#446 Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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----- Great Britain: Speeding & Cellphone Using Drivers Who Kill Face Life in Prison
----- Automated Vehicles, Pedestrians & Bicyclists
----- Toronto, Canada: Economic Impact Study of Bike Lanes
----- Narratives of Marginalized Cyclists Identify Obstacles
----- Only 10% of Older Adults Walk Fast Enough to Cross in Time
----- 40% of Adults & 19% of Youth are Obese
----- 2017 State of Obesity Rankings
----- Traffic Deaths Spike-Worst 2 Years in Last 50 Years
----- Safe Systems Approach for Roadways
----- Reactive Ped Crossing Alerts Drivers & Peds
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Call for Examples: Completed Great Bike Infrastructure
----- Call for Survey Respondents - America Walks
----- Benefits of Retrofitting Suburbs for Walkability
----- Corpus Christi, TX: Bike Mobility Plan
----- New CA Law: No More Jaywalking Tickets During Countdown
----- San Mateo County Transit District, CA: Youth Mobility Plan
----- Denver, CO: 5280 Loop Could be Car-Free Urban Trail
----- Transportation Research Record Pedestrian Issue
----- Pedestrian Accessibility Tool Analysis for GIS
----- Measuring Walking Accessibility in Metropolitan Areas
----- Review of Bollard-Level Pedestrian Crosswalk Lighting
----- Estimating Pedestrian Exposure for Small Urban & Rural Areas
----- Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks
----- Drivers' Attitudes & Behaviors toward Bicyclists
----- Health Co-Benefits & Carbon Reductions of Active Transport
----- Economic Burden of Physical Inactivity
----- Vancouver, BC People-Moving Capacity Summary
----- Videos: Approaches to Policy Development & Engaging Diverse Communities
----- Environmental Justice Community of Practice Presentation
----- Vision Zero for Youth initiative New Website
----- How It Got Built Bike Infrastructure Case Studies
----- Video: History & Impact of Parking Requirements
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
GREAT BRITAIN: SPEEDING & CELLPHONE USING DRIVERS WHO KILL FACE LIFE IN PRISON
-> The Guardian reports dangerous drivers who cause death while using their mobile phones or speeding will face life in prison. The decision to go ahead with a major extension of sentences comes after a campaign by families and a cross-party group of members of Parliament. Drivers who kill while under the influence of drink or drugs will also face a life sentence. And there will be a new offense of causing serious injury through careless driving, as part of renewed efforts to improve road safety. The new measures mean such drivers could face the same length of sentence as those convicted of manslaughter, with maximum penalties raised from 14 years to life. http://bit.ly/2wZM9Ps
AUTOMATED VEHICLES, PEDESTRIANS & BICYCLISTS
-> Mobility Lab reports the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) recently hosted a Twitter chat on how bicyclists and pedestrians will interact with autonomous vehicles. It synthesized the latest thinking from Mobility Lab and other key players including America Walks, SAE International, Walk Friendly Communities, the Vision Zero Network, NACTO, the National Safety Council's Road to Zero, among others. PBIC posed 10 burning questions on the topic. Check out their compiled top tweets (http://bit.ly/2gghd70) and Mobility Lab's responses to these questions, including 5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely. http://bit.ly/2ghSiQq
PBIC's "Discussion Guide for Automated and Connected Vehicles, Pedestrians, and Bicyclists" (http://bit.ly/2wA29tE) presents 10 key challenge areas (including detection) that need to be at the center of automated vehicle discussions across all sectors and stakeholders, a glossary of key terms, and additional resources. To date pedestrian and bicyclist safety and health issues have not been at the forefront of automated vehicle discussions and research.
[See Webinar section for "Policy and Planning Actions to Address Connected and Automated Vehicles" on November 8, 2017; and "Regulations and Policies Impacting AV/CV Introduction in Transit" on November 16, 2017.]
TORONTO, CANADA: ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY OF BIKE LANES
-> The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation released a report that found Bloor Street, in the vicinity of a bike lane pilot project, is economically healthy and experiencing growth. The study looked at customer counts, visit frequency, spending, and vacancy rates. Researchers found that, despite the removal of approximately 160 on-street parking spots and one traffic lane, business on Bloor Street continues to flourish. They also examined customer travel patterns before and after the bike lane's installation. They found fewer than 10% drive: 48% walk and cycling grew from 7% to 20%. Over 90% of customers were unaffected by the reduced capacity for cars. "Economic Impact Study of Bike Lanes in Toronto's Bloor Annex and Korea Town Neighbourhoods." http://bit.ly/2gh0fVX
NARRATIVES OF MARGINALIZED CYCLISTS IDENTIFY OBSTACLES
-> The National Institute for Transportation and Communities project seeks to understand perspectives of marginalized cyclists and how transportation professionals can foster a more inclusive cycling culture. In a study conducted by Portland State University, researchers collected rich, narrative data regarding obstacles to routine or utilitarian cycling for women and minorities who already see biking as a viable form of transportation, but who make relatively few bike trips. Many people of color reported feeling anxiety regarding systemic forms of racism. These issues ranged from concerns about police violence to challenges in maneuvering through public spaces. As a result of this anxiety, some individuals reported curbing their cycling habits. "Narratives of Marginalized Cyclists: Understanding Obstacles to Utilitarian Cycling Among Women and Minorities in Portland, Oregon" http://bit.ly/2yr6l0A
ONLY 10% OF OLDER ADULTS WALK FAST ENOUGH TO CROSS IN TIME
-> The Journal of Transport & Health published a study that used longitudinal data to investigate changes in walking speed, and ability to cross the road in time, in adults over 50 living in England. Only 10% of measured walking speeds were fast enough for the required 1.2 m/s pedestrian crossing speeds in the UK and the US, walking speed declined with age, and the decline accelerated with increasing age. Researchers noted their results may overestimate the proportion of older people able to cross the road in time. "Crossing the Road in Time: Inequalities in Older People's Walking Speeds" http://bit.ly/2ywnZhm
40% OF ADULTS & 19% OF YOUTH ARE OBESE
-> CNN reports nearly 40% of adults and 19% of youth are obese, the highest rate the country has ever seen in all adults, according to research by the National Center for Health Statistics. (Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2015-2016: http://bit.ly/2yuSPa3) What is "very striking" about this information is that there has been a 30% increase in adult obesity and 33% increase in youth obesity from 1999-2000 data to 2015-16, despite government-focused efforts to address the issue. http://cnn.it/2gc0JNh
2017 STATE OF YOUTH OBESITY RANKINGS
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership E-News reports obesity remains one of the biggest threats to the health of our children and our country. Check out the latest in youth obesity rates in the new 2017 State of Obesity state profiles, interactive maps, and graphics and see where your state ranks. http://bit.ly/2gk9p4f
TRAFFIC DEATHS SPIKE-WORST 2 YEARS IN LAST 50 YEARS
-> StreetsblogUSA reports that in 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to official statistics recently released by U.S. DOT - a 5% increase over the previous year. (2016 Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes: Overview: http://bit.ly/2yuFr5B) Coming on top of the 9% increase in 2015, that adds up to the worst two-year swing in traffic deaths in more than 50 years. People walking or biking account for a rising share of total traffic deaths. Last year drivers killed nearly 6,000 pedestrians - an increase of 9%. The number of people killed while cycling rose slightly to 580 - still the highest toll since 1991. http://bit.ly/2yuFUF1
SAFE SYSTEMS APPROACH FOR ROADWAYS
-> UTC Spotlight reports the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS) at the University of NC, Chapel Hill (UNC) is implementing a collaborative, multidisciplinary, safe systems approach to reducing transportation-related injuries and fatalities, and to helping traffic safety become recognized as a public health priority in the US. By engaging perspectives from behavioral, engineering, epidemiological, technological, and planning disciplines, CSCRS is implementing new research, education, and professional development activities designed to improve road safety. http://bit.ly/2ghTRxN
REACTIVE PED CROSSING ALERTS DRIVERS & PEDS
-> Springwise reports the Starling Crossing - or Stigmergic Adaptive Responsive Learning Crossing - uses familiar and understandable road markings and colors to react to different conditions in real-time. (http://bit.ly/2yvtCfv) The full-scale prototype has been temporarily installed in South London, England. Using a neural network framework, cameras track objects that are moving across the road surface, distinguishing between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, calculating their precise locations, trajectories and velocities and anticipating where they may move to in the next moment. If a person is distracted, looking down at their mobile, and veers too close to the road surface when a car is nearby, a warning pattern lights around them to fill their field of vision. If a child runs into the road unexpectedly, a large buffer zone is created around them to make their trajectory clear to any nearby drivers or cyclists. http://bit.ly/2yuTacx
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
CALL FOR EXAMPLES: COMPLETED GREAT BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE
-> The Rethinking Streets Project is soliciting examples of completed street or intersection retrofits for possible inclusion in a new book project, Rethinking Streets for Bikes. This project builds on the tremendous success of the original effort, "Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations" (http://bit.ly/1lGciMn), which has been downloaded by transportation practitioners, policy makers, urban designers, educators, students, and general community members in every U.S. state and in over 20 countries. The authors are particularly interested in completed and excellent bike infrastructure examples, mostly from the U.S. that made the environment safer and more comfortable for more people to use a bike more of the time. It may be that such street or intersection re-designs also added vibrancy to local places. The final book should be done within 12 months, and like the first one, will be available for free download.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2yqfiaz
CALL FOR SURVEY RESPONDENTS - AMERICA WALKS
-> America Walks wants to know more about the changes people are making in their communities and wants to document and map the extent and strengths of walking advocacy organizations via a 10-15 minute survey. http://bit.ly/2gizj8k
BENEFITS OF RETROFITTING SUBURBS FOR WALKABILITY
-> Metropolitan (Chicago, IL) Planning Council notes to stay competitive suburban communities are learning they must create walkable centers to compete. The promise of having walkable areas in suburbs provides: 1) the ability for residents to integrate exercise into daily life resulting in improved health outcomes; 2) access to low cost transportation and a saving of more than $11.00 per year for each person who gives up car ownership; and 3) improved social equity as walkable urban metros are also the most socially equitable. Low cost transportation costs and better access to employment offset the higher costs of housing. See the article for other benefits of providing walkable areas within suburbs: http://bit.ly/2ggMeaE
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX: BIKE MOBILITY PLAN
-> Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter reports the Corpus Christi, TX MPO's Strategic Plan for Active Mobility, Phase I Bicycle Mobility Plan (http://bit.ly/2giE3ec) fosters cycling as a viable and safe transportation alternative for riders of diverse abilities. The Plan prescribes a 290-mile Bicycle Mobility Network, developed for the bike-dependent commuter and causal recreational rider-30 miles of designated bicycle boulevards, and 7 miles of separated cycle tracks, and a bicycle share pilot are already in process. The network will deliver riders within a quarter of a mile of over 80% of all daycare and academic institutions; groceries and markets; low-income housing units; transit stops and stations; and regional parks within the MPO. Most individual residences in the project area are within a 2- to 5-minute bike ride (on a neighborhood street) from some segment of the network. Implementation of this plan will increase direct access to jobs, goods and services, and will extend the effective reach of the transit network, narrowing the equity gap between those who are transit dependent and those who can afford personal automobiles. http://bit.ly/2gjvHTG
NEW CA LAW: NO MORE JAYWALKING TICKETS DURING COUNTDOWN
-> ABC30 Action News TV in Fresno, CA reports Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 390 (http://bit.ly/2ghgXVb) to protect pedestrians by what one lawmaker claimed was an "outdated state crossing signal law that has resulted in people on foot being unfairly punished and financially overburdened." According to an analysis by the State Assembly, the bill "Authorizes pedestrians to enter a crosswalk when the countdown symbol is displayed provided the crossing is completed before the countdown ends." http://abc30.tv/2giFut5
SAN MATEO COUNTY TRANSIT DISTRICT, CA: YOUTH MOBILITY PLAN
-> Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter reports the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) finalized its Youth Mobility Plan in August 2017. (http://bit.ly/2gjaKrR) The purpose of the Youth Mobility Plan is to present strategies designed to foster and enhance youth awareness of and ease of access to SamTrans bus services. The Plan targets youths approximately 12 to 24 years of age, many of whom need access to San Mateo County's schools, part-time jobs, and other destinations. In developing the Plan, SamTrans engaged directly with youths in the community to better understanding the motivations for choices they make related to transit and the barriers they experience when traveling. The recommended initiatives expected to provide the strongest benefit for a small or reasonable financial investment include creating a Youth Mobility Coordinator Position to coordinate with schools, community groups, and across departments, and establishing a Transit Youth Ambassador Program to leverage peer-to-peer engagement among other initiatives. http://bit.ly/2gjvHTG
DENVER, CO: 5280 LOOP COULD BE CAR-FREE URBAN TRAIL
-> Streetsblog Denver reports the 5280 Loop, an urban trail would repurpose whole streets in Denver, CO currently reserved for cars and retrofit them to prioritize people. That could mean completely car-free streets on some segments, or woonerfs - streets where cars play second fiddle to people walking and biking. The 5-mile urban trail would likely weave through distinct areas of the city: from the government seat of Colorado around the Capitol to the museums of Golden Triangle, to La Alma, Auraria Campus, Union Station and Coors Field. http://bit.ly/2yxeD4Z
THE RESEARCH BEAT
TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD PEDESTRIAN ISSUE
-> The Transportation Research Board recently released its Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2661 with 14 papers that explore pedestrian issues (http://bit.ly/2giox1I), including:
1) PEDESTRIAN ACCESSIBILITY TOOL ANALYSIS FOR GIS
-> The proposed pedestrian accessibility tool can be behaviorally calibrated, has been implemented as a geographic information system tool, and is published as open source software. It allows users to evaluate the walkability of existing and future urban plans; calculates Hansen-based accessibility indicators with the use of a customizable specification of the generalized walking costs; and incorporates user-defined weights of destination attractiveness. Three case studies show real-world applications of the tool to support the planning of pedestrian infrastructure in an urban context. http://bit.ly/2ghn8Zi
2) MEASURING WALKING ACCESSIBILITY IN METROPOLITAN AREAS
-> This paper presents a new index for measuring walkability in metropolitan areas, including walkability levels for diversity and intensity of uses in spatial areas while considering the travel distance and time as travel impedance between origins and destinations. The idea formulates a location-based walking access index (WAI) for quantifying accessibility within local areas in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. Geographic information system software computes distances between origins and destinations. The "Victorian Integrated Survey of Travel and Activity" (VISTA) was evaluated the new index and examined the association between walking trips and levels of accessibility within the metropolitan region. The WAI has a stronger association with recorded walking trips, and more walking trips are recorded in areas with higher values of the WAI. http://bit.ly/2ghnAqs
3) REVIEW OF BOLLARD-LEVEL PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK LIGHTING
-> A review of published literature, as well as the demonstration activities summarized, indicates the potential for bollard-level crosswalk lighting to enhance pedestrian visibility and to improve safety at crosswalks, particularly at locations where the presence of a crosswalk might not be expected by approaching drivers. Such locations include midblock crossings, roundabouts, and locations near schools and other public venues that might experience high levels of pedestrian traffic at sporadic or unexpected times. http://bit.ly/2ggG6zr
[See Webinar section for "Street lighting - Best Practices and Innovations in Illumination Technology" on November 15, 2017.]
4) ESTIMATING PEDESTRIAN EXPOSURE FOR SMALL URBAN & RURAL AREAS
-> This study synthesized previous studies and recommend methods for estimating pedestrian exposure in rural and small urban areas. Researchers found 5 general types of exposure metrics including area-based measures, more granular metrics at the point or segment level, and advanced metrics that utilize the behavioral attributes of walk trips. Researchers also used a finite mixture model to estimate a household-level pedestrian exposure measure for rural and small urban settings with the use of the National Household Travel Survey 2009 data. http://bit.ly/2gikKBF
Two papers addressed issues faced by people walking who are blind: "Wayfinding Problems for Blind Pedestrians at Noncorner Crosswalks Novel Solution" (http://bit.ly/2gja1aj) and "Beaconing Signalization Substantially Reduces Blind Pedestrians' Veer on Snow-Covered Pavement" (http://bit.ly/2ghoLpS).
RACIAL BIAS IN DRIVER YIELDING BEHAVIOR AT CROSSWALKS
-> The National Institute for Transportation and Communities reports on a recently published study that explored social identity-related factors that influence drivers' behaviors in interactions with pedestrians at crosswalks. Researchers conducted a controlled field experiment in which Black and White male and female pedestrians, wearing identical clothing, crossed the street at two different types of crosswalks (unmarked vs. marked), while trained coders marked drivers' yielding behavior. Overall stopping rates were very low at the unmarked crosswalk, and few differences emerged based on pedestrian race and gender. When the crosswalk became marked, stopping rates greatly increased; however, treatment was less equitable. "Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks: Understanding the Effects" http://bit.ly/2yqtAYI
[See Webinar section for Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks: Understanding the Effects" on October 26, 2017.]
DRIVERS' ATTITUDES & BEHAVIORS TOWARD BICYCLISTS
-> The National Institute for Transportation and Communities summarizes a dissertation that explores the social-psychological roots of roadway interactions between drivers and cyclists. The research for this dissertation focused on the dimensions of drivers' attitudes toward bicyclists, including implicit bias and social attitudes, and examined the relationships between these attitudes and drivers' self-reported safety behaviors by means of an online survey. Findings from the study indicate that it is possible to measure an implicit preference for drivers or bicyclists. Results support the hypothesis that roadway user groups have socially constructed meanings for drivers that evoke a subconscious bias. Implicit bias against bicyclists, for example, helped predict whether or not a driver self-reported that they habitually checked for bicyclists before making a right turn. "Exploring Drivers' Attitudes and Behaviors toward Bicyclists: The Effect of Explicit and Implicit Attitudes on Self-Reported Safety Behaviors" http://bit.ly/2yqJVgg
HEALTH CO-BENEFITS & CARBON REDUCTIONS OF ACTIVE TRANSPORT
-> The Journal of Transport & Health published research that quantified health co-benefits and carbon reductions of preferred scenarios of CA regional transportation plans and alternatives with ambitious levels of active transport. The alternatives were designed to examine the efficacy of independent contributions of walking, bicycling, and transit at levels consistent with the U.S. Surgeon General recommendation for physical activity. Using data from travel and health surveys, vital statistics, collision databases, and outputs from regional and statewide travel models, the Integrated Transport and Health Impacts Model estimated the change in the population disease burden. With anticipated population growth, no alternative achieved decreases in carbon emissions but bicycling had the greatest potential for slowing their growth. "Health and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Benefits of Ambitious Expansion of Cycling, Walking, and Transit in California" http://bit.ly/2yuQBqV
ECONOMIC BURDEN OF PHYSICAL INACTIVITY
-> The British Journal of Sports Medicine reports on a systematic review of 40 studies and summary of the literature addressing the economic burden of physical inactivity, with focus on reviewing current methodological approaches to form future research recommendations. The current review reinforces the economic burden associated with physical inactivity, and highlights the need for investment in strategies to address this issue at a societal level. The study also recognizes current limitations regarding consistency of existing literature, prompting the need for robust future research that can support policy changes, effective resource distribution and initiatives to address the global issue of physical inactivity. "The Economic Burden of Physical Inactivity: A Systematic Review and Critical Appraisal" http://bit.ly/2gj8gJT
QUOTES R US
"Removing 160 parking spots to install a protected bike lane was, without question, a major change to Bloor Street. While the safety benefits are paramount and undeniable, the economic impact is important for the small businesses that line the street. This new research provides strong evidence that since most customers do not drive to Bloor, on-street parking is not essential to the street's economic vitality. We also have confirmed that people who walk or bike are the best customers for small local business."
-Nancy Smith Lea, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation Director, commenting on their recently released economic impact study of bike lanes installed in a Toronto neighborhood. http://bit.ly/2giYkjJ
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
AIRLESS, 3D PRINTED, BIODEGRADABLE, RECYCLABLE TIRES
Michelin developed the concept for an airless, 3D printed biodegradable, recyclable tire for automobiles whose tread could be recharged after wearing down or altered to fit changing road conditions. Could bike tires be next? http://bit.ly/2yq25yv
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 "Trail Users Count! Automated Bicyclist and Pedestrian Trail User Counting in Greater Philadelphia"
Date: October 19, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Chris Linn (DE Valley Regional Planning Comm.)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2yrr3NQ, free for members, $55 nonmembers
Seminar or Livestream "Advisory Bike Lanes in North America"
Date: October 20, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET; Portland (OR) State University, Urban Center Building, Room 204
Presenter(s): Michael Williams (Alta Planning + Design)
Host: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
Details: http://bit.ly/2giBA3v, free
Webinar "What's at Stake for Small and Rural Transit Providers"
Date: October 23, 2017, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
Host: Transportation for America
Details: http://bit.ly/2gk915M, free
Webinar "Are We Making a Difference? Tools to Measure Neighborhood-Level Health and Wellbeing"
Date: October 24, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Vedette Gavin (Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund / Conservation Law Foundation), Tiffany Manuel (Knowledge, Impact, & Strategy, Enterprise Community Partners), Jessica Mulcahy (NeighborWorks America) & Carley Riley (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center)
Host: Network Commons
Details: http://bit.ly/2yrq54a, free
Webinar "ADA Complementary Paratransit: Responding to Emergencies"
Date: October 25, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Carol Wright Kenderdine (ESPA Consulting)
Host: Easter Seals Project Action
Details: http://bit.ly/2giVJpP, $45
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 "Expediting the NEPA Process - What Does it Take?"
Date: October 31, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Gus Bauman (Beveridge & Diamond), Diane Nulton & Andrew Smith (McCormick Taylor)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2fPYum1, $55 for some registrants
Webinar "Using Health Impact Assessment to Improve Our Communities"
Date: November 1, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Anna Ricklin, Jackie Forbes(Kane County, IL)
Host: Smart Growth Online
Details: http://bit.ly/2x4WYjj, free
Webinar "Right-Sizing Roundabout Intersections for State Highways"
Date: November 7, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Brian Walsh (WA DOT)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2ghEZQ1, fee varies up to $105
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 "Policy and Planning Actions to Address Connected and Automated Vehicles"
Date: November 8, 2017, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Ray Derr (Transportation Research Board), Johanna Zmud & Ginger Goodin (TX A&M Transportation Institute) & Anita Kim (Volpe)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2gjet8Y, $95
[See National and International section for Automated Vehicles, Pedestrians & Bicyclists item.]
Webinar "Electric Bicycles: A Primer on the Technology & Land Manager Tools"
Date: November 9, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Morgan Lommele (People for Bikes) & Chris Bernhardt (Sentieros Consulting)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2yp90YX, free for members, $55 nonmembers
Webinar "What Do We Know About Location Affordability in U.S. Shrinking Cities?"
Date: November 9, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Joanna Ganning (Cleveland State University)
Host: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
Details: http://bit.ly/2ghmOtL, free
Webinar "Practical Techniques for Successfully Communicating Technical Topics"
Date: November 9, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Shelley Row (Shelley Row Assoc.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2giupIE, $55
Workshop or Call-in "Achieving Access for People with Disabilities in the Built Environment: An International Comparison"
Date: November 13, 2017, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm ET (after lunch: informal guided discussion with invited panelists, other participants & members of the public); Access Board Conference Center, 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. or call in
Presenter(s): Michael Small (former Australian government official) & panelists from disability rights organizations, building codes groups, government, the design profession, and industry
Host: US Access Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2gjmzhU, 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 "eMTB 101 - Who's Riding, Current Policies, and Resources"
Date: November 15, 2017, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2wwGvby, 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
Webinar "Regulations and Policies Impacting AV/CV Introduction in Transit"
Date: November 16, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Douglas Gettman (Kimley-Horn) & Sam Lott (TX Southern Univ.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2giuA6M, free
[See National and International section for Automated Vehicles, Pedestrians & Bicyclists item.]
Webinar "eMTB Land Manager Handbook"
Date: December 6, 2017, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2wwYO0o, free
Webinar "Travel Training Assessments: Determining Student Competency"
Date: December 6, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Julie Dupree (ESPA Consulting)
Host: Easter Seals Project Action
Details: http://bit.ly/2ggw1SQ, $45
Webinar "Build a Sustainable Trail that Lasts 100 Years"
Date: December 7, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Michael Osborne (Five Rivers MetroParks)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2yoHSct, free for members, $55 nonmembers
Webinar "Turning Data into Action"
Date: December 13, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0qNva, free
Webinar "The Modes They are a-Changing - Changing Landscape of Transportation and Implications for Bicycling"
Date: December 13, 2017, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2j0top8, site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
Webinar "eMTBs: Current Issues and Partnership Opportunities"
Date: January 24, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
Host: People for Bikes
Details: http://bit.ly/2wuF65r, free
VANCOUVER, BC PEOPLE-MOVING CAPACITY SUMMARY
-> Via Twitter Dale Bracewell posted an infographic showing the number of people per hour per direction a 3-meter lane width could carry using various modes of transportation in Vancouver, BC. This people-moving capacity summary shows a low of 700-1,000 via private motor vehicle to a high of 16,00-26,000 via Skytrain. Sidewalks can carry 5,000 to 6,000. http://bit.ly/2yvbJh3 (Posted September 29, 2017)
VIDEOS: APPROACHES TO POLICY DEVELOPMENT & ENGAGING DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
-> The Transportation Research Board recently recorded a series of videos about how MA DOT and MA Bay Transit Authority reviewed their internal processes and structures to consider and craft customer-centric long-range plans. This case study shares successful strategies, challenges, and lessons learned. TRB makes the videos and accompanying slides available on-demand at no cost. http://bit.ly/2ggkiUt
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE PRESENTATION
-> AASHTO's Center for Environmental Excellence made a recording of its Environmental Justice Community of Practice webinar from September 2017 available to view online or download without charge. This webinar includes a federal oversight summary, a review of the Center's past Environmental Justice (EJ) work, and a discussion on EJ analysis focused on the planning phase. DOTs and MPOs share their views of what constitutes good EJ analysis, and lessons learned and best practices. It also includes an overview of federal EJ resources and case studies of EJ analysis during transportation planning. http://bit.ly/2giCa15
VISION ZERO FOR YOUTH INITIATIVE NEW WEBSITE
-> The National Center for Safe Routes to School announced its new website for the Vision Zero for Youth initiative visionzeroforyouth.org The Vision Zero for Youth Initiative encourages communities to focus safety improvements and slow traffic speeds where children and youth walk and bike, with the ultimate goal of benefiting all community members.
HOW IT GOT BUILT BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE CASE STUDIES
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership E-News reports How It Got Built is a new campaign from PeopleForBikes that brings you stories of the people, places, funding, design, and construction behind 9 awesome bike projects around the nation. http://bit.ly/2ghQPtf
VIDEO: HISTORY & IMPACT OF PARKING REQUIREMENTS
-> Vox posted a nearly 7-minute video about the history, cost, and impact on landscapes of parking requirements. It includes an interview with Donald Shoup talking about the role of parking meters, the pseudoscience of off street parking requirements, and 3 recommendations. http://bit.ly/2gioVNH
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Velo-City 2018, June 12-15, 2018, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Deadline: October 30, 2017, http://bit.ly/2w4K4k7
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - 2018 National Bike Summit, March 5-7, 2018, Washington, DC
Deadline: October 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm HAST (Hawaiian-Aleutian Time Zone), http://bit.ly/2fO6G6g
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 16th National Tools of the Trade Transportation Planning Conference (regarding planning, development, and implementation of multimodal transportation for small and medium sized communities), August 22-24, 2018, Kansas City, MO
Deadline: November 5, 2017 (new deadline), http://bit.ly/2wBR8Is
-> 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
-> CALL FOR RESEARCH BRIEFS AND ABSTRACTS - 7th International Conference on Innovations in Travel Modeling, June 24-27, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Deadline: November 30, 2017, http://bit.ly/2ypGOSW
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 2018 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program, April 25-27, 2018, Washington, DC
Deadline: December 1, 2017, http://bit.ly/2gZLYMg
-> Call for Abstracts - 6th National Bus Rapid Transit Conference (BRT), June 18-19, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
Deadline: December 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2fOttPA
-> CALL FOR PAPERS - Physical Activity, Cognitive and Motor Performance and the Aging Brain series, European Review of Aging and Physical Activity
Deadline: December 31, 2017, http://bit.ly/2xRWT3f
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
-> 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 1, 2017 - ACT Canada Sustainable Mobility Summit 2017, Region of Peel, Ontario, Canada
-> 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 1 - December 12, 2017 - The Location Advantage free online esri training course
-> 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.
-> February 28 - March 2, 2018 - Second Annual Vision Zero Advocate Conference, Toronto, Canada
-> March 5-7, 2018, 2018 National Bike Summit, Washington, DC
-> March 13, 2018 - Utah Bike Summit, West Valley City, UT
-> March 20-21, 2018 - 2018 Esri Federal GIS Conference, Washington, DC
-> March 21-23, 2018 - 2018 Montana Bike Walk Summit - Bozeman, MT
-> April 3-4, 2018 - Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets, Nashville, TN
-> April 25-27, 2018 - 2018 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program, Washington, DC
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.
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - NATIONAL RECREATIONAL TRAILS DESIGNATION
American Trails provides information about what makes a trail a good candidate for National Recreational Trails designation, and the process for applying for it. A trail is a travel way established either through construction or use and is passable by at least one or more of the following, including but not limited to: foot traffic, stock, watercraft, bicycles, in-line skates, wheelchairs, cross-country skis, off-road recreation vehicles such as motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, and four-wheel drive vehicles. Roads and highways suitable for passenger car travel are not eligible for NRT designation.
Deadline: November 1, 2017 for some trails and February 15, 2018 for others, http://bit.ly/2yqAi12
-> CALL FOR EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS - JOURNAL OF AGING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
The Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (JAPA), a Human Kinetics Journal, is seeking editorial board members, particularly, but not limited to, social and behavioral sciences related to physical activity. The role of an editorial board member is to review submitted manuscripts (typically two per year); identify peer reviewers; provide input to achieve consensus if a conflict exist between peer reviewers on a submitted manuscript; and attract new authors and submissions to the journal
Deadline: None provided, contact Jeff Hallam: firstname.lastname@example.org
-> JOB - TDM AND PROGRAMS SPECIALIST, ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN, PORTLAND, OR
As of October 13, Alta Planning + Design has rewritten the TDM and Programs Specialist job post to emphasize that they don't expect people to arrive with experience running all the types of campaigns/programs they manage. They are looking for a strong project manager with excellent communication skills and transferrable experience.
Deadline: None provided, contact Jessica Roberts for the revised job description or with questions: email@example.com
-> 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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