#479 Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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----- NCUTCD Votes to Consider Peds & Bikes in Setting Speed Limits
----- Paris, France: Free Public Transportation for Kids
----- The Netherlands: Cutting Cost of a Cycle Highway Case Study
----- Investing in Health: Local Active Transportation Financing
----- Uber Exploring Self-Driving Tech for Bikes, Scooters
----- E-Scooter Crashes, Injuries & Lawsuits
----- 2018 Bike Share Equity Year-End Review
----- StreetLight Data Releases Tool to Measure Bike Ped Traffic
----- Cities, Not Individuals, Should Clear Snow From Sidewalks
----- Shanghai, China: Public Space Design Factor in 2 Ped/Bike Bridges
----- Humanoid Robot Run Over, Destroyed by Self-Driving Tesla
----- Smart Cities Dive Dockless Vehicles Map & Headlines Update
----- LAB, America Walks & SRSNP: What's Next for Walking & Biking
----- Bike, Scooter Share Companies Recruit Bike Advocates
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Holland, MI Melts Snow Off 5 Mi of Downtown Sidewalks
----- San Francisco, CA BART Unveils End-to-End Trip Planner
----- San Diego, CA: Disabled Sue Over Scooter Sidewalk Clutter
----- San Francisco, CA Shared Scooter Case Study & Pilot Program
----- Minneapolis, MN: Advisory Bicycle Lane Video Research
----- Twin Cities MN: YIMBYs Call for Housing Density & Active Transportation
----- Los Angeles, CA: Projects for Deadliest Streets & Intersections
----- Los Angeles, CA: Creating Transit-Oriented Communities
----- Draft MA Bicycle Transportation Plan: Comments Due Jan 31
----- Potential 144-mile Rail-Trail Game-Changer in Missouri
----- Bike Pittsburgh: Gender Liberation & Mobility Justice
----- Six Ways the Media is Still Blaming the Victim
----- Children Move Less Starting at Age 6
----- Pedestrian Safety and Driver Yielding Near Public Transit Stops
----- Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice in Cycling
----- Geography & Equity of Crowdsourced Active Transportation Public Participation
----- New York, NY & Chicago, IL: Discounting Public Bike Share Input
----- Bridging Quantitative-Qualitative Divide in Public Participation
----- Equity in Spatial Access to Bike Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Canadian Cities
----- Shared Micromobility Playbook
----- Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy on Highway Safety
----- Speeding: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge
----- Analyzing Data for Measuring State DOT & MPO Transportation Performance
----- Guide to Suburban Community Bike Hubs
----- TRB Roundabout Crash Prediction Models and Methods
----- Starting and Growing a Strong Safe Routes to School Program
----- Equity in Safe Routes to Parks: 5 Fact Sheets
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
NCUTCD VOTES TO CONSIDER PEDS & BIKES IN SETTING SPEED LIMITS
-> Streetsblog USA reported speed limits on urban streets will no longer be set almost exclusively by how fast drivers choose to drive. The National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a powerful group of engineers, voted last week to require city transportation officials to consider "pedestrian and bicycle activity" when determining the speed limit on most urban and suburban streets. The changes will be incorporated into the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices -- perhaps the most important traffic engineering manual -- when it is revised some time in the next few years. Here's why this is so profound: Current guidance on speed limits conform to the infamous "85th percentile rule," which pegs the speed limit on any particular roadway to the speeds of the fastest 15% of drivers in "free-flowing conditions." So if 85% of the drivers stay below 40 miles per hour and 15% of drivers exceed it, that becomes the speed limit, even if 40 miles per hour is a bit too fast for that roadway. http://bit.ly/2FNbnJd
PARIS, FRANCE: FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOR KIDS
-> CityLab reported starting in September Paris, France will make public transportation free for kids. In a plan to help families and reduce car usage, anyone under 11 years old (including non-nationals) will be able to ride metro and buses for free, as will people with disabilities under 20. High school students between the ages of 14 and 18 will be entitled to a 50% tariff reduction, and any 14- to 18-year-olds who buy a travel pass will also get a free bike share account as well. The plans, which apply across the Greater Paris region and cost an estimated &eruo;15 million (US$17.05 million) a year, are part of a staggered plan to make things cheaper for people with mobility challenges. Already last spring, the region introduced a (means-tested) scheme by which adults with disabilities and all people over 65 got a free annual travel pass if they were on a low-to-medium income. http://bit.ly/2FAIYWm
THE NETHERLANDS: CUTTING COST OF A CYCLE HIGHWAY CASE STUDY
-> The European Cyclists' Federation reported the planned F15 cycle highway in the Netherlands represents a new model for cycling infrastructure projects. Not because of the route's design standard, its length, or the new cycling bridge over the Pannerdensch Canal, but because of the lowest common denominator. Cost. This is possible because of the high level of integration the project has with the adjacent A15 motorway, sharing resources, rather than duplicating them, by working together. This new route will be possible because of the way cycling has been integrated into the A15 motorway project (part of the Rhine -- Alpine core TEN-T/trans-European road corridor), enabling the sharing of manpower and resources to keep costs low. For context, the 13 kilometers (8.08 miles) of cycling highway that the F15 cycling route will add is budgeted to cost &eruo;4.5 million (US$5.1 million), while a comparable nearby 15.8 km (9.8 mile) cycle route cost over 3 times the amount per kilometer, at &eruo;17 million (US$19.3 million) in total. http://bit.ly/2FIQuP1
INVESTING IN HEALTH: LOCAL ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION FINANCING
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership released a report to help health professionals and others understand why we need robust active transportation financing, what the evidence shows, and how we can use funding to create healthy, active communities. (Investing in Health: Robust Local Active Transportation Financing for Healthy Communities: http://bit.ly/2FUdmL0) The report explains what active transportation financing is and how it works, sets out the benefits of increased active transportation financing in local government, examines different approaches in local communities, and explores important considerations regarding policy goals and campaign directions. Also see 2 complementary resources: The Basics of Active Transportation Financing (http://bit.ly/2FSYqMR), and Finding the Money: How Local Governments Generate Active Transportation Funding (http://bit.ly/2FUrB2b)
[See the Webinar section for a January 31 webinar on this report.]
UBER EXPLORING SELF-DRIVING TECH FOR BIKES, SCOOTERS
-> Smart Cities Dive reported Uber is exploring self-driving tech for bikes and scooters. The autonomous software would allow dockless scooters and bikes to drive themselves to riders and charging stations. Uber's autonomous technology team said it was "exploring ways to improve safety, rider experience, and operational efficiency of our shared electric scooters and bicycles through the application of sensing and robotics technologies." http://bit.ly/2FSF0YD
E-SCOOTER CRASHES, INJURIES & LAWSUITS
-> CityLab reported while scooter-related emergency room visits appear to be on the rise since scooters hit America's roads, hard numbers about their serious injury rate remain elusive. The rise of the rented e-scooter has also brought safety fears and injury-related lawsuits. Dockless vehicles are parked on the street and subject to all manner of ill treatment, which can affect whether they are safely rideable. And maintenance practices vary from company to company. Lime, for example, hires mechanics to keep their little vehicles running. Bird, meanwhile, has more of a gig-economy approach: freelance mechanics, trained via YouTube, who get a bounty for each fixed ride. Mix together uneven rider compliance, unpredictable maintenance, and unsafe streets and Scooter crashes happen. And when they do, figuring out where responsibility lies can be complicated. http://bit.ly/2FIU1gn
2018 BIKE SHARE EQUITY YEAR-END REVIEW
-> The Better Bike Share Partnership released its 2018 bike share equity year-end review. While most major cities have already implemented bike share programs, several made expansions this year that helped individuals and families outside of downtown areas make use of the systems. Cities offered discount and cash payment options for riders struggling with finances such as a $5/month program in the Boston, MA region for SNAP cardholders. Cities integrated fare cards by combining payment for multiple transportation services' onto the same fare card, and streamlined pricing. Redistributing bikes can also have an equity component. Motivate's Bike Angels program allows riders who help take bikes to docks in need to donate their points toward low-income passes. http://bit.ly/2FJWkzD
STREETLIGHT DATA RELEASES TOOL TO MEASURE BIKE PED TRAFFIC
-> Smart Cities Dive reported the mobility analytics firm StreetLight Data Inc. (http://bit.ly/2qF1pxm) is debuting an analytics capability to measure bicycle and pedestrian traffic alongside vehicle traffic at any intersection. The new feature is available in the Multi Mode subscription to the StreetLight InSight platform. The feature can distinguish bikes and pedestrians, which it says can help transportation planners measure the impact of multimodal investments and get a better sense of the mobility mix in a city. http://bit.ly/2FK1n33
CITIES, NOT INDIVIDUALS, SHOULD CLEAR SNOW FROM SIDEWALKS
-> CityLab reported most U.S. cities leave the responsibility of sidewalk snow removal to homeowners, landlords, and businesses. The results are haphazard at best, and don't account for vacant properties and residents who don't have the physical ability to shovel or the means to pay someone to do it for them. In cold-weather cities, the most vulnerable residents can be at risk for months at a time. This year Syracuse, NY began a pilot program that hires a private contractor to plow 20 miles of priority sidewalks after each snow event that accumulates totals of three inches or more. The priority walkways were determined by reviewing feedback from residents at "snow summits" the city held, and from data compiled by the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Corporation. The data from SMTC identified which sidewalks were major thoroughfares with the highest pedestrian traffic. Funds for the initial pilot (approximately $170,000) came from the existing Department of Public Works budget. Funding costs and sources for future years will be determined after the pilot is complete. Most sidewalks in Toronto, Canada are cleared by the city. In Rochester, NY, the city steps in when snow totals reach more than 4 inches. Duluth, MN clears 100 miles of priority sidewalk routes, including routes to schools, high-pedestrian traffic locations, and public-transit locations. Bloomington, MN clears all of its 250 miles of sidewalks. http://bit.ly/2FQDm9M
[See Regional and Local Actions for Holland, MI Melts Snow Off 5 Mi of Downtown Sidewalks item.]
SHANGHAI, CHINA: PUBLIC SPACE DESIGN FACTOR IN 2 PED/BIKE BRIDGES
-> Arch Daily reported the design of 2 non-motorized bridges on a waterfront path along the East bank of Huangpu River in Shanghai, China considered the concept of public space an the landscape environment in guiding their form as well as meeting the basic walking and cycling requirements. The North Sanlin Bridge is a straight line directly linking the north and south bank, with wings gradually spread at the ends of bridge to form a large staircase that merges with the bridge body, naturally connecting the plazas in front of the approach ramps. The spaces that extend from the bridge can provide alternative entries, provide a different spatial experience of the waterfront and offer spaces for more kinds of public activities. Spaces on both sides of Sanlintang Bridge site were relatively cramped, leaving insufficient length for its approaches. Designers elongated the length of bridge and turned it into a modified "S" shape. http://bit.ly/2FlprZ2 (See photos and drawings)
HUMANOID ROBOT RUN OVER, DESTROYED BY SELF-DRIVING TESLA
-> Dezeen reported a humanoid robot on its way to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV was "hit and destroyed" by a self-driving Tesla. The $2,000 per day rentable model V4 robot, from manufacturer Promobot, was hit by a Tesla Model S vehicle on Paradise Road in Las Vegas, as it made its way to the Congress Hall exhibition centre with a fleet of other robots. A group of identical robots were travelling in a line accompanied by the company's engineers. One robot "missed its way and drove to the roadway of the street parking lot", where it was "hit and destroyed" by the vehicle in self-driving mode. The Tesla car continued driving along the road for 50 meters before coming to a halt. http://bit.ly/2FHJVwb
SMART CITIES DIVE DOCKLESS VEHICLES MAP & HEADLINES UPDATE
-> As of January 18, Smart Cities Dive updated its interactive map of cities in the shared mobility and dockless news and related headlines from around the country. http://bit.ly/2Dh0kq4
LAB, AMERICA WALKS & SRSNP: WHAT'S NEXT FOR WALKING & BIKING
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership reported on a conversation between the leaders of 3 national active transportation advocacy organizations that discussed the current climate of mobility advocacy, opportunities to collaborate, and what comes next for the future of biking and walking advocates working together. These executive directors were Bill Nesper, the League of American Bicyclists; Kate Kraft, America Walks; and Cass Isidro, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. http://bit.ly/2FRcsyF
BIKE, SCOOTER SHARE COMPANIES RECRUIT BIKE ADVOCATES
-> Wired reports as companies like Uber, Lyft, Lime, Bird, and Spin bring the ways of tech to bikes and scooters, they have recruited former cycling, street safety, and urbanism advocates to help them out. Tech unicorns bedeviled by local cultures, politics, and regulations benefit from the aid and relationships of experienced advocates. They want well-maintained hardware and well-trained mechanics, sure, but also safer streets and better infrastructure, to encourage more folks to give riding a try. This requires seeing cities as partners, not obstacles. Veteran transportation advocates, now advising new colleagues on creating partnerships with community groups, sitting down with government officials, and hammering out urban policy, can be extra instructive there. http://bit.ly/2Fxb7hd
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
HOLLAND, MI MELTS SNOW OFF 5 MI OF DOWNTOWN SIDEWALKS
-> Runners World reports Holland, MI, a picturesque city of 35,000, gets about 75 inches of snow a year, or three times the national average. The city uses the snowmelt system (http://bit.ly/2FIPzhO) to keep roughly 5 miles of downtown sidewalks (and a few roads) clear of snow. A network of tubes circulates hot water underneath, melting snow at the rate of an inch an hour, eliminating the need for shovels, salt, plows, and even winter footwear. The snowmelt system--which was first installed in the 1980s!!--was developed as a way for Holland's downtown district to compete with the then-surging popularity of shopping malls. After observing a similar approach in Europe, powerful West Michigan industrialist Edgar Prince proposed the snowmelt to city officials as a way to beat the snow and the malls in one go. It was an unprecedented undertaking at the time, and still remains the largest such system in the United States today. http://bit.ly/2FI3xAv
SAN FRANCISCO, CA BART UNVEILS END-TO-END TRIP PLANNER
-> Smart Cities Dive reported the Bay Area Rapid Transit unveiled a new end-to-end trip planner app. (http://bit.ly/2FU7d1m) In collaboration with German company HaCon, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) rolled out a new trip planning app that will give riders information on driving, walking and biking routes in addition to real-time public transit information. Future versions of the app will incorporate bike-sharing and ride-sharing services. The app is meant to help riders understand real-time conditions and can replace the need for scheduled timetables for buses, trains, ferries and cable cars. It will also provide service advisories and train load information. http://bit.ly/2FWZyzn
SAN DIEGO, CA: DISABLED SUE OVER SCOOTER SIDEWALK CLUTTER
-> Smart Cities Dive reported a disability rights group filed a class action lawsuit against the City of San Diego, CA and scooter companies Bird, Lime and Razor charging the dockless vehicles have made sidewalks unsafe. The suit charges that the companies are violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and state anti-discrimination laws by allowing consumers to leave scooters on sidewalks and curb ramps and seek an order prohibiting the companies from operating on public walkways. San Diego is named in the suit for failing to maintain accessible sidewalks. http://bit.ly/2FBaFyA
SAN FRANCISCO, CA SHARED SCOOTER CASE STUDY & PILOT PROGRAM
-> Fostering Multimodal Connectivity Newsletter reported San Francisco, CA launched a shared scooter pilot program. At the end of March 2018, electric scooter companies unloaded hundreds of motorized scooters across the city prompting nearly 1,900 complaints and Public Works to impound more than 500 scooters. A case study describes the city passing a law requiring scooter companies to obtain a permit from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and the process SFMTA used to develop and implement that process. SFMTA issued permits to 2 companies and will assess its 12-month shared scooter pilot program's effectiveness and company compliance through field observation, counts, citations issued, data, complaints, and other measures.
To provide transparency, accountability, and insight into the agency's evaluation and decision making process, SFMTA provides a variety of information and materials on the its website (Powered Scooter Share Permit and Pilot Program: http://bit.ly/2FQFbDP): a detailed policy memo outlining the application review process, evaluations for each of the 12 applications, a summary table showing ratings for all the applicants across key evaluation criteria, the original applications, and the decision letters sent to the applicants. http://bit.ly/2FTiIG4
MINNEAPOLIS, MN: ADVISORY BICYCLE LANE VIDEO RESEARCH
-> Mike on Traffic reported Advisory Bicycle Lanes (ABLs), a solution for incorporating bike lanes on roads that are too narrow, stripe a road, providing a center 14- to 20-foot wide two-way lane for cars and an on-street bike lane on either side. Motorists approaching from opposite directions are also able to use the bicycle lane, though always yielding to cyclists. Mike on Traffic staff investigated ABLs near their Minneapolis office using cameras to record corridor operations for a couple of days. The found some drivers seem confused, traveling slower than usual compared to other traffic. A couple of drivers pulled over and stopped to allow an opposing car to pass. Most drivers, however, used the corridor as intended, traveling fully in the shared through lane with minor encroachment into the bicycle lane when conflicting traffic was present. They concluded that people are, for the most part, properly traversing the roadway. http://bit.ly/2Fgc3Gw. Also see links to additional ABL resources at the end of the article.
TWIN CITIES MN: YIMBYS CALL FOR HOUSING DENSITY & ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
-> The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported YIMBYs (yes in my back yard) in St. Paul, MN want more housing density, taller buildings, apartments on top of apartments, street-level retailers and tap rooms in residential areas, and public transit to connect it all. They dream of building better bike lanes. The e-scooter thing works for them. They are advocates for urban redevelopment who prefer pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalks over large parking lots. The Twin Cities NUMTOTs (new urbanist meme/transit-oriented teen) community on Facebook has grown to 761 members after launching little more than a year ago. http://bit.ly/2FVsLKP
LOS ANGELES, CA: PROJECTS FOR DEADLIEST STREETS & INTERSECTIONS
-> Curbed reports Los Angeles, CA has targeted 80 of its deadliest streets and intersections for Vision Zero projects. The 23 corridors and 60 intersections included are some of the deadliest in the city, based on data collected by law enforcement agencies throughout CA. They join 40 "priority corridors" where the Los Angeles DOT has already begun to implement safety measures, ranging from new traffic signals and crosswalk striping to lane reconfigurations, or "road diets." In the past, staff selected street segments through a scoring system that factored in serious injuries and fatalities, with additional weight given to injuries sustained by pedestrians, cyclists, seniors, and children. Roads and intersections in communities already exposed to high health risks--such as poverty, pollution, and lack of food options--also scored higher in the system. But after the City Council requested a simpler evaluation process, the department changed its methodology in 2018.This year's list of priority corridors and intersections is based on traffic deaths and injuries alone (without consideration given to the age of crash victims or whether they were walking, biking, or driving when the collision occurred). http://bit.ly/2FSVvE3
LOS ANGLES, CA: CREATING TRANSIT-ORIENTED COMMUNITIES
-> Meeting of the Minds reported Los Angeles, CA is currently implementing the most ambitious transportation improvement plan in North America. At the same time, the region is undergoing an equally significant transformation in the planning, design and development of the neighborhoods now served by transit. Transit-oriented communities (TOCs) (versus transit-oriented development) recognize that neighborhoods surrounding transit stops are complex ecosystems that deal in physical form (buildings and infrastructure), mobility dynamics (how people get around) and finally social resiliency (community justice). Successful TOCs involve public-private collaboration, first-last mile connections, and communities engaged in the planning process. http://bit.ly/2FQaG0N
DRAFT MA BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION PLAN: COMMENTS DUE JAN 31
-> Boston.com reported to get more bicyclists on the road, the draft of the new MA DOT (Mass DOT) state bike plan emphasizes improving safety and accessibility. (Draft Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan: http://bit.ly/2FT8Pbq) Many more people would bicycle for short daily trips if only there were safer, more comfortable, and better-connected routes they could use. Just over half of all trips in MA are 3 miles or less, but 80% are made using motor vehicles. There's potential for more people to become everyday bicyclists -- and curb greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks at the same time -- if the state can make biking safer and more convenient. http://bit.ly/2FXULOb Public comment on the draft plan is open until January 31: http://bit.ly/2FQfvae
POTENTIAL 144-MILE RAIL-TRAIL GAME-CHANGER IN MISSOURI
-> The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy reported the next great rail-trail could be an incredible boon to the 23 rural Missouri communities along its 144-mile path. But state officials are wavering on whether to accept the rail corridor. After nearly four years and enthusiastic public support, state officials are still debating whether to accept a donation of the 144-mile rail corridor that would become the Rock Island Trail. As the idea of the Rock Island Trail has gained steam in recent years, small central-Missouri towns have gone into preparation mode--from Owensville's hopes of using the trail for a safe route to school, to Belle's move toward a community improvement plan along the corridor, to a plan for senior-living housing in Eldon. As of January 22, state officials and Ameren, Inc. -- owners of the Rock Island Line -- have requested an extension for negotiations beyond the current February 21 deadline to reach an agreement on preserving this national treasure for future use as a trail. http://bit.ly/2FFFMsA
BIKE PITTSBURGH: GENDER LIBERATION & MOBILITY JUSTICE
-> Bike Pittsburgh's The Messenger asks, "How does gender liberation intersect with mobility justice?" As language continues to evolve and develop, and we gain greater comprehension around gender, expression and what our community needs, it makes sense for our Women and Biking program to grow and better meet those needs. Language has the ability to build worlds, inspire liberation, and break down barriers. Language is powerful and crucial to a program built around gender equity. That is one of the key reasons you will notice a shift in our program name for 2019: BikePGH's Women and Non-Binary Program. http://bit.ly/2FJEcpP
THE RESEARCH BEAT
SIX WAYS THE MEDIA IS STILL BLAMING THE VICTIM
-> Streetsblog USA reported when a driver hits a pedestrian or cyclist, a handful of media tropes shift blame to the victims and leave readers with the impression that nothing can be done about it. A new analysis from Rutgers of 200 articles covering bike and pedestrian deaths in a two-month period last year (Editorial Patterns in Bicyclist and Pedestrian Crash Reporting: http://bit.ly/2FRbHFY) reveals that the media "consistently" faults the dead rather than the survivor, who is often the only witness with whom cops speak. Through grammatical choices and by selectively including some bits of information but not others, local news coverage subtly, but consistently, blames vulnerable road users for crashes. Researchers identified 6 issues: lack of agency for drivers; focusing on the victim's actions; offering "counterfactuals" (aka victim blaming); treating the incident as isolated, rather than systemic; not consulting experts; and using the term "accident." http://bit.ly/2FQSkN0
CHILDREN MOVE LESS STARTING AT AGE 6
-> The New York Times reported most experts believe that physical activity declines as children reach adolescence, but a new study published in Pediatrics found that the decline begins as early as age 6. (Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior From 6 to 11 Years: http://bit.ly/2FRhlrv, also view the 4:23 minute video abstract presented by the lead author) Researchers measured physical activity at ages 6, 8 and 11 in 600 European children wearing armband activity trackers. The found that average time spent in physical activity declined by about 75 minutes a day by the time the children were 11. At age 11, the children were spending an average of almost 2 more hours a day in sedentary behavior -- essentially, sitting still -- than they were at 6. https://nyti.ms/2FgDwrF
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND DRIVER YIELDING NEAR PUBLIC TRANSIT STOPS
-> An article published by the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board reported researchers used a multi-faceted approach to improve driver compliance with pedestrian laws. They observed average stopping behavior to be significantly poorer at sites in near proximity to bus stops. The planned multi-faceted intervention improved yielding rates and multiple-threat passing rates over time. Overall, the study replicates the effectiveness of high-visibility enforcement and outreach on increasing yielding rates to pedestrians, generalizes this effect to both passing behavior and public transit, and links past research showing significantly higher pedestrian crash rates with poorer yielding of drivers near sites close to bus stops. "Pedestrian Safety and Driver Yielding Near Public Transit Stops" http://bit.ly/2FLkiKQ
BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN CYCLING
-> The European Cyclists' Federation reported the German Environment Agency and ECF released a report called "Framing the Third Cycling Century: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice." (http://bit.ly/2FI6b9p) There is a tension between research and practice in the field of cycling as well as in general in environmental policy. Numerous scientific publications and knowledge do not reach the practitioners who might benefit from them. The innovative concept of the triad, consisting of scientists, practitioners and experts, produces new perspectives. The authors come from all over the world, forming together an international mosaic that incorporates their particular perceptions and experiences. http://bit.ly/2FJQL4r
GEOGRAPHY & EQUITY OF CROWDSOURCED ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
-> A paper published by the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board recognized that research is beginning to address the inequities of new forms of online public participation. Broadband and smartphone access may restrict opportunities for disadvantaged groups. However, the geography and equity of participation remain pragmatic issues for practice and research. This paper reviewed the geography and equity of the participation methods in Austin, TX for active transportation (bicycling and pedestrian) through 3 approaches to co-produce informed plans. Researchers found that online participation methods are not homogeneous regarding geography or equity. In some contexts, smartphone applications can help reach lower-income communities, even when compared with in-person meetings. "The Geography and Equity of Crowdsourced Public Participation for Active Transportation Planning" http://bit.ly/2FIvRm2
NEW YORK, NY & CHICAGO, IL: DISCOUNTING PUBLIC BIKE SHARE INPUT
-> CityLab reported that a new study showed very few new Citi Bike (New York, NY) and Divvy (Chicago, IL) bike docks are sited where residents suggested using interactive online maps, but that doesn't mean city officials weren't listening. (Crowdsourcing Bike Share Station Locations: Evaluating Participation and Placement: http://bit.ly/2FHtzDI) The study, published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, found just 5% of Citi Bike docks built during its 2014-2015 expansion were located within 100 feet of suggested sites. In Chicago, 10% of docking stations built through 2015 were located at or near the spots residents identified on their interactive map. There are practical reasons why city officials weren't able to put most bike stations where people asked. Enlarging bike systems in New York and Chicago meant assessing gaps in each city's transportation network, which may have conflicted with people's desires about where new docks should be installed. http://bit.ly/2FBLH26
BRIDGING QUANTITATIVE-QUALITATIVE DIVIDE IN PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
-> A paper published by the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board presented the theory and case study of applying a learning model to a transportation project to help close the gap between the quality of public participation practices experienced by communities and the quality they expect. Such learning models are widely used in other public sector realms, but heretofore not applied to transportation planning projects. Through application of this approach, residents of the community were able to specify purpose and need outcomes that were not anticipated by the agency. Further, these qualitative outcomes were able to be evaluated quantitatively by the community and incorporated into the overall assessment of alternatives. As a result, the desired process outcome of partnership was more fully realized for this project. "Bridging the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide in Public Participation: A Learning Model Approach" http://bit.ly/2FIhYoa
EQUITY IN SPATIAL ACCESS TO BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE IN MID-SIZED CANADIAN CITIES
-> A study published by the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board examined income inequalities in spatial access to bicycling infrastructure in 3 mid-sized Canadian cities: Victoria and Kelowna, British Columbia, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, using non-spatial and spatial methods. Spatial pattern analysis identified clusters of low income areas with poor access in each city, which may be targets for strategic, equitable investment. Although in many cities bicycling infrastructure planning is not driven by equity considerations, there is increasing political pressure to ensure equitable access to safe bicycling. Measuring and mapping trends in access to transportation resources from an equity perspective are requisite steps in the pathway toward healthy, sustainable cities for all. "Equity in Spatial Access to Bicycling Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Canadian Cities" http://bit.ly/2FJyKD5
QUOTES R US
"These next-gen 'Bird droppings' litter America's sidewalks and frequently block wheelchair users' independence and freedom of movement."
--John Morris in an article about dockless scooters blocking wheelchair access to sidewalks and ramps on Wheelchairtravel.org: http://bit.ly/2FFdkqM
[See Regional and Local Actions for San Diego, CA: Disabled Sue Over Scooter Sidewalk Clutter item.]
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
WORLD'S LARGEST ICE SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
The world's largest ice festival, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Heilongjiang, North-Eastern China, will likely draw 18 million visitors before it closes on February 5. This year artists from 12 countries created 100 landmarks and ice sculptures in temperatures as low as -35C (-31F). See photos of some impressive icy architecture. http://bit.ly/2Fo66Xv.
WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS
To better help you plan your continuing education activities, we list Webinars scheduled in the next month. Check our searchable master calendar at http://bit.ly/centerlines for opportunities farther in the future. To subscribe, look for the + Google Calendar button in the lower right corner. iCal users can subscribe automatically here: http://bit.ly/centerlines_ical.
Webinar "How Cities Can Use Real-Time Information from Mobility Operators to Optimize City Streets"
Date: January 23, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Regina Clewlow (Populus) & Don MacKenzie (Univ. of WA)
Host: Meeting of the Minds
Details: http://bit.ly/2FeFjxl, free
Webinar "Assessing the Value of Added Highway Capacity Projects"
Date: January 23, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Richard Perrin (T.Y. Lin International)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2C83ACA, as much as $95 for some
Webinar "(Reno NV) Resilience - Sustainability in the Wild West"
Date: January 24, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Lynne Barker (City of Reno, NV)
Host: Sustainable City Network & Crescent Electric Supply Co.
Details: http://bit.ly/2PX0GEh, free
Webinar "Introducing Dangerous by Design 2018"
Date: January 24, 2019, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Emiko Atherton (National Complete Streets Coalition), DeAnza Valencia (AARP New Mexico), Nedra Deadwyler (Civil Bikes) & Billy Hattaway (City of Orlando, FL)
Host: National Complete Streets Coalition
Details: http://bit.ly/2Fgq9H9, free
Webinar "GARE-BBSP: Using a Racial Equity Tool and Using Affirm-Counter-Transform (ACT) Tool to Communicate on Race" (Part 2 of 3. See Part 3 on February 28, 2019)
Date: January 24, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Host: Better Bike Share Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2C5BV5l, free
Webinar "Research to Improve Estimates of Impacts of Changes in Truck Size and Weight Regulations"
Date: January 24, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Members of the Truck Size and Weight Limits Research Plan Committee: James Winebrake, José Holguin-Veras, Imad Al-Qadi, Susan Hida, Douglas Harwood & Michael Tooley
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2FTmU8S, free
Webinar "Moving beyond LOS: The Pasadena story"
Date: January 25, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Fred Dock (Pasadena DOT)
Host: State Smart Transportation Initiative
Details: http://bit.ly/2FJw74n, free
Webinar "Shared Micromobility Playbook"
Date: January 28, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Francie Stefan (City of Santa Monica), Josh Johnson (Minneapolis Dept. of Public Works) & Russ Brooks (Transportation for America)
Host: Transportation for America
Details: http://bit.ly/2FUjwdR, free
[See the Resources section for more details on the Shared Micromobility Playbook.]
Webinar "Resources and Tools for Implementing a Zero-Fatality Goal Program" (Part of a 10-part Toward Zero Deaths series offered every other week between January and June 2019)
Date: January 30, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Gina Baas (University of MN), Tracie Leix (MI DOT), Patricia Ott & William Beans (MBO Engineering)
Host: Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
Details: http://bit.ly/2FLwiMo, free
Webinar "Investing in Health: Local Active Transportation Financing Initiatives"
Date: January 31, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Eric Bunch (BikeWalkKC, MO), Alfonso Directo (Investing in Place) & Sara Zimmerman (Safe Routes to School National Partnership)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2FQtzk8, free
[See the National & International Scene section for more details on the Investing in Health: Robust Local Active Transportation Financing for Healthy Communities report.]
Webinar "Systemic Pedestrian Safety Analysis and Risk Based Prioritization"
Date: February 4, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Libby Thomas (Univ. of NC Highway Safety Research Center), Brent Crowther (Kimley-Horn) & Chris Svolopoulos (Seattle DOT)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2FhZda7, $95 for some registrants
Webinar "Behavior Changes, Technology, and Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Urban Congestion"
Date: February 6, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): José Holguin-Veras (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Host: Meeting of the Minds
Details: http://bit.ly/2FHu4h7, free
Webinar "Adapting Shoreline Infrastructure to Sea Level Rise and Extreme Events"
Date: February 6, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Fraser Shilling (Univ. of CA at Davis), Jan Mackinnon (GA Dept. of Natural Resources), Justin Vandever (AECOM) & Kimberly Andrews (Univ. of GA)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2FeHnFs, some registrants will pay $95
Webinar "Zero Vision and Goal Setting" (Part of a 10-part Toward Zero Deaths series offered every other week between January and June 2019)
Date: February 13, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Host: Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy Development team
Details: http://bit.ly/2LaQBD5, free
Webinar "Creating Safer Communities for All"
Date: February 13, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2Sgz7Yr, free
Webinar "Viewing Low-Stress Networks Through an Equity Lens"
Date: February 20, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2PW4LbL, $50/site for APBP members, $85/site for non-members
Webinar "Now That e-Bikes Are On Trails, What Do We Know?"
Date: February 21, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Morgan Lommele (PeopleForBikes), Chris Bernhardt (C2 Recreation Consulting) & Mary Ann Bonnell (Jefferson County Open Space, CO)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2Jpvj3w, $19 for members, $39 for nonmembers
Webinar "Focused Safety Priorities and Strategies" (Part of a 10-part Toward Zero Deaths series offered every other week between January and June 2019)
Date: February 27, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Host: Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy Development team
Details: http://bit.ly/2LaQBD5, free
Webinar "GARE-BBSP: Inside-Outside Organizing and Community Engagement" (Part 3 of 3)
Date: February 28, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Host: Better Bike Share Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2C7VQR7, free
Webinar "Now That e-Bikes Are On Trails, What Do We Know?"
Date: February 28, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Morgan Lommele (PeopleForBikes), Chris Bernhardt (C2 Recreation Consulting) & Mary Ann Bonnell (Jefferson County (CO) Open Space)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2Jpvj3w, $19 for members, $39 for nonmembers; closed captioning available
Webinar "Supporting Program Structure" (Part of a 10-part Toward Zero Deaths series offered every other week between January and June 2019)
Date: March 13, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Host: Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy Development team
Details: http://bit.ly/2LaQBD5, free
Webinar "Stronger Together: Partnering with the Disability Rights Movement"
Date: March 13, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2S9s5oq, free
Webinar "Navigating Without Curbs: Accessibility on Shared Streets"
Date: March 20, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2PZclCB, $50/site for APBP members, $85/site for non-members
Webinar "Trail Towns - Leveraging Trails for Community and Economic Development"
Date: March 21, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Harry Burkholder (Land Information Access Assn.), Russell Clark (National Park Service), Helen Siewers (Cave Country Trails) & Seth Wheat (State of KY)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2FfyzPN, $19 for members, $39 for nonmembers; closed captioning available
Webinar "Technical Assistance and Training" (Part of a 10-part Toward Zero Deaths series offered every other week between January and June 2019)
Date: March 27, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Host: Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy Development team
Details: http://bit.ly/2LaQBD5, free
SHARED MICROMOBILITY PLAYBOOK
-> Transportation for America released a new guide for cities considering how to manage dockless scooter and bike shared micromobility services; better understand the variety of policy options; and explore the core components of a comprehensive shared micromobility policy. (Shared Micromobility Playbook: http://bit.ly/2FUhBWH) The guide is divided into eight policy sections: General provisions; operations; equipment & safety; parking & street design; equity; communications & community engagement; data; and metrics.
[See Webinar section for a January 28 webinar on this resource.]
TOWARD ZERO DEATHS NATIONAL STRATEGY ON HIGHWAY SAFETY
-> University of MN Technology Exchange Express reported its new suite of tools can help state, local, and tribal agencies and private industry achieve the goal of zero deaths. (Road Map for Implementing the TZD (Toward Zero Deaths) National Strategy on Highway Safety: http://bit.ly/2FKlVbU) These tools include: a road map guidance document that identifies the essential elements for effectively implementing and sustaining a TZD program, action step checklists, and best practices; 2 online self-assessment tools focused on program development and implementation and on stakeholder involvement; a how-to guide for implementing the existing TZD Strategic Communications Plan; a PowerPoint presentation; and 3 online tutorials that address the benefits of partnering, provide tactics for connecting with and engaging different types of partners, and highlight how states and communities are working with partners to promote TZD efforts. http://bit.ly/2FIsGLo
[See Webinar section for 10-part Toward Zero Deaths series offered every other week between January and June 2019]
SPEEDING: RETHINKING A FORGOTTEN TRAFFIC SAFETY CHALLENGE
-> A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association highlights excessive vehicle speed as a persistent factor in nearly one-third of all motor vehicle-related fatalities. Despite this, speeding is not given enough attention as a traffic safety issue and is widely deemed culturally acceptable by the motoring public. (Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge: http://bit.ly/2FJujbB) This report takes a fresh look at this challenging topic, outlining the latest available data and research, federal and state policies, existing programs to reduce speeding-related crashes, and promising future approaches.
MEASURING STATE DOT & MPO TRANSPORTATION PERFORMANCE
-> A recent Transportation Research Board report summarizes what data state DOTs and MPOs are using and how they are measuring transportation performance. (Analyzing Data for Measuring Transportation Performance by State DOTs and MPOs: http://bit.ly/2FTiXRr) Knowledge about transportation data already exists, but may be fragmented, scattered, and unevaluated. This report synthesizes current knowledge and practice about data management to help transportation organizations learn about effective practices. The report also identifies future research needs.
GUIDE TO SUBURBAN COMMUNITY BIKE HUBS
-> A new report from The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) in Toronto, Canada describes an innovative suburban bike hub program that can be replicated in other suburban communities. (Building Bike Culture Beyond Downtown: A Guide to Suburban Community Bike Hubs: http://bit.ly/2FIDA3A) The three-year Scarborough Cycles program tapped into the potential for cycling in suburban districts by repairing over 2,000 bicycles, leading over 1,000 people on rides, and training over 200 people in cycling skills -- all in a suburban community with next to no bike lanes and only one bike shop. The report describes how Scarborough Cycles launched 2 community bike hubs -- welcoming spaces where people can learn more about cycling, meet other people who cycle, and go cycling together - to spark cycling adoption. The hubs offer programming such as do-it-yourself bicycle repair, bicycle loans, and guided rides to encourage cycling in an area where few trips are made by bicycle. Researchers developed a targeted, four-step approach for other suburban communities to build bicycle culture. They adapted proven social psychology strategies, such as those used for quitting smoking or reducing energy consumption, to encourage and sustain behavior change for cycling. http://bit.ly/2FLoDhg
TRB ROUNDABOUT CRASH PREDICTION MODELS AND METHODS
-> A recent Transportation Research Board report provides crash prediction models that quantify the expected safety performance of roundabouts for motorized and non-motorized road users. (Development of Roundabout Crash Prediction Models and Methods: http://bit.ly/2FQf7bY) Safety performance factors (SPF) and crash modification factors (CMF) are predictive models that estimate expected crash frequencies. These models are used to identify locations where crash rates are higher than expected, to estimate safety benefits of a proposed project, and to compare the safety benefits of design alternatives. SPF and CMF models may help identify and prioritize locations for safety improvements, compare project alternatives by their expected safety benefits, and guide detailed design decisions to optimize safety. Research indicates that roundabouts provide substantial reductions in crashes, and this report determines SPF and CMF specifications for roundabouts.
STARTING AND GROWING A STRONG SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership released a toolkit to kicking off a new Safe Routes to School program or strengthen an existing one. (Building Blocks: A Guide to Starting and Growing a Strong Safe Routes to School Program: http://bit.ly/2FPmjVP, also see several sample materials) This step-by-step guide includes how to start a program, how to get your school and city on board, and how to make your program stronger over time. It introduces the background, lingo, and everything you need to know to develop your strongest possible Safe Routes to School program.
EQUITY IN SAFE ROUTES TO PARKS: 5 FACT SHEETS
-> Safe Routes to School National Partnership released 5 fact sheets on how to advance safe, equitable access to parks. They include ideas and examples of strategies to advance equity in each stage of Safe Routes to Parks efforts. They explore what it means to meaningfully engage community residents, assess community priorities, develop a tailored community plan that reflects a community's goals, bring a community plan to action, and incorporate equitable Safe Routes to Parks efforts into the fabric of a community.
- Community Engagement: The Core of Equitable Safe Routes to Parks Efforts (http://bit.ly/2FS2ME2)
- Equity in Planning Charting a Path Toward Safer Park Access (http://bit.ly/2FWw5Fo)
- Equity in Implementation: Putting Plans into Action to Improve Safe Access to Parks (http://bit.ly/2FPI0F0)
- Keep the Good Work Going: How to Sustain Your Equitable Safe Routes to Parks Efforts (http://bit.ly/2FPI47I)
- Equity in Assessment: Understanding Barriers and Opportunities to Improve Safe Park Access (http://bit.ly/2FT1ybN)
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, November 15-18, 2019, San Diego, CA
Deadline: January 23, 2019 by 11:59 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2TiEDKq
-> CALL FOR POSTERS - Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, March 31-April 2, 2019, Louisville, KY
Deadline: January 25, 2019, http://bit.ly/2RScPNb
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 6th International Conference on Women's Issues in Transportation, Irvine, CA, September 10-13, 2019
Deadline: January 30, 2019, http://bit.ly/2Jq0AmW
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, Philadelphia, PA, November 2-6, 2019.
Deadlines: Between February 19 and 23, 2019, dependent on the Section, SPIG or Caucus, http://bit.ly/2SfJeg6
-> CALL FOR PROGRAM PROPOSALS - 2019 Safe Routes to School Conference, November 12-14, 2019, Tampa, FL
Deadline: February 22, 2019, http://bit.ly/2ReHZlc
-> CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS - Walk21- XX, October 7-11, 2019, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Deadline: February 22, 2019, http://bit.ly/2Fhg2T7
-> CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - 12th Liveable Cities Conference, Adelaide, Australia, August 12-13, 2019
Deadline: April 26, 2019, http://bit.ly/2Dc9btb
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 6-8, 2018 - 7th Annual Winter Cycling Conference, Calgary, Canada
-> February 15-17, 2019 - Youth Bike Summit, New York, NY
-> February 17-20, 2019 - Active Living Research Conference, Charleston, SC
-> February 18-20, 2019 - Inaugural Transportation, Air Quality, and Health Symposium, Austin, TX
-> February 25-26, 2019 - Safe Streets Summit, Miami, FL
-> March 1, 2019 - Cycle Tourism Conference, Toronto, Canada
-> March 5-7, 2019 - National Shared Mobility Summit, Chicago, IL
-> March 9-12, 2019 - 20th Annual National Bike Summit, Arlington, VA/Washington, DC
-> March 10-12, 2019 - CityLaunch, San Diego, CA
-> March 10-13, 2019 - 19th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior, Greenville, SC
-> March 31-April 2, 2019 - Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, Louisville, KY
-> April 1-2, 2019 - Australian 2019 National Sustainability Conference, Brisbane, Australia
-> April 1-2, 2019 - SOPHIA's 2019 HIA Practitioner Workshop, St. Paul, MN
-> April 4-6, 2019 - Mid-Atlantic Greenways & Trails Summit, Philadelphia, PA
-> April 7-9, 2019 - 14th National Light Rail and Streetcar Conference, Jersey City, NJ
-> April 9-13, 2019 - Society of Health And Physical Educators (SHAPE) National Convention & Expo, Tampa, FL
-> April 10-11, 2019 - Safer City Streets Network: 5th meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina
-> April 13-16, 2019 - 2019 APA National Planning Conference San Francisco, CA
-> April 15-18 , 2019 - Aging In America, New Orleans, LA
-> April 28 - May 1, 2019 - American Trails 24th International Trails Symposium, Syracuse, NY
-> May 6-9, 2019 - 2019 National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Rapid City, SD
-> May 8, 2019 - National Bike To School Day
-> May 17-19, 2019 - 2019 ASLA Diversity Summit, Washington, DC
-> May 19-22, 2019 - APWA North American Snow Conference; Salt Lake City, UT
-> May 20-24, 2019 - Cycling Embassy of Denmark - 5th Bikeable City Masterclass, Copenhagen, Denmark
Deadline: February 1, 2019; http://bit.ly/2FJOMgv
-> May 22-24, 2019 - International Transport Forum Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration, Leipzig, Germany
-> May 26-29, 2019 - CARSP Conference (Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals) Calgary, Canada
-> May 26-31, 2019 - 15th World Conference on Transport Research, Mumbai, India
-> June 1, 2019 - National Trails Day
-> June 2-5, 2019 - 17th National Transportation Planning Applications Conference, Portland, OR
-> June 3-6, 2019 - 13th ITS European Congress, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
-> June 4-7, 2019 - Alaska Walk and Bike Conference, Sitka, AK
-> June 4-7, 2019 - International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, Prague, Czech Republic
-> June 5-7, 2019 - Chicago Forum on Global Cities, Chicago, IL
-> June 9-12, 2019 - Global Public Transport Summit, Stockholm, Sweden
-> June 9-12, 2019 - International Conference on Transportation and Development, Alexandria, VA
-> June 12-15, 2019 - CNU 27 (Congress for New Urbanism), Louisville, KY
-> June 16-19 , 2019 - National ADA Symposium, Dallas, TX
-> June 25-27, 2019 - 25th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment, Aveiro, Portugal
-> June 25-28, 2019 - Velo-City; Dublin, Ireland
-> June 26-27, 2019 - PraxisConference Pedestrian Protection; Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
-> July 3-6, 2019 - Canadian Institute of Planners Nation al Conference, Ottawa, Canada
-> July 8 - 12, 2019 - Esri User Conference, San Diego, CA
-> July 12-16, 2019 - Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Tampa, FL
-> July 21-24, 2019 - Joint ITE International and Texas District Annual Meeting and Exhibit, Austin, TX
NEW & FURTHER OUT: See http://bit.ly/centerlines for other events more than six months from now.
-> September 9 - 12, 2019 - NACTO Designing Cities 2019: Toronto, Canada
-> October 15-17, 2019 - California Bike Summit, Los Angeles, CA
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 FROM CITIES - STREETS FOR KIDS
Streets for Kids, part of NACTO's Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI), is a multi-year program to advance street designs that create safe public spaces for kids of all ages and abilities to learn, play, and move around a city. GDCI will work directly with practitioners in 12 selected cities to reimagine and redesign their streets to support comfortable, healthy, and inspiring environments for all children. GDCI is now accepting applications from cities to join the Streets for Kids program to receive direct technical assistance: 4 cities will receive technical guidance and matching funds through 2021 to support the implementation of child-friendly projects; 8 cities will receive tailored trainings.
Deadline: February 26, 2019 by 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2FPHqr0
-> SUMMER INTERNSHIPS - SAN FRANCISCO, CA MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is currently accepting applications for its paid Sustainable Streets Division's summer internship program. Gain valuable on-the-job experience under the guidance of experienced transportation professionals. Interns will participate in a variety of transportation planning and engineering activities.
Deadline: February 13, 2019, http://bit.ly/1PAq0IL
-> JOB - PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR (COMPLETE STREETS), CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
This position leads, directs, manages, reviews, coordinates, and collaborates with the Complete Streets Core Team (CS Core Team) members on all planning, design, engineering, construction, or agency agreements, and permits related to planning, design, and construction activities for projects in the CS' Program of Projects (POP) to meet the requirements of ROH 14-33; supervises the completion of necessary planning and environmental clearances, design, and construction of various public works improvements; coordinates and participates in the preparation and review of multiple reports and studies including, but not limited to, public involvement plans, alternatives analysis, traffic analysis, pavement design, drainage memos, scopes of work, project budget and schedules, cost estimates, and 30% design plans; and manages, determines, and finalizes the scope, schedules, budgets, and warehouse of deliverables from consultant contracts for projects included in the POP by performing quality control to ensure the optimization of tax payer resources and completed on-time.
Deadline: January 23, 2019 by 11:59 pm Hawaii Time, http://bit.ly/2FJ8eKl
-> JOB - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM SPECIALIST, STATE OF WA DOT, OLYMPIA, WA
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking a highly skilled and motivated transportation planner to fill the role of Active Transportation Program Specialist. This position conducts research and analysis to provide project and network design guidance, technical assistance and evaluation, reports, training materials and presentations, and recommendations for guidelines and policies in support of the Active Transportation Division and multimodal transportation programs at the state, regional, and local levels. The position's primary mission is to produce information in support of the agency goal to provide a low stress, complete network for pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility serving all ages and abilities.
Deadline: January 27, 2019 by 11:59 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2FJk1s4
-> 2 JOBS, CITY OF AUSTIN, TX
- PROGRAM SPECIALIST (SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL)
The Safe Routes to School Program Specialist will assist the Education Coordinator in implementing programs at local schools to increase the number of students who are walking or biking to school. This position would be responsible for meeting with school communities to determine safest routes to schools and help address any concerns to include principals, teachers, parents, and students. The Program Specialist will also assist the Safe Routes to School education team when needed in training students at local elementary and middle schools.
Deadline: January 29, 2019, http://bit.ly/2FL8SGY
- PROGRAM COORDINATOR (SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL & URBAN TRAIL, AND NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERING PROGRAMS)
The Community Services Division Program Coordinator will promote initiatives and build partnerships for the Safe Routes to School, Urban Trail, and Neighborhood Partnering Programs. The Program Coordinator will work in conjunction with the division's Program Managers in creating and implementing community engagement plans. This will include in-depth understanding of each program's initiatives and coordination with external stakeholders.
Deadline: January 29, 2019, http://bit.ly/2FJ36Ws
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LOS ANGELES (CA) WALKS
Los Angeles Walks, a pedestrian advocacy organization, seeks a visionary, impact-driven, experienced nonprofit leader to further develop a growing movement for safe streets and healthy neighborhoods in Los Angeles. With support from the Advocacy and Engagement Manager, Programs Manager, advisory board, and Community Partners staff, the Executive Director will be responsible for leading and managing a small but quickly developing organization, not only directing its growth, but also overseeing all program, advocacy, communications, development, and administrative operations of the organization including the supervision of two full-time staff members, interns, and fellows. The Executive Director also serves as Project Leader for Community Partners.
Deadline: January 31, 2019 by 9:00 am PT, http://bit.ly/2FXb8KT
-> 3 JOBS, NEW YORK CITY DOT
- ASSISTANT HIGHWAY TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST
DOT seeks an ambitious and motivated candidate to serve as an Assistant Highway Transportation Specialist in the School Safety unit of Research, Implementation and Safety (RIS) within the Division of Transportation, Planning and Management. School Safety is responsible for improving safety near K-12 schools throughout New York City. The group focuses primarily on pedestrian safety, accessibility and the development of projects that encourage non-motorized transportation. The candidate will be responsible for developing projects to improve safety in the vicinity of schools. The selected candidate will conduct field work; collect and analyze traffic and crash data; coordinate with DOT units and with external stakeholders; design projects; present proposals to the schools.
Deadline: January 31, 2019, https://on.nyc.gov/2FTVbVF
- 2 BOROUGH PLANNERS
The Division of Sidewalk & Inspection Management (SIM) is responsible for maintaining the city's 12,760 miles of sidewalks and approximately 162,000 pedestrian ramps. SIM is tasked with sustaining a comprehensive pedestrian ramp and sidewalk program that ensures accessibility of pedestrian ramps, streets and sidewalks. The Pedestrian Ramp Program Planning Team is responsible for the identification of project needs, the development of a self-evaluation plan that helps identify the pedestrian ramp access associated issues, the development of an accessibility prioritization methodology to evaluate all the pedestrian ramp corners in the city, the development of databases and public website interface, the development of new project scopes and estimates, the verification of projects conflicts, and the development of a road map for future pedestrian ramp upgrades and construction programs. SIM seeks to hire two Borough Planners to serve as project managers performing planning and project management work for DOT's Ped Ramp Program.
Deadline: Until filled, https://on.nyc.gov/2FU1qZF
-> JOB - BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR, FL DOT, MIAMI, FL
This position serves as the District Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Bike/Pedestrian coordinator, enforce accessibility compliance on District projects through plan reviews and training of district staff in accordance with Procedure 625-020-15. Manages the review of District design plans to ensure compliance with ADA. Coordinates the development of action plans for resolving accessibility requests or complaints. Perform engineering reviews and evaluations of project plans at various stages of development to ensure that bicycle/pedestrian facilities are effectively designed and integrated in accordance with State policy and standards and are consistent with applicable bicycle/pedestrian plans. Make recommendations for improvements, as needed, among other duties.
Deadline: February 1, 2019, http://bit.ly/2FMKQM7
-> JOB - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLANNER (TRANSPORTATION PLANNER II), FAIRFAX COUNTY (VA) GOVERNMENT
This position supports the development, design, review and management of a diverse range of active transportation projects, plans, feasibility studies and programs. Reviews transportation facility design plans and resolves project issues for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Develops scopes for active transportation projects including on and off-street facilities and signage. Supports the expansion of the bicycle parking and Capital Bikeshare program. Researches, gathers, interprets and prepares data for studies, policies and comprehensive planning efforts. Prepares a variety of technical documents and maps for decision-making and presentation purposes. Coordinates the collection and analysis of pedestrian and bicycle counts and bike share usage, among other duties.
Deadline: February 1, 2019 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2FJSnv3
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNER III (SRTS & TDM), CITY & COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Under direction from the TDM Program Manager, this position will serve an essential function in coordinating the activities of San Francisco's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, working with various city agencies and non-profit organizations to deliver the program's goals of increasing the percentage of students commuting in non-single-family vehicles to school sites, and to improve safety of walking and bicycling routes to schools. This position will specifically support the SRTS Non-Infrastructure Project which will implement educational, encouragement, and evaluation activities and will communicate with schools, members of the community, and policymakers regarding opportunities to make engineering safety improvements near schools. Additionally, this position may support various TDM initiatives led by the Planning Programs team including program design, implementation, and evaluation.
Deadline: February 4, 2019 by 5:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2FTEKIS
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNER II, CITY OF DURHAM, NC
The position will be responsible for the development of municipal transportation plans and projects. This will be accomplished by leading the development of plans, updates, and projects, including work performed by study consultants through a collaborative stakeholder process. Transportation project development responsibilities include scoping, conceptual design, and environmental documentation for multi-modal transportation projects. Most projects include bicycle, pedestrian, and transit components and the position should have a strong emphasis on multi-modal planning and design criteria. The position will also include oversight of the City's Shared Active Transportation program including the integration of new mobility options into the City's transportation system.
Deadline: February 7, 2019 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2FJ0ms8
-> JOB - REGIONAL AND MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORTATION MANAGER, DAKOTA COUNTY, APPLE VALLEY, MN
The Regional and Multi-Modal Transportation Manager position is responsible for working with internal and external transportation partners to develop and implement strategies, long-range plans, and capital and operating investments in Trunk Highway, transit, bicycle, pedestrian and other multi-modal initiatives as part of a safe and efficient Dakota County transportation system. The position serves as a lead staff liaison with state, regional, and local agencies responsible for Trunk Highway, transit and multi-modal planning and operations, with a high degree of discretion to act and report by exception. The person in this position will supervise staff and lead internal and external teams to meet the County's multi-modal transportation objectives. This position has the discretion to investigate and analyze issues, make decisions, take appropriate actions and reports to the Transportation Director/County Engineer.
Deadline: February 8, 2019 by 4:40 pm CT, http://bit.ly/2FHlLSA
-> JOB - PROJECT ENGINEER, CITY OF BLOOMINGTON, IN
The Project Engineer is a member of the Transportation and Traffic Engineering Services Division, which is responsible for carrying out the City's vision to achieve a progressive and balanced transportation system that works for all ages, all abilities, and all modes of transportation. The Project Engineer works on design and management of transportation infrastructure projects, investigates and responds to a variety of transportation-related inquiries, and provides other technical assistance as assigned.
Deadline: February 26, 2019 by 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2RWd3CF
-> JOB - THRIVING COMMUNITIES PROGRAM MANAGER, SMART GROWTH AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC
Smart Growth America seeks a Thriving Communities Program Manager. This position will have an integral role in shaping the direction of this new team that will weave together complementary disciplines to partner with diverse local leaders to create healthy places where people can prosper. The Program Manager will report directly to the Vice President of Thriving Communities and have a key role in developing and executing the team's programs. This position will work closely with the Vice President to help develop reports, technical assistance, and other programs to advance smart growth in the areas of transportation, racial equity, public health, rural community, arts/culture, and community development.
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled, http://bit.ly/2LabqOR
-> JOB - DIRECTOR OF SMART CITIES, TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC
Transportation for America (T4A) is seeking an innovative leader to assume the role of Director of Smart Cities for their technology based transportation initiatives. This is an exciting opportunity to engage and propel cities forward and help them embrace technology and innovation and develop a strategy for integration of these principles into their policies and programs. The Director of Smart Cities will manage the organization's efforts around new mobility and emerging technology at the local, state and federal level as well as lead the Smart Cities Collaborative. The position is responsible for both external and internal aspects of the Smart Cities program including strategic planning, program and policy development, fundraising, and relationship management with key communities, partners and funders.
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until filled (Still open as of 1/16/19 newsletter), http://bit.ly/2FQChPg
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PATH (PEOPLES ADVOCACY FOR TRAILS HAWAII), KAILUA-KONA, HI
The Executive Director has overall responsibility for financial and operational management of the organization and is responsible for carrying out the strategic developmental priorities of PATH as determined by the all-volunteer Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be a strong and collaborative leader and will enjoy working with state and county representatives, schools, other community organizations to create safe and healthy environments so that our residents will flourish. This Executive Director has a proven track record in financial management, fundraising, event management, programming and operational supervision.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2FUo6ZO
-> JOB - PLANNER I-III -- COMPLETE AND GREEN STREETS PLANNER, MID-AMERICA REGIONAL COUNCIL, KANSAS CITY, MO
The Mid-America Regional Council seeks a qualified professional in the Transportation & Environment department as a Planner I up to a Planner III, depending on qualifications. MARC looks to advance Complete and Green Streets programs which seek to achieve the region's vision of a safe, balanced, regional multimodal transportation system that is coordinated with land use planning, supports equitable access to opportunities and protects the environment. Further, MARC seeks to continue to develop, maintain and implement regional planning strategies, which advance active transportation mobility to foster increased regional bicycle and pedestrian travel as a share of all trips in the greater Kansas City region. The successful candidate will plan, perform, and support professional transportation planning duties within the agency's transportation program and department.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2FIh4b0
-> JOB - MULTIMODAL PLANNING PROJECT MANAGER, PORTLAND, OR
The Buildings & Infrastructure Line of Business is a global network of employees, which serves both the private and public sector. The Multimodal Planning Project Manager position is your opportunity to work on exciting and engaging projects, from bicycle and pedestrian master plans, to high-profile transit capital projects, to stakeholder engagement on complex urban transportation problems. You will be part of a multi-disciplined, highly skilled, and fun team of planners, engineers, designers and environmental specialists leading plans and projects throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2FVcTIu
-> 2 JOBS, NORTH AMERICAN BIKESHARE ASSOCIATION (NABSA), REMOTE LOCATION
NABSA is a 501(c)(3), membership-based industry association made up of bikeshare and shared micromobility system owners, managers, operators, vendors, and technology providers. Its purpose is to provide an organized forum for collaboration, sharing of experiences and best practices, enhanced communications, and guidance to the rapidly growing micromobility industry.
- ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (PART-TIME)
NABSA seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant to provide support to the Executive Director, managing the organization's virtual office, and acting as the first line of customer service. This position requires proficiency with database management, record-keeping, event planning logistics, and a high level of organization. This position is part-time on average, but will require full-time hours right before and during the annual conference.
Deadline: Applications considered on a rolling basis until filled, http://bit.ly/2Frk8aF
- COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
NABSA seeks a full-time Communications Manager to build, grow, and execute the organization's core communications capacities. The Communications Manager implement and expand core benefits for their members; manage all communications channels, establish new ones; execute their communications plan; and assist and advise on the strategies and tactics of the communications plan.
Deadline: Applications considered on a rolling basis until filled, http://bit.ly/2FpkPkG
-> 5 JOBS, INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT POLICY, NEW YORK, NY
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) promotes sustainable and equitable transport worldwide.
- DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
ITDP is seeking a fulltime Development Associate to assist with efforts to grow the organization's funding base. The Development Associate will report to the Development Manager with oversight from the Chief Strategy and Development Officer and play an important role in grants management, contact management, individual giving and donor reporting.
Deadline: None provided, interviews in January, http://bit.ly/2FH37tX
- EDITORIAL & CONTENT MANAGER
The Editorial and Content Manager is a new position within the global communications team and will be primarily responsible for curating regular content for ITDP's website, blogs, print magazine, as well as print and online newsletter, and for assisting the Global Communications Director in disseminating targeted stories to industry press. This position requires a journalist- style approach, pitching and developing story ideas into content, with the aim of promoting the breadth and depth of ITDPs work for sustainable transportation in cities where we work around the world. In addition, this position will support the programs, development and management teams with various writing projects as needed.
Deadline: None provided, interviews in January, http://bit.ly/2FJiqma
- NEW INITIATIVES MANAGER
The Manager, New Initiatives will help manage ITDP's growing portfolio of work on electrification, new mobility and finance. In this cross-functional role, the Manager will manage outside consultants, bring together research and work from internal team members around the world and manage projects with a goal of external publication.
Deadline: None provided, interviews in January, http://bit.ly/2FH3THn
- SENIOR ASSOCIATE, ELECTRIFICATION
The Senior Associate, Electrification will focus on analytics and research related to ITDP's growing portfolio of work on electrification with an emphasis on public mass transit and micro transit. The Senior Associate will work with staff across a global organization and develop case studies, webinars and contribute research for external publication.
Deadline: None provided, interviews in January, http://bit.ly/2FK67pk
- SENIOR ASSOCIATE, NEW MOBILITY
The Senior Associate, New Mobility will focus on analytics and research related to ITDP's growing portfolio of work on new mobility. This includes new technologies and approaches that are bringing opportunities and challenges to the transportation field such as app-based transportation options which allow new forms of ride-hailing and mode sharing. The Senior Associate will work with staff across a global organization and develop case studies, webinars and contribute research for external publications.
Deadline: None provided, interviews in January, http://bit.ly/2FJiQce
-> 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.
Deadline: NA, 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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