#421 Wednesday, November 2, 2016
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----- United Nations New Urban Agenda: Cycling & Walking Solutions
----- UN Calls for 20% of Transport Budget for Walking & Cycling
----- 50 Steps Toward Carbon-Free Transportation
----- Active Transportation Agenda for the Next US President
----- Overview of 17 European National Cycling Strategies
----- Bicycle Equity: Fairness and Justice in Bike Planning & Design
----- Atlas of Racial Equity
----- APA: Health Impact Assessment Toolkit + Related Resources
----- 16 Ways to Design a Better Intersection
----- Australia Updates Bicycle Parking Facilities Guide
----- Bike Parking Basics
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- MA: Local Access Score for Active Transportation Utility
----- Grand Rapids, MI: Safety Campaign Reduces Bike Crashes/Injuries
----- Chicago, IL: Transit App to include Divvy Bikeshare
----- Cambridge, MA: Rapid Response to Fatality Bans Left Turns
----- Arlington, VA Bicycle Comfort Level Map Update
----- Minneapolis, MN: Laser-Equipped Van to Scan Street Condition
----- GA DOT: Partners w/ Ped & Bike Orgs
----- NH DOT Releases Guide to Promoting Walking & Biking
----- Disease Prevention thru More Walking, Biking, Transit
----- NCSRTS Study: Walking to School Up from <14% to >17%
----- Compilation of Safe Routes to School Related Research
----- IL DOT: Speed Harmonization—Design Speed Vs. Operating Speed
----- MT DOT: Lower Speed Limits than Engineering Recommendations
----- Traffic Efficiency & Safety in Countermeasure Selection
----- NACTO Bike Share Intercept Survey Toolkit
----- Planetizen 2016 Top 10 Websites
----- CA: Transportation Injury Mapping System
----- Toolkit: How to Start a Walking School Bus
----- Walk Audit Resources
----- State of European Cities Report Cycling Data
----- Placemaking Leadership Forum 2016 Conference Recap
----- Strong Towns Guide to Bicycling
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
UNITED NATIONS NEW URBAN AGENDA: CYCLING & WALKING SOLUTIONS
-> The European Cyclists’ Federation reports after three years of negotiations, the New Urban Agenda (NUA: http://bit.ly/2eTqFOj) was adopted at the bi-decennial United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) last month in Quito, Ecuador. In the NUA cycling is strongly linked to healthy, accessible, safe, inclusive, green and livable public spaces. The NUA also relates to cycling as encouraging culture exchange, informal markets, participatory processes, making our cities more economically vibrant and generating a higher quality of life. Signatories of the NUA have committed themselves to promote safe, inclusive, accessible, green, and quality public spaces, including cycling lanes, as well as to promote walkability and cycling towards improving health and well-being. In addition, they also pledged to take measures to improve road safety, actively protect and promote cycling mobility, encourage national, sub-national, and local governments to develop and expand financing instruments for cycling infrastructure. http://bit.ly/2eTqQZR
UN CALLS FOR 20% OF TRANSPORT BUDGET FOR WALKING & CYCLING
-> In a new report, the UN Environment Program calls on countries to invest at least 20 percent of their transport budgets in walking and cycling infrastructure to save lives, reverse pollution and reduce carbon emissions, which are rising at over ten per cent a year. (Global Outlook on Walking and Cycling: Policies & realities from Around the World: http://bit.ly/2fcs8h9) Lack of investment in safe walking and cycling infrastructure is contributing to the deaths of millions of people and overlooking a great opportunity to contribute to the fight against climate change. The report surveyed the progress towards safer walking and cycling infrastructure in 20 low- to middle-income countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, where compared with high-income countries, twice as many more people die in road traffic accidents. For example, in Malawi, 66 percent of all road fatalities were pedestrians and cyclists. http://bit.ly/2fcqgVz
50 STEPS TOWARD CARBON-FREE TRANSPORTATION
-> The Frontier Group released "Fifty Steps Toward Carbon-Free Transportation: Rethinking U.S. Transportation Policy to Fight Global Warming" (http://bit.ly/2fbCQEF). They note a zero-carbon transportation system is within reach by mid-century – if we lay the groundwork for it now by reforming transportation policy. Several policy recommendations relate to walking, biking and transit including one that calls for reallocating space to low-carbon modes. The authors note these modes "can often move more people more efficiently in a smaller space than general travel lanes occupied by single-occupant vehicles. States should lift limitations or hurdles to the conversion of street space to dedicated transit or bicycle lanes, and adopt and enforce "complete streets" policies that ensure that the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders are accommodated in the design of transportation infrastructure."
ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION AGENDA FOR THE NEXT US PRESIDENT
-> The Partnership for Active Transportation—a unique collaboration of organizations working across the fields of transportation, public health, economic development, community leadership, equity and livability—calls on the next presidential administration to create safe and practical networks for people to walk or roll to get where they need to go in communities of all sizes and types across America. Check out the specific actions the Partnership asks the next presidential administration to take and sign on to this agenda before November 10: http://bit.ly/2fcBqcT
OVERVIEW OF 17 EUROPEAN NATIONAL CYCLING STRATEGIES
-> An increasing number of European countries have adopted and implemented national strategies on cycling. Most set clear activities and precise goals for the development of cycling at the national level. The European Cyclists’ Federation has updated its overview of 17 country’s national cycling strategies and the current situation of cycling in all EU members states (ranked by cycling level as measured by the latest Eurobarometer: http://bit.ly/2eTx2Rw). For each country, ECF describes existing national strategies on cycling and provides links to each country’s document, and gives the current and targeted cycling modal shares and an estimation of the level of investment for cycling. http://bit.ly/2eTneHf
BICYCLE EQUITY: FAIRNESS AND JUSTICE IN BIKE PLANNING & DESIGN
-> A recent Momentum Mag article provides an in-depth analysis of bicycle equity. In predominantly white, upper-income regions of many cities, residents enjoy car-free plazas and protected bike lanes designed to encourage and enhance the vitality of their active transportation (walking, bicycling, skateboarding, etc.) communities. In the very same cities’ poorer regions where the majority of residents are people of color, many streets don’t even have sidewalks or crosswalks, let alone a bike lane.
It’s an imbalance that has devastating social consequences. A safe, strong, biking and walking community produces significant social gains – reducing health disparities, significantly lowering household transportation expenses, creating jobs and providing access to employment, lowering air and noise pollution, reducing mental health problems, and reducing violence by improving social cohesion. When people are excluded from being stakeholders in policy-making and infrastructure planning, they end up with less access to safe cycling, and are in turn denied its social gains. The tragic irony of the situation is that the communities who could benefit the most from cycling are the same communities being neglected in the planning process. This neglect only inflames and entrenches existing inequalities. http://bit.ly/2fdezOe
ATLAS OF RACIAL EQUITY
-> A recent CityLab article describes the National Equity Atlas (http://bit.ly/2eUdufI) as perhaps the best and most comprehensive graphic call for economic equality available today. Launched in 2014, the project provides data on demographic change, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity for the 100 largest cities, 150 largest regions, all 50 states, and the United States, the Atlas states. This week, it was updated to include neighborhood-level maps charting indicators of educational and job opportunity equality: race/ethnicity, people of color, unemployment, and "disconnected youth" (16-to-19-year-olds who are neither working nor in school). The hope is that equity advocates and elected officials will use the data to guide policy, improve regulations, and open up economic and educational opportunity. http://bit.ly/2eUf4OY
APA: HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT + RELATED RESOURCES
-> Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a systematic, six-step process that determines the potential health effects of a proposed action, such as a plan, policy, or project. The American Planning Association released its Health Impact Assessment Toolkit for Planners (http://bit.ly/2fdi5bB) earlier this fall. It provides guidance for planners on how to move from "considering an HIA" to "conducting an HIA" within the context of the community and plan, project, or policy that the HIA will assess.
This toolkit is the third and final component of a series of products that comprise APA’s HIA and Planning project. The first element is a report, The State of Health Impact Assessment in Planning (http://bit.ly/2fddHcB), which provides an overview of HIAs in planning, including in-depth descriptions and case studies. The second publication is an issue brief, Health Impact Assessment Can Inform Planning to Promote Public Health (http://bit.ly/2fdf9M0), which introduces planning directors and staff as well as policy makers to HIA.
16 WAYS TO DESIGN A BETTER INTERSECTION
-> A recent Wired article offered 16 Ways to Design a Better Intersection—And Better Cities with illustrations and brief descriptions. They included bump outs to neck down intersections, protected bike lanes, bike rails, bike signals, and pedestrian crossing scrambles among others. http://bit.ly/2fdmBXk
AUSTRALIA UPDATES BICYCLE PARKING FACILITIES GUIDE
-> To update its Guide to Traffic Management, Austroads released a report to guide the design of bicycle parking facilities to identify appropriate provisions of bicycle parking and end-of-trip facilities. It observes that providing bicycle parking in accordance with the principles outlined in the report, can encourage bicycle use and the more efficient use high-value urban space. "Bicycle Parking Facilities: Updating the Austroads Guide to Traffic Management" http://bit.ly/2fbBB86
BIKE PARKING BASICS
-> A Strong Towns article identifies key aspects of providing good bike parking responsive to cyclists’ needs. These include parking location and type considerations, secure racks that fully support the farm and front wheel, and the roles of individuals in requesting parking, governments in assuring parking is done well. http://bit.ly/2fculJm
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
MA: LOCAL ACCESS SCORE FOR ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION UTILITY
-> The Boston, MA Metropolitan Area Planning Council Local Access Score helps Massachusetts communities prioritize sidewalk and bike route improvements on the most useful connections between residents and important local destinations. Local Access is a tool developed to help measure active transportation utility for any given stretch of road. It provides a robust, quantitative estimate of current or potential roadway utility for walkers and bikers. The Local Access Score for each segment of roadway is calculated using travel demand software that uses input data on population and destinations to estimate the number of trips households are likely to make in a given day, the likely destinations of those trips, and the most direct routes connecting households to their destinations. The dataset contains a separate score for four different types of destinations (school, shops and restaurants, transit stations, and parks) and two different modes (walking and biking), for a total of eight basic scores. These scores are combined and weighted to produce walking and biking scores as well as an overall composite score. http://bit.ly/2fcM8zY
GRAND RAPIDS, MI: SAFETY CAMPAIGN REDUCES BIKE CRASHES/INJURIES
-> WZZM-TV reports a new survey of traffic data compiled during the spring and summer shows the launch of Grand Rapids, MI’s largest-ever bicycle safety education campaign–Driving Change (http://bit.ly/2eT5eg1)–has helped contribute to dramatic declines in bicyclist-motorist crash totals and serious injuries in 2016. The Driving Change campaign that kicked off May 9 and continued through Sept. 30 coincides with Grand Rapids' adoption of a "safe passing" ordinance last year that went into effect in 2016. The law requires that motorists keep at least 5 feet between the right side of their vehicle and the bicyclist they are passing, and the city also requires bicycles for night riding to be equipped with a white light on the front and a red reflector or light on the rear. Fatal or serious-injury crashes in Grand Rapids were reduced from 11 in 2015 to two in 2016 for the same May–September reporting period, and total crashes involving bicyclists decreased by more than 40 percent. http://on.wzzm.com/2eT4dVa
CAMBRIDGE, MA: RAPID RESPONSE TO FATALITY BANS LEFT TURNS
-> The Boston Cyclists Union reports the City of Cambridge, MA banned several left turns in Inman Square to make the intersection safer for all users (http://bit.ly/2eUdBYQ). This is one of several "rapid response" interventions Cambridge is implementing after the fatal crash in Inman Square. The intent of rapid response interventions is to immediately make an intersection less dangerous for everyone using it, with particular attention paid to protecting vulnerable road users. http://bit.ly/2eUdcWk
CHICAGO, IL: TRANSIT APP TO INCLUDE DIVVY BIKESHARE
-> The Active Transportation Alliance reports Chicago’s Divvy bikeshare network will be more integrated with the rest of the city’s transit system via the Ventra transit app. A $400,000 federal grant will incorporate Divvy into the app so users can easily locate bike share stations, view bike and dock availability and seamlessly pay for bike rentals directly through the app. http://bit.ly/2fcrkJ8
ARLINGTON, VA BICYCLE COMFORT LEVEL MAP UPDATE
-> Last week, BikeArlington unveiled its 2017 edition of the Arlington Bicycle Comfort Level Map, which uses color to mark the most comfortable and safe streets for biking throughout the county. The most comfortable streets are wide green lines, somewhat comfortable streets are medium blue lines, least comfortable streets are lighter orange lines, and more dangerous, highway-like streets are gray. The map is currently available online (http://bit.ly/2fcqPyz), and a printed version will be available in coming weeks from Commuter Stores and other Arlington locations. http://bit.ly/2fcnOOO
MINNEAPOLIS, MN: LASER-EQUIPPED VAN TO SCAN STREET CONDITION
-> Next City reports that Minneapolis will soon roll out a laser-equipped van to scan the city’s streets for flaws to identify roads most in need of repair. The van will replace city employees and interns who once did the work on foot. Minneapolis will pay a consulting firm about $300,000 to do the work, which will involve driving the van over more than 1,500 miles of alleys and streets. The van is equipped with six lasers and two accelerometers that analyze ruts and the roughness of the road, and a "laser crack measuring system" that captures 3-D images of cracks in the street and measures them to the closest millimeter. The system also develops a "ride value" that describes what a road feels like to drive on. http://bit.ly/2eU6DmE
GA DOT: PARTNERS W/ PED & BIKE ORGS
-> Georgia DOT reports it is partnering with Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) and Georgia Bikes. Both organizations have actively engaged in developing the state’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan. A total of $613,710 over 3 years—90% federal and 10% state funding—will be invested to promote programs that align with the SHSP and make it safer for Georgians to walk and ride bikes. These include training transportation and law enforcement staff, updating state bike and ped plans, inventorying non-signalized crosswalks, and assessing crossings at bus stops on corridors with a history of collisions. http://1.usa.gov/1sKzcGo
NH DOT RELEASES GUIDE TO PROMOTING WALKING & BIKING
-> New Hampshire DOT released its "Guide to Promoting Walking and Bicycling Accommodation in New Hampshire" (http://bit.ly/2eS0ur7). It is designed to help users improve conditions for bicycling and walking by providing information on how and when to get involved in projects, and the various ways a project can be initiated, planned, and built.
THE RESEARCH BEAT
DISEASE PREVENTION THRU MORE WALKING, BIKING, TRANSIT
-> A recent study published in The Lancet focuses on prevention strategies for the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases from a transportation system reliant on fossil fuels. (City planning and Population Health: A Global Challenge: http://bit.ly/2fcDAta) These include traffic violence, obesity, and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. The authors make strong arguments that transportation and urban planners must coordinate across departments and accept their professional roles in determining how people travel. They highlight eight city and regional-level interventions that, when combined, encourage walking, cycling, and public transport use, while reducing private motor vehicle use. http://bit.ly/2fcBWaE
NCSRTS STUDY: WALKING TO SCHOOL UP FROM <14% TO >17%
-> Research from the National Center for Safe Routes to School reveals that nationwide, walking to and from school increased from less than 14 percent to more than 17 percent of all trips between 2007-08 and 2014. While not nationally representative of all schools in the U.S., the travel patterns reported by the study’s 6,500 schools show a promising upward trend. In 1969, 48 percent of students in grades K through eight walked or bicycled to school compared to only 13 percent in 2009. "Trends in Walking and Bicycling to School from 2007 to 2014" (http://bit.ly/2fd3wF5) is based on 720,000 parent surveys collected by nearly 6,500 schools throughout the United States. Researchers analyzed school travel patterns to learn more about school and household factors that may influence families’ school travel mode choices.
COMPILATION OF SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL RELATED RESEARCH
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership regularly summarizes and updates relevant research in the realm of Safe Routes to School and active transportation. Their online research sections investigate relationships between Safe Routes to School, active transportation, physical activity, and obesity with health; academic performance and attendance; how people travel and what affects their travel decisions; safety for walking and bicycling; and the effects of active transport on air quality and the environment. Each section starts with a brief overview of key conclusions and a list of research highlights. Synopses of articles of interest follow, including key points, methodology, and a link to the full article. In addition to the academic research cited in this section, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership has identified areas for which additional research is needed and a variety of specific research questions. http://bit.ly/2eTQCxd
IL DOT: SPEED HARMONIZATION—DESIGN SPEED VS. OPERATING SPEED
-> The Illinois Center for Transportation recently released a report that presents a new methodology that summarizes the relationship between design speed and operating speed, as well as the safety impacts of various geometric elements. It proposes an integrated modeling framework that includes geometric design simulation, operating speed?profile prediction, and crash rate prediction. Researchers also developed a benefit–cost analysis to quantify the economic benefits of various strategies for roadway safety improvement. "Speed Harmonization—Design Speed Vs. Operating Speed" http://bit.ly/2fbtcli
MT DOT: LOWER SPEED LIMITS THAN ENGINEERING RECOMMENDATIONS
-> A Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) study examined the safety and operational effects of posting speed limits lower than engineering recommendations. (Speed Limits Set Lower than Engineering Recommendations: http://bit.ly/2eRZTpv) It involved a comprehensive literature review, a survey of other state transportation agencies, the collection of speed and safety data from a variety of Montana roadways, and an analysis of these data. MDT concluded that setting posted speed limits 5 mph lower may result in operating speeds more consistent with the posted speed and have overall safety benefits, while posting limits 15 or 25 mph lower does not appear to produce operating speeds consistent with the posted speed limit or provide safety benefits. http://bit.ly/2eS09o7
TRAFFIC EFFICIENCY & SAFETY IN COUNTERMEASURE SELECTION
-> SafeTREC reports researchers developed and implemented a procedure to incorporate traffic efficiency into the traffic safety countermeasure selection process. They calculated the economic benefits of four pedestrian safety improvements at crosswalks of major-streets at two-way stop controlled intersections, considering not only the safety benefits but also the efficiency impacts on both pedestrians and motorists. "Combining Traffic Efficiency and Traffic Safety in Countermeasure Selection to Improve Pedestrian Safety at Two-Way Stop Controlled Intersections" http://bit.ly/2fbnY9i
QUOTES R US
"Those who stand to gain the most from increased bicycle usage are the communities that are the most disproportionately impacted by violence, health care disparities, and unemployment. These are, in our cities, communities of color and low-moderate income communities...
"What we look at when we talk about bicycle equity is who needs the most and who stands to benefit the most. When we frame it up in terms of cycling, what we say is, those who bike the least need the most bicycle resources in order to help them bike more.
"Stand up for equity. Stand up for the importance of cities and city agencies to make equity a policy priority. We need allies in this work, it shouldn’t simply be black people and brown people advocating for what’s right, it should be everybody taking a position on this stuff and working for what’s right."br>—Oboi Reed, co-founder of Slow Roll Chicago – a non-profit organization which uses social bike rides to foster positive social change in Chicago’s Southside and Eastside – and recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change. http://bit.ly/2fdezOe
[See the National and International section item Bicycle Equity: Fairness and Justice in Bicycle Planning and Design.]
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
MESMERIZING MOBILE MIMICS MURMURATION
A kinetic sculpture hung in a Cambridge, MA office atrium morphs to mimic a flock of birds in flight: http://bit.ly/2eNreaz
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 "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 "Health Impact in 5 Years: An In-Depth Look at Safe Routes to School"
Date: November 7, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: John Auerbach & Elizabeth Skillen (CDC), Sara Zimmerman (Safe Routes to School National Partnership) & Melissa A. Kraemer Badtke (East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission)
Hosts: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2eTOxkE, free
Webinar "Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Grants"
Date: November 9, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: Project for Public Spaces
Details: http://bit.ly/2fbQIyE, free
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 "Building Walkable Places in Allentown, PA"
Date: November 14, 2016, 10:00 - 11:00 am ET
Presenters: Ed Pawlowski, Shannon Calluori & Michael Walker (City of Allentown, PA)
Hosts: LOCUS and the City of Allentown, PA
Details: http://bit.ly/2eUbAf1, free
Webinar "Improving Multimodal Outcomes through Performance Measurement and Design Flexibility"
Date: November 14, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Dan Goodman (Federal Highway Administration), Carl Sundstrom (UNC Highway Safety Research Center), Conor Semler (Kittelson & Assoc.) & Michelle Danila (Toole Design Group)
Hosts: Pedestrian and Bicyclists Information Center
Details: http://bit.ly/2eN9s8W, 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 "How to Survive and Thrive at the TRB Annual Meeting"
Date: November 16, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET, repeats on December 16, 2016
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2fcNScu, 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
Webinar "Working Together: Lessons Learned from Collaboration for Community Revitalization"
Date: November 20, 2016 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Host: Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice
Details: http://bit.ly/2fcD7XO, free
Webinar "2017 National Walking Summit Informational Webinar"
Date: November 22, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2faZUDw, free
Webinar "ECF & WHO Heat Webinar 2016"
Date: November 23, 2016 6:00 - 7:00 am ET (11 am-12 pm CET)
Presenters: Francesca Racioppi (WHO Europe), Nick Cavill ( independent health expert) & Randy Rzewnicki (European Cyclists’ Federation)
Hosts: European Cyclists’ Federation
Details: http://bit.ly/2eTtxdE, free
Webinar "Safety on Low Volume Roads"
Date: November 29, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET, 1.5 PDH
Presenters: Paul Carlson (Texas A&M Transportation Institute), Karla Lechtenberg (Univ. of NE) & Geoff Scott (Cornell Local Roads Program)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2fb4XDH, free for TRB affiliates, $55 for others
Webinar "Safe Routes to Healthy Food: Where Food Access and Active Travel Intersect"
Date: December 1, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Marisa Jones (Safe Routes to School National Partnership) & Caroline Harries (The Food Trust)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2eTNOjC, free
Webinar "Tips to Demystify Traffic Analysis"
Date: December 14, 2016, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Host: Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals
Details: http://bit.ly/23RyQt8, 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 "SHRP2 Roadway Information Database"
Date: December 14, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Hosts: Federal Highway Administration
Details: http://bit.ly/2fcejPB, free
Webinar "How to Survive and Thrive at the TRB Annual Meeting"
Date: December 16, 2016, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET, repeated from November 16, 2016
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2fcNScu, free
NACTO BIKE SHARE INTERCEPT SURVEY TOOLKIT
-> The NACTO Bike Share Intercept Survey Toolkit (http://bit.ly/2fdc8v7) gives detailed instructions and a bank of over 100 pre-tested questions (in English or Spanish) for creating and carrying out methodologically sound on-the-street surveys, and Survey Form and Data Entry Spreadsheet Templates in Word and Excel.
[See Webinar setion for a related webinar on November 3, 2016.]
PLANETIZEN 2016 TOP 10 WEBSITES
-> Last week Planetizen released its annual list of the 10 best planning, land use, and urban design websites. They represent an ongoing trend toward accessibility and transparency: citizens and governments are gaining new, easy-to-use tools every year. For instance, Envision Tomorrow (http://bit.ly/2fcb6Q9) makes online scenario planning available to a much larger number of people. Mapzen (http://bit.ly/1ODcES5) is community-powered cartography. An example of a simplified and streamlined approach to citizen engagement, pocketgov Denver (http://bit.ly/2fcc7re), offers users two simple prompts at the top of the page: "Report a Problem" and "Ask a Question." http://bit.ly/2fceYQW
CA: TRANSPORTATION INJURY MAPPING SYSTEM
-> The Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) created the California-based TIMS (Transportation Injury Mapping System) to provide data and mapping analysis tools and information for traffic safety related research, policy and planning. The interactive map accesses and maps collision data from the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System; provides ways to explore pedestrian and bicycle collisions near schools in California; and calculates benefit/cost ratios. http://bit.ly/2fbkYJQ
TOOLKIT: HOW TO START A WALKING SCHOOL BUS
-> The Step By Step: How to Start a Walking School Bus at Your School toolkit (http://bit.ly/2eTMFbz) is designed to help parents, educators, and community members plan and organize a walking school bus using adult volunteers as leaders. Created by Safe Routes to School National Partnership, this guide includes proven tools, tips and resources for a fast and easy start. http://bit.ly/2eTKVir
WALK AUDIT RESOURCES
-> America Walks has compiled walk audit resources and best practices. The series of four Every Body Walk! Getting Started Briefs (http://bit.ly/1GnefpD) provide local organizations and advocates with resources, knowledge and insider tips on how to make their communities more walkable and include expertise from traffic engineers, public health professionals, urban planners, elected officials and law enforcement.
The AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit (and Leader Guide) (http://bit.ly/2eTUIFx) provides step-by-step instructions and checklists for examining intersections, sidewalks, driver behavior, public safety and more. Since the survey is user-directed, the walk audit can take as little or as much time as desired by, say, spending 15 minutes at one busy corner or devoting several hours to documenting several roadways in a neighborhood.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center offers and overview of walk and bike audits and links to over a dozen related resources (http://bit.ly/2eTRNfK)
STATE OF EUROPEAN CITIES REPORT CYCLING DATA
-> The European Commission issued its first State of European Cities report (http://bit.ly/2eTuFOt) at the UN Habitat III in Quito. The report analyzes the performance of European cities with regard to the priority themes of the Urban Agenda for the EU to support more evidence-based urban policy making in Europe. In the Making Urban Mobility Greener and Safer chapter, the focus on active transport includes some relevant cycling data. For example, most cities have car-ownership levels lower than their national averages. A recent survey showed that in half of the cities surveyed, cycling did not reach more than a 10% modal share, in fourteen it reached a share of more than 25% and in three (Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Groningen) the share was even over 50%. http://bit.ly/2eToslP
PLACEMAKING LEADERSHIP FORUM 2016 CONFERENCE RECAP
-> Project for Public Spaces launched its online conference report for the Placemaking Leadership Forum 2016 that it hosted in Vancouver, BC this fall. Over 450 placemakers from around the world envisioned a place-led future for cities by leveraging the convergence of a range of global issues—from health and sustainability, to innovation and equity—in public space. Check out a day-by-day report of the tours, workshops, talks and side events, photos and links to resources: http://bit.ly/2fbKYVl.
STRONG TOWNS GUIDE TO BICYCLING
-> In a recently published a guide to bicycling, Strong Towns members from across the country and from all walks of life shared their perspectives including getting started in the "bike club," finding a lost bike, advocating for safer streets, and making your church bike-friendly. Check out the roundup of their tips and ideas for making biking easier and more enjoyable: http://bit.ly/2fctRmu.
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> 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 SPEAKERS - APBP Professional Development Seminar, June 26 - 29, 2017, Memphis, TN.
Deadline: November 30, 2016, http://bit.ly/2eT18or
-> Call for Proposals - 2017 International Trails Symposium, May 7-10, 2017, Dayton, OH.
Deadline: December 9, 2016, http://bit.ly/2e0GtPg
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 2nd Transportation Research Board Conference on Transportation Needs of National Parks and Public Lands: Partnerships for Enhancing Stewardship and Mobility, September 11-13, 2017, Washington, D.C.
Deadline: December 15, 2016, http://bit.ly/2fb2M30
-> 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
-> CALL FOR PAPERS - 25th Annual Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU 25.Seattle), May 3-6, 2017, Seattle, WA
Deadline: January 15, 2017 by 4:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2eTU4b0
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
-> 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 10-12, 2016, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) World Summit, Bentonville, AR.
-> November 13, 2016 - The Untokening: A Convening for Just and Accessible Streets and Communities, Atlanta, GA.
-> 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 17-19, 2016 - Scientists for Cycling Colloquium, Aveiro, Portugal.
-> November 19-20, 2016 - Second China Cycling Conference, Shenzhen, China.
-> 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.
-> May 3-6, 2017 - CNU 25.Seattle, Seattle, WA.
-> May 8-10, 2017 - 5th International Conference on Roundabouts, Green Bay, WI.
-> May 14-18, 2017 - ICOET 2017 International Conference on Ecology & Transportation, Salt Lake City, UT.
-> May 16-17, 2017 - 5th World Social Marketing Conference 2017, Washington, DC.
-> May 21-24, 2017 - 5th Urban Street Symposium, Raleigh, NC.
-> 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.
NEW & FURTHER OUT: See http://bit.ly/centerlines for other events more than six months from now.
-> September 11-13, 2017 - 2nd Transportation Research Board Conference on Transportation Needs of National Parks and Public Lands: Partnerships for Enhancing Stewardship and Mobility, 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.
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - SOUTHWEST AIRLINES HEART OF THE COMMUNITY GRANTS
The 2017 Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grants provide financial and technical assistance to local community partners in cities served by Southwest Airlines that are seeking to bring new life to their public spaces. Register for a November 9, 2:00 pm ET webinar about this opportunity: http://bit.ly/2fbQIyE.
Deadline: December 5, 2016, http://bit.ly/2fbQuYr
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - EMERGING LEADERS SCHOLARSHIPS, AMERICAN TRAILS
American Trails is offering up to 16 scholarships for the Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program to young adults between the ages of 21-25 to attend the 23rd International Trails Symposium to be held in Dayton, Ohio May 7-10, 2017. In addition to attending the Symposium, scholarship recipients will be paired with a mentor already established in the field, network with Symposium participants, deliver a professional presentation on their Symposium experience to an audience of up to 50 conference attendees, work together on a Professional TrailBuilders Association (PTBA) trail service project, and spend an entire day in the field in a variety of mobile workshops focusing on trail design, construction, maintenance, and opportunities to learn about visitor use and engagement.
Deadline: December 1, 2016, http://bit.ly/2fcHzpl
-> RFP: EFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT BY TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES—BENCHMARKING AND COMPARATIVE MEASUREMENT, TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop guidance on how transportation agencies can undertake benchmarking to inform system performance management practices for non-motorized transportation and for environmental aspects. The objectives of this project are (a) to develop practical guidance on how transportation agencies can undertake and use benchmarking to inform and improve system performance management practices and (b) to demonstrate examples applying the guidance in two specific applications, for non-motorized transportation and for environmental aspects of system performance.
Deadline: December 13, 2016, http://bit.ly/2fbbjTv
-> RFP - LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN & BICYCLE MOBILITY PLAN, STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
The Rhode Island Department of Administration’s Division of Planning seeks consultant assistance to develop Rhode Island’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The LRTP will be an action-oriented plan, outlining recommendations for the State’s transportation investments over the next 20 years. As part of the LRTP process, the State will develop a stand-alone, long-term, strategic investment plan for bicycle infrastructure, the results of which will inform the final LRTP.
Deadline: December 7, 2016 by 10:00 am ET, http://bit.ly/2fcawBN
-> JOB - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, BICYCLE COALITION OF MAINE, PORTLAND, ME
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is seeking an experienced, energetic and effective individual who will lead our organization’s communications, marketing and public relations work. The new Communications Director will provide vision and leadership in developing and implementing an organization-wide communication plan and strategies to enhance the Coalition’s visibility, advance their brand, and articulate clear messaging to members, partners, state leaders, policy makers and beyond.
Deadline: November 4, 2016, http://bit.ly/2eUbkNe
-> 2 JOBS - CITY OF WICHITA, KS
This is an entry-level professional planning position involving assignments in the areas of urban and regional planning research, comprehensive and neighborhood planning processes, transportation, and/or processing of development code reviews such as zoning, subdivision, historic preservation, environmental or site plan reviews and annexation. Work is directed and reviewed through the establishment of goals and subsequent evaluation of progress toward goal attainment.
Deadline: November 4, 2016 by 11:59 pm CT, http://bit.ly/2eU7fJ8
This is a professional and supervisory position in the Planning Department. Work involves oversight of a planning program at the direction of the Division Manager and Department Director. It requires advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of specific planning programs. Specific planning areas may include current planning, and/or transportation planning. Work is directed and reviewed through establishment of goals and evaluation of progress toward goal attainment.
Deadline: November 4, 2016 by 11:59 pm CT, http://bit.ly/2eU7EeC
-> JOB - BICYCLE PROGRAM MANAGER, SUSTAIN CHARLOTTE, NC
Sustain Charlotte is seeking an experienced, effective community organizer with a passion and talent for creating alliances and partnerships to grow the use of bicycles for transportation throughout Greater Charlotte. They envision and are working to build a positive culture of bicycling, and a connected network of safe bike facilities that will make it possible for residents of all ages and abilities to safely ride a bike to the places they need to go. This position works closely with and actively engages other Sustain Charlotte staff, members, volunteers, other nonprofits, businesses, local government staff, and elected officials to achieve this goal.
Deadline: November 14, 2016, http://bit.ly/2eT1Ulj
-> JOB - ADVOCACY AND POLICY ASSOCIATE, INVESTING IN PLACE, LOS ANGELES, CA
Investing in Place is seeking a full-time Advocacy and Policy Associate to manage their campaign to prioritize social equity, public health, and environmental benefits in transportation policies and investments in Los Angeles County. Now is a critical time as the region considers a countywide transportation sales tax and updates its Long Range Transportation Plan for the first time in seven years. The Advocacy and Policy Associate would play a leadership role in developing and executing strategy to advance this campaign.
Deadline: November 18, 2016 by 5:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2fcD660
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNER III, FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA
Responsible for all aspects of project management and coordination for complex multi-modal transportation projects. Coordinates the development, design, and review of transportation projects, plans, and feasibility studies, including intersection, roadway, and multi-modal projects, such as pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and parking facilities.
Deadline: November 18, 2016 by 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2fcckL6
-> 2 JOBS - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR (2 POSITIONS), CITY OF BOSTON, MA
Reporting to the Active Transportation Director, Active Transportation Coordinators work with the Director and collaborate with a diverse range of public agencies, private consultants, and community groups to advance projects and programs in support of walking, bicycling, and transit-access across the City of Boston. Responsibilities may include coordinating the planning, design, and implementation, with approval of the Director, of a variety of transportation studies, plans, and projects relative to bicycle network implementation, pedestrian improvements, and traffic calming, among other responsibilities.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2eU3EdX
-> JOB - ENGINEERING ASSOCIATE, ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN, PORTLAND, OR
Alta Planning + Design is seeking a transportation engineering professional to take a key role working on high-profile active transportation projects in the Northwest and across the US. This person will nurture and grow client and industry partner relationships and secure work in support of Alta’s growth goals; enhance Alta’s reputation as a trusted advisor and expert by educating clients and other relevant parties, supporting solutions which will meet their business objectives; identify, develop and grow service area specialties in support of Alta’s desired market expansion goals; and develop a reputation for being an in-house expert and thought-leader including developing white papers, case studies, marketing blogs and presentations.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2fcUaJo
-> JOB - EDUCATION PROGRAMS COORDINATOR, SILICON VALLEY BICYCLE COALITION, SAN JOSE, CA
Under the supervision of the Programs Manager, the Education Programs Coordinator supports the Safe Routes to School Program and other educational efforts by providing program coordination, education, and support to school districts, school sites, and community partners. This position will be running or supporting programs that engage youth grades K-12 as well as programs that provide bicycling safety and skills education to the general public, and shall assume accountability for the results in achieving the outlined goals and objectives of those programs.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2eUbjcj
[See other opportunities at Alta Planning + Design, http://bit.ly/1jbgjF9.]
-> 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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