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#427 Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, a program of Project for Public Spaces. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- Download EPA Smart Growth Resources (While You Still Can)
----- US DOT: People-Centric Performance Measures for States
----- FHWA Controlling Design Criteria & Application Context
----- US DOT: States Overestimating VMT Growth
----- PeopleForBikes: End of 5-Yr Green Lane Project Report
----- Montreal’s Car-Free Street Network Grows
----- Barcelona, Spain: Superblock Pushback
----- 10 Best Pedestrian Streets Around the World
----- Video: Paris Driverless Minibuses
----- Video: Cycle in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
----- Winter Cycling Congress & More Options in Montréal
----- Moscow, Russia 500 Cyclists Ride in Parade Despite -18F
----- Call for Bicycle Forum #34

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- 10 US Neighborhoods Plan to Double or Triple Biking by 2020
----- Kansas City, MO: W/ $800M Bond, City to Pay for Sidewalks & More
----- Proposed ND Bill: No Offence for Drivers Hitting Pedestrians
----- MT Proposed Bill Change: Effective Advocacy, Receptive Rep
----- Las Vegas, NV Pilots Driverless Public Transit
----- PennDOT Announces $33 million in 51 Active Trans Projects
----- Philadelphia, PA: 4,524 Tickets to Motorists Parked in Bike Lanes
----- New York, NY: Bikes Project Laser Symbols on Pavement Ahead
----- Chicago, L: Winter Cycling Grows
----- Rockefeller Foundation: Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge
----- Call for Complete Streets Policies Passed in 2016

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----- Trends in Walking and Cycling Safety
----- Assessing Economic Impact & Health Effects of Bicycling in MN
----- TRB Publishes Pedestrian Research Papers
----- Road User Behaviors at Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons
----- Ped Gap Acceptance Behavior in Street Designs w/ Shared Space
----- Changes in Street Layout & Design: Reducing Barriers to Walking
----- Multiobjective Evaluation of Midblock Crosswalks
----- Adaptive Walk Intervals
----- Countdown Ped Signals w & w/o Flashing Hand Field Study
----- Distractions on Ped Waiting Behavior at Traffic Signals
----- White Paper: Safety Performance of TeenSMART
----- State of the Practice on Data Access, Sharing, and Integration

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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----- Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience
----- Tool for Small Cities & Towns: Create Smart Growth Economic Development Strategy
----- Smart Growth Self-Assessment for Rural Communities
----- How Small Towns & Cities Use Local Assets to Rebuild Economies
----- Benefits of Smart Growth and Economic Success
----- Business Case for Smart Growth and Economic Success
----- Infill Development, Smart Growth and Economic Success
----- Local Governments, Smart Growth and Economic Success
----- Lessons from The Partnership for Sustainable Communities
----- Sample RFPs for Smart Growth Planning
----- Smart School Siting Tool
----- America Walks Walking College Curriculum & Training Process
----- 8 Outdated Transportation Engineering Euphemisms

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

DOWNLOAD EPA SMART GROWTH RESOURCES (WHILE YOU STILL CAN)
by Mark Plotz

-> I am being serious. Consider the news from the past week before dismissing my suggestion as alarmist: Climate change has been scrubbed from the White House's website; EPA has been under a media blackout since Monday and their grant programs are suspended indefinitely pending further review; CDC's conference on the health effects of climate change has been cancelled; and federal employees working on climate change are being told not to speak to the public. It does not take much imagination to see that what was championed by the previous administration will be considered anathema to this one and thusly buried, made dormant, defunded, or obliterated. It will happen swiftly and quietly while our attention is elsewhere.

The Resources section of this CenterLines is populated by vital EPA publications on climate change, resilience and smart growth. Whenever possible we have provided you with the direct link to the PDF. Download them while you still can. (They are pretty good resources too!)

US DOT: PEOPLE-CENTRIC PERFORMANCE MEASURES FOR STATES
-> Streetsblog USA reported in early January US DOT released new standards to guide how transportation agencies measure their performance. The revised US DOT standards will lead agencies to assess their work in ways that support investments in transit and active transportation. State DOTs will now have to set new goals and report on their progress, and advocates will have new ways to hold transportation policy makers accountable. Transportation for America’s Stephen Lee Davis identified four key wins in the new rule:

  1. States will measure the movement of people, not just vehicles.
  2. State DOTs will have to track their impact on carbon emissions
  3. People who walk, bike, or ride transit will be counted
  4. Free-flowing rush hour car traffic isn’t the goal
http://bit.ly/2jpsGRm

FHWA CONTROLLING DESIGN CRITERIA & APPLICATION CONTEXT
-> FHWA finalized policy changes to revise its list of controlling design criteria and introduce context into the application of those criteria. Three criteria were dropped from the list of 13, and most of the remaining criteria will only be considered as controlling for roadways over 50 mph. Only two controlling criteria remain for all NHS non-freeway roads: design speed and design loading structural capacity. The memorandum on revisions to the controlling criteria outlines the new policy (http://bit.ly/2juNTK2). When the controlling criteria cannot be met, design exceptions are still available as a tool that practitioners can use to help provide the best overall design. The significant reduction in the number of controlling criteria applicable to roadways with lower speeds will give practitioners the flexibility they need to design solutions that address project goals in a way that is more compatible with the community. For example, practitioners will have more flexibility to narrow vehicular lanes without needing Federal approval to do so.

FHWA also issued a clarifying memorandum with regard to Level of Service (LOS) (http://bit.ly/2jv1q44), a qualitative measure that reflects the relative ease of traffic flow on a roadway. While recommended LOS targets are included in the adopted design standards, LOS is not a controlling criteria. The memorandum clarifies that FHWA does not have regulations or policies that require specific minimum LOS values for projects on the NHS. http://bit.ly/2juXu3b

US DOT: STATES OVERESTIMATING VMT GROWTH
-> The State Smart Transportation Initiative reports US DOT recently released its 2015 Conditions and Performance Report to Congress, describing the current state and future needs of the country’s roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure. The report hinges largely on estimates and forecasts of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) provided by the states. US DOT noted its past forecasts were too high, adding, "states have tended to underpredict future VMT during periods when actual VMT was growing rapidly and to overpredict at times when actual VMT growth was slowing or declining." http://bit.ly/2jwkLBP

PEOPLEFORBIKES: END OF 5-YR GREEN LANE PROJECT REPORT
-> The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project was a five-year mission to accelerate the spread of protected bike lanes throughout the United States. To commemorate the end of the Green Lane Project, here are four moments when PeopleForBikes knew their work was paying off.

  1. When protected bike lane construction started to taper off … and then picked up again.
  2. When the federal government got in the game.
  3. When cities started making them the default design.
  4. When bike advocates from Germany started asking Americans for advice.

See details at: http://bit.ly/2j4qUZP.

MONTREAL’S CAR-FREE STREET NETWORK GROWS
-> Streetsblog USA reports every year, Montreal transforms more of its streets into public spaces where people can rub shoulders with their neighbors without worrying about car traffic. In 2017 the city is adding three more street segments to its car-free network, Mayor Denis Coderre recently announced, awarding $1.7 million over three years to pedestrianize them. The streets will receive seating, landscaping, and pavement markings to designate public pedestrian space. Five car-free street segments were added in both 2015 and 2016. The first year of a car-free street is treated like a trial. The city observes how well the space is used, as well as the effect on motor vehicle traffic and local businesses. If the first year is a success, the city will commit to permanent changes or bring the car-free segment back on a seasonal basis every year. http://bit.ly/2jnWIre

BARCELONA, SPAIN: SUPERBLOCK PUSHBACK
-> CityLab reports Barcelona’s plans to slash car traffic may be some of the most innovative in the world, but some residents are protesting. Since last year, the city has been introducing superblocks: square sections of the city’s grid made up of nine actual blocks where through traffic is permitted only on perimeter roads. These superblocks are meant to cut pollution and collisions while making more space for pedestrians and cyclists. Some residents in a neighborhood with a superblock introduced in September say it is making their daily lives far more complicated. One local said that a car journey of 900 meters (just over half a mile) had tripled in length, while traffic around the perimeter had also increased. Continuing this pattern across they city, they fear, would make navigating Barcelona by car as complex as solving a Rubik’s Cube. http://bit.ly/2krR8Ga

10 BEST PEDESTRIAN STREETS AROUND THE WORLD
-> Afar’s list of the 10 Best Pedestrian Streets Around the World includes photos and brief descriptions of Støget in Copenhagen, Rue Mouffetard in Paris, & Lincoln Road in Miami among others. http://bit.ly/2jujhrO

VIDEO: PARIS DRIVERLESS MINIBUSES
-> Check out a 2-minute video report of a pilot of driverless minibuses in Paris: http://bit.ly/2juP0JA

VIDEO: CYCLE IN ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
-> Take a nearly 2-minute ride via a Bicycle Dutch video of a ride from Rotterdam’s train station, through a tunnel under the railroad tracks to a 19th century neighborhood that was not destroyed in World War II. The wide bi-directional cycle track ends in a traffic calmed 30km/h residential zone. It then takes you to a one way street for motor vehicles with a bicycle countraflow lane. (The rented an OV-Fiets public bicycle sounds like it was ready for some maintenance.) http://bit.ly/2jwo0JR

WINTER CYCLING CONGRESS & MORE OPTIONS IN MONTRÉAL
-> In conjunction with the Winter Cycling Congress February 8-10 (http://bit.ly/2ks7UVz), Montréal has planned more winter cycling activities for February 10-12:

- On February 11, 2017, Vélo Québec will host Snow Moon by Bike (http://bit.ly/2kse2x9), its first nightime winter bike ride. The ride will finish on the Igloofest site (http://bit.ly/2ks8baU), an event that brings together thousands of electronic music fans to dance under the stars at Montreal's Old Port.
- Enjoy the view from the Sommet Place Ville Marie Observation Deck (http://bit.ly/2ks5uGs) more than 185 meters above ground and discover Montreal in 360°. Show a conference delegate badge to get a discount
- At dusk any night, experience Cité Mémoire (http://bit.ly/2ksc7IV), loosely inspired by the history of Montreal, the tableaux comes alive with images, words and music projected throughout Old Montreal. Use the free Montréal en Histoires mobile app to hear the soundtrack.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA 500 CYCLISTS RIDE IN PARADE DESPITE -18F
-> The European Cyclists’ Federation reports the first bicycle parade of the year in Moscow was held despite the freezing temperature of -28C (-18.5 F). Check out photos and videos of the over 500 hearty participants not intimidated by the weather who gathered to cycle together through the capital city of Russia. http://bit.ly/2krZQnT

CALL FOR BICYCLE FORUM #34
-> Bill Wilkinson is trying to put together two complete runs of Bicycle Forum*, to be deposited with (a) Adventure Cycling Association and (b) the University of Oregon Library. If all goes well, a third run will go to the University of Mass/Boston Archives. Ever the packrat (his term!), Bill is missing only Bicycle Forum #34 to complete his first set. With that, he can have copies made of the various missing numbers for the other two sets. So, does someone our there have an original copy of Issue #34? [Bill will trade you an original copy of Issue #1 [!!!] for it.

Contact: Bill Wilkinson at bikefed@aol.com.

*Bicycle Forum, a quarterly printed journal, was a 25-year labor of love, edited (and mostly written by) John Williams of CenterLines fame. It was John's second periodical: the first was called "Cyclateral Thinking." The final five editions of Bicycle Forum can be downloaded at http://www.bikewalk.org/forumarchprint.php.


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

10 US NEIGHBORHOODS PLAN TO DOUBLE OR TRIPLE BIKING BY 2020
-> PeopleForBikes launched its Big Jump Project in 10 selected US neighborhoods to accelerate national progress toward better biking. It's a sort of "gifted and talented program" for cities. The idea is that if a handful of cities get something right, everyone else will find it easier to follow. Each of the 10 neighborhoods is on a mission to double or triple biking by 2020. To help, PeopleFor Bikes will connect them with the world's best wisdom, in-person trainings, peer support systems and a new tool for measuring biking progress. See the list at: http://bit.ly/2jo2wRO

KANSAS CITY, MO: W/ $800M BOND, CITY TO PAY FOR SIDEWALKS & MORE
-> BikeWalkKC reports the Kansas City, MO City Council sent an $800 million infrastructure bond for a vote in April with big sidewalk, bike lane, complete streets, and ADA improvements. After year of advocacy they won inclusion of bike/ped in a big infrastructure bond package. In a fundamental shift in philosophy and policy, the city allocated $150 million to repair and replace neighborhood sidewalks. The city will take over a significant portion of the cost, lifting a big burden off of homeowners – especially those on lower or fixed incomes. Homeowners currently paying assessments on sidewalks repairs will have that debt forgiven. (Way to go Kansas City!) http://bit.ly/2ks4XEF

PROPOSED ND BILL: NO OFFENCE FOR DRIVERS HITTING PEDESTRIANS
-> A state bill introduced by a North Dakota oil patch lawmaker would provide an exemption for the driver of a motor vehicle if they unintentionally injured or killed a pedestrian obstructing traffic on a public road or highway. Rep. Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman, who admitted the bill is in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests in southern Morton County. He said House Bill 1203 (http://bit.ly/2jvM4fN) was needed after groups of protesters blocked or gathered close to roadways and caused problems as motorists tried to drive by. According to the bill, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a driver of a motor vehicle who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway is not guilty of an offense." http://bit.ly/2jkCi0z

Calling it a knee-jerk reaction to events surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, a line of people testified against proposed North Dakota legislation Friday, January 20, that wouldn’t hold drivers liable for injuring or killing people who intentionally block a roadway. http://bit.ly/2jvTP5x

MT PROPOSED BILL CHANGE: EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY, RECEPTIVE REP
-> The Billings Gazette reported a bill that would have banned bicyclists from two-lane highways without shoulders is being redrafted with input from the cycling community. Melinda Barnes, executive director of Bike Walk Montana noted, "The majority of our rural roads have no shoulder. If that truly were a restriction, theoretically bicyclists wouldn't be able to travel through Montana." State Rep. Barry Usher said his bill was drafted broadly by legislative aides, but his goal was to avoid vehicle collisions. Usher said he was open to changing the bill to make it less restrictive. Barnes said she and Usher had a conversation Sunday, and they agreed to work on another bill for bicycle safety. http://bit.ly/2jw9pOr

LAS VEGAS, NV PILOTS DRIVERLESS PUBLIC TRANSIT
-> Las Vegas, NV has begun testing a French-built 12-passenger driverless electric shuttle for short transit distances other mass transit misses. An attendant will be onboard to make sure everything runs smoothly. The shuttle is also programmed to make sure it stops if it sees a vehicle – or pedestrian – in its path. http://bit.ly/2jvCVUl

PENNDOT ANNOUNCES $33 MILLION IN 51 ACTIVE TRANS PROJECTS
-> PennDOT announced $33 million in 51 active transportation projects throughout the state. They evaluated applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding. See the list of projects at: http://bit.ly/2jvzbm5

PHILADELPHIA, PA: 4,524 TICKETS TO MOTORISTS PARKED IN BIKE LANES
-> Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia reports the Philadelphia Parking Authority and Philadelphia Police Department wrote a combined 4,524 tickets for motorists violating the law by parking in bike lanes in 2016, the most ever. Check out the video describing the problems caused by parked vehicles in bike lanes: http://bit.ly/2j4qL96.

NEW YORK, NY: BIKES PROJECT LASER SYMBOLS ON PAVEMENT AHEAD
-> New York City’s Citi Bike bike-share program is installing Blaze Laserlights on 250 Citi Bikes, giving cyclists a new safety feature by projecting green bicycle symbols on the pavement 20 feet ahead. Watch the 35-second video to see how these little laser shows announce cyclists’ presence to drivers and pedestrians well ahead of time, especially when they’re emerging from blind spots like corners, alleys, and the sides of vehicles. http://bit.ly/2j2iHSH

CHICAGO, L: WINTER CYCLING GROWS
-> The Chicago Tribune reports the number of winter bikers has spiked in recent years due in part to improved infrastructure, such as protected bike lanes, and better, cheaper cold-weather equipment. Other factors include the expansion of Divvy, which gives commuters an alternative to using their own bikes in the salty slush, and a mild winter last year that encouraged people to give cold-weather biking a try. Figures from the Chicago Department of Transportation's Divvy bike-share program show that December through March trips jumped more than 200 percent to 518,286 in the winter of 2015-16 from 167,258 in the winter of 2013-14. http://trib.in/2j4rVBq

ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION: BAY AREA: RESILIENT BY DESIGN CHALLENGE
-> Streetsblog USA reports The Rockefeller Foundation announced a contest inviting designers, policymakers and developers to imagine climate change solutions for the San Francisco area will open for submissions in April. The Bay Area: Resilient by Design Challenge is modeled after a similar New York-area contest begun in 2013 (http://bit.ly/2jnQcRq). Its San Francisco counterpart is made possible with a $4.6 million grant from Rockefeller, and builds on efforts by the San Francisco Planning Department. http://bit.ly/2jnSnEI

CALL FOR COMPLETE STREETS POLICIES PASSED IN 2016
-> The National Complete Streets Coalition is collecting copies of city, county, regional, and state complete streets policies passed in 2016 for documentation in their Policy Atlas and Inventory (http://bit.ly/2jwGIRv) and Best Complete Streets Policies reports. Please send a PDF copy of a 2016 policy to Mary Eveleigh at meveleigh@smartgrowthamerica.org


THE RESEARCH BEAT

TRENDS IN WALKING AND CYCLING SAFETY
-> In its February issue, the American Journal of Public Health will publish the report of a study that examined changes from 2001/2002 to 2008/2009 in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities and serious injuries per km in the USA and Germany for four age groups: 5-14, 15-24, 25-64, and 65+. The researchers’ main finding is that fatality rates (per capita and per km) have fallen, but serious injury rates (with hospitalization necessary) have fallen much less or increased. We also find that the walking and cycling are much more dangerous for children and for seniors in all countries. So that special efforts must be made to improve safety for those most vulnerable groups, which would also make walking and cycling safer for everyone. "Trends in Walking and Cycling Safety: Recent Evidence From High-Income Countries, With a Focus on the United States and Germany" http://bit.ly/2jnSShO

[Thank you, co-author John Pucher?, for successfully advocating to make this article open access so it is freely accessible to transportation researchers, planners, and advocates of safer biking and walking.]

ASSESSING ECONOMIC IMPACT & HEALTH EFFECTS OF BICYCLING IN MN
-> The 2016 Minnesota 20-year Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan and Statewide Bicycle System Plan identified bicycling as an integral part of Minnesota’s transportation system. MnDOT contracted with the University of Minnesota to complete a project to better understand the economic and health impacts of bicycling in Minnesota. The project had 4 goals:

  • Estimate the economic impact of the bicycling industry in Minnesota by interviewing key industry informants and surveying manufacturers, parts suppliers, distributors, and retail establishments.
  • Systematically review studies that estimated bicycling infrastructure use in various parts of Minnesota to provide a comprehensive estimate for the magnitude of bicycling infrastructure usage in the state.
  • Estimate the economic impact of bicycling events in Minnesota by profiling attendees of selected bicycling events in Minnesota.
  • Assess the health benefits of bicycling by performing secondary analysis of existing data and estimating the economic value of the health benefits associated with bicycle commuting in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area "Assessing the Economic Impact and Health Effects of Bicycling in Minnesota" http://bit.ly/2jvJN48

TRB PUBLISHES PEDESTRIAN RESEARCH PAPERS
-> Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board published 14 papers that explore issues relating to pedestrians (http://bit.ly/2jwcA8B), including the following studies not noted in previous CenterLines issues:

- ROAD USER BEHAVIORS AT PEDESTRIAN HYBRID BEACONS
(http://bit.ly/1PYkxyB): A greater number of pedestrians activated hybrid beacons on a road with a posted speed limit of 45 mph compared with roads with a posted speed limit of 40 mph or less.

- PEDESTRIAN GAP ACCEPTANCE BEHAVIOR IN STREET DESIGNS WITH ELEMENTS OF SHARED SPACE
(http://bit.ly/2ifUeLT): Pedestrians felt more comfortable and confident in their interaction with vehicles post-redevelopment of the site because they not only tended to accept shorter gaps in traffic but also appeared to be more at ease when crossing, particularly elderly people and pedestrians traveling with children.

- EFFECTIVENESS OF CHANGES IN STREET LAYOUT AND DESIGN FOR REDUCING BARRIERS TO WALKING
(http://bit.ly/2ifIGYU): All types of intervention improved the pedestrian environment, even in the cases of routes chosen to minimize delay or exposure to traffic.

- MULTIOBJECTIVE EVALUATION OF MIDBLOCK CROSSWALKS ON URBAN STREETS BASED ON TOPSIS AND ENTROPY METHODS
(http://bit.ly/2jw57Xs): By combining multiple objectives in decision making, one may obtain different results with regard to the optimum treatments of crosswalks. The research results can be directly used by traffic engineers to select crosswalk treatments given traffic flow conditions and geometric design characteristics. The framework implemented in the study can also be used to estimate the impacts of other traffic projects considering multiobjective evaluation.

- ADAPTIVE WALK INTERVALS
-> (http://bit.ly/2ifTM06): Simulation tests with coordinated-actuated and fully actuated control, with and without pedestrian recall, and with and without permissive windows show that adaptive walk intervals can markedly reduce pedestrian delay with almost no impact on vehicular delay.

- COUNTDOWN PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS WITH AND WITHOUT THE FLASHING HAND FIELD STUDY
(http://bit.ly/2jw8c9X): This study found statistically significant decreases in pedestrians who were still in the crosswalk when cross traffic was released at three of the four sites when the Flashing Don’t Walk was removed from the clearance phase. An increase in the number of pedestrians running was detected at some of the sites during the Countdown Pedestrian Signal alone condition. Removing the FDW signal from the CPS could result in an increase in the number of pedestrians who reach the opposite side of the crosswalk without interfering with cross traffic.

- EFFECT OF DISTRACTIONS ON A PEDESTRIAN’S WAITING BEHAVIOR AT TRAFFIC SIGNALS OBSERVATIONAL STUDY
(http://bit.ly/2jwi2IC): Texting pedestrians were about two times less likely to glance before entering the crosswalk compared with undistracted pedestrians. Similarly, a pedestrian engaged in a phone conversation was about five times less likely to glance. These results may provide insight into ongoing discussion on how to address distracted pedestrians crossing the street.

WHITE PAPER: SAFETY PERFORMANCE OF TEENSMART
-> The Traffic Injury Research Foundation in Canada has released a report that assesses the veracity and strength of the available evidence that the TeenSMART training program reduced teen driver crashes. White Paper: Safety Performance of TeenSMART: http://bit.ly/2jtb62n

STATE OF THE PRACTICE ON DATA ACCESS, SHARING, AND INTEGRATION
-> The U.S. Federal Highway Administration released a report that outlines current data sharing and integration practices among state and local agencies, example data environments, technical integration formats, and business rules for integration and sharing. "State of the Practice on Data Access, Sharing, and Integration" http://bit.ly/2jt1dBz


QUOTES R US

"These projects are important initiatives that enhance communities across Pennsylvania to create stronger economies and better infrastructure. Making these improvements will enhance pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, create trails that serve a transportation purpose, and promote safety and mobility… These investments complement our state multimodal funding to ensure we’re making connections that improve citizens’ quality of life no matter how they travel."
—Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf in announcing $33 million in 51 active transportation projects http://bit.ly/2jvzbm5

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

MIND-CONTROLLED ROBOT
The Aubot telepresence robot, a remote controlled two-way video-communications device, now allows less-physically abled users to control it using their minds. Using a MindWave EEG reader that detects brainwaves, users concentrate on making it move over a certain ‘attention threshold’ which is interpreted by Teleport as a command to move. Users can then modify commands by using different blinking combinations that cause the Aubot to change direction, for example, enabling users to explore remote surroundings and communicate with people at will along the way. Check out the amazing 2-minute video demonstration: http://bit.ly/2krFpYe


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.

NEXT UP

Conference Call "Heart & Soul Talks: Strengthen Your Community through Engagement"
Date: January 26, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Jim Bennett (Biddeford, ME), Mike Bestor (Golden, Co) & Kirsten Sackett (Ellensberg, WA)
Hosts: Orton Family Foundation & International City/County Management Association
Details: http://bit.ly/2jvn3kV, free

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
Presenters: TBA
Hosts: Love to Ride
Details: http://bit.ly/2iQrl6p, free

Webinar "Transportation Innovations that Save States Money & Attract Talent"
Date: January 27, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Charles Knutson (State of WA) & Kate Fichter (Mass DOT)
Hosts: Transportation for America
Details: http://bit.ly/2jvnJGT, free

[This webinar is shows how two states use the kinds of approaches described in T4A’s Transportation Innovations that Save States Money and Attract Talent: A Guide to Innovative Policies for Governors and Their Executive Teams: http://bit.ly/2ifmEpq]

Webinar "Kickoff discussion of ‘Empty Spaces’"
Date: January 31, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Reid Ewing (Univ. of Utah)
Hosts: Smart Growth America
Details: http://bit.ly/2jvzI7e, 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
Presenters: TBA
Hosts: esri
Details: http://arcg.is/2j01oSw, free

Webcast "Student Presentations from TRB, Week 2: Travel-Time Reliability and Equitable Bike Share"
Date: February 1, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Travis Glick & Steven Howland (Portland State Univ.)
Host: TREC
Details: http://bit.ly/2jvkLC7, or go to Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at Portland (OR) State University, free

Webinar "The Action Guide"
Date: February 1, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: TBA
Hosts: America Walks & National Quality Forum
Details: http://bit.ly/2jvrvA7, 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

Webcast "Student Presentations from TRB, Week 3: Exploring the Positive Utility of Travel and Mode Choice & Impact of Bike Facilities on Residential Property Prices"
Date: February 3, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Patrick Singleton & Wei Shi (Portland State Univ.)
Hosts: TREC
Details: http://bit.ly/2jvqlEC, or go to Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at Portland (OR) State University, free

Webinar "Creating & Implementing Public-Private Shared Mobility Partnerships"
Date: February 7, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Presenters: TBA
Hosts: Shared-Use Mobility Center
Details: http://bit.ly/2jvzA7O, free

Webinar "Multimodal Performance - How the HCM6 can Support Complete Streets Analyses"
Date: February 7, 2017, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Presenters: TBA
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
Presenters: TBA
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
Presenters: TBA
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)
Hosts: PedNet
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
Presenters: TBA
Hosts: Love to Ride
Details: http://bit.ly/2iQAzzx, free

Webcast "Individual Decision Making in Online Public-Participation Transportation Planning"
Date: February 10, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Martin Swobodzinski (Portland State Univ.)
Hosts: TREC
Details: http://bit.ly/2jvlMtV, or go to Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at Portland (OR) State University, 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
Presenters: TBA
Hosts: APBP
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
Presenters: TBA
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 "The HEAT Tool and its Usage in Promoting Cycling’" (WHO’s Health Economic Assessment Tool)
Date: February 27, 2017, 7:30 am to 8:30 am ET
Presenters: TBA
Hosts: European Cyclists’ Federation and World Health Organization
Details: http://bit.ly/2ks07qD, free

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
Presenters: TBA
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
Presenters: TBA
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
Presenters: TBA
Hosts: APBP
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0iO1h, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members


RESOURCES

SMART GROWTH FIXES FOR CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE
-> EPA published a report to help local government officials, staff, and boards find strategies to prepare for climate change impacts through land use and building policies. The policy options described bring multiple short- and long-term environmental, economic, health, and societal benefits that can not only prepare a community and its residents and businesses for the impacts of climate change, but also improve everyday life. This publication can help communities address at least some of the expenses and political challenges of preparing for and adapting to climate change. The strategies outlined here can be worked into a community’s regular processes and policies—for example, through scheduled updates to zoning and building codes. "Smart Growth Fixes for Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Changing Land Use and Building Codes and Policies to Prepare for Climate Change" (2017) http://bit.ly/2jnv6lX

TOOL FOR SMALL CITIES & TOWNS: CREATE SMART GROWTH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
-> Many US small and mid-sized cities are struggling because their economies were built largely on a single economic sector that has changed significantly. Several cities have tried a different method to replace lost jobs that anticipates and overcomes some of these challenges. This emerging shift toward place-based approaches, called "smart growth economic development" in an EPA-published report, builds upon existing assets, takes incremental actions to strengthen communities, and builds long-term value to attract a range of investments. This smart growth economic development tool is a step-by-step guide to building a place-based economic development strategy for small and mid-sized cities, particularly those that have limited population growth, areas of disinvestment, and/or a struggling economy. "Framework for Creating a Smart Growth Economic Development Strategy: A Tool for Small Cities and Towns" (2016) http://bit.ly/2jnAiqg

SMART GROWTH SELF-ASSESSMENT FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES
-> EPA published a compilation of strategies, organized by 11 common "goal areas," that villages, towns, and small cities can use to evaluate their existing policies to create healthy, environmentally resilient, and economically robust places. This self-assessment helps communities identify gaps in their policies, plans, codes, and zoning regulations by asking a series of "Yes" or "No" questions. It goes beyond regulatory issues to help communities take stock of their local initiatives, strategies, and plans. Rural communities are not all the same, and this tool shares practices that a variety of rural places have used to improve their economies, environment, health, and quality of life. It includes resources and examples from communities around the country. "Smart Growth Self-Assessment for Rural Communities" (2015) http://bit.ly/2jnJHOx

Check out a companion piece to the resource above: Smart Growth Self-Assessment for Rural Communities: Madison County, New York: http://bit.ly/2jnB7PS

HOW SMALL TOWNS & CITIES USE LOCAL ASSETS TO REBUILD ECONOMIES
-> An EPA report examines case studies of small towns and cities that have successfully complemented major employer recruitment by emphasizing their existing assets and distinctive resources. "How Small Towns and Cities Can Use Local Assets to Rebuild Their Economies: Lessons From Successful Places" (2015) http://bit.ly/2josEvN

BENEFITS OF SMART GROWTH AND ECONOMIC SUCCESS
-> A report from EPA’s Smart Growth Program designed to inform developers, businesses, local government, and other groups about the benefits of smart growth development included three strategies:

  1. Develop compactly, redeveloping land with existing infrastructure when possible
  2. Create walkable places
  3. Provide a diverse range of choices in land uses, building types, transportation modes, housing, workplace locations, and stores.
"Smart Growth and Economic Success: Benefits for Real Estate Developers, Investors, Businesses, and Local Governments" (2012)http://bit.ly/2joy6Pj

BUSINESS CASE FOR SMART GROWTH AND ECONOMIC SUCCESS
-> An EPA report makes the business case for smart growth by describing its impact on productivity and innovation; its capacity to better compete for labor; and its capacity to improve retail sales. It also notes many businesses are now finding a competitive advantage to being in a central location that is walkable and has access to transit and a mix of homes and businesses. "Smart Growth and Economic Success: The Business Case" (2013) http://bit.ly/2jou4Xf

INFILL DEVELOPMENT, SMART GROWTH AND ECONOMIC SUCCESS
-> Smart growth development projects are compact and walkable, offer a mix of uses, and create a sense of place. Such projects on infill sites have environmental benefits because they can reduce development pressure on outlying areas, helping to safeguard lands that serve important ecological functions; can reduce the amount that people drive, improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and can lead to the cleanup and reuse of formerly economically viable but now abandoned sites, including those contaminated with hazardous substances. An EPA report describes the opportunities and challenges of infill development, the demand of it, and economic incentives for it. "Smart Growth and Economic Success: Investing in Infill Development" (2014) http://bit.ly/2jouEUF

LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, SMART GROWTH AND ECONOMIC SUCCESS
-> A 2014 EPA report reviews evidence of the connection between smart growth approaches and the fiscal strength of local governments. Its purpose is to help local governments make decisions about where and how to grow. Many that have invested in their town centers and main streets to create compact, walkable, mixed-use communities have helped revitalize struggling areas and grow the local economy. Smart growth strategies like these can help local governments build on existing assets and maximize their return on investment while helping to protect the environment and human health. "Smart Growth and Economic Success: Strategies for Local Governments" (2014) http://bit.ly/2jov9y1

LESSONS FROM THE PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
-> In 2009, HUD, DOT, and EPA began collaborating to ensure their policies and investments better served American communities. In the ensuing five years these efforts effected more than 1,000 communities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico who received more than $4 billion in grants and technical assistance to help them grow and improve their quality of life. An EPA report summarizes some significant policy changes and collaborations and how they made a difference in communities over the first five years of the Partnership. "Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments" (2015) http://bit.ly/2jotyZ6

SAMPLE RFPS FOR SMART GROWTH PLANNING
-> Typically, communities use a Request for Proposals (RFP) process to identify, screen, and hire expert consultants. EPA created two sample RFPs to help communities find consultants with smart growth experience. These two sample RFPs are from communities that successfully identified and hired consultants experienced in smart growth to help with their plan updates. The examples are provided as models for communities trying to secure similar smart growth expertise. Their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by EPA.

Sample RFPs for Smart Growth Planning: http://bit.ly/2jowtAZ

SMART SCHOOL SITING TOOL
-> EPA developed the Smart School Siting Tool to help school agencies and other local government agencies work together to better align school siting and other community development decisions. This Tool is composed of two Excel-based workbooks:

  1. The Assessment & Planning Workbook helps a community understand how well its school siting process is coordinated with land use and other community planning processes.
  2. The Site Comparison Workbook helps a community evaluate and compare candidate sites for a proposed school, which could be a new or renovated school. "Smart School Siting Tool" (2015)

http://1.usa.gov/28ZSVrL

AMERICA WALKS WALKING COLLEGE CURRICULUM & TRAINING PROCESS
-> America Walks recently released a report titled "The Walking College: A Human Capacity Development Strategy for Growing the National Walking Movement" (http://bit.ly/2jvV9Fh). This report outlines the Walking College curriculum and training process to support, grow and improve this national walking movement.

[See the Jobs section for details about applying for the next Walking College class.]

8 OUTDATED TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING EUPHEMISMS
-> Streetsblog USA reports mid-century highway era transportation engineering’s specialized vocabulary is tilted against street design concepts that can improve health, safety, and street life. A recent article in the Journal of the Institute for Transportation Engineers (Making the Case for Transportation Language Reform: Removing Bias: http://bit.ly/2jvirvb), makes the case for replacing 8 terms to remove bias from transportation engineering and provides neutral replacements for each. For example "accident," which implies an unavoidable act is more clearly a collision or crash. http://bit.ly/2jvqpnX


SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - TN Bike Summit, May 18 - 20, 2017, Memphis, TN.
Deadline: January 27, 2017, http://bit.ly/2jnNGdY

-> 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

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND PAPERS - Transportation Research Arena 2018, April 16-19, 2018, Vienna, Austria
Deadline: March 21, 2017, http://bit.ly/2j4AfAW

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

-> February 2-4, 2017 - New Partners for Smart Growth, St. Louis, MO.
http://bit.ly/1spSDEE
-> February 6, 2017 - Bicycle Colorado Summit, Denver, CO.
http://bit.ly/2iZziH2
-> February 8-10, 2017 - Winter Cycling Congress, Montréal, Canada
http://bit.ly/2hS0bPG
-> February 13-14, 2017 - Esri FedGIS Conference, Washington, DC.
http://arcg.is/2iZZO2Y
-> February 16-18, 2017 -Winters Cities Shake-Up 2017, Edmonton, Canada.
http://bit.ly/2cQXrj8
-> February 25, 2017 - New Jersey Bike and Walk Summit, Princeton, NJ.
http://bit.ly/2gwLeRP
-> February 26 - March 1, 2017 - Active Living Research Conference 2017, Clearwater Beach, FL.
http://bit.ly/2b7TrKP
-> March 6-9, 2017 – National Bike Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1shH4b1
-> March 14, 2017 - Utah Bike Summit, Ogden, UT.
http://bit.ly/2gwJEPV
-> March 20–21, 2017 - Washington Bike Summit, Olympia, WA.
http://bit.ly/2cfNY4Q
-> March 29-31, 2017 - IPENZ Transportation Group Conference 2017, Hamilton, New Zealand.
http://bit.ly/2dgoq4C
-> April 5-7, 2017 - 2017 Children's Environmental Health Network Translational Research Conference: New Challenges, Arlington, VA.
http://bit.ly/2dIvgPm
-> April 10-12, 2017 - International Congress on Transport Infrastructure and Systems, Rome, Italy.
http://bit.ly/22x9ySa
-> April 19-23, 2017 - Foro Mundial de la Bicicleta (World Bicycle Forum), Mexico City, Mexico
http://bit.ly/2gY0Udx
-> April 23-25, 2017 - North American Snow Conference (APWA), Des Moines, IA.
http://bit.ly/1bGsJTc
-> May 1-4, 2017 - National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.
http://bit.ly/2gY4STD
-> May 2-4, 2017 - Vision Zero Cities Conference, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/2gY4IeN
-> May 3-6, 2017 - CNU 25.Seattle, Seattle, WA.
http://bit.ly/2d17WxU
-> May 5, 2017 - Miami Valley Cycling Summit, Dayton, OH.
http://bit.ly/1CU0j01
-> May 6-9, 2017 - APA 2017 National Planning Conference, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/2gFVZC7
-> May 8-10, 2017 - 5th International Conference on Roundabouts, Green Bay, WI.
http://bit.ly/2byMAW8
-> May 10-12, 2017 - Placemaking: Making It Happen, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/2j0Bcaq
-> May 10-12, 2017 - Building a Healthier Future Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1M5UuBC
-> May 14-18, 2017 - ICOET 2017 International Conference on Ecology & Transportation, Salt Lake City, UT.
http://bit.ly/2dIJmAh
-> May 15-17, 2017 - Global Public Transport Summit 2017, Montreal, Canada
http://bit.ly/2gG5LUB
-> May 16-17, 2017 - 5th World Social Marketing Conference 2017, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/29Mj93E
-> May 18-20, 2017 - Tennessee Bike Summit, Memphis, TN
http://bit.ly/1gsBez5
-> May 19, 2017 - Midwest Active Transportation Conference, La Crosse, WI.
http://bit.ly/2gG1KQc
-> May 21-24, 2017 - 5th Urban Street Symposium, Raleigh, NC.
http://bit.ly/297g67i
-> 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.
http://bit.ly/2dZdZpo
-> June 3, 2017 - National Trails Day
http://bit.ly/1PtLgW0
-> June 7-10, 2017 - International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA),Victoria, BC, Canada.
http://bit.ly/2ddUm8N
-> June 11-15, 2017 - Mobility Rising CTA Expo, Detroit, MI.
http://bit.ly/2gFUEuZ
-> June 13-16, 2017 - Velo-city 2017 Arnhem-Nijmegen, Arnhem and Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
http://bit.ly/1XVRoKZ
-> June 17-20, 2017 - Canadian Institute of Planners National Planning Conference, Calgary, Canada
http://bit.ly/2gG9amn
-> June 26-29, 2017 - APBP Professional Development Seminar, Memphis, TN.
http://bit.ly/2cuj8CD
-> June 27-29, 2017 - International Conference on Transport and Health, Barcelona, Spain.
http://bit.ly/2gwlBxA
-> June 28-30, 2017 - PlacesForBikes Conference 2017, Madison, WI
http://bit.ly/2jo6oC1
-> July 3-6, 2017 - World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2017, Brisbane, Australia.
http://bit.ly/1TeCGNp
-> July 24-26, 2017 - 22nd International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (ISTTT), Chicago, IL.
http://bit.ly/24PdyPd
-> July 27-28, 2017 - 8th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization in Action, Washington, D.C.
http://bit.ly/2gwlBxA
-> 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.
http://bit.ly/2fb3YUg
-> September 13-15, 2017 - National Walking Summit, St. Paul. MN.
http://bit.ly/2a7hk08
-> September 17-20, 2017 - Rail~Volution 2017, Denver, CO.
http://bit.ly/S0xyxe
-> September 19-22, 2017 - Walk21 Calagry 2017, Calgary, Canada
http://bit.ly/2gwJJ6c

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.

-> RFP - MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING, PRELIMINARY & FINAL DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIFICATIONS, AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF CARTA'S MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION CENTER, CHATTANOOGA, TN

Deadline: January 30, 2017, RFP: http://bit.ly/2j4qnap and Addendum #1: http://bit.ly/2j4vB68

-> RFP - STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR MISSOURI’S REGIONAL ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ORGANIZATIONS
BikewalkKC in Kansas City, PedNet in Columbia, Ozark Greenways in Springfield, and Trailnet in St. Louis are requesting proposals for strategic planning services to inform future collaboration between the four organizations and to further our shared goals to improve the health and livability of communities across the state of Missouri.
Deadline: February 10, 2017, http://bit.ly/2ks70by

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - CENTER FOR HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT & JUSTICE SMALL GRANTS
The Center for Health, Environment & Justice Small Grants Program helps grassroots, community organizing groups build their capacity. The program is designed to especially reach people from low-wealth communities and communities of color who are impacted by environmental harms. Grant activities can include board development, membership outreach, and fundraising efforts. Project activities could also include meetings to develop an organizing strategic plan, training events, educational activities which are directly connected to your strategic plan, or membership recruitment. ?It is recommended that project activities be creative, effective and/or strategic.
Deadline: February 1, 2017, http://bit.ly/2jv5QIb

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 3 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS, ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION

- HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH SCHOLARS
This a national leadership development program for first-or-second-year doctoral students in any academic discipline who want to apply their research to help build healthier and more equitable communities. The goal of the program is to train doctoral students to use their discipline-based research training to advance health equity to build a Culture of Health, one that enables everyone to live longer, healthier lives.
Deadline: March 29, 2017, http://bit.ly/2jvv1ut

- INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH LEADERS
Fellows in this national leadership development program are researchers and community partners working together in three-person teams. Some are advancing existing projects; others represent new and ---------------unexpected collaborations. All are using the power of applied research, which engages the community to define and explore a question, and then applying findings in real time to create measurable changes. Their work strengthens communities and advances a Culture of Health
Deadline: March 8, 2017, http://bit.ly/2jvEtxV

- CULTURE OF HEALTH LEADERS
Culture of Health Leaders are people working in every field and profession who want to use their in?uence to advance a Culture of Health—one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. This kind of leader isn’t defined by a fancy title or a corner office. They’re working on the ground, applying their skills and experience to solve urgent issues that impact their community and beyond. They get their hands dirty—running a business, leading a nonpro?t, building things. No matter what barriers they encounter, they ?nd a way to get the work done.
Deadline: February 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2jvELog

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 2017 WALKING COLLEGE FELLOWSHIPS, AMERICA WALKS
The Walking College is an interactive, online educational program for walkable community advocates. Each year, Walking College Fellowships are awarded to community change agents working alone, in organizations, or in professions such as public health, planning, transportation, or education. The Walking College Orientation Webinar will be February 14, 2017.
Deadline: Applications open February 1 and close February 28, 2017 by 8:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2i9Uz3k

[See Resources section for America Walks Walking College Curriculum & Training Process report.]

-> RFA - ASSESSING ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE TO TRAFFIC-RELATED AIR POLLUTION, NOISE, AND THEIR INTERACTIONS WITH SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS, HEALTH EFFECTS INSTITUTE
HEI is seeking to fund health studies to assess adverse health effects of short and/or long term exposure to traffic-related air pollution. The studies should consider spatially correlated factors that may either confound or modify the health effects of traffic-related air pollution, most notably, traffic noise, socioeconomic status, and factors related to the built environment, such as presence of green space. The RFA provides up to 4 years of funding for up to 5 studies with a funding cap of $1,000,000 each.
Deadline: March 1, 2017, http://bit.ly/2jwMlio

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - POLICIES FOR ACTION: POLICY AND LAW RESEARCH TO BUILD A CULTURE OF HEALTH, ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION
RWJF seeks to fund research in health care and mental health, public health, education, the workforce, housing, criminal justice, planning and transportation, energy and the environment, technology, and more. They have $2 million in funding that includes $500,000 dedicated to research that explores actionable policies to support children’s healthy weight or reduce childhood obesity. Check out the informational webinar on February 15: http://bit.ly/2juW357
Deadline: March 10, 2017, http://rwjf.ws/2jvdnqr

-> JOB - PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ADVOCATE, CITY OF ST. PAUL, MN
The Pedestrian Safety Advocate will focus on improving pedestrian safety in the City of St. Paul, and will collaborate with other Public Works and City staff, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Ramsey County, St. Paul Public Schools, private schools, charter schools, community, business and other stakeholder groups to make Saint Paul a friendlier and safer place to be a pedestrian, enabling more residents and employees to choose walking as an active, sustainable mode of transportation.
Deadline: January 27, 2017 by 4:30 pm CT, http://bit.ly/2j4zo3n

-> INTERN - MOBILITY PLANNING, CITY OF ATLANTA, GA
Learn and assist with the City’s on-going transportation projects, which focus on facilitating sustainable transportation and efficient transport throughout the city. This role offers a broad range of experience including community and public engagement, conceptual master plans and collaboration with great partners across the city.
Deadline: January 27, 2017, http://bit.ly/2iZ2b5W

-> JOB - BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER, CITY OF DALLAS, TX
This position within the Planning and Urban Design Department is responsible for implementing the 2011 Dallas Bike Plan, which may include Managing/coordinating City, and multi-agency transportation projects, which include on-street bicycle facilities and multi-use, trail projects. This position is responsible for designing on-street bicycle facilities, and ensuring the City's transportation needs and City's construction requirements are met during the planning, design and construction of City and multi-agency transportation projects that include bicycle transportation related elements.
Deadline: February 2, 2017 by 5:00 pm CT, http://bit.ly/2bPU2fY

-> JOB - CIVIL ENGINEER & ASST. BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR, VERMONT TRANSPORTATION AGENCY
Approximately 80% of the duties will be in the role of Project Supervisor, working with municipalities who have been granted federal and/or state funds to complete projects. The remaining 20% of the duties will be in a supportive role to the VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian program. These duties will involve the technical aspects of incorporating infrastructure for walking and bicycling as standalone projects as well as components of paving, bridge, intersection and other transportation improvement projects. Some duties may be in research, policy development and planning for walking and bicycling.
Deadline: February 13, 2017, http://bit.ly/2julIuz

-> 2 JOBS - CITY OF SEATTLE DOT
- DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF POLICY, PLANNING, MOBILITY, AND RIGHT OF WAY

SDOT seeks a skilled and visionary deputy director to provide strategic leadership for our Policy and Planning, Transit and Mobility, and Street Use divisions. The Policy and Planning Division sets the long-term direction for the City's transportation system through the City's modal plans and other transportation planning documents, establish urban design guidelines for the public ROW, represent the City at the Puget Sound Regional Council, and develop and execute grant strategy and applications. The Transit and Mobility Division manages the City's streetcar system, bike share system, $40M in purchased bus service, and the transit spot improvement program. It also manages the Commute Trip Reduction and TDM programs, parking policy, and meter operations.
Deadline: Continuous, http://bit.ly/2julL9z

- DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
SDOT seeks a skilled and visionary individual to provide strategic leadership and direction to the Public Information Office. This position is an integral member of the senior management team overseeing all communications work for the department, and directly supervising a communications staff of nine and a budget of approximately $1 million. This position directly oversees responses on controversial issues and provides ongoing direction for consistent external and internal communications, and promotes and defends the City's transportation work.
Deadline: Continuous, http://bit.ly/2juw2Th

-> JOB - SENIOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, CITY OF BOULDER, CO
Under minimal supervision, initiate, manage and coordinate transportation programs and projects with a focus on multimodal transportation planning with an emphasis on pedestrian planning. Contribute to the mission of the City of Boulder's Transportation Division/GO Boulder to expand the availability of transportation options and increase the community's use of them in alignment with Boulder's Transportation Master Plan, TMP Action Plan, Transportation Report on Progress, and Safe Streets Boulder: Toward Vision Zero initiatives.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2jup6Wh

-> JOB - MARKETING MANAGER, PEOPLEFORBIKES, BOULDER, CO
PeopleForBikes seeks a creative, organized and enthusiastic marketing manager to join them in getting more people on bikes more often. The ideal candidate will demonstrate skill in all facets of the marketing mix with a focus on event and content marketing. S/he will also bring passion and a can-do attitude to the marketing + communications team.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2jvkmQa

-> 2 JOBS, NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COG, ARLINGTON, TX
The NCTCOG is seeking an entry-level Transportation Planner and a mid-level Transportation Planner to support the Sustainable Development program, specifically related to Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordination. This position offers an exciting opportunity for candidates to participate in multimodal active transportation planning activities related to bicycle/pedestrian planning and studies, corridor studies, bicycle and pedestrian counts, safety education, complete streets, urban design/landscaping, healthy communities, data collection, demographic analysis, mapping, and grant administration.

- TRANSPORTATION PLANNER I - BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COORDINATION (ENTRY-LEVEL)

Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2jvzTQ4

- TRANSPORTATION PLANNER II - BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COORDINATION (MID-LEVEL)

Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2jvHspL

See also:
-> 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

[Let us know if your firm or organization has a job or RFP to announce or typically has job openings: news@bikewalk.org.]


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