#423 Wednesday, November 30, 2016
CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling &
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----- Speed Reduction Strategies, Interactive Speed Fatality Map
----- Recap of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
----- Environmental Justice Roadmap
----- New Highway Capacity Manual w/ Multimodal Mobility Analysis
----- Demand for Walkable Urbanism
----- Sound Requirement for All New Hybrids
----- Utrecht, the Netherlands: City Center Redesigned for Peds/Cyclists
----- Australia: Land Transport Regulation 2040
----- GirlTrek Update
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- GA: Ped Deaths Up 37% Over Past 2 Years
----- Ending Parking Minimums: 5 Strategies
----- LAB: 51 New & Renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities
----- Midwest: 5 Big Trail Initiatives
----- Cleveland, OH: Linking Public Housing to Parks
----- Minneapolis, MN: Midtown Greenway Created from Freight Corridor
----- Chicago, IL: 2015 Bikeways Report
----- Chicago, IL: Proposed Trail along 27-Mi Riverfront
----- Houston, TX: Donated Bikes & Support for Refugees
----- Study: $10M SRTS Spending Nets $230M in Societal Benefits
----- ULI: Healthy Corridors Project
----- Small MPO Public Involvement Practices
----- Bike Score, Urban Bikeability & Bicycling Behavior
----- In Progress: Measuring Multimodal Network Connectivity
----- GPS-Enabled Household Travel Surveys Sample Size
----- US Report Card on Kids’ Physical Activity: 21% Meet Guidelines
----- Walk with a Future Doc Walking Meetings + Exercise
----- Playa Vista, CA Ability2Change Program: 3.5% Drop in SOVs
----- On-Call Drones to Light Your Walk or Bike Home
----- Foldable, Lightweight, Recyclable Bike Helmet
----- Case Study: Bikeability Safety Training in the UK
----- Bicycle Licensing Issues
----- Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework
----- Perils For Pedestrians Episode 238
----- Sign Effectiveness Guide
- The National Scene
- Regional Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Webinars and Seminars
- Share What You Know
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Contact Us
THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
SPEED REDUCTION STRATEGIES, INTERACTIVE SPEED FATALITY MAP
-> Speed is a primary factor in a startling number of serious crashes and injuries, and in nearly one-third of all traffic deaths in the United States. To stop these deaths, communities must prioritize speed management in their suite of policy and design efforts to save lives. Many communities are taking action to recalibrate speeds to safer levels, particularly in dense, multi-modal areas. The three effective strategies for managing speed are designing and retrofitting streets to calm traffic, lowering speed limits, and using automated safety camera speed limit enforcement. (Follow link below for details and links)
Check out Vision Zero Network’s new interactive Speed Fatality Map based on NHTSA FARS (Fatal Accident Reporting System) data from the 59,374 speed-related fatalities on U.S. roads between 2010 and 2015. Zoom into the actual street location where each collision occurred. The 10 Cities with the most speed-related fatal crashes are Los Angeles; New York; Houston; Chicago; San Antonio; Dallas; Phoenix; Fort Worth; Detroit; and Kansas City. http://bit.ly/2gyw1iZ
RECAP OF WORLD DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR ROAD TRAFFIC VICTIMS
-> Safe streets advocates, victims and family members, and city officials came together in cities around the world on Sunday, November 20th to observe the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and to call for action to prioritize safety over speed. Check out a recap of images, tweets and highlights: http://bit.ly/2ghfoYw
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ROADMAP
-> Federal agencies are required to identify and address, as appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental impacts of their programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low income populations. Participants in a national peer exchange earlier this year reviewed the current state of the practice for integrating environmental justice into transportation decision-making processes and identified eight focus areas that form the foundation of the Practitioners Peer Exchange Environmental Justice Roadmap. http://bit.ly/2gvSUkr
[See Jobs, Grants, and RFPs section for 2017 Environmental Justice Small Grants.]
NEW HIGHWAY CAPACITY MANUAL W/ MULTIMODAL MOBILITY ANALYSIS
-> The Transportation Research Board has released the "Highway Capacity Manual, Sixth Edition: A Guide for Multimodal Mobility Analysis" (http://bit.ly/2fPXN9u). It provides methods for quantifying highway capacity. It serves as a fundamental reference on concepts, performance measures, and analysis techniques for evaluating the multimodal operation of streets, highways, freeways, and off-street pathways. The Sixth Edition incorporates the latest research on highway capacity, quality of service, Active Traffic and Demand Management, and travel time reliability and improves the HCM’s chapter outlines. The objective is to help practitioners applying HCM methods understand their basic concepts, computational steps, and outputs. These changes are designed to keep the manual in step with its users’ needs and present times.
HCM has evolved over the years to keep pace with the needs of its users and society, as the focus of surface transportation planning and operations in the United States has moved from designing and constructing the Interstate highway system to managing a complex transportation system that serves a variety of users and travel modes. Providing mobility for people and goods is transportation’s most essential function. http://bit.ly/2fPXRWM
DEMAND FOR WALKABLE URBANISM
-> The Urban Land Institute reports "Walkable urbanism is gaining [in the market] five times faster than drivable" development, said Christopher Leinberger, chair of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University. Unlike the old distinction of city and suburbs, he said, "what applies today is whether it’s walkable urban." Walkable urban universities are rising in the market because millennials want to go there, said Leinberger. He pointed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a model for building an innovation district with Forest City in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In the Boston area, walkable urban development earned premiums over drivable, ranging from 41 percent for retail, to 90 percent for for-sale residential, to 134 percent for hotels, and those premiums have not leveled off yet. He said that walkable urbanism is correlated with higher education levels, which drives gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. "Making the Investment Case for Smarter Urban Growth" http://bit.ly/2g3c9UF
SOUND REQUIREMENT FOR ALL NEW HYBRIDS
-> The US DOT Fast Lane blog reported NHTSA’s new sound requirement for all newly-manufactured hybrid and electric vehicles (http://bit.ly/2gHuNiY) will help pedestrians, especially those who are blind or who have low vision, detect the presence, direction and location of these vehicles when these vehicles are traveling at low speeds. US DOT estimates the sound requirement will prevent 2,400 pedestrian injuries each year once all hybrids in the fleet are properly equipped. http://bit.ly/2frxEO1
UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: REDESIGNED FOR PEDS/CYCLISTS
-> The narrow Twijnstraat, a street in the mediaeval city centre of Utrecht, the Netherlands, has been a shopping street since the 13th century. Although 96% of customers arrived on foot or by bike, in the 1950s the street was designed for the 4% arriving by car. Utrecht has now chosen to make the public space in the city center the domain of pedestrians and cyclists. Slowly but steadily the city center is being handed back to people by street transformations. Check out the before and after photos and video, and the list of measures Utrecht took and still needs to take to complete this transformation. http://bit.ly/2gwOBbv
AUSTRALIA: LAND TRANSPORT REGULATION 2040
-> The National Transport Commission in Australia has released a report that asks how could or should we regulate land transport in the future? The report provides information about technology, trends and other factors of change to stimulate discussion to inform this key question. "Land Transport Regulation 2040: Technology, Trends and Other Factors of Change" http://bit.ly/2fPEk9b
-> GirlTrek was born out of concern for the health and lives of black women. The 80,000 women who have signed on to GirlTrek begin walking 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week and build community and support for one another as they build stamina for longer walks. Women have formed walking groups in New Orleans, Houston, Memphis, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington. More than 80 percent of black women are overweight or obese, nearly half of them have hypertension and 13 percent have diabetes. They die of heart attack, hypertension and stroke at higher rates than other women. Check out the video highlights of the transformations that walking, and walking with other black women can begin on several levels. http://wapo.st/2gwFxDu
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
GA: PED DEATHS UP 37% OVER PAST 2 YEARS
-> With 37 percent more pedestrian fatalities in two years in Georgia - 206 people were killed while walking in 2015, up 18 percent from 2014. This year deaths are up an average of 19 percent over 2015. Georgia DOT held a "See and Be Seen" awareness event in Midtown Atlanta, passing out literature and talking to pedestrians about how to be safe while crossing crosswalks and walking near highways in low-lighted areas. http://bit.ly/2fPzlFl
ENDING PARKING MINIMUMS: 5 STRATEGIES
-> Strong Towns offers 5 strategies for ending parking minimums: combat the perception of a shortage of parking supply in your downtown or neighborhood; check out examples of ordinances that remove parking minimums and explore their map of communities that adopted them; write to your local paper to push for an end to parking minimums; review case studies of other towns’ successes; and check out provocative questions to ask local leaders. http://bit.ly/2g09NWr
LAB: 51 NEW & RENEWING BICYCLE FRIENDLY UNIVERSITIES
-> The League of American Bicyclists announced 51 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) today from 25 states: http://bit.ly/2gzKoDJ.There are now 164 BFUs in 44 states and Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/2gzI8wg. The BFU program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. Apply for BFU status by August 10, 2017. http://bit.ly/2gzGxXg
MIDWEST: 5 BIG TRAIL INITIATIVES
-> The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy reports on five big happenings in the Midwest that are changing the face of active transportation: A 1,400-mile-plus trail network project is in progress to connect many of the major centers of America’s Rust Belt and industrial Appalachia; Cleveland just got a $7.95 million grant to complete a regional trail network that will traverse part of Northeast Ohio; A 500-mile-plus trail network is beginning to take form in Southeast Wisconsin; TIFIA is a new breakthrough financing tool for communities to accelerate the completion of their active transportation networks; and A 2,000-mile-plus dual hiking and biking trail is being connected in Michigan. http://bit.ly/2gwq2bB
CLEVELAND, OH: LINKING PUBLIC HOUSING TO PARKS
-> The Trust for Public Land is stitching together segments of urban trail into a greenway network reaching from Cleveland, OH public housing developments to waterfront parks. They secured funding for a critical connection: a pedestrian bridge over the industrial yard that today separates residents from the lake. The trail will pass right by a currently isolated apartment complex with a lake view but no access and run straight to Wendy Park—a sunny, green oasis complete with swimming beach, volleyball courts, and a marina. http://bit.ly/2fPTPOf
MINNEAPOLIS, MN: GREENWAY CREATED FROM FREIGHT CORRIDOR
-> Public Roads reports the Midtown Greenway spans the heart of south Minneapolis, MN. Originally part of a freight corridor, by the 1990s the trains had largely stopped running. Instead, the corridor attracted crime and contributed to blight nearby in already struggling neighborhoods. Twenty years later, the greenway hosts more than a million trips a year as an almost barrier-free commuting option for bicyclists and an attractive green space for pedestrians. Check out details about this transformation: http://bit.ly/2fPl2kb.
CHICAGO, IL: 2015 BIKEWAYS REPORT
-> The City of Chicago and the Chicago DOT (CDOT) have published their annual bikeway report. (Chicago Department of Transportation 2015 Bikeways - Year in Review: http://bit.ly/2fQy3HA) The report highlights that in 2015 CDOT installed 42 miles of new and restriped bikeways, including 23 miles of barrier- and buffer-protected bike lanes. Since May 2011, 108 miles of protected bike lanes have been installed throughout Chicago. http://bit.ly/2fQCFxC
CHICAGO, IL: PROPOSED TRAIL ALONG 27-MI RIVERFRONT
-> Chicagoist reports Active Transportation Alliance unveiled a preliminary vision to establish an unbroken, connective trail along the 27 miles of riverfront that span the North and South branches of the Chicago River. The trail would then link up to existing suburban pathways, such as the North Branch Trail and the I&M Canal Trail Extension. There are already 13.19 miles of existing walkable and bike-able trail line along the river, with another nearly two miles to be added before year's end. Among the most notable aspects of the ambitious plan is its inventive physical design: aside from traditional riverside paths, the project calls for portions of deck trail—which stretches across the river on pylons—and even so-called floating trails for "where no land is available for a traditional trail segment." http://bit.ly/2fJxPBr
HOUSTON, TX: DONATED BIKES & SUPPORT FOR REFUGEES
-> The Houston (TX) Chronicle reports a local man has been collecting donated bikes to distribute to refugees settling in the area and hopes to be able to donate 20 bikes a month. Through Freewheels Houston, he partners with local bike shops and Rice University as well as several different faith communities in the Houston area. Solving a basic problem like independent transportation can mean the difference between getting home in time for dinner with your family, and spending three hours on a bus. http://bit.ly/2fFteAa
They use bicycle distribution events to connect Houstonians to their newest neighbors and watch what kinds of interactions and bonds develop. The events also include a safety briefing that includes a helmet fitting and tips for riding safely on Houston streets. They distribute bicycle helmets through a Texas Medical Association program. In addition to lights and bells installed on bikes, they provide a drawstring backpack, a strong bicycle lock, a tire pump, a flat tire repair kit, and spare batteries. http://bit.ly/2fFF7Gl
THE RESEARCH BEAT
STUDY: $10M SRTS SPENDING NETS $230M IN SOCIETAL BENEFITS
-> Fast Company reports a new study from researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health shows per dollar spent, constructing bike lanes is a cheap way to improve public health. (The Cost-Effectiveness of Bike Lanes in New York City: http://bit.ly/2ghe6Nh) For instance back in 2005, New York City spent $10 million on curbing traffic as part of the federally-funded Safe Routes to School program. Sidewalks were widened, bike lanes constructed, and traffic lights re-phased to suit pedestrians. The "net societal benefit" of these changes? The study's authors estimate it to be $230 million. http://bit.ly/2fQzPZi
ULI: HEALTHY CORRIDORS PROJECT
-> At a recent Urban Lands Institute meeting, a moderator noted "Auto-centric commercial corridors make it challenging to walk or bike or access healthy food. The majority of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. occur along corridors such as this. Every community has them." Many of these communities, she noted, are in low-income areas with minority populations. The Healthy Corridors project (http://bit.ly/2gwRcyY) is working to inspire action to improve such corridors across the country. ULI leaders from three of the four cities with demonstration corridors in the Healthy Corridors project—Los Angeles, Nashville, and Denver—as well as from a model healthy corridor in Shoreline, Washington, reported on their progress and their direction for the future. http://bit.ly/2fPH57V
SMALL MPO PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT PRACTICES
-> As part of its research into effective public involvement and environmental strategies for rural and small metropolitan areas, the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) conducted a scan of the 274 MPOs with planning responsibilities for urbanized areas under 200,000 population. In this scan, which took place during January 2016, CTAA asked these MPOs about the successful and potentially replicable strategies that were used to engage with low-income and minority communities as part of these MPOs’ planning activities. Check out the highlights of their results: http://bit.ly/2gvPU7m
BIKE SCORE, URBAN BIKEABILITY & BICYCLING BEHAVIOR
-> In a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, researchers sought to determine if Bike Score was associated with between and within-city variability in cycling behavior. Bike Score® is a metric capturing environmental characteristics associated with cycling that is now available for over 160 US and Canadian cities. They found the Bike Score metric was associated bicycle mode share between and within cities, suggesting its utility for planning bicycle infrastructure. Bike Score®: Associations between Urban Bikeability and Bicycling Behavior in 24 Cities: http://bit.ly/2fPZBiT
IN PROGRESS: MEASURING MULTIMODAL NETWORK CONNECTIVITY
-> This research project will synthesize and present options available for measuring multimodal network connectivity and tracking change over time. It will be a comprehensive resource that documents existing network connectivity performance metrics. The research will evaluate how various metrics, approaches, and methodologies can be used to support planning decisions and identify best practices. The project will apply a subset of methodologies in five case study communities, and the results will be incorporated into the final report. Contact Dan Goodman, Transportation Specialist in FHWA’s Office of Human Environment for details: email@example.com.
GPS-ENABLED HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL SURVEYS SAMPLE SIZE
-> The Transportation Research Board report, "Sample Size Implications of Multi-Day GPS-Enabled Household Travel Surveys," summarizes a project that studied the design of household travel surveys. Multi-day travel surveys are now more feasible, given global positioning system (GPS) technology. This project explores if surveys using a GPS device provides less drop-off in response compared to travel diaries. This project also investigates the effects of using multi-day data for developing travel demand models and explores the impact of sample size on multi-day versus single-day surveys. http://bit.ly/2fPYEHk
QUOTES R US
"Self-driving technology could allow cities to redevelop at least 50 percent of their current street parking permanently, reclaiming space for sidewalks and dramatically expanding the public realm."
— From a recent National League of Cities report, "City of the Future: Technology & Mobility" http://bit.ly/1OwjI0Q
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
Explore the Earth with Google Earth VR
Google Earth VR gives users the ability to literally walk around cities and step over skyscrapers, spin the globe and pick a point to travel to, rotate the planet, or transition from daylight to nighttime. Check out the video showcasing how this virtual reality works. In it, you travel from Florence to Hoover Dam (ducking under the new bridge there) to New York City and on and on through mountain ranges, national monuments, and famous landmarks. http://bit.ly/2gwUoh8
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 "Strategy Guide to Enable and Promote the Use of Fixed-Route Transit by People with Disabilities"
Date: December 1, 2016, 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2gw0n2P, 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 "Symposium or Webcast on Data-Driven City Planning and Policy"
Date: December 5, 2016, 2:00 - 5:00 pm ET
Host: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Details: http://bit.ly/2fPsHiw, free
Webinar "Building an Equitable Transportation System with Shared Mobility"
Date: December 6, 2016, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Presenters: Sharon Feigon (Shared-Use Mobility Center), Karen Worminghaus (eGo CarShare), Amanda Woodall (Chicago DOT), Jeff Maltz (SilverRide) et al.
Host: Shared-Use Mobility Center
Details: http://bit.ly/2gwRHfo, 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 "Powerful Partnerships: Lessons Learned on Leveraging Public-Private Funding for Trails"
Date: December 8, 2016, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Elizabeth Riggs (Huron River Watershed Council) & Julie Clark (TART Trails)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2fJpqxH, free
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 - Infrastructure"
Date: December 14, 2016 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Hosts: US EPA
Details: http://bit.ly/29AGjJS, 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
Webinar "Integration of the Driver, Vehicle, and Roadway Data to Support Addressing Research Questions"
Date: January 18, 2017, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Host: Federal Highway Administration
Details: http://bit.ly/2eSYazV, free
Webinar "Introduction to Social Marketing"
Date: January 23, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
Presenters: Jay Kassier (Tools of Change)
Host: Tools of Change
Details: http://bit.ly/2fVIf2Z, 70 site license, some free registrations available
Webinar "Estimating FAST Act Reliability Measures with the HCM 6"
Date: January 24, 2017, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Hosts: Transportation Research Board & Institute of Transportation Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2fXMs6l, $99 for ITE members, $149 for others, PDH/CE credits at an additional charge
US REPORT CARD ON KIDS’ PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: 21% MEET GUIDELINES
-> The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance has released the "2016 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth" (http://bit.ly/2fPIGwJ). Only 21% of American children are meeting current Physical Activity guidelines. The report card discusses how the U.S. is performing on 10 key indicators and what can be done to improve these outcomes in the future. http://bit.ly/2gwl2DR
WALK WITH A FUTURE DOC WALKING MEETINGS + EXERCISE
-> America Walks reports CUNY medical students have put their own twist on the popular Walk With a Doc program (http://bit.ly/2gwKZ6s). As part of Walk with a Future Doc, aspiring MDs get together each month for a walk. The walks are attended by medical students and faculty and other members of the campus community, offering a chance for disseminating health-related information while getting in some exercise, exploring Harlem, and spurring interaction among people who might not otherwise talk to one another. On a recent Saturday, law enforcement, college public safety officers, and members of an NYPD youth explorers and CUNY School of Medicine high school health professionals pipeline program joined in for the first time in what is expected to be the beginning of a continued partnership. http://bit.ly/2gwMvp2
PLAYA VISTA, CA ABILITY2CHANGE PROGRAM: 3.5% DROP IN SOVS
-> Tools for Change released a case study on the Playa Vista Ability2Change program. It is a targeted, strategic approach to transport behavior change. It features careful market segmentation and barrier removal, with different initiatives for different people. In just seven months it yielded a 3.5% decrease in peak time drive alone mode share across the entire community, with corresponding increases in carpool, cycling and transit trips. http://bit.ly/2fPWqYB
[Save the date for a February 24, 2017 webinar on this case study: http://bit.ly/2gwmYfw.]
ON-CALL DRONES TO LIGHT YOUR WALK OR BIKE HOME
-> If you have to walk or bike down dark streets at night, a U.K. insurance company wants you to be able to call up a small fleet of drones to accompany you—acting as lights that fly with you to illuminate your path home. Fleetlights, a prototype service, is designed to be summoned with a mobile app, and uses someone's phone to go wherever they go. One drone flies ahead, and two fly to the side, each equipped with lightweight, high-powered lights. The service isn't available yet as there are still legal, commercial, and technical details to sort out. The code for the system is available open-source, so others can work on developing the technology. http://bit.ly/2fQEMRK
FOLDABLE, LIGHTWEIGHT, RECYCLABLE BIKE HELMET
-> Spring wise reports on Eco Helmet’s biodegradable helmet (http://bit.ly/2gwMq4z) aimed at bike share users. It is made of a paper honeycomb structure, and is foldable, lightweight, and recyclable. The developers are aiming to have the helmets available at bike stations in 2017 for as little cost as possible to encourage casual pickup. When users complete their journey, they can then also deposit the helmets for recycling at bike share stations. The helmets are also coated in a biodegradable, waterproof substance to maintain their structure even in rainy conditions. Before they can put it on the market EcoHelmet has to pass the tests necessary to be CPSC certified. http://bit.ly/2fQwr0J
CASE STUDY: BIKEABILITY SAFETY TRAINING IN THE UK
-> Tools for Change released a case study on Bikeability Safety Training in the UK (http://bit.ly/2fQ1o7x). This large scale bicycle safety training program from the UK has been particularly well evaluated and shows impressive results, adding to the evidence of the value of such trainings. In 2015, 40 % of children in the UK had participated in Bikeability by their twelfth birthday. The immediate goal of the Bikeability scheme is to give children the skills and confidence to cycle safely on the road. Longer term goals are to reduce cycling injuries and increase cycling frequency.
BICYCLE LICENSING ISSUES
-> CityLab provides an overview of bicycle licensing issues and links to resources prompted by recent calls for bike licensing. Past unsuccessful attempts have often concluded it would be too expensive to run the required bureaucratic machinery. A handful of US cities currently have some form of bicycle licensing. Check out this VTPI study on how bicyclists are already paying more than their fair share to use roads: "Whose Roads? Evaluating Bicyclists’ and Pedestrians’ Right to Use Public Roadways" http://bit.ly/2fJvKoP. Read a case study of the City of Toronto bike licensing program from 1935 to 1957: http://bit.ly/2fJxrms
SAFE ROUTES TO PARKS ACTION FRAMEWORK
-> A new Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework (http://bit.ly/2gwnAC8) developed by the National Recreation and Park Association in collaboration with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership 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/2gwl2DR
PERILS FOR PEDESTRIANS EPISODE 238
-> The latest Perils For Pedestrians Episode (#238) features Students look at their walk to school at Lanier Middle School in Fairfax City, VA; Residents of Senior Housing hold a protest march for sidewalks and crosswalks in Silver Spring, MD; and Traffic safety in Seoul, South Korea. http://bit.ly/2ghgjbt
SIGN EFFECTIVENESS GUIDE
-> The Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University has released a report that compiles information on sign effectiveness and impacts, and includes guidance on the installation, maintenance, and removal of signs to aid in decision-making. Sign Effectiveness Guide: http://bit.ly/2fPufcf
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> 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 - 2018 International Winter Road Congress, February 20-23, 2018, Gdansk, Poland.
Deadline: December 31, 2016, http://bit.ly/2fPMeiv
-> 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
-> Call for Abstracts - International Conference on Transport and Health, June 27-29, 2017, Barcelona, Spain.
Deadline: January 22, 2017, http://bit.ly/1GL4hjH
-> CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS - Walk21 Calgary 2017, September 19-22, 2017, Calgary, Canada
Deadline: January 27, 2017, http://bit.ly/2gwGMT7
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
-> 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 20–21, 2017 - Iowa Bike Summit, Des Moines, IA.
-> 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 25, 2017 - New Jersey Bike and Walk Summit, Princeton, NJ.
-> February 26 - March 1, 2017 - Active Living Research Conference 2017, Clearwater Beach, FL.
-> March 14, 2017 - Utah Bike Summit, Ogden, UT.
-> 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 5, 2017 - Miami Valley Cycling Summit, Dayton, OH.
-> 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.
-> June 7-10, 2017 - International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA),Victoria, BC, Canada.
-> June 13-16, 2017 - Velo-city 2017 Arnhem-Nijmegen, Arnhem and Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
-> June 26-29, 2017 - APBP Professional Development Seminar, Memphis, TN.
-> June 27-29, 2017 - International Conference on Transport and Health, Barcelona, Spain.
NEW & FURTHER OUT: See http://bit.ly/centerlines for other events more than six months from now.
-> September 19-22, 2017 - Walk21 Calgary 2017, Calgary, Canada
-> February 20-23, 2018 - 2018 International Winter Road Congress, Gdansk, Poland.
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.
-> GRANTS - EPA 2017 ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SMALL GRANTS
The US Environmental Protection Agency has recently opened a solicitation for fiscal year 2017 Environmental Justice Small Grants. Under this request for proposals, EPA will award grants that support activities designed to empower and educate affected communities to understand environmental and public health issues, and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. Approximately 40 one-year projects will be awarded at $30,000 each. Applicants are invited to participate in conference calls with EPA to address questions about the EJSG Program and this solicitation on December 8, January 5 (en Español), January 12, and January 24.
Deadline: January 31, 2017 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2gvUVNi
[See National and International Scene section for Environmental Justice Roadmap item.]
-> RFP - RHODE ISLAND LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN & BICYCLE MOBILITY PLAN
Rhode Island 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. It will establish agreed upon goals, policy decisions, and strategic investments to achieve the goals. The Plan will outline priorities for roads, transit, freight, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and a strategy to fund them.
Deadline: December 7, 2016 by 10:00 am ET, http://bit.ly/2fcawBN
-> RFP – 2019 CNU 27 HOST CITY
CNU (Congress for the New Urbanism) has issued a Request For Proposals to host CNU 27 in 2019. They are looking for North American cities with fascinating stories to tell—places where the biggest trends and challenges in urbanism are front and center. Applications should be submitted by a diverse, robust local host committee with outlined plans for organizing, fundraising, marketing, and executing the Congress.
Deadline: January 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2fCWc3m
-> INTERNSHIPS - CITY & COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO (CA) STUDENT INTERN PROGRAM
The City and County of San Francisco is seeking student interns for various engineering and architecture disciplines, to provide support to in-house Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Surveying, GIS and IT staff. The City Departments that employ interns are the Airport Commission (SFO), Department of Building Inspection (DBI), Department of Technology (DT), Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA), Port of San Francisco (Port), San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Public Works, and Recreation and Park Department (RPD). Interns will gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of experienced professional engineers, architects, planners and surveyors. Interns will participate in various activities in the respective City Departments.
Deadline: February 15, 2017 by 5:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/1PAq0IL
-> INTERNSHIP, ACTIVE ASSOCIATES LTD, CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Active Associates Ltd, the secretariat to Walk 21 and The Outdoor Trust, seeks a highly dynamic, creative and capable individual to support the running of both organizations and the delivery of the vision and projects with a focus on project support and communications. The internship includes training and a modest salary.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2gwLSPc
-> JOB - COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING MANAGER, TRAILNET, ST. LOUIS, MO
Trailnet is hiring for a Communications and Marketing Manager in St. Louis, MO. Trailnet is looking for an experienced communications professional to advance our work of making walking and biking a way of life in the St. Louis region. The Communications and Marketing Manager will lead our communications and marketing strategy
Deadline: December 15, 2016, http://bit.ly/2gvNIx0
-> JOB - SENIOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, WSP | PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF, BOSTON, MA
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Boston, MA office has an immediate need for a Senior Transportation Planner. Their integrated transportation planning, environmental, and traffic engineering practice in Boston is growing, and they have a range of challenging and exciting urban multimodal transportation projects throughout New England.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2gvJRjv
-> 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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