#434 Wednesday, May 3, 2017
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.
----- Walk/Bike/Places Conference: New Orleans, LA, Sept 16-19, 2018
----- 1st Ever UK Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy
----- APHA: 2017 the Year of Climate Change & Health
----- Suburban Mom: Walking w/ Kids in Car-Oriented Suburb
----- The New Traffic Safety Paradigm
----- WHO Report: Managing Speed
----- Pilot System Advises Cyclists’ Re Speed to Make Green Light
----- Chinese Bike Share User Phone App Reserves & Pays for Bikes
----- New Dutch Cycle Bridge Transcends Barriers
----- Frustrating Copenhagen Bridge Design
----- Vancouver, Canada Campaign: Fix Gaps, Connect Cycle Networks
----- Cargo Bikes Can Ease Urban Delivery Congestion
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Liberty Mobility Now Ride-Hailing for Rural Areas
----- 10 Communities Receive Walk Friendly Designations
----- Lake Tahoe, NV to Get $36.2M Bike Ped Trail
----- New York City’s Times Square Transformed
----- Philadelphia, PA Teen Organized Freeway Takeover + Backlash
----- ECF Provides Cycling Stats from 28 EU Countries
----- Cycling to Work Linked to Huge Health Benefits
----- Urban Green Spaces Impacts on Older Adults’ Brian Activity
----- Vision Zero and Safe Routes to School: Partners in Safety
----- Photo-Powered ‘Urban Diaries’ Guide Change
----- State of Place Index
----- AARP Livable Communities Show & Tell
----- Expanded Functional Highway & Street Classification System
----- Transit-Walkability Fact Sheet
----- Guide for States re Drug-Impaired Driving
----- ByCycling App: Employers Reward Staff for Miles Rode
----- Autonomous Selfie-Taking Drone
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
WALK/BIKE/PLACES CONFERENCE: NEW ORLEANS, LA, SEPT 16-19, 2018
-> Walk/Bike/Places Conference (formerly Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place) will gather the best of bicycling, walking and placemaking in New Orleans, LA September 16-19, 2018. Join us for a remarkable experience in a city that is best appreciated by foot, and traverse some of the 2,650 miles of sidewalks that connect its 300 year old culturally vibrant neighborhoods and places. If you prefer to bike, New Orleans has you covered with bike share, which will launch in later this year. New Orleans's 2.8% bike-to-work mode share beats all but 7 of the most populous U.S. cities. You can look forward to mobile workshops that explore New Orleans’s architecture, food, music, markets, and that celebrate its unique people.
A big reason New Orleans was chosen as host for 2018 was its plan to incorporate equity throughout the conference. Equity won’t just be a breakout session or a conference track; equity will be a consideration for all phases of conference planning from the drafting of the local host committee to the planning of mobile workshops to the creation of a Walk/Bike/Places legacy project. With our mobile workshops, for example, we are looking at how we can create reciprocal value for both the host community and workshop attendees. http://bit.ly/2oWTtf2
1ST EVER UK CYCLING AND WALKING INVESTMENT STRATEGY
-> According to GOV.UK, the government has published a £1.2 billion (US$1.5 billion) long-term plan to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys and become the norm by 2040. (Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy: http://bit.ly/2oW4aON) Plans include specific objectives to double cycling, reduce cycling crashes and increase the proportion of 5 -10 year-olds usually walking to school to 55% by 2025 (In 2014, 49% did!).
APHA: 2017 THE YEAR OF CLIMATE CHANGE & HEALTH
-> The American Public Health Association has declared 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health. (http://bit.ly/2p76NsX) They report that in 2016, transportation surpassed power plants to become the largest source of carbon dioxide pollution in the US. Vehicles are a major contributor to smog and other unhealthy air pollution. Between the immediate effects of tailpipe pollution and longer-term changes in climate from burning fossil fuels, America faces many more missed school days, hospital visits and premature deaths from dirtier air, contaminated food and water, more extreme heat and storms, and vector-borne illnesses. Our continued heavy dependence on fossil fuels in transportation is a particular threat to children, who also face a variety of developmental and behavioral disorders associated with pollution. We have a golden opportunity to work with MPOs and DOTs as they implement MAP-21 performance management requirements to make America’s transportation system cleaner and healthier. http://bit.ly/2p7oLvs
SUBURBAN MOM: WALKING W/ KIDS IN CAR-ORIENTED SUBURB
-> In a State of Place Suburban Mom series a mom shares her perspectives and experiences of working out how to walk with her two young children for the first time from their home in a car-oriented suburban subdivision to a local 7-eleven store. She wants to make sure we provide children with the ability to safely and conveniently experience their communities on foot. She also invites readers to provide examples of the literal and figurative “roadblocks” to walking they’ve encountered in their own suburban environments. http://bit.ly/2oVSZpv
THE NEW TRAFFIC SAFETY PARADIGM
-> VTPI released a report that calls for new approaches to achieve ambitious traffic safety targets such as Vision Zero. A new traffic safety paradigm is changing how planning professionals measure traffic risks and evaluate potential safety strategies. It recognizes that all vehicle travel imposes risks, so planning decisions that increase vehicle travel tend to increase crashes, and vehicle travel reduction strategies increase traffic safety. It also recognizes that it is infeasible to reduce high-risk driving without providing viable alternatives. This expands the range of potential traffic safety strategies to include multi-modal planning, transportation demand management, and Smart Growth policies. “The New Traffic Safety Paradigm” http://bit.ly/2p7GLpE
WHO REPORT: MANAGING SPEED
-> The World Health Organization released a report that examines how speeding impacts road safety and contributes to road traffic injuries. (Managing Speed: http://bit.ly/2qr4K7a) Speed, whether it is excessive or inappropriate for conditions, is a contributing factor in the severity of all road traffic crashes. The report reviews the factors which influence speed, methods for managing it, and the potential benefits for communities.
PILOT SYSTEM ADVISES CYCLISTS’ RE SPEED TO MAKE GREEN LIGHT
-> According to Springwise, a new cycling system helps riders beat red lights in the Dutch city of Utrecht. They are pioneering a new system called Flo, which detects cyclists’ speeds and advises on whether to speed up or slow down to make the green lights. It works by using speed cameras placed 100 metres before each set of traffic lights, and calculates whether or not the cyclist should change speed to hit the green light. It uses animals to inform a cyclist if they should change speed, so a rabbit means speed up, a turtle means slow down, a cow means users are hitting the red light no matter what, and a simple thumbs up indicates the cyclist is doing the right speed. http://bit.ly/2oQHco1
CHINESE BIKE SHARE USER PHONE APP RESERVES & PAYS FOR BIKES
-> According to Springwise, the Chinese urban bike sharing company, Mobike, recently announced a partnership that brings its service to China’s WeChat users via an in-app mini-app. Using a mini-app located in the Wallet section of WeChat, users can now quickly and easily reserve and pay for one of the over 1 million bikes in China without having to launch another application. A reservation is held for 15 minutes, and cyclists unlock the bike using their smartphones. http://bit.ly/2oQtnpX
NEW DUTCH CYCLE BRIDGE TRANSCENDS BARRIERS
-> Bicycle Dutch observes enabling cycling is all about removing barriers. With the opening of a major cycle bridge last week, Utrecht did just that. You can now cycle from the city center to a huge residential development (that already houses 82,000 people) via the shortest route possible and you cycle atop a school! Read a detailed description of this project and check out photos and videos. http://bit.ly/2p7K1kO
FRUSTRATING COPENHAGEN BRIDGE DESIGN
-> An Arch Daily article describes frustrations in how Copenhagen’s Inner Harbor (cyclist and pedestrian) Bridge was designed and how it functions. Before it opened in July 2016, the City estimated between 3,000–7,000 cyclists would use the bridge a day, but the latest numbers are 16,000. However it is a cumbersome, beastly thing that has failed miserably in respecting the basic concepts of bicycle urbanism and the established standards for infrastructure and facilities. Crossing the bridge by bicycle involves two sharp turns—two chicanes. Check out the details and photos: http://bit.ly/2p81PfH
VANCOUVER, CANADA CAMPAIGN: FIX GAPS, CONNECT CYCLE NETWORKS
-> HUB Cycling launched a new video to raise awareness of their campaign to make cycling safer and more connected for everyone in Metro Vancouver. Over 40% of Metro Vancouver residents want to cycle more often but many are put off by safety concerns, a major barrier that HUB Cycling is aiming to change with UnGapTheMap. While the number of people cycling in Metro Vancouver has increased rapidly in recent years, the bike network remains fragmented with hundreds of gaps across the region preventing people from cycling more often, especially for transportation and not just recreation.
The UnGapTheMap campaign is focused on identifying, prioritizing and fixing the gaps that if solved would increase safety and create a more connected bike network across Metro Vancouver, getting people to places they need to go. http://bit.ly/2p81k5q
CARGO BIKES CAN EASE URBAN DELIVERY CONGESTION
-> Mobility Lab Express reports as online shopping and shipping demands are increasing, many cities and agencies are looking into various methods to decrease congestion from the high demand for deliveries. While not the traditional commuter demand for roadways we envision as causing traffic, deliveries might be managed in ways to minimize disruptions on streets. Much of the conflict is in mixed (urban) environments, where trucks occupy curb space, and often double park in bicycle lanes and segments of traffic lanes, causing congestion and dangerous circumstances for people walking and biking. Check out examples of multimodal delivery management strategies using cargo bikes. http://bit.ly/2p7YTzv
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
LIBERTY MOBILITY NOW RIDE-HAILING FOR RURAL AREAS
-> The Christian Science Monitor reports Liberty Mobility Now is bringing an Uber-like ride-hailing service to fill a gap in transit needs for small urban and rural communities in NE, TX and OH. They hope to expand to 7 more states this year. The goal is not to replace existing public transit systems or taxis, but to "fill in the gaps" for shorter trips, such as to a local bus stop or rides around town. They are also focusing on building a customer base among passengers with special needs and pairing them with drivers especially trained to meet those needs. http://bit.ly/2p70BS5
10 COMMUNITIES RECEIVE WALK FRIENDLY DESIGNATIONS
-> The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center announced the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program recognized seven new communities and renewed designations for three past recipients for their commitment to prioritizing pedestrians and creating safe, comfortable and inviting places to walk. New York, NY - Platinum; Eugene, OR - Gold; Lawrence, KS and Cary, NC - Silver; Fayetteville, AR; Fergus Fall, MN; and Forest Park, IL - Bronze. http://bit.ly/2oWD5uG. The next application deadline is June 15: http://bit.ly/2oWI3Yu
LAKE TAHOE, NV TO GET $36.2M BIKE PED TRAIL
-> The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Nevada transportation officials have approved $36.2 million to build a 3-mile bike and walking trail at Lake Tahoe along a busy stretch of highway connecting Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park. http://bit.ly/2p86nCM
[Ed. Note: The multiuse trail is component of a more extensive project. The project also includes stormwater collection facilities, safety improvements to State Route 28, expanded off-street parking and measures to mitigate soil erosion and protect Lake Tahoe.]
NEW YORK CITY’S TIMES SQUARE TRANSFORMED
-> Wired reports New York City’s Times Square celebrates the completion of its six-year transformation from a congested thoroughfare into a European-style piazza with twice as much pedestrian space. http://bit.ly/2p82u0H
PHILADELPHIA, PA TEEN ORGANIZED FREEWAY TAKEOVER + BACKLASH
-> Streetsblog USA reports the backstory and aftermath of Philadelphia’s unauthorized freeway takeover by hundreds of teens on bikes. A 16-year old with over 94,000 Instagram followers put together Sunday’s ride to celebrate his birthday, promoted it online, and decided at the spur of the moment to lead the group down an on-ramp to the Vine Street Expressway in Center City Philadelphia. http://bit.ly/2p8eL5h
THE RESEARCH BEAT
ECF PROVIDES CYCLING STATS FROM 28 EU COUNTRIES
-> The European Cyclists’ Federation gives a first-ever overview on cycling statistics for the 28 EU countries and their capitals. (http://bit.ly/2p8gtUj) Starting with data on modal share, bike share and cycling tourism, the map will soon be open for public input and will call upon decision-makers to improve data collection for cycling at all levels of governance. "There is one issue that annoys cycling researchers, advocates and decision-makers alike: the lack of adequate cycling data. For other transport modes, like car transport or public transport, such databases exist; for cycling, data collection is today mostly done at the local level, with little or no harmonisation of collection methods", said Holger Haubold, ECF Fiscal Policy Officer. "A reliable database of cycling data is indispensable for the development of cycling". http://bit.ly/2p7KzY8
CYCLING TO WORK LINKED TO HUGE HEALTH BENEFITS
-> Reuters reports a massive British study published in The BMJ found people who cycle to work have a 45% lower risk of developing cancer and a 46% lower risk of heart disease. Walking to work was linked to a 27% lower risk of developing heart disease and a 36% lower risk of dying from it. Since the study was observational, no firm conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect, the researchers said. However, "the findings, if causal, suggest population health may be improved by policies that increase active commuting, particularly cycling.” http://reut.rs/2p7IjQl “Association Between Active Commuting and Incident Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, and Mortality: Prospective Cohort Study.” http://bit.ly/2p7tDRv
URBAN GREEN SPACES IMPACTS ON OLDER ADULTS’ BRIAN ACTIVITY
-> Science Daily describes a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health of older people that found walking between busy urban environments and green spaces triggers changes in levels of excitement, engagement and frustration in the brain. The study is part of a larger project looking at mobility, mood and place and the role of the urban environment in promoting lifelong health and wellbeing. The aim of the study was to understand how older people experience different urban environments using electroencephalography (EEG), self-reported measures, and interviews. This work is the first to be published in a series of papers understanding the impact of green and urban spaces on brain activity in older adults. “Older People’s Experiences of Mobility and Mood in an Urban Environment: A Mixed Methods Approach Using Electroencephalography (EEG) and Interviews.” http://bit.ly/2oWkG1k
QUOTES R US
“Sidewalks that don’t exist where they need to be. A lack of destinations/amenities to walk to. Scariness walking along high-traffic streets. Detours into cemeteries and not feeling safe. A lack of destinations accessible from your home. And, on and on.”
—Michelle Woodhouse reflecting on trying to walk with her two young children in her car-oriented suburban neighborhood. From a State of Place blog, http://bit.ly/2oVSZpv
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
ALTERNATIVE, INTUITIVE TRAFFIC LIGHT DESIGN
Wired reports a designer has crafted alternative to the over 100 year old traffic light design. His LED displays use shape, big arrows, and punchy icons to intuitively articulate the rules of the road. Each sign is shaped like the intersection in which it appears; a four-way junction gets a cross-shaped (read: four-way) sign. If traffic laws say you can turn right but can’t go straight, the sign will show a green arrow curving right, with a glaring block of red in the bar pointing upwards. It practically gestures at what to do. http://bit.ly/2pz5jeP.
HIGHWAY WHERE MOTORIZED VEHICLES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN BANNED
Check out the state highway built where motorized vehicles have never been allowed. Michigan's M-185 on the adorable little vacation destination of Mackinac Island, a town where everyone travels by foot, horse or bike. http://bit.ly/2oTYl4q
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 "Fostering Smart Growth in Rural Communities"
Date: May 4, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: May 4, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Hosts: Smart Growth Online
Details: http://bit.ly/2pAKjEl, free
Webinar "Incorporating Bicycle Networks into Resurfacing Projects"
Date: May 10, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenters: Peter Lagerwey & colleagues (Toole Design Group)
Hosts: Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center
Details: http://bit.ly/2p7BaQi, free
Webinar "Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities and Small Towns"
Date: May 10, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0odFC, free
Webinar "Prioritizing Accessibility in Major Cities"
Date: May 10, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Andrew Owen (Univ. of MN Accessibility Observatory), Julie Babinard (World Bank Group) & Susan Handy (Univ. of CA at Davis)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2oXv98c, free for TRB affiliates, $55/site for others
Webinar "Planning for Millennials: What Do They Want and How Do Agencies Prepare?"
Date: May 11, 2017, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET, 2.0 PDHs & AICP CMs
Presenters: Giovanni Circella (Univ. of CA, Davis), Robert Norberg (Univ. of FL) & Tina Geiselbrecht (TX A&M Transportation Institute)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2oWvQDg, free for TRB affiliates, $95 for others
Webinar "Measuring and Visualizing Multimodal Networks Wednesday"
Date: May 17, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Hosts: Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center
Details: http://bit.ly/2p7MjjR, free
Webinar "Making the Most of Main Street: Complete Streets & Walkable Communities"
Date: May 17, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenters: Representatives from City of Langley, WA & Langley Main Street Association, plus hosts
Hosts: National Complete Streets Coalition & America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2pAXJQD, 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
Webinar "Make It Count: Measuring Traffic and Use in Large-Scale Trail Networks"
Date: May 18, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Details: http://bit.ly/2p7Y1v0, free
Webinar "Planning and Preliminary Engineering Applications Guide to the Highway Capacity Manual: Part 1, Contents" (Part 2, Applications on June 28, 2017)
Date: May 30, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Tom Creasey (Stantec Consulting) & Paul Ryus (Kittelson & Assoc.)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2oXoJFX, free for TRB affiliates, $95/site for others
Webinar " Innovative Financing for Public Transportation: Value Capture and Small-and Medium-sized Public Private Partnerships"
Date: June 7, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET, 1.5 AICP CMs
Presenters: Sasha Page (IMG Rebel) & Nathan Macek (WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2oWhnab, free
Webinar "Tracking the Walking Path"
Date: June 14, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0lbB2, free
Webinar "Beyond Counting - Putting the Data to Work for Better Planning and Evaluation"
Date: June 21, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0pxrS, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
Webinar "Planning and Preliminary Engineering Applications Guide to the Highway Capacity Manual: Part 2, Applications" (Part 1, Contents on May 30, 2017)
Date: June 28, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenters: Tom Creasey (Stantec Consulting) & Paul Ryus (Kittelson & Assoc.)
Hosts: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2oXwvzO, free for TRB affiliates, $95/site for others
Webinar “A City in Transformation: A Look at St. Paul, MN”
Date: July 12, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Hosts: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0nW5o, free
Webinar “Restoring Public Access to Waterfronts”
Date: July 19, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0hZp7, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
VISION ZERO AND SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL: PARTNERS IN SAFETY
-> Safe Routes to School National Partnership announced its new report highlighting the potential benefits of closer alignment between Safe Routes to School and Vision Zero. (Vision Zero and Safe Routes to School: Partners in Safety: http://bit.ly/2oWAYHC) The report explains how to get involved, and offers examples of what Safe Routes to School advocates can push for in Vision Zero action plans that would improve safety for children. It is based on the experiences of Safe Routes to School National Partnership staff and advocates working in several major cities to support Safe Routes to School funding and active transportation policy—including making connections between Vision Zero and Safe Routes to School. http://bit.ly/2oWkj73
PHOTO-POWERED ‘URBAN DIARIES’ GUIDE CHANGE
-> Cityscape notes a new tool — the “urban diary” (http://bit.ly/2oVTU9i)— can help forge a pluralistic vision of the kind of city that people want to inhabit. An urban diary can be an introductory “how to see” exercise, or used to enhance traditional land-use or design-review processes, which now typically rely on conventional written input. The urban diary can provide an alternative to abstract, top-down prescriptions by empowering and incentivizing city residents to contribute to civic dialogue. This approach pulls from human visual sense and emotional response to the urban environment and better marshals, inventories and purposefully incorporates them into policies, plans and regulations. http://bit.ly/2oW7uJF
For depth on this approach and case study examples, check out a book published by Island Press, “Seeing the Better City: How to Explore, Observe, and Improve Urban Space” (http://bit.ly/2oVLIWG)
STATE OF PLACE INDEX
-> State of Place quantifies what people love about cities and why it makes economic sense to make them better. Their proprietary database, algorithms, and forecasting models allow cities and developers to objectively measure “place quality” based on 290+ street-level features, identify the kinds of design changes that will attract more buyers, tenants, and firms, and quantify how proposed projects increase land value, rents, revenues, and quality of life. http://bit.ly/2oVU28V
AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES SHOW & TELL
-> AARP Livable presents a slideshow show and tell of the common features of a livable community, including safe public places and outdoor spaces, opportunities for work and play, the availability of needed services and effective ways to get around, no matter a person’s age or life stage. http://bit.ly/2p8eBL0
TRANSIT-WALKABILITY FACT SHEET
-> America Walks reports the Transit-Walkability Collaborative released a new fact sheet, "Walkable Communities are Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.” (http://bit.ly/2oWpaVH) The fact sheets provides lists of community safety and health benefits as well as economic and equity and quality of life benefits.
EXPANDED FUNCTIONAL HIGHWAY & STREET CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
-> The Transportation Research Board released a report that builds on preliminary engineering of a design project, including developing the purpose and need. (An Expanded Functional Classification System for Highways and Streets: http://bit.ly/2oWxZik) It provides additional contexts beyond urban and rural, facilitates accommodation of modes other than personal vehicles and adds overlays for transit and freight. Two case studies illustrating application of the expanded system to actual projects are included.
GUIDE FOR STATES RE DRUG-IMPAIRED DRIVING
-> The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a revised report that summarizes the current state of knowledge on drug-impaired driving, including what is known about the costs and effectiveness of possible interventions to prevent drug-impaired driving, and identifies actions states can take to reduce drug-impaired driving. “Drug-Impaired Driving: A Guide for States” http://bit.ly/2oWgS01
BYCYCLING APP: EMPLOYERS REWARD STAFF FOR MILES RODE
-> Springwise reports ByCycling, a new cycling app, lets companies track how many miles staff have cycled, and reward them accordingly. (http://bit.ly/2o1iQKz) This incentive app is mainly aimed at middle to large companies wanting to promote a healthier lifestyle among staff. Users who want to partake download the app, join the company’s group (or departmental sub-group) then the software keeps track of users’ miles in a leaderboard. The app’s most inventive feature is that it doesn’t require users to pull out their phones and start/stop with each ride. It can tell using the phone’s sensors when the user is cycling, so the miles are calculated in the background. http://bit.ly/2oQHDPb
AUTONOMOUS SELFIE-TAKING DRONE
-> The Hover Camera Passport is an autonomous selfie-taking drone, equipped with facial recognition. Hand gestures tell it when to start recording, take a photo or stop recording. It travels at 17 mph for 10 minutes at a time. http://bit.ly/2oNGuc9
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> Call for Abstracts - 10th International Urban Design Conference, November 13-15, 2017, Queensland, Australia
Deadline: July 31, 2017, http://bit.ly/2p7vs0B
-> Call for Abstracts - Applying Census Data for Transportation, November 14-16, 2017, Kansas City, MO
Deadline: August 1, 2017, http://bit.ly/2oWI6Ui
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 12th Access Management Conference, July 17-19, 2018, Madison, WI.
Deadline: September 1, 2017, http://bit.ly/2p7sNUC
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
-> May 4, 2017 - Walkable Bikeable Delaware Summit, Dover, DE.
-> May 4, 2017 - 2017 Wisconsin Bike Summit, Milwaukee, WI.
-> 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, 2017 - National Summit on Design & Urban Mobility, Pittsburgh, PA
-> 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 16-18, 2018 - Road Safety on Five Continents, Jeju Island, South Korea
-> 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 6, 2017 - Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide Training, Bend, OR
-> 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 12, 2017 - Scientists for Cycling Colloquium, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
-> June 13-16, 2017 - Velo-city 2017 Arnhem-Nijmegen, Arnhem and Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
-> June 14-15, 2017 - Vision Zero Conference 2017, Stockholm, Sweden
-> June 17-20, 2017 - Canadian Institute of Planners National Planning Conference, Calgary, Canada
-> June 19-22, 2017 - 12th ITS European Congress, Strasbourg, France
-> 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) - 1.0 Workshop: Fundamentals of Bikeway Planning & Design, Portland, OR State University
-> September 11-12, 2017 - TREC Transportation & Communities Summit, 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 19-21, 2017 - International Cycling Conference 2017, Mannheim, Germany
-> 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, Denver, CO.
-> October 3-4, 2017- 10th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, IA.
-> October 3–6, 2017 - California Bicycle Summit, Sacramento, CA.
-> 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 17-20, 2017 - Asia Pacific Cycling Congress, Christchurch, New Zealand
-> 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.
-> July 17-19, 2018 - 12th Access Management Conference, Madison, WI.
-> September 16-19, 2018 - Walk/Bike/Places Conference (formerly Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place), New Orleans, LA
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.
-> JOB - STAFF ENGINEER (ENTRY LEVEL) - TRANSPORTATION & MOBILITY, CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER
Transportation and Mobility Management's goal is to maintain, operate, and improve the City's multi modal transportation system. We support the 2020 Sustainability Goals for Mobility, Air Quality and Climate, as well as those goals set in the Community Health Improvement Plan. We also advance the commitment to Vision Zero and PWTM's neighborhood approach. Our primary activities include managing the traffic signal system (there are 1,285), traffic signs (approximately 500,000), pavement markings (1,800 miles of roadway striping), and the Transportation Management Center (TMC); we plan, design, implement, and maintain bicycle and pedestrian facilities (130 miles of bike lanes); and we fund the intergovernmental agreement with Denver Public Schools for the Crossing Guards program.
Deadline: May 8, 2017 by 11:59 pm MT, http://bit.ly/2p83ceu
-> JOB - MID-ATLANTIC GREENWAY COORDINATOR, EAST COAST GREENWAY ALLIANCE, PHILADELPHIA, PA
The nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) is developing a 3,000-mile route for safe cycling and walking throughout the Eastern Seaboard from Canada to Key West. The East Coast Greenway aims to transform our hundreds of communities into models of healthy living, sustainability, and prosperity. The Mid-Atlantic Greenway Coordinator is a full-time position that carries region-wide (PA, DE, MD, & Washington D.C.) responsibilities for all aspects of greenway development, state committee/volunteer engagement, and some fundraising tasks related to the region.
Deadline: May 26, 2017, http://bit.ly/2p7IKdK
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BICYCLE COALITION OF MAINE, PORTLAND, ME
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is seeking an experienced, dynamic leader to join our exciting organization and build on our 25-year record of success in advancing educational, policy, and outreach-based initiatives to make Maine better for biking and walking. The Coalition is the statewide voice of cyclists in Maine, working for a bike and pedestrian-friendly culture supported by laws at the state and federal level. The Coalition also produces high-profile statewide events such as the Great Maine Bike Swap, the Women’s Ride, the Maine Lobster Ride and Roll, and BikeMaine.
Deadline: May 30, 2017, http://bit.ly/2p8aL4L
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ENGINEER, TOWN OF CARY, NC
The Town of Cary is seeking a highly motivated Transportation Planning Engineer to perform difficult professional work participating in the planning, design, construction and project management of a variety of multi-modal transportation projects. Among other responsibilities, this position manages the Town's bike program and the certification as a nationally recognized Bicycle Friendly Community;
Deadline: May 10, 2017 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2oWoIGS
-> JOB - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, THE STREET TRUST, PORTLAND, OR
The Street Trust (formerly Bicycle Transportation Alliance) is seeking an energetic and effective individual and strategic thinker to help it build a complete streets movement in Oregon through effective marketing, communications and public relations.
Deadline: Open until filled, applications review began May 2, 2017, http://bit.ly/2oWjwTg
-> 3 JOBS - CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB & WASHINGTON BIKES, SEATTLE, WA
1. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes seek a bold, creative, experienced and visionary leader to serve as the next Executive Director. The next Executive Director will lead these dynamic, well-established and respected organizations by demonstrating a passion for growing and expanding our influence and impact in pursuing Cascade’s mission of ‘Improving Lives Through Bicycling’ and Washington Bikes’ mission of ‘People Who Bike Make a Difference.’
Deadline: Open until filled, applications reviewed on a frequent rolling basis, http://bit.ly/2oWrH2b
2. OFFICE COORDINATOR
The Office Coordinator has excellent communication and customer service skills, strong organizational and planning skills and maintains a positive, proactive attitude. The Office Coordinator is a friendly, efficient professional who contributes to customer service and operational efforts for Cascade Bicycle Club (90% of job) and Washington Bikes (10% of job). The position is the “Swiss Army Knife” that keeps the club moving and shaking.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2oWrH2b
-> 3. STATEWIDE ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
The Statewide Engagement Manager will build relationships, lead campaigns and develop resources to further the statewide policy efforts for Cascade Bicycle Club (85% of job) and Washington Bikes (15% of job). The Policy Team works to make it easier and safer for those that bike, and to create new opportunities so that everyone can envision themselves on a bike. Current priorities include advocating for funding that connects communities across the state with high quality bikeways and regional trails. Through Washington Bikes we work to elect bike-friendly leaders and implement bike friendly policies.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2oWrH2b
-> JOB - GENERAL MANAGER, CITIBIKE, NEW YORK CITY, NY
The General Manager leads the overall Citi Bike operation with full P&L responsibility for the New York business. The General Manager oversees both daily operations as well as a full set of marketing and support functions for a total team of over 400 staff during peak season. Operational responsibilities include leading the following teams: Expansion and Station Deployment, Station Technology, Bike Fleet, Customer Service (Call Center) and Service Delivery (managing the 24/7 operations and distribution of bikes throughout the system). The role also supervises the finance, HR, sales and marketing teams. The incumbent General Manager is transitioning to lead the teams from all cities operated by Motivate and will closely support the successful candidate during his or her transition.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2oWhB10
-> JOB - DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, BIKES NOT BOMBS, BOSTON, MA
Bikes Not Bombs reclaims thousands of bicycles each year; and creates local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation. The ideal candidate for the Director of Development position is a strategic, personable, and highly organized professional who has responsibility for fundraising, communications, events, and serves as an enthusiastic ambassador of BNB’s mission. The position requires both an ability to think strategically about the “big picture” and execute plans with strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2oWu84E
-> 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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