#453 Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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----- Walk/Bike/Places 2018: Get Your Proposal in by February 2
----- City Planners: Treat Traffic Deaths like a Public Health Issue
----- European Cities Could Avoid up to 10K Premature Deaths by Expanding Cycling Networks
----- How Dangerous Walking Conditions Disadvantage Women
----- Fighting For Air BBC2 Documentary
----- Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons Interim Approval Rescinded
----- Advisory Bike Lanes News
----- Majority of Americans OK w/ Smaller Homes if They Can Walk Instead of Drive
----- Calgary, Canada Annual Bike & Ped Count Data
----- Houten, The Netherlands Named Cycling City 2018
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- US States' Road Safety Laws Lag, While Fatalities Climb
----- Portland, OR Drops Residential Speed Limit to 20 mph
----- Dallas, TX to Dockless Bike Share: Clean Up Your Mess
----- Portland, OR: Adaptive Bike-Share Pilot
----- Boulder, CO Winter Walk and Bike Week February 5-11
----- Kansas City, MO Privatizes Sidewalks in Entertainment District
----- San Diego, CA Road Redesign Nets Safety, Economic Development
----- Bike Pittsburgh (PA) Video: How & When to Ride on the Sidewalk
----- Changing Sustainable Transportation Attitudes & Behavior
----- Perceived & Audited Walkability on a Complete Street
----- Latinas' Daily Walking & Their Neighborhood Environments
----- Adolescents, Travel Behavior & Environmental Impact
----- Pedestrians, Traffic Environments & UltraFine Particle Doses
----- E-Bike-Related Trauma in Children and Adults
----- Walkability, Transit & Weight Loss
----- Taxi-Pedestrian Crash Severity Based on In-Car Black Box Video
----- Bike Facilities Impact on Safety, Crime, & Economic Development
----- Effect of Super Sharrows on Cyclist & Motorist Behavior
----- USDOT Pilot Programs for Crash Data Analysis
----- Pocket Guide to Transportation
----- Transportation Research Board 2017 Annual Report
----- FHWA Ped & Bike Research & Program Activities Summary
----- FHWA Transportation Planning Process Briefing Book
----- New More Stable Ebike Safer for Older Riders
----- New Streets Call for New Bike-Friendly Driver Training
----- SnoHub Uber-Like Approach to Shoveling
----- Addressing Citizen Requests for Traffic Safety Concerns
----- Accessibility Guide to Transportation & Land Use Decision Making
----- Report: Open Streets: Trends and Opportunities
----- Common EuroVelo Route User Survey Questions
----- Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Information Search Tool
----- WHO: Draft Global Action Plan to Promote Physical Activity
----- Self-healing Concrete Uses Fungus to Fill Cracks
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
WALK /BIKE/PLACES 2018: GET YOUR PROPOSAL IN BY FEBRUARY 2
-> You have just enough time to prepare and submit your proposal to speak at the Walk/Bike/Places 2018 conference in New Orleans, LA. Proposals are due a week from Friday on February 2, 2018 by 8:00 pm ET.
Share what you know via 3 presentation formats: (1) Poster Display, (2) 60 Minute Breakout Panels, and, a new format, (3) Breakout Panelist. This new Breakout Panelist option is for those who have expertise in one of our eight core topics but who do not have a full panel to propose. Successful applicants will become part of a lengthier multi-presenter session curated by the conference organizers. Our core topics for these deep-dive technical sessions are: (1) Building better bicycling infrastructure; (2) Planning for autonomous vehicles; (3) Radical transformations; (4) Data; (5) Creating place; (6) Sustainable urbanism; (7) Inequality; and (8) Principles and purpose. See more details at: http://www.walkbikeplaces.org/proposals.
Walk/Bike/Places (nee Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place) will gather the best related to walking and bicycling in New Orleans, LA on September 16-19, 2018. Plan to join us! http://www.walkbikeplaces.org
[See the Jobs, Grants & RFP section for details of the Susie Stephen's Scholarships to attend Walk/Bike/Places 2018.]
CITY PLANNERS: TREAT TRAFFIC DEATHS LIKE A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE
-> SmartCitiesDive reports the World Resources Institute released a study that calls for preventing the 1.25 million global traffic deaths each year by implementing a systemic approach that shifts responsibility away from drivers and pedestrians, and onto city planners and other officials. (Sustainable & Safe: A Vision and Guidance for Zero Road Deaths: http://bit.ly/2Bp6wa5) The report shows that road crashes are the 10th leading cause of death globally. Researchers indicate that governments should treat traffic deaths like a public health issue, or a preventable disease, that can be fixed through better sidewalk and road planning, public transportation improvements and better urban design. Researchers claim that the US has many resources at its disposal for widespread safe system implementation, but it isn't using those resources to the fullest extent. The main problem in the US, according to the report, is speed management.
EUROPEAN CITIES COULD AVOID UP TO 10K PREMATURE DEATHS BY EXPANDING CYCLING NETWORKS
-> The European Cyclists' Federation reports European cities could avoid up to 10,000 premature deaths by expanding cycling networks. A study published in Preventive Medicine suggests that the length of cycling infrastructure is associated with a cycling mode share of up to 24.7%, in which 1 in every 4 citizens would choose the bicycle for their daily commuting. The study estimates that if all the 167 assessed cities achieved a 24.7% bicycle mode share, over 10,000 premature deaths could be avoided annually. Researchers also found that expanding designated cycling networks in cities could provide considerable health and economic benefits, with a rate of return of up to 70 ? (US$86.10) for every euro (US$1.23) invested. Health Impact Assessment of Cycling Network Expansions in European Cities: http://bit.ly/2BqCyms. The study is part of the European Commission funded Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches (PASTA) project: http://bit.ly/2BnuhiT.
HOW DANGEROUS WALKING CONDITIONS DISADVANTAGE WOMEN
-> Streetsblog USA amplifies points made by the Where the Sidewalk Starts blog (http://bit.ly/2BoaakP) regarding the differences in women's travel behavior from that of men. Women have more reasons to walk or bike, but the hostile street environment we've created shifts those trips to cars. Women make more trips than men, but travel shorter distances. They travel more with children, and their trips are more likely to be household serving (e.g., shopping, daycare, errands), rather than for work or leisure. Women are also more likely to trip-chain (stop at multiple locations along the way during one trip). In particular for women with young children who haven't started school, gender drives travel patterns.
Our streets lack sidewalks where kids can walking hand-in-hand or be pushed in a stroller. We fail to provide safe, regular crossing points along key routes. We create neighborhoods where stores, schools, and (critically) childcare are too far apart to be accessed on a single walking trip. We fail to consider the design elements (lighting, lack of hidden spaces, etc.) that can deter crime and make women feel safe while walking. http://bit.ly/2n5OVQe
FIGHTING FOR AIR BBC2 DOCUMENTARY
-> The Lancet reports "I want to see if people power can give us the clean air that we need", explains the physical-host early in Fighting For Air, a recently broadcast documentary on BBC2. (http://bit.ly/2Bo7DHp) The host asks "What does it take to cut air pollution in one place for one day?" The place is Kings Heath High Street (outside Birmingham, UK) and an adjacent road with a local primary school. To outline the harmful consequences of exposure to NOx and particulate matter, the host takes measurements as he walks along the street, first in a chemical protection suit and again without out it. A team of volunteers selected a series of measures that reduced emissions by 10% for a day. http://bit.ly/2BncisY
[See Research Beat for Pedestrians, Traffic Environments & UltraFine Particle Doses.]
RECTANGULAR RAPID FLASHING BEACONS INTERIM APPROVAL RESCINDED
-> The State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) reports a recent FHWA memo (http://bit.ly/2n57Wm6) has complicated the pedestrian safety campaigns of jurisdictions across the country. FHWA is rescinding interim approval for use of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons, known as RRFBs as there is a patent lawsuit against the manufacturers of the RRFBs. RRFBs are used to draw attention to midblock crossing signs such as for school-, pedestrian- or path-crossings. Consultants on bicycle and pedestrian safety such as Toole Design Group and Alta Planning + Design have issued memos to their clients, and communities such as Ann Arbor are scrambling to decide how to implement planned safety treatments. Because of the confusion and the desire of many communities to use these safety devices, FHWA has published a Q&A page to answer questions (http://bit.ly/2n565xC) and issued a guide to alternative treatments (http://bit.ly/2n54Nme). http://bit.ly/2n5Xzyu
ADVISORY BIKE LANES NEWS
-> Via email Michael Williams reported a group, including PeopleForBikes, met at TRB to discuss how to move Advisory Bike Lanes forward in the US. (http://bit.ly/2DE7nZY) This working group are considering the identification of obstacles (e.g. legal, regulatory, guidance) to wider use and strategies to address them; knowledge and attitudes around ABLs held by agencies; distribution of accurate, complete information on ABLs; and support for good research on them. Learn more about ABLs (Overview of Advisory Bike Lanes: Current Status and Path Forward: http://bit.ly/2DDtfVm) and download a list of them (http://bit.ly/2n6rZQn).
MAJORITY OK W/ SMALLER HOMES IF THEY CAN WALK INSTEAD OF DRIVE
-> Real Estate News reports that despite Americans' historically strong preference for single-family homes, a majority (53%) polled in a survey for the National Association of Realtors said they'd be OK living in neighborhoods with smaller properties, if that means they can walk, rather than drive, to stores and restaurants. (NAR 2017 Community and Transportation Preferences Survey: http://bit.ly/2BpcRmf) In 2015, only 49% would have made the trade-off of living in a condo, apartment, or townhouse in order to be in a walkable community. It's the first time the number has gone over the halfway mark since NAR started doing these surveys a decade ago. http://bit.ly/2BpdUTd
CALGARY, CANADA ANNUAL BIKE & PED COUNT DATA
-> The Calgary (Canada) Herald reports that for the past 5 years the City of Calgary has been conducting an annual count of bicycle and pedestrian transport as part of a continued effort by the city to understand its progress in becoming a more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community. Its online report of 2016 data from 90 locations across the city is available for the first time in interactive maps (http://bit.ly/2n5zHLe) The interactive maps detail the age and gender of cyclists, volume, and helmet use, while a pedestrian map shows volume but no demographic information. The data reveal fewer cyclists are wearing helmets; more women are biking, especially near hospitals; and more kids are riding. http://bit.ly/2n5S3Mi
HOUTEN, THE NETHERLANDS NAMED CYCLING CITY 2018
-> A Bicycle Dutch blog post reports the municipality of Houten in The Netherlands has been awarded the honorable title of Cycling City 2018. The post includes a translation of the jury report of their assessment of Houten and a video about it. The jury assessed 5 very good cycling municipalities on 5 scales: how it is to cycle in this municipality as more vulnerable cyclists 8 to 80 years old; how relaxed or stressful it is to cycle there; is the cycling network logical and can you find your route without too many detours; how is the infrastructure, comfortable pavement and adequate quality parking spaces; and how well maintained the infrastructure is. http://bit.ly/2Bojchw
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
US STATES' ROAD SAFETY LAWS LAG, WHILE FATALITIES CLIMB
-> CityLab reports US road safety laws lag while fatalities climb to place the US at 41 out of 52 high-income nations. In the 2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws (http://bit.ly/1RoTyOZ), the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety finds that only six states are "significantly advanced" towards adopting 16 laws they deem "essential to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce health care and other costs." Relatively weak or easy to evade enforcement, road conditions, road design, and increased speed limits further threaten safety. The NTSB urged US states to radically overhaul how they set speed limits: By not only accounting for the average speed of motorists, as an outdated federal study has long encouraged, "but also the conditions of the road, development along the road, parking, the presence of pedestrians and the crash history of the area." http://bit.ly/2Bn7Ev2
PORTLAND, OR DROPS RESIDENTIAL SPEED LIMIT TO 20 MPH
-> OregonLive reports the Portland City Council unanimously approved 20 mph (32 kph) speed limits on non-arterial residential streets. The emergency ordinance takes effect immediately on roads without speed limit signs. On those with posted 25 mph speed limits, the change takes effect when the signs are replaced. The city expects to replace the signs citywide by April, an effort that's expected to cost $300,000. The push is part of the city's Vision Zero campaign, an effort adopted in 2015 to eliminate traffic-related deaths. Portland had lobbied to amend state law to let the city to set lower speed limits, and the state Legislature approved that authority last year. Seattle in 2016 lowered speeds on many of its roads, including bringing residential speed limits down to 20 mph. In New York City, 20 mph "slow zones" introduced in 2011 were credited with a 14 percent reduction in crashes resulting in injuries. http://bit.ly/2n5dGfE [Slower driving speeds help prevent crashes and, when crashes occur, reduce the harm that results. A pedestrian hit by a driver at 25 mph is nearly twice as likely to die compared to someone hit at 20 mph.]
DALLAS, TX TO DOCKLESS BIKE SHARE: CLEAN UP YOUR MESS
-> Dallas News reports Dallas, TX City Hall is running out of patience with the five companies that have turned parts of this city into bike-rental graveyards. Thursday night, its City Manager sent a letter to LimeBike, Ofo, VBikes, Spin and Mobike giving them until February 9 to clean up the clutter currently passing for Dallas' dockless bike-share program. If those companies don't meet the deadline, the city may be left with no choice but to begin removing bicycles in its rights of way, sidewalks, trails and/or trailheads that are identified as obstructions or hazards. The city manager wants the companies to get their bikes off all sidewalks narrower than 10 feet in width and out of the way of sidewalk-curb ramps. He also wants them removed from "turf, landscaping, or other unimproved surfaces." http://bit.ly/2n5ilOE
PORTLAND, OR: ADAPTIVE BIKE-SHARE PILOT
-> Next City reports spurred on by disability rights advocates who argued that Portland, Oregon's bike-share system discriminated against people with mobility issues, the city experimented last summer with renting out tricycles, hand cycles and side-by-side tandem bikes. Though the program is more akin to a traditional bike-rental service than bike-share, it is nonetheless an effort to extend the benefits of bike-share beyond its typical able-bodied user base. Adaptive Biketown had 59 rentals, more than half of which were from people riding an adaptive cycle for the first time. About 40 percent of users self-identified as people with disabilities. Caregivers also used the adaptive cycles. Despite the relatively low rider numbers, the city considers the pilot a success and is planning to relaunch it in May. http://bit.ly/2F5nyfH
BOULDER, CO WINTER WALK AND BIKE WEEK FEBRUARY 5-11
-> Community Cycles of Boulder, CO announced the city's 9th annual Winter Walk and Bike Week February 5-11, with Bike to Work Day on Friday, February 9. (http://bit.ly/2n5pGh2) They plan over 10 events celebrating winter walking and biking, including the Leadership Ride early Monday morning. Members of City Council, the Transportation Advisory Board, and Boulder Junction Access District Commissioners will ride with the public from the Sister Cities Plaza to the Hyatt in Boulder Junction. Other events include free Winter Commuting and Fix a Flat classes, a bike parade, an organized ride on the paths, and a special Winter Bike to Work Day Happy Hour. http://bit.ly/2n5a5On
[Canadians all across the country (and others?) celebrate Winter Walk (to School) Day on February 7, 2018. Details at: http://bit.ly/2Es7qou.]
KANSAS CITY, MO PRIVATIZES SIDEWALKS IN ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT
-> Next City reports that after months of debate, the Kansas City, MO City Council voted to give control of sidewalks in the core of an entertainment district to the Westport Community Improvement District, citing concerns over increased gun violence. In the spring, private personnel are set to begin using metal detectors or wands to screen visitors who wish to enter the area on Friday and Saturday nights between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. and for special events. Las Vegas and New York have sold public sidewalks to private owners for economic purposes and business improvement districts handle cleaning and security on public grounds throughout the country. But this is different. Kansas City's decision to hand over sidewalks in an effort to prevent crime is unprecedented. http://bit.ly/2n5J4KN
SAN DIEGO, CA ROAD REDESIGN NETS SAFETY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
-> Public Square reports the reconstruction of a section of La Jolla Boulevard and traffic calming on nearby streets yielded substantial safety benefits and spurred economic development in San Diego, CA. The project was designed to transform a wide, automobile-oriented thoroughfare to a pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood center. Travel lanes were reduced; modern roundabouts, improved sidewalks, medians, landscaping, and increased angle parking were added. Traffic calming measures were installed. As a result, the traffic count remained approximately the same (23,000 vehicles per day before, 22,000 after), but walking, bicycling, transit use, on-street parking and retail sales all climbed to much higher levels. Retail sales rose 30% and noise levels dropped 77%. Because traffic moves slower, businesses report higher visibility. Speeds were reduced from 40-45 mph to 19 mph, and traffic crashes fell by 90%. The projects also spurred new development and significantly reduced motorist wait times for pedestrian crossing. http://bit.ly/2n6gdGf
BIKE PITTSBURGH (PA) VIDEO: HOW & WHEN TO RIDE ON THE SIDEWALK
-> Bike Pittsburgh offers a 60-second video How & When to Ride on the Sidewalk. Knowing the law and your cycling rights on the road is key to ensuring the safety of you and others. Sidewalks were made for pedestrians, not bicycles, and pedestrians have the right of way. http://bit.ly/2n5kj1x
THE RESEARCH BEAT
CHANGING SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION ATTITUDES & BEHAVIOR
-> The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published a study designed to promote the health, social, and environmental benefits of sustainable/active transportation (ST) using the Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM). A brief pre-post video pilot intervention study was effective in moving respondents towards increased readiness for ST behavior change, and improving some ST attitudes, significantly reducing the cons of ST. "Sustainable Transportation Attitudes and Health Behavior Change: Evaluation of a Brief Stage-Targeted Video Intervention" http://bit.ly/2n4bZio
PERCEIVED & AUDITED WALKABILITY ON A COMPLETE STREET
-> The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published a study that examined perceived walkability (Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale-Abbreviated, NEWS-A) and audited walkability (Irvine-Minnesota Inventory, IMI) measures for residents living within 2 km of a "complete street"-one renovated with light rail, bike lanes, and sidewalks. Researchers found both perceived and audited walkability were important predictors of active transportation. "Active Transportation on a Complete Street: Perceived and Audited Walkability Correlates" http://bit.ly/2n3sSJU
LATINAS' DAILY WALKING & THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD ENVIRONMENTS
-> The Journal of Transport & Health reports on a study of how intrapersonal and environmental factors interact in relation to transportation behaviors that may inform interventions to increase Latinas' physical activity. Researchers found Latinas participated in relatively low walking time and high amounts of vehicle time. Their findings suggest intrapersonal sub-group differences in the association of the neighborhood environment with walking and vehicle time. "Sub-Population Differences in the Relationship Between the Neighborhood Environment and Latinas' Daily Walking and Vehicle Time" http://bit.ly/2BoDh7k
ADOLESCENTS, TRAVEL BEHAVIOR & ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
-> Later this spring, Travel Behaviour and Society will publish a study that study explored the associations drawn between daily transport and environmental impact among 15-year-old Danish adolescents. Researchers identified five sub-groups of adolescents called Environmentalists, Pragmatics, Indifferent, De-emphasizers, and Deniers. Results indicate a need for measures to increase adolescents' awareness and acceptance of daily transport as a relevant issue in relation to sustainability. Such measures should include tangible feedback in a daily context while taking different coping strategies with regard to climate change into account. "Adolescents' Associations Between Travel Behaviour and Environmental Impact: A Qualitative Study Based on the Norm-Activation Model" http://bit.ly/2BnHOqA
PEDESTRIANS, TRAFFIC ENVIRONMENTS & ULTRAFINE PARTICLE DOSES
-> The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published a study that investigated the population exposure to UltraFine Particles (UFP, submicrons in general) in outdoor environments. Particle respiratory doses were estimated for 40-minute walking trails through areas with different traffic densities in downtown Rome as well as for people waiting at a bus stop, near a traffic light, or along a high-traffic road. On workdays, UFP concentrations are much higher due to the strong contribution of vehicular exhausts. COPD-affected individuals receive greater doses than healthy individuals due to their higher respiratory rate. "Pedestrians in Traffic Environments: Ultrafine Particle Respiratory Doses" http://bit.ly/2n3Axb8
[See National & International Scene for Fighting For Air BBC2 Documentary.]
E-BIKE-RELATED TRAUMA IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS
-> The Journal of Emergency Medicine recently published an article on a study to characterize e-bike-related injuries between 2014 and 2016. Researchers concluded their study suggests that e-bike-related trauma may involve serious injuries and have typical injury patterns that resemble those seen in motorcycle-related injuries. Children are more likely to suffer head and face injuries because of their higher head to body ratio. They suggest that these injuries should be triaged appropriately, preferably to a medical facility with proper trauma capabilities. "E-Bike-Related Trauma in Children and Adults" http://bit.ly/2Bpltck
[See Resources section for New More Stable Ebike Safer for Older Riders item.]
WALKABILITY, TRANSIT & WEIGHT LOSS
-> The Journal of Transport & Health published a study that concludes results suggest that changes in one's transportation environment and travel behavior may be associated with reductions in BMI; for example, for the average-height man, moving from the worst to best transit environment is associated with a reduction in body mass of nearly 5 pounds (2.2 kg), and moving from the worst to best pedestrian environment with a reduction in body mass of about 2 pounds (<1 kg). The largest effect is in which giving up one's car correlates with a nearly 7-pound (over 3 kg) reduction in body mass after six years. "Walkability, Transit, and Body Mass Index: A Panel Approach" http://bit.ly/2BoC3sM
TAXI-PEDESTRIAN CRASH SEVERITY BASED ON IN-CAR BLACK BOX VIDEO
-> A study published by the Transportation Research Record investigated the main factors affecting the severity of injury to pedestrians in taxi-pedestrian crashes on urban arterial roads in Incheon, South Korea using video data recorded by an in-car black box. Because the video data provided direct crash observation, they were more reliable than the crash data, and video images and speed profiles retrieved from the black box were advantageous for safety studies. The crash characteristics most strongly associated with increased crash severity were failure by the pedestrian to watch for approaching vehicles, jaywalking by the pedestrian, the pedestrian being elderly, excessive vehicle speed, failure by the driver to immediately stop, limited driver vision, and nighttime. "Exploring Vehicle-Pedestrian Crash Severity Factors on the Basis of In-Car Black Box Recording Data" http://bit.ly/2BoC6F8
BIKE FACILITIES IMPACT ON SAFETY, CRIME, & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
-> Cycle tracks - physically separated bicycle-exclusive paths along roads - were associated with improved safety from crashes, lowered crime, and heightened economic development in research conducted in Mexico by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Mexican researchers. The research, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, also revealed that the bike facility designs in a developing nation, such as Mexico, may have to be different from designs in a developed nation. http://bit.ly/2n3OXs4. "Bicycle Facilities That Address Safety, Crime, and Economic Development: Perceptions from Morelia, Mexico" http://bit.ly/2n5WRB1
EFFECT OF SUPER SHARROWS ON CYCLIST & MOTORIST BEHAVIOR
-> A study published by the Transportation Research Record examined the potential effect of special paintings of shared lane markings (super sharrows) on a number of operational and safety performance parameters for cyclists and motor vehicles. These performance parameters were used to assess pretreatment and post treatment behavior when cyclists and motor vehicles were near one another. Researchers found (a) more motorists changed from the right lane (location of super sharrows) to the left lane when a cyclist was in the right lane; (b) fewer motorists changed from right lane to left lane and back to right lane in both full and partial encroachment into the left lane; (c) few motorists changed from the left to the right lane; and (d) cyclists rode farther from the right curb with the presence of the super sharrows. "Investigation of the Effect of Super Sharrows on Cyclist and Vehicle Behavior" http://bit.ly/2Bo2rmw
USDOT PILOT PROGRAMS FOR CRASH DATA ANALYSIS
-> AASHTO Journal reports USDOT is launching an initiative that includes two pilot programs to modernize its own data analysis and integrate traditional datasets with new "big data" sources to gain insights into highway safety. One pilot project will integrate established data on known crashes and highway design with anonymous data from GPS-enabled devices, to provide information on prevailing speeds at five-minute intervals across the entire National Highway System. For the first time US DOT "will be able to look directly at prevailing operating speeds at a large scale to see how speed and speed differentials interact with roadway characteristics to influence the likelihood of crashes."
The second pilot will integrate roadway crash data with data from the crowd-sourced mobile app Waze on traffic hazards and conditions. This effort will study the feasibility of using the crowd-sourcing app to provide a reliable and timely indicator of reportable traffic crashes and estimate crash risk based on Waze-reported hazards. http://bit.ly/2BrHYh2
POCKET GUIDE TO TRANSPORTATION
-> The US Bureau of Transportation Statistics released its 69-page Pocket Guide to Transportation (http://bit.ly/2BlXkTX), which serves as a quick reference guide to transportation statistics. It provides key information and highlights major trends on the U.S. transportation system and can be downloaded as a mobile app. This year's new Pocket Guide includes enhanced navigation, sharable data to social media and email, and dynamic data updates to highlight the most recent up-to-date statistics. For instance, the percentage of trips by walking grew from 5.5% in 1995 to 10.4% in 2009, was 2.7% of the commute mode share in 2016, and over 1,000 more people were killed while walking in 2016 than in 2005 (5,987 vs. 4,892).
TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD 2017 ANNUAL REPORT
-> The 2017 Annual Report provides a summary of the Transportation Research Board's (TRB's) programs and activities over the last year and an overview of the individual divisions within TRB. (http://bit.ly/2BoXnyj) The mission of TRB is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal.
QUOTES R US
"This is the first study evaluating the potential associations between cycling network length, mode share and associated health impacts across  European cities." The health impact assessment conducted showed that a routine shift in the transport mode to cycling is positive for health due to the associated increase in physical activity, "...whose benefits outweigh detrimental effects of air pollution and traffic incidents."
- Natalie Mueller, ISGlobal researcher and first author of Health Impact Assessment of Cycling Network Expansions in European Cities published by Preventive Medicine, as reported by the European Cyclists' Federation: http://bit.ly/2BnvVB5. The study found European cities could avoid up to 10,000 premature deaths by expanding cycling networks. [See National & International News for details.]
"With new road safety legislation, new street designs, and the number of people on bikes growing exponentially, it's time for bicycle friendly driver training in Toronto. The time is right as we have also witnessed a growing trend for businesses to direct professional drivers to stop parking in bike lanes, and to partner with cycling organizations to provide enhanced driver training."
- Nancy Smith Lea, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation Director commenting on the release of their new report, Learning to be a Bicycle Friendly Driver: Driver Training Program for Safely Sharing the Road with Bicycles: http://bit.ly/2n2IIVp [See Resources section for more details.]
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
NEW STREET LAMP POWERED BY DOG POOP
A British man has developed a way to power street lamps using canine excrement. The system uses an anaerobic digester attached to the street lamps and is the UK's first dog-poop powered street lamp. Dog walkers collect the feces in a bag as usual, then deposit the bag in the anaerobic digester attached to the lamppost and turn the handle. The excrement is heated and mixed before being broken down by microorganisms, giving off biomethane to power the light, and produce fertilizer. http://bit.ly/2n6CAv6
WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS
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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
Webinar "Selecting Countermeasures for Uncontrolled Crossing Locations"
Date: January 30, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Gabe Rousseau (FHWA), Lauren Blackburn (VHB) & Charlie Zegeer (UNC HSRC)
Details: http://bit.ly/2n4fVj4, free
Webinar "U.S. Federal Policy Briefing"
Date: January 31, 2018, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Caron Whitaker (CLW Consulting)
Details: http://bit.ly/2Fm3FlP, 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 "A New Functional Classification System to Aid Contextual Design"
Date: February 5, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Nikiforos Stamatiadis (Univ. of KY), John Donahue (WA State DOT) & Brian Shunk (Penn DOT)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2Fkizcj, fee varies up to $95
Webinar "Multimodal Performance - How the HCM6 can Support Complete Streets Analyses"
Date: February 7, 2017, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Host: Transportation Research Board & Institute of Transportation Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2fXKIK0, $99 for ITE members, $149 for others, PDH/CE credits at an additional charge
Webinar "Orientation to the Walking College"
Date: February 8, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2AO4x0r, free
Webinar "The What, Why, and How of Walking Organizations"
Date: February 14, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2l23uTa, free
Webinar "How to Ask the Right Questions to Achieve Win-Win Results"
Date: February 14, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Stuart G. Walesh (Author)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Details: Individual (http://bit.ly/2Fl6ROt) Member: $99, Non-Member: $129. Group site (http://bit.ly/2FkAjnE) Member: $199, Non-Member $299
Webinar "Leveraging Transportation Mode Expertise for Community Resiliency"
Date: February 15, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): David Fletcher (Geographic Paradigm Computing), Anne Strauss-Wieder (NJ Transportation Planning Authority), Jon Carnegie (Rutgers Univ.) & Beth Rodehorst (ICF)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2FlkOvY, fee varies up to $95
Webinar "Advancing Health Equity Webinar Series Part 4: Championing Transformative Change to Advance Health Equity"
Date: February 15, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
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/2zobGSJ, free, limited to first 1,000 attendees
Webinar "Incentives and Norm Appeals"
Date: February 20, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Jay Kassirer (Tools of Change)
Host: Tools of Change
Details: http://bit.ly/2gwowpX, $70, some free registrations available
Webinar "Volunteer Engagement in Safe Routes to School"
Date: February 20, 2018, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Lucy Neher (City of Takoma Park, MD), Calley Mersmann (Cleveland Metropolitan School District/City of Cleveland) &
Vanessa Cascio (Living Streets Alliance)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2DEHh9j, free
Webinar "Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) Part 1 - Using the HCM 6 for Intersection Performance Evaluation"
Date: February 21, 2017, 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Host: Transportation Research Board & Institute of Transportation Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2fXOzH4, $99 for ITE members, $149 for others, PDH/CE credits at an additional charge
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
Webinar "Be Creative! Art, Placemaking and Funding"
Date: February 21, 2018, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Courtney Spearman (National Endowment for the Arts)
Details: http://bit.ly/2Fl3fMe, Site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
Webinar "TRID Searching" (TRID is the world's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation research information.)
Date: February 22, 2018, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bill McLeod (Transportation Research Board)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2EteEbK, free
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
Webinar "Trail Construction Cost Realities"
Date: February 22, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Margie Tatro (Reineke Construction)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2zpavTq, $19 members / $39 nonmembers
Webinar "Traffic Calming: The Lumps and the Bumps"
Date: March 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/2z3DuNU, $99 members, $159 non-members. For groups: http://bit.ly/2z5acP2, $249.00 members, $349 non-members
Webinar "Complete Streets and Pavement Preservation-Linking Planning and Public Works for Better Communities and Better Infrastructure"
Date: March 8, 2018, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Scott Douglas Gibson (Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County)
Host: American Society of Civil Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2z2AGQV, $99 members, $159 non-members. For groups: http://bit.ly/2ynPbhE, $249.00 members, $349 non-members
Webinar "Introduction to Trail Safe! - Online Trail Safety Training Videos"
Date: March 12, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Dan Watson (Ice Age National Scenic Trail)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2znGkM0, free
Webinar "Pushing Boundaries: What Makes a Walkable Community"
Date: March 14, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2l5gYOf, free
Webinar "Managing Freight in Urban Corridors"
Date: March 21, 2018, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2DBmoeV, Site license $50 for members, $85 for non-members
FHWA PED & BIKE RESEARCH & PROGRAM ACTIVITIES SUMMARY
-> FHWA recently distributed its "Summary of Federal Highway Administration Pedestrian and Bicycle Research and Program Activities" (http://bit.ly/2n1PkDt). It includes safety, infrastructure, innovation and accountability tools and resources to support multimodal transportation projects that improve connectivity, accessibility, safety, and convenience for all users. These include "Noteworthy Local Policies that Support Safe and Complete Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks;" "FHWA Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Information Search Tool;" "FHWA's Pedestrian Countermeasure Crash Modification Factor Study;" and "Bike Facility Selection Guide," among many others.
FHWA TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PROCESS BRIEFING BOOK
-> FHWA released "The Transportation Planning Process Briefing Book: Key Issues for Transportation Decisionmakers, Officials, and Staff." This book provides an overview of transportation planning and will be useful for government officials, transportation decisionmakers, planning board members, transportation service providers, interested stakeholders, and the public. It covers the basics and key concepts of metropolitan and statewide transportation planning, along with references for additional information. Part I discusses transportation planning and its relationship to decisionmaking. This section is general and provides a broad introduction to the planning process. Part II presents short descriptions of the key products that are prepared as part of the transportation planning process. http://bit.ly/2n4QBcG
NEW MORE STABLE EBIKE SAFER FOR OLDER RIDERS
-> Springwise reports a prototype ebike adds features that increase stability, making it safer for older riders. Recently, Dutch police warned older cyclists of the dangers of switching to electric bikes after a large increase in the number of ebike deaths in that country, with nearly 90 percent of those killed aged 60 or above. Now, a consortium led by engineers at the University of Twente, aim to make riding an ebike safer with the development of an electric bicycle that can prevent elderly people from falling. The Smart Assistive Bicycle, dubbed SOFIE, is designed to increase stability. Engineers used a computer model to help design features that led to a more stable bike, including a frame with a steeper angle, smaller wheels, a shorter wheelbase, and drive-off assistance that helps avoid slow cycling. In addition, the saddle changes height automatically as cycling speeds change, rising as the bike speeds up to put the cyclist in the most efficient pedaling position, and lowering when the bike slows to make it easier for riders to put their feet on the ground. http://bit.ly/2n30lUZ
[See the Research Beat for E-Bike-Related Trauma in Children and Adults.]
NEW STREETS CALL FOR NEW BIKE-FRIENDLY DRIVER TRAINING
-> The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) released a report that examines the feasibility of offering additional training to drivers in Toronto (both professional and the public) to help them more safely share the road with people on bikes. (Learning to be a Bicycle Friendly Driver: Driver Training Program for Safely Sharing the Road with Bicycles: http://bit.ly/2n5QcXB) The findings reveal an urgent need for this type of training and an unprecedented willingness on the part of businesses to engage with safe cycling issues. The report also notes strong municipal involvement, a parallel bicycle training program, and strong public support for road safety are key requirements for success. http://bit.ly/2n2IIVp
SNOHUB UBER-LIKE APPROACH TO SHOVELING
-> The New Britain (CT) Herald reports SnoHub (http://bit.ly/2n7ASK2) is an on-demand snow-clearing app for homeowners and contractors now available in towns in Central Connecticut. SnoHub works much like the ridesharing app Uber. Users will be notified of the estimated time of arrival of their contractor and be able to track them. Service pricing starts at $59 for a base of 3 inches of snow, then costs $10 per additional inch. There are additional fees for salt and clearing areas other than driveways. They provide before and after photos. The app offers services in Westchester County, NY and plans to expand across the country. http://bit.ly/2n3fFBa
ADDRESSING CITIZEN REQUESTS FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY CONCERNS
-> MN DOT released a guidebook for local agency staff to address citizens' common requests based on traffic safety concerns. It focuses on how to communicate with citizens when responding to traffic safety concerns or requests. The most common concerns include speeding, traffic volume, safety, and sightless. The guidebook also provides guidance on logging requests, steps for following up on a request, standard responses, and an explanation of why a requested strategy may or may not be the appropriate solution. "Addressing Citizen Requests for Traffic Safety Concerns" http://bit.ly/2BnFpMR
ACCESSIBILITY GUIDE TO TRANSPORTATION & LAND USE DECISION MAKING
-> The State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) reports the VA Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment recently released its new report, "Accessibility in Practice: A Guide for Transportation and Land Use Decision Making" (http://bit.ly/2n5whbc), developed by SSTI with several partners. Accessibility metrics describe people's ability to reach destinations by different modes, at different times of day, and under various conditions. The guide describes ways of measuring accessibility and, more importantly, how to use those metrics in planning, project evaluation, and other transportation and land use decisions. http://bit.ly/2n5smeB
REPORT: OPEN STREETS: TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES
-> Active Living Research and 8 80 Cities released "Open Streets: Trends and Opportunities" (in English: http://bit.ly/2n5dtZQ; en Español: http://bit.ly/2n67Fzo) This research brief summarizes research on trends in the Open Streets movement, how to measure the success of Open Streets and the factors discouraging or enabling program sustainability. Open Streets or Ciclovías temporarily repurpose city streets into car-free spaces for people complemented by programmed activities that include encourage physical activity, civic engagement, local economic development, community development, recovery and revitalization of public spaces and/or changing transportation behavior through walking and cycling advocacy.
COMMON EUROVELO ROUTE USER SURVEY QUESTIONS
-> Together with experts from around Europe, the European Cyclists' Federation has developed a set of 18 common core questions for user surveys on EuroVelo routes. (Common Core Questions for EuroVelo User Surveys: http://bit.ly/2Bps86k) The questions are based on the EuroVelo Manual: "Guidance on Usage Monitoring" (http://bit.ly/2BoFtf6). The aim is to collect comparable data on all the people using cycle routes in order to assess and compare how frequently the different routes are used as well as their economic impact across Europe. The questions center on the trip and the cyclists themselves. They cask about the nature of the cycle trip, its duration, the money spent for it, but also if cyclists are accompanied by other people, their age and cycling habits, among other questions. http://bit.ly/2Bnj7e4
PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST SAFETY INFORMATION SEARCH TOOL
-> FHWA Safety Office launched the Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Information Search Tool (http://bit.ly/2n6buoe), a page-by-page assessment of more than 100 carefully selected reports, guidebooks, and training materials, cross-referenced by mode, the "Es" (Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Evaluation, etc.), topics addressed, and other categories. By typing in keywords or selecting from the Popular Topics popup, you can search for information from more than 100 reports, guidebooks, and training documents, each of which meets FHWA's standards of quality. Every page of each resource has been cross-referenced to the search and filter options below. Once you've generated a list of resources about your chosen topic, click the "plus" button beside the title to see an overview of the reference and a link to the original source. A quick reference of frequently used acronyms and synonyms is available to help you hone in on the best keywords. A list of all resources in the database is also available.
WHO: DRAFT GLOBAL ACTION PLAN TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
-> The World Health Organization Secretariat has prepared an updated Draft 2 of its global discussion paper and action plan to promote physical activity. It is being submitted to the Executive Board this month. "Physical Activity for Health: More Active People for a Healthier World: Draft Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018-2030" http://bit.ly/2Bn6M9D
SELF-HEALING CONCRETE USES FUNGUS TO FILL CRACKS
-> New Atlas reports a self-healing concrete still in the research stage incorporates fungus spores along with nutrients that are placed within the concrete matrix as it's being mixed. Once the concrete has hardened, the spores remain dormant until the first micro-cracks appear. When they do, water and oxygen find their way in. This causes the spores to germinate, grow, and precipitate calcium carbonate, which in turn seals the cracks. http://bit.ly/2n5luOc
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - APBP Webinar Series The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals is calling for proposals for its monthly webinar series. See the list of topics for each month.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2DDuvaO
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Idaho Walk Bike Summit 2018, May 17-18, 2018, Boise, ID
Deadline: Extended to January 30, 2018 by 5:00 pm MT, http://bit.ly/2BogmZZ
-> CALL FOR PAPERS - 2018 World Transport Convention, June 18-21, 2018 in Beijing, China
Deadline: January 31, 2018, http://bit.ly/2FjkzRP
-> 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 PROPOSALS - Walk/Bike/Places (nee Pro Walk Pro Bike ProPlaces), September 16-19, 2018, New Orleans, LA
Deadline: February 2, 2018, by 8pm ET, http://bit.ly/2zgoM4t
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - - 2WALKandCYCLE 2018, July 30 - August 1, 2018, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Deadline: February 2, 2018, http://bit.ly/2Etaukf
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - American Public Health Association 2018 Annual Meeting, November 10-14, 2018, San Diego, CA
Deadline: Varies between February 19-24, or March 3, 2018 - see the various section, topic, and special interest group deadlines, http://bit.ly/2BFg0mG
-> CALL FOR IMAGES OF USES OF GIS TECHNOLOGY - 2018 Esri Federal GIS (FedGIS) Conference, March 20-21, 2018, Washington, DC
Deadline: February 23, 2018, http://arcg.is/2znI4VS
-> CALL FOR PAPERS - IAOS Conference on Better Statistics for Better Lives, September 19-21, 2018, Paris, France
Deadline: February 28, 2018, http://bit.ly/2zoM9ZQ
-> 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
-> February 1-3, 2018 - New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, San Francisco, CA.
-> February 7, 2018 - Training: How to Design Multimodal Streets for All Users, Ottawa, Canada
-> February 7, 2018 - Winter Walk (to School) Day
-> 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 24, 2018 - TransportationCamp South 2018, Atlanta, GA
-> February 28 - March 2, 2018 - Second Annual Vision Zero Advocate Conference, Toronto, Canada
-> March 2-3, 2018 - Nebraska Bike/Walk Summit, Kearney, NE
-> 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 15-16, 2018 - 2018 Oregon Active Transportation Summit, Portland, OR
-> March 17, 2018 - 2018 Vision Zero for Philadelphia Conference, Philadelphia, PA
-> March 20-21, 2018 - 2018 Esri Federal GIS Conference, Washington, DC
-> March 21-23, 2018 - 2018 Montana Bike Walk Summit - Bozeman, MT
-> March 24, 2018 - New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit, West Windsor, NJ
-> March 28-29, 2018 - Walk-Bike New York A Liveable Communities Symposium, Schenectady, NY
-> 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 7, 2018 - 5th Annual Women & Biking Forum, Pittsburgh, PA
-> April 9-13, 2018 - Spain CityBuilders Symposium
-> April 14, 2018 - TransportationCamp PHL 2018, Philadelphia, PA
-> April 17-18, 2018 - 10th Annual Ontario Bike Summit, Toronto, Canada
-> April 21, 2108 - TransportationCamp NE 2018, Cambridge, MA
-> 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
-> April 29-30, 2018 -Washington Bike Summit, Spokane, WA
-> May 1-3, 2018 - PlacesForBikes Conference, Indianapolis, IN
-> May 2-4, 2018 - 8th Symposium on Pavement Surface Characteristics: SURF 2018, South Brisbane, Australia
-> May 4, 2018 - Vermont Walk/Bike Summit, White River Junction, VT.
-> May 6-9, 2018 - APWA North American Snow Conference, Indianapolis, IN
-> May 9, 2018 - National Bike to School Day
-> May 13-16, 2018 - Mid-America Trails & Greenways Conference, Columbus, OH
-> May 14-18, 2018 - International Making Cities Livable Conference, Ottawa, Canada
-> May 15-16, 2018 - National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) Data for Transportation Applications Workshop, Washington, DC
-> May 16-18, 2018 - Road Safety on Five Continents, Jeju Island, South Korea
-> May 16-19, 2018 - CNU 26.Savannah, Savannah, GA
-> May 17-18, 2018 - Idaho Walk Bike Summit 2018, Boise, ID
-> June 6-8, 2018 - I-TED 2018: International Transportation Economic Development Conference, Washington, DC
-> June 11-15, 2018 - PlacesForBikes Tape Measure Tour in the Netherlands
-> 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 18-21, 2018 - 2018 World Transport Convention, Beijing, China
-> 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 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.
-> July 29 - August 1, 2018 - International Association for Commuter Transportation Conference, Anaheim, CA
-> July 30 - August 1, 2018 - 2WALKandCYCLE 2018, Palmerston North, New Zealand
-> August 8-9, 2018 - National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Applications Workshop, Washington, DC
-> August 20-23, 2018 - Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts Annual Meeting and Exhibit, Minneapolis, MN
-> August 22-24, 2018 - 16th National Tools of the Trade Transportation Planning Conference, Kansas City, MO
-> September 13-19, 2018 - Practitioner's Course on Community Interventions (to Promote Physical Activity), University of South Carolina (Limited to 25 participants)
-> September 19-21, 2018 - IAOS Conference on Better Statistics for Better Lives, Paris, France
-> September 23-26, 2018 - APTA Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN
-> September 30 - October 2, 2018 - 23rd National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation, Breckenridge, CO.
NEW & FURTHER OUT: See http://bit.ly/centerlines for other events more than six months from now.
-> September 16-19, 2018 - Walk/Bike/Places Conference (formerly Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place), New Orleans, LA
JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS
Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks! See previous issues of CenterLines for Jobs, Grants and RFPs that may still be current at http://bit.ly/ZHi0NE.
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - SUSIE STEPHENS SCHOLARSHIP 2018 TO ATTEND THE WALK/BIKE/PLACES CONFERENCE
With each Walk/Bike/Places conference we remember Susie Stephens, the first Managing Director of the Thunderhead Alliance. Thanks to the continued generosity of Susie's mom, Nancy MacKerrow, this year we will have five scholarships to offer covering registration to the New Orleans conference. To learn more about Susie here: http://bit.ly/2n5UU7T. And, to get a sense of her special verve, check this out: http://bit.ly/2n4MzRA
Deadline: February 9, 2018 by 8:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2n5UU7T
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - STATE OF THE ART TRANSPORTATION TRAINING
With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and in partnership with Americans for the Arts, Transportation for America will award technical assistance to 3 communities in 2018 in the form of workshops to help them build capacity in artistic and cultural practices. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how your community can integrate creative placemaking in transportation projects, receive hands-on technical assistance geared towards addressing your community's unique challenges, and put into practice the concepts we explored in our recent Creative Placemaking Field Scan. T4A will offer an informational webinar on this opportunity February 6 at 3:00 pm ET. Check the link below for details.
Deadline: February 23, 2018 by 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2n5MnSk
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 2018 COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE
Twice a year Community Builders offer a limited number of community assistance opportunities for communities located within Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado. Through community assistance, we provide local leaders the tools and information to build prosperous, livable communities in these areas: smarter growth, housing, resilient economies, and transportation for a new economy.
Deadline: February 23, 2018, http://bit.ly/2Bpob1A
-> REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - RURAL COMMUNITIES FACING DESIGN CHALLENGES
Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) has issued a request for proposals inviting rural communities to apply for design assistance. The 2018 CIRD Program is focused on helping rural leaders and residents come together to find creative solutions for design issues related to Multimodal Transportation, Healthy Living by Design, and Main Street Revitalization. Successful applicants will receive a $10,000 stipend and in-kind professional design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000 to host a local workshop. Register for a January 25 pre-application assistance webinar at 3:00 pm ET to help prepare you to submit a competitive 2018 CIRD proposal: http://bit.ly/2n4EQ68
Deadline: February 16, 2018 by, 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2n3c6uA
-> 2 JOBS - FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA
- BICYCLE PEDESTRIAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNER (TRANSPORTATION PLANNER II)
The Bicycle Pedestrian Transportation Planner is responsible for project management for bicycle and pedestrian transportation capital projects and non-capital program areas and outreach, including coordinating and reviewing projects assigned to others. Reviews transportation improvement project design plans and resolves bicycle and pedestrian project issues. Reviews development applications and site plans assuring that bicycle and pedestrian transportation issues are addressed. Coordinates with the Virginia Department of Transportation regarding state transportation improvement projects assuring that bicycle and pedestrian transportation issues are addressed.
Deadline: January 26, 2018 by 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2BmaQqL
- BICYCLE PROGRAM COORDINATOR (TRANSPORTATION PLANNER III)
The Bicycle Program Coordinator works within the Capital Projects and Traffic Engineering Division and directly manages and oversees the county's comprehensive bicycle program BikeFairfax, including capital projects, Capital Bikeshare, County Bike Parking, non-capital program areas and outreach. Serves as the senior technical resource on all county bicycle planning, engineering and parking issues. Supervises one Transportation Planner II.
Deadline: February 9, 2018 by 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2BmAuf5
-> 2 JOBS - CITY OF AUSTIN, TX
- PROJECT COORDINATOR - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
Project Coordinator with Austin Transportation Department, will assist with the implementation of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan by supporting the implementation of bicycle, pedestrian, safe routes to school, and transit priority projects within the Active Transportation and Street Design Division. This division is responsible for the development and implementation of a diverse array of multimodal mobility and safety projects, largely quick build projects with occasional larger traditional capital projects.
Deadline: January 28, 2018, http://bit.ly/2ErJr8Q
- GRADUATE ENGINEER A OR B OR ENGINEER A OR B (ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION)
The Austin Transportation Department's Active Transportation and Street Design Division has an opening for full-time Street Designer position (Graduate Engineer or Engineer) to develop projects that improve mobility and safety for bicycling, walking, safe routes to schools, and transit priority projects. This position will assist with the implementation of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan through supporting the implementation of multi-modal mobility and safety projects. The Division focuses on the planning, design and implementation of bicycle, pedestrian, safe routes to school, and transit priority projects as well as education and encouragement programs that promote walking and bicycling.
Deadline: February 4, 2018, http://bit.ly/2BlFgJR
-> JOB - MOBILITY COORDINATOR, MANATEE COUNTY GOVERNMENT, BRADENTON, FL
The Mobility Coordinator is a professional and technical position, responsible for work in planning and coordinating the County's non-motorized transportation programs, plans, and activities. Plans for safe, efficient, and attractive pedestrian and bicycle environment with interconnections to the transit system. Assists in preparation of multimodal transportation plan elements with emphasis on non-motorized mobility in County and regional MPO processes.
Deadline: February 14, 2018 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2BlFr7W
-> JOB - MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, CITY OF COLUMBIA, SC
This position performs professional and technical work in current and long-range programs related to the development and implementation of transportation plans and policies, capital improvements, infrastructure development and other City projects and programs; and implementation of the community's pedestrian and bicycle master plan (Walk Bike Columbia) and the active transportation system for the City; and performs related work as assigned. This position supports educational and encouragement activities related to public outreach with regard to active transportation. The incumbent works within a general outline of work to be performed, and develops work methods and sequences under general supervision. The position requires knowledge of the principals and practices of transportation and active transportation.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2EsxDTD
-> JOB - LEAD PLANNER - PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE COORDINATOR, PALM BEACH (FL) TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AGENCY
Performs intermediate-level professional and administrative work in support of the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Multimodal Team. Emphasis is on the bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Develops the non-motorized components of the MPO's Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and other major MPO products such as regional transportation/greenways and trails/multi-modal corridor and transportation land use plans. Oversees the MPO's Transportation Alternatives funding program and the implementation of non-motorized projects in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2hAeJEM (Search for "Senior Planner")
-> 4 JOBS - TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, AUSTIN, TX
Toole Design Group was selected by the City of Austin to provide full-time, on-site staff to support the Austin Transportation Department (ATD). TDG staff will work on-site with ATD's Active Transportation and Street Design team, and provide additional capacity to support the City's goal of doubling the rate of project design and implementation. TDG is currently seeking entry and mid-level designers and engineers to join the project team in Austin. Working alongside ATD's nationally recognized staff, TDG's team will move projects large and small from concept to construction.
The things you design will get built! You'll use state of the art tools and practices to help create sustainable multimodal transportation infrastructure. You'll work with your colleagues to engage communities, develop concepts, produce quick-build schematic-level construction documents, and assist with the implementation of multimodal projects that range from small improvements to full-scale street reconfigurations. In an industry that is constantly changing, you'll be at the forefront of designing and implementing real solutions.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2Blp8bh
- ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION STREET DESIGNER I with 0-2 years' experience: http://bit.ly/2BmHSHl
- ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION STREET DESIGNER II with 2-5 years' experience: http://bit.ly/2Bnh6hX
- TRANSPORTATION/TRAFFIC ENGINEER with 3+ years' experience: http://bit.ly/2BnuPFp
- CONSTRUCTION PROJECT COORDINATOR
As a Construction Project Coordinator, you'll work with designers, contract / project managers, and field crews to create sustainable multimodal transportation infrastructure. You'll work with your colleagues to engage communities, coordinate construction contracts / schedules, and implement multimodal projects that range from small improvements to full-scale street reconfigurations. In an industry that is constantly changing you'll be at the forefront of implementing real solutions in a city with established creative, flexible, and quick-build contracting and implementation processes.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2BnIqNc
-> JOB - PLANNER II (LIVABILITY PLANNER), CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
This is professional planning work related to the City's multi-modal transportation planning efforts in the implementation of Complete Streets initiatives with a strong emphasis on sustainability, livability, safety and activation. Primary Responsibilities include, among others, coordinating the alignment of transportation projects with livability goals in order to improve transportation system performance for all users; overseeing and implementing programs and projects aimed at activating and encouraging the multimodal use of streets including carpooling, transit, bicycle and pedestrian use.
Deadline: Continuous, http://bit.ly/2n306sT
-> 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
-> American Planning Association Jobs Online, http://bit.ly/2BmNvFi
-> Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Career Center: http://bit.ly/1DhwE41 (members only)
-> Alta Planning + Design, http://bit.ly/1jbgjF9
-> NACTO Careers, http://bit.ly/13VnUBl
-> Toole Design Group, http://bit.ly/1k7DPRg
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