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#400 Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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

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----- PWPBPP 2016 - Call for Proposals - 2 Weeks to Go!
----- FHWA Ped & Bike Research and Program Activities
----- Proposed Bikeshare Transit Act
----- Dutch Cyclists Get Faster Green Light in Rain
----- Dutch Bike Lanes Overcrowded
----- Germany Launches National 'Bike Autobahn'
----- Fed Law: Student Active Transportation to School OK
----- Walkable Winter Cities

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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----- Caltrans Issues Protected Bikeway Design Guidance
----- RI Bill Proposes DOT Shovel Snow from Overpasses & Walkways
----- History of Seattle Protected Bike Lane Project Delays
----- Nike $10M to Sponsor Portland, OR Bikeshare
----- TXDOT: 2014 Fatal Crashes & Fatalities Calendar
----- Santa Rosa, CA PD Bait Bike Program

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----- Research: Excessive Parking Causes More Driving
----- Shared Space Better for Drivers & Peds
----- Income Levels & Motivation to Walk or Bike
----- Five Nonmotorized Count Research Papers
----- Database for Active Transportation Infrastructure and Volume
----- Four Types of Cyclists National Survey

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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----- SRTS in Tribal Communities
----- Nonmotorized Travel Analysis Toolkit
----- Planetizen 10 Best Planning, Design & Development Websites
----- 2013 State Statistical Abstracts
----- Safe Routes to School Meets Safe Routes to Parks

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

PWPBPP 2016 - CALL FOR PROPOSALS - 2 WEEKS TO GO!
-> Just over two weeks remain to submit your proposal(s) to present in Vancouver, BC this September 12-15. We are accepting proposals for poster displays, Pecha Kucha-style presentations, and Breakout Sessions under our four conference focus areas: Mobility, Governance, Health, and Resiliency. New for 2016: you may opt to have us assemble your panel, and we will be accepting video submissions as an alternative to written proposals. For more details see http://bit.ly/1RQSVNJ

We are seeing a lot of early interest, so the program is looking good so far. Question can be addressed to program@walkbikeplaces.org. The deadline to submit your ideas is 8 pm Eastern, Friday, January 29.

A special welcome to our newest sponsors: Stewart, Toole Design Group, and Alta Planning + Design. For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact us at sponsors@walkbikeplaces.org.

FHWA PED & BIKE RESEARCH AND PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
-> Check out the comprehensive "Summary of Federal Highway Administration Pedestrian and Bicycle Research and Program Activities" prepared for this week’s Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. http://1.usa.gov/1nc38sD

PROPOSED BIKESHARE TRANSIT ACT
-> U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer released details on his latest legislative idea: the Bikeshare Transit Act (http://1.usa.gov/1PWPfaW) to provide stability and "additional flexibility to use federal funds for bikeshare programs." Blumenauer wants to make it easier for bike share systems to operate past their initial start-up funding. "The Bikeshare Transit Act clarifies that bikeshare projects are eligible for existing federal funding and defines bikeshare in federal transportation law," said Blumenauer. http://bit.ly/1ULfanj

DUTCH CYCLISTS GET FASTER GREEN LIGHT IN RAIN
-> The Netherlands city of Rotterdam is testing a method to speed up cycle journeys in the rain. The city installed sensors connected to traffic lights that can detect when it’s raining. Traffic lights on Rotterdam cycle paths already have dedicated phasing for bike lanes, and now on a wet day, wait times for cyclists are cut from three minutes to 40 seconds. http://bit.ly/1YTEf0o

DUTCH BIKE LANES OVERCROWDED
-> Cycling is now so popular in the Netherlands that its bike lanes just don't have the space to accommodate all riders, says a new report (in Dutch [Users of the Bicycle Path in the City: Numbers, Characteristics, Behavior and Conflicts]: http://bit.ly/1P0FHPa) The problem is partly a by-product of success, evidence of cycling’s ever-growing popularity in a country where its place in everyday life was already substantial. In Amsterdam between 1986 and 1991, the city already saw 470,000 trips by bike on an average day. Between 2004 and 2008, that number grew to 604,000 per day, and is still growing now. http://bit.ly/1TRsZk1

GERMANY LAUNCHES NATIONAL 'BIKE AUTOBAHN'
-> Germany recently opened its first stretch of "bike autobahn," a cycle route that will eventually cover 100 kilometers (62 miles) between the northwestern cities of Duisburg and Hamm. The completed tracks are four meters (13 feet) wide, providing enough space for lanes set aside for overtaking. They’re fully separated from cars (the Duisburg to Hamm route will run partly on disused railway tracks) and use bridges and overpasses to create a safer, smoother ride. http://bit.ly/1mw5LFz

FED LAW: STUDENT ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL OK
-> The recently approved federal education law (Student Succeeds Act, Section 8542 on pg. 857: http://1.usa.gov/1nhELtF) includes a provision that allows students to travel "to and from school on foot or by car, bus, or bike when the parents of the child have given permission" without exposing "parents to civil or criminal charges for allowing their child to responsibly and safely travel to and from school by a means the parents believe is age appropriate."

WALKABLE WINTER CITIES
-> Walkability mitigates the most extreme climates by providing interesting places to warm up, linger, and connect. And plenty of options about how and where to turn around and circle back. Check out ideas from Northern cities to get us outdoors and moving. http://bit.ly/1RIlQDc


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

CALTRANS ISSUES PROTECTED BIKEWAY DESIGN GUIDANCE
-> At the end of December, Caltrans issued a Design Guidance document describing implementation of protected bikeways to help California cities design/redesign their infrastructure to provide a better balance between all street system users. [Class IV Bikeway Guidance (Separated Bikeways/Cycle Tracks): http://bit.ly/1PqHiYW] There are already existing sources of information on best practices and engineering guidance for protected, or separated, bikeways but this is the first from Caltrans. It was prepared in response to the Protected Bikeways Act of 2014, a law sponsored by the California Bicycle Coalition that mandated Caltrans create an official category of protected bike lanes and write guidance for planners and engineers to build them.

The final guidance includes a discussion of how to continue protected bike lanes through intersections and uses permissive, rather than restrictive, language to encourage engineers to use their own informed judgement when making decisions. There is still work to be done. For example, the bulletin makes it clear that Caltrans engineers still consider it an acceptable solution to "discontinue" a protected bikeway at driveways or loading zones. http://bit.ly/1PWcXnS

Read reactions to the guidance from 6 Californians here: http://bit.ly/1nhSYGL.

RI BILL PROPOSES DOT SHOVEL SNOW FROM OVERPASSES & WALKWAYS
-> Two Rhode Island state lawmakers have re-introduced a bill (2016-S 2005, 2016-H 7008: http://bit.ly/1UOugIE) to make it safer for pedestrians this winter by requiring the Department of Transportation to clear snow from state-controlled highway overpasses and overhead walkways with significant pedestrian traffic. Most municipalities require property owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their land. When pedestrians get to an overpass, which isn't in front of anyone's property, they have to walk out in the street or climb over a snow bank. The bill would give the DOT 24 hours after the end of a snowstorm to clear the overpasses and walkways. http://bit.ly/1OhRwNF

HISTORY OF SEATTLE PROTECTED BIKE LANE PROJECT DELAYS
-> After more than two years of delays, design revisions and drama, the Seattle Department of Transportation began construction on its newest protected bike lane last week along a mile-long section of Westlake Avenue. Local business owners concerned over loss of public parking spaces filed project delaying lawsuits prompting a community design process, parking studies, and design alterations. http://bit.ly/1PW7QUH

NIKE $10M TO SPONSOR PORTLAND, OR BIKESHARE
-> Nike will sponsor Portland’s upcoming bikeshare system to the tune of $10 million. The system will be named Biketown, and it could be operational in six months or less. With Nike’s sponsorship, the city will move forward with a bigger network than it’s been planning and will expand the initial number of bikes available to the public to 1,000. This will make Portland’s system the largest smart (as in, dockless, with software and technology on each bike versus the more common kiosk-based systems) bike share system in North America. Biketown bikes will have all the software and rental technology on-board. http://bit.ly/1PqJoId

TXDOT: 2014 FATAL CRASHES & FATALITIES CALENDAR
-> As part of its traffic safety efforts, Texas DOT publishes a calendar showing how many fatal collisions and traffic deaths happened every day of the year (http://bit.ly/1RLl08S, summary: http://bit.ly/1mUxdwd). On average, someone is killed every two and a half hours on Texas streets, and someone is injured every two minutes. Texas hasn’t had a day without a traffic fatality in more than 15 years. http://bit.ly/1nhOFLM

SANTA ROSA, CA PD BAIT BIKE PROGRAM
-> Santa Rosa has one of the highest rates of bike theft in the Bay Area. In early 2015, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition teamed up with NorCal Bike Sport/Bike Peddler and the Santa Rosa Police department to deploy a fleet of GPS-equipped Bait Bikes that allow the cops to track the stolen bikes and catch the thieves. In 2015, dozens of bike thieves were caught, arrested and sent to jail. http://bit.ly/1KcVW4f


THE RESEARCH BEAT

RESEARCH: EXCESSIVE PARKING CAUSES MORE DRIVING
-> Cheap, excessive parking has been linked to more drive-alone commutes, worse traffic congestion, higher rents, and all the other social costs of over-reliance on cars for urban mobility. The case for causality gets stronger in a new analysis being presented at TRB (Effects of Parking Provision on Automobile Use in Cities: Inferring Causality in the Parking and the City: http://bit.ly/1N6esew). Chris McCahill of the State Smart Transportation Initiative and a trio of University of Connecticut scholars offer "compelling evidence that parking provision is a cause of citywide automobile use." They suggest that cities consider policies designed to limit parking to its strictest natural demand. These include the elimination of minimum parking requirements, the use of maximum parking requirements in some places, and the implementation of market-based pricing. http://bit.ly/1Kcp7EL

SHARED SPACE BETTER FOR DRIVERS & PEDS
-> The "Shared Space: Could Less Formal Streets Be Better for Both Pedestrians and Vehicles?" study (being presented at TRB: http://bit.ly/22YStSs) showed that shared space can provide much greater vehicular capacity than conventional intersections and increases pedestrian convenience. The study results suggest that shared space can provide much greater vehicle capacity than conventional intersections, while also better accommodating pedestrians. If intersections using traditional control systems were to offer the same vehicle capacities as shared spaces, more vehicle lanes would likely be necessary. This would, in turn, result in places that are significantly less supportive of urban life and pedestrian activity. http://1.usa.gov/22YSl5o

INCOME LEVELS & MOTIVATION TO WALK OR BIKE
-> The motivations to walk or bike vary greatly by income levels, according to a new study. (The Built Environment Affects Non-motorized Travel Behaviors Differently for Lower- and Higher-income People: http://bit.ly/1ZtkWkf) Lower- and middle-income King County residents who live in denser neighborhoods — with stores, libraries and other destinations within easy reach — are more likely to walk or bike. However, higher-income residents offered the same resources made the choice to use their cars anyway. http://bit.ly/1P0Ilo5

FIVE NONMOTORIZED COUNT RESEARCH PAPERS

  1. "Nonmotorized Site Selection Methods for Continuous and Short-Duration Volume Counting" outlines the goals of a nonmotorized traffic monitoring program and the process for selecting sites to perform traffic volume counts. http://bit.ly/1P9Gk2R
  2. "The Determination and Application of Standard K Factors for Bicycle Traffic" outlines the selection of data collection days and months and the application of two variations of the design hour factor: 1) the ratio between the peak hour volume and the total daily volume, and 2) the ratio of the daily peak hour volume to the annual average daily bicycle volume. http://bit.ly/1SNL3x9
  3. "Leveraging Signal Infrastructure for Nonmotorized Counts in a Statewide Program" presents the results of an Oregon pilot testing the use of existing signal infrastructure to log pedestrian phase actuations and detections from bicycle lane inductive loops—to count pedestrians and bicycles. http://bit.ly/1J20i3p
  4. "Validation of Bicycle Counts from Pneumatic Tube Counters in Mixed Traffic Flows" reports on the use of commercially available pneumatic tube counters to count bicycles in mixed traffic flows on urban roadways. http://bit.ly/22YKfd6
  5. "Creating a National Nonmotorized Traffic Count Archive" reports on the process and progress of the first national archive to enable data sharing of centralized continuous and short-duration traffic counts in a publicly available online archive. The archive will allow for both mobile counters and validation counts of the same traffic flow. http://bit.ly/1UNItp8

DATABASE FOR ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE AND VOLUME
-> This study designed and developed a relational database for pedestrian infrastructure and volume. A data collection pilot demonstrated that the database was easy to maintain, flexible to update, and feasible for data collection both by computer imagery and in the field. Although most data in the database were related to pedestrians, basic bicyclist-related information was also included to demonstrate the transferability of the database to store bicyclist infrastructure and volume in the future. http://bit.ly/1Pa2py8

FOUR TYPES OF CYCLISTS NATIONAL SURVEY
-> A new study, being presented at TRB (Revisiting the Four Types of Cyclists: Findings from a National Survey: http://bit.ly/1PqQBbh), reports national survey results that categorized respondents based on their comfort levels in a variety of cycling environments using terms coined by Roger Geller: Strong and Fearless, Enthused and Confident, Interested but Concerned, and No Way Now How. http://bit.ly/1ShILqE


QUOTES R US

"It is the goal of the state to increase the number of trips Californians take by bicycling, walking and other forms of active transportation in order to help meet the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, improve Californians’ health by helping more people be active, and stimulate the economy...The objective is to foster bicycling as a means of transportation, in a manner that improves safety for all users, including motorists, transit users, and pedestrians, including persons with disabilities."
—From the Forward of Design Information Bulletin Number 89: Class IV Bikeway (Separated Bikeways/Cycle Tracks) Guidance recently issued by Caltrans. http://bit.ly/1PqHiYW

"A wise person knows when and how to make the exception to every rule. A wise person knows how to improvise. Real-world problems are often ambiguous and ill-defined and the context is always changing. A wise person is like a jazz musician -- using the notes on the page, but dancing around them, inventing combinations that are appropriate for the situation and the people at hand."
—Barry Schwarz, in a TED Talk entitled, Our Loss of Wisdom. http://bit.ly/1SOigbC

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

STARS WARS ROAD TRIP: FILMING LOCATIONS & OTHER SPECIAL SPOTS
You don't need hyper drive to visit Tatooine, or perhaps the balmy forests of Endor. These not-so-far-far-away Stars Wars filming locations are right here in America. Here’s your guide to intergalactic travel, without leaving the country...plus Star Wars-themed spots across the country. http://bit.ly/1YTEecV


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.

NEW THIS ISSUE

Webinar "Creating Walkable Communities: A Health in All Policies Approach"
Date: January 19, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Kate Robb (American Public Health Association), Jasna Hadzic (MN DOT), Joe McCabe (City of St. James, MN) & LeeAnn Huebsch (Faribault, Martin & Watonwan Counties, MN)
Host: American Public Health Association
Details: http://bit.ly/1RCBdPA, free

Webinar "All About Guidance #2 – Using Guidance Effectively"
Date: January 20, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Michael Moule (County of Kauai, HI),
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Details: http://bit.ly/1J2qhY2, site license fee $50 for APBP members, $85 for non-members

Webinar "Wayfinding Technology: Maximize Your ROI"
Date: January 20, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Sustainable City Network
Details: http://bit.ly/1ZsPrXk

Webinar "Why Resolve Conflict When You Can Prevent It?"
Date: January 28, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Karen Umphress & Russ Ehnes (NOHVCC) & Mark Himmel (Back Country Horsemen of MT)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/1l5rmTK, $35 members, $55 non-members

Webinar "Growing Safe Routes to School in Indian Country"
Date: February 10, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Colleen Oliver (National Center for Safe Routes to School), Michelle Lieberman (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), Hillary Fry Mead, (Cherokee Nation) & Sharon Hausam (Pueblo of Laguna)
Host: National Center for Safe Routes to School
Details: http://bit.ly/1ZZQ1IY, free

[See Resources section for related publication: Walking and Bicycling in Indian Country: Safe Routes to School in Tribal Communities]

Webinar "Planning for Facility Maintenance and Management Costs"
Date: February 17, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals
Details: http://bit.ly/1Zkqbx9, $50/site members, $85/site non-members


RESOURCES

SRTS IN TRIBAL COMMUNITIES
-> The "Walking and Bicycling in Indian Country: Safe Routes to School in Tribal Communities" report describes particular challenges to implementing infrastructure, programmatic, and policy changes to support active transportation. It also provides an overview of some of the considerations unique to implementing Safe Routes to School in tribal communities, highlights strategies that tribal communities are using to provide support for walking and bicycling to school, and showcases tribal communities that have successfully improved safety for walking and bicycling to school. http://bit.ly/1P0wcj8

[See Webinar section for related webinar on February 10, 2016.]

NONMOTORIZED TRAVEL ANALYSIS TOOLKIT
-> FHWA’s Nonmotorized Travel Analysis Toolkit includes 5 software applications to support pedestrian and bicycle transportation planning and model pedestrian or bicycle demand either on roadway segments or at intersections. Users can upload their own data to create their own customized analysis and maps. http://bit.ly/1N6wxt2

PLANETIZEN 10 BEST PLANNING, DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT WEBSITES
-> Check out Planetizen’s annual list of the ten best planning, design, and development websites, representing some of the top online resources for news, information, and research on the built environment. http://bit.ly/22WHsBa

2013 STATE STATISTICAL ABSTRACTS
-> FHWA has released its compiled 2013 State by State Highway Statistics data on roadway mileage, fuel use, drivers licensed, vehicles registered, funds received and spent on road and bridges by state, and other useful information. Check out the map clickable by state or download data in Excel format. http://1.usa.gov/1mXmMIQ

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL MEETS SAFE ROUTES TO PARKS
-> Communities are working on many strategies to make it easier and safer for people to be physically active. One important place for collaboration and advocacy is around making sure that people can safely walk and bicycle to parks – an approach known as safe routes to parks. A new fact sheet developed by the National Partnership outlines the three components of a safe routes to parks plan with tips for collaborating with planning, parks, and Safe Routes to School professionals: Safe Routes to School Meets Safe Routes to Parks: http://bit.ly/1Q4WNdM


SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS- International Conference on Transport & Health, June 13-15, 2016, San Jose, CA.
Deadline: January 17, 2016 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/20tu866

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS- International Conference on Transport & Health, June 13-15, 2016, San Jose, CA.
Deadline: January 17, 2016 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/20tu866

-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, October 21-24, 2016, New Orleans, LA.
Deadline: January 28, 2016 by 11:59 pm PT, http://bit.ly/1Vp1pf5

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, September 12-15, 2016, Vancouver, BC.
Deadline: January 29, 2016 by 8:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/1RQSVNJ

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, September 12-15, 2016, Vancouver, BC.
Deadline: January 29, 2016 by 8:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/1RQSVNJ

-> Call for Proposals - Idaho Walk Bike Summit, May 12-13, 2016, Boise, ID.
Deadline: January 29, 2016, by 4:00 pm MT, http://bit.ly/2000XX6

-> CALL FOR CASE STUDIES - 2016 Walkable Washington Symposium & Innovation Awards, June 7, 2016, Bellevue, WA.
Deadline: January 31, 2016, http://bit.ly/22ybOK7

-> CALL FOR PAPERS - 2WALKandCYCLE 2016 Conference, July 6-8, 2016, Aukland, New Zealand.
Deadline: February 1, 2016, http://bit.ly/1Tke8xW

-> CALL FOR SPEAKERS - California Walks PedsCount! Summit, June 6-7, 2016, Long Beach, CA.
Deadline: February 8, 2016, http://bit.ly/1QYUPwA

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo, October 29 - November 2, 2016, Denver, CO.
Deadline: February 22-26, 2016—dependent on section, http://bit.ly/1JIMsh0

-> CALL FOR PAPERS - Walk 21, October 3-7, 2016, Hong Kong.
Deadline: February 29, 2016, http://bit.ly/1YO1Q87

-> CALL FOR PAPERS - Special issue of Journal of Transport and Health: Walking and Walkability: A Review of the Evidence on Health
Deadline: February 29, 2016, http://bit.ly/1PwcbQ4

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 6th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, November 16 - 19, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand.
Deadline: February 29, 2016, http://bit.ly/1KXYS8h

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - The 9th Making Cities Liveable Conference, June 27-28, 2016, Melbourne, Australia.
Deadline: February 29, 2016, http://bit.ly/1ShOKf5

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.

NEW THIS ISSUE

-> February 8 -9, 2016 - Colorado Bicycle Summit, Denver, CO.
http://bit.ly/1N70tFh
-> February 10, 2016 - - Bike Maryland Annual Symposium, Annapolis, MD.
http://bit.ly/1RCRPXm
-> February 10, 2016, "Train-the-Trainer" Workshop on Creating Livable Communities through Public Involvement, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/1Pa5XAA
-> February 23, 2016 - Ohio Bicycling Summit, Columbus, OH.
http://bit.ly/1ShUMwd
-> February 27, 2016 - New Jersey Bike and Walk Summit, Princeton, NJ.
http://bit.ly/1TUoIw2
-> March 18, 2016 - Creative Placemaking Leadership summit 2016, Newark, NJ.
http://bit.ly/1W2hM1c
-> April 1, 2016 - Arizona Bike Summit, Mesa, AZ.
http://bit.ly/22Z0RS6
-> April 5, 2016 - Utah Bike Summit, Salt Lake City, UT.
http://bit.ly/22Z0Ttd
-> May 12-13, 2016 - Idaho Walk Bike Summit, Boise, ID.
http://bit.ly/1P0DnYo
-> June 27-28, 2016 - The 9th Making Cities Liveable Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
http://bit.ly/1goazoz
-> August 30 - September 2, 2016 - 5th IENE International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, Lyon, France.
http://bit.ly/1OqsDgD


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.

-> RFQ - 2016 REGIONAL SESSIONS PARTNERS AND HOSTS, MAYORS’ INSTITUTE ON CITY DESIGN
The Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) announced an opportunity for universities, design schools, and non-profit organizations to serve as partners for hosting the 2016 Regional Sessions of the Mayors’ Institute. MICD is currently seeking leading design institutions to host a select group of mayors and city design experts for the purpose of strengthening our nation’s communities. The Mayors’ Institute is accepting qualifications for institutions to host future institute sessions, including three Regional Sessions next fall.
Deadline: January 29, 2016, by 4:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/22WI360

-> CALL FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS - PEOPLEFORBIKES COMMUNITY GRANT
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program provides funding for important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the U.S. These projects include bike paths and rail trails, as well as mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives.
Deadline: January 29, 2016, http://bit.ly/1gRnz7l

-> CALL FOR GRANT PROPOSALS - DOPPELT FAMILY TRAIL DEVELOPMENT FUND
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is launching the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund to provide up to $85,000 per year to support trail development and improvement at the local and regional level. Through this new grant program, RTC will help organizations close gaps in their trail systems, build capacity and complete significant projects with long-term positive impact in their communities. Grants are available in the categories of Community Support ($5,000 – $10,000) and Project Transformation ($15,000 – $50,000); applicants also receive the benefit of access to RTC’s new Trail Expert Network, which will provide trail advocates across the nation with relevant news, policy information and technical assistance.
Deadline: January 31, 2016, http://bit.ly/1UOgVjI

-> CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - HUBSMITH SAFE ROUTES CHAMPION AWARD
In remembrance of Deb Hubsmith’s work and life, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership has created the Hubsmith Safe Routes Champion Award, to be presented to a nominated individual who exemplifies Deb’s leadership, commitment and positive impact on Safe Routes to School advocacy and advancement in their community.
Deadline: February 10, 2016, http://bit.ly/1JK2rAD

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - JAMES L. OBERSTAR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL AWARD
The National Center for Safe Routes to School welcomes applications for the James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award to spotlight outstanding achievement by a local Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program that has improved the safety or increased the number of elementary and/or middle school students who safely walk and bicycle to school.
Deadline: February 18, 2016 by midnight ET, http://bit.ly/1PWzT6v

-> JOB - DIRECTOR OF LOCAL INNOVATION, PEOPLEFORBIKES, BOULDER, CO
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program provides funding for important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the U.S. These projects include bike paths and rail trails, as well as mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives.
Deadline: January 29, 2016, http://bit.ly/1mXC8NJ

See also:
-> 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
-> NACTO Careers, http://bit.ly/13VnUBl
-> Sam Schwartz Engineering, http://bit.ly/PsktvP
-> Toole Design Group, http://bit.ly/1k7DPRg

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


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