#435 Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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----- NACTO Global Street Design Guide
----- Street Harassment Inhibits Walking, Biking & Transit for Many Groups
----- FHWA: 5 Cost-Effective Ped Safety Countermeasures
----- GHSA Projects 11% Increase in Ped Fatalities + State Interventions
----- Edmonton: Data Dispels Rationale for Blaming Ped Victims
----- Up Physical Activity Via Transportation, Land Use & Design Combo
----- The Netherlands: Solar Bike Path Impact
----- Stockholm, Sweden to Slash Vehicle Space, Open Ped Promenade
----- Uber Integrating w/ Transit App
----- 3 Essentials for Transit People Want to Ride
----- Spotlight: Jane Jacobs
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Denver, CO: More Travel Capacity = More Bike & Bus Space
----- Philadelphia, PA: Sidewalk Closures Now Require Protected Walkways
----- CA: Make it Legal to Cross When Clock Counting Down
----- San Francisco, CA: People Chain Protected Bike Lane
----- SANDAG Healthy Communities Atlas
----- Greater Boston, MA Online Interactive Development Database
----- New & Renewing Walk Friendly Communities Announced
----- New & Renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses
----- 2016 Benchmarking Report Out & Interactive Data Online
----- Distracted Driving Killed 522 Peds & Cyclists in 2015
----- Rural/Urban Ped & Bike Fatalities
----- Research: What Affects Millennials' Mobility?
----- Community Guide: What works to Promote Healthy Communities
----- Ped & Bike Network Supportive Local Policies Guide
----- Ultimate Guide to Walkability Assessment Tools
----- Recommended Traffic Calming Pop-Up Resources
----- Accessible Trail Adventures for People of All Abilities
----- TrailLink App Covers 30K Miles of Trails
----- FY 2016 Transportation Alternatives Annual Report
----- Basic Urbanism: Walk-Up Windows
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
NACTO GLOBAL STREET DESIGN GUIDE
-> NACTO and the Global Designing Cities Initiative launched their "Global Street Design Guide" (http://bit.ly/2qPthDp) as a new standard for transforming streets to prioritize safety, pedestrians, transit and sustainable mobility. Created with the input of 72 cities in 42 countries, the Guide presents essential street types and unique street and intersection transformations that put people first and that can be applied to streets worldwide. With over 40 case studies from cities of wide ranging populations, the Guide shows possibilities from moving more people with transit lanes, to dedicating space for vibrant economic activity like street vendors, and provides a toolkit of street designs that can be applied in a variety of contexts worldwide. Recognizing that cities are places for people, the guide shifts the parameters of designing urban streets from the typical point of view of automobile movement and safety, to include access, safety, and mobility for all users, environmental quality, economic benefit, enhancement of place, public health, and overall quality of life. http://bit.ly/2qPwu65
STREET HARASSMENT INHIBITS WALKING, BIKING & TRANSIT FOR MANY
-> Active Living by Design reports there are barriers to safe walking and biking that go beyond infrastructure and traffic. Many people, particularly girls and women, people of color, and the LGTBQ community, are the targets of suggestive or aggressive comments, threats, attacks, and other types of street harassment while walking, biking, and taking transit.
Street harassment—unsolicited, threatening, and/or inappropriate comments or actions made in public spaces that are sexual, racial, homophobic, or gender-based—can have a strong negative effect on people who are trying to get around on foot, by bicycle, or on public transit. This type of harassment often peaks for youth during the years that they are likely to be walking, biking, or getting to school on their own without an adult. The recent rise in anti-immigrant messages and the threat of being harassed or taken into custody by immigration officials has also made it even more difficult for many teens and adults to get around on foot or by bicycle. Immigrants and people of color, regardless of their immigration status, may feel that walking, biking, or simply being in public puts them and their families at increased risk of harassment and harm. Safe Routes to School programs offer opportunities to address the issue of street harassment while welcoming people of all races, ethnicities, abilities, and gender identities into a supportive, inclusive, and safe environment. http://bit.ly/2qPrVsb
FHWA: 5 COST-EFFECTIVE PED SAFETY COUNTERMEASURES
-> FHWA’s EDC News reports the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP: http://bit.ly/2qQSgWP) program includes five pedestrian safety countermeasures to get pedestrians safely across the road at uncontrolled crossing locations:
- Crosswalk visibility enhancements, such as crosswalk lighting and enhanced signing and marking, help drivers detect pedestrians.
- Raised crosswalks are a traffic-calming technique that can reduce vehicle speeds and encourage drivers to yield to pedestrians.
- Pedestrian refuge islands provide a safer place for pedestrians to stop at the midpoint of the road before crossing the remaining distance, which is particularly helpful for pedestrians with limited mobility.
- Pedestrian hybrid beacons provide a stop control treatment at locations where pedestrian volumes aren’t high enough to warrant a traffic signal. They are a useful device for higher speed multilane roads.
- Road diets reconfigure a roadway cross-section to better accommodate all users’ needs. It can reduce vehicle speeds and the number of lanes pedestrians need to cross and create space to add new pedestrian facilities. http://bit.ly/2qR3FpZ
GHSA PROJECTS 11% INCREASE IN PED FATALITIES + STATE INTERVENTIONS
-> The Governors Highway Safety Association’s annual "Spotlight on Highway Safety: Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State" (http://bit.ly/2qPsouD) projects an 11% increase in the number of persons on foot killed on U.S. roadways last year, compared to 2015. This report offers a first look at state-by-state trends in pedestrian traffic fatalities for 2016, using preliminary data provided by all 50 State Highway Safety Offices and the District of Columbia. States reported 2,660 pedestrian fatalities for the first six months of 2016, compared to 2,486 deaths during the same time period in the previous year. Using this data and historic trends, GHSA estimates that there were 5,997 pedestrian fatalities in 2016. Potential factors contributing to this spike include a better economy, an increase in walking as a primary mode of transportation, and distraction due to growing use of smartphone technology.
GHSA also asked its state members to provide examples of their efforts to reduce pedestrian and motor vehicle collisions. Promising strategies include: high visibility enforcement and public information campaigns aimed at both motorists and pedestrians; identifying high-risk zones and conducting educational outreach in these areas; and strategic partnerships with local universities and community organizations to advance pedestrian safety. http://bit.ly/2p011sW
EDMONTON: DATA DISPELS RATIONALE FOR BLAMING PED VICTIMS
-> Streetsblog USA reports an Edmonton, Alberta walking and cycling commuter used the city’s own motor vehicle collision data to make a chart showing who — or, more often, what — is on the receiving end when Edmonton motorists crash their cars. Of the more than 27,000 crashes recorded in Edmonton, Alberta last year, 91% involved another motor vehicle. Of the 478 collisions in which a driver struck a cyclist or pedestrian, just 51 involved people crossing without the right of way. And of the city’s 10 pedestrian fatalities last year, just one was crossing without the right of way. Despite these facts, the city and province have focused heavily on blaming jaywalkers for traffic fatalities. Shifting responsibility to the people most vulnerable to traffic and away from the people piloting multi-ton, high-speed vehicles, in the process absolving governments that design dangerous roads doesn’t sit well with many Edmonton residents concerned about traffic safety. http://bit.ly/2rpeA78
UP PHYSICAL ACTIVITY VIA TRANSPORTATION, LAND USE & DESIGN COMBO
-> The CDC’s Community Preventive Services Task Force considered evidence from 16 longitudinal studies and 74 cross-sectional studies to develop its recommendations to increase physical activity. They identified built environment strategies that combine one or more interventions to improve pedestrian or bicycle transportation systems with one or more land use and environmental design interventions. They conclude that intervention approaches must be designed to enhance opportunities for active transportation, leisure-time physical activity, or both.
Transportation system interventions include one or more policies and projects designed to increase or improve 1) street connectivity; 2) sidewalk and trail infrastructure; 3) bicycle infrastructure; and 4) public transit infrastructure and access. Land use and environmental design interventions include one or more policies, designs, or projects to create or enhance 1) mixed land use environments to increase the diversity and proximity of local destinations where people live, work, and spend their recreation and leisure time; and 2) access to parks, and other public or private recreational facilities. http://bit.ly/2qoHcPy
The Task Force finding and rationale statement includes implementation issues, possible added benefits, potential harms, and evidence gaps. (Physical Activity: Built Environment Approaches Combining Transportation System Interventions with Land Use and Environmental Design: http://bit.ly/2qoCwJy)
THE NETHERLANDS: SOLAR BIKE PATH IMPACT
-> According to Clean Technica, in 2014, SolaRoad (http://bit.ly/2pR9peX) replaced a stretch of 70 meters of a Dutch tarmac bike path with solar modules, and added an additional 20 meters last fall. The embedded solar panels are protected by a 1 cm thick coating, which is highly transparent but does not compromise traction. Within the first year, 300,000 cyclists and scooters rode over it and the amount of power generated quickly defied expectations. The solar panels outperformed the 70 kWh annual per square meter expected to produce 9,800 kWh the first year, roughly equivalent to the annual average consumption of three Dutch households. In densely populated countries such as the Netherlands, geographers are already warning about the burden large-scale solar power plants could place on land available to other uses. Converting gray tarmac into solar highways would be a logical alternative, provided the cost difference is limited or positive. http://bit.ly/2qoeCxB
SolaRoad has also launched the SolaRoad Kit—10 meters of solar bike path that delivers approximately 3,500 kWh per year, which is enough to power an average household for one year. http://bit.ly/2qo8Snw
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN TO SLASH VEHICLE SPACE, OPEN PED PROMENADE
-> CityLab reports Norway’s capital has been grabbing headlines recently thanks to its bold push to remove as much car traffic as possible from its city center. Now Sweden’s capital is gearing up for a little friendly rivalry. New proposals would slash available car space in the city’s streets and open up a large chunk of its waterfront as a pedestrian-friendly, newly strollable promenade. Stockholm’s plans have been openly acknowledged by local urbanists as an attempt to put the city back in Scandinavia’s top spot when it comes to clean, green planning—but there’s more to it than that. In retooling the way people access the city core, these new plans will also unravel the mistakes of what was once seen as the boldest, most progressive urban plan in Europe—a plan that many in the city have since come to regret. http://bit.ly/2rplo4x
UBER INTEGRATING W/ TRANSIT APP
-> GeekWire reports Uber is integrating with the Transit app (http://bit.ly/2rpd2tT) in more than 50 cities across the US, including Seattle and Portland, as the company positions itself as a complement, rather than an alternative, to public transportation. With this integration, when an Uber rider marks a transit stop as a final destination, a card will pop up showing departure times for various modes of transportation. Uber said the integration with Transit will initially be available on Android devices. Transit is available in 135 regions, including Seattle, in 10 countries around the world. It works with a variety of modes of transportation, including public transit, car-share services like car2go and bike-share companies, to give users a clear picture of the best ways to get around. http://bit.ly/2roTvcZ
3 ESSENTIALS FOR TRANSIT PEOPLE WANT TO RIDE
-> To make transit a useful travel option that people want to ride, there are three basic goals.
- Speed: Routes should be direct. Fare payment needs to be fast and easy. Transit needs dedicated space on the street and priority at traffic lights.
- Frequency and Reliability: A network of routes that arrive at least every 15 minutes. Accurate, real-time data published in app-friendly formats. Properly-managed dispatching to keep transit evenly spaced.
- Walkability and Accessibility: Concentrating transit in compact, walkable places, and making it easier to walk to transit in places where pedestrian infrastructure is lacking. Adding bus shelters, painting crosswalks, and expanding pedestrian space in the short term, and lifting restrictions on new development near transit in the long term.
SPOTLIGHT: JANE JACOBS
-> Arch Daily reports throughout her career, social activist and urban writer Jane Jacobs (May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) fought against corporate globalization and urged post-war urban planners and developers to remember the importance of community and the human scale. Despite having no formal training, she radically changed urban planning policy through the power of observation and personal experience. Her theories on how design can affect community and creativity continue to hold relevance today. Check out the links to all Jacob’s publications, including "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" (http://amzn.to/2qm14mg), and four other Arch Daily articles about her. http://bit.ly/2plRTiB
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
DENVER, CO: MORE TRAVEL CAPACITY = MORE BIKE & BUS SPACE
-> The Denver Post reports to increase travel capacity and serve the whole public Denver, CO is reallocating downtown street space and separating transit and active transportation from drivers. Last summer the city installed a pilot separated two-way bike lane on Broadway by shifting a parking lane into one of five traffic lanes, one of which already was reserved for buses and right turns during afternoon rush hour. All of this at a time of day that Broadway funnels the heaviest traffic out of downtown. And as frustrating as that has been for some drivers — while being hailed by bike advocates — that change is a signal of the future of commuting in Denver. A city study of Broadway found there was little noticeable change in travel time for cars in the first few months of the Broadway bike lane pilot, even as three lanes did the work of four. http://dpo.st/2qoy5Oy
PHILADELPHIA, PA: SIDEWALK CLOSURES REQUIRE PROTECTED WALKWAYS
-> Last week, the Philadelphia, PA City Council passed a bill that requires more protection for pedestrians regarding sidewalk closures. (http://bit.ly/2rp6kUN) The bill requires more effort from those who request permits to close a sidewalk for construction, or whatever reason. It states that the Streets Department cannot give developers permission to close a sidewalk unless they offer a written explanation why a covered walkway for pedestrian safety is "impracticable." The law requires developers to give a written explanation if they are closing even a portion of the sidewalk and, in situations when a covered walkway is not feasible, asking for the option of a protected walkway instead. http://bit.ly/2rphDwg
CA: MAKE IT LEGAL TO CROSS WHEN CLOCK COUNTING DOWN
-> In an editorial The Los Angles Times opines California should be making it easier to walk in cities not giving out bogus jaywalking tickets. Believe it or not, you can get a $250 jaywalking ticket for crossing the street even if you were in the crosswalk and the traffic light was green — if you started after the crosswalk clock began ticking down. California law says you're not allowed to set foot in the street once the "Don't Walk" or red hand signal begins flashing, even if there is still plenty of time on the countdown. The point of the countdown isn’t to help you decide whether you have enough time to cross, even though that would make sense. It’s to tell the pedestrians already in the crosswalk how much time they have to get to the other side. Now, two lawmakers from L.A. and San Francisco have introduced a bill — sponsored by the city of Los Angeles — to change that law, allowing pedestrians to proceed "if there is sufficient time left on the countdown to reasonably complete the crossing safely." This is a common-sense fix that should end pedestrian confusion and put a stop to bogus jaywalking tickets. http://lat.ms/2rpo02i
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: PEOPLE CHAIN PROTECTED BIKE LANE
-> Bicycling reports the best ways to make drivers notice cyclists tend to be unconventional, and a human bike lane might be the most creative (and brave) one we’ve seen. For one day recently, volunteers in San Francisco locked hands to create what they call a "People Chain Protected Bike Lane" dividing car traffic from bike traffic on Golden Gate Avenue. The stunt, coordinated by advocacy group San Francisco Municipal Transformation Agency (SFMTrA)—unaffiliated with SF Municipal Transportation Agency—literally put lives on the line to highlight cyclists' needs and the importance of keeping them safe in their lanes. http://bit.ly/2rpqVYP
SANDAG HEALTHY COMMUNITIES ATLAS
-> In 2012 SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) developed the The Healthy Communities Atlas to focus on obesity prevention through physical activity and access to healthy foods. They used a set of Geographic Information System (GIS) tools to display environmental factors related to health outcomes based on public health research. SANDAG developed a series of interactive, web-based maps to allow for further exploration of the data, including Utilitarian Walkability, Complete Neighborhoods, Physical Activity Inhibitors. http://bit.ly/2qR1YIR
GREATER BOSTON, MA ONLINE INTERACTIVE DEVELOPMENT DATABASE
-> Via email communication MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council, greater Boston, MA region) announced its relaunch of MassBuilds (http://bit.ly/2qQZ86z), formerly known as Development Database. MassBuilds is an online, interactive repository of past, present, and planned developments – from large to small, commercial to residential – across the Commonwealth. MassBuilds lets users explore projects in full detail and search by geography, project status, development size, year of completion, and much more. You can’t plan what you don’t know. And until now, it’s been very difficult to know what development projects are planned, permitted, or documented across jurisdictions – and sometimes even across the street.
NEW & RENEWING WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES ANNOUNCED
-> The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center reports the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program has recognized eight new communities and renewed designations for two past recipients. New York, NY earned Platinum; Eugene, OR earned Gold; and Lawrence, KS and Cary, NC each earned Silver status. Go to http://bit.ly/2oWD5uG to see the list of Bronze winners and details about each community’s work to prioritize pedestrians and create safe, comfortable and inviting places to walk. For information on the Walk Friendly Communities program, go to:
NEW & RENEWING BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESSES
-> The League of American Bicyclists announced 34 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses. (http://bit.ly/2qPLkJV) They join 1,343 businesses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that have earned BFB status. (http://bit.ly/2qPSjCi) http://bit.ly/2qPJZCR For information on the Bicycle Friendly Business program, go to: http://bit.ly/2qPwTFq
THE RESEARCH BEAT
2016 BENCHMARKING REPORT OUT & INTERACTIVE DATA ONLINE
-> Public Health Newswire reports the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, have developed an interactive website that makes critical data from the "Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report" (http://bit.ly/2pUMdM8) more accessible and user-friendly. The new site, www.bikingandwalkingbenchmarks.org, highlights the data collected and analyzed by the Alliance for Biking and Walking from all 50 states, the 50 most populous U.S. cities and 18 additional cities of various sizes for its benchmarking report.
Updated every two years since 2003, this report promotes data collection and availability, measures progress, evaluates results and supports efforts to increase bicycling and walking in America. Its findings trace the rise of biking and walking in the U.S. and explore the intersections between transportation, health, economics, equity, government funding, advocacy efforts and more that shape American mobility and account for active transportation gains and challenges. The first half of the report reviews relevant research to help users identify and make the case for biking and walking improvements. The second half of the report digs into the numbers at the state and city levels. The end of the report is a "tool box" of resources to help readers take the next step in applying these data to their situations. http://bit.ly/2rpDQu0
DISTRACTED DRIVING KILLED 522 PEDS & CYCLISTS IN 2015
-> NHTSA’s Distracted Driving 2015 fact sheet reports there were 443 pedestrians and 79 bicyclists killed in distraction-affected crashes. Driver distraction is a specific type of driver inattention. Distraction occurs when drivers divert their attention from the driving task to focus on some other activity. Oftentimes, discussions regarding distracted driving center around cell phone use and texting, but distracted driving also includes other activities such as eating, talking to other passengers, or adjusting the radio or climate controls. http://bit.ly/2qPemcj
RURAL/URBAN PED & BIKE FATALITIES
-> NHTSA’s 2015 Rural/Urban Comparison of Traffic Fatalities fact sheet reports that while 19% of the US population lives in rural areas, 22% of fatal pedestrian crashes with motorists occurred in rural areas, and 26% of fatal bicyclist crashes with motorists occurred in rural areas. These involved 1,160 pedestrians killed and 214 bicyclists killed. http://bit.ly/2qPpRR2
RESEARCH: WHAT AFFECTS MILLENNIALS' MOBILITY?
-> A University of California, Davis report examines the emerging transportation trends and the impacts of the adoption of new transportation technologies in California, particularly among Millennials and members of the preceding Generation X. Via a detailed online survey researchers created the California Millennials Dataset, a comprehensive dataset that contains extensive information on the respondents’ personal attitudes; lifestyles; residential location and living arrangements; commuting and other travel patterns; auto ownership; awareness, adoption and frequency of use of various shared mobility services; propensity to purchase and use a private vehicle vs. to use other means of travel among other factors. "What Affects Millennials' Mobility? PART II: The Impact of Residential Location, Individual Preferences and Lifestyle on Young Adults' Travel Behavior in California" http://bit.ly/2qPAhAf
QUOTES R US
"As the city grapples with a surging population, intensifying traffic at all hours of the day and high demand for driving alternatives, public works officials increasingly are dividing up precious pavement, ending the decades of supremacy enjoyed by cars."
—Jon Murray writing for The Denver Post on changes in how street space has been allocated in downtown Denver, CO. http://dpo.st/2qoy5Oy
"Construction is not an excuse for hazardous walking conditions. This law will ensure that anyone seeking a permit to close part of a sidewalk would be required house at least a protected walkway."
—Philadelphia, PA Councilmember Helen Gym commenting on passage of a new pedestrian safety bill. (Bill No. 161108: http://bit.ly/2rp6kUN) http://bit.ly/2rppKc4
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
TAKE A VIRTUAL FLY-THROUGH ANCIENT ROME
Thanks to a Khan Academy virtual fly-through you can see how the great architectural landmarks of Ancient Rome original appeared in about 320 AD. Check out the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Trajan's Column, and their surroundings. http://bit.ly/2q8UwYb.
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 "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: Tools and Programs to Measure Walking and Walkability"
Date: June 14, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Geoffrey Battista (McGill University) & Kelly Rodgers (Streetsmart)
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
COMMUNITY GUIDE: WHAT WORKS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
-> "The Guide to Community Preventive Services" (aka ‘The Community Guide’) is an online guide of evidence-based findings to help you select interventions to improve health and prevent disease in your state, community, community organization, business, healthcare organization, or school. The Guide, a product of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Community Preventive Services Task Force, identifies what has worked for others and how well; the likely costs of and returns on approaches; and where there are evidence gaps. It includes combined built environment features to help communities get active and family-based interventions that help increase physical activity in children. http://bit.ly/2qoNkax
PED & BIKE NETWORK SUPPORTIVE LOCAL POLICIES GUIDE
-> FHWA released its "Noteworthy Local Policies that Support Safe and Complete Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks" guide to provide local and state agencies with tools to complement new infrastructure and program development. (http://bit.ly/2qPsaUp) Public policies—including laws, regulations, ordinances, and procedures—play a critical role in shaping how we use and manage both motorized and non-motorized transportation systems. The guide provides examples for how to institutionalize network-supportive policies and provides evidence to support policy adoption. http://bit.ly/2qPNTvp
ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WALKABILITY ASSESSMENT TOOLS
-> State of Place considered the attributes, benefits and downsides of popular walkability measuring tools, and evaluated them based on various factors to help you decide which walkability assessment tool is right for your development project, neighborhood, or city. The seven tools are: WalkScore, State of Place, WALC Institute's Walking Audit SurveyTool, Walkonomics, AARPLivabilityIndex, CDC's Healthier Worksite Initiative Walkability Audit Tool, and MAPS-MiniSurvey. The Ultimate Guide to Walkability Assessment Tools: http://bit.ly/2oW70U3
RECOMMENDED TRAFFIC CALMING POP-UP RESOURCES
-> Strong Towns Summit traffic calming demonstration leader Marielle Brown shared a list of her favorite free resources for planning and executing pop-ups. (http://bit.ly/2pQWM2D) These seven resources are:
- Trailnet’s Slow Your Street- a How-To Guide for Pop Up Traffic Calming: http://bit.ly/2pQKHL6
- David Engwicht’s Intrigue & Uncertainty: Toward New Traffic-Taming Tools: http://bit.ly/2pR1bmf
- Street Plans Collaborative’s The Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design: http://bit.ly/2gYTnLy
- Street Plans Collaborative’s Tactical Urbanism 2: http://bit.ly/2pR1JbU
- WikiBlock downloadable patterns for building street furniture and traffic calming tools with plywood: http://bit.ly/2pR1NbE
- NACTO’s design guides covering traffic calming and bicycle facilities: http://bit.ly/2pQRDYH
- United States Access Board’s guidelines and standards: http://bit.ly/2pQLBXQ
ACCESSIBLE TRAIL ADVENTURES FOR PEOPLE OF ALL ABILITIES
-> In a Rails-to-Trails Conservancy article a parent of a child living with disabilities offers practical tips for trail adventures for people of all abilities. He counsels, begin with little adventures, experiment with equipment to find out what works for you; plan your trip; experience the unexpected dividends of trails. http://bit.ly/2rpiYD4
TRAILLINK APP COVERS 30K MILES OF TRAILS
-> Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s TrailLink app (http://bit.ly/2rpbyj7) helps users find and explore trails. It has downloadable maps and special features that are like taking their entire searchable national database of 30,000 miles of trails in your pocket. The TrailLink app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. The first map is free. http://bit.ly/2rpl6KX
FY 2016 TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES ANNUAL REPORT
-> FHWA is responsible for generating a report on the status of transportation alternatives (TA) projects in connection to Section 1109(b)(7) of the FAST Act (23 U.S.C. 133(h)(7)). Each State and the District of Columbia submitted a report detailing their proposed and selected TA projects, which used FY 2016 funds. http://bit.ly/2rpsMwS
BASIC URBANISM: WALK-UP WINDOWS
-> Greater Greater Washington re-published its 2012 post about how we benefit from walk-up store windows, and the ways they are great urbanism. http://bit.ly/2pVPGxd
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR PAPERS -The History of Bicycle Transportation and Planning for lectern or poster presentation at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting January 7-11, 2018, Washington DC.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2qQGMmf
-> 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 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 2-4, 2017 - Bike Travel Weekend
-> 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.
-> 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 - DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY, CIRCULATE SAN DIEGO, CA
Circulate San Diego is seeking a Director of Advocacy to be responsible for developing and implementing advocacy initiatives that advance their mission and goals. This position takes the lead role in the organization on active transportation, pedestrian/bicycle safety, and placemaking. The Director of Advocacy takes a supporting role in the development and implementation of policy initiatives related to transit and sustainable land use.
Deadline: May 19, 2017, http://bit.ly/2qQL9xY
-> JOB - MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, WI DOT, MADISON, WI
This Limited Term Employment position will assist in three focus areas including: tracking and mapping of bicycle conditions, logistics and research for the Governor's Bicycle Council and assist with research and mapping tasks. The Multi-Modal Transportation Planner LTE will assist with performance measurement of bicycle conditions through providing analytical and mapping support, communicating results to the team and researching trends on bicycle performance measurement. In addition, this position will assist with logistical supporting such as agenda preparation, distributing materials and note taking for the Governor's Bicycle Council.
Deadline: May 21, 2017, http://indeedhi.re/2rpsPcb
-> JOB - BICYCLE INTERSECTION COORDINATOR/ASST. CIVIL ENGINEER, NYC DOT
NYC DOT seeks to hire an ambitious and self-motivated engineer/designer/project manager to join its Bicycle and Greenway Program to focus on intersection design and safety in order to reduce injuries as part of the City’s Vision Zero initiative, a multi-agency effort to reduce traffic fatalities in NYC. The Bicycle Intersection Coordinator will manage bicycle and pedestrian safety projects from their initial stages of development through to implementation and develop typical designs and standards for innovative, data driven approaches to improving safety on NYC streets, with a focus on intersection treatments. With latitude for independent judgment and under the supervision of the director, the candidate will be responsible for technical, analytical, graphic, field, and administrative work as part of a very collaborative and high performing team. Duties include, but are not limited to: research, analysis, and development of policies, engineering street design standards, and specifications; field surveys of existing and post-implementation conditions; development of geometric street designs using AutoCAD; data analysis and report writing, creation of graphics for visual representation of data, and coordination with other DOT units, government agencies, contractors, and community groups, as needed. The ideal candidate should also have experience in managing budgets and grants, meeting milestones and compliance with all city, state, and federal oversight rules and regulations.
Deadline: May, 26, 2017, http://on.nyc.gov/2qPorpB
-> JOB - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES, NEW YORK, NY
Project for Public Spaces seeks to fill a new COO position to assume a broad leadership role and implement a new strategic plan. A new COO will streamline and improve the effectiveness of PPS operations, including project prioritization, finance and accounting, communications, and development. A successful COO will potentially be in a position to assume a CEO position in the organization in the future, as current senior leadership will transition to new roles over the next 2-3 years.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2qoq8Jm
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WALK SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Walk San Francisco seeks a results-driven, collaborative and experienced leader to lead a dynamic and effective non-profit organization working to make walking in San Francisco safe and enjoyable. This is a great opportunity to guide a rapidly growing organization to the next level, have an impact on the City of San Francisco, and continue to serve as a model of pedestrian safety advocacy for the rest of the nation.
Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, http://bit.ly/2qmaSMY
-> JOB - COMPLETE STREETS PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, SMART GROWTH AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC
The National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, seeks a motivated self-starter to coordinate member involvement and activities as a full-time Program Associate. The position includes significant administrative duties, but will also contribute to research and policy-related projects that advance the Coalition’s objectives. This is an excellent opportunity for a "people person" to help grow a national movement for safe, vibrant community streets.
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis, http://bit.ly/2qPkqS7
-> JOB - BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PLANNER, TRAILNET, ST. LOUIS, MO
The Planner leads the development and creation of plans, and for assigned plans will serve as the primary contact for projects involving contracted partners, municipalities, governmental agencies, mayors, city administrators, public works and parks directors. They will manage all planning tasks including developing documents and creating maps. The Planner realizes Trailnet’s mission in planning environmental changes to promote lovable urban places.
Deadline: Until filled, http://bit.ly/2qQHgc0
-> JOB - MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, MICHAEL BAKER INTERNATIONAL, LOS ANGELES, CA
Michael Baker International seeks a Multimodal Transportation Planner to help lead their multimodal transportation planning efforts in the western US. This practice includes bike and pedestrian planning, transit planning, complete streets work, corridor revitalization, station area planning, and comprehensive circulation studies. The successful candidate will lead and support marketing efforts for multimodal transportation planning including preparation of proposals, identification of future work, market research, marketing event attendance and participation in professional organizations. The successful candidate will also lead and mentor professional technical staff and will serve as the direct communication link between our transportation engineering and urban planning teams.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2rpskyP
-> 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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