#424 Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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----- USDOT: Four Tools to Help Non-Experts be More Effective
----- Vancouver, BC Hits 50% Active Transpo Target
----- Copenhagen, Denmark: More Bikes in City Center than Cars
----- London, England to Add $978M in Cycling Infrastructure
----- YTD Vehicle Miles Traveled up 3% in 2016
----- Tactical Urbanists Guide to Materials and Design
----- Madrid, Spain Closed City Center to Most Cars
----- PPS: Improving Health through Placemaking Report
----- Bike Lane Snow Plowing Issues Prompt Protected Lanes
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Citizen's Guide to Transportation Funding in Missouri
----- Boston Vision Zero Action Plan First Year Progress Report
----- Portland, OR Adopts Vision Zero Action Plan
----- New U.S. Bicycle Route 41: 315 Miles in Minnesota
----- Los Angeles Area Completes 67-mi. Backcountry Trail
----- New 47.5-mile Rail-Trail Opens in Missouri
----- Minneapolis, MN: Midtown Greenway Case Study
----- Seattle, WA: Expanded Metro Service Year 1 Results
----- Sacramento, CA Considers Transpo Impact Fees on Development
----- Palo Alto, CA to Address Dangerous Freeway Interchange
----- Portland, OR: UPS Tests Delivery by Electric Bike
----- Call for Submissions: Best Street Transformation of 2016
----- European Union Cycling Over $544B in Economic Benefits
----- European Union Cycling Over $102.5B in Health Value
----- Safety Implications of Transporting Kids by Bike
----- Separated Bikeways Set the Standard for Safety
----- Studying Built Environment Changes, Physical Activity & Risk of Bias
----- Adolescents, Sedentary Behavior & Mental Health
----- New National Research Institute for Transpo & Communities
----- Crash Modifications for Uncontrolled Ped Xings
----- LAB New Administration Blog & Congressional District Meeting Toolkit
----- Take a Ride on Dutch Infrastructure
----- NEA: How to Do Creative Placemaking
----- Lighted Bike Helmet with Turn Signals
----- App Shows Available Bike Lockers & Accepts Rental Fee
----- Health & Transportation Resources
----- Smart Data Moves Cycling Forward
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
USDOT: FOUR TOOLS TO HELP NON-EXPERTS BE MORE EFFECTIVE
-> USDOT launched its Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy (http://bit.ly/2gGSv2b) to help demystify the transportation process. The Leadership Academy can help emerging unrepresented community leaders – people with great ideas but who may not be experts in transportation – to work their local and state transportation agencies in a proactive, constructive way. USDOT created a set of tools to help them learn about transportation:
- The Transportation Toolkit (http://bit.ly/2gGLiPw) explains the basics using clear design and plain language to help people figure out how to be effective in transportation decisions. For example, it explains how to find good data to show the need for a transportation project and when may be the best time to contact an agency with an idea.
- For people who want a high-level overview, the Quick Guide (http://bit.ly/2gGNwi4) introduces the content of the Toolkit in a short, colorful booklet.
- For people interested in learning more, an Online Resource Library (http://bit.ly/2gGPFdp) has resources with more detail on topics like the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and civil rights laws.
- A Facilitator’s Guide (http://bit.ly/2gGOmuZ) can help emerging community leaders lead their own Leadership Academy through a set of activities that help participants learn the content of the Toolkit.
VANCOUVER, BC HITS 50% ACTIVE TRANSPO TARGET
-> CityLab reports Vancouver, BC hit its 50 percent "active transit" target 5 years ahead of schedule. As of 2015, half of all trips within city limits are taken on foot, bike, or transit—a goal the city had hoped to reach by 2020. Fully 10 percent of commutes to work are on bikes, far exceeding U.S. and Canadian cities of a comparable size. Vancouver’s "active transit" success is the subject of a new short documentary by STREETFILMS. (Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story: http://bit.ly/2gYYmMp) In interviews with key planning officials and advocates in attendance, filmmaker Clarence Eckerson traces the city’s remarkable urban trajectory and shows how Vancouver managed to avoid the planning pitfalls that claimed so many other towns over the past few decades. http://bit.ly/2h0hjia
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: MORE BIKES IN CITY CENTER THAN CARS
-> The Guardian reports bicycle sensors in Copenhagen recently counted more bikes than cars in the heart of the city. In the last year, 35,080 more bikes have joined the daily roll, bringing the total number to 265,700, compared with 252,600 cars. Copenhagen has been doing manual traffic counts at several city center locations since 1970, when there were 351,133 cars and 100,071 bikes. In 2009, the city installed its first electric bike counter by city hall, now 20 now monitor traffic across the city.
For Morten Kabell, the current mayor of technical and environmental affairs, the cycling city is "a constantly evolving goal". He sees the central core of town becoming car-free within a decade, and is striving for 50% of all commutes to be made by bike across Greater Copenhagen by 2025 – currently 41% are. The last 12 years of 1billion Danish kroner (US$143 million) invested in cycling infrastructure only amounts to half the cost of a single vehicle bypass in the north of the city. http://bit.ly/2gZ0Z0C
LONDON, ENGLAND TO ADD $978M IN CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE
-> CityLab reports London, England Mayor Sadiq Khan recently promised to inject £770 million ($978 million) of new funding over the next five years into improving London’s cycling infrastructure and conditions. It means London will be spending more than twice the amount on cycling than it did under Khan’s predecessor. The annual spend per citizen will reach £18 ($23), a level of funding that broadly matches what is spent in Denmark or the Netherlands. The most eye-catching point in the plan is the creation of two new cycle superhighways, as broad, properly separated bike lanes in London are called. The city already has eight. Another key project could be funding for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames in East London. http://bit.ly/2gI9H7y
YTD VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED UP 3% IN 2016
-> The AASHTO Journal reports in yet another sign of steadily rising demand on the surface transportation system, the Federal Highway Administration said vehicle miles traveled on all U.S. roads and streets increased 2.9 percent in September over the same month last year, while year-to-date vehicle travel rose 3 percent for the first nine months of 2016. Motorists covered 265.5 billion miles in September, 2.4 trillion in the first nine months of the year and 3.2 trillion on a moving 12-month basis as traffic continues to grow to record levels on the roadway system and stretch the ability of state and local agencies to keep up with infrastructure needs. http://bit.ly/2gZtgo5
TACTICAL URBANISTS GUIDE TO MATERIALS AND DESIGN
-> Tactical Urbanism refers to a city, organizational, and/or citizen-led approach to neighborhood building using short-term, low-cost, and scalable interventions to catalyze long-term change. The just-released "Tactical Urbanists Guide to Materials and Design" (http://bit.ly/2gYTnLy) provides specific nitty-gritty materials and design guidance for projects that advance street safety and enhance placemaking in the short- and long-term. Created by The Street Plans Collaborative, this 132-page guide shares details about the best of what they and others learned through real-world testing.
MADRID, SPAIN CLOSED CITY CENTER TO MOST CARS
-> Madrid, Spain closed the entire city center to most cars for nine days, turning the urban core into a de facto pedestrian zone. Vehicles belonging to non-residents were banned from entering a zone covering Madrid’s historic core as well as Gran Via, the blaring, multi-lane avenue that serves as the Spanish capital’s main drag and as a major through-route for crosstown traffic. Buses, cabs and residents’ cars were allowed but restricted to a lowered 30 kmh (18 mph) speed limit. http://bit.ly/2gYfIsL
PPS: IMPROVING HEALTH THROUGH PLACEMAKING REPORT
-> A growing body of research over the last several decades has shown the connections between "place" and health, and it is well documented that a person’s zip code can be a more reliable determinant of health than their genetic code. Project for Public Spaces recently released The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health through Placemaking. (http://bit.ly/2gZGpgD) This report uses placemaking as a holistic framework for creating healthy communities. As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, placemaking is a collaborative process for reshaping the public realm—a community’s streets, parks and other public spaces—to maximize shared value. Over the next 12 months as PPS will continue to highlight the findings and recommendations embedded in this extensive study through a series of topical webinars, conferences, and strategic engagements with placemaking partners and allies.
As Tyler Norris explains in the document’s forward, "Placemaking is one of the most powerful things we can do to address physical and mental health as well as revitalize democracy and add more conviviality to our lives. It supplies us with a sense of belonging, which creates resilience and well-being, according to scientific evidence." This report of peer-reviewed research offers evidence-based guidance, recommendations, and case studies to use in creating and supporting healthy placemaking initiatives. http://bit.ly/2hCWngD
[See also an extensive Utne Reader article on this report. What Your Zip Code Says About Your Health: http://bit.ly/2gZAYhZ]
BIKE LANE SNOW PLOWING ISSUES PROMPT PROTECTED LANES
-> MinnPost reports that because of their radically different physics, plowing bike lanes is a real challenge for northern cities, but Minneapolis is slowly figuring out how to make bike lanes that are easier to clear in the wintertime. A long-time area winter cyclist notes "The difficulty with maintaining the bike lane outside, between the parked cars and the traffic lanes, is that space gets beaten up. The parked cars cross it if there’s a small snowfall, and then you have temperature changes and you get ice pack." There are multiple problems with regular on-street lanes. When plows are forced to go around the inevitable parked cars, you get "a half-moon" of snow that ruins the bike lane. Another big problem is that when cars drive over unplowed snow to park, they compact it into a dense sheet that becomes impossible to plow using conventional equipment. Meanwhile, in the travel lane, the repeated passage of heavy tires has a "clearing" effect, pushing the mixture of snow and salt to the side. The end result is a clear car lane and a bike lane full of dangerous crap. These issues prompt cities like Minneapolis to move away from traditional on-street lanes and build more "protected bike lanes," which advocates and engineers hope will be easier to maintain in the wintertime. http://bit.ly/2gZIFo1
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO TRANSPORTATION FUNDING IN MISSOURI
-> The Missouri DOT released its "Citizen's Guide to Transportation Funding in Missouri." In an effort to educate and inform Missourians on the current status and future direction of their transportation system, the Citizen’s Guide takes the complex issues of the state’s transportation revenue, expenditures, system condition and unfunded needs and explains them in clear and easy-to-understand terms. The guide includes a calculator so people can see what they pay monthly in taxes and fees toward the transportation system. It also compares the state to neighbor states’ transportation investments, explains how transportation is funded, and describes how the state shares funds with cities, counties and other state agencies. http://bit.ly/2gYLINr
BOSTON VISION ZERO ACTION PLAN FIRST YEAR PROGRESS REPORT
-> The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition reports a year ago, the City of Boston released its first Vision Zero Action Plan, a multi-department initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030. (http://bit.ly/1OxhIH2) The Coalition committed to reviewing the City’s performance annually to ensure public accountability in reaching its goals and recently released their Progress Report of the first, formative year. Some of the accomplishments achieved in this first year include taking legislative action to successfully lower the prevailing speed limit on local city streets from 30 to 25 mph and installing speed radar boards throughout the city, among others. http://bit.ly/2gI7lW1
PORTLAND, OR ADOPTS VISION ZERO ACTION PLAN
-> Next City reports the Portland, OR Bureau of Transportation Vision Zero Action Plan: Saving Lives with Safe Streets (http://bit.ly/2gYLaHr) was unanimously adopted earlier this month. The plan lays out short-term and long-term engineering, education, and enforcement goals. It maps out a "high crash network" of the most dangerous streets (57% of deadly crashes occur on just 8% of streets) and establishes 32 items for the city to implement over the next two to five years. They include plans for infrastructure and design changes, curbing impaired driving, stopping speeders, and improving education and outreach. It also includes metrics by which to measure their progress on everything. http://bit.ly/2gYIXvA
NEW U.S. BICYCLE ROUTE 41: 315 MILES IN MINNESOTA
-> Adventure Cycling announced the new U.S. Bicycle Route 41 in Minnesota. It adds 315 miles and midwest connections to the US Bike Route System. The System now includes 11,563 miles of routes in twenty-four states. USBR 41, also known as the North Star Bicycle Route, connects St. Paul to Grand Portage State Park at the Canadian border. http://bit.ly/2gIgE8M
LOS ANGELES AREA COMPLETES 67-MI. BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL
-> USA Today reports on one of the newest backcountry trails in the West. More than 50 years in the making, the Backbone Trail stretches about 67 miles through the Santa Monica Mountains that ring Los Angeles connecting Point Mugu State Park in Malibu to Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades. http://usat.ly/2gGco9L
NEW 47.5-MILE RAIL-TRAIL OPENS IN MISSOURI
-> Rails-to-Trails Conservancy reports a new 47.5-mile rail-trail opened last week in Missouri. The Rock Island Trail State Park connects to an even longer trail: the renowned Katy Trail State Park, which, at 237.7 miles, nearly crosses the entire state. While the Katy Trail stops short of Kansas City, a forthcoming extension of the Rock Island Trail will march right to the city’s doorstep, making it possible to utilize both trails to travel between the state’s two largest cities, Kansas City and St. Louis, without a car. http://bit.ly/2gZoIxI
MINNEAPOLIS, MN: MIDTOWN GREENWAY CASE STUDY
-> FHWA’s Public Roads reports how a unique sunken railway in Minneapolis that had degenerated into an urban dumping ground became the Midtown Greenway, the superstar of the city’s bicycle network. The Midtown Greenway spans the heart of south Minneapolis, MN, from the Chain of Lakes on the west to the Mississippi River on the east. It hosts more than a million trips a year from up to 5,000 people a day as an almost barrier-free commuting option for bicyclists and an attractive green space for pedestrians. For nearly 3 miles (4.8 kilometers), it runs as a corridor below the city’s main street grid, which literally sets the greenway apart from its urban surroundings. The route is a relatively quiet, peaceful, green world--even a bit rural. Overhead, 37 bridges, 27 of them historic, span the greenway at regular intervals. http://bit.ly/2fPl2kb
SEATTLE, WA: EXPANDED METRO SERVICE YEAR 1 RESULTS
-> In 2014, Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 to expand Metro service and transit programs for Seattle residents. By increasing the vehicle license fee to $80, and sales tax by 0.1%, we generated about $45 million per year for 6 years (2014-2020) towards creating a more connected and accessible city. Just one year later ridership is up as much as 29% on one line, routes slated to be cut have been preserved, routes run more frequently and many have less overcrowding. Now 51% of households are within walking distance of 10-minute or better service. http://bit.ly/2gGJlma
SACRAMENTO, CA CONSIDERS TRANSPO IMPACT FEES ON DEVELOPMENT
-> The Sacramento Bee reports Sacramento is expecting to possibly add up to 68,000 houses and apartment units in the next two decades. To avoid clogged streets, city officials say they plan to impose a "transportation impact" fee on most new construction to help fund more and wider streets and improve biking and pedestrian facilities. Under the city’s tentative plan, builders may pay from a few hundred dollars per rental unit in some areas, to $700 per apartment unit in downtown, to more than $2,000 for a single family residence in some areas. Those amounts could produce an estimated $3 million a year. It’s a small sum, but it could provide critical "local match" funds that would allow the city to compete for federal and state transportation grants worth five times that amount. http://bit.ly/2gZj9PM
PALO ALTO, CA TO ADDRESS DANGEROUS FREEWAY INTERCHANGE
-> In their Win of the Week, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition reports progress on a project it has been working on since 2015. The dangerous Page Mill Road/Highway 280 freeway interchange in Palo Alto will become safer for bicyclists beginning in Spring 2017, thanks to a series of interim improvements recently unanimously approved by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. As reported by the Palo Alto Weekly, "The interim changes include reduced speed limits, signage, beacons and road markings. The goal is to raise awareness, slow traffic and increase visibility." Substantial improvements are still needed in the long-term to make it a Complete Street, with full and permanent interchange and expressway improvements. http://bit.ly/2gZyboX
PORTLAND, OR: UPS TESTS DELIVERY BY ELECTRIC BIKE
-> UPS will be swapping one of its big brown trucks for a big brown bike. It is testing delivery by electric bicycle in Portland, OR—a first for the company in the United States. UPS, which started as a bicycle messenger service in Seattle, began testing e-bike delivery in Europe in 2012. UPS already uses a fleet of traditional bicycles during the peak holiday delivery season in Portland, but the electric bikes are expected to be used year-round. They can cover more ground and carry more cargo because electric motors can give the courier's pedal power a boost. Amazon tested bicycle couriers in Seattle, WA for its two-hours-or-less Prime Now delivery service, but it abruptly ended the experiment in June. http://bit.ly/2gZI1qI
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BEST STREET TRANSFORMATION OF 2016
-> Streetsblog is now accepting submissions for Best Street Transformation of 2016. In the past 12 months, has your city reallocated road space to make big improvements for walking, biking, or transit? If so, they want to know about it. Finalists selected by the editors will be put up for a vote by their readers. To nominate a project, email angie [at] streetsblog [dot] org. Be sure to include good before and after photos and an explanation of why the redesign deserves to be named the Best Street Transformation of 2016. http://bit.ly/2gI2qEL
THE RESEARCH BEAT
EUROPEAN UNION CYCLING OVER $544B IN ECONOMIC BENEFITS
-> Every year, cycling in 28 European Union Member States creates economic benefits of €513 billion (US$544.6 billion), that is more than €1000 (US$1,060) per inhabitant. These findings were calculated in a recently extended and updated The EU Cycling Economy report (http://bit.ly/2gZesWc) by the European Cyclists’ Federation. The report demonstrates that the benefits of cycling occur not only in specific, isolated fields like transport or environmental policy, but also in industrial policy, employment, health and social policy. Benefits of cycling even extend to such societal areas as integration of refugees, access to mobility, and employability. http://bit.ly/2gZhoCf
EUROPEAN UNION CYCLING OVER $102.5B IN HEALTH VALUE
-> The latest European Cyclists’ Federation report "EU Cycling Economy" (http://bit.ly/2gZesWc) puts the health value at €96.55 billion (US$ 102.5 billion) per year as calculated by the WHO’s Health Economic Assessment tool for bicycling and walking (HEAT: http://bit.ly/10H1vIk). Adding morbidity, mental health, children and work absenteeism brings the number up to €191 billion (US$202.8 billion) per year. http://bit.ly/2gZd85F
SAFETY IMPLICATIONS OF TRANSPORTING KIDS BY BIKE
-> The University of Adelaide in Australia released a report of a study to better understand the safety implications of transporting children by bicycle. This research is the first of its kind to explore issues relevant to child passenger safety in detail, including cycling behaviors when carrying children; safety concerns and the strategies used to mitigate them; factors contributing to crash and non-crash events; and injury characteristics including mechanisms, nature, and treatment. This study includes the analysis of hospital injury data, a detailed national survey of cyclists, and discussions with cycling stakeholders. Several recommendations for enhancing the safety of child passengers are discussed and an example of a resource to educate and inform those who are considering transporting their children by bicycle is provided. "Transportation of Children with Bicycle Seats, Trailers, and Other Carriers: Considerations for Safety" http://bit.ly/2gGGzgV
SEPARATED BIKEWAYS SET THE STANDARD FOR SAFETY
-> In its recent "Sharing the road: How separated bikeways are setting the standard for safety" article (http://bit.ly/2gCblUm), the State Smart Transportation Initiative briefly describes how the increase in separated or protected bike lanes are reducing crashes, improving cyclist safety and increasing the amount of cycling in several cities. Protected bike lanes, often located on high-speed arterials, form critical connectors for a city bike network, offering a 90 percent reduction in injuries per mile ridden compared with streets without any bike facilities. Recent studies in Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC have also shown that compared to streets with no bike accommodations or only marked bike lanes, protected bike lanes improve motor-vehicle driver behavior and result in significant reductions in bicycle/vehicle crashes, as well as encourage a mode shift from cars to bicycles.
STUDYING BUILT ENVIRONMENT CHANGES, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & RISK OF BIAS
-> The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity published "The Effect of Changing the Built Environment on Physical Activity: A Quantitative Review of the Risk of Bias in Natural Experiments." This study reported evidence regarding the association of the built environment with physical activity is influencing policy recommendations that advocate changing the built environment to increase population-level physical activity. However, there had been no rigorous appraisal of the quality of the evidence on the effects of changing the built environment. This review conducted a thorough quantitative appraisal of the risk of bias present in those natural experiments with the strongest experimental designs for assessing the causal effects of the built environment on physical activity. It concluded that the failure of existing studies to adequately control for potential sources of bias highlights the need for more rigorous research to underpin policy recommendations for changing the built environment to increase physical activity. http://bit.ly/2gZsJCr
ADOLESCENTS, SEDENTARY BEHAVIOR & MENTAL HEALTH
-> The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity published "The Associations Between Sedentary Behaviour and Mental Health Among Adolescents: A SystematicReview." This systematic review examined the associations between sedentary behavior and mental health problems among adolescents. All studies reported leisure screen time among adolescents, and two thirds of identified studies examined depressive symptomatology. Other mental health measures were; anxiety symptoms, self-esteem, suicide ideation, loneliness, stress, and psychological distress. Strong consistent evidence was found for the relationship between both depressive symptomatology and psychological distress, and time spent using screens for leisure. Moderate evidence supported the relationship between low self-esteem and screen use. Future research should examine the psychological impact of reducing time spent using screens for leisure among adolescents, while accounting for possible confounding factors such as physical activity and dietary behaviors. http://bit.ly/2gZwaZP
NEW NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPO & COMMUNITIES
->In announcing a five-year, $15 million federal grant for two research projects, the U.S. Department of Transportation designated Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center as the administrative home for a consortium called the National Institute for Transportation and Communities. With a multidisciplinary approach, UO researchers will focus on how cities can redesign their streets to make bicycle transportation more accessible. The idea is to support economic development, reduce carbon impacts and expand transportation choices. The second project will seek to integrate bicycle transportation into a smart city framework — an emerging international movement to utilize various electronic devices, software and sensors to enhance the safety and flow of all transportation modes within urban areas. http://bit.ly/2gIfdqT
QUOTES R US
"We have protected bike lanes: 24% of our network now is considered for all ages and abilities. We’re excited. We’re seeing more children, more new people cycling. It’s the fastest growing mode—over 30%, over 130,000 trips per day, 10% commute to work."
— Dale Bracewell, Manager of the Transportation Planning, City of Vancouver, BC commenting in STREETFILMS’ Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story. http://bit.ly/2gYYmMp
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
Check out the twinkling lights decorating Vancouver, BC’s 450-foot long Capilano Suspension Bridge & Cliffwalk at night. After you cross the suspension bridge, you’ll be able to walk through the rainforest and several beautiful lights displays - including circular balls of light strewn over the pond and seven smaller suspension bridges. http://bit.ly/2gGAam0
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 "Transportation, the Transition & a Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Bill: What We Know about the New Administration and the Next Congress"
Date: December 15, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Beth Osborne (Transportation for America)
Hosts: Transportation for America
Details: http://bit.ly/2gYJhdL, free
Webinar "Love to Ride US Research Findings"
Date: December 15, 2016, 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET
Hosts: Love to Ride
Details: http://bit.ly/2gYfbas, 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 "Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration"
Date: January 5, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Experts in transportation & public health policy, Tom Petri (former Congressman)
Hosts: America Walks & Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Details: http://bit.ly/2gWJ8HR, free
Webinar "How to Start a Walking School Bus at Your School"
Date: January 11, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Victoria Custodio (CA Dept. of Public Health) & Kate Moening (Safe Routes to School National Partnership)
Hosts: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2gYoU0k, 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
Webinar "Multimodal Performance - How the HCM6 can Support Complete Streets Analyses"
Date: February 7, 2017, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Hosts: Transportation Research Board & Institute of Transportation Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2fXKIK0, $99 for ITE members, $149 for others, PDH/CE credits at an additional charge
Webinar "NDS/RID Research and Outreach Opportunities"
Date: February 8, 2017, 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
Hosts: Federal Highway Administration
Details: http://bit.ly/2eSVWkk, free
Webinar "Incentives and Norm Appeals"
Date: February 20, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 pm ET
Presenters: Jay Kassirer (Tools of Change)
Hosts: Tools of Change
Details: http://bit.ly/2gwowpX, $70, some free registrations available
Webinar "Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) Part 1 - Using the HCM 6 for Intersection Performance Evaluation"
Date: February 21, 2017, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Hosts: Transportation Research Board & Institute of Transportation Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2fXOzH4, $99 for ITE members, $149 for others, PDH/CE credits at an additional charge
Webinar "Playa Vista Ability2Change"
Date: February 24, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 pm ET
Presenters: Aaron Gaul (Playa Vista Compass)
Hosts: Tools of Change
Details: http://bit.ly/2gwmYfw, $50, some free registrations available
CRASH MODIFICATIONS FOR UNCONTROLLED PED XINGS
-> To help agencies choose appropriate pedestrian crossing treatments, the Transportation Research Board released its "Development of Crash Modification Factors for Uncontrolled Pedestrian Crossing Treatments" report. It quantifies the safety benefits of four types of pedestrian crossing treatments -- rectangular rapid flashing beacons, pedestrian hybrid beacons, pedestrian refuge islands, and advance yield or STOP markings and signs -- and presents a crash modification factor (CMF) for each type. http://bit.ly/2gBAGl8
LAB NEW ADMINISTRATION BLOG & CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT MEETING TOOLKIT
-> A recent League of American Bicyclists’ blog asks, "What will the new administration mean for biking and walking?" (http://bit.ly/2gIj8Un) It includes PowerPoint slides from a recent webinar on this topic and links to a Congressional District Meeting Toolkit (http://bit.ly/2gIdWQo) to give you the tools you need to make your voice heard by your elected official.
TAKE A RIDE ON DUTCH INFRASTRUCTURE
-> Bicycle Dutch notes you can ride just about anywhere in the countryside of the Netherlands in a relatively safe and convenient way. But the quality of the cycle infrastructure varies from municipality to municipality. Check out a video clip in real time and sped up and over 30 still photos that show details of a bicyclists’ experience of traveling the 8.22km (5.1 mi.) between the village of Grubbenvorst to the railway station of Venlo. http://bit.ly/2gG9j9z
NEA: HOW TO DO CREATIVE PLACEMAKING
-> "How to Do Creative Placemaking" is a recently published free ebook from the National Endowment for the Arts. It is an action-oriented guide for making places better. This book includes instructional and thought-provoking case studies and essays from today’s leading thinkers in creative placemaking. It describes the diverse ways that arts organizations and artists can play an essential role in the success of communities across America. http://bit.ly/2gZkExE
LIGHTED BIKE HELMET WITH TURN SIGNALS
-> Bicycling magazine reports on its city traffic test ride of a new bicycle helmet with more than 60 LEDs on the front and back and turn signals. The lights were higher and larger than traditional bike lights—and more visible from eye level. The turn signal function operates through a two-button handlebar-mounted remote. However, drivers may not necessarily immediately grasp what the flashing means. http://bit.ly/2gG8AFf
APP SHOWS AVAILABLE BIKE LOCKERS & ACCEPTS RENTAL FEE
-> CycleSafe announces a new custom smartphone app that will allow bicyclists to find available bike lockers, reserve, pay for, and use the lockers without contacting administrative staff. With the app, riders can view a map of available bike lockers, choose a locker, and pay for rental through their smartphone. This new system can be retrofitted to existing lockers. http://bit.ly/2gYMEBm
HEALTH & TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES
-> USDOT compiled an extensive, annotated list of health and transportation resources available from them and other sources. These include 2 case studies, 7 publications and tools, 6 USDOT resources, 7 other government resources, 4 webinar and media listings, 5 advocacy and coalition listings, and 2 non-profits. http://1.usa.gov/1Rsq9mO
SMART DATA MOVES CYCLING FORWARD
-> Smart data can help make cycling more visible and facilitate its promotion by providing in-depth insight into bicycle behavior and network performance and helping guide more effective infrastructure investments. A European Cyclists’ Federation article by a guest author from Eco-Counter describes ways to make cycling more mainstream which require collecting, leveraging and cross-referencing data from multiple sources. http://bit.ly/2gZlZoc
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> 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 Abstracts - 2017 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program, March 8-10, 2017, Washington, DC.
Deadline: December 16, 2016, http://bit.ly/2gZLYMg
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - 2017 International Trails Symposium, May 7-10, 2017, Dayton, OH.
Deadline Extended: December 16, 2016, http://bit.ly/2e0GtPg
-> 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 - 8th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization in Action, July 27-28, 2017, Washington, DC.
Deadline: January 20, 2017, http://bit.ly/2gYyaSe
-> 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
-> January 7, 2017 - TransportationCamp DC 2017, 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.
-> April 19-23, 2017 - Foro Mundial de la Bicicleta (World Bicycle Forum), Mexico City, Mexico
-> April 23-25, 2017 - North American Snow Conference (APWA), Des Moines, IA.
-> May 1-4, 2017 - National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.
-> May 2-4, 2017 - Vision Zero Cities Conference, New York, NY.
-> May 3-6, 2017 - CNU 25.Seattle, Seattle, WA.
-> May 5, 2017 - Miami Valley Cycling Summit, Dayton, OH.
-> May 6-9, 2017 - APA 2017 National Planning Conference, New York, NY.
-> 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 15-17, 2017 - Global Public Transport Summit 2017, Montreal, Canada
-> May 16-17, 2017 - 5th World Social Marketing Conference 2017, Washington, DC.
-> May 19, 2017 - Midwest Active Transportation Conference, La Crosse, WI.
-> 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 3, 2017 - National Trails Day
-> June 7-10, 2017 - International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA),Victoria, BC, Canada.
-> June 11-15, 2017 - Mobility Rising CTA Expo, Detroit, MI.
-> June 13-16, 2017 - Velo-city 2017 Arnhem-Nijmegen, Arnhem and Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
-> June 17-20, 2017 - Canadian Institute of Planners National Planning Conference, Calgary, Canada
-> June 26-29, 2017 - APBP Professional Development Seminar, Memphis, TN.
-> June 27-29, 2017 - International Conference on Transport and Health, Barcelona, Spain.
-> July 3-6, 2017 - World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2017, Brisbane, Australia.
-> July 24-26, 2017 - 22nd International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT), Chicago, IL.
-> July 27-28, 2017 - 8th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization in Action, Washington, D.C.
NEW & FURTHER OUT: See http://bit.ly/centerlines for other events more than six months from now.
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 APPLICANTS - USDOT BEYOND TRAFFIC INNOVATION CENTERS
The designated USDOT Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers will help to continue the Beyond Traffic report conversations in their respective megaregions through curriculum, workforce training, outreach events, or research focused on the future of our transportation system.
Deadline: December 21, 2016, http://bit.ly/2gYgLZW
-> RFP - PARTNERS FOR PLACES
Partners for Places is a successful matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. The grant program provides partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.
Deadline: January 30, 2017, http://bit.ly/1xrcZgW
-> CALL FOR LETTERS OF INTEREST - GROUNDWORK USA PROGRAM
Groundwork USA is now accepting Letters of Interest from communities wishing to begin the process of applying for funding and technical assistance. The Groundwork Program of the National Park Service builds community capacity to improve the environmental, economic and social conditions in communities impacted by brownfields and derelict lands. Funding is available to select up to two new communities who will be eligible for up to $200,000 in funding and technical assistance from the National Park Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Groundwork USA to plan, establish, and build the capacity of Groundwork Trust organizations in their communities.
Deadline: February 1, 2017, http://bit.ly/2gZmVZP
-> JOB - URBAN TRAILS PROGRAM MANAGER (PROGRAM MANAGER II), CITY OF AUSTIN, TX
The Urban Trails Manager position supports the City of Austin Public Works Department by managing the implementation of the Urban Trails Master Plan in the Community Services Division. This position is responsible for overseeing the planning, design, and construction of the Urban Trail network and implementing the programs and policies as prescribed in the vision, goals, and objectives of the Urban Trails Master Plan.
Deadline: December 18, 2016, http://bit.ly/2gF7ycE
-> JOB - PROGRAM MANAGER, ST. PAUL SMART TRIPS, ST. PAUL, MN
St. Paul Smart Trips improves access and mobility for those who travel in and around St. Paul. We envision a St. Paul where sustainable transportation is the safe and easy choice. The Program Manager oversees one or more programs for the organization and provides day-today management to program-related employees, interns, and volunteers. The Manager assists the Director in organizational efforts to research and develop new program initiatives that align with the organization’s strategic plan and emerging needs and trends impacting transportation options in Minnesota.
Deadline: December 23, 2016 by 5 pm CT, http://bit.ly/2gZGIYU
-> 2 JOBS - EAST COAST GREENWAY
SOUTH CAROLINA & GEORGIA GREENWAY COORDINATOR – REMOTE POSITION, PREFENCEF FOR SAVANNAH, GA, OR CHARLESTON, SC
This position carries region-wide responsibilities for all aspects of greenway development, state committee/volunteer engagement, and some fundraising tasks related to the region. The SC & GA Coordinator works under the direction of the Director of Greenway Programs in coordination with the Executive Director and other East Coast Greenway Alliance staff.
Deadline: January 2, 2017, http://bit.ly/2gWLFl2
FLORIDA GREENWAY COORDINATOR – REMOTE POSITION BASED IN FL
This position carries state-wide responsibilities for all aspects of greenway development, state committee/volunteer engagement, and some fundraising tasks in Florida. This position will implement programs that support the ECGA Strategic Plan and specific strategies and goals in the state.
Deadline: January 2, 2017, http://bit.ly/2gWQDOR
-> JOB - URBAN PLANNER II, CITY OF ALEXANDRIA, VA
The Urban Planner II will perform technical analysis in specialized areas of planning and transportation. The employee will be responsible for relatively independent performance of major planning functions or projects requiring advanced skills in research and analysis, and the use of advanced skills in such areas as planning and transportation. The opportunity includes managing, or leading the planning on transportation planning projects or studies, such as Small Area Plans, corridor plans, and pedestrian and bicycle related projects, among other responsibilities.
Deadline: January 2, 2017, http://bit.ly/2gZMqKv
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER, LOS ANGELES, CA
Transpo Group is looking for an experienced Transportation Engineer to provide design services for bicycle, pedestrian and street design projects. Knowledge and experience with roadway design is an important part of this role. They are looking for someone with at least 5 years of design experience on projects such as designing bikeways, sidewalks, curb extensions, islands, signals and other street components.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2gYlB9o
-> 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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