#449 Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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----- Swedish Sustainable Mobility Leaders: Move Beyond Vision Zero
----- UK Report: Effective Anti-Speeding Countermeasures
----- Canadian Chief Public Health: the State of Public Health
----- Curbside Management to Improve Transit Reliability
----- Paris, France: Plans for 3 Car-Free Planted Seine Bridges
----- Walk 21 Global Sidewalk Challenge
----- Just an Ordinary Bike Trip In The Netherlands
----- BMW Wants to Build Elevated Bike Networks
----- Walk/Bike/Places 2018 New Orleans Conference Update
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Black Peds Get More than Half the Tickets in Jacksonville, FL
----- Las Vegas, NV Installs Bollards Between Sidewalks & The Strip
----- New York, NY: Boom in Intersection Ped Head Starts
----- How Austin, TX Will Double Its Rate of Building Bike Routes
----- MA Governor Calls for Handheld Cell Phone Driving Ban
----- Boston, MA to Trade Curb Side Parking for Bus Lane
----- Equity of Bikeway Distribution in Minneapolis, MN
----- Philadelphia, PA Repurposes Elevated Interstate 95
----- Washington, DC Dockless Bike Share Pilot & Crosstown Race
----- Transit & Walking Access to Jobs by Census Blocks & Metro Areas
----- Report: Global Performance of All Modes of Transport
----- Older Women, Brisk Walks & Longevity
----- Impact of Transit Stop Location on Pedestrian Safety
----- Parents' Perceptions of Safe Child Cycling Conditions
----- Epidemiology of Pedestrian Deaths in GA
----- Model to Support Walk-Bicycle Infrastructure
----- Function-Oriented Approach to Transport Planning in Sweden
----- Estimating Ped & Bicyclist Exposure in Seattle, WA
----- Criminal Justice, Walkability, People of Color & Low-Incomes
----- Video: City Parks as Transportation Infrastructure
----- Public Transit's Impact on Rural and Small Towns
----- Searchable Bike Share List by State
----- Racial Justice Trainings to Change Institutional Inequities
----- Bicycling Advocacy Resource Guide
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
SWEDISH SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY LEADERS: MOVE BEYOND VISION ZERO
-> The European Cyclists' Federation reports that recently the Swedish Traffic Safety Council for Active and Sustainable Mobility unveiled the new active transport advocacy campaign "Moving Beyond Zero." The campaign aims to encourage traffic planners and transport decision makers around the world to improve upon the 20-year-old campaign "Vision Zero" by factoring in the health benefits of active transport. For twenty years Vision Zero has sought to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries to zero. The main tenet of Moving Beyond Zero is that the active element of cycling should be included within the road safety/public health discourse. The socioeconomic models that dictate our infrastructure investments must begin to take into account illness prevention and increased life quality provided by active mobility in the form of cycling and walking. Sweden needs a Vision Zero that saves, improves, and lengthens lives. http://bit.ly/2AeRbft
UK REPORT: EFFECTIVE ANTI-SPEEDING COUNTERMEASURES
-> A report from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety in the United Kingdom reviews measures that have successfully addressed speeding. It is based on the safe system approach: there is no acceptable level of road deaths and serious injuries, and that road users respecting the rules of their road networks have a right to expect that they should be safe. 2017 Speed Summit: A Report of Effective Schemes: http://bit.ly/2nfh7ma
CANADIAN CHIEF PUBLIC HEALTH: THE STATE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
-> The Chief Public Health Officer of Canada chose designing healthy living as the topic for her first report in this role because of the tremendous potential that changing the built environment has for helping Canadians live healthier lives. (The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2017 - Designing Healthy Living: http://bit.ly/2Akn7NG) This report answers many questions but also raises several others. We need better information if we are to measure the health impacts of community design to incorporate evidence-based strategies into community planning. This report will raise awareness among Canadians about the unique aspects of their communities that they could take advantage of to improve their health. It will also encourage more dialogue across the many disciplines involved in community planning and health promotion so that neighborhood design considers and promotes physical activity, healthy diets and mental wellness. http://bit.ly/2Al5tcG
CURBSIDE MANAGEMENT TO IMPROVE TRANSIT RELIABILITY
-> Steetsblog USA reports American cities are getting smarter about how to use the curb, and in a new white paper, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) lays out strategies to get the most out of this precious space. (Curb Appeal: Curbside Management Strategies for Improving Transit Reliability: http://bit.ly/2AkrpEM) It recommends creating a hierarchy of uses for different street contexts, which can inform decisions about how to allocate the curb. For commercial areas where customer access and foot traffic are paramount, modes of travel that move more people in less space should be prioritized. Two metered parking spaces might top out at 30 cars turning over per day, for instance, while a bike-share station that replaces them could be used by 40 people per day. A dedicated bus lane might speed service and improve access to a commercial corridor for thousands of people. http://bit.ly/2AiXVXE
[See Regional and Local Actions section for details on a pilot in Boston, MA to convert curbside parking into bus lanes.]
PARIS, FRANCE: PLANS FOR 3 CAR-FREE PLANTED SEINE BRIDGES
-> CityLab reports in Paris the City Hall is inviting applicants to tender projects for three sites on the eastern section of the River Seine, to construct planted bridges that would allow pedestrians and bikes to cross with greater ease. Currently the brief is quite vague, with City Hall speaking of "bridges that will be places for crossings and events." But proposals will need to pay for construction by the creation of some commercial units on each bridge. Florence's Ponte Vecchio has already been cited as a possible source of inspiration. http://bit.ly/2AiZKDW
WALK 21 GLOBAL SIDEWALK CHALLENGE
-> Walk21 News reports they launched the Global Sidewalk Challenge (http://bit.ly/2Bwtf5E) to rehabilitate or build 100,000km (62, 137 mi) of dedicated, safe and barrier free sidewalks by 2030. The Sidewalk Challenge will bring together governments, private businesses and NGO's to co-ordinate and consolidate efforts to value walking and invest in walking infrastructure. It will benefit those who walk most, reduce GHG emissions, improve the efficiency and appeal of public transport and deliver better public health and safety. http://bit.ly/2AjlBLt
JUST AN ORDINARY BIKE TRIP IN THE NETHERLANDS
-> The Bicycle Dutch blogger Mark Wagenbuur posted about a recent ride and shared video and still photos that offer a sense of bicyclists' everyday experiences in The Netherlands. "I still decided to film the ride, not because this ride is on exceptionally good cycling infrastructure, but rather because this is such mundane infrastructure. Nothing special (at least not in this country), but great for purpose." A caption on a photo pulled from video showing a car not too far in front of the camera notes, "A rather close pass, but thanks to the low speeds even a pass like this does not feel very risky or uncomfortable." He asked Jitensha Oni to make "a beautiful infographic about the type of infrastructure I encountered in this ride. On top of that he also counted the other riders and the motor vehicles I met on this journey!" Check out cycleway bus stop bypass examples, a combo bicycle-tractor cycleway in an agricultural area, and watch his ride at normal speed or at hyperlapse speed. http://bit.ly/2AiIpuU
BMW WANTS TO BUILD ELEVATED BIKE NETWORKS
-> Wired reports BMW recently revealed its idea of building a network of bike lanes above street level called the E3 Way-elevated, electric, and efficient. BMW says it could help growing cities everywhere fight congestion and ease emissions by making cycling a safer, more convenient, and thus more popular way to get around. This network would be reserved for electric bikes and two-wheelers (like the BMW Motorrad X2 City, a battery-powered scooter), and it would have a speed limit of 15.5 mph. Like a well-designed highway, the E3 Way would feature ramps and sluice systems to handle merging. Video surveillance and artificial intelligence would monitor the flow of traffic. Most of the network will have a roof (no worries about rainy days), and a cooling system with purified rainwater. http://bit.ly/2Am0yIx
WALK/BIKE/PLACES 2018 NEW ORLEANS CONFERENCE UPDATE
-> Next year the Walk/Bike/Places conference (nee Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place) turns 38 in New Orleans, LA September 16-19, 2018. Our Call for Proposals will open mid December 2017. In a departure from previous conferences our breakout program will be organized by outcomes. Respondents to our call for proposals will be asked how their proposals support:
- Transportation that is accessible and sustainable;
- Cities that are fair and equitable;
- Streets that are safe and beautiful;
- Public process that is meaningful and inclusive;
- Planning that is smart and just; and
- Places that are for people.
Another change for 2018 will be the introduction of what we are (for now) calling Super Sessions. These sessions will be longer and will be assembled by PPS and our partners. We have selected a handful of topics that are a fun mix of curiosities, core competencies and the future of mobility including Placemaking in Practice; Radical Transformations (think: massive pop-up projects); Planning for Autonomous Vehicles; and Transit 101 (think: advocacy, intermodal connections, and BRT). More details soon at www.walkbikeplaces.org
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
BLACK PEDS GET MORE THAN HALF THE TICKETS IN JACKSONVILLE, FL
-> ProPublica reports Jacksonville, FL, issues more tickets to pedestrians than all but 5 Florida counties. And it issues those tickets disproportionately to black pedestrians. The city's population is 29% black, but black pedestrians received 55% of the pedestrian tickets issued from 2012 to July 2017. Looking at each type of ticket issued reveals even bigger disparities. There's a lot of confusion about what counts as crossing the street legally in Jacksonville, even among police officers. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams denied his agency targeted its ticketing at pedestrians in black neighborhoods and said that ticketing is aimed at locations with greater numbers of deaths or serious accidents. But after taking pedestrian deaths into account, the Times-Union/ProPublica found no real connection between where pedestrians were killed and where tickets were being issued. http://bit.ly/2AeWICJ
[See Webinar section for January 18, 2018 webinar on The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. See Resources section for Criminal Justice, Walkability, People of Color & Low-Incomes.]
LAS VEGAS, NV INSTALLS BOLLARDS BETWEEN SIDEWALKS & THE STRIP
-> The Las Vegas (NV) Review-Journal reports as construction crews began installing steel posts on the Strip to protect pedestrians, locals and tourists walking along Las Vegas Boulevard said the addition will help them feel safer. The roughly 4-foot high, stout bollards installed close together is meant to protect pedestrians walking on the Strip from vehicle-ramming attacks and traffic crashes. Check out the photos and more details: http://bit.ly/2AiGLtf
NEW YORK, NY: BOOM IN INTERSECTION PED HEAD STARTS
-> The New York Times reports on New York's increasingly crowded streets, "pedestrian head starts" have become a key tactic used by city officials to reduce dangers at busy intersections by making pedestrians more visible and reinforcing their right of way. While the concept is not new, the pedestrian measure has quietly multiplied across New York City as part of an ambitious Vision Zero campaign. Pedestrians are now given a head start at 2,381 intersections, 7 times more than the 329 intersections in 2014 when the Vision Zero campaign began. The City is adding the measure to about 800 intersections a year. http://nyti.ms/2AkTADA
HOW AUSTIN, TX WILL DOUBLE ITS RATE OF BUILDING BIKE ROUTES
-> Steetsblog USA reports on 3 Ways Austin, TX is doubling the rate it builds bike routes. In 2016 60% of Austin voters approved a $720 million bond measure for improving mobility in the city, including $20 million exclusively for new bike lanes, $26 million for multi-use trails, and $28 million for school-access projects that will also include bikeways. Lots of the multimodal projects will include better bike lanes, too. Now the City has 3 strategies to speed up their process: finishing field engineering on site; hiring experience, not just skill; and earning the public's trust to work faster. http://bit.ly/2Aj1woF
MA GOVERNOR CALLS FOR HANDHELD CELL PHONE DRIVING BAN
-> WBUR-Radio reports Gov. Charlie Baker threw his support for the first time recently behind a proposal that would ban motorists in Massachusetts from holding their cell phones while they drive. Baker, a Republican, endorsed the Senate-passed bill that would make it illegal for motorists to use their cell phones, GPS or other electronic devices except with hands-free technology. An exception would be made for emergency calls. It also would be illegal to access social media, make video calls or use any camera function while driving. Drivers would be allowed a single touch or swipe to activate a hands-free mechanism. http://wbur.fm/2Akf2IG
BOSTON, MA TO TRADE CURB SIDE PARKING FOR BUS LANE
-> Next City reports Boston, MA MBTA wants to trade curbside street parking for bus-only lanes. The agency has been considering bus lanes on a number of congested streets after a parking ban in downtown Everett reduced bus travel times by about 20%. But motorists and business owners who could lose parking may fight back against the proposed lanes. The city plans to begin with an experiment banning parking on the inbound side of Washington Street during morning commute hours at the end of the year. Roughly 60% of travelers in that direction take the bus anyway, so the city hopes to receive less blowback from motorists. http://bit.ly/2Aj0BVr
[See National and International Scene for details on NACTO's new Curb Appeal: Curbside Management Strategies for Improving Transit Reliability.]
EQUITY OF BIKEWAY DISTRIBUTION IN MINNEAPOLIS, MN
-> A study published in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board notes the benefits of the bicycling infrastructure have not always been distributed equally among neighborhoods, and the equity of the distribution has been a major concern. This study used two measures, the Gini coefficient and the loss of accessibility to jobs via bikeways, to assess both the horizontal and the vertical equity of the bicycling infrastructure's distribution in Minneapolis, MiN. Systemwide analyses of the distribution of bikeways relative to the locations of the population and total employment revealed increases in equity from 2010 to 2014. "Equity of Bikeway Distribution in Minneapolis, Minnesota" http://bit.ly/2kQ5xuE
PHILADELPHIA, PA REPURPOSES ELEVATED INTERSTATE 95
-> Landscape Architecture Magazine reports that while cities are demolishing, burying, or capping their elevated freeways, an interstate in Philadelphia provides a possible alternative-one in which the highway stays up but connectivity, open space, and water quality are still prized. In redesigning three miles of Interstate 95 north of Center City Philadelphia, the PennDOT planned 27 acres of park and open space, and the first phase of the $1 billion project, due for completion by 2027, incorporates examples of green infrastructure. http://bit.ly/2AhMI9L
WASHINGTON, DC DOCKLESS BIKE SHARE PILOT & CROSSTOWN RACE
-> The Washington Post reports brightly colored bicycles all over DC are part of a dockless bike-share pilot program that began in September and will continue through April. The District DOT is trying to determine if, and how, dockless bike share companies should operate in the city. Meanwhile, the 5 participating companies - Jump, LimeBike, Mobike, Ofo and Spin - are vying for a share of the potentially lucrative DC market while working the kinks out of their systems. Dockless systems require people to locate and unlock bikes using mobile apps. Each company offers a different bike: some are single speeds and one offers e-bikes. The Post staged a crosstown bike share race with 6 triathletes with comparable race times randomly assigned to the 5 bike share systems plus the long-running (and docked) Capital Bikeshare program. http://wapo.st/2Af7I2Y
THE RESEARCH BEAT
TRANSIT & WALKING ACCESS TO JOBS BY CENSUS BLOCKS & METRO AREAS
-> A University of MN Center for Transportation Studies report estimates the accessibility to jobs by transit and walking for each of the 11 million US census blocks, and analyzes these data in 49 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas. (Access Across America: Transit 2016: http://bit.ly/2BlKwNP) It presents detailed accessibility values for each metropolitan area, as well as block-level maps that illustrate the spatial patterns of accessibility within each area. This analysis uses the same tools and techniques as "Access Across America: Transit 2015," and at the same scale. It is possible to directly compare the 2015 and 2016 data. http://bit.ly/2BlKwNP
REPORT: GLOBAL PERFORMANCE OF ALL MODES OF TRANSPORT
-> A first-ever study to assess the global performance of all modes of transport reports on the progress the transport sector has made toward 4 main objectives: universal access, efficiency, safety and green mobility. (Global Mobility Report 2017: Tracking Sector Performance: http://bit.ly/2Ais7lU) This report was produced by the Sustainable Mobility for All initiative (SuM4All)-a worldwide consortium of over 50 leading organizations in the transport sector. They found the world is not on track to achieving sustainable mobility. Apart from being inaccessible to many of the world's most vulnerable, the transport sector today is plagued by high fossil fuel use, rising greenhouse gas emissions, air and noise pollution, an alarming number of road fatalities, and a reluctance to embrace digitalization. Key findings include road transport claims the bulk of fatalities worldwide: it accounts for 97% of the deaths and 93% of the costs. http://bit.ly/2AkcwSU
OLDER WOMEN, BRISK WALKS & LONGEVITY
-> Older women who take at least one brisk walk a week could potentially reduce their risk of early death by 70%, according to a study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital published in Circulation. (Accelerometer-Measured Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Relation to All-Cause Mortality: The Women's Health Study: http://bit.ly/2Ajte4U) While previous studies have found that physical activity is linked with lower risk of early death, those studies relied on self-reporting, which can be imprecise. The new study is among the first to directly monitor physical activity by using a device called a triaxial accelerometer. http://bit.ly/2jPPdMi
IMPACT OF TRANSIT STOP LOCATION ON PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
-> FL DOT released a report that explores how to improve pedestrian safety around bus stops. This report seeks to identify transit stops with locations that encourage uncontrolled pedestrian crossing; identify the common traits of these bus stop locations; and develop viable implementation strategies for designing, locating, and relocating stops that will reduce the potential for problematic crossing. "Impact of Transit Stop Location on Pedestrian Safety" http://bit.ly/2AkpHTV
PARENTS' PERCEPTIONS OF SAFE CHILD CYCLING CONDITIONS
-> The January issue of the Journal of Transport Geography will publish a paper that investigates which physical factors could increase parents' perceptions of environmental supportiveness for children's transportation cycling, across six different types of cycling infrastructure. When no or limited separation from motorized traffic is present, street characteristics increasing parents' safety perceptions (traffic density and speed) should be prioritized when aiming to improve the supportiveness of streets for children's transportation cycling. Comfort and aesthetics can further improve streets' environmental supportiveness when cycling paths are more separated from traffic. "An Experimental Study Using Manipulated Photographs to Examine Interactions between Micro-Scale Environmental Factors for Children's Cycling for Transport" http://bit.ly/2AiWaK5
EPIDEMIOLOGY OF PEDESTRIAN DEATHS IN GA
-> The Journal of Transport & Health published a study that focused on the state of GA and pedestrian fatalities there. The purpose of this investigation was to discuss the epidemiology of pedestrian deaths in GA, compare six-year, aggregate incidence between rural and urban areas, and to outline current initiatives underway to address pedestrian mortality. "The Epidemiology of Pedestrian Deaths in Georgia USA: Opportunities for Public Health" http://bit.ly/2AirxnX
MODEL TO SUPPORT WALK-BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE
-> Research to be reported in the January issue of Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies developed a high performance agent-based model to support investment decisions that allows one to assess the impact of changes in walk-bike infrastructures at a fine spatial resolution (e.g., block group level). The results from New York City case study indicate that infrastructure investments such as widening sidewalk and increasing bike lane network can positively influence the active transportation mode choices. "A High Resolution Agent-Based Model to Support Walk-Bicycle Infrastructure Investment Decisions: A Case Study with New York City" http://bit.ly/2Aj0EQY
FUNCTION-ORIENTED APPROACH TO TRANSPORT PLANNING IN SWEDEN
-> An article in Transport Policy considers whether the practical implications of Swedish national transport policy are consistent with the ambitions expressed in its four-step principle, with particular focus on the Swedish Transport Administration's (STA) mandate to finance different measures. The four step principle is where the possibility to affect the need for transport and choice of transport mode (step 1) and the possibility to use existing infrastructure more efficiently (step 2) should be considered before large reconstructions (step 3) or new infrastructure (step 4) is chosen as the solution to transport related problems. The main finding of the analysis is that many step 1 and 2 measures do not fall within the financial mandate of the STA. The implementation of the four-step principle therefore depends on the commitment among other actors than the STA to implement step 1 and 2 measures. "A Function-Oriented Approach to Transport Planning in Sweden: Limits and Possibilities from a Policy Perspective" http://bit.ly/2Am7O7f
ESTIMATING PED & BICYCLIST EXPOSURE IN SEATTLE, WA
-> A Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board article presents the results of an abbreviated exposure estimation process to develop ballpark pedestrian and bicycle estimates for the city of Seattle, WA, conducted as part of a major bicycle and pedestrian safety analysis for Seattle's Vision Zero effort. This paper contributes to existing research on exposure estimation and demonstrates a case study of practice-ready bicycle and pedestrian exposure models. Because of budget and time constraints, the exposure estimates used available data sources and were based on models from earlier bicycle and pedestrian volume estimation studies. "Ballpark Method for Estimating Pedestrian and Bicyclist Exposure in Seattle, Washington: Potential Option for Resource-Constrained Cities in an Age of Big Data" http://bit.ly/2AjbC93
QUOTES R US
"If parents hesitate to let a twelve year-old outdoors it is often because of external factors such as the traffic environment, and there we can have an effect. If a good traffic environment can allow twelve year-old to move freely and visit sports practices, friends or school then we have succeeded. If we work from a child's perspective we will get a traffic environment that benefits us all."
Swedish Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog commenting on the release of Moving Beyond (Vision) Zero. http://bit.ly/2AeRbft One of the tenets of Moving Beyond Zero is that Sweden needs a Vision Zero that saves, improves, and lengthens lives. Modern environmentally sound and healthy transport planning has to create a vision for a more active and healthier population.
"To meet growing public transit demand, leaders will need to overcome various obstacles including misunderstandings about the role that public transit plays in small towns and rural communities, biases against planning and funding practices, and local underinvestment in public transit."
-Public Transit's Impact on Rural and Small Towns: A Vital Mobility Link: Public Transit's Impact on Rural and Small Towns: http://bit.ly/2A2yJUZ
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
MESMERIZING CHICAGO RIVERWALK DRONE FOOTAGE
Arch Daily shares mesmerizing drone footage that showcases the success of the new Chicago, IL Riverwalk. The 3-minute video captures the successful integration of the Riverwalk into the urban landscape as it changes shape and form, defining a unique experience for the public. Take a quick break to make a virtual visit to Chicago's Riverwalk. You'll feel so much better.http://bit.ly/2i8AiMT
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 "New Complete Streets Policy Framework"
Date: December 1, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Host: National Complete Streets Coalition
Details: http://bit.ly/2xziSvn, free
Webinar "Case Studies in the FTA 'Manual on Pedestrian and Bicycle Connections to Transit'"
Date: December 4, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Nathan MCNeil (Portland State Univ.)
Details: http://bit.ly/2z3aeXy, free
Webinar "Introducing FTA's Strategic Transit Automation Research (STAR) Plan"
Date: December 5, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Vincent Valdes, Steve Mortensen & Danyell Diggs (FTA)
Details: http://bit.ly/2jrVApd, free
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 "Mastering Online Public Engagement for LRTPs"
Date: December 7, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bob Brendal (MO DOT) & Maggie Doll (Burns & McDonnell)
Host: Metro Quest
Details: http://bit.ly/2AkksTS, free
Webinar "Looking Ahead - 'Frontier Accessibility Issues'"
Date: December 7, 2017, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bill Botten (US Access Board), Michele Erwin (All Wheels Up), & Seanna L. Kringen (Beneficial Designs, Inc.)
Host: ADA National Network & US Access Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2jpi3D5, free
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 "Designing and Implementing Separated Bikeways"
Date: December 12, 2017, 11:30 1m to 1:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Kyle Cook (Fehr & Peers) & Rick Plenge (HDR)
Host: American Society of Civil Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2z2Blln, $99 members, $159 non-members. For groups: http://bit.ly/2z2XRL6, $249.00 members, $349 non-members
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 "Bike-Ped Portal - National Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Archive"
Date: December 19, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Hau Hagedorn (TREC, IBPI, Portland State Univ.)
Details: http://bit.ly/2Af0TP9, free
Webinar "Walking Towards Justice Online Discussion - The Criminal Justice System's Impact on Walking and Walkability in Low-Income and Communities of Color"
Date: January 18, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2ibdNXJ, free
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
Webinar "Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Assessment Studies"
Date: February 2, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Nazir Lalani (Traffex Engineers Inc.)
Host: American Society of Civil Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2z4yf0z, $99 members, $159 non-members. For groups: http://bit.ly/2z4huCu, $249.00 members, $349 non-members
Webinar "School Zones: A Comprehensive Look at Signs, Markings and Safety Programs"
Date: February 21, 2018, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Kevin Chang (Univ. of ID)
Host: American Society of Civil Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2z4zTiL, $99 members, $159 non-members. For groups: http://bit.ly/2z2dxy7, $249.00 members, $349 non-members
CRIMINAL JUSTICE, WALKABILITY, PEOPLE OF COLOR & LOW-INCOMES
-> An America Walks webinar in January will explore the devastating impacts that social injustice within our legal system has had on people of color and low-income communities. The panel will use the book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander, as a framework for the conversation. These experts and advocates will discuss discrimination within our criminal justice system and how it intersects with the work (e.g., Vision Zero, safety outreach and education, equitable enforcement, etc.) being done by walkability advocates. "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" http://amzn.to/2ieIISV
[See Webinar section for January 18, 2018 webinar on this topic. See Regional and Local Actions section for Black Peds Get More Than Half the Tickets in Jacksonville, FL.]
VIDEO: CITY PARKS AS TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
-> A commentary in Governing notes now reclaimed industrial railways and corridors, or linear parks, are coming to be recognized as an important part of modernized transportation systems, connecting neighborhoods and residents to new opportunities. The City Parks Alliance and Georgia Tech have collected stories and images of these vibrant parks in a new video, City Parks: America's New Infrastructure -- Traffic & Transportation (http://bit.ly/2nfZeUi), that features elected officials, designers, researchers and planners talking about transportation as just one of many benefits of city parks that stretch from public health and fitness to environmental management to economic stimulation and job creation. http://bit.ly/2AjhNtG
PUBLIC TRANSIT'S IMPACT ON RURAL AND SMALL TOWNS
-> An American Public Transit Association report examines current trends in public transit in rural communities and small towns. It also assesses rural public transit's cost efficiency and describes successful examples of smaller community public transit programs. "Public Transit's Impact on Rural and Small Towns: A Vital Mobility Link: Public Transit's Impact on Rural and Small Towns" http://bit.ly/2A2yJUZ
SEARCHABLE BIKE SHARE LIST BY STATE
-> Bikemunk reports according to the best estimates they could find, there are bike share companies operating in over 1,000 cities worldwide. They have created a comprehensive list of bike share companies in the US searchable by state. Listings include bike share name, website, phone number and cities served. http://bit.ly/2Aj5BcA
RACIAL JUSTICE TRAININGS TO CHANGE INSTITUTIONAL INEQUITIES
-> Race Forward's Building Racial Equity series is a collection of interactive training for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address structural racism and advance racial equity. Unlike "diversity trainings" which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, the Building Racial Equity trainings emphasize how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities. http://bit.ly/2ihQDyPb
BICYCLING ADVOCACY RESOURCE GUIDE
-> 8 80 Cities and PlayCore released "Shift into Gear: A Bicycling Advocacy Resource" to help effectively communicate the many benefits of cycling to the people who really need to hear them. The research, planning tools, and case studies provided by Shift Into Gear can assist cities and communities in advocating for, building, and maintaining cycling. http://bit.ly/2Afbtp6 Request a copy of the resource guide after completing a registration form:
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - I-TED 2018: International Transportation Economic Development Conference, June 6-8, 2018, Washington, DC
Deadline: November 30, 2017, http://bit.ly/2hB05gC
-> 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 PROPOSALS - 5th New England Bike-Walk Summit, April 26-27, 2018, Boston, MA
Deadline: December 1, 2017, http://bit.ly/2z4JdmK
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts Annual Meeting and Exhibit, August 20-23, 2018, Minneapolis, MN
Deadline: December 1, 2017, http://bit.ly/2x8JSSn
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 14th National Light Rail & Streetcar Conference, October 21-23, 2018, Jersey City, NJ
Deadline: December 1, 2017, http://bit.ly/2A3rTOQ
-> 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
-> December 5-7, 2017 - Brownfields 2017: Sustainable Communities Start Here, Pittsburgh, PA.
-> January 6, 2018 - TransportationCamp DC, Arlington, VA
-> January 7-11, 2018 - 97th TRB Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
-> January 23-25, 2018 - Geodesign Summit, Redlands, CA
-> February 1-3, 2018 - New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, San Francisco, CA.
-> February 8-10, 2018 - Winter Cycling Congress, Moscow, Russia
http://bit.ly/2iQ0w6M (Use Google to translate from Russian.)
-> February 11-14, 2018 - Active Living Research Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada
-> February 20-23, 2018 - 2018 International Winter Road Congress, Gdansk, Poland.
-> February 22-26, 2018 - World Bicycle Forum/El Foro Mundial de la Bicicleta, Lima, Peru
http://bit.ly/2iOnACS (Use Google to translate from Spanish.)
-> February 28 - March 2, 2018 - Second Annual Vision Zero Advocate Conference, Toronto, Canada
-> March 5-7, 2018, 2018 National Bike Summit, Washington, DC
-> March 12-14, 2018 - National Shared Mobility Summit, Chicago, IL
-> 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 4-5, 2018 - Esri Public Sector CIO Summit, Redlands, CA
-> April 5-6, 2018 - US Cargo Bike Summit, Bethesda, MD
-> April 22-24, 2018 - Lifesavers Conference, San Antonio, TX
-> April 23-26, 2018 - 2018 National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Burlington, VT
-> April 25-27, 2018 - 2018 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program, Washington, DC
-> April 26-27, 2018 - 5th New England Bike-Walk Summit, Boston, MA
-> May 1-3, 2018 - PlacesForBikes Conference, Indianapolis, IN
-> May 2-4, 2018 - 8th Symposium on Pavement Surface Characteristics: SURF 2018, South Brisbane, Australia
-> May 6-9, 2018 - APWA North American Snow Conference, Indianapolis, IN
-> May 9, 2018 - National Bike to School Day
-> May 14-18, 2018 - International Making Cities Livable Conference, Ottawa, Canada
-> May 16-18, 2018 - Road Safety on Five Continents, Jeju Island, South Korea
-> May 16-19, 2018 - CNU 26.Savannah, Savannah, GA
-> June 6-8, 2018 - I-TED 2018: International Transportation Economic Development Conference, Washington, DC
-> June 12-15, 2018 - Velo-city 2018, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
-> June 18-19, 2018 - 6th National Bus Rapid Transit Conference (BRT), Los Angeles, CA
-> June 19-23, 2018 - ICLEI World Congress 2018, Montréal, Canada
-> June 24-27, 2018 - 7th International Conference on Innovations in Travel Modeling, Atlanta, GA
-> July 15-18, 2018 - ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2018), Pittsburgh, PA
-> July 15-18, 2018 - 57th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, Cambridge, MA
-> July 17-19, 2018 - 12th Access Management Conference, Madison, WI.
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
-> October 15-19, 2018 - Walk 21 Conference, Bogotá, Colombia (New Date)
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 - NACDD 2018 4TH ANNUAL WALKABILITY ACTION INSTITUTE
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) believes all states and communities should be designed to support physical activity and non-motorized forms of transportation so that people can have the policy, system, and environmental (PSE) supports needed to engage in active lifestyles, NACDD plans, implements, and evaluates a Walkability Action Institute (WAI) as a multi-day "course" for interdisciplinary teams. Each year, interdisciplinary 4-6 member teams, comprised of public health, transportation, planning, elected officials, and other disciplines apply to receive travel assistance to attend the course, develop team action plans, and implement PSE outcomes to make their communities, regions, and states more walkable over the long term. The course combines traditional learning methods with robust activities and outdoor learning. NACDD tracks the outcomes achieved by alumni teams semi-annually and convenes ongoing Walkability Community of Practice groups bi-monthly. The 2018 WAI will take place on April 9 - 12, 2018 in Decatur, GA (Atlanta area)
Deadline: December 8, 2017, http://bit.ly/2AjZpkm
-> JOB - SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, UNIVERSITY OF NC AT CHAPEL HILL, NC
This position will oversee research, training, and local and national programs aimed at improving pedestrian and bicycle safety/mobility and bringing guidance to transportation professionals and the broader community. Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required; for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity, will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. May require terminal degree and licensure.
Deadline: December 1, 2017, http://bit.ly/2AeLyOk
-> JOB - BICYCLE PROGRAM COORDINATOR, UC DAVIS, CA
Under supervision of the Transportation Demand Manager, the Bicycle Program Coordinator maintains and encourages the popular and beneficial use of bicycles and walking as important transportation modes to, from, and on campus by providing the campus community with a safe, secure and efficient cycling and pedestrian environment in response to customer needs and expectations. The Bicycle Coordinator is responsible for running a fiscally-efficient program and generating supporting revenue through bike registration sales, bike auction income, grant funding and other potential resources.
Deadline: December 5, 2017, http://bit.ly/22DvNpV
-> JOB - PORTAL PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR, PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, OR
The Portal Program Administrator will work on a variety of transportation data projects that require data synthesis, analysis, presentation and visualization. The Portal Program Administrator will work closely with the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), PORTAL (the Portland Region transportation data archive), and bike-ped data to develop requirements and recommendations on improving the usability of the Portland regional transportation, and bicycle and pedestrian data to help meet the needs of transportation agency end-users. The PORTAL transportation data archive contains freeway (speed, count, travel time), arterial (travel time, traffic signal, bicycle count, pedestrian push button), transit, incident, weigh-in-motion and weather data. Bike-Ped Portal is the national archive for bicycle and pedestrian count data.
Deadline: December 10, 2017, http://bit.ly/2AkHryi
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION AND MOBILITY COORDINATOR, CITY OF EVANSTON, IL
This position performs professional and administrative work coordinating City-wide transportation and mobility goals and programs within the Department of Community Development. Responsibilities include formulating and administering transportation policies and procedures, working closely with and addressing day-to-day and policy issues with RTA, CTA, Metra, Pace, Divvy and other transportation agencies, collaborating with various internal and external stakeholders to implement the City's 2014 Bike Plan, Multi-Modal Plan, transit-oriented development (TOD), sustainability and livability goals.
Deadline: December 11, 2017, http://bit.ly/2Afx1ly
-> 2 JOBS - ICLEI - LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR SUSTAINABILITY, BONN, GERMANY
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of over 1,500 cities, towns and regions committed to building a sustainable future.
- SUSTAINABLE URBAN MOBILITY / ECOMOBILITY PROGRAM MANAGER
This Senior Officer position will support local governments in the transformation towards low carbon, resilient and ecomobile cities; develop, fundraise for and coordinate (multi-year) projects and event series on sustainable urban mobility / EcoMobility; and position ICLEI's mobility work in the international discussions on sustainable urban development, especially in the climate change debate among other responsibilities.
Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, hard deadline is December 12, 2017, http://bit.ly/2AgvgEz
- OFFICER, ECOMOBILITY
The successful candidate will be a part of the international EcoMobility Team at the ICLEI World Secretariat based in Bonn, Germany. The position is attractive for (young) professionals interested in a dynamic working environment and who would like to be part of a growing team. The position will have both a thematic and administrative focus and hence a high interest in sustainable urban mobility is essential.
Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, hard deadline is December 12, 2017, http://bit.ly/2AfH6iC
-> JOB - COMMUNITY TRAILS PROGRAM MANAGER, GALLATIN VALLEY LAND TRUST, BOZEMAN, MT
The Community Trails Program Manager is a highly motivated, visionary, well organized planner and partnership-builder who can help facilitate high-level planning initiatives, while also managing on-the ground projects. This position will represent GVLT to diverse constituents and stakeholders, and is responsible for helping to develop and maintain strong community partnerships with governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, private landowners, and trail user-groups. The Community Trails Program Manager is responsible for managing GVLT's current trail projects as well as planning, prioritizing, funding and implementing new trail projects. This position reports to the Program Director. While having trail building experience is helpful to this position, we encourage professionals with proven project management and community-building experience to apply. This is not a field-based, trail-building job.
Deadline: Screening begins December 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2Agdguk
-> INTERNSHIP - TART TRAILS, TRAVERSE CITY, MI
TART Trails is looking to hire an intern to help with events, outreach and programs. We are looking for a dynamic, hardworking and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about trails and active transportation, open to learning and excited to join the TART Trails team. This internship opportunity is from January 2018 through May 2018 and will be 30-40 hours per week with occasional evening and weekend hours. Pay is $11/hr.
Deadline: December 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2AmlYFr
-> JOB - EVENTS AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR, WALK BIKE NASHVILLE, TN
Walk Bike Nashville seeks an Events and Outreach Coordinator to coordinate, market, execute and evaluate major annual events; assist with sponsorship recruitment and management, and community wide initiatives among other responsibilities.
Deadline: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, hard deadline is January 5, 2018, http://bit.ly/2AhKmYt
-> 2 INTERNSHIPS, LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS, WASHINGTON, DC
- NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT INTERN
The Summit Intern will gain firsthand knowledge of the League's National Bike Summit and its agenda. Work includes communicating with attendees, creating promotional material, data entry, organization, analysis, writing, website updates and administration assistance. This internship offers a flexible schedule with 12-24 hours/week commitment for up to 15 weeks, based in Washington, D.C. If you are a student, they are happy to work with academic requirements to help you earn course credit for your efforts.
Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled, http://bit.ly/2AlhxKP
- SPRING 2018 COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
The Communications Intern will work in delivering written content, media and public relations, and magazine web publishing. This intern will assist in all aspects of social media and website presentation of the League of American Bicyclists' programs.
Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled, http://bit.ly/2Akk8Vr
-> TRB CAREERS IN MOTION NETWORKING FAIR
The Transportation Research Board inaugural Careers in Motion Networking Fair is January 7, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/2jqmSfA
-> TRB CAREERS IN MOTION JOB CENTER
The Transportation Research Board offers an online Careers in Motion Job Center to support the broader transportation industry's impending challenges around attracting and retaining its professional workforce. Create an account to view professional transportation jobs from multiple employers and disciplines around the world or post a resume. http://bit.ly/2A5sQWQ
-> 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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