#494 Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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----- London, England: Healthy Streets Officers to Encourage Walking & Cycling
----- Australia & New Zealand: Developing Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
----- United Kingdom: Women, Older & Disabled People Neglected in Cycling Provisions
----- US Congress Considers Act, Access to Jobs Performance Measure
----- Coming Soon: Semi-Autonomous 3-Wheeled E-Scooter
----- Utrecht, The Netherlands 12,500-Bike Parking Structure
----- Glasgow, Scotland Trial: AM & PM Car Free Ped Zones Around Schools
----- Vancouver, BC Density Requires Wider Sidewalks
----- The Cult of the Fantasy Pedestrian
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- New York City $58.4M Plan to Reduce Cyclist Deaths
----- Atlanta, GA Bans Scooters & E-bikes at Night
----- Boulder, CO: Reconstruction Redesign Adds Protected Bike Lanes
----- Chattanooga, TN Outreach, Engagement Key to Complete Street
----- San Mateo County, CA Bike Field Trip to Sonoma County Rail-with-Trail
----- Philadelphia, PA Neighborhood Health Report Supports Active Travel
----- Madison, WI Bicycle-Powered Micro Public Library
----- Traffic-Caused Air Pollution Linked to Mental Health Problems
----- Traffic-Caused Air Pollution Linked to Degenerative Eye Disease
----- Dutch-Style Protected Bike Lanes w/o Intersections Safer
----- Incentives to Increase Multi-Modal Transport Energy Savings
----- Time Spent in Green Parks Boosts Morale as Much as Christmas
----- Portland, OR Comprehensive Multimodal Trip Planner
----- Cargo E-Bike Transports 6 Preschoolers
----- Ped Protection & US Vehicle Fleet
----- Peer Agency Exchange: Level of Traffic Stress Network Analysis
----- Planning for Healthy, Equitable Communities Infographics
----- Safety Demonstration Project Case Studies
----- Community Ped & Bike Safety Training Program Evaluation
----- Livable Community Transformations in 90 Days
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
LONDON, ENGLAND: HEALTHY STREETS OFFICERS TO ENCOURAGE WALKING & CYCLING
-> AirQualityNews.com reported Transport for London in England will appoint a network of 'Healthy Streets Officers' to encourage people to walk and cycle in the city and discourage vehicle idling. The new network will be managed by the charity Sustrans and will also support boroughs with London-wide events including World Car Free Day, Walk to Work Week and Road Safety Week. Officers will work with the boroughs in a supporting role and will not replace the local authority roles dedicated to cycling, air quality, school travel planning and reducing road danger. http://bit.ly/30ncC8e
[See the Research Beat for items related to health impacts from traffic-caused air pollution.]
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: DEVELOPING MOBILITY AS A SERVICE (MAAS)
-> Mobility as a Service, or 'MaaS', represents the opportunity for all available public and private transport services to be integrated and bundled into a platform directly accessible by individual travelers through their mobile devices. This will enable door-to-door journeys, with clear options on travel time, transport modes, and price, and centralizing journey information, journey planning, service reservation, and payment. Australia's Austroads released a report that considers the development of MaaS in Australia and New Zealand, including market opportunities, public sector leadership, new business models, impacts on existing services and legislation, and public transport infrastructure and services. Opportunities in Mobility as a Service (MaaS): http://bit.ly/30pnoLm
[See the Webinar section for a September 3 webinar on this topic, and the Resources section for the Portland, OR Comprehensive Multimodal Trip Planner item.]
UNITED KINGDOM: WOMEN, OLDER & DISABLED PEOPLE NEGLECTED IN CYCLING PROVISIONS
-> Environment Journal reported a recent study found women, older and disabled people continue to be neglected when it comes to cycling provisions in United Kingdom cities. (Inclusive Cycling In Cities and Towns: http://bit.ly/30lFpu4) The report published by the sustainable transport charity Sustrans and the engineering firm Arup, also found that people from these groups cycle less than the average population, even though many of them would like to cycle more often. Safety was seen as a huge barrier as roads in urban areas are designed primarily for cars. Low confidence in the ability to cycle, access to a suitable bike and a lack of design considerations for different types of bikes were also barriers. The report recommended that cities and towns include underrepresented groups when planning cycling infrastructure, as well as create denser networks of cycling routes near local amenities. http://bit.ly/30vRpcF
US CONGRESS CONSIDERS ACT, ACCESS TO JOBS PERFORMANCE MEASURE
-> TransportationForAmerica reported Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Karen Bass introduced legislation that would create transportation accessibility performance measures and a grant program to reconnect communities divided by highways. The Build Local, Hire Local Act (S. 2404: http://bit.ly/2ZhKDtx and H.R. 4101: http://bit.ly/2ZeIlLz) would use federal infrastructure funding as a tool to hire people who live near new infrastructure projects for high-quality jobs. The bill creates a new access to jobs and services performance measure, and a technical assistance program, and a construction grant program to improve transportation connections in communities divided by highways. http://bit.ly/2Zl6wrP
COMING SOON: SEMI-AUTONOMOUS 3-WHEELED E-SCOOTER
-> Smart Cities Dive reported Segway-Ninebot unveiled a semi-autonomous 3-wheeled e-scooter due out early next year. It will automatically return to charging stations without a rider. The $1,400 scooters reportedly will use artificial intelligence (AI) and be remotely controlled from the cloud. Semi-autonomous scooters potentially could move to a better drop-off/pick-up point if they are left in an inappropriate area, such as the middle of a sidewalk or crosswalk. The devices might evolve to the point where customers could "call" scooters directly to them instead of tracking down a device via an electronic map. http://bit.ly/2Zg9vC2
UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS 12,500-BIKE PARKING STRUCTURE
-> The Guardian reported in the Dutch city of Utrecht unveiled the world's largest multistory parking garage for bicycles at its railway station this week. The concrete-and-glass structure holds 3 floors of gleaming double-decker racks with space for 12,500 bikes, from cargo bikes that hold a family to public transport bikes for rent. Every day, 125,000 cyclists go through the city centre to work, school and the station. http://bit.ly/2Zlzyra
-> For a local perspective, more extensive detail, photos and a video of the grand opening, see the Bicycle Dutch blog: http://bit.ly/30mixdV.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND TRIAL: AM & PM CAR FREE PED ZONES AROUND SCHOOLS
-> SmartCitiesWorld reported Glasgow, Scotland is testing car free zones to improve road safety at 6 primary schools. The scheme, which will be introduced on the first day of the new school term, will create temporary pedestrian areas for limited periods in the morning and afternoon to help ensure pupils can arrive and leave school safely. Anyone driving within the temporary pedestrian zone will be at risk of enforcement action and a £50 (US$61) fine. The push for the pilot program follows a series of concerns such as "poor and risky" driving outside schools, obstructive parking that forces pupils on to the road as well as the issues created by congestion and harmful emissions. http://bit.ly/30m4dlx
VANCOUVER, BC DENSITY REQUIRES WIDER SIDEWALKS
-> The Globe and Mail reported the city of Vancouver, BC has been requiring some new buildings on busy commercial streets to be pushed back to create a wider sidewalk giving more space for pedestrians. In other places, creating wider sidewalks has meant taking pavement away from cars. There's been almost no public opposition, in stark contrast to similar efforts the past decade to make room for bicycle lanes on streets. The city's introduction in the past 10 years of 100 curb bulb outs, 10 raised crosswalks, 730 intersections with countdown timers, at least 3 street closings to create new public hanging-out spaces, several street parklets that convert parking spaces to patios and dozens of new curb ramps, along with the requirement for wider sidewalks, has provoked almost no reaction. https://tgam.ca/2Zr3kLz
THE CULT OF THE FANTASY PEDESTRIAN
-> A Strong Towns article describes the Fantasy Pedestrian who is more than happy to abide by the law. Every law. In all circumstances. The Fantasy Pedestrian always crosses at the nearest crosswalk, no matter how far out of the way it may be. The Fantasy Pedestrian presses the beg button and waits. They will never under any circumstance be in the road when they don't have a walk signal. The Fantasy Pedestrian certainly doesn't start crossing on a flashing "don't walk" countdown. Designing streets for the Fantasy Pedestrian is really, really easy, because their behavior is 100% predictable in every circumstance. Just lay out the rules. But designing streets for real people, who take shortcuts and do spontaneous and expedient and sometimes even foolhardy things, requires more critical thought. http://bit.ly/2Zj6AbB
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
NEW YORK CITY $58.4M PLAN TO REDUCE CYCLIST DEATHS
-> The New York Times Editorial Board described its Mayor's new $58.4 million plan to reduce cyclist deaths. Focusing on 10 Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods that account for nearly a quarter of cyclist fatalities and serious injuries, the plan, dubbed Green Wave (https://on.nyc.gov/2M2mf9b), would build an average of 30 miles of bike lanes with protective barriers each year - up from roughly 20 miles. It would also increase police enforcement against drivers who speed and enter bike lanes, as well as make key intersections safer. Among the designs being considered is a "protected intersection," which would add cyclist and pedestrian islands at dangerous crossroads to reduce interactions with cars. The Editorial Board opined the city should be doing more - and faster. https://nyti.ms/30lLzKI
ATLANTA, GA BANS SCOOTERS & E-BIKES AT NIGHT
-> SmartCitiesWorld reported the City of Atlanta, GA implemented a daily citywide No Ride Zone from 9pm to 4am for electric scooters and e-bikes. No permitted device will be rentable during this time period. This action follows the death of a fourth person riding an e-scooter who was reportedly hit by a commercial gas truck. Simultaneously, there are additional measures the administration is swiftly pursuing to ensure road safety, including, but not limited to: 1) an accelerated plan for changes to the city's streets creating safer, dedicated spaces for cyclists and scooter riders; and 2) a revised selection process that will allow the city to choose a limited number of dockless vendors and enable the city to work in partnership with them to run a safer, more orderly dockless system. http://bit.ly/30luLDn
BOULDER, CO: RECONSTRUCTION REDESIGN ADDS PROTECTED BIKE LANES
-> Community Cycles of Boulder, CO reported the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) revisited the design for a large road reconstruction project on North Broadway and found it not up to current city standards for safe bicycling and Vision Zero best practices. Working with city transportation staff, Community Cycles, TAB, and concerned citizens, the team examined ways to improve bicycle safety and created a new preferred design and a few alternatives. The new design includes a raised (vertical separation from traffic from a curb) and buffered (extra distance between cars and bikes) space for the entire distance from Violet to Lee Hill on both sides of the street; a 10' bi-directional multi use path on the west side of the street, and transit stops that include benches and shelters. http://bit.ly/30mV1xc
CHATTANOOGA, TN OUTREACH, ENGAGEMENT KEY TO COMPLETE STREET
-> NACTO posted a project profile of a road safety project on E. Martin Luther King Boulevard in Chattanooga, TN. Sustained and targeted outreach was central to the project, which created a forum for the city to plan with the local community, while also building public support for the project and trust in the city's efforts. By lowering speeds, increasing pedestrian activity, and cultivating a strong sense of place, this complete street treatment transformed the corridor. What started as a straightforward redesign was transformed through engagement, and what started as a road diet became a complete street that reflected local desires, needs, and relationships with the city planning process. http://bit.ly/30j77Ys
SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA BIKE FIELD TRIP TO SONOMA COUNTY RAIL-WITH-TRAIL
-> The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition reported they brought a contingent of San Mateo County stakeholders for a bike ride fieldtrip to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) train and parallel multiuse trail to learn from the experts how this system is being built. The group was made up of city planners, SamTrans/Caltrain staff and Board members, and non-profit allies. The SMART system has been in the works for many years, but the train just began service two years ago. Currently, the service runs between San Rafael and the Sonoma County Airport. It will open a station this year that connects to the Larkspur Ferry, and eventually run north to Cloverdale. The train was approved by voters along with a commitment to build a connected, parallel, multiuse trail along the entire length. That trail is not yet complete and features various segments that are done, funded, or planned. SVBC looks to this rail-with-trail as a model that local leaders can learn from as the Dumbarton Corridor shapes up. In that campaign, SVBC is advocating for a multiuse trail alongside transit from Redwood City over the Bay. http://bit.ly/30op1ZQ
PHILADELPHIA, PA NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH REPORT SUPPORTS ACTIVE TRAVEL
-> The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia reported the City of Philadelphia, PA Department of Public Health released a report, Close to Home: The Health of Philadelphia's Neighborhoods (http://bit.ly/30m13yl). It details both the progress Philadelphia has made in public health, and improvements that it still needs to make. Among its recommendations is to, "Support infrastructure for active transportation (walking and bicycling) and engineering changes to improve safety for pedestrians." http://bit.ly/30lOwLi
MADISON, WI BICYCLE-POWERED MICRO PUBLIC LIBRARY
-> The Madison Public Library Spoke-n-words bicycle-powered micro library, like public libraries from Seattle, WA to Rochester, MN, is using 'book bikes' with custom trailers as a way to expand their reach in neighborhoods without nearby libraries. Visitors to Madison Public Library's Spoke-n-words from throughout the city can sign up for a library card, check out books, attend storytimes, and work on participatory art projects. http://bit.ly/2ZljBBs
THE RESEARCH BEAT
TRAFFIC-CAUSED AIR POLLUTION LINKED TO MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
-> The Guardian reported people who spend their childhood in areas with high levels of air pollution may be more likely to later develop mental disorders, a study published in Psychiatry Research suggests. (Exploration of NO2 and PM2.5 Air Pollution and Mental Health Problems Using High-Resolution Data in London-Based Children from a UK Longitudinal Cohort Study: http://bit.ly/30kSvaJ) Researchers found that children growing up in the more polluted areas of London were more likely to have depression by the age of 18 than those growing up in areas with cleaner air.
Another a study published in the journal PLOS Biology suggested a link between air pollution and an increased risk of mental health problems, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders. (Environmental Pollution is Associated with Increased risk of Psychiatric Disorders in the US and Denmark: http://bit.ly/30likrx) Researchers found the rate for bipolar disorder was 27% higher for counties in the bottom seventh for air quality compared with those in the top seventh (with the best air quality), once factors including age, sex, poverty levels in the county and average income were taken into account. http://bit.ly/30p570S
[See the National and International Scene for London's Health Streets Officers program.]
TRAFFIC-CAUSED AIR POLLUTION LINKED TO DEGENERATIVE EYE DISEASE
-> Gizmodo reported a new study published in the BMJ Journal of Investigative Medicine seems to show that heavy exposure to certain automobile fumes can raise the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, a degenerative disease that steadily erodes eyesight. (Traffic-Related Air Pollutants Increase the Risk for Age-Related Macular Degeneration: http://bit.ly/30lmorx) Researchers, based in China, analyzed 11 years of national health data and cross-referenced it with air quality data. Those who lived in areas with the highest NO2 and CO were nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with AMD than people living in the lowest quartile of NO2 and CO exposure. http://bit.ly/30lhb3d
DUTCH-STYLE PROTECTED BIKE LANES W/O INTERSECTIONS SAFER
-> Streetsblog USA reported an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found that the safest bike facilities on busy streets are Dutch-style, sidewalk-level bike lanes or protected bike lanes with no driveways or intersections, such as those on bridges. And, a surprising number of injuries are happening in two-way, street-level, protected bike lanes. (Not All Protected Bike Lanes are the Same: Infrastructure and Risk of Cyclist Collisions and Falls Leading to Emergency Department Visits in Three U.S. Cities: http://bit.ly/30rYcUI) Researchers noted that protected bike lanes work well at reducing the most dangerous crashes for cyclist - mid-block, high-speed, from-behind collisions with cars. But protected bike lanes with many intersections - especially two-way lanes - produced many conflicts, including conflicts with pedestrians. The authors recommended countermeasures to reduce pedestrian use of two-way, protected bike lanes, including placing bike lanes at sidewalk level. Two-stage turn boxes, protected intersections, and special traffic signal with phases for cyclists also could help reduce more minor injuries. http://bit.ly/30lA06g
INCENTIVES TO INCREASE MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORT ENERGY SAVINGS
-> A paper published in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board described the system optimization (SO) framework of the smart phone app Tripod, an integrated bi-level transportation management system to maximize energy savings of the multi-modal transportation system. The app proposes a series of alternatives, consisting of a combination of departure time, mode, and route. Each alternative is rewarded with an amount of tokens, which the user can later redeem for goods or services. System-Level Optimization of Multi-Modal Transportation Networks for Energy Efficiency using Personalized Incentives: Formulation, Implementation, and Performance: http://bit.ly/2Kyp3HD
TIME SPENT IN GREEN PARKS BOOSTS MORALE AS MUCH AS CHRISTMAS
-> Place reported sad city dwellers should seek solace in a local park, according to a study published in People and Nature. Researchers tracked tweets that showed a leafy walk lifts morale as much as Christmas among Twitter users. (Visitors to Urban Greenspace have Higher Sentiment and Lower Negativity on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2ZlMNbm) For 3 months researchers scanned thousands of Twitter messages posted by more than 4,600 people from 160 parks and other leafy areas, like squares and playgrounds, in San Francisco for words indicating glee and elation. The analysis was based on an online tool known as a hedonometer (http://bit.ly/30nWt2C), which ranks more than 10,000 common English terms on a scale from 1 to 9 based on their happiness value. http://bit.ly/30hXPf8
QUOTES R US
"[R]oads solve nothing. You can't build enough roads to sustain a driving-city of 12 million or 15 million because, if you do, there's no city left. In the end, congestion is self-limiting."
--Elizabeth Farrelly in an opinion piece in The Sidney (Australia) Morning Herald, "There's a con in congestion: it's not caused by what you think it is" http://bit.ly/30lvuVt
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
AUTONOMOUS PIZZA CHAIN RUN BY ROBOTS
Springwise reported a new chain of tiny restaurants runs autonomously using robots to make pizzas. French robot-pizza chain PAZZI was to have opened its first location this summer. Three 3 robot arms to operate a fully autonomous restaurant about the size of a large kiosk. Shoppers order and pay for their pizza using a touchscreen, and the robot arms do the rest. They have learned to replicate the movements of a pizza chef, creating unique pizzas by placing ingredients randomly. Pizza making untouched by human hands! http://bit.ly/2xf6ke6
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 "Getting the Green Light: Improving Actuation and Detection for Cyclists & Pedestrians"
Date: August 21, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2PZveFE, $50/site for APBP members, $85/site for non-members
Webinar "Going Big: Using Walk to School Day to Advance Road Safety for Everyone"
Date: August 22, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Nancy Pullen-Seufert (National Center for Safe Routes to School) & Leah Shahum (Vision Zero Network)
Host: National Center for Safe Routes to School
Details: http://bit.ly/2ZghLBJ, free
Webinar "Equestrian Trail Design for Urban Multi-Use Trails"
Date: August 22, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Matthew Woodson (Okanogan Trail Construction)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2JD9aPV, free
Webinar "Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change through Law and Policy"
Date: August 22, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Natasha DeJarnett (National Environmental Health Assn.), Rob Croll (Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Comm.) & Justin Gundlach (Institute for Policy Integrity...)
Host: The Network for Public Health Law
Details: http://bit.ly/2Kxmeqm, free
Webinar "Practices and Marketing to Increase Rural Transit Ridership and Investment"
Date: August 27, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bethany Whitaker & Maggie Derk (Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Assoc.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2JXuPCE, some registrants pay $95
Webinar "The Research in Progress Database: Entering Projects and Searching Records"
Date: August 28, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Janet Daly (Transportation Research Board)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2JWkhDE, free
Webinar "Roundabout Implementation Experience - Overcoming Challenges"
Date: August 29, 2019, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Doug McClanahan (WA DOT), Mike McBride & Mike Maurovich (America StructurePoint Inc.) & Hillary Isebrands (FHWA)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2YlpmPg, some registrants pay $105
Webinar "Opportunities in Mobility as a Service (Maas)"
Date: September 2, 2019, 11pm to 12:00 am ET (September 3, 2019, 1pm to 2 pm AEST in Australia)
Presenter(s): Mary Haverland (Austroads)
Details: http://bit.ly/30mgRkx, free. Register for the webinar to later receive a link to its recording.
[See the National and International Scene for details on the Opportunities in Mobility as a Service (Maas) report, and the Resources section for the Portland, OR Comprehensive Multimodal Trip Planner item.]
Online Course "Gain a Deeper Understanding of Spatial Data Analysis"
Date: September 4-October 17, 2019
Details: http://bit.ly/2Yp9on2, free massive open online course (MOOC)
Webinar "Building Our Future: Engaging and Empowering Youth in Vision Zero"
Date: September 5, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Leah Shahum (Vision Zero Network), Tana Ball (Youth Educational Sports, Inc.), Shanette Covington (CDMA Business Model), Kori Johnson (Safe Routes Partnership) & Fionnuala Quinn (Discover Traffic Gardens)
Host: Safe Routes Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2M5Uk8e, free
Webinar "A Look at the 2019 Safe Routes to School Program Census"
Date: September 10, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bryan Armstrong (MI DOT), Max Fulkerson (MI Fitness Fdn) & Sara Zimmerman & Michelle Lieberman (Safe Routes Partnership)
Host: Safe Route Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/30ofXnA, free
Webinar "Active and Engaged: Community Outreach Strategies for Health"
Date: September 11, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2RCUuDL, free
Webinar "Transit and Livability: Results from the National Community Livability Survey"
Date: September 12, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Jeremy Mattson (ND State Univ.)
Host: Center for Urban Transportation Research
Details: http://bit.ly/30lMISw, free
Webinar "How to Make Innovation Stick"
Date: September 17, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bloomberg Philanthropies Innovation Teams: Terrance Smith (Mobile, AL i-team), Adria Finch (Syracuse i-team) &Tracy Colunga (Long Beach i-team)
Details: http://bit.ly/2ZmG7d4, free
Webinar "Implications of Technologies for Visually Impaired Pedestrians"
Date: September 17, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Billie Louise Bentzen & Janet Barlow (Accessible Design for the Blind) & Alan Scott (Elon Univ.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/30lqm3z, some registrants will pay $95
Webinar "Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI): Part 1 (The What and Why of JEDI)"
Date: September 18, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET (Part 2, November 5, 2019)
Presenter(s): Ava Holliday & Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, (The Avarna Group)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2x9T4rd, free
Webinar "Can We Talk About the Street? Building Support for Controversial Projects"
Date: September 18, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2PYVuQ8, $50/site for APBP members, $85/site for non-members
Webinar "City of San Diego's Inclusive & Connected Communities Roadmap for Smart City Projects"
Date: September 25, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Host: Meeting of the Minds
Details: http://bit.ly/30n1vMH, free
Webinar "Virtual Public Involvement - Extending Our Reach #3"
Date: September 26, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Agency staff
Details: http://bit.ly/2Ktn87k, free
Webinar "Contextual Guidance at Intersections for Protected Bicycle Lanes"
Date: October 8, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Chris Monsere & Nathan McNeil (Portland State University)
Host: Portland State University
Details: http://bit.ly/2RJQuSl, free
Webinar "If We Build It Will They Come? Estimating Demand for Biking and Walking"
Date: October 16, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2Q36mgg, $50/site for APBP members, $85/site for non-members
Webinar "The Nature of Trail Aesthetics"
Date: October 24, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Troy Scott Parker (Natureshape, LLC)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2Jyu02P, $19 for members, $39 for nonmembers
PORTLAND, OR COMPREHENSIVE MULTIMODAL TRIP PLANNER
-> The FHWA Fostering Multimodal Connectivity Newsletter reported the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of OR (TriMet) combined information on public transit and emerging multimodal options into a new trip planner (http://bit.ly/2Zmww64) as part of its initiative to evolve from a transit agency to a transportation options agency. Their goal is to connect people with integrated mobility options in addition to transit-to make door-to-door trips easier, more efficient, and cost-effective in getting around the Portland area. TriMet is the first US transit agency to release such a comprehensive multimodal trip planner. It currently integrates TriMet buses and trains, Uber, SHARE NOW (formerly car2go), BIKETOWN (Portland's bike share system), Portland Streetcar, and Portland Aerial Tram, with more providers to come. http://bit.ly/2Zhu012
[See the National and International Scene for the Australia & New Zealand Developing Mobility as a Service (MaaS) item and the Webinar section for a September 3 webinar on this topic.]
CARGO E-BIKE TRANSPORTS 6 PRESCHOOLERS
-> Fast Company reported on a recent field trip in South Portland, ME, 6 preschoolers piled into a bright yellow cargo e-bike instead of a van or bus. The school is one of the first to use the bike, which was designed to help childcare homes and centers, small schools, and large families cut emissions, introduce toddlers to biking, and make it easier to take short trips. It's safer to have the children inside the bike than trying to cross a street with multiple children on foot. http://bit.ly/30mE31Z
PED PROTECTION & US VEHICLE FLEET
-> NHTSA released a report of a study that determined the current state of pedestrian protection in the US vehicle fleet using the established Euro NCAP pedestrian test procedures including lower legform and upper legform impacts to the front end of the vehicle and headform impacts to the hood and windshield. They tested passenger cars, a minivan, SUVs, and pickup trucks. In general, global vehicles (models that include a US variant and a European variant of the same vehicle) offer more pedestrian safety than vehicles marketed primarily in the US. Pedestrian Protection: Assessment of the U.S. Vehicle Fleet: http://bit.ly/2ZcLwUh
PEER AGENCY EXCHANGE: LEVEL OF TRAFFIC STRESS NETWORK ANALYSIS
-> The FHWA Fostering Multimodal Connectivity Newsletter reported on a peer exchange meeting among several regional and state agencies to consider tools for planning future bike network projects, and evaluating and defending decisions about what to build where, including using ridership, traffic, and infrastructure data to develop a Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) network map. An LTS analysis characterizes and maps the locations where bicyclists with varying levels of experience and confidence feel comfortable traveling-on a scale of 1 (least stressful) to 4 or 5 (very stressful). The LTS rating system allows agencies to not only assess existing conditions, but also to propose future scenarios at a broader planning stage then at a more detailed design and implementation scale. http://bit.ly/2Zhu012
PLANNING FOR HEALTHY, EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES INFOGRAPHICS
-> ChangeLab Solutions described its new infographic series to help public health practitioners explore how planning affects health, and to collaborate with urban and regional planners in creating healthier, more equitable communities. The 3 infographics are available free after registration: Planning for Healthy, Equitable Communities; Elements of a Healthy, Equitable Community; and 6 Ways to Partner. http://bit.ly/30pAM2e
SAFETY DEMONSTRATION PROJECT CASE STUDIES
-> The National Complete Streets Coalition released case studies from its work with the cities of Durham, NC; Huntsville, AL; and Pittsburgh, PA to build skills in safer street design, creative placemaking, and community engagement, and to put these skills into practice. The case studies highlight lessons learned from these demonstration projects, including how the projects helped the cities build trust with the community and with other jurisdictions, test out new approaches for safer street design and make quick adjustments as needed, and change the conversation about the importance of slower, safer streets. http://bit.ly/30mEXf9
COMMUNITY PED & BIKE SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM EVALUATION
-> The UC Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) and California Walks (Cal Walks) developed the Community Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) program to train and mobilize communities to address pedestrian and bicycle safety and to strengthen collaboration with local officials and agency staff. A report published by SafeTREC provides a summary of the qualitative and quantitative methods used to evaluate the CPBST program, the findings of the evaluation, and lessons learned. Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training Program: Evaluation Report: http://bit.ly/2ZeRXpD
LIVABLE COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATIONS IN 90 DAYS
-> The AARP Livable Communities Newsletter described a video of stories from Bethel, VT and Birmingham, AL, that shares how AARP staff and volunteers partnered with the Dallas-based placemaking firm, Team Better Block, to transform Main Streets, parks, gardens and vacant buildings into desirable destinations in 90 days. http://bit.ly/2ZclCzZ
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Transportation 2020 Conference (formally Engineering NZ Transportation Group Conference): Equity in Transportation, March 10-13, 2020, Christchurch, New Zealand
Deadline: August 30, 2019, http://bit.ly/2ZbDKKg
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 6th International Conference on Roundabouts (Transportation Research Board), May 18-20, 2020, Monterey, CA
Deadline: August 30, 2019, http://bit.ly/2M3FLC8
-> CALL FOR SPEAKERS - 2020 Lifesavers Conference, March 15-17, 2020, Tampa, FL
Deadline: September 6, 2019, http://bit.ly/2M8sHfl
-> CALL FOR POSTERS - Transportation Research Board Committee on Public Involvement (ADA60) for TRB Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2020, Washington, DC
Deadline: September 9, 2019, http://bit.ly/2xc4cUp
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit (East Coast Greenway Alliance), April 1-4, 2020, Jacksonville, FL
Deadline: September 13, 2019, http://bit.ly/2JTmGig
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, March 25-27, 2020, San Antonio, TX
Deadline: October 14, 2019, http://bit.ly/2KiAjJk
-> CALL FOR PAPERS - Virtual special issue of Transportation Research Part D "Learning from the Global South: Mobility, Environmental, and Health Opportunities and Challenges to Urban Bicycling."
Deadline: January 31, 2020, request details from Guest Editor Daniel A. Rodriguez, firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFERENCES, TRAINING, & EVENTS
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ON THE HORIZON
-> 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 4, 2019 - Racial Justice Training Building Racial Equity Training (Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation), Raleigh, NC
-> September 8-11, 2019 - Rail~volution, Vancouver, Canada
-> 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 11, 2019 - Kansas City Regional Safe Routes to School Summit (BikeWalkKC, Shawnee Mission School District & Johnson County Dept of Health and the Environment), Overland Park, KS
-> September 11-13, 2019 - Smart City Expo Atlanta (Smart Cities Dive), Atlanta, GA
-> 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 19-20, 2019 - Transportation and Communities Summit 2019, Portland, OR
-> 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 24, 2019 - 2019 National Walking Summit-Places for People (America Walks), Columbus, OH
-> September 24-26, 2019 - 2019 NRPA Annual Conference (National Recreation and Park Association), Baltimore, MD
-> September 27-28, 2019 - 2019 Georgia Bike Summit, Atlanta, GA
-> September 30-October 2, 2019 - How We Move: Micromobility, Macro Impact (North American Bikeshare Association Annual Conference), Indianapolis, IN
-> 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 3-4, 2019 - 2019 Public Health Law Summit: Data Sharing to Improve Community Health, Plymouth, MI
-> October 7, 2019 - 2019 Colorado Bike Summit, Denver, CO
-> October 7-10, 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 17, 2019 - Racial Justice Training Building Racial Equity Training (Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation), New York, NY
-> October 21-25, 2019 - Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Annual Conference (AMPO), 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 25-26, 2019 - Oklahoma Bike Summit, Oklahoma City, OK
-> October 29-30, 2019 - FBC 201: Placemaking with Form-Based Codes (Form-Based Codes Institute), Leesburg, VA (FBC 101: The ABCs of Form-Based Codes is a prerequisite and can be taken online: http://bit.ly/30spVog)
-> October 31, 2019 - PlacesForBikes Workshop, Santa Barbara, CA
-> November 1-3, 2019 - Walking's New Movements Conference, Plymouth, United Kingdom
-> 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 5-7, 2019 - 2019 Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit (Eastern Sierra Trails Coalition, NV DOT), Lake Tahoe, NV
-> November 7, 2019 - PlacesForBikes Workshop, Providence, RI
-> November 7, 2019 - Center for Transportation Studies Annual Transportation Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN
-> November 8-9, 2019 - 2019 NC BikeWalk Summit, Winston-Salem, NC
-> November 10-13, 2019 - Trafinz Conference 2019 (New Zealand Traffic Institute) Hamilton, New Zealand
-> November 12, 2019 - [British] Sixth Annual National Air Quality Conference, London, England
-> November 12-14, 2019 - 2019 Safe Routes to School National Conference, Tampa, FL
-> November 12-14, 2019 - Vision Zero Summit, Helsinki, Finland
-> 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 13-16, 2019 - 12th International Urban Design Conference, Hobart, Australia
-> November 14, 2019 - Racial Justice Training Building Racial Equity Training (Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation), Oakland, CA
-> November 14-16, 2019 - LA CoMotion, Los Angeles, CA
-> November 16, 2019 - 2019 Suburban Active Transportation Forum (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia), Camden, NJ
-> November 18-20, 2019 - International Cycling Safety Conference, (International Cycling Safety Community), Brisbane, Australia
-> November 20-21, 2019 - First International Conference on 3D Printing and Transportation (Transportation Research Board), Washington, DC
-> November 20-23, 2019 - City Summit, San Antonio, TX
-> December 11-12, 2019 - Conference on Health and Active Transportation (Transportation Research Board), Washington, DC
-> January 12-16, 2020 - 2020 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
-> February 2-5, 2020 - Active Living Conference 2020 (Active Living Research), Orlando, FL
-> March 10-11, 2020 - National Walking Summit Connecting Communities, Overcoming Barriers (America Walks), St. Louis, MO
-> March 10-13, 2020 - Transportation 2020 Conference (formally Engineering NZ Transportation Group Conference), Christchurch, New Zealand
-> March 15-17, 2020 - 2020 Lifesavers Conference, Tampa, FL
-> March 25-27, 2020 - Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, San Antonio, TX
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.
-> Job - Accessibility Compliance Coordinator, Ada County Highway District, Garden City, ID
The Accessibility Compliance Coordinator is the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) technical expert for all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance in engineering, planning, and project and policy development for the public rights of way supervised under ACHD's statutory authority and ACHD's facilities. Under the direction of the Traffic Engineering Supervisor, the Coordinator is also responsible to ensure that all construction activities within the public right-of-way are conducted so people with disabilities can access existing or temporary pedestrian facilities. This position serves as a link between the disability community and ACHD.
Deadline: August 22, 2019, http://bit.ly/30kFxtz
-> Job - Milwaukee (WI) Community Programs Coordinator, Wisconsin Bike Fed
The Wisconsin Bike Fed is looking for a Community Programs Coordinator to undertake a variety of administrative and program management operations. The position will assist in planning, educating, and organizing in Safe Routes to School programs and activities as well as the Safe & Healthy Streets System Change Program.
Deadline: August 28, 2019, http://bit.ly/30nfcLs
-> Job - Safe Routes to School District Coordinator, South St. Paul Public Schools, Saint Paul, MN
The Safe Routes to School District Coordinator works with school district officials, community members, and the Minnesota Safe Routes to School network to encourage safe environments for students to walk and bicycle to school. This position requires an individual with excellent communication, organization, partnership building skills, and determination to make the city a safer place to bike and walk for students and adults alike. This position reports to the School District and MN Safe Routes to School Coordinator. Training and support for the position is provided by the MN DOT Safe Routes to School Program. This is a 12-month, part-time 20 hour/week position.
Deadline: August 30, 2019, http://bit.ly/2Zg1RaO
-> Job - Sustainable Transportation Special Projects Manager, City of San Antonio, TX
Under administrative direction, this position is responsible for developing, executing, and managing programs, projects and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by the transportation sector and advance the City of San Antonio's goals around sustainability and resilience, climate action and adaptation, energy efficiency and improved air quality.
Deadline: September 3, 2019 by 11:59 pm, http://bit.ly/2ZjrN5k
-> Job - Senior Transportation Planner Pedestrian/Bicycle Coordinator, City of Rockville, MD
This position performs intermediate professional and some technical work involving a variety of general and specialized department programs. Work involves applying professional planning skills to a wide variety of multimodal transportation planning and design problems. The Senior Transportation Planner manages individual transportation projects, works in a project team atmosphere, and acts both proactively and reactively with the residents of the City.
Deadline: September 9, 2019 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/30j1F7W
-> Job - Cartography Coordinator, New York City DOT
The Office of Urban Design + Art + Wayfinding of the New York City DOT seeks to hire a Cartography Coordinator to join the WalkNYC wayfinding program team. WalkNYC is a map-based signage system providing geographic orientation to promote walking and transit use, and to enhance the pedestrian experience. The WalkNYC program includes map-based pedestrian signs, Citi Bike station maps, Select Bus Service (SBS) signs with real-time bus arrival information, bus shelter strip maps, MTA subway station neighborhood maps, directional fingerposts, and printed maps, including the annual NYC Bike Map.
Deadline: (Posted on August 14, 2019 until February 10, 2020), https://on.nyc.gov/2ZfZULw
-> Job - Active Transportation/Vision Zero Planner (Trans. Program Planner III), City of Boston, MA
The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) seeks 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/2ZbKCY7
-> Job - Senior Multimodal Transportation Planner, Michael Baker International, Harrisburg, PA
Michael Baker International's Harrisburg, PA office is seeking a Multimodal Transportation Planner to lead its multimodal and public transportation planning, policy and finance services delivered to PennDOT, metropolitan planning organizations, and public transportation authorities throughout PA and beyond. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and delivering a diverse portfolio of technically challenging multimodal transportation projects and supervising technical planning staff.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2LWB3ab
-> Job - Executive Director, Neighborhood Bike Works, Philadelphia, PA
Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW), a nonprofit organization, seeks a full time Executive Director to oversee, develop, and inspire a collaborative vision for NBW's youth and adult programs while also managing NBW's fundraising and administrative systems. NBW primarily serves youth of color from low-income communities.
Deadline: None provided, position to begin in Fall 2019, http://bit.ly/30kIlH7
-> Job - Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator, City of Pittsburgh, PA
The City of Pittsburgh is initiating a Safe Routes to School program. The Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator is responsible for developing Pittsburgh's Safe Routes to School efforts in the city's schools to increase the number and safety of students walking and biking to school.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/30lcNkv
-> Job - Events Coordinator, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition - San Jose, CA
The Events Coordinator will coordinate events designed to encourage people to try bicycle commuting for the first time, bring together leaders in active transportation to move issues forward, and inspire supporters to ensure the financial resources needed to be successful. This position will manage dozens of staff and volunteers to execute events with excellence and joy.
Deadline: Applications considered until position filled, http://bit.ly/2ZdXFYZ
-> 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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