#418 Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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----- FHWA Strategic Agenda for Ped & Bike Transportation
----- US DOT Federal Automated Vehicles Policy Released
----- The Bicyclists' Manifesto for an Autonomous Vehicle Future
----- Trans Canada Trail: World’s Longest Recreation Trail
----- Bike-Friendly Projects Good for People Who Will Never Ride a Bike
----- New Tech & Services Changing How we Get Around Cities
----- Zipcar Launching Bike-Share at 15 Colleges in 2017, Plans 100s More
----- World Car Free Day September 22
----- Video: Tokyo, Japan Scrambled Crossing
----- Bugesera, Rwanda: Bicycle Essential for Women
----- Birmingham, UK: Overtaking Distance Enforcement
----- Gay-Friendly Ped Traffic Lights Celebrating London Pride
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Los Angeles County, CA to Take 100K Cars off Streets in 5 Yrs
----- San Diego, CA Audit: Use More Ped Data to ID Projects
----- UT DOT: Add Extra Walk Time to Signal During Peak Periods
----- Seattle, WA & Boston, MA: Reducing City Speed Limits
----- Los Angeles, CA: Scramble Intersection Slashes Crashes & Injuries
----- El Paso, TX MPO Designates 7 Active Transportation Corridors
----- Pennsylvania WalkWorks: Walking with Friends Programs
----- Wichita, KS Ordinances: Biking Under the Influence & Bikes No Longer Vehicles
----- Hidden Transportation Safety Solution: Public Transit
----- Physical Inactivity Among People 50+
----- Fitness App Data Accuracy in Counting Ped & Bike Commuters
----- Economic Comparison: Walmart vs Downtown Mixed-use Building
----- Method Pinpoints ‘Hot Spots’ for Bus Emissions
----- Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit
----- European Mobility Week Activities
----- Every Body Walk! Collaborative: The Social Justice Toolkit
----- Safe Routes to School in Small Rural Communities
----- Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics, and Strategies
----- Discussion: Creating Sidewalk Registries
----- Guide to Top BikeScore Cities
----- Bicycling Magazine’s 50 Best Bike Cities of 2016
----- American Driving Survey Results
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
FHWA STRATEGIC AGENDA FOR PED & BIKE TRANSPORTATION
-> At Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place last week FHWA unveiled its Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation. The agenda will guide the Agency’s bike-ped work over the next three to five years to help reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and serious injuries by 80 percent in the United States in 15 years, strive for zero pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and serious injuries in the next 20 to 30 years, and increase the percentage of short trips by bicycling and walking to 30 percent by the year 2025. (Short trips are defined as trips 5 miles or less for bicyclists and 1 mile or less for pedestrians.)
FHWA identified capacity building, policy, data and research actions to achieve each of the following goals:
- Achieve safe, accessible, comfortable and connected multimodal networks throughout the US
- Improve safety for people walking and bicycling
- Promote equity throughout the transportation planning, design, funding, implementation and evaluation process
- Get more people walking and bicycling.
US DOT FEDERAL AUTOMATED VEHICLES POLICY RELEASED
-> US DOT announced its Federal Automated Vehicles (AVs) Policy earlier this week- September 2016 (http://bit.ly/2cTs56P -- see links from this page to the Fact Sheet Overview and related Fact Sheets). They plan to conduct significant public outreach to inform their next update to the Policy. See the FAQ: http://bit.ly/2clmtC0
NACTO applauded the guidance and urged US DOT to work closely with cities on the particular needs of a complex urban street environment under automation. Its own AV policy from earlier this year (http://bit.ly/2cC9DQr) states partial automation should not be permitted in complex urban traffic environments, where even momentary inattention can be fatal for bystanders. It advocates a maximum operating speed of 25 miles per hour on city streets.http://bit.ly/2dfULIJ
THE BICYCLISTS' MANIFESTO FOR AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE FUTURE
-> Writing for Planetizen, authors Michael R. Boswell and William Riggs propose the cycling community should set up a series of expectations, "a bill of rights" or manifesto of sorts, for software engineers, developers of autonomous vehicles (AV) platforms, traffic engineers, and policy makers. They routine a 13-point manifesto to be used to guide policy as well as the technological development of designing roadway interactions between bikes and AVs. Here are the first five points:
- AVs should be able to detect bicyclists and detect and understand all bicycle signage and lane markings.
- AVs should be able to detect and understand bicyclists' hand signals.
- AVs should cede the right-of-way to bicyclists.
- AVs should have an ability to signal (visual and audible) its detection and basic intent.
- AVs should follow bicyclists at a safe distance when unable to pass...http://bit.ly/2cBrlph
TRANS CANADA TRAIL: WORLD’S LONGEST RECREATION TRAIL
-> The Trans Canada Trail—often called The Great Trail—will be a 14,864-mile network of car-free paths. It began in 1992 and 87 percent of it—12,905 miles—is completely connected. The network should be completed by 2017, to coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary. The Great Trail ranges all across Canada, beginning in Victoria, British Columbia, shooting all the way through the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and circling back around to terminate in St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Government of Canada is matching 50 cents to every dollar donated to the project. It has already provided $15 million through the Department of Canadian Heritage, and $10 million through Parks Canada. CityLab: http://bit.ly/2cinVVA
BIKE-FRIENDLY PROJECTS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL NEVER RIDE
-> An AARP article describes 10 ways that bicycle-friendly projects are even good for people who will never ride a bike and provides supporting details and links to resources. Included in their list: bicycle infrastructure makes streets safer for everyone, makes sidewalks safer, increases predictability and smoother trips, reduces motorized traffic congestion, and increases economic vitality, among others. http://bit.ly/2crVEwD
NEW TECH & SERVICES CHANGING HOW WE GET AROUND CITIES
-> In a McKinsey & Company interview, Jay Walder of Motivate (an 11-location bikeshare company) discusses how new services and technology are changing how city residents are getting around. "Fifteen years ago there were 4 modern bike-share systems in the world; now there are almost 900. Think about what an impact this is having in an incredibly short period of time. In Chicago, rides have increased by 70 percent from March 2015 to March 2016, in New York by 110 percent, in Columbus, Ohio, by 66 percent. We’re doubling the size of Citi Bike, and growing Bay Area Bike Share tenfold. And we are fielding calls and requests and ideas all the time. Why is this happening? I think bike sharing fits not just with our desire for mobility but also with our values. It fits with what we want to be as a society. We want to be healthier. We want to be fit. And it just makes us feel good." http://bit.ly/2daholO
ZIPCAR LAUNCHING BIKE-SHARE AT 15 COLLEGES IN 2017, PLANS 100S MORE
-> Car-sharing service Zipcar is partnering with a bike-share company called Zagster to launch bike-sharing services on 15 college campuses. Zipbike won’t officially launch until January 2017, starting with 10 schools and then spreading to a total of 15 by the end of the year. The goal is to make Zipbike the standard for bike sharing on hundreds of campuses nationwide over the next few years. Students and faculty can rent out cars and bikes using one app and one membership. http://bit.ly/2d1L2Jx
WORLD CAR FREE DAY SEPTEMBER 22
-> World Car Free Day is this Thursday, September 22. Cities across the world are marking World Car Free Day, when solo commuters are encouraged to leave the car behind and try other modes of transportation: taking the bus or train, biking or walking, or at minimum picking up a co-worker or friend and carpooling. It debuted in 1996 in England and has spread to more than 1,500 cities in 40 countries. http://bit.ly/2d5aaLr
VIDEO: TOKYO, JAPAN SCRAMBLED CROSSING
-> Watch a mesmerizing time lapse video of a scrambled crossing in Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan in which hundreds of people cross the road simultaneously. http://bit.ly/2d3HQgG
[See Regional and Local Actions for the impacts of a Los Angeles scrambled crosswalk.]
BUGESERA, RWANDA: BICYCLE ESSENTIAL FOR WOMEN
-> It may be taboo for a woman to be seen riding a bicycle in most African societies, but not in Bugesera, Rwanda where most women own bicycles. The talk in Bugesera is that a woman can forego a handbag or a nice pair of shoes, but would not feel happy if they don't own a personal bicycle. Even at traditional functions like giveaway ceremonies, the bicycle is a must have on the list of gifts given to the woman by her family. A bicycle is not for leisure. It is at the core of the livelihood of women and their empowerment. Bicycles are used for fetching water and running other errands—it is a tool of development. So a gift of a bicycle to a Bugesera woman is not for luxury but to change lives of the communities in the area. In Ruhuha Sector, a female adult who can't ride a bicycle is not considered woman enough. The women here believe that what a man can do, a woman can do too. The New Times: http://bit.ly/2dgkAs3
BIRMINGHAM, UK: OVERTAKING DISTANCE ENFORCEMENT
-> The Guardian reports on a new cycling safety initiative launched by West Midlands Police, in partnership with Birmingham City Council in the United Kingdom. A plain clothes traffic officer on a bike teams with a colleague in a police car up the road to pull over drivers that give the cycling officer less than 1.5m space (nearly 5 feet) when overtaking (a distance that increases for faster speeds and larger vehicles). That driver will be offered a choice: prosecution, or 15 minutes’ education on how to overtake a cyclist safely. The worst drivers, or repeat offenders, will simply be prosecuted. http://bit.ly/2cCiule
GAY-FRIENDLY PED TRAFFIC LIGHTS CELEBRATING LONDON PRIDE
-> In traffic lights in about 50 London, United Kingdom pedestrian traffic crossings the green man has been replaced with gender signs, LGBT symbols and holding hands designs. The lights, which ring Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, were meant to be a temporary installation to celebrate London Pride in June, but there are no plans to take them down. The Sun: http://bit.ly/2co6qrX
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA TO TAKE 100K CARS OFF STREETS IN 5 YRS
-> According to a 89.3 KPCC radio story, transportation officials announced an aggressive plan last week to take 100,000 cars off the streets of Los Angeles County in five years. Metro and the city's Department of Transportation, along with representatives from Uber and Lyft, have joined the Shared-Use Mobility Center to back the goal. The Shared Mobility Action Plan for Los Angeles County (http://bit.ly/2daDJzN) urges the county to leverage bike-sharing, rideshare apps and better public transit to lure drivers away from congested roads. The goal is to expand sustainable, cost-effective modes of transportation for the city. http://bit.ly/2cc3fhO
SAN DIEGO, CA AUDIT: USE MORE PED DATA TO ID PROJECTS
-> San Diego's traffic department should make use of data on pedestrian safety when choosing where to spend money on modernizing intersections and crosswalks, according to a report released Thursday by the City Auditor's Office. (Performance Audit of The City’s Programs Responsible For Improving Pedestrian Safety: http://bit.ly/2co3fQX) The report found the city was updating certain intersections with things like flashing beacons and countdown timers when those intersections hadn't seen any accidents in at least 15 years. At the same time, some of the most dangerous intersections had not seen any of the same safety improvements. The report made 18 recommendations to address the issues it identified. The City Administration agreed to all 18. The city is already implementing many of the recommendations and the mayor allocated $23 million in his latest budget to Vision Zero projects. KPBS Radio News: http://bit.ly/2cQBXQq
UT DOT: ADD EXTRA WALK TIME TO SIGNAL DURING PEAK PERIODS
-> The Utah DOT announced its new technology that allows school crossing guards to add an extra 10-15 seconds of "walk" time on a crosswalk signal for students walking and biking to school. This increases safety and allows traffic to continue moving smoothly and efficiently throughout the day. Installation costs about $20 per crosswalk, plus 30 minutes of an electrician’s time. http://bit.ly/2cizX4p
SEATTLE, WA & BOSTON, MA: REDUCING CITY SPEED LIMITS
-> The Seattle Times reports that the city may drop speed limits to 25 mph on arterials, 20 mph in neighborhoods to reduce traffic injuries. Assuming the City Council approves this month, road crews would begin putting up 500 new signs in November. SDOT retimed downtown traffic lights for 25 mph last New Year without fanfare. Studies in 2016 confirmed the retiming didn’t reduce traffic flow. http://bit.ly/2diCcq2 Boston lowered its default speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph, effective January 1. http://bit.ly/2d1dIzw
LOS ANGELES, CA: SCRAMBLE INTERSECTION SLASHES CRASHES & INJURIES
-> In November, Los Angeles DOT redesigned the high volume intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue with a new pedestrian scramble crosswalk (aka Barnes Dance). It had been one of the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in LA. From 2009 to 2013, the average number of crashes per year at Hollywood and Highland was 13. In the first 11 months of 2015 there were 19 crashes, resulting in 13 injuries. But since the crosswalk was redesigned in November, there has only been one non-injury car versus car crash. LADOT estimates the cost for the conversion is about $100,000 per crosswalk. Check out the brief before and after video. http://bit.ly/2clsFK0
[See the National & International section for a video of a Tokyo scrambled crosswalk.]
EL PASO, TX MPO DESIGNATES 7 ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION CORRIDORS
-> The El Paso, TX Metropolitan Planning Organization passed a new rule that designates seven key corridors as the "active transportation system." Next, the MPO will identify gaps in the walking and biking network and issue calls for projects that complete the missing links. The rule is part of the MPO’s efforts to increase walking and bicycling rates and improve air quality." The rule also requires Texas DOT to implement walking and biking upgrades whenever the agency conducts road work on the active transportation network. StreetsBlog: http://bit.ly/2cinpab
PENNSYLVANIA WALKWORKS: WALKING WITH FRIENDS PROGRAMS
-> Partnerships of governmental agencies, businesses and organizations aim to get more people walking. Walking with friends is one of the suggestions for people to become more physically active in the Live Well Allegheny campaign in the Pittsburgh, PA area. WalkWorks (http://bit.ly/2cPKhle), a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and the Penn state Department of Health is funded through a CDC grant to work in 7 regions. It works with communities to develop walking routes of 1 to 2 miles and form walking groups. In Blairsville, 52 people walked at the kickoff. One of its walking groups has been established for a year and meets five days a week at 7 a.m., and there’s also a group in the evening which often has dinner together. The Blairsville path — as with all the WalkWorks routes — leads walkers past notable points of interest, such as several historical buildings. There are no restrictions in age or walking speed. The research shows that there’s a group cohesiveness, an interpersonal bonding. A leader is important to keep a walking group going and announce times and locations of walks. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: http://bit.ly/2co5VhB
WICHITA, KS ORDINANCES: BIKING UNDER THE INFLUENCE & BIKES NO LONGER VEHICLES
-> The Wichita, KS Bicycling and Walking Update reports the Wichita City Council recently approved ordinances pertaining to bicycling under the influence. One ordinance made bicycling under the influence an illegal activity separate from driving under the influence (http://bit.ly/2ddYh6w). A second ordinance revised the City Municipal Code to remove devices moved by human power from the definition of a vehicle (http://bit.ly/2d8zWTt).
THE RESEARCH BEAT
HIDDEN TRANSPORTATION SAFETY SOLUTION: PUBLIC TRANSIT
-> A new American Public Transportation Association study shows that a person can reduce the chance of being in a crash by more than 90 percent simply by taking public transit instead of commuting by car. (The Hidden Transportation Safety Solution: Public Transportation: http://bit.ly/2d54b9m) Traveling by public transportation is ten times safer per mile than traveling by auto. The authors reveal that transit-oriented communities are five times safer because they have about a fifth the per capita traffic casualty rate (fatalities and injuries) as automobile-oriented communities. This means public transit cuts a community’s crash risk in half even for those who do not use public transit. Public transportation communities spur compact development, which reduces auto miles traveled and produces safer speeds.
Cities that average more than 50 annual transit trips per capita have about half the average traffic fatality rates as cities where residents average fewer than 20 annual trips. Since Americans average about 1,350 annual trips on all modes, this increase from less than 20 to more than 50 annual transit trips represents a small increase in transit mode share, from about 1.5 percent up to about 4 percent. That equates to an increase in transit mode share of less than 3 trips a month per person. http://bit.ly/2cm4tw9
PHYSICAL INACTIVITY AMONG PEOPLE 50+
-> The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data on adults aged ?50 years from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). They found approximately 28% of adults aged ?50 years are inactive and are missing the opportunity to improve their health through physical activity. They concluded communities can be designed and enhanced to make it safer and easier for people of all ages and abilities to be physically active. Physical Inactivity Among Adults Aged 50 Years and Older — United States, 2014: http://bit.ly/2cUhDMv
FITNESS APP DATA ACCURACY IN COUNTING PED & BIKE COMMUTERS
-> The data collected by the fitness app Strava (http://bit.ly/1WNyrcp) turns out to be a pretty accurate way to get a handle on how many people commute on foot or by bike. Fitness apps like Strava collect data about how people move around using GPS, which is less subjective. Some cities are already using its data aggregation and analysis spinoff, Strava Metro (http://bit.ly/2cQzt4B), for city planning. But fitness apps have their own problems — since the people who use them probably aren’t all that representative of the broader population. To double-check Strava’s tracking data, scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compared it with census data in four US cities: Austin, Denver, Nashville, and San Francisco. (http://bit.ly/2diAWU3) The Strava data tracked pretty closely with what the surveys reported. http://bit.ly/2cnZkUf
ECONOMIC COMPARISON: WALMART VS DOWNTOWN MIXED-USE BUILDING
-> A recent CNU article reports economic indicators economic analyst Joe Minicozzi used to compare a Walmart in Asheville, NC, to a downtown mixed-use building in the same city. Walmart consumed 34 acres; and on a per acre basis paid $6,500 in property taxes and $47,500 in city retail taxes, had zero residents and provided 5.9 jobs. A downtown mixed use building consumed 0.2 acres, paid $634,000 in property taxes and $83,600, had 90 residents, and 73.7 jobs. http://bit.ly/2cQRLRL
METHOD PINPOINTS ‘HOT SPOTS’ FOR BUS EMISSIONS
-> The University of Minnesota reports that researchers have developed a way to identify the exact location of "hot spots" for air pollutants created by transit buses—work that could be used to create new strategies for addressing emission hot spots in the future. (Lagrangian Hotspots of In-Use NOX Emissions from Transit Buses: http://bit.ly/2dgApiD) Researchers discovered that buses driving their routes often emit NOX emissions at much higher levels than during certification testing, particularly routes with frequent stops. On selected routes, bus stops resulted in 3.3 times the route-averaged NOX emissions. Increased NOX emissions were most likely to occur at bus stops, cold starts, inclines, and accelerations. http://bit.ly/2dj40e9
QUOTES R US
"Bike sharing is actually one of the most revolutionary changes that we’ve seen within the urban transportation space. It’s redefined our idea of what public transit should be. Bike sharing creates a system for personal mobility. It is personalized mass transit. You distance yourself from the idea of stations and routes and schedules. Uber and Lyft in many ways reflect that, too, and there is great potential for autonomous vehicles. There are many challenges associated with this shift—technological, social, regulatory. But you can see them as the enablers of tremendous change in the city."
—Jay Walder, President and CEO of Motivate (an 11-location bikeshare company) in a McKinsey & Company interview on how new services and technology are changing how city residents are getting around, http://bit.ly/2daholO
[See National & International section for more of this interview.]
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
FLÂNEUSE: WOMEN WHO WALK THE CITY DRAWING FROM ITS VIBRANCY AND THEIR OWN RESOURCES
A flâneuse is any "determined, resourceful [woman] keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk." Check out the Guardian’s review of a new book that describes the cultural history, biography, literary criticism, urban topography of the flâneuse. http://bit.ly/2cDH6Kf
CHICAGO CUBS' PLAYER RIDES BIKE IN FULL UNIFORM TO GAME
Check out Cub’s second baseman, Ben Zobrist’s recent commute to Wrigley Field.
WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS
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Webinar "Metropolitan Planning for Healthier, Safer, More Prosperous Regions"
Date: September 22, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Staff of the Broward MPO, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Greensboro MPO & Nashville Area MPO
Hosts: Transportation for America
Details: http://bit.ly/2cU1I0S, free
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 "In Motion: Using community-based social marketing to reduce driving and greenhouse gas emissions"
Date: September 27, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET (repeated on September 28)
Presenters: Sunny Knott (King County Metro)
Details: http://bit.ly/2d48tSI, free for iSMA members (membership fees range from $49.95-$2.95)
Webinar "In Motion: Using community-based social marketing to reduce driving and greenhouse gas emissions"
Date: September 28, 2016, 8:00 - 9:00 pm ET (repeat from September 27)
Presenters: Sunny Knott (King County Metro)
Details: http://bit.ly/2d48O7W, free for iSMA members (membership fees range from $49.95-$2.95)
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 "Walking and Walkability for Rural Communities"
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
Webinar "Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders" Second in series of 3—others July 26 and December 14, 2016
Date: October 25, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Patricia Overmeyer (US EPA), TBD
Hosts: US EPA
Details: http://bit.ly/29J7HYw, free
SHARED MOBILITY AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF PUBLIC TRANSIT
-> The Transportation Research Board recently published Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit (http://bit.ly/2d1yYrM). It examines the relationship of public transportation (including paratransit and demand-responsive services) to shared modes, including bikesharing, carsharing, microtransit, and ridesourcing services provided by companies such as Uber and Lyft. The report also explores issues and opportunities and challenges as they relate to technology-enabled mobility services, including suggesting ways that transit can learn from, build upon, and interface with these new modes.
[See the Webinar section for a September 29 webinar on this publication.]
EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK ACTIVITIES
-> Get some new ideas from the European Mobility Week activities people planned in communities around Europe and vote for your favorite: an adult tricycle workshop in Zagreb, a Croatian Bike to Work campaign, manual bike counts in Antwerpen and Flanders, and an intermodal bike-bus street game in Gijón, among many others. http://bit.ly/2cjQgL5
EVERY BODY WALK! COLLABORATIVE: THE SOCIAL JUSTICE TOOLKIT
-> The Every Body Walk! Collaborative has released The Social Justice Toolkit (http://bit.ly/2cQZZuF) to provide the walking movement with resources and guides to help foster equity, fairness and justice within communities. The toolkit includes an introduction and research that links walking and walkability efforts to the promotion of equity and social justice; communication tools, considerations and resources in safety, health and community engagement; and guides to recognizing individual biases and implicit association testing.
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL IN SMALL RURAL COMMUNITIES
-> The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership produced an information brief with an overview of challenges and strategies to implementing Safe Routes to School in small rural communities. It describes state outreach, technical assistance, and partnership approaches that support rural communities and highlights two communities that have successfully used Federal funds to improve safety and accessibility for walking and bicycling. Safe Routes to School in Small Rural Communities: Challenges and Strategies to Accessing Funding: http://bit.ly/2ddTHoC
LIVABLE TRANSIT CORRIDORS: METHODS, METRICS, AND STRATEGIES
-> The Transportation Research Board recently published Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics, and Strategies (http://bit.ly/2d4ZjRP). This handbook presents practical planning and implementation strategies to enhance livability in transit corridors. It provides a definition of transit corridor livability and a set of methods, metrics, and strategies—framed within a five-step visioning and improvement process—that communities can use to improve livability in their transit corridors. It includes a set of tools and techniques that can help in planning and building support for corridor improvements, screening alternatives in preparation for environmental review, identifying a corridor’s livability needs, and developing an action-oriented set of strategies for improving transit corridor livability and quality of life.
A spreadsheet-based Transit Corridor Livability Calculator tool (http://bit.ly/2cZ2Thx) and a separate spreadsheet (http://bit.ly/2cm0csi) used for tool testing are also available for download. An instructional file (http://bit.ly/2d1A1rL) accompanies the spreadsheet.
DISCUSSION: CREATING SIDEWALK REGISTRIES
-> Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff are interested in developing a national sidewalk registry with an accompanying application that assists cities/towns in creating sidewalk GIS layers. If you are aware of anyone doing similar work, contact email@example.com. An inquiry about this topic on the H+T—Friends mailing list resulted in these responses.
- The Institute for Transportation Research and Education helped launch the North Carolina Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Network for NCDOT. This geodatabase houses all known existing and planned bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the state: http://bit.ly/2d6iAm1
- FHWA funded a Small Business Innovation Research project to develop an app to gather sidewalk network data. MySidewalk is in Phase II now, and will be piloted in various locations around the country. http://bit.ly/2cRW4fy.
- FHWA is also starting work with various USDOT offices to develop systematic data formats for nonmotorized networks (i.e. connected facilities) and to develop supporting policy aimed at improving network quality.The latter effort will eventually yield a national database of networked facilities. They want to be able to step up the analysis from simply knowing where there are facilities to understanding how useful (and used) they are. Contact Jeremy.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The recent Tools of the Trade conference reported on these tools 1) Sidewalk Scout: A crowdsourcing smartphone app used by agencies and the public to report sidewalk problems: http://b.gatech.edu/2deKCfj, 2) Sidewalk Sentry: A tablet application used to inventory sidewalks and assess sidewalk quality (http://b.gatech.edu/2cBWXJD) , and, 3) The Sidewalk Prioritization Index: http://bit.ly/2dhrwYR.
GUIDE TO TOP BIKESCORE CITIES
-> Walk Score, owned by national real estate brokerage firm Redfin, scored more than 150 large cities nationwide (http://redf.in/2d7W4Jj), and 10,000 neighborhoods, from 0 to 100 based on four "bike-ability" measures: bike lanes, hills, destinations and road connectivity, and share of local workers’ commutes traveled by bicycle. GrindTV provides a guide to the top 5: Minneapolis, MN; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; Denver, CO; and Boston, MA. For each the include why the city of likeable, must-ride trails, best seen by bike, most likeable neighborhoods, and a tourist tip. http://bit.ly/2d7VGur
BICYCLING MAGAZINE’S 50 BEST BIKE CITIES OF 2016
-> Every two years, Bicycling Magazine sifts through Census and department of transportation data on more than 100 cities, consults with experts from biking organizations, and talks with bike advocates and everyday riders to identify the 50 most bike-friendly towns in the US. They consider miles of bike lanes to the percentage of cycling commuters who are female—a key indicator of safe bike infrastructure—to the number of cyclist-friendly bars. The goal is not only to help people plan their next relocations but also to inspire riders and municipalities to advocate for change. Easy listing includes a description, population, per mile bicycle facilities, bicycle-friendly business score, people per bike-share bike, median home value and 2014 rank. Here are the top 5: Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; New York, NY; and Seattle, WA. http://bit.ly/2cZ0uVO
AMERICAN DRIVING SURVEY RESULTS
-> The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released American Driving Survey 2014–2015 (http://bit.ly/2cOgJmq).This report that outlines responses to a survey in which respondents aged 16 years or older were asked to report all of the driving that they did over a 24-hour period.
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Winter Cycling Congress 2017, February 8-10, 2017, Montréal, Canada
Deadline: September 25, 2017, http://bit.ly/2cOC3YU
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DEADLINE EXTENDED- Active Living Research Conference 2017, February 26 - March 1, 2017, Clearwater Beach, FL.
Deadline: September 30, 2016, http://bit.ly/1FSW3BQ
-> 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 - IPENZ Transportation Group Conference 2017, March 29-31, 2017, Hamilton, New Zealand
Deadline: October 14, 2016, http://bit.ly/2cwgEqL
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - CNU 25.Seattle, May 3-6, 2017, Seattle, WA
Deadline: October 25, 2016, http://bit.ly/2cPjw0f
-> 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
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - 2017 National Walking Summit, September 13-15, 2017, St. Paul, MN.
Deadline: December 15, 2016 by 9 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2cQRCzh
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 21, 2016 - European Day without a Road Death
-> September 22, 2016 - World Car Free Day
-> 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, 2016 - EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycling Tourism Conference, Vienna, Austria.
-> 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.
-> March 20–21, 2017 - Washington Bike Summit, Olympia, WA.
-> March 29-31, 2017 - IPENZ Transportation Group Conference 2017, Hamilton, New Zealand.
NEW & FURTHER OUT: See http://bit.ly/centerlines for other events more than six months from now.
-> May 3-6, 2017 - CNU 25.Seattle, Seattle, WA.
-> June 26-29, 2017 - APBP Professional Development Seminar, Memphis, TN.
-> September 13-15, 2017 - 2017 National Walking Summit, St. Paul, MN
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 - TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Smart Growth America announced it is offering a limited number of free workshops in nine technical assistance areas to help local leaders and residents make their communities more livable, sustainable, and vibrant. As part of this program, communities can apply for free Complete Streets technical assistance. In addition to Complete Streets technical assistance, three applicants can apply as a consortium for the new Complete Streets Consortium Series which will: deliver three workshops to three municipalities within the same state. The three municipalities will form a consortium, apply as one, and receive the workshops over a coordinated time span. View a recorded webinar for more details and application advice: http://bit.ly/2cUmnlv
Deadline: October 6, 2016 by 5 pm ET, http://bit.ly/1soGKx6
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, CITY OF MADISON, WI
The City of Madison is seeking an entry-level Planner to join the MPO section of the Planning Division. This position is responsible for supporting the transportation planning work activities of the MPO for the Madison Metropolitan Area. This includes assistance in preparation of the long-range multi-modal regional transportation plan, corridor and area plans and studies, public transit and active transportation plans, annual updates to the Transportation Improvement Program, and annual performance measure reporting.
Deadline: October 30, 2017, http://bit.ly/2d3CaDv
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BIKE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Bike Santa Cruz County seeks an experienced, collaborative and politically savvy bicycle advocate for their Executive Director. The ED will help Bike Santa Cruz achieve its goals and administer its programs; inspire, support, and oversee staff; and further develop the membership base and relationships within the broader community.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2bubfxX
-> 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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