#480 Wednesday, February 6, 2019
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----- Promoting Mobility & Equity for Low-Income Seniors
----- Speeding: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge
----- Getting Serious About Speed Management
----- ITDP Pedestrians First: A New Tool for Walkable Cities
----- It's Time for Cities to Reclaim their Streets
----- Master Plan for Cycling Aims to Double Cycling in 54 Countries
----- Pontevedra, Spain Banned Cars Reaps Many Benefits
----- 15 Major Cities Around the World Are Starting to Ban Cars
----- Toronto, Canada Finds Bike Lanes Cheap & Effective Solutions
----- Cyclists Blamed for London, England Gridlock & Pollution
----- Style Guide for Writing Nasty Pieces about Cyclists
----- Bari, Italy to Pay Cyclists to Ride
----- Micromobility Conference
----- Major Taylor Gets Long Overdue NYT Obituary
----- Dutch Cycling in Winter
----- St. John's, Canada Considers Winter Heated Sidewalks
----- Windshield-Mounted Device Camera to ID & Report Potholes
----- World's Longest 3D-Printed Bridge Built in 18 Days
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Dangerous by Design 2019: Ped Danger Index Ranks States & MPOs
----- Seattle, WA Viaduct Closes & Its 90,000 Cars/Day Disappear
----- San Jose, CA: Data-Focused Vision Zero Initiative
----- Boulder, CO: Winter Bike to Work Day, February 8
----- States Develop Uncontrolled Xings Ped Safety Plans
----- Allen, Bourbon & Crawford Counties, KS Approve ABC Trails Plan
----- Buffalo, NY Revitalizing & Reconnecting Regional Bike Network
----- Boston, MA Bike Story Project
----- National Built, Natural & Social Environmental Indicator Database
----- National Walkability Index
----- Drivers Overtake Closer When Cyclists Wear a Helmet
----- Global Infrastructure Report: Cities' Public Engagement Gap
----- E-Scooters Send More People to Hospitals than Bikes & Walking
----- Driverless Car Moral Machine Study
----- NTSB Most Wanted List & TRB Critical Issues in Transportation
----- Guide for Scalable Risk Assessment for Peds & Bikes
----- Involving Individuals w/ Visual Impairment in Decision-Making
----- How To Turn A Place Around- Expanded 2nd Edition
----- Complete Streets, Bike & Ped Plans for Health Stakeholders
----- US Cities Fail to Provide Car Alternatives
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
PROMOTING MOBILITY & EQUITY FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS
-> The Mineta Transportation Institute and AARP released a report that explores the travel patterns, needs, and mobility problems faced by diverse low-income, inner-city older adults in Los Angeles, CA. (Transportation for an Aging Population: Promoting Mobility and Equity for Low-Income Seniors: http://bit.ly/2SB7uNv) This report identifies solutions to senior mobility challenges; reviews municipal policies and services geared toward older adult mobility in 6 cities, and provides recommendations for improving the mobility and life quality of older adults living in inner-city areas with the agencies that might be responsible for implementing them. It also provides recommendations for researchers wishing to study the mobility of older adults, and for restructuring indices that depict neighborhood quality of older adults. http://bit.ly/2SB7uNv
SPEEDING: RETHINKING A FORGOTTEN TRAFFIC SAFETY CHALLENGE
-> The Governors' Highway Safety Association released a report that presents speeding-related fatality trends, documents and summarizes information collected from the states, and reviews policy, programmatic, and cultural trends related to speeding. (Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge: http://bit.ly/2GqqDeg) While speeding may seem like a new challenge, we are in fact managing the legacy of a decades-long culture oriented towards minimizing travel times. Many existing roads do not reflect the latest speeding-related guidelines, and some roads even predate any explicit consideration of vehicle speeds.
[See Webinar section for a February 20, 2019 webinar on this report; the current culture on speeding; practices to set safe speeds in your community; the influence of local, state and federal policies on speed management; how State Highway Safety Offices can support local safety efforts; and examples from across the US of successful speed management plans.]
[See also the Calendar section for the April 15-16, 2019 - Governors Highway Safety Association & Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Speeding Forum.]
GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT SPEED MANAGEMENT
-> In responding to the new GHSA speeding report, the Vision Zero Network notes they couldn't agree more with the report's recommendations focused on the systemic changes needed to prioritize safety over speed. We need to call on our elected leaders and system designers to do the right thing and prioritize safety over speed in meaningful ways, including the following urgent needs, pulled from the new GHSA report: bolster national leadership on speed management; and states need to step up, or out of the way, on safety. (See details at http://bit.ly/2GnASAa) In addition to the new GHSA report, February 20 webinar, and April 15-16 Speeding Forum, communities seeking support for speed management strategies can also use the interactive Institute of Transportation Engineers Speed Management for Safety resource hub. (http://bit.ly/2GvgAVc) It includes topics such as Speed as a Safety Problem, Setting Speed Limits and creating a Speed Management Program. It also includes an interactive forum to post questions for instant discussion and answers within the transportation community.
ITDP PEDESTRIANS FIRST: A NEW TOOL FOR WALKABLE CITIES
-> The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) released a new tool to help governments, city planners, NGOs, and developers make cities more equitable, healthy, safe, and vibrant through walkability. (Pedestrians First: A New Tool for Walkable Cities: http://bit.ly/2GwPkCD) This tool will facilitate the understanding and the measurement of the features that promote walkability in urban environments around the world at multiple levels. With a better global understanding of walkability, and more consistent and frequent measurement of the walkability of urban environments, decision-makers will be empowered to enact policies that create more walkable urban areas. Walkability is not just a sidewalk, it's a whole system of design and infrastructure: walkways; crosswalks; visually active frontage; physically permeable frontage; shade and shelter; and 6 other features. This tool lays out the basics, with checklists, examples, and policy recommendations to create an enjoyable walking environment in any city. http://bit.ly/2GqH1eM
IT'S TIME FOR CITIES TO RECLAIM THEIR STREETS
-> A Smart Cities Dive opinion piece observed most of the automotive industry and media covering its evolution agree that autonomous vehicles will make streets safer. Many of us are convinced, however, that the benefits of autonomy will be limited unless we close parts of our cities to cars and reverse decades of prioritizing drivability over mobility. After over 100 years of designing cities around the needs of vehicles, it will ironically be advancements in car design that force cities to rethink their layouts. Cities around the world are already making efforts to change, designing new city spaces that cater to pedestrians first, then cars. In some cases, they're even shutting out the cars altogether, forcing them to stay within designated areas around the perimeter of reclaimed pedestrian spaces. This is an ideal model for how cities will route autonomous vehicles in the future -- keeping them within prescribed lanes in "safe" zones and forcing them out of the downtown area after dropping passengers close enough to walk, bike, scooter or use public transit to reach their destination. http://bit.ly/2Gr0DzF
MASTER PLAN FOR CYCLING AIMS TO DOUBLE CYCLING IN 54 COUNTRIES
-> The European Cyclists' Federation reported 54 European countries will soon have detailed guidance on how to double cycling across the region by 2030. The pan-European Master Plan for Cycling Promotion, when finalized, will provide guidance for the very first time to many of these countries about how to support cycling at the national level. The draft plan sets out 5 policy objectives to be met by 2030 (http://bit.ly/2Gw5505):
- Double cycling in the region and increase it in every country
- Develop and implement national cycling policies, supported by national cycling plans, in the member States of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe region
- Increase the safety of cyclists in the ECE and WHO member States and halve the number of fatalities and serious injuries of cyclists per kilometer cycled annually
- Integrate cycling into health policies
- Integrate cycling into land use, urban and regional planning, including for infrastructure.
The draft also sets out 30 policy recommendations that signatory states (and others) could adopt to promote cycling, depending on their national circumstances.
PONTEVEDRA, SPAIN BANNED CARS REAPS MANY BENEFITS
-> The Guardian reported that within a month of becoming mayor of Pontevedra, Spain (pop. 80,000), Miguel Anxo FernŠndez Lores, pedestrianized all 300,000 sq meters (3,229,173 sq ft) of the medieval center, paving the streets with granite flagstones. They stopped cars crossing the city and got rid of street parking, as people looking for a place to park is what causes the most congestion. They closed all surface car parks in the city centre and opened underground ones and others on the periphery, with 1,686 free places. They got rid of traffic lights in favor of roundabouts, extended the car-free zone from the old city to the 18th-century area, and used traffic calming in the outer zones to bring the speed limit down to 30km/h (18.6 mph). On the same streets where 30 people died in traffic crashes from 1996 to 2006, only 3 died in the subsequent 10 years, and none since 2009. CO2 emissions are down 70%, nearly three-quarters of what were car journeys are now made on foot or by bicycle, and, while other towns in the region are shrinking, central Pontevedra has gained 12,000 new inhabitants. Also, withholding planning permission for big shopping centers has meant that small businesses -- which elsewhere have been unable to withstand Spain's prolonged economic crisis -- have managed to stay afloat. http://bit.ly/2GoeBlK
15 MAJOR CITIES AROUND THE WORLD ARE STARTING TO BAN CARS
-> Business Insider reported 15 major cities around the world are starting to ban cars, encourage cycling, and make public spaces more pedestrian-friendly. In December, Madrid, Spain began restricting access to gas-powered vehicles made prior to 2000 and diesel vehicles made prior to 2006. In Paris, France, the first Sunday of every month is free of cars. New York City banned cars from Central Park. Read more about these cities and others: https://read.bi/2G9hgPX
TORONTO, CANADA FINDS BIKE LANES CHEAP & EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS
-> The Star reported a temporary, "pilot project" installation of the Richmond-Adelaide bike lanes in downtown Toronto, Canada attracted 7,509 cyclists a day in 2018. (Richmond Street and Adelaide Street Cycle Tracks Report for Action: http://bit.ly/2SwzTEf) Before the bike lanes, about 730 cyclists used these streets each day. The city found that 94% of the growth in the number of cyclists on Richmond-Adelaide was as a result of new cyclists, shifting their transportation choice from another mode. In the downtown core area, the bike lanes now carry almost a third of the vehicles travelling the road during the peak of rush hour, "a higher volume of vehicles per lane than the motor vehicle lanes. To make room for the separated cycle path, the number of car lanes on each street was reduced from four to three. Yet the report finds car trip times were "generally not impacted." Both motorists and cyclists reported in surveys that the roads felt more comfortable to travel on, and there were significant reductions in both motor vehicle collisions involving injury or death (down 18%) and in all cyclist collisions (down 73%). http://bit.ly/2Sv7o9L
CYCLISTS BLAMED FOR LONDON, ENGLAND GRIDLOCK & POLLUTION
-> Forbes reported George Osborne, the United Kingdom's Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2010 to 2016, has blamed cyclists for London's "choking gridlock" and pollution saying it is caused not by too many motor vehicles, but by infrastructure built for cyclists. Specifically, Osborne blames the Embankment Cycleway besides the Thames, which took the space that was once reserved for parking tourist coaches. He wants it destroyed. According to Transport for London, almost 7,500 cycle trips were made along the Embankment each day before the protected cycleway was installed. Since the creation of the cycleway the number of cycle journeys have increased by 38% to more than 10,300 a day. http://bit.ly/2Gr1NLf
STYLE GUIDE FOR WRITING NASTY PIECES ABOUT CYCLISTS
-> Bike Boom asked, "Got a quick column to write about evil cyclists? Need some pointers for a radio script poking fun at those misguided people who ride bicycles when they ought to drive cars?" We've got your back here at Hate Media Inc. (a fictional representation of those mainstream media outlets that allow columnists and shock jocks to write or say things about cyclists that would never be said about other groups in society.) In our definitive, 45-point Style Guide we show you the correct and proper way to blame cyclists for everything, including air pollution, traffic congestion and wasteful spending on boondoggle cycleways. http://bit.ly/2GtON7J
BARI, ITALY TO PAY CYCLISTS TO RIDE
-> CityLab reported the southern Italian city of Bari will pay its citizens to bicycle to work. Starting in this month, the city of roughly 330,000 residents will fit up to 1,000 participating bikes owned by individuals with GPS devices to measure mileage and award riders €0.20 per kilometer (about $0.36 per mile) for any bike journey between home and work. For bike journeys other than work commutes, participants will get €0.04 per kilometer, with the overall amount of money handed over (by bank transfer) in a month capped at €25 per person. France introduced a similar scheme in 2014, and Milan, Italy in 2015. Cash bonuses for people switching from cars to bikes also exist in (among other places) the Dutch province of Brabant -- a scheme that is proving successful enough that the Netherlands is now considering rolling it out nationally. http://bit.ly/2Grdsd8
-> CityLab reported on the Bay Area, CA Micromobility Conference devoted to electric scooters, dockless bikes, and other new mobility devices to replace society's dependence on the automobile with just about anything battery-powered and bike-lane-scaled. Globally, investors have plowed more than $5.7 billion into micromobility start-ups over the past four years, a new McKinsey analysis estimates. (https://mck.co/2SyzjFW) But this gold rush will only pay off if certain issues are resolved, including the critical one of rider safety. That topic didn't seem to get much airtime at the conference, short of some collapsible helmets on display and one 20-minute presentation focused on threats posed by cars to pedestrians and cyclists. http://bit.ly/2Suj2Ss
MAJOR TAYLOR GETS LONG OVERDUE NYT OBITUARY
-> As part of its Overlooked project, The New York Times is now reporting about prominent people whose deaths were not reported by that newspaper at the time. They have now published an obituary for Major Taylor (1878-1932), a world champion bicycle racer whose fame was undermined by prejudice. More than 100 years ago, one of the most popular spectator sports in the world was bicycle racing, and one of the most popular racers was Major Taylor. He set records in his teens and was a world champion at 20. He traveled the globe, racing as far away as Australia, and amassed wealth among the greatest of any athlete of his time. He blew past racial barriers in an overwhelmingly white field bent on stopping him, sometimes violently. Taylor was the first African-American world champion in cycling and the second black athlete to win a world championship in any sport. He died penniless in 1932, at age 53. https://nyti.ms/2StPzYJ
DUTCH CYCLING IN WINTER
-> Two Bicycle Dutch blogs reported on cycling in the Netherlands covered with enough snow to make cycling very uncomfortable if the roads and cycleways hadn't been plowed. Luckily it is customary in the Netherlands to treat the cycleways as well as (or sometimes even better than) the travel lanes for motor traffic. Check out cycling routes after snowstorms with photos and videos. http://bit.ly/2GqF0zb and http://bit.ly/2GpbjP6
ST. JOHN'S, CANADA CONSIDERS WINTER HEATED SIDEWALKS
-> MSN reported a city councillor in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada is hoping to resurrect an idea that has been tried, tested and mostly abandoned in other Canadian cities: heated sidewalks. He asked city engineers to look at heating a small section of downtown sidewalk that's already scheduled for repair work, as a pilot project. Holland, MI, launched its "snowmelt" system in the late 1980s. (See details in the last issue of CenterLines: http://bit.ly/2FI3xAv) Reykjavik, Iceland, heats some of its streets with underground geothermal energy, while other Nordic cities use electric heating. Despite success stories both near and far, heated sidewalks haven't caught on in the snowy Canadian cities that have considered it, aside from a few small driveways and short paved stretches. http://bit.ly/2Gp3B7M
WINDSHIELD-MOUNTED DEVICE CAMERA TO ID & REPORT POTHOLES
-> Wired reported the latest idea for stamping out potholes comes from CarVi, a Silicon Valley--based company that sells aftermarket safety systems. Its windshield-mounted device uses a camera to watch the road and beeps when the driver is wandering out of his lane or about to smack into the car up ahead. You can buy one for $299, plus between $19 and $35 per month (depending on data usage), but most CarVi customers are fleet operators looking to keep their drivers and vehicles out of danger. The gadget is on nearly 60,000 vehicles around the world. Now, CarVi is planning an over-the-air software update that will teach all those cameras to identify potholes. It expects to share the compiled results with local governments (it's not sure yet how those relationships will work), making it easier for cities to know how to allocate their street-fixing resources. http://bit.ly/2Goq1FZ
WORLD'S LONGEST 3D-PRINTED BRIDGE BUILT IN 18 DAYS
-> Popular Mechanics reported the world's longest 3D-printed bridge was built in 18 days. The Chinese pedestrian bridge spans 26.3 meters (a little over 86 feet) and has a width of 2.6 meters (almost 12 feet). Its design is a tribute to Chinese architectural history, referencing the historic Zhaozhou Bridge built in A.D. 605, the country's oldest standing bridge. While the ancient Zhaozhou span required a decade to build, the team at Tsinghua University needed only 450 hours of printing to finish all of their new bridge's concrete components. The bridge's cost came in at just two-thirds the tally of ordinary bridge, with savings coming from cutting down on materials and engineering. http://bit.ly/2G0ifCW
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
DANGEROUS BY DESIGN 2019: PED DANGER INDEX RANKS STATES & MPOS
-> The National Complete Streets Coalition released a report that chronicles the preventable epidemic of pedestrian fatalities, which have been steadily increasing in recent years, even as traffic fatalities overall have been decreasing. (Dangerous by Design 2019: http://bit.ly/2SBHZM0) Over the last decade drivers struck and killed 49,340 people walking in communities across the US. This report ranks states and metropolitan areas around the country using our "Pedestrian Danger Index", or PDI. This index measures how deadly it is for people to walk based on the number of people struck and killed by drivers while walking, controlling for the number of people that live in that state or metro area and the share of people who walk to work -- the 6 most dangerous metro areas are in Florida. The 2019 edition of Dangerous by Design includes traffic deaths that occurred between 2008 and 2017 from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a national database of all fatal traffic crashes. http://bit.ly/2iZ9lHv
In reporting on the Dangerous By Design 2019 release, Streetsblog USA observed the Bible Belt should really be called 'The Carnage Corset.' Pedestrian deaths are concentrated in Sun Belt States. The reason? "All of the Sun Belt states are challenged by separated land uses, pushing all the traffic onto our arterial road system," Billy Hathaway, the transportation director for the city of Orlando, said in a press briefing on the report. In other words, communities in Florida and many Sun Belt areas have been designed in sprawling patterns, forcing most people to drive for almost every trip and resulting in a system based on wide, dangerous arterial roads. http://bit.ly/2Gq8Vrw
SEATTLE, WA VIADUCT CLOSES & ITS 90,000 CARS/DAY DISAPPEAR
-> The Seattle (WA) Times reported the Alaskan Way Viaduct carried 90,000 cars a day before it was shut down on January 11. Commute times since have been slightly above average -- but have fallen far short of the most dire predictions. And fewer cars and trucks than normal have been traveling on the region's other major highways. "Where do the cars go?" said Mark Burfeind, spokesman for INRIX, the Kirkland-based traffic analytics company. "For lack of a better term, the cars just disappeared." A few of those 90,000 drivers a day are using bicycles and the West Seattle water taxi. Bike counts at the city's major bike thoroughfares were way up. During the first 5 days of the closure, daily ridership on the Spokane Street Bridge more than doubled and the Fremont Bridge daily ridership increased 40%. Water-taxi ridership more than tripled from the same period last year.
The counterintuitive idea that removing a major highway needn't necessarily cause a traffic disaster is long-studied. Studies show increasing highway capacity leads to more driving and, often, more traffic. (http://bit.ly/2GrD1dW) The viaduct closure is causing decreases in overall motor vehicle travel in the region. http://bit.ly/2SwEGpd
SAN JOSE, CA: DATA-FOCUSED VISION ZERO INITIATIVE
-> The Human Environment Digest reported a new FHWA case study highlights the effort in San Jose, CA to launch a Vision Zero transportation safety initiative. (Vision Zero San Jose Two-Year Action Plan - 2017-2018: http://bit.ly/2Gt3ica) Vision Zero San Jose used data analysis to select 17 priority corridors to target for safety improvements, and over the next several years will spend over $130 million in Federal, State, and local funds on traffic safety and multimodal improvement projects. San Jose is starting to see the modest results of their Vision Zero efforts. For example, improvements to one of the priority safety corridors reduced a street from 6 lanes to 4, installed buffered bike lanes and an enhanced crosswalk. Early data analysis shows a 40% reduction in crashes from previous years, and none involving bicyclists along the roadway. http://bit.ly/2GvYeUp
BOULDER, CO: WINTER BIKE TO WORK DAY, FEBRUARY 8
-> Boulder, CO-based Community Cycles News published Winter Bike to Work Week events planned for February 4-10, 2019. Winter Bike to Work Day, February 8, begins with breakfast stations and ends with happy hour drinks and appetizers. http://bit.ly/2G9gUsQ
STATES DEVELOP UNCONTROLLED XINGS PED SAFETY PLANS
-> FHWA's Safety Compass Newsletter reported 22 state DOTs and FHWA met to develop policy, planning, design and programmatic recommendations for improving pedestrian safety at uncontrolled locations. Some States are beginning implementation, while others will consider incorporating recommendations and information from their action plans into future policy updates. Most action plans include these elements: 1. Overarching policy related to safety; 2. Marked crosswalk installation, location, prioritization, and countermeasure selection; 3. Facility design manual updates and expansion; 4. Resurfacing; and 5. Training and technical assistance. http://bit.ly/2SsOMaF (pages 5-6)
ALLEN, BOURBON & CRAWFORD COUNTIES, KS APPROVE ABC TRAILS PLAN
-> Kansas Cycling News reported the ABC Trails Plan, a cooperative project between Allen, Bourbon, and Crawford Counties to develop an active transportation and trails plan for the three counties, is the first of its kind in Kansas. Each county's commission has approved the plan, which will be unveiled at a celebration on February 12. The ABC Trails Plan document recommends a variety of short-term and long-term projects, including bicycle routes connecting the counties, information and wayfinding signage, new trails and trail amenities, future bicycle touring and bikepacking routes, and tourism-related activities such as a resource website, a network of paved and gravel routes, and paper brochures and maps. It is called the "ABC Plan" because it applies to Allen, Bourbon, and Crawford Counties, and is a basic building block in the journey towards an active population, a robust and diversified economy, and a sustainable culture of health. http://bit.ly/2GmCTg1
BUFFALO, NY REVITALIZING & RECONNECTING REGIONAL BIKE NETWORK
-> Next City reported on the efforts of GObike Buffalo (NY) and others to knit the region's cities, neighborhoods and parks together again in ways that aren't centered on cars. Frederick Law Olmsted's grand vision for the region more was a landmark achievement when it was created in the late 1800s. The Olmsted Park System was a network of six parks, seven parkways and eight landscaped circles provided locals and visitors with a unique connection to nature in addition to each other. One of the most popular ways of navigating Buffalo's park system in its early years was by bike. But sadly, much of the network was disrupted in the mid-20th century with the construction of expressways to accommodate the growing number of cars on the road. http://bit.ly/2Gob4nk
BOSTON, MA BIKE STORY PROJECT
-> The Boston Cyclists Union reported they launched their Boston Bike Story project, a year-long series of short profiles in which everyday riders explain what biking means to them. By sharing these faces and stories, they aim to humanize riders, expand the definition of what it means to be a cyclist, and engender more public support for pro-bike efforts. http://bit.ly/2Sv8OB7
THE RESEARCH BEAT
NATIONAL BUILT, NATURAL & SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATOR DATABASE
-> Urban Design 4 Health, Inc. reported they developed a nationally complete and consistent comprehensive database of built, natural, and social environment variables known to predict health. (National Built, Natural & Social Environmental Indicator Database (NED): http://bit.ly/2SthcRY, flier: http://bit.ly/2SwXQeD) The NED provides a wide-range of environmental metrics at the Census block group level to enable the assessment of how neighborhood context can support or hinder public health. It was created from over 30 national and region-specific databases from various federal and regional agencies, containing over 200 variables. The NED establishes a nationally consistent, standardized and centrally located set of individual and composite metrics that characterize the built, natural and social environment. It also delivers a combination of individual variables as well as newly created composite scores with the aim of exposing different patterns in the data across geographic space. These uniform nationwide data can help guide programmatic actions and interventions to encourage healthier lifestyles.
NATIONAL WALKABILITY INDEX
-> Urban Design 4 Health, Inc. reported they established a national walkability index for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Culture of Health. In 2017, RWJF released the median National Walkability Index value for the United States as one of its core measures of the built environment. The National Walkability Index used data from the National Environmental Database (http://bit.ly/2SwXQeD). It measures how walk-supportive neighborhoods are as a composite measure comprised of residential density, street connectivity, presence of transit stops/station, a diversity of employment types and household miles driven per year. The Index was calculated using publicly available data for each census block group in the US. On a scale of 1 to 100, the median Index value for the nation is 20. They also included average values for block groups in various metropolitan areas for comparison. http://bit.ly/2SxBWbc
DRIVERS OVERTAKE CLOSER WHEN CYCLISTS WEAR A HELMET
-> A paper published in Accident Analysis & Prevention describes reanalysis of research data used in two past studies that considered whether motorists drove closer on average when passing a bicyclist if the rider wore a helmet. This analysis confirms that drivers did, overall, get closer when the rider wore a helmet. The paper ends by considering wider issues surrounding this topic and suggests public health research might be best served by shifting focus to risk elimination rather than harm mitigation. "Bicycle Helmet Wearing is Associated with Closer Overtaking by Drivers: A Response to Olivier and Walter, 2013" http://bit.ly/2SogqFR
E-SCOOTERS SEND MORE PEOPLE TO HOSPITALS THAN BIKES & WALKING
-> NewsOK reported over a one-year period in two Los Angeles, CA emergency departments, more people were injured while riding standing electric scooters than by riding bicycles or traveling on foot, according to the results of a groundbreaking new study. (Injuries Associated With Standing Electric Scooter Use: http://bit.ly/2Sr3IpN) The study, published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, found that many of those injuries were serious in nature, if not severe. Some health professionals have referred to the wave of injuries as a "public health crisis." http://bit.ly/2Svjekd
GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT: CITIES' PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT GAP
-> SmartCitiesWorld reported AECOM released its second annual global infrastructure report that captured data and opinions from 10,000 residents across 10 major global cities -- Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York, Riyadh, Singapore, Sydney and Toronto. (The Future of Infrastructure: http://bit.ly/2GqJAxs) Researchers found that most of cities underperform when it comes to engaging with their citizens on infrastructure, with an aggregate global average of 3.3 out of 10. Respondents said they want a more focused interaction. Almost half (46%) of respondents overall said they are willing to share personal data to help city agencies improve infrastructure and services. http://bit.ly/2Gp2Hbf
DRIVERLESS CAR MORAL MACHINE STUDY
-> The New Yorker reported in 2013, NHTSA published a sliding scale that ranked cars on their level of autonomy. The vast majority of vehicles are still at level zero. Cars at level five would drive as well as or better than humans, smoothly adapting to rapid changes in their environments. This would require the vehicles to make value judgments: if a car detects a jackknifed truck, should it hit the truck and kill its own driver, or should it swerve onto a crowded sidewalk and kill pedestrians? The response of an autonomous vehicle would have to be programmed ahead of time. This article describes Moral Machine (http://bit.ly/2H6lqXn), an online game played by 2 million people worldwide who had to decide what an AV should do in these types of circumstances. The results, reported in Nature (The Moral Machine Experiment: https://go.nature.com/2SASLlG), identified "three strong preferences" that might provide a starting point for developing a standardized machine-ethics framework: sparing human lives, sparing more lives, and sparing young lives. http://bit.ly/2SBh6rz
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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 "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): Josť 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 "Accessible Sidewalks, Shared Use Paths, and Street Crossings"
Date: February 7, 2019, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Juliet Shoultz & Scott Windley (US Access Board Office of Technical and Information Services)
Host: US Access Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2SxSNdR, free
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 "Transportation Needs and Assessment: Survey of Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and Caregivers"
Date: February 14, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Carol Wright Kenderdine & Virginia Dize (National Aging and Disability Transportation Center )
Host: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
Details: http://bit.ly/2GpfjPC, free
Webinar "Equity Analysis Data, Measures, and Methods for MPOs and Transit Agencies"
Date: February 15, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Alex Karner (Univ. of TX at Austin)
Host: FHWA: Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP)
Details: Participants do not need to preregister. Connections limited to 100. First come, first served. You can log on to the webinar at: http://bit.ly/1td7iLR. The TeleConference Toll Free Number: 1-888-675-2535, Participant Passcode: 8344566. Free
Webinar "Trail Network Signage: Creating a Unified Brand"
Date: February 19, 2019, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Anya Saretzky & Liz Sewell (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy), Melinda Vonstein (Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission) & Gery Keck (Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District)
Host: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Details: http://bit.ly/2Gp0UTE, free
Webinar "Rethinking Speed Management for Safety: A Fresh Look, Proven Strategies"
Date: February 20, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Host: Vision Zero Network and the Governors Highway Safety Association
Details: http://bit.ly/2SBwNPv, free
[See the National & International Scene section for the Speeding: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge item that will be discussed in this webinar.]
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 "Practical Design Principles for Affordable Roundabouts: Case Studies"
Date: February 27, 2019, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Aaron Call (Ohm-Advisors, Inc.), Nick Shultz & Brian Morehead (City of Newark, OH), Scott Zehngraff (GA DOT) & Glenn Wagemann (WA State DOT)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2GpJcPV, some registrants will pay $105
Webinar "Measuring school travel using BikeWalkRoll"
Date: February 28, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Host: Ontario Active School Travel, a program of Green Communities Canada
Details: http://bit.ly/2GrwqQI, free
Webinar "Exploring the Human-Centered Mobility Principles"
Date: February 28, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Rose M.Z. Gowen (Brownsville, TX City Commission), Kevin Mills (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy), Barkha Patel (Jersey City, NJ) & Laura Torchio (Project for Public Spaces)
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2SrhatP, 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 "Leading Future Improvements in Transportation Safety"
Date: March 5, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bruce Landsberg (National Transportation Safety Board) & Neil Pedersen (Transportation Research Board)
Host: Transportation Research Board and the National Transportation Safety Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2GpZYOK, free
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
NTSB MOST WANTED LIST & TRB CRITICAL ISSUES IN TRANSPORTATION
-> The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a report that lists open NTSB safety recommendations most strongly associated with the 2019--2020 NTSB Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. (2019--2020 MWL-Associated Open Safety Recommendations, as of December 11, 2018: http://bit.ly/2Gs3WGv) The list identifies the top safety improvements that can be made across all modes to prevent crashes, minimize injuries, and save lives in the future. Each recommendation is directed to a particular lead organization, agency or level of government, and includes if a response has been received whether it is acceptable or unacceptable.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) released a report identifying and organizing an array of important issues to motivate the analysis, discussion, and debate required to prepare for the potentially unprecedented changes ahead in transportation. (Critical Issues in Transportation 2019: Policy Snapshot: http://bit.ly/2GvX4bx) In each of 12 topics, TRB posed a series of crucial transportation questions to help guide thinking, debate, and discovery during the next 5 to 10 years. Listen to an ITE Talks Transportation Podcast featuring TRB Executive Director Neil Pedersen discussing this report and ways in which transportation engineers can use it. http://bit.ly/2GoDJZD (28-minutes)
[See Webinar section for a March 5 webinar based on these two reports.]
GUIDE FOR SCALABLE RISK ASSESSMENT FOR PEDS & BIKES
-> FHWA's Safety Compass Newsletter reported FHWA released a guide to help assess the degree to which pedestrian and bicycle exposure to risk changes over time or by location or region. (Guide for Scalable Risk Assessment Methods for Pedestrians and Bicyclists: http://bit.ly/2SsOMaF) The guide outlines 8 sequential steps for developing risk values and describes the scope and nature of each step, including guiding principles. Practitioners can use these scalable risk assessment methods to evaluate pedestrian and bicyclist risk at different geographic scales to inform program and project funding decisions. FHWA will soon release an accompanying spreadsheet tool to estimate statewide and MPO area non-motorized exposure, based on combined data from the American Community Survey and the National Household Travel Survey. To receive a copy in advance, contact Tamara Redmon at firstname.lastname@example.org. FHWA is also providing technical assistance in implementing these risk assessment and exposure estimation approaches. http://bit.ly/2SsOMaF (pages 6-7)
INVOLVING INDIVIDUALS W/ VISUAL IMPAIRMENT IN DECISION-MAKING
-> MN DOT released a transportation research synthesis that explores best practices for involving people with visual impairment in transportation facility planning and design. (Involving Individuals with Visual Impairment in Project Decision-Making: A Survey of Practice: http://bit.ly/2Gwnhqr) This report identifies lessons learned by other DOTs, MPOs and advocacy and service organizations in how they assess the transportation priorities of people with visual impairment related to pedestrian travel, transit and light rail, and how they involve individuals with visual impairment in decision-making about transportation facility features and plans.
HOW TO TURN A PLACE AROUND- EXPANDED 2ND EDITION
-> Project for Public Spaces (PPS) released an expanded second edition of its How To Turn A Place Around book (http://bit.ly/2SC32hv). The original edition, published nearly 20 years ago, made the case for great public spaces, helped readers imagine a new way forward for cities, and paved the way for widely-used tools like the Place Game, which has since been used in thousands of communities all over the world. Perhaps most importantly, it was a point of entry for countless people to become familiar with the ways PPS observes and thinks about public spaces. Since then, they have continued to observe how people use streets and other public spaces, and expanded and refined their toolbox of techniques. The new second edition includes practical new tools like the Power of 10, alongside vibrant color photos and diagrams that guide readers through the placemaking process, from community engagement to place management. http://bit.ly/2Gma8Qo
COMPLETE STREETS, BIKE & PED PLANS FOR HEALTH STAKEHOLDERS
-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership released a report that describes how cities and counties can make improvements that increase walking and bicycling to improve health and livability. (Complete Streets and Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans: Key Tools for Supporting Healthy, Active Communities: http://bit.ly/2Gw73h1) This report introduces Complete Streets policies and bicycle and pedestrian plans, and outlines key information about processes and reasons why health-focused stakeholders (healthcare and public health professionals) should engage in the development and implementation of these tools.
US CITIES FAIL TO PROVIDE CAR ALTERNATIVES
-> The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy reported many US cities are failing to connect people to jobs through mass transit, according to their new report that uses census and employment data to establish 12 new benchmarks for how mass transit systems serve urban populations. (Indicators for Sustainable Mobility: A tool for cities to effectively develop sustainable transportation policies: http://bit.ly/2SzJxWw) More than one third of the US cities surveyed -- all with significant climate change risk -- have grown without developing any substantial mass transit systems to serve their populations. The report defines criteria to evaluate mass transportation systems and then uses the criteria to assess 20 cities in the US and compare the scores to those of 8 cities in Canada and Mexico. Compared to major cities in Canada and Mexico, US cities, on average, lag in terms of transit access, speed, comfort and access to destinations. Toronto and Vancouver join Chicago and New York City as the only cities serving more than 85% of their populations with frequent transit. http://bit.ly/2G6XpRC
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> 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 ABSTRACTS - 2019 National Conference on Health Communications, Marketing, and Media, Atlanta, GA, August 13 - 15, 2019
Deadline: February 28, 2019, http://bit.ly/2GnPWxL
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Tennessee Bike Walk Summit (Bike Walk TN), Knoxville, TN, May 9-10, 2019
Deadline: March 1, 2019, http://bit.ly/2GoYrZo
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Conference on Data and Performance Driven Project Prioritization (Transportation Research Board), September 15-18, 2019, Atlanta, GA
Deadline: March 1, 2019, http://bit.ly/2GqdmTd
-> 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 8, 2019 - International Winter Bike to Work Day
-> February 9, 2019 - TransportationCamp South 2019, Atlanta, GA
-> February 11-12, 2019 - Washington State Bike Summit (Cascade Bicycle Club), Olympia, WA
-> February 12-13, 2019 - Mobility Re-Imagined (MOVE: Models, Technology, Sustainability), London, England
-> 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 23, 2019 - 2019 New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit (New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition), West Windsor, NJ
-> February 25-26, 2019 - Safe Streets Summit, Miami, FL
-> February 28, 2019 - Minnesota Bike Summit on Capital Hill 2019 (Bicycle MN), St. Paul, MN
-> March 1, 2019 - Cycle Tourism Conference, Toronto, Canada
-> March 5-7, 2019 - National Shared Mobility Summit, Chicago, IL
-> March 5, 2019 - Utah Bike Summit (Bike Utah), Lehi, UT
-> March 7-8, 2019 - Georgia Walks Summit, Peachtree Corners, GA
-> 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 14, 2019 - Washington, DC Region Vision Zero Summit, Washington, DC
-> March 16, 2019 - Vision Zero for Philadelphia (PA) Conference
-> March 30, 2019 - TransportationCamp PHL 2019, Philadelphia, PA
-> 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 1-4, 2019 - Smart Cities Connect Conference, Denver, CO
-> April 4-6, 2019 - Mid-Atlantic Greenways & Trails Summit, Philadelphia, PA
-> April 6, 2019 - BikePGH's 6th Annual Women & Non-Binary Forum, Pittsburgh, PA
-> April 6, 2019 (Rescheduled) - TransportationCamp Ithaca 2019, Ithaca, NY
-> 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 15-16, 2019 - Governors Highway Safety Association & Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Speeding Forum, Rucversville, VA
-> April 15-18 , 2019 - Aging In America, New Orleans, LA
-> April 23-24, 2019 - Safe Systems Summit: Redefining Transportation Safety (Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety), Durham, NC
-> April 27, 2019 - TransportationCamp NE 2019, Cambridge, MA
-> 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 8-10, 2019 - Placemaking: Making it Happen - Spring 2019 (Project for Public Spaces), New York, NY
-> May 9-10, 2019 - Tennessee Bike Walk Summit (Bike Walk TN), Knoxville, TN
-> May 9-10, 2019 - Transportation Camp Florida (#SmartMiami), Miami, FL
-> May 17-19, 2019 - 2019 ASLA Diversity Summit, Washington, DC
-> May 18, 2019 - TransportationCamp Baltimore 2019, Baltimore, MD
-> 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 12-15, 2019 - Placemaking Week Europe (STIPO / European Placemaking Network/La Marina de Valencia), Valencia, Spain
-> June 16-19 , 2019 - National ADA Symposium, Dallas, TX
-> June 19-21, 2019 - Sustainable Transport Study Tour in the Netherlands (Florida Atlantic University in coordination with the International Sustainable Transportation Exchange Program)
-> June 24-26, 2019 - Mobilize Fortaleza: 2019Reclaiming Streets for Access and Mobility (Institute for Transportation and Development), Fortaleza, Brazil
-> 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
-> June 26-28, 2019 - ICLEI Resilient Cities 2019: 10th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, Bonn, 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
-> August 4-7, 2019 - 2019 ACT International Conference, New York, NY
-> August 13-15, 2019 - 2019 National Conference on Health Communications, Marketing, and Media, Atlanta, GA
-> August 25-28, 2019 - Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Conference Portland, OR
-> September 9 - 12, 2019 - NACTO Designing Cities 2019: Toronto, Canada
-> September 10-13, 2019 - 6th International Conference on Women's Issues in Transportation (WIiT 2019), Irvine, CA
-> September 15-18, 2019 - 12th TRB International Conference on Low-Volume Roads, Kalispell, MT
-> September 15-18, 2019 - Conference on Data and Performance Driven Project Prioritization (Transportation Research Board), Atlanta, GA
NEW & FURTHER OUT: See http://bit.ly/centerlines for other events more than six months from now.
-> October 1-4, 2019 - 3rd International Placemaking Week (Project for Public Spaces), Chattanooga, TN
-> October 23-24, 2019 - MN Statewide Toward Zero Deaths Conference, St. Cloud, MN
-> January 12-16, 2020 - Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
-> January 31-February 4, 2021 - Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
-> January 9-13, 2022 - Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
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 - AMERICA WALKS 2019 WALKING COLLEGE
The Walking College is a six-month, interactive, online educational program for walkable community advocates. Each year, Walking College Fellowships are awarded to community change agents working alone, in organizations, or in professions such as public health, planning, transportation, or education. Follow #WalkingCollege on Twitter for a chat on February 11th at 1:00 pm ET to engage with Fellows and learn more about the experience.
Deadline: February 28, 2019, http://bit.ly/2FHnyqC
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE IN MT, ID, WY, NM & CO - COMMUNITY BUILDERS
Today, communities of all sizes are looking to grow stronger and more prosperous. But many of the West's small cities and rural communities don't have access to the same resources of their larger peers. The Community Assistance program fills this gap. They provide direct technical assistance to deliver on-the-ground results, build local capacity and inspire future progress on the issues that matter most to communities. Their areas of assistance include Place Value and New Mobility West among others.
Deadline: March 1, 2019, http://bit.ly/2Gm2eXl
-> INTERN (PAID) - EVENTS & COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP, EUROPEAN CYCLISTS' FEDERATION, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
You will work in direct collaboration with ECF in preparation for the upcoming Velo-city conference as well as support for the global policies work when needed. Your tasks will be focused on supporting communications for Velo-city; content generation for social media platforms, writing/editing articles, webpage updates, preparation of newsletters, planning and execution of social media campaigns. You will also assist with event organization and preparation; coordination of logistics, registrations and problem-solving of practical issues that arise; and provide general administrative support; organization of meetings (both in person and online); agenda, room and catering logistics, taking minutes, preparing presentations, formatting of documents etc., as well as financial administration support; filing, reimbursements etc. among other duties.
Deadline: February 13, 2019 at 23h59 CEST, http://bit.ly/2GsMH80
-> INTERN (PAID) - URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNER - INTERN, WI DOT, WAUKESHA, WI
The Urban and Regional Planning Intern will work in an innovative environment on a collaborative and diverse team of planners, engineers and technical staff. This is a great opportunity for a student to gain real-world experience. This position will assist planning staff with various tasks including design plan review, mapping infrastructure and reported concerns, general research, and file coordination. Key tasks include preparing design review comments, attending design review meetings, mapping bicycle/pedestrian accommodations, conducting the trail count program and other planning project tasks as requested.
Deadline: February 24, 2019 by 11:59 pm CT, http://bit.ly/2SxIVkq
-> INTERN (PAID) - SUMMER COLLEGE INTERN - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING, ORANGE COUNTY (CA) TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
OCTA's Summer College Intern Program is a 10-week paid student/intern program. You will gain real world work experience on meaningful projects under the guidance of transportation professional. You will have the opportunity to use problem solving, communication and decision-making skills as you gain valuable work experience. This opportunity will provide exposure to the general practices of the active transportation section of OCTA's strategic planning projects. This section advances projects related to engineering, education, evaluation, and encouragement activities that improve walking and biking within Orange County. The intern will support planning efforts to improve the network, pursue grant funding, and participate in the Safe Routes to School Action Plan.
Deadline: Open until filled., http://bit.ly/2Gqw1y1
-> JOB - SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR (YOUTH BIKE/WALK PROGRAM), ECOLOGY ACTION, SALINAS, CA
Ecology Action seeks n energetic, dedicated, and passionate Program Coordinator to help deliver sustainable transportation education programs across Monterey County. Bike Smart is a comprehensive school-based youth bicycle safety education program which includes a two-part training an in-class presentation, followed by an on-bike "rodeo." They typically work with 5th grade students, but will occasionally provide trainings for 4th 12th grades in a variety of school settings. Walk Smart is a comprehensive school-based youth pedestrian safety education program which also includes a two-part training an in-class presentation, followed by an educational walk around the block. They typically work with 2nd grade students, but will occasionally provide trainings other lower-elementary grades.
Deadline: February 6, 2019, http://bit.ly/2SvVAnQ
-> JOB - RESEARCH PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR, PORTLAND (OR) STATE UNIVERSITY
The Transportation Research & Education Center (TREC) is the transportation research and education center for Portland State University. The Center houses the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, the US DOT national center for livable communities; the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, which shares active transportation insight with professionals and educators through training opportunities, conferences and outreach; and transportation data archives. The Program Administrator is responsible for the day-to-day administrative research programs at TREC.
Deadline: February 7, 2019, http://bit.ly/2GsdaCH
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNER - BIKE & PEDESTRIAN, CITY OF SPOKANE, WA
The City of Spokane seeks a professional who will be focused on the City's bicycle, pedestrian and micro-mobility initiatives, and contribute to a wide range of transportation initiatives and Studies. This position advocates for the continued development of the City's bicycle, pedestrian and micro-mobility systems and safety, while facilitating public engagement in processes that inform a balanced multi-modal transportation system and plan.
Deadline: Open until filled, application review begins February 11, 2019, http://bit.ly/2SvweGx
-> JOB - RESOURCE CONSERVATION SPECIALIST I/II-LIVABLE COMMUNITIES (ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION), COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, CA
The Resource Conservation Specialist I/II (RC Specialist) will enhance coordination of the active transportation program by organizing events, conducting outreach, and supporting a variety of ongoing projects. The RC Specialist will provide input in the redesign of the CAP and assist in marketing the program to employees. The RC Specialist will also support the implementation of various active transportation grants, including the Sustainable Transportation Encouragement Program (STEP) in the North Fair Oaks neighborhood to design community engagement activities and programs that encourage more active transportation - primarily walking and bicycling - in the North Fair Oaks community. The second grant is to develop a Bicycling and Pedestrian Master plan for unincorporated San Mateo County.
Deadline: February 13, 2019 by 11:59 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2SoBsUP
-> JOB - CAMPUS BICYCLE PROGRAM COORDINATOR, UNIVERSITY OF FL, GAINESVILLE, FL
Key responsibilities include facilitating the Bicycle Friendly University application process with relevant campus and community stakeholders and implement feedback from that process as necessary; recommending and implementing new services, programs, opportunities and facilities to help UF achieve and maintain a minimum of Gold Level Bicycle Friendly University status; and facilitating a Campus Bicycle Master Plan among many other responsibilities.
Deadline: February 19, 2019, http://bit.ly/2SwEDcV
-> JOBS - ACCESSIBILITY SPECIALISTS, US ACCESS BOARD, WASHINGTON, DC
The US Access Board seeks Accessibility Specialists (GS 9/11/12) to serve in its Office of Technical and Information Services. Chosen candidates will be responsible for providing technical assistance and training to the public on accessibility standards for buildings and facilities issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) and new Access Board standards for medical diagnostic equipment. They also will assist in preparing published guidance on these standards and in the periodic review and update of the standards. Several candidates may be selected.
Deadline: February 19, 2019, http://bit.ly/2Sr7Oy8, http://bit.ly/2SBUibb
-> 2 JOBS, CITY OF SEATTLE, WA
- MOBILITY SERVICES MANAGER
The Mobility Services Manager reports to the Transit and Mobility Division Director in the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). This position is responsible for leading strategic program development and implementation, including advancing a visionary and innovative mobility program addressing emerging mobility technologies, transportation demand management, and transportation equity. The position guides SDOT in proactively managing changing right-of-way demands to accommodate mobility options, pedestrian and freight load/unload needs.
Deadline: February 19, 2019 by 4:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2Sy73Dp
- PROJECT MANAGER, MULTI-MODAL CORRIDORS
The Multi-Modal Corridors Project Manager is responsible for managing the efforts of a diverse team of City and non-City staff, consultants, and community members to deliver capital projects on time and within budget. The Project Manager (PM) will focus on corridor development to include multi-modal transportation schemes. Rapid transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects such as neighborhood greenways, cycle tracks, multi-use trails, new sidewalks, and pedestrian crossing improvements. These projects typically require extensive public outreach, and the project manager will play a key role in working with the public to successfully implement the projects.
Deadline: February 26, 2019 by 4:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2SxDW3c
-> JOB - PROJECT MANAGER 1- STREETSCAPES, CITY & COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, CA
The project manager will be managing capital improvement projects with strong streetscape elements. The Streetscape Program enhances neighborhood streets, alleys, and plazas across the city through best practices in design that bring safety, economic, and beautification improvements including Vision Zero pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements. The project manager will manage the Jefferson Street Improvements project and the 7th Street Improvements project, among others. The project manager will be charged with leading the planning, design, construction procurement, construction and closeout of assigned projects.
Deadline: February 26, 2019 by 5:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2Gpdd26
-> JOB - PROJECT MANAGER, PEDS, ATLANTA, GA
PEDS is a non-profit organization dedicated to making communities in Georgia safe, inviting and accessible to all pedestrians. The Project Manager will collaborate with external partners to help implement the Georgia Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. The Project Manager will also promote walk-friendly policy, street design, and funding changes at local and regional levels.
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis, http://bit.ly/2SvBQAB
-> JOB - COMMUNITY ORGANIZER-- BOSTON (MA) CYCLISTS UNION
The Community Organizer will engage the public in the Boston Cyclists Union's mission, campaigns, and story. They will work with all parts of the organization (staff, board, members, interns, and volunteers) to assist with the development and implementation of the Boston Cyclists Union's Bikeways for Everybody campaign, and ongoing reactive campaigns, and to win support for key bicycling infrastructure improvements. The Community Organizer will work with local leaders, community groups, and businesses, to gather neighborhood input, grow grassroots and grasstops support, build consensus around progressive bike infrastructure and policies in the Boston area, and achieve the goals which are most important to people who bike and want to bike. The Community Organizer will facilitate and help plan monthly working group nights of the Activist Group and/or Programming Group, as well as campaign-specific meetings, new member sessions and trainings. This is a full-time position. However they are open to candidates that are the right fit in a part-time capacity with a scaled-down list of job responsibilities.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2PZ6mhc
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BICYCLE COLLECTIVE, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
The Bicycle Collective seeks an Executive Director to provide leadership, vision and sound management to build on the Collective's 16 years of community bicycling initiatives that promote cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier and safer society. The Executive Director leads and motivates staff, volunteers and members, acts as a leader in sustaining current organizational development, and further develops the organization as it contributes to its local citizens and communities.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2Suma0F
-> JOB - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION STREET DESIGNER II, TOOLE DESIGN GROUP LLC - AUSTIN, TX
As an Active Transportation Street Designer, 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. Toole Design has a multi-year contract to provide full-time staff support to ATD's Active Transportation and Street Design Division.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2SvRvjw
-> JOB - MANAGER - TRAVEL DEMAND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, HOUSTON-GALVESTON (TX) AREA COUNCIL
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) seeks a Manager to join the Transportation Department to lead the Travel Demand Management Program including Commute Solutions and other initiatives. Through cooperation with local governments, H-GAC improves the quality of life for residents across the region. Improving mobility and creating multimodal transportation options are core elements in H-GAC's transportation programs. The Manager will provide direction to develop and implement travel demand management strategies such as transit connections, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, carpool, vanpool, telework, etc. to implement the Travel Demand Management Program.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2StKWhs
-> 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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