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#404 Wednesday, March 9, 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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----- Projected 10% Jump in Ped Deaths in 2015 + State-by-State Data
----- Unused $2B Ready to be Repurposed
----- Norway to Spend Almost $1 Billion on New Bike Highways
----- Vancouver, BC: Downtown Bike Network Expansion + Trip Planning Tools
----- Spain Tops New Count of Bicycling Growth
----- Parks and Recreation Connecting with Public Health
----- IMBA Positions on Wilderness
----- Milan, Italy Considers Pay for Commuters to Bike instead of Drive
----- San Diego E-Bike Expo Offers 125 Models to Test Ride
----- Snow and the Walkable, Bikeable, Accessible City
----- PeopleForBikes Study Tour of Copenhagen, Denmark
----- Placemaking Week: Sept. 12-18, Vancouver BC

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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----- Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report
----- Louisville, KY Recalibrates Traffic Light Timing
----- Portland, OR Neighborhood Greenway Assessment Report
----- Denver, CO New Data-Driven Mobility Platform
----- Altamonte Springs, FL: Subsidize Uber Rides to Save $ on Road Building
----- Collecting People-first Streets & Infrastructure Examples

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----- Improving Trail-Transit Links in Florida
----- Automated Sidewalk Quality and Safety Assessment System
----- New Physical Activity Research Center

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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----- Incorporating On-Road Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects
----- Infographic: Los Ninos Actives Aprenden Mejor
----- Health in Transportation Corridor Planning Framework
----- Healthiest Practice Open Streets Toolkit
----- America's Urban Future: Lessons from Canada
----- Sadik-Khan on Challenges to NYC Bike Lanes
----- Heart & Soul Guide to Public Engagement Methods

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
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PROJECTED 10% JUMP IN PED DEATHS IN 2015 + STATE-BY-STATE DATA
-> The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates a 10% increase in the number of persons on foot killed in traffic crashes in 2015, compared with the prior year. This annual "GHSA Spotlight on Highway Safety Report, Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2015 Preliminary Data" (http://bit.ly/1Udpeaz) provides the first look at 2015 pedestrian fatality trends, based on preliminary data reported by all 50 state highway safety agencies and the District of Columbia. This report also analyzes recent trends in pedestrian fatality data and discusses state and federal efforts to reduce pedestrian fatalities and injuries. Along with the increase in pedestrian fatalities, pedestrians now account for a larger share ? about 15% of all motor vehicle crash-related deaths ? compared with 11% a decade ago. http://bit.ly/1UdoQZJ

UNUSED $2B READY TO BE REPURPOSED
-> US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that roughly $2 billion in previously unused earmarks can be put back to work to support infrastructure projects across the country, as described in new guidance from the Federal Highway Administration (http://1.usa.gov/1OZwgsS). This guidance implements a provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2016, which gave states the option of repurposing certain earmarked funds if the original earmark was over 10 years old and if less than 10 percent of project funds had been obligated, or if the project is closed. Through the end of FY 2016, states have the option of re-designating these dollars to other projects within 50 miles of the originally intended use. A list of earmarks that may be eligible for repurposing is available at http://1.usa.gov/1OZwgsS. See the full media release: http://bit.ly/1OZwd00

NORWAY TO SPEND ALMOST $1 BILLION ON NEW BIKE HIGHWAYS
-> As part of a plan announced last week, Norway, population 5 million, will spend a massive 8 billion Norwegian Kroner ($923 million) creating 10 broad, two-lane, cross-country bike tracks in and near Norway’s nine largest cities, allowing longer-distance cyclists to travel with a speed and safety hitherto impossible. A key component of plans to slash Norway’s transit emissions by half, the bike highway scheme still faces some resistance. Not only is cycling in Norway relatively uncommon by Scandinavian standards, but the new highways will be constructed in a mountainous country that is cold and dark for much of the year. http://bit.ly/1QQpdUx

VANCOUVER, BC: DOWNTOWN BIKE NETWORK EXPANSION + TRIP PLANNING TOOLS
-> Plan to participate in Pro Walk/Pro Bike/ Pro Place this September 12-15 in Vancouver, BC (http://walkbikeplaces.org) and check out Vancouver’s downtown bike network expansion. The City’s website includes a map and descriptions of the 3 new downtown bike lanes and the 2 upgraded downtown bike lanes for 2016. http://bit.ly/1WW8MKS. Begin planning your bike trips with the help of their Cycling Routes, Maps, and Trip Planner page http://bit.ly/1W8oFOm

SPAIN TOPS NEW COUNT OF BICYCLING GROWTH
-> Bike traffic rose by 3 percent, or 4.6 million trips, between 2014 and 2015 across the dozens of cities, states and countries where France-headquartered Eco-Counter has installed sensors. The "2015 Eco-Counter Worldwide Cycling Index" measures the rate of change in total bicycle counts between 2014 and 2015 at 1,490 of the firm’s sensors in 17 countries, and points to Spain as the country with the greatest growth in cycling mode share last year with an increase of 8 percent over the year before. Switzerland and Canada tied for second place with a 6 percent increase; Finland and the U.S. tied for third, with an increase of 4 percent. http://bit.ly/1QmYkKG

PARKS AND RECREATION CONNECTING WITH PUBLIC HEALTH
-> There is major alignment between the responsibility of public health and parks and recreation departments. As park and recreation professionals increasingly come to regard themselves as part of a system of health providers in their communities, one of the challenges they face is the difficulty in making the connection to their counterparts in public health. However, there are signs that the positive relationships being developed in some cities and counties can lead the way to much deeper cooperation that measurably benefits the health of the public, fulfilling the missions of both public health entities and park and recreation agencies. http://bit.ly/1M0OnPe

IMBA POSITIONS ON WILDERNESS
-> The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) announced its positions related to Wilderness and trail access:

  • Regarding future Wilderness proposals, it is unacceptable to lose access to trails currently enjoyed by people riding mountain bikes
  • IMBA will investigate and pursue legislation that realigns existing Wilderness boundaries to re-open trails to people riding mountain bikes
  • IMBA will not seek to amend the Wilderness Act of 1964. http://bit.ly/1OZH6ix

MILAN, ITALY CONSIDERS PAY FOR COMMUTERS TO BIKE INSTEAD OF DRIVE
-> To combat air pollution, officials in Milan, Italy hope to pay commuters to bike instead of drive to work. Milan was named the "pollution capital of Europe" in 2008, and the city continues to struggle with dirty air. The commuter pay system will be based loosely on the French program tested in 2014, which paid employees 25 Euro cents for each kilometer they biked to work. In the French pilot program, 5 percent of 10,000 total commuters ended up switching from driving to biking. This success encouraged copycat initiatives, including one that launched last year in a smaller Italian town, Massarosa. http://bit.ly/1TitUgp

SAN DIEGO E-BIKE EXPO OFFERS 125 MODELS TO TEST RIDE
-> So many consumers lined up at the second Electric Bike Expo in San Diego recently to test ride and compare e-bike models that the demo track became intimidating because it was so crowded — especially with riders of various riding abilities and experience levels. There were 20 e-bike brands exhibiting 125 different models from mountain to cargo to hybrid to road bike. They included A2B, BESV, Bosch, Bulls, Easy Motion, Felt, Focus, Haibike, Gazelle, Izip, Kalkhoff, Polaris, Raleigh, Stromer, Tempo, Trek, Xtracycle and Yuba. The next e-bike expo takes place March 11-13 at the Rice University Stadium in Houston. http://bit.ly/1VZJP15

SNOW AND THE WALKABLE, BIKEABLE, ACCESSIBLE CITY
-> After snow storms vital sidewalks often go neglected, with bike lanes, sidewalks, curb cuts and crosswalks getting doubly buried with snow plowed off streets. If cities are going to get serious about walkability, bikeability and equitable access, we’re going to need to change the way we think about snow. Is it realistic to expect everyone to clear their own sidewalks? What happens if they don’t, or they can’t? Baltimore pairs young people in search of part-time winter work with seniors who can’t shovel on their own. Portland, ME issues a complaint to properties that aren’t cleared within mandated timelines. If the complaint is ignored, the city clears the sidewalk and bills the tenant for its removal — about $100, plus a 10 percent administrative fee.

U.S. cities have stepped up their investment in bike lanes both protected and not, but in the wake of storms many cities seem uncertain whose responsibility it is to plow them. Often, street snow has actually been plowed into the bike lanes, or cars use unprotected lanes for parking on snow-narrowed roadways, sending cyclists into the street to contend with traffic. In a 2014 white paper (http://bit.ly/12q1rwA), Alta Planning and Design suggested that streets truly designed for cars and cyclists alike would build in extra space for snow storage: six feet for a bike lane, plus six feet of storage space along the sidewalk or in a buffer zone. The paper also recommended that the city restrict on-street parking during snow events. At the very least, the paper notes, cities should consider when designing protected bike lanes whether they are wide enough for a snow plowing vehicle to navigate. Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Grand Rapids and a host of other cities own or rent specialized equipment just for the job. http://bit.ly/1UGxrV9

PEOPLEFORBIKES STUDY TOUR OF COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
-> PeopleForBikes announced it is hosting its City Builders Symposium study tour in Copenhagen, Denmark June 6-11, 2016. The tour is designed for delegations of city builders: city staff, elected officials, executive agency staff, design and planning professionals, community and business leaders, and local funders. The five-day study tour combines meetings networking with local experts and peers, hands-on site visits by bike, and conversation on how to bring the best ideas from world-class bike infrastructure cities back home. http://bit.ly/1nw7V7Q

PLACEMAKING WEEK: SEPT. 12-18, VANCOUVER BC
-> This September, Vancouver B.C. will host the world’s biggest placemaking event ever. Bringing together movements, disciplines, and leaders from around world, Placemaking Week (September 12th – 18th) will help launch a new model for shaping cities (http://bit.ly/1RRdXKT). Project for Public Spaces is organizing the week. We are at a key historical moment for placemaking and cities; we can either take the lead now to build a better future, or we can continue down the unsustainable paths set out during the last century. More than creating better public spaces or buildings, cities need to build the capacity to self evolve and take on bigger challenges. That’s what Placemaking Week is about: coming together to envision a place-led future for cities. We’ll talk about building and scaling up local campaigns while addressing connections to global issues; we’ll also share knowledge and best practices from the best minds in the placemaking movement. The 3 major events planned as part of this week are Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, the Future Places Summit and the Placemaking Leadership Forum. http://bit.ly/1TXgPJk


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

BICYCLING AND WALKING IN THE UNITED STATES: 2016 BENCHMARKING REPORT
-> The Alliance for Biking and Walking collected and analyzed data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states, the 52 largest U.S. cities, and a select number of midsized cities to create its biennial Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report (http://bit.ly/1nvZzgu). The 2016 Report combines original research with over 20 government data sources to compile data on bicycling and walking levels and demographics, safety, funding, policies, infrastructure, education, public health indicators, and economic impacts.

This edition of the Benchmarking Report explores 9 Essential Intersections in Active Transportation: Community Size & Mode Share; Gender & Commuting; Race & Mobility... http://bit.ly/1tGNhCt

Boston and Washington D.C., tied at the top of the 2016 Benchmarking Report for the share of commuters who bike or walk to work in the 50 most populous U.S. cities— 16.7 percent of both cities’ commuters bike or walk to work. That’s a 2 percent increase in D.C. since the 2014 report, with Boston’s rates unchanged in the same time period. http://bit.ly/1nmfmye

LOUISVILLE, KY RECALIBRATES TRAFFIC LIGHT TIMING
-> About a year ago, Louisville, KY officials unveiled a plan to address pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Louisville. Last week city traffic engineers calibrated about 70 downtown traffic lights to allow a four-second delay between crosswalk signs and traffic green lights. This allows pedestrians crossing the street to get a slight head start on the vehicles and let walkers get into the street and be more visible to drivers. http://bit.ly/1OZVdUW

PORTLAND, OR NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY ASSESSMENT REPORT
-> Portland, OR is working achieve 25 percent of all trips by bicycle while reducing overall automobile use to no more than 30 percent of all trips. There is strong policy support for neighborhood greenways and bicycle transportation in general at both the local and regional levels. Portland’s over 70 miles of neighborhood greenways (formerly known as "bicycle boulevards") are residential streets designed to prioritize bicycling and enhance conditions for walking. The "Portland Neighborhood Greenway Assessment Report" (http://bit.ly/21fmSIA):

  • Identifies where neighborhood greenways are working well and where they are not;
  • Creates an understanding of the role neighborhood greenways play in Portland’s transportation system; and
  • Offers recommendations on policy guidance and performance guidelines to expand and improve the neighborhood greenways system.

The report recommends the following operational performance guidelines for neighborhood greenways:

  • Vehicle speeds of 20 mph, measured as 85th percentile speed;
  • Automobile volume target of 1,000 Average Daily Traffic (ADT), with 1,500 ADT acceptable and 2,000 ADT maximum; and
  • Bicycle and pedestrian crossing opportunities, measured as a minimum of 50 crossing opportunities per hour, with 100 crossing opportunities per hour the preferred level of service.
http://bit.ly/1W0Tc0q

DENVER, CO NEW DATA-DRIVEN MOBILITY PLATFORM
-> The City and County of Denver are piloting a new regional mobility platform, to help residents and tourists make transportation choices more easily. The platform, which includes the Go Denver app, also will provide data-driven insights into how Denver’s transportation infrastructure can be improved as the population continues to swell. The app takes an individual’s destination and desired arrival time, and calculates the different routes available, categorized by "sooner," "cheaper," and "greener." It aggregates and calculates the time, cost, carbon footprint, and health benefits from walking, biking, driving, parking, taking public transit, as well as the emerging ride-hailing transportation options – such as Lyft, Zipcar, Car2Go, and FlitWays – giving users a variety of ways to reach their destination, taking into account real time traffic conditions. http://bit.ly/24QAY7W

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL: SUBSIDIZE UBER RIDES TO SAVE $ ON ROAD BUILDING
-> Beginning March 21, Altamonte Springs, FL is testing for a year whether it can save millions of dollars in road-building and other public transportation expenses by subsidizing the cost of rides with Uber: 20% of all rides in city limits, and 25% for those to or from its SunRail station. The goal is to integrate the on-demand ride service into the transportation network, get cars off the road and induce people to use mass transit such as SunRail, the two-year-old regional commuter train. http://for.tn/1TK6SzB

COLLECTING PEOPLE-FIRST STREETS & INFRASTRUCTURE EXAMPLES
-> Google’s ever-growing coverage of streets in 360 degree view allow you to book a free pleasure tour of streetscapes thousands of miles away. For streets geeks it’s a slippery slope from there to a day lost on the couch, soaking in the elements that make great urban design work. BikePGH staff share the people-first streets and infrastructure that they love. Check out the street views and why these streets are important examples: Market Street, San Francisco; Kent Avenue, Williamsburg; South Platte River Trail/Cherry Creek Trail, Denver; and 6 more. http://bit.ly/1TsO5bD


THE RESEARCH BEAT

IMPROVING TRAIL-TRANSIT LINKS IN FLORIDA
-> Researchers in Florida evaluated how intermodal connections between public transportation and public trails can improve livability. (Methodology for Linking Greenways and Trails with Public Transportation in Florida: http://bit.ly/1SypSj8) They explored existing ways of evaluating intermodal connectivity, developed a methodology for evaluating trails and transit systems, and created a trail/transit crossing inventory template to audit conditions at these junctures. They also recommended improvements at these junctures so people using nonmotorized transportation could use both public transit and a public trail to complete a multimodal trip.

AUTOMATED SIDEWALK QUALITY AND SAFETY ASSESSMENT SYSTEM
-> A new sidewalk quality assessment system helps prioritize sidewalk improvements and improve pedestrian infrastructure by evaluating sidewalk condition and ADA compatibility. (Automated Sidewalk Quality and Safety Assessment System: http://bit.ly/1R5wgce) An Android app collects GPS-tagged video of sidewalks and records Android tablet gyro and accelerometer data to evaluate sidewalk quality. It estimates sidewalk width, identifies cracks and potholes, and records walkway obstructions to create an initial sidewalk quality index. The system couples app-derived ADA compliance data with pedestrian safety indicators (crash rates), and land use and demographic data (pedestrian activity). Researchers collected and analyzed sidewalk data for 1,352 miles of sidewalks in Atlanta.

NEW PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RESEARCH CENTER
-> With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Active Living Research has created the Physical Activity Research Center (PARC). PARC’s goal is help build the evidence about the policies, practices and aspects of the built environment that promote safe and developmentally appropriate physical activity for all youth and their families. PARC will conduct studies to help inform national efforts for promoting active living among youth, ensuring all youth have opportunities to be physically active and preventing childhood obesity. http://bit.ly/24F9UZ3


QUOTES R US

"We are projecting the largest year-to-year increase in pedestrian fatalities since national records have been kept, and therefore we are quite alarmed. Pedestrian safety is clearly a growing problem across the country. It is important to understand the data underlying these crashes so states and localities can apply the right mix of engineering, education and enforcement to counteract this troubling trend."
—Richard Retting, co-author of the annual Spotlight on Highway Safety Report in a Governors Highway Safety Association media release. http://bit.ly/1UdoQZJ

"We really take our streets for granted. But the way they’re designed tell people how to use them. In this book (Streetfight) we really show how to read the street step by step. Streets that are designed for cars tell people to drive everywhere. It’s bad for business. We tried to crack this code in New York and found that by reclaiming just a little bit of road space from cars we could create a whole new world of possibilities."
—Janette Sadik-Khan, co-author of "Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution" (http://amzn.to/21Yv9X3) released on March 8. http://bit.ly/1p7dNW4

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

WASH YOUR LAUNDRY WHILE YOU RIDE YOUR BIKE
BiWa is a bike integrated with backwheel washing capsule where you can place your dirty laundry. It takes about 2-3 kilometers to wash your clothes. There’s a small opening in the capsule to let dirty water out so that you can re-fill it with clean water to rinse. It’s a nice eco-friendly urban mobility. http://bit.ly/1Rzsqsa

BUT THEN WE ALREADY KNEW THIS...NOW THERE’S PROOF
A longitudinal study begun in the mid-1970s had now shown a link between eating chocolate at least once a week and better cognitive function: superior visual-spatial memory and organization, working memory, scanning and tracking, abstract reasoning, and the mini-mental state examination. (Chocolate intake is associated with better cognitive function: The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study: http://bit.ly/1TKzh8z) Feed your brain chocolate! Do it now! http://wapo.st/1OWjsU2


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 "U.S. Bicycle Route"
Date: March 16, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Ginny Sullivan (Adventure Cycling Association)
Host: AASHTO TransComm
Details: http://bit.ly/1XcblZv, free

Webinar "Shared Use Ambassadors: Leading the Way to Success"
Date: March 17, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Mikaela Randolph (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), Teresa Wendell (Kiser PreK-8 School), & Hitomi Kubo (Microclinics International)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/1TKIttD, free

Webinar "Demonstrating Health Impacts of Transportation Decisions"
Date: March 22, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: American Public Health Association
Details: http://bit.ly/1TKHtG7, free

Webinar "Fundraising on the Move: Crowdfunding for Walkable Communities"
Date: March 24, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Ethany Uttech (ioby)
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/1QCYHBd, free

Webinar "U.S. Access Board Webinar: Open Q&A Session"
Date: March 24, 2016, 2:30 - 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Marsha Mazz & Jim Pecht
Host: U.S. Access Board
Details: http://bit.ly/1U2YcUu, free

Online Course "Road Safety Academy, Road Safety 101"
Date: May 5, 2016 - June 30, 2016 (weekly online sessions on Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time)
Presenters: TBA
Host: UNC Highway Safety Research Center
Details: http://unc.live/1UdPJwo, free. Application deadline is March 18, 2016 by 5:00 pm ET. Course limited to 20 students.

Webinar "The Transportation Librarians Roundtable 100th Session!"
Date: April 14, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Miguel Figueroa (American Library Association)
Host: USDOT
Details: http://1.usa.gov/1oAngVz, free


RESOURCES

INCORPORATING ON-ROAD BICYCLE NETWORKS INTO RESURFACING PROJECTS
-> The "Incorporating On-Road Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects" workbook provides recommendations for how transportation agencies can integrate on-road bicycle facilities into their resurfacing program and it provides methods for fitting bicycle facilities onto existing roadways, cost considerations, and case studies. The workbook focuses on providing bicycle facilities as a part of resurfacing projects. However, the methods and practices described may also be applicable to restoration, rehabilitation, and reconstruction projects. http://1.usa.gov/24PXMol

INFOGRAPHIC: LOS NINOS ACTIVES APRENDEN MEJOR
-> Active Living Research has created Infographic: Los Ninos Actives Aprenden Mejor (http://bit.ly/1SyxbHk), a Spanish version of their Active Kids Learn Better infographic (http://bit.ly/1Cgo2t6). This infographic features evidence on how physical activity and fitness may help school-aged children maximize their academic performance, and provides an overview of the effects of physical activity on the developing brain. Findings presented in this infographic come from "Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance" (http://bit.ly/1N797qa).

HEALTH IN TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR PLANNING FRAMEWORK
-> The "Health in Transportation Corridor Planning Framework" aims to support transportation agency efforts to incorporate health into corridor planning studies. It is intended to be used within an existing corridor planning process; not as a stand-alone or parallel process. Because transportation planning at the corridor level is flexible and adaptable to many different issues and contexts, the Framework is scalable to any type of corridor. It can be used at a single point in the process or to inform every aspect of the corridor planning study. It may also be used to inform planning activities at both the regional and project level to support broad health goals. Health issues, goals, and priorities are very context specific, and the Framework does not provide answers or outcomes. It identifies things to consider, as well as data, tools, and resources that may be helpful. http://1.usa.gov/1X3EXrO

HEALTHIEST PRACTICE OPEN STREETS TOOLKIT
-> The "Healthiest Practice Open Streets Toolkit" includes information on how to get started, how to engage community partners and volunteers, how to create and use marketing tools, and more. "Open Streets" are community-based programs that temporarily open selected streets to people, by closing them to cars. These streets become places where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can begin to change their habits and a city can change its culture of health. Healthiest Practice Open Streets is a tried and tested model developed by experts and based on results. http://bit.ly/1KygWnK

AMERICA'S URBAN FUTURE: LESSONS FROM CANADA
-> "America's Urban Future: Lessons from North of the Border" examines US policy in the light of the Canadian experience, and uses that knowledge as a starting point to generate specific policy recommendations. Its recommendations are designed to help the US further its urban revival, build more walkable, energy-efficient communities, and in particular, help land use adapt better to the needs of aging and immigrant populations. The book looks closely at what may be achievable in light of both the constraints and opportunities inherent in today’s political systems and economic realities. http://bit.ly/21ZoQCE

SADIK-KHAN ON CHALLENGES TO NYC BIKE LANES
-> Read an excerpt from "Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution" by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow (http://amzn.to/21Yv9X3) that recalls the challenges of adding more bike lanes in New York City between 2007 and 2013. http://nym.ag/1UdnGNC

HEART & SOUL GUIDE TO PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT METHODS
-> A new, free guide outlines practical ways to design an effective public engagement program with proven methods. The "Heart & Soul Guide to Public Engagement Methods" identifies ways to help better communicate with and engage everyone in a community. It emphasizes that it takes the whole community to create a vision and take action, and that the community is everyone. While it isn’t possible to literally reach everyone, Heart & Soul emphasizes the benefits of reaching every segment of your community, especially those who haven’t been engaged in the past. http://bit.ly/1nwmCHQ


SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — 6th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, November 16 - 19, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand.
Deadline EXTENDED: March 15, 2016 by 8:00 pm, http://bit.ly/1KXYS8h

-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - RECx Partners Outdoors 2016, June 1, 2016, Washington, DC.
Deadline: March 15, 2016, http://bit.ly/1SaKP4h

-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - 9th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, October 4-5, 2016, Dubuque, IA.
Deadline: March 15, 2016, http://bit.ly/1VDHJUx

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 2016 Urban and Regional Information Systems Association GIS and Health Symposium, June 1-3, 2016, Washington, DC.
Deadline: March 15, 2016, http://bit.ly/1VDKVPZ

-> Call for Speakers - Rail~Volution 2016, October 9-12, 2016, the San Francisco Bay Area, CA.
Deadline: March 24, 2016, http://bit.ly/1KJrswL

-> CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - American Recreation Coalition Great Outdoors Month Video Competition
Deadline: April 23, 2016, http://bit.ly/1lRLw3M

-> CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Student Video Competition (Cash Prizes), Transportation and Communities Summit, September 8-9, 2016, Portland, OR.
Deadline: June 15, 2016 by 7:00 PM ET, http://bit.ly/1ST7xy3

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

-> March 19, 2016 - Bicycle South Central Pennsylvania Summit, Lancaster, PA.
http://bit.ly/1M690JU
-> March 21–22, 2016 - Washington Bike Summit, Tacoma, WA.
http://bit.ly/1QCPOaz
-> April 12-13, 2016, A Workshop on Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health and Transportation, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1p6FU7L
-> April 17–18, 2016 - West Virginia Bike Summit, Charleston, WV.
http://conta.cc/1RQY7QB
-> April 23, 2016 - 2016 New Mexico Bike Summit, Las Cruces, NM
http://bit.ly/1p92Za9
-> April 29–30, 2016 - Michigan Ped/Bike Conference, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
http://on.fb.me/24QdIXB
-> May 8-13, 2016, National Protected Bike Lane Week
http://bit.ly/21kJyXQ
-> May 18-20, 2016, Building a Healthier Future Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1M5UuBC
-> June 22-23, 2016, Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses, Portland, OR
http://bit.ly/18aIjWx
-> June 22-24, 2016 - Better Bike Share Conference, Philadelphia, PA
http://bit.ly/1TA4fAo
-> September 10, 2016 - 3rd Annual KC Women’s Bike Summit, Kansas City, MO
http://bit.ly/1E4scqe
-> September 26-27, 2016, 2016 Impact Summit GPS for Well-Being: Navigating Data for Equitable, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1TsjGtR


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS
Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks! See previous issues of CenterLines for Jobs, Grants and RFPs that may still be current at http://bit.ly/ZHi0NE.

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - AMERICA WALKS WALKING COLLEGE
America Walks will open applications for its Walking College on March 15. The Walking College is an interactive, online educational program for walkable community advocates. They will award 25 Walking College Fellowships this spring to community change agents working alone, in organizations, or in professions such as public health, planning, transportation, or education. The curriculum has been designed to nurture the development of the "hard" and "soft" skills that are necessary to become effective change agents.
Deadline: April 15 at 8:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/1RQJxIO

-> CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - LANDMARK BEHAVIOR CHANGE CASE STUDIES
Tools of Change is soliciting nominations for its 2016 Landmark (best practice) behavior change case studies in sustainable transportation. Nominate someone, or yourself, for working on a particularly effective or innovative approach for changing transportation behaviors. All nominations must include measured impact results. Designation as a "Landmark" case study through this peer selection process recognizes behavior change programs and approaches considered to be among the most successful, innovative, replicable and adaptable in the world. View past Landmark case studies at http://bit.ly/1p7fCSZ.
Deadline: June 3, 2016, http://bit.ly/1p7fUZW (Nomination From: http://bit.ly/1SyO70w)

-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR, CITY OF PORTLAND, OR
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is looking for a dynamic planner to serve as Portland's Pedestrian Modal Coordinator within the Bureau's Policy, Planning and Projects Group to help guide the future use of Portland's right of way and the transportation choices of it citizens. The Pedestrian Coordinator serves as the overall expert, advocate and advisor for pedestrian needs to Bureau staff, Mayor and City Council, other City Bureaus and partner agencies.
Deadline: March 14, 2016 by 6:30 pm ET, http://bit.ly/21kWo8u

-> JOB - RESEARCH ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE, PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, OR
The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is seeking a Research Assistant/Associate in the area of traffic safety, with a focus on non-motorized transportation. The successful candidate will bring passion and experience in transportation safety and pedestrian and bicycle transportation research. We seek individuals with broad experience analyzing and interpreting safety-related data, including reported crash data, crowd-sourced injury reports, hospital-level records, self-report surveys, and measures of exposure.
Deadline: Candidate review begins March 15, 2016, http://bit.ly/1YvJYen

-> JOB - TRI-STATE GREENWAY COORDINATOR, EAST COAST GREENWAY ALLIANCE
The Tri-State Greenway Coordinator is a full-time position that carries region-wide (NJ, NY, & CT) responsibilities for all aspects of greenway development, State Committee/volunteer engagement, and some fundraising tasks related to the region. The Tri-State Coordinator supports the volunteer State Committees and must be able to travel frequently within the region for meetings and events. The Coordinator will also occasionally attend events outside the region, such as national summits.
Deadline: March 25, 2016, http://bit.ly/1ThWOgC

-> JOB – SENIOR PLANNER AND PROGRAMS SPECIALIST, ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN, LOS ANGELES, CA
The Senior Planner and Programs Specialist will be responsible for delivering high-quality planning and analysis work. This position will also be responsible for designing and implementing active transportation programs and transportation behavior change campaigns such as Safe Routes to School programs, bicycle safety education classes, outreach events, media campaigns, and Transportation Demand Management programs.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/1p71gBX

See http://bit.ly/1jbgjF9 for several other open Alta Planning + Design engineer and planner positions in several cities.

-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, AECOM, SAN JOSE, CA
AECOM is actively seeking a creative, highly talented Transportation Planner for immediate employment in San Jose, California, within the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. The responsibilities of this position include preparing transportation planning studies and analyses; preparing planning reports, forecasts, and recommendations related to bicycle and pedestrian transportation system improvements; evaluating the bicycle and pedestrian transportation impacts of land development proposals and proposing alternatives, among others.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/1pwXna6

-> JOB - COMMUNITY ADVOCACY MANAGER, LOCAL MOTION, BURLINGTON, VT
The Community Engagement Manager is Local Motion’s lead for building and activating a statewide network of relationships with community partners and local advocates across Vermont to promote and advocate for walking and biking in their communities. While the Community Engagement Manager is by no means responsible for everything we do in and with communities, he or she is the glue that holds all the pieces of our community-focused work together.
Deadline: Position open until filled, http://bit.ly/1STbpz5

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

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