#417 Wednesday, September 7, 2016
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----- Fatalities Up 7.2% in 2015, USDOT Calls for Analysis of Open Data
----- First Half of 2016 Fatalities Up 9% Over 2015
----- Search Map for Traffic Deaths Along Your Commute Route
----- US Road-Safety Record Worst Among Rich Countries
----- Paris, France to Go Car-Free Sept. 25
----- Oslo, Norway: Kids Walking to School Report Hazards via App
----- Malmö, Sweden: Bike Apartment Building Zero Car Parking
----- Madrid, Spain: Some Cyclists Oppose Bike Lanes
----- Two Employer TDM Programs Promote Bike Trips
----- National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation Project
----- Celebrate Bike Your Park Day September 24
----- Celebrate Walk to School Day October 5
----- Share Walk to School Experiences by Sept. 9
----- Talking Headways Podcast: The Vancouver Model
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Portland, OR: Use Entire Traffic & Design to Set Speed Limits
----- New York State $110M Multi-Agency Ped Safety Initiative
----- San Francisco, CA: New Protected Intersection for Bicyclists
----- Fort Worth, TX Mayor's Rolling & Walking Town Halls
----- Six Cities' Tactical Urbanism Workshop Series
----- San Diego County, CA: App to Track Travel
----- OR, DE, PA, CT & NH Pay-Per-Mile Driven Trials
----- Boston, MA: Solar E-Paper Wayfinding Signs
----- Searchable Trails Benefits Studies Library
----- Vision Zero: Traffic Safety Best Practices Matrix
----- Ped Exposure to PM-2.5 Seattle Neighborhood Case Study
----- Trikes vs Vans Last-Mile Delivery CO2e Emissions
----- Parents' & Children's Perceptions Re Travel to School Choices
----- Planners, Police & Peds' On Distracted Driving & Walking
----- Australian vs US Educating Transportation Safety Professionals
----- Benefit-Cost Analysis for Transportation Planning & Public Policy
----- Tactical Urbanist's Guide to Materials and Design
----- Effective Study Tours Guide
----- Cities Alive: Towards a Walking World
----- New Methods & Technologies to Collect Origin-Destination Data
----- National Transit Map Data Released
----- Plastic Curb Vertical Barrier for Protecting Bike Lanes
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
FATALITIES UP 7.2% IN 2015, USDOT CALLS FOR ANALYSIS OF OPEN DATA
-> USDOT released an open data set (http://bit.ly/2cmpoeX) of detailed, anonymized information about each of the tragic incidents that caused the 35,092 traffic deaths in 2015. DOT reported 2015 showed a 7.2% increase in traffic fatalities nationwide, and pedestrian and pedalcyclist fatalities increased to a level not seen in 20 years. USDOT is calling on data scientists, public health experts, students and researchers to dive in to these data and help answer important questions related to changing outcomes, especially on tough issues like pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities. http://bit.ly/2bZr6l4
FIRST HALF OF 2016 FATALITIES UP 9% OVER 2015
-> The newly-released USDOT data from the first half of 2016 shows a disturbing increase in traffic deaths. The National Safety Council recently estimated that motor vehicle fatalities rose 9% in the first six months of 2016 compared to 2015, and 18% compared to 2014. At this rate, 2016 is shaping up to be the deadliest year for driving since 2007. The jump in traffic fatalities coincides with sinking gas prices and an uptick in driving. During the first half of 2016, U.S. motorists collectively drove 3.3% more compared to last year, reaching 1.58 trillion miles traveled. The recent upswing in miles driven has been linked to the availability of cheap gas and a sharp increase in traffic deaths. Pedestrians and bicyclists already account for more than one in four traffic deaths in New York and New Jersey, and 15% in Connecticut. In New Jersey alone, traffic deaths surged 12% during the first half of 2016. The number of bicyclists killed in New York City so far in 2016 has already exceeded the total number of fatalities in 2015. http://bit.ly/2cnLoqX
SEARCH MAP FOR TRAFFIC DEATHS ALONG YOUR COMMUTE ROUTE
-> Map software company Mapbox created a tool to highlight how fatalities intersect with people's daily commutes (http://bit.ly/2c3dHKG). Enter your starting point and destination, and the tool highlights traffic deaths along the route in the past five years - effectively connecting the data to commuters' real-world experiences. http://bit.ly/2crJGUg
US ROAD-SAFETY RECORD WORST AMONG RICH COUNTRIES
-> By most counts the US has the worst road-safety record in the rich world. Its rate of 10.9 deaths per 100,000 people per year is almost twice as high as Belgium's, the next-worst well-off country, and roughly level with that of Mexico. One of the main reasons is because Americans drive far more often than the rich-world average. When miles travelled are taken into account, America was actually a bit safer than Japan, Slovenia and Belgium. In addition, the United States also has a relatively high share of rural roads, which often have poor lighting, road markings and safety barriers. However, most other countries have made better progress than America has in recent years. Sweden, which in 1997 introduced its Vision Zero plan to reduce fatal crashes to zero, now has the safest roads in the world. http://econ.st/2c1pVmR
PARIS, FRANCE TO GO CAR-FREE SEPT. 25
-> On Sunday, September 25, the City of Paris will be closed to motorized vehicles, leaving room for pedestrians, unusual walks and street programs – as well as for Parisians and visitors alike to experience the city without car pollution, noise and customary traffic jams. This will be the second edition of "Journée sans voitures" (http://bit.ly/2bNZsMh), which will run from 11am to 6pm and expand the area covered compared with last year's event in order to include practically every neighborhood of the French capital where only bicycles, delivery tricycles, non-motorized scooters, skateboards and rollerblades will be allowed on 648.15 kilometers of car-free roads, with a few exceptions like ambulances.
City Hall and France's environmental agency launched a challenge to drivers to abandon their vehicles for the entire week preceding the event, from September 19-25. In exchange, they'll have free use of the city's public electric cars and bicycles services – plus free public transportation. http://bit.ly/2c5LB2j
OSLO, NORWAY: KIDS WALKING TO SCHOOL REPORT HAZARDS VIA APP
-> The free Traffic Agent app allows Oslo, Norway school children to send reports on safety hazards they encounter while walking to and from school. Their location is tracked using GPS, so when children input something that makes them feel less safe, such as a difficult crosswalk, researchers can pinpoint exactly where those hazards are. Children using the app act as "secret agents" for the city by sending real-time feedback. The app is integrated with Norway's school software platform, and the data is only visible to the school and project team to protect the privacy of children who use the app. Thirty-five schools in Oslo have joined the project, but researchers hope it spreads across Norway. The Traffic Agent app also ties into the city's plan to ban private cars from the city center by 2019, and to instead encourage cycling, walking and public transportation. http://bit.ly/2bR0OkO
MALMÖ, SWEDEN: BIKE APARTMENT BUILDING ZERO CAR PARKING
-> When the Cykelhust apartment building opens in Malmö, Sweden, this December, it will be the country's first residential complex with no parking spaces attached to it. The city generally mandates that around one parking spot be attached to each apartment unit. Cykelhust designers proposed to funnel the money saved by forgoing parking-space construction into creating a comprehensively bike-friendly environment for residents.
The seven-story building, situated just a few minutes away from the central train station, will include a large indoor bike-parking area; the elevators, balconies, and doors will be built wider to accommodate unwieldy handlebars and wheels. A fleet of "cargo bikes" will be available for transporting small kids or groceries in large pull-along sidecars. Cykelhust will equip each apartment with an extra-large mailbox where residents can receive oversize shipments too large to manage on a bike. On the first floor of the building, 34 rooms will be set aside for nightly rentals, like a motel. Each "cycle motel" apartment comes with a bike, which visitors can pick up at the nearby train station, ride to Cykelhust, and use throughout their stay. http://bit.ly/2cEfM3D
MADRID, SPAIN: SOME CYCLISTS OPPOSE BIKE LANES
-> Despite little designated infrastructure, bicycle use in Madrid, Spain, has been increasing 15 to 20%/year since 2008. Yet the city's plan to build 30 new bike lanes is being met with criticism from cyclists. Many are vocal in online forums advocating for bikes and cars to share the same road space, and against the creation of segregated infrastructure. The protesters say bike lanes increase crash risks for cyclists at intersections, pointing to bike lanes located on the right side of the road as especially troublesome with motorists making right turns. Some cyclists are also worried that if they are segregated spatially, they will lose the right to use the main road, whether owing to new regulations or pressure from drivers. http://bit.ly/2bYvMcQ
TWO EMPLOYER TDM PROGRAMS PROMOTE BIKE TRIPS
-> Mobility Lab reports when Sonos, a wireless speaker company, moved its Santa Barbara headquarters into a new downtown location, it was required to reduce driving commute trips. Sonos launched an ambitious commuter program, called SmartRide, which gave employees the option to ultimately earn themselves a brand-new bicycle. An employee survey found nearly 2/3 of employees lived within 5 miles of the campus and 86% said they preferred not to drive, suggesting a high potential to move people towards biking commutes. A year later, 38% of employees are participating, and Sonos plans to adapt the SmartRide program to its other locations in Boston and Seattle.
On an average day, Seattle Children's Hospital draws about 6,000 people, but only has 1,200 parking spots. As a condition for its future expansion, Seattle mandated that the hospital reduce its drive-alone commutes to 30 percent by 2030. The hospital now only allows daily motor vehicle parking rates, loans bikes to employees who ride at least two days a week, offers biking classes and a service shop on-campus, and pays employees who log a non-driving commute trip a $4 bonus. http://bit.ly/2bSbH5U
NATIONAL BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN DOCUMENTATION PROJECT
-> The National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation Project (http://bit.ly/19y789F) provides a consistent model of data collection and ongoing demand and use data for planners, governments, and bicycle and pedestrian professionals. If your community uses Eco-Counter automatic count technology, the Project will provide a free summary report of the data in exchange for submission of the annual automatic count data to the project. See details about types of automated count technologies (http://bit.ly/2c8hgju) and instructions about why and how to conduct a manual survey (http://bit.ly/2cy3HLY)
As part of the National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation Project, Washington State DOT, the Cascade Bicycle Club, FeetFirst, Washington Bikes and Futurewise plan to conduct the ninth annual count of the number of people bicycling and walking in nearly 60 communities September 27 through 29. http://bit.ly/2clGmLp
CELEBRATE BIKE YOUR PARK DAY SEPTEMBER 24
-> So far over 1,300 rides with nearly 10,000 participants in all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and several countries have registered for the first-ever Bike Your Park Day on September 24. Bike Your Park Day encourages people to ride to and within parks and public lands. Many parks will have free entrance, and some parks will offer special activities and service projects. People who want to participate in Bike Your Park Day can design their own ride — any distance, any style of bicycling, and any type of park or public land that is open to bicycles. Participants register their ride for free (http://bit.ly/2clrSLP) and an interactive map (http://bit.ly/2cxSB9P) displays all of the rides taking place.
CELEBRATE WALK TO SCHOOL DAY OCTOBER 5
-> Join the over 1,000 schools who have already registered for the 20th annual Walk to School Day on October 5, 2016. This year, mayors are being encouraged to join in the event in a show of support for safe walking and biking. http://bit.ly/2c6p2II
SHARE WALK TO SCHOOL EXPERIENCES BY SEPT. 9
-> To celebrate International Walk to School Month, Living Streets' Tom Platt wants to hear about the different experiences of the walk to school from around the world. By September 9, send him 300-400 words. Consider the following questions. What is a normal school day in your country – number of days children attend school, time they start and finish? How many children in your country currently walk to school – as a percentage? Is this number in decline? What are the biggest barriers to children walking to school? (Road safety, distance from the school, etc.) Do you want more children to walk to school, if so, why? What are the main benefits on offer? How does your organization work to get more children walking to school? (any particular campaigns?) What do people enjoy about walking to school in your country - any walk to school stories, facts or case studies you could share? Tom.Platt@livingstreets.org.uk
TALKING HEADWAYS PODCAST: THE VANCOUVER MODEL
-> Get ready for your week in Vancouver: StreetsBlog USA's Jeff Wood interviews former Vancouver chief planner Brent Toderian in a Talking Headways podcast to discuss the best way to do density, what types of cities should take on the Olympics, and what happens to planners after they have kids. Brent also talks about the downsides of both NIMBYism and YIMBYism, and whether you should believe what you read in all those city rankings. http://bit.ly/2c6Pr8M
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
PORTLAND, OR: USE ENTIRE TRAFFIC & DESIGN TO SET SPEED LIMITS
-> To protect streets' most vulnerable users, Portland, OR Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) pitched a proposal that would allow the city to take pedestrians and cyclists into account when determining speed limits. The state currently analyzes only automobile traffic patterns when making these decisions. Now PBOT wants to try a new system in which the entire road design and traffic pattern, including foot traffic and distance between bikes and cars, is considered as well. If adopted, officials say the proposal would make it easier for the city to lower speed limits on moderate-traffic roads. PBOT has released a map (http://bit.ly/2bRVyAB) of possible corridors whose speed limits currently exceed 25 miles per hour.
If the new proposal is adopted — and the state has signaled it will sign off, pending a few changes — cyclists will be back in the equation. PBOT tested the new system on a stretch of North Willamette with a 5-foot-wide bike lane that would post a speed of 41 miles per hour using the 85th percentile approach. Using the city's new method, which calculates speeds based on how close motorists come to other types of travelers, the speed would be reduced to 30 miles per hour. http://bit.ly/2c29yoQ
NEW YORK STATE $110M MULTI-AGENCY PED SAFETY INITIATIVE
-> Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that police agencies in 26 communities across New York State issued 1,285 tickets and 1,416 warnings to drivers and pedestrians during a recent 2-week pedestrian safety enforcement campaign. The campaign was part of a $110 million comprehensive pedestrian safety initiative. The initiative, being implemented cooperatively by the State Department of Transportation, Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and State Department of Health, includes the creation of an in-depth pedestrian safety action plan. Other strategies include countermeasures at 2,000 unsignalized crosswalks and 2,400 signalized intersections; law enforcement education and annual pedestrian safety law enforcement blitzes; and PSAs and other outreach. Approximately 300 pedestrians are killed and 15,000 are injured by motor vehicles each year in New York State. http://bit.ly/2cFfJVe
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: NEW PROTECTED INTERSECTION FOR BICYCLISTS
-> The intersection of 9th and Division streets in San Francisco, CA is becoming that city's first protected intersection for bicyclists. While protected bike lanes throughout The City provide cement or planters as buffers between auto traffic and bike lanes, in protected intersections, cement islands are added to each corner of the intersection to protect cyclists as they make turns. That means a cyclist making a right turn, for instance, will never be exposed to vehicle traffic. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said turn protections are key because the most frequent bicycle collisions at 9th and Division streets are "right hooks," which the protected bike intersection solves. http://bit.ly/2c1Tnt2
FORT WORTH, TX MAYOR'S ROLLING & WALKING TOWN HALLS
-> AARP reports Fort Worth, TX Mayor Betsy Price puts a premium on face-to-face interaction with her constituents. An avid bicyclist, Price started inviting residents to join her on rides around the city for what she called Rolling Town Halls (http://bit.ly/2cjbywB). The rides — usually five to seven miles, lasting about 45 minutes — have generated productive discussions on issues of interest to residents, from ways to implement recycling programs to steps residents can take to deal with bird infestations.
To engage with residents who are more comfortable on two feet than two wheels, Price launched Walking Town Halls — one-mile walks that focus on a street-level look at neighborhood improvements and needs. Launched in 2011, the programs continue, with multiple walking and rolling sessions scheduled each month. http://bit.ly/2cFlSkr
SIX CITIES' TACTICAL URBANISM WORKSHOP SERIES
-> "Tactical Urbanism," an approach to reshaping urban environments, which focuses on small-scale interventions, is a rising trend in US urban environments. Six cities have been chosen to be part of a tactical urbanism workshop series to improve street safety and create placemaking projects such as pedestrian plazas, bike lanes, shared streets: Akron, OH; Austin, TX; Fayetteville, AR; Long Beach, CA; Washington, D.C.; and West Palm Beach, FL. The workshops will apply the Tactical Urbanist's Guide to Materials and Design (http://bit.ly/2cB1GQu), a resource produced by the Street Plans Collaborative that specifies materials and design principles for tactical urbanism projects. http://bit.ly/2cB0TPB
(See Resources section for details about the Tactical Urbanist's Guide to Materials and Design.)
SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA: APP TO TRACK TRAVEL
-> This fall, a mobile app will be one option to track the transportation patterns of around 55,000 San Diego County households as part of a survey to help the San Diego Association of Governments make decisions about where new development should be allowed, which highways and public transit corridors should get priority improvements, and more. Participants can choose to be surveyed by phone, mail, website, or via rMove, an app that uses GPS to track where they go. They'll be asked questions about when and where they travel; whether they use public transit, drive alone, carpool, walk or bike; and how much they spend on transportation. http://bit.ly/2bWxIGV
OR, DE, PA, CT & NH PAY-PER-MILE DRIVEN TRIALS
-> The Oregon Department of Transportation is entering the second year of its voluntary OReGO program: drivers paying 1.5 cents for each mile they drive, as opposed to the 30 cents drivers pay the state for each gallon of gas and diesel they buy. The state hoped 5,000 people would sign up, but just under 1,000 are in the program now. A key lawmaker now says the results from early testing could be used in the debate over how to pay for a major road funding bill early next year. http://bit.ly/2cE4NXK
Recently the Delaware DOT announced that the state applied for and received a $1.49 million federal grant to analyze and test all facets of a road usage fee system. Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont will also launch programs as part of the I-95 Corridor Coalition. http://bit.ly/2bVf2Hy
BOSTON, MA: SOLAR E-PAPER WAYFINDING SIGNS
-> Walking is a popular way to commute in Boston, so public wayfinding signs that update in real-time are especially useful. Working with Visionect, E Ink, and Global Display Solutions, the Mayor's office recently revealed the city's first electronic paper outdoor sign. Situated in City Hall Plaza, the 32-inch solar-powered sign is connected to the cloud. City officials update the display information whenever needed. Electronic ink is visible even in bright sunlight, and the e-paper sign is water resistant, making it perfect for a city with thunderstorms and harsh winters. The sign can be updated in real-time, but is eco-friendly and doesn't require access to an energy grid. http://bit.ly/2bRpxs3
THE RESEARCH BEAT
SEARCHABLE TRAILS BENEFITS STUDIES LIBRARY
-> Headwaters Economics offers its online Trails Benefits Library (http://bit.ly/2ch9raR): a collection of 120 studies on the positive impacts of trails, especially in small or medium-sized towns and rural areas. The library is searchable by type of benefit (business impacts, property values, public health, trail use estimates, etc.), type of use (cycling, walking, hiking, mountain biking, etc.), year, and region. Related Research and Methods. The library can help local leaders find existing research–conducted in communities similar to theirs—so that they have credible information and answers to questions regarding potential benefits from nearby trails and whether a project meets community priorities. See the other trails-related resources at http://bit.ly/2cB3Z5Y.
VISION ZERO: TRAFFIC SAFETY BEST PRACTICES MATRIX
-> The Traffic Safety Best Practices Matrix is a tool to help U.S. cities identify strategies to advance Vision Zero. The matrix is the result of an extensive examination of the measures cities and countries are pursuing to reduce traffic-related fatalities and improve safety. It includes measures with widespread adoption, limited implementation, and minimal utilization. The main recommendations are to develop mechanisms that institutionalize Vision Zero across sectors, focus education on supporting changes in organizational practices and policy reform, improve collaboration across all levels of government, explore technology that meets the unique needs of cities, and create data systems that facilitate accountability and encourage public participation. TRB: A Vision for Transportation Safety Framework for Identifying Best Practice Strategies to Advance Vision Zero: http://bit.ly/2cabVsF
PED EXPOSURE TO PM-2.5 SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD CASE STUDY
-> A recent TRB article reports on research focused on pedestrian exposure to air pollution particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 µm or less (PM-2.5) in part of downtown Seattle, WA. The study found there were higher PM-2.5 concentration levels during the winter than in the spring, and higher levels in the morning than in the evening. The researchers concluded that the key contributors of pedestrian exposure to air pollution are traffic, construction activities, and smokers on sidewalks. Measuring Pedestrian Exposure to PM-2.5: Case of the Seattle, Washington, International District: http://bit.ly/2bQJnRs
TRIKE VS VAN LAST-MILE DELIVERY CO2E EMISSIONS
-> A recent TRB article reports on an assessment of the greenhouse gas emissions of an electric engine tricycles last-mile distribution services in downtown Portland, OR, and a comparison of their carbon footprint with traditional diesel-powered vehicles. The results show total greenhouse gas emissions of the tricycles and partner operations expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), are reduced between 51% and 72%. If the comparison includes only the tricycle deliveries, their CO2e emissions are five times lower than diesel vans' emissions. Assessment of the Carbon Footprint Reductions of Tricycle Logistics Services: http://bit.ly/2cxTZGI
PARENTS' & CHILDREN'S PERCEPTIONS RE TRAVEL TO SCHOOL CHOICES
-> TRB recently published Stranger Danger, Cell Phones, Traffic, and Active Travel to and from Schools Perceptions of Parents and Children (http://bit.ly/1Tycvip). One-on-one interviews with parents and their middle school children identified similarities and differences perceptions of the environment that surrounds travel to and from school, how these perceptions form, and how they influence travel mode choice to and from school, particularly walking and bicycling to and from school. Analysis of qualitative data showed differences in adult versus child perceptions and the emergence of several themes related to the environment and children's capacity for independence.
PLANNERS, POLICE & PEDS' ON DISTRACTED DRIVING & WALKING
-> A recently published TRB article reports the results of surveys of planning professionals, police officers, and pedestrians in New Jersey regarding their perceptions of the seriousness, prevalence, and solutions to distracted driving and walking. While strong support was found for police checking phones of drivers involved in crashes, little support was found for police intervention to curb distracted walking. The study's findings are being discussed through outreach with select agencies to develop and adopt strategies to address distracted driving and walking in New Jersey. What Do Planning Professionals, Police, and Pedestrians in General Think About Distracted Driving and Walking?: http://bit.ly/2ca982S
AUSTRALIAN VS US EDUCATING TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PROFESSIONALS
-> Although the US and Australia are culturally similar with high levels of motor vehicle use, Australia has typically reached road safety milestones earlier. US universities predominantly offer professional development short courses. In Australia, universities offer professional development courses, and some offer electives on the principles of road safety engineering and methods for influencing road user behavior. This coursework is part of a wider effort to implement scientifically validated methods and the safe system approach recommended by the International Transport Forum of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. TRB: Developing Australia's Highway Safety Professionals: What Can the United States Learn?: http://bit.ly/2cadZkp
QUOTES R US
"Despite decades of safety improvements, far too many people are killed on our nation's roads every year. Solving this problem will take teamwork, so we're issuing a call to action and asking researchers, safety experts, data scientists, and the public to analyze the fatality data and help find ways to prevent these tragedies."
— U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx commenting on a 7.2% increase in traffic deaths in 2015, http://bit.ly/2cAnx9x
"As city transportation experts, we say: human error is unavoidable, but good street design can make sure that a mistake or a distraction does not result in a death. Cities must redesign their streets to save lives, and they need to be supported by their state and federal governments as they do so... These fatalities, and the more than 2.4 million serious and life-altering injuries that happen annually on U.S. streets, are statistically predictable and preventable through better street design and reduced vehicle speeds...
All levels of government must do better. Elected officials should be champions for safe street designs. States should give cities local authority to reduce speed limits to levels that are compatible with life on urban streets and remove regulatory hurdles that limit or ban automated speed enforcement. The federal government should update and rethink national standards and performance measures that encourage speed at the cost of human lives."
—Linda Bailey, Executive Director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials in response to the releases of 2015 traffic fatality data, http://bit.ly/2crLT1K
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
THE ATLAS OF EMOTIONS
The Atlas of Emotions is a compelling data visualization commissioned by the Dalai Lama. Based on psychology research, the atlas was designed to increase understanding of how emotions influence our lives and help people get to a calmer state of mind. The atlas starts with five "continents" of emotion that sit upon several strata of information: fear, disgust, anger, sadness, and enjoyment. Click on an emotion, and you get a graph of "states" within that emotion. Click into states, and you'll find actions that emotion might cause. Click into actions, and you'll find out the triggers that could incite the emotion. http://bit.ly/23W3iCD
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 "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 "Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)"
Date: September 8, 2016, 3:00-4:30 pm ET
Details: FHWA's new webinar registration system requires external users to request an account a day before they can register: http://bit.ly/2chwK4u, free
Webinar "Systemic Approaches to Rural Highway Safety"
Date: September 8, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm ET
Presenters: Victor Lund (St. Louis County, MN)
Hosts: Roadway Safety Institute
Details: http://bit.ly/2bO1pn2, 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 "Perceptions and Impacts of Speeding Laws and Policies in Minnesota"
Date: September 15, 2016, 4:00-5:00 pm ET
Presenters: Frank Douma (Univ. of MN)
Hosts: Roadway Safety Institute
Details: http://bit.ly/2c2baio, free
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 "Safe Routes to School in Small Rural Communities: Challenges and Strategies to Accessing Funding"
Date: September 20, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Sara Zimmerman (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), Taylor Lonsdale (Montana State Univ.), Dave Cowan & Chris Berrens (MN DOT)
Hosts: National Centre for Safe Routes to School
Details: http://bit.ly/2cnJB5b, free
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 "A Movement of Individuals: Tools for the Advocate" America Walks Webinar Series
Date: October 13, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/1RohGBx, 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.]
Webinar "Intersections that Work for Pedestrians and Cyclists"
Date: October 19, 2016, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Hosts: Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals
Details: http://bit.ly/1TOPowt, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
BENEFIT-COST ANALYSIS FOR TRANS PLANNING & PUBLIC POLICY
-> The Mineta Transportation Institute released a report examining benefit-cost analysis methods for transportation policy and planning, and ways of modifying the 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
TACTICAL URBANIST'S GUIDE TO MATERIALS AND DESIGN
-> The Tactical Urbanist's Guide to Materials and Design, a new print and digital resource (currently under production) provides high-quality design and materials guidance for citizen-led demonstration, and city-led pilot and interim design projects. The Guide shares best practices for rapid implementation of common tactical urbanism projects, including street-safety enhancement projects such as high-visibility crosswalks, curb extensions, refuge islands, protected bike lanes, and plazas. It includes information on materials for crosswalk reclamation, MUTCD compliance, and getting project approved by city engineers. http://bit.ly/2cB1GQu
(See Regional section for Six Cities Tactical Urbanism Workshop Series for details on the application of this resource)
EFFECTIVE STUDY TOURS GUIDE
-> In the world of urban transportation, where the status quo often feels literally written in stone, study tours are remarkably good at changing minds by helping people visualize the possible. PeopleForBikes has released Effective Study Tours: Turning Inspiration into Action (http://bit.ly/2coOnhF) This free report combines the theory of study tours (complete with academic citations) with specific examples of how study tours have led to change here in the United States. The second half of the report is a three-part guide to actually running a great tour: what to do before, during and after. http://bit.ly/2ccGmjK
CITIES ALIVE: TOWARDS A WALKING WORLD
-> Cities Alive: Towards a Walking World highlights the significant social, economic, environmental and political benefits of walking. Informed by specialist insight and multidisciplinary expertise from across Arup global offices, this book highlights 50 benefits of walking explored through 16 distinct indicative themes, and lists 40 actions that city leaders can consider to inform walking policy, strategy and design. These are informed by a catalogue of 80 international case studies that will inspire action, and further aid cities in identifying and evaluating opportunities. http://bit.ly/2bg21SB
NEW METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES TO COLLECT ORIGIN-DESTINATION DATA
-> An FHWA report provides an overview and detail on the use of cellular, GPS, and Bluetooth technologies for origin-destination (O-D) data. It discusses what each technology represents and its capabilities and limitations in relation to accuracy, sample saturation, and frequency. It includes takeaways and lessons learned from numerous studies in recent years that have used cell, GPS, and/or Bluetooth to collect O-D data. The report provides potential users of O-D data sourced from cell, GPS, or Bluetooth general guidance on which technology or combinations of technologies is best suited for different O-D study types, sizes, and objectives. Synopsis of New Methods and Technologies to Collect Origin-Destination (O-D) Data: http://bit.ly/2c5W2md
NATIONAL TRANSIT MAP DATA RELEASED
-> USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released National Transit Map data (http://bit.ly/2cBxoNJ), a geospatial database containing the information from 270 transit agencies that provides open, machine-readable data about their stops, routes, and schedules. Data from 270 transit agencies provided information on over 398,000 stops and stations and almost 10,000 routes. Development of the National Transit Map is a continuing process and another update is expected to be released by the end of 2016. http://bit.ly/2ctlvVV
PLASTIC CURB VERTICAL BARRIER FOR PROTECTING BIKE LANES
-> PeopleForBikes reports New York City is experimenting with using a continuous 3.5-inch plastic curb as a modular, durable, affordable vertical barrier for protecting bike lanes. It will use Tuff Curb-brand separators (http://bit.ly/2cw5YHE) alongside a diagonally striped buffer to create a new protected bike lane on Second Avenue. Another trick NYC is putting to use on the Second Avenue project is a quick-and-dirty curb extension that squares off the corner of cross streets, forcing cars to make sharper, safer turns. Traffic Safety Supply (http://bit.ly/2ccM1Gm), a Tuff Curb's distributor, sells the 40-inch pieces for $105, plus about $50 for each optional vertical delineator post. Eighteen-inch end caps sell for $65 each. Without the delineator posts, that comes to something like $160,000 per mile per side plus installation costs. http://bit.ly/2bQnMxo
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
-> 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 14-17, 2015 - Placemaking Leadership Forum, Vancouver, BC.
-> 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.
-> March 20–21, 2017 - Washington Bike Summit, Olympia, WA.
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 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
-> RFP - PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SAFETY PERFORMANCE FUNCTIONS FOR THE HIGHWAY SAFETY MANUAL, TRB NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM
TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) issued a request for proposals to develop pedestrian and bicycle safety performance functions using risk-based or predictive models to help transportation practitioners make better planning, design, and operations decisions.
Deadline: October 6, 2016, http://bit.ly/2bOjCGb
-> JOB - BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER, CITY OF DALLAS, TX
The Bicycle Transportation Engineer position is responsible for implementing the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan which may include managing/coordinating City and multi-agency (TxDOT, Dallas County and DART) transportation projects which include on-street bicycle facilities and multi-use trail (hike and bike) projects. This position is responsible for designing on-street bicycle facilities, and ensuring the City's transportation needs and City's construction requirements are met during the planning, design and construction of City and multi-agency transportation projects that include bicycle transportation related elements.
Deadline: September 16, 2016 by 11:59 pm CT, http://bit.ly/2bPU2fY
-> JOB - COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR, BIKE NEWPORT, RI
Bike Newport is looking for an enthusiastic, well-organized, self-starter who shares our bike-friendly passions to join them as their Community Outreach Coordinator. This new team member will be a very public advocate for active transportation. Responsibilities will include marketing and social media, web site updates, membership and event management, and community engagement among others.
Deadline: September 16, 2016, http://bit.ly/2cjaqcs
-> JOB - BIKESHARE PLANNER, METROBIKE, WASHINGTON, DC
MetroBike is hiring a full-time Bikeshare Planner to assist with planning for the Capital Bikeshare system. Responsibilities of the job include analysis of potential bikeshare station sites; work with local government bureaus, federal agencies, private property owners, and civic associations to obtain input on proposed station sites; and development of a concept drawing for each station site among others.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2aaLuVp
-> JOB - URBAN DESIGNER, METRO, HOUSTON, TX
Oversees and participates in the development and preparation of site design forms of urban development from all perspectives of transit-oriented access and pedestrian convenience. In a joint effort with cities, counties and related METRO communities in Houston and surrounding regions contributes to co-planning and design of transit oriented development and renewal projects with the overall objective of improving the customer experience.
Deadline: Until filled, http://bit.ly/2bAJbc9
-> JOB - SENIOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNER COORDINATOR, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD
The Montgomery County Planning Department in Silver Spring has an opening for a senior planner to lead the transportation planning efforts in the urban areas of Montgomery County, Maryland in the Master Plan Section. The position will be responsible for incorporating transitways, roadways, intersection improvements as well as bicycle, trail and pedestrian facilities into the transportation system for Montgomery County.
Deadline: Until filled, http://bit.ly/2c6d6JX
-> 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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