#420 Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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----- NACTO Releases Global Street Design Guide
----- Nat’l Assoc of Realtors: Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets
----- Calgary & Edmonton, Canada: Quick Build Protected Bike Lanes
----- US DOT Issues Interim Approval for Bike Boxes
----- Self-Driving Mercedes to Prioritize Occupants Over Peds
----- Survey: Should Autonomous Cars Prioritize Occupants or Peds
----- Japan: 92% of Drivers Don’t Stop for Peds in Crosswalk
----- Lidzbark Warminski, Poland: Solar Glow in the Dark Path
----- England: Airbnb-Style Bike-Renting App
----- US DOT: 2016 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report
----- FY 2017 Recreational Trails Program Apportionments by State
----- European Cycle Tourist Initiatives Target Seniors & Greenways
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Higher Well-Being in Cities that Encourage Active Living
----- College Station, TX: Unsignalized Dutch Junction Intersection
----- Overland Park, KS & North Kansas City, MO: Protected Bike Lanes
----- Arlington County, VA: Ped-Only & Low-Speed Shared Streets
----- Marin County, CA Safe Routes to Schools Program Evaluation
----- Seattle, WA: Traffic Garden Learning Cyclists’ Playground
----- Palo Alto, CA $1.1M Expansion Part of Regional Bike Share System
----- New York, NY: Bike Share Gets More Use than Free Parking Spots
----- IL DOT: Recommendations to Enhance Quality Public Engagement
----- Bike Lanes More Cost-Effective than Most Other Prevention
----- Environmental Justice & Sidewalk Continuity in New Orleans, LA
----- Differences Between Walking & Bicycling over Time
----- Multimodal Transportation Choices & Health Data Fusion
----- Evaluation of Ciclovia Participation, Physical Activity & Cost
----- Correlates of Trail Use for Recreation & Transportation
----- Differences in Spending by Local Trail Users
----- Gender Differences in Commuting Mode Throughout Life
----- Exploring the Gender Gap in Bicycling in OR
----- 101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City
----- Toronto & Hamilton Area, Canada: Cycling Behavior & Potential
----- Toronto, Canada: Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools
----- ActiveTrans Priority Tool Slides
----- Bike Share Info for Over 200 Cities in a Single App
----- England: Two Physical Activity Tools
----- 3D Printed Bike Helmet Looks Like Playmobil Figure Hair
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
NACTO RELEASES GLOBAL STREET DESIGN GUIDE
-> The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the Global Designing Cities Initiative just unveiled the Global Street Design Guide (http://bit.ly/2dmqlaY), the first-ever worldwide standard for redesigning city streets to prioritize safety, pedestrians, transit and sustainable mobility. The guide contains input from 72 cities in 42 countries, boiling ideas down into 21 street typologies and 50 street and intersection layouts, with before-and-after 3D model comparisons. The overall philosophy holds pedestrians in the highest priority, followed by cyclists and transit riders, businesses including street vendors and public service providers, and lastly, people in personal motorized vehicles. http://bit.ly/2dmr5gn
NAT’L ASSOC OF REALTORS: EVERYONE SHOULD WANT MORE WALKABLE STREETS
-> The National Association of Realtors (NAR) encourages the planning and development of more walkable communities where residents can walk, bike and take public transit to destinations. Walkable communities create places where people want to live and visit. NAR’s Spaces to Places blog provided the first 12 of its 50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets. http://bit.ly/2dn5zrG
CALGARY & EDMONTON, CANADA: QUICK BUILD PROTECTED BIKE LANES
-> StreetsBlog reports two years ago, the sprawling Canadian prairie metropolis of Calgary decided to test an entire "minimum grid" of protected bike lanes through its downtown, all at once. Calgary’s $7 million quick-build biking network doubled bike counts almost immediately; at last count they’re up 132 percent across downtown and biking is up citywide by every available measure.
Last week Edmonton’s council voted unanimously to do essentially the same thing, creating a connected system of comfortable bike routes in its downtown. Edmonton is using a new way of improving streets – a "ready, fire, aim" approach that takes advantage of the fact that bike lanes, unlike freeways or railroads, can be tweaked after they’re on the ground. http://bit.ly/2dmTZwP
US DOT ISSUES INTERIM APPROVAL FOR BIKE BOXES
-> Last week, US DOT issued interim approval for bike boxes (http://bit.ly/2dmUXJF), a treatment that positions cyclists ahead of cars at intersections. Dozens of American cities currently use bike boxes and the federal government is now satisfied enough by the results to conclude that they lead to "reductions in conflicts between bikes and turning drivers" and less crosswalk encroachment by both drivers and cyclists. Cities installing bike boxes will still have to submit a request for "interim approval" to the Federal Highway Administration until a final rule is adopted, but now bike boxes will be perceived as less risky by transportation engineers. http://bit.ly/2dmV3kv
SELF-DRIVING MERCEDES TO PRIORITIZE OCCUPANTS OVER PEDS
-> Car and Driver reports the technology is new, but the moral conundrum isn’t: A self-driving car identifies a group of children running into the road. There is no time to stop. To swerve around them would drive the car into a speeding truck on one side or over a cliff on the other, bringing certain death to anybody inside. Mercedes-Benz intends to program its Level 4 and 5 system self-driving cars to save the people inside the car. They say their engineering can prevent most situations from happening, but if they do "you save the ones you know you can save." http://bit.ly/2dmmjiP
SURVEY: SHOULD AUTONOMOUS CARS PRIORITIZE OCCUPANTS OR PEDS
-> A study released by Science magazine found the majority of the 1,928 people surveyed thought it would be ethically better for autonomous cars to sacrifice their occupants rather than crash into pedestrians. Yet the majority also said they wouldn’t buy autonomous cars if the car prioritized pedestrian safety over their own. (Our Driverless Dilemma: http://bit.ly/2dmlBCn. See extended description at http://bit.ly/2dmsWBG)
JAPAN: 92% OF DRIVERS DON’T STOP FOR PEDS IN CROSSWALK
-> Asian Correspondent reports the Japan Automobile Federation observed 10,026 vehicles at 94 pedestrian walkways without traffic lights throughout Japan. They found only 757 stopped at the crossing for pedestrians, which represents a mere 7.6 percent. Japanese law states that when a vehicle approaches a crossing and the driver does not know if a pedestrian is crossing or is about to cross, the driver still has to proceed "at a speed allowing you to stop immediately before the crossing if necessary" (http://bit.ly/2e0leuV). If a pedestrian is about to cross, the driver must "make a temporary stop immediately before the pedestrian crossing". http://bit.ly/2e0ndiQ
LIDZBARK WARMINSKI, POLAND: SOLAR GLOW IN THE DARK PATH
-> Last month the Polish town of Lidzbark Warminski opened an inventive bike path to improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety at night. The path gives off a hypnotizing blue glow in the dark, thanks to a special kind of asphalt. The asphalt is composed of synthetic particles called "luminophores," designed by the European engineering company TPA sp. z o.o. The luminophores absorb sunlight during the day, then transform the trail into the electric blue hue for up to 10 hours at night. While the glow-in-the-dark path is only 328 feet long for now, the town hopes to expand the path after testing it through the winter months. http://bit.ly/2e0FRY9
[See Regional section for College Station, TX chartreuse glow-in-the dark bike facility.]
ENGLAND: AIRBNB-STYLE BIKE-RENTING APP
-> Next City reports the Cycle.land app (http://bit.ly/2dmpqra), launched in Oxford, England last spring, is now expanding to London, Bristol, Brighton, Edinburgh and Cambridge. The platform allows people to borrow bikes from local individuals and vendors, who set their own prices and date ranges. There are cargo bikes for rent, folding bikes, cruisers, road bikes, bikes for kids, bikes with trailers and even a unicycle. Listings range from £0.50 ($0.61) per day up to at least £15 ($18.41)—several bikes are available for £1 or £2 per day ($1.23 - $2.46). In addition to the variety of prices and styles, there’s also less time pressure than with bike share programs, which require users to return bikes to a docking station every 30 minutes to avoid incurring extra charges. http://bit.ly/2dmrzDl
US DOT: 2016 RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORT
-> US DOT released its 2016 Recreational Trails Program Annual Report on the use and benefits of Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds across the United States. The RTP Database (http://bit.ly/TO0nP3) provides an online record of RTP project data for over 21,350 projects. Users can search the database by state, county, Congressional District, trail name, project name, permissible use category, and year awarded, and print reports from the search results. http://bit.ly/2dmZ2xn
FY 2017 RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM APPORTIONMENTS BY STATE
-> Check out the chart of Recreational Trails Program apportionments for fiscal year 2017 by state (except Connecticut which opted out of the RTP): http://bit.ly/2dmYUhf.
EUROPEAN CYCLE TOURIST INITIATIVES TARGET SENIORS & GREENWAYS
-> Participants from 23 countries attended a conference focused on two European projects: Silver Cyclists and Greenways Outdoor. The Silver Cyclists project seeks to increase the number of senior citizens taking cycle tourism holidays in Europe. Conference participants signed the Charter of Silver Cyclists (http://bit.ly/2dn5Ta8)– a call to European cycle tourism businesses; local, regional, national and European public bodies; and non-governmental organizations and the people of Europe to take advantage of the opportunities that Silver Cyclists provide, treat them equally with other cycle tourists and develop high-quality tourism products for a variety of budgets to cater for them.
The Greenways Outdoor project focuses on the creation and transnational promotion of outdoor tourism products linked to European greenways. The conference also featured the Adventure Cycling Route Network in the US, cycle tourism products developed in Ireland, and the impact of cycle tourism in France. Check out presentations from the conference (http://bit.ly/2d5lVl1).
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
HIGHER WELL-BEING IN CITIES THAT ENCOURAGE ACTIVE LIVING
-> When cities create environments that encourage physical activity and moderate the use of cars, they improve the well-being levels of their residents, a new report shows. (Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index: http://bit.ly/2dn168t) In effect, investments in walking, biking, parks, and transit are investments in health outcomes. Researchers created an "Active Living" score for 48 medium-to-large metro areas using data from: Walk Score, Bike Score, and Transit Score and ParkScore. Then they compared the results with Gallup's ongoing phone surveys of well being across the country. The top five Active Living cities have a 19.3% higher physical well-being score, and plus-20% lower obesity and diabetes scores, compared to the bottom five Active Living scorers. http://bit.ly/2dn2uIc
COLLEGE STATION, TX: UNSIGNALIZED DUTCH JUNCTION INTERSECTION
-> It’s America’s first unsignalized "Dutch Junction" -- a type of intersection with protected space for cycling designed to keep bicyclists out of the blind spots of turning motorists, preventing right-hook collisions. The Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M led the design and installation at a campus intersection in College Station. The concept is similar to the "protected intersections" that have been installed in Davis, California, and Salt Lake City. But this intersection is controlled by signs, not traffic signals, which makes it unique in the United States. The chartreuse bike lanes are also coated with a material that absorbs solar energy during the day and transmits it into light at night to keep the path visible. http://bit.ly/2dmV4on
[See National & International section for Lidzbark Warminski, Poland electric blue glow-in-the-dark bike-ped facility.]
OVERLAND PARK, KS & N KANSAS CITY, MO: PROTECTED BIKE LANES
-> BikeWalkKC reports Overland Park, KS and North Kansas City, MO are making great strides toward safer; and more connected, accessible, bike- and pedestrian-friendly streets. Overland Park is adding new, protected bike lanes; improving major streets; and expanding its bikeway network. http://bit.ly/2dmXCTo
North Kansas City is improving transit stops, landscaping, and stormwater runoff, and will be building the region's first-ever two-way protected bike lanes. http://bit.ly/2dmY843
ARLINGTON COUNTY, VA: PED-ONLY & LOW-SPEED SHARED STREETS
-> The Arlington County Board unanimously approved use of pedestrian-only streets and low-speed shared streets. The new pedestrian priority street type is a car-free street that provides pedestrians access to adjacent buildings, and shared streets are for pedestrians, bicyclists and low speed vehicular traffic. These amendments will accommodate street variations as envisioned in the Rosslyn and Courthouse Sector Plans and provide guidance for potential use in other parts of the County. http://bit.ly/2e0ETuJ
MARIN COUNTY, CA SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS PROGRAM EVALUATION
-> Via email communication the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) reports it recently completed its 3-year Safe Routes to Schools evaluation report. It includes updated information on their efforts to increase active trip making to support their clean air, active living and healthy lifestyle goals. One of the interesting elements is the use of a report card for every school involved with the program, and a ranking based on a number of factors including participation in education and encouragement programs and availability of infrastructure. Marin County’s Safe Routes to Schools program began in 2000 to reduce congestion around schools, while instilling healthy habits in children and creating a safer and cleaner environment for all. Currently there are 58 schools in the program serving over 26,000 students. Marin County Safe Routes to Schools Program Evaluation: http://bit.ly/2e0J7CV
SEATTLE, WA: TRAFFIC GARDEN LEARNING CYCLISTS’ PLAYGROUND
-> A new Seattle park gives both kids and adults a place to practice riding bikes and learn road rules. The White Center Bike Playground, a "traffic garden" that replaced two unused tennis courts, opened earlier this month. The bike playground features a small-scale, closed course streetscape, complete with realistic lane markings and signage. It teaches cyclists of all ages rules about bicycle, pedestrian and traffic safety in a safe, comfortable setting. The traffic garden will be open to the public and used in Cascade Bicycle Club’s education programming. http://bit.ly/2elnoaR and http://bit.ly/2e0iQV5. See the design and watch a video of people using the bike playground: http://bit.ly/2e0i76v.
PALO ALTO, CA $1.1M EXPANSION PART OF REGIONAL BIKE SHARE SYSTEM
-> The Mercury News reports Palo Alto is planning a major $1.1 million expansion of its bike-share program as part of a larger deal that will increase the number of bicycles in the Bay Area’s shared system from 700 to over 7,000. Bikes and memberships in the new system, which will be operated by Motivate and sponsored by Ford, will be interchangeable in Bay Area cities from San Jose to San Francisco. The Ford GoBike smart-bike system will have GPS tracking enabled on the vehicles from Social Bicycles, giving users more options in where they can pick up or drop off bikes. http://bayareane.ws/2e0aY6e
NEW YORK, NY: BIKE SHARE GETS MORE USE THAN FREE PARKING SPOTS
-> The new bike-share stations in Brooklyn, NY are getting a lot more use than the average free on-street parking space, according to a report of recent Citi Bike data addressed to the Brooklyn Community Board 6. The Board is holding a hearing in response to complaints about bike-share stations replacing curbside car parking. Compared to free on-street car parking, just about every bike-share station is well used. http://bit.ly/2dmQLcF
IL DOT: RECOMMENDATIONS TO ENHANCE QUALITY PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
-> Illinois IDOT commissioned a report to study and recommend ways to improve and enhance its public engagement practices, especially those involving underserved or disadvantaged populations: minority, low-income, limited English proficiency, low-literacy groups and rural populations. Researchers reviewed previous studies on public engagement—especially those in a transportation context—to develop a theoretical foundation and knowledge of specific instances of successful or unsuccessful public engagement. "Recommendations to the Illinois Department of Transportation to Enhance Quality Public Engagement" http://bit.ly/2e0BxrX
THE RESEARCH BEAT
BIKE LANES MORE COST-EFFECTIVE THAN MOST OTHER PREVENTION
-> A recent report published in the Journal of Injury Prevention concluded that "investments in bike lanes are more cost-effective than the majority of preventive approaches used today" and simultaneously address multiple public health problems. (The Cost-effectiveness of Bike Lanes in New York City: http://bit.ly/2dn3qwl) Researchers who looked at cycle infrastructure in New York found that every $1,300 spent on it could equate to an additional quality-adjusted life year, or QALY, for every one of the city’s residents. By contrast, the authors showed that a health treatment like dialysis costs $129,000 for one QALY, while vaccines have a return of one QALY per $100 spent. http://bit.ly/2dn2esQ
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & SIDEWALK CONTINUITY IN NEW ORLEANS, LA
-> Little transportation research on environmental justice considers differing access to and quality of pedestrian infrastructure by race and income. A study reported by TRB audited sidewalk continuity adjacent to bus stops in New Orleans, LA, to determine whether sidewalk continuity had a relationship to census tract-level poverty and racial composition. The analysis found minority populations and, to some extent, populations living in poverty, are significantly associated with worse sidewalk connectivity. "Environmental Justice and Pedestrianism: Sidewalk Continuity, Race, and Poverty in New Orleans, Louisiana" http://bit.ly/2dmhupG
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WALKING & BICYCLING OVER TIME
-> University of Minnesota researchers explored the key differences between pedestrians and bicyclists to help planners better track progress toward nonmotorized transportation goals and more effectively address different pedestrian and bicyclist needs. The study (Differences Between Walking and Bicycling over Time: Implications for Performance Management: http://bit.ly/1RNRbBV) analyzed 10 years of Metropolitan Council Travel Behavior Inventory for the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area. Using a combination of statistics, modeling, and hypothesis testing, the researchers concluded that walking and bicycling trips were likely to be taken by different types of people for different reasons and at different times for different distances, and that each mode had different trends over the past decade. http://bit.ly/2dmgulM
MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION CHOICES & HEALTH DATA FUSION
-> TRB recently published "Multimodal Transportation Choices and Health Exploratory Analysis Using Data Fusion Techniques" (http://bit.ly/2dlhCWQ). This study demonstrates the feasibility of fusing large-scale travel and health surveys and uses the new comprehensive data set generated to model the relationship between health and multimodal (walking, biking, transit, and vehicle usage) long-term (weekly, monthly, and yearly) travel choices. Increasing walking and transit use were associated with better health, however, those with the highest levels of walking and transit use were also found to be in poor health relative to moderate users of the mode. Those at the two ends of the vehicle miles traveled spectrum had higher BMI compared with those in the middle of the spectrum. There were no statistically significant effects of weekly bike trips on health measures. Overall, this study is envisioned as a proof-of-concept of how data fusion techniques may be used to integrate multiple data sets to facilitate a comprehensive study of multimodal travel choices and health.
EVALUATION OF CICLOVIA PARTICIPATION, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & COST
-> Ciclovia is a community-based initiative promoting walking, cycling and other active forms of travel through city centers by temporary closure of motorized traffic. In 2010 Los Angeles (LA) launched its CicLAvia car-free open streets program, which started as a once a year event and is now held four days a year. A paper published by GlobalPANet presents the case for more physical activity community events to government policy makers by providing economic and health data from an evaluation of public participation in the April 2014 CicLAvia and measurement of the level of physical activity facilitated by it. It was estimated that between 34,900 and 50,200 cyclists travelled 8.68 miles along the 6 mile over 3.2 hours; and between 28,000 and 3800 pedestrians also participated. CicLavia: Evaluation of participation, physical activity and cost of an open streets event in Los Angeles: http://bit.ly/2dmDcKx
CORRELATES OF TRAIL USE FOR RECREATION & TRANSPORTATION
-> The Journal of Physical Activity and Health reports on a study that examined associations of demographic, social, and perceived built environmental factors with trail use for recreation and transportation and whether associations were moderated by age, gender, and prior trail use. Researches found some common correlates for recreational and transportation trail use. They also found some variables uniquely associated with use for one purpose or the other which can help tailor strategies to promote trail use for recreation and transportation. "Correlates of Trail Use for Recreation and Transportation on 5 Massachusetts Trails" http://bit.ly/2dmFo4N
DIFFERENCES IN SPENDING BY LOCAL TRAIL USERS
-> Expenditures by local multiuse trail users do not constitute new regional economic impacts but are important locally and are mechanisms to spur local economic activity. A recent TRB article reports results of intercept surveys completed by 1,282 trail users on the Central Ohio Greenway trail network that estimate the probabilities and patterns of expenditures that different types of trail users will make . These results can be used to inform local planning, marketing, and economic development activities related to local trail networks. Differences in Spending by "Local Trail Users Two-Part Model of Expenditures" http://bit.ly/2dlkvGS
GENDER DIFFERENCES IN COMMUTING MODE THROUGHOUT LIFE
-> A recent descriptive study published by TRB explores gender differences in active transportation, public transit, and automobile use through the life cycle to assess temporal changes in gendered transport over the past 25 years in the greater Toronto and Hamilton area, Canada. Although driving remains higher for men than women while participating in the labor force, the gender gap in active transportation, public transit, and automobile use appears to be lower today than in the mid-1980s. "Gender Differences in School and Work Commuting Mode Through the Life Cycle: Exploring Trends in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, 1986 to 2011" http://bit.ly/2dmaQQn
EXPLORING THE GENDER GAP IN BICYCLING IN OR
-> A recently published TRB article reports on the gender gap in bicycling by exploring differences in bicycling between women and men in Oregon. Results of a one-day statewide travel survey of more than 30,000 adults found significant differences and begins to suggest a rethinking of bicycle-promoting policies and interventions to better target sub-groups of women. "Cycling by Choice or Necessity? Exploring the Gender Gap in Bicycling in Oregon" http://bit.ly/2dmaHMU
QUOTES R US
"It is no longer a question of engineering or innovation but of the imagination and will needed to update city streets for a new age."
—Janette Sadik-Khan, NACTO chair and principal at Bloomberg Associates commenting on the recently released Global Street Design Guide, http://bit.ly/2dmqlaY
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
Check out the Strap-on Cobblestone Cocktail Shaker that uses Vienna's bumpy streets to mix a frosty adult beverage: http://bit.ly/2dmGNs5. See other Cyclehacks such as the "Vélo Psht Psht" – an add-on to your bike that flips down from the frame. Powered by one break handle, you can spray-paint a bike lane where you think there really should be one: http://bit.ly/2dmDm4p
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 "Economic Impact of Livable Communities with Active Transportation Options"
Date: October 20, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Craig Della Penna (Northeast Greenway Solutions)
Hosts: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2e0Fmx3, free for members, $55 for others. CEUs available for a fee
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
Webinar "U.S. Federal Policy Briefing"
Date: November 15, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Caron Whitaker (League of American Bicyclists), Christy Kwan (Alliance for Biking & Walking) & Kit Keller (Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals)
Details: http://bit.ly/1rucli3, free
Webinar "Practical Techniques for Successfully Communicating Technical Topics"
Date: November 16, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Shelley Row (Shelley Row Assoc)
Details: http://bit.ly/2dlgD91, free for TRB affiliates, $55/site for others
Webinar "Transitions between Bikeway Facilities"
Date: November 16, 2016, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Hosts: Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals
Details: http://bit.ly/1TeoBNX, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
Webinar "Trails and Greenways: What’s Next?"
Date: November 17, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Bob Searns (The Greenway Team, Inc.), Chuck Flink, (Greenways, Inc.) & Laura Belleville (Appalachian Trail Conservancy)
Hosts: America Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2e0GAsj, free for members, $55 for others. CEUs available for a fee
Webinar "Walking at Work: The What, Why and How of Walking Meetings"
Date: November 17, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Ted Eytan (Kaiser Permanente) & Jessica Tunon (Netwalking)
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2dJoLME, free
101 SMALL WAYS YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR CITY
-> Curbed shared 101 urban interventions and ideas that show how even the tiniest changes can make our cities better places. They collected small ideas with huge potential to make outsized transformations. Quite a few involve walking or biking: http://bit.ly/2dmEEMX
TORONTO & HAMILTON AREA, CANADA: CYCLING BEHAVIOR & POTENTIAL
-> The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation also released "Cycling Behaviour and Potential in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area" (GTHA) (http://bit.ly/2e0vm73). This new report finds very high potential across the region for shifting over 4 million trips from motor vehicle to bicycle. "If only one in five (20%) of the trips that we identified as cyclable trips were actually cycled, that would take 716,000 cars off GTHA streets every day. It would also contribute to a significant reduction in congestion and green house gas emissions, and make a major improvement in physical activity levels among GTHA residents," said Raktim Mitra, the report’s Principal Investigator. http://bit.ly/2e0xgo6
TORONTO, CANADA: GUIDE TO SAFER STREETS NEAR SCHOOLS
-> The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) released the "Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools: Understanding Your Policy Options in the City of Toronto" (http://bit.ly/2dmF0mM). They created the Guide to help school communities and residents improve traffic safety in their neighborhoods. It explains the processes for requesting Toronto street improvements in a simple and easy to understand format, and provides direction and tools to assist readers in advocating for neighborhoods with slower vehicle speeds and safer street crossings. http://bit.ly/2dmGiOA
ACTIVETRANS PRIORITY TOOL SLIDES
-> Earlier this week, TRB sponsored a webinar on the ActiveTrans Priority Tool: A Model Methodology for Prioritizing Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements on Existing Roads (http://bit.ly/2e0beBU). Check out the presentation slides from Toole Design if you missed it: http://bit.ly/2e0bBfK
BIKE SHARE INFO FOR OVER 200 CITIES IN A SINGLE APP
-> The Moovit app (http://bit.ly/2dmt4RX) streamlines multiple modes of public transportation into a single route, combining buses, trains, trolleys and subways to help users reach their destination. Users can also find information about the nearest bike-share hubs in over 110 cities worldwide, from New York and San Francisco to Brisbane, London and Tel Aviv. The app displays the number of bikes available to borrow, and the number of empty slots available to return a bike. http://bit.ly/2dms9AK
ENGLAND: TWO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TOOLS
-> The Physical Activity tool (http://bit.ly/2dmB6KA) is part of a series of products produced by Public Health England (PHE) providing local data and national comparisons to support local health improvement. The tool brings together data for the whole of England on physical activity, including walking and cycling, as well as data on related risk factors and conditions such as obesity and diabetes. The tool presents data at local level to help promote physical activity, develop understanding, and support benchmarking, commissioning and service improvement.
PHE co-produced the "Everybody Active, Every Day: An Evidence Based Approach to Physical Activity" (http://bit.ly/2dmB0mj). This framework supports all sectors to embed physical activity into the fabric of daily life and make it an easy, cost-effective and ‘normal’ choice in every community in England. The Physical Activity tool provides evidence at population level to monitor progress and measure the impact. It can also help promote physical activity at an organization, program and individual level. http://bit.ly/2dmB6KA
3D PRINTED BIKE HELMET LOOKS LIKE PLAYMOBIL FIGURE HAIR
-> Two Scandinavian firms digitally designed and 3D printed a bike helmet that resembles the hair of Playmobil figures, the idea being that having a recognizable design will encourage kids to wear the helmets. Watch a short video clip of the design and printing of a sample helmet. With no production plans yet in place, the replica hairpiece helmet remains in prototype phase. http://bit.ly/2e0BTyB
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
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-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - CNU 25.Seattle, May 3-6, 2017, Seattle, WA
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-> 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 ET http://bit.ly/2cRyi87
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 5th Urban Street Symposium, May 21-24, 2017, Raleigh, NC.
Deadline: October 31, 2016, http://bit.ly/297g67i
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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 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
-> November 30, 2016 - European Bike-Sharing Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
-> December 1-2, 2016 - 2016 Annual Polis Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
-> 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.
-> 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.
NEW & FURTHER OUT: See http://bit.ly/centerlines for other events more than six months from now.
-> July 27-28, 2017 - 8th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization in Action, Washington, D.C.
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.
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM CONSULTANT II, NC DOT, WAKE COUNTY, NC
The Transportation Program Consultant II works with local governments to create comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plans as well as participates in a variety of other bicycle and pedestrian initiatives. Responsibilities with the bicycle and pedestrian plans include the review of grant applications, communication with local government grant awardees, creation of planning best practices, attending plan steering committee meetings throughout the State, review of draft plan materials, and provision of technical assistance with regard to bicycle and pedestrian transportation planning. This position may also be asked to review STIP projects for bike and pedestrian needs, research state and federal laws and policies regarding bicycle and pedestrian travel, etc.
Deadline: October 24, 2016 by 5 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2e0ZmQ8
-> JOB - PROGRAM COORDINATOR I, DEPT. OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC
The Program Coordinator I position is a temporary grant position. This position will serve as the Region Healthy Eating/Active Living Coordinator within the region community health team and will perform the following job duties among others: coordinate local efforts to increase access to healthy foods and beverages through retail and community venues; coordinate local efforts to establish shared-use/joint use agreements to increase access to recreational facilities in communities; and promote walking through municipal/county/regional planning.
Deadline: October 30, 2016 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2e0YOKf
-> JOB - ASSOCIATE TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, CITY OF SEATTLE, WA
The Associate Transportation Planner will support a multi-discipline, multi-section, and multi-agency team of initiation, execution, and completion of complex, highly visible projects and programs. This position is responsible for implementing the Safe Routes to School Action Plan, Bicycle Master Plan, and Pedestrian Master Plan, and coordinating prioritization, analysis, planning, scope development, and outreach for a variety of pedestrian and bicycle projects.
Deadline: November 1, 2016 by 4 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2e0ZOxX
-> JOB - SENIOR SITING ENGINEER/PLANNER, BAY AREA MOTIVATE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Bay Area Motivate seeks a Senior Siting Engineer/Planner for an 18-month project. This position will play an integral part for Bay Area Bike Share’s tenfold expansion by assembling permit applications for their sited station locations, and creating site plan drawings and other applicable work that can be brought to stakeholders for review, collaboration, and final approval. The Senior Siting Engineer/Planner will also assist in the on going planning of stations in the Bay Area Bike Share System. Bay Area Bicycle Share is undertaking a major expansion, growing from 700 bicycles to 7,000 bicycles by 2018 in the cities of San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2e0xegc
Search Motivate for 60 other jobs currently open in bike share programs throughout the US and Toronto, Canada: http://bit.ly/2e0BnRr
-> JOB - OPERATIONS AND POLICY ANALYST 3 (ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION LIAISON), OR DOT, TRAVEL THROUGHOUT THE STATE
The Active Transportation Liaison serves as the liaison and coordinator for the Active Transportation Program in Region 3. This position plays a key role in the planning, development, consideration, prioritization and selection processes. This role ensures every active transportation project in Region 3 is a sound investment in the future of our transportation infrastructure. This position requires a significant amount of travel, including occasional overnight stays. Responsible for representing ODOT in public forums and must occasionally make presentations to unreceptive audiences, such as explaining and discussing unpopular policies or decisions to internal and external partners and customers.
Deadline: None, but screening will begin November 7, 2016, http://bit.ly/2e11rvD
-> 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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