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#450 Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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CenterLines is the biweekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, a program of Project for Public Spaces. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.

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----- Senate Tax Bill Threatens Transit, Biking & Walking
----- Designing Bike Facilities for All Ages and Abilities
----- More Low-Income Kids Walk & Bike, But in More Dangerous Conditions
----- New Census Data: More People Walking to Work
----- Revised Elements of a Complete Streets Policy
----- US Ped Safety Car Design Lags Behind Europe
----- GAO Report Identifies Potential AV Challenges
----- Toronto, Canada: Leaves & Chalk Demonstrate Safer Design
----- London, England: Efficient, Carbon Neutral E-Delivery Bikes
----- Shifting to Systems-Based Young Driver Ed in Great Britain
----- "I have the right to get to work safely." Employers' Campaign
----- Compact Fire Trucks All for Ped-Friendlier Street Design
----- Dutch Pilot Giving Cyclists Priority Reversed

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- How MPOs Build More & Better Bicycling & Walking Projects
----- Small Decline in Car-Free US Households, Increases in Some Cities
----- Call for Suspending Ped Tickets in Jacksonville, FL
----- Vision Zero Case Studies: Chicago, IL & New York, NY
----- Vision Zero Chicago Action Plan 2017-2019
----- Biz-Led Des Moines, IA $33M Street Overhaul
----- Cleveland, OH $14.4M in Bike Infrastructure
----- Norman, OK: Firefighter Bike Emergency Response Team
----- New York, NY Redistributes Vehicle Space to Peds & Bikes
----- Oklahoma City, OK Proposes Peds & Bikes Share Downtown Sidewalk
----- Davis-Sacramento, CA Area to Launch Largest E-Bike Bike Share
----- CA Considers Per Mile Fee in Lieu of Gas Tax
----- 65 New & Renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities

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----- Filling the Gaps in Pedestrian and Bicycle Research
----- Transportation Research Record Bicycle Issue
----- Crowdsourced Cycling Data & Official Reporting
----- Low-Stress Bicycle Network Mapping
----- Typologies of Urban Cyclists
----- Bicycling in Rural, Small, and Low-Density Places
----- Poverty & Minority Status Relate to Higher Traffic
----- Where Bike Lanes Could Most Effectively Reduce Crash Rates
----- Monitoring City Wide Patterns of Cycling Safety
----- Ped Decision Making During Traffic Signal Clearance Phases
----- Children's Assessment of Risk
----- Built Environment & Older Adults' Physical Activity & Walking
----- Declining Car Ownership of Millennial Households
----- Millennial Heterogeneity in Vehicle Ownership & Usage
----- Vehicle Speeds in South Australia 2016
----- Join the Scientists for Cycling Network

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----- Curbside Management Strategies for Better Transit Reliability
----- Multimodal LOS Accessibility Rating & Mapping Systems
----- Complete Streets Case Studies
----- Context Sensitive Design for Multimodal Thoroughfares
----- Autonomous Vehicles Knowledge Base
----- Richmond, VA Ped & Bike Improvement Study & Case Study
----- Sample Projects that Benefit People of All Ages
----- The Surprising Future of Bicycling in America
----- All Composite Cantilevered Bridge Sidewalk
----- Photos: Interstate Highway Bridges w/ Bike-Ped Paths
----- Iamthewalker.com Web Feed For Walking Blogs
----- New Terms in Transportation Research Thesaurus

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

SENATE TAX BILL THREATENS TRANSIT, BIKING & WALKING
-> Streetsblog USA reports that if the Senate tax bill passed late last week becomes law it threatens federal funds for transit, biking, and walking. While the tax bill itself doesn't cut funding, a law already on the books triggers reductions in spending to offset losses of tax revenue. For transportation, discretionary transportation programs like New Starts, which funds transit expansions, and TIGER, which has helped cities across the country build multi-modal projects, are especially at risk. With $150 billion annually on the chopping block unless Congress changes course, even more of America's $50 billion surface transportation program could be targeted. To add insult to injury, the Senate bill eliminated the meager $20 per month in commuter benefits available to people who bike to work. The tax bill still has to go to conference committee where differences between the Senate and House bills would get hammered out, and then go up for a vote in each chamber again. Or the House might rubber stamp the Senate version. http://bit.ly/2ygch8G

DESIGNING BIKE FACILITIES FOR ALL AGES AND ABILITIES
-> NACTO released a new technical guidance to help cities decide what types of bike infrastructure will best achieve their goals to build bike networks that are safe and comfortable for riders of all ages and abilities. By focusing on two key safety factors-vehicle speeds and traffic volume-Designing for All Ages and Abilities: Contextual Guidance for High-Comfort Bicycle Facilities* (http://bit.ly/2yfDQ1J) gives cities the tools they need to assess any street and decide which treatments will improve safety and support increases in bicycling. The guidance illustrates how on higher-volume streets with vehicle speeds above 20 mph, conventional infrastructure, such as painted lanes, can be insufficient, while on lower-speed streets where other traffic calming measures have been introduced, such treatments may be an adequate solution. http://bit.ly/2yffJAh

*Check out page 3 of the guide for a brief description of 9 sub-types of all ages and abilities users and their needs.

MORE LOW-INCOME KIDS WALK & BIKE, BUT IN MORE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership reports low-income kids are twice as likely to walk to school as higher income counterparts, but they are walking and biking in dangerous conditions. The obstacles encountered in our car-centric society for those who do not have consistent access to a car affect low-income children and people of color more profoundly, making it more dangerous to get to school and work, and limiting access to daily needs. A graphic shows that 90% of high income communities have sidewalks while 49% of low income have them. http://bit.ly/2yinjdJ

[See Research section for Poverty & Minority Status Relate to Higher Traffic item.]

NEW CENSUS DATA: MORE PEOPLE WALKING TO WORK
-> America Walks reports new Census estimates show that Americans are walking to work in greater numbers than in recent history, with more than 4 million people claiming their own feet as their primary mode of transportation to work. Even more promising: the data likely undercount walking prevalence. The numbers don't account for those who walk just a short part of the way to the office, only walk to work occasionally, or who walk for transportation purposes other than getting to work. New data released by the League of American Bicyclists and analyzed by America Walks includes the top 10 cities at various population levels for the percentage of people walking to work. Cambridge, MA tops them all at 25.6%. http://bit.ly/2AO49z1

REVISED ELEMENTS OF A COMPLETE STREETS POLICY
-> The National Complete Streets Coalition released its updated and revised the Complete Streets policy framework that requires more accountability from jurisdictions and provisions that equitably address the needs of the most vulnerable users. The 10 revised policy elements are based on decades of collective expertise in transportation planning and design, and created in consultation with NCSC's steering committee and other national stakeholders. A new resource offers a model for communities developing complete streets policies and for those with policies, it provides guidance on areas for improvements. The Elements of a Complete Streets Policy: http://bit.ly/2AsLhZv

[See Jobs, Grants & RFPs section for a Call for Nominations for the Best Complete Streets Initiatives of 2017.]

US PED SAFETY CAR DESIGN LAGS BEHIND EUROPE
-> Streetsblog USA reports dangerous street design, car-centric development, as well as dangerous car design deserve much of the blame for America's sickeningly high rate of pedestrian fatalities. Over the past decade, automotive safety regulators in Europe have made pedestrian safety a priority. But regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have never gotten serious about adapting vehicle design to protect people outside of vehicles. To reduce the risk of head trauma, the European Union rules call for features like higher hoods to reduce the severity of impact in the event a driver strikes someone outside the car. Mandates to improve "survivability" for pedestrians have prompted some vehicle makers to incorporate external airbags. Vehicles must be subjected to crash tests evaluating front-end impacts with pedestrians. The tests measure the impact on an adult's head, a child's head, and an adult's legs. http://bit.ly/2yg0cQK

GAO REPORT IDENTIFIES POTENTIAL AV CHALLENGES
-> The US Government Accountability Office released a report that addresses what selected stakeholders and literature identify as potential safety and infrastructure challenges automated vehicles pose for policymakers and US DOT's efforts in response to these challenges. US DOT recognizes that automated vehicles need to interact with pedestrians and cyclists and could pose particular risks for them. US DOT needs to include automation in its plans for pedestrian and cyclist safety and identify how the risks posed to pedestrians and cyclists by automated vehicle technologies would be addressed. "Automated Vehicles: Comprehensive Plan Could Help DOT Address Challenges" http://bit.ly/2AwIoHc

[See Resources section for a crowdsourced AV Knowledge Base.]

TORONTO, CANADA: LEAVES & CHALK DEMONSTRATE SAFER DESIGN
-> Streetsblog USA reports a group of neighbors in Toronto demonstrated how a local intersection could be transformed into a safer, more neighborhood-friendly space using some leaves and chalk. Their work revealed a surplus surface area of 2,000 square feet, which could be transformed into a parkette, new sidewalks, and much shorter/safer crossings. Check out the before and after photos: http://bit.ly/2Aw2AJi

LONDON, ENGLAND: EFFICIENT, CARBON NEUTRAL E-DELIVERY BIKES
-> Springwise reports UPS and other partners are pilot testing a fleet of electric cargo bikes and trailers for quicker, more efficient and nearly carbon neutral deliveries in Central London, England. Each electric trailer can carry up to 200 kg (441 lbs.), and the proprietary net-neutral technology of the system means that the cyclist doesn't feel the weight. Not only does this allow for quicker and easier deliveries, it also lets walking couriers push a similarly assisted trailer access into particularly densely populated neighborhoods. Using optimization algorithms, drivers are able to constantly monitor and update their route plans and speed. http://bit.ly/2yi8ZC0

SHIFTING TO SYSTEMS-BASED YOUNG DRIVER ED IN GREAT BRITAIN
-> The RAC Foundation in the United Kingdom has released a report that provides examples of how to change current driver education programs in Great Britain from an individual skills-based approach to a systems-based approach. A systems-based approach recognizes the role of a community traffic safety culture that interacts with an individual's decision-making and behavior. This research explores how to create safer roads for all drivers, especially the youngest and least experienced ones. "Addressing Young and Novice-Driver Safety in Great Britain: Developing a Systems-Based Approach" http://bit.ly/2Awmx2z

"I HAVE THE RIGHT TO GET TO WORK SAFELY." EMPLOYERS' CAMPAIGN
-> CityLab reports in 2014, when Boris Johnson started construction on his 18-mile, fully separated cycling "superhighway" linking London, England from east to west, the "bikelash" was fierce and immediate. A small group of civic-minded bike commuters launched a campaign called Cycling Works. If they got the city's largest employers to pledge support for just two specific curb-protected projects, they could push back on the claim that new infrastructure was "bad for business." Over eight weeks,* volunteer activists hit the streets to speak with tens of thousands of London cyclists, asking them to tell their bosses and the city's CEOs to publicly support those two routes. "It's such a simple ask," said one campaigner who did it in London in 2014. "Say 'I have a right to get to work safely.'" Check out a Streetfilms short documentary for more details. http://bit.ly/2ykp4qK

COMPACT FIRE TRUCKS ALL FOR PED-FRIENDLIER STREET DESIGN
-> SSTI News reports the San Francisco, CA Fire Department (SFFD) is welcoming new and compact fire trucks (http://bit.ly/2ykfggv) that will allow for more pedestrian-friendly street design throughout the city. The new trucks are a result of a partnership between the fire department, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Walk San Francisco, and state Senator Wiener. The arrival of the compact fire trucks is part of the Vision Zero policy, which commits the City and County of San Francisco to improve street design to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024.

Historically, fire departments have pushed back against street designs that are viewed as favorable to pedestrians. Such streets feature narrow roads that slow traffic by causing drivers to be more cautious, resulting in fewer vehicle collisions with pedestrians. However, these narrow roads make it difficult for the traditionally large fire trucks to complete their wide turns. Fire departments state that as a result of impeding their trucks' turn radius, emergency response times are increased. http://bit.ly/2ykDWp3

DUTCH PILOT GIVING CYCLISTS PRIORITY REVERSED
-> Bicycle Dutch reports the 18,000 people who cycle to the Groningen University campus in the Netherlands every day lost their priority again over the almost 12,000 motor vehicles on the cycle crossing with Eikenlaan. This priority had only just been granted to them. A two-month pilot with reversed priority was cut short. Right from the start the plan met a strong opposition from police and other emergency services, the bus operator and residents. After several incidents with drivers crashing into cyclists the situation was changed back. http://bit.ly/2yjYHRE


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

HOW MPOS BUILD MORE & BETTER BICYCLING & WALKING PROJECTS
-> Over the last 2 years, Transportation for America, in conjunction with the American Public Health Association, has worked with metropolitan planning organizations across the country to collect and document stories about how they are planning, funding and building more and better walking and bicycling projects in communities. They released a guide describing 8 strategies to allow more people to more easily walk, bicycle, or ride in a wheelchair. It includes examples from MPOs that have changed policies, developed plans, directed funding and designed projects. To register to download "Building Healthy and Prosperous Communities: How Metro Areas are Building More and Better Bicycling and Walking Projects" and for more details, watch the archived webinar that launched this new resource: http://bit.ly/2Axle3l

SMALL DECLINE IN CAR-FREE US HOUSEHOLDS, INCREASES IN SOME CITIES
-> Governing reports the latest Census Bureau estimates only 8.7% of US households reported not having any vehicles available last year, down slightly from a year ago and about the same as before the Great Recession. A stronger economy explains, in part, the small decline in car-free households. Demographics, fuel prices and where people live -- more Americans are migrating from cities to less dense suburbs -- also play a role in whether a household goes car-free. Still, many individual cities are seeing more of their residents forgo vehicle ownership. Several mid-sized cities recorded notable increases in shares of car-free households. See the opportunity to search by city the share of households without vehicles in 2009, 2010, 2015, and 2016 as well as by its 2015-16 average from American Community Survey data. http://bit.ly/2Bbtk1D

CALL FOR SUSPENDING PED TICKETS IN JACKSONVILLE, FL
-> ProPublica reports that local lawmakers and civil rights groups are calling for suspending all pedestrian ticket writing in Jacksonville, FL over concerns about targeted enforcement against African Americans. The calls from the civil rights organizations come two weeks after the Times-Union and ProPublica reported that a disproportionate number of the more than 2,200 pedestrian tickets issued from 2012 to 2017 had been given to blacks. Those tickets, issued for everything from jaywalking to walking on the wrong side of the road, can have an impact on people's driver's licenses and, if unpaid, their credit ratings. http://bit.ly/2ykLzvB

VISION ZERO CASE STUDIES: CHICAGO, IL & NEW YORK, NY
-> The Vision Zero Network reports when it comes to eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries, speed matters most. A recent article describes efforts in Chicago, IL and New York, NY to lower speeds using what they consider the trifecta of strategies: street design, lower speed limits, and automated speed enforcement. Traffic fatalities have declined for 3 consecutive years in New York since using these strategies, and are down 23% overall since the city committed to Vision Zero. http://bit.ly/2Axq9BA

VISION ZERO CHICAGO ACTION PLAN 2017-2019
-> Chicago released its Vision Zero Action Plan in June 2017, with speed management and speed prevention being key areas of focus. Included among the plan's many goals and strategies is the goal to reduce speed-related crashes 25% by 2020. According to city staff, speed was singled out among the dangerous driving behaviors because it causes the most deaths in Chicago. The city is working to achieve this goal by discouraging speeding and managing safe speeds through safe road design. "Vision Zero Chicago: Chicago's Initiative to Eliminated Traffic Fatalities and Serious Injuries by 2026: Action Plan 2017-2019" http://bit.ly/2AOZMnB

BIZ-LED DES MOINES, IA $33M STREET OVERHAUL
-> Streetsblog USA reports the City Council of Des Moines, IA recently unanimously approved one of the biggest downtown street transformations the US has seen in years, switching dozens of miles of downtown streets from one-way to two-way, improving hundreds of crosswalks, slowing auto traffic and creating a remarkably dense grid of protected, buffered, and conventional bike lanes. They are not proposing to rebuild streets, but will reallocate existing road space and take advantage of routine road, sewer and utility work already planned. The $33 million Connect Downtown plan is moving forward with the full-throated support of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, an eight-county business coalition that chipped in directly to help fund the planning process. The local business community sees the plan as good for attracting talent, boosting retail sales and improving public health and safety. The plan identifies short-, medium- and long-term projects between 2018 and 2023. http://bit.ly/2yUlHKJ

CLEVELAND, OH $14.4M IN BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE
-> Cleveland.com reports the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) announced it would allocate federal transportation dollars to two that would create the first major protected bike lanes in the Cleveland, OH. NOACA allocated $8.3 million for construction planned in 2020 of the first leg of the Midway, which would eventually constitute a system of "bicycle highways" running down the center lanes of more than 50 miles of wide, underused streets that once carried streetcars. NOACA also allocated $6.1 million for the city's planned construction in 2022 of the proposed Lorain Avenue Cycle Track. http://bit.ly/2yimbXz

ELLENSBURG, WA: SMALL TOWN BUILDS BIKE BLVD
-> Streetsblog USA reports the college town of Ellensburg, WA, population 20,000, became one of the smallest cities in the country ever to construct a neighborhood bikeway, complete with five traffic diverters on larger streets to ease pedestrian crossings and reduce cut-through auto traffic. The new 1.7 mile route cost just $150,000 to plan, design, and install - one-tenth as much as the city was simultaneously spending to widen a single intersection for more auto traffic. Of that total, $120,000 came from a state grant earmarked for walking and biking. http://bit.ly/2AtDlat

NORMAN, OK: FIREFIGHTER BIKE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
-> News9 reports Norman, OK Firefighters are rolling out a faster way to respond to emergencies-especially in crowds. Recently the department deployed a new bicycle response team to monitor crowded events. The bicycle response team is a mini ambulance that can get there before an ambulance, and start pretreatment. The department bought eight new bikes to add to their response arsenal. The firefighters who ride them are EMT certified. Paired in two-person teams, they ride together to bring medical care straight to the patient. Each bicycle is equipped with medical supplies to treat everything from a scratch to a heart attack. http://bit.ly/2Az2lgm

NEW YORK, NY REDISTRIBUTES VEHICLE SPACE TO PEDS & BIKES
-> Car and Driver reports New York City recently conducted a months-long experiment on a single block along Broadway. NYC DOT redistributed pavement that was used exclusively for cars, allotting more space to bicyclists and pedestrians. They slashed the speed limit to 5 mph, added dedicated, protected bike lanes, and narrowed pedestrian crossing distances. The experiment was so successful that the changes are now permanent. The "shared street," near the iconic Flatiron Building, occupies a sliver of Broadway where it intersects Fifth Avenue, just west of Madison Square Park. http://bit.ly/2AlU7Z6

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK PROPOSES PEDS & BIKES SHARE DOWNTOWN SIDEWALK
-> NewsOK reports the release of a new rendering of a key section of proposed changes to Oklahoma City Boulevard in Oklahoma City, OK does not include a median or a clearly marked bike lane. Instead it shows bicyclists and pedestrians sharing wide sidewalks. Throughout the planning process, this section of the boulevard was promoted as a grand entrance into downtown that would be friendly for pedestrians and bicyclists, and would acknowledge its relationship to the new Scissortail Park, the new convention center, the Omni Hotel and as a corridor linking Bricktown, the Oklahoma River, downtown and Core to Shore. http://bit.ly/2AjvE6y

DAVIS-SACRAMENTO, CA AREA TO LAUNCH LARGEST E-BIKE BIKE SHARE
-> Next City reports Davis, Sacramento and the city of West Sacramento are launching an all electric bike bike-share system on May 15, 2018. The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), and cities of Davis, Sacramento and West Sacramento have been working with private bike-share company Social Bicycles (SoBi) to plan the system. SoBi will finance, own and operate the system when it launches. By the summer, its 900 electric, pedal-assist bikes will make this multi-city system the largest e-bike bike-share scheme in the country. http://bit.ly/2At7KWi

CA CONSIDERS PER MILE FEE IN LIEU OF GAS TAX
-> The Sacramento Bee reports weeks into a new gas tax hike, California transportation officials said they are studying ways to charge drivers based on how many miles they drove since their last fill-up rather than the amount of fuel they use. California drivers are choosing such fuel-efficient cars that the state fears it will be deprived of enough road construction revenues in the long run. A Caltrans study - the "California Road Charge Pilot Program 2017 Summary Report" (http://bit.ly/2AvgLOP) - describes a way for the state to move from its longstanding but outmoded pump tax to a system where drivers pay based on their odometer readings. http://bit.ly/2AuEnTF

65 NEW & RENEWING BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
-> The League of American Bicyclists welcomed 65 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). There are now 430 BFCs in all 50 states. http://bit.ly/2AxCTYK The next BFC deadline is February 13, 2018 by 11:59pm PT. http://bit.ly/1uGVzL1


THE RESEARCH BEAT

FILLING THE GAPS IN PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE RESEARCH
-> The "Fostering Innovation in Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Pooled Fund (TPF) Study" (http://bit.ly/2Az4JUw) focuses on bicycle and pedestrian network planning, safety, design issues, traffic control devices, and other relevant issues as determined by TPF participants. The study supplements existing research and fills an important missing gap by emphasizing short turnaround practical research on issues immediately relevant to practitioners.

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD BICYCLE ISSUE
-> A recent issue of the Transportation Research Record, Volume 2662, is devoted to bicycle-related research. (http://bit.ly/2Ax2eCf) We will highlight several articles in this and future issues of CenterLines.

1. CROWDSOURCED CYCLING DATA & OFFICIAL REPORTING
-> A study assessed similarities and differences in near misses and collisions reported to BikeMaps.org; and in collisions reported to BikeMaps.org and to an official insurance data set. Analyses of the results indicated that crowdsourced collision data have potential to fill in gaps in reports to official collision sources and that crowdsourced near-miss reporting may be influenced by perceptions of risk. "Comparing Crowdsourced Near-Miss and Collision Cycling Data and Official Bike Safety Reporting" http://bit.ly/2AwPVWl

2. LOW-STRESS BICYCLE NETWORK MAPPING
-> The Washington, DC District DOT developed a bicycle level of traffic stress (LTS) map using existing roadway information, combined with an innovative GIS approach that prioritizes and expedites the collection of supplemental roadway information. The results confirmed existing perceptions about the availability of bicycle facilities in the District and identified previously unidentified gaps in the overall bicycle network. "Low-Stress Bicycle Network Mapping: The District of Columbia's Innovative Approach to Applying Level of Traffic Stress" http://bit.ly/2Aw8oT0

3. TYPOLOGIES OF URBAN CYCLISTS
-> One paper compared a set of cyclist typologies and the corresponding categorization methods and reviewed 20 studies that considered different cyclists' profiles. Profiles can better inform the different stages of planning for cycling infrastructure development by targeting more accurately the needs and requirements of different types of users. "Typologies of Urban Cyclists: Review of Market Segmentation Methods for Planning Practice" http://bit.ly/2AvD9Hz

4. BICYCLING IN RURAL, SMALL, AND LOW-DENSITY PLACES
-> A study compared the frequency of bicycling and the population characteristics of bicyclists across urban and rural, small, and low-density (RSLD) places. Researchers found bicycling was primarily, but not exclusively, an urban activity. Moreover, women and youths were more likely to bicycle in RSLD places compared with urban places. An urban perspective on bicycling could limit the success of initiatives aiming to increase the diversity of populations that bicycle. "The Reach of Bicycling in Rural, Small, and Low-Density Places" http://bit.ly/2AvGFBL

POVERTY & MINORITY STATUS RELATE TO HIGHER TRAFFIC
-> An article to be published in the Journal of Transport Geography notes estimates of the proportion of the US population living close to high-traffic roads range from 4-19%. These proportions are higher for minority and low-income populations. Researchers examined variation in residential exposure to traffic at regional and neighborhood scales and found that minority and lower socioeconomic status are systematically linked to higher exposure to traffic. Their geographically weighted regression approach has the potential to uncover patterns of disparities at a more localized level. "Urban Development Patterns and Exposure to Hazardous and Protective Traffic Environments" http://bit.ly/2yjsIBb

WHERE BIKE LANES COULD MOST EFFECTIVELY REDUCE CRASH RATES
-> A study to be published next March in Safety Science proposed to identify specific locations where bicycle lanes, if created, could most effectively reduce crash rates. Researchers found bicycle lanes reduced crash odds by 48% in streets segments adjacent to 4-exit intersections, by 40% in streets with one- or two-way stop intersections, and by 43% in high traffic volume streets. The presence of bicycle lanes was not associated with change in crash odds at intersections with less or more than 4 exits, at 4-way stop and signalized intersections, on one-way streets and streets with trolley tracks, and on streets with low-moderate traffic volume. The effectiveness of bicycle lanes appears to depend most on the configuration of the adjacent intersections and on the volume of vehicular traffic. "Where Do Bike Lanes Work Best? A Bayesian Spatial Model of Bicycle Lanes and Bicycle Crashes" http://bit.ly/2yiMfl8

MONITORING CITY WIDE PATTERNS OF CYCLING SAFETY
-> In its February issue, Accident Analysis & Prevention will publish an article describing a study that demonstrated a method for monitoring changes in the spatial-temporal distribution of cycling incidents across a city. The methods developed and demonstrated in this study provide city planners, transportation engineers and researchers a means of monitoring city-wide change in the intensity of cycling incidents following enhancements to cycling infrastructure or other significant changes to the transportation network. "Monitoring City Wide Patterns of Cycling Safety" http://bit.ly/2yjy27x

PED DECISION MAKING DURING TRAFFIC SIGNAL CLEARANCE PHASES
-> In its February issue, Accident Analysis & Prevention will publish an article reporting on a field study that analyzed pedestrian choices after arrival at a traffic signal clearance phase, evaluated the safety of their choices, and built a model to identify the predictors of pedestrian choices. Researchers found that pedestrians arriving during the clearance phase made dynamic decisions based on the changing contexts. These findings are essential for realistic pedestrian simulations and targeted safety countermeasures. They also imply the need for changes to certain traffic regulations and signal design to facilitate safe decision making at clearance phase. "Cross or Wait? Pedestrian Decision Making During Clearance Phase at Signalized Intersections" http://bit.ly/2yjzMOc

CHILDREN'S ASSESSMENT OF RISK
-> In its February issue, Accident Analysis & Prevention will publish an article that reports on assessments by 10-11 year old children of the frequency, danger and personal risk likelihood of 8 accidents. Children overestimated the frequency of rare accidents (e.g. drowning) , and underestimated the frequency of common accidents (e.g. bike crashes); and the majority of children showed unrealistic optimism tending to see themselves as less likely to suffer these accidents in comparison to their peers, offering superior skills or parental control of the environment as an explanation. They recognized the seriousness of pedestrian crashes, underestimated the frequency of this risk and regarded their own road crossing skill as protection. "Accident Frequency and Unrealistic Optimism: Children's Assessment of Risk" http://bit.ly/2yjADhS

BUILT ENVIRONMENT & OLDER ADULTS' PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & WALKING
-> The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity published a study that concluded safe, walkable, and aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods, with access to overall and specific destinations and services positively influenced older adults' physical activity (PA) participation. However, when considering the environmental attributes that were sufficiently studied (i.e., in ?5 separate findings), the strength of evidence of associations of specific categories of environment attributes with PA differed across PA and environmental measurement types. "Built Environmental Correlates of Older Adults' Total Physical Activity and Walking: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis" http://bit.ly/2AxVrbs

DECLINING CAR OWNERSHIP OF MILLENNIAL HOUSEHOLDS
-> The Transportation Research Record published a study that investigated the decline of car mobility, particularly among millennials, in the Puget Sound region of WA State, where transit ridership is increasing faster than in most other large metropolitan areas. Findings suggest that declining car mobility observed in the past decade or so is likely to persist in coming decades, and the trend will be reinforced where smart growth policies to make more livable and sustainable cities receive further momentum. "Carless or Car Later? Declining Car Ownership of Millennial Households in the Puget Sound Region, Washington State" http://bit.ly/2AwSBn8

MILLENNIAL HETEROGENEITY IN VEHICLE OWNERSHIP & USAGE
-> The Transportation Research Record published a study that this study investigated heterogeneity among millennials with respect to their driver's license-holding status, vehicle ownership, and commute mode choice. Millennials seem to become more automobile-oriented as they age and gain economic resources. Parenthood is associated with an increase in driver's license holding and personal vehicle ownership; however, in general, it does not seem to have a direct effect on commute mode choice. "Investigation of Heterogeneity in Vehicle Ownership and Usage for the Millennial Generation" http://bit.ly/2Ax3sxh

VEHICLE SPEEDS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA 2016
-> The Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide in Australia has released a report that summarizes vehicle speed data collected in 2016 and compares this to data dating back to 2002. This method for capturing speed data was introduced in 2007 to assess the effects of speed reduction countermeasures and to monitor the speed behavior of South Australian drivers over time. "Vehicle Speeds in South Australia 2016" http://bit.ly/2BY6ZkC

JOIN THE SCIENTISTS FOR CYCLING NETWORK
-> The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) observes the increase in academic research on cycling is a welcome phenomena. However, to reinforce research and advocacy, ECF invites all researchers to get actively involved in the Scientists for Cycling network (http://bit.ly/2yksEkE) and to contribute to the issues that drive the advocacy agenda (http://bit.ly/2yk1tXh), for example by participating in the Call for Abstracts for the scientific sessions at Velo-city 2018 in Rio de Janeiro. http://bit.ly/2yk1tXh


QUOTES R US

"Will it slow auto traffic? Almost certainly. That's sort of the point. Part of the strategy of Connect Downtown is to slow traffic and to right-size the lanes of the road, so folks are subconsciously encouraged to drive the speed limit. It's great to have cars passing by [your business], but if they're not paying any attention, it's not much good."
Meg Schneider, Senior Vice President of Business Resources and Community Development for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, an 8-county business coalition that chipped in directly to help fund the area's $33 million Connect Downtown Plan planning process. http://bit.ly/2AtMhMR

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

360 VIDEOS OF 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD
As part of their "Daily 360," The New York Times has released a series of immersive videos exploring the New Seven Wonders of the World, offering viewers the experience of visiting architectural marvels. Use your mouse to check out 360 degree views of the Great Wall, Rio's Christ the Redeemer Statue, Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza, Rome's Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, and Petra.http://bit.ly/2yUlHKJ


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.

NEXT UP

Webinar "Safety Performance Measures for Bicyclists and Pedestrians"
Date: December 14, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Amy Schick (NHTSA) & David Kopacz (FHWA)
Host: FHWA
Details: http://bit.ly/2y91HAa, free

Webinar "Curb Your Enthusiasm: Managing High-Demand Curbside Passenger Loading Zones"
Date: December 15, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Evian Patterson & Faye Dastgheib (DDOT), Patrick Powell (Golden Triangle Business Improvement Dist.) & Danielle J. Harris (SFMTA)
Host: NACTO
Details: http://bit.ly/2y94fhT, free

Webinar "How to Survive and Thrive at the TRB Annual Meeting"
Date: December 19, 2017, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s):
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2yiDtUl, free

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.)
Host: TREC
Details: http://bit.ly/2Af0TP9, free

Webinar "Advancing Health Equity Webinar Series Part 3: Fostering Community Partnerships to Advance Health Equity"
Date: January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): TBA
Host: Government Alliance on Race and Equity, the National Collaborative for Health Equity, and the National Association of County and City Health Officers Health Equity and Social Justice Committee
Details: http://bit.ly/2AyoL1z, free, limited to first 1,000 attendees

Seminar or Live Broadcast: "Designing In-Vehicle Systems for High-Risk Drivers: Bridging the Gap Between Teens and Older Drivers"
Date: January 18, 2018, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET in Room 102 of the Mechanical Engineering Building on the east bank campus of the Univ. of MN, Minneapolis
Presenter(s): Nichole Morris (HumanFIRST Laboratory, Univ. of MN)
Host: Roadway Safety Institute, Univ. of MN
Details: http://bit.ly/1i1a0X0, free

Webinar "Enhancing Social Engagement to Achieve Sustainability in Transportation Planning"
Date: January 19, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Mehri Mohebbi (Mehrsa) (Planning Communities), Jana Lynott (AARP), Angela Van der Kloof (Mobycon) & Nader Afzalan (APA)
Host: American Planning Association
Details: http://bit.ly/2BWr8Y4, 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
Presenter(s):
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
Presenter(s): TBA
Host: People for Bikes
Details: http://bit.ly/2wuF65r, free

Webinar "LED Streetlights in the City of Anchorage"
Date: January 25, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Gary Agron (Municipal Light & Power) & Mark Wilbur (GE Wireless Control Systems)
Host: Sustainable City Network
Details: http://bit.ly/2AwQGyG, free

Seminar or Live Broadcast: "Toward Greater Understanding of the Relationship between Public Perceptions of Speed, Speed Laws, and Safety"
Date: February 1, 2018, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET in Room 102 of the Mechanical Engineering Building on the east bank campus of the Univ. of MN, Minneapolis
Presenter(s): Frank Douma (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Univ. of MN)
Host: Roadway Safety Institute, Univ. of MN
Details: http://bit.ly/1i1a0X0, 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 "Orientation to the Walking College"
Date: February 8, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): TBA
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2AO4x0r, free

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

Seminar or Live Broadcast "Exposure to Risk, the Built Environment, and Bicycle Crashes in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota"
Date: February 22, 2018, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET in Room 102 of the Mechanical Engineering Building on the east bank campus of the Univ. of MN, Minneapolis
Presenter(s): Greg Lindsey (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Univ. of MN)
Host: Roadway Safety Institute, Univ. of MN
Details: http://bit.ly/1i1a0X0, free


RESOURCES

CURBSIDE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR BETTER TRANSIT RELIABILITY
-> Next City reports according to a new report releases by NACTO, if commercial corridors in US cities want to attract a more reliable customer base, they may want to rethink the amount of street space they dedicate to metered parking for private vehicles. "Curb Appeal: Curbside Management Strategies for Improving Transit Reliability" (http://bit.ly/2AkrpEM) notes in many cases, businesses are better served when cities focus on improving the reliability of bus transit. And while redesigning streets to prioritize transit over parking is an uphill battle politically, cities that have taken the plunge have seen improvements in safety, travel times and business activity on shopping corridors. http://bit.ly/2yfHdFV

[See Webinar section for December 15 webinar on this topic.]

MULTIMODAL LOS ACCESSIBILITY RATING & MAPPING SYSTEMS
-> A Center for Sustainable Infrastructure blog describes how to determine whether a transportation system is multimodal and so can serve diverse users, including people who cannot, should not or prefer not to drive. New multimodal level-of-service ratings (http://bit.ly/2yk0MNs) can be used to evaluate walking, cycling and public transit service quality, to identify barriers to their use, and to set targets for improvement. New accessibility mapping systems calculate the time required to reach various destinations by different modes. http://bit.ly/2ykWBRv

COMPLETE STREETS CASE STUDIES
-> Public Square provides 7 case studies for complete streets. Here are streets that are more than just conduits for cars-they are places that support social and economic life, walking, bicycling, and transit. The accompanying video covers examples from around the US of busy, automobile-oriented thoroughfares that were transformed into complete streets using design that responds to urban context. http://bit.ly/2ykBSxh CNU wrote the case studies for a new book by the Institute for Transportation Engineers called "Implementing Context Sensitive Design on Multimodal Thoroughfares, a Pracitioner's Handbook"-see item below.

CONTEXT SENSITIVE DESIGN FOR MULTIMODAL THOROUGHFARES
-> The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) published a new report focusing on implementing context sensitive design along multimodal corridors in urban and suburban areas, with particular focus on areas such as freight accommodations and speed management. "Implementing Context Sensitive Design for Multimodal Thoroughfares: An ITE Informational Report" http://bit.ly/2AzGl56

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES KNOWLEDGE BASE
-> To help address the lack of comprehensive autonomous vehicles resources for planners, the American Planning Association crowdsourced resources into its AV Knowledge Base from its co-hosts, panelists, and attendees at its recent symposium, "Automated Vehicles: Planning for the Impacts on Regions and Cities." http://bit.ly/2AzxRLq

RICHMOND, VA PED & BIKE IMPROVEMENT STUDY & CASE STUDY
-> HEP Research Quarterly Newsletter reports The Office of Human Environment recently completed two reports on new bicycle-pedestrian research conducted in partnership with the City of Richmond, VA. The first report, "The City of Richmond Pedestrian and Bicycle Network Improvement Study" (http://bit.ly/2AymjYO), provides recommendations, which will improve bicycle and pedestrian access to 7 new Bus Rapid Transit stations along a 7-mile corridor in downtown Richmond.

The second report, "Incorporating Qualitative Data in the Planning Process: Improving Project Delivery and Outcomes" (http://bit.ly/2Ay9VrI), uses Richmond as a case study to highlight emerging tools, techniques, and resources for gathering public and stakeholder input to inform the planning process, improve project outcomes, and contribute to streamlining project delivery.

SAMPLE PROJECTS THAT BENEFIT PEOPLE OF ALL AGES
-> Via CityLab, AARP profiles 14 extraordinary projects benefitting people of all ages that could make your town more livable. They include a child cyclist traffic garden for practicing traffic cycling skills, customized orientation training to help people living with disabilities navigate the transit system, and open streets/ciclovia events. http://bit.ly/2AuyvKd

THE SURPRISING FUTURE OF BICYCLING IN AMERICA
-> A new report, by Jay Walljasper, shakes up some misconceptions about biking: more people of color, older people and low-income people bike than commonly assumed. And women play a bigger role in the biking world than folks think. The report lays out 12 reasons why the phenomenal growth in biking over the past 20 years will continue. "The Surprising Future of Bicycling in America" http://bit.ly/2yjAye6

ALL COMPOSITE CANTILEVERED BRIDGE SIDEWALK
-> The New IDEAs for Highway Systems: Annual Progress Report to be published next month includes a report and photo of a project that developed and tested a lightweight cantilevered, fiber-reinforced composite sidewalk for roadway bridges. The system has a single molded 11-foot component for cantilevered support made of carbon fabric and epoxy resin. The width of the walkway portion of the sidewalk system is 6 ft. (page 64) http://bit.ly/2BZ6K8J

PHOTOS: INTERSTATE HIGHWAY BRIDGES W/ BIKE-PED PATHS
-> John Wetmore, Producer of "Perils For Pedestrians" Television put together a gallery of photos of interstate highway bridges with bike-ped paths: http://bit.ly/2Az0vfC

IAMTHEWALKER.COM WEB FEED FOR WALKING BLOGS
-> A new web feed for blogs about walking-called iamthewalker.com-welcomes blogs about walking from practitioners and writers as well as contributions from walking artists. It is a really simple process to submit a blog: http://bit.ly/2ykVcdJ. Its creators hope Iamthewalker.com can become a valuable resource for inspiration and practical advice on walks and walking. They have also just published their latest podcast episode of talkingwalking.net: http://bit.ly/2ykVb9F

NEW TERMS IN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH THESAURUS
-> The Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT) is a tool to improve the indexing and retrieval of transportation information. New terms are added to the TRT quarterly to reflect current and common transportation-related concepts. Terms added this quarter include: Smart Growth, Helmet Usage, Bicycle Counts, and Livability. These terms are highlighted in the "Newest Terms" box on the TRT webpage: http://bit.ly/1U4HG4R


SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW

-> CALL FOR IDEAS - National Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago on March 12-14, 2018, Chicago, IL
Deadline: December 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2AB5zA3

-> 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 SPEAKERS - International Association for Commuter Transportation Conference, July 29 - August 1, 2018, , Anaheim, CA
Deadline: December 22, 2017, http://bit.ly/2yftu1Q

-> 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

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Scientists for Cycling (S4C) Sessions at Velo-city Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 12-15, 2018
Deadline: January 14, 2018, http://bit.ly/2ykBRt7

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - - 7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress, October 15-17, 2018, London, England
Deadline: February 1, 2018, http://bit.ly/2x8JSSn

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 11th Making Cities Liveable Conference and the 4th Safe Cities Conference, July 16-18, 2018, Melbourne, Australia
Deadline: April 6, 2018, http://bit.ly/2AlthA9 & http://bit.ly/2AltkMl

-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 14th National Light Rail and Streetcar Conference, April 7-9, 2019, Jersey City, NJ
Deadline: April 13, 2018, http://bit.ly/2Av8GcN

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.
http://bit.ly/2kkICs9
-> January 6, 2018 - TransportationCamp DC, Arlington, VA
http://bit.ly/2iRkNcm
-> January 7-11, 2018 - 97th TRB Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/1OxTYxD
-> January 23-25, 2018 - Geodesign Summit, Redlands, CA
http://arcg.is/2xp29Ll
-> February 1-3, 2018 - New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, San Francisco, CA.
http://bit.ly/2vNPh4f
-> February 7, 2018 - Training: How to Design Multimodal Streets for All Users, Ottawa, Canada
http://bit.ly/2yfwCuX
-> 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
http://bit.ly/2oZcysp
-> February 20-23, 2018 - 2018 International Winter Road Congress, Gdansk, Poland.
http://bit.ly/2fPI7Dp
-> 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
http://bit.ly/2fNY4fW
-> March 5-7, 2018, 2018 National Bike Summit, Washington, DC
http://bit.ly/1shH4b1
-> March 12-14, 2018 - National Shared Mobility Summit, Chicago, IL
http://bit.ly/1VBld28
-> March 13, 2018 - Utah Bike Summit, West Valley City, UT
http://bit.ly/2gwJEPV
-> March 20-21, 2018 - 2018 Esri Federal GIS Conference, Washington, DC
http://arcg.is/2fPwDm9
-> March 21-23, 2018 - 2018 Montana Bike Walk Summit - Bozeman, MT
http://bit.ly/2v7t94b -> April 3-4, 2018 - Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets, Nashville, TN
http://bit.ly/2w1ky0P
-> April 4-5, 2018 - Esri Public Sector CIO Summit, Redlands, CA
http://arcg.is/2xpU7BP
-> April 5-6, 2018 - US Cargo Bike Summit, Bethesda, MD
http://bit.ly/2iSNG7J
-> April 9-13, 2018 - Spain CityBuilders Symposium
http://bit.ly/2yfZ6of
-> April 22-24, 2018 - Lifesavers Conference, San Antonio, TX
http://bit.ly/2iQsnno
-> April 23-26, 2018 - 2018 National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Burlington, VT
http://bit.ly/2iReky3
-> April 25-27, 2018 - 2018 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program, Washington, DC
http://bit.ly/2wsqEe4
-> April 26-27, 2018 - 5th New England Bike-Walk Summit, Boston, MA
http://bit.ly/2z2n5ZZ
-> May 1-3, 2018 - PlacesForBikes Conference, Indianapolis, IN
http://bit.ly/2yE4mpP
-> May 2-4, 2018 - 8th Symposium on Pavement Surface Characteristics: SURF 2018, South Brisbane, Australia
http://bit.ly/2w0g4Y7
-> May 6-9, 2018 - APWA North American Snow Conference, Indianapolis, IN
http://bit.ly/2fNymbl
-> May 9, 2018 - National Bike to School Day
http://bit.ly/2iRdmBV
-> May 14-18, 2018 - International Making Cities Livable Conference, Ottawa, Canada
http://bit.ly/2xAelIV
-> May 16-18, 2018 - Road Safety on Five Continents, Jeju Island, South Korea
http://bit.ly/2oLhBxE
-> May 16-19, 2018 - CNU 26.Savannah, Savannah, GA
http://bit.ly/2vO92Zq
-> June 6-8, 2018 - I-TED 2018: International Transportation Economic Development Conference, Washington, DC
http://bit.ly/2wCt8oD
-> June 11-15, 2018 - PlacesForBikes Tape Measure Tour in the Netherlands
http://bit.ly/2yfZ6of
-> June 12-15, 2018 - Velo-city 2018, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
http://bit.ly/2w4xnWt
-> June 18-19, 2018 - 6th National Bus Rapid Transit Conference (BRT), Los Angeles, CA
http://bit.ly/2fO3A2r
-> June 19-23, 2018 - ICLEI World Congress 2018, Montréal, Canada
http://bit.ly/2tmgxSF
-> June 24-27, 2018 - 7th International Conference on Innovations in Travel Modeling, Atlanta, GA
http://bit.ly/2ypusdo
-> July 15-18, 2018 - ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2018), Pittsburgh, PA
http://bit.ly/1mpbcFN
-> July 15-18, 2018 - 57th Annual Workshop on Transportation Law, Cambridge, MA
http://bit.ly/2A4VuY6
-> July 16-18, 2018 - 11th Making Cities Liveable Conference and the 4th Safe Cities Conference, Melbourne, Australia
http://bit.ly/2AjZlnZ & http://bit.ly/2AkMwKr
-> July 17-19, 2018 - 12th Access Management Conference, Madison, WI.
http://bit.ly/2p7sNUC

-> July 29 - August 1, 2018 - International Association for Commuter Transportation Conference, Anaheim, CA
http://bit.ly/2yfAXyd
-> August 8-9, 2018 - National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Applications Workshop, Washington, DC
http://bit.ly/2yicXu6

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
http://bit.ly/1mpbcFN
-> October 1-4, 2018 - Designing Cities 2018: Los Angeles, CA
http://bit.ly/2yfIxsy
-> October 15-17, 2018 - 7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress, London, England
http://bit.ly/2AxxAbD
-> April 7-9, 2019 - 14th National Light Rail and Streetcar Conference, Jersey City, NJ
http://bit.ly/2Av8GcN


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 - TRB ANNUAL MEETING MENTORING PROGRAM
The TRB Young Members Council (YMC) Planning and Environment Group has developed a committee-based mentoring program focused on the TRB Annual Meeting, held January 7-11, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The program pairs interested professionals and students with more experienced TRB Standing Committee Members and friends of committees.
Deadline: December 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2yiGsfs

[See Webinar section for details about a December 19 "How to Survive and Thrive at the TRB Annual Meeting" TRB webinar.]

-> CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - BEST COMPLETE STREETS INITIATES OF 2017, NATIONAL COMPLETE STREETS COALITION
Do you know of a project, plan, policy, event, demonstration, person, committee, task force, etc. that exemplifies Complete Streets? The National Complete Streets Coalition is calling for your nominations so they can select and highlight winners in their Best Complete Streets Policies of 2017 report due out in 2018. The upcoming 2017 report will be the last one using their old policy elements. The 2018 report will use a brand new framework to analyze and rank Complete Streets policies.
Deadline: December 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2xA3BKJ

[See The National & International Scene for details on the updated and revised Complete Streets policy elements.]

-> CALL FOR FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS - LEADERSHIP NACTO
Leadership NACTO is a new fellowship offering promising leaders in city transportation the opportunity for in-depth, targeted professional development and training, as well as sustained connections with a cohort of other emerging leaders. Throughout the 9-month program, the Fellows will participate in curated workshops, learn from proven leaders in the field, build meaningful connections with peers in other cities, and receive a personalized 360-review evaluation to form the baseline of their learning. The program will include 3 in-person events, each in a different host NACTO city, providing the opportunity for experiential learning and guest lectures from successful leaders in city transportation.
Deadline: December 31, 2017, http://bit.ly/2yflU7G

-> CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM ANNUAL CHARTER AWARDS
The New Urbanism's annual Charter Awards honor the movement's greatest accomplishments in creating places people love. Winning projects exemplify the most outstanding work in urban design and development-and contribute to building healthier, happier, more equitable communities. This year's Charter Awards continue to emphasize built work. They also have a particular interest in projects that contribute to equitable and inclusive placemaking, as the principles of inclusiveness are infused at all scales throughout the Charter. Projects that do not explicitly address equity and inclusion are still eligible to apply.
Deadline: January 8, 2018, http://bit.ly/2z1H4cM

-> CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - FIFTH ANNUAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY!, AMERICAN PLANNING ASSOCIATION
The American Planning Association Sustainable Communities Division opened the nomination process for the Fifth Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability! This annual program tat honors projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations dedicated to supporting sustainable communities.
Deadline: January 19, 2018 by 8:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2BVVdXW

-> REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - PARTNERS FOR PLACES GRANT PROGRAM, FUNDERS' NETWORK FOR SMART GROWTH AND LIVABLE COMMUNITIES
In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities announced the opening of Round 12 of the Partners for Places grant program. Partners for Places is a matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. The grant program provides partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.
Deadline: January 29, 2018, http://bit.ly/2Axpgso

-> JOB - PROGRAM COORDINATOR, SHARED-USE MOBILITY CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CA
The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) seeks a Program Coordinator that will work closely with the Program Manager and California team to contribute to SUMC's growing set of projects in the State of California. As a start-up organization, SUMC has a small staff responsible for a wide range of duties in a creative and flexible, but also fast-paced atmosphere. Depending on needs at the time, the Program Coordinator may be responsible for conducting research and analysis, delivering technical assistance, planning meetings and events, conducting outreach and stakeholder engagement, and handling administrative tasks.
Deadline: December 15, 2017, http://bit.ly/2yfJb9h

-> INTERNSHIPS - 2018 SUMMER STUDENT INTERN PROGRAM, CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, CA
The City and County of San Francisco is seeking student interns for various engineering and architecture disciplines, to provide support to in-house Engineering · Architecture · Landscape Architecture · Planning · Surveying · GIS · IT staff. The City Departments that employ interns are the Airport Commission (SFO), Department of Building Inspection (DBI), Department of Technology (DT), Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA), Port of San Francisco (Port), San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Public Works, and Recreation and Park Department (RPD). Interns will gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of experienced professional engineers, architects, planners and surveyors. Interns will participate in various activities in the respective City Departments.
Deadline: February 14, 2018, http://bit.ly/1PAq0IL

-> 2 INTERNSHIPS - LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS, WASHINGTON, DC

1. SUMMIT INTERN
The League of American Bicyclists, a Washington D.C.- based advocacy organization representing the interests of the nation's 57 million cyclists, is seeking an intern to assist with the National Bike Summit happening in Washington D.C. March 5-7, 2018. The National Bike Summit is the premier bike advocacy event of the year, uniting the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2AlhxKP

2. SPRING 2018 COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
The League of American Bicyclists, a Washington DC-based advocacy organization representing the interests of the nation's 57 million cyclists, is seeking a Communications Intern to support the League's programs. The Communications Intern will work in delivering written content, media and public relations and magazine web publishing. The Communications Intern will assist in all aspects of social media and website presentation of the League of American Bicyclists' programs.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2Akk8Vr

-> 3 JOBS - CITY OF SEATTLE, WA

1. ASSISTANT CIVIL ENGINEERING SPECIALIST
The Curbspace Management section on the Parking Team in the Transit and Mobility Division is responsible for managing on-street parking in Seattle. This position will prepare designs and work orders for installation, removal, and relocation of parking signs for general parking and curb space management activities.
Deadline: December 19, 2017, http://bit.ly/2yfMvBz

2. SENIOR MULTI-MODAL DESIGN ENGINEER
The City of Seattle seeks a motivated and creative individual to play a lead role in the design and construction of complex and high priority capital improvements projects within the City, and serve as the technical design and project engineer for civil infrastructure projects likely focused on bicycle, transit, and pedestrian safety/mobility projects. Projects may include work related to Neighborhood Greenways, Bicycle Master Plan, Neighborhood Street Fund, Vision Zero, Transit Master Plan, and Pedestrian Master Plan pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
Deadline: Continuous, http://bit.ly/2yfZlPX

3. ASSOCIATE MULTI-MODAL DESIGN ENGINEER
The Associate Multi-Modal Design Engineer will play a lead role in the design and construction of capital improvements projects within the City of Seattle, and serve as the technical designer for civil infrastructure projects likely focused on bicycle, transit, and pedestrian safety/mobility projects. Projects may include work related to Neighborhood Greenways, Bicycle Master Plan, Neighborhood Street Fund, Transit Master Plan, and Pedestrian Master Plan pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
Deadline: Continuous, http://bit.ly/2yfF11u

-> JOB - SENIOR PLANNER, TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, BERKELEY, CA
As a Senior Planner in one of their fastest growing offices, you'll be in a leadership position, mentoring others and leading exciting and challenging projects throughout the state. As California makes a historic investment in active transportation over the next decade, your work will have a lasting impact on communities across the Golden State. You'll be at the table with clients and colleagues from a variety of disciplines; integrating input from a broad range of stakeholders to create award-winning plans that lead directly to implementation.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2ykN2lC

-> 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

See also:
-> 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

[Let us know if your firm or organization has a job or RFP to announce or typically has job openings: news@bikewalk.org.]


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