#406 Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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----- Bike Share Connectivity to Public Transportation
----- Central London, Eng: In 3 Years More Cyclists than Motorists?
----- Economic Benefits of Cycling in the United Kingdom
----- Benefits of Investing in Cycling in New Zealand
----- Calgary, Alberta: Protected Bike Lane Network Doubles Bike Use
----- Debunking 5 Myths about Bicycling
----- Apply to Take the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge
----- "Middle" Housing Creates More Walkable Neighborhoods
----- Make Some Plans
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- State Report Cards: Support for Walking, Biking & Active Kids & Communities
----- OK City, OK: America’s "Worst Walking City" Gets Back on its Feet
----- Data scientists Target Serious Crashes in 4 U.S. cities
----- Boise, ID: New Ways of Thinking About Transportation
----- Caltrans Launches Employee BikeShare Program
----- Cincinnati, OH: Uber to Provide 1st /Last Mike Transit Connections
----- Sonoma County, CA: Cyclists Brief Police & Sheriffs Depts
----- Seattle, WA: Protected Bike Lane Quick-build Project Example
----- Knoxville, TN: Opens More Green Lanes
----- Philadelphia, PA: $2.67M for Ped, Bike & Transit Improvements
----- Cambridge, MA Adopts Complete Streets & Vision Zero Policies
----- Lexington, MA Goal: A Walkable Trail w/in 1/2 Mi of Every House
----- Coming in May: Version 6 of the Pittsburgh, PA Bike Map
----- DataUSA: One-Stop Digital Shop for Accessible Data
----- 20 TRB Pedestrian Research Studies
----- 14 TRB Bicycle Research Studies
----- Low-Income, Urban Kid’s Perspectives on Physical Activity
----- Danish Investments in New Infrastructure Increase Cycling
----- Road User Behaviors at Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons
----- Adults w/ Autism Spectrum Disorder: Travel Needs & Barriers
----- Small Business Innovation Research Funds 2 Active Trans Projects
----- US FWS Region 8 Alternative Transportation Evaluation
----- Guidebook for Developing Ped & Bike Performance Measures
----- TAP Performance Management Guidebook
----- MN DOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection Manual
----- Quick-Build Project Delivery Model Guide
----- Learning Tactical Urbanism Online
----- Plan4Health Online Peer Learning Network
----- Coming: Protected Bike Lane Intersection Best Practices
----- Roundabout Practices Synthesis
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
BIKE SHARE CONNECTIVITY TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
-> Forty-six bike share systems in the U.S. offer a total of 2,655 bike share stations in 65 US cities, most (86%) within one block of a transit stop, according to a new report "Bike-Share Stations in the U.S." (http://1.usa.gov/1UHH4Ek) The Intermodal Passenger Connectivity Database (http://1.usa.gov/1VvQbqz) provides the locations of U.S. bike-share stations and their connectivity levels to scheduled public passenger transportation modes, such as air and intercity and transit modes. http://bit.ly/1VvPEov
CENTRAL LONDON, ENG: IN 3 YEARS MORE CYCLISTS THAN MOTORISTS?
-> In three years there could be more people cycling into central London in the mornings than driving, according to a report from Transport for London. (Human Streets: The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling, Three Years On: http://bit.ly/1MRGlOr) The report describes the progress of outgoing Mayor Boris Johnson’s cycling vision, launched three years ago, and says the next mayor should keep investing in cycling to keep London moving. As well as spelling out the cycling program’s successes, the report also highlights where things went wrong.
In 2000 the proportion of cars to bicycles entering central London in the morning peak was 11:1; in 2014 it was 2:1. If the trend continues cycles entering London in the morning will outnumber cars by 2019. In 2015/16 London has spent roughly £18 (US$25) per person on cycling – on par with Germany and the Netherlands. Cycle casualty (injury) rates are the lowest ever recorded, while cycling deaths in 2015 (9) were the second lowest on record, and the lowest per journey on record. http://bit.ly/1SGNqAo
ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF CYCLING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
-> A recent British government review found that existing methods of appraising the economic value of investing in cycling infrastructure do not incorporate the full extent of economic benefits associated with cycling. The review found these potential benefits:
- Economic growth can result from high density, cycle friendly urban design
- Reduced infrastructure maintenance costs
- Cycle parking allows 5 times more retail spending than the same space for car parking
- Cycle friendly neighborhoods can have greater retail spending. (The Value of Cycling: Rapid Evidence Review of the Economic Benefits of Cycling: http://bit.ly/1TB342E)
BENEFITS OF INVESTING IN CYCLING IN NEW ZEALAND
-> A new report (Benefits of Investing in Cycling in New Zealand Communities: http://bit.ly/1V7rXEh) lists these key benefits of investing in cycling, for councils, communities and individuals in New Zealand:
- More livable towns and cities
- Improved conditions for travelling within towns and cities
- Stronger local economies
- Reduced costs for councils
- Less impact on the environment,
- Healthier and more productive people.
- Providing cycling infrastructure responds to what a significant percentage of people say they want.
CALGARY, ALBERTA: PROTECTED BIKE LANE NETWORK DOUBLES BIKE USE
-> Calgary, Alberta piloted a connected downtown network of low-stress bike routes all at once. The results have been large and almost immediate. Weekday bike counts on the affected corridors soared 95 percent in September 2015, three months after the network opened, compared to the year before. The proportion of those riders who were female jumped from 20 percent to 27 percent, and younger people are reportedly riding downtown more, too. Despite a very close city council vote to create the network, once the public saw it in action, 64 percent decided they approve. http://bit.ly/1Sxg6cH
DEBUNKING 5 MYTHS ABOUT BICYCLING
-> There are a lot of misconceptions about getting around on two wheels. As the number of cyclists rises, it’s important to keep in mind some truths about who they are, how they behave and what impact they have on the space around us. Here are 5 myths about bicycling and links to information to debunk them: 1. Mandating helmet use is the best way to keep riders safe., 2. Cyclists break more traffic laws than drivers do. 3. If more people rode bikes, there’d be noticeably less traffic and pollution... http://wapo.st/1SLTA2h
APPLY TO TAKE THE HEALTHIEST CITIES & COUNTIES CHALLENGE
-> American Public Health Association, the Aetna Foundation and the National Association of Counties, in partnership with CEOs for Cities, announce the start of a multiyear program to encourage small to mid-sized cities, counties and federally recognized tribes to convene multisector partnerships in support of positive health change. More than $1.5 million in prizes will be awarded to participants that demonstrate measurable change in the next few years. Efforts will be judged both on the quality of cross-sector partnerships and progress on metrics such as tobacco use, walkability, housing affordability, living wages and community safety.
Entities selected to participate will receive community seed grants and will be offered technical assistance, subject matter expertise and online educational opportunities throughout the Challenge. Proposal Deadline: May 31, 2016, http://bit.ly/1qu2zMt
"MIDDLE" HOUSING CREATES MORE WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS
-> In just about every city, the communities that locals love tend to have a mix of housing types. The mix makes for a place that’s vibrant and walkable — but not imposing, either, due to a lack of dense mid- and high-rise apartments. Designers have named this the "missing middle." In many (if not most) places, that type of housing is illegal. It just doesn’t jibe with the zoning codes. Many cities’ most walkable neighborhoods are zoned for single-family homes, and look like they mostly contain single-family homes. But upon a closer examination, they contain more units: duplexes and fourplexes that don’t look that different from houses. Generally, the most dense missing middle housing isn’t much larger than an 8- or 12-unit building. http://bit.ly/1RuIzDg
MAKE SOME PLANS
-> Opening Day for Trails April 16: People across the nation will kick off the spring trail season by hitting their favorite trails. Explore events take a pledge to get out on a trail and enter to win a bike, share your experiences. http://bit.ly/1XghAvM
National Park Rx Day April 24: A day celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. The U.S. Surgeon General released a call to action to promote walking and walkable communities. National Park Rx Day builds on the U.S. Surgeon General call to action to promote walking and walkable communities. http://bit.ly/1RLOKQ2
National Protected Bike Lane Week May 8-13: PeopleForBikes invites agencies and advocates to help celebrate the week by organizing local events to draw attention to the power and promise of protected bike lanes. Event ideas include, but are not limited to, mayor proclamation or ribbon cutting on a new lane, setting up a pop-up protected bike lane or serving coffee and doughnuts on the morning commute. http://bit.ly/1SzCdiB
National Bike Travel Weekend June 3-6: Gather up your family, friends, bike clubs, youth groups or adventure buddies, and go on a bike overnight. Explore the interactive map of bike overnights, and get inspired to plan your own bike overnight or join an existing one. Connect with one of over 200 National Bike Travel Weekend ambassadors from more than 40 states for bike travel resources in your area. Register your trip for a chance to win a bike. http://bit.ly/1Rc41ff
Bike to Your National Park Day September 24: Explore your parks and public lands by bicycle with thousands of people across the country on the same day. Discover new parks or experience your favorite parks in a new way. Ride one mile or one hundred miles; go with friends, family or join a group; bike on trails or roads. You can visit any type of public lands. Register your ride for a chance to win a bike. http://bit.ly/1OZPrJe
International Walk to School Day October 5: International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. http://bit.ly/1HFSofq
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
STATE REPORT CARDS: SUPPORT FOR WALKING, BIKING & ACTIVE KIDS & COMMUNITIES
-> "Making Strides: 2016 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities" (http://bit.ly/1MdezMh) make it easy to understand at a glance how states are doing in their support of walking, bicycling, and active kids and communities – where each state is doing well, and where there is room for improvement. It also includes an overview of the research that supports walking, bicycling and physical activity as ways to improve health; the rationale for state-level report cards; a detailed explanation of how the states were graded; and reflections on the state of physical activity in different regions and our country as a whole. http://bit.ly/1SzZJvT
OK CITY, OK: AMERICA’S "WORST WALKING CITY" GETS BACK ON ITS FEET
-> Oklahoma City was named as the "worst US walking city" in a 2008 study of 500 communities. The City and its leading institutions responded to this wake-up call in an unprecedented way. Voters approved an ambitious $18-million sidewalk improvement fund as part of a tax increase that also included money for parks, transit, bike trails and senior wellness centers around town. Four busy streets heading into downtown are now being narrowed, with new "smart intersections" that provide walkers more safety with "refuge island" medians in the middle of streets and clearly marked crosswalks. http://bit.ly/22boT94
DATA SCIENTISTS TARGET SERIOUS CRASHES IN 4 U.S. CITIES
-> The DataKind Vision Zero project will harness public and private data to understand and prevent serious crashes in New York City, San Jose, Seattle, and New Orleans. In New York, the team will evaluate different Vision Zero strategies to determine the most effective approaches and inform future investments. In San Jose, the team will use learning algorithms to understand patterns of crashes in order to prioritize traffic calming investments. In Seattle they will analyze how driver behavior and street design contribute to bicycle and pedestrian crashes, so that the city can properly allocate funds from its Move Seattle levy, passed last November. In New Orleans, they will evaluate whether 911 call data can serve as a real-time proxy for bike and pedestrian crash data. http://bit.ly/1Szzbe3
BOISE, ID: NEW WAYS OF THINKING ABOUT TRANSPORTATION
-> Boise wants its transportation system to give people easy, affordable connections to walk, ride a bike, take transit or drive to reach destinations all across the city. And it wants those travel corridors to be pleasant, with safe bus stops, shade for bike paths, among other characteristics. These are the goals detailed in a new city document called the Transportation Action Plan (http://bit.ly/1S1AOHi), which outlines the city’s philosophy on the best ways to move people from place to place. The plan’s broader goal is making Boise a healthier and more prosperous place to live. http://bit.ly/1Vbq2gI
CALTRANS LAUNCHES EMPLOYEE BIKESHARE PROGRAM
-> Caltrans launched its employee BikeShare Program, which makes on-site bicycles available for staff to travel to meetings in lieu of driving. The bikes were funded through a grant from Kaiser Permanente. Caltrans states it is committed to increasing the number of bicyclists and intends to use the BikeShare Program as a template for other BikeShare Programs throughout California. http://bit.ly/1MbpSEG
CINCINNATI, OH: UBER TO PROVIDE 1ST /LAST MIKE TRANSIT CONNECTIONS
-> Cincinnati Metro and Uber Cincinnati announced a partnership Tuesday morning that seeks to fill the "first mile-last mile gap." Cincinnati transit riders will see interior transit cards on Metro buses advertising a unique code for a free ride on Uber for first-time users. Metro is encouraging people to use Uber’s service to help expand their ability to use public transportation, including getting them to and from their nearest bus stop, to destinations that may be beyond Metro’s normal service area or on return trips after Metro’s service ends. http://bit.ly/1XgxWod
SONOMA COUNTY, CA: CYCLISTS BRIEF POLICE & SHERIFFS DEPTS
-> The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition recently met with local law enforcement agencies to help them better understand what they can do to make roads safer for cyclists. They discovered that most police departments welcomed input from the Bike Coalition and scheduled them to make presentations as part of routine staff briefings. To date, they have given presentations to 7 police and sheriff departments and plan 3 more by the end of the summer. The briefings have been a two-way learning experience. To the best of their knowledge, Sonoma County is the only one in CA where local bike advocates are included in law enforcement trainings and the courts recognize that bike safety education is more important than just writing tickets and collecting fines. http://bit.ly/1N8ha4T
SEATTLE, WA: PROTECTED BIKE LANE QUICK-BUILD PROJECT EXAMPLE
-> Check out a brief case study from Seattle used in "Quick Builds for Better Streets: A New Project Delivery Model for U.S. Cities" (http://bit.ly/1YeG8FG) of how a mayoral mandate created the city’s first protected bike lane in just four months. A week after the Second Avenue project opened, the city released bike counts documenting a tripling of bike volumes along the avenue. That success led quickly to additional projects—and a new five-year timetable for building Seattle’s entire city center bike network. http://bit.ly/1SDJvV0
[See Resource section for more details about the Quick Builds for Better Streets guide.]
KNOXVILLE, TN: OPENS MORE GREEN LANES
-> Knoxville, TN Mayor Madeline Rogero recently unveiled a new bright green bike lane to enhance cyclists' safety at a South Knoxville intersection Thursday. Decked out in green, along with many city staffers, Rogero announced the completion of the $1,800 thermoplastic coated lane and plans for five more in intersections around Knoxville. The city's first green lane went in last year at University Commons Way and Joe Johnson Drive. The success of that location, deemed a pilot program, prompted additional lanes. http://bit.ly/1RAwsjV
PHILADELPHIA, PA: $2.67M FOR PED, BIKE & TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS
-> Philadelphia received $2.67 million through the Transportation Alternatives Program, to complete five projects to enhance the city's streets and improve traffic safety for public transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians. The TAP funds will be matched by more than $500,000 in local funds. These projects include installing pedestrian and bicycle safety infrastructure around two elementary schools located in areas with a high number of child, pedestrian-involved crashes; comprehensive Safe Routes to Schools programs; and converting existing bicycle lanes into protected facilities, and adding new protected bicycle lanes. http://bit.ly/1TmOSKB
CAMBRIDGE, MA ADOPTS COMPLETE STREETS & VISION ZERO POLICIES
-> Cambridge, MA City Council approved its Complete Streets Policy (http://bit.ly/1TB4gmJ from page 50) and Vision Zero resolution (http://bit.ly/1TB4gmJ from page 54) in same meeting. http://bit.ly/1UUPBV3
LEXINGTON, MA GOAL: A WALKABLE TRAIL W/IN 1/2 MI OF EVERY HOUSE
-> The goal of the Greenways Corridor Committee is for every house in Lexington, MA to be no more than a half-mile away from a walkable trail. With approximately $15,000 from the Community Preservation Act Fund, the Committee hopes to complete approximately 40 miles of trail. The CPA is funded through a 3 percent charge on property tax bills, and a matching contribution from the state. Many trail systems pass through neighborhoods connect to schools and playgrounds. The Committee is using existing trails to create marked walking routes to direct people from one property to another. The current plan includes linking Lexington’s trail system to the Western Greenway Trail, which also runs through Belmont and Waltham. http://bit.ly/1ShXQGt
COMING IN MAY: VERSION 6 OF THE PITTSBURGH, PA BIKE MAP
-> Pittsburgh was rated as one of the three worst cities in America for bicycling 26 years ago. Now they are topping lists for bike commuting and a new edition of the Pittsburgh Bike Map is due out next month. Version 6 of the Pittsburgh Bike Map will, for the first time, represent bike lanes that are physically separated from car traffic and 50 bike share stations. Bike PGH plans to distribute 33,000 copies of this version per year. http://bit.ly/1XgvXjy
THE RESEARCH BEAT
DATAUSA: ONE-STOP DIGITAL SHOP FOR ACCESSIBLE DATA
-> DataUSA (http://bit.ly/22bW8sX) is a new, comprehensive, open-source data visualization tool. For any county, city, metro, and state in the U.S., this site pulls up visualizations of data on the economy, demographics, health, education, and housing. It’s essentially a one-stop shop for information that is easy to search, understand, embed, and build into new code. A search by jurisdiction initially provides basic demographics and links to dive deeper. The online tool also includes a "stories" tab, which features some notable highlights from the datasets, and maps illustrating data points. http://bit.ly/1q5erns
20 TRB PEDESTRIAN RESEARCH STUDIES
-> Review the list of 20 pedestrian-related articles published in a 2015 Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Among them:
See the other 16 at http://trrjournalonline.trb.org/toc/trr/2519/.
- Community-Based Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program: Developmental Framework and Process Evaluation: http://bit.ly/1SA7wcU
- Leading Pedestrian Interval Assessment and Implementation Guidelines: http://bit.ly/1XgIbIU
- Differences Between Walking and Bicycling over Time: Implications for Performance Management: http://bit.ly/1RNRbBV
- Achieving Vision Zero Data-Driven Investment Strategy to Eliminate Pedestrian Fatalities on a Citywide Level: http://bit.ly/1RNR2yh
14 TRB BICYCLE RESEARCH STUDIES
See the other 10 at http://trrjournalonline.trb.org/toc/trr/2520/.
-> Review the list of 14 bicycle-related articles published in a 2015 Journal of the Transportation Research Board. These include:
LOW-INCOME, URBAN KID’S PERSPECTIVES ON PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
-> A recently published study asked ethnically diverse, 9- to 13-year-olds who live in urban, low-income households use Photovoice to represent their physical activity practices and their perception of their physical activity environment. (Low-Income, Urban Children’s Perspectives on Physical Activity: A Photovoice Project: http://bit.ly/1RMTzbV) Potential ways to increase moderate to high intensity activity among this population are to involve church-based organizations, create more safe places to play by increasing green space in urban areas, and to provide financial support for after-school programs and community centers.
DANISH INVESTMENTS IN NEW INFRASTRUCTURE INCREASE CYCLING
-> While cycling has been booming in Copenhagen over the past 20 years, cycling levels at national level in 2010 were well below 1990. To reverse this trend, the national government established a 1 billion DKK (US$151.2 million) Bicycle Fund for investments in cycling. A mid-term evaluation of 161 projects indicates that cycling increased by 24% where they have provided new infrastructure. The evaluators found that a clear majority of those attracted from other modes were car users. http://bit.ly/1N7QnFK
ROAD USER BEHAVIORS AT PEDESTRIAN HYBRID BEACONS
-> "Road User Behaviors at Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons" reports on analysis of video data collected at 20 sites. Researchers found 91% of pedestrians pushed the pushbutton at pedestrian hybrid beacon sites. A greater number of pedestrians activated the device on a road with a posted speed limit of 45 mph compared with roads with a posted speed limit of 40 mph or less. When the equivalent hourly volume was 1,500 vehicles/h or more, the percentage of pedestrians activating the PHB was always 92% or more. The conflict rate was found to be higher for noncompliant pedestrians than for compliant pedestrians. More conflicts occurred at locations with nearby bus stops or driveways. http://bit.ly/1PYkxyB
ADULTS W/ AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: TRAVEL NEEDS & BARRIERS
-> Because the National Household Travel Survey and metropolitan travel surveys do not classify people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a separate category of persons with disabilities, very little information is available about their travel patterns, needs, or barriers. A recently published study describes a survey that focused exclusively on adults with ASD in New Jersey to learn about their travel patterns, the importance of the various types of trips they make, and the barriers they encounter regarding the use of different transportation modes. Researchers found the most revealing information pertained to barriers to walking, driving, taking public transit, and even taking rides from others. "Travel Patterns, Needs, and Barriers of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Report from a Survey" http://bit.ly/1TA5Yo8
SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH FUNDS 2 ACTIVE TRANS PROJECTS
-> The US DOT Small Business Innovation Research program recently provided research funding for two projects. Connected Bicycle: Communicating with Vehicles and Infrastructure focuses on dedicated short-range communications. These can provide safety information and cooperate with traffic signals to provide improved bicycle detection, as well as convey information to bicyclists about signal phase changes. FHWA sought to explore the use of bicycle sensor technologies to collect data from bicycles to share and develop an application that can be downloaded to smart phones.
SBIR also awarded research funds for the Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection Devices for Transit Buses project. Sensors have already been developed to detect the presence of pedestrians and bicycles in the path of a transit vehicle. The Federal Transit Administration sought the design and development of innovative, economically viable, accurate, and durable technologies or devices that use sensor technologies in the detection of bicycles and pedestrians, leveraging innovations and developments that have occurred in commercial/passenger vehicle applications to significantly improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists in a transit environment. http://1.usa.gov/1McXnqd
US FWS REGION 8 ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION EVALUATION
-> The purpose of the Regional Alternative Transportation Evaluation in Region 8 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to help ensure effective consideration and integration of alternative transportation systems into the goals and recommendations of the region’s long-range transportation plans. Alternative transportation systems generally include any travel means other than personal automobile, including, but not limited to, walking and biking. This evaluation also analyzed the needs of underserved populations in the region. Region 8 is comprised of California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin in southern Oregon. http://1.usa.gov/1TlyeLp
[See evaluations from other US FWS regions: http://1.usa.gov/25ySttL]
QUOTES R US
"For years in this country, we did half-hearted cycling schemes that upset nobody but also, bluntly, helped nobody and changed nothing."
-From Human Streets: The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling, Three Years On talking about need for continued political leadership to reduce private car use in London, England and to increase the number of bicyclists. http://bit.ly/1MRGlOr
"The DOT policy is to incorporate safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities into transportation projects. Every transportation agency, including DOT, has the responsibility to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and bicycling and to integrate walking and bicycling into their transportation systems. Because of the numerous individual and community benefits that walking and bicycling provide - including health, safety, environmental, transportation, and quality of life -transportation agencies are encouraged to go beyond minimum standards to provide safe and convenient facilities for these modes."
--A reminder of US DOT policy. http://1.usa.gov/235Uf3l
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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 "Achieving Multimodal Networks: Applying Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts – Webinar 1 of 2 (Applying Design Flexibility)"
Date: April 7, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Details: http://1.usa.gov/1SaBljL, free
Webinar "Rails-with-Trails: Safe, Common and Growing"
Date: April 7, 2016, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Presenters: Jerry Walls (Susquehanna Economic Development Association-COG, PA), Marc Pearsall (Maricopa Association of Governments, AZ) & Matt Mihalevich (City of Fayetteville, AR)
Host: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Details: http://bit.ly/1UHuGnY, free (2-step registration process for new users)
Webinar "Achieving Multimodal Networks: Applying Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts – Webinar 2 of 2 (Reducing Conflicts between Modes)"
Date: April 11, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Details: http://1.usa.gov/1V8qtcI, free (2-step registration process for new users)
Webinar "The Best Complete Streets Policy of 2015"
Date: April 12, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Host: Smart Growth America
Details: http://bit.ly/1RXicoB, free
Webinar "Evaluation of Low-Cost Traffic Calming for Small Rural Communities"
Date: April 19, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
Presenters: Neal Hawkins (Iowa State Univ.) & Lee Bjerke (Winneshiek County, IA)
Host: Roadway Safety Institute
Details: http://bit.ly/23aj7un, free
Webinar "The FAST Act: Advancing Trails with the New Federal Transportation Bill"
Date: April 21, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Marianne Fowler, Kevin Mills, & Leeann Sinpatanasakul (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/1WJaaAJ, $35 American Trails members / $55 nonmembers
Webinar "Rural Trails as Economic Engines, Cultural Assets, and Community Anchors"
Date: April 21, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Presenters:Leah Kemp (Carl Small Town Center) & Zach Schmesser (Bicycle Coalition of Maine)
Host: Orton Family Foundation & Citizens' Institute on Rural Design
Details: http://bit.ly/1S1bYXT, free
Webinar "Roundabout Construction Plans and Specifications – Development and Application of Practices"
Date: May 3, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Ben Wilkinson (GHD), Paul Vraney & Eric Gwidt (WS DOT)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/1qttNCQ, free for TRB affiliates, $105 for others
[See Resources section for Roundabout Practices: A Synthesis of Highway Practice.]
GUIDEBOOK FOR DEVELOPING PED & BIKE PERFORMANCE MEASURES
-> FHWA released its "Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures" (http://1.usa.gov/1Rt4ISr) to help communities develop performance measures that can fully integrate pedestrian and bicycle planning in ongoing performance management activities. It highlights a broad range of ways that walking and bicycling investments, activity, and impacts can be measured and documents how these measures relate to goals identified in a community's planning process. It discusses how the measures can be tracked and what data are required, while also identifying examples of communities that are currently using the respective measures in their planning process. This report highlights resources for developing measures to facilitate high quality performance based planning.
TAP PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT GUIDEBOOK
-> The "Transportation Alternatives Program Performance Management Guidebook" assists DOT and MPO program managers in implementing a performance-based approach to ensure that staff and decision makers understand program goals, and that program actions are making progress towards achieving those goals. The guidebook includes an overview of the principles of performance-based planning and management; an introduction to FHWA's performance-based planning framework; a discussion of how to implement performance management with limited resources; and a step-by-step roadmap for creating a tailored performance-based planning and programming approach. Appendices present examples of relevant performance measures; information on data sources; examples for a DOT and an MPO; and additional resources. http://1.usa.gov/1Rt5hf5
FHWA has made the slides and outline from the Transportation Alternatives Program Performance Management Guidebook webinar available. (http://1.usa.gov/235Uf3l) This material provides examples of performance measures and data resources, sample strategies and project types for achieving them, project evaluation criteria related to TAP goals, among other tools.
MN DOT BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN DATA COLLECTION MANUAL
-> The Minnesota DOT released a draft of the "Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection Manual." (http://bit.ly/1SzoqZk) It summarizes the program's data collection goals along with general principles of bicycle and pedestrian data collection and an explanation as to which types of data to collect, how to perform counts, different counting technologies and methods, and best practices for sensor calibration and data management and analysis. http://1.usa.gov/1TB4NVy
QUICK-BUILD PROJECT DELIVERY MODEL GUIDE
-> "Quick Builds for Better Streets: A New Project Delivery Model for U.S. Cities" (http://bit.ly/1YeG8FG) draws on the experiences of Austin, Chicago, Denver, Memphis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle to create a general guide for adding quick-build project delivery into your city’s toolbox. A quick-build street project is installed within a year of its initial planning and is planned with the expectation it may be changed after installation. This guide describes the 9 elements necessary for a successful quick-build project.
[See the Regional and Local Actions section for details of a Seattle, WA quick-build project.]
LEARNING TACTICAL URBANISM ONLINE
-> Planetizen offers two online tactical urbanism courses: Tactical Urbanism: An Introduction, and Tactical Urbanism: How It's Done. Sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not, these 'tactical' actions are commonly referred to as 'guerrilla urbanism,' 'pop-up urbanism,' 'city repair,' or 'D.I.Y. urbanism.' From unsanctioned crosswalks to city-led "Pavement-to-Plaza" programs, you'll learn about the success and challenges of short-term, temporary projects in influencing long-term physical and policy changes in cities across the United States and Canada. http://bit.ly/1RSwaIm
PLAN4HEALTH ONLINE PEER LEARNING NETWORK
-> Plan4Health (http://bit.ly/1UVCGC1), a partnership between APHA and the American Planning Association, launched an online forum to make communities even smarter in their public health decision-making. This new Peer Learning Network is designed to allow Plan4Health’s 35 coalitions to share their experiences and learn from others. http://bit.ly/1PTHBLs
COMING: PROTECTED BIKE LANE INTERSECTION BEST PRACTICES
-> Portland State University’s TREC (Transportation Research and Education Center) is developing a set of best practices for protected bike lane intersections among the multiple options for intersection design. (http://bit.ly/1MRofvU) They plan to use data to help cities make the best choice for a given intersection, and to standardize those decisions across all such intersections. The ultimate goal is a standard tool kit that could inform national design guidelines. http://bit.ly/1RMShO6
ROUNDABOUT PRACTICES SYNTHESIS
-> Roundabout Practices: A Synthesis of Highway Practice summarizes current roundabout policies, guidance, and practices within state DOTs. http://bit.ly/1UTRn8O
[See Webinar section for May 3 "Roundabout Construction Plans and Specifications – Development and Application of Practices" webinar.]
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - 2016 International Open Streets Summit, August 18-21, 2016, Portland, OR.
Deadline: April 15, 2016 by 6 pm PT, http://bit.ly/1RjrDOM
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - A Workshop on Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health and Transportation, June 6-7, 2016, Washington, DC.
Deadline: April 17, 2016, http://bit.ly/1LQbyRs
-> CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - American Recreation Coalition Great Outdoors Month Video Competition
Deadline: April 23, 2016, http://bit.ly/1lRLw3M
-> CALL FOR PAPERS - Journal of Case Studies in Transportation Policy Special Issue: Understanding Governance at the Nexus of Transportation and Environmental Health
Deadline: August 1, 2016, http://bit.ly/1PqQT17
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
-> April 24, 2016, National Park RX Day
-> May 1-4, 2016, Canadian Transportation Research Forum, Toronto, Ontario.
-> May 5, 2016, Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit, Dover, DE.
-> May 20, 2016, Midwest Active Transportation Conference, La Crosse, WI. (Note new date)
-> May 21, 2016, 2016 Wisconsin Bike Summit, La Crosse, WI.
-> July 25-29, 2016, Comprehensive Bikeway Design 2.0, Portland State University, OR.
-> August 16-21, 2016, Comprehensive Bikeway Design 1.0, Portland State University, OR.
-> October 14-16, 2016, American Bicycling Education Association I Am Traffic 2, St. Louis, MO.
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.
-> GIHON JORDAN SCHOLARSHIP- PRO WALK PRO BIKE PRO PLACE
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals is currently accepting applications to the Gihon Jordan Scholarship Fund to attend the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference in Vancouver, B.C. September 12-15, 2016. This Fund honors the memory of Gihon Jordan, a Philadelphia traffic engineer who worked to make his city safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and the disabled. Gihon strongly believed in the value for active transportation professionals of the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference.
Deadline: May 31, 2016. APBP will announce scholarship awards by June 15, 2016. Recipients must accept awards by July 15, 2016, http://bit.ly/1RNp9GA
-> GRANT - LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND STATE AND LOCAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The National Park Service provides matching grants to states and through states to local governments for the acquisition and development of lands and waters for outdoor recreation purposes. Awards range from $2,500,000 to $5,000.
Deadline: April 29, 2016, http://1.usa.gov/1SzAbiz
-> JOB - PLANNER I (BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR), KS DOT, TOPEKA, KS
This position serves as the KDOT Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator. The person in this position oversees the Bicycle and Pedestrian and Transportation Alternatives Program (TA) including the Safe Routes to School Program; and encourages and educates others about the benefits of bicycle and pedestrian transportation for general transportation and recreation purposes including allowing children to walk/bike to and from school through presentation, educational material, meetings and communication with the press.
Deadline: April 7, 2016, http://1.usa.gov/1SlzYBV
-> JOB - BICYCLE PROGRAM COORDINATOR, UC DAVIS, DAVIS, CA.
Under supervision of the Director, the Bicycle Program Coordinator maintains and encourages the popular and beneficial use of bicycles and walking as important transportation modes to, from, and on campus by providing the campus community with a safe, secure and efficient cycling and pedestrian environment in response to customer needs and expectations.
Deadline: Extended: April 18, 2016, http://bit.ly/UCDavisCoordinatorJob
-> JOB - OUTREACH DIRECTOR, TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC.
Transportation for America (T4A) — a program of Smart Growth America — seeks a personable, outgoing, detail-oriented and sales-oriented individual to serve as Outreach Director. The successful candidate will assist with growing & executing the organization’s mission, as well as communicate with members, non-members and others in an outreach and relationship building role.
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position filled, http://bit.ly/2079cAn
-> JOBS - MULTIPLE POSITIONS, TOOLE DESIGN GROUP MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
Toole Design Group has immediate openings for engineers in multiple offices. They do all aspects of engineering from initial concept through final design, including traffic engineering and safety analysis. This is a chance to work on multimodal projects in cities and towns throughout the U.S.
-> 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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