#486 Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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----- NACTO Shared Micromobility: 2X as Many Trips Last Year
----- Need for Electric Scooter Federal Regulations
----- Fining Poor People for Walking Won't Stop Ped Fatalities
----- Ped & Cyclist Near Misses, Unreported Crashes
----- Scotland Nearly Triples Number of Girls Riding to School
----- End Street Harassment to Support Walking
----- Call for Safe Routes to School Programs National Census
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Seattle, WA: How People Use Sidewalks
----- San Francisco, CA Streamlines Placemaking Permit Applications
----- Medford, MA Installs '3D' Crosswalk in School Pick Up Zone
----- Walk Friendly Communities Recognizes 4 Cities
----- Study of Media Discourse about Fatal Bicycle Crashes
----- Ped Injury Severities in Ped-MV Crashes by Age
----- Elderly Ped Fatal Crash-Related Contributing Factors
----- Rural & Urban Ped Injury Severity in Ped-MV Crashes
----- Physical, Psychological and Economic Burden of Injured Two-Wheel Users
----- Drivers Passing Too Close to Cyclists
----- Cyclist Crash Histories, Safety Perceptions & Attitudes
----- Simulation Modeling in Built Environment & Physical Activity Research
----- ITE K-12 Transportation STEM Teacher Resources
----- Active Transportation & Health Effects of SRTS Projects
----- Sidewalk Labs Principles of Good Street Design
----- Health Equity Through Law & Policy Blueprint
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
NACTO SHARED MICROMOBILITY: 2X AS MANY TRIPS LAST YEAR
-> NACTO released its annual comprehensive count of all shared micromobility (shared bike and e-scooter) trips in the US. (Shared Micromobility in the U.S.: 2018: http://bit.ly/2V4DCeg.) They reported in the past year more than twice as many trips--84 million--were taken on shared micromobility in the US than the year before. Trips on station-based bike share increased to 36.5 million (up 7% from 2017), dockless bike share saw 9 million trips, and people took 38.5 million trips on shared scooters, reflecting a wide proliferation of these vehicles in many cities. NACTO's report details average trip duration, distances, and prices per ride, and includes comprehensive charts and graphs showing the growth of shared micromobility across the US. http://bit.ly/2GJr95E
NEED FOR ELECTRIC SCOOTER FEDERAL REGULATIONS
-> -> CityLab reported that in April, Lyft, the owner of the largest bikeshare operator in the US, pulled its fleet of pedal-assist electric bikes off the streets in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Users had reported excessive braking force on the front wheel, creating the risk of tossing them over the handlebars. Lyft's recall was entirely voluntary and self-enforced: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the primary bicycle safety regulator in the US, was nowhere to be seen. The absence of coordination by any governmental agency on these types of corrective actions is worrisome, because as new mobility devices emerge, so will new safety risks. http://bit.ly/2vsYFrG
FINING POOR PEOPLE FOR WALKING WON'T STOP PED FATALITIE
-> Talk Poverty reported 3 Michigan cities began cracking down on pedestrian violations. The stated goal of the weeklong effort was to reduce the significantly high pedestrian traffic casualties by getting pedestrians to obey traffic laws. In at least two of the targeted cities, jaywalking tickets run more than $100 apiece. Targeting walkers doesn't do anything to address the actual problem: that roads and sidewalks aren't safe and accessible for all users. Instead, what this enforcement does is punish vulnerable people, contribute to an already-existing social mentality that blames pedestrians for their own demises, and send a clear message that safe streets are only a priority for people who drive. http://bit.ly/2GHqzFC
PED & CYCLIST NEAR MISSES, UNREPORTED CRASHES
-> An America Walks blog post recognized that existing pedestrian and bicyclist crash data represent only the tip of the iceberg. This post reported research into pedestrian and bicyclist near misses (and crashes) to better understand the existing data about crashes reported to police. Respondents to a survey (https://bit.ly/2V65Hle) in Knoxville, TN revealed for every crash reported to police, there was an additional crash not reported, and 30 near-miss incidents. Researchers heard from a lot more bicyclists than walkers and recognized that it is harder to target walkers. However, walkers are hit more often and 95% of pedestrian/bicycle fatalities in their region are people killed while walking. Researchers shared information about hot spots for near misses with local engineering and law enforcement staff to prevent these incidents. In other research, the author found privacy regulations make linking identifiable pedestrian and bicyclist hospital discharge data with police reports impossible and is sharing her crash database with the state of TN who will try to match these data sources. http://bit.ly/2Dusb4I
-> See earlier "tip of the iceberg" related research: Injuries to Pedestrians and Bicyclists: An Analysis Based on Hospital Emergency Department Data, published by FHWA in 1999: http://bit.ly/2V4xNgN
SCOTLAND NEARLY TRIPLES NUMBER OF GIRLS RIDING TO SCHOOL
-> Sustrans, a advocacy organization based in the United Kingdom, reported the number of girls cycling to school over the past 10 years has almost tripled in participating schools: 7.9% of girls at schools supported through Sustrans' I Bike program reported cycling to school in 2018 compared to 2.8% in 2008. I Bike, funded by the Scottish Government and delivered through Sustrans Scotland, promotes walking, cycling and scootering to school and aims to reduce the gender gap which sees more boys cycling to school than girls. The project has carried out more than 6,200 activities aimed at girls in the past 3 years and has worked with 75,000 students in 375 schools across Scotland. http://bit.ly/2GjVLdM
END STREET HARASSMENT TO SUPPORT WALKING
-> An America Walks blog notes as walking advocates, when we talk about making streets safe for walking, we often focus on infrastructure and traffic safety. But walking in public can still be an uncomfortable, intimidating and even dangerous experience for people who are vulnerable -- particularly girls, women, youth, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. Street harassment can have a strong negative effect on people who get around on foot, by bicycle, or on public transit -- and it's a common and pervasive problem. Surveys have found that between 65 and 86% of women and 25% of men reported experiencing street harassment. That's why it's critical that walking and active transportation advocates address street harassment as a barrier to walking, and partner with community organizations that are working to end harassment. http://bit.ly/2PHi81i
CALL FOR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAMS NATIONAL CENSUS
-> If you haven't already included your Safe Routes to School program among your peers in the national census of programs, the deadline has been extended to May 10. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership (SRTSNP) asks you to please take a few minutes to share information about your program to help them track trends and progress in the Safe Routes to School movement--and continue to serve you and your peers from this more informed base. Any local, regional, or state initiative, by whatever name, funded or unfunded, that takes action focused on getting more kids walking and biking safely to and from school is part of the Safe Routes to School family. SRTSNP is looking for an entry from every Safe Routes to School program whatever you call yourselves.
Extended Deadline: May 10, 2019, http://bit.ly/2Hv7dGD
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
SEATTLE, WA: HOW PEOPLE USE SIDEWALKS
-> Streetsblog USA reported a new study from the Seattle, WA DOT (SDOT) shows that the vast majority of sidewalk users do not take advantage of city-provided seating, preferring standing (61%) or simply leaning on walls or using makeshift chairs (11%). One-in-four people who hung out on public sidewalks actually sat in seating provided either for the public or restaurant patrons. Seattle DOT is not sure whether pedestrians prefer to stand or simply whether there's just not enough seating available. The agency found pedestrian behavior on Seattle sidewalks includes much more than merely getting from Point A to Point B. Walkers engage in a surprisingly varied range behavior -- social, commercial, and resting. http://bit.ly/2GMXeJO
SDOT reported they wanted to know how ordinary people used public spaces as part of their daily lives in Seattle. Their team surveyed and observed the activities on sidewalks on 108 block faces across 38 neighborhoods at different times on various days of the week. See results at http://bit.ly/2GONnTJ. SDOT also developed a new Guide For Data Collectors -- a tool that can help community advocates strengthen advocacy efforts with data: http://bit.ly/2GNrMvf
SAN FRANCISCO, CA STREAMLINES PLACEMAKING PERMIT APPLICATIONS
-> In implementing its Placemaking Ordinance (http://bit.ly/2GHBjDW), San Francisco, CA's Places for People Program created a comprehensive, interagency permitting framework. (Places for People Proposal and Permit Application Package: http://bit.ly/2GHBjDW) It streamlines community-based development of public space demonstration projects and programming in those spaces across the city. These can include parklets, alleyway activations, street plazas, play streets, urban prototypes, and popups on city lots. Rather than submitting several different permit applications to different departments, project sponsors can submit a consolidated application that is routed and reviewed by all the pertinent jurisdictions. http://bit.ly/2GQcsOu
MEDFORD, MA INSTALLS '3D' CROSSWALK IN SCHOOL PICK UP ZONE
-> Smart Cities Dive reported the Boston suburb of Medford, MA installed a "3D" crosswalk to increase children's safety near an elementary school's pick-up zone. Two students proposed the optical illusion to prompt drivers to slow down. Some drivers don't like the crosswalks because they believe they're going to hit something in the road and become startled, but pedestrian safety advocates say that's the intended effect. The tactic could be especially useful near schools, where data show complacency even leads drivers to ignore school zone signs or flashing lights. http://bit.ly/2V3Zx5s
WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES RECOGNIZES 4 CITIES
-> In its 10th year, the Walk Friendly Communities program recognized 4 communities for their commitments to prioritize pedestrians and create safe, comfortable and inviting places to walk. San Francisco, CA received the highest, Platinum-level designation, only the third community to receive that honor: http://bit.ly/2V2IbFO. Portsmouth, NH received a Silver-lever designation: http://bit.ly/2V9AL3X. Two cities received Bronze-level designations: Cedar Rapids, IA: http://bit.ly/2V4qiGV, and Lakeland, FL: http://bit.ly/2V6i5C0. The next round of applications are due by June 15, 2019: http://bit.ly/2qPEjsn.
THE RESEARCH BEAT
-> The Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board OnlineFirst portal recently released several papers. (http://bit.ly/2DwdDSg)
- STUDY OF MEDIA DISCOURSE ABOUT FATAL BICYCLE CRASHES
-> This research examines the linguistic choices that frame relationships between bicyclists and other parties involved in fatal crashes. Researchers coded media reports with a qualitative data analysis software and analyzed using critical discourse analysis. Results show the majority of news reports were episodic rather than thematic, focusing on the traffic event and the parties involved in the crash, particularly the bicyclist. Vocabulary, grammatical structure, and narrative framing of news reports largely functioned to remove blame from the motorist and to highlight the bicyclist's actions. These linguistic strategies reflect the assumption that responsibility for safety rests on the bicyclist and detracts attention from potential social policy reform that would lead to fewer bicyclist fatalities. "Framing the Bicyclist: A Qualitative Study of Media Discourse about Fatal Bicycle Crashes" http://bit.ly/2V1HXyV
- PED INJURY SEVERITIES IN PED-MV CRASHES BY AGE
-> This study investigates factors that significantly contribute to the severity of pedestrian injuries resulting from pedestrian-vehicle crashes. Researchers used police-reported pedestrian crash data and a partial proportional odds logit model approach to explore pedestrian safety issues associated with each age group: young (under 24), middle-aged (aged 25--55), and older pedestrians (over 55). Results from likelihood ratio tests statistically show the better performance of developing separate injury severity models for each age group compared with estimating a single model utilizing all data. "Pedestrian Injury Severities in Pedestrian-Vehicle Crashes and the Partial Proportional Odds Logit Model: Accounting for Age Difference" http://bit.ly/2PISLfu
- ELDERLY PED FATAL CRASH-RELATED CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
-> This study aimed to determine the key associations between contributing factors of elderly pedestrian crashes. Researchers found several association patterns with high crash potential for elderly pedestrians. These include backing vehicle-related crashes for female pedestrians (especially those aged 79 and above), segment-related crashes at night for 65 to 69 year-old male pedestrians, crossing an expressway at night for male pedestrians, especially the 65 to 69 year group, failure to yield while crossing at intersections, and crashes occurring in the dark with poor street lighting. Elderly Pedestrian Fatal Crash-Related Contributing Factors: Applying Empirical Bayes Geometric Mean Method: http://bit.ly/2PAy5WI
- RURAL & URBAN PED INJURY SEVERITY IN PED-MV CRASHES
-> In this study, researchers developed mixed logit models to investigate and identify significant contributing factors to the pedestrian injury severity in pedestrian-vehicle crashes in both rural and urban areas in NC. The estimation results show that factors such as a bad driver's physical condition, heavy trucks, dark light condition, speed limit between 35 and 50-mph and speed limit above 50-mph will significantly increase pedestrian injury severities in both rural and urban areas. Modeling Pedestrian Injury Severity in Pedestrian-Vehicle Crashes in Rural and Urban Areas: Mixed Logit Model Approach: http://bit.ly/2PGb5WE
-> The Journal of Safety Research published several bicycle-related articles in a recent volume. http://bit.ly/2GjjomJ
- PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC BURDEN OF INJURED TWO-WHEEL USERS
-> This study aimed to assess the physical, psychological, and economic burden shouldered by severely injured two-wheel users in three European countries as well as the cost resulting from their hospitalization. "Physical, Psychological and Economic Burden of Two-Wheel Users After a Road Traffic Injury: Evidence from Intensive Care Units of Three EU Countries" http://bit.ly/2vseLSu
- DRIVERS PASSING TOO CLOSE TO CYCLISTS
-> This study used an online survey to examine the attitudinal and demographic factors associated with drivers' non-compliance with a minimum passing distance (MPD) rule in Queensland, Australia. Researchers found reported non-compliance with the MPD rule is widespread and is related more to attitudinal than demographic factors. "Drivers Who Don't Comply with a Minimum Passing Distance Rule When Passing Bicycle Riders" http://bit.ly/2PE22W5
- CYCLIST CRASH HISTORIES, SAFETY PERCEPTIONS & ATTITUDES
-> This research attempted to address gaps in bicycle data in sources like police crash reports. Researchers developed a survey to enhance the quality and quantity of available bicycle safety data in Virginia. The survey captures bicyclist attitudes and perceptions of safety as well as bicycle crash histories of respondents. The results show very high levels of under-reporting of bicycle crashes; only 12% of the crashes recorded in this survey were reported to police. Suburban and urban roads with designated bike lanes had more favorable injury severity profiles, with lower percentages of severe and minor injury crashes compared to similar roads with a shared bike/automobile lane or no designated bike infrastructure. "Crash Histories, Safety Perceptions, and Attitudes among Virginia Bicyclists" http://bit.ly/2vuamhM
SIMULATION MODELING IN BUILT ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RESEARCH
-> Health and Place published a study in which researchers assessed the use of simulation modeling to inform decision-making about built environment influences on physical activity. They reviewed 16 studies that evaluated interventions and features related to neighborhood safety (crime or traffic), active transportation, land use design, and walking and biking infrastructure. All focused on urban areas and most considered heterogeneity of outcomes based on local context. The majority did not appear to have engaged or been used by practitioners or policy-makers to inform real-world decisions. "A Scoping Review of Simulation Modeling in Built Environment and Physical Activity Research: Current Status, Gaps, and Future Directions for Improving Translation" http://bit.ly/2V4Oglh
QUOTES R US
"Cities are proactively thinking about how to harness the incredible potential of these shared services [shared micromobility] in the public right-of-way. As stewards of the public realm, it is vital that cities retain authority over their streets. State legislators must ensure that cities have the ability to plan, regulate, and manage shared micromobility systems for safe, sustainable, and equitable outcomes."
-- Corinne Kisner, Executive Director of NACTO, commenting on the release of its Shared Micromobility in the U.S.: 2018 report. http://bit.ly/2GJr95E
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
LEARN, HONOR INDIGENOUS HISTORY OF US NATIONAL PARKS
Roadtrippers advises next time you visit a national park, take time to learn and honor its Indigenous history. Many modern tribes still have ancestral connections to these lands. On the surface, it is easy to view each national park as a glittering jewel of natural wonderment; a space of "protected" land that was saved from woes of development. Yet, there is a reality that frequently gets omitted from the conversation: Indigenous people lived on this land thousands of years before the National Park Service was ever a kernel of ideation. These beautiful tracts of land were their homes. In a history packed full of broken promises and ignored claims, various American Indian tribes were removed from their homelands during the creation of almost every single national park in the country. Native Women's Wilderness (http://bit.ly/2PF6Kmc), a nonprofit dedicated to elevating the voices of Native American women and nonbinary relatives in the outdoors advises researching national parks before visiting. Use the interactive Native Land map (http://bit.ly/2L15x6a) to learn whose land you will be enjoying, or download the free 'Whose Land' app (https://apple.co/2vw9PMc). Seek out the Indigenous history in the visitor center and ask questions to learn more. http://bit.ly/2vuTbwE [Check out cultural tourism options many tribal nations offer or visit the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)'s NativeAmerica Travel website: http://bit.ly/2vw739U.]
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 "Creating Active Routes to Everyday Destinations"
Date: May 2, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Ken Rose & Chris Kochtitzky (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) & TJ McCourt (City of Raleigh, NC)
Host: Pedestrian and Bicyclist Information Center
Details: http://bit.ly/2Gp7MyS, free
Webinar "Speed Limit Setting Practices"
Date: May 2, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Randy McCourt (DKS Associates), Eric T. Donnell (homas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute), Bryan J. Katz (Toxell LLC), Guan Xu (FHWA) & Matthew Roe (NACTO)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2vybBfK, free
Webinar "Fuel for Active Bodies: Increasing Access to Healthy Foods"
Date: May 8, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2PIWSYY, free
Webinar "Implementation and Progress Monitoring" (Part of a 10-part Toward Zero Deaths series offered every other week between January and June 2019)
Date: May 8, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Host: Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy Development team
Details: http://bit.ly/2LaQBD5, free
Webinar "Fuel for Active Bodies: Increasing Access to Healthy Foods"
Date: May 10, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Hanifa Adjuman (Detroit Black Community Food Security Network), Caroline Harries (Advocate), Marisa Jones (Safe Routes to School National Partnership)
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2UHPS4i, free
Webinar "Dialysis Transportation: The Intersection of Transportation and Healthcare"
Date: May 13, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Buffy Ellis, Sue Knapp & Fred Fravel (KFH Group, Inc.) & Marsha Regenstein (George Washington Univ. School of Public Health)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2UDrdxH, free
Webinar "Guide to Snow and Ice Performance Measures: Key Findings & Recommendations"
Date: May 15, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Deepak Gopalakrishna (ICF) & Jeremy Schroeder (Athey Creek Consultants)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2Gl5vo1, some registrants pay $95
[See the Resources section Performance Measures in Snow and Ice Control Operations item on which this webinar is based.]
Webinar "Maintaining Green Infrastructure: Hints for Success"
Date: May 15, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2PZuG2e, $50/site for APBP members, $85/site for non-members
Webinar "Advancing Geographic Equity Using Spatial Analysis"
Date: May 15, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Jeff Matson (Univ. of MN), Julia Koschinsky & Nicole Marwell (Univ. of Chicago) & Jessica Solomon Fisher (Public Health National Center for Innovations)
Host: All In: Data for Community Health
Details: http://bit.ly/2GLq0un, free
Webinar "Transit Stigma & Social Equity: What Transportation Administrators Say They Are Doing About It"
Date: May 16, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Gerard Wellman (CA State Univ.) & Josephine Hazelton (Univ. of NE at Omaha)
Host: Center for Urban Transportation Research
Details: http://bit.ly/2V5WtFC, free
Webinar "Equitable Development Training #2: Putting it into Place"
Date: May 20, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2PIVSnG, free
Webinar "Engaging with Elected Officials" (Part of a 10-part Toward Zero Deaths series offered every other week between January and June 2019)
Date: May 22, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Host: Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy Development team
Details: http://bit.ly/2LaQBD5, free
Webinar "Innovation Exchange: Virtual Public Involvement"
Date: May 30, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2GkLY7o, free
Webinar "Working with Non-traditional Stakeholders" (Part of a 10-part Toward Zero Deaths series offered every other week between January and June 2019)
Date: June 5, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Host: Toward Zero Deaths National Strategy Development team
Details: http://bit.ly/2LaQBD5, free
Webinar "Safe Speeds, Safe Communities: Partners in Speed Management"
Date: June 12, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2PCNaHn, free
Webinar "Speed Management Noteworthy Practices"
Date: June 13, 2019, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Shauna Hallmark (Streetwise Transportation Consultants) & Neal Hawkins (Iowa State Univ.)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Details: http://bit.ly/2vybNeY, free
Webinar "Telematics as a Vision Zero Tool"
Date: June 18, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Presenters from Geotab & New York City
Host: Vision Zero Network
Details: http://bit.ly/2GintHX, free
Webinar "Finding Common Ground with First Responders"
Date: June 19, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2Q35hoI, $50/site for APBP members, $85/site for non-members
Webinar "Over the River and Through the Woods: Plan and Design Over, Around, and Through the Woods"
Date: June 20, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Daniel Biggs (Weston & Sampson) & Jason Philbin (PermaTrak)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2JrMeT8, $19 for members, $39 for nonmembers
ITE K-12 TRANSPORTATION STEM TEACHER RESOURCES
-> The STEM subcommittee of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) released a new transportation-themed STEM lesson resource for K-12 teachers. (Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Resources: http://bit.ly/2DwaVMk) The lesson plans are designed to engage students in academic content through real-world transportation problems and projects. Activities developed by the ITE subcommittee are featured as well as links to other relevant STEM content that is FREE for teachers. In addition, teachers can reach out to state sections and local ITE chapters (http://bit.ly/2PHTuh0) to request assistance in implementing activities or to identify guest speakers on specific transportation topics through ITE's vast college student and professional member network. http://bit.ly/2DIP4lh
ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION & HEALTH EFFECTS OF SRTS PROJECTS
-> The Mineta Transportation Institute released a report on a literature review that outlines the effects of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects on public health and active transportation in the US, and offers several insights into the state of the practice. Highlights among these are the findings that sidewalk and traffic signal upgrades measurably reduced the incidents of child pedestrian collisions and child pedestrian injury rates. Several sources found encouraging results related to active transportation. Both in terms of perceived and actual safety impacts, sidewalk gap closure and traffic signal upgrade SRTS projects were found to yield increases in the likelihood of children walking to school, and even greater increases when infrastructure interventions like these were combined with education programs. Active Transportation and Health Effects of Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) Projects and Planning: http://bit.ly/2vwoVBG
SIDEWALK LABS PRINCIPLES OF GOOD STREET DESIGN
-> SmartCitiesWorld reported that Sidewalk Labs released its 4 principles of good street design as a starting point for how cities can re-imagine and re-think their streets for pedestrians, bikes and transit. (Street Design Principles v.1: ) Principle 1: Tailor streets for different modes. Principle 2: Separate streets by speed. Principle 3: Incorporate flexibility into street space. Principle 4: Recapture street space for the public realm, transit, bikes, and pedestrians. To illustrate these concepts, Sidewalk Labs has provided examples of how they might play out in practice on different street types. For example, on streets that prioritize pedestrians-it calls these streets laneways-they're very narrow and limited to 4 mph. Pedestrians would feel comfortable to stroll or linger here. http://bit.ly/2vvixKX
HEALTH EQUITY THROUGH LAW & POLICY BLUEPRINT
-> ChangeLab Solutions released a new resource with legal strategies and best practices to help policymakers, practitioners, and communities improve health outcomes. (A Blueprint for Changemakers: Achieving Health Equity Through Law & Policy: http://bit.ly/2vuGC4n) The Blueprint outlines ways to leverage the unique power and efficacy of local policy solutions, incorporate health in all policies, and engage diverse community members in the policy process. At its core, the Blueprint focuses on comprehensive strategies to address the fundamental drivers of health inequities.
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - All In: Data for Community Health National Meeting, October 15-17, 2019, Baltimore, MD
Deadline: May 17, 2019 by 11:59 pm PT (abstracts reviewed on a ruling basis), http://bit.ly/2V58RWr
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Safer Roads 2020 International Conference, May 12-14, 2020, Richmond, VA
Deadline: June 15, 2019, http://bit.ly/2HrXoJk
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
-> May 6-9, 2019 - 2019 National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Rapid City, SD
-> May 7, 2019 - Bike 2019, Edmonton, Canada (University of Alberta)
-> May 8, 2019 - Bike 2019, Calgary, Canada (University of Alberta)
-> 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 14-15, 2019 - Safe Mobility of Older Persons Committee Midyear Meeting, Woods Hole, MA
-> May 15, 2019, 7:00 pm in your time zone - 2019 Ride of Silence (Silent processions around the world to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways)
-> May 16-18, 2019 - 2019 Children & Nature Network International Conference (Children & Nature Network), Oakland, CA
-> 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 20-23, 2019 - Social Determinants of Health Summer Institute: Multilevel Thinking and Analysis in the Social Determinants of Health (Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University), Atlanta, GA
-> 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
-> May 28-30, 2019 - Social Determinants of Health Summer Institute: Qualitative Data Analysis (Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University), Atlanta, GA
-> 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 3-6, 2019 - Social Determinants of Health Summer Institute: Group Randomized Trials to Address the Social Determinants of Health Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University), Atlanta, GA
-> June 4-5, 2019 - '2019 World Cycling Forum: Putting the Bicycle Industry at the Core of Sustainable Development (World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry), Rotterdam, 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 6 - 7, 2019 - 6th Annual Summer Conference on Livable Communities: Smart Mobility Toward Building Livable Communities (Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities), Kalamazoo, MI
-> June 6-8, 2019 - 10th International Public Market Conference (Project for Public Spaces), London, United Kingdom
-> 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 20-21, 2019 - IBPI Faculty Workshop: Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses (Transportation Research and Education Research Center, Portland State University), Portland, OR
-> June 23-30, 2019 - Professional Study Abroad 2019: Active Transportation in the Netherlands (Transportation Research and Education Research Center, Portland State University) Registration closes March 31, 2019
-> 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
-> June 26-29, 2019 - Vanguard Conference (Next City), Newark, NJ
-> 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 15-19, 2019 - IBPI Workshop: Comprehensive Bikeway Design (Transportation Research and Education Research Center, Portland State University), Portland, OR
-> July 18, 2019 - PlacesForBikes Workshop, Columbus, OH
-> July 21-23, 2019 - IBPI Workshop: Planning for Active Transportation: If You Build It, Will They Come? (Transportation Research and Education Research Center, Portland State University), Portland, OR
-> July 21-24, 2019 - Joint ITE International and Texas District Annual Meeting and Exhibit, Austin, TX
-> July 21-26, 2019 - AASHTO Committee on Design Annual Meeting (AASHTO Technical Committee on Roadside Safety to meet with TRB Committee on Roadside Safety Design: http://bit.ly/2CtchqH), Reno, NV
-> August 1, 2019 - PlacesForBikes Workshop, Bentonville, AR
-> August 4-7, 2019 - 2019 ACT International Conference, New York, NY
-> August 13, 2019 - PlacesForBikes Workshop, Atlanta, GA
-> August 13-15, 2019 - 2019 National Conference on Health Communications, Marketing, and Media, Atlanta, GA
-> August 24-28, 2019 - IMAGINE THE FUTURE: Advancing Traffic Safety through Technology and Innovation (Governors Highway Safety Association 2019 Annual Meeting), Anaheim, CA
-> August 25-28, 2019 - Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Conference Portland, OR
-> August 25-28 - PlacesForBikes Workshop (in conjunction with the APBP Conference), Portland, OR
-> September 9 - 12, 2019 - NACTO Designing Cities 2019: Toronto, Canada
-> September 10-12, 2019 - Texas Department of Transportation Annual Environmental Conference (TX DOT & TRB), Austin, TX
-> 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
-> September 22-26, 2019 - International Conference on Ecology & Transportation (ICOET) Achieving Balance in Ecology and Transportation (California Depts of Transportation and Fish & Wildlife), Sacramento, CA
-> September 30 - October 3, 2019 - National 2019 Vanguard Conference (Next City), Sacramento, CA (Limited 40 applicants)
-> October 1-4, 2019 - 3rd International Placemaking Week (Project for Public Spaces), Chattanooga, TN
-> October 7-11, 2019 - Walk21- XX: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
-> October 10-11, 2019 - 5th Annual Vision Zero Cities Conference (Vision Zero Network), New York, NY
-> October 15-17, 2019 - California Bike Summit, Los Angeles, CA
-> October 15-17, 2019 - All In: Data for Community Health National Meeting, Baltimore, MD
-> October 23-24, 2019 - MN Statewide Toward Zero Deaths Conference, St. Cloud, MN
-> October 24-25, 2019 - 32nd ICTCT Conference, Warsaw, Poland
-> October 24-25, 2019 - 12th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, IA
-> October 31, 2019 - PlacesForBikes Workshop, Santa Barbara, CA
-> November 2-6, 2019 - American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, Philadelphia, PA
-> November 5-6, 2019 - 9th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization in Action (Transportation Research Board), Washington, DC
-> November 7, 2019 - PlacesForBikes Workshop, Providence, RI
-> November 7, 2019 - Center for Transportation Studies Annual Transportation Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN
-> November 10-13, 2019 - Trafinz Conference 2019 (New Zealand Traffic Institute) Hamilton, New Zealand
-> November 12-14, 2019 - 2019 Safe Routes to School National Conference, Tampa, FL
-> November 13-15, 2019 - 2nd International Conference on Resilience to Natural Hazards and Extreme Weather Events: Transportation Resilience 2019 (Transportation Research Board, Federal Highway Administration & American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials), Washington, DC
-> November 14-16, 2019 - LA CoMotion, Los Angeles, CA
-> November 18-20, 2019 - International Cycling Safety Conference, (International Cycling Safety Community), Brisbane, Australia
-> November 20-23, 2019 - City Summit, San Antonio, TX
-> December 11-12, 2019 - Conference on Health and Active Transportation (Transportation Research Board), 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 NOMINATIONS - ACTIVE TRAVEL PROGRAMS, LANDMARK DESIGNATION CASE STUDIES, TOOLS OF CHANGE
Do you know of anyone working on a particularly effective or innovative approach for fostering active transportation? Consider nominating them - or yourself- for Landmark designation. Designation as a "Landmark" (best practice) case study through this peer selection process recognizes behavior change programs and approaches considered to be among the most successful, innovative, replicable and adaptable in the world. Designated programs gain exposure and credibility, and we prepare and post detailed on-line program case study materials, which may help them attract customers and investors, and maintain or increase program funding. All nominations must include measured impact results.
Deadline: June 3, 2019, http://bit.ly/1EV3HM5
-> CALL FOR CONCEPT PAPERS: INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE NEW YORK STATE'S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
The New York State DOT (NYSDOT) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will award $3 million in grant funding in a two-step process for "innovative proposals" with broad application or impact across New York State, that demonstrate new technologies, increase access to alternative modes of transportation, or make roads safer. NYSERDA and NYSDOT will undertake a competitive process to identify applicants with the best concept papers who will then be invited to submit proposals. Proposals will then be reviewed and selected to be awarded funding.
Concept Paper Deadline: October 30, 2019, https://on.ny.gov/2V8eCCP
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, CITY OF ARVADA, CO
The Transportation Planner assists with the design and contract administration of routine projects related to the city's transportation infrastructure and the management of programs related to bicycle and pedestrian safety. This position is also responsible for coordinating with City staff, other jurisdictions' staff, committees, and citizens for issues related to bicycle, pedestrian and school traffic issues.
Deadline: May 3, 2019 by 11:59 pm MT, http://bit.ly/2PGMm4n
-> JOB - URBAN & REGIONAL PLANNER (MULTIMODAL PLANNER), WI DOT, WAUKESHA, WI
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is looking for an Urban and Regional Planner (Multimodal Planner)! This position will assist in evaluating project plans for state and local highway improvement projects related to multimodal elements including bicycles, pedestrians, and transit systems. This position assists in the review and evaluation of appropriate incorporation of bicycle and pedestrian components into project plans during the planning stages.
Deadline: May 5, 2019, http://bit.ly/2vy4ZOs
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATOR, CITY OF TUCSON, AZ
The City of Tucson, Department of Transportation, Planning & Programming division is seeking an Administrator to direct, manage, supervise and have oversight of the Complete Streets Program, Bicycle and Pedestrian program, programming of projects within the Transportation Improvement Plan, compliance oversight of federally funded projects and planning of traditional roadway and transit projects.
Deadline: May 6, 2019 by 11:59 pm AZ Time, http://bit.ly/2PBtu6E
-> JOB - ASSOCIATE TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS, MN
The Associate Transportation Planner will support the development of major planning initiatives, potentially including the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan, Vision Zero Action Plan, or other efforts. This person will also perform analytical and technical duties related to development and implementation of a variety of transportation programs including bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and transportation systems management; among other duties.
Deadline: May 19, 2019 by 11:59 pm CT, http://bit.ly/2vu2ZqC
-> 2 JOBS, CITY OF SEATTLE, WA
- ASSISTANT TRANSPORTATION PLANNER - TEMPORARY
This position will assist in the city's traffic calming, Safe Routes to School, Neighborhood Greenway, and Pedestrian program management and project development. The position will research traffic and collision data, perform analysis on traffic patterns and assist with outreach and planning activities.
Deadline: May 21, 2019 by 4:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2vxUpXP
- ASSISTANT CIVIL ENGINEER I - TEMPORARY
This position is a temporary position for up to 3 years and will provide engineering support to the Schools and Neighborhood Team within the Project Development Division at SDOT. The candidate will support project development, 10% designs, alternatives analysis, cost estimation, complete streets evaluation, and project outreach for the Neighborhood Greenway, Sidewalk Development and Safe Route to Schools programs. The position will perform analysis and write reports based on traffic data measuring effectiveness of traffic calming, bicycle, and pedestrian projects.
Deadline: May 21, 2019 by 4:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2vtCh1n
-> 6 JOBS, CITY OF BOSTON, MA
- ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION/VISION ZERO PLANNER (TRANS. PROGRAM PLANNER III)
The Boston Transportation Department is seeking a highly motivated Vision Zero/Active Transportation Planner to work on projects that will realize the City's vision to create streets and public spaces that are vibrant, multi-modal, resilient, and technologically advanced. The selected individual will work to lower the number of fatal and serious crashes on Boston's roadways and increase the number of people bicycling and walking in the City.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2UFeLxn
- TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM PLANNER III
The Boston Transportation Department is seeking a highly motivated Transportation Program Planner III to work on projects that will realize the City's vision to create streets and public spaces that are vibrant, multi-modal, resilient and technologically advanced. Responsibilities include managing citywide, district, and corridor visioning and action plans from concept to implementation; participating as a core member of the City's Complete Streets initiative to design and implement corridor and public space reconstruction projects; developing policies and projects working with data analytics, real-time information, smartphone apps and online tools; and supporting ongoing work related to the City's Vision Zero and Boston Bikes initiatives, among others.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2PDnNFw
- BICYCLING PROGRAM TEAM MEMBER (4 TEMPORARY POSITIONS)
The Boston Transportation Department is seeking candidates for its Active Transportation community programs team. Team members support multiple education and outreach initiatives, with most of their time dedicated to on-bike youth and adult educational programming across the City. This is a temporary position of approximately 10 months with a possibility to renew. These positions are 10-35 hours/week, with more hours April-June and September-October. Summer, weekend, evening, and other opportunities are offered on an as-needed basis.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2vxWP8R
-> JOB - COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING DIRECTOR, SAN FRANCISCO (CA) BICYCLE COALITION
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is transforming streets and neighborhoods into safe, just, and livable places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. They seek a passionate, highly motivated individual to power this crucial work by supporting the organization's diverse communications and marketing efforts. The Communications and Marketing Director will work in tandem with the Executive Director and leadership team to help craft strategic messaging, build a comprehensive communications and marketing plan, respond to urgent media requests and pitch proactive media to develop and strengthen the organization's constituent and membership engagement ladder. This position will manage a motivated team of communications and marketing staff.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2PHNLI2
-> 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
-> Lime, http://bit.ly/2Iptxmk
-> Toole Design Group, http://bit.ly/1k7DPRg
-> TRB Careers in Motion Job Center, http://bit.ly/2A5sQWQ
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