#419 Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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----- Smart Cities Initiative: $80 Million More + Twice as Many Cities
----- Montreal, Canada: Inflatable Arches to Protect Peds/Bikes During Construction
----- Paris, France: Permanently Closes Expressway to Create Park
----- Barcelona, Spain: Superblocks Limit Cars for Multiple Benefits
----- Reporters 4 Biggest Sins Committed in Covering Ped Deaths
----- 2016 World Day of Remembrance November 20
----- Women Left Behind in Most- Bike-Friendly States
----- European Buses to Detect Potential Collisions w/ Peds/Bikes
----- Dutch Reach Helps Prevent Dooring Cyclists
----- Milton Keynes, England: Map Cycle Paths Via Smart Bike Lights
----- Vienna, Austria: Bus Shows Bikeshare Availability at Next Stop
----- US DOT: New Tools for Improving Road Safety Reporting
----- Car-Free for the Day Photos
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- NC: Safe Passing Law Goes into Effect
----- Boise, ID Completes 20-Mi Greenbelt
----- Los Angeles, CA: Positive Road Diet Results
----- Pittsburgh, PA: $837K for 2 New Bike Lanes
----- People-Centric Design for Cities
----- New York, NY: Bill Introduced Re Over Crowded Sidewalks
----- New York, NY: Cars In Bike Lanes Public-Shaming Map
----- St. Paul, MN: Resident Ideas to Reconnect Neighborhoods
----- San Jose, CA: Trail Count Shows User Increase
----- CNU: Nominate Worst Urban Highway Examples
----- Local Interventions to Encourage Sustainable Transportation
----- Modeling Health Benefits of Compact Cities
----- Applying Research to City Planning Policy and Practice
----- US: Highest Per Capita Traffic Fatality Rate Among Peers
----- Walking Fends Off Loss Of Mobility in 70-89 Yr Olds
----- Volpe: Truck Side Guard Research & Recommendations
----- Crowdsourced Data Maps Urban Accessibility
----- How to Become One of America’s Healthiest Schools
----- TRB Report: Environmental Performance Measures for State DOTs
----- Public Space Stewardship Guide
----- Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads
----- The Little Easy: Website Visualizes Sustainable Future
----- British PowerPoint Slides: Older Adults & Physical Activity
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
SMART CITIES INITIATIVE: $80 MILLION MORE + TWICE AS MANY CITIES
-> Last week, the Obama Administration announced over $80 million in new federal funding and doubling the number of participating communities in the White House Smart Cities Initiative to over 70. Among several key areas, the Administration is announcing more than $15 million in new grants and planned funding to evolve the future of urban transportation, including National Science Foundation (NSF) funding for researchers in Chattanooga to test, for the first time, how an entire urban network of connected and autonomous vehicles can automatically cooperate to improve travel efficiency and operate safely during severe weather events. http://bit.ly/2d1ildJ
MONTREAL, CANADA: INFLATABLE ARCHES TO PROTECT PEDS/BIKES DURING CONSTRUCTION
-> Enormous inflatable arches will keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe from construction, but still draw them to local businesses as Montreal, Canada works on a massive, four-year project infrastructure project on one of its main commercial streets. The city is hoping the arches will maintain interest in St. Catherine Street and provide a place for pedestrians to gather in the absence of traffic. Each inflatable, called an "imago," will reach about as high as the buildings’ third floor and stretch the entire length of a block. While construction is happening on the street, the arches will cover work crews and keep people to the sidewalks. While construction is happening on the sidewalks, pedestrians will walk through the arches on the road. St. Catherine Street will be closed to cars throughout the project, potentially making room for events such as yoga classes or street shows. Pedestrians will still be able to access all stores and restaurants. http://bit.ly/2cR0MKf
PARIS, FRANCE: PERMANENTLY CLOSES EXPRESSWAY TO CREATE PARK
-> After years of experimentation, the Paris, France City Council committed to the permanent conversion of two miles of the Georges Pompidou expressway along the River Seine into a waterfront park. The 1960s expressway carried two lanes of traffic and about 43,000 vehicles a day along the Right Bank of the river. But beginning in 2011, the highway had been converted for part of the summer each year to a beach and waterfront promenade. The park plan is part of a wider set of efforts by Mayor Anne Hidalgo aimed at reducing air pollution and dependence on cars—60 percent of Parisians do not own cars, up from 40 percent just 15 years ago. http://bit.ly/2dpWiAC
BARCELONA, SPAIN: SUPERBLOCKS LIMIT CARS FOR MULTIPLE BENEFITS
-> The New York Times reports Barcelona, Spain has decided that many of its car-clogged streets and intersections will hardly have cars at all. Instead, they will be turned over to pedestrians. Beginning in September, city officials started creating a system of so-called superblocks across the city that will severely limit vehicles as a way to reduce traffic and air pollution, use public space more efficiently and essentially make neighborhoods more pleasant. Under the plan, the superblocks will be overlaid on the existing street grid, each one consisting of as many as nine contiguous blocks. Within each superblock, streets and intersections will be largely closed to traffic and used as community spaces such as plazas, playgrounds and gardens. http://nyti.ms/2drrzk1
REPORTERS 4 BIGGEST SINS COMMITTED IN COVERING PED DEATHS
-> StreetsBlogUSA lists four common problems with how pedestrian deaths are covered in American media and why reporters need to change their approach to traffic violence. 1) The default stance of most coverage is to blame victims for their own deaths, 2) Most local news reports entirely ignore the design of the street where the collision happened. But the epidemic of pedestrian deaths can’t be separated from street conditions... http://bit.ly/2dpV48y
2016 WORLD DAY OF REMEMBRANCE NOVEMBER 20
-> Vision Zero advocates and leaders worldwide are preparing for the 2016 World Day of Remembrance on November 20, 2016 (http://bit.ly/2dQtn81). This global event is an opportunity to constructively draw attention to the urgency of ensuring safe mobility for all in your community. Consider organizing an event such as a rally or memorial walk....or setting up a meeting w/ your Mayor amongst advocates and victims of traffic violence...or submitting an Op-Ed to your local paper....or organizing a social media campaign.
WOMEN LEFT BEHIND IN MOST- BIKE-FRIENDLY STATES
-> A recent Yes Magazine article notes cycling, even in bike-friendly states tends to draw more men, while many women who bike say they’ve been the subject of rude behavior, or say they feel their safety is at stake when they head out on the road. Their stories present an opportunity for transportation planning that’s mindful not only of the importance of cycling—for people and the environment—but also of meeting the needs of all cyclists. Few officials recognize how strongly gender can impact the kinds of cycling infrastructure people are willing to use. An approach to transportation that empowers women and lowers emissions would begin with a meaningful understanding of how gender impacts transportation, and move forward by addressing gendered needs in transportation planning. To make progress, we need to collect and analyze gender, ethnic, race, and age data related to transportation, among 5 other recommendations. http://bit.ly/2dqDsqw
EUROPEAN BUSES TO DETECT POTENTIAL COLLISIONS W/ PEDS/BIKES
-> Autocar reports Volvo has developed an advanced driver assist program for its bus models that can detect and help prevent collisions with pedestrians and cyclists. The system, which uses a camera mounted on the vehicle’s exterior, will be rolled out from the start of next year on European buses. The camera processes images through complex algorithms to detect potential hazards, with its primary focus being to spot pedestrians and cyclists who could come into contact with the bus. To alert the driver of a hazard or potential impact, lights and sound signals are projected in the cabin. If an impact is imminent, the pedestrian or cyclist is also warned with the automatic sounding of the bus’s horn. http://bit.ly/2dHTrgT
DUTCH REACH HELPS PREVENT DOORING CYCLISTS
-> PRI reports a standard practice used by drivers in The Netherlands helps prevent dooming passing cyclists. Dubbed the Dutch Reach in the US, this practice is where instead of using a near hand — usually the driver’s left hand — to open a car door, a driver uses the far hand. Using your right hand to open the driver’s side door makes you automatically swivel your body, and position your head and shoulders so you are looking directly back to see if there are oncoming bicycles or cars. See the video demonstration. http://bit.ly/2e0fO5r
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND: MAP CYCLE PATHS VIA SMART BIKE LIGHTS
-> The European Cyclists’ Federation reports Milton Keynes, a town in the South-East of England of almost 230,000 inhabitants, is undertaking a project to map their cycle paths - not only where are they are, but also what condition are they in and how cyclists are using them - in order to eventually make a well-weighted decision about where to plan their future cycle infrastructure, including a significant investment in 'cycle highways'. The data that is collected through the See.Sense smart lights (http://bit.ly/2du6NiM), feeds into the overall city’s data hub and will allow the data to integrate with a diverse range of transportation and mobility data with real time feeds of activity. This will, it is hoped, provide a real time journey planning capability that is ready to launch in 2017. http://bit.ly/2cRfndB
VIENNA, AUSTRIA: BUS SHOWS BIKESHARE AVAILABILITY AT NEXT STOP
-> The European Cyclists’ Federation reports the network of Vienna, Austria’s Citybike stations has grown rapidly in the recent years, and currently includes 121 stations and 1,500 bikes. The bikes were used over a million times in 2015 and at peak times at certain stations there are only a few bikes left. To enhance user friendliness and intermodality, the Citybike docking stations are now linked with public transportation. Via an information screen in buses, passengers are automatically informed about the current availability of bikes at the next stop. The screen also shows transfer possibilities to other lines for each stop. The availability of Citybikes can also be checked with a smartphone app. http://bit.ly/2dIsjPy
US DOT: NEW TOOLS FOR IMPROVING ROAD SAFETY REPORTING
-> US DOT developed two tools to help states direct resources to improve safety where serious injuries occur: a national definition for serious injuries and the development of State Serious Injury Conversion Tables. In the past, state DOTs and law enforcement agencies have used varying definitions and different coding conventions to report serious injuries resulting in inconsistent reporting and poor data quality.
US DOT developed a standardized definition for reporting serious injuries to the federal government based upon the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (http://bit.ly/2ddNAQz). States must comply with the new serious injury definition by April 15, 2019. By using US DOT State Serious Injury Conversion Tables (http://bit.ly/2dRrapv), state and local agencies not currently using the new national definition can convert and report their serious injury data in upcoming Highway Safety Improvement Plan reports and their Highway Safety Plans. http://bit.ly/2dDH3Ch
CAR-FREE FOR THE DAY PHOTOS
-> The Guardian published a series of photographs from cities participating in Car-Free for the Day: Paris, Detroit, Istanbul, and Brussels, among others. http://bit.ly/2dHTuJG
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
NC: SAFE PASSING LAW GOES INTO EFFECT
-> The first of a series of new North Carolina traffic statutes from House Bill 959 (http://bit.ly/2cQudB0)— a state law passed in July to enhance bicycle safety — took effect October 1. Now motorists are allowed to pass a bicycle on a solid center line if they give four feet of horizontal space between the two vehicles or completely enter the left lane of the road. The minimum fine for making an illegal pass within four feet of the cyclist, is $200 — and incidents that result in property damage or personal injury can cost up to $500. http://bit.ly/2dC8DzM
BOISE, ID COMPLETES 20-MI GREENBELT
-> Nearly five decades in the making, Boise, ID recently dedicated the last section of its greenbelt pathway. The greenbelt now spans the entire city and includes about 26 miles. Recreation was the focus for the greenbelt at its start but each year, over 70,000 people now use it as a way to get to work. KIVI-TV: http://bit.ly/2cM3sO3
LOS ANGELES, CA: POSITIVE ROAD DIET RESULTS
-> LA DOT made the largely unpopular move three years ago to give a thoroughfare in the Silver Lake neighborhood a safety makeover. Reducing Rowena Avenue’s four lanes to two and adding a center left turn lane, they argued, would slow down cars, improve visibility and cut down on crashes between cars and bicyclists and pedestrians. The data collected along Rowena Avenue from before and after the changes show no change in traffic volume, and average speeds dropped from 39 mph to 35 mph. Collision data show that car crashes also dropped, and collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists also declined. http://bit.ly/2dqxVAg
PITTSBURGH, PA: $837K FOR 2 NEW BIKE LANES
-> Pittsburgh, PA City Council authorized spending nearly $837,000 on two bike-lane projects, including a Downtown connection between Grant Street near the Monongahela River and Point State Park. The other will extend existing North Side lanes on East Street from Suffolk Street about a mile north to Mount Pleasant Road, near Interstate 279. The bigger-ticket Downtown project should help both tourists and commuters cut an easier, safer path through the congested area, especially those who pedal into town on the Great Allegheny Passage, which connects Cumberland, Md., and Downtown. About $600,000 in federal grant money that the city sought for bike infrastructure will cover most of the tab. About $200,000 from the city will cover the rest. http://bit.ly/2cQPqe3
PEOPLE-CENTRIC DESIGN FOR CITIES
-> In a recent Volpe Future of Transportation presentation, Jeff Risom, partner and managing director of Gehl Studio in the U.S. talked about the benefits of people-centric design and three paradigm shifts in city design. People-centric design can have real, positive impacts on a city’s residents. Physical elements such as residential density, intersection density, public transport density, and the number of parks can invite a certain type of behavior (up to about 90 minutes more physical activity) and can improve residents’ socioeconomic status. http://bit.ly/2dqGlab
NEW YORK, NY: BILL INTRODUCED RE OVER CROWDED SIDEWALKS
-> The Gothamist blog reports New York City is a city of pedestrians, but as its population is growing and tourism is booming, some of the city's most overpopulated sidewalks are spilling out into the streets and bike lanes. A bill recently introduced (Study on Reducing Crowding in Locations with Heavy Pedestrian Volume: http://on.nyc.gov/2e0h9Jo) from Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez would direct the Department of Transportation to fix the problem by identifying the most congested sidewalks in the city and offering up safety and traffic flow solutions for the areas, such as widening sidewalks. http://bit.ly/2dDcrAR
NEW YORK, NY: CARS IN BIKE LANES PUBLIC-SHAMING MAP
-> The New York City crowd-sourced public-shaming map, Cars In Bike Lanes (http://bit.ly/2dutDXy), invites cyclists who see motorists parked or idling in bike lanes to snap a photo and send it in, where it’ll be geolocated, time-stamped, and sometimes annotated with a comment. The map is supposed to function as a public record of drivers behaving badly, but it functions equally well as a record of frustration in New York’s cycling community. The site is open source, so don’t be surprised to see a version pop up in a city near you. http://bit.ly/2dRrEMc
ST. PAUL, MN: RESIDENT IDEAS TO RECONNECT NEIGHBORHOODS
-> St. Paul, MN’s Friendly Streets Initiative is conducting surveys with as many people as possible in English, Somali and Oromo (a language spoken in parts of Ethiopia and Kenya) to learn more about issues in the neighborhoods close to Interstate 94 in between the Capitol and the Minneapolis city limits. Their goal is to better connect neighborhoods on either side of the freeway by improving the bridges and to explore community-driven ways to make the area more friendly to people when they are not in cars. The long-term goals of the project are to call on the community’s expertise and creativity to inspire fresh thinking about transforming these bridges from barriers into connectors between neighborhoods. Planned reconstruction of the freeway offers opportunities for big ideas, like the land bridges that stir so much excitement in the community. Community brainstorms at street parties and other events have already been held for some of the bridges. http://bit.ly/2d1UZVC
SAN JOSE, CA: TRAIL COUNT SHOWS USER INCREASE
-> The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition reports the City of San Jose participated in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project (http://bit.ly/19y789F), to get an accurate picture of how many people are using the trails, who they are, and why they use them. (Trail Count 2016: Annual Count & Survey of San José Trails: http://bit.ly/2dIXz5G) More than 7,700 trail users were counted this year, and increases were reported at 8 of the 9 count stations, including near-30% increases along the Guadalupe River Trail. The results are a big win, as the City uses the findings in their efforts to secure more funding to improve and expand the trail network. http://bit.ly/2e0HTcH
CNU: NOMINATE WORST URBAN HIGHWAY EXAMPLES
-> Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is accepting nominations for a new report in our Freeways Without Futures series—highlighting the worst urban highways in North America. Each submission should identify one freeway, discuss its impact, and outline the work underway to remove it. Nominees will be graded based on age, design, community impact, local support, redevelopment opportunities, cost savings, potential to improve access and opportunity, and existing political momentum. Inclusion in a Freeways Without Futures report is an opportunity for a community burdened by a highway to generate national press, build regional momentum, and highlight an opportunity to build better health, opportunity, and connectivity in every neighborhood.
Deadline: October 21, 2016, http://bit.ly/2dRpSL3
THE RESEARCH BEAT
THE LANCET: URBAN DESIGN, TRANSPORT, AND HEALTH SERIES
-> The Lancet recently published its 3-part Urban Design, Transport, and Health series. (http://bit.ly/2dIn9Yc) This series explores how integrated multi-sector city planning, including urban design and transport planning can be used as an important and currently underused force for health and wellbeing within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals in both high-income countries and low-income and middle-income countries.
LOCAL INTERVENTIONS TO ENCOURAGE SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION
-> "City Planning and Population Health: A Global Challenge" (http://bit.ly/2dIkcXT) identifies eight integrated regional and local interventions that, when combined, encourage walking, cycling, and public transport use, while reducing private motor vehicle use. These interventions are: destination accessibility; equitable distribution of employment across cities; managing demand by reducing the availability and increasing the cost of parking; designing pedestrian-friendly and cycling-friendly movement networks; achieving optimum levels of residential density; reducing distance to public transport; and enhancing the desirability of active travel modes (eg, creating safe attractive neighborhoods and safe, affordable, and convenient public transport). The authors recommend establishing a set of indicators to benchmark and monitor progress towards achievement of more compact cities that promote health and reduce health inequities.
MODELING HEALTH BENEFITS OF COMPACT CITIES
-> Using a health impact assessment framework, researchers estimated the population health effects arising from alternative land-use and transport policy initiatives in six cities. (Land Use, Transport, and Population Health: Estimating the Health Benefits of Compact Cities: http://bit.ly/2e00RQE) They modeled land-use changes to reflect a compact city in which land-use density and diversity were increased and distances to public transport were reduced to produce a modal shift from private motor vehicles to walking, cycling, and public transport. The modeled compact city scenario resulted in health gains for all cities (for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease). However, for moderate to highly motorized cities, such as Melbourne, London, and Boston, the compact city scenario predicted a small increase in road trauma for cyclists and pedestrians.
APPLYING RESEARCH TO CITY PLANNING POLICY AND PRACTICE
-> "Use of Science to Guide City Planning Policy and Practice: How to Achieve Healthy and Sustainable Future Cities" (http://bit.ly/2dQOeEB) illustrates the potential for change by presenting conceptual models and case studies of research translation applied to urban and transport planning and urban design. Its primary recommendation is for cities to actively pursue compact and mixed-use urban designs that encourage a transport modal shift away from private motor vehicles towards walking, cycling, and public transport.
US: HIGHEST PER CAPITA TRAFFIC FATALITY RATE AMONG PEERS
-> A recent CDC report, "Vital Signs: Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention — United States and 19 Comparison Countries" (http://bit.ly/2dQoyIa), and Economist Magazine analysis, "America’s Road-safety Record is the Worst in the Rich World" (http://econ.st/2dCvCuh), indicate that, despite huge investments in traffic safety programs and safety engineering, the United States has, by far, the highest per capita traffic fatality rate among peer countries. The United States has high traffic causality rates despite huge investments in safer roads, safer vehicles, and traffic safety programs. These efforts did reduce the U.S. traffic deaths rate by 31 percent between 2000 and 2013, but during that period peer countries reduced their crash rate a much more impressive 55.1 percent. These very high traffic casualty rates (several times higher than peer countries) can be explained by high (about double) per capita annual vehicle mileage and automobile-oriented community design. http://bit.ly/2d8o66V
Investing in high quality public transit and creating more transit-oriented development can provide many economic, social and environmental benefits, including large, community-wide reductions in traffic casualties. See The "Hidden Traffic Safety Solution: Public Transportation" noted in our last issue for details: http://bit.ly/2d54b9m.
WALKING FENDS OFF LOSS OF MOBILITY IN 70-89 YR OLDS
-> NPR reported an Annals of Internal Medicine reported study that found that a regular program of physical activity reduces the time spent with mobility-limiting disability. (Effect of Structured Physical Activity on Overall Burden and Transitions Between States of Major Mobility Disability in Older Persons: Secondary Analysis of a Randomized, Controlled Trial: http://bit.ly/2dZIr2z) Researchers took more than 1,600 sedentary people between 70 and 89 years old who had some functional limitations, but who could walk about a quarter of a mile in 15 minutes or less. Half of the participants got a health education program, while the other group was told to aim for 150 minutes of aerobic activity as well as strength, flexibility and balance training both at the study's facilities and at home. The study followed participants for about 2.7 years, and found that the physical activity program cut the amount of time that people spent with a "major mobility disability" by 25 percent compared to the education program. http://n.pr/2dPxJfR
(See Resources section for British PowerPoint Slides: Older Adults & Physical Activity.)
VOLPE: TRUCK SIDE GUARD RESEARCH & RECOMMENDATIONS
-> A recent Volpe report summarizes their research and recommendations supporting San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency efforts to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety through truck-based strategies. Specifically, this initial report focuses on side guards, which are vehicle-based safety devices designed to prevent pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists from being run over by a large truck’s rear wheels in a side-impact collision. "Vision Zero San Francisco Truck Side Guard Initiative: Technical Assessment and Recommendations" http://bit.ly/2dt7MQc
(See also Volpe’s recommended standard Truck Side Guard Specifications: http://bit.ly/2dPTrMZ)
QUOTES R US
"For women, there are factors like street harassment, income inequality, and the fact that we do most of the domestic and household work and caregiving. When we dig into the barriers to women biking, it’s pretty consistent that this is what we find."
—Heidi Guenin, certified urban planner in Portland, OR commenting in a recent Yes Magazine article. http://bit.ly/2dqDsqw
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
BIKE ROUTES CREATE STRAVA ART
Check out the wild Strava art Stephen Lund creates using his smartphone's built-in GPS system as he rides Victoria, BC streets. Strava, a social networking platform for athletes, links to a phone's GPS system and allows users to map, record, and share their bike routes. Lund’s routes have created a stegosaurus, and Darth Vader among other images on local maps. http://fandw.me/2cEWAls
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 "What’s New in STAR Version 2.0?" (Version 2.0 of the STAR Community Rating System will be available for download from the STAR Communities website beginning Monday, October 10)
Date: October 13, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: STAR Communities
Details: http://bit.ly/2cRwrA0, 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
Webcast "Safety in Numbers: Estimating Bicyclist Activity and Safety in Minneapolis"
Date: October 13, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET
Presenters: Brendan Murphy (Univ. of MN)
Hosts: Roadway Safety Institute
Details: http://bit.ly/2dRhwTJ, 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
Webinar "Environmental Performance Measures for State Departments of Transportation"
Date: November 3, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Joe Crossett (High Street Consulting Group) & Jeff Ang-Olson (ICF International)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2dOFF0F, free for TRB affiliates, $95 for others
(See Resources section for details on this TRB report.)
Webinar "Creating Vibrant Communities with the Community in Mind: Development and Gentrification" America Walks Webinar Series
Date: November 10, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/1P7JoB8, free
CROWDSOURCED DATA MAPS URBAN ACCESSIBILITY
-> A web app called Project Sidewalk (http://bit.ly/2dpvFfb) crowdsources audit data to map urban accessibility. After taking a brief tutorial on what to look for and a how-to, participants "walk" Washington, D.C. streets using Google Street View. The app provides a set of tools to mark curb ramps (or a lack of them), broken sidewalks, and obstacles in the sidewalk, and rank them on a scale of 1 to 5 for level of accessibility. Project Sidewalk’s public beta launched on August 30. As of this writing, 212 people have participated and audited 377.5 miles of sidewalk in D.C. Their work is also being used to train machine learning algorithms to automatically find future accessibility problems. Project Sidewalk plans to expand to 10 more cities in the next year or two. http://bit.ly/2dClBgW
HOW TO BECOME ONE OF AMERICA’S HEALTHIEST SCHOOLS
-> To become one of America’s Healthiest Schools, a Redondo Beach, CA elementary school enrolled in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program (http://bit.ly/2dFWara). The program’s Framework of Best Practices (http://bit.ly/2dFUu0z) provided a guide, and the assessment and action plan helped evaluate what was working well, identify gaps and create a plan of action to reach their wellness goals. Check out their steps and links to other resources: http://bit.ly/2dPvKEr
TRB REPORT: ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE MEASURES FOR STATE DOTS
-> TRB's Environmental Performance Measures for State Departments of Transportation (http://bit.ly/2dqtKna, requires guest login) identifies potential environmental performance measures that may be integrated into a transportation agency's performance management program. The report explores relationships between agency activities and environmental outcomes. A spreadsheet-based "Measure Calculation Tool" (http://bit.ly/2dqtVPu) helps transportation agencies implement performance measures that were outlined in the report. The tool can be used to record the component data needed to calculate the measures.
(See Webinar section for November 3 webinar on this resource.)
RESOURCES INTRO’D AT PWPBPP
-> A Connecting Dots review of the highlights of the recent 2016 Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference (http://bit.ly/2dIdgd3) includes three resources:
PUBLIC SPACE STEWARDSHIP GUIDE
-> The new "Public Space Stewardship Guide" (http://bit.ly/2dq0VdI), which provides examples of how communities are working to make streets and squares more vibrant. It also describes a number of models and nitty gritty details on how to fund, program and maintain public spaces.
GEOMETRIC DESIGN GUIDE FOR CANADIAN ROADS
-> The "Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads" (GDG) (http://bit.ly/2cQWcQR) is a primary transportation design resource for Canadian planners, designers and engineers. The conference offered a sneak peak of the GDG due to be released early next year. It seems to embrace the idea of designing transportation around people and a more fulsome inclusion of walking/rolling and cycling in terms of design and how we allocate space.
THE LITTLE EASY: WEBSITE VISUALIZES SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
-> A partnership of non-profits, walking, cycling and transit advocacy groups in Halifax, Canada have put together The Little Easy (http://bit.ly/2dQJqz1), a website that shows their vision of what sustainable transportation network, housing and economic development policies might look like. It is very visual and focused on the type of lifestyle and community that’s possible when you drive less and live more via walking, biking and transit and have neighborhoods that are affordable, fun and connect.
BRITISH POWERPOINT SLIDES: OLDER ADULTS & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
-> The British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health has made available its comprehensive set of PowerPoint slides that present key data and up-to-date information on older adults and physical activity. They include the United Kingdom physical activity guidelines for older adults and the benefits of being active for people over 65; physical activity levels and the factors influencing them; recommendations for promoting physical activity and levers to influence policy; and resources to promote physical activity with older adults. http://bit.ly/2cR7gxi
(See Research section for Walking Fends Off Loss Of Mobility in 70-89 Yr Olds item.)
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS -Winters Cities Shake-Up 2017, February 16-18, 2017, Edmonton, Canada.
Deadline: October 14, 2016 by 11:59 pm MT, http://bit.ly/2dPHQ47
-> 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 & SESSION PROPOSALS - 2017 Children's Environmental Health Network Translational Research Conference: New Challenges, April 5-7, 2017, Arlington, VA.
Deadline: October 31, 2016, by 12pm EThttp://bit.ly/2cRyi87
-> 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 ABSTRACTS - ICOET 2017 International Conference on Ecology & Transportation, May 14-18, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT.
Deadline: November 15, 2016, http://bit.ly/2ddVycr
-> Call for Proposals - 2017 International Trails Symposium, May 7-10, 2017, Dayton, OH.
Deadline: December 9, 2016, http://bit.ly/2e0GtPg
-> 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
-> 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.
-> November 20, 2016, 2016 World Day of Remembrance
-> 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 16-18, 2017 -Winters Cities Shake-Up 2017, Edmonton, Canada.
-> 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.
-> April 5-7, 2017 - 2017 Children's Environmental Health Network Translational Research Conference: New Challenges, Arlington, VA.
-> April 10-12, 2017 - International Congress on Transport Infrastructure and Systems, Rome, Italy.
-> May 14-18, 2017 - ICOET 2017 International Conference on Ecology & Transportation, Salt Lake City, UT.
-> May 31 - June 3, 2017 - 2017 Next City Vanguard conference, Montréal, Québec. Participants 40 & under only, selected through a competitive application process. Apply by December 12, 2016.
-> June 7-10, 2017 - International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA),Victoria, BC, Canada.
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 - EVERY BODY WALK! MICRO GRANTS
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are offering a second year of Micro Grant Funding. Grants of up to $1,500 will increase walking and benefits of walkability in communities, work to develop the walking movement by growing the number and diversity of people and organizations pushing for more walkability, and should make walking safe, easy, and enjoyable for all community members.
Deadline: November 18, 2016 by 5 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2dpC8Xp
-> JOB - SENIOR PLANNER - TRANSPORTATION, PASCO COUNTY, FL
This position prepares comprehensive plan elements and amendments, special area reports and projections on the basis of data, changing conditions and policy direction. Programs and monitors the development, planning, regulatory review and design control and economic development strategies for special planning areas and large scale projects. Analyzes and evaluates pertinent data and plan development. Correlates a variety of statistical and planning data for the Comprehensive Plan. Confers with County and municipal officials and the general public. Plans, develops, and conducts special studies relative to land use and occupancy; street, road, and arterial activity center location and usage; water and sewage facilities; multimodal transportation systems; and recreational and cultural needs of the County.
Deadline: October 13, 2016, http://bit.ly/2dIhBIQ
-> JOB - RIVER RELAY PROGRAM MANAGER, EAST COAST GREENWAY ALLIANCE, LOCATION FLEXIBLE, PREFERENCE FOR CANDIDATES ABLE TO WORK IN DURHAM, NC
The River Relay Program Manager will oversee programming and events that highlight both the importance of healthy watersheds and rivers and the critical access provided by the East Coast Greenway. This person will work with a team engaging dozens of cities and hundreds of communities in 15 states from Maine to Florida to manage and execute all aspects of the ECGA River Relay program.
Deadline: October 16, 2016, http://bit.ly/2dII2NJ
-> JOB - COALITIONS & EQUITY MANAGER, SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP, FLEXIBLE LOCATION W/IN THE CONTINENTAL US
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership Coalitions & Equity Manager’s primary responsibilities include leading and advocating around the equity-related components of their work in support of active communities. This position plays a key role in a national initiative creating significant policy change at the state and regional level in support of increased physical activity. The Coalitions & Equity Manager will provide technical assistance to local communities around the country that are seeking to improve their streets and neighborhood design, and will develop publications and other resources to assist with needs in the field around equity and active communities.
Deadline: October 23, 2016, http://bit.ly/2dFTg5I
-> JOB - DIRECTOR OF MOBILITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE, CITY OF PITTSBURGH, PA
It will be important that candidates can demonstrate exposure to the varied responsibilities of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, particularly appreciation of transit and other multimodal strategies, as well as success in implementing innovative transportation strategies and solutions. Experience in a growing community will be helpful in anticipating unique needs and challenges. Strong collaboration, communication and team-building skills will be critical, both in light of the leadership role in implementing the reorganization as well as the importance of local and regional partnerships.
Deadline: October 24, 2016 by 4 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2dwnd9R. See http://bit.ly/2dIGCmx for more background.
-> 3 OPPORTUNITIES – SMART GROWTH AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC
T4AMERICA POLICY DIRECTOR
Transportation for America (T4America) – a program of Smart Growth America – is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual with deep knowledge, experience and interest in transportation policy development and state or local level implementation to help lead the organization’s policy work. The policy director must also help deliver motivated and credible local leaders armed with the right research and proposals to advance a winning policy agenda.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2cFc7g5
Smart Growth America seeks a skilled, experienced Economic Analyst with two to six years experience to conduct technical and quantitative analyses regarding a wide variety of issues associated with the built environment and transportation, including economics, real estate, social equity, and the environment. The Analyst will work across a number of SGA programs, including the National TOD Technical Assistance Program, the Rural Development program, and other transportation and community technical assistance programs.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2dHV1o6
-> COMPLETE STREETS EQUITY, RESEARCH, AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
The Complete Streets Equity, Research, and Communications Intern will support the work of Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition. The intern will help advance the work of the Coalition’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, including: doing research and drafting new resources; assisting in projects to assess policy implementation efforts; working with the Coalition’s Steering Committee and Partners; providing administrative support for events and workshops; and writing articles for our newsletter, blog, and social media.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2ddDDW9
-> 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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