#416 Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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----- Applying Design Flexibility & Reducing Conflicts
----- 15 Federal Ped/Bike Funding Sources
----- TRB Study Launched: Future of the U.S. Interstate
----- Limits of Data-Driven Approaches to Planning
----- Carless Renters Pay $440M/Yr for Parking They Can’t Use
----- Quantifying the Socio-Economic Benefits of Transport
----- European Cyclists, Shop Owners, Livable Streets & Bottom Lines
----- British Columbia Cyclists: Allocate Surplus to Bike & Ped Projects
----- First Cycle Highways Included in German Transport Infrastructure Plan
----- What Makes a Community Livable for People of All Ages?
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Montana Statewide Adaptive Bike, Recreation Initiative
----- WI State Rep Campaigns & Connects by Bike
----- Nashville, TN Residents Weigh in on Ped & Bike Interests
----- Chicago, IL Creating Separate Lakeshore Ped & Bike Paths
----- Chicago, IL: Mobility & Enhanced Transit Connectivity
----- Washington, DC Pocket Lanes at Intersections
----- Seattle, WA Residents Fight for Safety on Rainier Ave.
----- Los Angeles DOT (CA) Artist in Residence Program
----- Sacramento, CA 2016 Bicycle Master Plan
----- New York State: $98.7 M for Bike, Ped, & Other Congestion Relief
----- NYCDOT: Left Turn Ped & Bike Crashes Study
----- Addressing MA Environmental Health Disparities
----- E-Bicyclists’ vs Regular Cyclists’ Behavior
----- Cyclist Behavior Affects on Crash Configurations
----- Most Americans Want More Infrastructure Spending
----- High-Traffic Arterials Reduce Quality of Life, Even Blocks Away
----- Hazard-Perception Test for Cycling Children
----- Barriers & Facilitators of Helmet Use Among Kids & Parents
----- ActiveTrans Ped Bike Priority Tool for Existing Roads
----- Ped/Bike Friendly Work Zone Access Policies
----- Free Online Urbanism Courses + Syllabus on Race & Justice Design
----- Pocket Guide to Transportation Stats Smartphone App
----- Cities Alive: Towards a Walking World
----- New Concrete Bends, Doesn’t Crack
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
APPLYING DESIGN FLEXIBILITY & REDUCING CONFLICTS
-> A recently published FHWA report helps build multimodal transportation networks by highlighting ways planners and designers can apply design flexibility in current national design guidance to address common roadway design challenges and barriers. The report focuses on reducing multimodal conflicts and achieving connected networks so that walking and bicycling are safe, comfortable, and attractive options for people of all ages and abilities. This resource includes 24 design topics, organized into two themes. The 12 design topics in Part 1 focus on design flexibility. The 12 topics in Part 2 focus on measures to reduce conflicts between modes. Each design topic includes relevant case studies and references to appropriate design guidelines. "Achieving Multimodal Networks: Applying Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts" http://bit.ly/2bhtFk0
15 FEDERAL PED/BIKE FUNDING SOURCES
-> The Federal Highway Administration updated its table "Pedestrian and Bicycle Funding Opportunities: U.S. Department of Transportation Transit, Highway, and Safety Funds" (http://1.usa.gov/1pQWubk) to account for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (http://bit.ly/2blykBj). The updated list provides more project examples, includes 15 federal funding sources, indicates potential eligibility for pedestrian and bicycle projects, notes basic program requirements, and links to program guidance. Bookmark this resource!
Section 1404 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act modified 23 U.S.C. 109 to require federally funded projects on the National Highway System to consider access for other modes of transportation, and provides greater design flexibility to do so.
TRB STUDY LAUNCHED: FUTURE OF THE U.S. INTERSTATE
-> TRB is launching a new study on the future of the U.S. Interstate pursuant to Section 6021 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015. The act calls for TRB to conduct "a study on the actions needed to upgrade and restore the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways to its role as a premier system that meets the growing and shifting demands of the 21st century."
To guide this study and author its report, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has appointed a committee of 14 experts with balanced backgrounds and perspectives in transportation policy and planning in both urban and rural contexts, travel demand, highway construction and operations, traffic safety, modeling, environmental and community impact mitigation, economic development, supply chains and goods movement, funding, equity and access to economic opportunity, multimodal transportation, and advanced vehicle technologies. The committee will develop its report over the course of the 30 month project. During the first 20 months of the study, the committee will meet regularly to hear from key stakeholder groups. http://bit.ly/2bhpVNm
LIMITS OF DATA-DRIVEN APPROACHES TO PLANNING
-> A recent CityCommentary article observes sometimes the quantitative transportation data that’s available is too limited to enable us to see what’s really going on. And incomplete data can lead us to the wrong conclusions. Plus, there’s an evident systematic bias in favor of current modes of transportation and travel patterns. The car-centric data we have about transportation fundamentally warps the field’s decision-making. Unless we’re careful, big data will only perpetuate that problem—if not make it worse. If we want cities that are truly walkable and bikeable–that can become great places to be rather than easy corridors to travel through–we have to listen to more than big data. We need a framework that considers a wide array of evidence of what we’ve done and what we’ve left undone; of what we are, and what we aspire to be. http://bit.ly/2c5BEEF
CARLESS RENTERS PAY $440M/YR FOR PARKING THEY CAN’T USE
-> A Streetsblog article notes many residents of American cities can’t escape the high cost of parking, even if they don’t own cars. With policies like mandatory parking requirements and "bundling" parking with housing, carless renters pay $440 million each year for parking they don’t use, according to a new study published in Housing Policy Debate. (Hidden Costs and Deadweight Losses: Bundled Parking and Residential Rents in the Metropolitan United States: http://bit.ly/2c5EjhL) The financial burden works out to an average of $621 annually per household, or a 13 percent rent premium — and it is concentrated among households that can least afford it. Researchers estimate that nationwide there are 708,000 households without a car renting an apartment with a garaged parking space. http://bit.ly/2bQoEBv
QUANTIFYING THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF TRANSPORT
-> The International Transport Forum published a summary report of its 2015 roundtable meeting on Quantifying the Socio-Economic Benefits of Transport (http://bit.ly/2bzeukZ). Socio-economic cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is a powerful framework that can be very useful to governments making investment decisions. This paper describes efforts to improve the quality of transport CBA and its applicability to decision making.
EUROPEAN CYCLISTS, SHOP OWNERS, LIVABLE STREETS & BOTTOM LINES
-> Livable cities are economically successful, and cyclists are good customers – more and more local businesses in Europe understand this link and work together with cycling advocates to improve conditions for active mobility. This is also the case in Padova (Padua), a city in Northern Italy. When the mayor decided to prohibit cyclists from riding in the city centre on Saturday afternoons, shop owners suffered a 50% loss in income during this time. Their local associations, representing more than 250 businesses, protested against this harmful decision, and called for their customers to be able to come by bike. European Cyclists’ Federation: http://bit.ly/2bhzX64
BRITISH COLUMBIA CYCLISTS: ALLOCATE SURPLUS TO BIKE & PED PROJECTS
-> A Cycling Industry News article notes a new petition by the British Columbia Cycling Coalition is calling on Finance Minister Mike de Jong to allocate a CAN$730 million budget surplus to building in safety for cyclists and walkers. Further, the BC economy is growing at three times the rate of the national average. The Cycling group has now asked for CAN$1 billion in funding over the next ten years. With the funding, the petition calls for safe routes to school for children, investment in trails and routes with a view to boosting regional tourism, an upgrade of cycle lanes on provincial roads and bridges, as well as a complete walking and cycling network linking communities. http://bit.ly/2bvADU4
FIRST CYCLE HIGHWAYS INCLUDED IN GERMAN TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN
-> According to the European Cyclists’ Federation, for the first time in history, the German government has included cycle highways in its new Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan adopted earlier this month. The plan, which is going to be the central document for national level transport infrastructure planning in Germany until 2030, now addresses cycling besides investments in road, rail and inland waterway infrastructure. The earlier drafts of the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan were criticized by the Federal Environmental Agency, among others, for their bias towards road infrastructure for cars and their failure to meet Germany’s CO2 emission reduction targets. In the final adopted version, the federal government made some corrections to better support cycling. http://bit.ly/2bUZPEx
WHAT MAKES A COMMUNITY LIVABLE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES?
-> Take AARP’s 10-item What Makes a Community Livable for People of All Ages? quiz in English or En español. The quiz responses identify some of the livability features that help people of all ages and life stages. http://bit.ly/2bNfgvT
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
MONTANA STATEWIDE ADAPTIVE BIKE, RECREATION INITIATIVE
-> Montanans living with disabilities will have access to adaptive cycles through a new statewide initiative spearheaded by the University of Montana. The Wheels Across Montana program, funded through a Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation grant, recently hosted its second state regional Adaptive Bike Clinic. Adaptive trikes were delivered to 4 Montana communities, and each hosted or will host events to deliver adaptive recreation equipment to encourage physical activity among people of all ages with paralysis, disabilities and chronic diseases who face additional health and social barriers due to living in rural areas. http://bit.ly/2bxR02U
WI STATE REP CAMPAIGNS & CONNECTS BY BIKE
-> WI State Rep. Jesse Kremer began campaigning just over three years ago with little financial support and no party backing. To garner at least a little media attention, he began planning a bicycle tour of the entire 59th Assembly District. He anticipated news media attention, getting some needed exercise and the chance to stop to visit with residents who may be weeding their flower beds or enjoying an afternoon game of bean bag toss. "What my family did not expect was a stunning election win and a bicycle ride that has turned into an annual event...[Rep. Kremer] truly hope[s] that this annual event becomes a mouthpiece promoting a healthy lifestyle, encouraging others to take walks, dust off the bicycle, get off the computers and phones, and ensure that they are strengthening and maintaining long-lasting meaningful relationships with family and friends." http://bit.ly/2blY1BV
NASHVILLE, TN RESIDENTS WEIGH IN ON PED & BIKE INTERESTS
-> Nashville-Davidson County, TN is conducting surveys to develop its Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways. Nearly 2,000 completed the first survey. Check out the infographic of its results and results to date on a second survey plus video comments from a public meeting. From the first survey, 84% disagreed that walking in Nashville is a safe, convenient, and practical way to get from one place to another, and 77% disagreed that biking in Nashville is either. The over 1,600 who responded to the second survey by late July, would allocate the most ($3.30) to sidewalk projects on residential streets if they had $10 to spend on sidewalk projects,. They would allocate the most ($3.80) to bikeway projects on major streets if they had $10 to spend on bikeway projects. http://bit.ly/2btrgVA
CHICAGO, IL CREATING SEPARATE LAKESHORE PED & BIKE PATHS
-> Construction has begun on a project to create separate lakefront paths for bicyclists and pedestrians on Chicago’s South Side. Cyclists will get a lane closer to Lake Shore Drive, while pedestrians will get a trail closer to the lake. The project is aimed at relieving congestion, avoiding collisions between joggers and cyclists, and encouraging more people to get outside. http://cbsloc.al/2b4Zw91
CHICAGO, IL: MOBILITY & ENHANCED TRANSIT CONNECTIVITY
-> The Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago just released an overview of transit challenges in the Chicago area, and an overview of area transit changes related to recent innovations, emerging technologies, rideshare services, and possible impacts of autonomous vehicles. "Increasing Mobility Through Enhanced Transit Connectivity" http://bit.ly/2bN84j9
WASHINGTON, DC POCKET LANES AT INTERSECTIONS
-> Washington, DC has begun building "pocket lanes," a bike lane that appears at an intersection to help guide bicyclists out of the way of turning drivers. Pocket lanes make intersections more efficient for everyone. They keep people on bikes who are heading straight through an intersection from having to wait behind a queue of left-turning vehicles, whose drivers are in turn waiting for a break in oncoming traffic. They keep drivers from having to wait in line behind a cyclist who’s traveling straight. They also give people on bikes their own space that’s to the left of right-turning traffic. The District is looking to add more of these low-cost features along streets that don’t otherwise have bike lanes, targeting intersections where they might help avoid conflicts. http://bit.ly/2bd4iye
SEATTLE, WA RESIDENTS FIGHT FOR SAFETY ON RAINIER AVE.
-> Seattle residents got creative to highlight their fight for a safer Rainier Avenue, which had a crash everyday on average, 7 businesses hit in the past year, and 630 injuries over the last three years. They held crosswalk protests, collected signatures and photo petitions, created a Get Well Soon Rainier Ave Card for people to sign, posted flyers with the number of crashes next to dangerous intersections, and hosted a big crosswalk protest and rally. Seattle DOT did a safety corridor "pilot" and plans an expansion of it this year. The pilot included adding a center turn lane to reduce turning collisions, adding bus priority to keep the popular route 7 on time, and improving crosswalks and signals for people walking. Aggressive speeding (over 40 MPH) is down 95%, injuries involving people walking and biking are down 41%. http://bit.ly/2bdu9Fz
LOS ANGELES DOT (CA) ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
-> Alan Nakagawa, Los Angeles’ first Creative Catalyst, is an oral historian, sound artist, and mural artist. He is now embedded in the city’s Department of Transportation to, among other goals, bring a fresh perspective to Vision Zero, a campaign aimed at eliminating L.A. traffic deaths by 2025. As a part-time artist in residence, Nakagawa not only uses his own artistic sensibilities to advance the work of LADOT, but also recommends ways other artists might contribute ideas. When he observed Vision Zero presentations tended to focus on the numbers over the personal stories of those killed, Nakagawa invited Gary Buchler of The Moth to lead the engineers in a storytelling workshop. http://bit.ly/2bo5eAJ
SACRAMENTO, CA 2016 BICYCLE MASTER PLAN
-> Sacramento expects the number of people living downtown to double in the next 20 years and similar increases in the number of bicycle and transit trips. Part of their $165 million 2016 Bicycle Master Plan calls for parts of current downtown one-way streets to be converted into two-way streets, and others converted from three lanes to two. Buffered bike lanes would be added to parts of 10 streets through the downtown core. Another goal includes better use of the city's 38 miles of alleys. The city hopes to spend $42 million on pedestrian access and $9 million on bicycle access within the next ten years. Capital Public Radio: http://bit.ly/2bhuxIg
NEW YORK STATE: $98.7M FOR BIKE, PED, & OTHER CONGESTION RELIEF
-> New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $98.7 million in funding to support bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and transportation-related programs as well as projects that reduce congestion and help to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. These projects will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated based on established criteria that include public benefit, air quality improvement, and innovation. Eligible project activities include the addition of accessible sidewalks; construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities, preservation and conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trail use; enhancements to traffic signals or intersections that improve traffic flow; and travel demand programs that shift traffic demand to non-peak hours or other transportation modes. http://on.ny.gov/2bOwB8k
THE RESEARCH BEAT
NYCDOT: LEFT TURN PED & BIKE CRASHES STUDY
-> As part of NYC's Vision Zero initiative, the New York City of Department of Transportation recently published findings from its study of left turn pedestrian and bicycle crashes. In 2016, Mayor DeBlasio prioritized the reduction of failure to yield crashes—left turns account for more than twice as many pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities as right turns, and over three times as many serious injuries, and fatalities. "Don’t Cut Corners: Left Turn Pedestrian & Bicyclist Crash Study" http://on.nyc.gov/2bfT0ZT
ADDRESSING MA ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DISPARITIES
-> A new collaborative effort by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston University School of Public Health aims to address the health effects of exposure to multiple negative environmental and social factors—such as air pollution, excess noise, lack of green space, and crime—in communities across Massachusetts. Their goal is to understand how certain characteristics, such as race or income, neighborhood, and features of homes—such as the age or proximity to a busy road—can interact to affect health risk. http://bit.ly/2aQPhEE
E-BICYCLISTS’ VS REGULAR CYCLISTS’ BEHAVIOR
-> With normal speeds topping out around 20 mph, are electronic-bikes (e-bikes) more prone to crashes? Do e-bike riders behave any differently than regular ones? And do pedestrians, drivers, and other cyclists respond any differently to these motor-powered two-wheelers, which often look much the same as non-motorized ones? CityLab reports a Swedish study published in Transportation Research (Using Naturalistic Data to Assess E-Cyclist Behavior: http://bit.ly/2bDoID4) suggests that e-bikes carry a specific set of safety implications, and that transportation policy makers might do well to adapt. Vehicle safety researchers from Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology set up 12 Gothenburg cyclists with e-bikes decked out with special research instruments, including GPS units, video cameras at front and rear, and sensors measuring acceleration and brake force. Researchers found e-bikes riders take faster, shorter, more frequent trips than regular riders do, and run into crashes or near crashes more often... http://bit.ly/2aMMrgQ
CYCLIST BEHAVIOR AFFECTS ON CRASH CONFIGURATIONS
-> Transportation Research recently published "How Cyclist Behavior Affects Bicycle Accident Configurations?" (http://bit.ly/2blGslm). To better understand cycling crashes and how cyclist behavior interacts with other factors in causing them, researchers surveyed all injured cyclists between 2009–2011 in the Rhône, a French territorial "départment". They created a typology of 17 recurring configurations of cycling collisions and single-bicycle crashes. External factors contributing to cycling crashes, such as "bad weather" (13%) or "riding at night" (14%), roadway configuration such as "cycling infrastructure" (16%) or "intersections" (25%), and cyclist behavior such as "alcohol consumption" (5%) or "speed" (25%) are discriminatory variables that interact in many crash configurations. This study shows how road user behavior-influences each step in the chain of events leading to a crash.
MOST AMERICANS WANT MORE INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING
-> According to a recent Association of Equipment Manufacturers national poll (http://bit.ly/2bh0MT5), 80 to 90 percent of Americans believe that the nation’s highways, bridges, water and energy grids are in "some" to "extreme" need of repair. Respondents from across the political spectrum agreed on the need for increased action on infrastructure from all tiers of government. Roughly three-quarters of individuals wanted more from their state governments, while 72 percent and 70 percent wish federal and local governments, respectively, could do more. About 68 percent said that more federal dollars going into roads, bridges, and pipes would have a positive impact on the economy. CityLab: http://bit.ly/2bm0jCW
HIGH-TRAFFIC ARTERIALS REDUCE QUALITY OF LIFE, EVEN BLOCKS AWAY
-> Streetsblog USA reports a new US DOT-sponsored study (Does the Livability of a Residential Street Depend on the Characteristics of the Neighboring Street Network?: http://bit.ly/2buMEJr) found that high traffic on your street isn’t the only type of traffic affecting what you think of where you live. Researchers found that living near, but not on, a wide, high-traffic arterial can also reduce residential satisfaction. The research is a repudiation of the suburban style of traffic calming that dominated the U.S. for decades, where cul-de-sacs and lack of through streets limits traffic on residential streets by diverting cars to major arterials. Pouring traffic onto inhospitable arterial roads is negatively impacting nearby residential areas, too. http://bit.ly/2brlOlo
HAZARD-PERCEPTION TEST FOR CYCLING CHILDREN
-> Transportation Research recently published "A Hazard-Perception Test for Cycling Children: An Exploratory Study" (http://bit.ly/2bfCoS2). Researchers developed a hazard perception test for bicyclists and tested it on adults and children eight years old or older. The test evaluated visual behavior, environmental awareness, and risk perception. Although they found only few differences in visual behavior and environmental awareness, researchers noted adults reacted earlier to hazards than children. These results suggest that children have difficulties to interpret the necessary information to react timely to hazardous traffic situations.
BARRIERS & FACILITATORS OF HELMET USE AMONG KIDS & PARENTS
-> A study recently published in Transportation Research investigated barriers and facilitators of helmet use among primary and secondary school pupils and their parents via surveys. Researchers found among children, age, gender, barriers and facilitators predicted helmet use while among adults only frequency of cycling and barriers were related to helmet use. Among children, the strongest correlates of not using a helmet were the belief of not needing a helmet and wish to use a cap or a hat instead. Having a helmet wearing as a habit and feeling safer were the strongest correlates of using helmet. Among adults, the strongest correlates of not using a helmet were "helmet looks ridiculous", "just going to short trip" and riding close to home while the strongest correlate of using a helmet was the habit of helmet use. "Barriers and Facilitators of Bicycle Helmet Use Among Children and Their Parents" http://bit.ly/2bftLtL
QUOTES R US
"Applying flexibility requires knowledge of existing standards and guidelines, a recognition of the range of options available, and understanding how deviating from these may impact safety. A flexible approach uses existing tools in creative and varied ways to solve design challenges. It requires a holistic understanding of variables, thresholds, and available alternatives to achieve multiple objectives. Current national guidelines and standards provide significant design flexibility."
—From Achieving Multimodal Networks: Applying Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts: http://bit.ly/2bhtFk0
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
THE FREMONT TROLL
If transiting through Seattle on your way to Vancouver, check out the Fremont Troll. It is a massive statue at North 36th street, under the north side of the George Washington Bridge. The Troll has a firm grip on a real VW Beetle, which he presumable took from the bridge. See other art and culture recommendations here too: http://bit.ly/2bAt3sT.
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 "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 "Learn more about free TOD technical assistance from FTA and Smart Growth America"
Date: September 7, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Justin John (FTA ), Chris Zimmerman & Beth Osborne (Smart Growth America)
Hosts: Smart Growth America
Details: http://bit.ly/2bMnNPE, free
[See Jobs, Grants and RPFs section below for Call for Applications due October 7, 2016.]
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 "Increasing Awareness of Federal Grant and Resource Opportunities" (focus on specific federal agency grants for communities facing environmental justice concerns) #2 in Environmental Justice Access and Awareness Webinar Series
Date: September 8, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Hosts: Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice
Details: http://bit.ly/2bhkcMk, free
Webinar "Understanding the National Recreation Trails Program and the National Water Trails System"
Date: September 8, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Rory Robinson & Helen Scully (National Park Service), Jarrett Caston (US Forest Service) & Liz Sparks (FL Office of Greenways & Trails)
Hosts: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2bN48Pv, free
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.
Webinar "Models Used in Air Quality Analysis"
Date: September 15, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Madhusudhan Venugopal (Texas A&M Transportation Institute), Paul Heishman & Mike Claggett (Federal Highway Administration)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2bD9YE6, free for TRB affiliates, $95 for others
Webinar "States' Practices on Roundabout Selection, Design, and Performance Analysis"
Date: September 19, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Alek Pochowski (Kittelson & Assoc.) & Andrew Paul (Mass DOT)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2bU5uux, free for TRB affiliates, $105 for others
Webinar "Pedestrians and Bicyclists in a Suburban Context"
Date: September 21, 2016, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Hosts: Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals
Details: http://bit.ly/27o4l2y, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
Webinar "Engaging the Next Generation of Trail Stewards; Increasing Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity"
Date: September 22, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Jeff Parker (Northwest Youth Corps), Marie Walker (The Corps Network), Leah Allen (Mobilize Green), Angelou Ezeilo (Greening Youth Foundation) & Chas Robles (Southwest Conservation Corps)
Hosts: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2bUOR23, free for American Trails members, $55 for others
Webinar "Vulnerable Road Users Safety: What Cities Can Do To Make Things Better?"
Date: September 27, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Robert Hull (Cambridge Systematics) & Ema Yamamoto (City of Philadelphia)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2bhopj6, free for TRB affiliates, $55 for others
Webinar "Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit"
Date: September 29, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Sharon Feigon & Colin Murphy (Shared Use Mobility Center) & Carol Cooper (King County Metro)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2bU6oqZ, free
Webinar "ActiveTrans Priority Tool: A Model Methodology for Prioritizing Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements on Existing Roads"
Date: October 17, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: James Elliot & Michael Hintze (Toole Design Group)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2bgGjCu, free for TRB affiliates, $95 for others
[See Resources section for details about the ActiveTrans Priority Tool.]
ACTIVETRANS PED BIKE PRIORITY TOOL FOR EXISTING ROADS
-> The "Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Along Existing Roads—ActiveTrans Priority Tool Guidebook" (http://bit.ly/1HsqlNb) presents a tool and guidance to help prioritize improvements to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, either separately or together as part of a "complete streets" evaluation approach. It includes a CD with a programmed spreadsheet to facilitate implementation of the ActiveTrans methodology, as well as a final report that documents the research approach, findings, and conclusions.
[See Webinar section for an October 17 webinar on this tool.]
PED/BIKE FRIENDLY WORK ZONE ACCESS POLICIES
-> A recent APBP Member Listserv discussion focused on pedestrian and bicycle friendly work zone access policies. Thanks to Tom Millar for compiling all 12 cited in one place: http://bit.ly/2bLYkoT
FREE ONLINE URBANISM COURSES + SYLLABUS ON RACE & JUSTICE DESIGN
-> Check out CityLab’s listings of free online courses on urbanism. Some are self-paced, some are archived, and some are starting this fall. http://bit.ly/2bcK5ek. CityLab also has compiled and urban design syllabus with a focus on race and justice: http://bit.ly/2bMzEgz
POCKET GUIDE TO TRANSPORTATION STATS SMARTPHONE APP
-> If you need transportation statistics– for example, a list of the most congested urban areas or the busiest Amtrak stations – use the Bureau of Transportation Statistics Pocket Guide to Transportation smartphone app. The Guide is a compilation of statistics that provides key information and highlights major trends for the U.S. transportation system. http://bit.ly/2buJDZx
CITIES ALIVE: TOWARDS A WALKING WORLD
-> "Cities Alive: Towards a Walking World" (http://bit.ly/2bg21SB) highlights the social, economic, environmental and political benefits of walking. Informed by multidisciplinary expertise, this report highlights 50 benefits of walking, lists 40 actions that city leaders can consider to inform walking policy, strategy and design, and includes a catalogue of 80 international case studies.
NEW CONCRETE BENDS, DOESN’T CRACK
-> Scientists from Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have created bendable concrete that could be easily applied in relatively thin, light paving slabs. Ordinarily, concrete is made from a mix of cement, gravel, sand and water. The new material, known as ConFlexPave, also contains polymer microfibers. These are thinner than the width of a human hair, and distribute loads evenly across the entire slab, instead of keeping them focused in one location. ConFlexPave is reportedly "tough as metal and at least twice as strong as conventional concrete under bending" plus it is more skid resistant. http://bit.ly/2bnyUQV
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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 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, 2016 - 2016 Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets, Washington, DC.
-> 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.
-> September 27-29, 2016 - Smart Cities Week, 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 17-20, 2016 - The World Stage by Next City, Quito, Ecuador
-> 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.
-> January 24-26, 2017 - Geodesign Summit, Redlands, CA.
-> February 2-4, 2017 - New Partners for Smart Growth, St. Louis, MO.
-> February 26 - March 1, 2017 - Active Living Research Conference 2017, Clearwater Beach, FL.
NEW & FURTHER OUT: See http://bit.ly/centerlines for other events more than six months from now.
-> May 8-10, 2017 - 5th International Conference on Roundabouts, Green Bay, WI.
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 - SMART CITIES COLLABORATION, TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
Transportation for America opened the application process for its national, multi-city collaborative with Sidewalk Labs. The collaborative will help a small group of ambitious cities use technology thoughtfully and intentionally to meet their pressing transportation challenges. The cities in the collaborative will work to develop pilot projects, share successes and failures, and engage with one another to come up with new, creative solutions.
Deadline: August 31, 2016, http://bit.ly/2bNIewf
-> RFP: GUIDE FOR PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SAFETY AT ALTERNATIVE INTERSECTIONS AND INTERCHANGES, TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop a guide for transportation practitioners to improve and integrate pedestrian and bicycle safety considerations at alternative intersections and interchanges through planning, design, and operational treatments.
Deadline: October 6, 2016 by 4:30 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2bmhNgD
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - FREE TOD TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Are you working on a federally funded transit project and interested in supporting equitable development near your project’s stations? Apply for new, free help from national experts in transit-oriented development sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration and Smart Growth America. See Webinar section for September 7 informational webinar.
Deadline: October 7, 2016 by 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2bynWFl
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - BUILD IT YOURSELF: LET’S PLAY COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTION GRANTS
Dr Pepper, Snapple & KaBOOM! offer $15,000 grants to purchase playground equipment. Grantees will lead their community through a self-guided planning process, using the $grant towards the total cost of playground equipment and assembling the playground using the KaBOOM! community-build model.
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis, http://bit.ly/2bdHpjV
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BIKE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA
Bike Santa Cruz County seeks a visionary Executive Director to increase their impact and expand their reach in making Santa Cruz an even better county for bicycling. The ED will help Bike Santa Cruz achieve goals and administer programs; inspire, support, and oversee staff; and further develop its membership base and relationships within the broader community.
Deadline: Still accepting applications, will give priority to those received by August 22, 2016, http://bit.ly/2bubfxX
-> JOB - PEDESTRIAN/BICYCLE/TRANSIT COORDINATION ENGINEER (TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER 3), WA STATE DOT
WSDOT has a unique opportunity for an engineering professional who has enthusiasm for enhancing the safe and efficient travel of pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users. This professional will serve as a key subject matter expert for the successful development and implementation of standards, policies, and project plans for the benefit of all these users of the transportation system. It is an incredible opportunity for someone with great vision for the future of transportation.
Deadline: August 26, 2016 by 11:59 pm PT (Check date as also says "Open until filled" elsewhere), http://bit.ly/2bMjYtP
-> JOB - TRAILS COORDINATOR, MILWAUKEE COUNTY PARKS SYSTEM, WI
Responsible for management of the trail system, both hard and soft surfaces, with multiple user types; provides field supervision in the day-to-day operation and maintenance of trails, collaborates with partners involved in trails, and administers the Milwaukee County Trails Network Plan and other trail policies; preserve and enhance department assets; ensure quality service and product delivery.
Deadline: August 28, 2016 by 11:59 pm CT, http://bit.ly/2bTznen
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BIKE SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, CA
The Executive Director works with staff, board members, community partners, volunteers, government agencies, and an active membership to keep the strategic plan current and responsive to community needs and opportunities.
Deadline: September 1, 2016, http://bit.ly/2bLHc2z
-> JOB - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, NASHVILLE/DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN
The Metropolitan Planning Department of Nashville/Davidson County seeks a Planner 1 to conduct Active Transportation Planning for its Community Plans division, which works with the community to create plans that guide future growth, development and preservation.
Deadline: September 6, 2016, http://bit.ly/2bkLM8G
-> JOB - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR (ASSOCIATE PLANNER), CITY OF TACOMA, WA
The City of Tacoma is recruiting for the new position of Active Transportation Coordinator, in the Associate Planner job classification. This position is responsible for ensuring that the City of Tacoma is in compliance with applicable State requirements for Commute Trip Reduction (CTR). Responsible for initiating/developing/delivering projects, creating/promoting innovative programs, and creating/supporting events that increase use of alternative transportation modes such as walking, biking, carpooling/sharing and transit.
Deadline: September 7, 2016 by 5:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2budIsb
-> JOB - SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL ORGANIZER, WALK SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Walk San Francisco seeks an enthusiastic, experienced organizer to grow the impact of a small, dynamic organization. The organizer will work to engage and involve parents, children, teachers and school administrators to increase the number of families and youth walking, wheelchair rolling, and biking to school and to advocate for safety improvements around 3-5 schools in San Francisco.
Deadline: Applications accepted on rolling basis through October 1, 2016, http://bit.ly/2bMddb6
-> JOB - EDUCATION DIRECTOR, NEW YORK BICYCLING COALITION, ALBANY CAPITAL REGION, NY
The New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) seeks a high energy individual for their new Education Director position. The candidate will coordinate and oversee all aspects of the organization’s educational programming to promote safe bicycling and walking throughout New York State. A key aspect of this position requires leveraging resources and maximizing impact; and developing public and private organizational partnerships in and outside the direct sphere of bicycle and pedestrian programming. NYBC does not have a formal office space and most work will be performed remotely.
Deadline: None provided, position start October 1, 2016, request full job description from email@example.com
-> 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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