters: TBA
Host: US EPA
Details: http://bit.ly/1c3XRx9, free

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 "U.S. EPA: EJSCREEN Presentation and Demonstration" [Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool]
Date: June 3, 2015, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm ET (repeated from May 28)
Presenters: TBA
Host: US EPA
Details: http://bit.ly/1IP2YOw, free

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 "Measuring the Economic Impact of Nonmotorized Transportation"
Date: June 4, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Erica Simmons (John A Volpe Transportation Systems Ctr), Sean Quinn (NYC DOT) & Dr. Greg Lindsey (Univ. of MN)
Host: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Details: http://bit.ly/1cOeKMP, free

WEBINAR "Why Do Old Places Matter?"
Date: June 9, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Donovan Rypkema (PlaceEconomics & Heritage Strategies International) & Mike Powe & Thompson M. Mayes (National Trust for Historic Preservation)
Host: Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse
Details: http://conta.cc/1HoJzlY, free

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

NEW FROM FHWA: SEPARATED BIKE LANE PLANNING AND DESIGN GUIDE
-> Yesterday FHWA guidance released its Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide (http://1.usa.gov/1PVn0Y2). It is the result of two years of research into numerous modern protected bike lanes around the country, in consultation with a team of national experts. Among the many useful images and ideas in the 148-page document is a spectrum of comfortable bike lanes, starting with bike infrastructure that will be useful to the smallest number of people and continuing into the more broadly appealing categories. [http://bit.ly/1rW2snN]

RURAL ROAD LIGHT SURFACE TREATMENT
-> Because of limited funding, some agencies are considering reverting some rural roads with lower volumes of traffic to gravel. But doing so creates a surface with a much lower ride quality, and vehicles driving over gravel roads stir up substantial amounts of dust. Fortunately, a method is available that serves as a middle ground between the costs of repaving and the drawbacks of reverting to gravel. Called a light surface treatment, this method applies a light asphalt emulsion to a thicker than usual base.

A new report from the LRRB synthesizes LST state-of-the-practice in the United States (Lightly Surfaced Roads: Stabilized Aggregate Applications: http://bit.ly/1EWxyQx, and Light Surface Treatments: A Cost-Effective Middle Ground for Maintaining Low-Volume Roads Technical Summary: http://bit.ly/1HrEAB5)

SYLLABUS FOR RACE, JUSTICE & DESIGN COURSE
-> Members of the African American Student Union (AASU) of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design notes their instruction has been based in the work of architects whose worldviews don’t give heavy weight to social problems. AASU president Dana McKinney told Al Jazeera that issues of race and justice are not only not discussed among designers, but neither does Harvard’s Design School offer courses that consider these things together. Here’s a syllabus for course suggested by urban architects and designers... [http://bit.ly/1IP31Kh]

DESIGNING ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES
-> The NJ Division of the Federal Highway Administration created a slide presentation on pedestrian accessibility on transportation-related facilities and rights-of-way. [Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility: http://bit.ly/1FqbcLR] Curb cuts and street crossings are covered in detail, with extensive photos marked up with dimensions and critical points. The appropriate laws and guidance are cited and explained for various facilities. [http://bit.ly/1LfO6s5]

[See also APBP’s Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility Course: http://bit.ly/1FlgcAd]

VIDEO: PATH AS PLACE PRESENTATION
-> In this 9:42 minute video in Spanish with English subtitles, Julio Carrillo makes a presentation based on the concept of “Path as Place” by Ian Lockwood of Toole Design that Ian presented at CNU 23 in Dallas. The video touches on the integration between transportation and urbanism. With a powerful and simple idea as this, it is simple to understand how wrong it is to support automobile infrastructure in a growing city. [http://bit.ly/1R250xw]

SURVEY: VIEWS ON HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION & COMMUNITY
-> Many Americans face significant community design-related barriers to living a healthy life, according to a new Urban Land Institute report (America in 2015: A ULI Survey of Views on Housing, Transportation and Community: http://on.uli.org/1AkK9kW). The report is based on a nationwide survey of 1,201 adults. A large number of people, particularly minorities and Millennials, report living in areas that lack easy access to safe places for outdoor physical activity, active transportation systems such as bike lanes, and healthy food options. [http://bit.ly/1c3YSVU]

PARKLET IMPACT ON SIDEWALK VITALITY & LOCAL BUSINESSES
-> The University City District (Philadelphia, PA) published a briefing on "The Case for Parklets: Measuring the Impact on Sidewalk Vitality and Neighborhood Businesses" (http://bit.ly/1HPTzEb). This publication examines the economic benefits of converting parking spaces into temporary inviting public spaces with seating and bicycle racks. [http://1.usa.gov/1L8Te0p]


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 - APBP 2015 Ken Cross Student Research Competition. 2015 APBP Professional Development Seminar, September 28 – October 1, 2015, St. Louis, MO.
Deadline: June 15, 2015, http://bit.ly/1188ckD

-> CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS - New Partners for Smart Growth, February 11-13, 2016, Portland, OR.
Deadline: June 30, 2015, http://bit.ly/1INzjp1

-> Call FOR ABSTRACTS - 8th International Urban Design Conference, November 16-18, 2015, Brisbane, Australia.
Deadline: August 7, 2015, http://bit.ly/17ef3to

-> CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS - Winter Cycling Congress 2016, February 2-4, 2016, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Deadline: September 30, 2015, http://bit.ly/1HtDZl2

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 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 6, 2015, National Trails Day
http://bit.ly/1EUctWZ
-> 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 2-14, 2016, Winter Cycling Congress 2016, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.
http://bit.ly/1FzeIpg
-> 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 - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALLIANCE FOR BIKING & WALKING
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is seeking an Executive Director to lead and execute the national bicycling and walking movement by defining issues, crafting campaigns, identifying opportunities, and building the capacity of its members and allies. The Executive Director will help shape and execute the future vision for the organization, utilizing a strategic approach and aligning its resources in a more intentional way in order continue to create more livable communities across North America. The organization is looking to move from being an opportunistic organization to a strategic leader that invests resources and builds capacity in organizations, communities, and people who will make significant impact on policies, programs, and finally on how people live. This position is currently based in Washington DC, but the Board is open to a virtual office and prefers proximity to a major city and airport.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/1EWLCcP

-> JOB - BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR, CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, FL
This is professional urban planning, coordinating and regulatory work includes data collection, analysis, studying infrastructure, and developing and implementing policies. Work requires a basic understanding of and application of the theories, principles and practices of urban planning, which is usually gained through degree granting schools or equivalent training and experience. Contacts with others require skills in understanding and influencing people and are important in implementing urban planning projects, discussing and resolving work-related issues and problems, and presenting and defending recommendations and decisions.
Deadline: May 25, 2015, http://bit.ly/1djcgXL

-> JOB - ASSOCIATE ENGINEERS, TRANSPORTATION DIVISION, CITY OF MENLO PARK, CA
The Transportation Division is looking for people to help implement their Complete Streets Policy with development and CIP projects and work on grant-funded bicycle projects. See the general job description.
Deadline: May 26, 2015, http://bit.ly/1Frvpkr

-> JOB - ASSOCIATE ENGINEER - TRANSPORTATION PLANNING, CITY OF SAN JOSE, CA
The Transportation Policy and Planning Division is seeking an Associate Engineer who will, under general direction of the Senior Transportation Specialist, perform work of considerable sensitivity and complexity in transportation system planning, transportation impact studies and environmental analysis for implementation of Envision San José 2040 General Plan Goals and Policies. The Envision 2040 General Plan embraces "planning for people, not just cars" and "creating walkable and bike friendly neighborhood villages" to transform San José into an interconnected and vibrant city from the traditional automobile dominant, suburban like city.
Deadline: June 7, 2015 http://bit.ly/1LhpHSZ

-> INTERNSHIPS, CITY OF SAN JOSE, CA
Interns looking for challenging, interesting work this summer or fall. Interns must be in school (graduate or undergraduate), ideally through at least Spring 2016. Interns will get hands on experience with data collection and analysis, grant preparation, planning research, and much more. These are paid positions, with precise salary levels depending on experience. Send email with a resume and a brief note describing why you would like to work on transportation planning and/or policy items. Jessica Zenk, jessica.zenk@sanjoseca.gov

-> JOB - PROJECT MANAGER, SENIOR-CHIEF BICYCLE OFFICER, CITY OF ATLANTA, GA
This position provides professional project design, management, and collaboration for a wide array of bicycle related implementation initiatives. The City seeks a fully seasoned professional whose work will include extensive public outreach, public involvement coordination, project development and scoping, grant writing, transportation engineering and planning for city bicycle projects, supervising the development of project construction plans and engineering documents, moving projects through the bidding process, overseeing the city’s self-service bicycle rental program, and reviewing private development projects.
Deadline: June 12, 2015, http://bit.ly/1KhfTuy

-> JOB - BICYCLE PROGRAM MANAGER, SUSTAIN CHARLOTTE, NC
Sustain Charlotte, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization based in Charlotte, NC is looking for an energetic full-time Bicycle Program Manager with a passion and talent for fostering collaboration to accomplish shared goals. The Bicycle Program Manager will develop and manage a two-year initiative to build relationships and foster collaboration among the various organizations who offer cycling events and programs in the Charlotte area, assist with publicizing these activities, and establish Sustain Charlotte as the hub organization for information related to cycling. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about bicycling as a form of transportation and recreation, experienced in partnership building and collaboration with diverse stakeholders, have demonstrated skills in project management. Possess 3 years experience in non-profit management, education, outreach, or similar field, and a bachelor’s degree. Salary: $35,000 – 45,000 with health insurance stipend, retirement, expenses.
Deadline: June 15, 2015, http://bit.ly/1Fubcuz

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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