#407 Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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----- Federal Loan Program Changes Support Active Transportation
----- FHWA Proposes Performance Measures
----- Paris Redesigning Major Intersections for Peds
----- NACTO Transit Street Design Guide Released
----- ECF: Delivering Climate-friendly Transport via Cycling
----- European Declaration on Cycling, Activities & New Point Person
----- The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life
----- The Netherlands to Ban New Gas-Powered Vehicles By 2025
----- APHA 1 Billion Steps Challenge
----- Bike Share System Built Specifically for Vancouver
----- New Oslo High-rise to Have 100s Of Spaces For Bikes—0 For Gas Cars
----- Transportation Innovations Drive Larger Changes
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015
----- Washington, DC: $5 Bikeshare Memberships to Low-Income Residents
----- Chicago to Add 50 More Miles Of Better Bike Lanes By 2019
------Seattle, WA Fast-Tracks Bike Lane Review & Build Processes
----- So Cal Visual Urban Trend Tool
----- Philadelphia, PA: $7.6 M in TAP-funded Projects
----- Philadelphia, PA Considers Ways to Maintain Sidewalks
----- Tool Maps Transit, Block by Block, for 300 Cities
----- San Mateo & Santa Clara County Virtual Bike Route Scouts
----- Jane Jacobs’ Vibrant City Life Essentials True for 6 Italian Cities
----- How 10 U.S. Cities Use Public Transit
----- Bikesharing Safety Report
----- Shared Mobility Transforming Public Transit
----- Evaluating Economic & Social Impacts of Cycling Infrastructure
----- Cycling Sector Contributions to European Job Creation
----- NHTSA: Effect of Electronic Device Use on Pedestrian Safety
----- Physical Activity Built Environment in 14 Cities Worldwide
----- Identifying the Safest Intersection Designs for Cyclists
----- TRB Transit-Supportive Roadway Strategies Guide
----- TRB Webinar Recording: Ped Behaviors at Signalized Crosswalks
----- NHTSA: Bike/Ped Safety Primer
----- Metrics That Matter for Population Health Action
----- Examples of How to Create a Healthy Built Environment
----- McKinsey: A Cost-Effective Path to Road Safety
----- Advancing Safe Walking & Bicycling Beyond Kids’ School Trips
----- TransportationCamp Intro
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
FEDERAL LOAN PROGRAM CHANGES SUPPORT ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
-> The federal TIFIA program (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act: http://1.usa.gov/20W3NwC) provides low-interest loans, lines of credit, and loan guarantees for innovative transportation projects. It leverages other private, federal, and non-federal sources of transportation project funding. Reforms in the most recent federal transportation bill (not yet reflected on the TIFIA website) now make the program a more powerful tool for active transportation projects:
- Lowering the minimum project size for projects involving local governments to $10 million;
- Allowing bundling of segments of a network into one project to meet the threshold;
- Allow State Infrastructure Banks to use TIFIA funds to make financing more available to rural projects;
- Streamlining the application process to lower the application cost and make it easier to apply; and
- Providing up to $2 million in application fee waivers for projects less than $75 million in total cost.
[See the Webinar section for an April 27 webinar discussing these reforms, the details of TIFIA, and how US DOT can help your active transportation project apply for TIFIA financing.]
FHWA PROPOSES PERFORMANCE MEASURES
-> FHWA released a proposed rulemaking Monday outlining new national performance measures to assess travel reliability, congestion, and emissions. (National Performance Management Measures; Assessing Performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program: http://1.usa.gov/1NAIBV3) The proposed regulation will be published in the Federal Register this Friday. It calls for an increased level of consistency, transparency and accountability in establishing and achieving targets for performance impacting congestion, system reliability, freight movement and economic vitality, and environmental sustainability. State DOTs will be expected to use the information and data generated as a result of the new regulations to make better informed transportation planning and programming decisions. The new performance aspects of the Federal-aid program would allow FHWA to better communicate a national performance story and more reliably assess the impacts of Federal funding investments.
[See Webinar section for an April 21 webinar to present the details of this proposed rulemaking and an overview of the complete proposal.]
PARIS REDESIGNING MAJOR INTERSECTIONS FOR PEDS
-> Paris is redesigning seven major sites for pedestrians and cyclists. The shift started with the Place de la République—until 2013, it was also a busy road, but now it's a pedestrian plaza planted with trees, lined with benches, and filled with people. The transformation was so popular that the city decided to keep going.
Each of the new designs give pedestrians at least 50% of the space in the square, taking away lanes of traffic even though each of the streets is a major route in the city. In some cases, the designs are based on data. The city is partnering with Cisco and a company called Placemeter, an "urban intelligence platform" that helps quantify how public space is used. With a set of temporary cameras, which count people anonymously, they're able to measure how many people are walking and biking and where cars are at any specific location. Placemeter will work with the city to start testing different scenarios, such as what happens if streets are closed in a certain location for a month, or what happens if benches and chairs go in another place, or what happens if bike lanes expand. http://bit.ly/20OQD4m
NACTO TRANSIT STREET DESIGN GUIDE RELEASED
-> NACTO’s "Transit Street Design Guide" sets a new vision for how cities can harness the immense potential of transit to create active and efficient streets, in neighborhoods and downtowns. It details how reliable transit routes—whether bus or rail—depend on a commitment to transit at every level of design. Developed through a new peer network of NACTO members and transit agency partners, the Guide provides tools to actively prioritize transit on the street, not just accommodate existing service. The "Transit Street Design Guide" is available for purchase (http://bit.ly/1SsKLdI) and will soon be available as an interactive document at http://bit.ly/10b7Wea. (See a preview at http://bit.ly/23Jtx4j) http://bit.ly/1YGySCC
[See the Webinar section for an April 27 webinar introducing the Transit Street Design Guide.]
ECF: DELIVERING CLIMATE-FRIENDLY TRANSPORT VIA CYCLING
-> The European Cycling Federation strongly recommends the European Union include the development and adoption of an ‘EU level strategic document on cycling’ by the end of 2017, and include modal shift through cycling in transport GHG emission modeling. If the EU is to achieve its objective on decarbonizing transport (a 60 % GHG emission reduction by 2050 compared to 1990), it needs to consider a modal shift both in passenger and freight transport. Read the ECF position paper "Delivering Climate-friendly Transport by Shifting to Cycling" http://bit.ly/1WdBbxR
EUROPEAN DECLARATION ON CYCLING, ACTIVITIES & NEW POINT PERSON
-> The informal meeting of EU ministers for Transport adopted a Declaration on Cycling (http://bit.ly/1XI4is7) as a climate friendly transport mode, in Luxembourg in October 2015. Ministers called upon the European Commission, Member States and local and regional authorities to consider several actions. (See details at http://bit.ly/1SjPEUo.) Now the European Commission’s DG MOVE (Directorate General for Mobility and Transport) has appointed its very first "Cycling focal point" person. Read an interview with him: http://bit.ly/1YGmO4p.
THE ABSURD PRIMACY OF THE AUTOMOBILE IN AMERICAN LIFE
-> In The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life author Edward Humes asks, "Considering the constant fatalities, rampant pollution, and exorbitant costs of ownership, is the car’s dominance a little insane?" Check out the multiple factors and data that for his response: http://bit.ly/23JlKDJ
THE NETHERLANDS TO BAN NEW GAS-POWERED VEHICLES BY 2025
-> Starting in 2025, people in The Netherlands will no longer be able to buy a gasoline or diesel-powered car—even if they want to. By law, only zero-emissions vehicles will be on sale. There is dissent from the political opposition over this plan, but it's surprisingly low-key, given what—in bureaucratic terms—is an incredibly short time frame. The law will be easier to implement considering current the popularity of walking, cycling, and electric vehicles in the country. http://bit.ly/1VvztsF
APHA 1 BILLION STEPS CHALLENGE
-> American Public Health Association challenges us to take and track 1 billion steps by May 31. Join the 1 Billion Steps Challenge to have fun and improve our health. Make walking a habit and you could win a Fitbit Charge HR or a $25 Amazon gift card! Each week APHA will award a $25 Amazon gift card to a lucky participant. Everyone who has joined the challenge or submitted steps during that week is eligible. On May 31 all challenge participants will be eligible to win the grand prize of a Fitbit Charge HR. As of April 10, people have logged 23 million steps. http://bit.ly/1Vj3qwa
BIKE SHARE SYSTEM BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR VANCOUVER
-> This summer, Vancouver will join the ranks of over 800 cities around the world that have provided the gateway to utility cycling. The City and Vancouver Bike Share are now asking the public for suggestions for the best locations for the docking stations. The "Suggest a Location" page (http://bit.ly/23JAAtP) will be open until early June. http://bit.ly/1VFLTwQ
Check out Vancouver Bike Share while you are in town for Pro Walk/ Pro Bike/ Pro Place September 12-15, 2016: http://walkbikeplaces.org
NEW OSLO HIGH-RISE TO HAVE 100S OF SPACES FOR BIKES—0 FOR GAS CARS
-> When a new high-rise is built in downtown Oslo, Norway, it will include a massive ramp leading cyclists directly into the building, and the plate-glass windows in the lobby will show off bike racks. The building will have parking spots for 500 bicycles, along with bike repair stations, a place to wash bikes, and a shower and a place to change. There will be 10 charging stations for electric cars, but no room for conventional cars at all. http://bit.ly/1Vc6AS5
TRANSPORTATION INNOVATIONS DRIVE LARGER CHANGES
-> Are there ways to help cities adapt to take advantage of opportunities and become more resilient, using transportation as a starting point? A recent Mobility Lab article provides an example of a sprawl retrofit model to show how placemaking and technology would fit together, and several strategies for aspects of land use and transportation planning, including sidewalks. Few (if any) planners specialize in comprehensive sidewalk design. But sidewalks are the new urban-planning frontier, as more and more uses (see article for list of over 25)– including ride-hailing pick-ups and drop-offs – vie for plaza, sidewalk, and curb space. For now, sidewalk space allocation mostly occurs on an ad hoc basis. With every unplanned addition to the sidewalk, cities risk losing the fundamental design purpose: enjoyable, convenient, and safe pedestrian travel. http://bit.ly/1MGkz09
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
BEST COMPLETE STREETS POLICIES OF 2015
-> Each year, the National Complete Streets Coalition analyzes, scores and ranks newly passed Complete Streets policies. In 2015, communities passed a total of 82 Complete Streets policies. These laws, resolutions, agency policies, and planning and design documents establish a process for selecting, funding, planning, designing, and building transportation projects that allow safe access for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel. The "Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015" report (http://bit.ly/1S839sf) describes the 16 best comprehensive Complete Streets policies adopted last year and the process for evaluating policies. http://bit.ly/20z06wB.
Watch the webinar recorded last week featuring an online panel discussion recognizing all last year’s policies as well as the growing movement for safer streets nationwide. Representatives from top-scoring communities shared insights into how they passed the best policies, and ideas for how other communities can create great policies of their own. http://bit.ly/1YGBel3
WASHINGTON, DC: $5 BIKESHARE MEMBERSHIPS TO LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS
-> Lower-income residents of Washington, DC will be able to sign up for Capital Bikeshare memberships for $5 a year under a new community partnership program. The program designed to connect clients who use certain social services with the growing bikeshare network through organizational memberships. In turn, such clients are eligible to get discounted membership fees, expanded trip time, and cycling-focused education. Typically, an annual Capital Bikeshare membership costs $85 (or $96 in monthly installments), while a 24-hour membership comes in at $8. The first 30 minutes of each ride are free (with incremental increases for additional 30-minute chunks), but under the community partnership program, the first hour of each ride is free. Participants in the latter will also receive a free Capital Bikeshare helmet. http://bit.ly/1S8SSx7
CHICAGO TO ADD 50 MORE MILES OF BETTER BIKE LANES BY 2019
-> Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new goal of building 50 more miles of "better bike lanes" in the next three years, including 9 miles in 2016, doubling down on the bicycle infrastructure upgrades made over the past five years. Chicago DOT will install curb-protected bike lanes, such as those on 31st St., where it is practical to do so. The new seven-foot wide, curb-protected bike lanes on 31st Street extend from Michigan to LaSalle Streets on the IIT campus and were installed as part of a resurfacing project late last year. In 2016, CDOT plans to install nine miles of better bike lanes, up to 15 miles of other bikeways, and restripe up to 20 miles of the existing on-street bikeways network. http://bit.ly/1TiPfnr
SEATTLE, WA FAST-TRACKS BIKE LANE REVIEW & BUILD PROCESSES
-> Late last month, the Seattle Department of Transportation began upgrading the Second Avenue "pilot" protected bike lane by replacing plastic bollards with planters, installing new traffic signals and raising the pavement at busy driveway crossings. Unlike the usual multiyear design, review and build process, SDOT took the Second Avenue project from design to installation in just four months. They used paint and easily removable plastic bollards and promised to fix or reverse any problems they encountered after the lanes were on the ground. http://bit.ly/26bkdVF
PHILADELPHIA, PA: $7.6 M IN TAP-FUNDED PROJECTS
-> As part of the $7.6 million in Transportation Alternatives Program project money recently awarded to the region, Philadelphia will receive $300,000 for "on-road improvements, including flexible delineator posts, signage, and pavement markings, for cyclists at designated locations throughout the city. An additional $200,000 has also been requested from PennDOT for improvements. http://bit.ly/1VBM3qS
PHILADELPHIA, PA CONSIDERS WAYS TO MAINTAIN SIDEWALKS
-> Philadelphia recently secured $2.67 million of federal funding to be spent on five community-based, nontraditional projects that will enhance safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit riders. One project directly addresses sidewalks. The top pedestrian complaint in the city is poorly maintained sidewalks, whether cracked, broken into chunks, pushed up by tree roots or completely missing. The city is considering options for more effectively enforcing sidewalk maintenance, including issuing formal violations. http://bit.ly/1VnTQIf
SO CAL VISUAL URBAN TREND TOOL
-> "REVISION: A New Tool for Visualization of Urban Trends" is a powerful new web application that allows users to visualize and thus better understand community change in Southern California. Users can see changes in Job Density or Regional Efficiency Index scores across the region, for example. Trend variables include poverty, means of transportation, and tenure by number of occupants per room. This application offers map and trends tools, and Area and Property Reports. http://bit.ly/1Sknh8B
TOOL MAPS TRANSIT, BLOCK BY BLOCK, FOR 300 CITIES
-> More than 800 municipal transit agencies in 287 cities across the U.S. contributed data to the project, called AllTransit. It shows, in neighborhood-level detail, where people live and work and how well public transit shuttles them back and forth. The agency data are combined with data from the Census Bureau, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, and the Department of Agriculture. http://bloom.bg/1WdjP4e
SAN MATEO & SANTA CLARA COUNTY VIRTUAL BIKE ROUTE SCOUTS
-> Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition announced the official opening of its Virtual Bike Route Scouts (http://bit.ly/1WF9JJT), their new route assistance program for trips in San Mateo and Santa Clara County. Just click a link to access the route request form and submit it to their Route Scout team. A Route Scout familiar with the location of your ride will create a bike-friendly route for you. It'll include a map, turn-by-turn directions, and any advice they might have to make your ride a smooth one. http://bit.ly/1Nl90LY
THE RESEARCH BEAT
JANE JACOBS’ VIBRANT CITY LIFE ESSENTIALS TRUE FOR 6 ITALIAN CITIES
-> In her 1961 book, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" (http://bit.ly/1SJzUtc), urban sociologist Jane Jacobs proposed four conditions essential to vibrant city life. Recently, researchers designed a way to test those conditions by mining databases and cell phone records in six Italian cities. (The Death and Life of Great Italian Cities: A Mobile Phone Data Perspective: http://bit.ly/1pgndy8) Their results suggest that Jacobs’s four conditions for maintaining a vital urban life also hold for Italian cities in this era:
- City districts must serve more than one function, in order to attract people at different times of the day and night.
- City blocks must be small and have dense intersections that encourage interaction between pedestrians.
- Buildings must be diverse in age and form in order to support a mixture of low- and high-rent tenants.
- Urban districts must have a sufficient density of people and buildings. http://bit.ly/1Xr87ls
HOW 10 U.S. CITIES USE PUBLIC TRANSIT
-> More than a fifth of U.S. city-dwellers use public transit on a regular basis, according to a recently released survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in late 2015. (http://pewrsr.ch/1qDP7VS) Pew looked at which U.S. adults use public transportation most frequently and where they live. The Greater New York City area tops the list. The city hosting the next largest amount of transit users is Los Angeles. Washington, D.C., Boston and Philadelphia do make the top 10 list. Even though 80 percent of Americans live in urban areas, roughly 45 percent of households still have zero transit access.
By highlighting who relies on public transit the most, Pew also reveals which commuters are likely the most impacted by the country’s aging infrastructure. A 2013 Federal Transit Administration report estimated that "more than 40% of buses and 25% of rail transit around the U.S. are in marginal or poor condition." Since immigrants and lower-income workers rely on transit in greater numbers to get to work, poor transit conditions can hold these groups back economically. http://bit.ly/1qKaIg9
BIKESHARING SAFETY REPORT
-> The Mineta Transportation Institute published a report analyzing the safety data of bikeshare riders in the United States. The "Bikesharing and Bicycle Safety" (http://bit.ly/1Sa8tfX) study found that collision and injury reports are lower than benchmarks for personal biking. Researchers found that rider behavior and bicycle design may be contributing factors to those results.
SHARED MOBILITY TRANSFORMING PUBLIC TRANSIT
-> Research from the American Public Transportation Association explores the relationship between public transit and shared modes such as bikesharing, carsharing and ridesourcing services. The report, "Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit" (http://bit.ly/22N3Fi4), found that shared modes can complement public transit and enhance urban mobility:
- The more people use shared modes, the more likely they are to use public transit, own fewer cars, and spend less on transportation overall.
- Shared modes complement public transit, enhancing urban mobility.
- Shared modes will continue to grow in significance, and public entities should identify opportunities to engage with them to ensure that benefits are widely and equitably shared.
- The public sector and private operators are eager to collaborate to improve paratransit service using emerging approaches and technology.
EVALUATING ECONOMIC & SOCIAL IMPACTS OF CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE
-> A recent study reviewed options to differentiate and measure longer-term economic and social impacts of investments in new or improved cycling infrastructure, in a mixture of different types of urban and rural areas. The framework provides advice on a robust approach to establish a causal relationship between a cycling investment and specific local impacts, for a range of impact types, including economic, social, distributional and health-related factors. (Evaluating the Economic and Social Impacts of Cycling Infrastructure: Considerations for an Evaluation Framework: http://bit.ly/23Rgk62
CYCLING SECTOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO EUROPEAN JOB CREATION
-> The European Cycling Federation commissioned a study to quantify the contribution of the cycling sector to job creation in Europe. It continues the work of another study initiated by ECF on the cycling economy that estimated the economic benefit of cycling at € 205 billion (US $233 billion) per year for the EU-27 (Economic benefits of cycling in EU 27: http://bit.ly/1TiIXEc). The aim of the "Cycling Works Jobs and Job Creation in the Cycling Economy" study (http://bit.ly/1pgoTYu) is to show that employment in the cycling sector is a co-benefit of investments in cycling, and also a benefit in its own right. The study makes a research-based assessment of the economic value of the cycling sector for the European economy, focusing on jobs and employment. They considered multiple cycling-related activities such as bike retail, bicycle manufacturing, bike infrastructure investment, cycle tourism and bicycle services which employ around 655,000 people.
The study found if cycling’s modal share were to be doubled, more than 400,000 additional jobs could be created, reaching a total of more than 1 million jobs in the cycling economy. The study also came to the conclusion that cycling has a higher employment intensity per million of turnover than other transport sectors, thus offering a higher job creation potential. Furthermore, cycling jobs are more geographically stable than other sectors, they benefit local economies, and they offer access to the labor market to lowly qualified workers. http://bit.ly/1YeT6mD
NHTSA: EFFECT OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE USE ON PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
-> "Effect of Electronic Device Use on Pedestrian Safety: A Literature Review," (http://1.usa.gov/1MC6Ozx) examines pedestrian distraction, driver distraction, and pedestrian-vehicle interaction due to electronic devices. A very limited number of studies have investigated the effect of electronic device use by pedestrians and drivers on pedestrian safety. Even fewer naturalistic observation studies have been performed.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN 14 CITIES WORLDWIDE
-> Research, published in The Lancet, provides a global assessment of the physical activity impacts of living in activity-friendly neighborhoods. It further points to the built environment characteristics of those neighborhoods that make the greatest difference to physical activity. The study drew its sample of 6822 adults aged 18-66 from 14 cities in 10 countries. This landmark research demonstrates that built environment characteristics it identifies could account for 30-60 per cent of the recommended 150 minutes per week of physical activity adults need for good health. "Physical Activity in Relation to Urban Environments in 14 Cities Worldwide: A Cross-Sectional Study" (http://bit.ly/1SStyaK).
IDENTIFYING THE SAFEST INTERSECTION DESIGNS FOR CYCLISTS
-> A project at the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University will study bike lane treatment at intersections to develop standard guidelines for protected bike lane intersections. Researchers will use pooled funds from 11 counties, regional planning bodies, transit agencies and nonprofits around the country, to first create an inventory of intersection treatments. Then they’ll use computer simulations, video analysis, and cyclist surveys to determine the critical thresholds that designers need to consider from one design to another. http://bit.ly/1qWKmHt
QUOTES R US
"We ignore road crashes at our peril.... This is predominately a killer of the poor. It is the poorest communities which live alongside the fastest roads. It is the poorest children who have to negotiate the most dangerous routes to school. It is the most vulnerable road users, pedestrians, and cyclists who are at greatest risk yet are the most routinely forgotten by the planners and policy makers."
--Desmond Tutu in the Foreword to "Make Roads Safe: A Decade of Action for Road Safety" (http://bit.ly/26elHyj) cited in "A Cost-Effective Path to Road Safety" (http://bit.ly/1Sh1heE)
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
THE GOLDEN RATIO COLORING BOOK
Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo creates meticulously detailed drawings of the Fibonacci spiral in nature you can soon color. Now on Kickstarter, The Golden Ratio Coloring Book contains over 20 new illustrations of the Fibonacci spiral in nature, as seen in the flight patterns of butterflies, the growth of a seashell, and more. There are also meticulous representations of geometric patterns which don't usually exist outside of a computer, as well as a few drawings of designs informed by the golden ratio: for example, the floor tiles at Spain's Alhambra palace. http://bit.ly/1XGP32H
LEARN ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE FLYING OVER
Check out the Flyover Country app (http://apple.co/1NAI1qz) which allows you to pull up the exact coordinates of your North American flight using your iPhone’s GPS signal even in airplane mode to see descriptions of the geology you are flying over. http://bit.ly/1U6BtGJ
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 "System Performance/ Freight/CMAQ PM NPRM"
Date: April 21, 2016, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/1pg0bHY, 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 "NACTO's new Transit Street Design Guide"
Date: April 27, 2016, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm ET
Presenters:Matthew Roe (NACTO), Dr. John Renne (Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions) & Bill Bryant (Seattle DOT).
Host: NACTO, Island Press, NACTO, Strong Towns, CUES at Florida Atlantic University and the Transportation, and the Land Development Committee of TRB
Details: http://bit.ly/1YGyGTM, free
WEBINAR "Federal Financing to Build Active Transportation Networks"
Date: April 27, 2016, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm ET
Presenters: Kevin Mills (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy), Roger Bohnert (BATIC, US DOT), Dimitri Kombolias & Jorianne Jernberg (TIFIA Joint Program Office, US DOT) & Scott Kubly (Seattle DOT)
Host: US DOT
Details: http://1.usa.gov/1YDmtiW, free (2-step registration process for new users)
Webinar "Complete Streets: How do they impact our communities and what do we consider when designing them"
Date: April 28, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
Presenters: Emiko Atherton & Mike Rutkowski (National Complete Streets Coalition)
Host: National Complete Streets Coalition
Details: http://bit.ly/1UZ5old, free
Webinar "Sustainability and Resiliency in the City of Pittsburgh"
Date: April 28, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Grant Ervin (City of Pittsburgh)
Host: Sustainable City Network
Details: http://bit.ly/1U0gUfh, free
Webinar "Partnering for Strong Economies: Regional Councils and Walkable Communities"
Date: April 28, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Grant Ervin (City of Pittsburgh, PA)
Host: Crescent Electric Supply Company
Details: http://bit.ly/1U0gUfh, free
WEBINAR "Funding Opportunity: Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning"
Date: April 28, 2016, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/1t1QfTd, free
[See Jobs, Grants and RFPs section for Call for Applications for this FTA funding opportunity.]
Webinar "Health Impact Assessments – Their Role in Transportation Planning"
Date: May 4, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
Presenters: Geoffrey Whittfield (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Sonja Kahlmeier (Univ. of Zurich) & James Woodcock (Univ. of Cambridge)
Details: http://bit.ly/25U1GNv, free
Webinar "Partnering for Strong Economies: Regional Councils and Walkable Communities"
Date: May 5, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Ian Thomas (America Walks), Leslie Wollack (National Association of Regional Councils), Scott Hess (Wasatch Front Regional Council) & Andy Hamilton (San Diego County Air Pollution Control District)
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/1YBvuJe, free
Webinar "Women Cycling Webinar Bicycling for a Lifetime"
Date: May 12, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Suzanne Forup (Scotland for Cycling UK), Nicole Freedman (City of Seattle), Miriam Kenyon (District of Columbia Public Schools), Fionnuala Quinn (The Bureau of Good Roads) & Angela van der Kloof (Mobycon | Concordis Groep)
Details: http://bit.ly/1Msdu3l, free
TRB TRANSIT-SUPPORTIVE ROADWAY STRATEGIES GUIDE
-> "TCRP Report 183: A Guidebook on Transit-Supportive Roadway Strategies" helps transit and roadway agency staff seeking to improve bus speed and reliability on surface streets while also addressing nearby land uses and the needs of motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. http://bit.ly/1VvGhGM
"Improving Transportation Network Efficiency Through Implementation of Transit-Supportive Roadway Strategies" documents the research methodology used to develop this guide and provides detailed information on when to apply these transit preferential treatments and how to design them. http://bit.ly/1SMEw1r
TRB WEBINAR RECORDING: PED BEHAVIORS AT SIGNALIZED CROSSWALKS
-> TRB recorded presentations in March 2016 that present pedestrian crossing behaviors at various density levels and turning vehicle maneuver patterns at signalized crosswalks based on video data collected in the US and Japan. The purpose of these presentations is to examine how pedestrians behave at crosswalks, where pedestrian-vehicle conflict points are located, and how trajectory paths are defined. The videos are available on-demand at no cost. "Understanding Pedestrian Behaviors and Traffic Controls at Signalized Crosswalks for Safety Improvement" (http://bit.ly/1qArRrW).
NHTSA: BIKE/PED SAFETY PRIMER
-> "Advancing Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety: A Primer for Highway Safety Professionals" (http://1.usa.gov/1SlLbTi) summarizes infrastructure treatments and behavioral programs for addressing specific bicycle and pedestrian safety problems and highlights how these approaches can be combined and implemented. It identifies opportunities for various agencies to collaborate and combine their respective approaches and funding for a more comprehensive program. It also offers real-world examples of what States and local jurisdictions are doing to comprehensively address pedestrian and bicycle issues. Finally, the primer includes descriptions of key concepts and definitions of common terms and acronyms.
METRICS THAT MATTER FOR POPULATION HEALTH ACTION
-> Metrics That Matter for Population Health Action: Workshop Summary (http://bit.ly/1SqoCgc) summarizes the presentations and discussions from a workshop to explore the status and uses of measures and measurement in the work of improving population health. Participants explored existing and emerging population health metric sets and characteristics of metrics necessary for stakeholder action across multiple sectors. In times of rapid change and constrained resources, measures that are important, focused, and reliable are vital. However there is an overabundance of measures available for evaluating various aspects of population health and previous efforts to simplify existing sets to meet the needs of all decision makers have been unsuccessful.
EXAMPLES OF HOW TO CREATE A HEALTHY BUILT ENVIRONMENT
-> Health is impacted not only by lifestyle behaviors, but also very much by the built environment – the community in which one lives. One way of creating a built environment that encourages a healthy lifestyle and improves the overall health of our nation is through continued collaboration among planners and public health professionals. More communities are incorporating health endeavors and engaging public health professionals in their comprehensive planning efforts. For example, the Kane County (IL) Planning Cooperative aims to make theirs the healthiest county in the state. Since integrating health into its land-use and transportation initiatives, Kane County now ranks as the fifth healthiest county in Illinois, up from a rank of 12 in just three years... http://bit.ly/1Nko64g
MCKINSEY: A COST-EFFECTIVE PATH TO ROAD SAFETY
-> A McKinsey & Company report (A Cost-Effective Path to Road Safety: http://bit.ly/1Sh1heE) provides an approach to help national and municipal governments and policy makers evaluate the preventative measures available to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. Their "road safety cost curve" makes it possible to compare different countermeasures by their anticipated impact and costs. The cost curve can help identify measures that are cost negative—either the measure will not cost the government anything or it will cost so little that the saving of lives more than offsets the cost of implementation. McKinsey also cataloged more than 200 road-safety countermeasures based on their research of academic and corporate literature.
ADVANCING SAFE WALKING & BICYCLING BEYOND KIDS’ SCHOOL TRIPS
-> The report, "Advancing Safe Walking and Bicycling for Youth: Approaches from the Federal Safe Routes to School Program that Support Broad Safety Benefits for Youth" (http://bit.ly/1S4fVsW), explores five ways in which SRTS can promote safety beyond the trip to school:
- By providing a logical starting point for innovative infrastructure to improve driver and pedestrian safety behavior at crossings.
- Via programs that create opportunities to try behaviors and inspire community-wide change.
- Via Initiatives for using bold ideas to tackle difficult safety issues like speeding.
- By creating safe networks for walking and bicycling.
- By attracting a robust base of support by promoting broader community benefits.
-> TransportationCamp brings together thinkers and doers in the fields of transportation & technology. It is an unconference bringing together transportation professionals, technologists, and others interested in the intersection of urban transportation and technology. Transportation is a major metropolitan issue, with direct impacts on economic strength, environmental sustainability, and social equity. Recent advances in technology—mobile computing, open source software, open data and APIs, and spatial analysis—present an opportunity to improve mobility more immediately and at a lower cost than has ever been possible in the past. TransportationCamp raises awareness of this opportunity and builds connections between disparate innovators in public administration, transportation operations, information design, and software engineering. http://bit.ly/1NkYF2F
[See the Calendar section for listings 8 upcoming TransportationCamps around the U.S.]
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - American Recreation Coalition Great Outdoors Month Video Competition
Deadline: April 23, 2016, http://bit.ly/1lRLw3M
-> Call for Presentations - 27th Annual CTS Transportation Research Conference, November 3, 2016, Minneapolis, MN.
Deadline: April 25, 2016, http://bit.ly/1WqvHQW
-> 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 27, 2016 - The 9th Annual UCLA Downtown LA Forum on Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment, Los Angles, CA.
-> April 28, 2016 - Transportation Techies: CaBi Hack Night V, Arlington, VA.
-> May 3, 2016 - Massachusetts Community Transportation Coordination Conference, Worcester, MA.
-> May 15, 2016 - TransportationCamp Colorado, Boulder, CO.
-> May 20, 2016 - 2016 Portland Employers Bike Summit, Portland, OR.
-> June 4, 2016 - TransportationCamp Midwest 2016, Kansas City, MO.
-> June 25, 2016 - TransportationCamp Ithaca 2016, Ithaca, NY.
-> June 26, 2016 - TransportationCamp Texas 2016, Houston, TX.
-> August 14, 2016 - TransportationCamp Anaheim 2016, Anaheim, CA.
-> September 24, 2016 - TransportationCamp NYC 2016, New York, NY.
-> October 18-19, 2016 - National Shared Mobility Summit, Chicago, IL.
-> November 3, 2016 - 27th Annual CTS Transportation Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
-> November 16-17, 2016, Capital Ideas: Raising Money for Transportation Through Innovative State Legislation, Sacramento, CA.
-> January 7, 2017 - TransportationCamp DC 2017, Washington, DC.
-> May 10, 2017 - Bike to School Day
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 - GREAT URBAN PARKS CAMPAIGN
The National Recreation and Park Association is now accepting applications for its competitive grant program, the Great Urban Parks Campaign. The Campaign focuses on improving access to recreational opportunities and environmental quality for low income communities and communities of color and two other goals.
Deadline: April 29, 2016, http://bit.ly/1U6BVVr
-> RFP - STATEWIDE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN MASTER PLAN, STATE OF ALASKA
The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Division of Program Development is developing a comprehensive Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan which promotes the creation and maintenance of a safe and efficient bicycle and pedestrian network and infrastructure to encourage bicycling and walking for transportation and recreation. The master plan should also develop the supporting programs necessary to promote and increase bicycling and walking as transportation modes. The master plan should also support the Alaska DOT&PF Bicycle/Pedestrian Mission.
Deadline: May 6, 2016 by 4:00 P.M., Alaska Time, http://bit.ly/20Ws6dO
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - PILOT PROGRAM FOR TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PLANNING, FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION
Federal Transit Administration announces the availability of $20.49 million in Pilot Program for TOD Planning funding to support comprehensive planning associated with new fixed guideway and core capacity improvement projects that are seeking or have recently received funding through FTA’s Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. Additional appropriations may result in additional funding for proposals submitted under this notice. FTA may award amounts ranging from $250,000 to $2,000,000.
Deadline: June 13, 2016, http://1.usa.gov/26eAIjJ
[See Webinar section for an April 28 webinar providing an overview of the program, describing eligible applicants and projects, and providing an opportunity for attendees to obtain answers to other questions.]
-> RFP: CALL FOR BIDS TO HOST VELO-CITY 2019
The European Cycling Board published its ‘Request For Proposals’ to host the Velo-city 2019 conference. Download the Bid Manual for details.
Deadline: August 19, 2016, http://bit.ly/23Z55IU
-> JOB - EMERALD NETWORK PROGRAM MANAGER, LIVABLESTREETS, BOSTON, MA
For 10 years LivableStreets has been transforming Metro Boston streets into more livable and safe places by advocating for a transportation system that better balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles. In 2015, Livable Streets launched the Emerald Network Initiative, a vision that builds on Boston’s greenway legacy to create a seamless 200 mile greenway network across the core of Boston and its inner suburbs--an urban recreation and transportation system that is safe and convenient for all. The Program Manager will lead and shape the program and overall strategic direction for the Emerald Network.
Deadline: April 25, 2016, http://bit.ly/1Tizhd3
-> JOB - MANAGER VIII, MTA (PLANNING DIRECTOR), SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY, CA
Working under the direction of the Sustainable Streets Director, the Planning Director manages the work of the Planning Division, which serves as the lead planning function for the agency, and provides transportation planning leadership for the City & County.
Deadline: April 26, 2016 by 5:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/1qDBJRL
-> JOB - MANAGER, LIVEABLE STREETS, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA
The Transportation Department is seeking a highly skilled and motivated professional to fill the position of Manager, Liveable Streets. Primary duties include: providing leadership and guidance to ensure divisional workplans and priorities align with the strategic direction of Council and the Calgary Transportation Plan; overseeing the review of development applications for compliance with walking, cycling, transit requirements and good community design; planning and fostering the integration of all modes of transportation and supporting Centre City Mobility Plan projects; among others.
Deadline: April 29, 2016, http://bit.ly/1YGvGXF
-> 2 JOBS - EAST COAST GREENWAY ALLIANCE
The nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) is developing a 3,000-mile route for safe cycling and walking throughout the Eastern Seaboard from Key West to Canada. Both positions support their respective volunteer State Committees and must be able to travel frequently within their region for meetings and events.
South Atlantic Greenway Coordinator, work from your location in VA, NC or SC
The South Atlantic Greenway Coordinator (South Atlantic Coordinator) is a full-time position that carries region-wide (VA, NC, & SC) responsibilities for all aspects of greenway development, State Committee/volunteer engagement, and some fundraising tasks related to the region.
Deadline: April 30, 2016, http://bit.ly/23nXAhY
Tri-State Greenway Coordinator, work from your location in NJ, NY or CT
The Tri-State Greenway Coordinator (Tri-State 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.
Deadline: April 30, 2016, http://bit.ly/1ThWOgC
-> ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN has 19 career opportunities open in various cities.
• Planning Associate / Group Leader (Atlanta, GA or Greenville, SC)
• Planner II (Greenville, SC)
• Senior Planning Associate (Chicago, IL)
• Senior Planner (Sacramento, CA)
• Senior Planning Associate (Los Angeles or San Diego, CA)
• Planning Associate (Oakland or San Jose, CA)
• Paid Planning/Design/Engineering Internship (San Diego, CA)
• Designer I (Baltimore, MD)
• Senior Design Associate (Oakland, CA)
• Designer I (Vancouver, BC)
• Paid Planning/Design/Engineering Internship (San Diego, CA)
• Senior Engineer (Durham, NC)
• Engineering Associate (Durham, NC)
• Engineer I and Engineer II (Atlanta, GA)
• Senior Engineer (Atlanta, GA)
• Senior Engineer (St. Louis, MO)
• Engineer I (Denver, CO)
• Engineer I (Oakland, CA)
• Paid Planning/Design/Engineering Internship (San Diego, CA)
-> 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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