#426 Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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----- Paris, France to Cut Car Space 50%
----- Report: Dangerous by Design for People Walking
----- Toronto, Canada: Highest Ped Deaths in 10 Yrs, 9/10 Over 55 Yrs Old
----- Video: Systematic Safety: The Principles Behind Vision Zero
----- Planners: Sprawl as a Health Hazard
----- Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide
----- NACTO Releases City Data Sharing Principles
----- Paris, France: Predictive Analytics - Bike Share Part of Transit
----- Belgium: More Cyclists Get Paid More for Longer Commutes
----- Utrecht, The Netherlands: New Bike Ped Bridge Removes Barrier
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Court: Bad Street Design Liable in NYC Crash
----- Jump in States Transferring TAP Funds to Roads & Bridges
----- San Antonio, TX - 40% Increase in Ped Deaths
----- Smart City Challenge Resources & Tools
----- Nashville, TN: Teens Map Routes, Identify Mobility Options
----- Nashville, TN: History of Sidewalks & Continued Gaps
----- MD DOT: Increasing Cyclist Safety on High-Speed Roadways
----- Buffalo, NY: Drops Parking Minimums
----- SRTS: Pesticide Spraying & Notice Near CA Schools & Day Cares
----- Every Body Walk! Awards Micro Grants
----- Transforming Ugly Urban Underpasses to Public Parks
----- Living Near Heavy Traffic Increases Risk of Dementia
----- European Survey: Barriers to Cycle Commuting
----- FHWA: Traffic Monitoring for Nonmotorized Traffic
----- Access to Jobs via Transit
----- Bus Active Safety-Collision Warning Pilot
----- Public Involvement Strategies for Rural & Small Communities
----- 2011 - 2017 TRB Annual Meeting Presentations Available Online
----- Presentations: TRB 2016 Winter Maintenance Conference
----- For More on All Things Winter
----- Intersection of Health Care and Transportation
----- Restricting Hwy Safety Data in Tort Litigation
----- Multimodal Catalog: Transportation to & Within Federal Lands
----- Safe, Comfortable & Connected Ped & Bike Networks Vol II
----- State of Practice: Applying Ped Crossing Improvements
----- Perils for Pedestrians: Videos & Interviews from Asia
----- Roundabouts & Left Turn Lanes for Peds w/ Vision Disabilities
----- Let's Move! Active Schools Tool IDs Physical Activity Resources
----- Video - Absurd School Drop Off
----- Planning Jargon to Delete?
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
PARIS, FRANCE TO CUT CAR SPACE 50%
-> In autumn 2018, Paris will extend its 3.3 kilometer Right Bank of the Seine car-free zone westward by a kilometer, install a guided tram bus line along the 11 kilometer riverfront, and convert some space that's currently used by cars into a two-way protected bike path. The openly declared objective: first to cut Paris' car space by 50 percent, then ultimately rid central Paris of non-residents' cars altogether. http://bit.ly/2ib8PZG
REPORT: DANGEROUS BY DESIGN FOR PEOPLE WALKING
-> Smart Growth America released "Dangerous by Design 2016," the fourth edition of a report that examines areas in the US that are the most dangerous for people walking. The way we design streets is a factor in fatal collisions. Many people die on streets with fast-moving cars and poor pedestrian infrastructure. The report includes a racial and income-based examination of the people who are most at risk. People of color and older adults are overrepresented among pedestrian deaths. This year's report ranks states and the 104 largest metro areas in the country by a "Pedestrian Danger Index," or PDI. PDI is a calculation of the share of local commuters who walk to work and the most recent data on pedestrian deaths. The report also outlines how to protect people from being hit by motor vehicles and the first steps to making it happen. http://bit.ly/2iZ9lHv
TORONTO, CANADA: HIGHEST PED DEATHS IN 10 YRS, 9/10 OVER 55 YRS OLD
-> In Toronto Canada, 2016 was deadliest year for pedestrians in at least a decade—43 people were killed while walking. Almost 9 out of 10 of victims were over age 55. The city is taking action to specifically protect older pedestrians by creating "senior safety zones" that will feature measures like additional midblock crossings, lower speed limits, better lighting and signage, and longer pedestrian crossing times at signalized intersections. http://on.thestar.com/2ibciYf
VIDEO: SYSTEMATIC SAFETY: THE PRINCIPLES BEHIND VISION ZERO
-> Bicycle Dutch blogger Mark Wagenbuur reports he and Northeastern University professor Peter G. Furth created a succinct and clear 8-minute video to explain the concept of "Systematic Safety" based on Dutch transportation practices and outcomes. At its heart, systematically safety identifies and eliminates the opportunities that create high crash and injury risk. It recognizes human bodies are vulnerable and humans make mistakes. The video describes 5 systemic principles at the core of Vision Zero and provides examples of each in The Netherlands. Systematic Safety: The Principles Behind Vision Zero: http://bit.ly/2j0352l
PLANNERS: SPRAWL AS A HEALTH HAZARD
-> A recent Washington Post article notes planners in Maryland's Prince George's County are increasingly treating the county's low-density, auto-dependent design as more than a traffic problem: they're considering sprawl a health hazard. Nearly 70 percent of Prince George's adults are considered overweight or obese, and many areas of the county lack sidewalks or feel unsafe — whether from cars or crime — for walking, cycling or playing outside. A more health-oriented approach to urban planning is taking on new urgency across the United States as rates of child and adult obesity have soared, along with Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other weight-related illnesses. http://wapo.st/2hBijMa
SMALL TOWN AND RURAL MULTIMODAL NETWORKS GUIDE
-> Alta Planning + Design, the Federal Highway Administration, National Association of Counties, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota released the guide to Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks. This resource applies existing design standards in multiple, flexible ways to create roadway designs that support walking and biking in small and rural communities. It includes visualizations and flexible design guidance solutions and real world case studies for each treatment to demonstrate implementation and applicability. http://bit.ly/2ibeX47
NACTO RELEASES CITY DATA SHARING PRINCIPLES
-> The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) released a framework for data sharing by private mobility providers. Anonymized data including vehicle speed, volume, travel time, pick-up and drop-off information, among other crucial data points, will enable cities to make better data-driven planning and policy decisions, and redesign streets to meet modern needs. NACTO's data sharing standards set a path forward for better data for transportation planning, inclusion in mobility options and better tools for safety. http://bit.ly/2iaZXDz
PARIS, FRANCE: PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS - BIKE SHARE PART OF TRANSIT
-> A European Cyclists' Federation article reports on how predictive analytics make Velib', the Paris bike share, an integrated part of the public transport system. The integration of BikePredict API (Application Programmable Interface) makes Vélib' perform as public transport like the trains, Metro and buses. Travelers can use the STIF Vianavigo route calculator to choose a route that uses Vélib', and find a bike when going out on the street and a station to drop it near its destination. Read the description of how this system works: http://bit.ly/2ibXVDb
BELGIUM: MORE CYCLISTS GET PAID MORE FOR LONGER COMMUTES
-> Cycling Today reports more than 400,000 Belgians received €93 million (US$998.2 million) for using their bike to get to work. The incentive is a mileage allowance paid for by their companies, who can deduct it from their tax bill. Employees in turn can deduct the purchase and maintenance of their bicycles. In 2011 the annual average commute distance was 944 km (586.5 mi), last year it was 1,045 km (649 mi). Thus average mileage allowance has increased from €198 to €230 (US$209 to 243). http://bit.ly/2ic1UiY
UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: NEW BIKE PED BRIDGE REMOVES BARRIER
-> Utrecht, The Netherlands opened a new piece of infrastructure for walking and cycling last month. The "Moreelsebrug" is a slender 295-metre-long bridge (968 feet) that allows people walking and cycling to cross the railroad. A bank headquartered next to the west landing was the driving force behind this bridge. In 2001, it donated 20 million Guilders (US$ 11.2 million) to the city to investigate and construct a bridge. The main objective for the bank was to give its employees a way to get to the historic Utrecht city centre east of the railway tracks 0n their lunch breaks. The total costs for the bridge were about 15 million euro (US$15.8 million). Bicycle Dutch provides a detailed history of the bridge design, photographs, videos, maps, and drawings. http://bit.ly/2j0Lszn
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
COURT: BAD STREET DESIGN LIABLE IN NYC CRASH
-> Curbed reports transportation experts agree that poor street design—and the driver behavior it enables—is responsible for many of the U.S.'s astronomically high number of traffic deaths. Now, in a landmark case, the New York State Court of Appeals has found New York City's street design liable for a 2004 crash that left a 12-year old boy riding a bike with multiple skull fractures and reduced mental and physical capacities. The city's leaders had been advised multiple times before the crash that the stretch of street was particularly dangerous. The court ruled, "an unjustifiable delay in implementing a remedial plan constitutes a breach of the municipality's duty to the public." The city was found 40 percent liable, and ordered to pay $19 million of the $20 million settlement to the boy. The city narrowed the street from four lanes to three by repainting the medians. However, from 2007 to 2016, the same street saw a shocking four fatalities, including the death of a 17-year-old cyclist. Late last year—almost 12 years after the 12-year old boy's crash—New York City's Department of Transportation finally announced major design changes to the street. http://bit.ly/2j03bXP
JUMP IN STATES TRANSFERRING TAP FUNDS TO ROADS & BRIDGES
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership released their most recent quarterly "State of the States" report tracking Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding transfers through September 2016 (http://bit.ly/2j0HeYo). It shows a jump in the amount and number of states that transferred TAP funding away from biking, walking, and Safe Routes to School and into roads and bridges. Plus, 12 states transferred funds for the first time. Congress allows state DOTs to transfer up to half of their TAP funds to other transportation priorities. SRTSNP urges advocates to ask their DOT to reverse these transfers. Check out details of the $109 million state DOTs transferred out of TAP between July and September 2016. http://bit.ly/2j0HeaQ
SAN ANTONIO, TX - 40% INCREASE IN PED DEATHS
-> According to KSAT-TV, 65 people died while walking in San Antonio, TX in 2016—a 40% increase over 2015. This spike is hitting as the city's new Vision Zero program (http://bit.ly/2j0wqcJ) finishes initial projects to lower pedestrian deaths. To people who live near "pedestrian problem spots," it makes sense why some people take risks: missing sidewalks, a lack of crosswalks. The city installed several "Z" crossings, which allow pedestrians to cross mid-street. They give drivers heavy warning with signs and lights. With millions of dollars expected from the 2017 bond, every district in the city has been allocated money for pedestrian mobility projects. http://bit.ly/2j0CphS
SMART CITY CHALLENGE RESOURCES & TOOLS
-> A little over one year ago, USDOT launched their Smart City Challenge, asking mid-sized cities across America to share their ideas for the creation of an integrated, first-of-its-kind smart transportation system using data, applications, and technology to help people and goods move faster, cheaper, and more efficiently. Over 75 cities competed for the resources to connect and deploy new technologies, and now those applications and a wealth of data is available to the public in a new comprehensive report, "Smart City Challenge: Lessons for Building Cities of the Future" (http://bit.ly/2ibyDVx). New Smart City web tools (http://bit.ly/2ibuHEw), including an interactive map that links to information in the cities' applications.
NASHVILLE, TN: TEENS MAP ROUTES, IDENTIFY MOBILITY OPTIONS
-> To make the case for better neighborhood mobility, a class of middle and high school students in Nashville, TN mapped their movements around North Nashville, tracking the spaces they visited most and the barriers that kept them from getting around, such as the lack of crosswalks and paths. They developed suggestions for connecting North Nashville to the rest of the city, eventually sharing their findings with urban planners. After meeting with the class, city planners incorporated a new bicycle lane along Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Although the lane stretched only 2 miles, it created a bicycle route across the interstate, connecting North Nashville to downtown. http://bit.ly/2j0DBBT
NASHVILLE, TN: HISTORY OF SIDEWALKS & CONTINUED GAPS
-> As Nashville, TN, like countless other cities across the US, has huge gaps in its sidewalk system and not enough money allocated to fill them. CityLab reports on the history of sidewalk purpose, policy, perception, and levels of political will to pay for them in Nashville beginning in the mid-19th century. http://bit.ly/2j0zzJG
MD DOT: INCREASING CYCLIST SAFETY ON HIGH-SPEED ROADWAYS
-> A Maryland DOT study investigated bicycle infrastructure design options and treatments to facilitate safe accommodation of bicyclists on high-speed roadways. They studied a design called "rumble-buffered" bike lane as a means to help mitigate the inherent hazards to bicyclists associated with limited separation from motor vehicles where separated facilities are not feasible. http://bit.ly/2iZ02HC
BUFFALO, NY: DROPS PARKING MINIMUMS
-> As part of a six-year-long initiative called the Buffalo Green Code (http://bit.ly/2ib7emZ), or the Unified Development Ordinance, Buffalo, New York, has become the first major city to completely remove outdated minimum parking requirements. Projects above 5,000 square feet will require parking analysis that factors in alternative transportation options in the area. The new code also follows form-based zoning, emphasizing the relationship between public space and buildings. http://bit.ly/2ib7hiF
SRTS: PESTICIDE SPRAYING & NOTICE NEAR CA SCHOOLS & DAY CARES
-> In California Safe Routes to School National Partnership reports they partnered with the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability to ask that the Department of Pesticide Regulation amend their policy around notifying schools and day care centers about pesticide spraying (http://bit.ly/2j0xVaR). The current policy would only require notification for spraying within a quarter-mile buffer zone during school hours; we asked that it be expanded to a mile and for additional hours to better protect children walking and biking to and from school and after-school events. http://bit.ly/2j0DYwg
EVERY BODY WALK! AWARDS MICRO GRANTS
-> America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative announced the second round of 22 Every Body Walk! Micro Grant awardees. The micro grant program provides funds that support grassroots efforts aimed at getting communities walking and creating more safe, accessible and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. Read the descriptions of these projects that employ art, signage, social support, environmental design and other innovative means to encourage all people to walk more and engage in creating safe, accessible delightful walkable places. http://bit.ly/2iMvw38
TRANSFORMING UGLY URBAN UNDERPASSES TO PUBLIC PARKS
-> Curbed reports many cities are turning transit underpasses into public parks, replacing trash, overgrown weeds, and dark passageways with art installations, funky lights, and pedestrian thoroughfares. Check out 7 creative examples that have been transformed, are still under construction or in the process of becoming public parks. http://bit.ly/2j05jyN
THE RESEARCH BEAT
LIVING NEAR HEAVY TRAFFIC INCREASES RISK OF DEMENTIA
-> A study recently published in The Lancet found those who live closest to major traffic arteries were up to 12% more likely to be diagnosed with dementia – a small but significant increase in risk. Roughly one in 10 cases of Alzheimer's in urban areas could be associated with living amid heavy traffic, the study estimated – although the research stopped short of showing that exposure to exhaust fumes causes neurodegeneration. (Living Near Major Roads and the Incidence of Dementia, Parkinson's Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis: A Population-Based Cohort Study: http://bit.ly/2iZWl4w) An article in The Guardian provides more details and comments about the study and its implications. http://bit.ly/2iZTYi1
EUROPEAN SURVEY: BARRIERS TO CYCLE COMMUTING
-> A survey conducted in several European countries revealed the main barriers faced by commuters while cycling to work (http://bit.ly/2ic7xh2). Most respondents claimed that non-segregation of traffic is the biggest problem, while a smaller group of surveyed people has identified weather as the biggest problem. The respondents of the survey were divided in three different categories: those who always walk or cycle to work, those who sometimes walk or cycle to work and those who never walk or cycle to work. In one city 80% of the people that never cycle to work say that they don't cycle to work because it rains too often. The people that are already cycling to work every day tend to disagree: only 29% of them thinks it rains too often. The survey is part of the CHIPS project (Cycle Highways Innovation for Smarter People Transport and Spatial Planning), a collaboration with the Netherlands and Belgium, Germany and the Republic of Ireland. http://bit.ly/2ic3Ckt
FHWA: TRAFFIC MONITORING FOR NONMOTORIZED TRAFFIC
-> FHWA released its Coding Nonmotorized Station Location Information in the 2016 Traffic Monitoring Guide Format (http://bit.ly/2j0okkt). The Traffic Monitoring Guide (TMG) includes a section on traffic monitoring for nonmotorized traffic, along with a format for nonmotorized data collection. The format was introduced in the 2013 TMG and updated in the 2016 TMG with new fields to code helmet use, gender and age and refinements to existing fields to add more clarity and options for describing a wide range of counting scenarios. The data format is flexible and detailed, but also complex. This document offers detailed guidance and examples showing how to code counts and count locations in the TMG data format.
ACCESS TO JOBS VIA TRANSIT
-> A new report from the University of Minnesota lays out how many jobs are accessible via transit in major American cities. (Access Across America: Transit 2015: http://bit.ly/2icAGZH) New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and D.C. offer the best transit access to jobs. Seattle and Denver have devoted significant resources to transit expansions recently and also rank high.
BUS ACTIVE SAFETY-COLLISION WARNING PILOT
-> A Federal Transit Administration grant and insurance company contributions funded a pilot project to install collision avoidance warning systems (CAWS) on 38 buses in Washington State. The project included a comprehensive examination of the total costs of the most severe and costly types of collisions, frontal collisions and collisions with pedestrians and cyclists, the potential for collision avoidance technology to reduce the frequency and severity of these types of collisions, and reduce the associated casualty and liability expenses. See Active Safety-Collision Warning Pilot in Washington State, pages 143-144 in IDEA: Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis Programs: http://bit.ly/2hS3Lte
PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT STRATEGIES FOR RURAL & SMALL COMMUNITIES
-> FHWA research recently published sought to help people in rural areas and smaller communities develop effective, locally appropriate, replicable strategies for public involvement in transportation planning and programming, especially to engage environmental justice communities in working with transportation planners to co-create strategies that will mitigate or avoid prospective environmental justice issues. Working initially with six competitively selected planning organizations in rural and urban areas of less than 200,000 population, the research found that effective practices for public involvement in transportation planning required as diverse a set of strategies in smaller metropolitan areas as in those with much larger populations, but smaller areas' planning agencies have correspondingly smaller staffs, and must be selective in their use of various public involvement strategies. "Developing and Advancing Effective Public Involvement and Environmental Justice Strategies for Rural and Small Communities" http://bit.ly/2icCIZB
2011 - 2017 TRB ANNUAL MEETING PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE
-> The Transportation Research Board has now included the compendium of papers 5,000+ program presentations at the 96th TRB Annual Meeting, January 8-12, 2017 and its final program on its Annual Meeting Online (AMOnline) portal. This portal also includes papers, visual aid slides, and poster presentations from the 2011-2016 Annual Meetings. There is no charge to access this material those more closely associated with TRB or registered for the Annual Meeting. http://bit.ly/1RjRPXs
QUOTES R US
"The idea is to go little by little towards a pedestrianization of the city center—one that, when complete, will see it remain open for the cars of local residents, police, for emergency services and deliveries, but not for just anyone. We are taking on completely a significant reduction of automobile traffic, just as other global cities are."
—Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, in announcing expanded measures to pedestrianize the city center: http://bit.ly/2ib8PZG
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
RIDICULOUS LAWS FOR CYCLISTS
Bike Radar offers examples of ridiculous laws for cyclists from around the world. No gargling while cycling in Peridot, AZ. No "wanton or furious" cycling in the UK. No cycling without a shirt in Thailand. No cycling with a slingshot in your pocket in Bellingham, WA. http://bit.ly/2icDcio
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 "Image Matters: How to Successfully Manage your City's Visual Identity in a Pro-Growth Environment"
Date: January 12, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Grant Hayzlett (National Sign Plazas, Inc.)
Hosts: Sustainable City Network and National Sign Plazas, Inc.
Details: http://bit.ly/2j02bTn, 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 "Low Stress Networks"
Date: January 18, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Eli Glazier (Toole Design), Eric Anderson (City of Berkeley, CA) & Nicole Wynands (Fairfax County, VA DOT)
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0p9Kf, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
Webinar "Huts for Hiking, Skiing, and Biking: Why, Where, and How?"
Date: January 19, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET, CEUs available
Presenters: Sam Demas (Hut2Hut.info)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2icHDKd, free for American Trails members, $55 for others
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 "Improving Walkability at Signalized Intersections with Signal Control Strategies"
Date: January 26, 2017, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Sirisha Kothuri (Portland State Univ.) & Edward Smaglik (Northern Arizona Univ.)
Hosts: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
Details: http://bit.ly/2igFdt5, free
Webinar "Love to Ride US Research Findings Part 2 (Causal Inferences)"
Date: January 26, 2017, 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET, to be repeated February 8, 2017
Hosts: Love to Ride
Details: http://bit.ly/2iQrl6p, free
Online Course "Do-It-Yourself GEO Apps"
Date: February 1-28, 2017, 7 sections open throughout the course, 1-2 hours of study per section
Details: http://arcg.is/2j01oSw, free
Webinar "Boost Your Legislative Advocacy Game with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Active Transportation Policy Hub"
Date: February 2, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Drew Dupuy (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)
Hosts: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Details: http://bit.ly/2ibau1A, free
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 "Path to a Walkable Future"
Date: February 8, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0o7h0, free
Webinar "Human Factor Issues with Roundabouts: The Need for Better Guidance"
Date: February 8, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Sam Tignor (US DOT) & Brian Walsh (WA State DOT)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2icG8f7, free for TRB affiliates, $105 for others
Webinar "Vision Zero - What is it and how did PedNet bring it to Columbia, Missouri"
Date: February 8, 2017, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Lawrence Simonson (PedNet) & Ian Thomas (City of Columbia, MO)
Details: http://bit.ly/2i9YlKa, free
Webinar "Love to Ride US Research Findings Part 2 (Causal Inferences)"
Date: February 8, 2017, 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET, repeated from January 26, 2017
Hosts: Love to Ride
Details: http://bit.ly/2iQAzzx, free
Webinar "U.S. DOT's Smart City Challenge and FTA's MOD Sandbox: Advancing Multimodal Mobility and Practices"
Date: February 13, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Aparna Dial (City of Columbus), Mark Dowd (Office of Management & Budget) & Gwo-Wei Torng (US FTA)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2icF4Yt, free for TRB affiliates, $55 for others
Webinar "Growing the Movement - University Curriculum for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals"
Date: February 15, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0vRQo, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
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
Webinar "Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) Part 2- Evaluating and Pre-screening Alternative Intersection and Interchange concepts using HCM6"
Date: March 7, 2017, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Hosts: Transportation Research Board & Institute of Transportation Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2fXNUpk, $99 for ITE members, $149 for others, PDH/CE credits at an additional charge
Webinar "The Right to Walk"
Date: March 8, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0e8so, free
Webinar "Active Transportation in Rural Settings"
Date: March 15, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0iO1h, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
PRESENTATIONS: TRB 2016 WINTER MAINTENANCE CONFERENCE
-> The 2016 Transportation Research Board's International Conference on Winter Maintenance and Surface Transportation Weather provided a forum on the state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice in research and technology in snow removal and ice control operations and other winter maintenance practices, procurement, and international research. Check out the presentations at http://bit.ly/2hRNTH6.
FOR MORE ON ALL THINGS WINTER:
-> Register or check out the program for the Winter Cycling Congress being held in Montréal, Canada on February 8-10, 2017. http://bit.ly/2hS0bPG. The conference will focus on infrastructure; education, promotion and communication; the transport, leisure, and tourism aspects of winter cycling; and the benefits, impacts and outcomes of winter cycling.
The second annual Winters Cities Shake-Up will gather urban planners, designers, entrepreneurs, business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and people who live in winter cities and want to take advantage of all winter has to offer. Edmonton, Canada will host this conference on February 16-18, 2017. http://bit.ly/2cQXrj8
INTERSECTION OF HEALTH CARE AND TRANSPORTATION
-> "Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health Care and Transportation: Proceedings of a Workshop" (http://bit.ly/2ib4t51) summarizes the presentations and discussions of a 2016 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop to explore partnerships, data, and measurement at the intersection of the health care and transportation sectors. ($80)
RESTRICTING HWY SAFETY DATA IN TORT LITIGATION
-> A recent legal digest from the Transportation Research Board explores the origins and provisions of 23 U.S.C. § 409, Discovery and Admission as Evidence of Certain Reports and Surveys. This law prohibits the use, in tort litigation, of highway safety data created for purposes related to safety improvements on roads qualifying for federal safety improvement funding. The digest explores the amendments to the law, development of caselaw interpreting and applying the law, a 2003 Supreme Court decision, and current interpretation and application issues. "Summary of Federal Law Restricting Use of Highway Safety Data in Tort Litigation" http://bit.ly/2hS7xme
MULTIMODAL CATALOG: TRANSPORTATION TO & WITHIN FEDERAL LANDS
-> A multi-agency collaboration developed the Multimodal Catalog, a central database with information on all multimodal transportation systems providing access to or within Federal lands (http://bit.ly/2j72bmU). It inventories and tracks condition information that can lead to the identification of high-priority multimodal systems and/or projects for each federal agency, state or region; identifies defensible program-level multimodal investment needs to help with long-term planning; and establishes baseline data for agencies to use in planning, performance management, and future reporting.
SAFE, COMFORTABLE & CONNECTED PED & BIKE NETWORKS VOL II
-> In its Case "Studies in Delivering Safe, Comfortable and Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks (Volume II)" (http://bit.ly/2ibYQn9), FHWA provides 93 new examples of network-enhancing projects. The report also provides a detailed breakdown of the types of projects that can be completed to improve network connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists. Within each project type, there are several examples from locations across the country. FHWA's 2015 "Case Studies in Delivering Safe, Comfortable, and Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks (Volume I)" (http://bit.ly/2ibYKvN) provided an overview of pedestrian and bicycle network principles and highlights examples from communities across the country.
STATE OF PRACTICE: APPLYING PED CROSSING IMPROVEMENTS
-> "Application of Pedestrian Crossing Treatments for Streets and Highways" compiles information on the state of existing practices regarding application of pedestrian crossing improvements, and does not produce new guidance. The report includes a survey of state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local transportation agencies, a synthesis of current recommended practice and policy guidance, and a literature review of safety evidence for more than 25 pedestrian crossing treatments. Transportation Research Board: http://bit.ly/2ipLSP4
PERILS FOR PEDESTRIANS: VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS FROM ASIA
-> Perils for Pedestrians has released video episodes related to various pedestrian infrastructure and experiences in Hong Kong (Episode #244: http://bit.ly/2j8Wm4O), the Hong Kong Walk21 conference (Episode #243: http://bit.ly/2j94Eda), and pedestrians and bicyclists in South Korea and Japan (Episode # 242: http://bit.ly/2j90xxG, and Episode #241: http://bit.ly/2j92iL3)
ROUNDABOUTS & LEFT TURN LANES FOR PEDS W/ VISION DISABILITIES
-> "Crossing Solutions at Roundabouts and Channelized Turn Lanes for Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities" explores information related to establishing safe crossings at roundabouts and channelized turn lanes for pedestrians with vision disabilities. Transportation Research Board http://bit.ly/2iYQ1dy.
LET'S MOVE! ACTIVE SCHOOLS TOOL IDS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RESOURCES
-> Let's Move! Active Schools released an interactive infographic to help schools and others find physical education and physical activity resources, programs, professional development technical assistance, and activation grants. It categorizes resources into 5 components of an active school: Physical education, physical activity before and after school, family and community engagement, staff involvement, and physical activity during school. http://bit.ly/2ibfVNK
VIDEO - ABSURD SCHOOL DROP OFF
-> Fast Company highlights a 3:30 minute video of Unionville Elementary, in a rural area outside Charlotte, North Carolina that illustrates the absurdity of the daily parental chauffeur system. In the video, the 700-student school is testing a new 2-lane curved path for cars in an attempt to clear traffic from the highway. http://bit.ly/2ibQNqw
PLANNING JARGON TO DELETE?
-> Read Next City's a list of eight commonly used planning words best left behind and their rationales for doing so: stroad, smart cities; livability, smart growth, road diet, cycle track, cyclists, pedestrian; and shared mobility. http://bit.ly/2ibtTzc
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> 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
-> REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - National Bike Summit, March 6-9, 2017, Washington, DC.
Deadline: January 16, 2017, http://bit.ly/2iZW3uv
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Strong Towns Summit, March 30 - April 1, 2017, Tulsa, OK.
Deadline: January 16, 2017, http://bit.ly/2idyBt1
-> CALL FOR PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS - 2nd Transportation Research Board Conference on Transportation Needs of National Parks and Public Lands, September 11-13, 2017, Washington, DC.
Deadline: January 20, 2017, http://bit.ly/2fb2M30
-> 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
-> CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS - Walk 21, September 19-22, 2017, Calgary, Canada
Deadline: February 10, 2017 (submissions to open January 6, 2017), http://bit.ly/2igBvQn
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, November 4-8, 2017, Atlanta, GA.
Deadline: February 20-24, 2017 dependent on tAPHA Sponsored, Section, SPIG, Caucus or Forum; http://bit.ly/2i3Tiak
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Physical Activity, APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo
Deadline: February 22, 2017, http://bit.ly/2j02g9G
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 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 6, 2017 - Bicycle Colorado Summit, Denver, CO.
-> February 8-10, 2017 - Winter Cycling Congress, Montréal, Canada
-> February 13-14, 2017 - Esri FedGIS Conference, Washington, DC.
-> 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 6-9, 2017 – National Bike Summit, Washington, DC.
-> 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 10-12, 2017 - Placemaking: Making It Happen, New York, NY.
-> May 10-12, 2017 - Building a Healthier Future Summit, Washington, DC.
-> 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 18-20, 2017 - Tennessee Bike Summit, Memphis, TN
-> 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.
-> September 11-13, 2017 - 2nd Transportation Research Board Conference on Transportation Needs of National Parks and Public Lands: Partnerships for Enhancing Stewardship and Mobility, Washington, D.C.
-> September 13-15, 2017 - National Walking Summit, St. Paul. MN.
-> September 17-20, 2017 - Rail~Volution 2017, Denver, CO.
-> September 19-22, 2017 - Walk21 Calagry 2017, Calgary, Canada
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.
-> REQUEST FOR BICYCLING AWARD NOMINATIONS - LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS
The League of American Bicyclists requests nominations of the following awards: BFA Bicycling Professional, BFA Advocacy Organization of the Year, Susie Stephens Inspiring Story, Gail & Jim Spann Educator of the Year, BFA Advocate of the Year, BFA Club of the Year, and BFA Emerging Leader. LAB will present these awards at the National Bike Summit, March 6-9, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Deadline: January 16, 2017, http://bit.ly/2iZW3uv
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - DOPPELT FAMILY TRAIL DEVELOPMENT FUND, RAILS-TO-TRAILS CONSERVANCY
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund supports organizations and municipalities that are working to improve, build and connect multi-use trails across the US. RTC will award $102,500 in the categories of Community Support ($5,000 - $10,000) and Project Transformation ($15,000 – $50,000). Preference will be given to projects that transform unused rail corridors into vibrant public places, but all multi-use trail projects are eligible. Applicants also receive access to RTC's Trail Expert Network, which provides trail professionals with relevant news and enhanced tools to help build and steward trails.
Deadline: January 31, 2017 by 11 p.m. ET, http://bit.ly/1OvJyO7
-> RFP - A RESEARCH ROADMAP FOR TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH, NATIONAL COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM
Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop a 10-year prioritized program of research—a research roadmap—that will provide a broad overview of highly relevant research needs at the intersection of transportation and public health in the United States.
Deadline: February 28, 2017, http://bit.ly/2iYOrrO
-> 2 JOBS - NACTO'S GLOBAL DESIGNING CITIES INITIATIVE, NEW YORK, NY
The Global Designing Cities Initiative developed the Global Street Design Guide (GSDG) and provides technical assistance on street and public space design to cities around the world. Applicants should demonstrate leadership in city planning, design, transportation and/or public policy, with a background knowledge in land use, urban development, sustainability and other city issues. NACTO GDCI is looking for someone with a strong sustainable transportation planning and design background, who is a good communicator with a keen eye for understanding the design of city streets as part of an overall campaign to promote safe, sustainable, and livable cities in general.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR, GLOBAL DESIGNING CITIES INITIATIVE
The Deputy Director will oversee the development of new policies and offer ongoing design review and guidance as part of technical assistance to senior level international governments. They will support the dissemination and adaptation of the GSDG alongside global best practices and conduct trainings and outreach with partner organizations.
Deadline: January 15th 2017, http://bit.ly/2j02Gg5
PROJECT MANAGER, GLOBAL DESIGNING CITIES INITIATIVE
The Project Manager will work with one or more non-U.S. cities specifically, support the development of new policy and offer ongoing design review and guidance as part of a technical assistance package. They will support the dissemination and adaptation of the GSDG alongside global best practices and conduct trainings and outreach with partner organizations.
Deadline: January 15th 2017, http://bit.ly/2j08ean
-> JOB - BIKE SHARE INCLUSION PROGRAM MANAGER, CITY OF ATLANTA, GA
Cyclehop is the operator of Atlanta's Relay Bike Share program. The City of Atlanta, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Cyclehop aspire for Relay Bike Share to include and support people of all backgrounds and income levels, and for bike share to create a sense of civic pride for all Atlanta neighborhoods. This position is focused on developing and implementing equity strategies.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2iZ3S3k
-> INTERNSHIP - MOBILITY PLANNING INTERN, CITY OF ATLANTA, GA
This is a summer full time internship with the City of Atlanta's Department of Planning Office of Mobility Planning starting in May 2017. The intern will work alongside experienced planners and other key personnel to gain professional skills in a variety of leadership fields such as transportation planning, sustainability, geographic information systems, community outreach, urban planning, and related disciplines.
Deadline: January 22, 2017 by 11 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2iZ2b5W
-> 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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