#443 Wednesday, September 6, 2017
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----- State DOTs: Promotion of Active Transportation Inventory
----- It's Time to Re-Purpose State DOTs
----- Queensland, Australia Cycling Strategy 2017-2027
----- Cycling Delivers on the Global Goals
----- GHSA Right to the Road Cyclist Safety Report
----- Pontevedra, Spain Got Rid of Cars
----- Vancouver, BC to Train Citizens to Map Public Space
----- The Netherlands: When There is No Such Concept as 'Jaywalking'
----- What Stops Designers From Creating Walkable Neighborhoods
----- Context-Based Street Design Interview
----- No Small Plans Graphic Novel to Transform Teens Into City Planners
----- Winnipeg, Canada Pilots Protected Bike-Lane Approach
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Ville Platte, LA: Driver Hits 3 Black Peds. Police Charge Victims.
----- New Orleans, LA Bicycling Boomtown
----- New NJ DOT Complete Streets Design Guide
----- Philadelphia, PA 1st to Map Urban Trails on Google Street View
----- Portland, OR Opens 9.1 Mile North-South Bikeway
----- Dallas, TX Company Requests/Gets More Ped-Friendly Downtown
----- Washington DC Woonerf Partially Open
----- Missoula, MT Axing Hilly Bike Lanes Adding Sharrows
----- Arlington County, VA School Staff & Teacher Commute Program
----- Pasadena, CA Stats from 1st 5 Weeks of Bike Share Use
----- Baltimore, MD to Measure Air Pollution Block by Block
----- Illustration of Seattle, WA's Wacky Intersections Goes Viral
----- The Right to Walk in Cities-A Comparative Review
----- Socioeconomic & Demographic Differences in Walking & Cycling
----- First/Last Mile Transit Access as an Equity Planning Issue
----- Underreporting Ped & Bike Crashes In & Around Universities
----- Transit, Bike & Ped Traffic Stress Level Analysis
----- Positive Utility Of Travel And Mode Choice
----- Regional Accessibility, Integrated Ped & Transit Network
----- Incorporating Walk & Drive Access into Transit Access
----- Public Transit, Active Travel, & the Journey to School
----- Quality Measure of Short-Duration Bicycle Counts
----- Toy Canary Tracks Air Pollution in a Child's Surroundings
----- CleanSpace Tag Personal Air Quality Monitor
----- Active Travel Toolbox
----- Safety Efficacy Confidence Levels for Ped & Bike Treatments
----- StreetPlan.net: Free Tool for Complete Street Design
----- Next Generation of Bike Lane Separators
----- Policies to Support Workplace Physical Activity & Wellness
----- Automated Vehicles: Ped & Bike Safety & Mobility
----- Evaluation Guide for Pedestrian Safety
----- Methods to Measure Walkability: Qualitative & Quantitative
----- Defining Connected Bike Networks
----- Walk Score, Transit Score, Bike Score & Park Score
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
STATE DOTS: PROMOTION OF ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION INVENTORY
-> The Journal of Transport & Health reports on research to assess the level of support for active transportation among state departments of transportation (DOTs) in the US. Researchers conducted an inventory plans adopted by 51 state DOTs and a survey of state DOT pedestrian and bicycle coordinators in the U.S. Overall, the plans were not very encouraging of planning and design elements that would encourage walking and bicycling. States were more supportive of including bicycle and pedestrian facilities (e.g. trails, sidewalks, and bike lanes) and less supportive of policies related to land use and urban design and reallocating road space (e.g. road diets or narrower streets). "Promotion of Active Transportation Among State Departments of Transportation in the U.S." http://bit.ly/2wCnQta
IT'S TIME TO RE-PURPOSE STATE DOTS
-> Public Square proposes six ways to transform communities and revitalize our economy by repurposing state DOTs, which are still organized based on an outdated 1950s model. No other single public or private entity comes close to having the resources, experience and skills to help the world solve the mounting problems that threaten our quality of life. A new mission for state DOTs must involve creating a truly sustainable transportation system that provides local, regional and inter-regional accessibility at an affordable cost to families and businesses, while serving community needs for social and economic exchange. http://bit.ly/2wmMhus
[Also see the Quotes R Us section.]
QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA CYCLING STRATEGY 2017-2027
-> Through the Queensland Cycling Strategy 2017–2027, the Queensland (Australia) Government is taking action to ensure that, as the population grows, people are supported to choose cycling as a convenient, enjoyable and healthy way to travel and socialize. This strategy sets the direction for cycling in Queensland over the next decade. It identifies what they need to focus on to make sure that riding a bike is enjoyable, comfortable, healthy and safe for people, no matter where they live in Queensland. Every two years, the action plan will be updated and published alongside a new report on the state of cycling in Queensland. http://bit.ly/2wCWB1Q
CYCLING DELIVERS ON THE GLOBAL GOALS
-> The European Cyclists' Federation and the World Cycling Alliance created and published a report that analyzes the impact of cycling on 11 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and outlines their Voluntary Commitment to the UN. Also check out the chart of 70 cities and regions that have shared their current cycling mode share and their target cycling mode share. "Cycling Delivers on the Global Goals: Shifting Towards a Better Economy, Society, and Planet for All" http://bit.ly/2w5G4zE
GHSA RIGHT TO THE ROAD CYCLIST SAFETY REPORT
-> Streetsblog USA reports the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a report about how states can reduce cycling fatalities. (A Right to the Road: Understanding & Addressing Bicyclist Safety: http://bit.ly/2vPofET) It’s not a revolutionary document, but if you look closely you’ll see signs of progress at one of the big national organs of the transportation safety establishment. The GHSA offers 30 recommendations in all, a sort of grab bag of common sense reforms. Importantly, the organization confronts how excessive motor vehicle speeds create risks for people on bikes. In addition to the recommendations about speed reductions, GHSA says state DOTs should educate policy makers about complete streets policies and tells them to use the NACTO Bikeway Design Guide, which explicitly endorses treatments like protected bike lanes that older American engineering manuals have yet to incorporate. http://bit.ly/2w43Kom
PONTEVEDRA, SPAIN GOT RID OF CARS
-> Citiscope reports it’s just a regular Wednesday morning in downtown Pontevedra, Spain (80,000 pop), but the streets are so crowded with people walking their dogs, pushing baby strollers, heading to work, shopping or simply sitting and watching other people go by. It is hard to believe that not long ago, most of the space where people now walk was devoted to the movement and parking of cars. Motor traffic in Pontevedra’s historical centre has been reduced by an unbelievable 97% since 1999. Traffic is down 77% in the areas adjacent to the center, and by 53% in the city as a whole. Quality of life has drastically improved. The city hasn’t suffered a single traffic fatality since 2011. The air is cleaner and the city’s carbon dioxide emissions are significantly lower. http://bit.ly/2w4z6ep
VANCOUVER, BC TO TRAIN CITIZENS TO MAP PUBLIC SPACE
-> Next City reports Vancouver, BC is partnering with Gehl, an urban design firm founded by Jan Gehl, to gain insight into how residents move around and spend time downtown. It plans to issue "public life surveys" to be conducted throughout September; volunteers will help gather information at several high-traffic sites. Jan Gehl’s surveys of public life date back decades: Gehl worked with Melbourne’s city planners to make incremental changes to the public realm and helped New York City officials remake Times Square. http://bit.ly/2w4j3xk
THE NETHERLANDS: WHEN THERE IS NO SUCH CONCEPT AS 'JAYWALKING'
-> Bicycle Dutch notes questions about crossing the streets keep coming back in the comment section of his videos. Some people comment that they don’t understand the lack of crosswalks on the cycle paths. Well, that’s because pedestrian crossings are perhaps less common in the Netherlands compared to other countries. As a pedestrian, you are allowed to cross the street or the cycle path wherever you like. Get more details and the relevant Dutch road law. http://bit.ly/2w4ZapA
WHAT STOPS DESIGNERS FROM CREATING WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS
-> An ArchDaily article asks "What's Stopping Urban Designers From Creating Walkable Neighborhoods From Scratch?" To respond it describes two new books in depth. One by Philip Langdon called "Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities For All" (http://bit.ly/2w57UMM); and another by urbanist Richard Florida, "The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class and What We Can Do About It" (http://bit.ly/2w5hTl1). Both talk convincingly about changes our cities and neighborhoods are going through and overlap each other, in revealing and troubling ways. http://bit.ly/2vOoz7a
CONTEXT-BASED STREET DESIGN INTERVIEW
-> Public Square editor Robert Steuteville interviewed Dan Burden, walkability expert and Director of Inspiration and Innovation at Blue Zones, and Wesley Marshall, associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Denver, on the subject of context-based street design. First and foremost, streets should be responding to what the land-use is, what the needs are for the neighborhood, the commercial district, or the rural area. In the past, we designed streets for efficiency, maximizing movement, and that often would induce speed. But in the future, streets are going to have to bring speed down to what is appropriate for their space, as appropriate to context. http://bit.ly/2wmHMQC
NO SMALL PLANS GRAPHIC NOVEL TO TRANSFORM TEENS INTO CITY PLANNERS
-> No Small Plans is a graphic novel that follows the neighborhood adventures of teens in Chicago, IL's past, present and future as they wrestle with designing the city they want, need and deserve. The book was inspired by the 1911 Wacker’s Manual, which was once used in classrooms to explain Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago. It is filled with beautiful illustrations and divided into three chapters set in the years 1928, 2017 and 2211. Each chapter ends with a map and a short interlude about Burnham, to give readers insight into the creation of the 1909 Plan and other urban planning challenges. The Chicago Architecture Foundation plans to distribute 30,000 free copies of No Small Plans to Chicago teens. Copies are also available for sale http://bit.ly/2w5d6jE An online readers’ toolkit includes a page-by-page annotated guide for each chapter, teaching resources and an interactive map. http://bit.ly/2w4NlA0
WINNIPEG, CANADA PILOTS PROTECTED BIKE-LANE APPROACH
-> Next City reports the city of Winnipeg in Canada is trying out a protected bike-lane pilot using adjustable concrete curbs temporarily anchored to the ground with steel pins. It may not be as creative an approach as flowering plants (or human chains), but it’s a definite win in the category of cyclist safety. What’s more, the movable nature of the curbs could encourage other road-diet shy municipalities to give protected lanes a go. The 9-month trial will include testing out installation methods, seeing how much maintenance the curbs require during snow clearing or spring pick up, and how they impact cyclists. The city will be able to adjust the curbs based on feedback or to accommodate any other changes to the road. Other Canadian cities have installed the adjustable borders including Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Ottawa. http://bit.ly/2w5tjW5
[See Resources section for "Next Generation of Bike Lane Separators" item.]
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
VILLE PLATTE, LA: DRIVER HITS 3 BLACK PEDS. POLICE CHARGE VICTIMS.
-> Streetsblog USA reports a truck driver struck and injured 3 young black men walking in Ville Platte, LA, and the local authorities only want to penalize the victims. Police charged the three men who were struck, filing misdemeanors for not wearing reflective clothing and "obstructing a public passage," according to the local ABC affiliate. Deonte Williams, 21, Cody Mayes, 19, and Tevin Wilson, 17, were walking in the grass along North Chataignier Street, which has no sidewalk, when the driver, whose name has not been released, hit them with his truck. Wilson told local news channel KADN "everything went up black" and he "almost died" in the collision. The truck driver has not been charged, according to the local press. The ordinance against walking at night without reflective clothing has no safety purpose and only serves as an invitation for police harassment and victim-blaming. And the charge of "obstructing a public passage" appears to be entirely fabricated, since the victims were walking in the grass. http://bit.ly/2w4AQnS
NEW ORLEANS, LA BICYCLING BOOMTOWN
-> The next Walk/Bike/Places (nee Pro Bike) conference will be September 16-19, 2018 in New Orleans, LA. Is New Orleans bicycling’s next boomtown? Among major cities it has the 6th highest bike-to-work percentage; they’ve added more than 100 miles of bike facilities since 2005; this fall, a new bike share system will open; the City’s climate action plan calls for a 50% increase in active transportation trips by 2030; and biking projects are increasingly being designed for multiple bottom lines (transportation, sustainability, and economic development). Perhaps the city’s best example of a project with multiple bottom lines is the Lafitte Greenway. The 2.6 mile linear park features a high quality trail and it also incorporates green stormwater management, urban agriculture, art installations and places where people from diverse neighborhoods can encounter each other. This connector of people has proven to be both a popular destination and a vector for investment: in 2016 it had 250k visitors and it has leveraged more than $100M in private sector investment for the adjacent neighborhoods. http://bit.ly/2w40Ob7
NEW NJ DOT COMPLETE STREETS DESIGN GUIDE
-> NJ DOT and FHWA released the 2017 State of New Jersey Complete Streets Design Guide (http://bit.ly/2wDsE1A) This guide is the third in its Complete Streets series. The other two guides are: Making Complete Streets a Reality: A Guide to Policy Development (http://bit.ly/2wDNpdA) and A Guide to Creating a Complete Streets Implementation Plan (http://bit.ly/1jtvU1a) The new design guide presents tools and methodologies for designing Complete Streets in a variety of settings, with attention to the specific needs of each community.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 1ST TO MAP URBAN TRAILS ON GOOGLE STREET VIEW
-> The Philly Voice reports Philadelphia, PA is the first US city to map urban trails on Google Street View. More than 400 miles of green space are now navigable on the 360-degree platform. The initiative marks the start of a nationwide effort to digitalize the off-road experience. Two Parks & Recreation employees spent months carrying a 50-pound Google Trekker backpack, walking around Fairmount Park and several other city trails. They captured about 100 different parks and points of interest—even the Philadelphia Zoo. http://bit.ly/2wEdXez
Google is now inviting any tourism board, nonprofit, government agency, university, research organization or similar entity to apply to borrow the Street View Trekker and get involved in the mapping process. http://bit.ly/2wEtYBo
PORTLAND, OR OPENS 9.1 MILE NORTH-SOUTH BIKEWAY
-> Next City reports the Portland, OR Bureau of Transportation recently opened the $4.5 million, 9.1-mile "20s Bikeway." The project combines neighborhood greenways, bike lanes and arterial crossings to create a rare north-south route through the entire city. Not only did the city previously lack a good north-south bike route, bicyclists traveling that direction also had to cross many busy east-west arterials. Neighborhood greenways make up the bulk of the route. Riders follow signs and sharrows through quiet neighborhood streets. In a few spots, the route includes green-painted bike lanes and a spot with a protected bike lane. For advocates, the biggest shortcoming of the project is its use of sharrows and speed bumps on a busy, commercial stretch of 28th Avenue. http://bit.ly/2wDAw2S
DALLAS, TX COMPANY REQUESTS/GETS MORE PED-FRIENDLY DOWNTOWN
-> The Dallas Morning News reports AT&T made the call in October to keep its headquarters in downtown Dallas by spending $100 million on its revamped campus. But the decision to stay in the city rather than flee to the suburbs was contingent upon several major requests, chief among them the significant alteration of some major downtown streets for a so-called "Discovery District" filled with shops, restaurants and other pedestrian-friendly amenities. http://bit.ly/2w4s3lO
WASHINGTON DC WOONERF PARTIALLY OPEN
-> Greater Greater Washington reports a little taste of the "shared space" streets that will thread through the soon-to-open District Wharf development in Southwest Washington DC recently opened. In a shared space, also known as a woonerf, no curbs separate pedestrians, bikes, and cars. On October 12, when several businesses open, the Wharf's nine blocks will be one of the largest expanses of shared space in the country. Three different kinds of paving loosely define two zones on the street. Large blocks at the right edge, right next to the buildings, have a smoother surface that's more like a sidewalk. The stripe provides a textural contrast that helps to define the edge of this space, particularly for blind pedestrians. The rougher, fan-patterned blocks at the center cue drivers to move slowly down the middle of the space. http://bit.ly/2wDnTot
MISSOULA, MT AXING HILLY BIKE LANES ADDING SHARROWS
-> The Missoulian reports the Missoula, MT City Council unanimously voted to remove bicycle lanes from Linda Vista Boulevard, after pushback from residents. A city crew will paint "sharrows," in the lane of traffic, in each direction. An online questionnaire drew more than 100 responses, over 80 percent of which were for the sharrows and parking option. Residents have been pressuring their representatives for months over the year-old bike lanes, which took away parking in front of Marilyn Park, a popular gathering spot for the neighborhood. Not many bicyclists use the road (it’s one long hill), plowed snow doesn’t have a good place to go, and drivers still parked on both sides of the street, taking up the bike lanes. http://bit.ly/2w4MzD0
ARLINGTON COUNTY, VA SCHOOL STAFF & TEACHER COMMUTE PROGRAM
-> Mobility Lab Express reports Arlington County, VA, has a first-in-the-nation program to help teachers and staff with their commutes to work via carpool and bikes. Arlington Transportation Partners (http://bit.ly/2wEL9mh) is a wing of the county government that has decided to place an emphasis on these school-bound populations. This work is featured in the first of Mobility Lab’s new film series called The Switch. http://bit.ly/2wE2oUw
PASADENA, CA STATS FROM 1ST 5 WEEKS OF BIKE SHARE USE
-> Pasadena Now reports over 6,700 bike trips were taken on Metro’s Bike Share program in Pasadena in the first five weeks since the program started in the City in July. Bicycle Transit Systems, Inc., Metro’s contractor for the program, installed 29 stations before the launch on July 14 and added two more a week later. The stations are located close to either Metro Gold Line stations in the City or Metro shuttle bus stations, making it possible for users to transition into trains or buses and vice versa in their daily commute. http://bit.ly/2wEmOwG
BALTIMORE, MD TO MEASURE AIR POLLUTION BLOCK BY BLOCK
-> Next City reports researchers are well aware that Baltimore, MD’s summer air quality can be hazardous to residents’ health. But understanding how smog levels differ from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even block to block, could help policy-makers address public health crises — like the city’s dangerously high asthma rate — with greater precision. With that hyper local lens in mind, a team of scientists and nonprofit employees will soon deploy 250 simple, solar-powered sensors around the city to measure pollutants. The team behind it wants to create a kind of map where air quality can be compared, contrasted and cross-referenced across the city, and researchers can then try to determine what makes one block smoggier than another. http://bit.ly/2w4QDmP
[See the Resources section for details about 2 personal air quality monitors.]
ILLUSTRATION OF SEATTLE, WA'S WACKY INTERSECTIONS GOES VIRAL
-> The Seattle Times reports Peter Gorman’s inspiration for an illustration that has now gone viral grew from sincere confusion while biking around as a newcomer. His illustration depicts 20 of the Seattle’s complicated street crossings with minimalistic graphics. Anyone who has traveled the city’s streets knows some intersections can require special navigation skills. The print has been described as something designed by a fan of the Blair Witch Project, Chinese lettering or yoga poses. http://bit.ly/2w5xmBt
THE RESEARCH BEAT
THE RIGHT TO WALK IN CITIES-A COMPARATIVE REVIEW
-> The International Journal of Law in the Built Environment recently published a paper that analyzes walking activity and recent efforts at augmenting walkability conditions in the cities of Macau, Lisbon and Las Vegas. The paper discusses the factors affecting street vibrancy from both a stakeholder’s and a user’s perspective. The findings include the need to properly design, maintain and retrofit pedestrian facilities, while reducing safety conflicts among street users as well as the establishment and the nurturing of a culture of walking. "The Right to Walk in Cities, A Comparative Review of Macau, Lisbon and Las Vegas" http://bit.ly/2w4LfAa (For non-subscribers, contact Carlos Balsas at email@example.com for a free eprint link to the article).
SOCIOECONOMIC & DEMOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCES IN WALKING & CYCLING
-> A study published in the Journal of Transport & Health considered how differences in walking and cycling translate into inequalities in health benefits on the population level. Researchers quantified these health benefits for demographic and socioeconomic groups in the Netherlands using the Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT). Results showed pronounced differences between subgroups, with women, senior citizens (50–79 years), higher socioeconomic groups, and native-Dutch people walking and cycling more than others. The study suggests that policies to increase walking and cycling among lower socioeconomic groups could induce further health benefits in the aggregate and thus help mitigate socioeconomic health inequalities. "Socioeconomic and Demographic Differences in Walking and Cycling in the Netherlands: How Do These Translate into Differences in Health Benefits?" http://bit.ly/2wCLbv1
FIRST/LAST MILE TRANSIT ACCESS AS AN EQUITY PLANNING ISSUE
-> A study published in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice presents evidence on how the mode of transit station access/egress (by walking, bicycling, or driving) can importantly influence the gap between car and transit accessibility. Researchers found San Diego, CA drivers can access up to 30 times more low-wage jobs than transit riders. They also found that changing the mode of access and egress to and from stations is more effective at improving transit access to low-wage jobs than policies that reduce transit wait time or improve service headway. "First/Last Mile Transit Access as an Equity Planning Issue" http://bit.ly/2wCt73Y
UNDERREPORTING PED & BIKE CRASHES IN & AROUND UNIVERSITIES
-> A study published in Accident Analysis & Prevention evaluated the non-motorized traffic safety concerns in and around 3 university campuses by comparing police-reported crash data with traffic safety information sourced from the campus communities themselves. The crowdsourced traffic safety data comprise of both self-reported crashes as well as perceived hazardous locations. The results of the crash data analysis reveal that police-reported crashes underrepresent non-motorized safety concerns. The spatial distribution of police-reported crashes shows that police-reported crashes are predominantly unavailable inside the main campus areas, and the off-campus crashes over-represent automobile involvement. In comparison, the self-reported crash results report a wide variety of off-campus collisions not involving automobiles, while also highlighting the issue of high crash concentrations along campus boundaries. "Investigating the Underreporting of Pedestrian and Bicycle Crashes In and Around University Campuses ? A Crowdsourcing Approach" http://bit.ly/2wCCG2T
TRANSIT, BIKE & PED TRAFFIC STRESS LEVEL ANALYSIS
-> The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium released a report on the level of traffic stress (LTS) criteria used to determine how the streets functioned for people taking buses, bicycling and walking. The quality and extent of the transit service area was measured using a total travel time metric over the LTS network. The model developed in this study was applied to two transit routes in Oakland, CA, and Denver, CO. "Improving Livability Using Green and Active Modes: A Traffic Stress Level Analysis of Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Access and Mobility" http://bit.ly/2srk4lA
POSITIVE UTILITY OF TRAVEL AND MODE CHOICE
-> TREC reports normally we assume that travel is a means to an end, but the latest NITC report examines other benefits of travel—aspects that aren’t about reaching a destination. (Exploring The Positive Utility Of Travel And Mode Choice: http://bit.ly/2w5cNoR) These intrinsic benefits can impact travel behavior and mode choice, but our current models don’t have any way to reflect this. The idea that travel can provide benefits beyond reaching destinations is known in the travel behavior field as "the positive utility of travel" (PUT) concept. Overall, the evidence suggests that walking and bicycling commuters enjoy gaining physical activity and value their use of travel time for exercise. Active modes like walking and bicycling had higher ratings on questions about enjoyment, confidence, and health, and people reported more useful commutes via these modes. http://bit.ly/2wnp2AD
REGIONAL ACCESSIBILITY, INTEGRATED PED & TRANSIT NETWORK
-> The Journal of the Transportation Research Board published research that presents a new open source tool, UrbanAccess. This tool uses a generalized and scalable methodology to measure transit accessibility with a multimodal network comprising both pedestrian and operational schedule transit networks at a fine spatial scale over large metropolitan extents. A typical use for this tool is illustrated in a case study that characterizes regional transit accessibility in the San Francisco, CA Bay Area. "Generalized Methodology for Measuring Regional Accessibility with an Integrated Pedestrian and Transit Network" http://bit.ly/2wCHiWW
INCORPORATING WALK & DRIVE ACCESS INTO TRANSIT ACCESS
-> The Journal of the Transportation Research Board published research on a method to measure access to key destinations and opportunities at given time thresholds that, compared with existing methods, refined the geographies that have walk access to transit and incorporates multimodal access to transit by automobile. Researchers developed a transit access score, which highlights the relative access to opportunities from an origin on a scale of 0 to 100. This score weighs the value of opportunities by the time it takes to access them. The transit access score can be used in public engagement, project evaluation, performance measurement, and other applications to provide a meaningful measurement of access without specifying exactly what quantity of opportunities is enough or which travel time threshold is most appropriate. "Transit Access Measure: Incorporating Walk and Drive Access" http://bit.ly/2wCcNjG
PUBLIC TRANSIT, ACTIVE TRAVEL, & THE JOURNEY TO SCHOOL
-> Transportmetrica published a paper that applied a two-level cross-nested logit model using school trip information of 3,441 middle and high school students in Tehran. Researchers showed a 1% increase in home-to-school distance reduces physical activity by 0.91%. Considering public transit a solely non-active mode, this reduction equals 2.21%. Therefore, ignoring the ‘quasi-active’ role of public transit overestimates the physical activity reduction of students by 142%. They also indicated a 1% decrease in access to transit stations diminishes physical activity by 0.04%. This diminution is 0.02% when they applied the nested logit model. This is the direct consequence of ignoring the active component of public transit trips. "Public Transit, Active Travel, and the Journey to School: A Cross-Nested Logit Analysis" http://bit.ly/2wBYdZq
QUALITY MEASURE OF SHORT-DURATION BICYCLE COUNTS
-> The Transportation Research Record published a paper describing a simple method to estimate the quality of a short-term bicycle count through a single metric combining five factors associated with the count variation: duration, average demand, time of year, stability, and correlation with the reference count. The method is validated with the use of a relatively large data set of automated bicycle counts. "Quality Measure of Short-Duration Bicycle Counts" http://bit.ly/2w59ePK
QUOTES R US
"In most states, the DOT only has responsibility for the state highway network and their efforts to support active transportation have been limited to the state network. Yet, with few exceptions, most of the walking and biking streets and destinations are on local roads. Unfortunately, most US communities lack the capacity and expertise to identify, scope, plan, design or construct successful biking and walking projects. To remedy this, DOTs will need to reapply their skills to assume a much larger sense of ownership and responsibility for fostering active transportation on local streets. "Ownership" does not necessarily involve assuming jurisdiction for local streets, but it does involve offering leadership, technical assistance, and funding support."
—Gary Toth, Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, for the Project for Public Spaces in a Public Square article "Rethinking the Future of State DOTs" http://bit.ly/2wmMhus
[See National & International Scene for more details on this article.]
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
EXTRAORDINARY TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST CAMERA PHONE (AND THE VERY PATIENT WOMAN IN LABOR WHO ASSISTED)
Phillipe Kahn invented the first camera phone on June 11th, 1997, the day his daughter was born. He had his jerry-rigged system, a mobile phone plus a digital camera, in the delivery room and was able to capture little Sophie held in his arms. He emailed that photo to friends and family who marveled at both the baby and the feat. This brief film re-enacts the birth of the camera phone. http://on.natgeo.com/2w5recM
WILDFIRE & SMOKE TRACKING MAP
Check out an interactive map that shows areas on fire or socked in by smoke. Scroll around, zoom in, or on another page, input your zip code to get more weather details and statistics. http://bit.ly/2wC0fIY
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 "Protected Bikeways: A Dive into Design and the New Practitioners Guide"
Date: September 7, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Ryan Martinson, Tyler Golly & other bikeway planners & engineers
Host: Smart Growth America
Details: http://bit.ly/2w0nZDn, free
Webinar "EJSCREEN: Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool Stakeholder Webinar"
Date: September 7, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2wmlxLL, free
Webinar "U.S. Access Board Open Question and Answer Session"
Date: September 7, 2017, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Accessibility specialists
Host: U.S. Access Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2iljiT7, free
Webinar "Designing Multimodal Roundabouts: Making Them Safe and Efficient for All"
Date: September 11, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Scott Richie (Roundabouts and Traffic Engineering), Mark Johnson, (MTJ Roundabout Engineering) & Alek Pochowski (Kittelson & Assoc.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2il7WOZ, free for some groups of registrants, $105 for others
Webinar "Impact of Emerging Technologies on Complete Streets"
Date: September 12, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Host: National Complete Streets Coalition, Stantec & Transportation for America
Details: http://bit.ly/2w0qkxU, free
Webinar "4-Part Series: Creating Great Communities Through Transportation; Not Transportation Through Communities: Part I - Starting the Conversation: Transportation as Art & Science"
Date: September 12, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bryan Jones (Alta Planning + Design, Inc.)
Details: http://bit.ly/2wGvUXa, Part 1 free, price varies for remainder of series
Webinar "U.S. Federal Policy Briefing"
Date: September 12, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Caron Whitaker (League of American Bicyclists)
Hosts: League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Details: http://bit.ly/2v7uuZ0, free
Webinar "Advancements in measuring bicycle and pedestrian accessibility"
Date: September 12, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Jennifer Boldry (People For Bikes), Spencer Gardner (Toole Design Group) & Chris McCahill (SSTI)
Hosts: State Smart Transportation Initiative
Details: http://bit.ly/2sPFecb, free
Webinar "Design Innovation and the MUTCD"
Date: September 13, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bill DeSantis (VHB) & Dave Kirschner (Federal Highway Administration)
Host: Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
Details: http://bit.ly/2il7WOZ, free
Webinar "Modern Roundabouts: Downtown and Suburban Revitalization"
Date: September 18, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Scott Richie (Roundabouts and Traffic Engineering), Shannon Lambert (Reid Middleton) & Joseph Balskus (VHB)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2wlYuAl, price varies
Webinar "Planning and Managing Park-and-Ride"
Date: September 19, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Linda Cherrington & Michael Walk (Texas A&M Transportation Institute), Kathryn Coffel (Kathryn Coffel Consulting) & Paul Ryus (Kittelson & Assoc.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2w0p1R6, Sign into MyTRB.org to view registration information.
Webinar "A Watershed Approach to Mitigating Stormwater Impacts"
Date: September 20, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Neil Weinstein & Emily Clifton (The Low Impact Development Center) & Scott Struck (Geosyntec Consultants)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2vZQGBL, Sign into MyTRB.org to view registration information.
Webinar "Green Design: Minimizing Environmental Impact in Public Rights of Way"
Date: September 20, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/Y9w4kF, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
Webinar "Connecting Communities: Integrating Transportation and Recreation Networks"
Date: September 21, 2017, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Christopher Douwes & Laura Toole (Federal Highway Administration)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2whPFYK, free for American Trails members, $55 for others
Webinar "4-Part Series: Creating Great Communities Through Transportation; Not Transportation Through Communities: Part II - Street Space — Not just for Moving Cars"
Date: September 26, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bryan Jones (Alta Planning + Design, Inc.)
Details: http://bit.ly/2wGAN2n, price varies
Webinar "Parking, transit usage and congestion: Evidence from SFpark"
Date: September 26, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Nicole Ngo (Univ. of OR)
Host: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
Details: http://bit.ly/2w0L8Wa, free
Webinar "Shared Use Ambassador Highlight: Ohio Department of Health, Creating Healthy Communities Program"
Date: September 27, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2w0qG7C, free
Webinar "Strategies for Integrating Goods and Services Movement in Smart Growth Environments"
Date: September 27, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Christopher Lamm & Katharine Kirk (Cambridge Systematics) & Alex Joyce (Cascadia Partners LLC)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2w0xHW8, fee varies
Online Discussion Series "Walking Towards Justice: The Color of Law"
Date: September 27, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Charles Brown (Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center), Tamika Butler (LA Neighborhood Land Trust), Sonia Jimenez (Ximenes & Associates, Inc.) & Shara Sulaiman (Streetsblog LA)
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2x1RG7G, free
Webinar "EconWorks from the MPO Perspective"
Date: September 28, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Grant King & Brett Piercy (Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District); Richard Perrin & Cherry Xiong (T.Y. Lin International)
Details: http://bit.ly/2w0M3Wp, free
Webinar "Analyzing Crashes on Multi-Lane Roundabouts"
Date: October 2, 2017, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Gordon Parikh (MN Traffic Observatory), Sam Bobko (Mott MacDonald) & Mark McCulloch (Washtenaw Road Commission)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2w0u6r6, fee varies
Webinar "Solutions for Aging Low-Volume Road Bridges"
Date: October 3, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Brian Keierleber (Buchanan County, IA), Daniel Alzamora (FHWA) & Joel Hahm (Big R Bridge)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2w1aeUU, fee varies
Webinar "4-Part Series: Creating Great Communities Through Transportation; Not Transportation Through Communities: Part III - Moving People — Steady, Slower, Smarter and Safer"
Date: October 3, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bryan Jones (Alta Planning + Design, Inc.)
Details: http://bit.ly/2wGBd99, price varies
Webinar "Workplace Wellness: Walk This Way"
Date: October 5, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Greta Aschbacher & Jessica Nguyen (ChangeLab Solutions), Shioban Torres (MA Dept. of Public Health) & Ray Sharp (Western Upper Peninsula, MI Health Dept.)
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2w44A4t, free
Webinar "Understanding Local & Regional Economic Development"
Date: October 11, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2wlJVgk, free
Webinar "Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement"
Date: October 11, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0qjoQ, free
Webinar "4-Part Series: Creating Great Communities Through Transportation; Not Transportation Through Communities: Part IV - Transportation Services: New Concepts and Tools"
Date: October 17, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bryan Jones (Alta Planning + Design, Inc.)
Details: http://bit.ly/2wGCNaP, price varies
Webinar "Designing Transit to Support Active Transportation, and Vice Versa"
Date: October 18, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0q64Y, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
Webinar "Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks: Understanding the Effects"
Date: October 26, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Kimberly Kahn (Portland State University)
Host: National Insitute for Transportation and Communities
Details: http://bit.ly/2sYJlk7, free
Webinar "Creating Vibrant Communities with the Community in Mind: Development and Gentrification"
Date: November 8, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0s0Tn, free
Webinar "U.S. Federal Policy Briefing"
Date: November 14, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Caron Whitaker (League of American Bicyclists)
Host: League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Details: http://bit.ly/2wAh9rB, free
Webinar "Street lighting - Best Practices and Innovations in Illumination Technology"
Date: November 15, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0uReU, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
TOY CANARY TRACKS AIR POLLUTION IN A CHILD'S SURROUNDINGS
-> A Springwise article introduces the Urban Canary, a plastic bird-like toy that can track pollutant levels in its surroundings. The device is designed to accompany a child, continuously measuring the air quality nearby to alert the owner in case of air pollution. In areas with poor air quality, the canary becomes 'ill' and can be examined using the parents’ smartphone to gather more information about the cause of the illness and learn of ways to heal the toy. For more detailed information, a summary on the app shows the areas, times, and amounts of pollution that both the Urban Canary and the child were exposed to throughout their daily activities. http://bit.ly/2wztbBx
CLEANSPACE TAG PERSONAL AIR QUALITY MONITOR
-> A Fully Charged YouTube video describes the CleanSpace Tag. This tiny personal air quality monitor identifies the quality air around it indoors or outside. It uses Bluetooth to send data to a smart phone to allow users to track their exposure via a chart of the air quality in all the places they have been. A user’s data and that of others creates an interactive map of the air quality near a their current location which can allow them to pick a cleaner route. The device is trickle charged but never needs to be charged. Its battery harvests energy from wi-fi and 2-G cellular in the air around it. http://bit.ly/2w5e2o3
ACTIVE TRAVEL TOOLBOX
-> The United Kingdom-based Sustrans had released its Active Travel Toolbox with guides, resources, tools, slides, and case studies to help local authorities and their partners make the case for and improve walking and cycling schemes. The toolbox is also designed to help you plan and deliver walking and cycling schemes in your local area. Its modules provide resources to help users make the economic case for active travel; link active travel and public transport to housing growth and planning; and describe the role of active travel in improving health. http://bit.ly/2w5pjVh
SAFETY EFFICACY CONFIDENCE LEVELS FOR PED & BIKE TREATMENTS
-> The Fehr & Peers Bicycle/Pedestrian Discipline Group released 2017 Safety Efficacy Confidence Levels for Pedestrian and Bicycle Treatments. This report provides context for safety efficacy of various improvements included in the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide (http://bit.ly/2w0q2Y5) and Urban Street Design Guide (http://bit.ly/2w0wmP9) to help practitioners make more informed decisions on each treatment’s appropriate application. http://bit.ly/2w0qPrO
STREETPLAN.NET: FREE TOOL FOR COMPLETE STREET DESIGN
-> A consortium of Utah-based agencies have helped sponsor StreetPlan.net – an on-line "drag and drop" tool where you can to depict an existing auto-oriented street, then start making it better. StreetPlan offers color-coded best practice guidance based on ITE’s Designing Walkable Thoroughfares (http://bit.ly/2w5yPrL). Just tell StreetPlan the urban context and street type you want, and street elements turn red when they work against your desired outcome. StreetPlan has numerous templates from NACTO’s Urban Street Design Guide (http://bit.ly/2w0wmP9). Download a template closest to what you want, then make changes to fit your situation. http://bit.ly/2w555ez
NEXT GENERATION OF BIKE LANE SEPARATORS
-> PeopleForBikes reports on the next generation of products intended specifically for protected bike lanes and quick-build pedestrian plazas. Dero offers a modular steel fence called BikeRail, a 24-inch-wide self-watering concrete planter, and a hanging foot-and-hand rest called PediStill for people waiting for red lights on their bike. They also unveiled a product called PedRail intended for quick-build curb extensions that might also be usable for the corner safety island of a protected intersection. Sybertech unveiled a new, narrower version of their self-watering planters already used by various cities. Twenty inches wide, they can work in the buffer of a bike lane. Zicla, makers of the Zebra lane separator that's been used for several years in some cities, started North American marketing for a set of new recycled-plastic products for protected bike lanes, including the Zipper, a modular curb, another line of narrow self-watering planters, and a modular "floating bus stop" platform called Vectorial, designed with an option to be integrated with a protected bike lane behind it. See the article for photos, prices and links. http://bit.ly/2wEkENA
POLICIES TO SUPPORT WORKPLACE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & WELLNESS
-> ChangeLab Solutions published a report for wellness promoters interested in understanding state or local policies that support physical activity and wellness in and around the workplace. This resource discusses state and local policies for raising awareness, creating wellness councils, establishing government wellness programs, offering paid leave for physical activity, and creating tax credits for small businesses with workplace wellness programs. "Walk This Way: A Resource on State and Local Policies That Support Physical Activity and Wellness in and Around the Workplace" http://bit.ly/2w56xgO
AUTOMATED VEHICLES: PED & BIKE SAFETY & MOBILITY
-> The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute released a guide to provide context and a framework for discussing key issues related to automated vehicles and related technologies as they affect pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility. It also provides an overview of key terms and discussion of important opportunities and challenges. "The Discussion Guide for Automated and Connected Vehicles, Pedestrians, and Bicyclists" http://bit.ly/2wA29tE
EVALUATION GUIDE FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
-> The Evaluation Guide for Pedestrian Safety (http://bit.ly/2wArhAQ) is a comprehensive resource that provides sequential, step-by-step guidance and instructions to create an evaluation plan for a pedestrian safety intervention. Developed by the Safe States Alliance and NHTSA, the resource provides guidance on collaborating with partners; incorporating principles of social, health, and economic equity; implementing and managing the evaluation process; and capitalizing on assets and overcoming anticipated barriers.
METHODS TO MEASURE WALKABILITY: QUALITATIVE & QUANTITATIVE
-> The Transportation Research Board recorded a series of videos in July 2017 that examines the methods of measuring walkability bicycle and pedestrian planners are incorporating into their processes. The presentations include several quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and models from recent research projects. The Standing Committee on Pedestrians organized this series. The videos and their slides are available on-demand at no cost. http://bit.ly/2wBR1wo
DEFINING CONNECTED BIKE NETWORKS
-> Defining Connected Bike Networks (http://bit.ly/2qDZx8d) is a 6-page info brief from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and PeopleForBikes. It surveys the impact of connected bike networks and common measurement approaches and explores strategies to accelerate progress. This brief also reviews 2 tools under development from PlacesForBikes and FHWA to help communities measure connectivity and progress:
- PeopleForBikes is developing a Bike Network Analysis (http://bit.ly/2ltUzK0) designed to quantify the degree to which people can get to key destinations on a comfortable, connected bike network.
- FHWA is developing a Measuring Multimodal Network Connectivity guidebook to synthesize and present a range of options for measuring multimodal network connectivity and tracking change over time. It will be released this fall.
WALK SCORE, TRANSIT SCORE, BIKE SCORE & PARK SCORE
-> Spaces to Places observes many of you may have heard of Walk Score, but may not also know about Transit Score, Bike Score and Park Score. Walk Score, Transit Score and Bike Score are all calculated by WalkScore.com while ParkScore is a project of The Trust for Public Land, the nation’s largest national nonprofit organization working to create and improve neighborhood parks. This article describes each scoring tool. http://bit.ly/2wEhTfh
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR SPEAKERS - MT Bike Walk Summit, March 21-23, 2018, Bozeman, MT
Deadline: September 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2v7t94b
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2018), July15-18, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA
Deadline: September 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2wlDBFq
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - CNU 26.Savannah, May 16-19, 2018, Savannah, GA
Deadline: September 25, 2017, http://bit.ly/2vNRsVk
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 16th National Tools of the Trade Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities Conference, Fall 2018 (date to be announced), Kansas City, MO
Deadline: October 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2wBR8Is
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Velo-City 2018, June 12-15, 2018, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Deadline: October 30, 2017, http://bit.ly/2w4K4k7
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - I-TED 2018: International Transportation Economic Development Conference, June 6-8, 2018, Washington, DC
Deadline: November 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2wCthZd
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
-> 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 12, 2017 - Committee for a Study of the Future Interstate Highway System, Austin, TX
-> September 13, 2017 - Kansas City Regional Safe Routes to School Summit, Kansas City, KS
-> September 13, 2017 - KC Regional Safe Routes to School Summit, Kansas City, KS
-> September 13-15, 2017 - National Walking Summit, St. Paul. MN.
-> September 13-16, 2017 - Annual Council for Canadian Urbanism Summit, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
-> September 14-15, 2017 - NACTO Sister Cities Roadshow—New Haven, CT
-> September 15, 2017 - New York State Bike Summit, Albany, NY.
-> September 16-20, 2017 - Governors Highway Safety Association Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY
-> September 16-22, 2017 - European Mobility Week
-> September 17-20, 2017 - Rail~Volution 2017, Denver, CO.
-> September 19-21, 2017 - International Cycling Conference 2017, Mannheim, Germany
-> September 19-22, 2017 - Walk21 Calgary 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 25-28, 2017 - American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
-> September 26-27, 2017 - 11th University Transportation Center (UTC) Spotlight Conference: Rebuilding and Retrofitting the Transportation Infrastructure, Washington, DC
-> September 26-28, 2017 - National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA
-> September 26-29, 2017 - 8th International Symposium on Travel Demand Management, Taipei, Taiwan
-> September 26-29, 2017 - 14th International Conference on Urban Health, Health Equity: The New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, Coimbra, Portugal
-> September 29-30, 2017 - CNU Climate Summit, Alexandria, VA
-> September 29–October 1, 2017 - Georgia Bike Summit, Macon GA.
-> October 1-3, 2017 - Southeast Greenways and Trails Summit, Durham, NC.
-> October 2, 2017 - Colorado Bicycle Summit, Denver, CO.
-> October 2-3, 2017 - SOPHIA’s 2017 Practitioner Workshop, Washington, DC
-> October 2-4, 2017, EcoMobility World Congress, Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei
-> October 2-6, 2017 - 54th International Making Cities Livable Conference on Public Places for Community, Democracy, Health & Equity, Santa Fe, NM
-> 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 4-5, 2017 - Cycle Highway Academy, London, England
-> October 5–7, 2017 - CityWorks (X)po 2017, Roanoke, VA
-> October 6-8, 2017 - Youth Bike Summit, Arlington, VA & Washington, DC.
-> October 6-8, 2017 - Open Streets Study Tour, New Brunswick, NJ
-> October 8-11, 2017 - APTA Annual Meeting & EXPO 2017, Atlanta, GA
-> October 11-12, 2017 - Sustainable Trails for All Workshop, Greenfield, NH
-> October 11-14, 2017 - Placemaking Week 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
-> October 14-16, 2017 - I AM Traffic 2, St. Louis, MO
-> October 17-20, 2017 - Asia Pacific Cycling Congress, Christchurch, New Zealand
-> October 17-20, 2017 - 2017 AMPO Annual Conference, Savannah, GA
-> October 18, 2017 - 2017 Walkable Washington Symposium, Seattle, WA
-> October 20-23, 2017 - American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.
-> October 21, 2017 - TransportationCamp NYC 2017, New York, NY
-> October 22-24, 2017 - CityLab 2017: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges, Paris, France
-> October 24-27, 2017 - National Charrette Institute, Chicago, IL
-> October 26-27, 2017, 5th Community Resilience Panel, Minneapolis, MN
-> October 29 - November 2, 2017 - ITS World Congress: Integrated Mobility Driving Smart Cities, Montréal, Canada
-> October 30, 2017 - NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide Training, Chicago, IL
-> October 30 - NACTO Signal Strategies for Bikes & Transit, Chicago, IL
-> October 30, 2017 - NACTO Global Street Design Guide Training, Chicago, IL
-> October 30, 2017 - NACTO Workshop: Bringing Racial & Social Equity into Transportation Planning, Chicago, IL
-> October 30-November 2, 2017 - NACTO Designing Cities 2017, Chicago, IL.
-> November 2, 2017 - CTS 28th Annual Transportation Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
-> November 2-5, 2017 - NARP Passenger Rail EXPO And 50th Anniversary Celebration, Chicago, IL
-> November 3-4, 2017 - 2017 Massachusetts Trails Conference, Leominster, MA
-> November 3–4, 2017 - North Carolina Bike Summit, Wilmington, NC.
-> November 4-8, 2017 - American Public Health Association, Atlanta, GA
-> November 6-10, 2017 - Next City’s Vanguard Conference, Newcastle, Australia. Applications due August 1, 2017
-> November 8-10, 2017 - Trafinz 2017, Nelson City, New Zealand
-> November 13–14, 2017 - Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit, Las Vegas, NV.
-> November 13-15, 2017 - 10th International Urban Design Conference, Queensland, Australia
-> November 14-16, 2017 - 5th Annual AARP Livable Communities National Conference, Addison, TX
-> November 14-16, 2017 - Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference, Kansas City, MO.
-> November 15-19, 2017 - LA CoMotion, Los Angeles, CA
-> December 5-7, 2017 - Brownfields 2017: Sustainable Communities Start Here, Pittsburgh, PA.
-> January 7-11, 2018 - 97th TRB Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
-> February 1-3, 2018 - New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, San Francisco, CA.
-> February 11-14, 2018 - Active Living Research Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada
-> February 20-23, 2018 - 2018 International Winter Road Congress, Gdansk, Poland.
-> March 13, 2018 - Utah Bike Summit, West Valley City, UT
-> March 21-23, 2018 - 2018 Montana Bike Walk Summit - Bozeman, MT
NEW & FURTHER OUT: See http://bit.ly/centerlines for other events more than six months from now.
> April 3-4, 2018 - Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets, Nashville, TN
-> June 12-15, 2018 - Velo-city 2018, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
-> 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.
-> REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - CREATING AND MAINTAINING HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENTS FOR CHILDREN IN U.S. COMMUNITIES ALONG THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER, EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for projects that address children's environmental health risks in southern CA, AZ, NM, or TX communities within 62 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border with an emphasis on reducing environmental health disparities for minority, low-income, tribal, or indigenous populations. For purposes of this request for proposals, "overburdened communities" include communities with environmental justice concerns, health disparities, or any other community where children are disproportionately at risk.
Deadline: September 22, 2017, http://bit.ly/2wAht9V
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 2018 PLACES LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, FUNDERS' NETWORK FOR SMART GROWTH AND LIVABLE COMMUNITIES
The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2018 class of its PLACES leadership development program designed for professionals in philanthropy. This year-long fellowship program will offer coaching, tools, knowledge, and best practices to professionals in philanthropy that can enhance funder grantmaking decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of low income neighborhoods and communities of color to help to create more equitable neighborhoods and communities. Information calls on September 12, 2017 and October 20, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.
Deadline: October 31, 2017, http://bit.ly/2w1gwDS
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING PLANNER, CITY OF MILWAUKEE, WI
Under the direction of the Engineer-in-Charge, Transportation Operation Section, the Transportation Engineering Planner is responsible for managing the short and long range planning of the Multi-Modal Unit, which encompasses roads, bicycle, pedestrian, and public transportation. The position requires a Bachelor's degree in transportation planning, urban planning, civil engineering, or a related field from an accredited college or university.
Deadline: September 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2wzLOW7
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RIDE ILLINOIS
Ride Illinois is looking for a strong, passionate leader who can take their organization to the next level. The ideal candidate is an experienced, effective administrator with a strong belief in their mission, who will significantly grow the organization's membership. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides strategic leadership and is responsible for the overall management, administration, and financial health of the organization. This includes advocacy, education, membership, fundraising, events, budgeting, staffing, communications and media relations, and other external relations, e.g. with government and community partners at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
Deadline: September 15, 2017 or until position filled, http://bit.ly/2vOqRD0
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT AND PROGRAMS SPECIALIST, ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN, PORTLAND, OR
Alta Planning + Design is hiring a TDM (Transportation Demand Management) and Programs Specialist to be responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating active transportation and TDM programs. The types of programs may include: individualized marketing (aka SmartTrips) campaigns; media campaigns; bicycle/pedestrian safety education; employer TDM programs; outreach campaigns; walking/biking events; open streets events; and Safe Routes to School programs.
Deadline: None, initial screening begins September 19, 2017, http://bit.ly/2wDe0qY
-> JOB - CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, ADVENTURE CYCLING ASSOCIATION, MISSOULA, MT
Adventure Cycling Association seeks an experienced, creative and well-organized individual to fill a critical leadership role in the organization as Chief Marketing Officer. They seek a person who is passionate about active travel and cycling, and will work with their talented team to boost Adventure Cycling's brand visibility as well as increase membership and sales of their programs, services, and products. The Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) will manage the largest department at Adventure Cycling, with up to 11 full-time staff to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle through outstanding communications and design work.
Deadline: Open until filled, interviews begin September 25, 2017, http://bit.ly/2wBVgIo
-> JOB - ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN RESILIENCE, INFRASTRUCTURE, & THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT (TENURE TRACK), TUFTS UNIVERSITY, MEDFORD, MA
The Tufts University School of Arts & Sciences: Department of Urban Environmental Policy Planning is seeking an assistant professor in Resilience, Infrastructure, and the Built Environment, to start July 1st, 2018. The primary research and teaching interests of the successful candidate should be in one or more areas of resilience, infrastructure, and the built environment, such as urban eco-systems, the role of social and physical vulnerability in disaster recovery, infrastructure and transportation planning, urban design, and other related areas. The department is especially interested in candidates whose research connects across two or more of these areas.
Deadline: October 1, 2017, http://bit.ly/2w4DCcT
-> JOB - POLICY COORDINATOR, BIKEWALKKC, KANSAS CITY, MO
BikeWalkKC is looking for a person with experience and expertise in public policy, community organizing, community outreach, coalition building, or public health outcomes. They are seeking a person who shares their vision of a more walkable, bikeable and accessible built environment. They want a dynamic, skilled professional who wants to apply their skills toward making Kansas City a better place.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2vOQJyD
-> JOB - MEMBERSHIP AND EVENTS COORDINATOR, BOSTON, MA CYCLISTS UNION
The Membership and Events Coordinator manages the Boston Cyclists Union's rapidly growing membership and volunteer programs. They manage the Union's donor database, plan and execute member recruitment and retention strategies, create communication strategies and content, assist in planning fundraising events, and collaborate with staff and partners to explore other fundraising opportunities. Through this work they fulfill the Bike Union's goals of growing and supporting our membership, and building the bike community and the network of bike-friendly businesses in the Boston area.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2w4UaS8
-> 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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