#431 Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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----- 3 European Cities' Traffic Policies Combat Air Pollution
----- ASCE 2017 Infrastructure Report Card
----- Final Rule Broadens Travel Types States Must Consider
----- Trump's Budget as an Attack on Cities
----- LAB: What Trump's Budget Means for Cyclists
----- Autonomous Cars Impact on Sustainable Cities
----- Autonomous Vehicles Cannibalize NYC Transit, Worsen Congestion & Emissions
----- Driverless Future: A Policy Roadmap for City Leaders
----- Bike Share in the US: 2010-2016
----- ECF: How to Combine Bikes & Trains for Long Distance Travel
----- China Opens 8K Elevated Cycling & Ped Path
----- Outside Toronto, Canada: Bike/Ped Projects in Smaller Towns
----- Women's Unique Perspectives & Experiences Bicycling
----- Places for Bikes Based on 2 European Models, 4/15 Survey Deadline
----- Streetfilms: #Sneckdown Video Shows More Ped Space Possible
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Chicago, IL: Most Bike Tickets Written in Black Communities
----- Tempe, AZ: Jaywalking Crackdown Seen as "Tax on Poor People"
----- Chicago, IL Ups Tickets to Drivers Blocking Bike Lanes
----- PennDOT: $70.1 M Biking Improvements for 150 mi of Route 6
----- MN: Economic Impact of Bike Industry & Events
----- South Memphis, TN: Bike Infrastructure to Reconnect City
----- Philadelphia, PA Vision Zero Draft Action Plan & More
----- Boston, MA Plans to be America's Most Walkable City by 2030
----- Wichita, KS Update: Guerrilla Plungers Net Permanent Posts
----- Portland, OR Anarchist Vigilantes Mend Potholes
----- Silent Barriers to Bicycling for Blacks and Latinos 4-Part Series
----- 1. Exploring Black and Latino Bicycling Experiences
----- 2. Fear of Crime While Cycling Among Blacks and Latinos
----- 3. Racial Profiling of the Black and Latino Community
----- 4. Infrastructure in Black and Latino Neighborhoods
----- Effect of Networks of Cycle-Tracks on the Risk of Cycling
----- Busting the Myth of the "Scofflaw Cyclist"
----- Bike PGH Surveys Cyclists & Peds re Autonomous Vehicles
----- Improving Trip Generation Methods for Livable Communities
----- Analysis Confirms Close-in land Development Reduces Driving
----- APTA Report: Who Rides Public Transportation
----- FHWA Releases Traffic Volume Trends Report
----- FHWA Releases 2015 State Statistical Abstract
----- Take TRB Urban Transpo Data & Info Systems Cmte Survey by 3/31
----- 2017 TRB Annual Meeting Slides & Posters Online
----- Rumble Strip Implementation on Non-Freeway Facilities
----- Practice of Rumble Strips & Rumble Stripes
----- FHWA Metropolitan Pedestrian & Bicycle Planning Handbook
----- FHWA Regional Cooperation & Bike/Ped & Transit Connections
----- Identifying and Measuring the Benefits of Accessibility
----- AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit & Leader Guide
----- MO DOT Guide to Searching for External Funding
----- 4 Important Things to Consider When Designing Streets For People
----- 11 Ways to Make Streets Safe for Walking
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
3 EUROPEAN CITIES' TRAFFIC POLICIES COMBAT AIR POLLUTION
-> Fast Company reports that to combat dangerous levels of air pollution London, Paris, and Barcelona are pursuing radical policies to cut traffic. (http://bit.ly/2neJuQd) London's air is infamously deadly, killing 10,000 residents every year. Mayor Sadiq Khan has already banned cars from Oxford Street, switched from diesel buses, and invested $1 billion on cycling (http://bit.ly/2neZTnX). This year he plans a T-Charge (T for toxicity) in which pretty much any vehicle built before 2006 entering the city will pay another £10 ($12.36) on top of the existing £11.50 ($14.21) Congestion Charge.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has enacted car-free days (http://bit.ly/2nf0FkL), commissioned redesigns of streets and intersections to favor pedestrians (http://bit.ly/2nwQRjn), changed the law to let cyclists run red lights (http://bit.ly/2nwZbj6), banned old cars from the city center and closed a 2-mile stretch of a major road along the Right Bank of the Seine entirely. While some of its traffic was displaced onto nearby traffic arteries, most of it just disappeared.
Barcelona's Superblocks (http://bit.ly/2nwRBFd) divide the road grid into nine-block squares. Through-traffic can only use the perimeter roads, and the city's bus routes have already been completely redesigned to adhere to the new layouts. Anyone entering the Superblock in a car will be guided straight back out again. Reclaimed spaces are reused for pedestrians.
ASCE 2017 INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT CARD
-> Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers' Report Card for America's Infrastructure depicts the condition and performance of American infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card—assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement. Overall ASCE gives US roads a D (http://bit.ly/2nQTXPx). http://bit.ly/ZpsdMB
FINAL RULE BROADENS TRAVEL TYPES STATES MUST CONSIDER
-> Rails-to-Trails Conservancy reports in the waning hours of his time as secretary of transportation, Anthony Foxx issued a regulation that could, if implemented, be a true gift to cyclists and pedestrians around the country. (National Performance Management Measures; Assessing Performance of the National Highway System, Freight Movement on the Interstate System, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program: http://bit.ly/2nQSdWg) It made several changes that help broaden the types of travel that states have to consider. First, both the NHPP (National Highway Performance Program) and CMAQ (congestion mitigation and air quality) rule now include consideration of reduction in CO2 emissions caused by the highway system. Second, the NHPP measure now considers "person-miles" traveled, rather than just vehicle miles traveled—thus, looking at how many people are able to get around. Third, the CMAQ performance rule includes a measure of how many people travel by modes other than a single-occupancy vehicle.
These changes are a big victory for trails, walking and biking. With the new rule, FHWA is looking to transportation planners on the state level and in major metropolitan areas to consider all types of travel as they attempt to relieve traffic congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is uncertain whether the U.S. Department of Transportation—now under the authority of newly confirmed Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao—will actually implement the rule, and they may even repeal it altogether. http://bit.ly/2nQJJi1
TRUMP'S BUDGET AS AN ATTACK ON CITIES
-> Streetsblog reports the National Association of City Transportation Officials called President Trump's budget outline that calls for severe cuts to transit "a disaster" for cities. Transportation for America said it was a "slap in the face" for local communities that have raised funds to expand transit. The budget threatens dozens of transit projects cities have been planning for years and which, in many cases, voters have approved by large margins. Meanwhile, no such cuts are planned for federal highway funding. http://bit.ly/2nQAUoo
LAB: WHAT TRUMP'S BUDGET MEANS FOR CYCLISTS
-> A League of American Bicyclists article outlines what President Trump's budget means for cyclists. The budget lays out a 13% cut to the DOT including a zeroing out of TIGER (which hurts biking and walking, and multimodal projects), severe cuts to Amtrak long distance trains and limits transit "New Starts" program to projects where funds have already been obligated. Transportation Alternatives and other core programs are not affected by the budget because the Highway Trust Fund, which can only be spent on transportation, funds them. The argument for defunding the transit program could have repercussions for biking and walking in the future. (For a primer on the budget process go to: http://bit.ly/2nQHZVS) http://bit.ly/2nQTL2T
AUTONOMOUS CARS IMPACT ON SUSTAINABLE CITIES
-> An article published by Cities of the Future predicts within the next 10 years autonomous cars could reverse the trend of freeing cities from private vehicles, instead flooding the streets with even more cars, undermining public transit, and leaving no space for other uses. It reports that Sam Schwartz recently said that the arrival of autonomous cars will increase the Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), reverse the millennial trend eschewing driving, decimate public transport, and increase the occurrence of inactivity related illnesses. http://bit.ly/2nHeGsi
[See Research section for Bike PGH Surveys Cyclists & Peds re Autonomous Vehicles.]
AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES CANNIBALIZE NYC TRANSIT, WORSEN CONGESTION & EMISSIONS
-> A State Smart Transportation Initiative article reports the effect of transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft is one of the central concerns of transportation planning, in part because TNCs can provide a hint about what might happen when driverless vehicles become widely available. In addition, to date the lack of TNCs' willingness to share data has limited our ability to assess these effects. A new report focusing on these services in New York City found after 2014 TNCs began cannibalizing transit travel, as well as adding new vehicle-miles because of how TNCs operate—including vehicle-miles for travelers who might have avoided a vehicle trip before (induced demand). (Unsustainable? The Growth of App-Based Ride Services and Traffic, Travel and the Future of New York City: http://bit.ly/2nR8ivp) "TNC growth can generate additional mileage on city streets because of deadheading to pick-up locations and drivers' personal use of the vehicle." The report suggests several policy responses. http://bit.ly/2nR38PT
DRIVERLESS FUTURE: A POLICY ROADMAP FOR CITY LEADERS
-> DriverlessFuture.org reports through the collaboration of Arcadis, HR&A and Sam Schwartz, "Driverless Future: A Policy Roadmap for City Leaders" (http://bit.ly/2nQ7TcB) explores six major priorities for policymakers to protect against risks, maximize potential benefits, and ensure the next transportation revolution will improve quality of life in our cities. The paper also estimates impacts in three prototypical US cities – New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas – showing a shift of nearly 7 million drivers to from driving to autonomous vehicles. This potential shift illustrates how cities with different population densities, transit availability, and car ownership can all be greatly impacted and why city leaders must act now to prepare for a driverless future. http://bit.ly/2nQnj0z
BIKE SHARE IN THE US: 2010-2016
-> Vox reports bike sharing systems now provide 28 million trips in the US a year. NACTO has just released the first comprehensive snapshot of bike-share growth in the US. (Bike Share in the US: 2010-2016: http://bit.ly/2nR3CW2) It shows that from 2010 to 2016, bike sharing has gone from virtually nothing to... well, something. It is still a marginal means of transportation in the grand scheme of things, but if current growth rates hold, that won't be true for long. There were just 4 bike share systems (at least 10 stations and 100 bikes) in the US in 2010; by 2016 there were 55. http://bit.ly/2nR3CW2
ECF: HOW TO COMBINE BIKES & TRAINS FOR LONG DISTANCE TRAVEL
-> A new report from the European Cyclists' Federation lists 7 simple steps for getting more people to use long-distance and international rail services and help to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union. (Bikes and Trains: 7 Basic Services that Give Cyclists a Smile: A Collection of Good Practice Examples of Integrating Cycling with Long-Distance and International Rail Services: http://bit.ly/2nLMwZY) The report identifies ways to encourage railway customers to combine bicycle and long distance and international and train trips rather than use private motor vehicles, and provides best practice examples from across Europe. http://bit.ly/2nLMuBk
CHINA OPENS 8K ELEVATED CYCLING & PED PATH
-> Arch Daily reports the city of Xiamen, China recently opened that country's first elevated cycling path, which also provides color-coded areas for pedestrians. Watch 2 videos of the nearly 8 kilometer long structure that provides a new sustainable transportation alternative for up to 2,023 cyclists/hr. The path has 13 connections to other public transport systems to facilitate intermodality across three financial centers and five residential neighborhoods. Its 11 spiral ramps to allow for uninterrupted riding. http://bit.ly/2nHtSp3
OUTSIDE TORONTO, CANADA: BIKE/PED PROJECTS IN SMALLER TOWNS
-> The Toronto (Canada) Centre for Active Transportation released "Active Transportation Planning Beyond the Greenbelt: The Outer Ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region" (http://bit.ly/2nIMG7s). This new book profiles projects that have improved conditions for walking and cycling in unique contexts beyond the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. These 13 projects are wide-ranging and at times unexpected, as smaller towns, suburbs, and rural areas often face the perception that walking or cycling are not viable travel options there. Physical conditions such as topography and large distances can act as barriers, as do the presence of provincial highways that run right through the middle of historic small towns. Despite these and other challenges, the municipalities in this book have successfully implemented off-road trails, paved shoulders, bike lanes, sidewalks and more to create spaces that encourage active transportation. http://bit.ly/2nIV1bb
WOMEN'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES & EXPERIENCES BICYCLING
-> Listen to or read the transcript of a recent Living on Earth segment called Women and Bicycling. Living on Earth interviewed several women about women's unique bicycling experiences. The focus and data are on biking to work, but that doesn't capture the many ways women use their bikes. If you ask women around the world what they are doing on a day to day basis, they won't describe going to pick up groceries or moving kids around the city as "work." So you're really missing how women move around a city. Women tend to feel safer using bike paths separated from the road, while men are less concerned about heading off into traffic. http://bit.ly/2nQICPk
PLACES FOR BIKES BASED ON 2 EUROPEAN MODELS, 4/15 SURVEY DEADLINE
-> In a recent post to the Alliance for Biking & Walking: People Discussion Group, SRAM Cycling Fund Director, Randy Neufeld, clarified the purpose of the Places for Bikes program. It is based on 2 European programs that he wanted to bring to US cities and towns. One is the Copenhagen Bicycle Account (http://bit.ly/2nIuqek) and the other is the German ADFC Fahrradklima Test (Cycling Environment Test (http://bit.ly/2nIC6O1, in German, but the Google translate function does a good job). They both offer online resources and results. Both programs survey local cycle network users and gather information on network utility and satisfaction. They then compare progress over time, and in the case of ADFC; between cities. To see what the survey covers, take the Places for Bikes community survey for your town: http://bit.ly/2nIIftg
There need to be enough responses to make the data useful. People for Bikes will share data details with groups or agencies that help get people to take the survey. This is a powerful resource that is now available free to any place that wants to participate. Spread the word about this survey between now and the April 15 deadline so you can have good data for local advocacy and planning.
STREETFILMS: #SNECKDOWN VIDEO SHOWS MORE PED SPACE POSSIBLE
-> A new Streetfilms #sneckdown video (3:16 minutes) shot before and after a recent snowstorm in New York City makes a compelling visual case for adding 3-10 or 11 feet more pedestrian space from currently unused motorist space. Sneckdowns are the white spaces unused by motorists after a snowstorm that are "like nature blanketing the city with curb extensions [and street islands] overnight" causing motorized traffic to slow down. Sneckdowns demonstrate streets have been overbuilt for motorists causing them to be able to go faster and drive more recklessly. Use this video to nudge you city to think differently about road design. http://bit.ly/2nLc9Kh
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
CHICAGO, IL: MOST BIKE TICKETS WRITTEN IN BLACK COMMUNITIES
-> The Chicago Tribune reports as Chicago police ramp up their ticketing of bicyclists, more than twice as many are being written in African-American communities than in white or Latino areas. The most common cyclist citation citywide was riding on the sidewalk. Protected bike lanes are missing from many African-American and Latino neighborhoods. http://trib.in/2mBruLz
[See Research section for 4-part series on the Silent Barriers to Bicycling for Blacks and Latinos.]
TEMPE, AZ: JAYWALKING CRACKDOWN SEEN AS "TAX ON POOR PEOPLE"
-> The New Phoenix Times reports a recent crackdown on jaywalking in Tempe, AZ is a "tax on poor people" and cites the experience of one pedestrian who received a $206 ticket, which is more than half what she pays in rent per month. The Tempe Police Department disagrees, saying it was part of a campaign designed to raise awareness about traffic safety in high-density areas in the city that bike, pedestrian and light rail commuters are using. This was an effort to bring awareness and ultimately reduce the number of pedestrian/bicycle collisions in these high-density areas." http://bit.ly/2nQw62h
CHICAGO, IL UPS TICKETS TO DRIVERS BLOCKING BIKE LANES
-> The Chicago Tribune reports this year, the City of Chicago is stepping up its enforcement efforts to deter motorists from blocking bike lanes by adding bike routes to the daily patrol maps for parking enforcement aides. The City is examining complaints to better send aides to where the issue persists. A city ordinance prohibits driving, standing or parking on bicycle paths or lanes and carries a ticket fine of $150. So far this year, the city has issued 440 tickets for violating the ordinance, according to the city's Department of Finance. In 2016, the city wrote 2,766 tickets, slightly lower than the 2,816 citations issued in 2015. http://trib.in/2nJ9tQs
PENNDOT: $70.1 M BIKING IMPROVEMENTS FOR 150 MI OF ROUTE 6
-> As part of its effort to improve bicycle safety, accessibility, and connectivity along Route 6, PennDOT released a report outlining enhancements for the route's 150 miles from the Ohio border to the McKean/Potter county line, as well as Route 6N in Erie County. (Pennsylvania Route 6 Bicycle Master Plan Design Guide, Section 1: Ohio/Pennsylvania Border to McKean/Potter County Line: http://bit.ly/2nQGoj4) The report estimates a $70.1 million cost, more than half of which is for bridge replacements, and an additional $5.9 million for enhancements to Route 6N. PennDOT plans two additional reports that will identify strategies and recommendations for the remaining sections of Route 6 in the state. http://bit.ly/2nQGGqa
MN: ECONOMIC IMPACT OF BIKE INDUSTRY & EVENTS
-> According to the CTS Catalyst, the University of Minnesota found the bicycling industry in Minnesota, including manufacturing, wholesaling, retail sales, and non-profits and advocacy groups, produced an estimated total of $780 million of economic activity in 2014. (Assessing the Economic Impact and Health Effects of Bicycling in Minnesota: http://bit.ly/2mkWTlQ) This includes 5,519 jobs and $209 million in annual labor income (wages, salaries, and benefits) paid to Minnesota workers. http://bit.ly/2n4FHW9
SOUTH MEMPHIS, TN: BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE TO RECONNECT CITY
-> Streetsblog reports South Memphis, TN is planning one of the country's first connected networks of all-ages bikeways. (http://memne.ws/2nQw6Q3) Part of the city's goal is to better connect South Memphis, the south side of downtown, and nearby amenities like Riverside Park and the new Big River Crossing to Arkansas with a series of bike-lane investments. When Memphis repaves a street there's often space to fit bike lanes simply by narrowing existing travel lanes. A conventional bike lane added this way costs just $2,000 per lane-mile, and a post-protected bike lane $6,000. http://bit.ly/2nQxW35
PHILADELPHIA, PA VISION ZERO DRAFT ACTION PLAN & MORE
-> The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia reports that less than a week after its Vision Zero 2017 Conference on March 1, the City of Philadelphia released its Vision Zero Draft Action (http://bit.ly/2neXvxr), Mayor Jim Kenney also pushed to increase the city's paving budget beginning in Fiscal Year 2017, and a Councilman unveiled a new Safe Streets bill (http://bit.ly/2nf46YZ) to require changes to intersections where deadly crashes take place. At the conference Philadelphia's Bike/Ped Coordinator announced plans for a Chestnut Street protected bike lane (http://bit.ly/2nf1om2). http://bit.ly/2nf4MgR
BOSTON, MA PLANS TO BE AMERICA'S MOST WALKABLE CITY BY 2030
-> MassLive reports the City of Boston announced it plans to become the most walkable city in America by 2030. The city's Transportation Department unveiled its plans to improve transportation and housing in Boston. (Go Boston 2030 Vision Framework Draft for Public Review: http://bit.ly/2nQN9l0) About 14.5% of commuters walk to work currently, far less than the 40.6 percent who drive themselves. By 2030, the city would like to see the percentage of people walking to work up by almost 50 percent and the percent of those who drive down by half. One strategy is to provide a rail or bus stop within a 10-minute walk of every home in Boston. http://bit.ly/2n7zpSl
WICHITA, KS UPDATE: GUERRILLA PLUNGERS NET PERMANENT POSTS
-> Streetsblog provides an update: Two weeks after two rows of toilet plungers set up to temporarily protect a Wichita bike lane went viral (http://bit.ly/2lKuckV), the city of Wichita, KS decided that come to think of it, those plungers were making a pretty good point. Kansas's largest city spent about $1,000 to order and install permanent flexposts along 100 feet of the bike lane that had often been encroached on by people using the space as an illegal turn lane for their cars. http://bit.ly/2nQqvZY
PORTLAND, OR ANACHIST VIGILANTES MEND POTHOLES
-> CityLab reports a small circle of friends created Portland, OR Anarchist Road Care in February as a response to deteriorating road conditions, which they believe make driving and cycling less safe (as well as a financial burden to owners of damaged vehicles). Whereas the planet's other pothole vigilantes rely on mostly passive approaches to draw attention to holes—painting male genitalia around them in the U.K., making them tweet the government when run over in Panama—Portland's avengers take direct action, using a temporary but well-established mending technique called cold patching. They have patched holes on three city blocks and remain in a "constant state" of awareness to find other craters to fill. Needless to say, they have yet to consult the municipality for any of these activities. http://bit.ly/2nRcICc
THE RESEARCH BEAT
SILENT BARRIERS TO BICYCLING FOR BLACKS AND LATINOS 4-PART SERIES
-> In a four-part series, Better Bike Share Partnership reports on a landmark study, "Removing Barriers to Bicycle Use in Black and Hispanic Communities" (http://bit.ly/2nQkI6z, fee to access). The underlying issue to address is the lack of access to political power that many marginalized communities sense.
- 1. EXPLORING BLACK AND LATINO BICYCLING EXPERIENCES
-> The first in the series provides an overview of this survey and focus group research about the factors that could encourage Blacks and Latinos to bike, and obstacles to more of them doing so. While commonly understood fears of traffic collisions rank first in terms of obstacles to bicycling, personal safety factors such as crime and racial profiling are highly underexamined issues that influence Blacks and Latinos when deciding whether to bike or not. In addition, over half of respondents were not aware of bike share, though 85% would be interested in using it. http://bit.ly/2nQDv1x
- 2. FEAR OF CRIME WHILE CYCLING AMONG BLACKS AND LATINOS
-> The second in the series considers perceptions of crime and how the fear of being robbed, assaulted, or stranded while using a bicycle deters participants from riding. In the Black focus group, crime fears seemed to center on the worry of having one's bicycle stolen, whereas the Latino group maintained more fear of being a physical target of crime while bicycling through perceived high-crime neighborhoods. Researchers found the majority of respondents lived in major urban centers that collectively were the source of 39% of all of New Jersey's violent crime. Nearly one out of every three respondents reported being victims of bike theft, with many having been victimized multiple times. The personal safety of Black and Latino cyclists may require transportation professionals to create deeper and more meaningful engagement of communities of color rather than ramping up policing in urban neighborhoods. http://bit.ly/2nQsflS
- 3. RACIAL PROFILING OF THE BLACK AND LATINO COMMUNITY
-> Researchers found that 1 in 5 Black and Latino males they surveyed felt police had at some point unfairly stopped them. They found the male rate of perceived profiling was 7 times higher than that of female participants. Researchers posit that the perception among Black and Latino males of being a police target in the past likely increases fear of future profiling, and thereby reluctance to bike. In the focus groups, many felt bicycling simply makes one too vulnerable to be worth it. Participants said that they routinely avoided certain towns and certain routes due to fear of police profiling. It is important for transportation professionals to be aware of these community dynamics when planning infrastructure changes. More community bicycling events might bring residents and the police together, and give residents a way to talk about their concerns in a non-hostile interaction. http://bit.ly/2nQl9Op
- 4. INFRASTRUCTURE IN BLACK AND LATINO NEIGHBORHOODS
-> The fear of traffic collisions and poor pavement conditions are also types of mobility and access barriers in Black and Latino neighborhoods. There is also a dearth of bike lanes and bike parking in some Black and Latino neighborhoods. For instance, a majority of Chicago's 200 miles of bike lanes are concentrated in neighborhoods with the fewest Black and Latino residents. When respondents were asked to rate the quality and accessibility of bicycle paths, bicycle lanes, and bicycle racks, Blacks, Latinos, and mixed race individuals had less positive results to report. http://bit.ly/2nQtbXq
[See the Regional section for Chicago, IL: Most Bike Tickets Written in Black Communities.]
EFFECT OF NETWORKS OF CYCLE-TRACKS ON THE RISK OF CYCLING
-> Accident Analysis & Prevention recently published a study that analyzed the evolution of the risk of cycling in Seville, Spain before and after the implementation of a network of cycle tracks. (On the Effect of Networks of Cycle-Tracks on the Risk of Cycling. The Case of Seville: http://bit.ly/2nQC0R1) Researchers studied the evolution of the risk for cyclists of being involved in a collision with a motor vehicle seven years before and after the network was built. A sudden drop in risk was observed after the implementation of the network of bikeways. The authors discuss the mutual causal relationships between the increase in safety, the increase in the number of cyclists and the presence of the network of bikeways.
BUSTING THE MYTH OF THE "SCOFFLAW CYCLIST"
-> Streetsblog notes according to a certain perspective, bicyclists are reckless daredevils who flout the road rules that everyone else faithfully upholds. But the results of a massive survey published in the Journal of Transport and Land Use point to a different conclusion — everyone breaks traffic laws, and there's nothing extraordinary about how people behave on bikes. (Scofflaw Bicycling: Illegal but Rational: http://bit.ly/2nQtaTd)
Nearly 18,000 respondents completed an online, scenario-based survey about their compliance with traffic laws when they are driving, biking, or walking. Researchers found that people admit to breaking the rules of the road at roughly the same (very high) rate, regardless of how they're getting around. "Bicyclists, perhaps despite popular conception, really don't break the rules at any greater rate than any other modes: pedestrians or drivers," said Aaron Johnson, one of the authors. "When there's a disregard for the rules it tends to come from efforts to negotiate infrastructure that really wasn't built for them." http://bit.ly/2nQu8Pm
[On a related note: The Helena Independent Record reports a bill to establish a safe distance between cars and bicycles sharing the road was voted down by the Montana Senate after comments by Republican Senate President Scott Sales about bicyclists. "They're some of the most self-centered, rude people navigating on the highways and county roads I've seen. They won't move over. You can honk at them. They think they own the highway."
The Senate president also criticized cyclists by saying they use the road without paying a gas tax to support maintenance, and suggested cyclists over the age of 16 should pay a $25 tax. "They have this entitlement mentality, many of them, that we should just wait for them, and quite frankly I think that's wrong. ... Quite frankly I don't want more of them in the state because there's already too many of them as it is." http://bit.ly/2nQCkiR]
BIKE PGH SURVEYS CYCLISTS & PEDS RE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES
-> Bike Pittsburgh surveyed their neighbors who bike and walk to find out how they felt about sharing the road with autonomous vehicles (AV) as a bicyclist and/or as a pedestrian, and collect stories about people's experiences interacting with AVs. The results of the survey were surprising and will influence how BikePGH will approach its work as it relates to AVs and keeping bicycle riders and pedestrians safe. Bike PGH released the raw data to the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center so that others can explore, process, and conduct new and different analyses. http://bit.ly/2nQ9Fu8
[See National section for Driverless Future: A Policy Roadmap for City Leaders, and Autonomous Cars Impact on Sustainable Cities items.]
IMPROVING TRIP GENERATION METHODS FOR LIVABLE COMMUNITIES
-> The Transportation Research and Education Center for Portland, OR State University published a new report that examines multimodal trip generation and identifies site-level attributes of the built environment that help explain multimodal trip generation. (Improving Trip Generation Methods for Livable Communities: http://bit.ly/2nRiGTO) The objectives of this study are to examine establishing multimodal trip generation more closely, identify site-level attributes of the built environment that help explain multimodal trip generation, and develop a framework for trip generation analysis that takes findings from this study into consideration. Findings highlight the influence of people living nearby and using the site; the nature of the land use on the site; the development along arterial roadways; site permeability and access; and the local culture around walking and cycling.
ANALYSIS CONFIRMS CLOSE-IN LAND DEVELOPMENT REDUCES DRIVING
-> The Huffington Post reports the recent publication in the Journal of the American Planning Association of an analysis that confirms close-in land development reduces driving. (Does Compact Development Make People Drive Less?: http://bit.ly/2nIYTZL) This thorough, meticulous new "meta-regression analysis" of empirical data from some 37 academic studies found that halving the distance between a particular development and downtown is likely to reduce per capita driving associated with that development by as much as 32%. http://huff.to/2nIYnLj
APTA REPORT: WHO RIDES PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
-> An American Public Transport Association report summarizes passenger characteristics of US public transit users based on regional surveys conducted between 2008 and 2015. Its top line results report key demographics, such as age, ethnicity, income, vehicle availability, and driver's license status among others. It also reports key travel characteristics such as trip purpose, reasons of taking transit, mode used to access and egress transit (69% walk to transit, 76% walk after getting off transit), and preferred alternative mode if transit weren't available. "Who Rides Public Transportation: The Backbone of a Multimodal Lifestyle" http://bit.ly/2nH6Izk
FHWA RELEASES TRAFFIC VOLUME TRENDS REPORT
-> FHWA released its January monthly Traffic Volume Trends report in PDF and Excel formats. Its data is based on hourly traffic count data reported by the States which is collected at approximately 4,000 continuous traffic counting locations nationwide. These data estimate the percent change in traffic for the current month compared with the same month in the previous year. Estimates are re-adjusted annually to match the vehicle miles of travel from the Highway Performance Monitoring System (http://bit.ly/2nwVmdT) and are continually updated with additional data. http://1.usa.gov/Yrm7Lt
FHWA RELEASES 2015 STATE STATISTICAL ABSTRACT
-> FHWA released the 2015 edition of the State Statistical Abstract with tabular information by State specific data on: Population; Land Area; Motor Fuel Use; Motor Fuel Tax; Public Road Length; Functional System Lane Length; Vehicle Miles of Travel; Driver Licenses; Vehicle Registrations; Fatally Injured in Vehicle Crashes; State Highway Finance and Attributed Federal Trust Fund Receipts. http://bit.ly/2neTOYL
TAKE TRB URBAN TRANSPO DATA & INFO SYSTEMS CMTE SURVEY BY 3/31
-> Ted Mansfield of USDOT on behalf of one of the TRB Health and Transportation Subcommittees co-sponsoring committees, the Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee (ABJ30), is developing an Urban Data Inventory cataloging data resources and tools commonly used by transportation practitioners and researchers. One focus of this inventory will be health and transportation. Please consider supporting this effort by filling out a brief Health and Transportation Data Survey by Friday, March 31, 2017. (http://bit.ly/2nRlAIi) This is a great opportunity to share our important work a bit more broadly within the transportation community. Contact Ted (email@example.com) if you have any questions about the survey or the data inventory.
2017 TRB ANNUAL MEETING SLIDES & POSTERS ONLINE
-> The Transportation Research Board's TRB Annual Meeting Online portal (AMOnline: http://bit.ly/1RjRPXs) includes papers, presentation slides, and posters of more than 5,000 program presentations at the 2017 TRB Annual Meeting as well as materials from the 2011-2016 TRB Annual Meetings. Access is free for Annual Meeting registrants and employees of year-round TRB sponsors. See pricing chart for other user categories. http://bit.ly/2nGZ2wU
QUOTES R US
"I think the bicycle has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammeled womanhood."
—Susan B Anthony (1820-1906), http://bit.ly/2nLuqas
Ignoring opposition and abuse, Anthony traveled, lectured, and canvassed across the nation from the mid-1800s to early 1900s for women's right to vote; the abolition of slavery; the right for women to own their own property and retain their earnings; women's labor organizations; and temperance. All American adult women finally got the vote with the Nineteenth Amendment, also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, in 1920. http://bit.ly/2nLxRh5
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
MAPS OF EASY TRANSIT-WALKING TRIPS TO LOS ANGELES BARS
Check out map a Los Angeles cartographer created of nearly 700 bars, cocktail lounges, breweries, and izakayas within about a half-mile walk of a Metro stop or regional bus line. LA's six-color-coded light rail Metro lines run every 20 minutes until around 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. http://bit.ly/2ne9tYk.
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 "Creating Value: Assessing the Return on Investment in Complete Streets"
Date: March 23, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Scott Lane (Stantec) & Debra Alvarez (National Complete Streets Coalition)
Hosts: National Complete Streets Coalition & Stantec
Details: http://bit.ly/2n3hk84, free
Webinar "Training Programs for Artist and Civic/Transportation Collaboration"
Date: March 23, 2017, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Caroline Vincent (Metro Nashville Arts Commission), Michael Rohd (Center for Performance and Civic Practice) & Mallory Nezam (Transportation for America)
Hosts: Transportation for America
Details: http://bit.ly/2nHkbqJ, free
Webinar "Highway Rumble Strips: Approaches to Balancing Public Safety and Community Noise"
Date: March 28, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Judy Rochat (ATS Consulting), Cathy Satterfield (FHWA), Bruce Rymer (Caltrans) & Paul Donavan (Illingworth & Rodkin, Inc.)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2nP5j6w, free for TRB sponsors & affiliates, $95/site for others
[See Resources section for new FHWA rumble strip guide.]
Webinar "Innovative Bicycling Programs for Youth"
Date: March 29, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Michelle Kiefer (Bicycle Alliance of MN), Shannon Koller (Cascade Bicycle Club), Colby Henley & Vanessa Cascio (Living Streets Alliance)
Hosts: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2n2f80u, free
Webinar "Performance-Based Design and Improving the Geometric Design Process"
Date: March 29, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Presenters: Brian Ray, Julia Knudsen & Hermanus Steyn (Kittelson & Assoc) & Richard Coakley (CH2M)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2kHlpQR, free for TRB affiliates, $95/site for others
Webinar "Designing for Inclusive Health"
Date: March 30, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Sandi Brundage (City of Salamanca), Angela Drent (Siouxland District Health Department, Dawn Kimmel (SIMPCO), Deb Nichols (Cattaraugus County Health Dept) & Allison Hoit Tubbs (National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability)
Hosts: America Walks, National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) - Lakeshore Foundation
Details: http://bit.ly/2nLdd0V, free
Webinar "The 500 Cities Project: Local Data for Better Health"
Date: March 30, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: Environmental Protection Agency
Details: http://bit.ly/2nEA7Kq, free
Webinar "Operationalizing Accessibility: Tools and Practices"
Date: March 30, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Chris McCahill (SSTI) & Matt Pettit (Citilabs)
Hosts: State Smart Transportation Initiative
Details: http://bit.ly/2ltmWb9, free
Webcast or Attend In-person "NPHW Forum: Working Across Sectors to Create the Healthiest Nation"
Date: April 3, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Nick Macchione (Health and Human Services Agency County of San Diego, CA), Stacey A. Kincaid (Fairfax County, VA Sheriff's Office), William Spriggs (AFL-CIO), Jackson H. Day (Providence United Methodist Church) & Marylynn Ostrowski (Aetna Foundation)
Hosts: American Public Health Assn.
Details: Webcast: http://bit.ly/2nPHDig, Attend in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/2nPI8sZ, free
Webinar "Exploring the Outdoors: Partners in Outdoor Spaces"
Date: April 12, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0owQw, free
Webinar "Impact Measurement and Evaluation"
Date: April 17, 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 "The Transit-Walkability Collaborative: An Inter-Modal Strategy for Creating Strong Neighborhoods"
Date: April 18, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Todd Litman (Victoria Transport Policy Institute), Ian Thomas (America Walks), Kirsten Holland (Center for Transportation Excellence), Marnie Primmer (National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates) & Jim Stone (Circulate San Diego)
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2nejxAD, free
Online Training Course "Introduction to Sustainable Remediation"
Date: April 18 & 19, 2017 (both days), 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: John Simon (Gnarus Advisors) & Members of the Sustainable Remediation Forum
Hosts: Sustainable City Network & Northwest Environmental Training Center
Details: http://bit.ly/2mA5bK2, $149 until March 31, 2017, then $199
Webinar "Reconstructing Old Traffic Circles into Modern Roundabouts"
Date: April 19, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: William Britnell (CT DOT), Andrew Paul (MassDOT) & Edward Myers (Kittelson & Associates, Inc.)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2nP5zCD, free for TRB sponsors & affiliates, $105/site for others
Webinar "Maintaining Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity in Work Zones"
Date: April 19, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0sicQ, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
Webinar "Maintaining Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity in Work Zones"
Date: May 1 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 pm ET
Presenters: Jay Kassirer (Tools of Change)
Hosts: Tools of Change
Details: http://bit.ly/2k2h727, $70, limited number of free registrations available
Webinar "Opportunities for Rural Walkability"
Date: May 10, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0odFC, free
Webinar "Making Crossings Safe, Convenient and Inviting"
Date: May 17, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0qvoj, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
RUMBLE STRIP IMPLEMENTATION ON NON-FREEWAY FACILITIES
-> FHWA released its rumble strip decision support guide to inform agencies on center lane rumble strips and shoulder rumble strips installation. It also documents the current state of the practice for their installation, conducts a gap analysis, and provides a framework for future research related to further implementation of rumble strips. "State of the Practice for Shoulder and Center Line Rumble Strip Implementation on Non-Freeway Facilities" http://bit.ly/2nH8jVT
[See Webinar section for a TRB webinar on rumble strips on March 28, 2017.]
PRACTICE OF RUMBLE STRIPS & RUMBLE STRIPES
-> A TRB synthesis captured current practices used by states installing rumble strips and stripes and explored variations in design, criteria and locations for installation, maintenance, perceived benefits, communication of benefits, and what are considered important issues (including impacts on bicyclists). In contrast to other standardized safety countermeasures, such as signs or pavement markings, there are no national standards of practice for rumble strips, so their lengths, widths, gaps, applicable locations, and general maintenance can vary widely among agencies. "Practice of Rumble Strips and Rumble Stripes" http://bit.ly/1P40UTz
FHWA METROPOLITAN PEDESTRIAN & BICYCLE PLANNING HANDBOOK
-> FHWA released its "Metropolitan Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Handbook" to provide Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) with practical information and examples as they consider pedestrian and bicycle transportation in their regional planning activities. Based on research including interviews with seven MPOs and critical evaluations of plans and associated documents from 11 other MPOs, this handbook covers integration of pedestrian and bicycle information into the metropolitan transportation planning process. http://bit.ly/2nQH3AZ
FHWA REGIONAL COOPERATION & BIKE/PED & TRANSIT CONNECTIONS
-> FHWA released "Regional Cooperation and Bike/Ped and Transit Connections: A Regional Models of Cooperation Peer Exchange Summary Report" of a meeting held in October 2016. (http://bit.ly/2nIKU6f) Enhancing connections between bicycle and pedestrian and transit facilities can bring benefits to transportation systems including broadening the reach of transit systems; increasing access to different modes of transportation; promoting the health benefits of active transportation; and providing opportunities for transportation for communities with limited access to automobiles. Participants of this workshop identified 10 key strategies that agencies can employ to improve connections between bicycle, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure. These range from broad considerations, such as gaining support from agency leadership and other agencies; measuring needs and outcomes; prioritizing equity concerns; promoting the varied benefits of bicycle and pedestrian and transit modes; and redefining transit to include biking, walking, and on-demand services. The remaining strategies relate more closely to project level work.
IDENTIFYING AND MEASURING THE BENEFITS OF ACCESSIBILITY
-> The International Transport Forum released a report that explores the impacts of accessibility on economic and social life to move towards a framework for measuring the benefits of accessibility. (Towards a Framework for Identifying and Measuring the Benefits of Accessibility: ) When addressing the specific application of accessibility rights, governments, regulatory bodies and courts around the world deal comprehensively with costs but fail to value important categories of benefit, such as the reduction of stigmatic harms, "option" benefits and "existence" value, and capability value. The paper describes progress towards a comprehensive narrative and analytical framework for describing and measuring these benefits. http://bit.ly/2nQYgKJ
AARP WALK AUDIT TOOL KIT & LEADER GUIDE
-> Another article in the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter describes the AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit: A Step-by-Step Self-Service Guide for Assessing a Community's Walkability (http://bit.ly/2nR2thc) The walk audit download provides step-by-step instructions and checklists for examining intersections, sidewalks, driver behavior, public safety and more. Since the survey is user-directed, the walk audit can take as little or as much time as desired by, say, spending 15 minutes at one busy corner or devoting several hours to documenting several roadways in a neighborhood. The documented results can be shared with elected officials and other local leaders when advocating for such safe streets features as sidewalks, crosswalks and properly timed traffic lights. The AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit Leader Guide: How to Host a Walkability Workshop and Community Walk Audit (http://bit.ly/2nR667b) describes how to plan for and manage a larger-scale event. http://bit.ly/2nRcOtI
MO DOT GUIDE TO SEARCHING FOR EXTERNAL FUNDING
-> MO DOT developed a training methodology for identifying external funding, teambuilding and collaborative partners, and proposal element design. "Transportation Research Methods: A Guide to Searching for Funding Opportunities" http://on.mo.gov/2nGUSVQ
IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN DESIGNING STREETS FOR PEOPLE
-> Arch Daily lists 4 important things to consider when designing streets for people, not just cars. The description of each one also describes new materials, technologies and thinking. The first involves streets as a linear system for both horizontally and vertically organizing the network of a variety of utilities. Second, the street is a drainage system... http://bit.ly/2nHiOse
11 WAYS TO MAKE STREETS SAFE FOR WALKING
-> An article in the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter describes 11 ways to make streets safe for walking. These include reduce the number of car lanes on wide streets; reduce the width of car lanes; reduce the length of crosswalks & make them more visible, and add medians or pedestrian islands in the middle of busy streets among others. http://bit.ly/2nR2emD
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - 2017 Esri Imaging & Mapping Forum, July 8-11, 2017, San Diego, CA.
Deadline: March 24, 2017, http://arcg.is/2nL7rMJ
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference, July 10-11, 2017, Brisbane, Australia
Deadline: March 24, 2017, http://bit.ly/1ShOKf5
-> CALL FOR LATE BREAKING POSTER ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS - International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement (ICAMPAM), June 21-23, 2017, Bethesda, MD.
Deadline: March 26, 2017 by 11:59 pm CT, Abstracts on a first come, first served basis, http://bit.ly/2nRdcZg
-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - 10th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, October 3-4, 2017, Dubuque, IA.
Deadline Extended: March 31, 2017, http://bit.ly/2ltnez6
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Southeast Greenways and Trails Summit, October 1-3, 2017, Durham, NC.
Deadline: April 7, 2017, http://bit.ly/2nQEfnw
-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - CTS 28th Annual Transportation Research Conference, November 2, 2017, Minneapolis, MN.
Deadline: April 24, 2017, http://bit.ly/1o0DfWn
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
-> March 23–24, 2017 - Nebraska Bike Summit, Lincoln, NE.
-> March 23–25, 2017 - Southeast Biking Symposium, Hilton Head Island, SC.
-> March 24, 2017 - American Society on Aging-American Planning Association Summit on Livable Communities , Chicago, IL
-> March 24-26, 2017 - Alabama Hiking Trail Society Annual Meeting & Conference, Camp McDowell, AL.
-> March 26-28, 2017 - Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, Charlotte, NC.
-> March 29-30, 2017 - 4th European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, Dubrovnik, Croatia
-> March 29-31, 2017 - IPENZ Transportation Group Conference 2017, Hamilton, New Zealand.
-> April 1, 2017 - 4th Annual Pittsburgh Women & Biking Forum, Pittsburgh, PA
-> April 1, 2017 - 2nd Annual St. Louis Women's Bike Summit, St. Louis, MO.
-> April 3-9, 2017 - National Public Health Week (US)
-> April 4-5, 2017 - Smart & Healthy Transport in Cities Conference, Czech Republic
-> April 5-7, 2017 - 2017 Children's Environmental Health Network Translational Research Conference: New Challenges, Arlington, VA.
-> April 6, 2017 - World Day for Physical Activity
-> April 8, 2017 - National Opening Day for Trails
-> April 10-12, 2017 - International Congress on Transport Infrastructure and Systems, Rome, Italy.
-> April 14-15, 2017 - Moscow International Cycling Congress, Moscow, Russia
-> April 19-21, 2017 - California Trails & Greenways 2017, Monterey, CA.
-> April 19-23, 2017 - Foro Mundial de la Bicicleta (World Bicycle Forum), Mexico City, Mexico
-> April 20-22, 2017 - Georgia Trails Summit, Columbus, GA.
-> April 21-22, 2017 - Fourth International Conference on Climate Change, Hong Kong, China
-> April 23-25, 2017 - LOCUS Leadership Summit: P3 is for Partnerships, Placemaking, and Policy, Washington, DC
-> 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 4, 2017 - Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit, Dover, DE.
-> May 4–5, 2017 - South Carolina Mayor's Bike and Walk Summit, Columbia, SC.
-> May 5, 2017 - Miami Valley Cycling Summit, Dayton, OH.
-> May 6-9, 2017 - APA 2017 National Planning Conference, New York, NY.
-> May 7-10, 2017 - American Trails International Trails Symposium, Dayton, OH.
-> May 8-10, 2017 - 5th International Conference on Roundabouts, Green Bay, WI.
-> May 8-14, 2017 - Global Campaign to #SlowDown and Save Lives: Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week
-> May 10, 2017 - National Bike to School Day
-> 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 - 16th TRB National Transportation Planning Applications Conference, Raleigh, NC.
-> 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 15-19, 2017 - National Bike to Work Week 2017
-> May 16-17, 2017 - 5th World Social Marketing Conference 2017, Washington, DC.
-> May 18-20, 2017 - Tennessee Bike Summit, Memphis, TN
-> May 19, 2017 - National Bike to Work Day
-> May 19, 2017 - Midwest Active Transportation Conference, La Crosse, WI.
-> May 19–20, 2017 - Oklahoma Bike Summit, Muskogee, OK.
-> 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 21-23, 2017 - International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement, Bethesda, MD.
-> June 26-29, 2017 - APBP Professional Development Seminar, Memphis, TN.
-> June 27-29, 2017 - International Conference on Transport and Health, Barcelona, Spain.
-> June 28-30, 2017 - PlacesForBikes Conference 2017, Madison, WI
-> July 2-15, 2017 - Initiative for Bicycle & Pedestrian Innovation Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands Study Tour
-> July 3-6, 2017 - World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research 2017, Brisbane, Australia.
-> July 8-11, 2017 - 2017 Esri Imaging & Mapping Forum, San Diego, CA.
-> July 10-11, 2017 - 10th Making Cities Liveable Conference, Brisbane, Australia
-> July 12-13, 2017 - Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses, Initiative for Bicycle & Pedestrian Innovation, Portland, OR State University
-> 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.
-> July 29 - August 2, 2017 - Greater, Greener 2017: Parks Connecting Cities, Cultures and Generations, Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN.
-> July 31 - August 4, 2017 - Comprehensive Bikeway Design 2.0, Initiative for Bicycle & Pedestrian Innovation, Portland, OR State University
-> August 20-24, 2017 (NOTE NEW DATE) - Comprehensive Bikeway Design 1.0, Initiative for Bicycle & Pedestrian Innovation, Portland, OR State University
-> 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 15, 2017 - New York State Bike Summit, Albany, NY.
-> September 16-20, 2017 - Governors Highway Safety Association Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY
-> September 17-20, 2017 - Rail~Volution 2017, Denver, CO.
-> September 19-22, 2017 - Walk21 Calagry 2017, Calgary, Canada
-> September 21-22, 2017 - 6th International Cycling Safety Conference (ICSC), Davis, CA.
-> September 24–25, 2017 - West Virginia Bike Summit, Morgantown, WV.
-> September 26-29, 2017 - 14th International Conference on Urban Health, Health Equity: The New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, Coimbra, Portugal
-> October 1-3, 2017 - Southeast Greenways and Trails Summit, Durham, NC.
-> October 2, 2017 - Colorado Bicycle Summit, Boulder, CO.
-> October 3-4, 2017- 10th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, IA.
-> October 4, 2017 - International Walk to School Day
-> October 6-8, 2017 - Youth Bike Summit, Arlington, VA & Washington, DC.
-> October 11-14, 2017 - Placemaking Week 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
-> October 20-23, 2017 - American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
-> October 29 - November 2, 2017 - ITS World Congress: Integrated Mobility Driving Smart Cities, Montréal, Canada
-> October 30-November 2, 2017 - NACTO Designing Cities 2017, Chicago, IL.
-> November 2, 2017 - CTS 28th Annual Transportation Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
-> November 3–4, 2017 - North Carolina Bike Summit, Wilmington, NC.
-> November 14-16, 2017 - Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference, Kansas City, MO.
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 - REGIONAL BIKESHARE PROGRAM, BLACKSBURG, VA
This Request for Proposal is for a contractor to provide a regional bike share program for the towns of Blacksburg and Christiansburg, VA, portion of Montgomery County, and the Virginia Tech Campus. The successful offerer will develop a detailed implementation plan; supply bikes, stations, and other infrastructure; provide hardware and software; market the program, solicit memberships and sponsorships; communicate with customers; and manage day-to-day activities.
Deadline: April 12, 2017 by 1 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2n6WPK3
-> CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - LANDMARK BEHAVIOR CHANGE CASE STUDIES
Tools of Change designation as a Landmark case study recognizes behavior change / social marketing approaches and programs considered to be among the most successful in the world. The designated programs gain exposure, credibility and free, on-line program case study materials, which can make it easier for them to maintain or increase program funding. Each designated approach / program is featured in a case study webinar.
Deadline: June 5, 2017, http://bit.ly/2nEepGv
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION SAFETY PROGRAM SPECIALIST, CITY OF PORTLAND, OR
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is hiring a Transportation Safety Program Specialist to focus on the coordination and management of small capital projects and operational improvements that support the Vision Zero and Safe Routes to school programs.
Deadline: March 27, 2017 by 4:30 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2nRr6L0
-> JOB - PLANNER II/SENIOR PLANNER, ORANGE COUNTY, FL
Orange County Transportation Planning Division has an immediate opening for a Planner II/Senior Planner. The Planner II will lead the County's Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety Action Plan project and review of the County's resurfacing program to enhance pedestrian/bicycle facilities, as well as contribute to comprehensive planning, multimodal corridor planning, Complete Streets, and pedestrian safety projects. (Details provided by Alissa Barber Torres, PhD, AICP, CLTD, Chief Planner, Orange County Transportation Planning Division.)
Deadline: March 29, 2017, http://bit.ly/2ni5Pwz
-> JOB - ENGINEER I, CITY OF COLUMBUS, OH
The selected candidate will serve as a Traffic Engineer within the Division of Traffic Management. This position will perform traffic studies that focus on safety and pedestrian issues. The position will also review various traffic studies, which may include interchange studies, safety studies, preliminary engineering studies, and other general traffic studies.
Deadline: March 29, 2017 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2nLdvoa
-> JOB - PROJECT LEADER, ENGINEERING; CITY OF MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA
The City of Mississauga's Community Services Department is seeking a passionate and qualified individual to lead the efforts to manage the existing off-road trail network and continue the long term plans to implement new off-road trails, on an 18-month contract.
Deadline: March 30, 2017, http://bit.ly/2nH901k
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GEORGIA BIKES, GA LOCATION FLEXIBLE
Georgia Bikes, the statewide bicycle advocacy organization in Georgia with a mission to unite people and organizations to improve bicycling conditions and promote equitable bicycling throughout the state, seeks new full-time Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization. Preferred candidates will be experienced with a wide range of leadership skills.
Deadline: March 31, 2017 by 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2nRtYHM
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ANALYST, HENNEPIN COUNTY IN MEDINA, MN
The Transportation Planning Analyst position offers opportunities for substantial professional and technical growth and provides technical support to Transportation Planning staff. The position functions under limited supervision, reporting to the Division's Senior Professional Engineer. This person will assist in the key areas of developing Geographic Information Systems maps displaying information relating to the Capital Improvement Program, crash data, traffic data, intersection and roadway segment inventories, speed limits and the 2040 Transportation Systems Plan.
Deadline: April 5, 2017 by 5:00 pm CT, http://bit.ly/2nLjfi6
-> JOB - BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER (SR. ENGINEER), CITY OF DALLAS, TX
This Bicycle Transportation Engineer 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 (TxDOT, Dallas County and DART) transportation projects which include on-street bicycle facilities and multi-use trail(hike and bike) 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: None provided, http://bit.ly/2nLhkdl
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE STREET TRUST, PORTLAND, OR
The Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) seeks an Executive Director to work closely with a committed Board of Directors, dedicated staff and key stakeholders to advance and expand the organization's mission to include all modes of active transportation. The Executive Director will provide strategic leadership, ensure the development and delivery of innovative programs, and guide the advocacy efforts of our new 501(c)(4), among other duties.
Deadline: Open until filled. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, http://bit.ly/2nR4IBh
-> JOB - PROJECT MANAGER - TRANSPORTATION (LONG-TERM TEMP), CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
This Project Manager, with the Neighborhood Development Services Department, will assist the Urban Construction Initiative Program Coordinator with a number of state and federally grant funded transportation projects. This position manages projects of substantial cost, scope, and complexity to include but not limited to state and federally funded transportation projects that involve multi-modal elements like bike facilities, new pedestrian access and safety features as well as vehicular capacity improvements.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2nLvPxG
-> 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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