#422 Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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----- AJPH: Safer Cycling Through Improved Infrastructure
----- Videos: The Reason Protected Bike Lanes Matter
----- TA: Principles for Racial Justice in Traffic Justice
----- Berlin, Germany: Most Famous Street to Go Car-Free
----- Dutch: 80 Million Euro to Meet Train Station Bike Parking Demand
----- World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims Nov. 20
----- The Most Influential Streetfilm of All Time
----- The Perfect Low-Cost Bike Lane Separator
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Voters Approve $4.7 Billion for Biking
----- Voter Transit Funding Measures Results
----- LAB: 26 New & 77 Renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities
----- PBIC: 6 Renewing Walk Friendly Communities
----- TX DOT Building Protected Intersections in Houston
----- Houston, TX: Ped Deaths Spike 31% over all of 2015
----- Denver, CO: $2.5M for Sidewalks on City-Owned Property
----- Milwaukee, WI: Reallocating Excess Space to Bikes
----- Las Vegas: Footstep-Powered Streetlights
----- Boston, MA: Expanded Bike Infrastructure Nets More & Safe Use
----- Swedish Vision Zero Policy & Recommendations for US Bike Safety
----- Australian Report: Older Road Users: Emerging Trends
----- Pedestrians, Autonomous Vehicles & Cities
----- Accessibility to Jobs by Transit including Walking Segments
----- Health Impacts of Using Transit
----- Test of Systems to Warn Peds of Turning Buses
----- Walking Picks Up Speed
----- TRB & ITE Webinar Series: Using New Highway Capacity Manual
----- PBIC: Improving Ped/Bike Connectivity via Bridge Rehab
----- Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework
----- Smart Growth Economic Recovery Recommendations
----- DOT Civil Integrated Management Guidebook & Research Report
----- Various Motor Vehicle Parking Issues
----- Mini Metro Mobile Device Subway-Building Game
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
AJPH: SAFER CYCLING THROUGH IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE
-> A December 2016 American Journal of Public Health editorial notes the United States has much higher fatality and serious injury rates per kilometer cycled than comparable high income countries. Controlling for exposure levels, cyclist fatalities in 2010 per 100 million kilometers cycled were 4.7 in the United States versus 1.0 in the Netherlands, 1.1 in Denmark, and 1.3 in Germany. Serious injury rates in 2010 were also much higher in the United States: 207 serious injuries per 100 million kilometers cycled versus 44 in Germany. The appropriate type and quality of bicycle infrastructure can help improve cycling safety and increase cycling levels. More and better bicycle infrastructure and safer cycling would encourage Americans to make more of their daily trips by bicycle and, thus, help raise the currently low physical activity levels of the US population. http://bit.ly/2fwvRHW
(See the Research section for two articles this editorial cites that were also published in the December issue of the AJPH.)
VIDEOS: THE REASON PROTECTED BIKE LANES MATTER
-> PeopleForBikes posted out two videos that total 25 seconds to demonstrate the reason protected bike lanes matter. http://bit.ly/2fwEUbZ
TA: PRINCIPLES FOR RACIAL JUSTICE IN TRAFFIC JUSTICE
-> Earlier this week Transportation Alternatives announced its commitment to the intersection of racial justice and traffic justice and its stand in support of Black Lives Matter. (See Quotes R Us for details.) They also released their 5 Principles for Racial Justice in Traffic Justice. 1) Fight for Unbiased Automated Enforcement, 2) Oppose Discriminatory Enforcement, 3) Fight for Transportation Justice and Equity, 4) Respect Local Knowledge and Leadership, and 5) Fight for Restorative Justice. http://bit.ly/2fXDG83
BERLIN, GERMANY: MOST FAMOUS STREET TO GO CAR-FREE
-> CityLab reports in 2019, the very heart of Berlin will go car-free. Following a decision Saturday, Berlin’s Unter den Linden avenue will soon be off limits to all private cars, allowing only buses, taxis, and bikes to ride along its mile’s length. It’s hard to overstate the symbolic significance of the move. Unter den Linden is the most famous street in Germany, a kind of Teutonic Champs Elysées that contains museums, libraries, monuments, a university, and two opera houses. http://bit.ly/2fwNx6j
DUTCH: 80 MILLION EURO TO MEET TRAIN STATION BIKE PARKING DEMAND
-> The Dutch government will provide 40 million Euro (US$42.84 million) for bicycle parking at train stations. Provinces and municipalities will match it 1:1. The 80 million Euros (US$85.69) total will be enough to solve the biggest problems that public transport hubs are currently facing. The investment is part of an agreement between governments, transport companies and advocacy groups on bicycle parking at stations that will be signed later this year. Nearly half of all rail passengers in the Netherlands bicycle to the train station. A shortage of up to 100,000 places is predicted for the year 2030. http://bit.ly/2fYbOB2
WORLD DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS NOV. 20
-> People across the globe will rally leading up to International World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (http://bit.ly/2dQtn81) on Sunday, November 20, 2016. The goal is to recognize that traffic violence is one of the leading causes of death – with more than 1.25 million lives lost last year globally – and to take action to ensure safe mobility for all. http://bit.ly/2fwfFq4
Look for the new interactive National Speed Fatality Map to be released later today that intends to highlight the significant role speed plays in traffic deaths and injuries in cities across the U.S. The map is produced by the Vision Zero Network (http://bit.ly/2fXUyf2) and the National Coalition for Safer Roads (http://bit.ly/2fXUdsK) and will be available on each organization’s website.
THE MOST INFLUENTIAL STREETFILM OF ALL TIME
-> To celebrate its 10th anniversary Clarence Eckerson Jr. announced the Most Influential Streetfilm of All Time is Ciclovia: Bogotá (09:41). Congratulations, and thank you for the ways you continue to inspire us all with what is possible! The Ciclovia: Bogotá video established Streetfilms as a leader in great media that connects with people beyond transportation wonk circles. And most importantly, it gave advocates and volunteers across the world an important resource to make the case for Ciclovia-style events in their cities. At the time we published it, there were just a handful of events like this in America. After this Streetfilm was widely shared, in 2008, nearly 20 major cities hosted open streets events. In one famous story of how San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom saw the film and immediately put plans in motion for what became Sunday Streets. Ciclovias and open streets have exploded since then. Also check out 11 other influential Streetfilms links in this Streetsblog article. http://bit.ly/2fYauOp
THE PERFECT LOW-COST BIKE LANE SEPARATOR
-> PeopleForBikes reports for years, the City of Austin has been on a quest for the perfect low-cost bike lane separator. Now, Austin thinks it might have found it in a pre-cast concrete "button." As of late summer, Austin had installed more than 1,000 of them and had another 2,000 in storage, waiting to be deployed. The buttons aren't a substitute for permanent raised bike lanes. But raised lanes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per mile or more, so at best they're likely to be installed bit by bit as roadways are rebuilt. The buttons are clearly a step above paint when it comes to separating bikes and cars. It is also possible to uninstall these buttons making them compatible with the quick-build project delivery concept that installs projects quickly and keeps tweaking them after they go in. Each button cost Austin $11.75 before paint or installation, $20 including installation. http://bit.ly/2fwL5wR
Ed. Note: Praise for this solution is not universal. There are several thoughtful reader comments in the linked article.
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
VOTERS APPROVE $4.7 BILLION FOR BIKING
-> A PeopleForBikes article reports that from large bicycling hubs like Austin, Texas to lakeside villages like Grand Haven, Michigan, Americans said “Yes!” to bikes during this year's election. New funding dedicated to biking totals at least $4.7 billion. Funded largely by sales taxes or bonds, more than a dozen high-profile measures will provide reliable sources of revenue, in many cases freeing local governments from the constraints tied to federal grants and private funding. This will allow them to invest quickly to build or complete safer bike routes. Most of the new funds were approved as part of comprehensive transportation or infrastructure measures that will help communities move into the future. See details at http://bit.ly/2fwHPkT.
VOTER TRANSIT FUNDING MEASURES RESULTS
-> Voters in cities and counties around the U.S. decided on nearly $200 billion in transit funding. A Next City article outlined the 10 largest transit-related ballot measures around the country and what they will do (or would have done) for their cities or regions. (http://bit.ly/2fY4vsV) Here are three of them: Los Angeles County: $120 billion Measure M passed (http://bit.ly/2fwnbl5). King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, WA: $54 billion Proposition 1 passed (http://bit.ly/2fwkujc). San Diego County, $18.2 billion Measure A fell short of the two-thirds majority necessary to pass (http://bit.ly/2fY1EA2).
(See also Transportation for America’s unpacking of the election results netting billions for transit: http://bit.ly/2fwHBKy)
LAB: 26 NEW & 77 RENEWING BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
-> The League of American Bicyclists announced 26 new and 77 renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (http://bit.ly/2fXlfk7) bringing the total to 404 communities in all 50 states (http://bit.ly/2fXiI9u). The Bicycle Friendly Community program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling and the guidance to make better, bikeable communities a reality. Nominate your community for an award: the next deadline is February 9, 2017. http://bit.ly/2fXkF5P
PBIC: 6 RENEWING WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
-> The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center announced 6 communities renewed their Walk Friendly Communities status: Corvallis, OR; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Austin, TX; Alexandira, VA and Philadelphia, PA. The "Walk Friendly" title means a community is being recognized for its success in improving a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. See the full list of the nearly 80 communities who have received Walk Friendly status or and Honorable Mention (http://bit.ly/2aJaIFY). Nominate your community for Walk Friendly designation by December 15. http://bit.ly/2fXyDVb
TX DOT BUILDING PROTECTED INTERSECTIONS IN HOUSTON
-> An ABC13 news segment reports that Houston’s Energy Corridor District and TxDOT have teamed up to create 3 protected intersections on I-10. Protected intersections also called Dutch Junctions are a special design, which uses islands to protect walkers and cyclists as they cross, and slows vehicles making right turns. http://abc13.co/2fY0K6E
HOUSTON, TX: PED DEATHS SPIKE 31% OVER ALL OF 2015
-> The Houston Chronicle reports the number of pedestrians in Houston who have been struck and killed by cars has spiked so far this year — already 31 percent higher than the total for all of 2015 — according to police. At least 71 pedestrians have been killed as of Oct. 31, and last year, there were 7.1 percent more fatalities than in 2014. This year's surge could be driven by millennials' preference to walk and seniors' reliance on travel by foot, urban planners say. Advocates and planners said the city needs to work making streets safer by building sidewalks, narrowing lanes, encouraging safe speeds and adding crosswalks. http://bit.ly/2fYafTC
DENVER, CO: $2.5M FOR SIDEWALKS ON CITY-OWNED PROPERTY
-> The Denver Post reports the Denver City Council approved the city’s $1.9 billion budget for 2017. While it sets aside $2.5 million for new or fixed sidewalks on city-owned property, such as parks and golf courses, it won’t address crumbling or missing walks that front homes, businesses and other private property across the city. The council has focused heavily on the topic this year, with a working group probing potential ways to help low-income property owners address sidewalk gaps. Under city ordinances, the onus now is on private property owners to install and maintain their sidewalks. Mayor Michael Hancock has signaled that he’s open to discussing ideas such as a homeowner assistance program. http://dpo.st/2fY0vsf
MILWAUKEE, WI: REALLOCATING EXCESS SPACE TO BIKES
-> Milwaukee has shrunk since the 1960s, when its population was about 19 percent bigger than today, leaving the city with a lot of excess road capacity. A Streetsblog article reports the City of Milwaukee is leveraging its High-Impact Paving Program to rapidly add new buffered bike lanes and replace existing worn bike lanes and cross walks on major streets across the city. When an arterial street is resurfaced as part of the rapid fix program, the city evaluates current traffic volumes and is able to make some geometric updates if needed using the new pavement marking patterns. http://bit.ly/2fY9YQi
LAS VEGAS: FOOTSTEP-POWERED STREETLIGHTS
-> Las Vegas, NV streetlights powered by footsteps and solar energy stations also run WiFi hotspots, security cameras, and portable charging stations. The system uses a curvy photovoltaic panel "crest" to charge a battery that powers the energy-efficient LED streetlights. To charge the batteries at night or when the sun is behind clouds, there are the footstep-powered kinetic pads installed in pedestrian walkways. Those are connected to three micro-generators that put out 4 to 8 watts per footstep, depending on the pressure. http://engt.co/2fXgSFE
THE RESEARCH BEAT
BOSTON, MA: EXPANDED BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE NETS MORE & SAFE USE
-> In a study just published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers found the expansion of bicycle infrastructure in Boston, MA between 2007 and 2014 was associated with increases in both bicycle use and cyclist safety. They measured bicycle lane mileage, a surrogate for bicycle infrastructure expansion, and quantified the total estimated number of commuters. They also calculated the number of reported bicycle crashes from 2009 to 2012. Results found Boston increased its total bicycle lane mileage from 0.034 miles in 2007 to 92.2 miles in 2014; commuters increased from 0.9% in 2005 to 2.4% in 2014; and the total percentage of bicycle crashes involving injuries diminished significantly, from 82.7% in 2009 to 74.6% in 2012. "Bicycle Use and Cyclist Safety Following Boston’s Bicycle Infrastructure Expansion, 2009–2012" http://bit.ly/2fwCPwv
SWEDISH VISION ZERO POLICY & RECOMMENDATIONS FOR US BIKE SAFETY
-> In an article published by the American Journal of Public Health researchers examined existing Vision Zero and cycling-related literature to highlight the central components of the Swedish policy. This work provides evidence-based recommendations for successful implementation of similar policies in the United States. Researchers conclude infrastructure design should remain central in US Vision Zero plans, but also recommend incorporating supplemental initiatives promoting a cycling and safety culture. Considering the relatively high cost of infrastructure improvements, and the fact that enforcement, education, and encouragement activities also can improve cycling safety, several initiatives can be implemented alongside meaningful infrastructure improvement in a Vision Zero plan. Further research is needed to determine the most effective noninfrastructure improvements, but they will likely fall in the categories of incentivizing cycling, promoting a road safety culture, and, when a transportation mode shift is desired, disincentivizing automobile use. "Vision Zero in the United States Versus Sweden: Infrastructure Improvement for Cycling Safety" http://bit.ly/2fwG9rI
AUSTRALIAN REPORT: OLDER ROAD USERS: EMERGING TRENDS
-> A recent Austroads report identifies trends in crash involvement among road users aged 75 and over. The project incorporated a literature review and analyses of crash data, detailed hospital injury data, and contributing factors in older road user crashes. It also included consultations with representatives of all jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand; a summary of road safety strategies; policy recommendations; and relevant crash countermeasures. http://bit.ly/2fXcA17
(See Webinar section for related November 24 webinar during the Australian business day.)
PEDESTRIANS, AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES & CITIES
-> A new study, "Pedestrians, Autonomous Vehicles, and Cities" (http://bit.ly/2fvYYep), published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, considers the prospect of urban areas where a majority of vehicles are "autonomous" or self-driving. Researchers used game theory to analyze the interactions between pedestrians and self-driving vehicles, with a focus on yielding at crosswalks. Because autonomous vehicles are by design risk-averse, the model suggests that pedestrians will be able to act with impunity, and autonomous vehicles may facilitate a shift towards pedestrian-oriented urban neighborhoods. http://bit.ly/2fw0cXg
ACCESSIBILITY TO JOBS BY TRANSIT INCLUDING WALKING SEGMENTS
-> A new report from the University of Minnesota estimates the accessibility to jobs by transit in 49 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas in the United States (http://bit.ly/2fXIivg). The analysis calculated travel times by transit using detailed pedestrian networks and full transit schedules for the 7:00–9:00 a.m. period. The calculations include all components of a transit journey, including "last mile" access and egress walking segments and transfers, and account for minute-by-minute variations in service frequency. Researchers estimated the 10 metropolitan areas with the greatest accessibility to jobs by transit.
The accessibility metrics presented in this report are designed to be comparable to those presented in the University’s earlier "Access Across America: Auto 2015" report (http://bit.ly/2fXIQRH). For example, the Phoenix and Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan areas have effectively the same total number of jobs, and their auto accessibility rankings are also very close, but Minneapolis–St. Paul ranks 12th in transit access to jobs, while Phoenix ranks 22nd. http://bit.ly/2fXIjPR
HEALTH IMPACTS OF USING TRANSIT
-> A recent paper in the Journal of Transport and Health raised the question of whether increased physical activity associated with transit actually leads to improved health. (Transit Makes You Short: On Health Impact Assessment of Transportation and the Built Environment: http://bit.ly/2fXHiXJ) The authors examined the effect of transit mode share and accessibility on general health, body mass index, and height while controlling for socioeconomic, demographic, and physical activity factors. They found transit mode share and transit accessibility did not have any significant effect on public health. http://bit.ly/2fXMXNz
TEST OF SYSTEMS TO WARN PEDS OF TURNING BUSES
-> The Transportation Research Record published a report of a test of three commercially available systems to warn pedestrians of turning transit buses. (Test and Evaluation of Systems to Warn Pedestrians of Turning Buses: http://bit.ly/2fA9VKC) The test equipped 45 buses with the warning systems for turning (15 buses with each of the three systems) for 7 months (between March and September 2014). Researchers in Portland, OR conducted a robust evaluation of the systems, including surveys and focus groups with bus operators and the general public, a video-based analysis of pedestrian behaviors, interviews with personnel, and a benefit–cost analysis. The results showed a range of perceptions, levels of acceptance, and recommendations for improving the technologies. The benefit–cost results showed positive benefit–cost ratios even under the most conservative assumptions about the benefits and costs associated with the turn warning systems.
QUOTES R US
"In this moment of national uncertainty, it is more important than ever for our community to begin a conversation about the intersection of racial justice and traffic justice. The facts are undeniable: People of color are disproportionately harmed by traffic violence. Research has shown that drivers are less likely to yield to pedestrians of color. African Americans are more likely to be killed in traffic...Because we fight to protect New Yorkers in every community, our fight for Vision Zero must also be a fight against institutional, individual and implicit racism. As we advocate for more equitable streets, we must acknowledge that transportation planning and policies have historically been used as tools of oppression, segregation and displacement in New York City..."
—The Leadership of Transportation Alternatives in announcing Transportation Alternatives stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and releasing their Transportation Alternatives’ Principles for Racial Justice in Traffic Justice (See National section for details). http://bit.ly/2fXDG83
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
WHY DO WATER DROPLETS BOUNCE?
A fascinating video explanation uses extreme high-speed camera footage shot on Earth and from space to demonstrate why water droplets bounce and what happens when you add cello music. Yes, cello music. http://bit.ly/2fvYo0f
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 "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 "Introduction to Formative Research, Targeting Your Audience, and Overcoming Barriers"
Date: November 21, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
Presenters: Jay Kassier (Tools of Change)
Hosts: Tools of Change
Details: http://bit.ly/2fVIf2Z, $70 site license, some free registrations available
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 "The Traffic Impact Study is Dead - Long Live the Transportation Impact Study"
Date: November 22, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Presenters: Brian Welch (Denver Regional Transportation District), Ed Papazian (Kimley-Horn & Assoc.), Eric Graye (Montgomery, MD County Planning Dept. ) & Kelly Clifton (Portland State Univ.)
Hosts: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2fXNteD, $149 for ITE members, $199 for others, PDH/CE credits at an additional charge
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 "Older Road Users: Emerging Trends"
Date: November 24, 2016, 10:00 - 11:0 pm ET (2-3 pm AEST)
Presenters: Matthew Baldock (Centre for Automotive Safety Research/Univ. of Adelaide)
Details: http://bit.ly/2fXcAye, free
(See Research section for a description of the research behind this report.)
Webinar "Bicyclist Injuries and Route Infrastructure: Streetcar Tracks and Finding a Better Groove"
Date: November 25, 2016, 12:30 - 1:30 pm ET
Presenters: Anne Harris (Ryerson Univ.)
Hosts: Public Health Ontario
Details: http://bit.ly/2fXdWsv, 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 "Section 508 Best Practices Webinar: Getting Social - Best Practices for Social Media Accessibility"
Date: November 29, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Hope Adler & Emily Ladau (ePolicyWorks) & Timothy P. Creagan (U.S. Access Board)
Hosts: United States Access Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2fXFD4q, free
Webinar "Improving Pedestrian Safety at Uncontrolled Locations"
Date: November 30, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Charlie Zegeer (Highway Safety Research Center/Univ. of NC), Angela Berry (Charlotte, NC DOT), Michael Frederick (City of St Petersburg, FL) & Richard Nassi (Pima, AZ Assn. of Governments)
Hosts: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Details: http://bit.ly/2fXs2u8, free
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 "A New Transportation Safety Planning Framework"
Date: December 7, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Audrey Wennink (Cambridge Systematics), April Renard (LA DOTD) & Gene Heyman & Kristin Mulkerin (Penn DOT)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2fAb9pe, free for TRB affiliates, $95 for others
Webinar "Building Motivation and Engagement Over Time"
Date: December 12, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
Presenters: Jay Kassier (Tools of Change)
Host: Tools of Change
Details: http://bit.ly/2fVECdd, $70 site license, some free registrations available
Webinar "What Do Americans Think of Mileage Fees?"
Date: December 13, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Asha Agrawal & Hilary Nixon (San Jose State Univ.), & Jim Madaffer (California Road Charge Technical Advisory Cmte)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2fvxg1B, free for TRB affiliates, $95 for others
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
WALKING PICKS UP SPEED
-> Walking is not just a good idea, it’s a growing movement that can boost our health, happiness, economy and sense of social harmony. A recent On the Commons article outlines 20 signs that walking is picking up speed across America. Each one includes extensive links to more details. http://bit.ly/2fXEASg
TRB & ITE WEBINAR SERIES: USING NEW HIGHWAY CAPACITY MANUAL
-> The Transportation Research Board and the Institute of Transportation Engineers are cosponsoring a series of webinars between November 2016 and March 2017 about implementing the new 2016 Highway Capacity Manual 6th Edition (HCM6): A Guide for Multimodal Mobility Analysis. (http://bit.ly/2fXH3fg). This series of webinars will present the new analysis procedures incorporated into HCM6 and why these tools are vital to helping analyze today’s transportation problems. The webinars will cover implementing the HCM6 in various settings, such as reliability, multi-modal facilities, freeways, alternative intersections and interchanges, and interrupted flow facilities. http://bit.ly/2fAamV4
(See Webinars section for a November 17 webinar.)
PBIC: IMPROVING PED/BIKE CONNECTIVITY VIA BRIDGE REHAB
-> A new Pedestrian and Bicyclist Information Center white paper focuses on opportunities to reconnect bicycle and pedestrian networks through bridge rehabilitation projects: Improving Pedestrian and Bicycle Connectivity during Rehabilitation of Existing Bridges (http://bit.ly/2fXn9RI). The paper presents examples and case studies of completed projects.
SAFE ROUTES TO PARKS ACTION FRAMEWORK
-> The National Recreation and Park Association and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership released a Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework (http://bit.ly/2fvRxUA) that provides evidence- and practice-based guidance to help local park and recreation agencies implement policies and practices that create safe and equitable access to parks for all people. http://bit.ly/2fvSM6j
SMART GROWTH ECONOMIC RECOVERY RECOMMENDATIONS
-> Early this month Smart Growth America released its short guide of federal policy recommendations to help the new administration make the economy work for individuals and families of all income levels. It provides concrete smart growth recommendations that federal officials can implement to grow the middle class, connect more Americans to opportunity, and empower local communities to create lasting wealth. "Expanding the Economic Recovery to All Americans Through Smarter Growth: Recommendations for the Incoming Administration" http://bit.ly/2fvOLi8.
DOT CIVIL INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT GUIDEBOOK & RESEARCH REPORT
-> The Transportation Research Board recently published Civil Integrated Management (CIM) for Departments of Transportation, Volume 1: Guidebook: (http://bit.ly/2fAdlwY) and Volume 2: Research Report (http://bit.ly/2fAaT9J). The term civil integrated management (CIM) encompasses an assortment of practices and tools related to collection, organization, and management of information in digital formats about highway or other transportation construction projects, Transportation agencies may realize significant benefits from increased adoption of these practices, which may be useful when managing an asset’s initial planning phase through its in-service maintenance. Volume 1 presents guidance for collecting, organizing, and managing information in digital formats about a highway or other transportation construction project. Volume 2: provides background material on collecting, organizing, and managing information in digital formats about a highway or other transportation construction project.
VARIOUS MOTOR VEHICLE PARKING ISSUES
-> The Fall 2016 issue of ACCESS from the University of California considers parking, what they call the most controversial topic in transportation. Articles include "Do Cities Have Too Much Parking?," "Market-Priced Parking in Theory and Practice," "Parking Management for Smart Growth," and "From Parking Minimums to Parking Maximums in London" among others. http://bit.ly/2fvyDxo
MINI METRO MOBILE DEVICE SUBWAY-BUILDING GAME
-> Next City reports Mini Metro, an addictive subway-building game was recently launched for mobile devices. Subway stations appear on a blank map, and players drag lines between them to keep up with passenger demand. Players can’t control where stations appear, only reroute tracks to serve them better and add new trains or carriages as the game allows. When passengers pile up, the hectic nature of the game takes over. The game is lost when a station gets too crowded. The free version uses generic maps. The full version has the maps based on real-world cities and includes an "infinite-play zen mode" that allows unlimited subway building, without the threat of losing when a station overcrowds. http://bit.ly/2fFogW2
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - ICOET 2017 International Conference on Ecology & Transportation, May 14-18, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT.
Deadline: Deadline Extended to November 30, 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 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.
-> July 3-6, 2016 - 2017 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research, Brisbane, Australia.
-> October 30-November 2, 2017 - NACTO Designing Cities 2017, Chicago, IL.
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 - ACCESS SEATTLE PROGRAM SUPERVISOR, CITY OF SEATTLE, WA
This position will develop, implement, manage and coordinate the Access Seattle Initiative. Access Seattle was created in to streamline and improve permitting and construction coordination of large-scale development projects in dense areas to reduce impacts to pedestrians, businesses and the traveling public. This position requires a highly skilled strategic advisor with excellent communications skills. The successful candidate will be familiar with both construction and communications, the municipal code, traffic operations, and construction means and methods.
Deadline: November 22, 2016 by 4:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2fwFNRI
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION & MOBILITY PLANNER, CITY OF CHARLESTON, WV
The City of Charleston seeks an enthusiastic and progressive individual who will serve an important role in guiding and implementing mobility and infrastructure actions that provide a safe and convenient city multi-model transportation system that offers travel choices and balances the needs of all users, provides quality infrastructure, and gradually upgrades the City's traffic and transportation system to reduce negative impacts on the environment and public health.
Deadline: November 28, 2016, http://bit.ly/2fXRXSs
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNER II, FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA GOVERNMENT
Engages in transportation analysis associated with land development review. Work assignments will be focused on the land development process providing exposure to a variety of transportation disciplines including pedestrian/bicycle, road construction, traffic operations, transportation demand management (TDM), transit, and vehicle parking. Specifically, assignments will include review and analysis of the transportation characteristics of land use proposals
Deadline: December 2, 2016 by 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2fXPqYx
-> JOB - TRAFFIC ENGINEER, CITY OF EUGENE, OR PUBLIC WORKS
The City of Eugene Public Works invites applications for the position of Traffic Engineer. This person in this position will be responsible for ongoing monitoring, maintenance and improvement of the City's surface transportation network. Including the operation of the city's traffic signal system, implementation of a multimodal transportation safety program. Eugene has made it a priority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a world-class multimodal transportation system. The City supports safe routes to schools programs at two school districts, prioritizes Vision Zero, partners with the Lane Transit District to provide a nationally recognized transit system including growing Bus Rapid Transit (EmX) network, and has one of the highest percentage of bicycle commuters in the United States. The Traffic Engineer will work to improve the safety of the City's surface transportation network, while finding ways to accommodate all types of transportation system users.
Deadline: December 16, 2016 by 5:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2fXRNKN
-> JOB - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION MANAGER, UNIVERSITY OF UT
The University of Utah Sustainability Office seeks an Active Transportation Manager to support and grow initiatives in sustainable transportation. Well-qualified candidates will have strong expertise in active transportation, community engagement, communications skills (both written and oral), and an interest in working across disciplines to improve mobility on campus and in the community.
The Active Transportation Manager facilitates the development and advancement of institutional transportation strategies through a demonstrated commitment to helping select safe, efficient, and cost-effective transportation options to meet the unique needs of the individual commuter while advancing the University’s capacity to support system-level change.
Deadline: Priority to applications received on or before December 16, 2016, http://bit.ly/2fwJIhJ
-> 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. We 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.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2fwGxGz
-> 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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