#415 Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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----- McKinsey Report: Urban Mobility at a Tipping Point
----- Opportunity for Mobility as a Service in the UK
----- Federal Funds to Support Livability Projects
----- Anniversary of Transportation Dysfunction
----- Trail-Oriented Development
----- How to Make Bike-Share More Equitable
----- FLOW Project to Address Urban Walking Congestion
----- Norway’s Super Cycle Highways Plan
----- Paris Opens First Stretch of Express Bike Network
----- Two Short Videos from Vancouver’s Past
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- New Fed Grant to Reduce Bike/Ped Deaths & Injuries in 22 States
----- Portland, OR Area Drop in Car Use Frees $138M/Yr
----- Portland, OR: Safe Ped Bike Access Work Zone Guidelines
----- Portland, OR Metro: $3.5M Dedicated to Safe Routes to School
----- OK DOT Approves Nearly $22M in Bike & Ped TAP Projects
----- Kansas School Districts Pass Safe Routes to School Policies
----- Bike Share Station & Valet Service for Chicago Baseball Fans
----- Full List of 619 Walkable Neighborhoods in 30 US Metros
----- FDOT: Sidewalk/Bike-Lane Gaps, Safety & Ped Crash Rates
----- FDOT: Improving Pedestrian Safety
----- Neighborhood Type, Bike Infrastructure, Commuting & GHG
----- Benefit-Cost Analysis for Multimodal Demand Modeling
----- Ped Crossing Sight Distance: Lateral Clearance Guidelines
----- Evaluation of Norwegian Ped Crosswalk Warning System
----- Multimodal Dynamics of a Signalized Intersection
----- Shared Mobility Toolkit
----- Community Assets & Economic Prosperity
----- APA: The State of Health Impact Assessment in Planning
----- Social Marketing in Transportation Certificate
----- Road Safety Annual Report for 40 Countries
----- Road User Behaviors at Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons
----- The Toronto Cyclists Handbook
- The National Scene
- Regional Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Webinars and Seminars
- Share What You Know
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
MCKINSEY REPORT: URBAN MOBILITY AT A TIPPING POINT
-> A recent McKinsey & Company article notes there are signs that America’s city dwellers are beginning to change the way they get around. It looks at seven forces that are reshaping urban mobility, and considers how these forces are playing out in different types of cities. The article concludes with a set of ideas for how US city leaders can help improve travel—and the lives of their residents and provides ideas for how city leaders can plan ahead. http://bit.ly/2aMdhIU. Download the full report on which this article is based: "Urban Mobility at a Tipping Point" http://bit.ly/2bghmb9.
OPPORTUNITY FOR MOBILITY AS A SERVICE IN THE UK
-> Mobility as a Service (MaaS) offers an opportunity to improve how people and goods move, both from the perspective of the policy maker and for travelers themselves. MaaS uses a digital interface to source and manage the provision of a transport related service(s), which meets the mobility requirements of a customer.
In a recent report, the United Kingdom’s Transport Systems Catapult analyzed two scenarios. In one, the outcome is MaaS Providers offer consumers a service focused on car vehicle transport e.g. taxi, carshare and rideshare services. In the other outcome consumers are offered a fully multi-modal service. Mobility as a Service: Exploring the Opportunity for Mobility as a Service in the UK: http://bit.ly/2aKFm3u
FEDERAL FUNDS TO SUPPORT LIVABILITY PROJECTS
-> Within the Federal-Aid Highway Program, there are several major funding programs that support a broad range of livability-related projects. Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program and National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) funds can be used flexibly to advance projects that promote livability. Metropolitan Planning (PL) and State Planning and Research (SPR) funds can be used for livability-related planning, research, training, and technical assistance. Bicycle and pedestrian projects are eligible for most Federal-aid highway and transit program funds. Check out six other programs that have been used to support livability... http://bit.ly/2azLugq
ANNIVERSARY OF TRANSPORTATION DYSFUNCTION
-> A CNU Journal article notes this past month marks the 100th anniversary of two pieces of legislation that revolutionized the way we live. On July 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the first Federal Aid Road Bill. Two weeks later, on July 25, 1916, New York City passed the country’s first comprehensive zoning ordinance. Prior to 1916, transportation infrastructure was primarily a local and/or private responsibility. The 1916 Federal Road Bill was the first step in nationalizing transportation infrastructure funding. State highway departments were formed to manage federal appropriations for roads. Government favoritism of automotive infrastructure crowded out other transportation modes and undermined innovation. Just as the automobile was crowding out other forms of transportation, zoning outlawed growth patterns that enabled one to meet daily needs by walking. http://bit.ly/2be9K5E
-> A recent National Association of Realtors article considers a new trend: Trail-Oriented Development. According to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (http://bit.ly/2aLFOhO), Trail-Oriented Development (TrOD) is a planning tool that combines the active transportation benefits of a trail with the revitalization potential associated with well-designed and well-managed urban parks to help create more livable communities. TrOD aims to provide a network of local business and housing choices within a web of safe and enticing trails.
A recent ULI report, "Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier" (http://on.uli.org/1TKxKga), explores the interconnections among walking, bicycling, and real estate. The report shows how developers are recognizing the competitive advantage of investing in active transportation amenities such as trails, bike lane networks and bike-sharing systems. http://bit.ly/2aSLjhr
HOW TO MAKE BIKE-SHARE MORE EQUITABLE
-> The benefits of bike-share—its affordability, its compatibility with transit, its healthfulness—should stand to benefit low income households the most. A 6-minute documentary by STREETFILMS (How to Build a Thriving, Equitable Bike Share System) explores how can cities abolish the barriers to bike-share equity through interviews with about a dozen transportation officials, community leaders, and bike advocates who attended the Better Bike Share conference. The featured experts are nearly all women of color. Their wide-ranging expertise offers important perspectives and actionable solutions to the bike-share equity gap. Read more and watch the video: http://bit.ly/2befRab
FLOW PROJECT TO ADDRESS URBAN WALKING CONGESTION
-> Walk21 is a technical partner in the European Union's Horizon 2020 FLOW project (http://bit.ly/2bg5hml) and is helping to develop new tools for cities, businesses and decision-makers to improve conditions for walking within the context of urban congestion. The mission of the FLOW project is to put walking and cycling on an equal footing with motorized modes by developing a user-friendly methodology to assess the effectiveness of walking and cycling measures in addressing urban road congestion. The FLOW partner cities will pilot an assessment tool that looks at the congestion impact of walking and cycling measures as well as improved transport modeling simulation tools. http://bit.ly/2bg0ekF
NORWAY’S SUPER CYCLE HIGHWAYS PLAN
-> The early draft of the Norwegian National Transport Plan 2018-2029 (http://bit.ly/2aRg2JL) aims to cut CO2 emissions by half by 2030. It proposes 7.8 billion Norwegian Kroner (US$93M) throughout 2018-2029 to build 10 broad, two-lane, cross-country bike tracks in and near Norway’s nine largest cities. It proposes these tracks be 100% state funded. http://bit.ly/2aFazCu
PARIS OPENS FIRST STRETCH OF EXPRESS BIKE NETWORK
-> The first 600 m-long, two-lanes, two-meter wide track near Bastille that is the launch of the new ambitious network of cycling highways. This network will provide about 45 km of new cycling paths large, secure, separated from the traffic and wide enough (2 m per direction) to allow bikes to overtake one another. The network is part of a plan to significantly increase the modal share of cycling from the current 5% to 15% by 2020. http://bit.ly/2azPJsA
TWO SHORT VIDEOS FROM VANCOUVER’S PAST
-> As you prepare to go to Vancouver next month for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place (http://walkbikeplaces.org) check out these two short videos and listen to the goals for the city in 1966, and in 2012. Once you get to town, check out what has happened since then.
VANCOUVER’S WEST END 1966
-> When you get to Vancouver next month, compare its West End now with this excerpt of a 1966 visual tour. Shot in black and white with a jazzy score, West End 66 notes the recent growth and popularity of the area and examines the lifestyles among its 100,000 inhabitants. http://bit.ly/2beE1oh
VANCOUVER’S VELO VISION: SAFE BIKING FOR ALL AGES
-> Watch this 5-minute StreetFilms video from 2012 to hear from some of Vancouver’s most highly regarded urbanists talk about how Vancouver’s streets were steadily becoming more bike friendly. http://bit.ly/2au40U1
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
NEW FED GRANT TO REDUCE BIKE/PED DEATHS & INJURIES IN 22 STATES
-> According to a National Conference of State Legislatures the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), includes a new grant program to decrease bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities and injuries. The 22 states where bicyclist and pedestrian traffic deaths exceed 15 percent of total annual statewide traffic deaths will be eligible for approximately $14 million in annual grant funds under Section 4005. The grants may be used to train law enforcement personnel about state pedestrian and bicycle safety laws, to fund enforcement campaigns related to them, and to fund public education campaigns for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. http://bit.ly/2beqj3M
PORTLAND, OR AREA DROP IN CAR USE FREES $138M/ YR
-> According to BikePortland.org calculations, Portland, OR area’s drop in car use frees up $138 million in their local economy every year. Multnomah County auto registrations per resident are down 7 percent since 2007. Using a conservative estimate, by not owning 38,501 cars that they would have owned in 2007, Multnomah County residents are saving $83,855,178 each year to spend on other things. As of 2014 Portland-area residents are also driving about 8 percent less than they did in 2007, saving another $53,945,366. This shift happened with hardly anyone noticing. Not only has 7 percent of per-capita car ownership and 8 percent of per-capita driving been eliminated from the economy without overall ill effects — the local economy has been booming. See details at http://bit.ly/2bhziyb
PORTLAND, OR: SAFE PED BIKE ACCESS WORK ZONE GUIDELINES
-> Under new guidelines passed in Portland, OR, temporary detours out of direction or across the street, for people walking, biking and using mobility devices can be considered only after exhausting other options. Companies and people working in the public right of way will be responsible for providing access through work zones for people walking, biking and using mobility devices, that is at least as safe and comfortable as the conditions in place prior to construction. The City is planning to adopt official guidelines, initiate education and enforcement campaigns, and fully incorporate the official guidelines into the building permit process for new projects by the 2017 construction season. http://bit.ly/2aZ8zre. "Draft Administrative Rule for Safe Accommodation for Pedestrians and Bicyclists In and Around Work Zones" http://bit.ly/2aAXqPm
PORTLAND, OR METRO: $3.5 M DEDICATED TO SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
-> The Portland Metro For Every Kid Coalition successfully advocated for $3.5 million in dedicated Safe Routes to School funding to make streets safe around schools and provide programs so that kids can walk, bike, and access transit safely. Now they are building momentum for dedicated Safe Routes to School funding statewide. http://bit.ly/2bfTTFL
OK DOT APPROVES NEARLY $22M IN BIKE & PED TAP PROJECTS
->Oklahoma DOT announced nearly $22 million for 45 local projects as part of the Transportation Alternatives Program. These include a City of Edmond trail project at Arcadia Lake, a Rogers County multi-use trail between Claremore and Catoosa and a City of Lawton pedestrian bridge at I-44. See the full list and the map of approved projects: http://bit.ly/2bdP1Pp
KANSAS SCHOOL DISTRICTS PASS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL POLICIES
-> PedNet reports it worked in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to help 7 more school districts in Kansas to pass district-wide Safe Routes to School (SRTS) policies. They join 7 other districts that passed similar policies last year. These policies provide guidance on a range of factors including general support for SRTS and active transportation, school bus operations, school design and travel plans, education and enforcement of SRTS and more. One school in each district also received a school travel plan. http://bit.ly/2aGa371
BIKE SHARE STATION & VALET SERVICE FOR CHICAGO BASEBALL FANS
-> As Chicago baseball fans geared up for this year’s Crosstown Classic between the White Sox and the Cubs, Chicago opened a new Divvy bike share station outside U.S. Cellular Field, giving fans another fun and easy way to get to the games. To guarantee Divvy Riders had a spot to drop-off their bikes once they arrived at the game, Divvy offered its Valet Service at all four games in the Crosstown Classic, at both U.S. Cellular Field and Wrigley Field. Chicago DOT recently installed new curb-protected bike lanes on 31st Street through from Michigan to LaSalle Street through the IIT campus. There are also protected bike lanes on Halsted and on Martin Luther King Drive near U.S. Cellular Field. http://bit.ly/2aqyAzX
FULL LIST OF 619 WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS IN 30 US METROS
-> In June Smart Growth America released "Foot Traffic Ahead 2016" (http://bit.ly/28E4ShJ), new research that looks at walkable urban development in the nation’s largest metro areas. The report examined 619 regionally significant walkable urban places—or WalkUPs—in the country’s 30 largest metro areas, and ranked which metros are making the most of their current development, which are positioned to be most walkable in the future, and which rank best for social equity. Since the release they received many requests for the full list of WalkUP neighborhoods. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2aLSowp
THE RESEARCH BEAT
FDOT: SIDEWALK/BIKE-LANE GAPS, SAFETY & PED CRASH RATES
-> Recently published Florida DOT research developed a safety prioritization tool to assist agencies in prioritizing sidewalk gaps and/or bicycle-lane gaps based on a balanced approach between safety needs, socioeconomic evaluation, operational constraints, and fiscal assessment. It also developed statewide averages for pedestrian crash rates to provide a barometer of how the FDOT Districts compare to other areas. FDOT used a wide array of GIS layers associated with the sidewalk/bicycle lane gaps and the safety data. The results showed that the absence of sidewalks along roadway segments is one of the main factors significantly impacting the expected number of pedestrian crashes at a specific location. Pilot studies revealed several critical safety locations within District Five when compared to the developed statewide average rates. These locations require further investigation to identify main causes and assess mitigations. "Assessment of Sidewalk/Bicycle-Lane Gaps with Safety and Developing Statewide Pedestrian Crash Rates" http://fdot.tips/2bdCbRg
FDOT: IMPROVING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
-> Florida DOT is tackling improving pedestrian safety proactively by attempting to identify potentially problematic intersections before a pedestrian crash occurs. Can statewide patterns be identified? Which locations are proving the most problematic? What features of an intersection contribute to a pedestrian crash? And what can be done to mitigate these risks? See details in the "Research in Action: Improving Pedestrian Safety article in the most recent FDOT Research Showcase" http://fdot.tips/2aYpRoo
NEIGHBORHOOD TYPE, BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE, COMMUTING & GHG
-> According to a State Smart Transportation Initiative, a recent study sheds new light on the importance of the built environment in influencing bicycle commuting and the resulting impacts on greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers first gathered household travel survey data for Montreal residents and then generated neighborhood typologies based on population density, employment density, cycling network density, public transit accessibility, and land use mix.
They found that both the most and least densely developed areas were associated with less bicycling, while urban and urban-suburb neighborhoods had higher rates. They estimated the effect of bicycle infrastructure accessibility on cycling mode share. They also estimated the effect of the new bicycle infrastructure as yielding a 1.7 percent reduction in transportation GHG emissions, roughly equivalent to the estimated effects of replacing the city’s buses with hybrid models and electrifying the city’s commuter trains, a much costlier strategy. http://bit.ly/2aQaSe6. "Exploring the Link Between the Neighborhood Typologies, Bicycle Infrastructure and Commuting Cycling Over Time and the Potential Impact on Commuter GHG Emissions" http://bit.ly/2aAVd1R
BENEFIT-COST ANALYSIS FOR MULTIMODAL DEMAND MODELING
-> The Mineta Transportation Institute released a report that examines existing methods of benefit-cost analysis in transportation policy and transportation planning, and suggests ways of modifying these models and methods to account for travel within a multimodal system. "Benefit-Cost Analysis for Transportation Planning and Public Policy: Towards Multimodal Demand Modeling" http://bit.ly/2aUdCXO
PED CROSSING SIGHT DISTANCE: LATERAL CLEARANCE GUIDELINES
-> According to the Transportation Research Record, there are no design guidelines for pedestrian crossing sight distance (PCSD) and associated lateral clearance on roadways. A recently published paper presents a new model for pedestrian crossing time that is used to establish a general model for lateral clearance at crossings located on curved (or straight) roadways. It also presents the distance from the crossing within which on-street parking should be restricted to satisfy PCSD. Researchers developed a single spreadsheet applicable to all crossing types. "Pedestrian Crossing Sight Distance: Lateral Clearance Guidelines for Roadways" http://bit.ly/2aKzNCa
EVALUATION OF NORWEGIAN PED CROSSWALK WARNING SYSTEM
-> The Norwegian Centre for Transport Research released a report that analyzes SeeMe, a warning system with automatic pedestrian detection mounted on crosswalk signs. Video observations in a before and after study at four crosswalks found yielding rates increased 14% overall. The number of crosswalks included in the study is too small to generalize the differences between crosswalks. SeeMe may be effective in increasing motorist yielding rates at crosswalks with similar characteristics – two lane roads in residential areas with moderate motor vehicle volumes and speed limits of 50 kph (31 mph) or below – and that high initial yielding rates and high rates of false alarms may limit its effectiveness. "Evaluation of a Pedestrian Crosswalk Warning System, SeeMe" http://bit.ly/2aJnEu8
MULTIMODAL DYNAMICS OF A SIGNALIZED INTERSECTION
-> One of the major challenges associated with efficiently designing and planning for a safe multi-modal environment is a limited understanding of multi-modal traffic behavior as explained by existing data streams. A University of California at Berkeley study developed a comprehensive report card of safety-critical multimodal dynamics of a signalized intersection. The study used a combination of in-pavement sensors and video cameras to observe interactions over long periods of time. Conducting this rigorous, quantitative assessment of safety-critical multi-modal traffic dynamics could serve as a framework to harness sensing technologies used for mobility purposes to quantify safety-related performance of intersections. Automated assessment of safety-critical dynamics in multi-modal transportation systems: http://bit.ly/2aUuCxi
QUOTES R US
"Our research shows that travelers and other transport users increasingly view transport as a service which they want to buy when they need it. Our transport services need to better suit customers’ circumstances and provide options that align with their lifestyles. One size fits all is no longer an option."
—Steve Yianni, CEO Transport Systems Catapult, on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) http://bit.ly/2aKFm3u
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
INDONESIAN MICRO-LIBRARY BUILT W/ RECYCLED ICE CREAM BUCKETS
The Taman Bima microlibrary in Bandung, Indonesia, is packed with multiple levels of meaning and sustainability. At street level, the library is open for multi-purpose public use and has long rows of stairs for additional outdoor seating. The second level of the building is the library, which is clad in 2,000 used ice cream buckets. They provide ventilation and daylight. Through a mix of open and closed buckets, the wall design spells out in binary coding, "Books are the windows to the world." http://bit.ly/2auPM5Z See more photos at http://bit.ly/2aw6uGo.
WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS
To better help you plan your continuing education activities, we list Webinars scheduled in the next month. Check our searchable master calendar at http://bit.ly/centerlines for opportunities farther in the future. To subscribe, look for the + Google Calendar button in the lower right corner. iCal users can subscribe automatically here: http://bit.ly/centerlines_ical.
Webinar "Rail-Trails, Smart-Growth, and...Realtors? Engaging Your Local Real Estate Professionals into the Debate"
Date: August 11, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Craig Della Penna (Realtor)
Hosts: America Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2acRLJU, free for members, $55 for others
Webinar "Institutionalizing the Change: How to Make Walking Routine"
Date: August 11, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Mark Fenton (Tufts Univ.)
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2b7jyBf, free
Webinar "Guidance on Developing Crash Modification Factors"
Date: August 11, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Frank Gross (VHB), Daniel Carter (UNC Highway Safety Research Center), Randall Laninga (IL DOT) & Kerrie Schattler (Bradley Univ.)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2aKM8pQ, free for TRB affiliates, $95 for others
Webinar "How Can Arts & Design Help Neighbors Envision Their Future?"
Date: August 11, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET
Hosts: Transportation for America
Details: http://bit.ly/2aAAHD1, free
Webinar "Economic Health Means Business: The Fort Collins Story"
Date: August 12, 2016, 12:30 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Jeff Mihelich & Josh Birks (City of Fort Collins)
Hosts: Smart Growth Network
Details: http://bit.ly/2b5QOrA, free
Webinar "Learning About and Using the Research in Progress (RiP) Database"
Date: August 16, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Janet Daly (Transportation Research Board)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2bhT4cU, free
Webinar "Community Connections: Redesigning Highways to Improve Neighborhood Access and Livability"
Date: August 17, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Shari Schaftlein (FHWA), Robin Blatt-Eisengart (MassDOT), George Fleagle (FHWA PA Div. Office), Michael Smart, (FHWA DC Div. Office) & Jennifer Hughes (National Endowment for the Arts)
Details: http://bit.ly/2aFxMV2, free. Participants external to US DOT will first need to request an account at http://1.usa.gov/1YHCgxW. It may take one business day to establish an account.
Webinar "Street Design and Planning in Suburban Contexts"
Date: August 17, 2016, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Hosts: Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals
Details: http://bit.ly/23Ry7It, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
Webinar "How to Use the Shared Mobility Toolkit"
Date: August 18, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Sharon Feigon & Albert Benedict (Shared-Use Mobility Center)
Hosts: Shared-Use Mobility Center
Details: http://bit.ly/2aLbaVV, free
[See Resource section for details about the Shared Mobility Toolkit]
Webinar "T-MAP: The Next Generation of Urban Trail Planning Tools"
Date: August 18, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Tracy Hadden Loh (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)
Hosts: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Details: http://bit.ly/2b7R6zt, free
Webinar "Youth Engagement: How Kids Can Impact Community Policy, Programs and Planning"
Date: August 24, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Kate Moening (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), Emma Pachuta (St. Paul Smart Trips), Kristin Haukom (CA Dept. of Public Health) & Tristan Hall (Drug Free Action Alliance)
Hosts: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2aLIr3u, free
Webinar "Walk to School Day and Vision Zero: How Cities Are Growing Safe Walking and Biking Options"
Date: August 30, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Anthony Burton (USDOT), Scott Kubly (Seattle DOT), Kim Wiley-Schwartz (NTC DOT) & Nancy Pullen-Seufert (National Center for Safe Routes to School)
Hosts: US DOT & National Center for Safe Routes to School
Details: http://bit.ly/2bevZbZ, free
Webinar "Design and Preservation of Low Volume Roads"
Date: September 6, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: John Haddock (Purdue Univ.), Chris Williams (IA State Univ.) & Michael Pinard (African Community Access Program)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/29YxdtF, free to TRB affiliates, $55 for others
Webinar "Guide to 21st Century Planning at State Departments of Transportation"
Date: September 7, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Janet D'Ignazio (ICF International), Tim Henkel (MN DOT) & Patricia Hendren (I-95 Corridor Coalition)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2a3EkMX, free to TRB affiliates, $95 for others.
Webinar "The First and Last Mile: Partnering with Public Transportation" America Walks Webinar Series
Date: September 8, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/1mnHBfZ, free.
SHARED MOBILITY TOOLKIT
-> The Shared-Use Mobility Center recently released its Shared Mobility Toolkit to help cities and public sector leaders better realize the benefits of shared mobility, especially for economically vulnerable communities. Its policy database includes more than 700 of the most important shared mobility policies, studies and strategic plans. Its Mapping and Opportunity Analysis Tool pinpoints shared mobility vehicle locations in more than 50 North American cities and provides related data to help cities better understand where greater service is needed, and what shared modes the market can support. The Shared Mobility Benefits Calculator models the impacts of shared mobility growth scenarios to assess potential decreases in greenhouse gas emissions, reductions in vehicle miles traveled and other benefits. http://bit.ly/2azNQfh
[See Webinar section for August 18, 2016 webinar titled How to Use the Shared Mobility Toolkit.]
COMMUNITY ASSETS & ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
-> The Michigan Municipal League, through its public policy forums, research, and education, identified eight assets that Michigan’s communities need to grow and strengthen in order for our state to prosper in coming years. These assets are: physical design and walkability, multimodal transportation networks, environmental sustainability, cultural economic development, entrepreneurship, a welcoming culture, education, and messaging and technology. They had the relationship between these assets and economic growth indicators evaluated and found significant research connecting these assets to economic prosperity. Given the uniqueness of every community, these assets are most effective when combined (in part or in total) to match specific communities’ needs. "Creating 21st Century Communities: Making the Economic Case for Place" http://bit.ly/2atk1vh
APA: THE STATE OF HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN PLANNING
-> The American Planning Association recently released a report that includes an overview of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in planning, a description of the HIA process, and snapshots from an in-depth study of 27 planning HIAs. It concludes with analysis from their research, and follows with 5 case studies that demonstrate the diversity of planning HIAs, highlight effective strategies for conducting HIA, and share lessons learned from the process. "The State of Health Impact Assessment in Planning" http://bit.ly/2aAHyMw
This report builds on APA's previous work in HIA, including Planning for Healthy Places with Health Impact Assessments, a free online training course: http://bit.ly/1vEs1gk
SOCIAL MARKETING IN TRANSPORTATION CERTIFICATE
-> Online modules and a multi-day in-person workshop prepare participants to earn the University of South Florida’s Social Marketing in Transportation certificate. They learn how to develop more effective, efficient, and sustainable solutions to the problems facing our communities. Social marketing, not the same as social media, is the systematic application of marketing, along with other behavior change concepts and techniques, to achieve specific behavioral actions for a social purpose. This certificate can help transportation professionals reduce congestion and improve access by increasing carpooling and transit ridership, or seeking to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities. This course blends theories of change, research, and case studies to help transportation professionals develop social marketing programs to address some of society's most challenging transportation behavior-related problems. http://bit.ly/2beORr9
ROAD SAFETY ANNUAL REPORT FOR 40 COUNTRIES
-> The IOECD/ITF "Road Safety Annual Report 2016" provides an overview for road safety performance for 2014 in 40 countries, with preliminary data for 2015, and detailed reports for each country. It includes tables with cross country comparisons on key safety indicators. http://bit.ly/2bdJRmR
ROAD USER BEHAVIORS AT PEDESTRIAN HYBRID BEACONS
-> FHWA released a tech brief that considers driver and pedestrian behaviors at locations with pedestrian hybrid beacons—a traffic control device used at pedestrian crossings that is activated by a pedestrian. "Road User Behaviors at Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons" http://bit.ly/2bewW5N
THE TORONTO CYCLISTS HANDBOOK
-> Cycle Toronto published its free Toronto Cyclists Handbook (http://bit.ly/2aGhlvP). It has everything one needs to know about cycling in the city in one convenient booklet and is also available in 13 languages. http://bit.ly/2aGhlvP
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Active Living Research Conference 2017, February 26 - March 1, 2017, Clearwater Beach, FL.
Deadline: September 16, 2016, http://bit.ly/1FSW3BQ
-> CALL FOR PAPERS - 5th World Social Marketing Conference 2017, May 16-17, 2017, Washington, DC.
Deadline: September 16, 2016, http://bit.ly/29Ka9zv
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Velo-city 2017 Arnhem-Nijmegen, June 13-16, 2017, Arnhem and Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Deadline: September 30, 2016, http://bit.ly/1PsTedH
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 5th Urban Street Symposium, May 21-24, 2017, Raleigh, NC.
Deadline: October 31, 2016, http://bit.ly/297g67i
-> CALL FOR PAPERS - World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2017, July 3-6, 2017, Brisbane, Australia.
Deadline: October 31, 2016, http://bit.ly/27x6ut0
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.
ON THE HORIZON
-> August 11, 2016 - 6th Annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit, Mountain View, CA.
-> August 14-17, 2016 - Conference on Use of Scenario Planning in Transportation Planning, Portland, OR.
-> August 14-17, 2016 - Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Meeting & Exhibit, Anaheim, CA.
-> August 15-19, 2016 - International Summer School 2016 "Sustainable Mobility – Made in Leipzig", Leipzig, Germany. (No charge for program)
-> August 16-21, 2016, Comprehensive Bikeway Design 1.0, Portland State University, OR.
-> August 18-21, 2016, 2016, International Open Streets Summit, Portland, OR.
-> August 29-31, 2016 - Indiana Bike & Walk Summit, Indianapolis, IN.
-> August 30 - September 2, 2016 - 5th IENE International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, Lyon, France.
-> August 31 - September 1, 2016 - Women in Transportation Seminar: The Future of Transportation, Blacksburg, VA.
-> September 7-9, 2016 - National Working Summit on Transportation in Rural America, Denver, CO.
-> September 8-9, 2016 - 2016 Transportation and Communities Summit, Portland, OR.
-> September 10, 2016 - 3rd Annual KC Women’s Bike Summit, Kansas City, MO
-> September 11-14, 2016 - American Public Transit Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
-> September 12, 2016 - Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Social Justice Toolkit Training, Vancouver, BC. (Half-day session: offered morning or afternoon)
-> September 12-14, 2016 - 15th National Tools of the Trade, Transportation Planning in Small and Medium-sized Communities, Charleston, SC.
-> September 12-18, 2016 - Placemaking Week: Pro walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place; Future of Places Summit, Placemaking Leadership Forum & Jane Jacobs at 100 Celebration - Vancouver, BC, Canada.
-> September 13-15, 2016 - EcoDistricts Summit 2016, Denver, CO.
-> September 13-21, 2016 - 2016 Physical Activity and Public Health Courses, Columbia, SC.
-> September 16–17, 2016, North Carolina Bike Summit, Asheville, NC.
-> September 19, 2016 - 2016 Illinois Bike Summit, Normal, IL.
-> September 21, 2016 - European Day without a Road Death
-> September 24, 2016 - Bike to Your National Park Day
-> September 24, 2016 - TransportationCamp NYC 2016, New York, NY.
-> September 26-29, 2016 - NACTO Designing Cities conference, Seattle, WA.
-> September 26-27, 2016, 2016 Impact Summit GPS for Well-Being: Navigating Data for Equitable, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC.
-> October 1-31, 2017 - EcoMobility World Festival 2017, Kaosiungm Chinese Taipei.
-> October 2-5, 2016 - 22nd National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation, Asheville, NC.
-> October 3-7, 2016 - Walk 21, Hong Kong.
-> October 4-5, 2016 - 9th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, IA.
-> October 5, 2016 - International Walk to School Day
-> October 6-8, 2016 - CityWorks (X)po, Roanoke, VA.
-> October 9-12, 2016 - Rail~Volution 2016, San Francisco, CA.
-> October 12-13, 2016 - Fall 2016 Sustainable Trails for All, Greenfield, NH.
-> October 14-16, 2016, American Bicycling Education Association I Am Traffic 2, St. Louis, MO.
-> October 14-17, 2016 -World Trails Conference 2016, Tottori, Japan.
-> October 18-19, 2016 - National Shared Mobility Summit, Chicago, IL.
-> October 21-24, 2016, American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
-> October 25-28, 2016, 2016 AMPO (Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations) Annual Conference, [Venue TBA]
-> October 29 - November 2, 2016 - American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
-> October 31-November 1, 2016 - TRB Partners in Research Symposium: Transformational Technologies, Detroit, MI.
-> November 1-2, 2016 - 2016 GeoDesign Summit Europe, Delft, Netherlands.
-> November 3, 2016 - 27th Annual CTS Transportation Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
-> November 7-9, 2016 - 9th International Urban Design Conference, Canberra, Australia.
-> November 9-11, 2016 - North American Bikeshare Association 2016 Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
-> November 10-12, 2016, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) World Summit, Bentonville, AR.
-> November 15, 2016 - Street Lights: Illuminating Implementation and Equity in Complete Streets, Sacramento, CA.
-> November 16-17, 2016, Capital Ideas: Raising Money for Transportation Through Innovative State Legislation, Sacramento, CA.
-> November 16-18, 2016, 2016 Trafinz Conference, Tauranga, New Zealand.
-> November 16 - 19, 2016, 6th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Bangkok, Thailand.
-> December 1-2, 2016 - 10th University Transportation Center (UTC) Spotlight Conference on Bicycles and Pedestrians, Washington, DC.
-> January 8-12, 2017 - 96th TRB Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
-> February 2-4, 2017 - New Partners for Smart Growth, St. Louis, MO.
NEW & FURTHER OUT: See http://bit.ly/centerlines for other events more than six months from now.
-> February 26 - March 1, 2017 - Active Living Research Conference 2017, Clearwater Beach, FL.
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.
-> RFP - INNOVATIONS IN ACCESSIBLE MOBILITY GRANT, NATIONAL AGING AND DISABILITY TRANSPORTATION CENTER
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center invites applications for development of program innovations that increase accessible transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities and maximize the utilization of FTA’s Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program and other federal funding investments. The grants of up to $50,000 each, which will be awarded to as many as six communities for a 12-month period, support program innovations and approaches that increase accessible transportation options for those groups. Local and regional private nonprofit or government organizations may apply for this funding opportunity.
Deadline: August 26, 2016, http://bit.ly/2biuWa3
-> CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - 2017 ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS, FHWA
Since the program started in 1995, these biennial awards for Environmental Excellence have recognized partners, projects and processes that use Federal Highway Administration funding sources to go beyond environmental compliance and achieve environmental excellence. We accept nominations for any project, process, group or individuals involved in a project or process that has used Federal Highway Administration funding sources to make an outstanding contribution that goes beyond the traditional transportation projects and encourages environmental stewardship and partnerships to achieve a truly multi-faceted, environmentally sensitive transportation solution.
Neither pedestrian and bicycle projects nor trail projects are restricted to the "Nonmotorized and Multimodal Transportation" category. If you have a good pedestrian, bicycle, or trail project that also qualifies under other categories, you can also submit it under other categories. This is an opportunity to show how bicycling, walking, or trails benefit the environment in multiple ways. You can find appropriate ways to integrate transportation and recreation projects.
Deadline: September 15, 2016, http://1.usa.gov/294hvhq
-> INTERN - COMMUNICATION INTERN, EUROPEAN CYCLISTS’ FEDERATION, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
European Cyclists’ Federation is looking for a motivated intern to be part of the communications team and work on social media, events organization, contact management, writing for the web, data research, editing brochures, press relations etc. There are a lot of opportunities to learn and to demonstrate creativity, proactivity and management skills and to work on advocacy and cycling related issues.
Deadline: August 22, 2016, http://bit.ly/2aYwOpg
-> INTERNSHIPS - SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY, CA
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority has graduate intern positions for students who are self-motivated, detail-oriented, and excited about making a meaningful contribution to San Francisco's transportation system. Due to the size of our agency and our dedication to learning from each other, interns will have the opportunity to interact with professionals at all levels within the Transportation Authority, from your peers to the senior managers.
Transportation Authority staff will work with each intern to develop a program that is tailored to his/her individual strengths and interests, as well as the current needs of our teams. Internships are paid and can be combined with general research opportunities or research towards a thesis.
Deadline: September 2, 2016, http://bit.ly/2b7DCU6
-> JOB - DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS, FROM YOUR LOCATION
The League of American Bicyclists seeks a non-profit Development Director to head up the organization's development team. He or she will work in partnership with the Executive Director, and will be responsible for building a diverse, sustainable revenue stream for LAB. LAB is located in Washington, DC, and this position can be based in your location.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2b2I7v1
-> 2 JOBS - FAIRFAX COUNTY (VA) DOT
PEDESTRIAN & BICYCLE PROGRAM MANAGER
Fairfax County DOT seeks a highly motivated and experienced professional to manage the Pedestrian and Bicycle Programs. Assists in handling the responsibility for planning, coordinating, organizing, and managing professionals engaged in multi-modal transportation projects and studies. Communicates and explains complex Capital Projects plans, studies, and policies with other county, state and federal agencies, as well as residents and elected officials. Projects include intersections, roadways and multi-modal projects, such as pedestrian, bicycle, transit and parking facilities. Develops policies and procedures to enhance and support pedestrian and bicycle facilities as part of the county's multi-modal transportation policy and complete streets efforts.
Deadline: August 19, 2016 by 5:00 PM ET, http://bit.ly/2b5HGmL
TRANSPORTATION PLANNER III
Fairfax County seeks a Transpiration Planner III with a background in transportation, land use planning, multi modal planning, and traffic operations. Experience in project management and public speaking are essential. Should have experience with, and be able to demonstrate an ability to work on, a wide range of transportation planning issues, including: review and assessment of comprehensive plan amendments of various scales (area-wide, activity center, site-specific); evaluation of impacts of proposed land use changes on the transportation network and the assessment of transportation improvements associated with the land use changes; provision of input, and/or leading discussions, on development and planning of roadway cross sections, grids of streets, complete streets, unconventional intersection design, and urban design guidelines; review of, and/or conducting, long-range, multi modal, transportation planning studies, sub-area and corridor studies, land use studies, and/or transit and bicycle/pedestrian analysis.
Deadline: August 19, 2016, by 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2aJHEMV
-> JOB - DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, THE FUNDERS’ NETWORK FOR SMART GROWTH AND LIVABLE COMMUNITIES
The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) is recruiting candidates for the newly created position of Director of Communications. The Director will craft communications strategy and have an editorial vision for the organization, and will serve as a member of TFN’s senior leadership team.
Deadline: August 31, 2016, http://bit.ly/2binjAf
-> JOB - EQUITY WRITER, PEOPLEFORBIKES, BOULDER, CO
PeopleForBikes is hiring a halftime writer for the Better Bike Share Partnership. This position will produce and manage content relating to bicycling and equity with a special focus on increasing access to bike share in low-income communities and communities of color.
Deadline: September 23, 2016, http://bit.ly/2bcMGrk
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNER (MOBILITY), CITY OF MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
The city of Mountain View seeks a highly motivated, reliable, and detail-orientated individual who thrives in a fast-pace work environment. This is a management position and a high level of self-direction and initiative is required. As such, the ideal candidate must be open minded, flexible, professional, and exhibit a high-level of emotional intelligence. This position provides program area expertise, project support, coordination, and collaboration with Public Works Staff and other City departments on complex, highly visible, and politically significant mobility-related policies, projects, and issues.
Deadline: Applications continuously reviewed, http://bit.ly/2aAqJ4e
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BURLINGTON BICYCLE PROJECT, VT
The Burlington Bike Project’s Executive Director’s role is to promote and support the mission and strategic plans of the organization and to lead and manage the staff and volunteers to do so as well. This includes but is not limited to retail operations, social and educational programs, sponsored events and partnerships in the communities they serve.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2b2OTkD
-> JOB - SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PLANNING + PROGRAMS SPECIALIST, ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN, OAKLAND, CA
Alta Planning + Design is seeking a Safe Route to School Planning and Programs Specialist. Their current SRTS project workload includes education and encouragement programs, safety campaigns, evaluation studies, suggested route mapping, and engineering assessments for regional, county, local governments and school districts throughout California. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced SRTS professional to take their career to the next level in managing high-profile SRTS projects.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2aYJXyP
-> 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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